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Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie review

Posted : 1 month ago on 23 May 2017 01:00 (A review of Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie)

If you were a kid in the 1990s then congratulations you were in the street fighter genre that made martial art look cool and mix with Star Wars Jedi force, we played the games with Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Guile, Zangief, Blanka, Honda, Dahlsim and many more in 1992. Two years later came an epic movie based on the games and the genre of Street fighter began.


A 26 year old vagabond Ryu is searching for the good opponent around. One match he fights the muy Thai legend Sagat and accidentally car his chest for life. But what Ryu doesn't know is the battle was a test of his skills calculated by the robots owned by General Vega. Vega wants to find the greatest street fighters and brainwash them to become his loyal soldiers. An interpool agent Chun Li team up with the revengeful pilot Guile to put an end to Vegas plans.


How is the Japanese original?
Superb, the music and songs get the feeling of the 2nd street fighter game world warrior, at the same time it mixes what was known in the 90s background. The voice acting is well chosen for the characters and make them feel alive. A total 5/5.


How is the American dubbing?
Rubbish. No care about what their doing, just add in some stereotyped heavy metal music that's not a jackass about street fighter, voice acting is not well fitted for the characters and the dialogues are changed to kindergarten playground script, avoid this dubbing at all cost. 0/5.


How are the songs?
The Japanese are box office hits. T. Kimuna made the epic battle song between Vega and Ken and Ryu, plus the ending song Good luck is a great 90s ending music as we are use too. T.Kimuna was a big name at that time so it's cool to hear her voice for this movie. 2 extra points.


The infamous shower scene?
Oh yes , back then it was a lot of controversy about Chun Li and her shower scene. In the original version Chun LI's private parts were shown butbwhat people don't know is in Buddha culture including Japanese. And woman's body is shown as a sin but as a natural gift for mankind, that's why they show it a lot in their movies not for perversion but for honor the woman Hood. For example many westerners gets shocked by seeing a naked woman in anime and even more shocked with age difference. But that's because in Japan and some other Asian culture a woman's body isn't a sin but a gift a woman gave life to us and by showing them nude old or young is just an honor it a perversion, same with men's body but nobody cares about men right so no one complaining. Anyhow this scene is however make an epic exiting scene while she shower we feel there is somebody there staring at her or waiting for her to come out and we know something bad will happen then bang an epic fight between her and Balrog, it's an intense scene and get xtra three points.


How is the movie in general?
One of the best, classic 90s and never forgotten. Great Japanese movie that put Japan into the box office map and avoid the American dubbing as a plague, 10/10.





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Sacrifice review

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 3 May 2017 02:41 (A review of Sacrifice)

You Ge is in my mind perhaps the most boring actor I have ever seen, but he makes a lot of interesting movies, Sacrifice is heart best story about a father who must do the unthinkable to protect his kingdom.




Chen Ying is a doctor for new born babies and medicine man. He helps princess Zhuang with the birth of their new born prince as his wife give birth to a baby boy. But the princess has a lot of enemies and traitors will reveal itself and his name is Admiral Tu. Tu Kills the princess and her family and In front of Chen he kills the new born prince and Chens wife while she tried to protect it. Years gone by and Chens son has grown 10 years old, Chen ask general Tu to train his son to become a warrior. Many years goes by again and by general Tu surprised Chens son has grown strong and become a warrior and confront Tu, as he is actually not Chens son but the prince who should have died at child birth and the child he killed was actually Chens real son, Tu relies he has been had by a medicine man who made the most heart full sacrifice for his princess and for his kingdom and for his dynasty.




How does this movie holds as a historical telling?
Very interesting, as we have played many dynasty games or watch fantasy movies taking place in dynasty time we see now a film that feels like an European medieval movie, no fantasy just history telling that shows the harsh time of the dynasty, although use of CGI can sometimes destroy the historical feeling for instance when the king try to escape it's obvious the wagon is CGI and the use of CGI explosion to make it epic is just ridiculous. 3/5.




How does it hold with characters?
Honestly I cannot understand why You Ge became a big name in China, his boring character are the same in every movie and this movie is no exception. His son dies same reaction as he is inlove, I guess Hollywood, Hong Kong, and Shanghai has went to same acting, just make money and business and no feel. Same with other characters seems like they don't care, the only one who care is General Tu actor Xueqi Wang, for him it gets 1/5.


How does it hold in general?
Could have been better specially with better actors since they have that a lot in China but the story is interesting enough , 4/10.


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A Single Child's Story review

Posted : 1 month, 4 weeks ago on 30 April 2017 11:27 (A review of A Single Child's Story)

A single Child's Story is a tragic but heart feeling Chinese movie from 1995. Directed by a Taiwanese director Yang Yizhi and managed by Guo Li. With a script written from a discovered diary from a young girl tells a story about how it's like to spend with your love one in their last moment.

Ming Ming is a young girl at age 12, starting at her 2nd grade in school. But after she accept her new grade she returns home to find her in sweat with bad news of her cancer decease. Since she already lost her father in a traffic accident, she refuse to leave her mother behind and takes care of her while she study hard to get to 3rd grade. Despite her good will and good heart, she is still a child, is her heart strong enough to rescue her mother?

There is no need to ask if this movie holds for anything, it's a beautiful story telling about a young girl and her struggles for her sick mother and also struggling for her future, it's heart warming and related with anyone who knows how it feels to lose somone. Maybe sometimes the story is mostly concentrated on the sad part and it's very seldom a happy side in the movie except one and that is when Ming Ming get visited from her two friends but that's the only scene that released the audience from the sad story but the movie show a lot of potential to reach the heart of good will and and the child actress Yan Shuqin who play Ming Ming is brilliant for her age and bring her character to life. The movie is a 8/10 in score, and is very educational.




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Lump of Sugar a South Korean misleading drama

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 4 April 2017 03:58 (A review of Lump of Sugar)

A heart broken story about a young girl and her love for her horse, and the most misleading DVD cover that I want to call this movie shameful.

Kim Si Eun grow up without a mother after an accident with her and her horse. Despite the accident, the horse feels a strong bond with the young girl and become friends and become a horse mother for Si Eun. But after the horse make a birth to an infant the horse dies, Si Eun feels responsible and breed and raise the infant. Their bonds become stronger as the infant grows and their love for each other is high connection. This worries her father who doesn't want Si Eun to follow her mothers footstep. He sell the horse against her will, in revenge she volunteered to a horse race so she be united with her horse again.

How is this movie for horse lovers?
Avoid this, on the DVD cover it look like a sweet family friendly and a movie for horse lovers, but it's a horse torture movie and too many unfriendly characters in this movie. All I was how much suffering the horse had to got to be with Si Eun, and finally they are together one think the worsted is over but no it had to have a virus as well too much horse torture 0/5 points.

How does it hold as full production movie?
Well the technology is great, they say South Korea has dethroned USA in acting and quality and yes they weren't joking, this movie is great technically point of view and the actors are great, Su Jong Lim is convincing as the girl who love her horse. In full production point a view it's fantastic 5/5.

How does the movie holds all in all?
As as you are not a horse lover and just enjoy a good story of a sad drama it works, but sadly I love horse so for me it was painful and hurtful to watch and I feel I've been ripped off because the DVD cover looked like a family movie but it's not, so I can only give this movie 5/10.




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Under The Sun, North Korean documentary.

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 2 April 2017 10:18 (A review of Under the Sun)

This is a review that I seldom do, but this documentary is too strong to resist, it's a documentary that shows and not tell, the director Vitaly Manskiy took a lot of risk by changing a what was at first a propaganda North Korean movie to a reality spy camera that reveal the dark truth under the sun.



A 10 year old girl named Lee Zin Mi is taking her first step from childhood to adulthood by joining the children's union, a high level children class similar to army military funded by the great leader Kim Il Sung and now in control of his grandson who is now the president of DPRK. As the camera is rolling, we follow her training for the 15th April anniversary as well as we follow her parents work place and their beautiful apartment and eating healthy Kimchi. But there is only one thing, her life is not her life, it's fabricated but the regime and is fully directed by the North Korean escorts. But there is one thing they didn't count on, the camera is still rolling as they direct the family and the people of Korea to fake their happy life. More the camera is rolling then more we see the true feeling for Zin Mi that she desperately try to hide. This is a documentary about the Truman show comes to life.

Who is Vitaly Manskiy?
He is a Russian film director creating documentaries. As he was directed his film in North Korea, he was hoping to get flashbacks of his childhood in the Soviet Union time. But during the filming he got frustrated and shocked about the life in North Korea, as they just portrayed a happy life utopia but in reality everything is in control and the people has no authority nor do they have their own will, as Vitaly said in an interview: not even Soviet was this harsh, yes there hard times but the people were free, here there is no freedom! But when he notices the North Koreans had no knowledge about the new technology he took it in his advantage and turn off the red light and pretended the camera had stopped recording, but he actually only turned off the red light and kept filming and revealed the true side of the DPRK. Later Vitaly was told his movie was canceled and he was sent home. But he took his secret movie with him and revealed to World the real picture of communism. North Korea has tried to negotiate with Russia to prevent the movie to be shown but failed and even tried to make a deal with Vitaly which he ofcourse declined. Many people has wonder what is North Korea and many twisted community owned by a crazy Spanish fat man is trying to hide the truth, but now the truth has been shown in the face of the world and it's thanks to the Russian director Vitaly Manskiy.

How does the documentary hold as a documentary?
In my opinion it's the best documentary ever made, it shows and not tell. No narration is needed, one can feel the dictatorship around the area, with mix the camera around the environment and the situation of the scene take place we can feel how locked North Korea is. It's a feeling of isolation city and even the scene is indoors it can still be heard outside by microphone and most heart breaking is when Lee Zin Mi is gonna say her last lines she starts to cry and she is later told not to cry and then they ask her to think of something nice or funny, she replied: I don't know what! It's a 10/10 documentary and must be shown. It was a risk but the truth is finally told.




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Cyber City Oedo 808 review

Posted : 5 months, 1 week ago on 17 January 2017 07:09 (A review of Cyber City Oedo 808)

Cyber City Oedo 808 is a futuristic sci fi crime thriller that feels like it was animated on a red light schedule. Despite beautiful animation the story is incomplete and not sure of of who or what to follow. But despite that it's beautiful animation makes it almost forgiving......almost.


In the city of Oedo 2808 A.D., three Cyber criminals are given two choices, to either rot in jail or to join a special force of the Cyber Police to get possibly one more chance at freedom ever again. For each criminal apprehended, and for each successful mission done, the state will agree to reduce their sentences. Lead by Hasegawa, the new recruits: Sengoku, Gogul, and Benten will bring some hard justice to Oedo and possibly taste freedom again.


How does it hold as animation?

It's beautiful animation and it's what save the series (all though it's only 3 episodes) the 90s animation is realistic unlike today standards, a friend of mine told me that before the animators in Japan was taught to Animate the characters naked first then the clothes and why the characters hair looks real is because they animated from human hair so they know how make it real, unlike Disney who learn to animate from horse hair which explains why the human hair has only three strings when it get scruffy, this anime is realistic and manage to make the Oedo city a blade runner land, it gets 5/5.


How does it hold as a story?
There is no story, that it is, is a 3 episodes of introduction of three different characters. We never learn the prisoners background or what their skills are, we just observe them take the job and chase different villain each. But when some of them meets their love interest they just get there and none introduction for the other characters, it's like the three already know them (obviously) and expect the audience to just know it too, and that doesn't go anywhere, so as a story it's nothing, maybe it would have introduced better if the full schedule were complete for more episodes thenybe the series would have made more sense. But it's just 3 introduction episodes and gets 0/5 and it's my first 0/5 by the way.


What about the music?
To be honest, I love the Japanese music, and I love the ending song in the Japanese version, it's great and mysterious, but not enough to save this series, in my opinion it's even better then the series Andy deserves better. No bonus.


How's the series in total?
If one don't care of the plot or story then it's a great, but for me the story must be told, if the director cannot tell a story then it's time to quit it's job. Nowadays it's seems difficult to make a story but more focus on the visual effect. Hong Kong for example is expert in that by making a lot of great martial art and visual effect but lack of stories and plot elements or acting talents. And sadly Hollywood seems to have follow that root and no longer has that world block buster as they had before. My favorite movie country is Japan, no matter what kind of movie they make, their stories are easy to follow and the acting is always 5/5 stars and deserve to be the new world block buster country, however this series shows even they can make mistake but the animation is great so it's a total 5/10.


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Kikujiro review

Posted : 5 months, 2 weeks ago on 14 January 2017 09:45 (A review of Kikujiro)

Takeshi Kitano makes a lot of gangster movies, some special and some over brutal, in the late 90s he made a movie about finding happiness "Kikujiro" and one of his best work as an actor and director he brings a lot of heart bakajaro.




A young boy Masao is living with his grandmother far away from his mother, all he wish is to see his mother again. During summer holiday his grandmother is out of town and Masao decide to take a journey to find his mother. On his way he meets a grumpy old man Kikujiro and his wife, his wife insists that Kikujiro follow with Masao so he can protect him during his trip. Against his will Kikujiro follow him to his journey. Their journey brings a lot crazy places, funny characters, and most of all they learn about life and enjoyment, no longer a grumpy old man, Kikujiro fidns the light of happiness thanks to Masao. But when they finds his mother, that has a new family and completely abandoned Masao, Kikujiro decided to repay Masao and bring him happiness.


Total conclusion:

Usually I'm not into Kitano Sans movies but this movie is heart warming, and a perfect story of life and even f sadness and craziness there is still ways to find happiness and also to teach our children of happiness I give it a total 10/10.


A big thank you to Takeshi Kitano for a great movie with great soundtrack, and epic that lives forever.


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Joint Security Area review

Posted : 5 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 January 2017 06:13 (A review of Joint Security Area )

We all know the conflict between North and South Korea, the hatred between the two nations and the differences in their ideology is all over the news, but what if you know there was a brother friendship love between two soldiers from different part of their border? That's what Joint Security Area movie from 2000 is about, a friendship that is stronger then any political believes.




Major Sophie E Jean is a half Korean half Swiss working for the UN nation. She been sended to the joint security area border between North and South Korea due to a gun shot incident that killed two North Korean soldiers. The North Korean government accuse a South Korean sergeant Lee Sok Hyeok for crossing the border drunk and shot the soldiers in cold blood. Meanwhile the South Korean government accuse the North Korean sergeant Oh Keyong Pil for kidnap sergeant Sok and he then shot the two soldiers in self defense. But when Sophie discover the bullets are from different holster, then she manage to get the both soldiers to speak but what they say is more shocking and an answer both government and the UN don't want to hear, a friendship that developed like brothers between them after Sg Pil rescued Sok from a mine field, will Sophie reveal the truth or will she do the unthinkable?




How is this movie in general?

A masterpiece, normally I put between 1- 5 in some points but in this case I give it now a fully 10/10 stars, it does everything right, the story is heart warming and brings a message how political issues can go wrong when two brotherly hearts can find a friendship despite their political differences. It's a perfect learning of human life, also the cast is a great choices even though most of the cast are South Korean and non North Korean actors but despite that, the lessons of life is there it's a perfect to show the world.




Total score: 10/10


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Dance of the Dragon review

Posted : 6 months ago on 28 December 2016 06:56 (A review of Dance of the Dragon)

My cousins in Singapore recommend a great movie from their country, and I am for their DVD Christmas they sent me called DANCE OF THE DRAGON from 2008, starring a Korean dancer Hyuk Jane, famous actress Fann Wong, and the star from the movie Dragon - the story of Bruce Lee, Jason Scott Lee who made his last appearance with this movie before became a farmer.


In Korea 1988, a young boy named Tae falls inlove with a ballet dance performance, he grows up and learn every move he can despite his fathers will is against it. Now as a adult man, Tae risks everything and travel to Singapore to take part in a dance audition, despite the judge sees him as a farmboy, a famous former dancer by the name of Emi sees the potential in Tae and ask him to join her classes. After a while Tae and Emi form a bond of chemistry together and later Emi ask Tae to be her partner in a dance contest. This unease her fiancé Cheng who is a former martial arts champion and worried about Emis half broken angle, Cheng ask Tae to leave Singapore the easy way or the hard way, if Tae refuse they will compete in a Tai Chi Shaolin contest.


How does the movie hold compared with the Japanese movie Shall we dance?

Almost equal, but the Japanese movie is a forever classic and has a more heart telling story then this, but as for itself the movie is strong with its meaning of life to never give up a dream, so this movie gets a 4/5 stars.


How does it hold storytelling?

It's a great story but not a complete told, for example we don't know much about Chengs background and why he deals with the mafia, and we don't know how Emis angle got hurt before, there is a lot of unanswered questions in the plot, but at least they didn't forget Tae story, it could have been a full 5/5 if it could tell better about Cheng and Emi, but instead it gets 3/5 stars.


How is the movie in general?

A well done drama, heart feeling characters, great cast, and great music, it's nice to see Jason Scott Lees last performance and perhaps one of his best, if the movie could had focus better on some points it could have been higher but it's a great movie that I got from Christmas and a proud movie from Singapore so it gets a 7/10 stars.


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Dream Of A Warrior, a 2001 South Korean sci-fi.

Posted : 6 months ago on 28 December 2016 12:54 (A review of Dream of a Warrior)


Dream of a warrior or Cheonsamong in Korean is a South Korean sci-fi TV movie from 2001, starring the all star pop from Taiwan Leon Lai who had a brilliant career in Hong Kong both before and after this movie so many can ask how was it possible for him to end up in this cheap sci fi movie during his great career, was it because he wanted a start in South Korea or is it because the production was high at that time but lack of showing because of low quality of the tv camera?



Agent Dean is haunted by a horrible memory of a woman he shot during her escape attempt in his line of duty, right after that some strange things is happening and a rumor of rewriting history or present time is speculated. Later hours, Dean is invited to a dinner with the president who tells him the girl he shot ShoSho was his daughter and believe she can still be saved during a time traveling, he reveals he has installed a new time travel machine that can take Dean back to the past and save the girl. Dean agrees in a heartbeat, but after he travels he finds himself in a middle of a war between two clans and a love rival for ShoSho, and the time line is premature medieval and still technologist Advantec, how far did Dean actually travel in the past? Or did he travel to the future? The truth is more shocking, it's not a time travel, its a dream travel!





How does it hold with technology ?
Very much 90s technology and feels out of date, but at the same time, the setting is stunning and a lot of costumes design for many actors and extras, it's possible that it was an expensive setting but with a low budget tv camera that lack the modern feeling a little, but the action is well done despite the out of date technology. So there it gets a 3/5 stars.





How does it hold as a story?
Not well, just like a present time Hollywood or a typical Hong Kong movie the story doesn't have an importance, just make a movie and hope the audience swallows it, and that's the problem with this movie, it's not focusing on the story telling, every scene is rushed, and one can't help feel lost out there in the plot, this movie got 3/10 on imdb and I can seen why with a bad directing of story, 1/5 stars





How does it hold in general?
Could have been better and also with a better leading role actor it could have been a masterpiece, but sadly this is a forgotten movie and understandable why, with an unfocused story telling, stiff acting from Leon Lai, and with a tv camera the Dream Of A Warrior is a movie that stays in 2001, but it can be interesting for forgiving sci-fi lovers, so it's a totally 4/10 stars.



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