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Splash To Victory (Greenwater heroes)

Posted : 3 months, 3 weeks ago on 26 August 2017 04:20 (A review of Splash to Victory)

Awwww the 90s the years of the last epic moments (don't worry some these days still got it but very few) and Greenwater heroes or Splash to Victory brings all those memories back, with colorful telephones, short hairs and awesome outfits. Greenwater heroes was intentionally a commercial series for the Olympic in swimming in Barcelona 1992 but became more and I'm proud to say it's from Singapore.

The story is about two sisters Yan Ni and Pan Pan who are part of a swim competition to one day represent Singapore for the Olympic Games in Barcelona 1992. Their father who is a carpenter only want Pan Pan to proceed this dream and want Yan Ni to stay out of it since she is a has been and out of shape  and want her to find a job instead. But their coach insists of Yan Ni to continue her Dream because he sees she still got potentials. However the rest of the team member bully her and even makes Pan Pan uncomfortable of her continuing. Will Yan Ni quit or will she continue no matter what happens?

What I love about this series is the 90s cliche that I grow up with, the colorful big telephones, the haircuts , the fashion , the music, both opening and ending songs are stunning. It brings back a lot from the 90s all 90s fans will love this.

But the tv Series has a lot of great morale for example when Pan Pan break her legs, she get through it and keep fighting and get rewarded, so the morale is no matter what happens allways keep your spirit up no matter anything. It's a good morale.

Also I love the characters. Eventhough is strange the father is played by an actor who like he is same age as his daughters. It's still believable characters. I specially love the coach, he look tough but he is a nice guy and want to help his team members at all cost.

All in all it's a great 90s series from Singapore and I give it 10/10 hope a new DVD release will come soon.

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Japanese Robocop Space Sheriff Sharivan from 1983

Posted : 3 months, 3 weeks ago on 23 August 2017 08:33 (A review of Uchû keiji Sharivan)

Space sheriff Sharivan is the tv series sequel of space sheriff Gavan. It first aired first time in 1983 and is the inspiration of robocop but in space.

A space ranger named Den Iga is attacked by a monster called Buffalo Doubler, a member of the Space Mafia Makuu. Den is seriously injured in the attack when he is found by Gavan, who takes him to Planet Bird for medical assistance. Qom, leader of the Galactic Union Police is impressed by Den's courage and he becomes Space Sheriff Sharivan. Sharivan is assigned to Earth and is partnered together with Lily from the planet Bird as he deals with the threat of the Madou Space Crime Syndicate on Earth.

Remember all your robot toys and cartoons like transformers and MASK and defenders of earth and even Bioman or in USA power ranger, Sharivan and Gavan started it all with live action martial art, Star Wars action, mildly violence for kids but can still be seen as an adult age and have also some inspiration to Robocop. If it wasn't For Sharivan and Bioman we wouldn't have heroes like those with robots and for that I give it 5/5.

Also I like Hiroshi Watari as Sharivan, this is his first leading role and he performed very well, usually action actors are not that talent but Hiroshi make the character feel alive and you feel he is Sharivan, for him and other actors and actresses I give another 5/5.

Even though it's early 80s the series has aged well and the custume of Sharivan is really shine like rubies it feels great when everything is real and cgi effect, I salute space sheriff sharivan with 10/10.

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Dumb Child, a Mainland Chinese movie 2016

Posted : 3 months, 3 weeks ago on 22 August 2017 01:51 (A review of Dumb Child)

This movie is a sad story about never give up. Directed by Yang Yizhi who started with his career as an assistant for the Hong Kong movie "Deadly Target" and was involved with creating great films like "A single child's Story ", "The Resistance ", and "Dream of Love". But in the later years he has been involved with crazy and almost the room feeling horror movies like "The Zombie Village saga", "In Wild", and "The Sly Shadow Records" and also he made a lot of crazy thrillers like "Prostitute Killer" "An Evil Soul", and the two village girl movies. Dumb Child is actually same drama story as his first film. About a young girl who later must learn to be on her own too soon.

A young mute girl named Ya Ya is not allowed to enter school due to she cannot talk and other kids bully her and worry she might be a plague. A young teacher comes to her small town to help teaching despite her boyfriend is against it. She becomes friends with poor Yaya and help her into school. Sadly after a while the teacher start to get sick, and losing her voice. Later she finds out she is dying. Everyone blame Yaya for the teachers sickness but the teacher refuse to give up on Yaya even if it cost her life.

China has a lot of beautiful landscape and rich cities but it also has a lot of poor societies, Dumb Child reflects the poor society very well and also bring good morals to the message. Even though we don't see many mainland movies and it's difficult to find a DVD copy it's still a great movie, I wachted through youku.com and I am glad I saw this film. As a drama 3/5.

However I don't think it was necessary to make the teacher dying, maybe temporarily sick is one thing, but make her dying was a little too harsch, because the importance of the movie was to never give not what background or handicap one has, mixing it with death is untasteful and unnecessary, and also I don't know what's her boyfriend problem is, he seems to love her but leave her as soon he finds out she wants to stay in the small town and then come back again, it was difficult to get the idea from his side and I give it 2/5.

Dumb child is a good movie with a good message and strong story, but not strong executed with some characters and mixing with moral story with dying is a little untasteful, but however it is a good movie all in all 5/10.

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Americanized Ghost in the shell

Posted : 4 months ago on 17 August 2017 02:57 (A review of Ghost in the Shell)

Karate kid, beauty and the beast, ghost in the shell, what do they have in common? They were made in the 80s or 90s and in 2010s it get poorly remakes. And what I mean by that is not a remake but exactly same story but not give a damn of respect the first version. This movie is no exception.

A young girl called Major is waking up from a horrible dream only to realize her knightmare has begun. She is now dead, a ghost inside a doll or a robot. One year later she is recruited with Batou with section 9 to eliminate the biggest enemy hacker Kuze. But is her really the enemy?

Is this white washing movie?

Not really, I prefer to call it an Americanized movie based on Japanese manga and anime. But it still doesn't make it a good movie. Specially with comparison to the classic 1994 movie with thyou same title.

What makes it so bad?

It's not bad, just not carefully done. Even though I love Scarlet Johanson as an actress, she is not convincing as a doll, but she not the only one. The whole cast is unbelievable, for a high budget movie like this one can expect at least half good, but no one is doing a good job except Takeshi Kitano but he is alone on the field the rest is mix of bad, not convincing enough or amateurish. My question is what's going in Hollywood? The biggest industry in the world and this I see the best? I hope not.

But still I give it 5/10 because the special effects are stunning and I guess those are the money went too. And it has a lot of action that action lovers will adore but as a ghost in the shell fan, it's not worth it, watch the 1994 version instead and it's sequels.

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The Great Wall vs aliens!

Posted : 4 months ago on 17 August 2017 02:33 (A review of The Great Wall)

[Link removed - login to see] Well the goods news is this movie is not white washing as people claimed it was, after all it was only 3 white guys (two Caucasians and one Latin to exact) but it seem to suffer of monster washing instead, or as my friends would call it dynasty warriors vs ailens.

William is a thief looking for gun powder in the east with his amigo Tovar. While searching in the middle of nowhere they get attacked by mysterious creatures some sort of monsters. But luckily they got rescued by the powerful army of the Great Wall. There they meet another foreigner Ballard who is also searching for the powder, will they betray the army who rescued them?

Is it bad as people claim it to be?

Yes it's bad but not bad as people claimed it to be white washing. It's more bad that is a guilty pleasure , but I don't understand the idea with the monsters and the effect was poorly done, if they were dragons I could accept it better, but alien creatures with eyes on the shoulders that is a kindergartner level of script idea.

I give it though 3 out of 10 though because it has it moments but too ridiculously bad story.

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Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie review

Posted : 6 months, 3 weeks 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 : 7 months, 2 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 : 7 months, 2 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 : 8 months, 2 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 : 8 months, 2 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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