Asian Cult Cinema Archive

Yeah, well, while I didn’t contribute a column to Asian Cult Cinema magazine for as long as i did for Inside Kung Fu magazine, I did for a good long time. The big difference, however, is that in ACC I could say whatever I wanted, without fear of annoying possible advertisers (somewhere in my IKF
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Ric & Infamous 9/9

The hope never dies because we all know how talented Jackie Chan is. But with each successive film, the disappointment grows … because we all know how talented Jackie Chan is. I, for one, hit the fast forward button and take what pleasures I can from his increasingly defuse, and obtuse, filmography, all the while
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Ric & Infamous 6/9

Okay, we’ve let some time go by, during which I was able to watch it three times with a variety of friends, so it’s finally time to review Red Cliff 2 minus the veil of hope and desire. Despite its shortcomings, I still enjoy Red Cliff 1, and thought it made a fine anticipatory ramp
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Ric & Infamous 3/9

It was the best of three months, it was the worst of three months. An insider friend of mine tells me that a full seventy percent of Hong Kong film workers are unemployed, which is certainly reflected in the frequency and quality of the once vital industry’s output. Meanwhile, in this neck of the woods,
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Ric & Infamous 12/08

Ric & Infamous Writing for a quarterly publication, like comedy, is all about timing. I didn’t really want to review John Woo’s Red Cliff Part 1, until Red Cliff Part 2 premiered in January. But given the on-going paucity of product, Red Cliff Part 1 will have to suffice until next issue. Despite labyrinthine funding
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Ric & Infamous 8/08

I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile. Around seven years ago, Celestial Pictures started distributing the Shaw Brothers Studio film library, which had laid dormant (and rotting) since 1985, when Sir (or is it “Lord” by now?) Run Run Shaw shut down the motion picture units to concentrate on more lucrative (and easier to
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Ric & Infamous 5/08

After a six-month drought, suddenly the home video market is welcoming a slew of new efforts – though only one really aspires to anything approaching greatness. Does it come as surprise to anyone that particular film bears the mark of Johnnie To? This exceptional filmmaker reclaims his place as South China’s best director after the
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Ric & Infamous 2/08

Three movies. In six months. Twenty-four weeks. A hundred and eighty-three days (or thereabouts). Four thousand three hundred and ninety-two hours. T-h-r-e-e films. See, this column was delayed by three months. It was originally written to appear in the previous issue. But that was an anniversary celebration, so our illustrious editor only had room for
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