Category Archives: Martial Arts

Film Review No.270: Riki-Oh – The Story Of Ricky


Oh man, where do I begin with this film? Some of you may be aware of The Story of Ricky. Mostly aware you’d be aware of its infamy as being one of the most gloriously brutal and violent films of its kind. To be honest, that’s likely all you’d be aware of. The film is pretty much a wafer thin story hanging on the tendons of a recently severed/exploded arm. Follow the link below and allow me to explain why that is all Riki-Oh needs.

You’ve got a lot of guts, Oscar!

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Tarantino Season Chapter 5: Film Review No.210: Kill Bill Vol.1


After Jackie Brown was released and multiple critics had had the chance to realise that it wasn’t Pulp Fiction 2 the film managed to gain a high level of praise. It was Tarantino’s most mature and restrained film to date. Naturally he wasn’t gonna stay restrained all the time though. Cut forward 6 years and Kill Bill is due to enter cinemas towards the end of the space year 2003. The film is a massive 4 hours long and the decision was made to split it in two. A decision I think was actually made long before. To view both Kill Bill films separately is to view two cohesive films that are tonally very different but share much of the same language of cinema. While Vol.2 is more character focused and relaxed Vol.1 is an ice cream sundae based explosion of violence, movie quoting and cereal based gags. Click the link for my review.

Yes revenge is a dish best served cold, but what wine should I have with it dammit!?

Tarantino Season Chapter 6: Film Review No.211: Kill Bill Vol.2


So if you look back to my review of Kill Bill Vol.1 that I posted recently you’ll see that I enjoy the film’s mix of classic revenge motifs and extremely violent action. It’s a hard act to follow. Even if, technically, Vol.2 isn’t a sequel. The two films are meant to be seen as one entity. Some people take issue with Kill Bill Vol.2 because it doesn’t share the first film’s fast pace and levels of extreme violence. After the link I plan to tell you why expecting the same thing is where those people went wrong.

So Mexico has a brand of bread called Bimbo. That’s a thing I learned from this film.

Movie Review No.50: Mortal Kombat Annihilation

It dawned on me earlier this week that in the space of a little over 3 months I had written nearly 50 movie reviews. If I keep this pace up I could do 200 in a year. Is that good going? How many does Ebert do in a year? Does Google want to pay me to do this? All are questions that I’d like to be answered with the word “yes”. Even the second one. Anyway, I figured I should pick out a film that means something to me. A film that managed to kill dead my interest in a whole franchise for a number of years. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the Citizen Kane of movies referred to ironically as the Citizen Kane of videogame based movies… Mortal Kombat Annihilation.

I hope everyone involved in this film gets herpes.

Movie Review No.45: Ip Man

SO far I’ve reviewed 5 martial arts films and not one of them has been Chinese in origin. Ninja Terminator is actually Filipino interestingly enough. So here’s my first proper 100% bonafide Chinese martial arts movie review, and it’s a doozy. Ip Man is the tale of a period of time in the life of one of the most influential martial arts masters of modern times, a man that trained Bruce Lee which eventually led to the creation of Jeet Kune Do. So, click the link for the review to see what I thought.

ugh, did I actually use the word “doozy”?

Movie Review No.14: Ninja Terminator

There are no words to describe this film. Just click the link.


Movie Review No.12: Tekken

So I continue my trend of reviewing the most high brow, intelligent and insightful pieces of film making of the modern era with this musing on the futility of war and by proxy combat in the modern multinational corporation led world with it’s personal military’s and international fighting tournaments… What do you mean that’s not high brow? Microsoft hold bare knuckle fighting tournaments every year. Ok, so maybe Tekken isn’t a smart film. Doesn’t mean it’s a bad film… Does it?

Continue? 10 9 8 7 … Oh I did this one the other day.

Film Review No.10: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

Hope Edgar Wright doesn't mind me "borrowing" this...

First of all, if you did not make the trip to the cinema to Scott Pilgrim Vs The World then shame on you. If you didn’t buy the film upon it’s dvd and Blu Ray release then double shame on you. You want creative, fun and unique cinematic experiences then you have to go see them. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is just that and nowhere near enough people went to see it. But just enough went to make sure this is cemented now in cinematic history as a genuine cult classic and maybe a possible strong influence on future film makers. Click the link to find out why…

Continue? 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Movie Review No.7: Dragonball Evolution

So why am I reviewing Dragonball Evolution of all films today? Because it was on TV yesterday so i ended up watching it and so I must review it as per my blogs rules. Every now and then a film comes along that everyone hates before it’s even out. Usually because it is based upon some beloved franchise that fans hold dear. They bemoan the slightest change made to the story or look and as such decide it sucks before it’s even released because fanboys can obviously see the future. Dragonball Evolution is one such film. Does it prove them wrong? No, not really. But is it the worst thing ever. Not by some long shot. Click on to read…

Dragon dragonball, dragonball E….volution

Film Review No.1: MORTAL KOMBAT!!!

So yeah. First review and I choose Mortal Kombat. The epic martial arts film directed by then fresh faced up-and-comer Paul Anderson before he got that W and a supermodel wife and became possibly the most prolific hack in Hollywood. Why review this film? Cos I just watched it and them’s the rules.



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