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  1. Anyone touting the genius Gareth Evans' freshman project a great martial arts film must now say Vengeance of an Assassin is an awesome martial arts film. Like most of you, I am a martial arts film fanatic, so I watch and own all of them. Thanks to The Raid, which raised the bar, this last batch has been a breath of fresh air. Post Ip Man to include Brick Mansions, Rise of the Legend, Rurouni Kenshin, Once Upon a Time in Vietnam and also a time in Shanghai, The Raid 1 and 2, even Statham's latest Wild Card not to mention Keanu Reeve's John Wick which have all been positively influenced by this redux on the martial arts genre. Last year I posted I would be anticipating this as it was not only Panna's last film but his first project since the Raid. Some highlights: * Dragon Lord opening hackie sack martial arts match mirrored by the opening Soccer match * John Woo Hard Boiled gun shootouts (heck add the Killer) has been replaced by the gun shootouts in this film indefinitely * Matrix gun shootout and slomotion effects has been improved upon * Forget Bruce Lee's missing saw in the head scene, we have license plate in the arms and a whirling fan to the face! * Grappling, gunkata and even a great display of Chinese Martial arts (Si Foo) unarmed vs armed assailants I see posts here about cheap production and plotlines but this is held up by great performances especially by uncle Thom. As for production, the set pieces couldn't be more alive with extreme attention to detail. There is no shortage of action but its the level of expertise Panna displays here. It's better than The Raid and is the number one film for gun shootouts in the action or ma film genre. Period. And of yeah, the end tribute pic says it all. This man was a fan and influenced by Bruce Lee before any of us - fans, actors or directors were even alive to enjoy martial arts film. Show your respect.
  2. VenomsFan

    Return of the Five Deadly Venoms????

    The other thing is Dragon Dynasty retains all the copy rights to the film by changing the title on the cue card. These creditless cue cards were handed out to each market for the titles to be changed to fit the language of that country. The opening of the film with the chinese spelling would clearly be from the Shaw Brothers release. If they did that then they would be legally obligated to give percentage of the profits to Shaw Brothers Studios and everyone that worked in that film. Ground Zero and Crash cinema which kept the fandom for Shaw films alive in the 90s were labelled bootlegs because they were just selling copies of the original TV broadcasts which had the predetermined cue cards already set. You can see in this thread how DD is really no different from Ground Zero / Crash Cinema. They just had better access to the original source material. Did we need DD to remaster the Shawfilms when Shaw Studios was already doing that? That was the source they were using anyways - The Shaw Studios remasters. DD got $$ for distributing the titles with different cue cards so they could continue their other projects - like the awesome Police Story Trilogy Remastered, among others.
  3. VenomsFan

    The 'Rurouni Kenshin' Trilogy

    Takuma many thanks or the recommendations. I guess ignorance is bliss in this case. I never knew about their idol status and understand your reservations. I didn't have any expectations - how many video games/anime made into live action have actually been any good? It's like Justin Beiber starring in John Wick or something. lol no matter how good the film is, my reservations may be seated the same as yours in that regard. It still is brilliant film-making. As for ideology in part III, when Kenshin is learning the final attacks, there is a series of scenes discussing two sides to martial arts (technique vs his will to live). This is a strong basis in the martial arts ethos of the samurai - even from a few books I've been reading on the side. They really got the narration and dialogue good with this one. Been running some marathons and it is layered and they really took their time to get it right above all else which gets my praise. I don't think everyone is as crazy about it, but still. Takeru Satô transformation from wanderer to manslayer, especially in the Shishio last fight, my God he nailed it. Not just as a martial arts film, but as a tormented human being in any respect.... SHISHIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
  4. VenomsFan

    The 'Rurouni Kenshin' Trilogy

    Kaouru and Megumi and a young Yahiko and Kenshin are the pretty idols you're talking about? Because everyone else are seasoned Japanese actors with ages of experience. Going with Kyoto Inferno then, what was uninspired? A wanderng samurai with a reverse blade sword that swore not to kill. He does so with deadly accuracy at Shengutsu village and you actually know what it's like to fight - and be hit - by one of those. Aoshi's fight, Cho's fight that went unarmed combat halfway throughout not to mention the live version of Shaku Arai's last sword. You mean the score that has a hundred person live orchestra not resorting to digital composing? 'Real actors'? Takeru Satô has had years of 'acting' expreience before this. But his adaptation to a swordsman is unrivalled. He's not a Shaw Brothers actor, or HK stuntmen yet he's swinging with the best of them. Unrivalled meaning he actually acted and learned the part of a martial artist and comes across it 100%. He's not a seasoned martial arts actor doing the same run of the mill movies year in and out - none of the actors in this movie are - now THAT is bland and what we've gotten in this genre the last couple of decades with a slight rebirth, with Ong Bak 2 then The Raid films, etc... Again you have to go back 40-50 years. But What about last 10 years? I watch them all and your review would fit Tom Yum Goong 2 ,Special ID, Wrath of Vajra, Any of the Once Upon a Times, Scott Adkins ninja movies the list goes on. If there is a better Martial Arts movie than this in the last 10 years, let's see it. I promise it will be a very small list. And it's not just the fight scenes. But also the (Japanese) martial art ideology behind the fighting and story that is represented truthfully in this trilogy. If we get into that discussion, your list of movies 'better than' will go down even more.
  5. VenomsFan

    The 'Rurouni Kenshin' Trilogy

    Back to 1954?! lol. Well ok for example I really like Kung Fu Jungle and The Raid 2 from 2014 but this is superior to both of those films. The adaptation could have gone either way but they didn't take any shortcuts. Top notch production, score, direction, editing, cinematography, editing, choreography. Anticipated for a long time, we've been pining for great martial arts films. This is without question one of them. I'd be surprised if any fan of the martial arts film genre dislikes it.
  6. VenomsFan

    The 'Rurouni Kenshin' Trilogy

    Yea I ordered the DVD which came out a week earlier than the Blu Ray, so proper subs. Most people forget and are stuck waiting for the Blu Ray. The set is so awesome it's worth the Double Dip. Then there will be the 3 disc blu ray later I'm sure which is already a buy given how the 1st boxed set was when it first came out. I defy anyone to name a film better than these - martial arts / period piece or both.
  7. VenomsFan

    The 'Rurouni Kenshin' Trilogy

    Well the Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy is not only the best martial arts trilogy of all time but now my favorite trilogy of any genre - over Star Wars and The Matrix. The best Martial Arts film of 2014 and many years before that. The martial arts, the story, the acting by EVERY character all A+. The set designs remind me of the Shaw Brothers Studio days. The choreography I have seen nothing like that before - especially with the swordplay. Alot of hand to hand combat as well. Man they just got everything right. There are many films that bastardize the action genre by over glamorizing violence with no end in site setting proper adaptation and credibility to the side. The Rurouni Kenshin films is not among them.
  8. VenomsFan

    John Wick (2014)

    Really impressive film. Keanu was terrific. Stylish and original. If the Raid films raised the bar, John Wick is the first one to clear it. It's the best as action films will get. I will actually say it's better than the 1st Raid. As for actors improving their craft with age (Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa), I'd have to add Keanu to this list.
  9. DiP I agree 100%. This is Donnie's best moderner especially when it comes to the martial arts. You forget his age, injuries and will remain jaw dropped. I will have this one on Blu Ray. Not only Donnie's best imo, but I really like the homages to all the martial arts greats to come out of Hong Kong. The End credits are brilliant! From Drunken Master being watched on an hdtv to a rare current clip of Raymond Chow and even the generations of actors from the Shaw / Golden Harvest Days, some who are still alive who contributed to the making of this film. Having said that, this is easily one of the best martial arts films to come out in a long time. It's up there with the Raid (superior to it in many regards). I have forgotten about anything else after seeing this one.
  10. VenomsFan

    El Rey Network

    Not for nothing. Shaolin vs. Lama is playing now 12 midnight on Bounce TV. Remastered English dubbing in it's HD Glory. Getting that feeling that Kung Fu weekends are returning.
  11. Thanks for the link. Bad cgi totalling several seconds is of no concern to me. This is Panna's last work post Indonesia's The Raid sequels. Besides, he wasn't doing computer efx, he was choreographing the action which there is plenty of. Million $ efx won't make the action any better, and I don't expect it to. The explosions and the fighting on the train are real by the way.
  12. VenomsFan

    Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)

    This movie is brilliant. Everyone involved in this film outdid themselves AND any film labelled a 'Martial Arts Period piece'. Korean films don't make alot in this genre, but when they do they break the mold. I know Daisho will love this one for sure!
  13. VenomsFan

    The 'Rurouni Kenshin' Trilogy

    Thanks for the review. But I'm in neither demographic and enjoyed the first 1 A+ as much. For me it's how close they are to the source material from the manga and anime. And they are doing a spot on job. To be fair to the choreography, the Kitana battle with Jin-E and Kenshin is pretty unrivalled to date imo (haven't seen the sequels yet). From the timeline of the first film. August 2012 in theaters. Mid December for the Blu Ray Release online with English subtitles. If they won't sub it, fans will. It's like that for every Japanese release. And power to them, they don't get caught up in the hype and over glamorizing their work. Japan is the only audience they are concerned with. This is why even with a WB distributor we won't see these in the states. I wondered why but it makes $en$e. People who will watch in theaters will buy the blu ray/dvd. So no middle man and get the $ from those who will buy it. One of the reasons you don't see Japanese cam bootlegs knocking about. edit = The gap between the december release from Japan and the official blu ray with subs is a very small window ,btw!
  14. Looking forward to this now more than ever. http://www.cinema.com.my/movies/movie_contents.aspx?search=2014.9426.vengeanceassassin.18823 Being an assassin has its rules - always keep your eyes on your target, strict to your mission, execute without any hesitation and there is no room for negotiation. Each killer has his own background, but all of them have trade in their blood and losses. For Natee, his only reason in becoming an assassin and have to leave behind his brother and his uncle is to find the truth about the death of his parents. It's the issue that he'd always doubted and felt that uncle Thanom hid something from him. While protecting Ploy, a niece of an local business man from group of assassins, he was asked to kill the girl instead. Classification: NA Genre: Action / Thriller General Release Date: 16 Oct 2014 Running Time: NA Distributor: Ram Entertainment Cast: Dan Chupong, Nattawut Boonrabsap, Ping Lumprapleng Director: Panna Rittikrai Format: 2D Directed by Panna while he was still well. The last year it's been in post. This will bring the Sahamongkolfilm International saga full circle which began with Born to Fight exactly 10 years ago.
  15. VenomsFan

    The 'Rurouni Kenshin' Trilogy

    To be honest, I'm anticipating this one more than The Raid 2. Really liking the adaptation to live action on this one.