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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
A Smart and Family Friendly Kaiju Adventure!, 6 April 2007
9/10

When I recently saw Ultraman Mebius and the Ultraman Brothers on the internet I was slightly disappointed. The effects were too over-the-top ,the acting was kind of cheesy, and the ending was unsatisfying. But Gamera: the Brave was another story. I recently bought this DVD off of Yesasia.com and I was thrilled, the action was superb, the story was touching and the characters made you care. This new film was nothing like the 90s predecessors that had a much darker, serious approach. This is not to say this movie was cheesy or corny, in fact the opening scene was awe inspiring and intense. I still felt it was a great way to introduce this to children. This Gamera isn't your typical monster, he has heart.

The special effects of this film were also more believable than Ultraman Mebius, certain scenes, like a battle that takes place on a bridge between the main bad guy (Zedus) and Toto (Gamera) ensues that really makes you go "WOW! That was cool!" All things considered I went away from this movie with practically tears in my eyes, the resolution is wonderful. Even though this film wasn't the most successful movie (it's equivalent to the small popularity "Eragon" enjoyed) there are rumors of sequels in the works, AND I WELCOME THEM! TWO THUMBS WAY UP!

Qi wang (1991)
5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Uses Symbolism to Tell It's Story, 9 July 2007
9/10

To some people "King of Chess" may seem like another melodramatic Tony Leung outing, but below the surface it's a deep film that is in a way a political satire that uses symbolism to tell it's story. This film is actually two stories in one; one being the main story of a child prodigy who can predict the future and utilizes this to play perfect chess, the second being the flashbacks of Ching (John Sham) who is reminded of his tumultuous past during the Cultural Revolution of the late 60's where he knew of another wise King of Chess and the mass movement and malnourishment of people led to the eating of snakes, cats and violence amongst friends. When the story of the young prodigy unravels as some learn to exploit his powers, the story of time spent in the Cultural Revolution pulls you in to make you constantly want to learn what happened next.

Even though, the film doesn't have the largest amount of excitement you constantly have concern for the people in Ching's past and the sheer emotion in the characters turmoil as the loss of home and family drives some people to sacrifice as the lowly chess master must win the title of King of Chess to regain himself and his past fortune. This is one relatively unknown film that is enjoyable to watch not only because of the story, but because of the sheer fact that you feel as if you become part of these people's story! The climatic finale to this film is not to be taken literally but is a symbolic representation of the characters true interests.

4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
This cult classic really delivers!, 16 January 2007
8/10

I have to say I know of lots of Kung Fu Cult films and I've never even heard of this one until RARESCOPE bought it from the star/producer of Along Comes a Tiger, Wang Tao! It is a remake of the classic western "Once Upon a Time in the West" and features several of the same elements but overall it very unique. It features lots of fights at breakneck speeds. Some of the other HK legends in the film include Philip Ko and Tung Wei (the famous "Kick Me" kid from Enter the Dragon). Another element I liked was the fact that Wang Tao's character Sacred Cloud didn't speak at all (so you don't have to worry about the usual "You killed my father prepare to die!"). Overall I felt Along Comes a Tiger doesn't follow the usual formula of Chop Socky films and proves to be a diamond in the rough. TWO THUMBS WAY UP!

Make sure to buy the RARESCOPE DVD release that features a commentary and several other special features, including an anamorphic widescreen presentation.

Deja Vu (2006)
A thrilling and riveting film that keeps you on the edge of your seat!, 27 April 2007
9/10

I love Denzel Washington and think he is a very good actor. The last time this director and Washington teamed up they made the gritty and violent thriller, "Man on Fire", but this will definitely appeal to a wider audience. Denzel plays an smart and inventive detective who sees things differently from most people. When a terrorist attack is made on a ferry holding over 500 people he is called in to investigate, he is soon recruited to a new investigation team using "cutting edge" technology, but he soon realizes things are not as they seem.

Paula Patton, a relatively unknown actress was so convincing as the victim in this story made you care for her. The plot overall wasn't the most amazing thing, but the acting and characters are what make this so intensely personal. Val Kilmer also appears in this film, but in a very small role. Another actor though who made the movie feel so intense is Jim Caviezal as the insane and insanely "patriotic" terrorist who will let nothing in his way of making his statement to the world.

This movie proves that Jerry Bruckheimer can still pick good movies to produce and even if this film wasn't exactly a blockbuster is was an interesting, intense, and smart thriller that has high flying surprises and top notch acting that will make your jaw drop. Deja-Vu went beyond all expectations.

4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
A fun Jackie Chan romp that's a hit and miss., 13 January 2007
8/10

I first wanted to say its not nearly as bad as some of the other idiots who reviewed this film said it was. This movie does have some scenes that miss the mark and weren't really needed, but all in all I was satisfied. After watching New Police Story I needed to see Jackie in a film that's more fun, and Rob-B-Hood certainly delivers! Even though this movie's main element isn'the fighting there are some really nice fight sequences, the best of which is towards the end (as always!). The entire finale takes place in an amusement park over rides, ATVs, and speeding roller coasters! I felt that some of the danger the baby was put in was unnecessary but definitely gave Jackie chances to use death defying stunts. If you can get over the fact that the obviously fake baby is visible from time to time you will enjoy this. TWO THUMBS UP!

I also thought I should add that this film ended up outgrossing X-Men: the Last Stand AND Mission Impossible III at the 2006 Chinese box office!

4 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Clash of Cultures, 12 July 2007
9/10

Every culture has it's own fictional world that some obsess and linger in. America has James Bond, a film series spanning over 20 films and 6 actors! Japan has Zatoichi! But, the difference is that only one actor is synonymous with Zatoichi, and that's Shintarô Katsu. And even though the series has it's share of clichés (as do all long running movie series) that are even present in this film Zatoichi has a message that resonates through all his films, and that is one of how to treat people. In this Outing he is paired with The One-Armed Swordsman (Jimmy Yu Wang), another famous Asian Swordsman who hails from Shaw Bros. of China.

This film which features amazing and thrilling action sequences also has a thoughtful side as frustrating scenes between Zatoichi and The One-Armed Swordsman take place, as neither can understand or interpret each others speech which leads to misunderstandings and eventual tragedy. Zatoichi encounters The One-Armed Swordsman with a child in hand that he has rescued from a band of Samurai. But Zatoichi follows and helps the two until he returns from getting food to only find them gone. They are wanted, and Zatoichi is forced to brutally fight to save the lives of those affected. With this film you do not come away with a fully mesmerized Summer Blockbuster mood, but it makes you go away with a sad and epic feeling that is induced by the films exciting and symbolic ending that proves the depth of this series' theme - "Treat others as you want to be treated"

4 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Surprisingly good, not to be underestimated., 30 March 2008
7/10

After the horrible bottom feeders Date Movie, Epic Movie, and Meet the Spartans many people may be turned off from another spoof in the vein of Scary Movie. But in reality New Regency's idiot duo Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the two who brought us the garbage mentioned earlier in this review, weren't even behind it. Instead it was brought from Dimension film's own Craig Mazin, the mind behind Scary Movie 3 and 4.

But that's not the only reason not to or TO see it, we have the legendary Leslie Nielsen (from Airplane and Naked Gun stardom) co-starring in a role that isn't unlike the films that made him a star. We also have the charismatic Drake Bell fresh off Drake and Josh fame. The obligatory cameos by Pamela Anderson and Tracy Morgan are nothing to get excited about, they make brief, insignificant appearances that aren't what the movie's about. This film is about spoofing SUPERHERO movies, if you already didn't know! And they do a fine job. Even if the attempt is sometimes a hit and miss.

I really can't lie though, even though I had preconceived notions about this flick, I was very entertained. Scene after scene (mostly spoofing the Spiderman trilogy) kept me laughing and laughing until I was actually in pain. Some jokes, most the ones involving flatulence, farting to the simpleton, fell flat and seemed unsophisticatedly forced. But the rest is actually felt fresh and new. I couldn't help but love scenes that provided comedic "What if?" scenarios of scenes from Spiderman and X-Men. The best in which have Drake Bell undergo the sickening transformation into "The Dragonfly", and even a twist of the famous wall climbing scene from Spiderman where he realizes something just isn't right.

But this film likes to stay within a decent realm of pertinence, rather than choose random people in pop culture and play off them like caricatures. With Leslie Nielsen at Bell's side we get an authenticity not usually found in spoofs anymore. We do get a Tom Cruise parody that at first feels out of place, but eventually grows on you. A perfect impression by Miles Fisher is what we get, and he does such a good job of mimicking his mannerisms you could sware he was a skinny version of Frank Caliendo.

Will this film rejuvinate the genre, absolutely not. Will it make lots of money? Yes! But hopefully not only from idiotic, hormonally challenged teenie boppers. Hopefully some people will give it a chance. Even if for only 50 minutes of it's 85 minute running time we get a fun and refreshingly original sleeper. One of the best spoofs in over half a decade!