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The Influences Behind The Matrix

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The Matrix is seen as a ground-breaking science fiction action film. But many of the film’s most interesting aspects were actually influenced by other, earlier works of fiction and philosophy.

Which is better? Coming up with a new idea, or getting lots of people to like that new idea? Just as in most places, in film we see lots of new ideas all the time, but greater acceptance of these new ideas is relatively rare. As a form of art, film is a media full of new and interesting things. However, it is also a business, and in general it is difficult to sell things which people have not already experienced and had a positive response to. For this reason, innovation in mainstream cinema can seem to move forward at a snail’s pace. Big studios want to make what sells, and taking creative risks is not friendly to the bottom line.
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Film Review: Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread (1974) by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

Due to the strong impression left on the first film, the same creative crew returned for this brazen and highly-enjoyable follow-up that carries on the sensational adventures of detective Li Koryu. Rushed to theaters three months after the original, this wild and utterly frenzied sequel is now part of the complete Sister Street Fighter Collection released by Arrow Films on March 5 in a 2-disc Blu-Ray set.

After a detective is killed, detective Li Koryu is assigned to look into the case involving the diamond smuggler Kazushige Osone who lives in Japan. After arriving in Yokohama and meeting her sister Li Ban-lan (Tamayo Mitsukawa), Koryu immediately finds herself in the bosses’ crosshairs, as he carries out a scheme involving the smuggling of diamonds from Hong Kong to Japan inside the bodies of prostitutes and then being removed, of which her friend Birei (Hisako Tanaka) is included in. Forced
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Jet Li's Shocking Appearance Has Fans Worried About His Health

Jet Li's Shocking Appearance Has Fans Worried About His Health
International action star Jet Li made headlines over the weekend after the actor was photographed after an appearance in Tibet, because the actor is practically unrecognizable. Jet Li announced in 2013 that he was suffering from hyperthyroidism and a heart condition, and those who have commented on the photo are quite stunned, since the 55-year-old actor looks at least 20 or 30 years older than he really is. The actor has quietly stepped away from acting since then, although he is slated to portray The Emperor in Disney's remake of Mulan.

When Jet Li announced his hyperthyroidism in 2013, he admitted that he had been dealing with it for three years prior. He was advised to take medication to control his heart rate and he was advised by his doctors to stop making action films, or he would risk, "spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair." Li's last major Hollywood film was 2014's The Expendables 3,
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Essential Viewing for fans of ‘The Raid: Redemption’ – 15 Classic Martial Arts Films

With the release of The Raid: Redemption, I’ve asked Sound On Sight contributors Edgar Chaput and Michael Ryan to help me put together a list of 15 classic martial arts films that we consider essential viewing. Here are my five choices.

11- The Blade (Doa)

Directed by Hark Tsui

Inspired by the 1967 Shaw Brothers epic The One-Armed Swordsman, Tsui Hark’s The Blade reinforces that the director is a true innovator, a visionary, a remarkable stylist and a man who knows how to direct action. In a style often compared to Wong Kar Wai’s Ashes of Time, The Blade is a constant, steady blend of hand-held camera work, quick cuts, visual motifs, symbolic imagery and downright poetic juxtapositions. The fight scenes start out violent and blood-stained but gradually progress into grand artistic spectacles – some of the best you’ll ever see.

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12- Jing wu ying xiong
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