Hong Kong Movies
Martial Arts, Heroic Bloodshed and Much, Much More.
"I went into this viewing knowing pretty much nothing about this film. Coming out the other side, I'm happy to report that One Nite in Mongkok is a pretty successful cops and triads drama."
Iron Monkey Review/ Donnie Yen Interview (Boston's Weekly Dig)
" If you had to choose one filmmaker working in Hong Kong today that has the requisite critical stroke to win the Academy Award® for best foreign film, Wong Kar-Wai would be the guy..." (Boston's Weekly Dig)
Reviews of New Legend of Shaolin, Swordsman 2, Ashes of Time and Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (Boston's Weekly Dig)
Features reviews of Wing Chun, Holy Weapon, Butterfly and Sword and Heroic Trio (Boston's Weekly Dig)
My Review of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Boston's Weekly Dig)
"I can say the following with a certainty that would surprise most of you (except for you folks that know me from Shovel): this film contains the greatest fight scenes ever captured on film..." (Boston's Weekly Dig)
I got to write about whatever I felt like for one week with the Dig and I came up with this, it's sort of like a mini Shovel article. Films covered are : Beast Cops, Thundering Mantis and The Blade. (Boston's Weekly Dig)
"Hey folks, one of the best martial arts movies ever made is now readily available for rental. I'd say that's pretty sweet especially considering the difficulties this film has experienced on it's way onto Blockbuster's shelves..." (Boston's Weekly Dig)
Features a ton of capsule reviews: A Better Tomorrow I-III, City on Fire, Hard Boiled, God of Gamblers, God of Gamblers Return, Once a Thief,The Killer, Full Contact and Wild Search. (Boston's Weekly Dig)
Romeo Must Die Preview and a Review (Shovel Magazine)
A second interview with Donnie Yen (Shovel Magazine)
Features a healthy dose of humor, some stuff about Donnie Yen and two capsule reviews: Hero and Saviour of Soul (Shovel Magazine)
Features capsule reviews of Ballistic Kiss, Hitman, The Master and Five Element Ninja (Shovel Magazine)
Features some editorializing about New Line's remake of Full Contact and capsule reviews of Fists of the White Lotus, Tiger on Beat, Mismatched Couples, City of Darkness and 8 Diagram Pole Fighter. (Shovel Magazine)
Features a healthy dose of humor and capsule reviews of City Hunter, Shaolin Temple vs. Llama,Wing Chun, Master of Disaster (which is really New Kids in Town) and Magnificent Warriors. (Shovel Magazine)
Features a bit about The Phantom Menace, a vague review of Dragon Inn and some old ramblings on Romeo Must Die. (Shovel Magazine)
Features short bio on Yuen Wo-Ping, some of my thoughts on The Matrix and capsule reviews galore: Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, Iron Monkey, Drunken Tai Chi, The Magnificent Butcher, Tai Chi II, and The Tai Chi Master. (Shovel Magazine)
Features some bitching and moaning about my life, a capsule review of Shaolin Temple III and some more bitching and moaning. (Shovel Magazine)
A long interview with Donnie Yen from January of 1999. (Shovel Magazine)
Features a random smattering of stuff: pre-Arsenio Martial Law, Billy Chow, The Lucky Stars series and Who Am I. (Shovel Magazine)
A veritable cavalcade of capsule reviews: The Storm Riders, Enter the Fat Dragon, 36th Chamber of Shaolin (the Crash cinema Widescreen release), Crippled Avengers and Shaolin and Wutang. (Shovel Magazine)
Features lengthier reviews of John Woo's Last Hurrah for Chivalry and Ringo Lam's Burning Paradise. (Shovel Magazine)
One of my personal favorites. This article mixes Clarence Darrow, the Scopes Monkey Trial, a pun, a healthy dose of humor and my love of Wire-fu together into what I feel is a successful piece. (Shovel Magazine)
A short play that doubles as a bunch of capsule reviews. Dragons Forever, Iron Monkey,The Eagle Shooting Heroes (the greatest movie ever made), Peace Hotel, City on Fire, A Better Tomorrow II and Wild Search. Very cheeky. (Shovel Magazine)
Capsule reviews: Invincible Armour, Kickboxers Tears, Crazy Shaolin Disciples, Shaolin Drunken Monk, Once Upon a Time in China V,The Chinese Feast, Blade of Fury,Millionaire's Express and Crystal Hunt. (Shovel Magazine)
The earliest article in the archive. Reviews of 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Five Deadly Venoms and Drunken Master. (Shovel Magazine)
Second oldest article in this archive. Plenty of capsule reviews. (Shovel Magazine)
"Disturbing. If any of the following would make you ill, please avoid this film..."
"After a good six months of watching nothing newer from Hong Kong than 1995's Peace Hotel, I've recently begun catching up on the stuff that's come out in the past couple of years... "
"Well, let's see... Ringo Lam directs Chow Yun Fat and Tony Leung Ka Fai (who is apparently in every HK movie I've seen recently) in your basic 'newbie prisoner under the wing of a more experienced con' story..."
"First off, and most importantly, I enjoyed this film. Donnie Yen isn't Tsui Hark, but he is a director with some creativity, a desire to experiment and a nice (if sometimes overwrought) visual style..."