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Donnie Yen is Raging Fire

21 Dec

Raging Fire” Explodes Onto Blu-ray™, DVD, & Digital November 23“Raging Fire”  Explodes Onto Blu-ray™, DVD, & Digital November 23 - Irish Film CriticBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available to purchase on Amazon USA

The difference between the cop-type characters Donnie Yen has played over the years lays with how gentle he is or just how much Raging Fire he has. This film made a proper debut in the summer of 2021 and it didn’t take long for it to make it over to North America. The home video release has a bonus which looks at the making of this exciting film!

Although we’re getting a direct to home video release, I’d go see this film on the big screen. Before the pandemic, the last film I saw of Yen’s was Enter the Fat Dragon, and it was worth every effort to visit the only cinema (in Vancouver) that screened it. This film takes advantage of that big screen presentation in the climax when we see him deal with his protege Ngo (Nicholas Tse), who turned bad, in true Batman-like fashion. Can he brutally hurt his nemesis or let him live to face justice?

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Raging Fire to Blaze into Home Video Nov 23rd!

15 Nov

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Available to stream or preorder on Amazon USA

Release Date:
Nov 23, 2021

Donnie Yen is certainly not resting on his laurels after appearing in stand-out American produced films like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) and Mulan (2020). He’s been busy back home in Hong Kong, China too with Ip Man 4 and Enter the Fat Dragon. His versitility is a wonder to watch. He’s kicking his way into further action with 怒火·重案 (Nou Fo) coming to home video at the end of November! It’s sure to be a Raging Fire, the American title, indeed!

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It’s Not Ip Man’s Finale, but the Grandmaster of all Collections!

24 Mar

IP MAN 4 Movie Collection ART

IP MAN: THE GRANDMASTER 4-MOVIE COLLECTION
Release Date: April 7th

Wilson Yip’s work in the fictional biography of Ip Man is getting a box set! Not only will it feature all four films (previously released as separate films by Well Go USA) featuring Donnie Yen in the titular role, but also we’ll be getting the much needed featurettes that should help fill in the gaps that the cinematic treatment doesn’t touch on.

In the fourth film, which I reviewed a few months ago here, Ip Man lands in San Francisco to help ease tensions between the local Kung Fu masters and an up and coming talent, Bruce Lee. However, there’s more than just tensions between keeping Chinatown in peace. There’s problems with other locals; when the military gets involved, the xenophobic tensions can almost speak for the current situation going on presently between the White House, China and COVID-19.

Enter the Fat Dragon Hits North America!

19 Feb

null 10By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Well GO USA
Playing at select theatres.
Please check local listings.

Enter the Fat Dragon was quite the unexpected movie to launch on Valentine’s Day weekend. It has enough romantic elements to make the idea work. Ultimately, it’s an update of the 1978 film of the same name starring Sammo Hung and stays true to the comedic styling that defined that generation of martial arts films. Yes, we all love Bruce Lee, and when paired with the crazy stunts popularized by Jackie Chan’s prowess, it’s a movie to admire.

Fallon Zhu (Donnie Yen) is having a hard go at life. He’s a police officer who ends up being more trouble than he’s worth because of all the collateral damage caused when he brings down a criminal. Because of this, he gets demoted to the evidence department and that means sitting down alot. He has access to a vending machine with all the worst possible junk food he can have and eventually it leads to him gaining a lot of weight. Plus, he has girlfriend problems.

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Is it The Finale for the Ip Man franchise?

8 Jan

nullBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Playing in select theatres across North America

Spoiler Alert

Distributed by WELL GO USA

Twelve years is not much of a wait to see Ip Man: The Finale. Thankfully, it’s shorter than following the saga of the Skywalkers in Star Wars, but that’s besides the point! Donnie Yen plays the seminal master of a style of Kung Fu known as Wing Chun. Unnecessarily aggression (charging at your foes) is not part of the way. Those who practice any style of martial arts knows it’s more about defence than outright aggression.

Ip Man is introspective. An Asian chivalric code exists. While we don’t know all the rules, those who are indoctrinated knows them and respects it—even when Ip Man has to fight with one hand. The battles he faces are often not by his choice. It’s to defend honour. Challenges are normal between schools to see who is the ultimate fighter, and usually it does not mean ending an opponent’s life.

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