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Ninjago Crystallized at Mid-Season, That Surprise Cliffhanger, and Broadcast News

27 Jul

NinjagoThe latest episodes of Ninjago Crystallized are really about “The Fifth Villain” joining the Crystal Council and perhaps breaking them up before things get worse. After the team’s prison breakout and evasion of Hounddog McBrag, they’re not ready to take a breather just yet. The team is back together to figure out who this person is after some silly Fugi-Dove moments. This episode moves very quickly, and the best takeaway is in giving this comic villain a chance at redemption.

Perhaps he’ll turn his back on crime and become a hero for justice! It’s hard to fathom what goes on in his mind, but I’m loving this character even more.

The Mechanic is proving to be quite the troublemaker. He’s a lot more versatile than previously thought because we see just how skilled he is with fashioning tech. Like Doc Ock from Spider-Man, his spare limbs have a mind of their own, and the Ninjago team are ill prepared to deal with him.

Although they could catch him and tie him up, to say he “levelled up” goes beyond showing how he escapes! He indeed is the next to be recruited, and he’s no doubt thrilled to join “The Council of the Crystal King.”

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On Ninjago’s Heartwarming Episode, “The Benefit of Grief” and Being on the Lam

19 Jul

NinjagoSpoiler Alert

After the Ninjago team’s prison breakout in the latest broadcast (my last running commentary can be read here), the gang is not only on the lam but also have to figure out who else will become a member of this Legion of Doom. But before they can do that, they’ll have to find someplace to hide out in. They can’t go home, and the only people who can help are P.I.X.A.L., Sensei Wu and Nya. In what makes these episodes perfect lays in three facts.

First, the running gag concerning how, P.I.X.A.L. can build the team new mecha (or costumes) in no time flat gets asked again and I surmise she made copies of herself. That’s the only logical explanation to answer this mystery.

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Jing Wong’s Mercenaries from Hong Kong Unleashed in 2K for Fantasia 2022!

19 Jul

Mercenaries from Hong Kong

Another old Chinese movie playing at Fantasia 2022 is Shaw Brothers’ Mercenaries from Hong Kong. The 2K restoration screened over the weekend and I hope a home video rerelease is planned. It’s a must for any collector and enthusiast of vintage Hong Kong action cinema.

To note, not even I have seen every movie that’s been released during this time. There’s plenty of works that have never crossed the Pacific to screen in North America, and back then, the only source to find these works meant frequenting video rental shops in Chinatown. But they do not import every film unless they bootleg. Alas, these operations have become a thing of the past. These days, we search YouTube for trailers and visit YesAsia to make a purchase. To note, the DVD is out of print and not everybody has a player for the outdated VCD format. Perhaps this recent restoration might mean a new release is coming.

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The Heroic Trio Kickstarts Fantasia 2022’s Legendary Classic Film Block This Weekend

15 Jul

The Heroic Trio

Playing July 16 and 28 at Fantasia 2022 at the Salle J.A. De Sève
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The timing couldn’t be better for the comeback of The Heroic Trio. Not only do we get to see three terrific Chinese actresses—Anita Mui, Maggie Cheung ane Michelle Yeoh—at their prime (this movie originally came out in 1993), but also it is an homage to all the campy superhero shows of the past.

Yeoh appeared in numerous pictures, but the fact the movie, Everything, Everywhere All At Once, is a spectacular hit has her on the radar again. Cheung is just as active, and Mui, before her passing, was known for her roles alongside Jackie Chan.

To Kei-fung’s directorial vision acknowledges the outrageous fun found in the history of works they’ve done, but also extends further. For example, we find nods to The Green Hornet, Flash Gordon, Tim Burton’s Batman and Wonder Woman. Nobody should be astonished that the heroines, Invisible Woman (Mui) and Wonder Woman (Yeoh), are familiar names. In contrast, they are nothing like their Marvel and DC Comics counterparts. I’m sure Kei-fung knew what he was doing and was paying tribute to their influence on Chinese pop culture.

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Taking the Heat in Ninjago Crystallized’s Latest

11 Jul

Ninjago CrystallizedTeletoon Canada
Saturday 9:00AM (PST)
Spoiler Alert

The next pair of episodes in Ninjago Crystallized shows the team given due process in court and serving time. But as the trailers have shown, they’ll be out in no time. In “Ninjago City vs the Ninja,” we watch the boys given due process before getting tossed away. Despite Dareth’s best attempts to convince Judge William Toughbutt otherwise, with a nice recap of everything they’ve done for the good of the populace, this representative of the law thinks otherwise.

In this episode, we examine the cost of rebuilding a city. From town to a young city, and later a metropolis, the technical advances between iterations have been noticeable throughout the 15-season run. Someone needs to be writing the paychecks, and we don’t know of any Bruce Wayne personality. There’s only two characters I can think of who are rich enough. One is Cyrus Borg and the other is Milton Dyer.

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