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[2019 Fantasia] Beware The Gangster, The Cop and The Devil … Times TWO!

21 Jul

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Screens at Fantasia 2019
Extra showing on July 28
Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU (Théâtre Hall)

Well Go USA

Plenty of idioms come to mind with this handsomely suave and sinister film from South Korea. The Gangster, The Cop and The Devil is a mix of a crime and thriller genre, and it’s hard boiled enough to have me guess who is worse. We have Tae-suk (Kim Moon-yul), a brutal policeman going vigilante on organized crime, Dong-soo (Dong-seok Ma), a gangster who could probably put musician Psy to shame for his sense of style, and K (Kim Sung-kyu) the serial killer who made the mistake of targeting Dong-soo. When this Al Capone wannabe’s reputation is tarnished, he has to do what’s right, and the film is a twisted cat-and-mouse game where no matter who gets whose desserts, the bloody outcome is going to be more than cherry red.

Cop and thief gang up, for lack of a better term, to go after the killer. The action is intense, and the film is all fortune for lots of glory! Plenty of action takes place in the streets, and the wry black humour is sharp. Even though the slow moments drag out the film, the wait for the next bloody conflict makes up for it.

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[Fantasia 2019] Master Z is the Bee’s Knees with the IP Man Legacy

19 Jul

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date: July 23, 2019
Well GO USA

Master Z: IP Man Legacy is a fast-paced, hard-hitting spinoff from the films about the legendary Wing Chun master Yip Man. Instead of this master of martial arts, we have another sifu whose style (wushu) can rival that of the other; this time, it’s the life of Cheung Tin Chi (Max Zhang) that we follow. This rival from Ip Man 3 gets his own film. He is trying to escape his life as a trainer.

Despite having lost to Yip, Chi believes his time in the arena is over. He’d rather pursue a simpler life with his son in an unassuming part of late 50s Hong Kong. However, trouble always comes up, and he has to serve up vengeance, Batman-style.

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Beware the Fists of ‘Furie’

25 Jun

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date: June 25, 2019
WELL GO USA

* Spoiler Alert

When a young girl gets kidnapped and mom is nearby, hell hath no Furie than a woman scorned. This idiom gets an all new meaning in this movie starring Veronica Ngo. She appeared in The Tailor (2017) and had a supporting role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She shines as a tough as nails ex-gang member wanting a simple life in the countryside of Vietnam but has to be John Wick.

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Counting the Many Plays in Triple Threat

26 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Released by Well GO USA
Available VOD and DVD/Blu-ray

With three powerhouse martial arts stars Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, and Tiger Chen to kick some serious butt, Triple Threat is an apt title for this action thriller. I almost want to call them the Asian version of The A-team–but the beloved TV show saw these soldiers for hire out to do good than be hell-bent. The roles these boys have are ambiguous. One is out for revenge and the others are seemingly okay with following him.

This movie is not for kids but for the 80s martial art film enthusiast, it’s an homage to those products from long ago with a touch of Michael Bay style direction mixed in.

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