“The Warlords” (投名状; Tau Ming Chong) is a 2007 Chinese movie, directed by Peter Chan and starred Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Xu Jinglei. The movie was the biggest winner of Hong Kong Film Awards in April 2008, capturing the best movie, best director and best actor awards etc.
Archive for action movies - action dramas, trailers and adventure films
Asian and Hollywood action movie trailers, cast and information. Some posts are updated with short reviews and extra thoughts after I watched the films.
Trailer for American action thriller Live Free or Die Hard, the fourth instalment in the Die Hard film series. Directed by Len Wiseman, with Bruce Willis reprising his famous role as Detective John McClane, who this time fights against cyber terrorists who hacked into major networks and crippled the country.
Justin Long plays a hacker who helps McClane, and Timothy Olyphant as the leader of the terrorist group. The cast also includes Cliff Curtis, Maggie Q and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. In cinemas next month.
I’m a fan of the film series but not sure about this one. The previous instalment was back in 1995, doubt it’s a good idea to make a new movie after a decade. Will give this a go regardless for nostalgia sake; guess the producers calculated this, banking on the old fans to support the box office.
Update – My two cents after watching this, which is titled Die Head 4.0 outside of North America. It’s an entertaining movie packed with over the top actions, Die Hard fans will like this. I’m a bit disappointed with the villains’ agenda; the final goal doesn’t make sense because with their abilities they can achieve that easily via more direct methods. Nothing much to nitpick otherwise, it’s a decent action film.
Trailer for American action comedy film Rush Hour 3. Directed by Brett Ratner as usual, with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker reprising their roles as cop buddies. The duo has to travel to Paris this time to uncover secrets about a notorious triad and also to capture an assassin.
The multinational cast includes Max von Sydow, Hiroyuki Sanada, Yvan Attal, Noémie Lenoir and Youki Kudoh. In cinemas in Malaysia and the United States in August 2007.
The film series fall into the “stupid fun” category, which is good for a few laughs but offers zero enlightenment. The first movie in 1998 is actually decent, but the 2001 sequel is pretty average despite starring Zhang Ziyi as a villain. Hope this new instalment will at least be somewhere in between.
Review – Let’s end this for good
Can’t recall from its predecessors but I’m not fond of the amount of sexual jokes in the film. I get that it’s a common thing in Hollywood action comedies but it’s disgusting when they rely too much on that. There are many warning signs in the trailer but I didn’t notice that back then.
There are still some fun moments but it’s a poor movie overall. The two main leads have lost their sparks in tandem and most stuff seems to be getting old. The actions are poor too, one of the worst I’ve seen from a Jackie Chan’s movie. It’s probably wise to end the franchise right here.
On lesser notes, the trailer focuses on Paris (not untrue) but about 30 minutes of the show is set in Los Angeles instead. Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu actually has decent screen time despite not appearing much in the teaser video; she’s also not credited as a main cast which is kinda odd.