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Ocean Heaven / 1911

Namely, your body starts to fail you. No longer are you as quick, nimble and flexible as in your prime. What’s an action hero to do? If you’re Jackie Chan and Jet Li — age 57 and 48, respectively — you start turning more and more to dramas. Coincidentally (or not), both martial-arts superstars have

Ocean Heaven / 1911

Namely, your body starts to fail you. No longer are you as quick, nimble and flexible as in your prime. What’s an action hero to do? If you’re Jackie Chan and Jet Li — age 57 and 48, respectively — you start turning more and more to dramas. Coincidentally (or not), both martial-arts superstars have

Triple Tap

This segues into another great sequence, this one of a literal highway robbery, during which a bank’s armored car is stopped beneath an underpass and fleeced. Seven fatalities are tallied, and it might have been more if Ken hadn’t motored by and saved the life of an officer. The only other survivor, a suspect in

Triple Tap

This segues into another great sequence, this one of a literal highway robbery, during which a bank’s armored car is stopped beneath an underpass and fleeced. Seven fatalities are tallied, and it might have been more if Ken hadn’t motored by and saved the life of an officer. The only other survivor, a suspect in

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Set in Hark’s beloved Tang Dynasty, the film casts Andy Lau (“Infernal Affairs”) as the star sleuth, imprisoned for treason for daring criticize royalty. Now, the very person who ordered him behind bars, Empress Wu (Carina Lau, “2046”), requires his help. Days away from her coronation ceremony, a towering statue being erected in her honor

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Set in Hark’s beloved Tang Dynasty, the film casts Andy Lau (“Infernal Affairs”) as the star sleuth, imprisoned for treason for daring criticize royalty. Now, the very person who ordered him behind bars, Empress Wu (Carina Lau, “2046”), requires his help. Days away from her coronation ceremony, a towering statue being erected in her honor

The Cannonball Run

Now, decades later, the huge, huge box-office hit has hit Blu-ray — Blu-ray! — and although I hadn’t seen the action-comedy since junior high, it’s remarkable how much I remembered about it:• every line and note of Ray Stevens’ cornball theme song;• Burt Reynolds’ mugging at the fourth wall;• DeLuise’s Captain Chaos superhero garb; •

BKO: Bangkok Knockout

Despite the team’s intimidating name, the members of Fight Club are the good guys of this Thai actioner. The bad guy is the cigar-chomping gringo Mr. Snead (Speedy Arnold), who runs a high-stakes gambling operation where the minimum wager is $5,000. On what do his richie-rich clients bet? Quasi-gladitorial games between pairs of fighters in

The Last Godfather

If this were a bid at crossover stardom à la Jackie Chan, he’s failed miserably. Heck, if this were intended to be a comedy, he’s failed miserably. The flimsy plot has Harvey Keitel — why, Harvey, why? — as a Mafia leader planning on retirement. While his many underlings want the job, he’s going to

The King of Fighters

In “Fighters,” three ancient artifacts — a sword, a shield and a chain-metal necklace that looks like Red Sonja’s thong — combine to unleash energy that opens a gateway to another dimension where characters compete in underground fighting tournaments to become the King of Fighters. There, logic and physics are on hold, tunnels are awash

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