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The Paper Tigers (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Three old tigers

I often found myself rolling my eyes with amusement and embarrassment as watching “The Paper Tigers”, a little martial arts flick which is alternatively corny and funny in winning ways. Cheerfully moving back and forth between comedy and drama along … Continue reading

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Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): There will be more pandas

“Kung Fu Panda 3”, the third entry of the popular animated film franchise from Dreamwork, faithfully follows its plot formula which has been established through its two predecessors. Again, its bumbling hero must rise to the challenge when another big … Continue reading

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The Assassin (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A gorgeous but distant wuxia film

Sometimes I come across beautiful films which can instantly hold my gaze with their beauty and mood but somehow keep me from getting wholly involved in what or how they are about. I watch them with curiosity and admiration, but … Continue reading

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The Grandmaster (2013) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Once Upon a Time in China

 Faces, fists, palms, feet, arms, legs, hats, dresses, coats, shoes, closets, chairs, clocks, tables, stairs, doors, knives, water/blood droplets, puddles, smokes, snow, wind, lights, a monkey, a train, and a dog. These were the items I wrote down in my … Continue reading

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