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Godzilla Minus One

Godzilla Minus One [ゴジラ-1.0] aka Gojira -1.0 is a Japanese SciFi Action film released on 3rd November 2023.

Godzilla Minus One

About

The movie was to celebrate the genre’s 70th anniversary.

“Feeling as if he unfairly cheated death too many times, Shikishima, a surviving Kamikaze pilot, is attacked on Odo Island along with many war plane engineers by a gargantuan monster. After the engineers die because of Shikishima failing to distract the monster, an overwhelming amount of guilt weighs on him, especially after a homeless woman and a baby move into his home when he returns. Shikishima, now on a personal mission, teams up with a large group of veterans to finally take down the monster known as Godzilla.”
Via IMDB

The movie cost USD15m to make, fairly cheap by today’s standards, it has made USD115m internationally as I write this.

Cast

Kamiki Ryunosuke [神木隆之介] as Shikishima Koichi
Popular actor who entered the industry at the age of 2 years old successfully transitioning into an adult actor.

Hamabe Minami [浜辺美波] as Oishi Noriko
Another child actress and despite only being 23 years old now she has quite a long resume.

Godzilla as Himself.

Review

I’m not really into Godzilla films and this is the first one I have seen all the way through to the end.

To me the Godzilla part was secondary to the film and the story would have stood up on its own if the creature had never made an actual appearance. It didn’t seem to be in a lot of scenes, I’m not sure if this is normal.

I guess the movie has to appeal to numerous age groups, enough of the monster but a good story for the adults as well.

The story was good and the actors were a brilliant selection although I had never heard of any of them. There was even humour written in, mainly from the 3 sidekicks.

The Godzilla monster seemed like a puppet rather than CGI but obviously had some computer elements in it as it regenerated.  The city destruction sets was quite brilliant for the budget they had. When the buildings or boats were being thrown they looked like models but I guess being in the style of the older Godzilla productions this was part of its charm.  Rather than creating new Godzilla roars and using older recordings kept the realism of the older productions, at least the ones that I have seen.

There is an emotional surprise at the end of the film but left me a little disappointed as the child seemed a bit left out of it.

Summary

Definitely a must watch even if you aren’t a Godzilla fan, I will give it a 4.5/5. Marks off for the end scene.

2024-06-04T22:37:25+00:004 June 2024|Review Japan|

The Advisors Alliance

The Advisors Alliance [大军师司马懿之军师联盟] is a Chinese period drama that aired in 2017.

About

It is based on a true story about the life of Sima Yi (who lived between 179-251), a great politician and strategist who lived during the Three Kingdoms era. He and his family a pitted against the dysfunctional Cao family and their heirs. This is the first of two seasons.

Cast

Wu Xiu Bo (吴秀波) as Sima Yi
He is considered one of the best actors in China and he is also a singer, musician, recording artist, and producer.

Li Chen (李晨) as Cao Pi
He is an actor and director from Beijing. He is popular through the variety show “Keep Running”.

Yu He Wei (于和伟) as Cao Cao
Another great actor and also vice chairman of the Beijing Film Association.

Review

This was a great political drama that wasn’t boring, the characters were always developing from the start to finish.

Some of the mannerisms of the characters were a little bit over the top with the crying and kowtowing, maybe that is how they envisage things were back then.

There wasn’t many fight scenes but they were done well.

One of the most memorable scenes was when Cao Cao gave his speech to throngs of his subjects, not for the acting but just the vastness of the set.

In the first number of episodes the music was very dramatic and engaging, little bit like a soap opera cliffhanger. In further episodes they appears to tone it down a bit. Some of the later music seemed very familiar, I think they got it from another show or the composer come up with a similar variation.

There were some really good strong female characters in this series. Sima Yi’s wife was like a fighter but in later episodes became this nag which was a little bit over the top. Sima Yi’s concubine, imposed on him by Cao Pi, was an interesting character although I didn’t want that relationship to happen, only the intellectual side.

At first I was really liking Cao Pi but later on the butter just run off his noodles. This appears to be the way of the Cao’s.

Summary

This show is a must see; good story, very engaging, great actors, and strong female characters. I will give it 5/5.

Where To Watch

I watched this show on Viki, its on YouTube as well.

2024-05-31T23:14:58+00:0031 May 2024|Review China|

First and Last Cruise

We just came back from a cruise to Alaska with a company called Celebrity. They say people either love them or hate them. For me, it was the later, never again. This is a summary of my experience.

Prior to the cruise I noticed the company had a lot of downtime. When I investigated I found it had been going on for 2+ years. I wrote to them but they never responded to my concerns.

The Best Bits

  • Specialty Restaurants: These were better spaced out than the other eating areas and the staff more professional and relaxed, the passengers in them more or less behaved themselves although numerous ones had their moments. We went to three of these restaurants, the Asian one being the best.
  • Cabin Cleaning Crew: A typical member of staff has to clean 70 cabins once a day and “get their bed ready” in the evening, that is 140 sweeps of their floor in a day. We were very friendly with those members of staff, I felt I had a better relationship with these than any others. There was none of the marketing BS other staff members would throw at us. Many of them are Filipino and we ate at the food stands off the boat they recommended, no other passengers went to them, only cabin crew staff, it was the best food and company we had during the whole cruise.
  • Professional Passengers: Most of the passengers were just rude and awful but we did talk to a handful that were really wonderful, like the Taiwanese guy who invented some semiconductors and a couple who were senior leadership in health care.
  • Classical Music: There was one quiet bar with a cello and violin player, playing classical music. It was a very welcome and sane change to the entertainment on the rest of the boat.
  • Tourist Shop: There was one tourist shop that was more reasonably priced than the ones off ship in Alaska.
  • Photography Team: I had heard that photographers interrupt passengers everywhere to take their pictures and sell them at $20 a shot. This was not the case for this cruise, I did see passengers approach them but not the other way round.
  • WiFi: We got a deal on a WiFi package. The speed was much better than expected but could only do basic stuff like emails and some bandwidth friendly websites.
  • LGBTQ: There is an LGBTQ meetup every night although I was not tempted to attend.
  • The Cabin: The cabin was better than expected, as were the facilities and storage, but we were in a more expensive class. Anything smaller would have been a nightmare.
  • Art Gallery: This was better than expected with prices much less than regular galleries for the same art. The diversity of the artists was good but that wasn’t reflected in their art unfortunately.
  • Leaving: Even though there were annoying parts, disembarking the boat was more organized than the boarding.

The Worst Bits

  • Sea Sick: I was very sea sick, it wasn’t until I could get off the boat into a town at the 2nd port that I could buy some medication.
  • Treatment of Staff: This I found particularly upsetting. From what they told me staff have to work 9 months without a day off, they then get 3 months vacation I guess when the season ends. Even so, 9 months non-stop seems very rough on people. I suspect its tough to keep staff motivated under these conditions. Many staff members were from the Philippines who had left their wives and children behind to earn a better wage doing domestic duties on the ship, life must be so hard to have to travel that far to earn a wage to sustain your family, this upset me deeply.
  • Climate Change: Cruise ships dump their stuff in oceans which increase the acidity levels in the water, no matter how much they filter the sewage there is still an effect. As spectacular as they as it was incredibly sad to see glaciers vanishing before ones eyes, I am pleased cruise ships are heavily regulated in those areas by National Park Services although I wouldn’t trust the companies to self-regulate or self-report which is the current law. There is a lot of “green-washing” on board the boat.
  • Boarding: We got on at the Port of Vancouver (British Columbia) and it was a nightmare. Long lines. Disorganized ground crew with no one knowing what they were doing. The waiting area was jammed with people. The cruise company had no idea what they were doing.
  • Safety Video: All passengers are required to watch the video, which is good, but its very short and inefficient. I had better safety instructions on board commuter boats in London down the River Thames.
  • Crowds: Cruise companies want to stuff as many passengers as they can to make lots of profit. However, most of those people were rude, obnoxious and pushing each other. It was completely awful. There was more than one incident where I saw people bump into and push over disabled passengers. Some passengers were running to get first in line to a restaurant knocking over others. I did not see any staff member assist disabled passengers around the boat.
  • Buffet: At lunch time many people ate at the buffet, it is a completely nightmare. Not enough seats, people pushing and shoving around the buffet stations. The poor staff trying to keep things organized were on a losing battle. It was like a pig pen, but worse.
  • Main Restaurant: This was also a gong show. More crowds, tables too close together with staff not being able to get between them in order to delivery a good service.
  • Food Quality: The food wasn’t as good as people had said they were. It seems that many fall for the marketing; if they are told many times that its great people start to believe it, but it wasn’t. Many “traditional” recipes they had were no where near it, it was worse than school dinners. The chefs try to be over fancy and many recipes didn’t work out, it would have been better to keep to basics and make those recipes awesome. I kept to “safe” food like corn flakes, salad and fruit.
  • COVID and Health: During the 7 day cruise I only saw one member of staff wear a mask and he was outside the boat. None of the staff serving or handling food had masks on, or any other safety clothes you would expect to see in the food service industry. I would say 2% of passengers wore masks, all of those were Asian. I wore a mask 100% of the time.
  • Ports: Every port, or every place where the boat stopped, was a tourist trap. It was full of gift shops and very little of interest. Most of the indigenous products were made in China and not by locals, so there is no benefit to those specific communities.
  • Excursions: These were a rip off. The cruise company takes a percentage of the cost of the excursion and as some people found out buying from an external company was more than 50% cheaper, even being able to barter the price. The cruise company tells you to only buy their excursions in order to be back at the boat on time but this is more than often false as external companies already know when the ship leaves. There is still a “buyer beware” for external companies as their is via the cruise company. The cruise isn’t in port long enough to enjoy sites that might be further away from the tourist trap area.
  • Main Entertainment: The entertainment on the main stage was awful and cheesy. Both performances we saw were not very good productions and the singers were out of tune, sometimes on their own but very much when they sung together. They just churned out songs with no thought of stringing them together to tell a story. The music from the “band” was much louder than the singers. Also, watching the equipment in the booth the sound levels were way above what they should have been therefore much was distorted over the speakers.
  • Ship Wide Entertainment: They were really blasting out music in various parts of the ship and it was way too noisy, I kept getting headaches. The “Entertainment Director” was so annoying and loud, like a Pontins reject. Most of this entertainment was just annoying.
  • Smoking: The smoking areas of the ship were too awful to go near and they had great scenic viewpoints which is such a shame few people could take advantage of.
  • Posh Shops: Couple of floors on the ship had a lot of posh shops. They gave out crappy gifts to entice people in to buy expensive rubbish which was cheaper elsewhere, this was also the case at every port.
  • Casino: Virtually no one was using the casino, which I guess isn’t a bad thing.

Summary

So the worst parts of this cruise made me decide that they are not for me and would never ever consider one again:

  • Crowds and rude passengers.
  • Climate Change.
  • Treatment of Staff.
  • Cheesy Entertainment.
  • Port of Call Tourist Traps.
  • Too much marketing.

I can see the advantages of doing a cruise but they are for a certain type of person, that is not me.

Update 2024-06-11

  • We have been sick for more than two weeks after the cruise. We are gradually improving though.
  • We had booked another cruise to Mexico prior to going on the Alaska one. From the experience above this has now been cancelled.
  • Never heard back from Celebrity regarding the health concerns on board.
  • The travel agent we booked the Alaska cruise from showed no concern about our health, they just said “cruises aren’t for every one”. Like Celebrity they appear to only care about the money not the people.
  • I noticed this story about the Maui local government warning cruise companies for getting too close areas of delicate ecosystem.
2024-06-11T17:10:25+00:0028 May 2024|Customer Service, Review|

Super Villain

Super Villain [aka Solitary Man or 大“反”派] is a Chinese comedy drama movie that was released on 4th April 2024.

Plot

Bi Chao has been desperately trying to get into the movie business when an upcoming role turns into a nightmare. In an accident he loses his memory and thinks he really is the character that he is playing in the movie; he thinks he is a murderer, in love with someone else other than his wife and is chased by three gangsters.

Cast

Bao Bei Er [包贝尔] as Bi Chao
He is a Chinese actor and singer. He is very popular and lined up to appear in many films and TV shows, I’m surprised he has time to see his wife and child. We recently saw him in Follow Bear to Adventure and 1921.

Wei Xiang [魏翔] as Fang Zi Hua
As I’ve said before this actor should be in more main roles, I think he is gradually being recognized for his talent. We’ve seen him in many films including Too Cool To Kill.

Review

This movie was definitely very comedic but at times it had lost it’s way. I’m just wondering if they rush through these movies as the actors have so many other films they are making.

Centered around the movie making industry in China but there were still references to Hollywood but they showed quite a few sound stages. I doubt if they had made those sets just for “Super Villain”, maybe borrowed from other ongoing film productions.

The story was basically good but not new. Someone gets hit on his head and thinks he’s someone else. The difference was it centered around the movie industry, a rocky relationship, and being chased by the fish salesmen/gangsters.

I was surprised to see a somewhat gay related scene when an actor appeared to have slept with a movie executive to get a part. This is something you don’t often see in Chinese films and I thought these references had been banned.

There were two scenes that might not have gone down well in the west including the one at the pharmacy taking many pills. A “do not try this at home” moment. If I was a screenwriter I wouldn’t have included that.

The bloopers at the end were cute, it seems that all the actors were having a great time with this movie.

Summary

I haven’t seen many reviews of it yet but Douban give it a 4.5. I normally mark it out of five but I would give it a higher score, around a 7/10. I think its worth seeing just for the slapstick comedy sequences.

2024-05-06T21:58:55+00:006 May 2024|Review China|

Schick vs Braun

Lately I’ve been cutting myself on my Schick shaver, I have a Quattro Titanium model. To avoid that I bought myself a Braun electric shaver. This is my experience with both of them.

Schick Quattro Titanium

When I first started shaving it was electric but came to realize a wet shave was much nicer and for 40 years now I have used Schick or the UK equivalent Wilkinson Sword and at one point Gillette.

I never liked Gillette products very much which is why I quickly moved to Schick.

A wet shave, I feel, is the only way my skin feels clean and refreshed in the morning.

Until recently I’ve never had any issues with a Schick but in my old age it seems I am becoming a little bit incompetent with it and keep cutting myself. Maybe my skin is changing and is a little bit more sensitive. Also, I notice cuts take longer to heal than in my younger years.

Compared to an electric shaver I spend more money on Schick related products such as replacement blades and shaving cream.

I have noticed the Schick product line is looking a bit more like “cheap plastic” as the years pass which is why I have stuck to an older model.

Braun Series 7

I was pondering whether a Braun electric shaver would replace my Schick, this is why I bought this originally.

The latest model Braun is about CAD$400 which I would never pay for a shaver especially as I might end up not liking it. So I ended up buying the Braun series 7 which cost me CAD$135 on sale.

When opening the box I found this cleaning module and thought it was just a hunk of cheap plastic, just didn’t look nice at all. I’m not even sure it would do the job.

When I used the shaver I didn’t enjoy it at all. It felt as though it was pulling the skin off my face and didn’t like how it heated up against my skin. I was shaving for much longer than a Schick as the Braun just took longer to achieve a clean shave. I bought some pre-shave for electric shavers but it was stinky and didn’t really have any effect from what I could tell. The ability to “eletric wet shave” was great but didn’t really make any difference either.

So, it wasn’t a complete waste of money because it will be back up option if I continue to cut myself with my Schick but I can see it might spend a lot of time in my bathroom drawer. I am pleased I didn’t spend over $400.

The Winner Is

As you can tell from the above, for overall performance in giving me an A+ shave Schick is the clear winner. Braun just doesn’t tick any boxes with the exception of being a necessary backup option.

Products

I recommend the following products because I need all the help I can get:

  • Proraso Shaving Cream, Shaving Soap and Shaving Balm. The balm is the best as it doesn’t make my skin sting like the lotion.
  • Under the Schick brand they have Edge Shaving Gel, I do have this in reserve but rarely use it.
  • Bulldog has a great range of products such as the Face Scrub and Sensitive Moisturizer, however, I do not like their Shave Gel. Their products do help with the shaving and healthy skin experience.
2024-04-30T22:43:04+00:0030 April 2024|Review|

Kung Fu Traveler

Kung Fu Traveler [aka Kung Fu Cyborg / 功夫机器侠] is a Chinese action and sci-fi drama that was released on 1st February 2017.

Plot

In the future, aliens have taken over the planet earth with the fate resting on China’s hands. Kung Fu is the only hope of defeating the invaders but in that time period it is no longer used and people have lost that skill.  The only hope is to send a robot back into the past to relearn the skills in order to program the mechanical soldiers of the future. A human accompanies the time traveling robot to ensure it completes its task.

Cast

Tiger Chen [陈虎] as Chen Hu / Ah Jie
He is an actor and martial artist who starred in western movies such as Matrix Reloaded and John Wick 3.

Wang Zhi [王智] as Xu Zi Ying
Kung Fu Traveler was one of her earlier films but is popular appearing in many other plus drama series.

Review

There was something of a story there but unfortunately it wasn’t very well executed. The robot played by Tiger Hu Chen was the only character that developed somewhat by increasing the level of his programming according the situation.

There were similar sci-fi that had been pinched from western books and shows, such as “Asimov’s rules of robotics”, “don’t mess with the timeline”, and “if you leave an object in a hiding place it will still be there 200 years into the future”.

I’ve not seen Tiger Chen in any other productions, not even in the west, but his acting was as plastic and robotic. However, this was the case for every other character too, so maybe it had something to do with the direction rather than poor actors who had been given a bum script.

A couple of baddies appeared on the scene and they looked like rejects from a 1960s hippie movie with hair styles similar to The Monkees, it was hilarious but I don’t think it was meant to be funny.

Either the special effects were done on a very slim budget or they just didn’t execute there very well. The transparent computer screens were the only thing that I liked, but that is similar to any other sci-fi around these days. The aliens fights the humans at the beginning looked even worse than the old TV Show “Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future”, see clip below.

The time machine looked like a rip off from the US TV show Quantum Leap.

KungFu Traveler

Summary

It was bad. Very bad. I managed to watch the whole movie so you all wouldn’t have to. I will give it a 0.25/5. It’s hard to believe they actually made a sequel to the movie.

Where To Watch

The movie can be found on Tubi. Kung Fu Traveler the sequel cannot be found there.

2024-04-29T21:52:41+00:0029 April 2024|Review China|

NetNewsWire and RSS Recommendations

NetNewsWire is my RSS reader of choice because it’s no fuss, simple to use, and available for Mac and iOS. In this post I will outline what RSS feeds I currently subscribe to, in no particular order.

This post doesn’t intend to teach you how to use NetNewsWire or what RSS feeds are, there are plenty of resources on the internet to explain what to do better than I can.

Wherever you see rss below, right click then copy, then paste it into a new feed in NetNewsWire.

Art and Museums

WordPress Related

  • Every WordPress blog has an RSS feed.
  • There is a plugin called Simple History which will track changes made on your WordPress website. This is particularly useful in a setup where multiple users are editing pages. Simple History will create an RSS feed that I find invaluable.
  • Uptime Robot is a tool to monitor unplanned downtime on your website, there is a free version. Apart from sending you alerts via email, you can receive them through an RSS feed.

Cartoons

  • Adam and Andy is a particularly good LGBTQ cartoon [website / rss]

The following cartoons are ones I subscribe to from an RSS feed created from GoComics via ComicsRSS, find the cartoon you love.

  • Andy Capp [rss]
  • Brewster rockit [rss]
  • Fred Basset [rss]
  • Garfield [rss]
  • Hagar [rss]
  • Peanuts [rss]
  • Tarzan [rss]
  • View Business [rss]

Comics

Food

LGBTQ

News

Technology

Weather

YouTube

I subscribe to a number of YouTube channels.

To change a YouTube channel to an RSS feed, do the following:

  1. Part of your URL will be https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=
  2. Go to the YouTube channel you want to subscribe to.
  3. Click on “More about this channel”
  4. Click on Share Channel
  5. Click on Copy Channel ID
  6. Place the Channel ID at the end of the URL in step 1 so it will look like https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UCE1hSTtarnNASCXEpFw0jRQ
  7. Paste into a new feed into NetNewsWire

Summary

The above RSS feeds reflect my hobbies and interests, I hope you find something here of interest to you.

2024-04-23T04:46:53+00:0023 April 2024|Technology|

Sakra

Sakra [天龙八部之乔峰传], aka Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, is a Hong Kong wuxia/drama movie that was released on 19th January 2023.

About

A famous martial artist, Qiao Feng, is accused of crimes he didn’t commit. He is forced away from his group of bandits and then goes on the hunt to find out who is responsible of setting him up.

Cast

Donnie Yen [甄子丹] plays Qiao Feng
The actor doesn’t need any introduction. Yen also directed this movie. I notice in his bio he will star in IP Man 5, not sure when that will be released.

Chen Yu Qi [陈钰琪] plays A Ju
An award winning Chinese actress, specifically for her role in “Heavenly Sword and Dragon Slaying Sabre (2019)”.

I recognized quite a few other known Hong Kong actors such as Grace Wong, Kara Wai and Eddie Cheung.

Review

This film had quite a few flaws maybe because it felt as though the production company rushed through it.

The best part of the film was the action, it was pretty well done apart from the CGI flaws. The story continuity wasn’t the best but if you are watching it for the Wuxia then you might be ok.

There were quite a few errors, as follows:

  • I noticed at one point in the film the outside broadcast lighting appeared to have fallen over and they couldn’t be bothered to re-shoot the segment.
  • If you look closely the CGI faces were very screwed up; some didn’t go by too fast and I could tell they were just blobs, like bad AI.
  • There was a kind of cliffhanger at the end but it wasn’t written very well, or acted well either.

So, I didn’t know much about the background of the film going into it, and that it was a Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils adaptation, so it was better than I anticipated from the reviews but it needed a lot of work to get it up to scratch.

I was good to see some recognizable actors and actresses in the movie.

We watched the Cantonese version, was it dubbed? I’m not sure, which is good I guess.

Summary

It wasn’t a bad movie at all, I would recommend it for light watching, I will give it a 4/5.

Where To Watch

We found this movie on TubiTV. For a 2023 film it appeared on there pretty quickly, you usually see older films on that free service.

2024-04-15T17:18:56+00:0015 April 2024|Review Hong Kong|

Eye For An Eye

Eye for an Eye [目中无人] is a series of two exciting Chinese action/drama films from 2022 and 2024.

About

Cheng Xia Zi is a blind martial artist and bounty hunter, like an ancient Daredevil superhero from Marvel comics group.

In the first film, he gets involved with a lady from a restaurant who is brutally murdered. Initially he didn’t want to intervene but gradually becomes involved getting justice.

In the second film, Zhang Xiao Yu suffers greatly at the loss of her family and clings to Cheng Xia Zi. They then seek revenge for what the murderers did.

Cast

Xie Miao [谢苗] plays Cheng Xia Zi, the blind swordsman
He is an actor and martial artist who appears in Chinese and Hong Kong productions. We recently saw him in Hunt The Wicked.

Review

Although the films were very short in length they were both very exciting and action orientated. The first film was only 1 hour 14 minutes, and the second 1 hour 30 minutes; pretty short really.

The design of the films were quite interesting and reminded me of the cartoon series Samurai Jack. Both films had its share great scenery. The sets were very convincing.

The stories were good, there is more background to the main character in the second film than in the first. There is no hanging around in both films, they get straight into the story and action right from the beginning. Basically, both films are about justice and revenge, no other back story apart from that.

I seem to recall more comedy in the second film than in the first, I expect this was mostly due to when a child enters the main characters life and they wanted to show a loner martial artist taking on someone to look after.

The ending of the film was very good although a little disappointing.

Summary

Absolutely worth watching, I will give both films 5/5. Good story, excellent product quality and some humour.

Where To Watch

There are various platforms the first film can be watched including iQiyi, Tubi and Amazon. The second film, as far as I’m aware, is only on iQiyi.

2024-04-08T22:22:17+00:008 April 2024|Review China|

Hunt The Wicked

Hunt The Wicked [缉恶] is a Chinese action/crime movie that was released on iQiyi on 12th February 2024.

Hunt The Wicked

About

Police detective Huang Mingjin (Xie Miao) and criminal mastermind Wei Yunzhou (Andy On) have the same objective to confront the prospective Mayor of the city who controls a large drug ring.

Cast

Andy On [安志傑 ] as Wei Yunzhou
When you know Andy is appearing in a movie there is going to be a lot of action! We recently saw him in Once Upon a Time in Shanghai.

Xie Miao aka Miu Tse [谢苗] as Detective Huang Mingjin
He is an actor and martial artist starting his career as a child in 1993. We recently saw him in Eye For An Eye.

Review

This film is what one would call “kick ass” with lots of “edge of your seat” action. If action movies are your thing than this film is for you.

The story is not complex; good guy vs bad guy tries to get another bad guy. There are a couple of twists, which were good, but generally the story was simple. This is no romance really.

Both of the main actors did a brilliant job, they were both suitable to the roll.

The special effects and execution of the action were done really well. There were some CGI slip ups here and there that could have been fixed fairly easily.

It looks as though this was either filmed in The Philippines, Manila to be specific, or in Thailand; not really sure which. The police cars suggested it was in Manila. I can’t find any specific information on where exactly.

Summary

I really enjoyed it, didn’t have to use to many brain cells yet it was perfect action entertainment. I will give it 4.5/5, marked down for some minor errors.

Where to Watch

This can be found on iQiyi if you have VIP access, at least at the time of writing this.

2024-04-08T22:24:10+00:002 April 2024|Review China|