Sorry for the bad quality this time, I’ll be back to normal next week!
Sorry for the bad quality this time, I’ll be back to normal next week!
I’ve always wanted to see the movie Coweb, but I never got around to finding it. The film stars Luxia Jiang and Kane Kosugi, both of whom are talented fighters in their own right. Thankfully, Lionsgate is bringing the film to the US for us to finally enjoy!
Oh, did I mention that the film is going to be called Ninja Masters instead of Coweb? Yeah, I don’t know why that’s happening either. It will be coming out on June 11th for DVD, On-Demand, and Digital Download. It will contain a “making of” video and will run about 26 bucks.
Here’s a compilation video I found of Jiang in the film. (Caution, there may be spoilers in this vid!)
Have any of you guys seen the movie? Is it worth checking out? What do you think of the title?
I personally think that the title is something rather strange because I don’t think there are any ninjas at all, but whatever. I’m guessing that somebody up there thinks the title will sell more copies. I don’t even know what the original title has to do with anything, but it sounds more original to me. I’ll probably review this one once it comes out, looks pretty promising to me.
Source: City on Fire
Edit: Thanks to EvilDollar for calling me out on the title. It’s Coweb, no Cobweb. That was my bad.
Jiang Luxia has been trying to become a household name for female action stars, and Bad Blood was a step in the right direction. Dennis Law wanted to utilize her potential even more by having her take on Yuen Wah, as well as a host of other martial artists. Would Vampire Warriors be able to prove to the world that Luxia has what it takes?
Vampire stories are pretty overdone nowadays, and there is nothing new with Vampire Warriors. There is this strange “vampires can’t smile or feel emotion” thing going on, but it never really works for the story. The plot is decent, but it is executed in such a manner that it just comes off as generic and boring at times.
What really kills this movie (terrible pun not intended) are the characters. Some are flat, others are whiny, and others still try to be funny when they are supposed to be evil. The characters are so all over the place that they really distract from the film, diluting all of the story elements as well. Some characters tried to show depth, but it’s handled in such a manner that it comes off a insincere and cliché. Oh, and the voices? Man, are they annoying.
I want to praise the action in Vampire Warriors, I really do. The problem is that there aren’t really that many fights in the film. Sure, there are a few good ones sprinkled in here and there, but too much time is spent on developing characters we don’t care about. Luxia does an awesome job, especially when there is very little wirework, and you can see the talent she has as a fighter. Sadly, the final fight was a bit of a disappointment, and I was left wanting more.
Own it, Watch it, or Skip it?
Vampire Warriors is a pretty bad movie, but the action pieces are solid. The only problem is the fact that there aren’t very many of them. Oh, and I can see where the whole “lesbian” thing was pulled from, they even poke fun at it in the film. If you want to watch a talented new fighter, Vampire Warriors may satisfy your thirst. However, there are better movies with Luxia in them, so you won’t miss too much is you pass this one over.
Dennis Law has worked on a number of films, and it’s been a while since I’ve heard from him. His most recent film, from back in 2010, was Vampire Warriors. Well, this movie is getting released in the UK….as Lesbian Vampire Warriors. Seriously, no joke.
I really don’t know what to say except to have a laugh at this. I feel like it’s the worst way of promoting a film ever. If anyone is dumb enough to buy this film just because of the title, they will be severely disappointed. I don’t even know why Arrow Films took this route, it’s kinda disgraceful to think that adding “Lesbian” to anything will make it sell better.
As far as I know, this is just for the UK version of the film (I couldn’t find it on Amazon, and the results were rather tame, to my surprise.) Anyways, you can either laugh this off or shake your head at it, your choice. I don’t even remember how good the movie was anymore…
Special thanks goes out to Xino for this post. It’s the trailer for the new Vampire Warriors movie that stars Yuen Wah and Luxia Jiang. (more…)
This is the final fight sequence in Bad Blood. There are some spoilers (with this being the last fight and all) but they aren’t too huge. But for anyone who doesn’t want to ruin the movie, look away. This is the end of the movie, the credits roll right after this. (more…)
Bad Blood (2010)
The following review may contain spoilers in order to accurately analyze and rate the film.
Bad blood revolves around a Hong Kong group of Triads and the difficulties they face. When their boss is executed, the remaining members argue over who should be in charge next. Of course, during this time of distress, someone is going around and killing all eligible leaders. The result is a series of twists and turns until the killer is confronted with a final battle that decides the fate of all those involved.
Bad blood has its share of action sequences. The editing can get a little fast at times, but most fights were still fun to watch. There are several flashy kicks and quick punches, just like there should be. I also liked the fact that there wasn’t much wirework, if at all. It’s good to see that some directors know what audiences like.
The only question I had with these sequences was the motive for some of the fights. In particular, there is a relationship between a mute girl and Calf ( a member of the gang.) I didn’t understand why the two would wander the streets looking for fights. They were fun to watch, but felt a little added in.
Other than that, there as an amazing girl-on girl fight in the movie. I respect each girl in that scene, neither seemed to pull any punches. This is how girls should fight, not pulling hair and scratching each other. It was refreshing to see the female action genre not be dominated solely by Jeeja Yanin.
Judging the fights by themselves, they were a blast to watch and definitely the highlight of the movie.
This was a movie that I came into with a rather negative mindset. I didn’t hear very many good things about it (read my post about Bad Blood.) But, once again, I was happy to see that I was wrong.
Now, I just want to clarify something. I’m talking about the action, not the story. The story had so many plotholes in it that if you walked toward a life-size replica of the screenplay drunk and blindfolded, you’d still manage to walk right through it. People act irrationally and just weird (especially one person in general.)
What I did like were the fights. They didn’t set any new standards, but they weren’t awful by any means. Another treat that I didn’t expect was actually getting to see Ken Lo fight. I haven’t seen him fight since he took on Jackie in Drunken Master II.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you like action movies for the sake of hard hitting fights, you’ll like Bad Blood. If you care about story and logic, you’ll still have fun, but you’ll be left scratching your head after the credits roll.
3 ½ fists
Bad Blood is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray in China.