Road Rash Reviews

PRISON WALLS: ABASHIRI PRISON I-III (Masters of Cinema) Special Edition Review *****

Cert 15 | 267 mins | 1965

5 Star
The Start of a Long Journey.
Prolific Japanese filmmaker Teruo Ishii (Female Yakuza Tale, Gensen-Kan Inn) brings us Abashiri Prison. Based on the 1956 novel of the same name by Hajime Itō, Ishii wrote the script as a remake of the 1958 American film The Defiant Ones. This is the first recognized Yakuza film, starting a long-running series of films…more

THE VALIANT ONES [Zhong lie tu] (Masters of Cinema) Special Edition Review *****

Cert 12 | 102 mins | 1975

5 Star
The Last of a Great Era.
Written and directed by famed Wuxia filmmaker King Hu (A Touch of Zen, Raining in the mountain) is this sword based action Tour de Force, which takes us back to the thirteenth Century, as the Chinese take on Japanese pirates. It is down to a Colonel and his retainers and a married couple to…more

Train to Busan (2016) and Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) 4K UHD Reviews ****-

Cert 15 | 118, 116 mins | 2024

4 star crisp and colourful zombie action.
Train To Busan is a 2016 South Korean action horror film co-written by Joo-Suk Park (Project Silence) and Yeon Sang-Ho (Seoul Station, The King of Pigs), who also directs.
Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula is a 2020 South Korean action horror film, the sequel to Train to Busan and the third film in the franchise…more

The Long Good Friday 4K Release Review ****-

Cert 18 | 114 mins | 1980

4 Star
Gangster with Aspirations for London.
Arrow, have brought us one of the best gangster films of all time, in The Long Good Friday, the 1980 blockbuster that rocketed its main star to International fame. In this gritty London based fight for the future of the Capital city of Great Britain.
Now Arrow are releasing the Limited Edition 4K UHD Arrow…more

The Goldfinger Review ****-

Cert 15 | 125 mins | 2023

4 Star
Hong Kong, The Land of Opportunity.
From the writer of Infernal Affairs comes a story that seems stranger than fiction, but The Goldfinger is based on real events in Hong Kong in the 1980s. Felix Chong (The Counterfeiter, Overheard 2 & 3) as a corporation rises to stratospheric heights, then plummets due to a financial crash. One man is in…more

Twilight of the Warriors: Walled In Cinema Review ****-

Cert 15 | 126 mins | 2024

4 Star
A Generation of Hate.
Ultra-violent, Ultra-exhilarating, Twilight of the Warriors: Walled In is based around the Kowloon Walled City, a Chinese ex-military base that became a lawless city of illegals and drug lords. This hemmed in city brings all the claustrophobia of tens of thousands of people living cheek-by-jowl, with only a bare glimpse of sunlight. This is all brought…more

Crimson Peak Limited Edition 4K UHD Review ****-

Cert 15 | 119 mins | 2024

4 star lavishly produced gothic horror.
Originally released in 2015, Crimson Peak is a gothic horror film which comes from the fertile imagination of  the amazing Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pacific Rim), who also directs and is co-written by Matthew Robbins (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Vijay and I).
It is available in the UK for the first…more

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