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

CHINA O’BRIEN I + II (Eureka Classics) 4K Ultra HD Special Edition Review ****-

Cert 18 | 178 mins | 1990

4 Star
It’s Clobbering Time With O’Brien.
From legendary action writer/ director Robert Clouse (Enter the Dragon, Game of Death, The Ultimate Warrior, Bruce Lee at Golden Harvest 4K UHD Limited Edition), he brings us Cynthia Rothrock (LADY REPORTER [Shi jie da shai] (aka The Blonde Fury / Righting Wrongs II / Above The Law II, YES, MADAM! aka. POLICE ASSASSINS (Eureka…more

BODYGUARD KIBA 1 + 2 (Eureka Classics) Special Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray Review ****-

Cert 15 | 175 mins | 1973

4 Star
The Man, The Stare, The Fist.
By 1973, director Ryûichi Takamori (Yakuza deka: Oretachi ni haka wa nai, Yakuza deka: Kyofu no doku gasu) was well established as a director in the action, crime genre, and also collaborating with Sonny Chiba (The Street Fighter Trilogy, YAKUZA WOLF 1 & 2, The Executioner Collection, THE BULLET TRAIN). Now comes these two…more

PATHS OF GLORY (Masters of Cinema) Special Edition 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Review

Cert PG | 88 mins | 1957

5 Star
A Mountain out of an Ant Hill
This highly controversial Anti-War film was co-written and directed by Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, The Killing), based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb (San Quentin). Kubrick made this film aged just twenty-eight, and he paints a vivid portrait of the futility of the slaughter…more

YAKUZA WOLF 1 & 2 (Eureka Classics) Special Edition Two-Disc Blu-ray Review *****

Cert 18 | 172 mins | 1972

5 Star
Binge Watch For a Sonny Day.
Nineteen-seventy-two was a busy year for the man who has already had a frantic career, in the martial arts scene. Now Sonny Chiba (The Street Fighter Trilogy, The Executioner Collection, THE BULLET TRAIN [SHINKANSEN DAIBAKUHA], The Fall of Ako Castle (AKA Swords of Vengeance)) takes a step into a modern Chow mein western and…more

SLAUGHTER IN SAN FRANCISCO (aka Yellow Faced Tiger) (Eureka Classics) Special Edition Blu-ray Review ****-

Cert 18 | 106 mins | 1974 (1981 USA)

4 Star
Start of the Legend.
Eureka brings us a work by Martial Arts film royalty, writer/director (Wei Lo, The Big Boss, Fist of Fury), who pens this story of death and corruption in Frisco. Where the formidable skills of Don Wong (Duel with Death, Along Comes a Tiger), are pitted against the man that was destined to become a legend, with…more

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