Chinese Zodiac (2012) Trailer

Chinese Zodiac also known as Armour of God III: Chinese Zodiac is an action adventure film by Jackie Chan where a man searches the world for a set of mystic artifacts – 12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac. Directed by Jackie Chan and starring Jackie Chan, Oliver Platt, Caitlin Dechelle, Chinese Zodiac opens on December 20, 2012 in China.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) – Movie Review

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a computer-animated action comedy film and the sequel to 2008′s Kung Fu Panda.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Po and Tigress in "Kung Fu Panda 2"
Po and Tigress in "Kung Fu Panda 2"

The Valley of Peace remains peaceful with the protection of Po (Jack Black), the Dragon Warrior and fellow masters of the Furious Five. Despite that, Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) informs Po that he has yet to achieve his inner peace. Meanwhile, Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), a peacock who was exiled from Gongmen City plots to control the whole of China using powerful cannons as weapon. Wolf bandits attack the Valley of Peace in order to steal refined metal for Lord Shen’s evil plot. Po and the Furious Five manage to fend off the wolves but they escape with the precious metal.

Lord Shen then invades Gongmen City and kills Master Thundering Rhino (Victor Garber) with his new powerful cannon and takes control over Gongmen City. When Shen hears from the court’s goat soothsayer (Michelle Yeoh) once again says that “a warrior of black and white” would one day defeat him, he seeks out to destroy Po. Po almost dies when Shen blasts Po out of the factory and captures the Five. Po survives and is rescued by Shen’s soothsayer in a ruined village where Po was born. When Po learns about his past, he attains inner peace and manages to destroy Shen and his armada and rescues his friends.

Like the first Kung Fu Panda film, Kung Fu Panda 2 is emotionally touching, yet hilarious and entertaining. Jack Black has managed to embrace and bring out the character in Po with exceptional voice acting while the rest of the cast did just as good.

Overall, Kung Fu Panda 2 is simply full of awesomeness.

  • 8 out of 10
  • Plenty of awesomeness. Don’t miss it!
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Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Trailer

Kung Fu Panda 2 is an action comedy animated film and the sequel to the Kung Fu Panda. In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po and the Furious Five venture to China to battle a villain and uncover the secrets of Po’s mysterious origins. Directed by Jennifer Yuh, Kung Fu Panda 2 stars the voice of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Lucy Liu, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michelle Yeoh, James Hong, James Woods. The film opens on May 26, 2011.

Shaolin (2011) – Movie Review

Shaolin is a remake of 1982′s Shaolin Temple which starred Jet Li.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Andy Lau in "Shaolin"
Andy Lau in "Shaolin"

Hou Jie (Andy Lau) is a ruthless warlord who would stop at nothing to gain what he wants including intruding Shaolin Temple.

When Hou Jie’s enemy Huo Long hides in Shaolin Temple, Hou Jie and his infantry of armies intrudes Shaolin Temple and despite the Shaolin monks words, Hou Jie kills Huo Long and ridicules the Shaolin Temple.

As Hou Jie gains control of Dengfeng, he doesn’t feel safe with the existence of his sworn brother Song Hu (Shi Xiaohong) and plots to have him killed in a restaurant under the guise agreeing to his daughter’s engagement to Song’s son.

Meanwhile, Hou’s deputy, Cao Man (Nicholas Tse) feels used and betrays Hou Jie by sending assassins to murder Hou and his family. In the process, Hou Jie kills Song Hu but is saved by Song when the hired assassins try to kill Hou. Hou’s daughter is critically injured during the fight. Hou sends her daughter to Shaolin Temple but the monks fail to save her and Hou’s wife (played by Fan Bing Bing) leaves him blaming him for their daughter’s death.

Hou meets cook monk Wudao (Jackie Chan) who provides him shelter and food and decides to become a monk, feeling atonement for the sins he has done in his life. The story continues with Cao discovering Hou is still alive and sends his armies to the temple to kill Hou but Hou is resilient and sacrifices his life in order to help Cao overcomes the dark side.

Unlike the 1982′s Shaolin Temple, Shaolin focuses on emotions, guns and cannons and less on Kung Fu. In fact, the entire storyline is different altogether with the 2011′s film a lot darker and bolder but it somehow lacks the greatness the former has.

Overall, Shaolin is just like Season of the Witch, with outstanding cinematography and even a "Shaolin Temple" which cost 10 million yuan (US$1.47 million) was purposely built to avoid damage to the actual temple, the movie fails as a whole lacking many elements.

My ratings: 5 out of 10.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Teaser Trailer

Kung Fu Panda 2 is an action comedy animated film about Po and the Furious Five who venture to China to battle a villain and uncover the secrets of Po’s mysterious origins. Directed by Jennifer Yuh, Kung Fu Panda 2 stars the voice of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Lucy Liu, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michelle Yeoh, James Hong, James Woods. The film opens on May 26, 2011.