Chow Yun-Fat, 1920s China, action, humor. Yes, it's long, but it's good: see it.
 
 
Donnie Yen is so bad ass in this tribute to Bruce Lee, and probably the best film martial artist / choreographer working today. The fight scenes are fantastic, but the direction and editing of the rest is terrible.
http://www.legendofthefist.com/
 
 
Jackie Chan has a small role, but this is entirely Andy Lau's Shaolin. High production value, violent, historical kung-fu drama about a warlord's fall and redemption in the temple of Shaolin.
 

AFTERSHOCK

11/19/2011

 
Xiaogang Feng (True Legend) delivers a heartbreaking story of a family torn apart by a devastating earthquake in 1975 China. Incredible performances, beautifully rendered.
 
 
One of the saddest chapters in modern human history, the Rape of Nanking, in black and white. A simultaneously horrible and beautiful testament to the depravity of war.
Official Site: http://www.cityoflifeanddeath.co.uk/
 

LITTLE BIG SOLDIER

9/26/2011

 
The action sequences are fine, but the rest of the film stinks. It's interesting to see Jackie Chan play a grizzled old soldier who wants to be a farmer again, but how many horses have to be tripped and probably seriously injured? Makes True Legend look masterful in comparison.
 

TRUE LEGEND

9/19/2011

 
Yuen Woo Ping is a master of Kung Fu action, and delivers a classic Chinese Wushu story (with strong Nationalistic theme) about the origins of drunken boxing. Lots of wire work and weapons. Gorgeous.
Official Site: http://releasing.indomina.com/true-legend/