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Gallants

In Clement Cheng’s directorial debut we have Gallants, homage to all things 70s Kung Fu and Shaw Brothers, much in the same way that Kung Fu Hustle was only this is a much more restrained and solemn piece of film making. As the films narration goes on to describe, Gallants is the story of loser, Cheung (You-Nam Wong) who cannot do his job as an estate agent. He is constantly causing trouble for his bosses, so to get rid of him he is sent off into the Chinese countryside to resolve a dispute on the rental of a property. When he gets there he causes a dispute to be elevated to the point where it becomes a full-blown face off. Along the way there are love-interests, training montages and loss. All of these things are common place in the martial arts genre, so don’t expect the film to say anything new through its narrative.

Planzet

When people think of 3D CG animation from the Far East, they normally remember certain cut scenes from video games, some of which are truly breathtaking works that combine imaginative storytelling with top notch cinematography. It’s strange then, that the skill and passion that goes

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Planzet

[singlepic id=480 w=320 h=240 float=center]When people think of 3D CG animation from the Far East, they normally remember certain cut scenes from video games, some of which are truly breathtaking works that combine imaginative storytelling with top notch cinematography. It’s strange then, that the skill

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Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto

[singlepic id=475 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=476 w=320 h=240 float=center] Adaptations are becoming a bit of a thorny issue in anime these days, which is a bit odd considering how many are produced every year. The constant conversion of stories from other media is a

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Puella Magi Madoka★Magica

[singlepic id=466 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=467 w=320 h=240 float=center] It’s long been the case that specific genres of anime are often intensely focused on certain genders and age groups, and this fact is most apparent when one considers the mahou shoujo category. From Sailor

Uchuu Show e Youkoso

Leave any child unattended for a length of time and they will undoubtedly find themselves in some sort of mischief, even if they weren’t looking to get into trouble, and all world weary parents, teachers and carers will attest to this as truth. The main

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Uchuu Show e Youkoso

[singlepic id=454 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=455 w=320 h=240 float=center] Leave any child unattended for a length of time and they will undoubtedly find themselves in some sort of mischief, even if they weren’t looking to get into trouble, and all world weary parents, teachers

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IS: Infinite Stratos

[singlepic id=445 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=446 w=320 h=240 float=center] One of the problems with the anime industry is the tendency to overuse stereotypes and themes, and many of the studios in Japan continue to operate under the idea that the shows they create will

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Dragon Crisis

[singlepic id=437 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=436 w=320 h=240 float=center] Here be dragons! One thing can always be certain when it comes to anime these days, and that’s the inclusion of at least show about anthropomorphised creatures of some sort every season. Many people will

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Kara no Kyoukai 7: Satsujin Kousatsu (Part 2)

[singlepic id=31 w=320 h=240 float=left] [singlepic id=32 w=320 h=240 float=center] Kara no Kyoukai review Part 8 There’s an old aphorism about saving the best till last, and Kara no Kyoukai ~The Garden of Sinners~ has done just that. The seventh and final movie in the