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THE MIMIC Is Calling You!

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming soon to Bluray from director Huh Jung and Well Go USA Entertainment is the sound of voices that can only come from THE MIMIC.

Hee-yeon (Yum Jung-ah), husband Min-ho (Park Hyuk-kwon) and their daughter Joon-hee (Bang Yu-seal) have decided to move to Mt. Jang. Their son has been missing for several years and Hee-yeon believes that her mother holds the key to finding him. The problem is that Soon-ja (Heo Jin) has gone silent.

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Taking the family back to some place she will remember, Hee-yeon is hoping it will trigger something. Instead, they aren’t even done unpacking when two kids who are looking for their dog discover a cave that frightens them. Min-ho and Hee-yeon help them and in the process discover a small girl (Shin Rin-ah) wandering in the woods.

Hee-yeon takes in the girl but her husband is insistent that she turn her over to the police. Quickly, mysterious things begin to happen that are hard to ignore. Especially when a local woman tries to warn them to get away as soon as possible with the story of the Jangsan Tiger.

Hee-yeon feels an attachment to the young girl who calls herself Joon-hee and this causes a strain with Min-ho. When Soon-ja becomes violent towards Joon-hee #2 and it becomes clear that she can’t live with them any more. That night the family begins to not only disappear but discover that the cave is calling Hee-yeon by using the one weakness in her heart.

Jung-ah as Hee-yeon gives the perfect expressions of a grieving mother who hasn’t come to terms with the loss of her son. Relying on her mother to bring her some hope, it is put on hold when the mysterious young girl comes into their lives. Every emotion of fear, fright and sadness is so clear with Jung-ah. I loved her role in A TALE OF TWO SISTERS and WOOCHI showing her strength as an actress.

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Hyuk-kwon as Min-ho is trying to keep the family together. Feeling the stress of a mother-in-law that isn’t responding to anyone, a young daughter also dealing with the loss of a brother and a wife who seems determined to self-destruct. When he finally takes a stand, it may cost him everything.

Rin-ah as the foundling girl calling herself Joon-hee is brilliant! She is small, timid yet extremely powerful in her role. Watch the scene between the two Joon-hee’s and tell me that this young lady doesn’t have something extremely powerful. I was captivated by her.

Other cast include Lee Yool as Detective Kim, and Lee Jang-won as Jangsan Tiger.

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com.

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The story is based on the mythological Tiger of Mt. Jang who is said to be a man-eater that has sharp teeth and white fur. It is said it can be found in the mountains of Busan and can sound like a crying lady. A classic Korean ghost story that will give fans who love chills and jumps a chance to do that right in their own home.

I’m a huge fan of films that aren’t slasher-gory but instead have a story to tell with jumps, creaks, whispers and wind to keep the goose bumps happy. Yum Jung-ah and Shin Rin-ah carry the weight of the film and do it with frightening ease.

THE MIMIC received nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actress from the 1st Seoul Awards and the 54th Grand Bell Awards. The 38th Blue Dragon Film Awards also nominated the film for best Technical Award.

In the end – don’t follow its voice!

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THE MONKEY KING 3 Takes on Another Adventure!

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Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray and DVD from director Soi Cheang and Well Go USA Entertainment is the next adventure from the THE MONKEY KING 3.

Tang Sanzang (William Feng Shaofeng) is back in action with Wukong the Monkey King (Aaron Kwok Fu-shing), sand demon blue Wujing (Him Lo Chung-him) and pig demon Bajie (Xiao Shenyang). Riding down a peaceful river, it all begins to turn dangerous when they accidentally come into the Womanland of Western Liang.

What makes this land unique is that it is totally inhabited by women. Immediately they realize that these women truly believe that men have no ability to love but rather break hearts. It is Tang Sanzang who is immediately taken with Womanland’s Queen (Zhao Liying).

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Less loving is the Royal Preceptor (Gigi Leung Wing-kei) who is making it her mission to have the gang put to death. Believing that her role is to keep everything status quo, Royal Preceptor does her best to convince the Queen that death is the only way to stop her ‘feelings’ from spreading.

Wandering the countryside, they are taken prisoners but while being questioned, each has the opportunity to come up against their female counterpart. Sanzang meets with the Queen who finally has the opportunity to talk about the beliefs she has come to know and what the Monk has to say about it all.

It becomes and opportunity for them both to shatter old myths, discover what drives their fears and share what their feelings could mean. That’s when the Queen decides to break the mold and help them escape, the journey really begins. They want to find the missing piece of an ancient text that could set them all free. What they don’t expect is to find a piece that has a life of its very own!

If that isn’t enough of a problem, the Royal Preceptor has had enough of the Monk and his crew and sends him out to see. What she didn’t plan is that the Queen would follow possibly ending Womanland once and for all.

It can all change with a single emotion – love.

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Shaofeng as Tang Sanzang is a very gentle character which he needs to be to hang around his disciples. The problem is that it seems those in Womanland are unimpressed by his quiet nature – except maybe the Queen. Kwok as the Monkey King isn’t exactly thrilled with their situation and isn’t about to let anything or anyone get in their way of getting home.

Xiaoshenyang as Bajie is absolutely taken with the world of women and in his quest to introduce himself, gets the whole group taken prisoner. Chung-him as Wujing is curious about their situation and completely relies on Sanzang to get the answers.

Liying as the Queen is lovely, sweet, charming and very curious to know if what Womanland believes is really true. Wanting to find out for herself and get to know Sanzang, she knows she must go against the Royal Preceptor. Leung as the RP has her own agenda and it isn’t to do what’s right for the Queen.

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com.

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THE MONKEY KING 3 is a magical adventure filled with amazing special effects, color, imagination and brilliant costuming. In the midst of that is a story about the myths that can stagger a culture and opening up to all possibilities.

The characters from THE MONKEY KING are all on a journey looking for something as is the monk. Of course there is humor and comedy mixed in which is the driving force of the story being told. I actually enjoy the loveliness of this series with its beautiful colors and slightly exaggerated emotions and creatures that are epic in scope.

THE MONKEY KING 3 is an adventure filled with amazing action sequences that are as mythical as the story itself. It is a wild ride filled with so much to see and experience filled with mischief, a tale of love and the loyalties of friendship.

In the end – can love break through centuries worth of belief?

MINE is an Emotion Journey Standing Still on Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

This week on Bluray & DVD from directors Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro with WELL GO USA Entertainment is the intense story of a man and a MINE.

Sgt. Mike Stevens (Armie Hammer) is a sniper and with best friend Sgt. Tommy Madison (Tom Cullen) are on a mission in the middle of the desert. Their objective is to take out the leader of a terrorist cell. Setting up to neutralize the target, Mike hesitates when he realizes a wedding is happening.

When discovered on the hilltop, Mike and Tommy take cover until the chase is over. Unable to be picked up due to a sand storm, the two begin a trek through the desert to reach the nearest town. The sand uncovers a sign that Mike believes to be a warning of a mine field.

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Tommy doesn’t think it’s true but everything changes when a mine explodes and Mike hears a click below his foot. The world stops for a moment and his worst fears are happening. Trying to reach his command for help, Mike is told that a caravan would be his way but not for 52 hours.

The sun beats down on Mike when he meets a man named Berber (Clint Dryer) who wonders why the soldier doesn’t just walk on. Frustrated, Mike tries to explain the situation but the man keeps asking questions. The one thing he knows important is water asking the villager for some.

As night falls Mike must deal with the animals in the desert and another day in the heat with clear hallucinations setting in begins to test his resolve. Looking for a solution, Mike is also confronted with his life, choices made and questions he has continually refused to consider answers for.

Then there is Jenny (Annabelle Wallis), the woman he loves and it becomes clear that Mike must get home to love and the chance to make life right again. Waiting for the convoy becomes too much when Mike begins to question whether Berber was even real. When the enemy discovers him before the convoy, it becomes a question of survival.

It takes only a moment to decide.

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Hammer as Mike is absolutely brilliant as this soldier who is forced to face his life. His moment of hesitation when taking out the target has brought him to the point of being on his knees. From sand storms, desert wolves and hallucinations that are full of truths, Hammer takes hit after hit from all sides wearing his character down to rock bottom. Watching his deterioration there is a moment I thought, “My strength is dried up like a fragment of clay pottery … you have brought me into the dust of death” (Psalms 22).

Cullen as Tommy knows that his buddy hesitated far too long on the mission yet drives him onward through the desert. Tommy’s goal is to a phone and talk to his son. Refusing to believe the sign meant anything cost him everything. Yet he watches over his friend in ways that are spiritually amazing.

Dyer as Berber is a beautiful man who may ask a lot of questions but Mike isn’t in the mood to hold a friendly conversation. As night turns to day Berber is amazed that Mike is still standing and shares a little of his life. His voice is soothing and the heart he shows the soldier is more than I could ever have expected. Just a lovely character in a harsh situation that sees something amazing in a man who sees little in himself.

Other cast include Geoff Bell as Mike’s Father, Juliet Aubrey as Mike’s Mother, Ines Pinar Mille as Berber’s daughter and Daniel Sandoval as a young Mike.

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com.

Well done Well Go USA Entertainment for bringing such a original, intense, and emotional film to Bluray and DVD because this is an visual experience not soon forgotten.

The Bluray and DVD include the Bonus Features of Deleted Scenes, The Making of, Trailer, VFX and Storyboard and is also available in Spanish Language.

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MINE is a powerful film that will take the viewer on a journey through every range of human emotions. As Sgt. Mike’s mind begins to wander through the story and events of his life, we all become voyeurs into the painful memories of a soldier who was a boy and a son first.

Becoming immediately engaged in the story, Hammer’s performance is amazing up until the very last scene which, by the way, almost broke me. Standing in one spot for 52 hours doesn’t allow for distractions and the realities of one’s life are right there in front of him. Although the story revolves around this soldiers struggle, it doesn’t take stepping on a mine to understand every bit of what he is going through mentally and spiritually.

The way the storyline comes together is brilliant and just tore me up. Know that when watching because I will not give anything away about the film – this one falls under the category of the less said the better. Be prepared for everything.

In the end – stand your ground!

THE LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE Vol. Two Kicks onto DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

Currently on DVD from director Lee Moon-Ki and Well Go USA Entertainment is the next volume about the life of THE LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE Volume Two.

Bruce Lee (Danny Chan) is still upset about how his last fight with Mr. Yamamoto (Mark Dacascos) ended. Uncle Shao (Wang Luoyong) tries to make him see reason about the fight but he is also in town for the Asian Culture Festival. Trying to help his nephew understand reason, Bruce can not seem to get over the loss.

But as his school in Seattle begins to do well, the classes are filled with people from all walks of life – even the local police. When Bruce learns that Yamamoto trains with ‘the iron man’, he knows it is time to meet up with the fighter. Friend Kimura wants Bruce to slow down and worries for him.

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Nothing is going to stop Bruce as he begins training with an iron man to take on Yamamoto. After some time training, he goes to Yamamoto and they go fist to fist and once again as Bruce begins to learn about his opponent. He is now set on creating fighting style that is inclusive of everything he has learned of martial arts.

Becoming a philosophy major at school in Seattle, Bruce begins making a name for himself. Seeking out help from Professor Kane, he knows that the path he is taking will work. Blair (Ted E. Duran) wants his former Professor Inosanto (Ning Li) to meet with Bruce but is met with resistance. Even Kimura is reaching out to his friend Mr. Wally Jay (Tim Storms) asking that he meet with Bruce and again met with resistance.

Everyone seems to take Bruce as arrogant and when Wally Jay accepts a challenge in the park with him, many show up to see it happen. In the end a respect between the men exists. Jessie isn’t happy about what has happened wanting Bruce to hurt Wally Jay. Blair and Kimura (Liu Dong) try to explain it to him but his anger keeps getting in the way.

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In the California Karate Competition, Bruce’s once again wins and fellow fighter Hoffman (Yannick Van Dam) wants him to open a school in Oakland. Linda is not happy about it but when Bruce proposes and buys a house, she changes her feelings.  That’s the least of it when the kung fu masters become furious that Bruce doesn’t ask them about opening a school.

That is put on hold as Bruce must return home when his father passes away. Coming back to America, a fight with the Yellow Brat is his next fight. When it goes horribly wrong Bruce become paralyzed from the waist down and told he may never walk again.

Unable to teach, Linda talks Bruce into writing a good about martial arts and the theories of fighting. Now that they have son Brandon, Linda wants Bruce to become strong once again and an incident of chance changes everything. The school once again brings those who want to learn something special like Jeet Kune Do. Rolex (Ray Park), a fighter who is considered the best, decides he wants to meet with Bruce in a championship match. Turning to others who have fought him, Rolex gets the information on how he might win.

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Bruce turns to taekwondo master Piao Zhengyi and a single battle leads to a mutual exchange in teaching techniques and a friendship. Kimura knows that Piao is holding back his teaching and once again his family and friends are afraid for Bruce.

Nothing is going to stop Bruce Lee – or no one!

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com.

LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE Vol. Two is a continuation at the in-depth look of Bruce Lee’s life taking it’s time to let the story unravel on its own. That’s what is so important about this second volume as it all comes together in such a unique way that these volumes both are a must have for martial artists.

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Bruce Lee experienced so much in his short life yet every step he took would become legendary. The 3-disc LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE Vol. Two DVD includes 10 episodes with a total of 456 minutes of storytelling about the revolutionizing of martial arts.

Chan portraying Bruce Lee is intense and not afraid to give us a portrayal of this legendary martial artist. There isn’t any one from young adult to older that doesn’t know Bruce Lee, his films or isn’t keenly aware of his contribution to martial arts.

Now, those same people will have a chance to understand how he became the one and only, the legendary Bruce Lee.

In the end – it is a life of an iconic

Who Can You Trust Out of the THREE on Bluray!

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Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray this week from master director Johnnie To and Well Go USA Entertainment is the cat and mouse and the fine line of good and evil between the THREE.

Dr. Ton Qian (Vicki Zhao) is studying to be a neurosurgeon and isn’t making friends doing it. Trying to focus on her work, Ton might be pushing herself to hard. Her day doesn’t have a moment as Chief Inspector Ken (Louis Koo) is about to bring in a murder suspect.

Shun (Wallace Chung) is a gangster with a bullet in his head. Immediately Dr. Qian wants to go straight to surgery while Inspector Ken keeps a gun loaded and Shun cuffed to the bed. Right before Shun is put under the knife; he wakes up and shows his hostility towards everyone.

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Ken wants to know where Shun’s cohorts are and what they next step of their plan is. The gangster is all about making everything a game and doesn’t seem to care about anyone – let alone himself with a bullet still lodged in his skull.

Dr. Qian tries to be empathetic to Shun’s plight, she tries to help which gets her nothing but trouble and on Inspector Ken’s bad side. Giving the doctor and the police clues that something else is coming, it quickly becomes clear they have no time left to stop it.

In a blink the tables are turned and the three chose their fates!

Zhou as Dr. Qian is a character who clearly is unsure about herself in so many ways which causes her to make hasty decisions. I was never sure what she was going to do next or why she seemed intent on making matters worse but still cheered for her at ever turn!

Koo as Inspector Ken has serious problems to deal with. Trying to convince his staff and boss that what happened to Shun was brought on by his own behavior, it becomes clear that he isn’t quite telling the whole story. This is where the line is stretched as to what is right and what is legal. Koo gives us a hardened cop character who isn’t going to let Shun win.

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Chung as Shun is a bad guy who doesn’t take anything seriously – not even a bullet to the brain. He talks but doesn’t really say anything that Inspector Ken wants to hear and that just makes the game even more intense. Keeping an eye on everything going in the halls of the hospital means he temporarily has the upper hand.

Other cast include Lo Hoi-pang as Chung, Cheung Siu-fai as Dr. Fok, Lam Suet as Constable Fatty, Stephen Au as Tong and Timmy Hung as Chak.

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com.

THREE is a fast paced film filled with twists and turns and things you don’t see coming until it is too late. That’s what makes this cat and mouse plot so much fun to watch. The action sequences are brilliantly done and amazingly done in a very small space. Yet every move is deliberate!

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I found myself head smacking when I didn’t catch things but then again that’s the point. Keeping us side tracked constantly, the cast delivers performances that are so well done that I applauded when the film was over. Yes, that’s how much I enjoyed THREE.

Director To has had the biggest international films with DRUG WAR, MAD DETECTIVE and EXILED in the last few years. A native of Hong Kong, To began in television making his way to film being recognized for his work by the Palme D’Or in 2009, the Berlin and Venice International Film Festivals and the Toronto International Film Festival with many more to follow.

The Bluray includes the Special Features of The Making of from Master Director Johnnie To, Three Complex Characters and the trailers for the film.

In the end – they each must choose!

SWORDMASTER Brings Beauty and Mastery to Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from director Derek Yee and Well Go USA Entertainment is a beautiful story of love, revenge and redemption with SWORDMASTER.

Ah Chi (Lin Gengxin) is a man with a past that has led him to live poorly through life. Ending up at a brothel, he becomes the handyman in order to have food to eat and a place to live.

Yen Shisan (Peter Ho) is a skilled assassin who has a path as well, to find anyone who is as good with the sword as he is. When he discovers there isn’t anyone, he decides to search out a beautiful place to drink himself into a grave he has picked out for himself.

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Looking for the love of her life, Chiu-Ti (Jiang Yiyan) wants to find the man who has stolen her heart. Along with Cult (Norman Chiu), they look everywhere there is a rumor about the man known as Hsieh Shao-Feng.

Working in the brothel, Ah Chi meets Sweetie (Jiang Mengjie), a young woman who is taking the survival of her family onto herself. Ah Chi notices her right away yet doesn’t know yet her situation.

When Ah Chi sees her again with family, he clearly knows in his heart that not only is Sweetie a good person but comes from a family and village of caring people. When Chiu-Ti and the army come through to smoke out Hsieh Shao-Feng, everything becomes clear and a fight is inevitable.

It is who fights and how that happens that surprises all!

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Gengxin as Ah Chi is a man who clearly is dealing with a painful past. Not wanting to pick up a weapon in any way, he meets someone who will teach him that a weapon doesn’t always have to be the way to win. Stuck in emotional quicksand, he finally comes to terms with his past and fights for what is right – as he was meant to.

Ho as Shisan is strong, funny, smart, and his skills are quick and at the same time doesn’t suffer fools much. Trying to bring his life some meaning he befriends Ah Chi hoping this is the person who he can give all his martial arts secrets too. His performance is surprising in the fast paced changes and yet the ending left me saying “oh no, do you have to?”

Yiyan as Chiu-Ti is a woman that could easily be considered seriously disturbed with serious broken heart syndrome. Wanting her love back, Chiu-Ti will stop at nothing including hurting others to get him back. With the help of Chiu as Cult, there are several triangles here that keep the story moving fast.

Mengjie as Sweetie is such a charming young woman and the fact that she ends up in a brothel doesn’t change anything about her character. Learning that she is taking care of her family brings such depth to this character and rooting for her is a must. I enjoyed her performance thoroughly and along with Paul Heiching as her doting and funny mother and Ma Jingjing as brother Miao, this is a sweet family that broke my heart.

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com.

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SWORDMASTER is a film rich in colorful and stunning costumes, amazing martial art sequences and characters that are filled with dilemma and drama. In this one hundred and five minute film, a story of all the emotions possible are delivered from a cast that gives meaning to ensemble work.

I love films like SWORDMASTER not only for its fantastic storytelling and the stellar cinematography that captures epic swordplay and fight sequences, but the beautiful costuming. It is important because costuming can become another character offering up so much elegance that it is absolutely breathtaking.

Director Yee is a former Hong Kong actor who became a screenwriter and film director bringing some of my favorite Asian films to the screen. From PROTÉGÉ to THE GREAT MAGICIAN and I AM SOMEBODY, director Yee takes amazing stories and gives them a richness that shows in every frame he offers to the screen.

The Bluray includes the Special Features of Mastering the Sword and also makes the English language version available.

In the end – it is the story of a master swordsman come to life!

THE MONKEY KING 2 Brings a Tall Tale to Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from Well Go USA Entertainment and director Cheang Pou-soi is the next story involving a mischievous tail wager with THE MONKEY KING 2.

While on a journey to look for the sacred scriptures, Monk Tang Sanzang (Feng Shaofeng) is chased by a white tiger into a cave. There Sanzang finds Sun Wukong (Aaron Kwok) the Monkey King put under rock by the Mercy Goddess (Kelly Chen). Trying to free himself, a golden hoop finds its way on top of the Monkey Kings’ head.

In order to find the scriptures on the road to Yun Hai Xi, the Mercy Goddess tells Wukong that the only way to remove the hoop is to help the young Monk. Not happy in the slightest, Wukong knows he has no other choice.

Across the land the children live in fear as the White Bone Demon (Gong Li) kidnaps them. When she discovers that Sanzang is looking for the scriptures, White Bone decides to make a meal out of the Monk to become a permanent demon. That’s going to be quite a feat since Wukong is now Sanzang’s protector and can see through all her guises.

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When Wukong makes Sanzang angry over what he sees as a senseless act, it opens up an opportunity for White Bone to take him away. It will take a serious battle against a demon army to stop the devastation to the humans. Joined by Zhu Bajie the Pig, Sha Wujing the Water Buffalo, the Wukong makes a stand.

But Sanzang makes a decision that changes everything and brings Wukong more understanding than he could ever have imagined.

At the Thunder Monastery everything becomes as it should be.

Shaofeng as Monk Sanzang is the calm in the middle of chaos. Wanting to follow the path and do what is right, he does clash with the Monkey King Wukong on several occasions but none more so than when it becomes necessary to stop him from being violent. Shaofeng is strong in the most subtle way.

Kwok as Monkey King Wukong is very hyper from the moment he is on screen to the very end. He certainly gives Sanzang plenty to deal with and, at the same time, giving the White Bone Demon’s gang reasons to want to get away from him. Kwok takes over the title role from Donnie Yen who played Wukong in the original THE MONKEY KING. Kwok does an outstanding job!

Chen as the Mercy Goddess is absolutely stunning in voice and costuming. I just love the ethereal look of this character which shows that Chen not only embraces this role but gives it every bit of believability as the lovely Goddess.

Li as the White Bone Demon is an actress I have been watching for years. She is elegant, strong and gives this character every reason to have us freaking out over her. As I am a huge fan of the film RAISE THE RED LANTERN as well as MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, Li brings a stunning presence to THE MONKEY KING 2 and I loved watching every moment of her performance.

Other cast include Fei Ziang as King of Yun Hai Xi, and Lu Weu as the Evil Spirit Snake, Zi’er Qi as the Evil Spirit Bat and Miya Muqi as the Evil Spirit Pig.

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Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE MONKEY KING 2 four tubs of popcorn out of five. In this second installment the story is rich in the telling, even richer in color and scope with moments of light heartedness. The Bluray also includes the bonus features The Making of The Monkey King 2 and trailer.

The ensemble cast brings adventure, drama and even a bit of humor now and then in its telling. It is a beautiful period piece and I can’t say enough about the costuming and set design. Both of those are large part of the story that whisks us away for one hundred and twenty minutes before we know that time has passed.

In the end – 500 years later the King is back!

PHANTASM Remastered and PHANTASM RAVAGER Stun on Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray from Well Go USA Entertainment to end 2016 with a frightening bang is writer/director Don Coscarelli’s masterpiece of horror with PHANTASM Remastered. Also on Bluray is writer Don Coscarelli and director David Hartman’s follow up of PHANTASM: Ravager.

In PHANTASM Remastered Mike (A. Michael Baldwin), a teenage boy, is dealing with the death of his parents. Not handling it all very well he keeps a close eye on brother Jody (Bill Thornbury). Following him to a graveyard Mike is chased by something evil that he can’t explain.

Trying to explain to Jody what is happening, he realizes it has to do with the funeral home and The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm). As Jody tries to calm his little brothers fears about what is happening, their friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) tries to help.

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There is something far more sinister from another dimension at work. From small cloaked figures to a sphere that drains a body dry, it doesn’t take long before Mike, Jody and Reggie are trying to stay alive and away from The Tall Man!

Baldwin as the young Mike is smart and has no problem wanting to prove that there is a sinister force surrounding them all. I actually like this kid because he may be afraid but it doesn’t stop him from taking on anything that gets in his way.

Thornbury as Jody wants to protect his brother from everything he has been through. At first he doesn’t believe and it takes a freaky little furry red eyed creature to change everything. Fighting back is a family thing!

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Bannister as Reggie doesn’t really want much to do with everything that’s happening but isn’t going to let his friends down. He is the comic relief but by the films end he has a bigger role to play.

In PHANTASM: Ravager The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) is back as Reggie is once again being chased by the deadly spheres as he rides down the highway in the desert. But is that real? He finds himself talking to Mike who says Reggie is suffering from dementia. Asking Reggie to tell him what he remembers it begins with a girl name Dawn (Dawn Cody).

Giving the beautiful young woman a ride to her farm, Reggie falls asleep on the couch and wakes to see The Tall Man. This is different however in that it is 1860 and Reggie is in the hospital! In the bed next to him is Jebediah who looks like The Tall Man. Realizing it is a dream, Reggie wakes up to find the spheres have visited during the night.

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Mike stops Reggie’s story to say he also had a dream of being in the desert realizing that The Tall Man has put them both through hell. He also reveals to Reggie that The Tall Man has let loose an alien virus and after a battle on the red planet it all seems to be over.

Having a nice chat with The Tall Man, a deal is proposed that doesn’t sit well with Reggie. Returning to Morningside, he encounters the Lady in Lavender (Kathy Lester) and memories begin to flood back. The creatures and what lies in the dark are a fright for sore eyes.

As the past, present and future collide it is clear that Reggie and Mike can not go any further without confronting the one thing that has controlled their life for what seems an eternity!

But with The Tall Man nothing is ever as it seems in a world of the real and dreams!

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Bannister as Reggie is the star of the film this time. Older and more in the know than everyone else he runs into, it doesn’t stop the spheres from killing off everything to get to him. He has to keep his twisted sense of humor if he’s going to make it through this.

Baldwin returns as a very older Mike who tries to comfort Reggie in his wheelchair state. He seems to have forgotten his entire experience with The Tall Man – or has he? Thornbury makes a brief appearance as Jody when he is needed the most so look for him.

Scrimm returns as The Tall Man and we get to hear his side of the story. This is the final appearance of Scrimm in this iconic role and he is just as creepy as ever which is epic!

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Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com.

PHANTASM: Remastered on Bluray includes the Bonus Features Audio Commentary with Director & Writer Don Coscarelli, Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm and Bill Thornbury, New Graveyard Carz Episode, Interviews from 1979 with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm, Deleted Scenes, New 5.1 Surround Mix, Optional Original Mono Mix and Trailers.

PHANTASM: Remastered is now in fantastic stunning clarity thanks to J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions who took the film and meticulously restored it for us all to enjoy.

PHANTASM: Ravager on Bluray includes the Bonus Features Audio Commentary with Director David Hartman and writer/producer Don Coscarelli, Behind the Scenes, Deleted Scenes, Phuntasm: Bloopers & Outtakes and Trailer.

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The first film, PHANTASM, scared the heck out of me as a younger gal and it always stayed in my mind. Every time I saw a silver orb my first thought was of this film. It was hard to explain to friends let me tell you! Scrimm’s character The Tall Man is also a character that stuck out for many horror film fans.

PHANTASM: Ravager is a great coming together of the story’s ideas and it was great to see the band get back together as it were. Mixing the timeline kept me hopping and I’m still not sure which timeline is real in the grand scheme of it all so great work to writer Coscarelli. Far warning – stay past the credits!

So when you are ready to have your wits sucked out of you, pick up PHANTASM and PHANTASM: Ravager for your own horror film library because no one should be without it.

In the end – these flimsy skin sacks are fighting back!

TRAIN TO BUSAN is Brilliant for Zombie Lovers on Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from writer/director Sang-ho Yeon and Well Go USA Entertainment comes one of the hottest genre of films so prepare to board the TRAIN TO BUSAN.

Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) is working hard in the business world of South Korea trying to provide a living for daughter Su-an (Kim Soo-ahn) and his mother. Working becomes so much his focus that he doesn’t make time to even make it to Su-an’s recital. As her birthday approaches, the little girl wants nothing more than to see her mother.

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Trying to make amends to Su-an, Seok-woo agrees to take her on the train to Busan to see her mother. Watching the television on the train, he sees that something is happening all around but no one is quite sure what it is. Everyone on the train including Seok-woo will find out horrifyingly fast.

People have become infected with a virus that turns them into flesh eaters and the train isn’t about to get a break from it. A young woman who jumps onto the train trying to get away from a hoard brings the misery aboard.

Now Seok-woo must muster up every ounce of courage if he is to save his daughter. The selfishness he has become accustomed too won’t do in the face of what ever has taken over the train. He begins to work together with the others who also help to protect Su-an to keep the infected at bay long enough to get the train to Busan.

To survive it will take sacrifice and more courage than any of them realized they had!

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Yoo as Seok-woo is definitely a man who wants to control every situation around him. From his job to dealing with an ex-wife, he keeps things moving to the beat of his own drum. That all pretty much changes after seeing the first zombie come to life, but then again I think that would change anyone’s attitude.

Kim Soo-ahn as Su-an is adorable, smart, affectionate and not afraid to tell it like it is, even if it happens with tears in her eyes. She is sharp and knows that something is up even before the other passengers. Su-an doesn’t have much to say so trust me when I tell you that when she speaks – listen!

Director Sang-ho Yeon has been seriously busy wearing both hats as writer and director to other films such as THE KING OF PIGS, THE FAKE and SEOUL STATION (and you can add producer to the latter as well). In TRAIN TO BUSAN I think he has found a creative niche that gave this film serious awesomeness!

Well Go USA Entertainment once again provides the best in action and independent films from the US and around the world. Well Go’s titles can be seen in theatres, digital, subscription and VOD as well as broadcast television. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.wellgousa.com. TRAIN TO BUSAN has a running time of 118 minutes.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give TRAIN TO BUSAN five tubs of popcorn out of five. I was totally engaged from start to finish (even if I did want to smack Seok-woo a few times). Every character had their own story and it was allowed to play itself out in such a way that I didn’t feel cheated although I might have done an “awwww really??” a time or two but in a good way.

From a couple expecting their first child, a team of baseball players, two lifelong friends, a greedy corporate passenger and more round out a cast that characterize the panic anyone would have on a train. That’s what also makes this film unique, they are in a confined space with limited options and hunger flesh eaters at every turn.

That’s what makes zombie films so awesome is that there are no set rules which means anything is possible. The zombie affects are frakken amazing in their own right. Every scene from inside the train is magnificently done, the hoard’s of zombies piling together to catch a train had my jaw dropping and the fight from car to car was clever in every sense of the word.

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I’m sure by now everyone knows I’m a huge fan of the zombie genre and will watch anything with the hungry little buggers. TRAIN TO BUSAN is thoroughly cool in that new ideas have been brought into the mix and no one is spared – THAT’S what makes a memorable and talked about zombie film.

The Bluray includes Bonus Features of Behind-the-Scenes, That’s a Wrap and Film Trailer along with English language availability. This one hundred and eighteen minute zombie ride is also subtitled.

In the end – this film takes ticket punching to a whole new level!

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