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KILLING GROUND (Directed by Damien Power) ****
Basically, the little one is the only member left of the family whose gruesome fate was sealed the moment they arrived at the same area two days earlier. Ian and Sam test their relationship and their own courage. Sam ends up being the heroine and Ian is not the man she thought he was. This is a finally made horror film that weaves past events with the present though the outcome seems to become one and the same. The film received official selection at Sundance this year, overlook Film festivals and Scary Movies X (Film Society of Lincoln Center). I will never camp go into the woods again after seeing this film.
Tiajin has 19 martial arts schools, but when Master Chen, an old man arrives in town wanting to start his own school, but rules demand he trains his own apprentice who comes from Tiajin He’s a street punk named Geng. It would seem that a trio of establishment chiefs of the martial arts schools thwart Chen’s ambitions, and the cost is mighty. The fighting scenes are second to none and the crispness of timing that plays throughout this Chinese-made film is a joy to watch, however, the plots is confusing, and in the end, we long to see the fighting scenes, even if it means the heroes are in grave jeopardy. Swords of all shapes, styles and lengths prove amusing to behold which contrasts with the scene seriousness when they are used; the result is ironic comic impact. How these men do it is beyond belief.
It is one of the best and most realistic martial arts films to come out of Asia, and was in this year’s Official Selection in the Udine Far East Film Festival, Night Vision.