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Not a bad action film adapted by the popular manga with Shawn Yue and Francis Ng. There were some cool fight and slow-motion scenes as well as the artistic element in this film worked well for me. There were a lot of random violence, but the movie was about the pain the protagonist had to suffer through, and I thought it was a fine movie.
Extremely disappointing. Some decent fighting but really I was done with this film, its predictable story, it's retarded and unrelatable characters within the first twenty minutes. Find a Donnie Yen film and watch that instead.
A ridiculous and dark plot with a main character who you can never quite like. That about sums up the karate redemption film, Shamo. Shawn Yue gives a fine performance though as the main character Ryo, who is sent to prison after murdering his parents as a boy. While there he learns karate conveniently enough from Mr. Miyagi... I mean Francis Ng. This was based off a manga so their wasn't much freedom, but you just never really like Ryo and all his viciousness. Compressed for content I'm sure the original 10 volume series plays out some of the relationships such as those with his girlfriend Natsumi or mentor better. Overall the movie does have some decent fighting if not for the awkward dialog and dark themes. A guilty pleasure, the ending does indeed rock!
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