• Chinese Zodiac (2012) (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
There'll be no monkeying around for our new Lunar New Year season this February. Watch the best martial arts and action movies every Friday on SBS.
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29 Jan 2016 - 2:55 PM  UPDATED 22 Feb 2016 - 10:56 AM

Friday 5 February

Chinese Zodiac

9:30pm, SBS

(Hong Kong, action/adventure, 2012)

Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Yao Xing-Tong, Shu Qi, Zhang Lan-Xin
What's it about?
Martial arts legend Jackie Chan directs and stars in this adventure, in which a mercenary team led by globe-trotter Asian Hawk (Chan) embarks on a mission to recover several lost artifacts from the Old Summer Palace. They're seeking the bronze heads of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals which were sacked by the French and British armies from the imperial Summer Palace in Beijing in 1860. Assisted by a Chinese student and a Parisian lady, Hawk stops at nothing to accomplish the mission.


Friday 12 February

Journey to the West

9:30pm, SBS

(Hong Kong, adventure/comedy/fantasy, 2013)

Director: Stephen Chow, Chi-kin Kwok
Starring: Show Luo, Zhang Wen, Chi Ling Chiu, Bo Huang
What's it about?
This fun, epic adventure is based on the legendary classic mythology of the famous 'four’, Xuan Zang, Sun Wukong (widely known as 'Monkey King’), Pig demon and Water demon. The story tells of how Xuan Zang tames his three disciples and the four embark on a journey to the west to repent for their sins and search for enlightenment. But not before they fend off an assortment of demons and temptations that disrupt their path. 

Read: Journey to the West ★ ★ ★ ½ Review


Friday 19 February

Man of Tai Chi

9:30pm, SBS

(USA/China/Hong Kong, action, 2013)

Director: Keanu Reeves
Starring: Tiger Hu Chen, Keanu Reeves, Karen Mok
What's it about?
Man of Tai Chi marks Keanu Reeves' exciting and stylish directorial debut. Set in modern Beijing, the film follows the spiritual journey of a young martial artist (played by Tiger Chen) whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club run by the shady Donaka Mark (Keanu Reeves). But Donaka has ulterior motives for Chen, which will see the young man being torn between his philosophy and his anger against the developers who threaten to demolish the temple at which Chen studies with his master.

Man of Tai Chi: Keanu Reeves interview
Read: Man of Tai Chi ★ ★ ★ ½ Review


Friday 26 February

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

9:30pm, SBS

(Taiwan/Hong Kong/USA/China, action/drama/romance, 2000)

Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat
What's it about?
Ang Lee's epic, Oscar-winning wuxia film pits a wise master against a fierce young female fighter. Margaret Pomeranz gave the film 4 and a half stars in her Movie Show review saying: 'Ang Lee worked with master fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping to create truly beautiful fight sequences; they are balletic in their elegance and much of the credit must go to Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Zi Yi'.

Watch: The Movie Show's original ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ review


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