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Post by funkybusiness » July 21st, 2018, 9:04 am

There's like a hierarchy/pokemon evolutions of jiangshi, and basically the dude was evolving because he was suckin' so much blood/life energy. the neophyte jiangshi can only do so much.

apparently one of the ways a person can become a jiangshi is when a pregnant cat jumps over your coffin. huh.

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Post by funkybusiness » July 21st, 2018, 12:03 pm

06. Wutai jiemei/Two Stage Sisters (1964) (Xie Jin, Mainland China)
07. Meng long guo jiang/Way of the Dragon (1972) (Bruce Lee, Hong Kong)
08. Xi You Ji/Journey to the West episode 01 (1986) (Yang Jie et. al., Mainland China)
09. Xi You Ji/Journey to the West episode 02 (1986) (Yang Jie et. al., Mainland China)

Two Stage Sisters might be the best Xie film of the three I've seen so far, even with the overt Party ideology forcing its way in. The cut ending of the old dvd actually features an ending more suited for a western/modern audience, focusing more on reconciliation and redemption, rather than "re-education" and "rehabilitation". But the new restoration features the original, "sing a lifetime of revolutionary operas" Party hard ending. The restoration looks pretty decent for a Ritrovata "everything's gotta be teal!!!" restoration. I mean, it still pushes the teals and yellows, but it gives a kind of antiqued, silk painting vibe which suits the film.
(Subtitles are done, btw).

Re: Way of the Dragon, I can't believe no one made Chuck Norris shave, or at least hide, all that chest hair bllleggghhh

Journey to the West is pretty fun. "No, we can't spend any more on special effects, we bought all these fur monkey suits! Those things are expensive!!"
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01. Ying hung boon sik/A Better Tomorrow (1986) (John Woo, Hong Kong)
02. Ying hung boon sik II/A Better Tomorrow II (1987) (John Woo, Hong Kong)
03. Tian yun shan chuan qi (1980)/Legend of Tianyun Mountain (1980) (Xie Jin, Mainland China)
04. Nu lan wu hao/Woman Basketball Player No. 5 (1957) (Xie Jin, Mainland China)
05. Jing wu men/Fist of Fury (1972) (Lo Wei, Hong Kong)

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Post by sol » July 21st, 2018, 4:09 pm

funkybusiness wrote:
July 21st, 2018, 9:04 am
There's like a hierarchy/pokemon evolutions of jiangshi, and basically the dude was evolving because he was suckin' so much blood/life energy. the neophyte jiangshi can only do so much.

apparently one of the ways a person can become a jiangshi is when a pregnant cat jumps over your coffin. huh.
Intriguing stuff. I need to see more Chinese/HK vampire films; Mr. Vampire was a refreshing change of pace from all the teen vampire stuff being pumped out by Hollywood these days.
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » July 21st, 2018, 4:37 pm

28. 'Lang shan die xue ji' / 'Bloodshed on Wolf Mountain' / 1936, Mu Fei / 7 or 7.5/10 / China
29. 'Jia fang yi fang' / 'The Dream Factory' / 1997, Xiaogang Feng / 7 or 7.5/10 / China
30. 'Jian wang cun' / 'The Village of No Return' / 2017, Yu-Hsun Chen / 8/10 / Taiwan / China

Sharing LP Hugo's lovely and insightful review of 'The Village of No Return' from Taiwan's ''Wizard of Comedy'' Yu-Hsun Chen: https://asianfilmstrike.wordpress.com/2 ... 17-review/. A quirkily humourous, visually appealing and prescient rural comedy-fantasy with a beating heart of awareness epitomised in the reserved poise and dazzling elegance of leading lady Qi Shu.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » July 21st, 2018, 6:13 pm

@ Funky:

"Re: Way of the Dragon, I can't believe no one made Chuck Norris shave, or at least hide, all that chest hair bllleggghhh"

:lol: I love the moment during their fight when Bruce Lee snatches off a handful and blows it away.

Journey to the West is pretty fun. "No, we can't spend any more on special effects, we bought all these fur monkey suits! Those things are expensive!!"

This show remains consistently fun, with wonderful low-tech fx, but in case you missed the discussion earlier you have to shop around for subtitled versions of the original length episodes. The CCTV ones on YT do not cut as much footage as originally thought though - the opening and closing credits are severely edited removing about 4 minutes from each episode, and some of the footage is held over to the next episode producing cliffhangers like the second season has but most of the story remains intact. Not all, but most. There are also some subtitled and complete episodes on Dailymotion, but I have found that switching back and forth between various providers gets too confusing because of the shifted footage so I have starting watching just the CCTV ones for consistency.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » July 21st, 2018, 6:21 pm

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July 21st, 2018, 4:18 am
31. Bian yuen ren (Man on the Brink, Alex Cheung, 1981, Hong Kong) 8/10
32. Qun long xi feng (Pedicab Driver, Sammo Hung, 1989, Hong Kong) 8.5/1

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I had already seen all the Bruce Lee films, Police Story and a few assorted 70s chopsockies on video, but Pedi-Cab Driver was the first Hong Kong film I saw in a cinema and I've been hooked ever since. It played to a sold-out crowd at a film festival and the audience reaction to HK films is almost always intense and incredibly fun. Plus Sammo is badass and very funny. I love the way he incorporates some Bruce Lee moves in this one. And that scene that you highlight with the photo is a great opening - the first time I heard a mass gasp of appreciation from an audience ("Wai!").

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Post by blueboybob » July 21st, 2018, 6:50 pm

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1. 'Til Madness Do Us Part (2013, Hong Kong) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3120794/
2. That Day, on the Beach (1983, Taiwan) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085635/
3. Hibiscus Town (1987, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087301/
4. The Wild Wild Rose (1960, Hong Kong) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0199156/
5. The Love Eterne (1963, Hong Kong) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057248/
6. Kaili Blues (2015, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4613272/
7. Made in Hong Kong (1997, Hong Kong) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0123328/
8. The Terrorizers (1986, Taiwan) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091355/
9. Legend of Tianyun Mountain (1980) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081632/
10. The Hole (1998, Taiwan) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0156610/
11. My Memories of Old Beijing (1983, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085326/
12. The Road Home (1999, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0235060/
13. Behemoth (2015, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4901304/
14. The Monkey King (1963, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059855/
15. Raining in the Mountain (1979, Taiwan) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0192213/
16. Along the Sungari River (1947, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0195290
17. Peking Opera Blues (1986, Hong Kong) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090952/
18. The Arch (1968, Hong Kong) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074151/
19. Goodbye, South, Goodbye (1996, Taiwan) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117151/
20. Tears of the Yang-Tse (1947, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040009/
21. Street Angel (1937, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183828/
22. Dust in the Wind (1986, Taiwan) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091406/
23. The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086606/
24. The Boys from Fengkuei (1983, Taiwan) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085533/
25. Long Arm of the Law (1984, Hong Kong) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088107/
26. Shanghai Blues (1984, Hong Kong) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088097/
27. Strawman (1987, Taiwan) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092829/
28. Throw Down (2004, Hong Kong) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0415380/
29. A Summer at Grandpa's (1984, Taiwan) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087164/
30. Two Stage Sisters (1964, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081553/
31. The Mission (1999, Hong Kong) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0220644/
32. An Autumn's Tale (1987, Hong Kong) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093426/
33. Lust, Caution (2007, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808357/
34. To Live (1994, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110081/
35. A Touch of Sin (2013, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2852400/
36. The Butterfly Murders (1979, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079051/
37. A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box (1995, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112778/
38. A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (1995, China -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114996/
39. Mountain Patrol (2004, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386651/
40. Summer Snow (1995, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111767/
41. City on Fire (1987, Hong Kong) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093435/
42. Operation Red Sea (2018, China) -- https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6878882/

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Post by mjf314 » July 21st, 2018, 6:55 pm

Does anyone know anything about Dream of the Red Chamber (1987)? I found it on Youtube with English subtitles, but I don't know if it's cut or uncut (I couldn't find a list of episode runtimes).

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » July 21st, 2018, 7:30 pm

mjf314 wrote:
July 21st, 2018, 6:55 pm
Does anyone know anything about Dream of the Red Chamber (1987)? I found it on Youtube with English subtitles, but I don't know if it's cut or uncut (I couldn't find a list of episode runtimes).
Haven't ever watched this legendary and hugely successful series but this appreciative and photo-laden tribute post
(http://blog.lemonshortbread.com/2015/01 ... eview.html) seems to suggest that what is available on YT is indeed cut.

Looks rather appealing aesthetically as a production! I think there was a more recent production as well, if memory serves.
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Post by maxwelldeux » July 21st, 2018, 7:47 pm

mjf314 wrote:
July 21st, 2018, 6:55 pm
Does anyone know anything about Dream of the Red Chamber (1987)? I found it on Youtube with English subtitles, but I don't know if it's cut or uncut (I couldn't find a list of episode runtimes).
TMDB has them listed at 45 minutes each, though I'm not sure how accurate that is: https://trakt.tv/shows/dream-of-the-red ... /seasons/1

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Post by hurluberlu » July 21st, 2018, 7:50 pm

10. Project A 2 / 'A' gai wak 2 ( (Jackie Chan, 1987, HK) [Action] 7
11. Hibiscus Town / Fu rong zhen (Jin Xie, 1986, China) [DtC] 7+
12. Legend of Tianyun Mountain / Tian yun shan chuan qi (Jin Xie, 1980, China) [DtC] 7+
13. Armour of God / Lung hing foo dai ( (Jackie Chan, 1986, HK) [Action] 6-
14. The Terrorizers / Kong bu fen zi (Edward Yang, 1986, Taiwan) [DtC] 9

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1. Long Arm of the Law / Saang gong kei bing (Johnny Mak, 1984, HK) [DtC] [Action] 8
2. Apart Together / Tuan Yuan (Quan'an Wang, 2010, China) 7-
3. All About Ah-Long / Ah Long dik goo si (Johnnie To, 1989, HK) 7-
4. Mr Vampire / Ricky Lau (Ricky Lau, 1985, HK) [DtC] [Action] 7+
5. Police Story 2 / Ging chat goo si 2 (Jackie Chan, 1988, HK) [Action] 6
6. Raining in the Mountain / Kong shan ling yu (King Hu, 1979, Taiwan) [DtC] [Action] 7
7. Center Stage / Ruan Lingyu (Stanley Kwan, 1991, HK) [DtC] 8-
8. Life Without Principle / Dyut Meng Gam (Johnnie To, 2011, HK) 6+
9. The Sword / Ming Jian (Patrick Tam, 1980, HK) [Action] 7-
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Post by klaus78 » July 21st, 2018, 9:20 pm

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1. Ching se [Green Snake] (Hong Kong 1993) 7/10
2. Siu nin Wong Fei Hung chi: Tit ma lau [Iron Monkey] (Hong Kong 1993) 6/10
3. Bai ga jai [The Prodigal Son] (Hong Kong 1981) 7/10
4. Long zhi ren zhe [Ninja in the Dragon's Den] (Hong Kong 1982) 6/10
5. Da zui xia [Come Drink with Me] (Hong Kong 1966) 6/10
6. Shu shan zheng zhuan [Zu Warriors] (Hong Kong 2001) 3/10
7. Ging chat goo si 2 [Police Story 2] (Hong Kong 1988) 7/10
8. Hung faan keoi [Rumble in the Bronx] (Hong Kong 1995) 6/10
9. Tien ya ming yue dao [The Magic Blade] (Hong Kong 1976) 5/10
10. Long xiao ye [Dragon Lord] (Hong Kong 1982) 6/10
11. Dung fong tuk ying [Eastern Condors] (Hong Kong 1987) 6/10
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Post by funkybusiness » July 21st, 2018, 9:42 pm

@psychotronicbeatnik:
yeah it was nice to see a Bruce Lee film that wasn't all serious all the time. The nunchaku fight is a great example of that. (and of course the hair pulling).

I'm also watching the CCTV versions and, at least through the first two episodes, besides the OP/ED credits they don't seem to be missing anything significant. And what they say about it being a faithful adaptation is true, at least regards to plot and action. They even have Sun Wukong coming across the woodcutter in the forest who directs him to the sage in the mountain, something that would have easily been cut for time in another adaptation. (I am aware that they do end up skipping some parts and chapters and adapting those in the 2nd season).

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Post by 72allinncallme » July 21st, 2018, 10:26 pm

27. Liang Shan Bo yu Zhu Ying Tai / The Love Eterne (1963, Hong Kong)
28. Du bei dao / The One-Armed Swordsman (1967, Hong Kong)
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1. Do ma daan / Peking Opera Blues (1986, Hong Kong)
2. Heung Gong jai jo / Made in Hong Kong (1997, Hong Kong)
3. Tang shan da xiong / The Big Boss (1971, Hong Kong)
4. Broken Arrow (1996, Hong Kong)
5. Lo foo chut gang / Tiger on Beat (1988, Hong Kong)
6. Cheung foh / The Mission (1999, Hong Kong)
7. Ying hung boon sik / A Better Tomorrow (1986, Hong Kong)
8. Liàn liàn fengchén / Dust in the Wind (1986, Taiwan)
9. Malu tianshi / Street Angel (1937, China)
10. Ging chaat goo si / Police Story (1985, Hong Kong)
11. Ging chat goo si 2 / Police Story 2 (1988, Hong Kong)
12. Ging chat goo si 3: Chiu kup ging chat / Police Story 3: Supercop (1992, Hong Kong)
13. Dong fu ren / The Arch (1968, Hong Kong)
14. Ban jin ba liang / The Private Eyes (1976, Hong Kong)
15. Xi yan / The Wedding Banquet (1993, Taiwan)
16. Siu Lam juk kau / Shaolin Soccer (2001, Hong Kong & China)
17. Ah fei zing zyun / Days of Being Wild (1990, Hong Kong)
18. Long men kezhan / Dragon Inn (1967, Taiwan, Hong Kong)
19. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974, UK, Hong Kong)
20. Dung che sai duk / Ashes of Time (1994, Hong Kong, Taiwan)
21. Mou gaan dou / Infernal Affairs (2002, Hong Kong)
22. Yan zhi kou / Rouge (1987, Hong Kong)
23. Yang guang can lan de ri zi / In the Heat of the Sun (1994, China)
24. Zhantai / Platform (2000, Hong Kong, China)
25. Huang tu di / Yellow Earth (1985, China)
26. Lung hing foo dai / Armour of God (1986, Hong Kong)
27. Liang Shan Bo yu Zhu Ying Tai / The Love Eterne (1963, Hong Kong)
28. Du bei dao / The One-Armed Swordsman (1967, Hong Kong)

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » July 21st, 2018, 11:57 pm

funkybusiness wrote:
July 21st, 2018, 9:42 pm
@psychotronicbeatnik:
yeah it was nice to see a Bruce Lee film that wasn't all serious all the time. The nunchaku fight is a great example of that. (and of course the hair pulling).

I'm also watching the CCTV versions and, at least through the first two episodes, besides the OP/ED credits they don't seem to be missing anything significant. And what they say about it being a faithful adaptation is true, at least regards to plot and action. They even have Sun Wukong coming across the woodcutter in the forest who directs him to the sage in the mountain, something that would have easily been cut for time in another adaptation. (I am aware that they do end up skipping some parts and chapters and adapting those in the 2nd season).
The stories are episodic enough that it is hard to tell what might or might not be cut. In some of the longer episodes there are some abrupt edits that I suspect may represent something cut from the original broadcasts although I never really feel that anything is missing. I'd love to see Don Quixote get this sort of faithful treatment. I really enjoy the Monkey King - both his overall look and the performance. I'll have to look into the actor.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » July 21st, 2018, 11:59 pm

53. The Warlords (2007 / Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Wai Man Yip / HK, China) 8+/10
54-56. Journey to the West: Parts 9 - 11 (1986 / China) FTV 7+/10

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1. Peking Opera Blues (1986 / Tsui Hark / HK) 9+/10
2. The Buddhist Fist (1980 / Woo-Ping Yuen / HK) FTV 9+/10
3. Heroes Shed No Tears (1986 / John Woo / HK) 9+/10
4. The Hand of Death (1976 / John Woo / HK) 9/10
5. Police Story (1985 / Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen / HK) 9/10
6. The White Butterfly Killer (1973 / Cheng Hou / Taiwan, HK) FTV 7/10 – 1st Check!
7. Robin-B-Hood (2006 / Benny Chan / HK) FTV 7/10
8. Jade Tiger (1977 / Yuen Chor / HK) FTV 7+/10
9. The Final Master (2015 / Haofeng Xu / China) FTV 8+/10
10. The Foreigner (2017 / Martin Campbell / China) FTV 8/10
11. Raining in the Mountain (1979 / King Hu / Taiwan, HK) FTV 7/10
12. Kung Fu Cult Master (1993 / Jing Wong, Sammo Hung / HK) 8/10
13. Moon Warriors (1992 / Sammo Hung / HK) 7+/10
14. Infra-Man (1975 / Shan Hua / HK) 7+/10
15. Death Duel of Kung Fu (1979 / Chi Chang / Taiwan, HK) FTV 7/10
16. The Big Boss (1971 / Wei Lo, Chia-Hsiang Wu / HK) 7+/10
17. Fist of Fury (1972 / Wei Lo / HK) 8/10
18. Lady Karate (1976 / Shan Hsi Ting / Taiwan) FTV 7/10- 1st check!
19. The Way of the Dragon (1972 / Bruce Lee / HK) 8+/10
20. The Iceman Cometh (1989 / Clarence Yiu-leung Fok / HK) 7+/10
21. Zhe jian chuen ji, aka: Dressed To Fight (1979 / Yang Ming Tsai / Taiwan, HK) FTV 7/10- 1st check!
22. Game of Death (1978 / Robert Clouse, Bruce Lee / HK) 7+/10
23. Game of Death II (1981 / See-Yuen Ng, Sammo Hung, Corey Yuen / HK) FTV 7+/10
24. Enter the Dragon (1973 / Robert Clouse / HK) 8/10
25. Deadly Silver Angels (1981 / Chih-Chao Chang / Taiwan) FTV 7/10
26. Royal Warriors (1986 / David Chung / HK) 8/10
27. In the Line of Duty 5: Middle Man (1990 / Chuen-Yee Cha / HK) 7/10
28. Jin sha dao, aka: Gold Sand Sword (1969 / Fu But / Taiwan) FTV 7+/10 – 1st Check!
29. Yes, Madam! (1985 / Corey Yuen / HK) 8+/10
30. Wrath of Sword (1970 / Wu Ma / HK) FTV 7+/10
31. Badges of Fury (2013 / Tsz Ming Wong / China) FTV 7+/10
32. Monster Hunt (2015 / Raman Hui / China, HK) FTV 5/10
33. Chou tou xiao zi, aka: Filthy Guy (1972 / Kuang Hui / Taiwan) FTV 6/10
34. Blade of Fury (1993 / Sammo Hung / HK, China) 7+/10
35. Wushu (2008 / Antony Szeto / HK) FTV 7+/10
36. In the Line of Duty III (1988 / Arthur Wong, Brandy Yuen / HK) 8/10
37. Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013 / Tsui Hark / HK) FTV 6/10
38. In the Line of Duty 4 (1989 / Woo-Ping Yuen / HK) 8/10
39. Forbidden Arsenal (1991 / Siu-Keung Cheng, Jun-Man Yuen / HK) 7+/10
40. Queen’s High (1990 / Kin-Sang Lee / HK) 7/10
41. Journey to the West: 1. Birth of the Monkey King (1986 / China) FTV 7/10
42. Journey to the West: 2. Turmoil When Looking After Horses (1986 / China) FTV 7+/10
43. Journey to the West: 3. The Great Sage Wreaks Havoc in Heaven (1986 / China) FTV 7+/10
44. Journey to the West: 4. Imprisoned Under 5 Elements Mountain (1986 / China) FTV 7/10
45. Who Am I? (1998 / Benny Chan, Jackie Chan / HK) FTV 8/10
46. New Fist of Fury (1976 / Wei Lo / HK, Taiwan) FTV 8/10
47-48. Journey to the West: Parts 5 & 6 (1986 / China) FTV 7+/10
49-50. Journey to the West: Parts 7 & 8 (1986 / China) FTV 7/10
51. Dragon (2011 / Peter Ho-Sun Chan / HK, China) FTV 9/10
52. Iceman (2014 / Wing-Cheong Law / HK, China) FTV 6/10

53. The Warlords (2007 / Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Wai Man Yip / HK, China) 8+/10
54-56. Journey to the West: Parts 9 - 11 (1986 / China) FTV 7+/10

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Post by Mate_cosido » July 22nd, 2018, 1:10 am

46. Dou niu - Cow (2009, Hu Guan, China)

47. Re dai yu - Tropical Fish (1995, Yu-Hsun Chen, Taiwan)

48. Go do gaai bei - Full Alert (1997, Ringo Lam, Hong Kong)

49. Jue lie - Breaking with Old Ideas (1976, Wenhua Li, China)

50. Nashan naren nagou - Postmen in the Mountains (1999, Jianqi Huo, China)

51. Zhang bei - My Young Auntie (1981, Chia-Liang Liu, Hong Kong)
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1. Zhao Yi-Man (1950, Meng Sha, China)

2. Xi meng ren sheng - In the Hands of a Puppet Master (1993, Hsiao-hsien Hou, Taiwan)

3. Man jeuk - Sparrow (2008, Johnnie To, Hong Kong)

4. Huang he da xia - Yellow River Fighter (1988, Hsin-Yen Chang, China)

5. Yau doh lung fu bong - Throw Down (2004, Johnnie To, Hong Kong)

6. Dushi fengguang - Scenes of City Life (1935, Muzhi Yuan, China)

7. Xi yan - The Wedding Banquet (1993, Ang Lee, Taiwan)

8. Bi shui han shan duo ming jin - The Enigmatic Case (1980, Johnnie To, Hong Kong)

9. Hongxia - Red Heroine (1929, Yi-Min Wen, China)

10. Lian xi qu - Island Etude (2006, Huai-en Chen, Taiwan)

11. Dalu - The Highway (1935, Yu Sun, China)

12. Er shi si cheng ji - 24 City (2008, Zhangke Jia, China)

13. Tian yun shan chuan qi - Legend of Tianyun Mountain (1980, Jin Xie, China)

14. Bian zou bian chang - Life on a String (1991, Kaige Chen, China)

15. Bian yuen ren - Man on the Brink (1981, Alex Cheung, Hong Kong)

16. Xiangnu xiaoxiao - A Girl from Hunan (1987, Fei Xie, U Lan, China)

17. Lu ke yu dao ke - From the Highway (1970, Tseng-chai Chang, Hong Kong)

18. Song hua jiang shang - Along the Sungari River (1947, Shan Jin, China)

19. Xiaoshan huijia - Xiaoshan Going Home (1995, Zhangke Jia, China)

20. Liang Shan Bo yu Zhu Ying Tai - The Love Eterne (1963, Han Hsiang Li, Hong Kong)

21. Zhan shen chuan shuo - Moon Warriors (1992, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Hong Kong)

22. Chao ji ji hua - Once a Cop a.k.a Supercop 2 a.k.a Project S (1993, Stanley Tong, Hong Kong)

23. Mo jong yuen So Hat-Yi - King of Beggars (1992, Gordon Chan, Hong Kong)

24. Nam yi nui - Hong Kong, Hong Kong (1983, Clifford Choi, Hong Kong)

25. Ye mei gui zhi lian - The Wild Wild Rose (1960, Tian-Lin Wang, Hong Kong)

26. Se qing nan nu - Viva Erotica (1996, Tung-Shing Yee, Hong Kong)

27. Ruan Lingyu - Center Stage (1991, Stanley Kwan, Hong Kong)

28. Please Vote for Me (2007, Weijun Chen, China)

29. Fu rong zhen - Hibiscus Town (1987, Jin Xie, China)

30. Hai xia liang an - People Between Two China (1988, Kan Ping Yu, Taiwan)

31. Lung hing foo dai - Armour of God (1986, Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang, Hong Kong)

32. Da cuo che - Papa, Can You Hear Me Sing? (1983, Kan Ping Yu, Taiwan)

33. Tao hua qi xue ji - Peach Blossom Weeps Tears of Blood (1931, Wancang Bu, China)

34. Shi wan jin shan - The Ghost Hill (1971, Shan-Hsi Ting, Taiwan)

35. Gui hua xiang - Osmanthus Alley (1987, Kun-Hou Chen, Taiwan)

36. Po qiao shi fen - At Dawn (1960, Han Hsiang Li, Tsun-Shou Sung, Taiwan)

37. Xin mi gong - The Coffin in the Mountain (2014, Yukun Xin, China)

38. Wanjia denghuo - The Lights of Ten Thousand Homes (1948, Fu Shen, China)

39. Zai na he pan qing cao qing - The Green, Green Grass of Home (1982, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Taiwan)

40. The Great Buddha + (2017, Hsin-yao Huang, Taiwan)

41. Mei you hang biao de he liu - River Without Buoys (1984, Tian-Ming Wu, China)

42. Ni na bian ji dian - What Time Is It There? (2001, Ming-liang Tsai, Taiwan)

43. Wu yan de shan qiu - Hill of No Return (1992, Toon Wang, Taiwan)

44. Ni luo he nu er - Daughter of the Nile (1987, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Taiwan)

45. Bu san - Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003, Ming-liang Tsai, Taiwan)

46. Dou niu - Cow (2009, Hu Guan, China)

47. Re dai yu - Tropical Fish (1995, Yu-Hsun Chen, Taiwan)

48. Go do gaai bei - Full Alert (1997, Ringo Lam, Hong Kong)

49. Jue lie - Breaking with Old Ideas (1976, Wenhua Li, China)

50. Nashan naren nagou - Postmen in the Mountains (1999, Jianqi Huo, China)

51. Zhang bei - My Young Auntie (1981, Chia-Liang Liu, Hong Kong)

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Post by frbrown » July 22nd, 2018, 3:22 am

4. Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979, Hong Kong)
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1. Dragon Inn (1992, Hong Kong)
2. The Legend (1993, Hong Kong)
3. Bare Footed Monk (1993, Hong Kong)
4. Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979, Hong Kong)

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Post by jdidaco » July 22nd, 2018, 5:08 am

33. Tian long ba bu (The Battle Wizard, Pao Hsueh Li, 1977, Hong Kong) 8.5/10
34. Yong zhe wu ju (Dreadnaught, Yuen Woo-Ping, 1981, Hong Kong) 9/10

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1. Ce ma ru lin (Run Away, Wang Tung, 1985, Taiwan) 8.5/10
2. Mong ming yuen yeung (On the Run, Alfred Cheung, 1988, Hong Kong) 8.5/10
3. Bao biao (Have Sword Will Travel, Chang Cheh, 1969, Hong Kong) 9/10
4. Da jue dou (The Duel, Chang Cheh, 1971, Hong Kong) 10/10
5. Di Renjie: Tong tian di guo (Detective Dee: The Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Tsui Hark, 2010, China/Hong Kong) 7.5/10
6. Di Renjie: Shen du long wang (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, Tsui Hark, 2013, China) 7/10
7. Zhong kui niang zi (The Lady Hermit, Ho Meng Hua, 1971, Hong Kong) 8.5/10
8. You Seng (Temptation of a Monk, Clara Law, 1993, Hong Kong) 9/10
9. Lo foo chut gang (Tiger on the Beat, Lau Kar Leung, 1988, Hong Kong) 7.5/10
10. Chung ngon sat luk: O gei (Organized Crime & Triad Bureau, Kirk Wong, 1994, Hong Kong) 8.5/10
11. Sing gei cha low (The Teahouse, Kuei Chih-Hung, 1974, Hong Kong) 8/10
12. Da ge Cheng (Big Brother Cheng, Kuei Chih-Hung, 1975, Hong Kong) 8/10
13. San feng zhen wu lin (Vengeance of the Phoenix Sisters, Chen Hung Min, 1968, Taiwan) 8/10
14. Hei dian (The Black Tavern, Teddy Yip Wing-Cho, 1972, Hong Kong) 9.5/10
15. Lian cheng jue (A Deadly Secret, Mou Tun Fei, 1980, Hong Kong) 8/10
16. Gau yat: San diu hap lui (Saviour of the Soul, Corey Yuen & David Lai, 1991, Hong Kong) 7/10
17. Xie ying wu (Bloody Parrot, Hua Shan, 1981, Hong Kong) 8/10
18. Shui jing ren (Portrait in Crystal, Hua Shan, 1983, Hong Kong) 8/10
19. Leng xue shi san ying (The Avenging Eagle, Sun Chung, 1978, Hong Kong) 8/10
20. Se diu ying hung ji dung sing sai jau (The Eagle Shooting Heroes, Jeffrey Lau, 1993, Hong Kong) 7/10
21. Zhong lie tu (The Valiant Ones, King Hu, 1975, Taiwan/Hong Kong) 9/10
22. Wu lin sheng huo jin (Holy Flame of the Martial World, Lu Chin-Ku, 1983, Hong Kong) 7.5/10
23. Dao cao ren (Strawman, Wang Tung, 1987, Taiwan) 8/10
24. Shuang-Qi-Zhen daoke (The Swordsman in Double Flag Town, He Ping, 1991, China) 8.5/10
25. Jat go zi tau di daan sang (Too Many Ways to Be No. 1, Wai Ka-Fai, 1997, Hong Kong) 9/10
26. Man jeuk (Sparrow, Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong) 8/10
27. Die wang jiao wa (Operation Lipstick, Umetsugu Inoue, 1967, Hong Kong) 8/10
28. Die hai hua (The Brain-Stealers, Umetsugu Inoue, 1968, Hong Kong) 7.5/10
29. Qian mian mo nu (Temptress of a Thousand Faces, Jeong Chang-hwa, 1969, Hong Kong) 8/10
30. Nu ji xie ren (Robotrix, Jamie Luk, 1991, Hong Kong) 8/10
31. Bian yuen ren (Man on the Brink, Alex Cheung, 1981, Hong Kong) 8/10
32. Qun long xi feng (Pedicab Driver, Sammo Hung, 1989, Hong Kong) 8.5/10

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Post by wasabi » July 22nd, 2018, 5:13 am

mjf314 wrote:
July 15th, 2018, 7:11 pm
jdidaco wrote:
July 15th, 2018, 4:10 am
It's been some time since I saw WKW's 'Ashes of Time' (my personal favorite of his films), so many of the parodic aspects related to the source novel escaped me
I liked The Eagle Shooting Heroes. I probably missed some of the jokes, but I think having a basic knowledge of the wuxia genre is enough to enjoy it.

Ashes of Time is only loosely based on the characters of The Legend of the Condor Heroes. I haven't seen any of the more accurate adaptations, but I think most people consider the 1983 series to be the best accurate adaptation. Maybe I'll watch it someday and then rewatch Ashes of Time and The Eagle Shooting Heroes.
That's why I didn't know why you picked this one...I told you this wasn't really good even I didn't really watched it...

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Post by jdidaco » July 22nd, 2018, 5:39 am

psychotronicbeatnik wrote:I had already seen all the Bruce Lee films, Police Story and a few assorted 70s chopsockies on video, but Pedi-Cab Driver was the first Hong Kong film I saw in a cinema and I've been hooked ever since. It played to a sold-out crowd at a film festival and the audience reaction to HK films is almost always intense and incredibly fun. Plus Sammo is badass and very funny. I love the way he incorporates some Bruce Lee moves in this one. And that scene that you highlight with the photo is a great opening - the first time I heard a mass gasp of appreciation from an audience ("Wai!").
Watching 'Pedicab Driver' with a sold-out crowd at a film festival must have been an unforgettable experience, it's a film that invites audience participation, actively. What impressed me most is how swiftly and naturally it goes from a light, even slapstick-y, sense of camaraderie in the first hour, to an "heroic bloodshed" brotherhood tragedy in the last half - from a laugh & a kiss, to a punch & a tear in the blink of an eye, and it all works magnificently. Astounding setpieces, with two amazingly choreographed fight sequences involving Sammo Hung - first a jaw-droppingly kinesthetic one with Lau Kar Leung, and then the finale climaxing with mega-baddie Billy Chow. And more: the brawl at the beginning, the pedicab/car chase, the intimate, touching wedding celebration, and its aftermath... "Wai!" indeed! :cheers:

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Post by wasabi » July 22nd, 2018, 5:40 am

I didn't notice this challenge until mjf314 mentioned it to me earlier today...I watched a lot of Reality Show show recently but not sure those are counted...

Feature Films:
1. Wrath of Silence (2017, China)
2. Devils on the Doorstep (2000, China)

tv series:
3. Eternal Love (2017, China) ep1
4-5. The drug hunter (2018, China) ep 27 - ep 28
6 - 25. Meteor Garden(2000, Taiwan)ep1 - ep20
26-31. Story of Yanxi Palace (2018, China) ep 1 - ep 6

reality tv show:
32 - 45:Back to Field season 2(2018, China) ep1 - ep14
46 - 59: Back to the Field season 1(2017, China) ep1 - ep14
60 - 69: Go Fridge season 4(2018, China) ep1 - ep10
70 - 71:My Little One season 1 (2018, China) ep1 - ep2

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Post by albajos » July 22nd, 2018, 11:37 am

1. Kung fu (2004) Hong Kong | China

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Post by sol » July 22nd, 2018, 11:40 am

albajos wrote:
July 22nd, 2018, 11:37 am
1. Kung fu (2004) Hong Kong | China
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Post by sol » July 22nd, 2018, 12:26 pm

The China SyndromeShow
1. Kung Fu Hustle (2004) Hong Kong REVISION
2. Shaolin Soccer (2001) Hong Kong
3. The god of Cookery (1996) Hong Kong
4. From Beijing with Love (1994) Hong Kong
5. The Wedding Banquet (1993) Taiwan
6. Police Story (1985) Hong Kong
7. Crime Story (1993) Hong Kong
8. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) Hong Kong
9. My Blueberry Nights (2007) Hong Kong
10. Police Story Part II (1988) Hong Kong
11. The Tuxedo (2002) United States
12. Rush Hour (1998) United States
13. Mr. Vampire (1985) Hong Kong

14. 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984) Hong Kong

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There are noticeable shades of the Shaws' prior 36th Chamber of Shaolin here as a young man goes to a monastery to refine his kung fu skills, but since he demonstrates amazing skills from early on, the film never has the superb character growth and progression of 36th Chamber. The choreography though is as spectacular as ever with some particularly impressive pole work. In a refreshing change of pace, one of the sisters holds her own well in several kung fu battles too. The wolf-fighting philosophy is also pretty neat.
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Post by flavo5000 » July 22nd, 2018, 12:54 pm

34. Cìkè Niè Yinniáng (2015, Taiwan/China/Hong Kong)
35. Ching se (1993, Hong Kong)
36. Si wang ta (1981, Hong Kong)
37. Lo foo chut gang (1988, Hong Kong)
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1. Kekexili (2004)
2. Wu guan (1981, Hong Kong)
3. Fong Sai Yuk 2 (1993, China/Hong Kong)
4. Lu ding ji (1992, Hong Kong)
5. Fei lung mang jeung (1988, Hong Kong)
6. Long men kezhan (1967, Taiwan/Hong Kong)
7. Kong shan ling yu (1979, Taiwan/Hong Kong)
8. Hak hap (1996, Hong Kong)
9. Kuai can che (1984, Hong Kong)
10. SPL: Sha po lang (2005, Hong Kong)
11. No Retreat, No Surrender (1986, Hong Kong) (US/Hong Kong co-production)
12. Zhan shen chuan shuo (1992, Hong Kong)
13. Ji dong ji xia (1989, Hong Kong)
14. Feng hou (1979, Hong Kong)
15. The Great Wall (2016, China/Hong Kong) (another multi-country co-production)
16. Bai fa mo nu zhuan (1993, Hong Kong)
17. Fei ying gai wak (1991, Hong Kong)
18. Wu Lang ba gua gun (1984, Hong Kong)
19. Zhong Nan Hai bao biao (1994, Hong Kong)
20. Miao tan shuang long (1989, Hong Kong/China)
21. Xiao ao jiang hu (1990, Hong Kong/Taiwan)
22. Fung wan: Hung ba tin ha (1998, Hong Kong)
23. Ba bai luo han (1985, China/Hong Kong)
24. Hei mao (1991, Hong Kong)
25. Ma Yong Zhen (1997, Hong Kong/China)
26. Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo (1973, Taiwan/Hong Kong)
27. Du bei dao (1967, Hong Kong)
28. Seong lung wui (1992, Hong Kong)
29. Lu ding ji II: Zhi shen long jiao (1992, Hong Kong)
30. Liu zhi qin mo (1994, Hong Kong/China)
31. Xian si jue (1983, Hong Kong)
32. Saang gong kei bing (1984, Hong Kong)
33. Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978, Hong Kong)
34. Cìkè Niè Yinniáng (2015, Taiwan/China/Hong Kong)
35. Ching se (1993, Hong Kong)
36. Si wang ta (1981, Hong Kong)
37. Lo foo chut gang (1988, Hong Kong)

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Post by 3eyes » July 22nd, 2018, 1:50 pm

Tie shan gong zhu / Princess Iron Fan (China 41)
Children's animated movie that is considered China's first feature-length film. Moral explained upfront, lots of shape-shifting, even a swashbuckling sequence near the end but I guess I won't claim it as a double. (Amazon Prime US)
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1. Long men kezhan / Dragon Inn (Taiwan 67) - Triple
2. Se diu ying hung ji dung sing sai jau / The eagle shooting heroes (HK 93) - double
3. Wo zhe yi bei zi / Life of a Bejing policeman aka This life of mine (China 50)
4. Dao ma dai / The horse thief (China 86) - Double - Rewatch
5. Bei xi mo shou / Behemoth (China 15) - Double
6. Hái-kak chhit-ho / Cape No 7 (Taiwan 08) - Rewatch
7. Tian xia wu shuang / Chinese odyssey 2002 (HK 02) - Double
8. Tie shan gong zhu / Princess Iron Fan (China 41)
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » July 22nd, 2018, 2:36 pm

31. 'Poor Daddy' / 1929, Xiao-zhong Yang (as Dumas Young) / 7/10 / China
32. 'Dalu' / 'The Big Road' / 1935, Yu Sun / 8.5/10 / China
33. 'Ye ben' / 'Fleeing by Night' / 2000, Li-Kong Hsu, Chi Yin / 8/10 / Taiwan / China
34. 'Ying zi ai ren' / 'Shadows of Love' / 2012, Yuen-Leung Poon / 6/10 / China / Hong Kong

Sun Yu's epic of six young men and their hard work, camaraderie and experiences in the face of invasion. A patriotic flag-waver put across with technical inventiveness and experimentation in sound design: as Paul Clark explains, ''the silence of the film is broken by songs, particularly the road-making songs, which the workers sing together, and by a curious device, a series of percussion sounds, when one of the four men playfully taps the nose, chest and forehead of a gang comrade'' (UCLA). A nude bathing scene stumbled upon and gigglingly witnessed by the two flirtatious women who befriend them brings an interlude of sensuous eroticism, casual bonhomie and free-spirited sharing of watermelon. A film of considerable scope and breadth but with moments and snippets of touching beauty, togetherness and intimacy.

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Post by maxwelldeux » July 22nd, 2018, 5:54 pm

wasabi wrote:
July 22nd, 2018, 5:40 am
I didn't notice this challenge until mjf314 mentioned it to me earlier today...I watched a lot of Reality Show show recently but not sure those are counted...

Feature Films:
1. Wrath of Silence (2017, China)
2. Devils on the Doorstep (2000, China)

tv series:
3. Eternal Love (2017, China) ep1
4-5. The drug hunter (2018, China) ep 27 - ep 28
6 - 25. Meteor Garden(2000, Taiwan)ep1 - ep20
26-31. Story of Yanxi Palace (2018, China) ep 1 - ep 6

reality tv show:
32 - 45:Back to Field season 2(2018, China) ep1 - ep14
46 - 59: Back to the Field season 1(2017, China) ep1 - ep14
60 - 69: Go Fridge season 4(2018, China) ep1 - ep10
70 - 71:My Little One season 1 (2018, China) ep1 - ep2
Just to confirm on all of these - are the episode lengths above the 40 minute mark?

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Post by wasabi » July 22nd, 2018, 6:09 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
July 22nd, 2018, 5:54 pm
wasabi wrote:
July 22nd, 2018, 5:40 am
I didn't notice this challenge until mjf314 mentioned it to me earlier today...I watched a lot of Reality Show show recently but not sure those are counted...

Feature Films:
1. Wrath of Silence (2017, China)
2. Devils on the Doorstep (2000, China)

tv series:
3. Eternal Love (2017, China) ep1
4-5. The drug hunter (2018, China) ep 27 - ep 28
6 - 25. Meteor Garden(2000, Taiwan)ep1 - ep20
26-31. Story of Yanxi Palace (2018, China) ep 1 - ep 6

reality tv show:
32 - 45:Back to Field season 2(2018, China) ep1 - ep14
46 - 59: Back to the Field season 1(2017, China) ep1 - ep14
60 - 69: Go Fridge season 4(2018, China) ep1 - ep10
70 - 71:My Little One season 1 (2018, China) ep1 - ep2
Just to confirm on all of these - are the episode lengths above the 40 minute mark?
Yes.

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Post by maxwelldeux » July 22nd, 2018, 6:41 pm

Week 3(ish) Stats and Challenge Update

Users
Through the 3rd week of July, we've had 28 participants in the China/Hong Kong/Taiwan Challenge. wasabi burst onto the scene and is in the lead with 71 watches. The battle for second place is heating up, with psychotronicbeatnik, mjf314, and Mate_cosido in the "50 watch club" with 56, 55, and 51 watches, respectively.

Leader board is up-to-date and maintained in the first post.

Countries
There's a nice mix of countries here. Hong Kong is leading, but China is right behind. I'm still happy Taiwan is getting a fair amount of love. (Yes, USA is there, because who in their right mind would have though that Broken Arrow, etc. would be on the Asian Cinema: A Field Guide list?!?) Here's an alphabetical listing of countries and their respective watch counts:

Country List
CountryCount
China 206
Hong Kong 216
Taiwan 78
USA 3


Years
Films watched so far have ranged from 1929 to 2017, covering 67 unique years in film. 2017 dominates with series watched (74 watches), with 2018 (35 watches) and 1986 (29 watches) coming in second and third, respectively. Here's a list of watch count by decade:

Decades List
DecadeCount
1920 2
1930 8
1940 6
1950 3
1960 35
1970 50
1980 121
1990 86
2000 57
2010 135


Spoiler Tag of the Week
This week, the award goes to funkybusiness's 不可譯 because I can't read it. So I can only assume it's earth-shatteringly clever. :cheers:
Last edited by maxwelldeux on July 22nd, 2018, 8:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Post by mjf314 » July 22nd, 2018, 7:28 pm

I think you made a typo. 2017 is in both 1st place and 2nd place?

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Post by maxwelldeux » July 22nd, 2018, 8:12 pm

mjf314 wrote:
July 22nd, 2018, 7:28 pm
I think you made a typo. 2017 is in both 1st place and 2nd place?
Yes. That's how dominant 2017 was... :facepalm:

Fixed now. Was supposed to be 2018.

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Post by funkybusiness » July 22nd, 2018, 8:34 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
July 22nd, 2018, 6:41 pm
Spoiler Tag of the Week
This week, the award goes to funkybusiness's 不可譯 because I can't read it. So I can only assume it's earth-shatteringly clever. :cheers:
throw it into google translate.

(or click the link here https://translate.google.com/?source=os ... F%E8%AD%AF )

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Post by mjf314 » July 22nd, 2018, 8:37 pm

RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
July 21st, 2018, 7:30 pm
Haven't ever watched this legendary and hugely successful series but this appreciative and photo-laden tribute post
(http://blog.lemonshortbread.com/2015/01 ... eview.html) seems to suggest that what is available on YT is indeed cut.
This blog post links to a video that was removed. The one that I found was uploaded earlier this year, and some episodes are longer, so it might be uncut but I'm not sure.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... vbSC6OvRvY

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Post by OldAle1 » July 22nd, 2018, 10:01 pm

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1. Du bei dao / The One-Armed Sworsdman (Cheh Chang, 1967)
2. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (Roy Ward Baker/Cheh Chang, 1974)
3. Tang shan da xiong / The Big Boss (Wei Lo/Chia Hsiang-Wu, 1971)
4. Wong Fei Hung / Once Upon a Time in China (Hark Tsui, 1991)
5. Lung hing foo dai / Armour of God (Jackie Chan/Eric Tsang, 1986)
6. Fei ying gai wok / Operation Condor (Jackie Chan, 1991)
7. Da hong deng long gao gao gua / Raise the Red Lantern (Yimou Zhang, 1991) (3rd viewing)

I saw this on it's initial US release in 1992, and again a couple of years later on letterboxed VHS. I'm pretty sure it was the first "serious" Chinese film I saw - and I hadn't seen that much martial arts/wuxia/gangster stuff earlier apart from a John Woo film or two - and I'm guessing the same is true for many Americans and westerners in general of my generation. And it was a knockout, though I had some small reservations at the time, and I guess I still do now. The primary one is the treatment of - or lack of treatment of - Mistress 1, the eldest, who is barely seen or heard from, and given the significant development of all three of the other wives (especially of course #4 played by Gong Li) this feels a little un-balancing to me. Clearly she has found a way to survive and continue in a way that the other wives haven't, and while I can understand the excuse that the husband ignores her, so the film should to, I'm not sure I entirely buy it. Seeing into her world might help us to understand better the paths untaken by the others. But this is not a large quibble overall, and the virtues of the film - the photography, the incredible setting, the performances by all three of the main actresses as the younger wives - are really considerable. I had it in memory that the film looked brighter, it's colors more saturated, on film than it looks on the BD I watched, but that could be just a trick of the mind.

8. Foo gwai lit che / Millionaire's Express / Shanghai Express (Sammo Hung, 1986)

Kind of an all-star martial-arts-western-comedy flick, the kind of thing that Hong Kong does so well and Hollywood only manages to do passably on occasion, this starts out rather confusingly with lots of plots and characters that don't seem to be really related at first, eventually all converging as groups of good guys and bad guys that want to save or destroy a small town, and get their hands on a prized ancient map in ca 1930s China. I think. The cast includes writer-directer Hung of course, as the central and most ethically opaque character, and among others Biao Yuen (adversary to Hung at first, later...??), Rosamund Kwan, Kenny Bee, Eric Tsang and Cynthia Rothrock who is always a pleasure to see when she's in something that's halfway decent. Overall it's rather a mess and not all the humor works for me, but the huge ending fight sequence is awesome and it's plenty of fun warts and all.

9. Dip bi / The Butterfly Murders (Hark Tsui, 1979)

Another strange mixture of genres, a horror-wuxia I guess you could call it, seemingly set in a kind of alternate universe dominated by "the Martial World" and various guilds/groups/factions therein which all seem to have names like Red Squad or Green Shadow, there are all kinds of numbers and dates thrown around with abandon - "on the 10th month of the Shing Period, on the 13th day, the forces of the Purple Dragon and his 72 generals encountered the Black Riders" - that sort of thing - and it's all very confusing at first until you realize about a third of the way through that none of it matters much, once we enter the big fortress where most of the martial arts action takes place, and the main drama becomes the figuring out of who or what is making butterflies into killer death machines! Yep, the title actually describes the action. It's all lots of fun, if you like the director's signature style of ridiculous fights in three-dimensional indoor spaces (caves at the climax of this film for instance) and a plot that is needlessly complicated and characters that all seem to have secrets of honor and tragedy. This is his first film and it's certainly rough and a bit cheap looking but it bears all of his marks, for better or worse; mostly for better IMO.

10. Hung fan qui / Rumble in the Bronx (Stanley Tong, 1995)

I spent a good half an hour uselessly trying to find a copy of the longer Hong Kong cut of this, and finally came to the conclusion that it's only available in a really, really crappy print with poor English subtitles burnt in along with the Chinese. Of course I had the pristine shorter English-friendly cut out from the library but the things we do for purity...anyway, it was hardly worth it and I doubt the longer version is going to improve a mediocrity like this too much. This suffers the same basic problems that some other JC vehicles of the period do - endlessly extended action sequences, with the hovercraft finale here seeming to last for hours, and comedy that often undermines the relatively serious plots; in this case we have a street gang that is fucking around with Anita Mui's grocery store in the Bronx (really Vancouver but hey who would know that there aren't any mountains visible from NYC?) and her relative Jackie just happens to be in town to help. OK that's typical fun and games but then it turns out the REAL bad guys are a mob (white guys so we know they're bad news) who waste several people in pursuit of a bunch of diamonds that...oh forget it. The apparently gritty crime elements, the maudlin boy-in-wheelchair subplot, and the broad comedy just don't all got together that well, and it's pretty forgettable all round apart from some of the earlier and middle action scenes.

11. Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yee tung chi keung / Once Upon a Time in China II (Hark Tsui, 1992)

Pretty nearly as much fun as the first entry, this one has Jet Li again as our hero Wong Fei Hung, with love interest (maybe) Auntie 13 (Rosamund Kwan) and disciple/gopher Foon (Siu Chung Mok) travelling to Canton in 1895 and getting involved in a battle against the fanatical racial/nationalist/religious cult The White Lotus Society which wants to drive out or exterminate all Europeans from China, and which is of course led by an incredible martial artist (Xin Xin Xiong). Also on hand is Donnie Yen as the leader of the local militia - who also is of course an incredible martial artist - and Tielin Zhang as Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, like Wong Fei Hung a real historical personage and the father of the Chinese Republic. There is some development in the Auntie/Wong romance, and Wong starts to teach Auntie some fighting techniques, but on the whole like the first film this really stands alone. It's interesting that in the first film the foreigners were essentially the villains, and here it's those who would drive the foreigners out who have become the bad guys. I guess I'll have to see how it develops in the next film(s).

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Post by 72allinncallme » July 23rd, 2018, 12:03 am

29. Meng long guo jiang / The Way of the Dragon (1972, Hong Kong)
30. Hung faan keoi / Rumble in the Bronx (1995, Hong Kong)
31. Shu Shan - Xin Shu shan jian ke / Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983, Hong Kong)
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1. Do ma daan / Peking Opera Blues (1986, Hong Kong)
2. Heung Gong jai jo / Made in Hong Kong (1997, Hong Kong)
3. Tang shan da xiong / The Big Boss (1971, Hong Kong)
4. Broken Arrow (1996, Hong Kong)
5. Lo foo chut gang / Tiger on Beat (1988, Hong Kong)
6. Cheung foh / The Mission (1999, Hong Kong)
7. Ying hung boon sik / A Better Tomorrow (1986, Hong Kong)
8. Liàn liàn fengchén / Dust in the Wind (1986, Taiwan)
9. Malu tianshi / Street Angel (1937, China)
10. Ging chaat goo si / Police Story (1985, Hong Kong)
11. Ging chat goo si 2 / Police Story 2 (1988, Hong Kong)
12. Ging chat goo si 3: Chiu kup ging chat / Police Story 3: Supercop (1992, Hong Kong)
13. Dong fu ren / The Arch (1968, Hong Kong)
14. Ban jin ba liang / The Private Eyes (1976, Hong Kong)
15. Xi yan / The Wedding Banquet (1993, Taiwan)
16. Siu Lam juk kau / Shaolin Soccer (2001, Hong Kong & China)
17. Ah fei zing zyun / Days of Being Wild (1990, Hong Kong)
18. Long men kezhan / Dragon Inn (1967, Taiwan, Hong Kong)
19. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974, UK, Hong Kong)
20. Dung che sai duk / Ashes of Time (1994, Hong Kong, Taiwan)
21. Mou gaan dou / Infernal Affairs (2002, Hong Kong)
22. Yan zhi kou / Rouge (1987, Hong Kong)
23. Yang guang can lan de ri zi / In the Heat of the Sun (1994, China)
24. Zhantai / Platform (2000, Hong Kong, China)
25. Huang tu di / Yellow Earth (1985, China)
26. Lung hing foo dai / Armour of God (1986, Hong Kong)
27. Liang Shan Bo yu Zhu Ying Tai / The Love Eterne (1963, Hong Kong)
28. Du bei dao / The One-Armed Swordsman (1967, Hong Kong)
29. Meng long guo jiang / The Way of the Dragon (1972, Hong Kong)
30. Hung faan keoi / Rumble in the Bronx (1995, Hong Kong)
31. Shu Shan - Xin Shu shan jian ke / Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983, Hong Kong)

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Post by 3eyes » July 23rd, 2018, 2:10 am

9. Lü cao di / Mongolian ping pong (China 05) - Rewatch
I still find this amazing in both its portrayal of Mongolian life through children's eyes, and its inventiveness in spinning out variations the theme of trying to figure out the purpose of a stray ping pong ball which neither children nor adults have ever seen before.

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1. Long men kezhan / Dragon Inn (Taiwan 67) - Triple
2. Se diu ying hung ji dung sing sai jau / The eagle shooting heroes (HK 93) - double
3. Wo zhe yi bei zi / Life of a Bejing policeman aka This life of mine (China 50)
4. Dao ma dai / The horse thief (China 86) - Double - Rewatch
5. Bei xi mo shou / Behemoth (China 15) - Double
6. Hái-kak chhit-ho / Cape No 7 (Taiwan 08) - Rewatch
7. Tian xia wu shuang / Chinese odyssey 2002 (HK 02) - Double
8. Tie shan gong zhu / Princess Iron Fan (China 41)
9. Lü cao di / Mongolian ping pong (China 05) - Rewatch
:run: STILL the Gaffer!

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Post by weirdboy » July 23rd, 2018, 4:13 am

I'm finally on the board!

1. Shao Lin da peng da shi (Return to the 36th Chamber) - 1980 - Chia-Liang Liu 6/10
Not as good as the first one, and not as serious, either. This one leans much more heavily on the comic elements. There is surprisingly little in the way of fight scenes until late in the movie, where -- I am not making this up -- the protagonist's "scaffolding" kung fu style goes up against the villain's "bench" style.

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Post by maxwelldeux » July 23rd, 2018, 6:10 am

9. Police Story (1985, Hong Kong)

I watched this about a week ago... I'm ashamed of myself. Anyway, this made me happy. I grew up a bit on more recent Jackie Chan from his US-crossover days, and this was awesome to see some of his earlier police work. Great action and stunts, and the comedy came through better than I thought it would.
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1. Chi bi AKA Red Cliff (2008, China)
2. Mi ni te gong dui AKA Dragon Attack AKA Fantasy Mission Force (1983, Taiwan)
3. Chuen jik sat sau AKA Fulltime Killer (2001, Hong Kong)
4. Shao Lin san shi liu fang AKA The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978, Hong Kong)
5. Lat sau san taam AKA Hard Boiled (1992, Hong Kong)
6. Dip huet seung hung AKA The Killer (1989, Hong Kong)
7. Wu du AKA Five Deadly Venoms (1978, Hong Kong)
8. Yi Yi (2000, Taiwan)
9. Police Story (1985, Hong Kong)

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