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Post by Mate_cosido » February 15th, 2019, 2:13 pm

19. Kûkai - Legend of the Demon Cat (2017, Kaige Chen, China)

20. Mai tian - Wheat (2009, Ping He, China)

21. Laughing Times - Hua ji shi dai (1981, John Woo, Hong Kong)

22. Foo ji ching - Father and Son (1981, Allen Fong, Hong Kong)

23. Qianxi mànbo - Millennium Mambo (2001, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Taiwan)
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1. Ye mei gui - Wild Rose (1932, Yu Sun, China)

2. Man tam - Blind Detective (2013, Johnnie To, Hong Kong)

3. Dongchun de rizi - The Days (1993, Xiaoshuai Wang, China)

4. Yin shi nan nu - Eat Drink Man Woman (1994, Ang Lee, Taiwan)

5. Yu guang qu - Song of the Fishermen (1934, Chusheng Cai, China)

6. Shuang-Qi-Zhen daoke - The Swordsman in Double Flag Town (1991, Ping He, China)

7. Yi jiang chun shui xiang dong liu - The Spring River Flows East (1947, Chusheng Cai, Junli Zheng, China)

8. Shiqi sui de dan che - Beijing Bicycle (2001, Xiaoshuai Wang, China)

9. Hao jile - Have a Nice Day (2017, Jian Liu, China)

10. Nu ren si shi - Summer Snow (1995, Ann Hui, Hong Kong)

11. Qiu jue - Execution in Autumn (1972, Hsing Lee, Taiwan)

12. Wu ting - The Club (1981, Kirk Wong, Hong Kong)

13. Ye shan - In the Wild Mountains (1986, Xueshu Yan, China)

14. Fei nu zheng zhuan - Teddy Girls (1969, Kong Lung, Hong Kong)

15. Feng huang qin - Country Teachers (1993, Qun He, China)

16. Xiang ri kui - Sunflower (2005, Yang Zhang, China)

17. Hei jun ma - A Mongolian Tale (1995, Fei Xie, China)

18. Ren sheng - Life (1984, Tian-Ming Wu, China)

19. Kûkai - Legend of the Demon Cat (2017, Kaige Chen, China)

20. Mai tian - Wheat (2009, Ping He, China)

21. Laughing Times - Hua ji shi dai (1981, John Woo, Hong Kong)

22. Foo ji ching - Father and Son (1981, Allen Fong, Hong Kong)

23. Qianxi mànbo - Millennium Mambo (2001, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Taiwan)

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Post by Traveller » February 15th, 2019, 3:45 pm

43. Mrs. Fang (2017, CN) - 7/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by Knaldskalle » February 15th, 2019, 4:10 pm

Alright, I'm back! Had to take a few days off to do real life stuff.

8. Iron Monkey (Yuen, 1993). This was pretty good, a story from the youth of real-life martial artist Wong Fei-Hong.
9. The Legend of Drunken Master (Liu, 1994). Another take on Wong Fei-Hong, this one a Jackie Chan. I liked this sequel less than the original.
10. Yellow Earth (Chen, 1985). Incredibly beautifully shot and moving movie from the Chinese hinterlands during WWII.
11. Taipei Story (Yang, 1985). This reminded me a lot of Antonioni's La Notte, and that's not a bad thing.
12. Days of Being Wild (Wong, 1990). Wong makes beautiful movies, imbued with nostalgia.

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1. The Bare-footed Kid (To, 1993)
2. Ma Yong Zhen (aka. The Hero) (Yuen, 1997)
3. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Liu, 1978). REWATCH
4. Return to the 36th Chamber (Liu, 1980)
5. Legendary Weapons of China (Liu, 1982)
6. Love on Delivery (Chow & Lee, 1994)
7. Ah Ying (aka. Boon Bin Yen)(Fong, 1983)
8. Iron Monkey (Yuen, 1993)
9. The Legend of Drunken Master (Liu, 1994)
10. Yellow Earth (Chen, 1985)
11. Taipei Story (Yang, 1985)
12. Days of Being Wild (Wong, 1990)
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Post by maxwelldeux » February 15th, 2019, 6:24 pm

I thought this was a challenge about platesShow
1. Fearless (2006)
2. Malu Tianshi AKA Street Angel (1937)
3. Lung foo fung wan AKA City on Fire (1987)
4. Ni na bian ji dian AKA What Time is it There? (2001)
5. Huo zhe AKA To Live (1994)
6. Sei mong se jun AKA Ab-normal Beauty (2004)
7. Xiao cheng zhi chun AKA Springtime in a Small Town (2002)
Onderhond Post-2000 #14

This was definitely a slow-burn movie, verging on too long, but still an interesting watch. A bored lonely housewife takes care of her sick husband and his teenage sister. An old friend of the husband stops by to stay for a few days, only for her to discover that this friend is her first love. And from there, the tension builds as she rediscovers love and romance. I definitely felt the tension in this - I thought it captured the feeling of being in a committed relationship while liking someone else well. I wanted a little more out of this, and I found the bits with the teenager awkward and often annoying, but overall pretty enjoyable. Glad I watched it.

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Post by Onderhond » February 15th, 2019, 9:12 pm

08. 2.0* - The Other Side of Gentleman [Jun Zi Hao Qiu] (1984)
An old Ringo Lam comedy. Clearly a training film for Lam. You won't recognize much of his typical style, there are no real crime elements and the grittiness is almost completely absent. It's a typical 80s Hong Kong comedy, not great but passable and somewhat entertaining. Hard to recommend, unless you're a completist.

09. 3.0* - Long Day's Journey into Night [Di Qiu Zui Hou De Ye Wan] (2018)
The first hour is a big step up for Gan Bi, sadly the second part is a disappointment. Long takes are fine when they are wild and challenging, not when they're merely driving up the minute counts. The film pretty much lost me during the second half, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth watching for the first hour.

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01. 1.0* - The Arch [Dong Fu Ren] (1968)
02. 1.0* - The Assassin Swordsman [Xia Nu Chuang Tian Guan] (2000)
03. 2.0* - The Swordsman of All Swordsmen [Yi Dai Jian Wang] (1968)
04. 1.5* - The Wild Wild Rose [Ye Mei Gui Zhi Lian] (1960)
05. 3.5* - A Cool Fish [Wu Ming Zhi Bei] (2018)
06. 2.5* - Ash Is Purest White [Jiang Hu Er Nv] (2018)
07. 1.0* - Our Sister Hedy [Si Qian Jin] (1957)
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Post by Knaldskalle » February 16th, 2019, 1:48 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 6:24 pm
7. Xiao cheng zhi chun AKA Springtime in a Small Town (2002)
Onderhond Post-2000 #14

This was definitely a slow-burn movie, verging on too long, but still an interesting watch. A bored lonely housewife takes care of her sick husband and his teenage sister. An old friend of the husband stops by to stay for a few days, only for her to discover that this friend is her first love. And from there, the tension builds as she rediscovers love and romance. I definitely felt the tension in this - I thought it captured the feeling of being in a committed relationship while liking someone else well. I wanted a little more out of this, and I found the bits with the teenager awkward and often annoying, but overall pretty enjoyable. Glad I watched it.
I saw the original from the 1930s some years ago, it's pretty good.
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Post by allisoncm » February 16th, 2019, 3:32 am

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1. PTU (2003, Hong Kong)
2. Jin yu man tang (1995, Hong Kong)
3. Dai si gin/Breaking News (2004, Hong Kong)

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Post by sol » February 16th, 2019, 5:16 am

The China SyndromeShow
1. Chun Can (1933) China
2. Who Am I? (1998) Hong Kong
3. Iron Monkey (1993) Hong Kong
4. The Big Boss (1971) Hong Kong
5. Kung Fu Yoga (2017) China
6. Scorpion King (1992) Hong Kong
7. The Magic Blade (1976) Hong Kong
8. Justice, My Foot (1992) Hong Kong

9. Love on Delivery (1994) Hong Kong

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If sometimes corny as a romance movie, Stephen Chow's very genuine and earnest performance renders him fun to follow around here even when he turns to pining and wallowing in heartbreak. This is a hilarious film too. Highlights include a Terminator parody complete with Brad Fiedel-sounding music, a clever scamming of a customer out of a free meal, and a chase sequence with men in Garfield masks. The filmmakers save the best laughs for last though with a clever intimidation-heavy boxing match and much madness with a giant wheel.
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Post by jeroeno » February 16th, 2019, 5:22 am

28 Jin yu man tang (The Chinese Feast) (1995)
29. Han jia (Winter Vacation) (2010)

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Post by sol » February 16th, 2019, 7:04 am

The China SyndromeShow
1. Chun Can (1933) China
2. Who Am I? (1998) Hong Kong
3. Iron Monkey (1993) Hong Kong
4. The Big Boss (1971) Hong Kong
5. Kung Fu Yoga (2017) China
6. Scorpion King (1992) Hong Kong
7. The Magic Blade (1976) Hong Kong
8. Justice, My Foot (1992) Hong Kong
9. Love on Delivery (1994) Hong Kong

10. Blue Gate Crossing (2002) Taiwan

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The love triangle plot here might sound simple on paper, but the filmmakers take the material in interesting directions as the protagonist begins to reflect on and reevaluate her own sexuality, and both her initial annoyance and his initial confusion resonate. Her shy friend is a very underdeveloped character by comparison, but the other two main characters are certainly more fascinating and there is a lot to like in how the film establishes a genuine connection between them without ever nailing it down as romantic, platonic or something else entirely.
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Post by Traveller » February 16th, 2019, 9:05 am

44. The Shadow Whip (1971, HK) - 6/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by Traveller » February 16th, 2019, 7:26 pm

45. Swordsman II (1992, HK) - 5/10
46. Boon bin yen (1983, HK) - 7/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by ororama » February 16th, 2019, 9:25 pm

5. The Wandering Earth (2019, China) * 125 min.

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1. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994, Taiwan) * 124 min.
2. The Warlord (1972, Hong Kong) * 91 min.
3. The Fearless Hyena (1979, Hong Kong) * 97 min.
4. Gonna Get You (1976, Hong Kong) * 83 min.

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Post by Onderhond » February 16th, 2019, 9:49 pm

10. 3.5* - Dead Slowly (2009)
Dark and grim thriller that is uncharacteristically edgy for a Hong Kong film. In that sense it's not unlike the old Herman Yau horrors. The music is pretty cool and there is some great imagery here, but the film doesn't entirely transcends its budgetary limitations, which weighs on the film. Definitely worth a watch though.

11. 2.5* - You Are My Destiny [Yong Ai Zhuo Yi Ren] (1987)
A decent Tsang film, although there's very little here that sets it apart from other Hong Kong comedies of that era. There's a lot of silliness, a negligible plot with romance, crime and drama influences and a can of actors who're not really out to win any prizes. It's short, easy and effective entertainment though.

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01. 1.0* - The Arch [Dong Fu Ren] (1968)
02. 1.0* - The Assassin Swordsman [Xia Nu Chuang Tian Guan] (2000)
03. 2.0* - The Swordsman of All Swordsmen [Yi Dai Jian Wang] (1968)
04. 1.5* - The Wild Wild Rose [Ye Mei Gui Zhi Lian] (1960)
05. 3.5* - A Cool Fish [Wu Ming Zhi Bei] (2018)
06. 2.5* - Ash Is Purest White [Jiang Hu Er Nv] (2018)
07. 1.0* - Our Sister Hedy [Si Qian Jin] (1957)
08. 2.0* - The Other Side of Gentleman [Jun Zi Hao Qiu] (1984)
09. 3.0* - Long Day's Journey into Night [Di Qiu Zui Hou De Ye Wan] (2018)

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Post by albajos » February 16th, 2019, 10:51 pm

07. Tui shou (1991) aka Pushing Hands Taiwan | USA 1 official list 134 checks
08. The Great Wall (2016) China | Hong Kong | USA | Australia | Canada 1 official list 1 902 checks


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Hong Kong3111
Taiwan33
China211


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+2 The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures (14,4%)
+2 LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever (9,8%)
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02. Chao ji ji hua (1993)
03. Enter the Dragon (1973)
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985)
08. The Great Wall (2016)
01. Ju Dou (1990)
07. Tui shou (1991)
04. Xi yan (1993)
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994)

Year
03. Enter the Dragon (1973)
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985)
01. Ju Dou (1990)
07. Tui shou (1991)
02. Chao ji ji hua (1993)
04. Xi yan (1993)
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994)
08. The Great Wall (2016)

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03. Enter the Dragon (1973) 11
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985) 8
04. Xi yan (1993) 7
01. Ju Dou (1990) 6
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994) 4
08. The Great Wall (2016) 1
07. Tui shou (1991) 1

Checks
03. Enter the Dragon (1973) 16 075
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985) 3 211
08. The Great Wall (2016) 1 902
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994) 1 334
04. Xi yan (1993) 1 260
01. Ju Dou (1990) 907
02. Chao ji ji hua (1993) 213
07. Tui shou (1991) 134

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Post by frbrown » February 17th, 2019, 1:36 am

2. Tai-Chi Master (1993)

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1. Wheels on Meals (1984)
2. Tai-Chi Master (1993)

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Post by jeroeno » February 17th, 2019, 6:36 am

30. Lu ding ji II: Zhi shen long jiao (Royal Tramp II) (1992)

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Post by Traveller » February 17th, 2019, 8:55 am

47. Mr. Zhao (1998, CN) - 7/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by sol » February 17th, 2019, 12:03 pm

The China SyndromeShow
1. Chun Can (1933) China
2. Who Am I? (1998) Hong Kong
3. Iron Monkey (1993) Hong Kong
4. The Big Boss (1971) Hong Kong
5. Kung Fu Yoga (2017) China
6. Scorpion King (1992) Hong Kong
7. The Magic Blade (1976) Hong Kong
8. Justice, My Foot (1992) Hong Kong
9. Love on Delivery (1994) Hong Kong
10. Blue Gate Crossing (2002) Taiwan

11. Police Story 3: Supercop (1992) Hong Kong

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This sequel sees Jackie Chan partnered up with a very energetic Michelle Yeoh and given close to equal screen time, which puts a definite twist on the formula of the first two movies and Yeoh holds her own well. This is a movie that only really comes alive in its final half-hour though with some breathtaking stunts and much-needed comic relief involving the gorgeous Maggie Cheung as Chan's jealous girlfriend again. The first hour of the film is awkwardly light on comedy and it takes a long time for things to get going, but the stunt work is always entertaining.
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Post by Onderhond » February 17th, 2019, 1:52 pm

12. 2.0* - From the Highway [Lu Ke Yu Dao Ke] (1970)
Read somewhere this is supposed to be the first modern martial arts film, but I bet the Shaw Bros have something different to say about that. There are some decent scenes near the end, but apart from that it's all pretty basic and mellow. Not too surprising that Shaw Bros won the battle from Cathay.

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01. 1.0* - The Arch [Dong Fu Ren] (1968)
02. 1.0* - The Assassin Swordsman [Xia Nu Chuang Tian Guan] (2000)
03. 2.0* - The Swordsman of All Swordsmen [Yi Dai Jian Wang] (1968)
04. 1.5* - The Wild Wild Rose [Ye Mei Gui Zhi Lian] (1960)
05. 3.5* - A Cool Fish [Wu Ming Zhi Bei] (2018)
06. 2.5* - Ash Is Purest White [Jiang Hu Er Nv] (2018)
07. 1.0* - Our Sister Hedy [Si Qian Jin] (1957)
08. 2.0* - The Other Side of Gentleman [Jun Zi Hao Qiu] (1984)
09. 3.0* - Long Day's Journey into Night [Di Qiu Zui Hou De Ye Wan] (2018)
10. 3.5* - Dead Slowly (2009)
11. 2.5* - You Are My Destiny [Yong Ai Zhuo Yi Ren] (1987)

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » February 17th, 2019, 3:10 pm

14.Ba wang bie ji [Farewell My Concubine] (1993) (rewatch) 8.5 > 9.5 - absolute masterpiece.
15. Zui quan [Drunken Master] (1978) (rewatch): 8.5 > 8.2 - By adding a comedic element this martial arts classic distinguished and lifted itself up from the dozens of other martial arts movie in 70s Hong Kong. It does this by fully capitalizing the qualities of Jackie Chan, both as an martial arts expert and a comedic talent. Woo-Ping Yuen is if not the best, without a doubt one of the best fight choreographer ever to work in cinema. What's more he knows exactly how to shoot and edit those fight scene for maximum (comedic) effect. The famous Every Frame A Painting video sure also applies to this movie. The final fight between Jackie and the main baddie is one of the best in film history. Unfortunate Woo-ping's qualities in other aspects of directing are lacking; the esthetic qualities of this are very low. Which keeps me from loving it even more.
Side note: By just having watched Farewell My Concubine coincidentally I even more respect the rigorous training Jackie went trough as a kid being part of a Peking Opera troupe.
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1. Ying [Shadow] (2018): 6.5 -
2. Zhuibu (Manhunt) (2017): 6.5
3. Fuk sau (Vengeance) (2009): 7.2
4. Chai gong [Mad Monk] (1993): 5.0
5. Sam sei goon [Justice, My Foot!] (1992): 4.0
6. Chik geuk siu ji [The Bare-Footed Kid] (1993): 6.2
7. Man tam [Blind Detective] (2013): 5.8
8. Wu wei shen tan [Loving You] (1995): 5.8 -
9. Daan gyun naam yu [Don't Go Breaking My Heart] (2011): 6.0
10. Daan gyun naam yu 2 [Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2] (2014): 6.0
11. Sap maan fo gap [Lifeline] (1997): 6.5
12. Shan zhong zhuan qi [Legend of the Mountain] (1979): 8.2
13. Ye yan [The Banquet/Legend of the Black Scorpion] (2006): 8.0 -

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Post by albajos » February 17th, 2019, 5:35 pm

09. Huo zhe (1994) aka To Live China | Hong Kong 6 official lists 1 063 checks
10. Shao Lin mu ren xiang (1976) aka Shaolin Wooden Men Hong Kong 102 checks


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China321
Taiwan33


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+4 Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films (17,3%)
+2 The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures (14,4%)
+2 LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever (9,8%)
+1 100 Classic Martial Arts Films (6,0%)

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ABC
02. Chao ji ji hua (1993)
03. Enter the Dragon (1973)
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985)
08. The Great Wall (2016)
09. Huo zhe (1994)
01. Ju Dou (1990)
10. Shao Lin mu ren xiang (1976)
07. Tui shou (1991)
04. Xi yan (1993)
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994)

Year
03. Enter the Dragon (1973)
10. Shao Lin mu ren xiang (1976)
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985)
01. Ju Dou (1990)
07. Tui shou (1991)
02. Chao ji ji hua (1993)
04. Xi yan (1993)
09. Huo zhe (1994)
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994)
08. The Great Wall (2016)

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03. Enter the Dragon (1973) 11
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985) 8
04. Xi yan (1993) 7
09. Huo zhe (1994) 6
01. Ju Dou (1990) 6
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994) 4
08. The Great Wall (2016) 1
07. Tui shou (1991) 1

Checks
03. Enter the Dragon (1973) 16 075
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985) 3 211
08. The Great Wall (2016) 1 902
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994) 1 334
04. Xi yan (1993) 1 260
09. Huo zhe (1994) 1 063
01. Ju Dou (1990) 907
02. Chao ji ji hua (1993) 213
07. Tui shou (1991) 134
10. Shao Lin mu ren xiang (1976) 102

!seen 10

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Post by Traveller » February 17th, 2019, 6:26 pm

48. Operation Red Sea (2018, CN) - 2/10
49. Detective Chinatown 2 (2018, CN) - 2/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 17th, 2019, 6:46 pm

I thought this was a challenge about platesShow
1. Fearless (2006)
2. Malu Tianshi AKA Street Angel (1937)
3. Lung foo fung wan AKA City on Fire (1987)
4. Ni na bian ji dian AKA What Time is it There? (2001)
5. Huo zhe AKA To Live (1994)
6. Sei mong se jun AKA Ab-normal Beauty (2004)
7. Xiao cheng zhi chun AKA Springtime in a Small Town (2002)
8. Lee's Adventure (2011)
Onderhond Post-2000 #1

Hot digggity damn that was amazing. There was SO MUCH in this movie, and yet it all worked together. Multiple storylines and genre-bending edited together into a shockingly coherent story. Sometimes I'd be looking at the screen and think to myself "Wait - when did this switch to animation?" Slow simple long shots, and fast quick-cut action sequences. Animation and live action. An overarching story of love and loss, but with sci-fi, mystery, thriller, and action. I had fully intended on watching two movies last night (my wife was out of the house), but this was so much (in a good way) that I went back to rewatching some TV Comedy just to fully absorb what I had just seen. Great find, Onderhond.

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Post by Onderhond » February 17th, 2019, 8:01 pm

Thanks! Glad you loved it, I was starting to think it was just me liking these kind of films :lol:

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Post by hurluberlu » February 17th, 2019, 8:11 pm

6. An Elephant Sitting Still / Da xiang xi di er zuo (Bo Hu, 2018) 7
7. The Private Eyes / Ban jin ba liang (Michael Hui, 1976) 5+
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Post by frbrown » February 17th, 2019, 10:55 pm

3. The Swordsman (1990)

Confusing but stylish

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1. Wheels on Meals (1984)
2. Tai-Chi Master (1993)
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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » February 18th, 2019, 2:18 am

FTV:10: Connected (2008). HK. Run time:110 mins. 8

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Dressed unassumingly and looking at the ground like an office worker drone, Louis Koo gives a pitch-perfect run as Bob, whose anxiety over having to step out of line is played upon by Koo as the realisation sinks into Bob that he is the only one who can save Grace and her family. Held captive by snarling henchmen, Barbie Hsu dials up the urgency in her great performance as Grace. Spending most of the film not seeing Bob, Hsu brings out in her voice/the phone calls the fears she has for her life, and an empathetic quality over Bob risking his life.

Spending two years extensively re-working Chris Morgan’s (who’d go on to Fast and the Furious 3- the latest) debut script, the adaptation by co-writer/(with Alan Yuen and Xu Bing) director Benny Chan takes Morgan’s “High-Concept” and brilliantly holds it together with more grounded elements, via the real-time set-up giving Bob’s drive to find Grace a lean atmosphere, along with the limitations of time limiting Bob in picking up skills, instead having to go with the flow. Driving straight into action, Chan and cinematographer Anthony Pun super-charge a nail-biting Thriller atmosphere, as a clipped use of hand-held shakes up the urgency Bob is under, and slick tracking shots superbly criss-cross as Bob and the main baddie get nearer to each other. Unbuckling the tension in the car to the outdoors, Chan rolls out thrilling action set-pieces, which keep in gear rough and ready hand to hand combat fights with gloriously explosive car chases running on Bob staying connected.

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Post by jeroeno » February 18th, 2019, 6:08 am

31. Chuen jik sat sau (Fulltime Killer) (2001)
32. Wang Jiao ka men (As Tears Go By) (1988)

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Post by clemmetarey » February 18th, 2019, 9:59 am

5. Sanxia haoren (2006) 7/10
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1. Hao ji le (2017) 7/10
2. Pk.com.cn (2008) 6/10
3. Ging chaat goo si (1985) 7/10
4. Mrs. Fang (2017) 7/10
5. Sanxia haoren (2006) 7/10

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Post by sol » February 18th, 2019, 10:26 am

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1. Chun Can (1933) China
2. Who Am I? (1998) Hong Kong
3. Iron Monkey (1993) Hong Kong
4. The Big Boss (1971) Hong Kong
5. Kung Fu Yoga (2017) China
6. Scorpion King (1992) Hong Kong
7. The Magic Blade (1976) Hong Kong
8. Justice, My Foot (1992) Hong Kong
9. Love on Delivery (1994) Hong Kong
10. Blue Gate Crossing (2002) Taiwan
11. Police Story 3: Supercop (1992) Hong Kong

12. Jackie Chan's First Strike (1996) Hong Kong

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This is the fourth chapter in Jackie Chan's Police Story franchise despite the change in title for international release. It is easily the goofiest entry, and the only one which features more comedy than action, with some shenanigans that are too silly to be funny, such as a naked Chan in public and walking on stilts. Same goes for his crazy costume changes (see above). The stunts are as good as ever though, with a high rise hotel chase sequence and a part where Chan uses a ladder as an eight-diagram pole sticking out in particular.
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Post by cinephage » February 18th, 2019, 10:38 am

03. Tai Chi 0, by Stephen Fung (2012) 7,5/10

Very dynamic direction, fun, with many references to the kung-fu and videogames culture...
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01. Di qiu zui hou de ye wan, by Bi Gan (2018) 6/10
02. Ai Nu, by Yuen Chor (1972) 7/10

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Post by ororama » February 18th, 2019, 1:36 pm

6. Blue Gate Crossing (2002, Taiwan) * 80 min.


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1. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994, Taiwan) * 124 min.
2. The Warlord (1972, Hong Kong) * 91 min.
3. The Fearless Hyena (1979, Hong Kong) * 97 min.
4. Gonna Get You (1976, Hong Kong) * 83 min.
5. The Wandering Earth (2019, China) * 125 min.

*First time viewing.

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Post by blocho » February 18th, 2019, 3:35 pm

1. Ju Dou

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Post by Traveller » February 18th, 2019, 5:57 pm

50. Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018, CN) - 5/10
Another entry in the Detective Dee series, and this one I found to be okay, too - kinda like the second one, but not as great as the first. A bit disappointing though that the general direction seems to go towards fantasy action flick now rather than focusing on crime.
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Post by 72allinncallme » February 18th, 2019, 9:57 pm

24. Ching se / Green Snake (1993)
25. Saang gong kei bing / Long Arm of the Law (1984)
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1. 2046 (2004)
2. Sun lung moon hak chan / Dragon Inn (1992)
3. Fei lung mang jeung / Dragons Forever (1988)
4. Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat / From Beijing with Love (1994)
5. Man jeuk / Sparrow (2008)
6. Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing/ Winners & Sinners (1983)
7. Tien ya ming yue dao / The Magic Blade (1976)
8. Can que / Crippled Avengers (1978)
9. Mak Dau goo si / My Life as McDull (2001)
10. Daai zek lou / Running on Karma (2003)
11. Bai ga jai / The Prodigal Son (1981)
12. Yau doh lung fu bong / Throw Down (2004)
13. Mak Dau: Bo lo yau wong ji / McDull, Prince de la Bun (2004)
14. Xian si jue / Duel to Death (1983)
15. Dong fang sam hap / The Heroic Trio (1993)
16. Wang Jiao ka men / As Tears Go By (1988)
17. Ying xiong / Hero (2002)
18. Hao xia / Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)
19. Hak se wui / Election (2005)
20. Hak se wui: Yi wo wai kwai / Triad Election (2006)
21. Se, jie / Lust, Caution (2007)
22. Am faa / The Longest Nite (1998)
23. Chuen jik sat sau / Fulltime Killer (2001)
24. Ching se / Green Snake (1993)
25. Saang gong kei bing / Long Arm of the Law (1984)

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Post by albajos » February 18th, 2019, 10:11 pm

11. Ying xiong (2002) aka Hero China | Hong Kong 6 official lists 12 254 checks [double]

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China4211
Hong Kong4211
Taiwan33


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+4 Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films (17,3%)
+2 The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures (14,4%)
+3 LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever (10,3%)
+1 100 Classic Martial Arts Films (6,0%)

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02. Chao ji ji hua (1993)
03. Enter the Dragon (1973)
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985)
08. The Great Wall (2016)
09. Huo zhe (1994)
01. Ju Dou (1990)
10. Shao Lin mu ren xiang (1976)
07. Tui shou (1991)
04. Xi yan (1993)
11. Ying xiong (2002)
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994)

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03. Enter the Dragon (1973)
10. Shao Lin mu ren xiang (1976)
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985)
01. Ju Dou (1990)
07. Tui shou (1991)
02. Chao ji ji hua (1993)
04. Xi yan (1993)
09. Huo zhe (1994)
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994)
11. Ying xiong (2002)
08. The Great Wall (2016)

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03. Enter the Dragon (1973) 11
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985) 8
04. Xi yan (1993) 7
11. Ying xiong (2002) 7
09. Huo zhe (1994) 6
01. Ju Dou (1990) 6
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994) 4
08. The Great Wall (2016) 1
07. Tui shou (1991) 1

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03. Enter the Dragon (1973) 16 075
11. Ying xiong (2002) 12 254
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985) 3 211
08. The Great Wall (2016) 1 902
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994) 1 334
04. Xi yan (1993) 1 260
09. Huo zhe (1994) 1 063
01. Ju Dou (1990) 907
02. Chao ji ji hua (1993) 213
07. Tui shou (1991) 134
10. Shao Lin mu ren xiang (1976) 102

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » February 19th, 2019, 2:55 am

FTV:11: John Woo's feature film debut:The Young Dragons (1975) HK. Run time:95 mins. 6.

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Transitioning to co-writing (with Kuang Ni) and directing after two short student films and working as an assistant director on Shaw Brothers projects,auteur John Woo stylishly draws out an outline of what was to come, via rapid-fire zoom-ins speeding on the frantic atmosphere which would grip his Heroic Bloodshed titles, and polished long shadows layered in dissolves giving the cast an elegant appearance. Whilst clearly excited about debuting and going against the grain a bit (with the film featuring a naked women) Woo does leave the flick with clumsy marks by mis-framing and cutting off the tops of peoples heads.

Teaming up with stunt coordinator Jackie Chan, the two styles that both would become known for wonderfully mesh together, via the action set-pieces making use of furniture around the fighters, with Woo zooming in as a baddie is slammed on a table, and going to slow-motion when the hero is beaten when falling down stairs. Collaborating with workhorse Kuang Ni,the screenplay does very well at emphasising motifs which would run across Woo’s future credits, from the underworld dealing with guns (not used in the fights!) and a binding, traditional sense of loyalty held by the anti-hero, tied by a tragic melancholy ending, where the fire of the young dragons burns out.

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Post by jeroeno » February 19th, 2019, 6:49 am

33. Zhang bei (My Young Auntie) (1981)
34. Shiqi sui de dan che (Beijing Bicycle) (2001)
35. Yu guang qu (Song of the Fishermen) (1934)

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Post by cinephage » February 19th, 2019, 8:14 am

04. Tai Chi Hero, by Stephen Fung (2012) 7,5/10

Not as flamboyant as the first movie, but still nice with strong, lovable characters.
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01. Di qiu zui hou de ye wan, by Bi Gan (2018) 6/10
02. Ai Nu, by Yuen Chor (1972) 7/10
03. Tai Chi 0, by Stephen Fung (2012) 7,5/10

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