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Post by sol » February 19th, 2019, 10:47 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
11. Police Story 3: Supercop (1992) Hong Kong
12. Jackie Chan's First Strike (1996) Hong Kong

13. Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980) Hong Kong

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Sammo Hung is fun to follow around in the lead here, the film has some downright eerie imagery, plus there are many well choreographed kung fu battles. The structure is a bit weird though, and the darkly lit initial bad dream sequence is easily the best stretch of the film, while a follow-up segment involving practical jokers comes a close second with impressive special effects. The vast majority of the runtime is spent on the third stretch though involving a plot to kill Hung through hopping vampires and voodoo, which is good too - but far less nightmarish.
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Post by sol » February 19th, 2019, 1:27 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
12. Jackie Chan's First Strike (1996) Hong Kong
13. Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980) Hong Kong

14. Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996) Hong Kong

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Amusement comes here as the Mainland China protagonists struggle to learn Cantonese and English, and as their English teacher uses cuss-heavy black and white Hollywood westerns (!) to teach slang. The male protagonist's girlfriend back home adds a lot of tension to the would-be romance, with Maggie Cheung (delightful as the female lead) having to explain at one point how wrong it is to buy both her and his girlfriend the same gift. The second half of the film is not as electric as his girlfriend moves to HK, but the multi-tonal music is divine throughout.
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#243

Post by Traveller » February 19th, 2019, 5:28 pm

51. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976, TW) - 7/10
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Post by OldAle1 » February 19th, 2019, 5:48 pm

1.4 billion Chinese can't be wrongShow
1. Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing / Winners & Sinners / 5 Lucky Stars (Sammo Hung, 1983, HK)
2. Fuk sing go jiu / My Lucky Stars (Sammo Hung, 1985, HK)
3. Gam chi yuk yip / He's a Woman, She's a Man (Peter Chan/Chi Lee, 1994, HK)

Glancing at the film's IMDb and ICM pages I see references to Victor/Victoria - a film I don't remember too well, and which isn't credited as an inspiration for this cross-dressing comedy. Perhaps there are some similarities that I don't recall, or perhaps it's just laziness - one such film is the same as others, we can't call anything original if something similar in the slightest, most remote way was done before, somewhere. Sigh. On another forum I'm on, I see this kind of "it''s got one thing in common with another movie so it's a remake/ripoff" shit all the time. Anyway, there certainly are plenty of comedies about cross-dressing as a form of disguise, either to get a job or to find love - or both - and while this doesn't necessarily offer anything totally "new" it's pretty well done and buoyed by a fine cast - Carina Lau and Leslie Cheung as a sometime couple who are also business partners - she a singer, he her manager - and Anita Yuen as the girl who wants to be Cheung's new discovery, but has to masquerade as a boy because he's currently only signing male acts. There's also Eric Tsang as a very fey gay friend of Cheungs, a role that is probably going to see offensively over-the-top to a lot of people now, but at the same time I think shows some heart and compassion.

4. Da xiang xi di er zuo / An Elephant Sitting Still (Bo Hu, 2018, China)

There's a 1995 film, a documentary of sorts, from a young American indie director named Russ Hexter, called Dadetown. It was Hexter's first and last film - he died of natural causes at 27 before the film opened. I saw it when it showed in Chicago - I think in 1996 - and it was one of my favorites of the year, and not just mine, but it has vanished into total obscurity (it has 8 checks on ICM and has never had any video release, nor has it appeared streaming on a major platform to my knowledge). While the film got generally great notices at the time, Hexter's early death and the film's rather unusual nature have undoubtedly contributed to it falling off the map, as well as the fact that when it came out in the mid 90s there were still "small" films that just didn't get any video releases, and there wasn't really any online community, let alone downloads or streaming, to keep them alive.

It's probably not possible for Bo Hu's very impressive first/last film to fall into this kind of obscurity in our day, even if by some chance it doesn't get a commercial video release. I mean, I saw it and I don't have as wide an access to rare stuff as many people. But it's certainly going to be a hard sell - a nearly 4 hour, very gloomy and often nihilistic look at several characters - the four principle ones being a teenaged boy; a girl he likes; a somewhat older but still young man, the brother of one of the boy's schoolmates; and an older man about to be pushed out of his apartment by his family. This in a 21st century small-to-medium (or so it looks - I don't have any idea where it was filmed or where it's supposed to be) city clearly struggling with pollution, physical decay, lack of jobs and hope for both young and old, a future that looks grim and problems that seem unsolvable. In the course of our 230 minutes of running time we experience roughly 24 hours in the life of these main characters and a few others, in which we see two suicides and two other violent deaths (one a dog); if authors tend to show themselves in their works, we can't be too surprised that the director took his own life, aged 29, after making this film.

The theme is certainly as bleak as the lives, or rather the lives we experience inform a theme of stillness, but not a pleasant or peaceful stillness - a stillness of despair, of inability to change these lives, to move, to leave bad situations, to get out of bad mental habits, etc. The old man states things quite explicitly near the end of the film as some of the characters seem to be finally on the verge of getting on a bus to go to the city of Manzhouli, where the eponymous elephant sits still, allowing anything and everything to happen to him, ignoring it, doing nothing. Nothing will be any better, nowhere else is going to offer you an improvement in your lives. And yet the film, with it's series of very long tracking shots, it's dusty and wintry landscapes, it's powerful set of lead performances, makes a series of small despairing and unpleasant stories into exciting and enervating cinema, and it's a terrible shame that the director apparently felt more in touch with his characters in their tortured mental states than he did with those of us - not a few I suspect when all is said and done - who can see this film as something special, a new facet in the "slow cinema" landscape at the least and perhaps in our modern cinematic landscape, period.

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Post by Onderhond » February 19th, 2019, 10:41 pm

13. 2.5* - Zodiac Killers [Ji Dao Zhui Zong] (1991)
A very middle of the road crime flick by Ann Hui. Sadly the drama doesn't work that well, which depraves the ending from its power. The acting is decent, there are a couple of solid scenes and it's a rather inoffensive film, at the same time it's also completely forgettable. Okay filler, but nothing more than that.

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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)
12. 2.0* - From the Highway [Lu Ke Yu Dao Ke] (1970)

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#246

Post by sol » February 20th, 2019, 3:18 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
12. Jackie Chan's First Strike (1996) Hong Kong
13. Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980) Hong Kong
14. Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996) Hong Kong

15. A Chinese Odyssey Part I: Pandora's Box (1995) Hong Kong

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Based on an ancient Chinese myth but presented with limited exposition, the plot of this Hong Kong action comedy is hard to pin down, but the project radiates so much energy that it remains fairly enjoyable. Among the weird and wacky touches are a giant spider and a man forced to walk around on his hands when his legs turn numb. The jokes are a little hit-and-miss but this is generally a funny film too, even if some gags (stomping on a man's crotch to put out a fire) are dragged out and repetitive. And Stephen Chow is always a plus.
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#247

Post by Mate_cosido » February 20th, 2019, 4:34 pm

24. Hei an zhi guang - Darkness and Light (1999, Tso-chi Chang, Taiwan)

25. Mei li zai chang ge - Murmur of Youth (1997, Cheng-sheng Lin, Taiwan)

26. Tian bian yi duo yun - The Wayward Cloud (2005, Ming-liang Tsai, Taiwan)

27. Qing shao nian nuo zha - Rebels of the Neon God (1992, Ming-liang Tsai, Taiwan) *rewatch

28. Yang ya ren jia - Beautiful Duckling (1965, Hsing Lee, Taiwan)

29. All the Corners of the World (1989, Ming-liang Tsai, Taiwan)

30. Zui hao de shi guang - Three Times (2005, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Taiwan)

31. Guan yin shan - Buddha Mountain (2010, Yu Li, China)

32. Jat go zi tau di daan sang - Too Many Ways to Be No. 1 (1997, Ka-Fai Wai, Hong Kong)
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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)

24. Hei an zhi guang - Darkness and Light (1999, Tso-chi Chang, Taiwan)

25. Mei li zai chang ge - Murmur of Youth (1997, Cheng-sheng Lin, Taiwan)

26. Tian bian yi duo yun - The Wayward Cloud (2005, Ming-liang Tsai, Taiwan)

27. Qing shao nian nuo zha - Rebels of the Neon God (1992, Ming-liang Tsai, Taiwan) *rewatch

28. Yang ya ren jia - Beautiful Duckling (1965, Hsing Lee, Taiwan)

29. All the Corners of the World (1989, Ming-liang Tsai, Taiwan)

30. Zui hao de shi guang - Three Times (2005, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Taiwan)

31. Guan yin shan - Buddha Mountain (2010, Yu Li, China)

32. Jat go zi tau di daan sang - Too Many Ways to Be No. 1 (1997, Ka-Fai Wai, Hong Kong)

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#248

Post by Traveller » February 20th, 2019, 5:29 pm

52. Springtime in a Small Town (2002, CN) - 7/10
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Post by allisoncm » February 20th, 2019, 5:33 pm

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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)
4. Scorpion Thunderbolt (1988, Hong Kong)

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Post by 72allinncallme » February 20th, 2019, 8:24 pm

26. Jin yu man tang / The Chinese Feast (1995)
27. Jing wu ying xiong / Fist of Legend (1994)
28. Fong juk / Exiled (2006) (l)
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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)
26. Jin yu man tang / The Chinese Feast (1995)
27. Jing wu ying xiong / Fist of Legend (1994)
28. Fong juk / Exiled (2006)

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Post by connordenney » February 21st, 2019, 12:33 am

1. Your Face (Tsai Ming-liang, 2018)
2. Visage (Tsai Ming-liang, 2009)
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1. Your Face (Tsai Ming-liang, 2018)
2. Visage (Tsai Ming-liang, 2009)

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Post by Traveller » February 21st, 2019, 5:44 am

53. The Legend of Drunken Master (1994, HK) - 5/10
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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 21st, 2019, 6:23 am

7. Twelve Nights (2000, Hong Kong) 91 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.
6. Blue Gate Crossing (2002, Taiwan) * 80 min.

*First time viewing.

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Post by jeroeno » February 21st, 2019, 7:13 am

36. Ci Ma (Dynasty of Blood) (1973)
37. Dou san (God of Gamblers) (1989)
38. Dai lap mat tam 008 (Forbidden City Cop) (1996)

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Post by sol » February 21st, 2019, 12:59 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
12. Jackie Chan's First Strike (1996) Hong Kong
13. Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980) Hong Kong
14. Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996) Hong Kong
15. A Chinese Odyssey Part I: Pandora's Box (1995) Hong Kong

16. A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (1995) Hong Kong

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Boasting a plot even more convoluted than the first film, this follow-up makes even less sense. Some touches certainly match the zaniness of the first entry, especially his love interest going inside his body Fantastic Voyage style to look at his heart (see above) and a character handed a bomb that promptly explodes, Warner Brothers cartoon style. With far slower pacing though and more talk than action, this is also a far less spontaneously funny affair. The characters repeatedly switching bodies back and forth is additionally more confusing than comical.
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Post by Traveller » February 21st, 2019, 5:21 pm

54. Mr. Vampire (1985, HK) - 7/10
Super fun movie.
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Post by 72allinncallme » February 21st, 2019, 8:39 pm

29. Siu nin Wong Fei Hung chi: Tit ma lau / Iron Monkey (1993)
30. Fong sai yuk / The Legend (1993)
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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)
26. Jin yu man tang / The Chinese Feast (1995)
27. Jing wu ying xiong / Fist of Legend (1994)
28. Fong juk / Exiled (2006)
29. Siu nin Wong Fei Hung chi: Tit ma lau / Iron Monkey (1993)
30. Fong sai yuk / The Legend (1993)

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Post by Onderhond » February 21st, 2019, 9:39 pm

14. 2.0* - Love in a Fallen City [Qing Cheng Zhi Lian] (1984)
The Shaw Bros didn't release many dramas, but with Ann Hui in the director seat that's what you're getting. At times it reminded me a little of In The Mood for Love, but the film lacks good direction and without any stand-out elements it's just another tepid drama in Hui's extensive oeuvre. Decent but way too basic.

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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)
12. 2.0* - From the Highway [Lu Ke Yu Dao Ke] (1970)
13. 2.5* - Zodiac Killers [Ji Dao Zhui Zong] (1991)

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Post by albajos » February 21st, 2019, 10:25 pm

12. Xiao quan guai zhao (1979) aka The Fearless Hyena Hong Kong | South Korea 1 official list 204 checks

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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)
12. Xiao quan guai zhao (1979)
04. Xi yan (1993)
11. Ying xiong (2002)
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994)

Year
03. Enter the Dragon (1973)
10. Shao Lin mu ren xiang (1976)
12. Xiao quan guai zhao (1979)
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
12. Xiao quan guai zhao (1979) 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
12. Xiao quan guai zhao (1979) 204
07. Tui shou (1991) 134
10. Shao Lin mu ren xiang (1976) 102

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Post by jeroeno » February 22nd, 2019, 5:29 am

39. Mak Dau: Bo lo yau wong ji (2004)

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Post by mightysparks » February 22nd, 2019, 12:14 pm

3. Ging chaat goo si (1985) 5/10
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2. Ying hung boon sik (1986) 5/10
3. Ging chaat goo si (1985) 5/10
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Post by RBG » February 22nd, 2019, 12:20 pm

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1. the flying dagger (chang cheh 1969)
2. new dragon gate inn (raymond wong 1992)
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3. the mission (johnnie to 1999) *rewatch

some great set pieces (that mall scene!). wanted to revisit this and its sequel like i did triad election and its sequel last year. the music here seems goofy now. this was hailed as a masterpiece but i'd say it's middling to at this point, yet still far above run-of-the-mill hong kong triad productions
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Post by Traveller » February 22nd, 2019, 4:07 pm

55. Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018, CN) - 8/10
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Post by Onderhond » February 22nd, 2019, 7:04 pm

15. 2.5* - Option Zero [G4 Te Tong] (1997)
Dante Lam's first film is no masterpiece, but it's a decent genre exercise with a solid balance between drama and action. It's a pretty standard film with few stand-out moments, but the action sequences should be enough to entertain the average action fan. It's pretty decent filler, but little more than that.

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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)
12. 2.0* - From the Highway [Lu Ke Yu Dao Ke] (1970)
13. 2.5* - Zodiac Killers [Ji Dao Zhui Zong] (1991)
14. 2.0* - Love in a Fallen City [Qing Cheng Zhi Lian] (1984)

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Post by albajos » February 22nd, 2019, 10:16 pm

13. Se ying diu sau (1978) aka Snake in the Eagle's Shadow Hong Kong 2 official lists 808 checks

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+4 Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films (17,3%)
+4 LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever (10,8%)
+2 The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures (14,4%)
+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)
13. Se ying diu sau (1978)
10. Shao Lin mu ren xiang (1976)
07. Tui shou (1991)
12. Xiao quan guai zhao (1979)
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)
13. Se ying diu sau (1978)
12. Xiao quan guai zhao (1979)
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
13. Se ying diu sau (1978) 2
08. The Great Wall (2016) 1
07. Tui shou (1991) 1
12. Xiao quan guai zhao (1979) 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
13. Se ying diu sau (1978) 808
02. Chao ji ji hua (1993) 213
12. Xiao quan guai zhao (1979) 204
07. Tui shou (1991) 134
10. Shao Lin mu ren xiang (1976) 102

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Post by 72allinncallme » February 23rd, 2019, 12:02 am

31. Do lok tin si / Fallen Angels (1995)
32. Dao / The Blade (1995)
33. Ju Dou (1990)
34. Lin Shi Rong / Magnificent Butcher (1979)
35. Shun liu ni liu / Time and Tide (2000)
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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)
26. Jin yu man tang / The Chinese Feast (1995)
27. Jing wu ying xiong / Fist of Legend (1994)
28. Fong juk / Exiled (2006)
29. Siu nin Wong Fei Hung chi: Tit ma lau / Iron Monkey (1993)
30. Fong sai yuk / The Legend (1993)
31. Do lok tin si / Fallen Angels (1995)
32. Dao / The Blade (1995)
33. Ju Dou (1990)
34. Lin Shi Rong / Magnificent Butcher (1979)
35. Shun liu ni liu / Time and Tide (2000)

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Post by RBG » February 23rd, 2019, 4:01 am

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1. the flying dagger (chang cheh 1969)
2. new dragon gate inn (raymond wong 1992)
3. the mission (johnnie to 1999)
4. exiled (johnnie to 2006)

always good to see lam suet B) a hong kong spaghetti western

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Post by jeroeno » February 23rd, 2019, 5:20 am

40. Shi ba ban wu yi (Legendary Weapons of China) (1982)
41. Jat go zi tau di daan sang (Too Many Ways to Be #1) (1997)

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Post by sol » February 23rd, 2019, 5:36 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
11. Police Story 3: Supercop (1992) Hong Kong
12. Jackie Chan's First Strike (1996) Hong Kong
13. Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980) Hong Kong
14. Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996) Hong Kong
15. A Chinese Odyssey Part I: Pandora's Box (1995) Hong Kong
16. A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (1995) Hong Kong

17. Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979) Hong Kong

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While there are some intriguing homoerotic undertones in this early John Woo film, none of the characters are very well developed or interesting. Woo's attempts at comic relief also often backfire, including an excruciating bit with an assault on a brother-in-law. Woo also includes two simply bravura fight scenes though; one involving a "sleeping Buddha" guard, and the other involving candles and the breathing of alcohol on naked flames. These scenes permit Woo to show some creativity amid what is otherwise a pretty standard vengeance/betrayal tale.
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Post by Onderhond » February 23rd, 2019, 8:36 am

RBG wrote:
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always good to see lam suet B)
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Post by Traveller » February 23rd, 2019, 5:48 pm

56. Tears of the Yang-Tse (1947, CN) - 7/10
57. The Prodigal Son (1981, HK) - 6/10
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Post by maxwelldeux » February 23rd, 2019, 7:08 pm

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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)
9. The Last Emperor (1987)
I'm qualifying this under the "significant contributor" doctrine from the OP. A British production with an Italian director, this was filmed (almost) entirely in China with a mostly Chinese cast about the last Chinese emperor with the cooperation of the Chinese government (the first Western film in several decades to receive cooperation). Fun fact (from IMDB): China prioritized this film over the Queen of England - when she visited, she wasn't allowed to visit the Forbidden City because this film was filming and they didn't want to interrupt production. Anyway, I tend to agree with the "Why the hell was this in English?!?" comments on ICM. Great sets and photography, but long and slow.

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Post by 72allinncallme » February 23rd, 2019, 9:55 pm

36. SPL: Sha po lang / SPL: Kill Zone (2005)
37. Se ying diu sau / Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978)
38. Shi di chu ma / The Young Master (1980)
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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)
26. Jin yu man tang / The Chinese Feast (1995)
27. Jing wu ying xiong / Fist of Legend (1994)
28. Fong juk / Exiled (2006)
29. Siu nin Wong Fei Hung chi: Tit ma lau / Iron Monkey (1993)
30. Fong sai yuk / The Legend (1993)
31. Do lok tin si / Fallen Angels (1995)
32. Dao / The Blade (1995)
33. Ju Dou (1990)
34. Lin Shi Rong / Magnificent Butcher (1979)
35. Shun liu ni liu / Time and Tide (2000)
36. SPL: Sha po lang / SPL: Kill Zone (2005)
37. Se ying diu sau / Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978)
38. Shi di chu ma / The Young Master (1980)

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Post by Onderhond » February 23rd, 2019, 10:15 pm

16. 2.5* - Together [Soi Yat Hei] (2013)
Based on the people involved (Clarence Fok, Donnie Yen, Angelababy) your expectations may be high, just remember that Hong Kong films really aren't that good with romance, especially not the commercial ones. Together is not a bad film, it just isn't a very good one either. Too overdone and too cheesy to work well.

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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)
12. 2.0* - From the Highway [Lu Ke Yu Dao Ke] (1970)
13. 2.5* - Zodiac Killers [Ji Dao Zhui Zong] (1991)
14. 2.0* - Love in a Fallen City [Qing Cheng Zhi Lian] (1984)
15. 2.5* - Option Zero [G4 Te Tong] (1997)

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Post by Knaldskalle » February 24th, 2019, 12:25 am

13. Jet Li's Fearless (Yu, 1993). Another movie based on an actual martial artist's life (this one very loosely, though, as far as I understand). Really good fight scenes, but boy is it cliche upon cliche.

14. Pickpocket (Jia, 1997). A serious change of pace for this one. If you'd told me it was a documentary I could've believed it. Very good.

15. Flowers of Shanghai (Hou, 1998). This was good, it could've been a classical costume drama but managed to avoid that "trap." Reminded me of Raise the Red Lantern, somehow.

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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)
13. Jet Li's Fearless (Yu, 1993)
14. Pickpocket (Jia, 1997)
15. Flowers of Shanghai (Hou, 1998)
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Post by sol » February 24th, 2019, 2:40 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
11. Police Story 3: Supercop (1992) Hong Kong
12. Jackie Chan's First Strike (1996) Hong Kong
13. Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980) Hong Kong
14. Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996) Hong Kong
15. A Chinese Odyssey Part I: Pandora's Box (1995) Hong Kong
16. A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (1995) Hong Kong
17. Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979) Hong Kong

18. The Way of the Dragon (1972) Hong Kong

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Without a single fight, the first half-hour here is poorly done with lots of lame comedy instead (Bruce Lee scaring a kid; Lee baffling a waitress; Lee constantly needing the bathroom) and an inappropriately bouncy music score. Things massively improve in the final hour of the film, however, as the mobsters finally enter the picture and Lee's close combat scenes are as electric as ever. The final hour does still have some icky comic relief with an over-the-top gay translator, but Lee facing off with Chuck Norris and the Colosseum setting are great.
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Post by sol » February 24th, 2019, 12:19 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
12. Jackie Chan's First Strike (1996) Hong Kong
13. Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980) Hong Kong
14. Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996) Hong Kong
15. A Chinese Odyssey Part I: Pandora's Box (1995) Hong Kong
16. A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (1995) Hong Kong
17. Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979) Hong Kong
18. The Way of the Dragon (1972) Hong Kong

19. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987) Hong Kong

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While mawkish and sentimental at its weakest as an out-of-place love song breaks up the action, this is a well paced affair for the most part with loads of visual imagination. From stop motion skeletons to giant protruding tongues, the film features some spellbinding special effects and the locations thoughtfully vary between mysterious and downright spooky. The film's attempts to dispel the idea of all ghosts and demons being evil are welcome too. The romance is also very credible, though it feels like a distraction from the horror zaniness too often.
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Post by Traveller » February 24th, 2019, 1:38 pm

58. The Big Boss (1971, HK) - 6/10
59. The Magic Blade (1976, HK) - 6/10
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Post by jeroeno » February 24th, 2019, 6:46 pm

42. Am Faa (The Longest Nite) (1998)
43. Ai Nu (Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan) (1972)

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