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China, Hong Kong & Taiwan Challenge (Official, February 2019)

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » February 24th, 2019, 7:06 pm

FTV:12:Wild Search (1989).HK. 98 mins. 8

“The flowers are damaged.”

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The first film that directing auteur Ringo Lam had made since Cupid One (1985) which was either not a sequel, (Mad Mission 4: You Never Die Twice (1986)) or part of his “on Fire” trilogy, Lam closely works with cinematographer Wai-Keung Lau in continuing to build upon his recurring visual motifs in the Heroic Bloodshed genre. Shot down the real northern rural streets of Hong Kong, Lam welds the rapid-fire Action set-pieces with a documentary stylisation, reeling from the shoot-outs being short and brittle, where stray bullets in cramped locations cause he screen to be covered in wonderful piles of broken wood and glass. Setting out the mood from the opening whisper of Lowell Lo’s score, Lam takes the documentary-style appearance of the action set-pieces and crafts an exquisite, earthy atmosphere of delicate wide-shots and stylishly held motifs of flowers for a subtle counter to the bloodshed,and tight corner shots round doors sipping up the rural surroundings and stepping into 'Mew-Mew' attempting to dance to the meditating, countryside way of life.

Joining his brother Ringo in the movie business by writing Prison on Fire as his debut, the screenplay by Yin Nam brilliantly continues to build on Lam’s major theme of a loner finding themselves the only shield against the underworld, with Mew-Mew having to face barrels of gun fire in order to try and save the little girl and her family. Setting up Mew-Mew as a tough cop happy to hand out rough justice, Nam peels away Mew’s hard-nosed image to open the humanity just underneath the skin, lit by the gradual, restrained romance between Mew and Cher. Reuniting with Lam and Nam after Prison on Fire, Chow Yun-Fat gives a blazing turn as Mew-Mew,whose harshness in the Heroic Bloodshed set-pieces is balanced by Yun-Fat with a quiet thoughtfulness when around Cher and her family, who Mew-Mew fights to save from the wild search.

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Post by 72allinncallme » February 24th, 2019, 7:36 pm

39. Kuai can che / Wheels on Meals (1984)
40. Shang Hai zhi yen / Shanghai Blues (1984)
41. Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yee tung chi keung / Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)
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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)
39. Kuai can che / Wheels on Meals (1984)
40. Shang Hai zhi yen / Shanghai Blues (1984)
41. Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yee tung chi keung / Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)

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Post by Onderhond » February 24th, 2019, 9:04 pm

17. 1.5* - All the Corners of the World (1989)
The start of Ming-liang Tsai's career. Like his other TV work, there are small glimpses of the style that would bring him international recognition, but they are hidden in very mediocre TV drama. These films are hardly worth the trouble, unless you're a completist like me and you just want to watch all of Tsai's films.

18. 2.0* - Ah Ying [Boon Bin Yen] (1983)
Hong Kong drama that feels like a predecessor to the Taiwanese new wave or the films of Zhangke Jia. The romance isn't too interesting, the acting is mediocre and the film-in-film plot doesn't to it any favours either. I can see why this is considered a classic amongst some, but it's not a film I'd care to watch again.

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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)
16. 2.5* - Together [Soi Yat Hei] (2013)

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Post by OldAle1 » February 24th, 2019, 9:58 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)
4. Da xiang xi di er zuo / An Elephant Sitting Still (Bo Hu, 2018, China)
5. Yi dan qun ying / Just Heroes (John Woo / Wu Ma 1989, HK)

Unquestionably the most obscure of Woo's films from his Hong Kong heyday, before his Hollywood career, and the only one from this period I hadn't seen. Dunno why, I guess I just always assumed it was crap or something, but it turned out to be pretty good all in all. Coming right between The Killer and Bullet in the Head I guess it couldn't help but to be largely forgotten, and it does seem at times to be just the familiar tropes, done without quite as much panache, and while David Chang and especially Danny Lee makes fine leads, they don't have the charisma of Yun-Fat Chow, and the narrative lacks both dramatic urgency and the kind of brothers in blood camaraderie (until quite near the end) that mark Woo's best work. But it does have plenty of the trademark style, and the action sequences, particularly the opening and closing scenes, are pretty solid. Definitely makes me want to revisit the classics, and that's all to the good.

6. Tao hua qi xue ji / Peach Blossom Weeps Tears of Blood (Wangcang Bu, 1931 China)

Fairly ordinary melodrama about a poor tenant farming couple who have a daughter that plays harmlessly with the son of the mistress of the estate - until, of course, they grow up and their class differences divide them. Lingyu Ruan plays the girl as an adult and while she shows more star power and a slightly more naturalistic style (when not hysterical as she is a couple of times) than most of the rest of the cast, she's not yet operating on the level she would in Shen nu either, and the story and it's denouement are quite predictable and though just about 100 minutes it feels overlong.

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Post by funkybusiness » February 25th, 2019, 3:37 am

I've updated the OP finally, after a busy couple of days. sorry about that delay

also @OldAle1, Dadetown is available, in a sense. It aired on IFC a long time ago and someone recorded it. it's online.

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Post by Knaldskalle » February 25th, 2019, 6:02 am

16. Ashes of Time - Redux (Wong, 1994/2008). Gorgeous cinematography and an in-your-face color palette make this martial arts romance worth watching, but I found the disjointed story tricky to follow at times.

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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)
16. Ashes of Time - Redux (Wong, 1994/2008)
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Post by RBG » February 25th, 2019, 12:04 pm

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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)
5. heroic trio executioners (to/ching 1993)

hastily put together scifi sequel to the heroic trio, sadly not nearly as much fun

oh! i didn't notice the bonus round in OP, i'll keep an eye out :lol:
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Post by sol » February 25th, 2019, 2:03 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
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

20. Come Drink With Me (1966) Hong Kong

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While the devastatingly pretty Pei-Pei Cheng is never once convincing as a woman disguising herself as a man, she makes for a captivating protagonist with her ability to take on multiple swordsmen with an impressive array of kung fu moves. Alas, as she is wounded halfway in, the focus soon turns to a local drunk (secretly an expert fighter). His moves are great too, but it is disappointing how the film furthers the idea of women needing men to fend for them with this plot deflection. In fact, Pei-Pei Cheng pretty much disappears in the second half.
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Post by cinephage » February 25th, 2019, 4:18 pm

05. Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo, by King Hu (1973) 8/10

Hu's direction is elegant and rich with ideas and a great sense of composition. As a role-player, I love finding so many ideas for my next game in this film...

06. Jin yan zi, by Chang Cheh (1968) 7,5/10

Mostly shot in exteriors, this Chang Cheh movie is romantic, which is unusual for this director. I loved the staircase sequence.

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

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Post by Traveller » February 25th, 2019, 5:33 pm

60. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978, 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 wasabi » February 26th, 2019, 1:07 am

07. The Road Home(AKA Wo De Fu Qin Mu Qin) 1999 China 100min (Rewatch)
08. Back to Back, Face to Face(AKA Bei Kao Bei, Lian Dui Lian) 1994 China
Also Directed by Jianxin Huang...My friend recommended it over a year ago, and I finally saw it today. Really loved it!!! B) B) B)

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01. Gong gong chang suo (AKA. In Public). 2001 China 33min
Smog Journeys 2015 China 7min
Zhi guo yuan (AKA. Laogong zhi aiqing) 1922 China 22min
02. Xiaoshan huijia(AKA. Xiaoshan Going Home), China, 1995
03. The Wandering Earth 2019 China
04. Dislocation(Cuo Wei) 1986 China
05. Rubiks-clock(Mo Biao) 1990 China
06. Still Life (San Xia Hao Ren) 2006, China

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Post by wasabi » February 26th, 2019, 4:53 am

09. The Troubleshooters(AKA Wan Zhu) 1989 China
A movie about the typical Beijing hipsters in 80s.
看透不说透,说透不是好朋友Show
01. Gong gong chang suo (AKA. In Public). 2001 China 33min
Smog Journeys 2015 China 7min
Zhi guo yuan (AKA. Laogong zhi aiqing) 1922 China 22min
02. Xiaoshan huijia(AKA. Xiaoshan Going Home), China, 1995
03. The Wandering Earth 2019 China
04. Dislocation(Cuo Wei) 1986 China
05. Rubiks-clock(Mo Biao) 1990 China
06. Still Life (San Xia Hao Ren) 2006, China
07. The Road Home(AKA Wo De Fu Qin Mu Qin) 1999 China 100min (Rewatch)
08. Back to Back, Face to Face(AKA Bei Kao Bei, Lian Dui Lian) 1994 China

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Post by jeroeno » February 26th, 2019, 6:56 am

44. Xiao dao Gao Fei (Full Contact) (1992)
45. Mong ming yuen yeung (On the Run) (1988)

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Post by ororama » February 26th, 2019, 12:29 pm

8. The Price of Love (1970) * 90 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.
7. Twelve Nights (2000, Hong Kong) 91 min.

*First time viewing.

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Post by sol » February 26th, 2019, 2:35 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
20. Come Drink With Me (1966) Hong Kong

21. Five Deadly Venoms (1978) Hong Kong

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A curious attempt to create a kung fu whodunit movie, let down by a plot that is too complex and convoluted for its own good. As it turns out, each of the protagonist's mystery predecessors spent their entire training wearing a mask (!) so his master has no idea who they are, let alone whether they are evil, and this contrivance is ultimately what lingers in the mind since the action scenes are very few and far between. There is a cool battle with walking on walls, but the film could have very much benefited from extending the other action scenes.
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Post by Traveller » February 26th, 2019, 5:47 pm

61. Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980, 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 72allinncallme » February 26th, 2019, 9:14 pm

42. Chik geuk siu ji / Bare Footed Monk (1993)
43. Bai fa mo nu zhuan / The Bride with White Hair (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)
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)
39. Kuai can che / Wheels on Meals (1984)
40. Shang Hai zhi yen / Shanghai Blues (1984)
41. Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yee tung chi keung / Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)
42. Chik geuk siu ji / Bare Footed Monk (1993)
43. Bai fa mo nu zhuan / The Bride with White Hair (1993)

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Post by clemmetarey » February 26th, 2019, 10:37 pm

6. Lu bian ye can (2015) 7/10
Man that long take was something. A great first film, sadly I won't have time to check out his newest one but I'll keep it high in my watchlist.

7. Shan zhong zhuan qi (1979) 7/10
A very colorful fantasy movie, that feels very short even though it is 3 hours long. That was my second King Hu and just like Gan Bi above I can't wait to find the time to explore his filmography.

8. Wo bu shi Pan Jin Lian (2016) 6/10

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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
6. Lu bian ye can (2015) 7/10
7. Shan zhong zhuan qi (1979) 7/10
8. Wo bu shi Pan Jin Lian (2016) 6/10

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Post by 3eyes » February 27th, 2019, 4:16 am

Railroad tigers (China 16)
Fun war action comedy (Sino-Japanese /WW II).

Maybe the war challenge should have a sub-challenge involving bridges.
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Post by maxwelldeux » February 27th, 2019, 8:01 am

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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)
10. Wheels on Meals (1984)
Oy. Hard to judge with a pretty shitty dub. But it wasn't funny enough, nor did it have enough action, etc. Somewhat of a "jack of all trades, but master of none" film. Meh.

11. Ip Man 2 (2010)
If you go into this wanting to watch a whole bunch of fight scenes, you're set - some great fight scenes dominate the runtime of the film. Every plot point just helps set up the next fight scene. And really interesting to see the "Western Boxer" do so well and be such an arch-villain - not something I see a lot in the US.

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Post by fori » February 27th, 2019, 9:36 am

1. The Wandering Earth (2019)
2. Tang Poetry (2003)
3. Hello Mr Billionaire (2018)
4. Kill Mobile (2018)
5. Xiaoshan Going Home (1995)
6. Ash is Purest White (2018)
7. The Oily Maniac (1976)
8. The Land of Many Perfumes (1968)
9. Detective Chinatown 2 (2018)
10. Dear Ex (2018)
11. Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018)
12. The Trail (1983)
13. The Saviour (1980)
14. Saving General Yang (2013)
15. Prison on Fire (1987)
16. School on Fire (1988)
17. Sparkling Fox (1994)
18. Nanking 1937 (1995)
19. Full Contact (1992)
20. Long Days Journey into Night (2018)
21. A West Lake Moment (2004)
22. The Street Players (1987)
23. Apart Together (2010)
24. Too Many Ways to be No. 1 (1997)
25. The Big Heat (1988)
26. The Flying Guillotine (1975)
27. Hong Kong Nocturne (1967)
28. Unforgettable Life (1988)
29. Brothers Five (1970)
30. Dragon Swamp (1969)
31. Duel of the Century (1981)
32. Love Unto Waste (1986)

Rewatched:
1. Ashes of Time

Debatable entries:
1. Chunwan 2019
2. IMDB Unlisted 1hr Boonie Bears special (2014)

One more was checked by me during February, which was the first part of The Blue & The Black, but I had already seen it and must have forgotten to check it.

I was actually in mainland China for most of this month (and in fact actually met one forum member, photos coming, sorry Cinewest). This provided me the opportunity to see the rare Tian Zhuangzhuang movie ‘The Street Players’ (a poorly translated name if ever there was one), which was very interesting. I also claimed the first check on the hyped up new Frant Gwo movie ‘The Wandering Earth’ due to this. A bunch of others I watched on TV with my in-laws. Actually come to think of it I also rewatched Ashes of Time in this way.

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Post by sol » February 27th, 2019, 1:10 pm

Damn; it's so disheartening to be playing against Invisible Man participants. <_< :(
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Post by sol » February 27th, 2019, 1:14 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
20. Come Drink With Me (1966) Hong Kong
21. Five Deadly Venoms (1978) Hong Kong

22. Crippled Avengers (1978) Hong Kong

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This film provides a poignant background story for its three dimensional villain, who we soon learn has taken to crippling men out of spite given the fact that his own son was crippled before his very eyes long ago. The film also does not shy away from bloodshed when showing the maiming in detail. The film's best asset though - or at least outside of the fight choreography - is the camaraderie and friendship that develops between the four men who remain united even with very different ailments. The ending is weirdly abrupt though.
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Post by Traveller » February 27th, 2019, 4:45 pm

62. The Wandering Earth (2019, CN) - 3/10
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Post by 72allinncallme » February 27th, 2019, 10:43 pm

44. Xi yang tian shi / So Close (2002)
45. PTU (2003)
46. Yip Man / Ip Man (2008)
47. Ke tu qiu hen / Song of the Exile (1990)
48. Ngo joh ngan gin do gwai / My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (2002)
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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)
39. Kuai can che / Wheels on Meals (1984)
40. Shang Hai zhi yen / Shanghai Blues (1984)
41. Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yee tung chi keung / Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)
42. Chik geuk siu ji / Bare Footed Monk (1993)
43. Bai fa mo nu zhuan / The Bride with White Hair (1993)
44. Xi yang tian shi / So Close (2002)
45. PTU (2003)
46. Yip Man / Ip Man (2008)
47. Ke tu qiu hen / Song of the Exile (1990)
48. Ngo joh ngan gin do gwai / My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (2002)

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 28th, 2019, 2:20 am

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)
9. The Last Emperor (1987)
10. Wheels on Meals (1984)
11. Ip Man 2 (2010)
12. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
Great look and feel to the film, but I just didn't get pulled in. Good and enjoyable, but not a favorite.

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Post by fori » February 28th, 2019, 3:27 am

sol wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Damn; it's so disheartening to be playing against Invisible Man participants. <_< :(
Sorry! I didn’t know it was something people cared about.

34. Clan of the White Lotus (1980)
35. The Pirate (1973)
36. Boxer from Shantung (1972)
37. Woman (1985)
38. The 14 Amazons (1972)
39. Enter The Clowns (2002)

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Post by zzzorf » February 28th, 2019, 6:25 am

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1. Throne of Elves (2016, China) - 8/10
2. Erotic Ghost Story (1987, Hong Kong) - 6/10 (Rewatch? (May have seen this in my late teens))

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Post by Onderhond » February 28th, 2019, 6:25 am

19. 3.5* - Master Z: Ip Man Legacy [Ye Wen Wai Zhuan: Zhang Tian Zhi] (2018)
A fun Ip Man spin-off. Yuen always was a better action choreographer than he was a director though, and it shows. Not serious enough to be a great crime flick, not fun enough to be a great martial arts epic. It's definitely not a bad film, there's a lot of fun to be had, but it lacks the refinement of a bona fide masterpiece.

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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)
16. 2.5* - Together [Soi Yat Hei] (2013)
17. 1.5* - All the Corners of the World (1989)
18. 2.0* - Ah Ying [Boon Bin Yen] (1983)

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Post by Onderhond » February 28th, 2019, 6:26 am

sol wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Damn; it's so disheartening to be playing against Invisible Man participants. <_< :(
Does it really matter whether you're 6th or 7th in a prizeless competition? :D

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Post by jeroeno » February 28th, 2019, 6:49 am

46. Hai zi wang (King of the Children) (1987)

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Post by Traveller » February 28th, 2019, 7:26 am

63. Goodbye, South, Goodbye (1996, TW) (Revisit)
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Post by fori » February 28th, 2019, 12:13 pm

40. A Way We Go (2002)
41. If I Were For Real (1981)
42. Black Mountain (1994)

This concludes my February.

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Post by sol » February 28th, 2019, 2:14 pm

fori wrote:
February 28th, 2019, 3:27 am
sol wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Damn; it's so disheartening to be playing against Invisible Man participants. <_< :(
Sorry! I didn’t know it was something people cared about.
It's okay - and it's not a big big deal. It's mostly a questioning of pacing and prioritising viewings, i.e. if I had known that it would have been harder to get into the top 5 of this Challenge, I might have watched more HK and less 1930s films this month. But the operative word is "might", and I did have quite a big to watchlist for the 1930s, which I'm happy that I got further through. It's certainly not like I lost out by concentrating my efforts as I did, however, after seeing your post, I have to admit that I audibly sighed.

And yeah, we discussed Invisible Man participation quite extensively on the Challenge threads last year. I doubt that anyone is actually trying to "game" the system by not making public how many films that I have seen until the end, but albajos summed it up quite nicely somewhere that it is in the spirit of the Challenge to post what you're seeing as you're going along since others may take recommendations from you or seek out films that they had not previously realised were eligible. Or words to that effect.

But yeah, it doesn't really matter that much in the scheme of things. You saw more films than me this month fair and square and I have bigger fish to fry at the moment IRL.
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February 27th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Damn; it's so disheartening to be playing against Invisible Man participants. <_< :(
Does it really matter whether you're 6th or 7th in a prizeless competition? :D
But I was aiming for 5th, which actually would have given me a prize in max's Challenge Olympics. :lol: Never to mind, it's ultimately fun catching up with all these kung fu films no matter where I place. I just need to learn to control my disappointment a bit. :unsure:
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Post by sol » February 28th, 2019, 2:18 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
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
20. Come Drink With Me (1966) Hong Kong
21. Five Deadly Venoms (1978) Hong Kong
22. Crippled Avengers (1978) Hong Kong

23. The Battle Wizard (1977) Hong Kong
24. Clan of Amazons (1978) Hong Kong

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I had intended to write up a bit more on these films but I have been busy, it is late on the 28th on my end and I'm tired and out of time. I can say though that I absolutely loved the fantasy angle of The Battle Wizard and I thought that the special effects were pretty cool (see above).

So yeah, that's it for me. Thanks for hosting, funky.
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Post by Onderhond » February 28th, 2019, 2:39 pm

sol wrote:
February 28th, 2019, 2:14 pm
But I was aiming for 5th, which actually would have given me a prize in max's Challenge Olympics. :lol: Never to mind, it's ultimately fun catching up with all these kung fu films no matter where I place. I just need to learn to control my disappointment a bit. :unsure:
Now I almost feel bad for "participating", as we've been going at a similar pace :D

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » February 28th, 2019, 3:26 pm

Guess I'm another invisible man, sorry. I wanted to post these earlier with reviews. But I didn't find the time or energy to do so and then they pile up and it of course would cost even more time and energy, so I'm even less up for it. Till I just dump it like this.

16. Jiu shi liu liu de ta [Cute Girl] (1980): 7.8
17. 'A' gai wak [Project A] (1983): 8.0
18. 'A' gai wak juk jap [Project A 2] (1987): 7.8
19. Zai na he pan qing cao qing [The Green, Green Grass of Home] (1983): 6.2
20. Mou gaan dou III: Jung gik mou gaan [Infernal Affairs III] (2003) (rewatch): 9.0 > 7.2
21. Long xiong hu di [Armour of God] (1986): 5.8
22. Fei ying gai wak [Armour of God 2: Operation Condor] (1991): 6.2
23. Feng gui lai de ren [The Boys from Fengkuei/All the Youthful Days] (1983): 8.0
24. Wong Fei Hung [Once Upon a Time in China] (1991) (rewatch): 7.0 > 8.0
25. Wong Fei Hung II: Naam yi dong ji keung [Once Upon a Time in China II] (1992): 8.0
26. Wong Fei Hung ji saam: Si wong jaang ba [Once Upon a Time in China III] (1993): 7.8
27. Wong Fei Hung: Chi sai wik hung see [Once Upon a Time in China and America] (1997): 6.2
28. Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia [Curse of the Golden Flower] (2006) (rewatch): 8.5 > 7.5
29. Ni luo he nu er [Daughter of the Nile] (1987): 8.0
30. Nanjing! Nanjing! [City of Life and Death] (2009): 7.8
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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
14.Ba wang bie ji [Farewell My Concubine] (1993) (rewatch) 8.5 > 9.5
15. Zui quan [Drunken Master] (1978) (rewatch): 8.5 > 8.2

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Post by OldAle1 » February 28th, 2019, 3:53 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)
4. Da xiang xi di er zuo / An Elephant Sitting Still (Bo Hu, 2018, China)
5. Yi dan qun ying / Just Heroes (John Woo / Wu Ma 1989, HK)
6. Tao hua qi xue ji / Peach Blossom Weeps Tears of Blood (Wangcang Bu, 1931 China)
7. Yin shi nan nv / Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee, 1994, Taiwan/USA)

An aging chef at an enormous and popular restaurant in Taipei lives with his three adult daughters, aged roughly 20-25-30, all of whom are going through romantic and personal crises even as their father faces his own mortality in the forms of both the poor health and sickness of his best friend and chef partner and his increasing inability to taste food. This is a rather generic story line but very well done and with some resolutions that are not entirely predictable - had it been a Hollywood rom-com for example, the middle daughter who loves cooking but who was never able to cook at home with her chef father in charge would either have a big confrontation with him, would end up leaving her career to start a restaurant, or both - and while there's some ambiguity in the way the film ends it certainly doesn't offer easy and simple happy endings for everybody, and I for one saw the quick marriages of two of the three daughters as signs of trouble as much as anything, leaving me with as much melancholy as good humor. I've liked all of the director's films that I've seen - about half of them - but not quite loved any (Life of Pi is close) and this falls into the typical range. Certainly it's food for the soul of cooks and wanna-be cooks.

8. Ru Gu - Ai / Perhaps Love (Peter Chan, 2005, China/Malaysia/HK)

One of those very rare cases where I might've been better off reading a little bit about the film beforehand - or just watching it when I was more awake I suppose. I remember wanting to see this when it came out - impossible at the time - and then it dropped off my radar until a mention from someone - Onderhond maybe? - here recently, and with an invigorated interest in musicals the last couple of years it shot to the top of the want-list. And the problem is certainly not in the music, which I loved - I'm not familiar enough with Cantopop or Chinese musical styles in general to describe this aspect well, but it struck me that the music had a fair amount in common with American musical theater and Disney musicals of the 90s and 00s, though better than most of such material than I've heard, while the dancing and staging are often influenced by Bollywood. It's beautiful, it's got great music, the acting is fine - the problem comes in the narrative, where the mixing of reality and imaginary, of the past and present - a stew I normally find quite delicious - results in this case in confused characters and not much depth, when it seems to me there ought to be some to give the emotional textures more resonance. I suspect, going off my first sentence, that in this case had I known something of the way the narrative fractured I might have been better able to appreciate and understand the relationships, or, again, perhaps at another time. In any case though my caveats are significant I really did enjoy this and I'm fairly sure I'll give it another chance some day and I think it's quite likely I'll appreciate it more a second time around.

9. Xia ri fu xing / Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars (Sammo Hung, 1985, HK)

I was warned, so I have only myself to blame. This third of the "Lucky Stars" or "Winners & Sinners" franchise has essentially the same virtues as the second installment which I watched earlier in the month - the action sequences are really good, coming mostly near the beginning and ending, and the comedy falls totally flat for me, and is frequently really creepy and sexist. The cast is more or less the same as in the previous film, and like the previous two, especially the first, there's very little connection between the principal "plot" involving the Stooge-like (there's even an explicit Stooges reference this time) antics of Sammo Hung, Richard Ng, Eric Tsang etc as they chase girls and make fools of themselves, and Jackie Chan and his partners as they try to protect a government informant and do lots of fighting. This is slightly notable for a very early appearance by Michelle Yeoh as a judo instructor, and the way the plots come together at the end is reasonably entertaining, but overall it's very average. Well, at least I don't have any of the later entries in the series, and so will not be tempted, at least not on this last day of the challenge.

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Post by Onderhond » February 28th, 2019, 4:20 pm

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February 28th, 2019, 3:53 pm
I remember wanting to see this when it came out - impossible at the time - and then it dropped off my radar until a mention from someone - Onderhond maybe? - here recently
Yup, that was me. I rewatched it around the end of 2018 :)

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Post by OldAle1 » February 28th, 2019, 4:27 pm

Well thanks then. Like I said, it didn't entirely work for me, but it was certainly memorable as a visual/aural experience and that's probably more important in musicals that in any other genre.

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