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China, Hong Kong & Taiwan Challenge (Official, June 2020)

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » June 28th, 2020, 12:25 pm

sol wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 3:33 am
Lonewolf2003 wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 4:07 pm
flavo5000 wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 2:00 pm


For me personally, my big focus on these challenges is mainly watching what I have in my unwatched stacks on DVD and Blu-ray. The reality is that martial arts, action and period epics tend to be the biggest exports from China to the US it seems, so inevitably I end up watching quite a few of those.
That's my reason also why I almost only watched martial arts and action movies for this challenge. Like I said at the start of this challenge I'm dumbfounded by how few other (older) Chinese movies have a proper blu ray release here.
And then there are those of us who actually really love kung fu movies. :$ It's a very kinetic film style with a lot of grace and beauty to it - certainly more so than the average US action film with tons of guns and explosions. I also like the fantasy-like element that really good wire fu work brings - characters flying through the air and performing near impossible stunts. It's all generally highly cinematic for me. While I burnt myself out last month by watching tons of western comedies, I feel like I could go for a half a year watching kung fu and wuxia films without getting exhausted at all...
I’m a big martial arts fan myself as well. It’s one of my fav genres. I wouldn’t have bought and watched al those movies if I wasn’t into them ;)

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#322

Post by flavo5000 » June 28th, 2020, 12:39 pm

Lonewolf2003 wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 12:25 pm
sol wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 3:33 am
Lonewolf2003 wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 4:07 pm

That's my reason also why I almost only watched martial arts and action movies for this challenge. Like I said at the start of this challenge I'm dumbfounded by how few other (older) Chinese movies have a proper blu ray release here.
And then there are those of us who actually really love kung fu movies. :$ It's a very kinetic film style with a lot of grace and beauty to it - certainly more so than the average US action film with tons of guns and explosions. I also like the fantasy-like element that really good wire fu work brings - characters flying through the air and performing near impossible stunts. It's all generally highly cinematic for me. While I burnt myself out last month by watching tons of western comedies, I feel like I could go for a half a year watching kung fu and wuxia films without getting exhausted at all...
I’m a big martial arts fan myself as well. It’s one of my fav genres. I wouldn’t have bought and watched al those movies if I wasn’t into them ;)
Same here actually. I was just explaining why I haven't been watching as many lesser-known, more culturally relevant Chinese films (although I would argue that martial arts and folklore are a pretty big part of Chinese culture in the same way that fairy tales and the hero's journey are in American culture).

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Post by flavo5000 » June 28th, 2020, 12:42 pm

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53. Yip Man 2 (Wilson Yip, 2010) [Hong Kong/China]
This had some great fight scenes but...uh... was it basically a remake of Rocky IV?
SpoilerShow
1. Fang Shiyu yu Hong Xiguan a.k.a. Heroes Two (Cheh Chang, 1974) [Hong Kong]
2. Dung che sai duk a.k.a. Ashes of Time (Kar-Wai Wong, 1994)[Hong Hong/Taiwan]
3. Gu a.k.a. Bewitched (Chih-Hung Kuei, 1981) [Hong Kong]
4. Lung men bei chi a.k.a. Bruce's Deadly Fingers (Joseph Kong, 1976) [Hong Kong]
5. Geung si a.k.a. Rigor Mortis (Juno Mak, 2013) [Hong Kong]
6. Sai yau gei: Yut gwong bou haap a.k.a. A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box (Jeffrey Lau, 1995) [Hong Kong/China]
7. Sai yau gei: Sin leui kei yun a.k.a. A Chinese Odyssey: Part Two - Cinderella (Jeffrey Lau, 1995) [Hong Kong]
8. Wong Fei Hung III: Si wong jaang ba a.k.a. Once Upon A Time In China III (Hark Tsui, 1992) [Hong Kong]
9. Dong fu ren a.k.a. The Arch (Shu Shuen Tong, 1968) [Hong Kong]
10. Miao jie gu shi a.k.a. Mean Street Story (Andrew Lau, 1995) [Hong Kong]
11. Flight of the Red Balloon (Hsiao-Hsien Hou, 2007) [Taiwan]
12. Shan zhong zhuan qi a.k.a. Legend of the Mountain (King Hu, 1979) [Taiwan/Hong Kong]
13. Zhan lang a.k.a. Wolf Warrior (Jing Wu, 2015) [China]
14a. Chunyi: Legend of Kung Fu (Su Shijin, 2006) [China]
14b. Big Fish & Chinese Flowering Crabapple (Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun, 2004) [China]
14c. Ouran a.k.a. Accidentally (John Woo, 1968) [Hong Kong]
14d. Hua yang de nian hua (Kar-Wai Wong, 2000) [Hong Kong/China]
15. Ne Zha zhi mo tong jiang shi a.k.a. Ne Zha (Yu Yang, 2019) [China]
16. Gwai wik a.k.a. Re-Cycle (Pang Brothers, 2006) [Hong Kong]
17. Tai gik Cheung Sam Fung a.k.a. Tai Chi Master (Woo-Ping Yuen, 1993) [Hong Kong]
18. Hak se wui a.k.a. Election (Johnnie To, 2005) [Hong Kong]
19. Zhong hua zhang fu a.k.a. Heroes of the East (Chia-Liang Liu, 1978) [Hong Kong]
20. Liàn liàn fengchén a.k.a. Dust in the Wind (Hsiao-Hsien Hou, 1986) [Taiwan]
21. Gong woo a.k.a. Triad Underworld (Ching-Po Wong, 2004) [Hong Kong]
22. Xie mo a.k.a. The Devil (Jen-Chieh Chang, 1981) [Taiwan/Hong Kong]
23. Ai qing wan sui a.k.a. Vive L'Amour (Ming-liang Tsai, 1994) [Taiwan]
24. Ninja Terminator (1985)
25. Long quan she shou a.k.a. Dragon's Showdown (1980)
26. Thunder Ninja Kids in the Golden Adventure (1992)
27. Xi yang tian shi a.k.a. So Close (2002)
28. Hak se wui: Yi woo wai kwai a.k.a. Triad Election (Johnnie To, 2006) [Hong Kong]
29. Shi yue wei cheng a.k.a. Bodyguards and Assassins (Teddy Chan, 2009) [China/Hong Kong]
30. Hai shang hua a.k.a. Flowers of Shanghai (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 1998) [Taiwan]
31. Chu nu jiang a.k.a. Cannibal Curse (Yeung Kong, 1988) [Hong Kong]
32. San xia hao ren a.k.a. Still Life (Zhangke Jia, 2006) [China/Hong Kong]
33. Se ying diu sau a.k.a. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (Woo-Ping Yuen, 1978) [Hong Kong]
34. Chin gei bin II: Faa dou dai zin a.k.a. The Twins Effect II (Patrick Leung/Corey Yuen, 2003) [Hong Kong/China]
35. Wong Gok ka moon a.k.a. As Tears Go By ( Kar-Wai Wong, 1988) [Hong Kong]
36. Gam yuk fung wan a.k.a. Prison on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987) [Hong Kong]
37. Chi bi a.k.a. Red Cliff (John Woo, 2008) [China/Hong Kong/Taiwan]
38. Zui hao de shi guang a.k.a. Three Times (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 2005) [Taiwan]
39. Tun Men se mo a.k.a. The Rapist ( Chuen-Yee Cha, 1994) [Hong Kong]
40. Dayu haitang a.k.a. Big Fish & Begonia (Xuan Liang/Chun Zhang, 2016) [China]
41. Jin bei tong a.k.a. The Kid With The Golden Arm (Cheh Chang, 1979) [Hong Kong]
42. Tu Bian Ying Xiong Leaf a.k.a. To Be Heroine E1-7 (Li Haoling, 2018) [China]
43. Cai li fa xiao zi a.k.a. The New Shaolin Boxers (Cheh Chang/Wu Ma, 1976) [Taiwan/Hong Kong]
44. Tian zhu ding a.k.a. A Touch of Sin (Zhangke Jia, 2013) [China]
45. Qing mei zhu ma a.k.a. Taipei Story (Edward Yang, 1985) [Taiwan]
46. Zhan lang II a.k.a. Wolf Warrior II (Jing Wu, 2017) [China]
47. Tian jiang xiong shi a.k.a. Dragon Blade (Daniel Lee, 2015) [China/Hong Kong]
48. He liu a.k.a. The River (Ming-liang Tsai, 1997) [Taiwan]
49. Dragons Never Die (Chi-Hwa Chen, 1986) [Hong Kong]
50. Gui xin niang a.k.a. The Bride from Hell (Hsu-Chiang Chou, 1972) [Hong Kong/Taiwan]
51. The Farewell (Lulu Wang, 2019) [China]
52. Gui ying a.k.a. Baby Blues (Po-Chih Leong, 2013) [Hong Kong/China]
53. Yip Man 2 (Wilson Yip, 2010) [Hong Kong/China]

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#324

Post by ororama » June 28th, 2020, 5:00 pm

7. Sweet and Wild (1966) * 87 min. (Hong Kong)
8. Demon's Path: Episode #1.1 (2018) * 26 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.2 (2018) * 25 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.3 (2018) * 26 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.4 (2018) * 26 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.5 (2018) * 26 min. (Hong Kong)
9. Organized Crime & Triad Bureau (1994) 91 min. (Hong Kong)

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1. The Magnificent Trio (Chang Cheh, 1966) * 104 min. (Hong Kong)
2. Black Coal, Thin Ice (Diao Yinan, 2014) * 109 min. (China)
3.The Enchanting Ghost (1970) * 85 min. (Hong Kong)
4. The Bride from Hell (1972) 79 min. (Hong Kong)
5. The Ghost Lovers (1974) * 92 min. (Hong Kong)
6. Till the End of Time (1966) * 108 min. (Hong Kong)

*First time viewing.

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#325

Post by wasabi » June 28th, 2020, 9:38 pm

21. That Day, on the Beach(1983, Taiwan)
Yinmeng Hu was stunning in the film.
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1. A Lingering Face/Fei Chang Xia Ri (2000) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0257664/
2. 2. Xin Niang/The Bride(2009, China) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2137352/
3-4. The Romance of Tiger and Rose EP 1 -- EP 7 (2020, China) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12299432/
5. (rewatch)Hu Lu Xiong Di/Calabash Brothers (1986, China) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7046962/
6. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 1
7. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 2
8. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 3
9. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 4
10. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 5
11. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 6
12. Yinyang jie (1974 HK)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243671/
13. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 7
14. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 8
15. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 9
16. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 10
17. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 11
18. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 12
19. Summer Palace/Yi He Yuan(2006 China)
20. Guang yin de gu shi /In Our Time(1982, Taiwan)

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#326

Post by Mario Gaborović » June 28th, 2020, 10:07 pm

25. Qiu Ju da guan si (1992) - China
26. Heung Gong jai jo (1997) - Hong Kong

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01. Shen wei san meng long (1980) - Hong Kong
02. Proposition (2012) + Tricycle Thief (2014) + Death of a Parrot (2015) + The Identity of the Portuguese Egg Tart (2015) + The Great Debt (2016) + CaCa: I Want Cat to Say Yes (2017) + O Cravo (2017) + Desireland, Multiverse (2020) - Macao
03. Ying hung boon sik (1986) - Hong Kong
04. Guizi lai le (2000) - China
05. Ba wang bie ji (1993) - China
06. Huo zhe (1994) - China
07. Hong gao liang (1988) - China
08. Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing (1983) - Hong Kong
09. Pik lik foh (1995) - Hong Kong
10. Hung fan kui (1995) - Hong Kong
11. Yip Man (2008) - Hong Kong
12. Yip Man 2 (2010) - Hong Kong
13. Dung che sai duk (1994) - Hong Kong
14. Ah fei zing zyun (1994) - Hong Kong
15. Gui da gui (1980) - Hong Kong
16. Ouran (1968) + Sijie (1968) + Hua yang de nian hua (2000) + There's Only One Sun (2007) + 1 Dimension (2013) + Christopher Doyle: Filming in the Neon World (2014) - Hong Kong
17. Fuk sing go jiu (1985) - Hong Kong
18. Da zui xia (1966) - Hong Kong
19. Ni na bian ji dian (2001) - Taiwan
20. Xi yan (1993) - Taiwan
21. Saat po long (2005) - Hong Kong
22. Hai shang hua (1998) - Taiwan
23. Du bei dao (1967) - Hong Kong
24. Tui shou (1991) - Taiwan

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#327

Post by allisoncm » June 29th, 2020, 1:05 am

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1. Us & Them [aka Hou lai de wo men] (2018, China) 6/10 Reminded me a lot of La La Land storywise. The end credits were pretty cute until the last card that left us on a sorrowful note.
2. Dear Ex (2018, Taiwan) 6/10 NETFLIX
3. Petition (2009, China) 6/10
4. Wutai jiemei/Two Stage Sisters / 舞台姐妹 (1964, China) 6/10
Side Challenge 1: Also seen by jdidaco
5. Pan si dong/The Cave of the Silken Web (1967, Hong Kong) 5/10
Side Challenge 1: Also seen by peeptoad
6. Fong juk / Exiled (2006, Hong Kong) 3/10
7. Nanjing! Nanjing! AKA City of Life and Death AKA ‘南京!南京!’ Directed by Lu Chuan (2009, China) 5/10

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#328

Post by mjf314 » June 29th, 2020, 1:09 am

SpoilerShow
1. Burning Ice (2017, China) episode 2
2. Burning Ice (2017, China) episode 3
3. Burning Ice (2017, China) episode 4
4. Burning Ice (2017, China) episode 5
5. Paths of the Soul (2015, China)
6. Burning Ice (2017, China) episode 6
7. Burning Ice (2017, China) episode 7
8. Burning Ice (2017, China) episode 8
9. Burning Ice (2017, China) episode 9

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#329

Post by ororama » June 29th, 2020, 5:59 am

10. Taipei Story (1985) * 119 min. (Taiwan)

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1. The Magnificent Trio (Chang Cheh, 1966) * 104 min. (Hong Kong)
2. Black Coal, Thin Ice (Diao Yinan, 2014) * 109 min. (China)
3.The Enchanting Ghost (1970) * 85 min. (Hong Kong)
4. The Bride from Hell (1972) 79 min. (Hong Kong)
5. The Ghost Lovers (1974) * 92 min. (Hong Kong)
6. Till the End of Time (1966) * 108 min. (Hong Kong)
7. Sweet and Wild (1966) * 87 min. (Hong Kong)
8. Demon's Path: Episode #1.1 (2018) * 26 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.2 (2018) * 25 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.3 (2018) * 26 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.4 (2018) * 26 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.5 (2018) * 26 min. (Hong Kong)
9. Organized Crime & Triad Bureau (1994) 91 min. (Hong Kong)

*First time viewing.

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Post by St. Gloede » June 29th, 2020, 9:27 am

This is likely it for me I believe, but I more than doubled my original goal, so not complaining.
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1. Nanjing! Nanjing! / The City of Life and Death (2009, Chuan Lu) [China] 7/10
2. Ban jin ba liang / The Private Eyes (1976, Michael Hui) [Hong Kong] 5/10
3. Shijie / The World (2004, Zhangke Jia) 8.5/10 [China]
4. Tian mi mi / Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996, Peter Chan) [Hong Kong] 6/10
5. Siu Lam juk kau / Shaolin Soccer (2001, Sthephen Chow) [Hong Kong] 5.5/10
6. Wong Fei Hung / Once Upon a Time in China (1991, Hark Tsui) [Hong Kong] 5/10
7. Xiao Bi de gu shi / Growing Up (1983, Kun Hao Chen) [Taiwan] 8/10
8. Tui shou / Pushing Hands (1991, Ang Lee) [Taiwan] 6/10
9. All the Corners of the World (1989, Ming-liang Tsai) [Taiwan] 7/10
10. Lixaing de ganqing xian / Li-hsiang's Heart Line (1991, Ming-liang Tsai) [Taiwan] 6/10
11. Gei wo yi ge jia / Give Me a Home (1991, Ming-Liang Tsai) [Taiwan] 7/10
12. Liang Shan Bo yu Zhu Ying Tai / The Love Eterne (1963, Han Hsiang Li) [Hong Kong] 5/10
13. Jin bi hui huang / Fujian Blues (2007, Robin Shouming Weng) [China] 7/10
14. Xi yan / The Wedding Banquet (1993, Ang Lee) [Taiwan] 6/10
15. Dao cao ren / Strawman (1987, Toon Wang) [Taiwan] 7/10
16. Hei an zhi guang / Darkness and Light (1999, Tso-chi Chang) [Taiwan] 7/10
17. Chou tin dik tong wah / An Autumn's Tale (1987, Mabel Cheung) [Hong Kong] 7/10
18. Se, jie / Lust, Caution (2007, Ang Lee) [Taiwan]? 8/10
19. Yin shi nan nu / Eat Drink Man Woman (1994, Ang Lee) [Taiwan] 7/10
20. Yang ya ren jia / Beautiful Duckling (1965, Hsing Lee) [Taiwan] 4/10
21. Si shui liu nian / Homecoming (1984, Ho Yim) [Hong Kong] 7/10
22. Tian guo ni zi / The Day the Sun Turned Cold (1994, Ho Yim) [Hong Kong] 7/10
23. Dong (2006, Zhangke Jia) [China] 7/10
24. Kong shan ling yu / Raining in the Mountain (1979, King Hu) [Taiwan]? 6/10
25. Hai tan de yi tian / That Day, on the Beach (1983, Edward Yang) [Taiwan] 7/10
26. Bu neng mei you ni / Cannot Live Without You (2009, Leon Dai) [Taiwan] 6/10

In the end I didn't really have any luck in this challenge, only finding 3 great films and being quite disappointed by Yang's solo debut - which I had long saved and kept for the 25th spot her expecting a near-masterpiece. In the end it was shot wonderfully well, showing just how talented Yang already was, but it is too story driven, and the story is too weak to carry it.

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Post by cinephage » June 29th, 2020, 10:07 am

09. Dalu / The Highway, by Sun Yu (1935) 7,5/10

A patriotic movie, but the director makes it a human commitment, showing the characters as roadbuilders and proud friends. It makes the movie more intense when the war elements step in. The road will allow reinforcements to get to the frontline, they will not give up building it. The songs are enjoyable moments, as well as the many comedic scenes...

10. Lie mo qun ying / Devil Hunters, by Lu Chin-Ku (1989) 7,5/10

A lot of action, a few great scenes, an intricated police plot and a dramatic ending. Quite a good picture...
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01. The River / He liu, by Tsai Ming-Liang (1997) Taiwan
02. Mo jong yuen So Hak Yee / King of Beggars, by Gordon Chan (1992) 7,5/10 - Hong Kong
03. Parking / Ting che, by Mong-Hong Chung (2008) 7,5/10 - Taiwan
04. Huo zhe / To live, by Zhang Zimou (1994) 8/10 - China
05. Nanjing ! Nanjing ! by Lu Chuan (2009) 8/10 - China
06. Tau ban no hoi / Boat People, by Ann Hui (1982) 9/10 - Hong Kong
07. Gou hun jiang tou / Black Magic 2, by Meng Hua Ho 6,5/10 - Hong Kong
08. Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui / The Wild Goose Lake, by Yi'nan Diao (2019) 7,5/10 - China

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Post by sol » June 29th, 2020, 10:34 am

Clones of Challenge MeShow
1. The One-Armed Swordsman (1967) Hong Kong
2. God of Gamblers (1989) Hong Kong
3. All for the Winner (1990) Hong Kong
4. Magnificent Butcher (1979) Hong Kong
5. Five Fingers of Death (1972) Hong Kong
6. The Super Infra-man (1975) Hong Kong
7. Fight Back to School (1991) Hong Kong
8. Forbidden City Cop (1996) Hong Kong
9. Fulltime Killer (2001) Hong Kong
10. Full Contact (1992) Hong Kong
11. City on Fire (1987) Hong Kong
12. Curse of Evil (1982) Hong Kong
13. Out of the Dark (1995) Hong Kong
14. Golden Swallow (1968) Hong Kong
15. The Prodigal Son (1981) Hong Kong
16. Crippled Masters (1979) Hong Kong
17. Little Red Flowers (2006) China
18. King of Comedy (1999) Hong Kong
19. King of Beggars (1992) Hong Kong
20. Flirting Scholar (1993) Hong Kong
21. Armour of God (1986) Hong Kong
22. Fist of Legend (1994) Hong Kong
23. Tai-Chi Master (1993) Hong Kong
24. The Protector (1985) Hong Kong
25. The Mermaid (2016) China
26. Dragon Inn (1967) Taiwan
27. Dragon Inn (1992) Hong Kong
28. Dragon Lord (1982) Hong Kong
29. Duel to Death (1983) Hong Kong
30. Drunken Master (1978) Hong Kong
31. Heroes of the East (1978) Hong Kong
32. Calamity of Snakes (1982) Hong Kong

33. Clones of Bruce Lee (1980) Hong Kong

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:woot: SIDE CHALLENGE #1 - this was previously watched by Mario Gaborović!

The premise sounds kooky enough, and it is at first with weird cloning headgear and newfangled laboratory sets. Alas, the plot becomes increasingly nonsensical at it progresses and kung fu battles take centre stage. As such, none of the ethical implications of cloning can be found, nor many scenes of the trio interacting together. They also accept that they are clones far too easily. The fight scenes are certainly great though. Weird poison grass too.
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Post by sol » June 29th, 2020, 12:54 pm

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1. The One-Armed Swordsman (1967) Hong Kong
2. God of Gamblers (1989) Hong Kong
3. All for the Winner (1990) Hong Kong
4. Magnificent Butcher (1979) Hong Kong
5. Five Fingers of Death (1972) Hong Kong
6. The Super Infra-man (1975) Hong Kong
7. Fight Back to School (1991) Hong Kong
8. Forbidden City Cop (1996) Hong Kong
9. Fulltime Killer (2001) Hong Kong
10. Full Contact (1992) Hong Kong
11. City on Fire (1987) Hong Kong
12. Curse of Evil (1982) Hong Kong
13. Out of the Dark (1995) Hong Kong
14. Golden Swallow (1968) Hong Kong
15. The Prodigal Son (1981) Hong Kong
16. Crippled Masters (1979) Hong Kong
17. Little Red Flowers (2006) China
18. King of Comedy (1999) Hong Kong
19. King of Beggars (1992) Hong Kong
20. Flirting Scholar (1993) Hong Kong
21. Armour of God (1986) Hong Kong
22. Fist of Legend (1994) Hong Kong
23. Tai-Chi Master (1993) Hong Kong
24. The Protector (1985) Hong Kong
25. The Mermaid (2016) China
26. Dragon Inn (1967) Taiwan
27. Dragon Inn (1992) Hong Kong
28. Dragon Lord (1982) Hong Kong
29. Duel to Death (1983) Hong Kong
30. Drunken Master (1978) Hong Kong
31. Heroes of the East (1978) Hong Kong
32. Calamity of Snakes (1982) Hong Kong
33. Clones of Bruce Lee (1980) Hong Kong

34. Bruce's Deadly Fingers (1976) Hong Kong

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:woot: SIDE CHALLENGE #1 - this was previously watched by flavo5000!

This has a reputation as one of the better "bruceploitation" films made after the star's untimely death and it is certainly more palatable than Clones of Bruce Lee since there is much more than just martial arts. We actually see some imaginative torture methods, from victims hung up like chunks of meat to a snake dropped onto a naked woman's body and allowed to enter her nether regions. There are some insane deaths too (snooker ball to the mouth).
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Post by blocho » June 29th, 2020, 5:03 pm

3. In the Heat of the Sun (Jiang, 1994) [China]
A pretty good coming-of-age story, set in Beijing during the Cultural Revolution, and featuring plenty of the hyper-nationalism but little of the atrocities of that era. The movie has some metanarrative elements, with a from-the-present voiceover by the protagonist expressing doubts about the veracity of his memories. It's also unusual because that protagonist is not a likable character.
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He's a liar and a bad student, which greatly offends his absentee parents but are not such terrible qualities on their own. What's worse is that his preferred leisure activity is to break into people's homes and steal things. All coming-of-age stories are about growth, and that growth isn't a satisfying narrative element unless it involves some transgression. So our protagonist's burglary habit didn't bother me much. I figured that this was still a sympathetic portrait of a wayward youth. But then, he concludes the movie by attempting to rape his crush, and suddenly I realized that our protagonist was also a villain. It's a very unusual approach for a coming-of-age movie.

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Post by OldAle1 » June 29th, 2020, 5:06 pm

sol wrote:
June 28th, 2020, 3:33 am
Lonewolf2003 wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 4:07 pm
flavo5000 wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 2:00 pm


For me personally, my big focus on these challenges is mainly watching what I have in my unwatched stacks on DVD and Blu-ray. The reality is that martial arts, action and period epics tend to be the biggest exports from China to the US it seems, so inevitably I end up watching quite a few of those.
That's my reason also why I almost only watched martial arts and action movies for this challenge. Like I said at the start of this challenge I'm dumbfounded by how few other (older) Chinese movies have a proper blu ray release here.
And then there are those of us who actually really love kung fu movies. :$ It's a very kinetic film style with a lot of grace and beauty to it - certainly more so than the average US action film with tons of guns and explosions. I also like the fantasy-like element that really good wire fu work brings - characters flying through the air and performing near impossible stunts. It's all generally highly cinematic for me. While I burnt myself out last month by watching tons of western comedies, I feel like I could go for a half a year watching kung fu and wuxia films without getting exhausted at all...
Yup. And some of us haven't seen that much of it yet, and are also doing the 60s challenge, and there is much overlap in that area.

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Post by peeptoad » June 29th, 2020, 10:47 pm

6. Xiao Bi de gu shi (1983) Growing Up 7 Taiwan
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1. Cui hua du jiang tou (1975) The Magic Curse 6 Hong Kong
2. Xie zhou (1982) Curse of Evil 7 Hong Kong
3. Pan si dong (1967) The Cave of the Silken Web 4 Hong Kong
4. Kong bu fen zi (1986) The Terrorizers 8 Taiwan
5. Jiao you (2013) Stray Dogs 9 Taiwan

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Post by wasabi » June 30th, 2020, 2:01 am

22.《恐怖份子》(Terrorizers)(Taiwan)
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1. A Lingering Face/Fei Chang Xia Ri (2000) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0257664/
2. 2. Xin Niang/The Bride(2009, China) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2137352/
3-4. The Romance of Tiger and Rose EP 1 -- EP 7 (2020, China) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12299432/
5. (rewatch)Hu Lu Xiong Di/Calabash Brothers (1986, China) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7046962/
6. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 1
7. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 2
8. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 3
9. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 4
10. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 5
11. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 6
12. Yinyang jie (1974 HK)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243671/
13. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 7
14. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 8
15. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 9
16. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 10
17. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 11
18. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 12
19. Summer Palace/Yi He Yuan(2006 China)
20. Guang yin de gu shi /In Our Time(1982, Taiwan)
21. That Day, on the Beach(1983, Taiwan)

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Post by Ebbywebby » June 30th, 2020, 5:51 am

I'm generally very slack on watching Chinese film, but I've seen more lately. I could give specific reasons for all four. I crammed in the first three when I had a free one-week trial of the Filmbox channel, and I watched The River because I've been on a recent quest to see films by new-to-me directors.

1. Dragon Inn (1967)
2. Red Sorghum (1987)
3. To Live (1994)
4. The River (1997)

I guess I enjoyed To Live most out of the four, and Dragon Inn least.

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Post by Onderhond » June 30th, 2020, 7:15 am

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19. 3.0* - The Shaolin Avengers [Fang Shi Yu yu Hu Hui Qian] by Cheh Chang (1976) [Taiwan/Hong Kong]

A fine Cheh Chang film. Chang does what he knows best and delivers a film with plenty of martial arts acrobatics. The Shaolin Avengers is exactly the type of film Chang got famous for, and with good reason. Martial arts is simply what Chang excels in, this film offers yet more proof of that.

Recently I've been watching some lesser known Chang films, films that often found Chang dabbling in different genres and settings. It's nice to return to his classic martial arts fare after that, because the different in quality is significant. There's a little drama here, but the majority of the film is spent on action scenes.

It's not just the classic martial arts stuff either, the ending has a bona fide pole fight, a personal favorite of mine. It's scenes like these that elevate this above about the countless other Shaw Bros offerings. While not a truly exceptional or spectacular film, The Shaolin Avengers is solid fun that is sure to appeal to fans of the Shaw Bros offerings.


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01. 3.0* - Monster Hunt [Zhuo Yao Ji] by Raman Hui (2015) [China, Hong Kong]
02. 2.5* - Troublesome Night 6 [Yam Yeung Lo 6: Hung Chow Hon] by Herman Yau (1999) [Hong Kong]
03. 3.0* - Winner Takes All [Chak Wong Ji Wong] by Jing Wong (1982) [Hong Kong]
04. 3.0* - The Magnificent Trio [Bian Cheng San Xia] by Cheh Chang (1966) [Hong Kong]
05. 3.5* - Giant Fish [Da Yu] by Yue Yin (2020) [China]
06. 2.0* - The Owl Vs Bombo [Mao Tou Ying Yu Xiao Fei Xiang] by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (1984) [Hong Kong]
07. 2.0* - Youth [Fang Hua] by Xiaogang Feng (2017) [China]
08. 3.5* - Heroes Shed No Tears [Ying Xiong Wu Lei] by Yuen Chor (1980) [Hong Kong]
09. 2.0* - The Secret Rivals [Nan Quan Bei Tui] by James Nam, See-Yuen Ng (1976) [Hong Kong]
10. 2.5* - Treasure Hunt [Mou Ga Ji Bo] by Jing Wong (2011) [Hong Kong]
11. 3.5* - All's Well, Ends Well Too [Faa Tin Hei Si] by Clifton Ko (1993) [Hong Kong]
12. 2.0* - Touch and Go [Yi Chu Ji Fa] by Ringo Lam (1991) [Hong Kong]
13. 2.5* - When I Look Upon the Stars [Tian Xuan Di Lian] by Dante Lam [Hong Kong]
14. 1.0* - The Generation Gap [Pan Ni] by Cheh Chang (1973) [Hong Kong]
15. 1.5* - The Dragon Tamers [Nu Zi Tai Quan Qun Ying Hui] by John Woo (1975) [Hong Kong]
16. 3.5* - The Thousand Faces of Dunjia [Qi Men Dun Jia] by Hesheng Xiang, Qiuliang Xiang (2020) [China]
17. 1.5* - Winner Takes All [Da Ying Jia] by Clifton Ko (2000) [Hong Kong]
18. 2.0* - Happy Family [Fung Lau Ga Chuk] by Herman Yau (2002) [Hong Kong]

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Post by Ebbywebby » June 30th, 2020, 10:12 am

Ebbywebby wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 5:51 am
I'm generally very slack on watching Chinese film, but I've seen more lately. I could give specific reasons for all four. I crammed in the first three when I had a free one-week trial of the Filmbox channel, and I watched The River because I've been on a recent quest to see films by new-to-me directors.

1. Dragon Inn (1967)
2. Red Sorghum (1987)
3. To Live (1994)
4. The River (1997)
5. I just saw Joris Ivens' "Une Histoire de Vent"....I'm guessing this counts?

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Post by hurluberlu » June 30th, 2020, 10:49 am

Ebbywebby wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 10:12 am
Ebbywebby wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 5:51 am
I'm generally very slack on watching Chinese film, but I've seen more lately. I could give specific reasons for all four. I crammed in the first three when I had a free one-week trial of the Filmbox channel, and I watched The River because I've been on a recent quest to see films by new-to-me directors.

1. Dragon Inn (1967)
2. Red Sorghum (1987)
3. To Live (1994)
4. The River (1997)
5. I just saw Joris Ivens' "Une Histoire de Vent"....I'm guessing this counts?
Not if China is just the filming location or the subject of a documentary with production and director from other countries.
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Post by sol » June 30th, 2020, 11:14 am

The Challenge BowShow
1. The One-Armed Swordsman (1967) Hong Kong
2. God of Gamblers (1989) Hong Kong
3. All for the Winner (1990) Hong Kong
4. Magnificent Butcher (1979) Hong Kong
5. Five Fingers of Death (1972) Hong Kong
6. The Super Infra-man (1975) Hong Kong
7. Fight Back to School (1991) Hong Kong
8. Forbidden City Cop (1996) Hong Kong
9. Fulltime Killer (2001) Hong Kong
10. Full Contact (1992) Hong Kong
11. City on Fire (1987) Hong Kong
12. Curse of Evil (1982) Hong Kong
13. Out of the Dark (1995) Hong Kong
14. Golden Swallow (1968) Hong Kong
15. The Prodigal Son (1981) Hong Kong
16. Crippled Masters (1979) Hong Kong
17. Little Red Flowers (2006) China
18. King of Comedy (1999) Hong Kong
19. King of Beggars (1992) Hong Kong
20. Flirting Scholar (1993) Hong Kong
21. Armour of God (1986) Hong Kong
22. Fist of Legend (1994) Hong Kong
23. Tai-Chi Master (1993) Hong Kong
24. The Protector (1985) Hong Kong
25. The Mermaid (2016) China
26. Dragon Inn (1967) Taiwan
27. Dragon Inn (1992) Hong Kong
28. Dragon Lord (1982) Hong Kong
29. Duel to Death (1983) Hong Kong
30. Drunken Master (1978) Hong Kong
31. Heroes of the East (1978) Hong Kong
32. Calamity of Snakes (1982) Hong Kong
33. Clones of Bruce Lee (1980) Hong Kong
34. Bruce's Deadly Fingers (1976) Hong Kong

35. The Jade Bow (1966) Hong Kong

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This features some decent wire-fu work, especially in a zany bit in which one man pushes an opponent into the ground while hanging in the air. There are some eye-popping torture methods too involving darts and spiked closing walls. The plot is, however, too complex for its own good, which leads to this being far heavier on dialogue than action. The film also carries for so long after its climactic battle that the whole thing feels like a soap opera ep.
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Post by ororama » June 30th, 2020, 12:12 pm

11. Demon's Path: Episode #1.6 (2018) * 25 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.7 (2018) * 25 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.8 (2018) * 26 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.9 (2018) * 24 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.10 (2018) * 25 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.11 (2018) * 24 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.12 (2018) * 26 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.13 (2018) * 26 min. (Hong Kong)

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1. The Magnificent Trio (Chang Cheh, 1966) * 104 min. (Hong Kong)
2. Black Coal, Thin Ice (Diao Yinan, 2014) * 109 min. (China)
3.The Enchanting Ghost (1970) * 85 min. (Hong Kong)
4. The Bride from Hell (1972) 79 min. (Hong Kong)
5. The Ghost Lovers (1974) * 92 min. (Hong Kong)
6. Till the End of Time (1966) * 108 min. (Hong Kong)
7. Sweet and Wild (1966) * 87 min. (Hong Kong)
8. Demon's Path: Episode #1.1 (2018) * 26 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.2 (2018) * 25 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.3 (2018) * 26 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.4 (2018) * 26 min.
Demon's Path: Episode #1.5 (2018) * 26 min. (Hong Kong)
9. Organized Crime & Triad Bureau (1994) 91 min. (Hong Kong)
10. Taipei Story (1985) * 119 min. (Taiwan)

*First time viewing.

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54. Nan bei tui wang a.k.a. The Leg Fighters (Tso Nam Lee, 1980) [Taiwan/Hong Kong]
This was a fun and frenetic martial arts flick with, as the title implies, a lot of legwork going on. It actually has some pretty inventively choreographed fights in it like the sequence early in the movie involving a kind of puppetry-based fighting style (it's really hard to describe honestly but is entertaining to watch). Plus any kung fu flick where two wizened old masters with long white beards throw down is always going to be a good time.

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55. Yeuk saat a.k.a. Red To Kill (Billy Tang Hin-Shing, 1994) [Hong Kong]
Well, this was a fucked up movie. This incredibly brutal and mean-spirited CAT III film involves a sadistic rapist attracted to red dresses who also happens to run a home for the mentally disabled. Think of the worst thing you could possibly imagine happening in this situation and it indeed happens. Few movies have made me feel as icky as this one.

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56. Dai juk hei kek a.k.a. Vulgaria (Ho-Cheung Pang, 2012) [Hong Kong]
From the director of the violent thriller Dream Home comes this raunchy comedy about the trials and tribulations of a z-grade CAT III producer and his attempts to get a movie made. It has some really funny stuff in it, but it's also a little too scattered in its plotting to be really great. Still, it's a good time if you're in the mood for something lighter (and after Red to Kill, I definitely was...).

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57. Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat a.k.a. From Beijing With Love (Stephen Chow/Lik-Chi Lee, 1994) [Hong Kong]
Stephen Chow brings us a very silly parody of James Bond films mostly in the style of Abrams/Zucker/Abrams and Mel Brooks involving a butcher who's recruited to be a secret agent and track down dinosaur bones or something. Honestly the plot's not too important. This one does have some really funny stuff though. I was cracking up pretty hard when Chow is explaining to a fellow agent how his various gadgets are variations of shavers and blow dryers. This movie does have a kind of tonal whiplash though with some surprisingly realistic and shocking violence in a few places, some played for laughs and some not. It kind of caught me off guard. Overall though, if you're a fan of Chow's, you'll find plenty to like here.
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1. Fang Shiyu yu Hong Xiguan a.k.a. Heroes Two (Cheh Chang, 1974) [Hong Kong]
2. Dung che sai duk a.k.a. Ashes of Time (Kar-Wai Wong, 1994)[Hong Hong/Taiwan]
3. Gu a.k.a. Bewitched (Chih-Hung Kuei, 1981) [Hong Kong]
4. Lung men bei chi a.k.a. Bruce's Deadly Fingers (Joseph Kong, 1976) [Hong Kong]
5. Geung si a.k.a. Rigor Mortis (Juno Mak, 2013) [Hong Kong]
6. Sai yau gei: Yut gwong bou haap a.k.a. A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box (Jeffrey Lau, 1995) [Hong Kong/China]
7. Sai yau gei: Sin leui kei yun a.k.a. A Chinese Odyssey: Part Two - Cinderella (Jeffrey Lau, 1995) [Hong Kong]
8. Wong Fei Hung III: Si wong jaang ba a.k.a. Once Upon A Time In China III (Hark Tsui, 1992) [Hong Kong]
9. Dong fu ren a.k.a. The Arch (Shu Shuen Tong, 1968) [Hong Kong]
10. Miao jie gu shi a.k.a. Mean Street Story (Andrew Lau, 1995) [Hong Kong]
11. Flight of the Red Balloon (Hsiao-Hsien Hou, 2007) [Taiwan]
12. Shan zhong zhuan qi a.k.a. Legend of the Mountain (King Hu, 1979) [Taiwan/Hong Kong]
13. Zhan lang a.k.a. Wolf Warrior (Jing Wu, 2015) [China]
14a. Chunyi: Legend of Kung Fu (Su Shijin, 2006) [China]
14b. Big Fish & Chinese Flowering Crabapple (Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun, 2004) [China]
14c. Ouran a.k.a. Accidentally (John Woo, 1968) [Hong Kong]
14d. Hua yang de nian hua (Kar-Wai Wong, 2000) [Hong Kong/China]
15. Ne Zha zhi mo tong jiang shi a.k.a. Ne Zha (Yu Yang, 2019) [China]
16. Gwai wik a.k.a. Re-Cycle (Pang Brothers, 2006) [Hong Kong]
17. Tai gik Cheung Sam Fung a.k.a. Tai Chi Master (Woo-Ping Yuen, 1993) [Hong Kong]
18. Hak se wui a.k.a. Election (Johnnie To, 2005) [Hong Kong]
19. Zhong hua zhang fu a.k.a. Heroes of the East (Chia-Liang Liu, 1978) [Hong Kong]
20. Liàn liàn fengchén a.k.a. Dust in the Wind (Hsiao-Hsien Hou, 1986) [Taiwan]
21. Gong woo a.k.a. Triad Underworld (Ching-Po Wong, 2004) [Hong Kong]
22. Xie mo a.k.a. The Devil (Jen-Chieh Chang, 1981) [Taiwan/Hong Kong]
23. Ai qing wan sui a.k.a. Vive L'Amour (Ming-liang Tsai, 1994) [Taiwan]
24. Ninja Terminator (1985)
25. Long quan she shou a.k.a. Dragon's Showdown (1980)
26. Thunder Ninja Kids in the Golden Adventure (1992)
27. Xi yang tian shi a.k.a. So Close (2002)
28. Hak se wui: Yi woo wai kwai a.k.a. Triad Election (Johnnie To, 2006) [Hong Kong]
29. Shi yue wei cheng a.k.a. Bodyguards and Assassins (Teddy Chan, 2009) [China/Hong Kong]
30. Hai shang hua a.k.a. Flowers of Shanghai (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 1998) [Taiwan]
31. Chu nu jiang a.k.a. Cannibal Curse (Yeung Kong, 1988) [Hong Kong]
32. San xia hao ren a.k.a. Still Life (Zhangke Jia, 2006) [China/Hong Kong]
33. Se ying diu sau a.k.a. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (Woo-Ping Yuen, 1978) [Hong Kong]
34. Chin gei bin II: Faa dou dai zin a.k.a. The Twins Effect II (Patrick Leung/Corey Yuen, 2003) [Hong Kong/China]
35. Wong Gok ka moon a.k.a. As Tears Go By ( Kar-Wai Wong, 1988) [Hong Kong]
36. Gam yuk fung wan a.k.a. Prison on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987) [Hong Kong]
37. Chi bi a.k.a. Red Cliff (John Woo, 2008) [China/Hong Kong/Taiwan]
38. Zui hao de shi guang a.k.a. Three Times (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 2005) [Taiwan]
39. Tun Men se mo a.k.a. The Rapist ( Chuen-Yee Cha, 1994) [Hong Kong]
40. Dayu haitang a.k.a. Big Fish & Begonia (Xuan Liang/Chun Zhang, 2016) [China]
41. Jin bei tong a.k.a. The Kid With The Golden Arm (Cheh Chang, 1979) [Hong Kong]
42. Tu Bian Ying Xiong Leaf a.k.a. To Be Heroine E1-7 (Li Haoling, 2018) [China]
43. Cai li fa xiao zi a.k.a. The New Shaolin Boxers (Cheh Chang/Wu Ma, 1976) [Taiwan/Hong Kong]
44. Tian zhu ding a.k.a. A Touch of Sin (Zhangke Jia, 2013) [China]
45. Qing mei zhu ma a.k.a. Taipei Story (Edward Yang, 1985) [Taiwan]
46. Zhan lang II a.k.a. Wolf Warrior II (Jing Wu, 2017) [China]
47. Tian jiang xiong shi a.k.a. Dragon Blade (Daniel Lee, 2015) [China/Hong Kong]
48. He liu a.k.a. The River (Ming-liang Tsai, 1997) [Taiwan]
49. Dragons Never Die (Chi-Hwa Chen, 1986) [Hong Kong]
50. Gui xin niang a.k.a. The Bride from Hell (Hsu-Chiang Chou, 1972) [Hong Kong/Taiwan]
51. The Farewell (Lulu Wang, 2019) [China]
52. Gui ying a.k.a. Baby Blues (Po-Chih Leong, 2013) [Hong Kong/China]
53. Yip Man 2 (Wilson Yip, 2010) [Hong Kong/China]
54. Nan bei tui wang a.k.a. The Leg Fighters (Tso Nam Lee, 1980) [Taiwan/Hong Kong]
55. Yeuk saat a.k.a. Red To Kill (Billy Tang Hin-Shing, 1994) [Hong Kong]
56. Dai juk hei kek a.k.a. Vulgaria (Ho-Cheung Pang, 2012) [Hong Kong]
57. Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat a.k.a. From Beijing With Love (Stephen Chow/Lik-Chi Lee, 1994) [Hong Kong]

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27. Ye ban ge sheng (1937) - China

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01. Shen wei san meng long (1980) - Hong Kong
02. Proposition (2012) + Tricycle Thief (2014) + Death of a Parrot (2015) + The Identity of the Portuguese Egg Tart (2015) + The Great Debt (2016) + CaCa: I Want Cat to Say Yes (2017) + O Cravo (2017) + Desireland, Multiverse (2020) - Macao
03. Ying hung boon sik (1986) - Hong Kong
04. Guizi lai le (2000) - China
05. Ba wang bie ji (1993) - China
06. Huo zhe (1994) - China
07. Hong gao liang (1988) - China
08. Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing (1983) - Hong Kong
09. Pik lik foh (1995) - Hong Kong
10. Hung fan kui (1995) - Hong Kong
11. Yip Man (2008) - Hong Kong
12. Yip Man 2 (2010) - Hong Kong
13. Dung che sai duk (1994) - Hong Kong
14. Ah fei zing zyun (1994) - Hong Kong
15. Gui da gui (1980) - Hong Kong
16. Ouran (1968) + Sijie (1968) + Hua yang de nian hua (2000) + There's Only One Sun (2007) + 1 Dimension (2013) + Christopher Doyle: Filming in the Neon World (2014) - Hong Kong
17. Fuk sing go jiu (1985) - Hong Kong
18. Da zui xia (1966) - Hong Kong
19. Ni na bian ji dian (2001) - Taiwan
20. Xi yan (1993) - Taiwan
21. Saat po long (2005) - Hong Kong
22. Hai shang hua (1998) - Taiwan
23. Du bei dao (1967) - Hong Kong
24. Tui shou (1991) - Taiwan
25. Qiu Ju da guan si (1992) - China
26. Heung Gong jai jo (1997) - Hong Kong

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Post by Onderhond » June 30th, 2020, 1:27 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 1:02 pm
56. Dai juk hei kek a.k.a. Vulgaria (Ho-Cheung Pang, 2012) [Hong Kong]
From the director of the violent thriller Dream Home comes this raunchy comedy about the trials and tribulations of a z-grade CAT III producer and his attempts to get a movie made. It has some really funny stuff in it, but it's also a little too scattered in its plotting to be really great. Still, it's a good time if you're in the mood for something lighter (and after Red to Kill, I definitely was...).
It's more in line with his early stuff (like A.V. and Men Suddenly in Black). Have you seen Isabella? I think that's a film that might go over well here.

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » June 30th, 2020, 1:51 pm

25. Chong xiao lou [House of Traps] (1982, Cheh Chang) Hong Kong: 5.8 - Too much plotting, too many characters, too little fighting to make this memorable. The titular house disappoints immensely.
26. Xin shu shan jian ke [Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain] (1983, Hark Tsui) Hong Kong: 6.0 -
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It's very imaginative and creative, unfortunate that doesn't make up totally for the mess this movie is. While the basic overall story is very simple, the plot is way more difficult to follow than it should be. The editing is so frantic it's unclear in many scenes what exactly is going on, hindering my enjoyment of this. The best aspect, beside the aforementioned creativity, is the humor, especially in the first 15 minutes in the "real" world.
27. Wu Lang ba gua gun [The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter] (1984) Hong Kong rewatch: 8.5 > 8.2 -
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What this makes one of, if not, the best martial arts movies is not just it having some of the most amazing fights in the genre but also it being better than almost all in the genre in other general aspects of moviemaking; directing, cinematography and acting. It doesn't just have great fights, it also really well conveys the dramatic story behind those fights. The biggest flaw is that the last part moves to quick with the transformation of Gordon Lui from hothead into a composed monk happening to suddenly.
28. Yau doh lung fu bong [Throw Down] (2004, Johnnie To) China, Hong Kong: 8.0 - Leave it to To to make a stylish neonoirish movie about the least exciting martial arts; judo. What makes this a very atypical martial arts movie, if you even want or can call it that, is that the fights are secondary to the characters developments. The final fights are almost an afterthought after the personal victory from pulling one self up from the gutter. Therefore it really focus on that martial arts are about the betterment of oneself and less about beating once opponent. Although the last also happens plenty and delivers probably some of the coolest looking judo fights ever shown.
29. Feng shen bang [League of Gods] (2016, Koan Hui) Hong Kong: 2.5 - Koan Hui apparently is a protégé of Tsui Hark and it shows, like the above mentioned Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain this brims over with creativity. But while that movies at least does somethings right, this is a complete total garbage. Not becauset this movie depends heavily on (at times poor) CGI, but because the storytelling behind that CGI is a complete mess. The movie has no time to breath, it all moves at breakneck pace with characters being introduced and leaving left and right without any time left for any emotional involvement to form. Subplot is added on top of subplot, without any of them having an emotional impact. Characters are bland at best, and most extremely annoying. The humor is infantile.
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1. Liu lang di qiu [The Wandering Earth] (2019, Frant Gwo) China: 4.5
2. Zhong guo chao ren [Super Inframan] (1975, Shan Hua) Hong Kong: 7.8
3. Shen da [Spiritual Boxer] (1975, Chia-Liang Liu) Hong Kong: 7.8
4. Fei long zhan [The Dragon Missile] (1976, Meng Hua Ho) Hong Kong: 6.5
5. Jian hua yan yu Jiang Nan [To Kill with Intrigue] (1977, Wei Lo) Hong Kong : 4.8
6. She hao ba bu [Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin] (1978, Chi-Hwa Chen) Hong Kong/Taiwan: 7.0
7. Long quan [Dragon Fist] (1979,Wei Lo) Hong Kong/Taiwan: 6.8
8. Kwai tsan tseh [Wheels on Meals] (1984, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung) Hong Kong: 7.8
9. Long de xin [Heart of a Dragon/First Mission] (1985, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung & Fruit Chan) Hong Kong: 6.2
10. The Protector (1985, James Glickenhaus) Hong Kong: 6.2
11. Fei lung maang jeung [Dragons Forever] (1988, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung & Corey Yuen) Hong Kong: 6.8
12. Kei zik [Miracles: The Canton Godfather/Mr. Canton and Lady Rose/Black Dragon] (1989, Jackie Chan) Hong Kong: 6.8
13. Sing si lip yan [City Hunter] (1993, Jing Wong) Hong Kong: 6.2
14. Zhong an zu [Crime Story] (1993, Kirk Wong) Hong Kong: 7.2
15. Shaolin (2011, Benny Chan) China, Hong Kong: 6.0
16. Jue di tao wang [Skiptrace] (2016, Renny Harlin) China, Hong Kong: 5.8
17. Shao Lin men [Hand of Death/Countdown to Kung Fu] (1976, John Woo): 6.5
18. Hao xia [Last Hurrah for Chivalry] (1979, John Woo) : 7.0
19. Ying xiong wu lei [Heroes Shed No Tears] (1986, John Woo): 7.8
20. She diao ying xiong chuan [The Brave Archer] (1977, Cheh Chang): 5.5
21. Xue fu rong [The Vengeful Beauty] (1978, Meng Hua Ho): 6.2
22. Hong Wending san po bai lian jiao [ Clan of the White Lotus] (1980, Lieh Lo) (rewatch): 8.0 > 7.8
23. Wan ren zan [Killer Constable/Lightning Kung Fu] (1980, Chih-Hung Kuei): 7.5
24. Ren zhe wu di [Five Element Ninjas] (1982, Cheh Chang): 7.8
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Post by Onderhond » June 30th, 2020, 2:05 pm

Lonewolf2003 wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 1:51 pm
29. Feng shen bang [League of Gods] (2016, Koan Hui) Hong Kong
... but because the storytelling behind that CGI is a complete mess. The movie has no time to breath, it all moves at breakneck pace with characters being introduced and leaving left and right without any time left for any emotional involvement to form. Subplot is added on top of subplot, without any of them having an emotional impact.
I honestly wish more films would take this approach. I like it when these big budget blockbusters acknowledge the nonsense they are presenting and don't waste time on stuff like emotional impact. It never amounts to much anyway, except some of the audience's time wasted.

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » June 30th, 2020, 2:17 pm

Onderhond wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Lonewolf2003 wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 1:51 pm
29. Feng shen bang [League of Gods] (2016, Koan Hui) Hong Kong
... but because the storytelling behind that CGI is a complete mess. The movie has no time to breath, it all moves at breakneck pace with characters being introduced and leaving left and right without any time left for any emotional involvement to form. Subplot is added on top of subplot, without any of them having an emotional impact.
I honestly wish more films would take this approach. I like it when these big budget blockbusters acknowledge the nonsense they are presenting and don't waste time on stuff like emotional impact. It never amounts to much anyway, except some of the audience's time wasted.
We clearly differ in what we want from a film. But I will give you that some other blockbusters do swing in the complete other direction and waste too much time on character development and plot exposition. Making many way longer than they have to be. Good blockbusters to me know how to combine those aspect well; moving at a good entertaining pace while having character development and a comprehensible plot.

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Post by sol » June 30th, 2020, 2:31 pm

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1. The One-Armed Swordsman (1967) Hong Kong
2. God of Gamblers (1989) Hong Kong
3. All for the Winner (1990) Hong Kong
4. Magnificent Butcher (1979) Hong Kong
5. Five Fingers of Death (1972) Hong Kong
6. The Super Infra-man (1975) Hong Kong
7. Fight Back to School (1991) Hong Kong
8. Forbidden City Cop (1996) Hong Kong
9. Fulltime Killer (2001) Hong Kong
10. Full Contact (1992) Hong Kong
11. City on Fire (1987) Hong Kong
12. Curse of Evil (1982) Hong Kong
13. Out of the Dark (1995) Hong Kong
14. Golden Swallow (1968) Hong Kong
15. The Prodigal Son (1981) Hong Kong
16. Crippled Masters (1979) Hong Kong
17. Little Red Flowers (2006) China
18. King of Comedy (1999) Hong Kong
19. King of Beggars (1992) Hong Kong
20. Flirting Scholar (1993) Hong Kong
21. Armour of God (1986) Hong Kong
22. Fist of Legend (1994) Hong Kong
23. Tai-Chi Master (1993) Hong Kong
24. The Protector (1985) Hong Kong
25. The Mermaid (2016) China
26. Dragon Inn (1967) Taiwan
27. Dragon Inn (1992) Hong Kong
28. Dragon Lord (1982) Hong Kong
29. Duel to Death (1983) Hong Kong
30. Drunken Master (1978) Hong Kong
31. Heroes of the East (1978) Hong Kong
32. Calamity of Snakes (1982) Hong Kong
33. Clones of Bruce Lee (1980) Hong Kong
34. Bruce's Deadly Fingers (1976) Hong Kong
35. The Jade Bow (1966) Hong Kong

36. Killer Darts (1968) Hong Kong

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:woot: SIDE CHALLENGE #4 - find an over-the-top facial expression tehe

There is a surprisingly large amount of graphic bloodletting on display here - and right from the pre-credits scene in which a fighter chops off his own arm to prevent poison spreading! Stomach wounds also lead to fountains of blood here, while there is such zaniness as the lead actress karate chopping down whole trees in anger and whacking away giant spinning discs thrown at her in between dodging darts. Good dart action too as one might expect.

And on that positive note, that's it for me this month. Thanks for hosting, hurlu. Really enjoyed the pick-master bonus challenge. I usually get a rough list of what I want to see before a month begins, but this month my watch-list and watch priorities kept changing to keep up with the bonus challenge. :D
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Post by jdidaco » June 30th, 2020, 2:36 pm

19. Pan si dong (Cave of the Silken Web, Dan Duyu, 1927) 8/10 (China)
20. Duo hun ling (The Bells of Death, Griffin Yueh Feng, 1968) 8/10 (Hong Kong)

For my last image, a silent woman in action, The Spider Queen! - Side Challenge 2: "A woman or women in action" - image # 8

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That's it for me! Thank you again for hosting, hurluberlu. The side challenges were fun!

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1. Wutai jiemei (Two Stage Sisters, Xie Jin, 1964) 8.5/10 (China)
2. Tian xia di yi jian (The Fastest Sword, Pan Lei, 1968) 8/10 (Taiwan/Hong Kong)
3. Yi dai jian wang (The Swordsman of All Swordsmen, Joseph Kuo, 1968) 7.5/10 (Taiwan)
4. Du zhan (Drug War, Johnnie To, 2012) 8/10 (Hong Kong/China)
5. Yu tang chun (The Story of Sue San, King Hu, 1964) 8/10 (Hong Kong)
6. Bian cheng san xia (The Magnificent Trio, Chang Cheh, 1966) 7.5/10 (Hong Kong) (Side Challenge 1: The pick master - ororama)
7. Long men jin jian (The Golden Sword, Lo Wei, 1969) 7.5/10 (Hong Kong)
8. Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It There?, Tsai Ming-liang, 2001) 9/10 (Taiwan) (RV)
9. Yu mei ren (The Mermaid, Kao Li, 1965) 8/10 (Hong Kong)
10. Po xiao shi fen (At Dawn, Li Han Hsiang & Sung Tsun-Shou, 1968) 9/10 (Taiwan)
11. Chuang (The Window, Patrick Lung Kong, 1968) 9/10 (Hong Kong)
12. Dong nuan (The Winter, Li Han Hsiang, 1969) 8/10 (Taiwan)
13. Sha ji chong chong (Death Traps, Wang Tian-Lin, 1960) 8/10 (Hong Kong)
14. Wang Zhao Jun (Beyond the Great Wall, Li Han Hsiang, 1964) 9/10 (Hong Kong)
15. Yu luo cha (The Jade Raksha, Ho Meng Hua, 1968) 7.5/10 (Hong Kong)
16. Yang chi/Karate, Küsse, blonde Katzen (Virgins of the Seven Seas, Kuei Chih-Hung & Ernst Hofbauer, 1974) 7/10 (Hong Kong)
17. Guan shi yin (The Goddess of Mercy, Shin Sang-ok & Lim Won-shik, 1967) 7/10 (Hong Kong)
18. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (Roy Ward Baker & Chang Cheh, 1974) 6.5/10 (Hong Kong)

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Grace Chang quartet

1. Man Bo nu lang / Mambo Girl (Wen Yi, 1957) HONG KONG
2. Qing chun er nu / Spring Song (Wen Yi, 1959) HONG KONG
3. Kong zhong xiao jie / Air Hostess (Wen Yi, 1959) HONG KONG
4. Liu yue xin niang / The June Bride (Huang Tang, 1960) HONG KONG
5. Kuai can che / Wheels on Meals (Sammo Hung, 1984) HONG KONG
6. Ching nu yu hun / The Enchanting Shadow (Han Hsiang Li, 1960) HONG KONG
7. Qian jiao bai mei / Les Belles (Ching Doe, 1961) HONG KONG
8. Bai she zhuan / Madame White Snake (Feng Yueh, 1962) HONG KONG
9. Wutei jiemei / Two Stage Sisters (Jin Xie, 1964) CHINA
10. Da nao tian gong / The Monkey King / Uproar in Heaven (Wan Laiming/Cheng Tang, 1963) CHINA
11. Hu di bei / The Butterfly Chalice (Cheh Chang/Chiu Feng Yuan, 1965) HONG KONG
12. Bian cheng san xia / The Magnificent Trio (Cheh Chang, 1966) HONG KONG
13. Tie shan gong zhu / Princess Iron Fan (Meng Hua Ho, 1966) HONG KONG
14. Jin pu sa / The Golden Buddha (Wei Lo, 1966) HONG KONG

I think every country in the world that had any kind of significant cinema was making spy movies by 1966; the enormous worldwide success of the first few Bond films caused everybody to jump on the bandwagon - here was a genre where you could have action, excitement, chases, mystery, international intrigue, and of course beautiful women, and even developing economies with smaller budgets for film like Iran, Egypt, Turkey and Mexico made Bond rip-offs in the late 60s. So it's no surprise that a big producer like Hong Kong would have some though this is the first one I've gotten to. It's...all right. It's not precisely Bond-like, in that our main protagonist isn't actually a spy - he just gets involved in this big crime story by accident, when he gets the wrong briefcase off an airplane. Turns out he has the golden Buddha - or rather one of three golden Buddhas, and there's a secret code to find a huge treasure that you need all three Buddhas to figure out. Chases, murders, mistaken identities, and a couple of beautiful girls follow at a fairly madcap pace. The one element here that is really Bond-like is the supervillain in his underground lair with all his uniformed killers, but the guy's only desire seems to be for money, not the world control that Dr. No or Goldfinger were after. He does however have one of the most ridiculous costumes you'll ever see in a (supposedly) serious spy flick

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All in all this is just OK, as are frankly most of the Eurospy flicks coming mostly from Italy in this period. I enjoy these things but the production values are often low and they have to cram in too much stuff to make sure you get your money's worth, and the end result is often fairly tepid as it is here. Action is just so-so, though there is some good Thai location work, and the music often sounds like Elmer Bernstein in his Magnificent Seven mode.

15. Yun hai yu gong yuan / The Jade Bow (Hsin-Yen Chang/Qi Fu, 1966) HONG KONG

A more straightforward martial arts film, but NOT Shaw Brothers, and not in Cinemascope - at least not the YouTube copy I watched, which certainly didn't look heavily cropped. This is overall a pretty solid revenge saga in which women are the major characters, or at least the equals of the male protagonists. Two young women are raised by in rival martial arts traditions by the leaders of the schools, who hate each other, but one has a mysterious past; thinking her father dead, it turns out he's really... but that would be a spoiler. And there's also a love triangle at play here, as both young women fall for the same warrior; and a cool underground lair that one of the leaders stays in after his group is all but destroyed, and his life is bountry - the lair actually is reminiscent of a Bond-type lair (see the previous film) but it works fine here. Pretty solid action overall and again some interesting music choices - this has more the feel of earlier classic Hollywood (Korngold, Steiner etc) in it's music and to some extent in it's storytelling.

16. Da ci ke / The Assassin (Cheh Chang, 1967) HONG KONG

Set over 2000 years ago, at the moment when the Bronze Age of sword-making was leading into the Iron and Steel period (this is mentioned a couple of times in the film), this is another revenge story in which a young man grows up after seeing his master and most of his fellow students butchered by a warlord, to eventually seek vengeance with the help of a similarly wronged man. A really good initial half-hour with a couple of good fight sequences, and an excellent last half hour with a terrific long one-against-100 battle, separated unfortunately by a full hour of really drawn-out discussions on honor, the role of the warrior, the role of the man as the head of his family, etc, etc. This has a very personal feeling to it - it really seems like Chang (who co-wrote the screenplay) was working out some of his ideas of these roles and issues such as whether one should give up one's life for a cause, what brotherhood means, etc, and it's all fairly well conveyed, but unfortunately it also feels pretty labored and it just makes the film drag until you get to that spectacular ending. Jimmy Wang Yu as our hero and Chiao Chiao as his love interest are both good, and the romantic element of the story - in particular in the early scenes - is nicely done but overall this feels like it needed some seriously different editing choices.

17. Dong fu ren / The Arch (Shu Shuen Tong, 1968) HONG KONG

This really is different from the typically HK stuff - at least the typical stuff that's available to most of us - from the period; a b/w arthouse drama directed by a woman. A nice change then from all the other stuff I've been watching this month from this part of the world, and it seems to me probably a key link between earlier Chinese realist directors like Fei Mu, and contemporary/recent filmmakers such as Yimou Zhang and Zhangke Jia. It's a fairly ordinary story, one told a thousand times: middle-aged (but still very young-looking and beautiful) woman falls in love with a cavalry officer posted to her village, only to see her daughter also fall for him and win his hand. As usual in such stories, she suppresses her feelings for her daughter's sake, but when the couple moves away, and her own mother falls sick, the calamity of loneliness really starts to set it. The one thing she has lived for is the Arch that is promised for her village, a sign of her virtue and strength in educating and improving the lives of the people, which will give her an income such that she can retire... but will she care when she wins the honor?

Given the simple story - this reminded me a lot of Satyajit Ray as well as other Chinese films - it's the style and acting that have to make something worthwhile here, and they really do. Lisa Lu - just over 40 at the time, but with one of those ageless faces that could have been 30 or 50 - as Madame Tung gives one of those beautifully subtle, acting-with-the-eyes performances that works as a slow burn into heartbreaking territory by the end, and the atmospheric, moon-and-mist filled photography and remarkable, judicious use of jump-cuts and other simple effects really make this a special experience.

18. Xiao shi da kan / Honey PuPu (Hung-i Chen, 2011) TAIWAN

An Onderhond pick! In fact his favorite film from any of the three Chinas, so I looked forward to this with some trepidation :lol: Actually, I've known about this film for years, well before I joined this site - somebody else recommended to it elsewhere, and I had a copy from a site that I think vanished around 2013-4, a site which I got probably 2-300 recent Chinese and Korean films from (few of which I've yet watched). Still, this was the perfect opportunity to give it a go, so here I go...

It's a hard film to describe, and I'll refer any interested potential viewers to the reasonably accurate IMDb plot summary; essentially a DJ loses her boyfriend (loses - he doesn't die, at least she doesn't know if he does) and in despair reaches out, finds a group of other young people who are also for the most part rather depressive, and builds a sort of new life that seems to vacillate (from scene to scene or even within scenes) from the real-world to the online world to something and somewhere else. It's a film about loss not just of people and community but things - buildings, businesses (Tower Records is prominent in one scene), the physical media world, the world of nature (bees), and the way in which we're struggling to create a new way of living, one that we are not even close to figuring out. At least... that's my initial interpretation. But there is a lot going on here, and it's fragmented and cut-up in many interesting ways, both visually (many styles present, color to b/w shifts, super-saturated to naturalistic tones, slow-motion and fast, etc; much of it is shot in an over-bright but very highly colored style which I just loved) and aurally - this has one of the more impressive and varied soundtracks I can recall hearing in some time, and it knocked me out in particular to hear "Jupiter" from Holst's "The Planets" late in the film - after Beethoven, Bach (I think) and all kinds of pop and electronic music. It's really a melange of ideas with just a marginal sense of narrative - this is one of my key pleasures, the fractured narrative that exists just barely on the level of consciousness and articulation - that somehow works in the end, because it feels a lot like the process of being a teenager or young adult in a world that's changing even too rapidly for the young. I'm not quite sure that it's a great film, but I definitely enjoyed it and it's one I expect to return to; oh and I should also mention that anyone who like me longs to be in a big city again and feels cut off from that part of human experience should enjoy the feel of modern Taipei here. Even if you don't like the film, I think it would work as a contemporary city-symphony.

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Post by hurluberlu » June 30th, 2020, 6:43 pm

29. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks - Remnants (Bing Wang, 2002) [China] 8
This segment is covering the personal life of inhabitants from a neighbouring city of the factories, in particular a group of young adults idling. I liked the editing, selecting relevant vignettes from characters affected by the economic crisis at various levels. The old neighbourhood being destroyed and people moved in unknown places like the ultimate step of social desintegration is especially compelling.

30. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks - Rails (Bing Wang, 2002) [China] 7+
Finally we follow workers operating the rail network and a father and son living along the yards from recycling leftovers, questionning their future as all activities are closing down. Less engaging but still a striking analogy to China's destructive transformation.

31. The Sun Also Rises / Tai yang zhao chang sheng qi (Wen Jiang, 2007) [China] 8-
Quite unusual genre for China but really convincing sort of magic realism with the traditional sensitivity on characters Wen Jiang puts in acting and directing, a new favourite and a good way to finish the challenge !

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1. Tears of the Yang-Tse / Yi jiang chun shui xiang dong liu [China] 6-
The historical context and moral dilemma were promising but dramatization is really over the top, and tiring at +180mins.
2. Running Out of Time / Am zin (Johnnie To, 1999) [HK] 7
Efficient direction for this cat-and-mouse game between a police negotiator and a singular thief. Has on top the typical, somehow formuleic, HK blend of drama, romance and comedy.
3. Cute Girl / Jiu shi liu liu de ta (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 1980) [Taiwan] 7-
I will start exploring my BR boxset of HHH early films (Carlotta). Cute Girl, his first fim, has not much of the social realism and uncompromising formalism of his future works but it is quite amusing to see premices of his style including distant composition of countryside landscapes, off-camera scenes and long takes. Besides, if you can tolerate the genre, it is a nice, little rom-com.
Quality of the restaured pictures is really great so I am looking forward to the next.

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4. A Yangtze Landscape (Xu Xin, 2017) [China] 6
Striking B&W visuals, contemplating the flow of industrial vessels sailing from Shanghai up the river. Where this documentary doesn't fully succeed is in connecting the onshore sequences that pause on impoverished inhabitants nearby. They are clearly stuck where everything moves around them - who they are, how they landed on there and how they survive would have been worth exploring deeper.
5. Dumplings / Gau ji (Fruit Chan, 2004)[HK] 7-
Enjoyable horror drama which focuses on the social and moral horror of the protagonists rather than its fantasy. A fine performance by the two lead actresses, with a very believable appetite for youth. Plot could have been less linear and characterization deeper.

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6. Cities of Last Things (Wi Ding Ho, 2018) [Taiwan] 5
Messy story telling as if director wanted a Chinese Cloud Atlas and changed his mind for Rebels of the Neon God after 20 mins, without caring much for losing the viewers on the way. Saved somehow by a few decent drama segments and acting.

7. The Missing Gun / Xun qiang (Chuan Lu, 2002) [China] 7+
Fun thriller. This is the debut feature of Chuan Lu and there is a lot he wants to show as a director, sometimes abusing from camera effects and editing but overall it gives a lot of pace to the action. Wen Jiang is excellent as always; from stupidness to cold determination, he really has a broad acting range.

8. The Green, Green Grass of Home / Zai na he pan qing cao qing (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 1982) [Taiwan] 6+
Continuing with HHH earlies, this one revolves around an elementary school in the countryside where a teacher from Taipei comes as a substitute and try to blend in - a connection between rural and urban that HHH will explore in many films. Whereas there are still some comedy elements you can sense HHH is now slowing down the action for more contemplative sequences and focusing on developing intertwining stories that only resolve at the end with a converging subtext. It got me only mildly engaged though.

9. Armour of God / Lung hing foo dai (Jackie Chan, 1986) [HK] 4
Boring and mediocre - Jackie Chan trying to be half-Indiana Jones half-James Bond through Europe and failing in both. I am not a huge fan of his films anyway but there was one single exciting stunt - in cars, which for a JC movie is kind of lackluster to say the least.

10. The Ditch / Jiabiangou (Bing Wang, 2010) [China] 8-
Essential companion of Dead Souls (2018), as a fiction made from the same harrowing testimonies Bing kept collecting about Rightists re-education camps under Mao's era.

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11. The Eagle Shooting Heroes / Se diu ying hung: Dung sing sai jau (Jeffrey Lau, 1993) [HK] 5
Frantic comedy and action got me tired after twenty minutes, multiple characters and convoluted plot did not help to restore attention
12. Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land / An lian tao hua yuan (Stan Lai, 1993) [Taiwan] 8
Two stage companies rent mistakenly the same theater for their final rehearsal night: this is an exciting concept as we got to see the two plays and the backstage discussions where characters and stories eventually blend. There is wit in the dialogues, subtle intertwined drama, Rivette and Allen came to mind. Great direction and photography as well, lot of care with framing/composing, a new favourite !
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13. Nezha Conquers the Dragon King / Nezha nao hai (Shuchen Wang, Jingda Xu, Ding Xian Yan, 1979) [China] 7
Chinese anime based on a traditional tale: the story line involving a fight between various devils and an innoncent hero is nothing surprising but it served well by the colorization work and the soundtrack.
14. An Autumn's Tale / Chou tin dik tong wah (Mabel Cheung, 1987) [HK] 7+
It has all the predictability of a HK romance of course but there is the charm of Chow Yun-Fat/Cherie Chung and a wonderful effort in make everything believable in New York 80s, emphasizing the cultural clash and distance which all in all makes it a very enjoyable experience.
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15. All the Youthful Days aka The Boys from Fengkuei / Feng gui lai de ren (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 1983) [Taiwan] 8-
HHH is getting to more personal work, recalling his teenagehood. What could have been just another film about idle, young thugs in a suburban city is magnified by the careful selection of scenes, alternating youthful energy and contemplative drama, and above all amazing camera work. His way to take distance from his protagonists to frame them in their environment is truly amazing.
16. The Swordsman in Double Flag Town / Shuang-Qi-Zhen daoke (Ping He, 1991) [China] 7-
I am probably a little generous with this rating. The Swordsman... is an odd mix of genres between wuxia and western with some drops of ethnic drama. It has some magic though thanks to Gobi's desert setting and keeping the art of his young protagonist mysterious.
17. Fist of Fury / Jing wu men (Wei Lo, 1972) [HK] 5+
It is decent action, the faces and screams of Bruce Lee are just too annoying.

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18. Uniform / Zhifu (Yi'nan Diao, 2003) [China] 7
Debut of Black Coal, Thin Ice and The Wild Goose Lake director, Uniform is already marked by some neo-noirish settings and mood even if the story is essentially a take on economic crisis, social disintegration and how people try to save appearances and dignity - reminiscent of Dardennes and Loach work.
19. Out of the Dark / Wui wan yeh (Jeffrey Lau, 1995) [HK] 7
Simply hilarious as a zany comedy, at least in the first half, too bad it drags severely in the second.
Talking about influence from Léon: The Professional:

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20. Taipei Story / Qing mei zhu ma (Edward Yang, 1985) [Taiwan] 7+
I thought I was breaking away from HHH with another Taiwan New Wave director but I realized he is the lead actor here... and not too convincingly, his character and storyline really pulled me off. Fortunately Edward Yang cinematography filming Taipei and the female protagonist is great, in the same vein as in the Terrorizers, with some amazing work on light, perspectives, flows. I probably need to let it sink a little.

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21. China Behind / Zai jian Zhongguo (Shu Shuen Tong, 1978) [HK] 8-
Mao's Cultural Revolution told as a frightening dystopia, yet in a very realistic setting. We get to follow the nerve-cracking journey of Chinese students trying to escape mainland for HK and feel for them all along. The poor copy I have watched is probably not doing justice to cinematography, there is enough I could glimpse to realize it is very carefully executed though.

22. Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy / Yip Man ngoi zyun: Cheung Tin Chi (Woo-ping Yuen, 2018) [HK] 6
Classy cast - Jin Zhang, Dave Bautista, Michelle Yeoh, and the fights between these three dont disappoint. Deserved a better script.

23. Mr. Zhao / Zhao xiansheng (Yue Lü, 1998) [China] 6+
A man has an accident, falls unconscious and recall his recent days torn between two women. It is not Claude Sautet's Les Choses de la Vie, actually it is not told in that same order but that is the same cinema, realistic take on men/women relationships, what a couple is, choices and non-choices, in sequences edited with flair. The cast left me disengaged too often unfortunately.

24. Last Laugh (Tao Zhang, 2017) [China] 7-
Cruel and tender take on a chinese family in rural China trying to get rid of their elderly mother. Sometimes too much of a dry documentary, the cast is really making it worth and the mystery of the irrepressible laugh is a really good plot.

25. Winter Vacation (Hongqi Li, 2010) [China] 6+
Formally very interesting with its static shots, slow pace and minimalist if not cryptic dialogues, all to stress than nothing ever changes in this part of China. After a while it regrettably feels a little forced and running in circle.
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26. Old Well / Lao TIng (Tian-Ming Wu, 1986) [China] 8
Two villages fight over an old well while social conventions separate a man from the woman he loves. Very ambitious formally, Old Well is almost a shakespearean drama that transcends the usual chronicle of rural China and is well worth its reputation of precursor to the 5th generation movies.

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27. A Time to Live, a Time to Die / Tóngnián wangshì Hsiao-hsien Hou, 1985) [Taiwan] [Rewatch] 6 (=)
I thought the BR quality would help me to re-evaluate this. Directing maestria is certainly there, as in The Boys from Fengkuei. But I just could not care for any of the character or side stories. I felt HHH stripped off any emotion just to keep frozen, unattainable pictures from the past. A very personal piece, maybe too personal. The litteral translation of the chinese title is Childhood Memories: A time to Live... is a great title but an oversell.

28. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks - Rust (Bing Wang, 2002) [China] 8-
Rust first part (Rust itself being the first film of the trilogy) has amazing sequences in a Dantesque copper factory which set the scene of a dying state-owned industry in North East China at the turn of the century. The second part is filled with less interesting chronicles and feels a little repetitive, the whole cloking in at 4 hours. Bing's ability to follow workers in the intimacy of work, grabbing interactions with colleagues, concerns for the future, trapped in a failed economic environment, is truly a great piece of documentary.

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Post by hurluberlu » June 30th, 2020, 7:16 pm

Alright, the votes are open in the original post to elect the poster with the most sensible selection of stills representing Women in action and who wins side challenge 2 !

The vote will stay open until the 2nd of July midnight pst. You can change your vote until the end. I will do final tally for main challenge at this time too.
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Post by Onderhond » June 30th, 2020, 8:45 pm

Ah yes, final day and you guys are finally starting to watch some of the cool stuff out there!
hurluberlu wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 6:43 pm
31. The Sun Also Rises / Tai yang zhao chang sheng qi (Wen Jiang, 2007) [China] 8-
Quite unusual genre for China but really convincing sort of magic realism with the traditional sensitivity on characters Wen Jiang puts in acting and directing, a new favourite and a good way to finish the challenge ! :ICM:
This is the film that got me interested in the work of Jiang. There still a strong arthouse vibe there, but Jiang adds some very playful touches and kept surprising me throughout. He would take this even further in his later films, but this one was a real turning point in his career. Also one of the early signs that Jaycee Chan has a much better taste in films than his father.
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18. Xiao shi da kan / Honey PuPu (Hung-i Chen, 2011) TAIWAN
Pretty awesome you decided to watch this :lol:
Loved reading your review and agree with most of the things you said, apart from the "depressive" youngster. I felt it more like a kind of melancholy and while the sense of loss is indeed a central element of the film, it wasn't overtly negative in my experience.

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Post by Onderhond » June 30th, 2020, 9:05 pm

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20. 2.5* - The Golden Era [Huang Jin Shi Dai] by Ann Hui (2014) [China/Hong Kong]

Ann Hui goes for the big guns here, but ends up making a rather cheesy and overly sentimental drama that fails to impress. It's as if she wanted to relive the heydays of Yimou Zhang's work, but lacked Zhang's talent to keep the sentiment under control. The result is an overly long film that drags things out unnecessarily.

The Golden Era ends up being China's answer to Hollywood kitsch. Slow and overstated camera work, overbearing drama that lacks subtlety, a score that is a tearjerker's dream and an epic story that spans half a lifetime. And a 3-hour running time, so even when you aren't impressed by the film itself, you'll be hard-pressed to forget about it afterwards.

It's not all bad though. The actors do a nice job and some stand-alone scenes do work well. The problem is that they're not highlights of climaxes within the film, put just part of the constant onslaught of drama. I'm not a big Hui fan to begin with, but at least her usual mix of character drama and genre cinema offers something unique, this film sadly doesn't.


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01. 3.0* - Monster Hunt [Zhuo Yao Ji] by Raman Hui (2015) [China, Hong Kong]
02. 2.5* - Troublesome Night 6 [Yam Yeung Lo 6: Hung Chow Hon] by Herman Yau (1999) [Hong Kong]
03. 3.0* - Winner Takes All [Chak Wong Ji Wong] by Jing Wong (1982) [Hong Kong]
04. 3.0* - The Magnificent Trio [Bian Cheng San Xia] by Cheh Chang (1966) [Hong Kong]
05. 3.5* - Giant Fish [Da Yu] by Yue Yin (2020) [China]
06. 2.0* - The Owl Vs Bombo [Mao Tou Ying Yu Xiao Fei Xiang] by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (1984) [Hong Kong]
07. 2.0* - Youth [Fang Hua] by Xiaogang Feng (2017) [China]
08. 3.5* - Heroes Shed No Tears [Ying Xiong Wu Lei] by Yuen Chor (1980) [Hong Kong]
09. 2.0* - The Secret Rivals [Nan Quan Bei Tui] by James Nam, See-Yuen Ng (1976) [Hong Kong]
10. 2.5* - Treasure Hunt [Mou Ga Ji Bo] by Jing Wong (2011) [Hong Kong]
11. 3.5* - All's Well, Ends Well Too [Faa Tin Hei Si] by Clifton Ko (1993) [Hong Kong]
12. 2.0* - Touch and Go [Yi Chu Ji Fa] by Ringo Lam (1991) [Hong Kong]
13. 2.5* - When I Look Upon the Stars [Tian Xuan Di Lian] by Dante Lam [Hong Kong]
14. 1.0* - The Generation Gap [Pan Ni] by Cheh Chang (1973) [Hong Kong]
15. 1.5* - The Dragon Tamers [Nu Zi Tai Quan Qun Ying Hui] by John Woo (1975) [Hong Kong]
16. 3.5* - The Thousand Faces of Dunjia [Qi Men Dun Jia] by Hesheng Xiang, Qiuliang Xiang (2020) [China]
17. 1.5* - Winner Takes All [Da Ying Jia] by Clifton Ko (2000) [Hong Kong]
18. 2.0* - Happy Family [Fung Lau Ga Chuk] by Herman Yau (2002) [Hong Kong]
19. 3.0* - The Shaolin Avengers [Fang Shi Yu yu Hu Hui Qian] by Cheh Chang (1976) [Taiwan/Hong Kong]

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Post by flavo5000 » June 30th, 2020, 9:27 pm

Onderhond wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 8:45 pm
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June 30th, 2020, 4:36 pm
18. Xiao shi da kan / Honey PuPu (Hung-i Chen, 2011) TAIWAN
Pretty awesome you decided to watch this :lol:
Loved reading your review and agree with most of the things you said, apart from the "depressive" youngster. I felt it more like a kind of melancholy and while the sense of loss is indeed a central element of the film, it wasn't overtly negative in my experience.
I actually watched this one randomly this morning as well. I'll have a longer write-up of it tomorrow morning probably. :)

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Post by flavo5000 » June 30th, 2020, 9:29 pm

Onderhond wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 1:27 pm
flavo5000 wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 1:02 pm
56. Dai juk hei kek a.k.a. Vulgaria (Ho-Cheung Pang, 2012) [Hong Kong]
From the director of the violent thriller Dream Home comes this raunchy comedy about the trials and tribulations of a z-grade CAT III producer and his attempts to get a movie made. It has some really funny stuff in it, but it's also a little too scattered in its plotting to be really great. Still, it's a good time if you're in the mood for something lighter (and after Red to Kill, I definitely was...).
It's more in line with his early stuff (like A.V. and Men Suddenly in Black). Have you seen Isabella? I think that's a film that might go over well here.
I've pretty much only watched Vulgaria and Dream Home from this guy. Looking at his filmography, I get the sense that most of it is more like Vulgaria than Dream Home. He seems to only have a couple of other thrillers.

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Post by Onderhond » June 30th, 2020, 9:34 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 9:29 pm
I've pretty much only watched Vulgaria and Dream Home from this guy. Looking at his filmography, I get the sense that most of it is more like Vulgaria than Dream Home. He seems to only have a couple of other thrillers.
Ho-Cheung Pang started out doing darker/raunchier comedies (pretty new for the HK market when he started doing them), but he also has some very nice dramas. Aberdeen, Isabella and Exodus are all very strong, well-made films. The Love In ... series is also worth it if you want more contemporary HK drama (with some genre blending).

Dream Home is really the odd one out here, but Pang's oeuvre has way more to offer than Vulgaria-like comedy.

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Post by Mario Gaborović » June 30th, 2020, 9:50 pm

28. Jiang hu er nü (2018) - China
29. Tian qiao bu jian le (2002) + Deathigner (2013) + Off a Cliff (2014) + Coming Home (2015) + Xiao Kang (2015) + Mate (2016) + Mi mi jin yu (2016) + Neko (2017) + When the Silence Comes (2018) - Taiwan
30. Fu rong zhen (1987) - China

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01. Shen wei san meng long (1980) - Hong Kong
02. Proposition (2012) + Tricycle Thief (2014) + Death of a Parrot (2015) + The Identity of the Portuguese Egg Tart (2015) + The Great Debt (2016) + CaCa: I Want Cat to Say Yes (2017) + O Cravo (2017) + Desireland, Multiverse (2020) - Macao
03. Ying hung boon sik (1986) - Hong Kong
04. Guizi lai le (2000) - China
05. Ba wang bie ji (1993) - China
06. Huo zhe (1994) - China
07. Hong gao liang (1988) - China
08. Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing (1983) - Hong Kong
09. Pik lik foh (1995) - Hong Kong
10. Hung fan kui (1995) - Hong Kong
11. Yip Man (2008) - Hong Kong
12. Yip Man 2 (2010) - Hong Kong
13. Dung che sai duk (1994) - Hong Kong
14. Ah fei zing zyun (1994) - Hong Kong
15. Gui da gui (1980) - Hong Kong
16. Ouran (1968) + Sijie (1968) + Hua yang de nian hua (2000) + There's Only One Sun (2007) + 1 Dimension (2013) + Christopher Doyle: Filming in the Neon World (2014) - Hong Kong
17. Fuk sing go jiu (1985) - Hong Kong
18. Da zui xia (1966) - Hong Kong
19. Ni na bian ji dian (2001) - Taiwan
20. Xi yan (1993) - Taiwan
21. Saat po long (2005) - Hong Kong
22. Hai shang hua (1998) - Taiwan
23. Du bei dao (1967) - Hong Kong
24. Tui shou (1991) - Taiwan
25. Qiu Ju da guan si (1992) - China
26. Heung Gong jai jo (1997) - Hong Kong
27. Ye ban ge sheng (1937) - China
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