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

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Post by mjf314 » February 12th, 2019, 4:22 am

fori wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 4:12 am
Who on ICM has seen the most Chinese films overall? If not on the site generally, who on the forum?
Possibly Onderhond, but I'm not sure.

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » February 12th, 2019, 5:09 am

FTV:7:Meng gui zhuang gui (1989)-Unexpected good viewing!. Run time: 100 mins. HK.7.

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“Blessed that we are possessed by Bruce Lee.”

Opening the urns of black Comedy, the screenplay by Chun-Wai Lau & Jeffrey Lau uses the oily grotesque Horror of the ghostly pregnant woman to give the zany group Comedy antics a bad-taste atmosphere, as the group beat the ghost up with red underwear and they each use the ghostly urns as a genie to punch out and kill/bring back to life others who want to get their hands on the riches. Whilst it is not given a serious slant, the writers focus on black Comedy gives the horror urns a creepy vibe that entraps the group to actually work as a team, and leads to a wonderful sting which takes the chills over the cliff edge. Spending the majority of his credits doing stunt work for Hollywood and Hong Kong blockbusters, director Cheung-Yan Yuen is joined by cinematographer Yuen Kai Chan and displays his eye for choreographing action in comedy set-pieces of scatter-gun whip-pans following each person throw the urn around, as they awaken the bloody ghost.

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Post by Traveller » February 12th, 2019, 5:53 am

37. Hong Kong Trilogy (2015, HK) - 6/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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#164

Post by Onderhond » February 12th, 2019, 6:19 am

RBG wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 2:02 am
and what's wrong with a kung fu love fest may i ask?? B) :wub:
Nothing as such, but it is a rather poor representation of Hong Kong/China/Taiwan cinema as a whole.

As for who has seen the most, no idea how to find out, but this is my current tally:
980 Hong Kong
355 China
114 Taiwan

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Post by jeroeno » February 12th, 2019, 7:01 am

23. Lan tou He (Dirty Ho) (1976)

There's absolutely nothing wrong with a kung fu love fest RBG.

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Post by fori » February 12th, 2019, 7:08 am

Onderhond wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 6:19 am
As for who has seen the most, no idea how to find out, but this is my current tally:
980 Hong Kong
355 China
114 Taiwan
Damn, I knew you were ahead of me, but I didn’t realize it was so one sided. My whole count almost certainly doesn’t reach your Hong Kong tally. I’ve seen 11 movies (3 not checked yet) that could be listed as part of this challenge during the month so far without trying to pursue the goal.

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Post by Onderhond » February 12th, 2019, 7:40 am

fori wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 7:08 am
Damn, I knew you were ahead of me, but I didn’t realize it was so one sided. My whole count almost certainly doesn’t reach your Hong Kong tally. I’ve seen 11 movies (3 not checked yet) that could be listed as part of this challenge during the month so far without trying to pursue the goal.
You're definitely catching up then. These challenges aren't really my kind of thing, I prefer a more balanced diet over a longer period of time, and with 15 years of dedicated film fandom behind me these numbers start to skyrocket of course.

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Post by fori » February 12th, 2019, 8:14 am

Onderhond wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 7:40 am
You're definitely catching up then. These challenges aren't really my kind of thing, I prefer a more balanced diet over a longer period of time, and with 15 years of dedicated film fandom behind me these numbers start to skyrocket of course.
The same for me, I don’t do challenges.

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Post by Traveller » February 12th, 2019, 5:12 pm

38. Cape No. 7 (2008, TW) - 4/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 12th, 2019, 5:28 pm

I thought this was a challenge about platesShow
1. Fearless (2006)
2. Malu Tianshi AKA Street Angel (1937)
3. Lung foo fung wan AKA City on Fire (1987)
4. Ni na bian ji dian AKA What Time is it There? (2001)
5. Huo zhe AKA To Live (1994)
6. Sei mong se jun AKA Ab-normal Beauty (2004)
This might actually be my first Chinese horror film. An art/photography student is struggling until she photographs a fatal car accident... then she becomes obsessed with death. This was pretty atmospheric and moody and definitely dialed up the creepy factor for me. Pretty fun and interesting to watch.

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Post by Coryn » February 12th, 2019, 10:39 pm

1. 11/02 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2002) **
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Post by wasabi » February 13th, 2019, 12:09 am

04. Dislocation(Cuo Wei) 1986 China

After seeing The Wandering Earth, I was thinking did China make any great Sci-fi movie? And I found Dislocation. It was about a Chinese government director created an A.I. robot with his face to go to all the meeting he didn't want to go, so he could do things he liked. Cinematography and lighting were also very good. I think it's the best Chinese Sci-Fi I have ever seen. Director Jianxin Huang also directed Back to Back, Face to Face.

Does anyone know any good Chinese sci-fi?
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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
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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » February 13th, 2019, 3:20 am

FTV:8: Esprit D'amour (1983). Run time:98 mins. HK. 9.

Ringo Lam's debut!

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Getting his chance after original director Po-Chih Leong had shot around one-third of the film before a falling out led to producer Karl Maka sacking him, directing auteur Ringo Lam (and 7 cinematographers!) makes full contact with a debut that ties the different footage he and Leong shot smoothly together, and brings his distinctive style flying into view. Making his lone dip into Fantasy,Lam loads the ultra-stylisation of his “Action” works into long downward tracking shots following Siu-Yu to the ground and slick stop/start panning shots following Siu-Yu’s ghostly appearances.

Made during the 4 film phase of “Comedy” titles before he got on the path to Heroic Bloodshed (HB) with the Action movie Mad Mission 4: You Never Die Twice (1986), Lam impressively slots the laughs into fitting with a major theme across his credits of unbreakable doomed love, via startling smoke and blue tint waves splashing across the screen during the couples final brief encounter, with Lam darting the camera to smashed corners of the flat in frantic mood similar to the style of his later HB set-pieces. Displaying little sign of the production issues on screen, the screenplay by Raymond Fung/ Clifton Ko/Kin Lo and Raymond Bak-Ming Wong (who got the idea when he saw a picture of a pretty girl on a tombstone!) sparkles with hilarious fast-paced dialogue exchanges conjured from Siu-Yu’s ghostly skill to control what people say.

Whilst hitting a tragic note for the final, the writers bring a warmth to the unlikely romance between Siu-Yu and Chi-Ming by keeping the romance delightfully sweet-natured, blossoming in back and fourths between the couple over Siu-Yu’s mischief landing Chi-Ming in trouble. Getting the role over Maggie Cheung after original director Leong met her at a party, Joyce Ni Shu Chun gives an incredibly expressive turn as Siu-Yu, which whispers a comedic playfulness with a bubbling passion that boils over. Almost (accidentally) killing his future love in the opening, Alan Tam gives an excellent performance as Chi-Ming, whose funny awkwardness is pinned by Tam with a sincerity for the spirit of love.

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#174

Post by wasabi » February 13th, 2019, 4:34 am

@funkybusiness I'm wondering what does"我是最好的做東" mean?

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Post by funkybusiness » February 13th, 2019, 4:42 am

google translate of
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I am the best host.

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Post by wasabi » February 13th, 2019, 5:34 am

I got "扰流板" —_—!!!

05. Rubiks-clock(Mo Biao) 1990 China
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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

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Post by funkybusiness » February 13th, 2019, 5:41 am

there's two spoiler tags there, might need to click the 2nd one.

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Post by Traveller » February 13th, 2019, 5:51 am

39. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991, 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 Onderhond » February 13th, 2019, 7:26 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 5:28 pm
This might actually be my first Chinese horror film.
Well, the Pangs have made several interesting ones. The Eye is by far their most famous one, Diary is my personal favorite (though that's more of a mindfuck/horror).

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 13th, 2019, 8:03 am

Onderhond wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 7:26 am
maxwelldeux wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 5:28 pm
This might actually be my first Chinese horror film.
Well, the Pangs have made several interesting ones. The Eye is by far their most famous one, Diary is my personal favorite (though that's more of a mindfuck/horror).
Thanks for the recs - I think the next two I have lined up are from your list, actually. Next up is Springtime in a Small Town because it's on 3 lists and is something I'd watch anyway. Then I'd figure I'd jump to the top with Lee's Adventure. I'll report back as I watch them.

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Post by Onderhond » February 13th, 2019, 8:07 am

Springtime is very arthouse-friendly, Lee's Adventure on the other hand is something entirely different. Looking forward to your thoughts :)

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Post by fori » February 13th, 2019, 8:32 am

wasabi wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 12:09 am
04. Dislocation(Cuo Wei) 1986 China
Does anyone know any good Chinese sci-fi?
My favourite as well! There are also some interesting lower budget oddities...

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Post by zzzorf » February 13th, 2019, 10:47 am

1. Throne of Elves (2016, China) - 8/10

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Post by lynchs » February 13th, 2019, 1:14 pm

1. (first? and last?) Zhi fei ji (Liang Zhao, Paper Airplanes, 2001) 810

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Post by wasabi » February 13th, 2019, 4:05 pm

I finished watching Story of Minglan. I liked it more than Story of Yanxi Palace and Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace. I think it could be better if it has fewer episodes.
You'll find some interesting positions about how ancient Chinese women gave birth to children in Minglan... :P

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Post by Traveller » February 13th, 2019, 5:17 pm

40. Once Upon a Time in China II (1992, 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 albajos » February 13th, 2019, 5:42 pm

wouldn't that be Twice Upon a Time in China? :shifty:

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Post by 72allinncallme » February 13th, 2019, 8:50 pm

21. Se, jie / Lust, Caution (2007)
22. Am faa / The Longest Nite (1998)
23. Chuen jik sat sau / Fulltime Killer (2001)
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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)

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Post by Onderhond » February 14th, 2019, 12:03 am

04. 1.5* - The Wild Wild Rose [Ye Mei Gui Zhi Lian] (1960)
Old Carmen-based Hong Kong musical. Grace Chang was a big star back then, but her singing isn't all that spectacular and as an actress she falls prey to overstated performances. It's no surprise then that the drama doesn't really work and that the film, with its 128 minute running time, is grossly overstaying its welcome.

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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)

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Post by wasabi » February 14th, 2019, 5:26 am

06. Still Life (San Xia Hao Ren) 2006, China
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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

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Post by Traveller » February 14th, 2019, 5:49 am

albajos wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 5:42 pm
wouldn't that be Twice Upon a Time in China? :shifty:
tehe

41. Dragons Forever (1988, HK) - 6/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by jeroeno » February 14th, 2019, 6:48 am

24. Sam sei goon (Justice My Foot!) (1992)
25. Xue zai shao (Burning Snow) (1988)
26. Ermo (1994)

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Post by Onderhond » February 14th, 2019, 1:21 pm

05. 3.5* - A Cool Fish [Wu Ming Zhi Bei] (2018)
A pretty nice mix of comedy, crime and drama. Slick cinematography, interesting characters and a somewhat convoluted story that comes together in a satisfying way make this worth your while. There are one or two standout moments, which is one or two short of being a truly great film. Well recommended though.

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01. 1.0* - The Arch [Dong Fu Ren] (1968)
02. 1.0* - The Assassin Swordsman [Xia Nu Chuang Tian Guan] (2000)
03. 2.0* - The Swordsman of All Swordsmen [Yi Dai Jian Wang] (1968)
04. 1.5* - The Wild Wild Rose [Ye Mei Gui Zhi Lian] (1960)

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » February 14th, 2019, 2:22 pm

12. Shan zhong zhuan qi [Legend of the Mountain] (1979): 8.2 - Based on an old Chinese fable about a scholar who while copying the Mudra Sutra is seduced by ghosts after the sutra, this movie is a bit thin on plot. But King Hu succeeds in lifting this up from its simple plot by focusing on the feel of the movie. It has some absolutely gorgeous visuals, most of them shot on beautiful location in South-Korea. So that even with a 190 min runtime the movie never overstays its welcome. And who knew a fight scene with drums could be as great as one with ordinary weapons.
13. Ye yan [The Banquet/Legend of the Black Scorpion] (2006): 8.0 - I came for the wuxia fight scenes, I stayed for the Shakespearean tragedy with the right level of theatricality featuring lavish sets and some strong acting. The few fight scenes that are in the film are beautiful choreographed.
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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

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Post by Traveller » February 14th, 2019, 5:37 pm

42. The Blade (1995, HK) - 6/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by Onderhond » February 14th, 2019, 8:37 pm

ICM lists :down:

06. 2.5* - Ash Is Purest White [Jiang Hu Er Nv] (2018)
Jia doing Jia. There isn't much here that sets it apart from his other films. The slight crime influences are quite recent, but apart from that it's just another film on rural China turning urban. America's cultural influences, horrid fashion and the contrast between old and new. I have to say it's all getting more than a little stale.

07. 1.0* - Our Sister Hedy [Si Qian Jin] (1957)
Classic Hong Kong dramas, I'm really not all that surprised Hong Kong decided genre cinema was a smarter choice. The acting is extremely overdone, the drama is uneventful and the film is at least 30 minutes too long. Add a grating soundtrack and poor cinematography and there's really nothing here.

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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)

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Post by allisoncm » February 14th, 2019, 8:59 pm

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1. PTU (2003, Hong Kong)
2. Jin yu man tang (1995, Hong Kong)

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » February 15th, 2019, 3:47 am

FTV: 9:The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter.:HK.Run time:98 mins. 8.

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Drawn just before the quantity of flicks Shaw Brothers studio made took a steep drop and Heroic Bloodshed dominated the HK Action scene, co-writer/(with Kuang Ni ) director Chia-Liang Liu & cinematographer An-Sung Tsao bring the Shaw Bros Martial Arts style bursting to life with spectacular set-pieces gliding to circling camera moves for each major fighting move unleashed, and a careful use of slow-motion wire-work which gives the fights an artistic flourish . Allowing the fights space to flow, Liu combines the crunching close-ups with smooth wide-shots allowing each impressive stunt/fighting move to be seen clearly.

When not dusting the screen up in fights, Liu brings a still, water coloured elegance in close-ups on the 5th son learning the way of the monks, and having to find restrain for his thirst of gratification, in order to learn the monks unique fighting style. Partly based on the folk lore around the real Yang family, the screenplay by Liu and Ni roundhouse kicks the opening off with a barnstorming revenge attack. Leaving the survivors desperate for revenge, the writers follow what the sons have to learn by intensely building up the 5th son learning from the monks how to be a eight diagram pole fighter.

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Post by jeroeno » February 15th, 2019, 5:47 am

27. Zhong hua zhang fu (Heroes From the East) (1978)
Fucking awesome. Gordon Liu vs 7 Japanese Masters.

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Post by ororama » February 15th, 2019, 11:49 am

4. Gonna Get You (1976, Hong Kong) * 83 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.

*First time viewing.

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