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

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Post by flavo5000 » June 13th, 2020, 12:42 pm

Onderhond wrote:
June 13th, 2020, 6:32 am
flavo5000 wrote:
June 13th, 2020, 2:36 am
You know, I can safely say there is no single director that I have seen 100 movies by (although there are a few I have aspirations to like Takashi Miike, Jess Franco and a certain director I plan to post about soon :D ).
Availability is the biggest problem for me. I've been trying with Miike but I'm stuck in the 80s right now. Yuen Chor and Wakamatsu are also possible 100s, but I haven't been tracking Chor for a very long time and a large part of Wakamatsu is very hard to come by (subtitled at least).
In the 80s sounds about right as far as what can be watched with subs right now. I've seen 41 and have about another 25 or so that I either own or have downloaded. Then I'm aware of at least 10 or 15 beyond that that I just don't have yet.

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Post by wasabi » June 13th, 2020, 12:54 pm

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
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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
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Post by flavo5000 » June 13th, 2020, 1:01 pm

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22. Xie mo a.k.a. The Devil (Jen-Chieh Chang, 1981) [Taiwan/Hong Kong]
Oh geez. This was a fun one. Basically a witch putting curses on people which causes brightly colored goo and snakes to ooze out of their pores in a series of gruesome deaths, I haven't seen a Chinese horror movie that revels in its desire to be as goopy and gross as possible like an Asian Street Trash basically.

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23. Ai qing wan sui a.k.a. Vive L'Amour (Ming-liang Tsai, 1994) [Taiwan]
I'm starting to think that Ming-liang has a troubling fetish regarding melons...
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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]

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#164

Post by flavo5000 » June 13th, 2020, 1:02 pm

wasabi wrote:
June 13th, 2020, 12:54 pm
17. Yinyang jie (1974 HK)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243671/
18. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 7
19. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 8
20. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 9
21. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 10
22. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 11
23. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 12
Don't two hours of TV count as one point?

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Post by sol » June 13th, 2020, 2:05 pm

I think flavo is correct. You might need to recalculate your 'Burning Ice' scores, wasabi.
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June 13th, 2020, 12:54 pm
3-9. The Romance of Tiger and Rose EP 1 -- EP 7 (2020, China) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12299432/
Also these too, maybe - unless the episodes were all two hours long?


EDIT: Ignore, perhaps.
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Post by sol » June 13th, 2020, 2:08 pm

Challenge of the DarkShow
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

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Initially beginning with a series of failed suicide attempt gags before becoming a parody of Poltergeist, then Léon, then Ghostbusters, this a film that feels as if it was written as the filmmakers went along. The plus side of this is that there is a nary a predictable moment to be had; the zany training with explosives is particularly fun to watch. The downside of this is that the narrative feels rather insubstantial, if never once boring.
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Post by mjf314 » June 13th, 2020, 3:01 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
June 13th, 2020, 1:02 pm
wasabi wrote:
June 13th, 2020, 12:54 pm
17. Yinyang jie (1974 HK)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243671/
18. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 7
19. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 8
20. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 9
21. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 10
22. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 11
23. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 12
Don't two hours of TV count as one point?
Burning Ice is a mini-series.
hurluberlu wrote:
May 28th, 2020, 8:20 pm
- A feature film or a mini-series episode (at least 40 min) counts as one entry.

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Post by blueboybob » June 13th, 2020, 3:29 pm

33. [Hong Kong] Shu shan zheng zhuan (2001)

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Post by Onderhond » June 13th, 2020, 3:31 pm

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11. 3.5* - All's Well, Ends Well Too [Faa Tin Hei Si] by Clifton Ko (1993) [Hong Kong]

A frantic Lunar Year comedy that helped to kick off an endless stream of follow-ups. It's no surprise that Ko was going for a martial arts setting in this sequel, as '93 was one of the biggest years for the genre in Hong Kong. The result is a funny and entertaining comedy, but some familiarity with Hong Kong humor will definitely come in handy.

The concept is pretty much set. A bunch of ladies and gentlemen are looking for partners, there's a lot of complaining, fighting and wrong pairings, but in the end the film remains true to its title. This is not something you watch for the great plot, instead Ko puts all his money on the comedy.

The cast is perfect, with comedy veterans like Sandra Kwan, Man-Tat Ng and Raymond Wong doing their usual thing, and actors like Leslie Cheung, Rosamund Kwan and Teresa Mo lending some extra star quality to the film. The result is a zany, corny and hilarious mix of comedy and action that is over before you know it.

It's like discovering AmericaShow
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]

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#170

Post by Onderhond » June 13th, 2020, 3:35 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
June 13th, 2020, 12:42 pm
In the 80s sounds about right as far as what can be watched with subs right now. I've seen 41 and have about another 25 or so that I either own or have downloaded. Then I'm aware of at least 10 or 15 beyond that that I just don't have yet.
I checked and I'm at 82 know, which 1 more on the pile here. Have to say though that many of these early 90s Miike's aren't that great. A lot of cheap TV and STV fodder which a bunch of sequels. Which is a little odd, as I remember Crows Zero 2 being marketed as Miike's first true sequel. :D
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June 13th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Initially beginning with a series of failed suicide attempt gags before becoming a parody of Poltergeist, then Léon, then Ghostbusters, this a film that feels as if it was written as the filmmakers went along. The plus side of this is that there is a nary a predictable moment to be had; the zany training with explosives is particularly fun to watch. The downside of this is that the narrative feels rather insubstantial, if never once boring.
Hehe, was actually planning to recommend this to you after seeing that To film, but I figured you had your schedule full already anyway. Turns out it was already on it!

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Post by hurluberlu » June 13th, 2020, 3:56 pm

mjf314 wrote:
June 13th, 2020, 3:01 pm
flavo5000 wrote:
June 13th, 2020, 1:02 pm
wasabi wrote:
June 13th, 2020, 12:54 pm
17. Yinyang jie (1974 HK)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243671/
18. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 7
19. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 8
20. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 9
21. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 10
22. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 11
23. Burning Ice/Wu Zheng Zhi Zui (2017, China) Episode 12
Don't two hours of TV count as one point?
Burning Ice is a mini-series.
hurluberlu wrote:
May 28th, 2020, 8:20 pm
- A feature film or a mini-series episode (at least 40 min) counts as one entry.
It is an anthology TV series (which are considered as mini-series on our challenges) with ep. of 45mins as far as I can gather so they can count full points.
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Post by mjf314 » June 13th, 2020, 4:18 pm

It's not an anthology. It's one continuous story that lasts 12 episodes (which would still count as a mini-series). Each episode is between 50 and 60 minutes.

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Post by sol » June 13th, 2020, 4:19 pm

Challenge of the DarkShow
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

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:woot: SIDE CHALLENGE #2 - A woman in action

The female kung fu fighter from Come Drink with Me returns in this sequel. Much of the fight choreography is impressive, especially up an ascending series of steps; there is also a striking part in which a young child chooses to impale himself. The film does disappointingly little though when it comes to further exploring Cheng Pei-Pei's character considering that the film is named after her. She has little screen time and the men get the best fights.
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Post by sol » June 13th, 2020, 4:25 pm

Onderhond wrote:
June 13th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Hehe, was actually planning to recommend this to you after seeing that To film, but I figured you had your schedule full already anyway. Turns out it was already on it!
My schedule is indeed already quite full; just counted and I have 62 (!) more films lined up to choose from... and counting thanks to hurlu's pick-master bonus challenge that is making me pay extra attention to what everybody else is watching and add extra stuff to my watch-list. :unsure: @hurlu: :poshclap:

I wouldn't turn down any recommendations though, and if they are already in my watch-list all the better, because I do not have time to fit in 62 more HK films this month :( so I need to work on sorting out my high and low priorities.
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Post by hurluberlu » June 13th, 2020, 4:37 pm

mjf314 wrote:
June 13th, 2020, 4:18 pm
It's not an anthology. It's one continuous story that lasts 12 episodes (which would still count as a mini-series). Each episode is between 50 and 60 minutes.
It is becoming one.
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Post by mjf314 » June 13th, 2020, 5:03 pm

Sorry, I didn't know that. Thanks for the link.

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Post by blueboybob » June 13th, 2020, 5:47 pm

34. [China] Huang he da xia (1988)
35. [Hong Kong] Siu ngo gong woo (1990)
36. [China] Petition (2009)
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Post by ororama » June 13th, 2020, 6:00 pm

3.The Enchanting Ghost (1970) * 85 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)

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Post by maxwelldeux » June 13th, 2020, 7:45 pm

A Region Escaping the NewsShow
1. Come Drink with Me (1966, HK)
2. Operation Red Sea (2018, China)
3. The Assassin (2015, Taiwan)
4. Five Elements Ninjas (1982, HK)
5. Lee's Adventure (2011, China)
I was in the mood for something weird last night, so I wanted to rewatch this one to see if it holds up. And it does - the pacing is frenetic when it needs to be, but spot on slow and touching when that's the point. Beautiful love story wrapped up in just about every genre there is. So much fun.

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Post by wasabi » June 13th, 2020, 8:13 pm

I just double-checked and updated my last post. Romance Between Tiger and Rose is a TV series. Thanks. :P :P

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Post by blueboybob » June 13th, 2020, 10:47 pm

37. [Hong Kong] Dao (1995)
38. [Hong Kong] Mak Dau goo si (2001)

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Post by RBG » June 14th, 2020, 1:37 am

SpoilerShow
1. am zin 2/running out of time 2 - johnnie to (2001) hk
2. kong zhong xiao jie/air hostess - wen yi (1959) hk
3. wu lin sheng huo jin/holy flame of the martial world - chun-ku lu (1983) hk

i think i've finally found my shaw brothers limit. i adore the aforementioned five element ninjas and mo (the boxer's omen) but this was beyond ridiculous. it does however feature a deadly all-female clan. and is 'mind-altering substances' friendly

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Post by flavo5000 » June 14th, 2020, 2:07 am

RBG wrote:
June 14th, 2020, 1:37 am
SpoilerShow
1. am zin 2/running out of time 2 - johnnie to (2001) hk
2. kong zhong xiao jie/air hostess - wen yi (1959) hk
3. wu lin sheng huo jin/holy flame of the martial world - chun-ku lu (1983) hk

i think i've finally found my shaw brothers limit. i adore the aforementioned five element ninjas and mo (the boxer's omen) but this was beyond ridiculous. it does however feature a deadly all-female clan. and is 'mind-altering substances' friendly

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Something MORE ridiculous than Boxer's Omen? :banana:

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Post by blueboybob » June 14th, 2020, 3:24 am

39. [Hong Kong] Mak Dau: Bo lo yau wong ji (2004)

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » June 14th, 2020, 6:03 am

FTV:9:The Rat Catcher (1974). Hong Kong. 10.

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Getting Lin’s hands stuck in the till each time he attempts to pickpocket, director Chih-Hung Kuei & his regular cinematographer Chi Yu handcuff Lin with a enchanting Comedy Caper atmosphere, brushed in Shaw Brothers shimmering bright blues and yellows colours that keep the atmosphere light and playful. Stealing a number of Spaghetti Western soundtracks, Kuei takes the grit of the Wild West tunes, and twists them into hilariously heightening a zany atmosphere, via washing them over the brightened faces of Lin and traffic cop Brother Neoi , whose blushes become redder with each succeeding underhand steal pickpocket ace Fang performs.

Sadly not being credited anywhere online, and the subtitles not making clear when their credit appears on screen, the unlisted writer spins a merry Caper tale of Fang charming all who catch her sight, which Fang slyly uses to commit a robbery right under noses. Keeping the stakes high for Lin to become a successful thief by the threat of his kids school closing, the writer folds Lin’s motive into Fang’s escapades, and wonderfully twists the Caper power play inside out, with Fang and Lin ending up trying to help their old arch enemy Neoi in getting a promotion. Caught out by Fang and Neoi,Locke Hua Liu gives a sweet performance as Lin, whose hapless stealing skills shine with a aw- shucks sincerity, whilst Ni Tien sparkles in her glamour clothes and teasing flirting Fang greets everyone with,used by Tien as a cover for Fang catching the latest rat.

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Post by sol » June 14th, 2020, 11:38 am

The Prodigal ChallengeShow
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

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

The first half here has some well choreographed fights and a very impressive sequence involving acrobatic ninjas, but it is not until Sammo Hung enters the picture some 54 minutes in that the movie really takes off. Hung performs some great stunts, especially while doing calligraphy, and brings a lot of laughs to the proceedings as he tries to convince the protagonist that it is better to fight dirty rather than gracefully. Things are slow until then though.
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Post by peeptoad » June 14th, 2020, 12:16 pm

3. Pan si dong (1967) The Cave of the Silken Web 4 Hong Kong
看过Show
1. Cui hua du jiang tou (1975) The Magic Curse 6 Hong Kong
2. Xie zhou (1982) Curse of Evil 7 Hong Kong
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Post by flavo5000 » June 14th, 2020, 1:25 pm

Folks, it's time for a GODFREY HO-DOWN!

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24. Ninja Terminator (Godfrey Ho, 1985) [Hong Kong]
25. Long quan she shou a.k.a. Dragon's Showdown (Godfrey Ho, 1980) [Taiwan]
26. Thunder Ninja Kids in the Golden Adventure (Godfrey Ho, 1992) [Hong Kong]
Here's another director that I could conceivably watch over a hundred films from (although calling him a director is mighty generous of me, to be honest). Godfrey Ho is pretty much the kind of cut 'n' paste ridiculous hack jobs. Take some fights from movie A. Splice in some old unused footage from movie B. Add a dab of outtakes from movie C. Film new scenes with a couple of white people for overseas marketing (usually dressed as ninjas whether the rest of the plot calls for it or not). Baste the ham copiously and enjoy. The three I watched above provide a nice sample of the breath of Ho's "talents". Ninja Terminator is a pretty prototypical mid to late '80s fare from Ho, a heady concoction of the elements described above that all congeal into something bizarrely entertaining as it is wildly incompetent. Dragon's Showdown is Godfrey Ho is Brucesploitation mode with titular star Dragon Lee as the Bruce stand-in and offers a constant barrage of action, some good and some very badly choreographed but rarely boring. Thunder Ninja Kids in the Golden Adventure is one of Ho's more family friendly outings he apparently had success with in the early '90s featuring three young kung fu kids in what is clearly a totally different movie from the father-and-son fighting team crossing paths with other Caucasian ninjas (with the father in some hilariously terrible aging makeup) and the whole movie peppered with almost constant casual swearing that would've pushed it close to R-rated territory if anyone from the MPAA gave a shit about movies like this. So yea, basically I will definitely be continuing to more Godfrey Ho in the future.

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27. Xi yang tian shi a.k.a. So Close (Corey Yuen, 2002) [Hong Kong]
Corey Yuen delivers a fun mix of ass-kicking women as a pair of female assassins are forced to side with a female cop and her partner to take down more dangerous criminals trying to kill them. The movie's biggest failing is actually in the direction itself, relying too much on quick cuts on slow-mo (so much slow-mo...) that give it a cheap, direct-to-video quality.
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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)

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Post by blueboybob » June 14th, 2020, 4:02 pm

40. [Hong Kong] Am faa (1998)
41. [Tawain] Shen tui tie shan gong (1977)

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Post by cinephage » June 15th, 2020, 10:56 am

04. Huo zhe / To live, by Zhang Zimou (1994) 8/10 - China

A great story in the midst of Chinese History... I loved it.

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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
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Post by flavo5000 » June 15th, 2020, 1:24 pm

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28. Hak se wui: Yi woo wai kwai a.k.a. Triad Election (Johnnie To, 2006) [Hong Kong]
As good if not better than the first Election, like The Godfather 1 & 2, they are both of a single piece but can also be watched and enjoyed independently of one another. Once again, the chairman of the Triad is up for election which sparks a series of events involving the current chairman facing strong opposition from all sides including criminal businessman Jimmy. The pacing is excellent with an interesting interplay of political intrigue interspersed with fairly brief but effective blasts of violence. Definitely recommended if you are a fan of Johnnie To's films.

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29. Shi yue wei cheng a.k.a. Bodyguards and Assassins (Teddy Chan, 2009) [China/Hong Kong]
I felt like this one tried to reach for the stars and just didn't make it. It feels very epic in scope with some impressive production design and very good action sequences, but the plot is just way too busy and not terribly engaging. It also felt just very overblown and too melodramatic in places.
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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]

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Post by Onderhond » June 15th, 2020, 1:35 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
June 15th, 2020, 1:24 pm
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]
Two personal favorites. I liked the second Election better than the first one, though it's been a long time since I watched the first one. The second film had tighter direction from what I remember, but I should watch the first one again to be sure. Not going to happen though. I also really liked Bodyguards and Assassins, though don't disagree with your critique, it just didn't bother me as much and I really dug the lavish sets and action choreography :)

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Post by sol » June 15th, 2020, 3:46 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

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Quite likely inspired by the success of Cheh Chang's innovative Crippled Avengers, this benefits from the casting of two actual kung fu masters with genuine physical handicaps, but it feels more exploitative than Avengers. Whereas the focus of the Cheh Chang film is the camaraderie between the cripples, here we instead get lots of scenes of them being humiliated and beaten. The choreography and stunts are really masterful indeed though.
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Post by blueboybob » June 15th, 2020, 4:59 pm

42. [Hong Kong] Nan quan bei tui (1976)

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Post by St. Gloede » June 15th, 2020, 9:28 pm

I know this is largely irrelevant, but as Golden Horse is likely the most respected Chinese (language) list on ICM found it extremely interesting that only 1 film in the top 10 is Chinese.

3 is from Hong Kong, 6 are from Taiwan.

I was interested in seeing how this carried through the top 100. This is the tally for the top 50:

Taiwan: 21
Hong Kong: 16
China: 13

And this is the tally for the entire top 104:

Hong Kong: 39
Taiwan: 37
China: 28

*The 3 two-parters are all from Hong Kong, meaning Taiwan would still be in the lead if the list was compressed back to the original top 100 (+1?).

**The majority of voters were, of course, Taiwanese.

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Post by Onderhond » June 15th, 2020, 10:19 pm

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12. 2.0* - Touch and Go [Yi Chu Ji Fa] by Ringo Lam (1991) [Hong Kong]

A rather basic action film from Ringo Lam. Like most of his films, it's a tad grittier than its contemporaries, but also lacking the joy and creativity that makes Hong Kong action so much fun to watch. With a headliner like Sammo Hung, this film should've been way more entertaining than it turned out to be.

There is too much focus on the drama, especially for a film where the performances are poor and the plot is derivative. Touch and Go is a run-of-the-mill action flick, what's the point on spending so much time on characters that never come to life anyway. A lighter tone and a couple more action scenes would've gone a long way to make this better.

It's not the first time that I felt this way about one of Lam's films, so people who are fan of his work are almost guaranteed to get something out of it. The few action scenes that are present are pretty solid, sporting some impressive practical stunt work, but it just wasn't enough to save the film for me.

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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]

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Post by frbrown » June 15th, 2020, 10:49 pm

1. Escape from Brothel (1992, Lung Wei Wang) [HK}


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Post by blueboybob » June 16th, 2020, 12:26 am

43. [Hong Kong] Ming jian (1980)
44. [China] Ying xiong ben se (1967)
45. [Hong Kong] Lan yu hei (Shang) (1966)

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Post by cinephage » June 16th, 2020, 5:55 am

05. Nanjing ! Nanjing ! by Lu Chuan (2009) 8/10

Dark and pretty sad recount of the events in Nanjing when the Japanese took in in 1938, shot with a superb cinematography.
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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

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Post by sol » June 16th, 2020, 12:56 pm

Little Challenge FlowersShow
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

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A film about a boarding school student who becomes convinced that his strictest teacher is a monster. Set shortly after the 1949 revolution, the allegory is blatant with the protagonist symbolic of China adjusting to Communism, however, the film plunges deliciously deep inside the mind of its protagonist, who even eventually convinces his classmates that the teacher is indeed a monster. The titles come from a rewards system for following absurd rules.
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