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Post by maxwelldeux » June 20th, 2020, 8:57 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)
6. Project A (1983, HK)

Fine enough, good action and fight scenes, but not much beyond that.

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Post by RBG » June 20th, 2020, 11:09 pm

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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
4. rang zi dan fei/let the bullets fly - wen jiang (2010) hk

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this was alot of fun, sort of a fistful of dollars/yojimbo with amazing effects and more comedy. it is maybe a little long :cowbow:
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Post by RBG » June 20th, 2020, 11:15 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
June 20th, 2020, 8:57 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)
6. Project A (1983, HK)

Fine enough, good action and fight scenes, but not much beyond that.
i wanted to watch this and am sure i have a copy, can't find it, disappointed but a little less now
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Post by blueboybob » June 21st, 2020, 12:36 am

62. [Hong Kong] for Xing xing yue liang tai yang: shang (1961)
63. [Hong Kong] Chin long chuen suet (1997)

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Post by sol » June 21st, 2020, 7:50 am

Challenge MermaidShow
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

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The mermaid's continuous failed attempts to a CEO - while only poisoning and injuring herself - are hilarious here, and bring to mind the snakes-on-face in Kung Fu Hustle. The romance that soon develops is a lot less interesting though; same goes for the environmental issues that the film touches on but never explores. There are, however, lots of funny bits and pieces along the way, including easily amused police sketch artists and Show Lo's tentacles.
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Post by Onderhond » June 21st, 2020, 8:10 am

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14. 1.0* - The Generation Gap [Pan Ni] by Cheh Chang (1973) [Hong Kong]

Chang's worst film so far, which is quite a thing to say after having seen nearly 50 of his films. Chang is best known for his martial arts work, but from time to time he tried something different. Understandable, but it never really amounted to anything. Chang goes full-on drama/romance here, with disastrous results.

Casting a martial arts icon in a dramatic role is always a risk, but it's David Chiang's love interest who really messes things up. Not only is Agnes Chan a pretty bad actress, she's also a terrible singer. And this films features quite a few English pop songs covered by Chan. To call it grating is actually an understatement.

The plot about a forbidden (or at least frowned upon) love isn't very interesting either, especially not without any good performances to support it. The titular generation gap is never properly explored and the few action scenes that are here only underline the complete incompetence of this film. For completists only.

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15. 1.5* - The Dragon Tamers [Nu Zi Tai Quan Qun Ying Hui] by John Woo (1975) [Hong Kong]

John Woo took a rather hesitant start to his career, but that is not uncommon for a Hong Kong director. The Dragon Tamers is a basic martial arts film that features one of two decent fight scenes, but fails on pretty much every other level. Woo's signature is also completely absent, but that shouldn't come as a surprise.

The plot is nothing special. A righteous martial art students vows to stop a criminal organization from taking over the martial schools in Korea, but before he can make a real difference he needs to be humbled first. If you've seen a couple of these oldskool martial arts flick, you've probably seen this plot a thousand times before.

The actors are mediocre and the fight choreographies are tame, especially when you compare them to Shaw Bros films from that time. The drama is very poor and the first half doesn't nearly have enough fight scenes to overcome that. Luckily the ending is quite action-packed, but it's not good enough to save this film.

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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]

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Post by flavo5000 » June 21st, 2020, 12:20 pm

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39. Tun Men se mo a.k.a. The Rapist ( Chuen-Yee Cha, 1994) [Hong Kong]
Basically this one is an unsavory exploitation film wrapped up in a true crime/procedural costume. The investigative elements of it are pretty flatly directed but the actual attacks are very visceral, heightened and ugly. It's obvious what the filmmaker was interested in here.

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40. Dayu haitang a.k.a. Big Fish & Begonia (Xuan Liang/Chun Zhang, 2016) [China]
Beautifully drawn, I can see how they spent 5 years on the animation alone. From what I've read, it really seems to be a labor of love for the directors who started work on it as early as 2005 when they completed the short film on which it's based. Big Fish & Begonia wears its Studio Ghibli influence on its sleeve (a little to its detriment to be honest), and while it does come off a little derivative, the Ghibli influence I think helps ground it and flesh out the world more than something like Nezha that just throws a giant ball of Chinese folklore at you with no context. If you are a fan of animation, I definitely recommend checking it out.
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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]

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Post by Onderhond » June 21st, 2020, 3:00 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
June 21st, 2020, 12:20 pm
40. Dayu haitang a.k.a. Big Fish & Begonia (Xuan Liang/Chun Zhang, 2016) [China]
Beautifully drawn, I can see how they spent 5 years on the animation alone. From what I've read, it really seems to be a labor of love for the directors who started work on it as early as 2005 when they completed the short film on which it's based. Big Fish & Begonia wears its Studio Ghibli influence on its sleeve (a little to its detriment to be honest), and while it does come off a little derivative, the Ghibli influence I think helps ground it and flesh out the world more than something like Nezha that just throws a giant ball of Chinese folklore at you with no context. If you are a fan of animation, I definitely recommend checking it out.
Glad to see you liked it! The Ghibli influence is clearly there alright, though I'd never mistake this film for a Ghibli project either. Don't get why this film isn't getting more attention though, such a lovely project :)

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » June 21st, 2020, 5:49 pm

17. Shao Lin men [Hand of Death/Countdown to Kung Fu] (1976, John Woo): 6.5 - This early John Woo film stars Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung (who was also in charge of the action choreography) in supporting roles. It's clear Woo is still trying to find his form in this, but already his talents are evident; this one of the all-round better directed martial arts movies. It's enjoyable, but alas also very forgettable (honestly now only 3 days after seeing it I already need screenshots to remember what it was about), thanks for a large part to its bland hero. People interested in the evolution of its director and in lesser extent Jackie Chan should definitively seek this out, others can do worse also.

18. Hao xia [Last Hurrah for Chivalry] (1979, John Woo) : 7.0 - In this one Woo is coming even more into himself. With a plot that is about an unlikely friendship that forms between a righteous swordsmen and hired killer and dealing with themes as friendship, loyalty and honor this is a clear template for his later famous heroic bloodshed movies. On the other side this also is grounded in the epic wuxia movies tradition of Woo's filmmentor, Cheh Chang; making this a transitional work in Woo's oeuvre. Meanwhile there are even some spaghetti Western influences. The action is good and the two protagonist make an enjoyable kick-ass duo.

19. Ying xiong wu lei [Heroes Shed No Tears] (1986, John Woo): 7.8 - After being re-edited and partly re-shot, Woo disowned this movie. Those alternations unfortunate did take the emotional layers, which make a Woo movie more than most other action movies, out of the movie. Still there is enough to enjoy, cause this feature almost nonstop action, and that action is shot incredibly well. Made years before but only released after the succes of A Better Tomorrow, it shows Woo already knew how to film action like few others can. All this wall-to-wall action of course means the plot is paper thin. Starring a brotherhood of eccentric fighters with lots of self-sacrifice, Woo's familiar themes are also present. Eddy Ko is tremendously cool, plus it features the coolest toughest kid since Lone Wolf's cub. This movie is infamous for using live rounds during some scenes to save time setting the stunts up every take.

20. She diao ying xiong chuan [The Brave Archer] (1977, Cheh Chang): 5.5 -
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The many colorful characters is a big draw of this movie. But with everyone being family, mentor, student, enemy or friend of everyone else the plot of this is overly complicated. The fights while enjoyable are not great enough to make up for the mess the plotting is. Despite having two dozens characters, most of them brave, there is not one archer. I probably will have to watch the sequels in the trilogy to get the title and the solutions of the many unresolved subplots. But this wasn't engaging enough to seek those out soon.


21. Xue fu rong [The Vengeful Beauty] (1978, Meng Hua Ho): 6.2 -
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An okay entry in the genre with a female protagonist, that moves at a good enough pace with plenty of action. The action is decent, but doesn't stand out in the genre. Ping Chen is good in the lead, kicking ass in the fights and selling the emotional scenes well too. And as the next movie also shows there were few actors who could play villains as well as Lieh Lo.


22. Hong Wending san po bai lian jiao [ Clan of the White Lotus] (1980, Lieh Lo) (rewatch): 8.0 > 7.8 -
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Great choreographed action scenes (no wonder since the action was shot by Chia-Liang Liu), Gordon Lui (one of my favorite martial arts stars) and above all Lieh Lo as the titular White Lotus (aka Pai Mei) make this a formidable martial arts movie. Fighting with the ease of taking an evening stroll in the park and his constant sarcastic taunts make White Lotus one of the best villains in the genre. The movie isn’t without its flaws; the plot is very standard and repetitive, but that doesn't spoil the fun too much. With a bit of good will one can read a comment in a hero that has to change his masculine fighting skill based on strength into a feminine one based on gracefulness


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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
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Post by jdidaco » June 21st, 2020, 5:58 pm

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)

Linda Lin Dai ( (l) ) in perhaps her most beautiful and moving performance in a Huangmei scenario ('Wang Zhao Jun'), and the Virgins of the Seven Seas in action - Side Challenge 2: "A woman or women in action" - images #5 & 6

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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)
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16. 3.5* - The Thousand Faces of Dunjia [Qi Men Dun Jia] by Hesheng Xiang, Qiuliang Xiang (2020) [China]

Expectations were quite low going into this one, but it was surprisingly well-made. There have been a lot of these Chinese fantasy/martial arts TV productions lately and while most are somewhat enjoyable, they rarely leave much of an impression. The short running time and slick poster design tricked me into thinking this was another one of those, but I was clearly mistaken.

This film is not to be confused with Woo-Ping Yuen's 2017 blockbuster version, which deals with pretty much the same story. While it's clear that the 2020 remake didn't have have quite the same means to its disposal, Hesheng and Qiuliang Xiang did their very best to make this just as enjoyable.

The CG is actually quite solid, the nifty creature designs and spell effects are also of great help. Actors are decent and the sets look pretty impressive. Nice action cinematography, perfect pacing and a fun story do the rest. It's not quite up there with the best Chinese martial arts/fantasy hybrids, but it was great fun nonetheless.


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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]

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Post by blueboybob » June 21st, 2020, 9:03 pm

64. [Hong Kong] Lan yu hei (Xia) (1966)

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Post by OldAle1 » June 21st, 2020, 9:41 pm

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

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Like most of the (probably few) people here who have encountered Ms. Chang, my first encounter was with her take on Carmen in 1960's Ye mei gui zhi lian / The Wild, Wild Rose which I saw just about two years ago. That film and her performance floored me, so I made some effort to get hold of a few of her even more obscure (how obscure? two of these are first checks) and less-celebrated films. Chang was, as near as I can tell, one of the three biggest female stars of the pre-Shaw-domination Hong Kong film scene, along with Betty Loh Ti and Dai Lin, and like them she had a fairly short career - 34 films between 1953 and 1964, though unlike her two competitors she didn't end her time in the movies by ending her life, but rather by marrying and moving to London, where she apparently still lives, having just turned 87 last week.

I'm still curious to see more of her work, but I have to say my excitement has abated quite a bit after these four. It's not that she's bad - she's always charismatic, and I love her singing - while none of these is exactly a straightforward "musical" they all are clearly built around her abilities as a singer as much as anything else; no, these are just all fairly lame, and tame and predictable romances that certainly don't offer much that's interesting for this westerner, and I suspect weren't all that new or fascinating to seasoned Hong Kong viewers of the time.

Man Bo nu lang is the story of a girl who finds out, on her birthday, that she's adopted, and leaves the party her family and friends have thrown for her to go find her real mother. The sentimentality here is a little bit cloying, but at the same time it doesn't feel out of place, and given the struggles China went through in the 30s and 40s, and in particular the family displacements, I can see the appeal. Decent dancing and songs - kind of tries to be hip and jazzy (mambo, after all). I liked the actor who played the father, with the tough-guy exterior but the marshmallow inside.

Qing chun er nu is probably the weakest of the four, and the one that has the most overly propagandistic songs - stuff about how we must all strive our best to grow up and be good citizens, etc, etc, perhaps not surprising as it's a school story, with Grace playing the oldest child in a large family and the first to go to college, where she meets a rival in a rich girl (Jeanette Lin Tsui) and romances the big but shy jock (Roy Chiao, excellent; he's in the next two films in the lead male role as well). This suffered from being the weakest copy of the four but I doubt it would be much improved even in HD. Again, I tend to like most of Grace's songs, but that's not enough.

Kong zhong xiao jie is the only one of these four in color, and it's probably the largest-budgeted of the films, with some location shooting in Taipei, Singapore and Bangkok, because it's about, uh, you guessed it, air hostesses. It's kind of fascinating to see a film specifically and entirely about the airline travel industry at this time - I don't know what other films I've seen with this theme from the 50s - but the film isn't all that exciting. Grace is the best of her class and ends up falling for a macho and rather aggressive pilot (Roy Chiao again) and sings a bunch in a better variety of locations than the other films provide. The color is kind of weird - sort of a pale blue / salmon tint to much of it, not sure if that's the color stock or what.

Liu yue xin niang gives us Grace as the daughter of a struggling businessman, all set to marry her childhood sweetheart upon return to HK after a business trip, but getting involved with a couple of other men - one of them Roy Chiao, again - and having to make hard decisions. This seems to be attempting a screwball sort of attitude but really doesn't succeed. Again some nice songs, and also some good outdoor location work including a panoramic view of and from Victoria Peak, but it all ends up exactly where you'd expect it to in the end.

5. Kuai can che / Wheels on Meals (Sammo Hung, 1984) HONG KONG

Typical, solid martial arts comedy with Jackie Chan and Biao Yuen as a couple of guys who operate a food cart in Barcelona, content enough in that endeavor (Jackie roller skates around plazas taking orders and then serving the food that Biao makes) until they get involved with a young woman pickpocket who is on the run from a gang for reasons involving an inheritance, all while a hapless PI (Sammo Hung) is also trying to locate her. The Barcelona locations are as much the star as anything else here - there's a scene on top of the Sagrada Familia for example - and it's all good fun though like a lot of films from these guys, a bit long for my taste and with the humor not always working for me. I found the ending pretty stretched out in particular even if Jackie's climactic fight with bad guy Benny Urquidez is great.

6. Ching nu yu hun / The Enchanting Shadow (Han Hsiang Li, 1960) HONG KONG

Lovely Shaw Brothers ghost story, in which a wandering scholar who takes refuge in a supposedly-haunted abandoned temple complex, befriending a swordsman and eventually running into an enchanting young lady (Betty Loh Ti) after hearing her distant music. The scene in which the first encounter occurs is really quite magical; of course - it shouldn't be any kind of spoiler - she turns out to be a ghost, and eventually his life is imperiled by this relationship. Beautiful color and sets - if you love the Shaws' usual production design like I do. This one isn't in Shawscope like their more famous later films but even in a 1.66 frame the feeling of space and depth is nicely conveyed. Not great or anything but a bit of a departure from what I've seen from this era.

7. Qian jiao bai mei / Les Belles (Ching Doe, 1961) HONG KONG

And the third of that trio of star actresses I mentioned in my first review, Dai Lin, finally appears in this rather dull Shawscope musical. This is primarily a dance musical and Doe makes pretty good use of the wide frame for a variety of numbers - this is closer to what I think of as a typical musical, from Hollywood or elsewhere, than the other films I've seen so far in this challenge. But while the production design and framing are good, the dances themselves aren't all that interesting nor are they choreographed with a tenth of the quality you'd see from, say, Gene Kelly, and the storyline - star dancer Dai and troupe manager Peter Chen Ho hate each other, but of course melt into each others' arms by the end - is really tedious. Worth seeing for the use of color, some of the staging, and the cool mid-century modern furniture in the lavish hotel rooms that make up a big chunk of the later scenes, but that's about it.

8. Bai she zhuan / Madame White Snake (Feng Yueh, 1962) HONG KONG

Dai Lin again, as the spirit of the White Snake, who comes to earth to take human form, falling in love with the man who saved her in another life, only to suffer for trying to help him. This has some interesting elements involving the attitudes towards magic of the priests vs the people - who are happy to get the miraculous healing treatments that Bai Suzhen, the disguised White Snake, creates. Can't say I got all of it but the film as a whole is a nice mix of romantic tragedy, fantasy, music, and even some martial arts - there's a particularly cool scene where our heroine takes on a bunch of warriors in the celestial world where she's gone to get a plant that will revive her husband.

9. Wutei jiemei / Two Stage Sisters (Jin Xie, 1964) CHINA

More tragedy and melodrama in the form of a story of a peasant girl who is taken in by a kindly travelling opera company leader, and raised alongside his own daughter as they move about the countryside in the 1930s. Eventually after their father's death they end up in Shanghai and become huge successes, but attitudes money and revolutionary politics eventually divide them. This is one of those films that - after it's start in poverty and ignorance (Chunhua, the country girl, can't read or write initially) becomes lighter and more "fun", before diverging into darker territory again in the last act. There's definitely more than a little bit of propaganda here, as one sister goes along the (eventually) approved Party path while the other slides into decadence and Western values, but it doesn't really hit you over the head with it apart from one song at the end of the film (which isn't even in the version I watched - it's a separate extra; apparently there was controversy over it's inclusion). Despite some issues with the politics - and little things like the fact that we see almost no aging in a film that takes place over 15 years or so - it's pretty moving and powerful in the end.
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65. [Hong Kong] Fong sai yuk (1993)
66/ [China] Hai zi wang (1987)

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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

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41. Jin bei tong a.k.a. The Kid With The Golden Arm (Cheh Chang, 1979) [Hong Kong]
This Show Bros. flick is similar to Heroes of the East in both it's fairly basic plot and in it's almost wall-to-wall primarily weapon-based action. Where this one differs from Heroes is in the ratcheted up violence level. Cheh likes the red stuff, and you definitely see more of it here than in Chia-Liang Liu's more light-hearted film. I'd say in general, if you enjoyed one you'll enjoy the other and conversely if you weren't much of a fan of Heroes of the East, this one won't probably win you over unless you thought the element missing was higher stakes.

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42. Tu Bian Ying Xiong Leaf a.k.a. To Be Heroine E1-7 (Li Haoling, 2018) [China]
This was quite the interesting Chinese animated series (not really anime despite being heavily inspired by it since it wasn't produced in Japan) that's a follow-up to the series To Be Hero. At first, the connections between the two seem tenuous at best, but it does eventually tie in a little more in the back half. Also what begins as more of a wacky, absurdist isekai involving magic users who conjure weapons via articles of clothing gives way to something much more grounded and emotionally resonant making it better than I would've expected. It's still a little scattered in places with some plot holes, but overall I thought it was one of the better Chinese "anime" I've seen.
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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]

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » June 22nd, 2020, 2:29 pm

23. Wan ren zan [Killer Constable/Lightning Kung Fu] (1980, Chih-Hung Kuei): 7.5 - This was a pleasant surprise, I expected another standard Shaw bros picture, but I got a very atypical one. The plot is simple: Robbers stole lots of gold from the royal treasury, so the titular Killer Constable is put on the job to hunt those robbers down. Being a man worth his nickname, he's the type of official who strikes first and asks questions later if they are still alive, somebody who doesn't flinch killing people even without their guilt being proven. What's interesting is, that from the start the movie questions his morals. Contrary to most kung fu movies which are very black and white in their portrayal of the honest good and the immoral bad guys this movie deals in moral grey scale. Which become even more apparent when we later meet one of the robbers and meanwhile the Killer Constable is also more human than first impressions made him seem. It's not only in content but also in form the movie differs from the norm. There are lot of noticeable experiments with camera positions and zooms. I'm not familiar with director Chih-Hung Kuei, apparently he was better known for his horror movies, which doesn’t surprise me since this in large parts looks more like a horror movie than a martial arts movie with many shots in darkness combined with bright colors, almost surreal-like. Which fits the somber gritty content. Some of the night scenes seemed to be actually filmed at night. The action is of the bloodier variety, with many severed off limbs. With a heavy reliance on sword and other weapons, the fights are short and are reminiscent of Japanese chanbara movies. The different big fight sequences are all set in different beautiful original settings, some shot on location, which keep the action scenes diverse and memorable.
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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 -

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Post by sol » June 22nd, 2020, 3:04 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

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The choreography is impressive here and the camera nicely often moves with the fighters. There is also a fun bit involving booby-trapped furniture. The film is let down though by an overly complex plot that requires voice-over narration to provide several minutes of exposition, and yet which ultimately amounts to a lot of a swordplay and not much else. There is also a ridiculous contrivance of a group of men completely oblivious to cross-dressing.

27. Dragon Inn (1992) Hong Kong

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This remake is expectedly more graphic and strikingly so, with lots of bloodletting and unsettling moments that literally cut to the bone. The wire stunts are also more eye-popping - particularly a fight between two women whipping clothes off each other (see above). Above all else though, the story is clearer and the stakes feel more real with two actual kids in danger (not grown children this time). Still some silliness, but classier overall.
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Post by Onderhond » June 22nd, 2020, 3:26 pm

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27. Dragon Inn (1992) Hong Kong

This remake is expectedly more graphic and strikingly so, with lots of bloodletting and unsettling moments that literally cut to the bone. The wire stunts are also more eye-popping - particularly a fight between two women whipping clothes off each other (see above). Above all else though, the story is clearer and the stakes feel more real with two actual kids in danger (not grown children this time). Still some silliness, but classier overall.
Somewhat of a personal favorite this. There isn't that much actual action, but because the film is so dynamic (and really fits that early 90s HK martial arts atmosphere), it's quite easy to forget. Watched it some time ago and still held up.

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Post by hurluberlu » June 22nd, 2020, 7:12 pm

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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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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My women in action #7

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.
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17. 1.5* - Winner Takes All [Da Ying Jia] by Clifton Ko (2000) [Hong Kong]

Clifton Ko makes a swindler comedy. A popular niche in Hong Kong that yielded some entertaining films, but Ko's attempt is pretty bland. The usual mix of genres (comedy, crime and action) is mostly absent and Ko turns this into a full-blown comedy. The problem is that the film is hardly ever funny.

Performances aren't up to par. There are some familiar faces here, but most of them fail to land their jokes. The soundtrack is absolutely dreadful and feels like an afterthought, while the film itself looks like something out of the 80s. It all feels very rushed and put together without putting too much thought into it.

It's a little odd because Ko is capable of making good comedies. Without the proper actors, a decent script and the necessary funding though, it seems he can't perform miracles. At least the pacing is decent and the film constantly propels itself forward, but unless you're absolutely starved for a Hong Kong comedy, I can't really recommend this.


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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]

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67. [China] Niu pi (2005)

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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)
6. Project A (1983, HK)

Fine enough, good action and fight scenes, but not much beyond that.
i wanted to watch this and am sure i have a copy, can't find it, disappointed but a little less now
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Post by ororama » June 22nd, 2020, 11:57 pm

4. The Bride from Hell (1972) 79 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)

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Post by Mario Gaborović » June 23rd, 2020, 6:14 am

14. Ah fei zing zyun (1994) - Hong Kong
15. Gui da gui (1980) - 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

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Post by ororama » June 23rd, 2020, 11:30 am

5. The Ghost Lovers (1974) * 92 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)

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43. Cai li fa xiao zi a.k.a. The New Shaolin Boxers (Cheh Chang/Wu Ma, 1976) [Taiwan/Hong Kong]
Fu Sheng is great here in the lead action role that also holds a certain amount of emotional resonance. Definitely an above average Cheh Chang film.

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44. Tian zhu ding a.k.a. A Touch of Sin (Zhangke Jia, 2013) [China]
I found this shockingly violent film from Zhangke Jia to be quite interesting, exploring the plight and isolation of the working class in China, exposed to the savage realities of life.

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45. Qing mei zhu ma a.k.a. Taipei Story (Edward Yang, 1985) [Taiwan]
While a beautifully shot film, Edward Yang's Taipei Story is incredibly cold and bleak. Not something I can say I enjoyed wtching.
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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]

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Post by Mario Gaborović » June 23rd, 2020, 1:32 pm

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

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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

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Post by sol » June 23rd, 2020, 2:06 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

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As expected, Jackie Chan has some solid martial arts moments here, but they are all confined to the final half-hour. It is also only in this stretch that the film comes alive with Chan meeting some thieves after an intense rooftop bit where he has to evade spears piercing the roof below him. The first hour is a mess though, full of lame gags (urinating on legs; the pair shooting themselves), lots of misogynistic talk and too much sports game playing.
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Post by Lonewolf2003 » June 23rd, 2020, 2:36 pm

24. Ren zhe wu di [Five Element Ninjas] (1982, Cheh Chang): 7.8 - Martial artists vs. ninjas = highly entertaining.
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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 -

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Post by Mario Gaborović » June 23rd, 2020, 5:05 pm

17. Fuk sing go jiu (1985) - 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

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Post by blocho » June 23rd, 2020, 6:29 pm

1. Eat Drink Man Woman (Lee, 1994) [Taiwan]
As a family drama, this is merely OK. As a food movie, it's pretty darn good.

2. Police Story (Chan, 1985) [Hong Kong]
I suppose I knew before this movie that Jackie Chan was very talented. Now I realize that he is fucking amazing. He's a modern Buster Keaton, only more violent and less deadpan.

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Post by Mario Gaborović » June 23rd, 2020, 8:56 pm

18. Da zui xia (1966) - 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

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Post by frbrown » June 23rd, 2020, 10:28 pm

2. Sex for Sale (1993, Yeung Kong) [HK}

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1. Escape from Brothel (1992, Lung Wei Wang) [HK}
2. Sex for Sale (1993, Yeung Kong) [HK}

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Post by peeptoad » June 24th, 2020, 11:04 am

4. Kong bu fen zi (1986) The Terrorizers 8 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

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Post by cinephage » June 24th, 2020, 1:09 pm

06. Tau ban no hoi / Boat People, by Ann Hui (1982) 9/10 - Hong Kong

As I slowly explore her work, my love for Ann Hui's cinema increases with each movie. What an artist !

07. Gou hun jiang tou / Black Magic 2, by Meng Hua Ho 6,5/10 - Hong Kong

Quite entertaining...

08. Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui / The Wild Goose Lake, by Yi'nan Diao (2019) 7,5/10 - China

Interesting thriller set inside the Chinese mob. The direction, and especially the lighting and use of color, is really interesting.
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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

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46. Zhan lang II a.k.a. Wolf Warrior II (Jing Wu, 2017) [China]
What starts with a bravura action sequence both above and under the water gives way to more of the same nationalist, heavy-handed, empty plotting that the first one provided. There are times when it feels like this movie really wants to cut loose and be a ludicrous over-the-top action movie in the vein of something like the Fast & Furious franchise, but for every high-octane action sequence, the movie takes a step backward into more reserved, underwhelming pacing and action more reminiscent of the previous film's. Yes, it made a boatload of money, but I say, for the next one just cut loose and go full Crank or Shoot 'Em Up and make it as ridiculous as possible. I want to see Jing Wu ramp a tank off a building into a helicopter or something crazy like that.
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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]

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Post by Mario Gaborović » June 24th, 2020, 8:16 pm

19. Ni na bian ji dian (2001) - Taiwan

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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

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Post by blueboybob » June 24th, 2020, 11:12 pm

68. [Hong Kong] Yun hai yu gong yuan (1966)
69. [Hong Kong] Wong Fei Hung III: Si wong jaang ba (1993)
70. [Hong Kong] Wong Fei Hung IV: Wong je ji fung (1993)
71. [Hong Kong] Wong Fei Hung chi neung: Lung shing chim pa (1994)

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Post by flavo5000 » June 25th, 2020, 1:36 pm

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47. Tian jiang xiong shi a.k.a. Dragon Blade (Daniel Lee, 2015) [China/Hong Kong]
You know, I can safely say that I've never thought to myself 'You know what this over-the-hill Jackie Chan military period epic needs? JOHN CUSACK'.

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48. He liu a.k.a. The River (Ming-liang Tsai, 1997) [Taiwan]
I could feel my own neck tensing up as I watched this. No release was to be found....
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]

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