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Post by sol » February 9th, 2019, 9:16 am

The China SyndromeShow
1. Chun Can (1933) China
2. Who Am I? (1998) Hong Kong
3. Iron Monkey (1993) Hong Kong
4. The Big Boss (1971) Hong Kong
5. Kung Fu Yoga (2017) China

6. Scorpion King (1992) Hong Kong

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Also known as Operation Scorpio, the title refers to the antagonist here, a son of the local slavery kingpin whose scorpion-inspired kung fu moves prove hard to defeat, and the film features some simply breathtaking choreography, especially during the climax in which the protagonist hilariously uses a self-styled "eel tactic" to combat the scorpion moves. This a decidedly average film though outside of the fight sequences. There are more lame montages set to corny songs than in the average 1980s youth comedy and lots of silly comic relief too.
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#122

Post by funkybusiness » February 9th, 2019, 9:54 am

jeroeno wrote:
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:banana: Your bronze The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures award has been updated to silver :banana:
Congratulations!!

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#123

Post by funkybusiness » February 9th, 2019, 12:14 pm

09. Lung hing foo dai (Armour of God) (1986, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan)
Pretty disappointing. Poorly plotted and paced. Alan Tam is annoying. Rosamund Kwan is wasted. The balloon stunt at the end freaked me out. I've heard that the sequel is significantly better, so, here's hoping.

10. 'A' gai wak 2 (Project A II) (1987, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan)
While on the whole it's probably not as good as the first, there were a few upgrades, including the set design and camerawork. And I enjoyed the symbolic emphasis of a couple of the action sequences. And the long scene in Maggie Cheung's apartment was a really well done, finely-tuned combination of action and comedy. A bit disappointing, and odd, that Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung just...disappeared, and weren't mentioned at all, despite the sequel seemingly taking place the day after the first film (or thereabouts). And Jackie's good-cop-crew is totally wasted after the first act. Maggie Cheung, Rosamund Kwan and Carina Lau (yeah, all three of 'em in one film) do a decent enough job all things considered, but their roles especially point to what is most likely the biggest issue this film has compared to the first, and that's the complete lack of characterization/development. The first, in an instant, could give you a feeling of an entire character, but this film they're all sort of nameless and vaguely defined as good guy/bad guy in a given scene and instantly forgettable (I kept confusing Kwan's revolutionary sidekick with Jackie Chan's new good-cop-crew cop). In the final sequence, bad guys keep popping up left and right and you think "...am I supposed to remember this one? has he shown up before?" with nearly all of them. But when it works, it really works.
Oh but Ricky Hui is in a couple brief scenes, so, that balances it all out. I love Ricky Hui.
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01. Zui quan (Drunken Master) (1978, Hong Kong, Yuen Woo-ping)
02. Shi di chu ma (The Young Master) (1980, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan)
03. Lung siu yeh (Dragon Lord) (1982, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan)
04. Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing (Winners & Sinners) (1983, Hong Kong, Sammo Hung)
05. 'A' gai wak (Project 'A') (1983, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan)
06. Kuai can che (Wheels on Meals) (1984, Hong Kong, Sammo Hung)
07. Ging chaat goo si (Police Story) (1985, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan)
08. Fuk sing go jiu (My Lucky Stars) (1985, Hong Kong, Sammo Hung)

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#124

Post by Traveller » February 9th, 2019, 12:25 pm

26. Magnificent Butcher (1979, HK) - 8/10

27. The One-Armed Swordsman (1967, HK) - 8/10
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#125

Post by funkybusiness » February 9th, 2019, 12:37 pm

Tien Feng! Somebody else to go in the bonus challenge section with me! Yay!!

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#126

Post by Traveller » February 9th, 2019, 12:51 pm

I might have another one coming up, so don't feel too safe with your current lead. :cowbow:
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#127

Post by Mate_cosido » February 9th, 2019, 4:01 pm

11. Qiu jue - Execution in Autumn (1972, Hsing Lee, Taiwan)

12. Wu ting - The Club (1981, Kirk Wong, Hong Kong)

13. Ye shan - In the Wild Mountains (1986, Xueshu Yan, China)

14. Fei nu zheng zhuan - Teddy Girls (1969, Kong Lung, Hong Kong)

15. Feng huang qin - Country Teachers (1993, Qun He, China)

16. Xiang ri kui - Sunflower (2005, Yang Zhang, China)

17. Hei jun ma - A Mongolian Tale (1995, Fei Xie, China)

18. Ren sheng - Life (1984, Tian-Ming Wu, China)
Seen so far:Show
1. Ye mei gui - Wild Rose (1932, Yu Sun, China)

2. Man tam - Blind Detective (2013, Johnnie To, Hong Kong)

3. Dongchun de rizi - The Days (1993, Xiaoshuai Wang, China)

4. Yin shi nan nu - Eat Drink Man Woman (1994, Ang Lee, Taiwan)

5. Yu guang qu - Song of the Fishermen (1934, Chusheng Cai, China)

6. Shuang-Qi-Zhen daoke - The Swordsman in Double Flag Town (1991, Ping He, China)

7. Yi jiang chun shui xiang dong liu - The Spring River Flows East (1947, Chusheng Cai, Junli Zheng, China)

8. Shiqi sui de dan che - Beijing Bicycle (2001, Xiaoshuai Wang, China)

9. Hao jile - Have a Nice Day (2017, Jian Liu, China)

10. Nu ren si shi - Summer Snow (1995, Ann Hui, Hong Kong)

11. Qiu jue - Execution in Autumn (1972, Hsing Lee, Taiwan)

12. Wu ting - The Club (1981, Kirk Wong, Hong Kong)

13. Ye shan - In the Wild Mountains (1986, Xueshu Yan, China)

14. Fei nu zheng zhuan - Teddy Girls (1969, Kong Lung, Hong Kong)

15. Feng huang qin - Country Teachers (1993, Qun He, China)

16. Xiang ri kui - Sunflower (2005, Yang Zhang, China)

17. Hei jun ma - A Mongolian Tale (1995, Fei Xie, China)

18. Ren sheng - Life (1984, Tian-Ming Wu, China)

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#128

Post by Traveller » February 9th, 2019, 7:47 pm

28. Duel to Death (1983, HK) - 7/10
29. Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979, HK) - 6/10
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#129

Post by albajos » February 9th, 2019, 9:11 pm

03. Enter the Dragon (1973)
04. Xi yan (1993) aka The Wedding Banquet

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02. Chao ji ji hua (1993)
03. Enter the Dragon (1973)
01. Ju Dou (1990)
04. Xi yan (1993)
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994)

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03. Enter the Dragon (1973)
01. Ju Dou (1990)
02. Chao ji ji hua (1993)
04. Xi yan (1993)
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994)

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03. Enter the Dragon (1973) 11
04. Xi yan (1993) 7
01. Ju Dou (1990) 6
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994) 4

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05. Yin shi nan nv (1994) 1 334
04. Xi yan (1993) 1 260
01. Ju Dou (1990) 907
02. Chao ji ji hua (1993) 213

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#130

Post by morrison-dylan-fan » February 9th, 2019, 10:10 pm

Repeat viewing:5: Hitman (1998). HK. Run time:104 mins. Rating: 5.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 10th, 2019, 7:51 am

I thought this was a challenge about platesShow
1. Fearless (2006)
2. Malu Tianshi AKA Street Angel (1937)
3. Lung foo fung wan AKA City on Fire (1987)
4. Ni na bian ji dian AKA What Time is it There? (2001)
This was good, but I didn't connect with it. The slow pacing worked well with the isolation and loneliness themes, but I just didn't get beyond "good for them" to a feeling I've felt. But on another note, this did lead to an annoying "Who's on first?" moment where I act like an ass and annoy my wife for my own amusement (paraphrasing remarkably little):

[Enter maxwelldeux, looking devastatingly handsome, saying hello to his video-game-playing wife.]
Me: [nods]
Wife: "Hey. What are you watching?"
Me: "What time is it There?"
Wife: "What?"
Me: "What time is it There?"
Wife: "Are you a moron? Do you think there's some sort of fucking time zone difference between where you're standing and where I'm sitting?"
Me: "What time is it There?"
Wife: "8pm"
Me: "What time is it There?"
Wife: "I hate you so much right now."
Me: "What time is it There?"
Wife: "WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?!?"
Me: "What? You asked a question. I'm watching 'What Time is it There?' It's a film from Taiwan."
Wife: "Get out."

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#132

Post by funkybusiness » February 10th, 2019, 7:57 am

"No, not Get Out, Oscar-nominated film from 2017, What Time Is It There?"

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Post by jeroeno » February 10th, 2019, 8:01 am

18. Boon bin yen (Ah Ying) (1983)
19. Lu ding ji (Royal Tramp) (1992)

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#134

Post by maxwelldeux » February 10th, 2019, 8:03 am

funkybusiness wrote:
February 10th, 2019, 7:57 am
"No, not Get Out, Oscar-nominated film from 2017, What Time Is It There?"
"Speaking of which, did you want to rewatch that? It counts for the official Oscars challenge AND it's Black History month..."

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Post by funkybusiness » February 10th, 2019, 10:38 am

11. Xia ri fu xing (Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars) (1985, Hong Kong, Sammo Hung)
Did they forget that they made the first film in the series, which is actually pretty decent? Two and especially this third film are basically just sub-Porky's "sexual harassment and/or abuse is hilarious, right, my dudes? high five", (of which a good 10 minute chunk of this film is recycled wholesale from the previous film) with two Jackie Chan/Yuen Biao scenes bookending it (although the first scene occurs approx. 30 minutes into the runtime of this third entry) and some casual racism and homophobia thrown in for good measure. Its only redeeming factor is Sammo Hung fighting a sai-wielding assassin with tennis rackets.
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01. Zui quan (Drunken Master) (1978, Hong Kong, Yuen Woo-ping)
02. Shi di chu ma (The Young Master) (1980, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan)
03. Lung siu yeh (Dragon Lord) (1982, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan)
04. Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing (Winners & Sinners) (1983, Hong Kong, Sammo Hung)
05. 'A' gai wak (Project 'A') (1983, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan)
06. Kuai can che (Wheels on Meals) (1984, Hong Kong, Sammo Hung)
07. Ging chaat goo si (Police Story) (1985, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan)
08. Fuk sing go jiu (My Lucky Stars) (1985, Hong Kong, Sammo Hung)
09. Lung hing foo dai (Armour of God) (1986, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan)
10. 'A' gai wak 2 (Project A II) (1987, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan)

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Post by Traveller » February 10th, 2019, 10:52 am

30. Project A (1983, HK) - 5/10
31. Project A 2 (1987, HK) - 4/10
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Post by sol » February 10th, 2019, 12:02 pm

funkybusiness wrote:
February 10th, 2019, 7:57 am
"No, not Get Out, Oscar-nominated film from 2017, What Time Is It There?"
LOL tehe
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Post by sol » February 10th, 2019, 12:05 pm

The China SyndromeShow
1. Chun Can (1933) China
2. Who Am I? (1998) Hong Kong
3. Iron Monkey (1993) Hong Kong
4. The Big Boss (1971) Hong Kong
5. Kung Fu Yoga (2017) China
6. Scorpion King (1992) Hong Kong

7. The Magic Blade (1976) Hong Kong

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The basic story does not exactly have a lot to it and neither protagonist is exactly well developed, but with many imaginative attempts on their lives and several zany henchmen, there is always enough of interest to keep things chugging along here. All of the fights are very well choreographed and the filmmakers smartly include plenty of swordplay rather than relying solely on the titular unstoppable weapon that the duo take along with them. The film gets a little caught up though in some improbable twists and turns in the final fifteen minutes.
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Post by Traveller » February 10th, 2019, 1:46 pm

32. Juliet in Love (2000, HK) - 7/10
Another surprisingly touching little flick with a great Sandra Ng and well done mix of romance and drama.
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Post by Lonewolf2003 » February 10th, 2019, 3:49 pm

A big Johnnie To dose the last days for me:

4. Chai gong [Mad Monk] (1993): 5.0 - Maybe a bigger understanding of Chinese mythology from my part might have helped in understanding the basic principles behind this better, but I doubt the plot would been less incoherent. And the movie sure won’t be less ridiculous. Despite or maybe thanks to this ridiculousness it did manage to get a few laughs out if me.
5. Sam sei goon [Justice, My Foot!] (1992): 4.0 - Boring, stupid and unfunny at best. Offensive at its worst.
6. Chik geuk siu ji [The Bare-Footed Kid] (1993): 6.2 - Although still not good, this was one was way better than the previous two, because it depends less on stupid broad comedy, has a more comprehensible plot, more sympathetic characters and most of all some decent martial arts scenes.
7. Man tam [Blind Detective] (2013): 5.8 - A blind detective is partnered with a female inspector to solve cold cases. To shifts from police action to buddy cop to romcom to dark thriller and back again in this. While he does has the beat of the various genres down in their sequences, the tone of these different genre don’t mix well. They distract from instead of adding to each other. Making the total movie less than the sum of its part. The other big problem is that Lau in his ignorance of his partners feelings for him emotionally abuses her, making it impossible to keep emotionally invested in his character.
8. Wu wei shen tan [Loving You] (1995): 5.8 - another mix of genres this time crime and family drama. A hard nosed workaholic cop is in bad marriage. His pregnant wife is about to leave him. But then he is shot in the head by his nemesis, testing his marriage even more. The action crime part is quite decent. But its the family drama and characterizations that pulls this down. The redemption and change of character by the protagonist comes quite out of nowhere. This could have benefited from a longer run time to develop his growth better. But then even with only a 80 minute run time the movie already felt like it lasted more than 2 hours, which is never a good sign.
9. Daan gyun naam yu [Don't Go Breaking My Heart] (2011): 6.0 - A romcom in which the female lead has to chose between a rich badboy who cutely flirts with her and a loyal, bit dull nice guy. The three characters do have a lot of charisma and chemistry between them. But the indecision of the female to chose for the nice guy instead of the asshole gets annoying after awhile.
10. Daan gyun naam yu 2 [Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2] (2014): 6.0 - In the sequel things gets more complicated now the female's lead boss is dating the bad boy, while also dating the female lead's brother. Who the boss mistakes for the female's lead fiance.
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Ooh and while haven chosen for the nice guy in the previous one, her feelings for the bad boy haven't disappeared.
. What this one has going for it compared to the first is that because it has more story parts moving, it moves in a much higher tempo. On the other side this high tempo and more complicated story with multiple characters leaves less room for characterization, something the first one did better.
11. Sap maan fo gap [Lifeline] (1997): 6.5 - A movie about a firefighter brigade in HK. The first half of this feels like a tv-drama, with some smal "action" moments and different characters getting their background story. But the piece de resistance of this is the last half in which they have to rescue some people from a huge fire in a factory. To really built the suspense in this. He also very well conveys the claustrophobic feeling of being trapped by the fire in the building during their escape.

Chinese arthouse, action and everything in betweenShow
1. Ying [Shadow] (2018): 6.5 -
2. Zhuibu (Manhunt) (2017): 6.5
3. Fuk sau (Vengeance) (2009): 7.2

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Post by Traveller » February 10th, 2019, 7:46 pm

33. Moon Warriors (1992, HK) - 6/10
34. Crippled Avengers (1978, HK) - 6/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by 72allinncallme » February 10th, 2019, 7:52 pm

15. Dong fang sam hap / The Heroic Trio (1993)
16. Wang Jiao ka men / As Tears Go By (1988)
17. Ying xiong / Hero (2002)
18. Hao xia / Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)
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1. 2046 (2004)
2. Sun lung moon hak chan / Dragon Inn (1992)
3. Fei lung mang jeung / Dragons Forever (1988)
4. Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat / From Beijing with Love (1994)
5. Man jeuk / Sparrow (2008)
6. Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing/ Winners & Sinners (1983)
7. Tien ya ming yue dao / The Magic Blade (1976)
8. Can que / Crippled Avengers (1978)
9. Mak Dau goo si / My Life as McDull (2001)
10. Daai zek lou / Running on Karma (2003)
11. Bai ga jai / The Prodigal Son (1981)
12. Yau doh lung fu bong / Throw Down (2004)
13. Mak Dau: Bo lo yau wong ji / McDull, Prince de la Bun (2004)
14. Xian si jue / Duel to Death (1983)
15. Dong fang sam hap / The Heroic Trio (1993)
16. Wang Jiao ka men / As Tears Go By (1988)
17. Ying xiong / Hero (2002)
18. Hao xia / Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)

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Post by albajos » February 10th, 2019, 9:44 pm

05. Yin shi nan nv (1994) aka Eat Drink Man Woman Taiwan | USA 4 official lists 1 334 checks [double]

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02. Chao ji ji hua (1993)
03. Enter the Dragon (1973)
01. Ju Dou (1990)
04. Xi yan (1993)
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994)

Year
03. Enter the Dragon (1973)
01. Ju Dou (1990)
02. Chao ji ji hua (1993)
04. Xi yan (1993)
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994)

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03. Enter the Dragon (1973) 11
04. Xi yan (1993) 7
01. Ju Dou (1990) 6
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994) 4

Checks
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05. Yin shi nan nv (1994) 1 334
04. Xi yan (1993) 1 260
01. Ju Dou (1990) 907
02. Chao ji ji hua (1993) 213

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » February 11th, 2019, 3:32 am

FTV:6: Future Cops (1993). HK. Run time:95 mins. 3.

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Unofficially borrowing/ ripping off the Street Fighter games characters, the 10-15 minutes of fight scenes in the flick are the lone moments writer/director Jing Wong & cinematographer Wai-Keung Lau give the movie some sparks, via the smoke machine going into overtime for a 80’s Music Video look, and the sped-up speed of film giving the fighting moves a quickness similar to the game. Filled with a eye-catching big name cast, the script and the rest of Wong’s directing sadly wastes them, as moments of interesting weirdness (Super Mario talking about AIDS!) are drowned out by an attempt to be a High School teen Comedy, which lands flat by the gags being neither physically raunchy, nor wittingly written, leading this to be a forgettable arrival from the future cops.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 11th, 2019, 3:51 am

I thought this was a challenge about platesShow
1. Fearless (2006)
2. Malu Tianshi AKA Street Angel (1937)
3. Lung foo fung wan AKA City on Fire (1987)
4. Ni na bian ji dian AKA What Time is it There? (2001)
5. Huo zhe AKA To Live (1994)
A Chinese war drama about the struggles of a family during culturally tumultuous times. Good film and well made - but I spent a good deal of time annoyed with a great many people, and it just felt slow and long. It spoke to me more as a dramatized way to learn about Chinese history rather than as a film.

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Post by cinewest » February 11th, 2019, 6:09 am

Looks like mostly a kung fu love fest going on
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Post by jeroeno » February 11th, 2019, 6:41 am

20. Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat (From Beijing With Love) (1994) :woot:
21. Si shui liu nian (Homecoming) (1984)
22. PTU (2003)

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Post by Onderhond » February 11th, 2019, 8:23 am

cinewest wrote:
February 11th, 2019, 6:09 am
Looks like mostly a kung fu fest going on
I'd say it's slightly more nuanced (also a lot of 80s comedies too and some very obvious arthouse picks), but adventurous it is not :)

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Post by clemmetarey » February 11th, 2019, 10:19 am

3. Ging chaat goo si/Police Story (1985) 7/10
Really enjoyed this one, nothing incredible storywise but the fights scenes and even the humour is on point.

4. Mrs. Fang (2017) 7/10
A devastating look at the last days of an old lady in a fisherman village.
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1. Hao ji le (2017) 7/10
2. Pk.com.cn (2008) 6/10
3. Ging chaat goo si (1985) 7/10
4. Mrs. Fang (2017) 7/10

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Post by OldAle1 » February 11th, 2019, 3:31 pm

1. Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing / Winners & Sinners / 5 Lucky Stars (Sammo Hung, 1983, HK)

This first in a long-running, loosely connected series, also co-written by and starring Hung, is one of the more coherent and successful combinations of action and comedy that I've seen from this period; while I nearly always love the more "serious" HK action films, I'm still having trouble getting used too the comedy in a lot of these films. Hung is one of five petty criminals who we see caught in their acts and sent to prison initially, who all get out and decide to live together - along with the beautiful sister of one of the group, surely one of the deciding points for staying together - and go straight, forming a cleaning business. Naturally, they get involved in crime again, though not of their own volition, and Jackie Chan is also along for the ride in a subplot that is only tangential to the main story. This has a really great chase sequence early on, and a couple of good, briefer fight sequences, but it's more comedy than anything and for once it all worked for me, particularly the part where Exhaust Pipe (Richard Ng) thinks he has learned how to make himself invisible. Great cast and solidly put together, even if the Jackie Chan parts seem like they might have been added last minute.

2. Fuk sing go jiu / My Lucky Stars (Sammo Hung, 1985, HK)

This first semi-sequel - four of the five main actors from the first film are back, but with names changed, as is Jackie Chan as more or less the same character (a cop always getting in trouble) offers a similar mix of virtuoso action sequences, at the beginning and end, with mostly broad comedy in the middle, but it's far less successful overall, with a more than slightly misogynistic undertone to a very, very long comic sequence where the guys all try to get tied up with their female compatriot - and they're all theoretically cops! Two or three minutes of this gag might have been acceptable but it goes on forever, and a lot of the other humor is similarly smirking and adolescent-boy-oriented; not that the first film was exactly sophisticated but this one goes for the toilet and leering sexist jokes whenever it can. It's still worth it for the action scenes which are pretty great but only marginally enjoyable as a whole. I'll probably watch the third in the series but if that's not an improvement I doubt I'll seek out more anytime soon.
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Post by cinephage » February 11th, 2019, 3:36 pm

02. Ai Nu, by Yuen Chor (1972) 7/10

Unusual lesbian frame, for a very usual rape and revenge story... Nice direction, though...
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01. Di qiu zui hou de ye wan, by Bi Gan (2018) 6/10


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Post by sol » February 11th, 2019, 4:02 pm

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1. Chun Can (1933) China
2. Who Am I? (1998) Hong Kong
3. Iron Monkey (1993) Hong Kong
4. The Big Boss (1971) Hong Kong
5. Kung Fu Yoga (2017) China
6. Scorpion King (1992) Hong Kong
7. The Magic Blade (1976) Hong Kong

8. Justice, My Foot (1992) Hong Kong

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An eccentric comedy from Johnnie To. There are several memorable moments as fast-talking lawyeer Stephen Chow manages to talk his way around judges and even stop a street altercation involving a runaway dog. Anita Mui is equally as well cast as Chow's wife with supernatural kung fu abilities, and the rapport and chemistry between them is excellent. Bits and pieces here are a little silly (flatulence gags; a curse on an unborn son) and not exactly in good taste, but Chow and To's boundary pushing is part of what makes the film so electric.
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Post by Traveller » February 11th, 2019, 7:04 pm

35. Running on Karma (2003, HK) - 6/10
36. Infernal Affairs II (2003, HK) - 7/10
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Post by 72allinncallme » February 11th, 2019, 9:15 pm

19. Hak se wui / Election (2005)
20. Hak se wui: Yi wo wai kwai / Triad Election (2006)
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1. 2046 (2004)
2. Sun lung moon hak chan / Dragon Inn (1992)
3. Fei lung mang jeung / Dragons Forever (1988)
4. Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat / From Beijing with Love (1994)
5. Man jeuk / Sparrow (2008)
6. Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing/ Winners & Sinners (1983)
7. Tien ya ming yue dao / The Magic Blade (1976)
8. Can que / Crippled Avengers (1978)
9. Mak Dau goo si / My Life as McDull (2001)
10. Daai zek lou / Running on Karma (2003)
11. Bai ga jai / The Prodigal Son (1981)
12. Yau doh lung fu bong / Throw Down (2004)
13. Mak Dau: Bo lo yau wong ji / McDull, Prince de la Bun (2004)
14. Xian si jue / Duel to Death (1983)
15. Dong fang sam hap / The Heroic Trio (1993)
16. Wang Jiao ka men / As Tears Go By (1988)
17. Ying xiong / Hero (2002)
18. Hao xia / Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)
19. Hak se wui / Election (2005)
20. Hak se wui: Yi wo wai kwai / Triad Election (2006)

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Post by albajos » February 11th, 2019, 9:43 pm

06. Ging chaat goo si (1985) aka Police Story Hong Kong 8 official lists 3 211 checks

Well, I have seen the 4th one already in this challenge, so might as well see the rest of the series

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Hong Kong3111
Taiwan22
China11


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+3 Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films (16,3%)
+2 The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures (14,4%)
+2 LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever (9,8%)
+1 100 Classic Martial Arts Films (6,0%)

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02. Chao ji ji hua (1993)
03. Enter the Dragon (1973)
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985)
01. Ju Dou (1990)
04. Xi yan (1993)
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994)

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03. Enter the Dragon (1973)
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985)
01. Ju Dou (1990)
02. Chao ji ji hua (1993)
04. Xi yan (1993)
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994)

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03. Enter the Dragon (1973) 11
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985) 8
04. Xi yan (1993) 7
01. Ju Dou (1990) 6
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994) 4

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03. Enter the Dragon (1973) 16 075
06. Ging chaat goo si (1985) 3 211
05. Yin shi nan nv (1994) 1 334
04. Xi yan (1993) 1 260
01. Ju Dou (1990) 907
02. Chao ji ji hua (1993) 213

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Post by funkybusiness » February 11th, 2019, 11:53 pm

OldAle1 wrote:
February 11th, 2019, 3:31 pm
2. Fuk sing go jiu / My Lucky Stars (Sammo Hung, 1985, HK)

This first semi-sequel - four of the five main actors from the first film are back, but with names changed, as is Jackie Chan as more or less the same character (a cop always getting in trouble) offers a similar mix of virtuoso action sequences, at the beginning and end, with mostly broad comedy in the middle, but it's far less successful overall, with a more than slightly misogynistic undertone to a very, very long comic sequence where the guys all try to get tied up with their female compatriot - and they're all theoretically cops! Two or three minutes of this gag might have been acceptable but it goes on forever, and a lot of the other humor is similarly smirking and adolescent-boy-oriented; not that the first film was exactly sophisticated but this one goes for the toilet and leering sexist jokes whenever it can. It's still worth it for the action scenes which are pretty great but only marginally enjoyable as a whole. I'll probably watch the third in the series but if that's not an improvement I doubt I'll seek out more anytime soon.
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Post by RBG » February 12th, 2019, 2:02 am

ok i want to play too

1. the flying dagger (chang cheh 1969) - good stuff even if cheng pei pei kinda gets sidelined by badass lo lieh

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2. new dragon gate inn (raymond lee 1992) - well known to be ghost directed by tsui hark and it looks amazing. not king hu but it's own thing, w. maggie cheung, brigitte lin, tony leung ka-fai and donnie yen. strong ashes of time vibe

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and what's wrong with a kung fu love fest may i ask?? B) :wub:
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Post by VincentPrice » February 12th, 2019, 4:01 am

2. Shaolin Intruders-1983: 7/10 (Hong Kong)
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1. Black Tavern-1972: 9/10 (Hong Kong)

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Post by fori » February 12th, 2019, 4:12 am

Who on ICM has seen the most Chinese films overall? If not on the site generally, who on the forum?

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