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.
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.
1. Ying [Shadow] (2018): 6.5 -
2. Zhuibu (Manhunt) (2017): 6.5
3. Fuk sau (Vengeance) (2009): 7.2