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

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Post by hurluberlu » May 28th, 2020, 8:20 pm

Welcome ! 欢迎 !

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Goal:
Watch as many films from China, Hong Kong or Taiwan as you can.
Challenge runs 1 June 2020 - 30 June 2020.

Rules:
- If you are new, check out the Basic rules thread.
- Rewatches allowed.
- A feature film or a mini-series episode (at least 40 min) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films or mini-series episodes (less than 40 min) count as one entry.
- A total of 120 minutes of TV episodes count as one entry.

Posting and Fair-play:
- #. English Title (director, year) [Country] is the preferred format
- Don't edit your film count in a post created before the latest update of the OP
- Post regularly if you hit top 5
- Try to give an indication of how much you liked/disliked your watchings (reviews, comments, ratings,...)

Side Challenge 1:
Pick and watch as many films seen by other participants as possible and report with participants' name.

Side Challenge 2:
Post still(s) of " A woman or women in action" from your watchings. We'll vote for the best selection at the end of the challenge.
Hide your stills in spoiler if you post more than one by film.

Side Challenge 3:
Find a pangolin in your watchings and make a still (safely). Be the first to report.

Official Lists:
100 Classic Martial Arts Films
Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films
The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures
LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever
Asian Cinema: A Field Guide: China (1-76), Hong Kong (356-459), Taiwan (633-675)
Caveat: the obviously not Chinese films (such as Rush Hour et al) that appear on the Asian Cinema Field Guide list are ineligible
UNESCO's Memory of the World: China (129-143)

Unofficial lists (submit 'em if you got 'em):
Fori's 5th Generation project
Onderhond's China's Post-2000 Hidden Genre Gems
cinewest and the forumites discuss Chinese cinema
iCM Forum's Favorite Chinese Movies
101 Essential Chinese Movies

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Rank Change Participant Total China Hong Kong Taiwan
1 - blueboybob 86 27 54 5
2 - flavo5000 60 11 35 14
3 - sol 36 2 33 1
4 +2 Mario Gaborović 31 10 16 5
4 - hurluberlu 31 15 9 7
6 -1 Lonewolf2003 30 3 26 1
7 - St. Gloede 27 4 9 14
8 - wasabi 22 18 1 3
9 +1 Onderhond 21 6 14 1
10 +1 OldAle1 20 2 16 2
10 -1 jdidaco 20 3 12 5
12 - ororama 16 2 9 5
13 - cinephage 10 4 3 3
14 - morrison-dylan-fan 9 1 8
14 - mjf314 9 9
16 - allisoncm 7 4 2 1
16 - shugs 7 7
18 +2 RBG 6 6
18 - maxwelldeux 6 2 3 1
18 - peeptoad 6 3 3
21 - AB537 4 1 2 1
21 - Ebbywebby 4 3 1
23 - blocho 3 1 1 1
24 - vortexsurfer 2 1 1
24 - frbrown 2 2
26 - VincentPrice 1 1
Total 476 129 273 74


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1 sol 12 2xLonewolf2003, peeptoad, 2xblueboybob, hurluberlu, 3xflavo5000, vortexsurfer, morrison-dylan-fan, Mario Gaborović
2 allisoncm 2 jdidaco, peeptoad
3 jdidaco 1 ororama
3 morrison-dylan-fan 1 hurluberlu
3 OldAle1 1 Onderhond

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Post by Onderhond » May 28th, 2020, 8:52 pm

I also have a more complete list of greater China favorites (138 entries and counting), which isn't just the hidden gems (so probably a bit more suitable for this forum).

But if I would put up one recommendation, try to watch something by Mong-Hong Chung. Hit latest was successful at the Golden Horse awards last year, so it would be all means be official if ICM had adopted the yearly ceremony list instead of some weird Golden Horse poll. A Sun and The Fourth Portrait are probably the best films to start with.

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Post by mjf314 » May 28th, 2020, 9:48 pm

Here's my Chinese list, in case anyone wants more recommendations: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls070219933/

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Post by shugs » May 29th, 2020, 2:03 pm

In and it's going to be my main focus this month. :cheers:

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Post by VincentPrice » May 30th, 2020, 4:30 pm

I'm in, gives me a reason to check out more Shaw Bros stuff

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Post by sol » June 1st, 2020, 2:54 am

Yay on a public holiday allowing me to be the first to contribute this month.

It starts! First in. :D

1. The One-Armed Swordsman (1967) Hong Kong

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This boasts some excellent stunts and choreography, especially as two swordsmen drink from teapots while fending off various attackers. There are some neat special effects too, such as a slowing down of frames that creates an illusion of multiple swords. As a narrative though, this is tepid. The central mystery is always less engaging than the action, especially as the characters take to talking aloud to themselves in order to convey their ideas.
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Post by wasabi » June 1st, 2020, 4:56 am

I'm in.
1. A Lingering Face/Fei Chang Xia Ri (2000)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0257664/
Interesting topic and I liked how the story has been told. Little bit cult.

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Post by flavo5000 » June 1st, 2020, 1:04 pm

I'll be in. Got a LOT of Chinese films on my backlog. I probably won't end up watching a ton of them though. Gonna split my time between the three challenges somewhat equally this month (or at least try).

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Post by hurluberlu » June 1st, 2020, 7:32 pm

1. Tears of the Yang-Tse / Yi jiang chun shui xiang dong liu (Chusheng Cai, Junli Zheng, 1947) [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.
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Post by blueboybob » June 2nd, 2020, 12:11 am

1. [China] Mou seung (2018)
2. [Hong Kong] Boon bin yen (1983)
3. [China] So duk (2013)

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Post by ororama » June 2nd, 2020, 5:09 am

1. The Magnificent Trio (Chang Cheh, 1966) * 104 min. (Hong Kong)

Good action from Shaw Brothers, a reworking of Three Outlaw Samurai, but a bit simpler in its morality. You know which way every character is going to go, and the double crosses are never a surprise. I could have done without sword fights between men flying through the air and men leaping onto the roofs of buildings or tops of walls from a standing position (almost as good as our cat), but fortunately there wasn't too much of that going on.

*First time viewing.

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Post by Onderhond » June 2nd, 2020, 7:11 am

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01. Monster Hunt [Zhuo Yao Ji] by Raman Hui (2015)

Another Chinese blockbuster that gets dragged down by some horrendous CG. It's been a common theme with Chinese blockbusters this past decade, then again many of these films have had amazing box office success, so I doubt it's going to change any time soon. At least be warned when you decide to watch this film, your average console game has better CG.

It's a shame because the rest of the film is quite nice. A typical fantasy epic delivering a solid mix of comedy, action and fantasy in a historic setting. Production values are lush, the action looks cool enough and while the comedy is no doubt an acquired taste, the presence of actors like Eric Tsang and Sandra Kwan helps a lot.

The monster designs are terrible though. Appalling lumps of bad CG that stand in heavy contrast with everything else on screen. I did get used to them somewhat throughout the film, but it's really a missed opportunity for a film that is supposed to put these creatures front and center. Fans of Chinese fantasy epics are sure to get some kicks out of this one, but it's far from perfect.

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Post by cinephage » June 2nd, 2020, 9:24 am

01. The River / He liu, by Tsai Ming-Liang (1997) Taiwan

This is certainly a film I didn't expect to shock me. I'll rate it later on...

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Post by St. Gloede » June 2nd, 2020, 10:38 am

I'll join, but with a very low goal, thinking 10.

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Post by Onderhond » June 2nd, 2020, 10:41 am

St. Gloede wrote:
June 2nd, 2020, 10:38 am
I'll join, but with a very low goal, thinking 10.
That's what I call "a bad month" :D

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Post by sol » June 2nd, 2020, 2:01 pm

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2. God of Gamblers (1989) Hong Kong

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An odd Hong Kong genre blend. The first half-hour is quite solid with Chow Yun-Fat very entertaining as the suave gambler who makes a spectacle out of his every play; the second half of the film also boasts some excellent action set pieces, such as jumping between building scaffolds. The final scenes are really good too with chic rapid fire edits. The bulk of the film's middle stretch is pretty worthless though, with lots of lame act-like-child comedy.
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Post by Onderhond » June 2nd, 2020, 2:10 pm

sol wrote:
June 2nd, 2020, 2:01 pm
An odd Hong Kong genre blend.
It's an entire niche of films. Jing Wong is mostly about copying stuff that is popular, but the whole gambling/action/superhero niche is pretty much his doing. Very much a Hong Kong-only thing though. I watched a new Chinese knock-off just a couple of weeks ago and I think a more "official" one is also slated for this year, so it's still very much alive.

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Post by sol » June 2nd, 2020, 2:40 pm

Onderhond wrote:
June 2nd, 2020, 2:10 pm
sol wrote:
June 2nd, 2020, 2:01 pm
An odd Hong Kong genre blend.
It's an entire niche of films. Jing Wong is mostly about copying stuff that is popular, but the whole gambling/action/superhero niche is pretty much his doing. Very much a Hong Kong-only thing though. I watched a new Chinese knock-off just a couple of weeks ago and I think a more "official" one is also slated for this year, so it's still very much alive.
Well, I did happen to notice that the film amassed no less than four sequels. (D:) Also, a spoof starring Stephen Chow, which I'm planning to watch next because I love Chow's comic antics. :woot:
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Post by Onderhond » June 2nd, 2020, 2:48 pm

Myeah, there are more sequels to be honest, also some spin-offs. But there are also films like Kung Fu Mahjong, which are even sillier. It's a very weird genre where gamblers have "superhuman" powers to dominate their games.

If you want to see where it began, this is probably the best film to start with: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082155/ Not sure if it's truly "the first", but it clearly set the bar for the others. Also a more serious film (and a Shaw Bros production).

I guess Macau's vicinity has at least some part in the popularity of the genre.

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Post by sol » June 2nd, 2020, 2:55 pm

Interesting. They kind of sound like my sorta films (loved the blend of kung fu and superhuman soccer skills in Shaolin Soccer). Thanks for the recs!
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Post by Onderhond » June 2nd, 2020, 3:03 pm

You're welcome! If you didn't like the comedy in this one though, that could be a problem. Stephen Chow is in a league of his own :)

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » June 2nd, 2020, 3:33 pm

Preparing for this challenge I was again unpleasantly surprised by how few Chinese, Hong Kong or Taiwanese classics have a proper (restored) Blu-ray release. Masters of Cinema has a few King Hu movies and some action and martial arts movies and 88 films has collection of those also, but that’s about it. So my viewings will be mostly restricted to those.

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Post by Mario Gaborović » June 2nd, 2020, 4:59 pm

1. Shen wei san meng long / The Clones of Bruce Lee (1980) - Hong Kong

Is MACAU involved in this challenge??

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Post by hurluberlu » June 2nd, 2020, 5:53 pm

Mario Gaborović wrote:
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Is MACAU involved in this challenge??
Sure, I am not going to bother tracking though.
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Post by flavo5000 » June 2nd, 2020, 6:09 pm

Lonewolf2003 wrote:
June 2nd, 2020, 3:33 pm
Preparing for this challenge I was again unpleasantly surprised by how few Chinese, Hong Kong or Taiwanese classics have a proper (restored) Blu-ray release. Masters of Cinema has a few King Hu movies and some action and martial arts movies and 88 films has collection of those also, but that’s about it. So my viewings will be mostly restricted to those.
If you are region free, there have been quite a few Shaw Bros. films released on blu-ray in Germany as well.

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Post by flavo5000 » June 2nd, 2020, 6:12 pm

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1. Fang Shiyu yu Hong Xiguan a.k.a. Heroes Two (Cheh Chang, 1974) [Hong Kong]

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2. Dung che sai duk a.k.a. Ashes of Time (Kar-Wai Wong, 1994)[Hong Hong/Taiwan]

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Post by Mario Gaborović » June 2nd, 2020, 6:51 pm

2. 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

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Post by hurluberlu » June 2nd, 2020, 7:49 pm

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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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.
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Post by St. Gloede » June 2nd, 2020, 8:21 pm

1. Nanjing! Nanjing! / The City of Life and Death (2009, Chuan Lu) [China]
Well composed in clean black and white photography that just feels too polished to truly capture the cruelty at hand. The City of Life and Death is caught in a slightly unfortunate position between a stilted and contemplative meditation on violence (the final march is fantastic) while lacking the severity/extremity in style to pull it off - and a close and personal tale of terrible experiences, but lacking the character focus to truly get close to more than 1-2 characters and most will be known by face only. It is ambitious and well done, at times exciting, at times tragic and emotional, at times overly sentimental - but there is also a feeling that it just doesn't quite do the work neccessary to achieve greatness. 7/10.

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Post by Mario Gaborović » June 2nd, 2020, 8:27 pm

St. Gloede wrote:
June 2nd, 2020, 8:21 pm
1. Nanjing! Nanjing! / The City of Life and Death (2009, Chuan Lu)
Well composed in clean black and white photography that just feels too polished to truly capture the cruelty at hand. The City of Life and Death is caught in a slightly unfortunate position between a stilted and contemplative meditation on violence (the final march is fantastic) while lacking the severity/extremity in style to pull it off - and a close and personal tale of terrible experiences, but lacking the character focus to truly get close to more than 1-2 characters and most will be known by face only. It is ambitious and well done, at times exciting, at times tragic and emotional, at times overly sentimental - but there is also a feeling that it just doesn't quite do the work neccessary to achieve greatness. 7/10.
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Post by Onderhond » June 2nd, 2020, 9:00 pm

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02. 2.5* - Troublesome Night 6 [Yam Yeung Lo 6: Hung Chow Hon] by Herman Yau (1999)

Herman Yau's sixth and final entry in the franchise, though it would go on for many more episodes (there's 19 in total). It's a bit odd because this 6th part does feel like a small but meaningful departure from the ones that came before. Either Yau's new direction wasn't appreciated by the fans, or Yau was simply done with it.

Where the first few films felt more like anthologies connected by only a tiny sliver of plot, this sixth instalment plays more like a straightforward narrative, broken down in chapters that aren't as clearly separated. It's also a much more serious film compared to the earlier ones, which suffered from bad acting and a complete failure to be scary.

Louis Koo is still around and takes up the lead, though his character is pretty basic, and he doesn't have much to work with. The color palette is moody, the soundtrack quite effective and there are a few memorable horror moments. While a clear upgrade from episodes 3 to 5, part 6 still struggles to impress as a real horror flick. It's decent filler, but nothing more.

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Post by peeptoad » June 2nd, 2020, 9:29 pm

Thanks for hosting, hurluberlu! I am in for a few...
...starting with:

1. Cui hua du jiang tou (1975) The Magic Curse 6 Hong Kong

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Post by blueboybob » June 2nd, 2020, 11:22 pm

4. [Hong Kong] Fong Sai Yuk 2 (1993)
5. [China] He Fengming (2007)
6. [China] So duk 2: Tin dei duei kuet

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Post by mjf314 » June 3rd, 2020, 12:20 am

1. Burning Ice (2017) episode 2

It's a 12-episode mini-series. It's about police who are investigating a murder.

I watched episode 1 before the challenge started.

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Post by blueboybob » June 3rd, 2020, 12:44 am

7. [China] Xi you ji: Da nao tian gong (2014)

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Post by AB537 » June 3rd, 2020, 2:55 am

1. Xia nü - A Touch of Zen (King Hu, 1971) 8.5/10

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Post by ororama » June 3rd, 2020, 5:22 am

2. Black Coal, Thin Ice (Diao Yinan, 2014) * 109 min. (China)

Very good neo-noir. I'm not sure they can really do noir in China, since the police seem to expect suspects to give up and confess when arrested, which in this movie has some unfortunate consequences for a number of officers. Interesting nod to Breathless, possibly The Third Man as well. Hopefully, I'll get to at least one more Chinese neo-noir this month (and at least a few Hong Kong crime movies).

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Post by allisoncm » June 3rd, 2020, 6:12 am

1. Hou lai de wo men/Us & Them (2018, China) 6/10 Reminded me a lot of La La Land storywise. The end credits were pretty cute until the last card that left us on a sorrowful note.
2. Dear Ex (2018, Taiwan) 6/10 NETFLIX

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Post by cinephage » June 3rd, 2020, 6:25 am

02. Mo jong yuen So Hak Yee / King of Beggars, by Gordon Chan (1992) 7,5/10 - Hong Kong

Highly entertaining. Chow finds his tone and pace that will follow him on most of his later films.
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Post by sol » June 3rd, 2020, 3:54 pm

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3. All for the Winner (1990) Hong Kong

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Always an energetic actor, Stephen Chow nails his role as a master gambler here whose talents lie in supernatural powers. The film works best in its early scenes though, with Chow talking Pepsi cans out of vending machines and hilariously frightening old ladies in elevators. The comedy gets toned though as the plot progresses and the gambling aspect and romance take focus, but there are still some big laughs to be had (Chow talking to armpits).
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