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1. Shaolin Soccer (2001) Hong Kong REVISION
2. Rumble in the Bronx (1995) Hong Kong
3. Detective Chinatown (2015) China
4. Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) China
5. Detective Chinatown 3 (2021) China
6. Chicken and Duck Talk (1988) Hong Kong
7. Enter the Fat Dragon (2020) Hong Kong
8. The Chinese Feast (1995) Hong Kong
9. Lost in Hong Kong (2015) China
10. Love on Delivery (1994) Hong Kong REVISION
11. My Young Auntie (1981) Hong Kong
12. Fearless Hyena 2 (1983) Hong Kong
13. The Untold Story (1993) Hong Kong
14. Once a Gangster (2010) Hong Kong
15. Ninja Champion (1986) Hong Kong
16. Have a Nice Day (2017) China
17. Hail the Judge (1994) Hong Kong
18. Time and Tide (2000) Hong Kong
19. Robin-B-Hood (2006) Hong Kong
20. Stunt Woman (1996) Hong Kong
21. Tricky Brains (1991) Hong Kong
22. Royal Tramp (1992) Hong Kong
23. Odd Couple (1979) Hong Kong
24. Dumplings (2004) Hong Kong
25. Drug War (2012) China
26. Dragon (2011) Hong Kong
27. Pegasus (2019) China
28. Call Me Dragon (1974) Hong Kong
29. A Touch of Zen (1971) Taiwan
30. Accident (2009) Hong Kong
31. Initial D (2005) Hong Kong
32. So Close (2002) Hong Kong
33. Godspeed (2016) Taiwan
34. Firestorm (2013) Hong Kong
35. Front Page (1990) Hong Kong
36. Connected (2008) Hong Kong
37. Air Hostess (1959) Hong Kong
38. Police Story (1985) Hong Kong REVISION
39. Vengeance! (1970) Hong Kong
40. Mr. Nice Guy (1997) Hong Kong
41. Getting Home (2007) China
42. Sunshine Cops (1999) Hong Kong
43. Contract Killer (1998) Hong Kong
44. That Fiery Girl (1968) Hong Kong
45. Kung Fu Jungle (2014) Hong Kong
46. Shaolin Temple (1982) China
47. Drunken Tai Chi (1984) Hong Kong
48. Havoc in Heaven (1963) China
49. The Buddhist Fist (1980) Hong Kong
50. One-Armed Boxer (1972) Hong Kong
51. The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) Hong Kong
52. Bloody Monkey Master (1977) Hong Kong
53. The Haunted Cop Shop (1987) Hong Kong
54. The Enchanting Shadow (1960) Hong Kong
55. Have Sword, Will Travel (1969) Hong Kong
56. PTU: Police Tactical Unit (2003) Hong Kong
57. Lady General Hua Mu-lan (1964) Hong Kong

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As a Shaw Brothers musical retelling of the story of Mulan, I had my doubts about this one, but it is actually a very nice rendition with solid performances, some good choreography (though the fights are not at all the focus here) and even a couple of decent tunes. Credibility is still a minus though as it becomes increasingly hard to believe that nobody realises that she is a woman, even as she goes to extraordinary measures to cover it up (as per above).

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1960 1963 1964 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1977 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
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I'm lagging behind, both in my viewings and keeping these reviews up to date :mellow:

4. Xin ching-wu men [New Fist of Fury] (1976, Wei Lo, Hong Kong): 7.2 - That I liked this more than the consensus probably has to do a bit with expectations. I haven't seen Fist of Fury in a long time, so I wasn't constantly comparing this to it or Jackie to Bruce. Also knowing it was an early Jackie Chan movie I knew not to expect the comedy and big stunts his later movies are famous for. Still that not alone explains why I liked. What lifted this up for me is a good and well-paced plots and good characters, above all Sing Chen as the main Japanese baddie.

5. Xing xing wang [The Mighty Peking Man] (1977, Meng Hua Ho, Hong Kong): 4.0 - A cash-in on Godzilla, but starring a giant ape it actually (of course) owes more to King Kong, with for some reason a female blonde Tarzan thrown in, (well... I can understand how that would have increased the box office even more.) This is a movie I would like to like more, cause it has such a fun premise. But the execution just is too poor for me to do so. The cheapness I can look behind, but all aspects of this are just far below par. It does have a few amusing moments, but most of this fails to deliver.

6. Shao Lin mu ren xiang [Shaolin Wooden Men] (1976, Chi-Hwa Chen, Hong Kong): 7.0 - Not the best plotted, developed or paced martial arts movie out there, but it does have some first-rate kung fu scenes. The sequence with the titular wooden men and the big final fight alone make this worth a watch for fans.

7. Quan jing [Spiritual Kung Fu] (1978, Wei Lo, Hong Kong): 6.0 - Start of poorly with poor editing and some terrible attempts at humor, most of it involving some annoying silly ghosts. Luckily the movie does pick up in the second half with enough fight scenes to keep it from being a waste of time. Tho none are memorable enough to lift it up to being more than a weaker Wei Lo era entry in Chan's oeuvre.
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1. Du bei dao [The One-Armed Swordsman] (1967, Cheh Chang) Hong Kong rewatch: 6.5 > 7.0
2. Xue di zi [The Flying Guillotine] (1975, Meng Hua Ho) Hong Kong: 6.5
3. Hong quan xiao zi [Disciples of Shaolin] (1975, Cheh Chang) Hong Kong: 7.5
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57. Pirated Copy (2004) - 6/10 (China)
58. Lan Yu (2001) - 4/10 (Hong Kong)

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1961 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1972 1973 1978 1979
1980 1981 1983 1984 1986 1987 1988
1990 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1999
2000 2001 2002 2004 2006 2009
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Spoiler
1. Shaolin Soccer (2001) Hong Kong REVISION
2. Rumble in the Bronx (1995) Hong Kong
3. Detective Chinatown (2015) China
4. Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) China
5. Detective Chinatown 3 (2021) China
6. Chicken and Duck Talk (1988) Hong Kong
7. Enter the Fat Dragon (2020) Hong Kong
8. The Chinese Feast (1995) Hong Kong
9. Lost in Hong Kong (2015) China
10. Love on Delivery (1994) Hong Kong REVISION
11. My Young Auntie (1981) Hong Kong
12. Fearless Hyena 2 (1983) Hong Kong
13. The Untold Story (1993) Hong Kong
14. Once a Gangster (2010) Hong Kong
15. Ninja Champion (1986) Hong Kong
16. Have a Nice Day (2017) China
17. Hail the Judge (1994) Hong Kong
18. Time and Tide (2000) Hong Kong
19. Robin-B-Hood (2006) Hong Kong
20. Stunt Woman (1996) Hong Kong
21. Tricky Brains (1991) Hong Kong
22. Royal Tramp (1992) Hong Kong
23. Odd Couple (1979) Hong Kong
24. Dumplings (2004) Hong Kong
25. Drug War (2012) China
26. Dragon (2011) Hong Kong
27. Pegasus (2019) China
28. Call Me Dragon (1974) Hong Kong
29. A Touch of Zen (1971) Taiwan
30. Accident (2009) Hong Kong
31. Initial D (2005) Hong Kong
32. So Close (2002) Hong Kong
33. Godspeed (2016) Taiwan
34. Firestorm (2013) Hong Kong
35. Front Page (1990) Hong Kong
36. Connected (2008) Hong Kong
37. Air Hostess (1959) Hong Kong
38. Police Story (1985) Hong Kong REVISION
39. Vengeance! (1970) Hong Kong
40. Mr. Nice Guy (1997) Hong Kong
41. Getting Home (2007) China
42. Sunshine Cops (1999) Hong Kong
43. Contract Killer (1998) Hong Kong
44. That Fiery Girl (1968) Hong Kong
45. Kung Fu Jungle (2014) Hong Kong
46. Shaolin Temple (1982) China
47. Drunken Tai Chi (1984) Hong Kong
48. Havoc in Heaven (1963) China
49. The Buddhist Fist (1980) Hong Kong
50. One-Armed Boxer (1972) Hong Kong
51. The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) Hong Kong
52. Bloody Monkey Master (1977) Hong Kong
53. The Haunted Cop Shop (1987) Hong Kong
54. The Enchanting Shadow (1960) Hong Kong
55. Have Sword, Will Travel (1969) Hong Kong
56. PTU: Police Tactical Unit (2003) Hong Kong
57. Lady General Hua Mu-lan (1964) Hong Kong
58. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978) Hong Kong

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Not all of the gags land with a lot of slapstick in the mix, but this is generally funny stuff as Chan learns to jump in, around and under his opponents to avoid being hit. The film also benefits from having a stronger story than the average kung fu flick out there with Chan's poor circumstances really heartfelt; he is even given opportunities to cry and show vulnerability pre-training. That said, the overall formula is pretty standard as far as kung fu flicks go.

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1960 1963 1964 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
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84. Wang de Shengyan a.k.a. The Last Supper (Chuan Lu, 2012) China

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85. Lang bei wei jian a.k.a. From China with Death a.k.a. Duel of Dragons (Wu Ma, 1974) Hong Kong

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86. Feng shen bang a.k.a. League of Gods (Koan Hui, 2016) Hong Kong

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87. Lü cha a.k.a. Green Tea (Yuan Zhang, 2003) China
The Kill List
1. Di renjie: Tong tian di guo a.k.a. Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Tsui Hark, 2010) China/Hong Kong
2. Guangdong shi hu xing yi wu xi a.k.a. Ten Tigers from Kuangtung (Chang Cheh, 1980) Hong Kong
3. Huang jia shi jie a.k.a. Yes, Madam! (Corey Yuen, 1985) Hong Kong
4. Shijie a.k.a. The World (Zhangke Jia, 2004) China
5. Fu rong zhen a.k.a. Hibiscus Town (Jin Xie, 1987) China
6. Reset (Chang, 2017) China
7. Jian hua yan yu jiang nan a.k.a. To Kill with Intrigue (Wei Lo, 1977) Hong Kong
8. Zhao shi gu er a.k.a. Sacrifice (Kaige Chen, 2010) China
9. Shao nai nai de si wa a.k.a. Intrigue in Nylons (Chih-Hung Kuei, 1972) Hong Kong
10. Ma Yong Zhen a.k.a. The Boxer form Shantung (Chang Cheh, 1972) Hong Kong
11. Chui lung a.k.a. Chasing the Dragon (Jing Wong, Jason Kwan, 2017) Hong Kong/China
12. Shao Lin wu zu a.k.a. Five Shaolin Masters (Chang Cheh, 1974) Hong Kong
13. Duo shuai a.k.a. Triad Wars (Dennis Law, 2008) Hong Kong
14. Shao Lin si a.k.a. Shaolin Temple (Chang Cheh, 1976) Hong Kong
15. Yip Man chin chyun a.k.a. The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (Herman Yau, 2010) Hong Kong
16. Yan nu huan hun a.k.a. The Ghost Lovers (Sang-ok Shin, 1974) Hong Kong
17. You hua hao hao shuo a.k.a. Keep Cool (Zhang Yimou, 1997) Hong Kong/China
18. Xue fu rong a.k.a. The Vengeful Beauty (Meng Hua Ho, 1978) Hong Kong
19. Zhong hua ying xiong a.k.a. Born to Defense (Jet Li, 1988) Hong Kong/China
20. Liu A-Cai yu Huang Fei-Hong a.k.a. Challenge of the Masters (Chia-Liang Liu, 1976) Hong Kong
21. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Wayne Wang, 2010) China
22. Ninja in Action (Godfrey Ho, 1987) Hong Kong
23. Ninja Dragon (Godfrey Ho, 1986) Hong Kong
24. Ninja Avengers (Godfrey Ho, 1987) Hong Kong
25. Nu lan wu hao a.k.a. Woman Basketball Player No. 5 (Jin Xie, 1957) China
26. Hong Xi Guan a.k.a. Executioners from Shaolin (Chia-Liang Liu, 1977) Hong Kong
27. Hong Wending san po bai lian jiao a.k.a. Clan of the White Lotus (Lieh Lo, 1980) Hong Kong
28. Shun liu ni liu a.k.a. Time and Tide (Tsui Hark, 2000) Hong Kong/China
29.The Butterly Lovers Violin Concerto/The Yellow River Piano Concerto (2014) Taiwan
30. Dalu a.k.a. The Big Road (Yu Sun, 1935) China
31. Erzi a.k.a. Sons (Yuan Zhang, 1996) China
32. Lung siu yeh a.k.a. Dragon Lord (Jackie Chan, 1982) Hong Kong
33. Gwai ma seung sing a.k.a. Games Gamblers Play (Michael Hui, 1974) Hong Kong
34. Yuk po tuen: Tau ching bo gam a.k.a. Sex and Zen (Michael Mak, 1991) Hong Kong
35. Xin zhong you gui a.k.a. Matrimony (Hua-Tao Teng, 2007) China
36. Tang ren jie xiao zi a.k.a. Chinatown Kid (Chang Cheh, 1977) Hong Kong
37. Jik zin a.k.a. The Viral Factor (Dante Lam, 2012) Hong Kong/China
38. The Everlasting Flame: Beijing 2008 (Jun Gu, 2009) China
39. Quan ji a.k.a. Duel of Fists (Chang Cheh, 1971) Hong Kong
40. Hu Hui Chien xue zhan xi dan si a.k.a. Showdown at the Cotton Mill (Ma Wu, 1978) Taiwan/Hong Kong
41. Hei yan quan a.k.a. I Don't Want To Sleep Alone (Ming-liang Tsai, 2006) China/Taiwan
42. Fei long zhan a.k.a. The Dragon Missile (Meng Hua Ho, 1976) Hong Kong
43. Gong fu guan lan a.k.a. Kung Fu Dunk (Yen-ping Chu, 2008) China/Hong Kong/Taiwan
44. Gui ma gong fu a.k.a. Dirty Kung Fu (Chia Yung Liu, 1978) Hong Kong
45. Yi ge ren de wu lin a.k.a. Kung Fu Killer (Teddy Chan, 2014) China/Hong Kong
46. Yi jiang chun shui xiang dong liu a.k.a. The Spring River Flows East (Chusheng Cai, Junli Zheng, 1947) China
47. The Jade Pendant (Po-Chih Leong, 2017) Hong Kong
48. Bu ze shou duan a.k.a. Dynamo (Shan Hua, 1978) Hong Kong
49. San guo zhi jian long xie jia a.k.a. Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon (Daniel Lee, 2008) China/Hong Kong
50. Cha shou a.k.a. Masked Avengers (Chang Cheh, 1981) Hong Kong
51. Sing gei cha low a.k.a. The Teahouse (Chih-Hung Kuei, 1974) Hong Kong
52. Hai zi wang a.k.a. King of the Children (Kaige Chen, 1987) China
53. Xin Shao Lin si a.k.a. Shaolin (Benny Chan, 2011) Hong Kong/China
54. Zhou Yu de huo che a.k.a. Zhou Yu's Train (Zhou Sun, 2002) China/Hong Kong
55. She diao ying xiong chuan a.k.a. Brave Archer (Chang Cheh, 1977) Hong Kong
56. Long quan a.k.a. Dragon Fist (Wei Lo, 1979) Hong Kong/Taiwan
57. Goh yeung yee sang a.k.a. Dr. Lamb (Danny Lee, Billy Hin-Shing Tang, 1992) Hong Kong
58. Long men fei jia a.k.a. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Tsui Hark, 2011) China
59. Yin ji a.k.a. Kung Fu from Beyond the Grave (Chiu Lee, 1982) Hong Kong
60. The Swordswoman in White (Huaxun Zhang, 1992) China
61. Shiqi sui de dan che a.k.a. Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2001) Taiwan/China
62. Feng er ti ta cai a.k.a. Play While You Play (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 1981) Taiwan
63. Xin jiang shi xian sheng a.k.a. Mr. Vampire 1992 (Ricky Lau, 1992) Hong Kong
64. Lost in the Pacific (Vincent Zhou, 2016) China
65. Chun can a.k.a. Spring Silkworms (Bugao Cheng, 1933) China
66. Yi dai jian wang a.k.a. The Swordsman of All Swordsmen (Joseph Kuo, 1968) Taiwan
67. Chik loh go yeung a.k.a. Naked Killer (Clarence Yiu-leung Fok, 1992) Hong Kong
68. Sik san a.k.a. God of Cookery (Stephen Chow, Lik-Chi Lee, 1996) Hong Kong
69. Siu Tai Gik a.k.a. Drunken Tai Chi (Woo-ping Yuen, 1984) Hong Kong
70. Wo he wo de zu guo a.k.a. My People, My Country (Various, 2019) China
71. Wo he wo de jia xiang a.k.a. My People, My Homeland (Various, 2020) China
72. Tau ming chong a.k.a. The Warlords (Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Wai-Man Yip, 2007) Hong Kong/China
73. Wu hu tu long a.k.a. Brothers Five (Wei Lo, 1970) Hong Kong
74. Jie shi ying xiong a.k.a. Shaolin Rescuers (Chang Cheh, 1979) Hong Kong
75. Gong fu lao ba a.k.a. Silly Kung Fu Family a.k.a. Shaolin Family Soccer (Wynn Lau Chun-Fai, 2004) Hong Kong
76. Heung Gong you ge He Li Huo a.k.a. Hollywood Hong Kong (Fruit Chan, 2001) Hong Kong
77. Ying hung boon sik III jik yeung ji gor a.k.a. A Better Tomorrow III (Tsui Hark, 1989) Hong Kong
78. Zhong gui a.k.a. Seeding of a Ghost (Kuen Yeung, 1983) Hong Kong
79. Chin gei bin 2: Fa tou tai kam a.k.a. Twin Effects II (Corey Yuen, Patrick Leung, 2004) Hong Kong/China
80. Jue dou zhe de sheng ming a.k.a. My Sword, My Life (Ming-hua Chen, 1978) Taiwan
81. Jie jiu wu xian sheng a.k.a. Saving Mr. Wu (Sheng Ding, 2015) China
82. Gai shi qi hua a.k.a. Miraculous Flower (Hao Fang, 1981) Taiwan
83. Shuang xia a.k.a. The Deadly Duo (Chang Cheh, 1971) Hong Kong
84. Wang de Shengyan a.k.a. The Last Supper (Chuan Lu, 2012) China
85. Lang bei wei jian a.k.a. Duel of Dragons (Wu Ma, 1974) Hong Kong
86. Feng shen bang a.k.a. League of Gods (Koan Hui, 2016) Hong Kong
87. Lü cha a.k.a. Green Tea (Yuan Zhang, 2003) China
Years watched
1933, 1935
1947
1957
1968
1970, 1971 (2), 1972(2), 1974 (5), 1976(3), 1977 (4), 1978 (4), 1979 (2)
1980 (2), 1981 (3), 1982 (2), 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987 (4), 1988, 1989
1991, 1992 (3), 1996,1997
2000, 2001 (2), 2002, 2003, 2004 (3), 2006, 2007 (2), 2008 (3), 2009
2010 (4), 2011 (2), 2012 (2), 2014 (2), 2015, 2016 (2), 2017 (3), 2020
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8. Tang lang [Shaolin Mantis] (1978, Chia-Liang Liu, Hong Kong): 6.5 - The undisputed highlight of this is when the protagonist studies mantis to develop his new mantis fighting style. It does take most of the movie to get there, luckily meanwhile there are enough fine enough fights to keep it entertaining. This is one of the slower movies in the genre that focusses more on plot and characters than fights, unfortunately the development is too rushed. The setup to the finale could have been developed better. Interestingly the good and bad guys are not as completely black and white as in most martial arts movies. The tacked on final sequence completely shifts the moral choices the protagonist made between family, emperor and his love. Alas the movie ends unresolved because of a very abrupt ending.
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1. Du bei dao [The One-Armed Swordsman] (1967, Cheh Chang) Hong Kong rewatch: 6.5 > 7.0
2. Xue di zi [The Flying Guillotine] (1975, Meng Hua Ho) Hong Kong: 6.5
3. Hong quan xiao zi [Disciples of Shaolin] (1975, Cheh Chang) Hong Kong: 7.5
4. Xin ching-wu men [New Fist of Fury] (1976, Wei Lo, Hong Kong): 7.2
5. Xing xing wang [The Mighty Peking Man] (1977, Meng Hua Ho, Hong Kong): 4.0
6. Shao Lin mu ren xiang [Shaolin Wooden Men] (1976, Chi-Hwa Chen, Hong Kong): 7.0
7. Quan jing [Spiritual Kung Fu] (1978, Wei Lo, Hong Kong): 6.0
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bronze on wei jun zi's 100 classic martial arts and silver on BIFF's asian cinema 100

7. once upon a time in china V (hark tsui 1994) the series is remarkably consistent even without jet li. and this one has pirates
8. butterfly & sword (michael mak 1993) donnie yen loves michelle yeoh who loves tony leung chiu-wai who loves joey wong (who loves him back)
9. farewell my concubine (chen kaige 1993) aside from extreme diva leslie cheung i really don't get the hype. too long and boring. and i like chinese opera!

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38. In the Heat of the Sun (1994, Wen Jiang) 8/10 - China
39. Platform (2000, Zhangke Jia) 6/10 - China

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Taiwan: 15 / Hong Kong: 14 / China: 10
01. The Arch (1968, Shu Shuen Tong) 6,5/10 - Hong Kong
02. Vive L'Amour (1994, Ming-liang Tsai) 7/10 - Taiwan
03. The Boys from Fengkuei (1983, Hsiao-hsien Hou) 7/10 - Taiwan
04. Autumn Moon (1992, Clara Law) 6,5/10 - Hong Kong
05. Yellow Earth (1984, Kaige Chen) 6,5/10 - China
06. Rebels of the Neon God (1992, Ming-liang Tsai) 7/10 - Taiwan
07. The Mission (1999, Johnnie To) 6,5/10 - Hong Kong
08. Mr. Vampire (1985, Ricky Lau) 6/10 - Hong Kong
09. Rouge (1987, Stanley Kwan) 6,5/10 - Hong Kong
10. That Day, on the Beach (1983, Edward Yang) 6,5/10 - Taiwan
11. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987, Siu-Tung Ching) 6/10 - Hong Kong
12. A Time to Live, a Time to Die (1985, Hsiao-hsien Hou) 6,5/10 - Taiwan
13. Green Snake (1993, Hark Tsui) 5/10 - Hong Kong
14. The River (1997, Ming-liang Tsai) 7,5/10 - Taiwan
15. A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box (1995, Jeffrey Lau) 2/10 - Hong Kong
16. Taipei Story (1985, Edward Yang) 7/10 - Taiwan
17. The Hole (1998, Ming-liang Tsai) 7/10 - Taiwan
18. Dragon Inn (1967, King Hu) 6/10 - Taiwan
19. The Women from the Lake of Scented Souls (1993, Fei Xie) 7/10 - China
20. A Brighter Summer Day (1991, Edward Yang) 6,5/10 - Taiwan
21. Street Angel (1937, Muzhi Yuan) 6/10 - China
22. Dust in the Wind (1986, Hsiao-hsien Hou) 6,5/10 - Taiwan
23. The Story of Qiu Ju (1992, Yimou Zhang) 7/10 - China
24. What Time Is It There? (2001, Ming-liang Tsai) 7/10 - Taiwan
25. Taipei Suicide Story (2020, KEFF) 7/10 - Taiwan
26. The Battle Wizard (1977, Hsueh Li Pao) 4,5/10 - Hong Kong
27. The Puppetmaster (1993, Hsiao-hsien Hou) 6,5/10 - Taiwan
28. Devils on the Doorstep (2000, Wen Jiang) 7/10 - China
29. 24 City (2008, Zhangke Jia) 7/10 - China
30. Iron Monkey (1993, Woo-ping Yuen) 6/10 - Hong Kong
31. Shaolin Soccer (2001, Stephen Chow) 6/10 - Hong Kong
32. As Tears Go By (1988, Kar-wai Wong) 5,5/10 - Hong Kong
33. Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996, Peter Ho-Sun Chan) 7/10 - Hong Kong
34. Center Stage (1991, Stanley Kwan) 6,5/10 - Hong Kong
35. Winter Vacation (2010, Hongqi Li) 5/10 - China
36. The Horse Thief (1986, Zhuangzhuang Tian) 5,5/10 - China
37. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003, Ming-liang Tsai) 6/10 - Taiwan
38. In the Heat of the Sun (1994, Wen Jiang) 8/10 - China
39. Platform (2000, Zhangke Jia) 6/10 - China
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1967, 1968
1977
1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
2000, 2001, 2003, 2008
2010
2020
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7. Chi bi - Red Cliff (John Woo, 2008, Hong Kong) 7.5/10 ... just picked this up on DVD

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sol has pulled into a tie with Traveller for second place while also building a lead of 10 in the Bonus Challenge. flavo's total of 87 surpasses every other participant in the previous six iterations of this challenge (dating back to 2011 on this board), except for wasabi who had 105 in 2018. That record appears to be in jeopardy with 11 days remaining.

Using 1927 as a starting point since that is the year of our earliest entry, we have seen films from 75 of the 96 years as a group. That leaves 21 years left unaccounted for so far, unless I missed any in somebody's post.

1928 1929*
1930* 1931* 1938 1939*
1940* 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946
1950* 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1958
1962*

The years marked with an asterisk are ones where a film I plan to watch (if needed) is available on YouTube. There probably isn't an extant film available from 1928 and other years may be iffy due to the war. I have found films from some of the other years, though mostly ones without subtitles so far.

25 - Princess Iron Fan (1941, China) - 6.5/10 - This is adapted from an episode in Journey to the West. The Monkey King and two of his fellow monks seek to borrow a special fan from Princess Iron Fan. The fan has the ability to put out fires and bring rain. They want to use it to extinguish the fires that block their path in the mountains. The art is pretty decent, especially for the era. The story isn't bad, considering that I am not that familiar with the source material.

26 - Waves Washing the Sand (1936, China) - 7/10 - A sailor returns home after a long voyage to find that his wife and young daughter are now living with another man. In a rage, he kills the other man and then finds himself pursued by a police detective who is determined to catch him. It's a rather simple film in some respects, but was entertaining and had a few clever bits.

27 - Wild Rose (1932, China) - 7.5/10 - Jiang Bo is a painter who lives in the city with his wealthy family. He travels to the country to do some painting and befriends Xiao Feng, a country girl with a lively personality and a talent for mischief. When her father disappears, he brings her back with him to the city, though his father disapproves of her. I enjoyed this quite a bit, especially due to Renmei Wang who played Xiao Feng.

One interesting note (to me anyway) is Zhizhi Zhang has a small role here as Xiao Feng's father. He had a big role in The Goddess (1934) and co-starred in Waves Washing the Sand (1936). His star seemed to be on the rise. His last acting role appears to have been in 1956.
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1 - Twin Dragons (1992, Hong Kong) - 7/10
2 - Armour of God (1986, Hong Kong) - 7/10
3 - Operation Condor (1991, Hong Kong) - 7.5/10
4 - Project A (1983, Hong Kong) - 7/10
5 - Project A: Part II (1987, Hong Kong) - 7/10
6 - Dragon Lord (1982, Hong Kong) - 6.5/10
7 - Ip Man (2008, Hong Kong) - 8/10
8 - Ip Man 2 (2010, Hong Kong) - 7/10
9 - Ip Man 3 (2015, Hong Kong) - 6/10
10 - Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019, Hong Kong) - 7.5/10
11 - Chinese Zodiac (2012, Hong Kong) - 7/10
12 - Drunken Master (1978, Hong Kong) - 8/10
13 - Days of Being Wild (1990, Hong Kong) - 6/10
14 - The Legend of the Drunken Master (1994, Hong Kong) - 7.5/10
15 - Rumble in the Bronx (1995, Hong Kong) - 7/10
16 - The Young Master (1980, Hong Kong) - 7/10
17 - The Killer (1989, Hong Kong) - 7.5/10
18 - Still Life (2006, China) - 6.5/10
19 - Romance of the Western Chamber/Xi xiang ji (1927, China)
20 - Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978, Hong Kong) - 8/10
21 - Center Stage (1991, Hong Kong) - 6/10
22 - The Goddess (1934, China) - 8/10
23 - Spring in a Small Town (1948, China) - 7/10
24 - A Touch of Zen (1971, Taiwan) - 8/10

Years = 25

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1932 1934 1936
1941 1948
1971 1978
1980 1982 1983 1986 1987 1989
1990 1991 1992 1994 1995
2006 2008
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sol wrote: May 19th, 2022, 10:16 am
Oh, and for what it's worth, I would highly recommend The Fate of Lee Khan, King Hu's follow-up film, if you liked A Touch of Zen so much. I agree that the first hour of Zen is the best, and while a lot shorter, Lee Khan has a similarly structure where it takes about an hour to get going - though with Lee Khan it is the remainder of the film that is best with the proceedings becoming a bit of a mystery thriller towards the end.

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll probably check this film out since it sounds interesting, though maybe not for this challenge since I'm going to try and fill in gaps in the Bonus Challenge if I can while also watching films for the Western Challenge.
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gunnar wrote: May 21st, 2022, 3:30 am maybe not for this challenge since I'm going to try and fill in gaps in the Bonus Challenge if I can while also watching films for the Western Challenge
If it helps, I have something from China lined up for 1962. I don't have anything planned for the pre-60s years though.
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2. Rumble in the Bronx (1995) Hong Kong
3. Detective Chinatown (2015) China
4. Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) China
5. Detective Chinatown 3 (2021) China
6. Chicken and Duck Talk (1988) Hong Kong
7. Enter the Fat Dragon (2020) Hong Kong
8. The Chinese Feast (1995) Hong Kong
9. Lost in Hong Kong (2015) China
10. Love on Delivery (1994) Hong Kong REVISION
11. My Young Auntie (1981) Hong Kong
12. Fearless Hyena 2 (1983) Hong Kong
13. The Untold Story (1993) Hong Kong
14. Once a Gangster (2010) Hong Kong
15. Ninja Champion (1986) Hong Kong
16. Have a Nice Day (2017) China
17. Hail the Judge (1994) Hong Kong
18. Time and Tide (2000) Hong Kong
19. Robin-B-Hood (2006) Hong Kong
20. Stunt Woman (1996) Hong Kong
21. Tricky Brains (1991) Hong Kong
22. Royal Tramp (1992) Hong Kong
23. Odd Couple (1979) Hong Kong
24. Dumplings (2004) Hong Kong
25. Drug War (2012) China
26. Dragon (2011) Hong Kong
27. Pegasus (2019) China
28. Call Me Dragon (1974) Hong Kong
29. A Touch of Zen (1971) Taiwan
30. Accident (2009) Hong Kong
31. Initial D (2005) Hong Kong
32. So Close (2002) Hong Kong
33. Godspeed (2016) Taiwan
34. Firestorm (2013) Hong Kong
35. Front Page (1990) Hong Kong
36. Connected (2008) Hong Kong
37. Air Hostess (1959) Hong Kong
38. Police Story (1985) Hong Kong REVISION
39. Vengeance! (1970) Hong Kong
40. Mr. Nice Guy (1997) Hong Kong
41. Getting Home (2007) China
42. Sunshine Cops (1999) Hong Kong
43. Contract Killer (1998) Hong Kong
44. That Fiery Girl (1968) Hong Kong
45. Kung Fu Jungle (2014) Hong Kong
46. Shaolin Temple (1982) China
47. Drunken Tai Chi (1984) Hong Kong
48. Havoc in Heaven (1963) China
49. The Buddhist Fist (1980) Hong Kong
50. One-Armed Boxer (1972) Hong Kong
51. The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) Hong Kong
52. Bloody Monkey Master (1977) Hong Kong
53. The Haunted Cop Shop (1987) Hong Kong
54. The Enchanting Shadow (1960) Hong Kong
55. Have Sword, Will Travel (1969) Hong Kong
56. PTU: Police Tactical Unit (2003) Hong Kong
57. Lady General Hua Mu-lan (1964) Hong Kong
58. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978) Hong Kong
59. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976) Hong Kong

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There is not really much plot to speak of here with an old man seeking to avenge his colleagues' deaths and the plot in fact comes to a near standstill halfway in for a kung fu tournament. The tournament scenes though are among the most wacky and imaginative on offer though, including a female fighter who knocks the clothes off her male opponent. It is the scenes with the title character that work best though, especially with his flying blade (see above).

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1959
1960 1963 1964 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
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1. Shaolin Soccer (2001) Hong Kong REVISION
2. Rumble in the Bronx (1995) Hong Kong
3. Detective Chinatown (2015) China
4. Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) China
5. Detective Chinatown 3 (2021) China
6. Chicken and Duck Talk (1988) Hong Kong
7. Enter the Fat Dragon (2020) Hong Kong
8. The Chinese Feast (1995) Hong Kong
9. Lost in Hong Kong (2015) China
10. Love on Delivery (1994) Hong Kong REVISION
11. My Young Auntie (1981) Hong Kong
12. Fearless Hyena 2 (1983) Hong Kong
13. The Untold Story (1993) Hong Kong
14. Once a Gangster (2010) Hong Kong
15. Ninja Champion (1986) Hong Kong
16. Have a Nice Day (2017) China
17. Hail the Judge (1994) Hong Kong
18. Time and Tide (2000) Hong Kong
19. Robin-B-Hood (2006) Hong Kong
20. Stunt Woman (1996) Hong Kong
21. Tricky Brains (1991) Hong Kong
22. Royal Tramp (1992) Hong Kong
23. Odd Couple (1979) Hong Kong
24. Dumplings (2004) Hong Kong
25. Drug War (2012) China
26. Dragon (2011) Hong Kong
27. Pegasus (2019) China
28. Call Me Dragon (1974) Hong Kong
29. A Touch of Zen (1971) Taiwan
30. Accident (2009) Hong Kong
31. Initial D (2005) Hong Kong
32. So Close (2002) Hong Kong
33. Godspeed (2016) Taiwan
34. Firestorm (2013) Hong Kong
35. Front Page (1990) Hong Kong
36. Connected (2008) Hong Kong
37. Air Hostess (1959) Hong Kong
38. Police Story (1985) Hong Kong REVISION
39. Vengeance! (1970) Hong Kong
40. Mr. Nice Guy (1997) Hong Kong
41. Getting Home (2007) China
42. Sunshine Cops (1999) Hong Kong
43. Contract Killer (1998) Hong Kong
44. That Fiery Girl (1968) Hong Kong
45. Kung Fu Jungle (2014) Hong Kong
46. Shaolin Temple (1982) China
47. Drunken Tai Chi (1984) Hong Kong
48. Havoc in Heaven (1963) China
49. The Buddhist Fist (1980) Hong Kong
50. One-Armed Boxer (1972) Hong Kong
51. The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) Hong Kong
52. Bloody Monkey Master (1977) Hong Kong
53. The Haunted Cop Shop (1987) Hong Kong
54. The Enchanting Shadow (1960) Hong Kong
55. Have Sword, Will Travel (1969) Hong Kong
56. PTU: Police Tactical Unit (2003) Hong Kong
57. Lady General Hua Mu-lan (1964) Hong Kong
58. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978) Hong Kong
59. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976) Hong Kong
60. My Heart Is That Eternal Rose (1989) Hong Kong

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This is frequently billed as an action movie, which feels inaccurate. While there are some great action scenes in the final half-hour as the romantic couple take on everyone around them to be united once again, the majority of the movie is mostly melodrama of the highest order. The whole thing certainly looks lovely with Christopher Doyle lensing and many lush night time shots, but this is more of a sappy romance than a crime thriller and all the worse for it.

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1959
1960 1963 1964 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
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8. Jing wu men - Fist of Fury (Lo Wei, 1972, Hong Kong) 7/10

Years: 1967 1972 1992 1997 1998 2004 2008 2019
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59. San tiao ren (1999) - 7/10 (Hong Kong)
60. Red Dust (1990) - 7/10 (Taiwan)

1933 1935
1947 1948 1949
1957
1961 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1972 1973 1978 1979
1980 1981 1983 1984 1986 1987 1988
1990 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1999
2000 2001 2002 2004 2006 2009
2014 2017 2019
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40. A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (1995, Jeffrey Lau) 2/10 - Hong Kong
41. Mr. Zhao (1998, Yue Lü) 6,5/10 - China
42. Blind Shaft (2003, Yang Li) 6,5/10 - China

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01. The Arch (1968, Shu Shuen Tong) 6,5/10 - Hong Kong
02. Vive L'Amour (1994, Ming-liang Tsai) 7/10 - Taiwan
03. The Boys from Fengkuei (1983, Hsiao-hsien Hou) 7/10 - Taiwan
04. Autumn Moon (1992, Clara Law) 6,5/10 - Hong Kong
05. Yellow Earth (1984, Kaige Chen) 6,5/10 - China
06. Rebels of the Neon God (1992, Ming-liang Tsai) 7/10 - Taiwan
07. The Mission (1999, Johnnie To) 6,5/10 - Hong Kong
08. Mr. Vampire (1985, Ricky Lau) 6/10 - Hong Kong
09. Rouge (1987, Stanley Kwan) 6,5/10 - Hong Kong
10. That Day, on the Beach (1983, Edward Yang) 6,5/10 - Taiwan
11. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987, Siu-Tung Ching) 6/10 - Hong Kong
12. A Time to Live, a Time to Die (1985, Hsiao-hsien Hou) 6,5/10 - Taiwan
13. Green Snake (1993, Hark Tsui) 5/10 - Hong Kong
14. The River (1997, Ming-liang Tsai) 7,5/10 - Taiwan
15. A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box (1995, Jeffrey Lau) 2/10 - Hong Kong
16. Taipei Story (1985, Edward Yang) 7/10 - Taiwan
17. The Hole (1998, Ming-liang Tsai) 7/10 - Taiwan
18. Dragon Inn (1967, King Hu) 6/10 - Taiwan
19. The Women from the Lake of Scented Souls (1993, Fei Xie) 7/10 - China
20. A Brighter Summer Day (1991, Edward Yang) 6,5/10 - Taiwan
21. Street Angel (1937, Muzhi Yuan) 6/10 - China
22. Dust in the Wind (1986, Hsiao-hsien Hou) 6,5/10 - Taiwan
23. The Story of Qiu Ju (1992, Yimou Zhang) 7/10 - China
24. What Time Is It There? (2001, Ming-liang Tsai) 7/10 - Taiwan
25. Taipei Suicide Story (2020, KEFF) 7/10 - Taiwan
26. The Battle Wizard (1977, Hsueh Li Pao) 4,5/10 - Hong Kong
27. The Puppetmaster (1993, Hsiao-hsien Hou) 6,5/10 - Taiwan
28. Devils on the Doorstep (2000, Wen Jiang) 7/10 - China
29. 24 City (2008, Zhangke Jia) 7/10 - China
30. Iron Monkey (1993, Woo-ping Yuen) 6/10 - Hong Kong
31. Shaolin Soccer (2001, Stephen Chow) 6/10 - Hong Kong
32. As Tears Go By (1988, Kar-wai Wong) 5,5/10 - Hong Kong
33. Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996, Peter Ho-Sun Chan) 7/10 - Hong Kong
34. Center Stage (1991, Stanley Kwan) 6,5/10 - Hong Kong
35. Winter Vacation (2010, Hongqi Li) 5/10 - China
36. The Horse Thief (1986, Zhuangzhuang Tian) 5,5/10 - China
37. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003, Ming-liang Tsai) 6/10 - Taiwan
38. In the Heat of the Sun (1994, Wen Jiang) 8/10 - China
39. Platform (2000, Zhangke Jia) 6/10 - China
40. A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (1995, Jeffrey Lau) 2/10 - Hong Kong
41. Mr. Zhao (1998, Yue Lü) 6,5/10 - China
42. Blind Shaft (2003, Yang Li) 6,5/10 - China
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1937
1967, 1968
1977
1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
2000, 2001, 2003, 2008
2010
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Quartet of Shaw Blu-Ray releases from 88 Films.

All HK.

FTV:3: The Spiritual Boxer (1975)7.

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Running from every town with his hands filled with goods in the hopes that the locals won't click in that his act of being able to speak to the spirits is a con, until long after he has moved on to the next bunch of local yokel suckers, Wong Yue gives an excellent performance as Chien, thanks to Yue performing the thrilling Kung-Fu moves with a slickness, which Yue blends with a cheeky comedic enthusiasm when Chien outwits another local.

Making his directing debut by taking on the spiritual boxer, director Chia-Liang Liu hits a winning combo, thanks to closely working with cinematographer Han Lu Kuang in landing the Action set-pieces with ultra-stylized whip-pans, crash zooms, and jump-cuts from smoke flash bangs used by Chien to create the image of getting powers from the spirits.Between the spirited boxing, Liu high-kicks a merry Comedy atmosphere, via staging lively sequences where Chien leaves the locals on eggshells as he flees,and in a playful spoof to the Horror movies the Shaw Bros were putting out, surrounds Chien in creepy low-lighting drizzled in brash colours,as he comes face to face with what appears to be a real spirit.

Keeping up with Chien on his travels, the screenplay from Kuang Ni keeps Chien busy on the road by smartly going for a variety of styles for his con act to play out, which knock-out any risk of things becoming repetitive, as Chien goes from fooling the local hard man with fake knives, to using objects he finds round the villages that will keep the locals hands full, as Chien makes a spirited getaway.

FTV:4:The Vengeful Beauty (1978)9.

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Completing the Shaw Bros " Guillotine" trilogy, director Meng-Hua Ho & cinematographer Hui-Chi Tsao unroll beheading sequences dripping with Hammer Horror bright red blood round the throats of the victims, whose heads collapse on the ground to panning shots jumping upwards to the high-kicking wire work, along with sharp slow-motion and crash-zooms on each killer punch.

Delivering revenge against a beautiful Shaw Brothers water colour backdrop, Ho keeps an eye on Qui-yan's stealth revenge attacks with ultra-stylized whip-pan shots on the ground towards Qui-yan rolling into attack mode, that Ho captures in long tracking shots through the locations, as Qui-yan takes aim at her next target.Mourning her murdered husband whilst being pregnant, Ping Chen gives an excellent performance as Qui-yan, who Chen has hold a cold as ice gaze when taking down her next target, while displaying touching vulnerability in private, when Chen feels relaxed enough to let her guard somewhat down around allies that include a former lover and a fugitive.

Opening with the acts of murder that lead to the blemishes of vengeance to be dragged across the innocent beauty of Qui-yan, the screenplay by On Szeto wonderfully uses the quiet character moments of mourning to build a portrait of the raw rage and pain within Qui-yan, which gets unleashed by the vengeful beauty.

FTV:5:The Human Goddess (1972)10.

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Coming down from Heaven to give everyone a spoonful of sugar,Li Ching gives a magical performance as the Seventh Sister, thanks to Ching blending delivering the comedic dialogue in a cheeky, playful manner, with an intentional, wonderfully overripe expressiveness in the Melodrama of Seventh Sister discovering her former lover on Earth.Landing on Earth with the Seventh Sister, the screenplay by writer/director Meng-Hua Ho conjures up a splendid seamless criss-crossing of genres, flowing from fish out of water fantasy Sit-Com gags and catchy Musical tunes over Seventh Sister feeling the flames of romance again, to the outstanding strange sight of Seventh Sister encouraging child labour and her laughing in the face of all the jumped-up politicians lusting for her.

Featuring a Musical number where the cast dress up as rabbits, director Ho & The Masked Avengers (1981-also reviewed) cinematographer Hui-Chi Tsao bounce the film along on a spellbinding atmosphere, which lays out the distinctive glossy Shaw Bros colours in whip-pans, glittering tracking shots down the streets of Hong Kong being lit up by magic, changes in film speed for slap-stick antics, and gorgeous close-ups on the beaming smile of the Seventh Sister, a real human goddess.

FTV:6:The Brave Archer (1977)7.

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Made at a time when Hong Kong studios were chasing after the next Bruce Lee knock-off, director Cheh Chang & cinematographer Mu-To Kung aim their arrows at the Wuxia, and successfully hit tense Action set-pieces, on a large romantic Fantasy canvas.Working closely with editor Hsing-Lung Chiang, Chang and Kung cover the differing fighting styles of the "Seven Freaks of Jiangnan" , with differing methods of shooting the sequences, hitting the Freaks with crash-zooms, scatter-shot whip-pans,jagged jump-cuts, rolling hand-held camera moves,and hard-hitting freeze frames, keeping the Freaks and the audience on edge during each fight.

Filmed completely in the studio, (the director was suffering with mobility issues at the time) Chang unveils an immerse atmosphere, from the extended opening credits sequence, where narration gives a detailed background to each of the characters, who are introduced dripping in Shaw Bros distinctive primary colour palette, which Chang wonderfully spirals out to the razor sharp panning shots going through the clear fake trees and flowers (which help to give the film a more fantastical quality) towards Guo (trained by the Freaks) and Huang (daughter of a evil emperor ) breaking the divide with their romance.

Based on the gigantic Wuxia novels The Legend of the Condor Heroes by Louis Cha Leung-yung, the screenplay by The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (1984-also reviewed) writer Kuang Ni brings a sprawling, epic sense to the adaptation, via Ni weaving a the threads of each of the Freaks over each other, whilst gradually increasing the visibility of the Huang and Guo romance.Instead of going for the traditional knock-out Kung-Fu ending, Ni takes the novel approach, of the final being based around a battle of intelligence, where Guo has to display his knowledge on music, poetry, rhythm and literature, as the brave archer raises his bow.
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1. Shaolin Soccer (2001) Hong Kong REVISION
2. Rumble in the Bronx (1995) Hong Kong
3. Detective Chinatown (2015) China
4. Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) China
5. Detective Chinatown 3 (2021) China
6. Chicken and Duck Talk (1988) Hong Kong
7. Enter the Fat Dragon (2020) Hong Kong
8. The Chinese Feast (1995) Hong Kong
9. Lost in Hong Kong (2015) China
10. Love on Delivery (1994) Hong Kong REVISION
11. My Young Auntie (1981) Hong Kong
12. Fearless Hyena 2 (1983) Hong Kong
13. The Untold Story (1993) Hong Kong
14. Once a Gangster (2010) Hong Kong
15. Ninja Champion (1986) Hong Kong
16. Have a Nice Day (2017) China
17. Hail the Judge (1994) Hong Kong
18. Time and Tide (2000) Hong Kong
19. Robin-B-Hood (2006) Hong Kong
20. Stunt Woman (1996) Hong Kong
21. Tricky Brains (1991) Hong Kong
22. Royal Tramp (1992) Hong Kong
23. Odd Couple (1979) Hong Kong
24. Dumplings (2004) Hong Kong
25. Drug War (2012) China
26. Dragon (2011) Hong Kong
27. Pegasus (2019) China
28. Call Me Dragon (1974) Hong Kong
29. A Touch of Zen (1971) Taiwan
30. Accident (2009) Hong Kong
31. Initial D (2005) Hong Kong
32. So Close (2002) Hong Kong
33. Godspeed (2016) Taiwan
34. Firestorm (2013) Hong Kong
35. Front Page (1990) Hong Kong
36. Connected (2008) Hong Kong
37. Air Hostess (1959) Hong Kong
38. Police Story (1985) Hong Kong REVISION
39. Vengeance! (1970) Hong Kong
40. Mr. Nice Guy (1997) Hong Kong
41. Getting Home (2007) China
42. Sunshine Cops (1999) Hong Kong
43. Contract Killer (1998) Hong Kong
44. That Fiery Girl (1968) Hong Kong
45. Kung Fu Jungle (2014) Hong Kong
46. Shaolin Temple (1982) China
47. Drunken Tai Chi (1984) Hong Kong
48. Havoc in Heaven (1963) China
49. The Buddhist Fist (1980) Hong Kong
50. One-Armed Boxer (1972) Hong Kong
51. The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) Hong Kong
52. Bloody Monkey Master (1977) Hong Kong
53. The Haunted Cop Shop (1987) Hong Kong
54. The Enchanting Shadow (1960) Hong Kong
55. Have Sword, Will Travel (1969) Hong Kong
56. PTU: Police Tactical Unit (2003) Hong Kong
57. Lady General Hua Mu-lan (1964) Hong Kong
58. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978) Hong Kong
59. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976) Hong Kong
60. My Heart Is That Eternal Rose (1989) Hong Kong
61. Red Detachment of Women (1961) China

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While the pro-Communism messaging is heavy-handed, this almost works as an espionage thriller at times, with a solid enemy base invasion scene and some curious parts with women disguising themselves as men. An intriguing pro-feminist vibe can be felt too with the female soldiers singing about how Mulan historically proved herself a worthy fighter among men, and the women here certainly hold their own even if we never really get to know any of them.

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1960 1961 1963 1964 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
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1. Shaolin Soccer (2001) Hong Kong REVISION
2. Rumble in the Bronx (1995) Hong Kong
3. Detective Chinatown (2015) China
4. Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) China
5. Detective Chinatown 3 (2021) China
6. Chicken and Duck Talk (1988) Hong Kong
7. Enter the Fat Dragon (2020) Hong Kong
8. The Chinese Feast (1995) Hong Kong
9. Lost in Hong Kong (2015) China
10. Love on Delivery (1994) Hong Kong REVISION
11. My Young Auntie (1981) Hong Kong
12. Fearless Hyena 2 (1983) Hong Kong
13. The Untold Story (1993) Hong Kong
14. Once a Gangster (2010) Hong Kong
15. Ninja Champion (1986) Hong Kong
16. Have a Nice Day (2017) China
17. Hail the Judge (1994) Hong Kong
18. Time and Tide (2000) Hong Kong
19. Robin-B-Hood (2006) Hong Kong
20. Stunt Woman (1996) Hong Kong
21. Tricky Brains (1991) Hong Kong
22. Royal Tramp (1992) Hong Kong
23. Odd Couple (1979) Hong Kong
24. Dumplings (2004) Hong Kong
25. Drug War (2012) China
26. Dragon (2011) Hong Kong
27. Pegasus (2019) China
28. Call Me Dragon (1974) Hong Kong
29. A Touch of Zen (1971) Taiwan
30. Accident (2009) Hong Kong
31. Initial D (2005) Hong Kong
32. So Close (2002) Hong Kong
33. Godspeed (2016) Taiwan
34. Firestorm (2013) Hong Kong
35. Front Page (1990) Hong Kong
36. Connected (2008) Hong Kong
37. Air Hostess (1959) Hong Kong
38. Police Story (1985) Hong Kong REVISION
39. Vengeance! (1970) Hong Kong
40. Mr. Nice Guy (1997) Hong Kong
41. Getting Home (2007) China
42. Sunshine Cops (1999) Hong Kong
43. Contract Killer (1998) Hong Kong
44. That Fiery Girl (1968) Hong Kong
45. Kung Fu Jungle (2014) Hong Kong
46. Shaolin Temple (1982) China
47. Drunken Tai Chi (1984) Hong Kong
48. Havoc in Heaven (1963) China
49. The Buddhist Fist (1980) Hong Kong
50. One-Armed Boxer (1972) Hong Kong
51. The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) Hong Kong
52. Bloody Monkey Master (1977) Hong Kong
53. The Haunted Cop Shop (1987) Hong Kong
54. The Enchanting Shadow (1960) Hong Kong
55. Have Sword, Will Travel (1969) Hong Kong
56. PTU: Police Tactical Unit (2003) Hong Kong
57. Lady General Hua Mu-lan (1964) Hong Kong
58. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978) Hong Kong
59. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976) Hong Kong
60. My Heart Is That Eternal Rose (1989) Hong Kong
61. Red Detachment of Women (1961) China
62. The Naval Battle of 1894 (1962) China

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This is arguably most notable for its many shots at sea, including several scenes of vessels firing at each other. There is not a whole lot else driving things though with over half the film spent on characters standing around talking, especially some naval officers who want permission to use weapons at sea. The film is also beset by washed out colours (some scenes seem like tinted black and white) though that is probably primarily due to film stock degrading.

Anybody else like how I made a 1961 film my 61st viewing and a 1962 film my 62nd viewing? B)

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1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
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:lol: that’s the most sol thing you ever did. Let’s see you do the same for 65, 66 and 67. :lol:
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88. Zhai bian a.k.a. The Heirloom (Leste Chen, 2005) Taiwan

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89. Shao Lin mu ren xiang a.k.a. Shaolin Wooden Men (Chi-Hwa Chen, 1976) Taiwan/Hong Kong

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90. Gap tung kei hap a.k.a. Iceman (Wing-cheong Law, 2014) China/Hong Kong

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91. Fei yan jin dao a.k.a. Vengeance is a Golden Blade (Meng Hua Ho, 1969) Hong Kong

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92. Haixian a.k.a. Seafood (Wen Zhu, 2001) China/Hong Kong

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93. Long zhi ren zhe a.k.a. Ninja in the Dragon's Den (Corey Yuen, 1982) Hong Kong
The Kill List
1. Di renjie: Tong tian di guo a.k.a. Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Tsui Hark, 2010) China/Hong Kong
2. Guangdong shi hu xing yi wu xi a.k.a. Ten Tigers from Kuangtung (Chang Cheh, 1980) Hong Kong
3. Huang jia shi jie a.k.a. Yes, Madam! (Corey Yuen, 1985) Hong Kong
4. Shijie a.k.a. The World (Zhangke Jia, 2004) China
5. Fu rong zhen a.k.a. Hibiscus Town (Jin Xie, 1987) China
6. Reset (Chang, 2017) China
7. Jian hua yan yu jiang nan a.k.a. To Kill with Intrigue (Wei Lo, 1977) Hong Kong
8. Zhao shi gu er a.k.a. Sacrifice (Kaige Chen, 2010) China
9. Shao nai nai de si wa a.k.a. Intrigue in Nylons (Chih-Hung Kuei, 1972) Hong Kong
10. Ma Yong Zhen a.k.a. The Boxer form Shantung (Chang Cheh, 1972) Hong Kong
11. Chui lung a.k.a. Chasing the Dragon (Jing Wong, Jason Kwan, 2017) Hong Kong/China
12. Shao Lin wu zu a.k.a. Five Shaolin Masters (Chang Cheh, 1974) Hong Kong
13. Duo shuai a.k.a. Triad Wars (Dennis Law, 2008) Hong Kong
14. Shao Lin si a.k.a. Shaolin Temple (Chang Cheh, 1976) Hong Kong
15. Yip Man chin chyun a.k.a. The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (Herman Yau, 2010) Hong Kong
16. Yan nu huan hun a.k.a. The Ghost Lovers (Sang-ok Shin, 1974) Hong Kong
17. You hua hao hao shuo a.k.a. Keep Cool (Zhang Yimou, 1997) Hong Kong/China
18. Xue fu rong a.k.a. The Vengeful Beauty (Meng Hua Ho, 1978) Hong Kong
19. Zhong hua ying xiong a.k.a. Born to Defense (Jet Li, 1988) Hong Kong/China
20. Liu A-Cai yu Huang Fei-Hong a.k.a. Challenge of the Masters (Chia-Liang Liu, 1976) Hong Kong
21. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Wayne Wang, 2010) China
22. Ninja in Action (Godfrey Ho, 1987) Hong Kong
23. Ninja Dragon (Godfrey Ho, 1986) Hong Kong
24. Ninja Avengers (Godfrey Ho, 1987) Hong Kong
25. Nu lan wu hao a.k.a. Woman Basketball Player No. 5 (Jin Xie, 1957) China
26. Hong Xi Guan a.k.a. Executioners from Shaolin (Chia-Liang Liu, 1977) Hong Kong
27. Hong Wending san po bai lian jiao a.k.a. Clan of the White Lotus (Lieh Lo, 1980) Hong Kong
28. Shun liu ni liu a.k.a. Time and Tide (Tsui Hark, 2000) Hong Kong/China
29.The Butterly Lovers Violin Concerto/The Yellow River Piano Concerto (2014) Taiwan
30. Dalu a.k.a. The Big Road (Yu Sun, 1935) China
31. Erzi a.k.a. Sons (Yuan Zhang, 1996) China
32. Lung siu yeh a.k.a. Dragon Lord (Jackie Chan, 1982) Hong Kong
33. Gwai ma seung sing a.k.a. Games Gamblers Play (Michael Hui, 1974) Hong Kong
34. Yuk po tuen: Tau ching bo gam a.k.a. Sex and Zen (Michael Mak, 1991) Hong Kong
35. Xin zhong you gui a.k.a. Matrimony (Hua-Tao Teng, 2007) China
36. Tang ren jie xiao zi a.k.a. Chinatown Kid (Chang Cheh, 1977) Hong Kong
37. Jik zin a.k.a. The Viral Factor (Dante Lam, 2012) Hong Kong/China
38. The Everlasting Flame: Beijing 2008 (Jun Gu, 2009) China
39. Quan ji a.k.a. Duel of Fists (Chang Cheh, 1971) Hong Kong
40. Hu Hui Chien xue zhan xi dan si a.k.a. Showdown at the Cotton Mill (Ma Wu, 1978) Taiwan/Hong Kong
41. Hei yan quan a.k.a. I Don't Want To Sleep Alone (Ming-liang Tsai, 2006) China/Taiwan
42. Fei long zhan a.k.a. The Dragon Missile (Meng Hua Ho, 1976) Hong Kong
43. Gong fu guan lan a.k.a. Kung Fu Dunk (Yen-ping Chu, 2008) China/Hong Kong/Taiwan
44. Gui ma gong fu a.k.a. Dirty Kung Fu (Chia Yung Liu, 1978) Hong Kong
45. Yi ge ren de wu lin a.k.a. Kung Fu Killer (Teddy Chan, 2014) China/Hong Kong
46. Yi jiang chun shui xiang dong liu a.k.a. The Spring River Flows East (Chusheng Cai, Junli Zheng, 1947) China
47. The Jade Pendant (Po-Chih Leong, 2017) Hong Kong
48. Bu ze shou duan a.k.a. Dynamo (Shan Hua, 1978) Hong Kong
49. San guo zhi jian long xie jia a.k.a. Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon (Daniel Lee, 2008) China/Hong Kong
50. Cha shou a.k.a. Masked Avengers (Chang Cheh, 1981) Hong Kong
51. Sing gei cha low a.k.a. The Teahouse (Chih-Hung Kuei, 1974) Hong Kong
52. Hai zi wang a.k.a. King of the Children (Kaige Chen, 1987) China
53. Xin Shao Lin si a.k.a. Shaolin (Benny Chan, 2011) Hong Kong/China
54. Zhou Yu de huo che a.k.a. Zhou Yu's Train (Zhou Sun, 2002) China/Hong Kong
55. She diao ying xiong chuan a.k.a. Brave Archer (Chang Cheh, 1977) Hong Kong
56. Long quan a.k.a. Dragon Fist (Wei Lo, 1979) Hong Kong/Taiwan
57. Goh yeung yee sang a.k.a. Dr. Lamb (Danny Lee, Billy Hin-Shing Tang, 1992) Hong Kong
58. Long men fei jia a.k.a. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Tsui Hark, 2011) China
59. Yin ji a.k.a. Kung Fu from Beyond the Grave (Chiu Lee, 1982) Hong Kong
60. The Swordswoman in White (Huaxun Zhang, 1992) China
61. Shiqi sui de dan che a.k.a. Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2001) Taiwan/China
62. Feng er ti ta cai a.k.a. Play While You Play (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 1981) Taiwan
63. Xin jiang shi xian sheng a.k.a. Mr. Vampire 1992 (Ricky Lau, 1992) Hong Kong
64. Lost in the Pacific (Vincent Zhou, 2016) China
65. Chun can a.k.a. Spring Silkworms (Bugao Cheng, 1933) China
66. Yi dai jian wang a.k.a. The Swordsman of All Swordsmen (Joseph Kuo, 1968) Taiwan
67. Chik loh go yeung a.k.a. Naked Killer (Clarence Yiu-leung Fok, 1992) Hong Kong
68. Sik san a.k.a. God of Cookery (Stephen Chow, Lik-Chi Lee, 1996) Hong Kong
69. Siu Tai Gik a.k.a. Drunken Tai Chi (Woo-ping Yuen, 1984) Hong Kong
70. Wo he wo de zu guo a.k.a. My People, My Country (Various, 2019) China
71. Wo he wo de jia xiang a.k.a. My People, My Homeland (Various, 2020) China
72. Tau ming chong a.k.a. The Warlords (Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Wai-Man Yip, 2007) Hong Kong/China
73. Wu hu tu long a.k.a. Brothers Five (Wei Lo, 1970) Hong Kong
74. Jie shi ying xiong a.k.a. Shaolin Rescuers (Chang Cheh, 1979) Hong Kong
75. Gong fu lao ba a.k.a. Silly Kung Fu Family a.k.a. Shaolin Family Soccer (Wynn Lau Chun-Fai, 2004) Hong Kong
76. Heung Gong you ge He Li Huo a.k.a. Hollywood Hong Kong (Fruit Chan, 2001) Hong Kong
77. Ying hung boon sik III jik yeung ji gor a.k.a. A Better Tomorrow III (Tsui Hark, 1989) Hong Kong
78. Zhong gui a.k.a. Seeding of a Ghost (Kuen Yeung, 1983) Hong Kong
79. Chin gei bin 2: Fa tou tai kam a.k.a. Twin Effects II (Corey Yuen, Patrick Leung, 2004) Hong Kong/China
80. Jue dou zhe de sheng ming a.k.a. My Sword, My Life (Ming-hua Chen, 1978) Taiwan
81. Jie jiu wu xian sheng a.k.a. Saving Mr. Wu (Sheng Ding, 2015) China
82. Gai shi qi hua a.k.a. Miraculous Flower (Hao Fang, 1981) Taiwan
83. Shuang xia a.k.a. The Deadly Duo (Chang Cheh, 1971) Hong Kong
84. Wang de Shengyan a.k.a. The Last Supper (Chuan Lu, 2012) China
85. Lang bei wei jian a.k.a. Duel of Dragons (Wu Ma, 1974) Hong Kong
86. Feng shen bang a.k.a. League of Gods (Koan Hui, 2016) Hong Kong
87. Lü cha a.k.a. Green Tea (Yuan Zhang, 2003) China
88. Zhai bian a.k.a. The Heirloom (Leste Chen, 2005) Taiwan
89. Shao Lin mu ren xiang a.k.a. Shaolin Wooden Men (Chi-Hwa Chen, 1976) Taiwan/Hong Kong
90. Gap tung kei hap a.k.a. Iceman (Wing-cheong Law, 2014) China/Hong Kong
91. Fei yan jin dao a.k.a. Vengeance is a Golden Blade (Meng Hua Ho, 1969) Hong Kong
92. Haixian a.k.a. Seafood (Wen Zhu, 2001) China/Hong Kong
93. Long zhi ren zhe a.k.a. Ninja in the Dragon's Den (Corey Yuen, 1982) Hong Kong
Years watched
1933, 1935
1947
1957
1968, 1969
1970, 1971 (2), 1972(2), 1974 (5), 1976(4), 1977 (4), 1978 (4), 1979 (2)
1980 (2), 1981 (3), 1982 (3), 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987 (4), 1988, 1989
1991, 1992 (3), 1996,1997
2000, 2001 (3), 2002, 2003, 2004 (3), 2005, 2006, 2007 (2), 2008 (3), 2009
2010 (4), 2011 (2), 2012 (2), 2014 (3), 2015, 2016 (2), 2017 (3), 2020
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sol wrote: May 22nd, 2022, 11:05 am Anybody else like how I made a 1961 film my 61st viewing and a 1962 film my 62nd viewing? B)
Lonewolf2003 wrote: May 22nd, 2022, 12:35 pm :lol: that’s the most sol thing you ever did. Let’s see you do the same for 65, 66 and 67. :lol:
Okay, then - challenge accepted. Yes, I can do that. :mellow:
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61. Seventeen Years (1999) - 5/10 (Hong Kong)
62. Seafood (2001) - 6/10 (China)

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10. dragons forever (d. corey yuen/sammo hung 1988) great fights if you can handle jackie's camera mugging. pretty sexist too :whistling:

bronze on time out's 101 action films! :innocent: probably that's it for me
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1. Sam gang 2 (2004) - 6/10 Hong Kong
2. Mei guo nu hai (2021) - 6/10 Taiwan
3. Ku bei (2021) - 7/10 Taiwan
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i enjoyed the gory savageness of this movie, was something you just don't get much of in mainstream stuff.


4. Suk suk (2019) - 7/10 Hong Kong
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A really nice simple look at the meeting, falling in love and ending(?) of a relationship between two mature men. I was pretty invested throughout though the ambiguous ending did leave me wanting more.


5. Rizi (2020) - 6/10 Taiwan
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An interesting slow moving, no dialogue, long shot movie. Yeah it can get a bit boring but for those that enjoy this type of movie you would really enjoy it I think.


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We've now made it over 400 films watched as a group. The top 5 remains unchanged. flavo and Traveller are tied in films from China. DudeLanez still leads for Taiwan.

Here are the top 5 in Year efficiency (minimum 10 films)

klaus78 = 100% (12 years/12 films)
sol = 95.2% (59 years/62 films)
gunnar = 93.3% (28 years/30 films)
RBG = 70% (7 years/10 films)
Traveller = (40 years/62 films)

28 - Woman Warrior of the Wild River 6: Rumble at Deerhorn Gully (1930, China) - 5/10 - A woman warrior battling bad guys. There is also a scene with a guy in a bird suit attacking someone. The movie is a bit interesting as an example of early Chinese cinema, but is pretty dull for the most part. (also, another movie with Zhizhi Zhang. He sure got around)

29 - Confucius (1940, China) - 5/10 - This film depicts the later life of Confucius. The costumes were decent, but the film itself is pretty boring. I thought the acting was bad or perhaps it was in a traditional style that I didn't enjoy.

30 - This Life of Mine/Life of a Beijing Policeman (1950, China) - 7/10 - We get to see 40 years of Chinese history through the eyes of a Beijing policeman. Governments come and go, but the suffering remains about the same. He doesn't have much real power and can be pushed around by those who are really in charge. In the end, it turns out to be a piece of Communist propaganda, but it isn't a bad movie.

Movies from the beginning of three consecutive decades. Seems like something sol might do...

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1 - Twin Dragons (1992, Hong Kong) - 7/10
2 - Armour of God (1986, Hong Kong) - 7/10
3 - Operation Condor (1991, Hong Kong) - 7.5/10
4 - Project A (1983, Hong Kong) - 7/10
5 - Project A: Part II (1987, Hong Kong) - 7/10
6 - Dragon Lord (1982, Hong Kong) - 6.5/10
7 - Ip Man (2008, Hong Kong) - 8/10
8 - Ip Man 2 (2010, Hong Kong) - 7/10
9 - Ip Man 3 (2015, Hong Kong) - 6/10
10 - Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019, Hong Kong) - 7.5/10
11 - Chinese Zodiac (2012, Hong Kong) - 7/10
12 - Drunken Master (1978, Hong Kong) - 8/10
13 - Days of Being Wild (1990, Hong Kong) - 6/10
14 - The Legend of the Drunken Master (1994, Hong Kong) - 7.5/10
15 - Rumble in the Bronx (1995, Hong Kong) - 7/10
16 - The Young Master (1980, Hong Kong) - 7/10
17 - The Killer (1989, Hong Kong) - 7.5/10
18 - Still Life (2006, China) - 6.5/10
19 - Romance of the Western Chamber/Xi xiang ji (1927, China)
20 - Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978, Hong Kong) - 8/10
21 - Center Stage (1991, Hong Kong) - 6/10
22 - The Goddess (1934, China) - 8/10
23 - Spring in a Small Town (1948, China) - 7/10
24 - A Touch of Zen (1971, Taiwan) - 8/10
25 - Princess Iron Fan (1941, China) - 6.5/10
26 - Waves Washing the Sand (1936, China) - 7/10
27 - Wild Rose (1932, China) - 7.5/10

Years = 28

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beavis wrote: May 16th, 2022, 10:14 am 1. Hooly Bible II (2016, China) - 4.0
2. Mang zhong (2005, China) Grain in Ear - 7.5
3. Nu ren xin (1985, Hong Kong) Women - 6.0
4. Xie mo (1981, Taiwan) The Devil - 5.5
5. Yi ge shi zhe dui sheng zhe de fang wen (1988, China) A Dead Man Visits the Living - 7.5
6. Ren gui qing (1987, China) Woman Demon Human - 7.5
7. Jian Hu Nu Xia Qiu Jin (2011, China) The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake - 7.5
8. Hei pao shi jian (1986, China) The Black Cannon Incident - 7.5
9. Xue zai shao (1988, Hong Kong, Taiwan) Burning Snow - 7.5
10. Bipolar (2021, China) - 8.0
11. Laam yan sei sap (2002, Hong Kong) July Rhapsody - 8.0
12. Anita (2021, Hong kong) - 7.5
13. Keep Rolling (2020, Hong Kong) - 7.5
14. Di yi lu xiang (2020, China) Love After Love - 7.0
15. Bak fat moh lui zyun (1993, Hong Kong) The Bride with White Hair - 7.5
16. Bai fa mo nu zhuan II (1994, Hong Kong) The Bride with White Hair 2 - 4.0
17. Xin liu xing hu die jian (1993, Hong Kong) Butterfly & Sword - 7.0
18. Ai sha (1981, Hong Kong) Love Massacre - 7.5
19. Sha shou hu die meng (1989, Hong Kong) My Heart Is That Eternal Rose - 8.0
20. Nu ren si shi (1995, Hong Kong) Summer Snow - 8.0

I rewatched the Bride with White Hair on 4K HD disk (recent German release from Koch under the Jiang-Hu: Between Love & Glory title). This is so much more watchable than my previous dvd which was way too dark and had irritatingly fast subtitles. No wonder I liked it slightly better now, but it is still not as good as some other wuxia sfx epics from the same period. Part 2 was included on Blu Ray in the same box, so I finally saw that one too, but boy, that one is nowhere near as good. Feels like a silly glossy cash grab that adds nothing to the original and leaves only a bad taste.

Butterfly & Sword is another wuxia from the early 90's I hadn't seen yet (a few more to come this week!) with an amazing cast and some crazy effects work (as per usual)... but it fails to leave much of an impression (some of the effects are actually a bit clunky). It is entertaining though, for those who love this genre like I do.

Then two Patrick Tam films, both ending in a bloody massacre (seems to be his thing). Ai Sha is situated in San Francisco and paints the town as a cold place (lots of white in the color pallete) where people pose in front of buildings and art pieces as if they are in a European art film from the 60's. The story it tells doesn't really gel with the sophisticated attitude as it essentially boils down to a slasher; and the psychology of the characters remains shallow and not very realistic. "My Heart" is a direct precursor to the cinema of Wong Kar Wai with the typical cinematography by Doyle and all the other elements of production design. I've seen this described as a sappy drama, but it is not so sappy really, and the gangster elements in it are straight out of the heroic bloodshed school. That final massacre is not something I've seen done in a Wong Kar Wai movie like that!

last one in this update is another Ann Hui drama, with a lot of added comedy this time. Both the dramatic elements and the comedy originating from it are very well done. No wonder this movie did so well in Hong Kong in a period where Hui was finding less succes. The movie deals with the ratrace of balancing work and family for a not so well off family (the female lead compares in that way with Michelle Yeoh in the current hit "everything everywhere all at once") and also with getting older and Alzheimer. Not the most fun topics for a drama and nothing that will speak to a younger audience. But I'm not so young anymore... :) and I found many of the dramatic moments heartfelt, also the comedy that is found in these everyday troubles of normal people (especially when there is so much cringy comedy to be found in Hong Kong cinema) felt genuine.
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Argh. :pinch: Seems like bad a time to focus elsewhere after those "years efficiency" stats, but I'm using the next two viewings to visit some of the box office claptrap, providing enough of a break to make Lonewolf's dream come true of my 65th, 66th and 67th film coming from "65, "66 and "67 respectively. :turned:
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2. Rumble in the Bronx (1995) Hong Kong
3. Detective Chinatown (2015) China
4. Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) China
5. Detective Chinatown 3 (2021) China
6. Chicken and Duck Talk (1988) Hong Kong
7. Enter the Fat Dragon (2020) Hong Kong
8. The Chinese Feast (1995) Hong Kong
9. Lost in Hong Kong (2015) China
10. Love on Delivery (1994) Hong Kong REVISION
11. My Young Auntie (1981) Hong Kong
12. Fearless Hyena 2 (1983) Hong Kong
13. The Untold Story (1993) Hong Kong
14. Once a Gangster (2010) Hong Kong
15. Ninja Champion (1986) Hong Kong
16. Have a Nice Day (2017) China
17. Hail the Judge (1994) Hong Kong
18. Time and Tide (2000) Hong Kong
19. Robin-B-Hood (2006) Hong Kong
20. Stunt Woman (1996) Hong Kong
21. Tricky Brains (1991) Hong Kong
22. Royal Tramp (1992) Hong Kong
23. Odd Couple (1979) Hong Kong
24. Dumplings (2004) Hong Kong
25. Drug War (2012) China
26. Dragon (2011) Hong Kong
27. Pegasus (2019) China
28. Call Me Dragon (1974) Hong Kong
29. A Touch of Zen (1971) Taiwan
30. Accident (2009) Hong Kong
31. Initial D (2005) Hong Kong
32. So Close (2002) Hong Kong
33. Godspeed (2016) Taiwan
34. Firestorm (2013) Hong Kong
35. Front Page (1990) Hong Kong
36. Connected (2008) Hong Kong
37. Air Hostess (1959) Hong Kong
38. Police Story (1985) Hong Kong REVISION
39. Vengeance! (1970) Hong Kong
40. Mr. Nice Guy (1997) Hong Kong
41. Getting Home (2007) China
42. Sunshine Cops (1999) Hong Kong
43. Contract Killer (1998) Hong Kong
44. That Fiery Girl (1968) Hong Kong
45. Kung Fu Jungle (2014) Hong Kong
46. Shaolin Temple (1982) China
47. Drunken Tai Chi (1984) Hong Kong
48. Havoc in Heaven (1963) China
49. The Buddhist Fist (1980) Hong Kong
50. One-Armed Boxer (1972) Hong Kong
51. The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) Hong Kong
52. Bloody Monkey Master (1977) Hong Kong
53. The Haunted Cop Shop (1987) Hong Kong
54. The Enchanting Shadow (1960) Hong Kong
55. Have Sword, Will Travel (1969) Hong Kong
56. PTU: Police Tactical Unit (2003) Hong Kong
57. Lady General Hua Mu-lan (1964) Hong Kong
58. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978) Hong Kong
59. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976) Hong Kong
60. My Heart Is That Eternal Rose (1989) Hong Kong
61. Red Detachment of Women (1961) China
62. The Naval Battle of 1894 (1962) China
63. Hello Mr. Billionaire (2018) China

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China's answer to Brewster's Millions with the usual conditions, including not telling anyone else about the challenge and not giving the money to charity, which leads to some very funny scenes as his entourage go "yeah yeah yeah" as he goes "dammit dammit dammit" after they announce how his risky investments have paid off handsome dividends. In general though, the humour is of the hit-and-miss variety with slightly more misses than hits.

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1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
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8. The Mighty Peking Man (1977, Hong Kong) * 89 min.

I love Danny Lee, but the best that can be said about this is that he had nowhere to go but up from here.
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1. Boat People (1982) * 109 min.
2. Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (1978) * 96 min.
3. Spiritual Kung Fu (1978, Hong Kong) 98 min.
4. The One-Armed Swordsman (1967, Hong Kong) * 116 min.
5. As Time Goes By (1997, Hong Kong) * 61 min.
6. Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (1969, Hong Kong) * 106 min.
7. Silent Love (1986, Hong Kong) * 87 min.
*First time viewing
Years covered
1967 1969
1977 1978
1982 1986
1997
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sol wrote: May 23rd, 2022, 10:50 am Argh. :pinch: Seems like bad a time to focus elsewhere after those "years efficiency" stats, but I'm using the next two viewings to visit some of the box office claptrap, providing enough of a break to make Lonewolf's dream come true of my 65th, 66th and 67th film coming from "65, "66 and "67 respectively. :turned:
You'll still have a pretty nice percentage, though. You can bring it back up a bit over the last week or so if you can find films that from other years that you want to see. At least Lonewolf's dream will help with that.
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9. Se ying diu sau [Snake in the Eagle's Shadow] (1978, Woo-Ping Yuen, Hong Kong) rewatch: 7.5 > 7.8 - I def understand why they paired Jackie Chan and Siu-Tin Yuen again in Drunken Master. They got such a great chemistry and comic timing together.

10. Zan xian sheng yu zhao qian hua [Warriors Two] (1978, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Hong Kong): 8.0 - This got some topnotch fast-paced kung-fu. On top of that Hung keeps the run-of-the-mill plot extremely watchable by inserting a good dose of comedy into the movie.
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1. Du bei dao [The One-Armed Swordsman] (1967, Cheh Chang) Hong Kong rewatch: 6.5 > 7.0
2. Xue di zi [The Flying Guillotine] (1975, Meng Hua Ho) Hong Kong: 6.5
3. Hong quan xiao zi [Disciples of Shaolin] (1975, Cheh Chang) Hong Kong: 7.5
4. Xin ching-wu men [New Fist of Fury] (1976, Wei Lo, Hong Kong): 7.2
5. Xing xing wang [The Mighty Peking Man] (1977, Meng Hua Ho, Hong Kong): 4.0
6. Shao Lin mu ren xiang [Shaolin Wooden Men] (1976, Chi-Hwa Chen, Hong Kong): 7.0
7. Quan jing [Spiritual Kung Fu] (1978, Wei Lo, Hong Kong): 6.0
8. Tang lang [Shaolin Mantis] (1978, Chia-Liang Liu, Hong Kong): 6.5
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sol wrote: May 23rd, 2022, 10:50 am Argh. :pinch: Seems like bad a time to focus elsewhere after those "years efficiency" stats, but I'm using the next two viewings to visit some of the box office claptrap, providing enough of a break to make Lonewolf's dream come true of my 65th, 66th and 67th film coming from "65, "66 and "67 respectively. :turned:

:hug: You will make my month :lol:
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Was keeping LW's dream alive worth this one-two punch Box Office deflection? :think: Hello was pretty decent for a foreign comedy; Goodbye though? Nah. :yucky:
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1. Shaolin Soccer (2001) Hong Kong REVISION
2. Rumble in the Bronx (1995) Hong Kong
3. Detective Chinatown (2015) China
4. Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) China
5. Detective Chinatown 3 (2021) China
6. Chicken and Duck Talk (1988) Hong Kong
7. Enter the Fat Dragon (2020) Hong Kong
8. The Chinese Feast (1995) Hong Kong
9. Lost in Hong Kong (2015) China
10. Love on Delivery (1994) Hong Kong REVISION
11. My Young Auntie (1981) Hong Kong
12. Fearless Hyena 2 (1983) Hong Kong
13. The Untold Story (1993) Hong Kong
14. Once a Gangster (2010) Hong Kong
15. Ninja Champion (1986) Hong Kong
16. Have a Nice Day (2017) China
17. Hail the Judge (1994) Hong Kong
18. Time and Tide (2000) Hong Kong
19. Robin-B-Hood (2006) Hong Kong
20. Stunt Woman (1996) Hong Kong
21. Tricky Brains (1991) Hong Kong
22. Royal Tramp (1992) Hong Kong
23. Odd Couple (1979) Hong Kong
24. Dumplings (2004) Hong Kong
25. Drug War (2012) China
26. Dragon (2011) Hong Kong
27. Pegasus (2019) China
28. Call Me Dragon (1974) Hong Kong
29. A Touch of Zen (1971) Taiwan
30. Accident (2009) Hong Kong
31. Initial D (2005) Hong Kong
32. So Close (2002) Hong Kong
33. Godspeed (2016) Taiwan
34. Firestorm (2013) Hong Kong
35. Front Page (1990) Hong Kong
36. Connected (2008) Hong Kong
37. Air Hostess (1959) Hong Kong
38. Police Story (1985) Hong Kong REVISION
39. Vengeance! (1970) Hong Kong
40. Mr. Nice Guy (1997) Hong Kong
41. Getting Home (2007) China
42. Sunshine Cops (1999) Hong Kong
43. Contract Killer (1998) Hong Kong
44. That Fiery Girl (1968) Hong Kong
45. Kung Fu Jungle (2014) Hong Kong
46. Shaolin Temple (1982) China
47. Drunken Tai Chi (1984) Hong Kong
48. Havoc in Heaven (1963) China
49. The Buddhist Fist (1980) Hong Kong
50. One-Armed Boxer (1972) Hong Kong
51. The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) Hong Kong
52. Bloody Monkey Master (1977) Hong Kong
53. The Haunted Cop Shop (1987) Hong Kong
54. The Enchanting Shadow (1960) Hong Kong
55. Have Sword, Will Travel (1969) Hong Kong
56. PTU: Police Tactical Unit (2003) Hong Kong
57. Lady General Hua Mu-lan (1964) Hong Kong
58. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978) Hong Kong
59. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976) Hong Kong
60. My Heart Is That Eternal Rose (1989) Hong Kong
61. Red Detachment of Women (1961) China
62. The Naval Battle of 1894 (1962) China
63. Hello Mr. Billionaire (2018) China
64. Goodbye Mr. Loser (2015) China

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This gets off to a pretty decent start as the protagonist wakes up back in high school and initially believes it to all be very vivid dream - something that leads to him to doing many crazy and outrageous things. Once realises what is going on though, the comedy quickly dries up with the film instead hitting heavy sentimental notes as he yearns to spend time with mother (before her death from smoking) and as he becomes mixed up between chasing girls.

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1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
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63. The Fearless Hyena (1979) - 5/10 (Hong Kong)
64. The Last Message (1975) - 5/10 (Hong Kong)

1933 1935
1947 1948 1949
1957
1961 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1972 1973 1975 1978 1979
1980 1981 1983 1984 1986 1987 1988
1990 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1999
2000 2001 2002 2004 2006 2009
2014 2017 2019
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9. Night Train / Ye che (Yi'nan Diao, 2007) [China] 8

大中華
1. Eat Drink Man Woman / Yin shi nan nu (Ang Lee, 1994) [Taiwan] 7
2. Seventeen Years / Guo nian hui jia (Yuan Zhang, 1999) [China] 7-
3. The Cloud in Her Room / Ta fang jian li de yun (Xinyuan Zheng Lu, 2020) [China]7+
4. Angels Wear White / Jia nian hua (Vivian Qu, 2017) [China] 6+
5. Youth / Fang hua (Xiaogang Feng, 2017) [China] 6
6. I Wish I Knew (Zhangke Jia, 2010) [China] 8+
7. The Looming Storm / Bao xue jiang zhi (Yue Dong, 2017) [China] 8
8. Oxhide II / Niupi er (Jiayin Liu, 2009) [China] 5+
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94. Mat to sing suk si 1997 a.k.a. Fruit Is Swelling (Man Kei Chin, 1997) Hong Kong

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95. Jiu shi liu liu de ta a.k.a. Lovable You (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 1980) Taiwan

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96. Hong men yan chuan qi a.k.a. White Vengeance (Daniel Lee, 2011) China

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97. Qing tian jian piao xiang a.k.a. Bruce is Loose (Min-hsiung Wu, 1977) Taiwan
The Kill List
1. Di renjie: Tong tian di guo a.k.a. Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Tsui Hark, 2010) China/Hong Kong
2. Guangdong shi hu xing yi wu xi a.k.a. Ten Tigers from Kuangtung (Chang Cheh, 1980) Hong Kong
3. Huang jia shi jie a.k.a. Yes, Madam! (Corey Yuen, 1985) Hong Kong
4. Shijie a.k.a. The World (Zhangke Jia, 2004) China
5. Fu rong zhen a.k.a. Hibiscus Town (Jin Xie, 1987) China
6. Reset (Chang, 2017) China
7. Jian hua yan yu jiang nan a.k.a. To Kill with Intrigue (Wei Lo, 1977) Hong Kong
8. Zhao shi gu er a.k.a. Sacrifice (Kaige Chen, 2010) China
9. Shao nai nai de si wa a.k.a. Intrigue in Nylons (Chih-Hung Kuei, 1972) Hong Kong
10. Ma Yong Zhen a.k.a. The Boxer form Shantung (Chang Cheh, 1972) Hong Kong
11. Chui lung a.k.a. Chasing the Dragon (Jing Wong, Jason Kwan, 2017) Hong Kong/China
12. Shao Lin wu zu a.k.a. Five Shaolin Masters (Chang Cheh, 1974) Hong Kong
13. Duo shuai a.k.a. Triad Wars (Dennis Law, 2008) Hong Kong
14. Shao Lin si a.k.a. Shaolin Temple (Chang Cheh, 1976) Hong Kong
15. Yip Man chin chyun a.k.a. The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (Herman Yau, 2010) Hong Kong
16. Yan nu huan hun a.k.a. The Ghost Lovers (Sang-ok Shin, 1974) Hong Kong
17. You hua hao hao shuo a.k.a. Keep Cool (Zhang Yimou, 1997) Hong Kong/China
18. Xue fu rong a.k.a. The Vengeful Beauty (Meng Hua Ho, 1978) Hong Kong
19. Zhong hua ying xiong a.k.a. Born to Defense (Jet Li, 1988) Hong Kong/China
20. Liu A-Cai yu Huang Fei-Hong a.k.a. Challenge of the Masters (Chia-Liang Liu, 1976) Hong Kong
21. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Wayne Wang, 2010) China
22. Ninja in Action (Godfrey Ho, 1987) Hong Kong
23. Ninja Dragon (Godfrey Ho, 1986) Hong Kong
24. Ninja Avengers (Godfrey Ho, 1987) Hong Kong
25. Nu lan wu hao a.k.a. Woman Basketball Player No. 5 (Jin Xie, 1957) China
26. Hong Xi Guan a.k.a. Executioners from Shaolin (Chia-Liang Liu, 1977) Hong Kong
27. Hong Wending san po bai lian jiao a.k.a. Clan of the White Lotus (Lieh Lo, 1980) Hong Kong
28. Shun liu ni liu a.k.a. Time and Tide (Tsui Hark, 2000) Hong Kong/China
29.The Butterly Lovers Violin Concerto/The Yellow River Piano Concerto (2014) Taiwan
30. Dalu a.k.a. The Big Road (Yu Sun, 1935) China
31. Erzi a.k.a. Sons (Yuan Zhang, 1996) China
32. Lung siu yeh a.k.a. Dragon Lord (Jackie Chan, 1982) Hong Kong
33. Gwai ma seung sing a.k.a. Games Gamblers Play (Michael Hui, 1974) Hong Kong
34. Yuk po tuen: Tau ching bo gam a.k.a. Sex and Zen (Michael Mak, 1991) Hong Kong
35. Xin zhong you gui a.k.a. Matrimony (Hua-Tao Teng, 2007) China
36. Tang ren jie xiao zi a.k.a. Chinatown Kid (Chang Cheh, 1977) Hong Kong
37. Jik zin a.k.a. The Viral Factor (Dante Lam, 2012) Hong Kong/China
38. The Everlasting Flame: Beijing 2008 (Jun Gu, 2009) China
39. Quan ji a.k.a. Duel of Fists (Chang Cheh, 1971) Hong Kong
40. Hu Hui Chien xue zhan xi dan si a.k.a. Showdown at the Cotton Mill (Ma Wu, 1978) Taiwan/Hong Kong
41. Hei yan quan a.k.a. I Don't Want To Sleep Alone (Ming-liang Tsai, 2006) China/Taiwan
42. Fei long zhan a.k.a. The Dragon Missile (Meng Hua Ho, 1976) Hong Kong
43. Gong fu guan lan a.k.a. Kung Fu Dunk (Yen-ping Chu, 2008) China/Hong Kong/Taiwan
44. Gui ma gong fu a.k.a. Dirty Kung Fu (Chia Yung Liu, 1978) Hong Kong
45. Yi ge ren de wu lin a.k.a. Kung Fu Killer (Teddy Chan, 2014) China/Hong Kong
46. Yi jiang chun shui xiang dong liu a.k.a. The Spring River Flows East (Chusheng Cai, Junli Zheng, 1947) China
47. The Jade Pendant (Po-Chih Leong, 2017) Hong Kong
48. Bu ze shou duan a.k.a. Dynamo (Shan Hua, 1978) Hong Kong
49. San guo zhi jian long xie jia a.k.a. Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon (Daniel Lee, 2008) China/Hong Kong
50. Cha shou a.k.a. Masked Avengers (Chang Cheh, 1981) Hong Kong
51. Sing gei cha low a.k.a. The Teahouse (Chih-Hung Kuei, 1974) Hong Kong
52. Hai zi wang a.k.a. King of the Children (Kaige Chen, 1987) China
53. Xin Shao Lin si a.k.a. Shaolin (Benny Chan, 2011) Hong Kong/China
54. Zhou Yu de huo che a.k.a. Zhou Yu's Train (Zhou Sun, 2002) China/Hong Kong
55. She diao ying xiong chuan a.k.a. Brave Archer (Chang Cheh, 1977) Hong Kong
56. Long quan a.k.a. Dragon Fist (Wei Lo, 1979) Hong Kong/Taiwan
57. Goh yeung yee sang a.k.a. Dr. Lamb (Danny Lee, Billy Hin-Shing Tang, 1992) Hong Kong
58. Long men fei jia a.k.a. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Tsui Hark, 2011) China
59. Yin ji a.k.a. Kung Fu from Beyond the Grave (Chiu Lee, 1982) Hong Kong
60. The Swordswoman in White (Huaxun Zhang, 1992) China
61. Shiqi sui de dan che a.k.a. Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2001) Taiwan/China
62. Feng er ti ta cai a.k.a. Play While You Play (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 1981) Taiwan
63. Xin jiang shi xian sheng a.k.a. Mr. Vampire 1992 (Ricky Lau, 1992) Hong Kong
64. Lost in the Pacific (Vincent Zhou, 2016) China
65. Chun can a.k.a. Spring Silkworms (Bugao Cheng, 1933) China
66. Yi dai jian wang a.k.a. The Swordsman of All Swordsmen (Joseph Kuo, 1968) Taiwan
67. Chik loh go yeung a.k.a. Naked Killer (Clarence Yiu-leung Fok, 1992) Hong Kong
68. Sik san a.k.a. God of Cookery (Stephen Chow, Lik-Chi Lee, 1996) Hong Kong
69. Siu Tai Gik a.k.a. Drunken Tai Chi (Woo-ping Yuen, 1984) Hong Kong
70. Wo he wo de zu guo a.k.a. My People, My Country (Various, 2019) China
71. Wo he wo de jia xiang a.k.a. My People, My Homeland (Various, 2020) China
72. Tau ming chong a.k.a. The Warlords (Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Wai-Man Yip, 2007) Hong Kong/China
73. Wu hu tu long a.k.a. Brothers Five (Wei Lo, 1970) Hong Kong
74. Jie shi ying xiong a.k.a. Shaolin Rescuers (Chang Cheh, 1979) Hong Kong
75. Gong fu lao ba a.k.a. Silly Kung Fu Family a.k.a. Shaolin Family Soccer (Wynn Lau Chun-Fai, 2004) Hong Kong
76. Heung Gong you ge He Li Huo a.k.a. Hollywood Hong Kong (Fruit Chan, 2001) Hong Kong
77. Ying hung boon sik III jik yeung ji gor a.k.a. A Better Tomorrow III (Tsui Hark, 1989) Hong Kong
78. Zhong gui a.k.a. Seeding of a Ghost (Kuen Yeung, 1983) Hong Kong
79. Chin gei bin 2: Fa tou tai kam a.k.a. Twin Effects II (Corey Yuen, Patrick Leung, 2004) Hong Kong/China
80. Jue dou zhe de sheng ming a.k.a. My Sword, My Life (Ming-hua Chen, 1978) Taiwan
81. Jie jiu wu xian sheng a.k.a. Saving Mr. Wu (Sheng Ding, 2015) China
82. Gai shi qi hua a.k.a. Miraculous Flower (Hao Fang, 1981) Taiwan
83. Shuang xia a.k.a. The Deadly Duo (Chang Cheh, 1971) Hong Kong
84. Wang de Shengyan a.k.a. The Last Supper (Chuan Lu, 2012) China
85. Lang bei wei jian a.k.a. Duel of Dragons (Wu Ma, 1974) Hong Kong
86. Feng shen bang a.k.a. League of Gods (Koan Hui, 2016) Hong Kong
87. Lü cha a.k.a. Green Tea (Yuan Zhang, 2003) China
88. Zhai bian a.k.a. The Heirloom (Leste Chen, 2005) Taiwan
89. Shao Lin mu ren xiang a.k.a. Shaolin Wooden Men (Chi-Hwa Chen, 1976) Taiwan/Hong Kong
90. Gap tung kei hap a.k.a. Iceman (Wing-cheong Law, 2014) China/Hong Kong
91. Fei yan jin dao a.k.a. Vengeance is a Golden Blade (Meng Hua Ho, 1969) Hong Kong
92. Haixian a.k.a. Seafood (Wen Zhu, 2001) China/Hong Kong
93. Long zhi ren zhe a.k.a. Ninja in the Dragon's Den (Corey Yuen, 1982) Hong Kong
94. Mat to sing suk si 1997 a.k.a. Fruit Is Swelling (Man Kei Chin, 1997) Hong Kong
95. Jiu shi liu liu de ta a.k.a. Lovable You (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 1980) Taiwan
96. Hong men yan chuan qi a.k.a. White Vengeance (Daniel Lee, 2011) China
97. Qing tian jian piao xiang a.k.a. Bruce is Loose (Min-hsiung Wu, 1977) Taiwan
Years watched
1933, 1935
1947
1957
1968, 1969
1970, 1971 (2), 1972(2), 1974 (5), 1976(4), 1977 (5), 1978 (4), 1979 (2)
1980 (3), 1981 (3), 1982 (3), 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987 (4), 1988, 1989
1991, 1992 (3), 1996,1997 (2)
2000, 2001 (3), 2002, 2003, 2004 (3), 2005, 2006, 2007 (2), 2008 (3), 2009
2010 (4), 2011 (3), 2012 (2), 2014 (3), 2015, 2016 (2), 2017 (3), 2020
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9. Liu lang di qiu - The Wandering Earth (Frant Gwo, 2019, China) 6/10 ... I was curious to see a film from the all time box office list whose revenue was almost entirely derived from China, was a decent background movie but nothing more than that

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AB537 wrote: May 24th, 2022, 12:05 am 9. Liu lang di qiu - The Wandering Earth (Frant Gwo, 2019, China) 6/10 ... I was curious to see a film from the all time box office list whose revenue was almost entirely derived from China, was a decent background movie but nothing more than that
I watched this film back in 2019 and agree with your assessment. I'd read the Cixin Liu novel that it is (loosely) based on and had higher hopes for the movie than what it actually turned out to be.
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1. Throw Down (HK 2004) 6/10
2. The Bride with White Hair (HK 1993) 5/10
3. The Boxer from Shantung (HK 1972) 6/10
4. God of Gamblers (HK 1989) 5/10
5. Project A 2 (HK 1987) 7/10
6. The Big Boss (HK 1971) 7/10
7. PTU (HK 2003) 5/10
8. A Better Tomorrow II (HK 1987) 4/10
9. Legendary Weapons of China (HK 1982) 6/10
10. An Autumn's Tale (HK 1987) 7/10
11. Crippled Avengers (HK 1978) 5/10
12. Infernal Affairs II (HK 2003) 6/10
13. Rouge (HK 1987) 6/10
14. Shanghai Blues (HK 1980) 6/10
15. Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind (HK 1984) 7/10
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