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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Wed May 06, 2009 10:58 am

Hello, all!

I think I will finally be "weighing in" on the Ip Man discussion after tonight... Blu-Ray arrived this morning!


Perhaps my lovely Katalin and I will watch tonight! I love you
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Wed May 06, 2009 1:42 pm

girlblush Yes, yes... cannot wait...

Oh, guys how lucky I am that that my Hubby is sharing the same interest. What a gift it is.

Hope you all have close friends, relatives, girlfriends, boyfriends (not just Forums and Websites) you can share your enthusiasm with. offtopic3 I know, I know.

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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Wed May 06, 2009 2:22 pm

OH yes, speaking of VCDs, there was one of those in the packet as well... right, Rink? clown
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Wed May 06, 2009 2:30 pm

Well... yes... excited the good old Back Alley Princess from Chinatown aka Chinatown Capers... It is not a good quality one but I can make screencaps for the site. That was one of my long missing movie. Thank you so much, Dashiell. kiss

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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Thu May 07, 2009 6:30 am

Katalin wrote:
Well... yes... excited the good old Back Alley Princess from Chinatown aka Chinatown Capers... It is not a good quality one but I can make screencaps for the site. That was one of my long missing movie. Thank you so much, Dashiell. kiss

I didn't realise until I just checked that Lam was one of the action directors on that film. Embarassed I haven't seen it, nor the original "Back Alley Princess", though the original has been on my wanted list for a while due to Angela Mao's contribution.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Fri May 15, 2009 4:24 am

I haven't added anything to this post for a while so here we go again:

Monsters vs Aliens 3D
Seeing that this was reviewed previously - I think it was DM - I won't really go over the plot...Not that it matters really being a kid's movie and all. It was fun though watching a 3D movie, albeit with limited effects. The cinema was also swarming with horrible grade 5 and 6 kids which made it all the more annoying. Anyway, 6 out of 10.

Also, given my dissatisfaction over Ip Man I went back to watch some of the classic Wing Chun movies; Prodigal Son and Warriors Two. I won't bother stating the plots given that everyone should have seen these movies. But anyway, needless to say I found these movies far superior to Ip Man. 7.5 out of 10 for Warriors Two and 9 out of 10 for Prodigal Son.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Sat May 16, 2009 2:39 am

Watched a few films over the past couple of days, so here's a quick run down....

"Oasis Of Fear" 2.5/5

Italian thriller by director Umberto Lenzi who would later shock us with his gory horror films. This is more of a psychological thriller where a young couple are used by an older woman to take the fall for a crime. Although this was an early seventies film it reeks of swinging sixties style. The plot develops quite nicely...... if only the acting was a tad better.


"Sex And Fury" 2/5

Early seventies "pinky violence" from Japan that has a few interesting moments of brutal swordplay but there is an awful lot of boring stuff in between. A typcal hot blooded tale of revenge and betrayal this is considered a classic of exploitation cinema by some.......... but for me this was quite a disappointment.


"Magic" 3.5/5

Nice little thriller about a magician who's ventriloquist dummy appears to have a strong hold over his actions to the point of murder. Anthony Hopkins is both creepy and sad in the lead role.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Fri May 22, 2009 1:12 am

I recently re-watched Two Toothless Tigers an odd comedy action movie from Sammo Hung - with LCY on his team as a choreographer.

Now I'm probably going to get the names wrong, but one of the Yuen brothers - Yuen Shun Yee I think - plays the nephew of Sammo, who's a cook. By coincidence, Yuen bears a striking resemblance to an underworld figure and is one day ordered to cook for him. Anyway, without making the plot seem to complicated, Yuen ends up doubling for the real underworld crook and is subsequently chased after by Wang Lung Wei - some kind of bounty hunter thing.

There is some excellent fighting in this movie and Wang Lung Wei puts in what could have very well been his best action performance. The fight in the tea house (the same one used in Close encounters of the spooky kind and Dreadnaught) between Sammo, Yuen and Wang is simply incredible and probably the best I've seen in this pretty overused scene.

What stops this from being a great movie is the awkward comedy and the drawn out plot. It takes far too long for this movie to get the action started, so you feel like you are watching a cheesy comedy for the first 40 or so minutes. Anyway, enough said.

4 out of 10 overall but 8.5 out of 10 for action!
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Fri May 22, 2009 4:19 am

"By Hook Or By Crook" 2/5

This film was probably on a loser for me from the start. It stars Dean Shek, who is not one of my favourite funny men of HK cinema...... in fact I could go without ever seeing him in any film ever again, but he was obviously a big pull in his home country. Luckily this film does feature good turns from Wu Ma and (The real reason I watched this film.) Sammo Hung. It's not that action packed, and some of the comedy works from time to time, but at its best this is just a pretty forgettable time filler. Lam Ching Ying ang Eric Tsang do have very funny cameos, and Chung Faat gets to play the main bad guy as opposed to a supporting henchman but those two pints alone and the fact that there is some neat Sammo choreography towrds the end just about make this bearable rather than a worthwhile one. As a Sammo fan I would have to put this in the "for completist only" category.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Sun May 24, 2009 12:39 am

Kung Pow! - Enter the Fist

I'm sure that most people will have some kind of opinion about this movie. There are those that love it (often teens) and those who absolutely hate it (generally diehard martial arts fanatics).

The first time I watched it I thought it was quite funny; I guess in the same way that I found You don't mess with the Zohan; as it never took itself too seriously and made fun of stuff that I was very familiar with. The people I know who've put the movie down seem to take offence - probably in the same way that Comedy56 or whatever his name was over the Chinese Ghostbuster thing. A little bit too serious over what was just lighthearted nonsense at the best of times.

I rewatched it for the first time in several years and wasn't as entertained as the first time round. That said it is still a funny, easy-to-watch movie (with the possible exception of the "eoooweeeohhhweee" dubs).

For those actually interested in the "plot" - Steve Oederkirk plays "the Chosen One"; a man with mysterious power; and the movie follows him in his quest for revenge against the one who killed his family, "Master Pain" aka "Betty".

Of course the biggest drawcard is that there is a substantial amount of footage in the movie taken from some old Jimmy Wang Yu flick (also starring Lau Kar Wing and I did see very briefly Phillip Kwok). Steve is literally put into this old print of the movie using the magic of blue and green screen.

If you want to test whether you're a movie lover or a diehard genre movie lover, watch this and see if it presses your buttons or pulls your trigger. 7 out of 10.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Mon May 25, 2009 11:03 pm

I'm kinda in-between with Enter the Fist. I enjoyed the spoof and think it was a much needed send-up of the Fu genre, but I agree that a lot of the movie would appeal to teens. Especially American boys. Don't get me wrong; I appreciate Steve Oedekirk and am glad he made the film. Maybe it will get some people to start watching the real thing!

A spoof I really enjoy, even though it is also quite silly, is Eagle Shooting Heroes (starring the Ashes of Time cast). I can't help but laugh my butt off! I love me some wuxia (more than traditional Kung Fu films, sorry guys) so maybe that's why I like this movie so much.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Wed May 27, 2009 3:16 am

I laughed at "Enter The Fist" the first time I watched it, but a second viewing left me a little cold. The only sequence that still amuses me is the one with the cow.

It's been a few days since I posted any films watched, so here's my recent highlights.


"Sukiyaki Western Django" 4/5

The word strange often goes without saying when it comes to a Takeshi Miike film, and this has to be one of his strangest. This looks like a Western with a lot of Japanese/Samurai references thrown in. All the film credits and songs are in Japanese, yet all the characters speak in English, with some obviously speaking their lines phonetically. The violence is very stylised. It’s easily the most outlandish looking since Sam Raimi's "The Quick And The Dead". My first impression of this is that it may well be worth watching more than once as there is quite a bit of plot to take in. The visual style at times is almost cartoon-like with incredible colours used as background. This is without doubt one of those Marmite films. You're either going to love it, lapping up every tasty minute of weirdness or you’ll spit it out rather quickly. Quentin Tarantino crops up in a cameo role that is quite funny too……… But don’t let that put you off.


"One Armed Boxer" 4/5

I'm a bit of a self confessed Wang Yu fan and his windmill style of fighting and to finally get to see this classic was great for me. Wang Yu loses his arm in a fight so toughens up his other one to make him invincible so he can get his revenge. All this is done with a very serious tone. Too serious in fact. I just laughed my socks off for most of it. Action packed and for the time extremely violent, this was a very influential film form Golden Harvest but more than that this is pure bizarre entertainment from start to finish. I dare anyone to watch this film and not have a huge grin on their face by the end. Highly recommended stuff.


"Master Of The Flying Guillotine" (AKA "One Armed Boxer Vs The Flying Guillotine") 4.5/5

This one manages to be even more wacky than the first film with much better fights thanks to the choreography of Lau Kar Leung and Lau Kar Wing. Wang Yu has never been a great screen fighter but he certainly knows how to surround himself with talent. Plenty of odd characters and some fine examples of different martial arts styles fill this film. I just love that crazy Guillotine too. Only in a martial arts film could such a stupid weapon actually make sense. Dumb but extremely entertaining.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Thu May 28, 2009 12:46 pm

After your review, I think I'm gonna check out Sukiyaki Western Django.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Fri May 29, 2009 3:33 am

Mr Drunken Master, sir. I concur that Wang Yu and his one armed capers are quite entertaining. Especially Master of the Flying Guillotine.

I just wonder which print it was you saw of One Armed Boxer? I saw the incredibly bad French version which - wait for it - had the Shaft soundtrack dubbed over the opening credits and during fight scenes.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Fri May 29, 2009 4:59 am

I've got a slightly cut (By the BBFC) English Dub on VHS. It is the "Kick Video" - M.I.A. release from 1992. I picked it up from a charity shop for £1 a while back. No "Shaft" music on it, just a frantic organ and drums piece of music.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Sun May 31, 2009 4:15 am

"Ashes Of Time - Redux" 3/5

This Wong Kar Wei film is like a dream and as such is very difficult to pigeonhole. Beautifully filmed by Christopher Doyle, with some startling performances, one viewing just doesn't take everything in. This recently updated version has some editing changes to the original, but most of the changes are on the music sountrack, which is first class. I'm going to have to watch this a few more times to really appreciate the film as a whole but my first impressions are of an arty action film with complex and deeply floored human characters. The cast is brilliant with Leslie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Carina Lau, Tony Leung Kar Fei, Charlie Young, Jackey Cheung and Maggie Cheung all looking as god as they ever have on film. Sammo Hung was responsible for the action that occasionally takes centre stage. Further viewings may well raise my inital rating a point. We'll just have to see.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:34 am

"A Better Tomorrow III" 2.5/5

Not as bad as some of the reviews I've read would suggest, but this prequel certainly doesn't work as well as it should. Chow Yun Fat seems to be on auto pilot and Anita Mui is not totally convincing, but there is some chemistry between them that keeps you watching. A time filler at best with some suitably OTT action in the final reel, but as good as Tsui Hark is as a film maker this film misses the bravado of John Woo's action sequences.


"Hocus Pocus" 2.5/5

Some nice touches of action at the beginning and during the last twenty minutes (From Sammo and his stunt team.) bookend some comedy that is occasionally tedious at times. Stephen Tung is quite charismatic in the lead role and Lam Ching Ying is quite good as the Opera troop leader who for once is not an expert on all things supernatural. The comic tone switches somewhat (No surprise there for a HK film, eh !) for the final confrontation.



"Bruce Li - The Invincible" 2.5/5

Standard stuff from the Bruceploitation school of films. Chan Sing gets quite a good meaty role with Fung Hak-On and Mars adding support. Bruce Li gets to fight a gorilla (Well a man in a gorilla suit to be honest.) in one of the funniest scenes I've watched in quite a while.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:37 am

Above the Law aka Righting Wrongs

One of the few 'big' movies with Yuen Biao in a starring role, the movie highlights some of the excellent action cinema of Hong Kong in the 1980s.

I'm sure that most people have seen this movie, and this was the second viewing by myself in several years. Anyway, story is very straightforward (do I say that everytime?)

Yuen Biao plays a lawyer who likes to hand down the law with his fists and feet wherever the judicial system fails. He gets in over his head when his double life is revealed by cop, Cynthia Rothrock.

There is some excellent action here with Yuen Biao working with a solid team to create some noteworthy action. His kicks and flips are highlighted in this movie brilliantly.

The movie does have its usual HK comedy moments, but for the larger part it is a mostly no-nonsense flick.

It's not the best action movie and at times even the fighters move stiffly, but overall it's worth looking out for.

7 out of 10.

*Spoiler alert* Oh, and as a footnote, this version was very different from what I saw years ago. The Dragon Dynasty cut I just watched had cut out scenes that build Fan Siu-Wong's character which made the movie more jolting. Also, in this cut Cynthia's character dies and very brutally at the hands of Melvin Wong.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:57 am

Terminator Salvation

I guess the movie's namesake could be a subtle reference to re-igniting the franchise that is the Terminator series - but again, 'the robots of the future are back at it and trying to destroy humans.

If you're off to watch it be prepared for the relatively sleepy bit near the beginning - sure there is a bountiful supply explosions to wake you up at the beginning, but there is a 30 or so minutes section for character development thrown in there.

John Connor is now all grown up and fighting the naughty bots which are now capturing humans to try and engineer cyborgs ala Arnie.

While the movie certainly delivers on the action front, the film reeks of cliches and not-so-subtle in-jokes from the previous movies. There's also a bunch of stupid things in the movie that don't really add up. I mean, surely, if you want to destroy humans, isn't it better to do that rather than waste your stinking time and build a robot? Or alternatively, are the robots aware of their future? Wow, too deep.

*Spoiler alert* I have to point this part out because I found it quite amusing at the time. Arnold, or at least the CGI/prosthetic version of him turn up in the finale of the movie to kill (OMG! Wait for it!) John Connor. Firstly John tries to melt him, doesn't work, then tries to freeze him, doesn't work, so then tries to get Sam Worthington's character - a terminator that believes it is human - to beat up Arnold. Actually, scrap that, not as funny as I first thought.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:30 pm

Thanks for seeing Terminator Salvation so that I don't have to. I figured it would blow, but was waiting for confirmation! I loved #2 but.... Was there ever any 3rd or 4th sequel that was actually good?
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:36 am

Well, in HK cinema, YES! But mind you, the sequels usually seem to be unrelated to the first installment!
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:32 am

"Vampire Vs Vampire" 4/5

Some of the comedy fell a little flat for me at times but on the whole this is a fun film with some nice action with special effects that are occasionally pretty bad but in a good way. Lam Ching Ying's eyebrows are a stand-out. The fact that he is called The One Eyebrowed Priest in the subtitles is just classic. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:51 pm

So impressed was I with "Vampire Vs Vampire" that I'm taking the enthusiasm into my rewatching of other Lam Ching Ying Vamp classics...... starting with the obvious Very Happy

"Mr Vampire" 5/5

One of my all time favs and one that I can happily go back to over and over again and always find it entertaining. This was one of the films that got me into HK cinema to start with and it has lost none of its charm for me. Performances are great and the action is always done with a sense of fun. A true classic.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:17 am

"Battle Of Wits" 2/5

I had read some good things about this Manga based "historical" epic starring Andy Lau, and although some of the battle sequences were extremely well done, a romantic sub plot and the characters in general just didn't grab my interest and ring true. This looks great and I cannot deny that it is well made, but on the whole this was simply just not for me



"Taken" 4/5

Liam Neeson goes totally badass on the Human Traffickers who take his daughter while in Paris. Directed with flair by Pierre Morel this is a rare thing..... an action film with a convincingly sold performance at its heart. The action is a bit more Bourne than "District 13", but I won't hold that against it. After the first twenty minutes this is an adrenaline rush with some serious cold brutality. For a man who claims not to be a big fan of screen violence Neeson certainly makes a convincing killer.
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PostSubject: Re: Recently watched movie thread   Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:50 am

Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen

Yet another movie franchise doing the Terminator thing - fill plot gaps with explosions and CGI.

Transformers 2 sort of picks up where the first movie ended...Sam has a transformer in his garage. Sam has a hot girlfriend who occasionally bends over and runs in slow motion. Optimus Prime wants to work with humans to defeat the remaining Deceptacons. etc.

This tiny thread of a plot fails to hold everything together as stupid plot devices, crappy one-liners and non-cohesive scenes simply shred the movie and Michael Bay's credibility as a director apart.

I have plenty of problems with the movie, but here are just a few:
1) Transformers have apparently been searching galaxies for suns that they can destroy for energy to make their own robot babies - just have a serious think about that...Yeah, silly isn't it.
2) The first Transformers on Earth that waged war with the humans looked more akin to warriors with headmasks...but they didn't transform!! Doesn't that make then non-transformers? WTF? Seriously!
3) Transformers now have the ability to transform into people...yeah, really dumb.
4) In one scene, they need to get from California (I think...sorry, not good with USA geography), to Egypt - So they teleport.
5) Megatron is recovered and resuscitated - shouldn't they have simply destroyed/disassembled him?
6) Optimus Prime is actually more of an arsehole in this movie - blowing a Deceptacons face off with no remorse. Sure they're bad guys, but he dropped a stinking one liner (can't remember it though).
7) The movie went for far too long - Felt like another LOTR 3.
Cool The scenes with Sam's mother were unbearable - she smokes weed and runs around like an idiot trying too hard to be funny.
9) There are only a few gratuitous moments in the movie, but it really draws back from what seriousness the movie had.
10) There were no effects in the movie that really took it to the next level.

Okay, so that's more than a few reasons. But as you can guess, I really hated this movie. More so than Terminator Salvation.

If you want to see big robots smashing into other big robots, you'll get stacks of it here.

If you want to see a movie that went you go "Wow" like the first Transformers movie, you're out of luck.

4 out of 10.
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