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Archive for August, 2007

The Blacksheep Affair (HK 1998)

Director : Allun Lam
Cast : Man Cheuk Chiu (Vincent Zhao), Qi Shu, Ken Wong, Hoi Lin, Xin Xin Xiong, Andrew Lin and Jude Poyer.

Synopsis
A patriotic Chinese cop is reposted to fictional East European country Lavernia as punishment for ignoring orders during a plane hijack operation

Review
by Edward Tang

I know that action films are not suppose to be well told stories with intriguing characters. I know that the story can be summarized on a poster, and that will satisfy most fans like me. In Blacksheep Affair, you more or less don’t have a clue what is happening on the screen, with some weird ass plot about some made up place, and a Messiah. Yes throughout this film, we learn of a disgraced dude named Dong, who goes to Lavernia and joins up with the Chinese embassy.

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Fulltime Killer (HK 2001)

Director : Johnny To/Ka-Fai Wai
Cast : Starring Andy Lau, Takashi Sorimachi, Simon Yam, Kelly Lin and Cherrie Ying.

Review
by Edward Tang

“Fulltime Killer” isn’t the best film about assassins but it goes up there as one of the most entertaining. Andy Lau is probably the shining star of this film, as he is in most films. Other than the fun action scenes, you also get some comedy for instance. The film isn’t a typical action film and has it some pointless and comical moments that are great especially for me. I liked this film a lot, because I had a great time watching it. It basically has the appeal of a video game, fun and interesting but some of the levels can get tedious.

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2009 Lost Memories (KOREA 2002)

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Director : Si-Myung Lee
Writer : Si-Myung Lee
Cast : Toru Nakamura, Dong-Gun Jang, Ken Mitsuishi, Jin-Ho Seo, Gu Shin and Kil-gang Ahn.

Synopsis
What if Japan allied with the United States during World War II? What if the atom bombs were dropped on Berlin instead of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? What if the sovereign nation of Korea never existed? To J.B.I Agent Masayuki Sakamoto these questions are not the subject of speculation-they’re history. However, during a routine investigation of a terrorist attack upon a museum displaying ancient cultural artifacts, Sakamoto uncovers a web of intrigue which leads him to an underground band of freedom fighters willing to risk everything to acquire an ancient relic known as the “Lunar Soul.” As Sakamoto unravels the mystery, everything he ever knew about the world he lives in will be turned inside out.

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Art of Fighting (KOREA 2006)

 

Director :
Shin Han-so
Cast : Baek Yoon-sik, Jae Hee

Synopsis
Teenager Byeung-tae is constantly picked on and bullied at school. Unable to find a
way to defend himself, he one day spies an old man by the name of Pan-su who appears to have amazing fighting skills. Byeung-tae starts to hassle the strange Pan-su, asking him to teach him how to fight. At first the old man refuses, but over time he starts to change his mind. He agrees to teach him. Unfortunately, it is not exactly what Byeung-tae was expecting…

Review
by Martin Cleary

A striking directorial debut from Shin Han-so, The Art of Fighting is not the ‘balls-to-the-wall’ action film that the title would suggest, nor is it a ‘wacky comedy’ as some of the promotional material would seem to make out. The Art of Fighting is, in fact, a surprisingly sensitive coming of age drama – with plenty of black comedy thrown in for good luck.

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Breaking News (HK 2004)

Director : Johnnie To
Producer : Johnnie To, Cao Biao
Cast : Richie Ren, Kelly Chen, Nick Cheung, Cheung Siu-Fai, Hui Siu-Hung, Lam Suet

Synopsis
A police operation to apprehend a gang of thieves goes badly wrong and is video footage of the mess is televised. To regain the public’s confidence and to counteract the negative press, the Police decide to use the arrest of the gang as a publicity exercise. When the second arrest attempt also goes wrong and the gang hole themselves up in a block of apartments, the police manipulate the situation to make themselves look good. When the gang realise what is happening outside they decide to contact the press themselves…


Review
by Martin Cleary

Breaking News is a thoroughly entertaining satire on the use of ‘public relations’ and the marketing of public services. Director Johnnie To (currently receiving plaudits for his ‘Election’ films) mixes a decent amount of action and flashy camerawork to provide a film that is fun
throughout.

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