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Category 'Hong Kong'

Wheels On Meals (HK 1984)

Director : Sammo Hung
Producer : Raymond Chow
Screenplay : Edward Tang, Johnny Lee
Cast : Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Lola Forner, Benny Urquidez, Keith Vitali

Synopsis
Thomas (Jackie Chan) and David (Yuen Biao) are fast food traders working out of a van in a town square in Barcelona. They cross paths with a young girl called Sylvia, who is – unknown to them – a pickpocket and seems to be in trouble as she is chased by some dodgy looking men. Private Investigator Moby (Sammo Hung) is also looking for this young girl and uncovers a plot to kidnap her. After initially disliking each other the two brothers form a friendship with the private detective, and when the kidnappers snatch Sylvia they decide to go to her rescue.

Review
by Martin Cleary

If you’re a Jackie Chan or have been a Hong Kong film fan for any real period of time, then the chances are you’ve already seen Wheels On Meals. This is one of those classic eighties action-comedies that HK produced rather well. And in this case it has the magic of the three brothers: Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao.

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Way of the Dragon (HK 1972)

Director : Bruce Lee
Written by : Bruce Lee
Cast : Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, Chuck Norris, Ping-Ao Wei, Chung-Hsin Huang, Robert Wall and Ing-Sik Whang

Synopsis
Tang Lung (Bruce Lee) arrives in Rome to help his cousins in the restaurant business. They are being pressured to sell their property to the syndicate, who will stop at nothing to get what they want. When Tang arrives he poses a new threat to the syndicate, and they are unable to defeat him. The syndicate boss hires the best Japanese and European martial artists to fight Tang, but he easily finishes them off. The American martial artist Colt (Chuck Norris) is hired and has a showdown with Tang in Rome’s famous Colosseum.

Review
by Edward Tang

“Let him know. If I ever see him here again… HE WON’T LEAVE ALIVE!”

Being a huge fan of the martial arts genre, you can’t help but know Bruce Lee’s films by heart. My first experience with his flicks was when I bought a piece of crap VHS of Fist of Fury (The Chinese Connection) with horrible picture on dubbing. But still, amongst that, you could still witness Bruce Lee and how much presence the man has on the screen. This film in general is so basic, yet is probably one of the true gems in the particular genre. Everything is pretty basic, from the over-sized ugly ass goons, to your basic plot described in a few minutes, and so so acting. But in watching this film, it showcases why Bruce was great, every fight scene was entertaining and the final confrontation between him and Mr. Walker Texas Ranger is a classic and shouldn’t be missed by anyone. I’ve actually renamed this film “Smiley” because even though shit doesn’t go everyone’s way, smiles are always consistent on their faces.

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The Heroic Trio (HK 1993)

Director : Johnnie To
Action Director : Ching Siu Tung
Cast :  Anita Mui, Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Wong, Damian Lau, James Pax, Paul Chun Pui, Yen Shi-Kwan

Synopsis
The Trio join forces against an ancient Ming Dynasty eunuch who is trying to resurrect China’s imperialist past by collecting male babies and storing them up to form a new nation.

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The Eye 2 (HK 2004)

Director : Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang
Cast : Shu Qi, Eugenia Yuan, Jesdaporn Pholdee, Philip Kwok, May Phua, Rayson Tan, Alan Tern and San Yow

Synopsis
Pregnant Joey (Shu Qi) teeters on the brink of madness after several fruitless suicide attempts. She’s the unwilling recipient of an influx of shadowy images that haunt her pervasively.

Review
by Edward Tang

What can I say? This “sequel” is basically following the same path as the first one (see ghost) but really has nothing to do with it in any other regard. Me myself, I wasn’t really a fan of the first one, but respected what the Pang Brothers brought to the table. This film really doesn’t have anything special going for it, a few interesting images but not much else. The direction is top notch, but the story gets cluttered after you see the ghost image about 50 times and just get tired of it. Some aspects of the story do remain interesting however, we get an explanation of reincarnation with includes people’s ghost figures floating into vaginas and coming back as babies. But then the story seems to be another like Sixth Sense, as the events unfold as to why this ghost is actually following her, it just seems beat to death. Basically for the time being, the film lurked around, gave us a few interesting images and just ended with the sappy happy ending. I can’t say that I was bored, but this film just didn’t improve on the above-average original. 

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The Assassin (HK 1993)

Director : Siu Hung Cheung
Cast : Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok (Max Mok), Zhang Fengyi

Synopsis
A poor farmer who loves a woman he is forbidden to associate with becomes a hardened mercenary, and is hired by a local warlord as a professional assassin. Years later, he runs into his old love and begins to question his violent past. 

Review
by Edward Tang

Finding this film on the shelf of some store, I wondered why I had never heard of it. Sure, it wasn’t a big production, didn’t really have any big name talent, and wasn’t the best film in the rack, but it had it’s moments that probably were brought on by the surge of bloody duels and an all around fun approach. You won’t find anything in this film that you might consider unique, other than a very gruesome scene which involves sewing a man’s eyes closed. But being a small budget flick that has only an 87 minute running time, I felt that they delivered what I wanted from something like this. Sure, the plot is sketchy because it moves so fast, and you might not know some characters, and none of them are really developed, but who cares? The fast pace also adds to the fun that this film delivers, whether or not making the plot more successful. I got everything they threw at me, but later heard that people had a trouble keeping up with it. 

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