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Category 'Hong Kong'

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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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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Bullet in the Head (HK 1990)

Director : John Woo
Writer : Janet Chun/Patrick Leung
Cast : Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee, Simon Yam, Yolinda Yam and Fennie Yuen

Synopsis
In 1967, on the way to the wedding of a friend a young man is accosted by a local gang member. Later, the three friends administer justice, in the process of which the gang member is killed, so they leave Hong Kong to avoid the police and the gang. They run black market supplies to Saigon and get embroiled in the war, being arrested as Viet Cong, then later captured by the Viet Cong, and find that their friendship is tested to the limits as they try to escape.

Review
by Edward Tang

There are some films that I will always remember, because what kind of impact they had on me. “Bullet in the Head” falls into this category, a simple tale that turns into a plethora of destruction and death. This film is certainly a turn around for John Woo, who had been doing heroic bloodshed films up to this point, but this film might be his most emotional so far. Woo adds the horrors of war into the parallel of friendship, which can make you either turn your head or smile.
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Eastern Condors (HK 1987)

Director : Sammo Hung
Producer : Leonard Ho
Screenplay : Barry Wong
Action Choreography : Hung Brothers
Cast :  Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah, Lam Ching-Ying, Joyce Godenzi, Billy Chow, Yuen-Woo Ping.

Synopsis :
Asian POWs get a chance at freedom when the United States offers them a mission to destroy a secret depot of missiles in Vietnam.

Review
by Martin Cleary

Regarded by myself and many Hong Kong action cinema fans as one of Sammo Hung’s best films, Eastern Condors is – surprisingly for Sammo – an unusually serious and intense film. Best described as an eastern ‘Dirty Dozen’, this Vietnam movie reworks several elements and ideas of Hollywood war films into an unmistakably unique Hong-Kong style. The film combines gunplay and dazzling martial-artistry with ease.

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