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Category 'Hong Kong'

Election (HK 2005)

Director : Johnnie To Kei Fung
Screenwriters : Yau Nai Hoi, Yip Tip Shung
Producers : Dennis Law, Johnnie To
Cinematographer : Cheng Siu Keung
Art director : Tony Yu
Editor : Patrick Tam
Music : Lo Tayu

Cast and Characters:
Simon Yam (Lok)
Tony Leung Ka Fai (Big D)
Louis Koo (Jimmy)
Nick Cheung (Jet)
Eddie Cheung Siu Fai (Mr.So)
Lam Suet (Big Head)
Lam Ka Tung (Kun)
Wong Tin Lam (Uncle Teng)
Tam Ping Man (Uncle Cocky)
Maggie Shiu (Mrs. Big D)

Sypnosis
Hong Kong’s oldest triad society is about to elect a new chairman when its sacred emblem, the Dragon Head Baton, goes missing. Five sectional leaders, known as the Tigers, turn all their resources over to retrieving the baton before individual and factional ambitions threaten to break down the society’s central control.

Review
by Gary Cheah

WARNING : Might contain Spoilers

Well, this is a truly Hong Kong’s triad drama. It is different from the usual Hong Kong fare as it strongly focused on the plot and acting (less action) – its all about men mobilizing their power to achieve their aims. Its original and violence portraying the true “underground” world – the realism. Similar to the movie Godfather, its about power and money in the triads associated with dark internal politics.

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Encounters of the Spooky Kind (HK 1980)

Director & Writer : Sammo Hung
Producer : Raymond Chow
Cast : Sammo hung, Lam Ching-Ying, Cong Fatt, Chan Long

Review
by Martin Cleary

Sammo Hung’s Encounters of the Spooky Kind (a.k.a Spooky Encounters) wasn’t
quite the first film to incorporate action, comedy and horror together in a Hong Kong production (that honour goes to Lau Kar-Leungs Spiritual Boxer which was made five years earlier), but Spooky Encounters was certainly the film that defined the genre and made way for many more films of its kind, including the Mr Vampire series.

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Hard Boiled (HK 1992)

Director : John Woo
Cast : Chow-Yun Fat, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan, Philip Kwok, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang

Synopsis
A hard-boiled Hong Kong detective (Chow Yun-Fat) who lost his partner in a gunfight teams up with an undercover cop (Tony Leung) in a powerful mob to stop the mob smuggling guns and killing innocent people.

Review
by Edward Tang

I’d find it hard to believe that anybody who has heard of Asian cinema, has yet to give Hard Boiled a go. If you haven’t, you have no idea what the hell you are missing. This film is the best action film and easily the most rewatchable of all time. I have two major things that should be fulfilled by all films, first they should entertain me and second, I should be able to watch them more than once and still enjoy it. Hard Boiled is probably the greatest example of my scale, it hits the top on both categories. This film has some of the most impressive action sequences in any of film. Woo out did himself in my opinion, after producing US movies for 12 years now, he has only come close with Face/Off, but close is probably an understatement. Hard Boiled is truly entertainment if entertainment was based on a film. Chow-Yun Fat looking super f*ckin’ awesome with toothpick in mouth and berettas in both hands, you couldn’t ask for more in a film.

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Heroes of the East (HK 1978)

Director : Liu Chia-liang
Cast : Gordon Liu, Liu Chia-hui, Yasuaki Kurata, Yuka Mizumo

Synopsis
An arranged marriage between a proud Chinese man and a fiery Japanese woman leads to a variety of domestic squabbles, numerous cross-cultural misunderstandings, and a martial arts battle of epic proportions in Heroes of the East, an entertaining Shaw Brothers fightfest from master director Lau Kar Leung! Also known as Shaolin Challenges Ninja, this kung fu comedy stars Gordon Liu Chia Hui (36th Chamber of Shaolin, Kill Bill) as Ah To, a young man who marries a Japanese girl named Kuda (Yuko Mizuno). Their seeming matrimonial bliss is soon spoiled after a series of fights between husband and wife leads to a fed-up Kuda returning to Tokyo to consult her sensei! Viewing Ah To’s behavior as insulting to the Japanese people, Kuda’s sensei Sanzo (Fist of Legend’s Kurada Hoshou) heads to China with a crew of fighters in tow to teach the young man a lesson. With several martial arts masters at his doorstep, will Ah To be up to the challenge?

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Exiled (HK 2006)

Director : Johnnie To
Cast : Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Lam Suet, Josie Ho, Richie Ren, Nick Cheung, Roy Cheung, Lam Ka Tung

Synopsis
When two gunmen from Hong Kong are sent to execute a renegade member trying to turn over a new leaf in Macau, they are thrown in a dilemma when two of their former comrades also show up, intent on thwarting their mission. It turns out the five of them used to be buddies-under-fire in another mission years ago. When the mission appeared to be accomplished, one of them was discovered to have betrayed their boss and the others were asked to eliminate him. They let him escape in the end. While the four former comrades are reminiscing and negotiating what to do with the buddy whose life they have spared once before, a fifth gunmen suddenly appears out of nowhere and takes the renegade out instead. A final showdown ensues amongst the five gunmen.

Review
by Luke Carberry

Johnnie To’s Exiled does something brilliant, it takes what we love about old Hong Kong films, and combines it with the approach of modern day film-making to bring us something fresh and lasting. You have a combination of gritty, realistic shootouts, masculine but heartfelt friendships on screen, and simply great story-telling. Exiled delivers on almost every level, and is perfect for the To veteran, or even stone cold newcomers.
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