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Iron Monkey (HK 1993)

Director : Yuen Woo-Ping
Producer : Tsui Hark
Action Choreography : Yuen Woo-Ping
Cast :  Donnie Yen, Yu Rong Guang, James Wong, Tsang Tze-Man, Jean Wang

Synopsis
When a mysterious figure starts stealing from the rich and giving to the poor in a small town, the corrupt governor decides to hunt him down. Anyone suspected of being the Iron Monkey is jailed (or worse). Wong Kay-Ying (Donnie Yen) and his son, Wong Fei-Hung, arrive in town and – after getting into a fight – they are arrested under suspicion of being the Iron Monkey. The governor recognises Wong Kay-Yings fighting skills and keeps his son locked up unless he agrees to try to capture the outlaw.

Review
by Martin Cleary

Iron Monkey is a classic film. It’s one of those films which has just the right mix of good story, nice sense of humour, great performances, and – of course – loads of brilliant action scenes.
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Into The Mirror (KOREA 2003)

Director : Kim Sung-Ho
Producer : Kim Eun-Yung
Screenplay : Kim Sung-Ho
Cast : Yoo Ji-Tae, Kim Myung-Min, Kim Hye-Na

Synopsis
Wu Young-Min is the head of security at a shopping mall which is about to reopen after a terrible fire. As an ex-cop, Young-Min is haunted by the tragic event which resulted in his decision to leave the police force. When a young woman is found dead inside the mall and the investigative team arrives to look into the murder, Young-Min finds that he knows the lead detective on the case – Ha Hyun-Su. Young-Min wants to leave the police to their job of finding out what happened to the girl but finds himself being pulled into the case – especially when another dead body is found in the mall.

Review
by Martin Cleary

Into The Mirror is one of those films that fans of J-Horror should enjoy, it has some interesting ideas hidden within its average plotline. The style of film is familiar: an ex-cop who is haunted by his past is forced to confront his fears. Throw into the mix some creepy murders, an ex-college who dislikes him and a friend who just so happens to be a psychologist (what a coincidence!) and you sort of know what type of film this will be from the beginning.

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Initial D (HK 2005)

Director : Andrew Lau Wai Keung, Alan Mak Siu Fai
Cast : Jay Chou, Anne Suzuki, Edison Chan, Jordan Chan,
Anthony Wong, Shawn Yue, Kenny Bee, Chapman To

Synopsis
It’s a story about the fastest street racer of Mt Akina. Takumi, a delivery boy; Ryousuke, an engineer of speed; and Kyouichi, a professional racer: the three of them become duelists of drifts. For five years, 18-year-old Takumi has been delivering tofu in his father’s obsolescent Toyota AE86 every morning. Not only has he become a good racer, but he has also unwittingly perfected the art of drifting. He was never an aficionado of hill racing until he is asked by his father to drive his AE86 in a David and Goliath race against Night Kids’ EVO IV. A glorious but unexpected victory awakens the competitive genes in his blood, while his overnight fame inevitably leads to hellraising races one after another, each one more perilous and exciting than the previous one.

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Based on the popular Initial D anime, here comes the live-real-action Initial D movie. Directed by the award-winning directors (Infernal Affairs), Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. Star-studded with young talented actors/actresses, Initial D is arguably one of the best movies in 2005! It may not be an Initial D fan’s favorite movie because some elements has be altered. For example, the missing character of Keisuke Takahashi and the changes on Itsuki’s character. Besides this, some Initial D’s fans thinks the movie is kinda rush because it contains scenes from the anime Stage 1 to 3. From the ending, we know that it may have a sequel to this movie. But overall, i think its an enjoyable movie for all Asian movie fans and Initial D fans.

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Infernal Affairs 2 : Prequel (HK 2003)

Director : Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
Producer : Andrew Lau
Screenplay : Alan Mak, Felix Chong
Cast : Anthong Wong, Eric Tsang, Carina Lau, Francis Ng,
Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, Hu Jun

Synopsis
1991. Yan and Ming are beginning their careers in the police force. Yan is a policeman with secret links to the triad underworld, while Ming is a young triad who is actually an undercover policeman. Police Inspector Wong and Sam – who is an upcoming triad – find a common enemy in new crime boss Hau. Set during the years when political rule of Hong Kong is shifting from Britain to China, all four of these men find that there are many things which will be changing forever.

Review
by Martin Cleary

I loved the original Infernal Affairs. It was one of those real ‘sit up and pay attention’ films that restored my faith in Hong Kong cinema after a period of relatively poor output. Sometimes the memory of a really good film can be tarnished by seeing a mediocre sequel, and so it was with a certain amount of caution that I approached this sequel. I mean, a sequel couldn’t be as good as the original Infernal Affairs, could it? The answer – I was pleased to find – was that if Infernal Affairs 2 is not QUITE as good as the original, then it’s only by a small margin. This is one of those sequels that makes you take out the original and watch them both again back to back. It’s pretty chuffin’ good.

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Infernal Affairs (HK 2002)

Director : Andrew Lau and Alan Mak
Produced by : Andrew Lau
Production Design : Choo Sung Pong,Wong Ching Ching
Costume Designers : Lee Pik Kwan
Photography : Andrew Lau, Lai Yun Fai
Visual Consultant : Christopher Doyle
Stunt Coordinator : Nansun Shi, John Chong
Screenplay by : Alan Mak, Felix Chong
Cast : Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Andy Lau, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang

Synopsis
Its about Yan (Tony Leung) who is a police undercover in the Triads while Ming (Andy Lau) is in the reversal of a triad undercover in the police department. Leading parallel but opposite lives, both feel the tremendous pressure trapped in their false and dangerous surroundings.

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When the Hong Kong movie industry is in a slump, Infernal Affairs popped out to shock the world with this new thriller by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. Star-studded with prolific actors like Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang, Infernal Affairs is an all-cast blockbluster. Infernal Affairs has won the many awards in the Hong Kong Film Award, which includes Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, etc. This film is probably one of the best in the history of Hong Kong films. There will be a Western remake of Infernal Affairs which called “The Departed”, starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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