http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00004YS9E.01._PE10_SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpgThe Big Heat - Johnnie To directed this one, it's from 1988, starring Waise Lee as a police officer with some on-the-job psychological issues. This is fairly notorious for being incredibly violent (though not quite violent enough to earn a Category 3 rating). A whole lot of fun, and with a wonderfully inappropriate "wacky" coda considering the events of the film up to that point.
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/6305161615.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpgGod of Cookery - Absolute brilliance. Stephen Chiao as the titular character, a master TV chef who falls from grace and has to work his way back up to the top, defeating an evil ex-protege, assisted by a group of psychotic Shaolin monks and a hideous Karen Mok.
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00005S6KK.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpgToo Many Ways To Be Number One - Lau Ching Wan, a terrific actor with a Benicio del Toro-esque presence, plays a low-level gangster trying to move up through the ranks. This is a film along the lines of Run Lola Run in some ways, as it presents two different ways LCW can work his way up the ladder. Seriously astonishing, like Wong Kar-Wai meets Johnnie To (To produced this one, actually). Nice supporting work from Francis Ng as LCW's cowardly, all-talk buddy.
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/630523518X.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpgBeast Cops - You'd think this was some sort of manic action film from the DVD box, but this is actually a light-hearted cop buddy movie first, domestic comedy second, and dark triad thriller third. Totally weird in tone and massively entertaining. Anthony Wong gives a fantastic performance that won best actor for him that year in the Hong Kong film awards.
― ham on rye (ham on rye), Tuesday, 24 June 2003 19:06 (sixteen years ago) link
― Jeff-PTTL (Jeff), Tuesday, 24 June 2003 19:15 (sixteen years ago) link
Patrick Lung Kong, anyone?
― son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Friday, 15 August 2014 19:51 (five years ago) link
Anyone see City on Fire? ‘87, chow yun fat, dir. Ringo Lam.
― calstars, Friday, 22 March 2019 19:10 (one year ago) link
Is that the one where he's burning fake money to light his cigar?
― Philip Nunez, Friday, 22 March 2019 19:49 (one year ago) link
It's the one Tarantino ripped off for Reservoir Dogs, right? I've seen it, it's quite crazy.
― Frederik B, Friday, 22 March 2019 21:40 (one year ago) link
Phil no, that’s _ a better tomorrow _Fred, yes but it’s more discreet than one would expect. I’m a third of the way through and struggling to see the parallels so far
― calstars, Friday, 22 March 2019 21:45 (one year ago) link
Well at least *I* am. Maybe to others it’s more obvious. I’ve seen RD like 15 times though
― calstars, Friday, 22 March 2019 21:50 (one year ago) link
Iirc you'll see ;)
― Frederik B, Friday, 22 March 2019 22:17 (one year ago) link