Crazy Hong Kong cinema

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Just acquired a bunch of cheap DVDs en masse via a Hong Kong distributor:

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The 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.

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God 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.

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Too 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.

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Beast 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

I love God of Cookery, it's one of my favorite films of all time.

Jeff-PTTL (Jeff), Tuesday, 24 June 2003 19:15 (sixteen years ago) link

eleven years pass...
four years pass...

Anyone see City on Fire? ‘87, chow yun fat, dir. Ringo Lam.

calstars, Friday, 22 March 2019 19:10 (three months ago) link

Is that the one where he's burning fake money to light his cigar?

Philip Nunez, Friday, 22 March 2019 19:49 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

Iirc you'll see ;)

Frederik B, Friday, 22 March 2019 22:17 (three months ago) link


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