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I Am Caine

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  1. Are we saying strictly wushu or any legit kung fu skills? Did Donnie Yen train wushu coming up? I'd throw in my hat for Andy Lau, who has been training wing chun for the last several years to play in Grandmaster and, from what I understand, has become a devotee to the art. Also gotta love Jackie.
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    What Johnnie To movies should I seek next?

    BTW is it just me or is Melville pretty overlooked in world cinema? He died young and didn't make that many movies but he seems to be underappreciated.
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    What Johnnie To movies should I seek next?

    Not sure where this conversation left off but I loved, loved, loved Drug War. Maybe I mentioned this already in the thread but the way the cop changes personalities as he changes who he's impersonating - there's dozens of little touches like that that make this film great. I have to believe Drug War was not its Chinese title, the movie is too clever. And it's not really about a Drug War! Haven't seen another To since, but I'll tell you that I am lining up Jean-Pierre Melville movies. Le Circle Rouge is fantastic. I can see where To gets the inspirations - in the pacing, which is quick but seems to also focus on the mundane, and in the minimalism of the dialogue, and the way circumstances or situations evolve the characters. There's scenes in Cercle Rouge where the two main crooks become friends (the trunk scene, then the gun fight in the woods) that is quick but reveals so much. Le Samourai for me next, and then perhaps Army of Shadows, and back to To.
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    What Johnnie To movies should I seek next?

    Incidentally, my introduction to John Woo was The Killer, then right into Hard Boiled. These were both in the 90s and this is what we had available - on video cassette btw. I also saw Ringo Lam's Full Contact during an Asian cinema series on a college campus.
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    What Johnnie To movies should I seek next?

    Excellent. Thank you. So I've seen almost everything on the Criterion list, that's good. But I'll head over to those reviews. I may have to rewatch Election before going after Election 2, because I've forgotten most details of the characters.
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    What Johnnie To movies should I seek next?

    And, boom, that's why I love this forum. Oh, you need a Johnnie To list? Here you go BLAMMO IN YA FACE!
  7. So I have been watching forum-recommended HK cops and robbers movies and naturally have been catching up on Johnnie To movies. Any fans that would like to discuss his style? What would you recommend to a guy that has seen: The Mission Election Throw Down and just finished Drug War? Was thinking Exiled might be my next watch. What else? Regarding style, I read that this prolific director-producer works in multiple genres (I have never seen any of his comedies or romances) and that he went through a lull in his career and the career of his production company but that he's back on his A-game. Style-wise, man, I love it, it always seems a bit unexpected - slick like the best HK gangster movies, but also more gritty, realistic, but also with unexpected touches, subtle shifts in plot and great characters. Like when I watched Drug War, I was really drawn in by the informer and the cop. In the scene in which the captain, undercover, portrays first one gangster and then another you can see the captain changing his mannerisms to suit the shift: first he is stone cold as the deadpan Chang and then he starts blurting out lines and laughing to imitate Haha. So subtle, so cool. And the informer, you're never quite sure what he is thinking, and his cowardice, what seems to be his driving force, is never at the forefront of his mannerisms - this is a guy that can kick ass with the best of them but you don't realize until the film evolves just how far he will go to save his own skin. You can practically see him struggle with obeying his honor as a triad and his own need for self-preservation. I'll take any recommendation, btw, not just gangster films - I mean Throw Down was part gangster, part comedy, part I don't know what. Oh, and Louis Koo was great as usual but Sun Honglei as Captain Zhang - WOW.
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    Anyone read The Shaolin Monastery by Meir Shahar?

    Awesome! Although you made a big mistake in that other thread. Everyone knows Shaolin martial arts was taught to the monks directly by the god Vajrapani.
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    Featurette on HK movie dubbing in the late 80's

    Looking forward to watching this! I was asking about this specifically in another thread. Thank you!
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    What's your favorite triad movies?

    Man, every time I think I'm pretty well traveled in a genre of Asian cinema I come here and just get humbled. So many good ones to add to my queue - quite a few unavailable that I will keep my eye out for! Anybody mention God of Gamblers as a "Triad" film?
  11. I'm about 2/3rds of the way through it and I have to tell you I am enjoying it immensely and would recommend it to anyone. http://www.amazon.com/The-Shaolin-Monastery-History-Religion/dp/082483349X It's a scholarly book, so a bit dry in spots, but very accessible. Basically, it's a history of the Shaolin monastery in China and attempts to answer such questions as: -What was the evolution of their involvement in martial arts? -Why martial arts and military skills in contradiction to Buddhist prohibitions against violence? -What were their methods? What skills did they specialize in? -How did they use those skills? Covers a great deal of history, from the tenth century to the present. Basically confirms everything you ever thought about Shaolin and some things you may not know: they did practice martial arts expertly and were involved from time to time in military activities, and are currently a center for martial expertise today. But they also study and cultivate Buddhism - their kung fu is part of their Buddhist practice. And, for many centuries they were noted staff experts (discusses the role of the staff as a Chinese weapon and symbol), only really becoming known for hand to hand in the 1500s. Doesn't answer all questions, some of which are scholastic mysteries, but a really good scholarly history book of interest to the layperson.
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    Most Legit Screen Fighter, Any Era?

    Whoa. Can someone find this?
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    Most Legit Screen Fighter, Any Era?

    Chan Wai-Man in the ring! http://youtu.be/FHksx50Mtik
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    Most Legit Screen Fighter, Any Era?

    Damn, we got us a serious bunch of fighters here. Hey, off track, but Cung was in Bodyguards and Assassins, wasn't it? Was that any good? He was in something else I liked, too... bit role in True Legend, I think?
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    Most Legit Screen Fighter, Any Era?

    Hwang Jang Lee, "The King of Kick?" http://youtu.be/D7nmXY-uSNo