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  1. A "no"... for the first question, is that what you're sayin'? But how do you do "translations" then? Or do you mean you straighten out / correct existing but deeply flawed subs?
  2. Allow me two questions here: are you fluent in Cantonese (and in this particular case: in Putonghua) ? And... you're not that Markgway, or are you?
  3. Something of an ok movie, I agree. Not more, not less... and that's mainly because Chong is always an interesting writer (yep, with a knack to make his storys too convoluted) and obviously because of the superlative performances of the two leads. I didn't get over the screeching plot twist in the final reel, honestly (went to see the film again the next day coz I felt I was too jet-lagged and missed something... well, I didn't!) Nicky Li's action gets insanely OTT (as it did in EXTRAORDINARY MISSION), especially in the Golden Triangle shoot-out. Its a sequence that feels like a postcard from the golden days of HK cinema with Chow, double-gun-slingin' and dressed in white, mowing down scores of mu'fuckas running undauntedly into the muzzle fire of his heavy artillery. Nostalgic with a John Woo-ish touch (and certainly a lot better than anything Woo himself dished up in his pretty dismal MANHUNT), the whole set-up nevertheless lacked any semblence of believability and felt kinda out of place here. Yes, CG enhancement was certainly noticeable, but not as painfully distracting as in other recent HK/China co-ops.
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    The Trough (2018)

    I got through watching THE TROUGH earlier last month, and what a bloody disconnected trainwreck of a superhero film this is. I mean, I do check for Cheung and thought that HUNGRY GHOST RITUAL wasn't half-bad as the actor-turned-director's debut feature, but this? Yes, the whole thing's a hoot, you might consider the colour-drained, rain-drenched look of the film as 'stylish' and who knows, THE TROUGH might even stand a chance to end up as one of those "so bad it's (almost) good' cult movies in the future (it proved to be a box office dud anywhere it played in the here & now!) The plot's going bonkers from the word go, storytelling continuity, cohesion and logic seem to be alian concepts, dialogues fluctuate between badass, bizarre and soppy and the more Cheung is playin' it straight as an undercover supercop, the less appealing his role gets. Still, despite all that being said, the plentiful action cartoon sequences of THE TROUGH do work for the most part, bordering on the ridiculously entertaining during the child hostage and the laundromat shoot-outs in particular (CG bloodspurts are as OTT-terrible as in, say, THE MOBFATHERS, but tonally they do fit better here given the unintentional hilarity of the proceedings). And that hardcore HK film geeks get to see a cast of familiar faces is a plus as well ! THE TROUGH even begins to get moderately engaging in its middle part, but then dips again when Xu Jinglei is revealed to be "the boss" and god-awful dialogue, predictability and pitiful green-sceen work take over. Its all capped off with an unctious say-no-to-drugs message Cheung delivers in a totally unrelated final scene in Thailand- as if the the film had anything to do with drug pedding, but who gives a fuck if you wanna coax the SARPPFT into passing your patchy, mutilated looking mess of a film.
  5. Sheng

    Three Milkyway movies on bluray!

    Three of To's best ever... and then only French subs.... aaargh!!! 😭
  6. You're kidding, right? Trailer looks as cringeworthy as the one they recently had for KUNG FU MONSTER... To put things into perspective though, this opens on the 5th of February in China, Lunar New Year, so its tailor-made for toddlers. Seems like they're trying to emulate the pattern of the MONSTER HUNT films, and those unfortunately had a huge BO.
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    Line Walker 2

    D'accord, mark187, LINE WALKER was a pretty decent film and Kar-Lok's action - especially the extended Brazilian set-piece - was already worth the price of admission. Now, I won't file a missing person's report for Miss Sheh - she was merely ok in THE LEAKERS and ALWAYS BE WITH YOU - but the choice of Andrew Lau as director is definitely a reason to keep your expectations as low as possible. The man's been involved in some truly pitiful Mainland drivel lately; matter of fact, just last week I was going to check out his latest, KUNG FU MONSTER, and while standing in the queue at the cinema watching the film's trailer on the screen above the cashier, I changed my mind and went to see CREED II for the second time instead !
  8. Had a chance to catch this the other day in an empty Chinese cinema - the film bombed big time in the PRC ! - and was suitably impressed. A truly involving, well directed sequel with a uniformly great cast (Michael B. Jordan's totally commanding presence, Sly excelling once more as Creed's crumpled coach and even Ludgren - an actor I usually despise! - putting in a passable performance). Fights were remarkably well choreographed and dramaticallly shot and those beautifully composed and edited desert boot camp training sequences were a real treat !
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    To Be Number One (1991)

    A re-mastered release of TO BE NO. 1 was long overdue since the old K & R blu ray was a piss-poor one - even by their own rock-bottom standards. I remember screaming at the telly back in 2011 when I picked it up because the subs were so badly translated and so insanely fast programmed that I constantly had to rewind or freeze the picture. And as OAB also pointed out in his review, large swathes of text remained untranslated, something that was even more distracting in Poon Man-Kit's (almost) equally engrossing LORD OF THE EAST CINA SEA films. Hell, the second part was almost incomprehensible if you didn't manage to read the long chinese intertiltles that explained major parts of the story. So, great news and let's hope Panorama can righten the wrongs. I'm sure we'll see a massive upgrade in PQ, as for better subs and full text translations... well, I remain sceptical.
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    Ringo Lam R.I.P

    Ah, SCHOOL ON FIRE, one of the most gut-wrenching, hardest hitting HK films of all times... Imagine a company like Arrow scooping that one up and releasing it on BD with the cut scenes reinstated... Aiight, gettin' carried away here, flicks like that don't exactly look like obvious restoration jobs for L'Immagine Ritrovata, so it might never happen.
  11. Hmm... can't help it, but that is exactly what I expected this movie to be. Producers asking to approve reviews before posting 'em, what is this world coming to ? Producers or production companies approve promo texts or hype blurbs, not reviews. Thanks for not letting this BS pass without comment, Bob !
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    Ringo Lam R.I.P

    Shocked when I read the news this morning. To me one of the master craftsmen of action cinema and one of the greatest filmmakers. Ever. Gone with just 63. Tragic. Dunno why, but as always when a personal icon passes whose private life and thoughts are little known, I found myself looking for clues in some of the contrite and sobering interviews he gave since his comeback in 2015. Like this one... https://www.scmp.com/culture/film-tv/article/2048285/audience-hong-kong-action-film-master-ringo-lam He appeared as a thoroughly depressed sounding man of his time, and a misfit in today's HK/China film universe. This millenium wasn't his, for sure. Time to go back to his classics, some of which are still only available as incredibly poor DVD's (if you ever find 'em, that is !). Think SCHOOL ON FIRE, THE SUSPECT or WILD SEARCH.
  13. These two Sammo scorchers poppin' up on BD ? Guess before that happens we'll see the full rehabilitation of Harvey Weinstein... 🤣 Lee Hoi-San as a Minstrel show escapee in ETFD, 'homophobic' joke-crackin' in PH... Nah, won't happen, blood, no way. PANTYHOSE HERO didn't even get a DVD release back in the day, VCD only.
  14. Went to see MASTER Z all by myself yesterday in a totally empty cinema - and that was on its opening day in China !! - and I must say I got a lot more pleasure out of this joint than you, OAB. I agree with your judgement on the utter ridiculousness of the bamboo scaffolding and neon-sign hopping fight scene (that also made me think about CHOCOLATE for a hot minute or two), but for the most part I truly relished Woo Ping's oftentimes exhilerating fight choreo. Certainly the most creative he coughed up in years! And no, didn't mind mucho wire assistance all that much. Besides the numerous fights MASTER Z also benefits from inspired casting. Finally Zhang Jin could prove that he really can carry a film as a lead actor, what an improvement from his miscasted and underwritten part in the tepid THE BRINK. And anybody who, like me, thought that Michelle Yeoh wasted her talent for dumb shit like CRAZY RICH ASIANS, here she lit up the screen everytime she appeared and also proved to be fairly convincing in her big fight scene with Zhang ('nuff doubling for Madame though!). Unfortunately the great Philip Keung (actor-of-the-year candidate for me for his recent lead part in in TRACEY !) had way too little screen time as an upright Chinese police officer who finds himself constantly humiliated by his racist British superior - until his (admittedly pretty ridiculously staged) comeuppance. Tony Jaa's wordless assassin cameo was the most baffling one: why was he here, what side was he on? We won't know until the sequel, I reckon - and MASTER Z's real downer of an ending literally screams 'sequel' in your face! Now on to the evil gwailo business that Woo Ping and others seemingly can't do without anymore. Yes, it did grate as much as it did in anything from TRUE LEGEND to CHASING THE DRAGON. And that's irrespective of the reality in 50's Hongkong, that many modern day film buffs conveniently ignore - namely that a lotta white cops were nothing but racist scumbags in those days and drug-peddling wasn't exactly an unknown sideline for 'em either. But if its rammed down your throat in comic-bookish black & white time and again, you can't help to think that this reality is politically instrumentalised these days in order to elevate the Chinese mob to a morally higher ground and ultimately cast them as powerless colonial henchmen. Another turn-off that should also not go unmentioned: just as with IP MAN III it was quite distracting to see that the film, despite all its relentlessly brutal looking (and sounding!) fight action was surprisingly bloodless, save for the scene where Bautista Still, bearing all these shortcomings in mind, I believe that if you had a good time with recent fight fests like Teddy Chen's KUNG FU JUNGLE you'll definitely warm to Woo Ping's latest romp as well !
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    Full Alert (1997)

    Saw an HD print of this the other day on a Chinese pay channel and it looked pretty damn' good, a big step up from the old (remastered) Mei Ah DVD. One reason why some of these classic films turn up on BD now is obviously that they're remastered primarily for television sales in China. Almost forgotten how good this film was! Day 1 purchase for me.