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What ELSE (other than KUNG FU) has everyone been watching?

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Guest Ivy Ling Po

Marco Polo - I found it more enjoyable than expected though Marco Polo should have dark hair I think being an Italian. Shih Sze shines in a non-fighting role.

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Guest iron flag

Shaolin Hero-Possibly the worst dubbing I've ever heard (and thats saying a lot in this genre) But I liked in a guilty pleasure kind of way.

The Himalayan-Good, but didn't live up to the Hype.

Bloody Fists-Excellent

Marco Polo- Excellent

Judgement of an Assassin-Very Good

Masked Avengers-Excellent (please let there be a Celestial soon)

Ivy, there are a lot of Northern Italians with light hair (you're right though,Richard Harrison doesnt look very Italian). :)

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Guest gfanikf

just watched The Avenging Eagle

Great flick with a good story that clearly influneced alot of New Wave Hk films (john woo, etc).

The actions pretty sweet too. Im happy I got to see the extened copy with the extra action.

Ti Lung and Fu Sheng are great

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Guest kenichiku

Reruns:

Ho Meng Hua, Vengeful Beauty ***.5/5 Chen Ping needed to be in more action films

Li Han Hsiang, Happiest Moment ***.5 Mike Hui does Peter Sellars

Liu Chia Liang, Martial Club **** never bores

non-Shaw:

Michael Campus, Education of Sonny Carson (R1) **** - you oldschool NYers should remember this superior docu-drama; unfair to label as 'Blaxploitation' as it precedes the more popular 'Wanderers', 'Lords of Flatbush' & 'The Warriors' by a few years.

Ride with the Devil ***.5 (R1) Ang Lee flirts w/the Confederacy w/Maguire, Ulrich, Jewel & the great Jeffrey Wright

Carpenter, Assault on Precinct 13 (R1) ***.5 w/commentary

Itami, A Taxing Woman Returns ***.5 (VHS) w/Nobuo rocks

Bandolero **.5 (R1) w/Jimmy Stewart, Racquel Welch

....paid for (dearly) some B-stuff in the dark:

Besson & crew, Transporter II **, stingey KF action; fire hose thing was best. That bloke Latham needs a script & a better shot at it in III.

Singleton, 'Four Brothers' **.5, working class D-troit male bonding

'The Cave', cool sets & Romanian locations **, Cole Hauser & Piper Perabo shined though

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Guest Ivy Ling Po

Brotherhood - excellent movie with Liu Yung, Hu Chin and Lily Li

all excelling in their respective roles. I have not heard of this movie before and therefore I was pleasantly surprised. I wonder if it is a remake of POISON ROSE made in the 60s starring Julie Yeh Fung and Wang Hsieh as Hu Chin is playing the same character.

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Guest kenichiku

Still catching up with a little shopping spree over in the friendly neighborhood mom n' pop retailer over in Northpoint (Pak Kok) for some old bargain titles (avg $45HK/DVD). Just checked out of the last hotel and into a family's flat for some DVD viewing after 2 weeks cold turkey....and man do they have a system:

Marco Polo (2nd time, own copy IVL r3) ****.5/5 - their 52" 16x9 Olevia plasma makes a huge world of difference over my 21" big tube Sanyo!

Martial Arts of Shaolin (IVL r3)****.5 - Jet was the little mischief maker with the moves back in the innocent days! I can finally chuck my crappy VHS now! Pops reinforces his reputation. The clarity with the awesome Kung Fu brings tears in my eyes!

Lotus Lamp (IVL r3) *** - Not the best Huang Mei musical but an excellent package (original trailers, storyboards, lyrics, documentary, etc). A miscast Cheng Pei Pei as Lin Dai's father but the sets are sumptuous as usual.

Can't keep up with the newer batches yet as some of them hav been ordered from YesAsia.com and waiting for me back in the states.

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Guest Firecrane

Whats up everyone, it's been awhile.

Shaws:

The Duel

The Angry Guest

Marco Polo

Judgement Of An Assassin

Shaolin Intruders

Casino

Japanese:

Sword Of Doom

Anime:

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

Baseball:

Watched the all Yankee games as they won the AL East Division :D

Watched the Yankees get eliminated again >:

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Guest kenichiku

Just watched during my travels:

Double Bliss (VCD) ***.5/5 w/Liang Sing Po, Ching Li, Wei Ping Ao; It's his trademark voice so Canto legend Liang Sing Po did do his role in Mandarin; deserved DVD treatment.

Deadly Duo (VCD) **** (5 stars if DVD was perfect) w/DC, Ti Lung; Couldn't hold out anymore; a true classic.

Chinese Boxer (VCD) **** w/Jimmy Wang Yu, Lo Lieh, Wang Ping; no bad audio to distract the fantastic visuals especially in the 2nd half.

others:

Kim Ki Duk, Samaritan Girl (r3 DVD) ***

2nd 1/2 of Tsui Hark's 'Seven Swords' (DVD) ***.5; he's been watching his Shaw films...also nouveau Korean ones.

Theatrical splurging:

'Flight Plan' (the Mongkok UA at Midnite) *** w/Jodie in her lioness protecting her cubs mode again, Sean Bean, Peter Skaarsgard's role way under-developed; coulda been way better.

Nick Park, 'Wallace & Grommit: Curse of the WereRabbit' (at the Tung Chung Crescent UA matinee)****; A 100 screaming & laughing little kids can't be wrong, fun cheese. Nice to see old friends like Grommit over here!

TV:

a 'Get Smart' rerun on Pearl TV!

'So Close' w/Shu Qi, Karen, Vicky & Kurata on Pearl tonite!

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Guest GwaiLoMoFo

Have recently seen:

Unleashed (2nd viewing) 4.5/5 (Jets best in a looong time)

Judgement Of An Assassin 4.5/5 (excellent on every level)

Godzilla: Final Wars 4/5 (very fun movie)

Hong Kong Godfather 5/5 (Good film, with a ripper ending)

The Himalayan 4/5 (good finale, a little slow fist half)

Haute Tension 4/5 (yeah it was gory, sometimes its what you dont see that scares you.)

Death Games 3.5/5 (great fight scenes, ok film)

Goyokin 5/5 (Masterpiece Samurai film!!)

Crash 4/5 (bottom line, everybody is racist)

Havent seen any stinkers in a while.

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Spinning my HK splurge:

The Duel (IVL) ****.5/5 - A near perfect package w/original trailer & except for minor forgivable audio intervention midway thru, still damn near the best of the year. This is young hot-blooded Ti Lung's flick all the way through.

The Brave Archer & His Mate (r3) ***.5 – Having admit to not knowing the books, watching this as a stand alone before revisiting the originals was a challenge but great Venoms influenced fights helped to cap off this Chang series. Capable Kuo Chui & Gigi Wong chemistry helped me forget the switch in the Kid’s role and watching Lung Tien Sheng go berserk was the bomb.

The Angry Guest (IVL) ***.5 - Loved it as a teen, plays quite dated now. Chang's no Fukusaku or Suzuki as this DC/Ti Lung vehicle is upstaged by the colorful villians. Although Kurata was underused during fights, his conquest was with the ladies. Korean actress Fang Im Ha shines as his Japanese colleague. Bug eyed Bolo is quite amusing with his speaking parts.

Raw Passions (IVL) ** - an excrutiating static mystery thriller with plot holes & rotton herrings. Ivy Ling Po was more interesting in 'Cause to Kill'. I wanted more of the volumptuous Meng Li.

Spring Blossoms (IVL r3) ***.5 - w/Shu Pei Pei, Essie Lin Chia, Lily Li, Fang Yan, Chin Feng, Fang Mien, I'm a sucker for geeky maudlin 60s Shaw comedies; pretty sisters, med-student tenants & coke bottle glasses, what's not to like?

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Guest lacali

Just finished watching Seven Swords. I don't like it that much since the fighting is kind of weak for a Donnie Yen movie.

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Guest kenichiku

Shaw reruns:

Ti Lung, Young Rebel (IVL r3) ***.5/5; w/DC, Ti Lung, Lu Ti; Surprisingly refreshing now after dismissing this basher decades ago.

Li Han Hsiang, Illicit Desire (IVL r3) ***.5; w/Hu Chin, Tanny, Yang Chun, Yueh Hua; thought provoking coffee table erotica.

Hsu Teng Hung, The Silver Fox (vhs) ***.5; w/Lily Ho, Chang Yi, a fave classic; remastered IVL next.

non-Shaw

Niki Caro, North Country (theatrical) ***.5; w/Theron, Harrelson; 'Norma Rae' & 'Silkwood' for the new millenium; New Zealander Caro has a good feel for the Northern Midwest.

Bartkowiak, Doom (theatrical) ***; not into flicks based on video games but forget 'Being Cool', the Rock w/a 'Semper Fi' tattoo returns to form.

Reiner, This Is Spinal Tap (r1) ****; never get tired of this one, brilliant.

Besson, Wasabi **.5, 'Leon' in translation; good looking but shallow.

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Guest kenichiku

just reruns...

Shaolin Mantis ****.5/5

Sweet Is Revenge **.5

Disciples of the 36th Chamber ***.5

Last Woman of Shang ***.5

The Swordsmates ***

non-Shaw:

Mendes, Jarhead (theatrical) ***.5 - even w/snipers, don't expect a 'Full Metal Jacket'

Campbell, Legend of Zorro (theatrical) **.5 - mostly for the kids

Dickerson, Juice (r1) ***.5 - Wow, almost a decade since Tupac left

Annaud, Enemy at the Gates (r1) ***.5 - needed my sniper fill.

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Guest lacali

Just finished watching The Myth with Jackie Chan & Tony Leung Ka Fai (3/5), Seven Swords with Donnie Yen (3/5), and Shaw Brothers' Hong Kong Hong Kong with Cherie Cheung & Alex Man (4/5).

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Guest jmungus

OFFENSIVE SHAOLIN LONGFIST (1983)

liked it for what it is- chop socky of the decent standard type. sure a lot more fun (at least to me) than 80% of anything 'action' that comes out of hk or hollywood lately (stealth, fantastic four, huada chronicles.... all with less entertainment value than stuff like the LONGFIST)

6.5

ANGRY GUEST (1972)

duel of fists never really appealed to me (3 viewings over the course of 10, 12 years) and its sequel, the angry guest (never watched before) doesnt either, tho i liked it slightly better. lung & dave in thailand just dont cut it for me. dave solo in thailand (shaolin handlock) was a lot more fun.

5.5

THE BLADE (1995)

tsui brings it intense and authentic. good remake, keeping some of the old and giving it new perspectives.

8.5

ELF (2003)

i generally dig the will ferrell comedy angle. in "elf" it works lovely. the best new millenium x-mas comedy.

8/10

SHAOLIN TEMPLE (1976)

whos the "best" director in town for the shaolin temple theme ?

anyone ever cared to compare ? aside from chang cheh im thinking in the likes of joseph kuo, LKL (duh!) etc

who seems to be the most authentic, who wreaks temple havoc the best, who is the most original and creative ?

anyhow, this one scores 7.5

IRON MONKEY STRIKES BACK (1978)

my man chen kuan tai delivers once again.

the lenghty adventurous finale takes the classic "progress to the next chamber/level"-route (like bruce in game of death or wu jing in the tai chi master series to feature film).

ps: its only a "sequel" to iron monkey by name, not by content !!

7.5

LAND OF THE DEAD (2005)

not so much of a zombie fanatic or romero fan for that matter.

i heard this was a mixed bag, and im right in the middle of the mix with my opinion on this one.

to me this was a time killer of the bearable type, with nothing that would stand out in any way and no flaws i couldnt forgive.

6.5

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Guest teako170

Shaw Brothers....

The Boxer From Shantung: If you have yet to see this film, get a copy. Great film!

Challenge of the Masters: One of those films I saw on Black Belt Theater back-in-the-day but didn't realize it until I started watching it again. Its quite a rush when your memory kicks in. :)

Non-Shaws....

Gaslight (1944): Classic film starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten and a 17-year-old Angela Lansbury. Big fan of Bergman - one of the greats.

Paparazzi: Not bad. Dennis Farina was the standout as was Tom Sizemore who played a real prick.

Theatrical....

Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit: Gotta love these guys (though the film felt a bit long). Prefer their shorts more.

Regular TV....

Steelers ... Steelers ... and dare I say it, yes .... more Steelers! (Nothing stops Big Ben this season). :b

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Guest sevenhooks
Gaslight (1944): Classic film starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten and a 17-year-old Angela Lansbury. Big fan of Bergman - one of the greats.

Yeah, man. Good stuff.

Been getting back into a lot of film noir and trying to catch good ones I've yet to see.

CLASH BY NIGHT w/Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan and a young Marilyn Monroe was excellent.

As was OUT OF THE PAST w/my favorite, Robert Mitchum.

Last week I finally bought a copy Orson Welle's TOUCH OF EVIL.

If you have the SLIGHTEST interest in this genre you NEED to see this movie. The opening shot alone is worth it (plus where else are you gonna see Charlton Heston as a Mexican!) Brilliant.

Also just picked up the Val Lewton "horror noir" box set with Cat People, The 7th Victim, I Walked With a Zombie, etc.

Incredible stuff.

Not exactly noir, but definitely dark was THE BAD SEED, about an unassuming murderous 8 year-old girl. The concept might not be so shocking these days, but keep in mind this was made in 1956!

Excellent performances all around. The flick is so gripping that it never drags, even when clocking in at just under 130 minutes.

Okay enough with the old films...

I'm just about to sit down and watch FRAZETTA: PAINTING WITH FIRE, a documentary about Frank Frazetta (you've seen his work even if you think you haven't - Molly Hatchet album covers, Conan The Barbarian art, Heavy Metal mag, etc.).

I'm also in the middle of the massive documentary from the early 70's called THE WORLD AT WAR.

Narrated by none other than Sir Lawrence Olivier, it's the definitive account of the Second World War.

What's fascinating to me is that it was made less than 30 years after the War ended, so many of the subjects were still alive and still relatively young enough to provide gripping accounts.

Oh, yeah... on the kung fu tip, I've recently thrown in the following...

TIGRESS OF SHAOLIN - would've liked to have seen Liu Chia-Liang's sister in more stuff during this period. She was a riot.

THE POSTMAN STRIKES BACK - pretty damn good. not at all what I expected.

18 FATAL STRIKES - SHAKEY EAGLE!! SHAKEY EAGLE!!

I know this ain't kung fu, but man, DON'T PLAY WITH FIRE was on some OTHER sh#t altogether!!!

All I gotta say is.... Lin Chien Chi.

If you think you've seen her in any number of Shaw joints, wow.

Guess again. What a performance.

Interesting that she stopped working after this one.

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Guest Ivy Ling Po

Surprisingly strong coming-of-age drama. Tien Niu falls in love with dashing uncle Ling Yun. Father Chin Han dies of lung infection with mistress (famous TVB actress) by his side while wife Hsia Ping raves and rants. When rejected by Ling Yun, Tien Niu sleeps with rich kid Wong Yue and becomes pregnant. Always fascinating, buoyed by a strong performance by Tien Niu and Ling Yun, this comes highly recommended. Get the HK version. My Malaysian vcd was butchered but the censors overlooked Tien Niu's tits in one scene. Hilarious!

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Guest kenichiku

Agreed, good film. Not Kung Fu film but 'Thirteen' is definitely a Shaw sleeper (just remade as '2 Young' by Derek Yee).

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Guest kenichiku

More reruns

The Roving Swordsman (r3) ***/5 - one of Chu Yuan's better late wuxias

Killer's Five (r3) *** - Aldrich would be proud

Lost Souls (IVL vcd) *** - This nasty little bugger's growing on me.

Two Champions of Shaolin (r3) ***.5- superb Venoms action

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Guest kngfu

THE TRANSPORTER 2-NOT as entertasining as the original, but it's great to see a new Hollywood (by way of England) action hero franchise again.

40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN-The entire cast in this movie were right on the money. Not a gut buster, but really enjoyable. i watched a bootleg copy that had audience laughter audible, and that made it like watching a 90 minute sitcom.

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Guest Isfahani

This past two weeks of viewing:

Japanese:

SWORD DEVIL (Misume)

SWORD OF THE BEAST

EKO EKO AZARAK

GODZILLA vs KING GHIDORAH

GODZILLA vs MEGALON

TANGE SAZEN: THE MYSTERIOUS SWORD (1960)

TANGE SAZEN AND THE POT WORTH ONE MILLION RYO (1935)

KILL!

UNDER THE BLOSSOMING CHERRY TREES

KARATE BEARFIGHTER and KARATE BULLFIGHTER

HK/Taiwan:

MARTIAL ARTS MASTER WONG FEI HUNG

NINJA THE FINAL DUEL

BOXER'S ADVENTURE

WHERE'S OFFICER TUBA

PRODIGAL BOXER

THE BUTTERFLY MURDERS

SEVEN SWORDS

BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR TWO

DUEL WITH THE DEVILS

Shaws:

EMPEROR CHIEN LUNG

ADVENTURES OF THE EMPEROR CHIEN LUNG

THE JADE FACED ASSASSIN

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

SHAOLIN INTRUDERS

THE CASINO

THE SWORDMATES

TWIN BLADES OF DOOM

annnnd...HOGAN'S HEROES season one, discs 1-4

Alice Cooper's WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE

Renoir's THE RIVER

and Raj Kapoor starring in DIL HI TO HAI (1963)

Surprisingly strong coming-of-age drama. Tien Niu falls in love with dashing uncle Ling Yun. Father Chin Han dies of lung infection with mistress (famous TVB actress) by his side while wife Hsia Ping raves and rants. When rejected by Ling Yun, Tien Niu sleeps with rich kid Wong Yue and becomes pregnant. Always fascinating, buoyed by a strong performance by Tien Niu and Ling Yun, this comes highly recommended. Get the HK version. My Malaysian vcd was butchered but the censors overlooked Tien Niu's tits in one scene. Hilarious!

Uhhhhhh Tien Niu's tits? <runs out to buy DVD> omg.

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