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Guest kenichiku

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

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Guest ironfistedmonk2003

This week, I have mostly been watching

Wandering Swordsman

Flying Daggers

Pai Yu Ching

Fist of Unicorn

Bruce Lee True Story

and Red Dwarf Series 7

Ow yeah, and England beating the Argies 3-2, well done lads!

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Guest Tangowind

Hey ironfistedmonk, what's your opinion of Wandering Swordsman and Flying Dagger?

For the last week, I've seen:

Looney Tunes cartoon classics :P and The Return of Condor Heroes starring Andy Lau and Idy Chan (TVB series)

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Guest sevenhooks
Looney Tunes cartoon classics

Yes!! The last volume was the best collection yet.

The one where Bugs gets the two hillbilly's doing the square dance cracks me up every time.

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Guest Tangowind

sevenhooks, do you mean the Looney Tunes Golden Collection vol. 3? I haven't got it yet. Here in Australia we need to wait for a while. Still no word about this release.

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Guest Ivy Ling Po

Now I know why Shaw studio went down the hill in the mid-80s......with mindless crap like this. With Celestial remastering this and releasing it over so many treasures in the Shaw vault, I may also know the reason why if Celestial goes bust.

No star.....shame on all those who participated in this turkey.

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Guest kenichiku

That's why I'm still spinning r3 reruns & leaving the house, Ivy:

Kuei Chih Hung, The Rat Catcher **.5 – Location rich Central HK enhance this Shaws ‘Harry in your Pocket’; Yes, Tanny would of been more striking w/a more charismatic leading man other than Liu Lu Hua.

Li Han Hsiang, Love Swindlers ***.5 – Appreciating Episode #1 more w/boastful acupuncturist Ku Feng & his hapless apprentice (& little fortune) Ng Ming Choi carrying his boss’ quackster burdens. BTW, clueless Liu Lu Hua does carry episode #2 though.

Hua Shan, To Kill A Jaguar ** – Nora’s gorgeous (so’s her body double). Pity the rest of this film promising on paper didn’t jell onscreen; any restored cuts for this disjointed version would of mattered.

Chu Yuan, Sentimental Swordsman ***.5 – Ti Lung, Derek Erh & Fang Mei Sheng proves that character can carry this atmospheric martial arts tale in the hunt for the Plum Blossom Bandit. Chu Yuan at his height.

Non-Shaw:

Kurosawa, Kôrei aka Séance (r3) ***.5 – w/Koji Yakusho, this J-TV movie of a creepy mop haired little girl first trapped in a trunk & haunts now strikes as redundant with all those other Nakata films.

Johnnie To, Too Many Ways to Be Number One (DVD) ***.5 w/Lau Ching Wan, Carmen Lee, Francis Ng, Elvis Tsui; In my prelude to watching ‘Election’, this on-the-cusp 97 Milky Way transitional must be the most oblique HK triad film ever shot. Like ‘The Odd One Dies’, his bottom feeding cretins seem to collide with the overall wistfulness of the film but the lowly fly-on-the-wall camera are all part of the appeal.

Theatrical:

Tucker, Shopgirl **** - Martin’s fairy tale lovingly caresses his Mirabelle in this middle aged fantasy of an updated ‘LA Story’; Claire Dane's ordinary ingénue is hard to resist.

Verbinski, Weather Man ***.5 – like the city of Chicago, the new American family is soberly portrayed in this refreshingly tapestry. Sad sack Cage is perfect for this type of role and NO, you consumers of the Blockbuster contingency, the rehab counselor IS essential to the story.

Get Rich, Die Tryin’ *** - Mr Sheridan’s Irish eyes do see what’s it like to be East Coast Black ‘In America’ & 50 Cent’s a likeable rapper. I’d like to think that those 9 real-life gunshot slugs didn’t paralyze his freshman performance though.

Shane Black, Kiss, Kiss Bang, Bang ***.5 – Downey Jr. perfectly cast as contemporary LA film noir shmoe, Kilmer plays his flaming gumshoe partner. 50s retro-noir seem to be the flavor of the month but whether the filmmakers knew it or not, we’re all tasting 90s QT redux.

Hollywood's year-end crop is improving though…

[add, spel]

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Guest kenichiku

The Magic Blade (revival theatrical) ***.5/5 - still held up from a non-restored Celestial print.

Lo Wei, Golden Sword (r3) *** - better 2nd time!

Yen Chun, That Fiery Girl (r3) *** - classic Cheng Pei Pei

non-Shaw:

Chu Yuan, Cold Blade **.5 - all the seeds to greatness are there in his freshman effort (will review soon).

Ollie Stone, Alexander dtr's cut (R1) **** - better film than the critics say!

You Got Served (HBO) ** - 'Beat Street' redux?

Shamalyan, The Village (R1) ***- the atmosphere is tops

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Guest lacali

The Rage of Wind starring Chen Sing, Yasuaki Kurata. A pretty good and solid movie with typical Chen Sing & Yasuaki Kurata fights. I wished that the two main characters had more fight scenes than just the final one.

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Guest Firecrane

Shaws:

Bastard Swordsman 1&2

7 Man Army

Emperor and His Brother

Heroes Two

Golden Harvest - I picked up the Fox/Fortune Star box set

Big Boss

Fist of Fury

Indy Kung Fu:

South Shaolin Master(Red Dragons of Shaolin)

2 Great Cavalier

Secret Life Of Ninja

The Dragon, The Hero

The Secret Rivals 2

DVD:

The Myth -> Pretty cool Jackie Chan

Kingdom of Heaven

Batman Begins

White Noise -> yuck

Hide and Seek -> Another Secret Window.

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Guest ShaofuSage

Watched The Heroes with Ti Lung. Really enjoyed the storyline, which strayed from your basic Shaolin rebel tale, plus Lung gave a good physical performance in this one. I'd give it 3 out of 4 stars.

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Guest Chen Zhen
Watched The Heroes with Ti Lung. Really enjoyed the storyline, which strayed from your basic Shaolin rebel tale, plus Lung gave a good physical performance in this one. I'd give it 3 out of 4 stars.

agreed. this film isnt talked about very much for some reason but it has one of the best storylines ever! Ni Kuang was truly classic kf's best screenplay writer along with Chang Cheh, and this film is proof...this film is also possibly the best showcase for Ti Lung's acting skills. very interesting and original story, great Robert Tai choreography, excellent direction courtesy of Wu Ma and a great cast (ti lung and tan tao liang, and chan wai man) all equal possibly the most underrated kung fu classic in y eyes.

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Guest iron flag

Showdown at the Cottonmill-Overrated?. Good movie(nice pace,never have to wait long for a fight) but I didnt find the fights that great (especially the finale).W/S DVD but subs are often unreadable and cut off. ***

Judgement of an Assassin- Liked it even more 2nd time around. ***1/2

Stife for Mastery- Great movie!!! ***1/2

Holy Flame of the Martial World- I loved Kuo Chui's character but I didnt get a lot of the comedy(flying green english speaking mummies etc.). **

Non KF

The Wanderers-Very good ***1/2

The Incredibles-Ive seen it probably 7 or 8 times with my son (we both still love it) :) ****

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Guest lacali

just finished watching this movie on Celestial DVD for the third time. I've been watching this movie for years on my boot VHS tape in German with no English sub and I like it a lot, especially now that it's uncut & I now can understand all the conversations.

also, I watched Hero Of The Waterfront (aka Hero of Chiu Chow) starring Tan Tao Liang, and I think this is his very fist movie that started off his kungfu film career. good movie during that time frame.

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Guest sevenhooks
sevenhooks, do you mean the Looney Tunes Golden Collection vol. 3? I haven't got it yet. Here in Australia we need to wait for a while. Still no word about this release.

Yes, it's Vol.3. That sucks that you can't get it over there yet.

It's really good.

Though I've heard that Australia sometimes gets Simpsons DVDs before we do.

Strange.

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Guest jmungus

the descent (2005)

from british filmmaker neil marshall, who brought us the marvellous low budget horror-action treat "dog soldiers".

the descent plays kinda like a loose sequel to DS, as if there was a thematical anthology (and if his upcoming effort 'doomsday' will feature some serious [space-]creature material, then i guess there really is one).

the descent has an all-girl-cast, dark caves, tunnels and cool strobo lights.

ive come across some (imo) exaggerated paeans of praise on the internet, but nonetheless, this is a flick any horror/mystery/adventure movie fan should check out.

73%

the cave (2005)

watched this at a friends last weekend and its only right this gets a mention together with 'the descent'.

ppl were talking like those 2 flix were pretty much the same, one the low on budget european gem, the other one (the cave), its hollywood equivalent, racing for the no1 spot claustrophobic "hole" flick of the year.

the cave is actually more like a 'alien vs predator'-clone.

equally crappy, if not worse. its badly shot- uninspired, shaky, untransparent, too vague and to some degree chaotic and plain retarded at times.

if i added up all sequences that were only sort-of-nice, this movie had a running time of 5, 6 mins.

if hollow crap entertainment in the likes of ghost ship is among your faves, u re the one that might not wanna skip this.

37%

shaolin intruders (1983)

have seen this flick a couple of times before.

gotta say, i find its plot to be too tame and generic.

shaolin prince has a lot more to offer in this regards. more colourful, more crazy over the top, more diverse and also more hilarious.

derek & jason make a great odd couple tho & the rest of the cast is very solid; choreo-wise theres no need to empathize how sweet it is, even tho the fights and the nature of em are easily predictable for anyone who knows their shaolin flix.

i suppose its a 80 or even 90 percenter for anyone that didnt like the 3 crazy monks in SP; to me its a real proper 78%.

hollywood homicide (2003)

cant explain to myself why i agreed to watch this one, after refusing to go see it in the theater or rent it 2 years ago.

its a semi-watchable fare, that has the energy of an 80 year old and the ingenuity of a bread crumb.

too bad, i liked ron sheltons "tin cup" and "white men cant jump", but with BB2 and this one he has definitely proven himself to be nothing else but yet another one of those fake hollywood no talent, no artistry bi*****.

hartnett is a total turd (and has been all the way), and mr. ford, beloved hero of my youth (as han & indy- duh!).... he manages to produce a few nice moments, but i wouldnt know how its even remotely possible he could helm another indiana jones in 2008. get the brother his well earned wheelchair luxury edition.

a rare case i concur with a movies imdb rating, and i think im still being easy on the flick giving it...

52%

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Guest Liu chung liang

well i've been watching Tony Jaa! lol i'm studying his moves, and trying them in real life. haha!

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Guest Chia Ling AKA Judy Lee
hollywood homicide (2003)

a rare case i concur with a movies imdb rating, and i think im still being easy on the flick giving it...

52%

O Boy! This film really is poor. I couldnt bring myself to watch it, even though I own the actual shoes P wears in this film. The director is terrible, and Harnett and Ford are atrocious. The film would be a trainwreck is Master P didnt save it with his presence.

0+100%

:hat

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Guest jmungus
O Boy! This film really is poor. I couldnt bring myself to watch it, even though I own the actual shoes P wears in this film.

LOL :D yeah, i was like "boooo" a couple of times n my gf had to convince me these last few sequences were actually "regular" quality film making, only i couldnt manage to let go of the atrocious part ive witnessed 5 mins ago (a situation that occurs frequently in this movie).

i dont quite understand how u come about to having an opinion bout the movie if u say yourself that u couldnt bring yourself to watch it. :rolleyes (heads up, youre better off).

ive been taught on other occassions, from other films i had originally refused to check out, its actually okay to give 2nd chances, with the original sensation of disgust and all the media and fan crowd anti-hype out of the way, but this movie really taught me otherwise.

hmm, u r a MP fan or why would u suggest he could do anything to save this movie ? he fits right in this travesty of a low on talent wackfest ;)

guy with the secret kung fu (1978 )

GWTSKF is a true chop socky blueprint come to life.

meng fei and chung chien are out to kick some asses.

GWTSKF actually has a plot, but it becomes less and less of an interest, its just roling along smoothly, blahzay blah and kapowww, theres the next nice shapes fight.

i own a fullscreen version but didnt have the feeling (for once) the fight scenes had suffered all too much in this (rare) case.

engl dub positive: no real annoying dubbing voices; and the negative: extremely generic by the book chit chat- they could have made this a silent movie and we wouldnt miss a thing.

after all, fun flick, a nice variety of techniques, some swift legwork as well, likable actors,.... no must have, but close.

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Guest Chia Ling AKA Judy Lee
hmm, u r a MP fan or why would u suggest he could do anything to save this movie ? he fits right in this travesty of a low on talent wackfest

Ouch, Ok, thats harsh.

Master P is the greatest actor of all time.

Even if I wasnt a fan I would say that, but then I would be a fan, its all circular. :\

I just skipped to the Master P parts, the rest was totally cringeworthy, and I knew P was pissed at how lame the scenes were.

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Guest jmungus

:b thats ok. im just not feelin him myself (music wise), but lets not make it a discussion bout the rap game & i can assure u i wasnt like "yuk, thats that beotch MP, did he sponsor the fancy cars to get a part in this flick ?" when he appeared on the screen. not-at-all!!!

tho his performance was so pale, hes unofficially a whitey since that shooting :eek ;)

lets move on to better things- hating on hartnett :evil or even better, let s/o else talk about his latest views ...i for once have decided to dare treat myself with a long long brave archer movie night tonite (had watched all of dem before at least once and im, uhmm... not really a fan :rolleyes )

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Guest Chia Ling AKA Judy Lee
tho his performance was so pale, hes unofficially a whitey since that shooting

What the hell?

You are a complete loser, I dont mean it as an insult, I really mean that.

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Guest Chia Ling AKA Judy Lee

I guess it says alot about both of us.

I wouldnt resort to insulting an artist using racial slurs, whilst you would. I pity the fact you have to degrade yourself that way, its nothing to do with my appreciation of Master P, Im used to the dismissals.

Thats two one to me, so you were right.

I really dont want to talk to you unless you change your attitude.

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Guest Chen Zhen

what r u guys really arguing about? y'all should just agree to disagree.......one person likes P, the other doesnt....lets not start any "internet beef"...:)

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