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Roger Ebert's Hong Kong Movie Reviews

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I had this posted at heroesoftheeast forum which no one actually visits and then posted at bulletsnbabes which more people should visit. Maybe someone here might get a kick out of it.  Not sure how valuable it is (other than for my own benefit), but it will make it easier for me to look up some reviews and data.  As you notice below he had not reviewed that many Hong Kong films.  I also think he did not understand many of the aesthetics of HK film as well.  He used a four-star system.

I might add some other critics as well. Feel free to tell me if I miss anything.   Debating on putting in the Cannonball Run films which he reviewed, though he really hated them.  If anyone is interested I was thinking of posting all the ratings of Asian films from the Leonard Maltin guide.

Roger Ebert's Reviews of Hong Kong Including Co-production Movies

2046 **½
Ashes of Time Redux **
A Simple Life ****
Chungking Express ***
Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (US/Hong Kong) **
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Taiwan/Hong Kong/China) ****
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Hong Kong/China) ***½
Eros (segment The Hand) ****
Exiled **½
The Eye (Hong Kong/Thailand) **½
Fallen Angels ***
Farewell my Concubine (China/Hong Kong) ****
Hero ***½
House of Flying Daggers (China/Hong Kong) ****
Infernal Affairs ***
Infra-Man ***
In The Mood For Love ***
Ip Man 2 ***
Iron Monkey ***
Jackie Chan's First Strike ***
Kung Fu Hustle ***
The Legend of the Drunken Master (aka Drunken Master II) ***½
Lust, Caution (Taiwan/Hong Kong/US) ***
Mighty Peking Man ***
Mr. Nice Guy ***
Operation Condor (aka Armour of God II) ***
Red Trousers: The Life of the Hong Kong Stuntmen **
Return of the Dragon **
Rumble in the Bronx ***
Sex and Zen ***
Shaolin Soccer ***
Temptress Moon **
Three... Extremes (Hong Kong/Korea/Japan) ***½
Time and Tide ***
Vengeance ***½

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Thanks for sharing this.  I remember back in the 90s enjoying watching Siskel & Ebert covering the North American releases of Jackie's films.  Some of these I haven't read yet, but they should be a fun read.  I'm also surprised there isn't more.

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Thanks for sharing this.  I remember back in the 90s enjoying watching Siskel & Ebert covering the North American releases of Jackie's films.  Some of these I haven't read yet, but they should be a fun read.  I'm also surprised there isn't more.

Thanks.  One of the reasons I compiled this was because I was wondering how many reviews he actually did of Hong Kong films which as we see is not that many.  Plus I am always interested in critical views of Hong Kong films from those who are not experts in the cinema, but are considered good-to-great reviewers/critics.  I was also interested in what he considered the best from Hong Kong.  Plus it is also convenient for me to check up on some films I need to watch and having a review handy.

I'll probably compile the Leonard Maltin ones because it is something that I'm curious on now.  I was also thinking of a future assignments: putting down all his Mainland, Taiwan and South Korean links to reviews.  And updating the Hong Kong/Mainland reviews with the new reviewers (though these are really a spotty lot and they never responded to my comments about them :).)  If anyone is interested please let me know.

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Thanks for sharing this.  I remember back in the 90s enjoying watching Siskel & Ebert covering the North American releases of Jackie's films.  Some of these I haven't read yet, but they should be a fun read.  I'm also surprised there isn't more.

 Same here, I would stay up way late just to see what their review is on Jackie Chan movies. Or before that when Dragon The Bruce Lee came out in theaters and they never reviewed that I think?

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Leonard Maltin...lemme see if I remember correctly (out of four stars):

 

Armour of God - ** 1/2

Armour of God 2 - ***

Drunken Master - ** 1/2

Drunken Master 2 - ** 1/2 (revised to *** after the American release came out)

Dragons Forever - *** 1/2

Enter the Dragon - *** 1/2

Chinese Connection - ***

Fists of Fury (Big Boss) - **

Return of the Dragon - ** 1/2

Game of Death - ** 1/2

Once Upon a Time in China - ***

Police Story - ***

Police Story 2 - **

Police Story 3: Supercop - ** 1/2

Jackie Chan's First Strike - ** 1/2

Who Am I? - ***

Twin Dragons - ***

Mr. Nice Guy - ***

Project A - ***

Project A 2 - ***

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - ** 1/2

Black Mask - ***

Five Fingers of Death - * 1/2

Infra-Man - ***

Miracles - ** 1/2 or ***

The Medallion - * 1/2

Hero - *** (I think)

Hard Boiled - ***

A Better Tomorrow - ***

Bullet in the Head - ***

The Killer - *** 1/2

Peking Opera Blues - *** 1/2

 

(I think The Promise; House of Flying Daggers; and The Curse of the Golden Flower all got ** 1/2)

 

Not Hong Kong but...

 

Danny the Dog - ** 1/2

Kiss of the Dragon - **

Romeo Must Die - ** 1/2

Cradle 2 the Grave - BOMB

The One - * 1/2

The Tuxedo - BOMB (I think)

Rush Hour - ***

Shanghai Noon - ** 1/2

The Replacement Killers - ** 1/2

The Corrupter - **

 

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