Tag Archives: Cantonese

Ann Hui – Jin ye xing guang can lan AKA Starry is the Night (1988)

A social worker falls in love with a teenager, and remembers an affair she had with a professor while she was at university.

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“I spent a year at the Vidal Sassoon headquarters,” brags Lydia (Brigitte Lin), a sprightly social worker trying to impress Tian-An (David Ng), a stock market whiz kid and aspiring hairstylist. It’s a fitting overture for a movie brimming with striking hair, from Tian-An’s very 1987 mullet to Cai-Wei’s very 1966 bob-with-bangs, from Dr. Zhang’s (George Lam) caterpillar mustache to Lydia’s butch-adjacent boy-cut. It works; Tian-An falls for Lydia, and despite their nearly 20-year age difference, their relationship flourishes in health and happiness—or does it? Read More »

Patrick Tam – Xue zai shao AKA Burning Snow (1988)

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A young woman is forced to marry an older man who runs a roadhouse saloon. She is constantly being raped by her husband, a drunken loutish brute. She harbors a young man wanted by the police in a murder case, and soon the fugitive and the young wife have a torrid affair as she continues to hide him from the authorities. Read More »

Patrick Tam – Ai sha AKA Love Massacre (1981)

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Set in a surprisingly minimalist San Francisco, Patrick Tam’s stylish slasher movie manages to evoke both Antonioni and Mario Bava in this tale of a ravishing young co-ed (Brigitte Lin) whose studly boyfriend (Chang Kuo-chu) turns into a demented stalker after the suicide of his sister. Read More »

Chia-Liang Liu – Jui kuen II AKA Drunken Master II (1994)

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The story concerns the misadventures of Wong Fei Hung as he accidentally becomes involved with the affairs of the British consul, who is smuggling ancient Chinese artifacts out of the country. Wong Fei Hung battles the henchmen of the consul using the Zui Quan (“Drunken Boxing”) style of martial arts. An added twist is that Wong Fei Hung becomes a more powerful fighter by consuming alcohol. But when he consumes too much alcohol, he becomes very sluggish, drunk, and unable to fight. Read More »

Fruit Chan – Hui nin yin fa dak bit doh AKA The Longest Summer (1998)

It is July 1st of 1997, and Hong Kong is bright in celebration. The United Kingdom handover of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China leaves Ga Yin, and his fellow soldiers without work. Which leads them to find employment and money any way they can get it. Without much success, Ga Yin decides to join his brother Ga Suen in the triad gang world. Read More »

Pou-Soi Cheang – Gau ngao gau AKA Dog Bite Dog (2006)

Plot Synopsis from beyondhollywood.com
Although many Hong Kong thrillers like to style themselves as being gritty and nihilistic, “Dog Bite Dog” is one of the few with the guts to actually follow through on such claims, being one of the darkest and brutal films of the last few years. As such, it marks a change for director Soi Cheang, previously known for light horror outings such as “Home Sweet Home” and “The Death Curse”, though he certainly takes the subject matter between his teeth and succeeds in producing a film which cuts like a knife through the glossy, choreographed violence usually seen in the genre. Read More »

Hark Tsui – Shu Shan – Xin Shu shan jian ke AKA Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)

In the fifth century, constant civil war scars western China. To escape death, Ti, a young scout, jumps through a crevice in the Zu mountains where he meets and becomes the apprentice of Ting Yin, a spiritual man with great fighting powers. They encounter a monk, Hsiao Yu, also a great fighter and a good man, but unfriendly to Ting. Because Ting and Hsiao can’t work together, it falls to Ti to team with Hsiao’s acolyte Yi Chen: they have 49 days to travel far to claim two swords that are the only weapons that can defeat the Blood Demon, who has decided the wreak havoc on the world. They get help from Long Brows, Ting falls in love with a countess, and civil war still rages. Read More »