Fatal Move (Hong Kong) 2008


However, despite its title, Fatal Move is severely lacking in compelling action scenes. You have the tired car chases, and it seems that there was little effort in trying to milk what Wu Jing and Sammo Hung could do. They’re martial arts exponents, but get to handle guns most of the time, and this does not exploit the skills they are trained with, which you can probably employ anyone to take over their place. Most of the fighting sequences were courtesy of Wu Jing, who’s especially mean with his lopsided blue-dyed hairdo and an extremely sharp sword, but given no competent exponent character-wise to spar with him, it all boiled down to a one-sided affair. Seriously I’m a fan of his and I think it’s about high time he takes over the starring role mantle for Chinese action movie stars, instead of getting bogged down playing side show villains.

What gets compensated for the uninspiring action sequences, was blood and gore done in CGI. I’m placing my bets that Herman Yau, as director of photography here, would have added some of his own pointers in this aspect, and the camera does linger on in some of the more violent and gory aspects, such as pumping continuous lead into a body, and various forms of decapitations involving limbs and fingers, right down to a castration. The much touted fight between Sammo Hung and Wu Jing was the main draw for me I have to admit, but if you were to put SPL and this side by side, Wu Jing vs Donnie Yen had a lot more intensity and slick moves compared to Wu Jing vs Sammo Hung.

But alas despite the M18 rating here, the movie was still subjected to multiple edits (originally rated R21 uncut, but no thanks of course to money-making distributors), and most of the gory bits couldn’t escape the censor’s scissors. What made it unforgivable, was that the much awaited duel too became victim, and for that, with the insipid storyline and relatively generic action, I would have to recommend that this be skipped at the cinemas, and rent the DVD if you’re really interested.

AKA: Duo Shuai
Year: 2008
Directed: Dennis Law
Genre: Action
Cast: Samo Hung, Simon Yam, Tien Niu, Jacky wu, Danny Lee
Runtime: 100 mins
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English hardcoded (custom sub)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1156444/

City on Fire (Hong Kong) 1987

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When an undercover cop is killed, Chow (Chow Yun-Fat) is recruited by Inspector Lau (Sun Yueh) to take his place trying to infiltrate a gang of thieves. But Chow had previously done undercover work and had developed an emotional bond with the men he then later had to betray–and he is afraid it could happen again. The loyalty of the younger cop to the older man will be tested against the bonds he must form with the criminals in order to be trusted by them. This theme of the similarities between cops and criminals is a staple of the heroic bloodshed branch of Hong Kong cinema. Chow befriends Fu (Danny Lee) by posing as a man who can supply the guns needed for a jewellry heist. Director Ringo Lam stages his action and street scenes with a high degree of realism. The characters’ movements are erratic and the violence is brutal and unstylised, with everything unfolding in believable chaos. Released at the same time as A BETTER TOMORROW, it made Chow Yun-Fat a Hong Kong star. This Hong Kong classic formed the basis for Quentin Tarantino’s later RESERVOIR DOGS.

Director:Ringo Lam
Writers:Ringo Lam (story)
Jack Maeby (English version)
Genre:Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller
Year: 1987
Also Known As:Lung fu fong wan (Hong Kong: Cantonese title)
Long hu feng yun (Hong Kong: Mandarin title)
Cast:Chow Yun Fat, Danny Lee, Yueh Sun, Chi Fai Chan, Roy Cheung, Carrie Ng, Jessica Chau
Runtime:UK:101 min
Country:Hong Kong


Fearless (2006) (Chinese) BLU-RAY

Based on a true story, Jet Li’s ‘Fearless’ tells the life of legendary martial arts master Huo Yuanjia.

Deeply humiliated by his father’s death in a public duel, a young Huo resolves to become the best fighter he can be. But soon his incredible fighting skills cost him the lives of the people he loves most when his family are killed in a brutal revenge attack. Yuanjia flees, no longer caring whether he lives or dies. Just as he is ready to give up hope, he is saved by Granny Sun and her blind granddaughter who accept him into the idyllic village where they live.

Guided by their simple kindness and generosity, Yuanjia finds a new way of life and discovers something truly worth fighting for.

AKA: Huo Yuan Jia
Year: 2006
Directed: Ronny Yu
Genre: Action/Drama/History
Runtime: 1:43:40
Country: China
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Subtitles: English
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446059/

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Linger (Hong Kong) 2008

Tung (played by Chou Yu Min) is a popular student at his college. He was initially dating Fan, the college’s Queen, but became attracted to Gia (played by Li Bing Bing) whom he fell in love at first sight.

One day, Gia and Tung had a quarrel and when Tung gave chase to Gia on his motorcycle, he had a car accident and died. After the accident, Gia isn’t herself anymore and relies on medication to control her emotions.

Three years have passed since Tung’s death. Gia has graduated and works as a legal assistant in a law firm. Life is busy but she feels empty. She does not know if it is because of guilt or that she misses him.

Her doctor, Dr. Yuen (played by Roy Cheung) advises her to stop the medication and move on with her life. However, once she stops the medication, she begins to see Tung in her dreams. She suspects that her encounters with Tung are real. At the same time, she realizes that her love for Tung is true and she has never stopped loving him.

At this point, Wu (played by Wong Yau Nam) appears in Gia’s life. Wu is a delinquent who has been sent to the reformatory several times and has no permanent occupation. As Wu admires Gia, he is willing to do anything for Gia and she asks him to track down Tung’s father.

The relationship with his father is one burden that Tung cannot let go even after his death. Their relationship has never been good after Tung was beaten by his father in his youth. They drifted further apart when Tung moved out to stay on his own in his second year of college. Gia discovers that Tung’s father misses his son very much.

At last, Gia frees her true self to Tung and he fades away as they both defeat the affliction within their hearts

Also Known As: Hu die fei
Year: 2008
Directed: Johnny To
Genre: Drama / romance
Cast: Chou Yu Min, Li Bing Bing, Yao Yung, Maggie Shiu, Roy Cheung, Wong Yau Nam
Runtime: 01:28:04
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English / Chinese
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1156136/

Nang Nak (1999) (Thai)

Based on a Thai legend. Mak leaves for Bangkok and is seriously wounded in the Chiang Toong War. His wife, Nak, dies together with her stillborn child, but when Mak returns, they continue to live together, without his being aware that she is a ghost. But the forces of the supernatural realm eventually prove that such co-existence ultimately leads to an unexpected resolution.
Director:Nonzee Nimibutr
Writer:Wisit Sasanatieng (writer)
Cast: Intira Jaroenpura, Winai Kraibutr
Genre: Horror/Drama
Runtime: 1:41:04
Country: Thailand
Language: Thai
Subtitles: English (External)
IMDB: http://imdb.com/title/tt0217680/


Blackout (Filipino) 2007

Gil Blanco is an alcoholic who is prone to frequent blackouts brought about the excessive drinking. When his wife decides to leave him and his only child, Niño, Gil makes a desperate bid to quit drinking and reunite his family.
His plan goes awry whe he suffers another blackout, awakening to find a bloody bumper and smashed taillight on his car. Relying on nothing but his fragment viewpoint, Gil must try to reconstruct the events that lead up these mysterious circumstances, struggling to separate illusion from reality as his life spirals out of control.

Genre: Thriller/Drama
Runtime: 1:28:56
Country: Philippines
Language: Tagalog
Subtitles: English (srt.) Created and Translated by [Gardol²]
IMDB Link: http://imdb.com/title/tt0877597/