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Released originally 20 years ago, the multi-award winning drama from Wong Kar-Wai consists of two stories told in sequence, each about a lovesick Hong Kong policeman mulling over his relationship with a woman. (Wikipedia)


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Before: Before leading in CHUNGKING EXPRESS Tony had appeared in over 30 films previously. Notable titles include; BULLET IN THE HEAD (1990) from director John Woo casting Tong alongside Jackey Cheung and a fresh-faced Simon Yam, Motilium usa. Motilium us, Tonys most notable role in the early nineties has to HARD BOILED (1992) from John Woo again, easily one of the most entertaining heroic bloodshed films of all time.


After: CHUNGKING EXPRESS earned Tony two Best Actor Awards, Motilium australia, 20mg Motilium, since then he has starred in over 30 films and won an additional 13 Best Actor Awards. He continues working with director Wong Kar-Wai, Tony seems to be his leading man of choice, he has starred in everything from IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000) to Oscar nominated THE GRANDMASTER (2013), Wong having Tony cast as Ip Man.


Other notable films Tony appeared in over the last twenty years include; THE LONGEST NITE (1998) acting against Lau Ching-Wan, HERO (2002) cast alongside Jet Li & Zhang Ziyi in Zhang Yimous epic art house blockbuster and of course we saw Tony act across from Andy Lau in Andrew Lau & Alan Mak’s INFERNAL AFFAIRS (2002).

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Before: One of Kaneshiro’s earliest roles had him starring across from three lovely ladies in Tony Chings/Johnnie To’s EXECUTIONERS (1993). Kaneshiro was also “lucky” enough to later star alongside Ekin Cheng & Christy Chung in Norman Law’s romantic melodrama MERMAID GOT MARRIED (1994).


After: Since CHUNGKING EXPRESS Buy Motilium Over The Counter, , Kaneshiro has appeared in over 25 further films, some of the more notable ones include; HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004) from director Zhang Yimou putting Kaneshiro in one of his biggest roles against Andy Lau & Zhang Ziyi. Later in the naughties we saw Kaneshiro in Peter Chans THE WARLORDS (2007) casting him beside Jet Li and Andy Lay once again.


This year we can look forward to him starring alongside Zhang Ziyi in John Woo’s drama; THE CROSSING (2014) and I can’t wait to see it!

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Young and Dangerous: Hung Hing in depth…

This is hopefully the first Young & Dangerous article to those who haven't the slightest clue about this amazing series of table tossing triads and reoccurring nemeses. Yes everything from triad lackey Chan Ho-Nam to the legendary nose picker - Tai Fai is explained here. Quoted as “A Better Tomorrow for the nineties” Young and Dangerous was originally based on popular Manga comics entitled “Teddy Boy” written by Kau Man. The comics  are about a group of young students joining the Hung Hing triad society and their perilous and exhilarating stories of lust, betrayal and gang warfare from Hong Kong’s criminal world. With Stormriders director Andrew Lau at the helm he released "Young & Dangerous" in January 1996. The leading role of Chan Ho-Nam was played by the long haired fresh faced actor Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin (Twins Effect, Legend of Zu). Playing across from Ekin is Jordan Chan (Initial D, Throwdown) as the sexaholic Chicken (Chicken also being a Cantonese slang term for prostitute). The three other members of the group are Yee (Stormriders actor Michael Tse), Chou-Pan (The Blade actor Jason Chu) and his younger bother - Pou-Pan (Legend of Speed actor Jerry Lam). The Story is of our five young students becoming triads of the Hung Hing society after having a nasty tiff with fearful triad "Ugly Kwan" (Francis Ng). The story picks up 10 years later (1996) with Chan Ho-Nam still holding an iron grudge against Kwan. Leading characters Chan Ho-Nam and Chicken find their friendship ruined when Ho-Nam is drugged and ends up sleeping with Chickens girlfriend. Chicken leaves Hong Kong for good. In Young and Dangerous part II film explains you what happened to Chicken when he left Hong Kong and traveled to Taiwan. He is reuniting with his cousin Darky (played by the late great Blacky Ko). In Taiwan he makes some friends and creates some new enemies. The original gang is introduced to a new member of their group – Banana Skin. He bares a striking resemblance to Chou-Pan and the nose picking Tai Fai (Played by Anthony Wong).

Young & Dangerous: The Prequel

With the series new an end after the compelling and exciting “Born to Be King”, Andrew Lau took a step back and decided to film a prequel with another young fresh faced cast (actually being the first movie for half of the leading cast) introducing Daniel Wu, Nicholas Tse, Benjamin Yuen, Yu Ka-Ho etc. They reenact the opening sequence of the original Young & Dangerous where Chan Ho-Nam gets treated to a Coke from Ugly Kwan (Francis Ng even returns to play the brief part). After the incident the movie continues and shows are a darker side to the characters of the popular series. A full review of the movie can be found here.

Young and Dangerous leading cast

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Character: 1 - Chan Ho-Nam (on 8 occasions) Appearances: Young and Dangerous 1-5, Born to Be King, Those Were the Days (cameo appearance) & Portland Street Blues (cameo appearance) Top Performance: Young and Dangerous 3 & Born To Be King Jordan Chan Siu-Chun

Character: 1 - 'Chicken' (on 7 occasions) Appearances: Young and Dangerous 1-4, Born To Be King, Those Were the Days & Portland Street Blues (cameo appearance) Top Performance: Young and Dangerous 4 & Born To Be King Jerry Lamb Hui-Fung Character: 1 - Pou-Pan (on 8 occasions) Appearances: Young and Dangerous 1-5, Born To Be King, Those Were the Days & Portland Street Blues Top Performance: Young and Dangerous 5 Michael Tse Tin-Wah Character: 2 - Yee (on 5 occasions) & Michael (on 1 occasion) Appearances: Young and Dangerous 1-4, Born To Be King & Those Were the Days Top Performance: Young and Dangerous 4 Jason Chu Wing-Tong Character: 3 - Chou-Pan (on 1 occasion), Banana Skin (on 4 occasions) & Jason (on 1 occasion) Appearances: Young and Dangerous 1-5, Born To Be King, Those Were the Days & Portland Street Blues Top Performance: Young and Dangerous 5 & Born To Be King Anthony Wong Chau-Sang Character: 1 - Tai Fai (on 7 occasions) Appearances: Young and Dangerous 2-5 & The Legendary Tai Fai Top Performance: Young and Dangerous 2 & 3 Chin Kar-Lok Character: 1 - 'Big Head' (on 2 occasions) Appearances: Young and Dangerous 5 & Born To Be King Top Performance: Young and Dangerous 5

The Branch Leaders / Other Notable cast members

Roy Cheung is probably one of the most memorable characters to the Young & Dangerous series. He makes 3 appearances in 3 movies as 3 Bad Guys! His first appearance was in Young & Dangerous 3 as psychotic Crow. His second appearance was in the edition in the series as the artistic and intellectual – Tiger, who also has a strange fetish for throwing people off buildings. His final appearance was in Born to Be King where he played the son of the aging Japanese crime lord (played by Sonny Chiba), he was driven to betray his father after he chose Chicken over him. Gigi Lai, Michelle Reis & Shu Qi all have one thing in common; their the ladies of Chan Ho-Nam. Gigi Lai appears in the first three movies and appears as a new character in the last movie. Michelle Reis fills “Eye Candy” void in the fourth movie. The delectable Shu Qi appears in the five and sixth movie. Shu Qi also manages to appear in the Young & Dangerous prequel as Chan Ho-Nam’s love interest, although the characters are unrelated. Spencer Lam has left his mark on the Hung Hing boys too. He joined the group as spiritual guide, yes he was a man of god, yes a priest. Not just any old priest, he was ex-triad (nick named “The Lethal Weapon”), kung fu fighter and soccer player! His daughter Shuk-Fan is played by Karen Mok and is soon beloved by Chicken. She mysteriously disappears after the fourth movie, although in “Those Were the Days” he explains that they weren't right for each other and she moved to Japan to learn Japanese (when in Rome, I guess). Sister Thirteen (Sandra Ng) - Branch Leader of Mongkok, she is also the main character in the Portland Street Blues. Ben Hon (Vincent Wan) - Branch Leader of Kwai Chung & Tsing Yi Districts Key (Lee Siu-Kei) - Branch Leader of the Western District. He appears several times throughout the series. Tai Fai (Anthony Wong) - Branch Leader of 'North Point' and the comic relief of the series. Also having an own spin off movie based on his character “The Legendary Tai Fai”. Yiu (Lee Diy-Yue) - Right hand of Mr. Chiang. Prince (Ken Lo) - Only making an appearance in the 4th movie, Prince is quote to be the leader of Tsim Sha Tsui. Fat Lai – Only appearing in the 4th film is Fat Lai is known as the branch leader of 'North Point'. By the end of the movie, his district 'North Point' (notorious for its Blue Movies/Magazines) is handed over to Tai Fai. Brother Bee (Ng Chi-Hung) – A notable character from the first movie, the branch leader of Causeway Bay, who takes Chan Ho-Nam and his mates under his wing. He makes several appearances throughout the series in flashbacks and other characters. Cousin Darky (Blacky Ko) - Darky is the Taiwanese cousin of Chicken. He's mainly seen in Young & Dangerous 2 and Born to Be King. But he does make his appearances throughout the series. Mr. Chiang (I) (Simon Yam) - The leader of the Hung Hing society. Mr. Chiang (II) (Alex Man) – Brother of the original Mr. Chiang, he lives out in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He appears series several times after his appearance in fourth movie.

Young and Dangerous Movies (including Spin Offs)

Young & Dangerous (1996) Sexy & Dangerous (1996) Young & Dangerous 2 (1996) Young & Dangerous 3 (1996) Street Angels (1996) Once Upon a Time in a Triad Society (1996) Young & Dangerous 4 (1997) Young & Dangerous 5 (1998) Portland Street Blues (1998) Young & Dangerous: The Prequel (1998) The Legendary Tai Fai (1999) Those Were the Days (2000) Born To Be King (2000) There is a sequel to Once Upon A Time in a Triad Society (same title just '2' added), yet it has nothing in common with the first movie, nor the Young & Dangerous series. People may question where films like Sexy & Dangerous and Street Angels have anything to do with the series, but they are only set in the same locations as the movies or feature Y&D related cast members making cameos or references towards characters etc. There is also one last related movie Sexy & Dangerous movie 'Sexy & Dangerous 2', the only relation is through similar title only.

Conclusion

In conclusion this series of glorified triads and enemies continually reappearing from the dead still manage to be entertaining, I can look back on these films and still enjoy them. Sure over time the movies date and the odd performance is over reacted, but heck that’s probably why I love the series so much, Hopefully we’ve enlightened you today.

5 Reasons why you should go to Terracotta Film Fest!

With the Terracotta Far East Film Festival a week away, I thought it would be good to mention the reasons on why you should attend! They've got everything from 20th Century Boys to Cow! I invite you to read the full post and enlighten yourself to the 5 Reasons why you should go to Terracotta Film Fest!

The Teddy Chen Weekend!

Not only do they have the documentary "Development Hell" (showing Friday 7th May) which focusses on Teddy Chens ten year struggle in making the movie "Bodyguards and Assassins" (showing Sunday 9th May), they are also showing Bodyguards and Assassins, followed up by a Question and Answer with the man himself Teddy "Purple Storm" Chen!

Japanese Party Night!

Hopefully it wont look this frightening. But! The Japanese Party night should be rocking! They've got Third Window Films - Adam Torel on the decks and Japanese bands; Peter Parker Rocks and Sunset Drive! Co-Play dress up is expected, but I wont have room for my Taoist Priest gear, only room for one' one eyebrow if you know what I mean!

Documentary Double Bill!

Yves Montmayeur delivers a documentary double bill of "In the mood for Doyle" and "Yakuza Eiga", the latter which will be a great insit to future Japan on Fire episodes where we will cover Yakuza movies. Another fine edition to this double is that Yves Montmayeur will be there in person to do a Question and Answer after the Doc's!

Have you seen their Line Up?!

They've got Jackie Chans 99th Film; Big Little Soldier, Jackie is teamed up with the Avenging Fist "Alexander Wong"!

We've got our fill of Hong Kong Thrillers with Johnnie To's "Vengeance" Johnny Halliday and the regular To crew! Soi Cheangs "Accident" will also be showing, which stars Louis Koo!

Japanese Cinema buffs will get their fill as well with K-20: Legend of the Mask, Summer Wars, Fish Story and the final instalment of the 20th Century Boys with 20th Century Boys 3!

We're also given Korean Comedies and Thai Horror!

Nothing this year will compete with this line up in London

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Yes the least interesting member of the team is going. I'll be going most of these movies, so if you see me, please introduce yourself! and buy me beer!

Also when writing this article I got Joey Terracottas reasons on why you should come;
1. to see fish story & cow 2. japan night party 3. meet other people you know that are into film 4. meet other people you didnt know that are into film 5. to see bodyguards and assassins with teddy chen q&a"

Top 10 Episodes of Podcast on Fire 2009

With over 90,500 visits and over 460 Giga Bytes download since the past year we decided to make a list of the top 10 episodes from the past year (so "Untitled Asian Movie Podcast No.1" taking the top spot)! Hopefully these stats will be higher over the next year etc. I find it strange though that our number one has twice as much downloads as number two. I don't trust stats, but I love these numbers. Click below to read the full list, along with Statistics!

10. Podcast On Fire 41: The Troublesome ... part 12 – The Prequel (892 Downloads) The Magnificent Trio gather up to tackle the subject of Hong Kong sequels upon sequels upon prequels but it’s not all bad or long running as you’ll find out. The Stoo re-introduces the banned list (but with a healthy twist) while Big Brother watches and were you thinking of buying Jackie Chan endorsed merchandise? Listen to what Mike has to say about it first in this week’s top… 7.

9. Podcast on Fire 37: The Tales of Two Tonys (2 of 2) (901 Downloads) Podcast on Fire concludes thier ToTT special by doing a show on the great Tony Leung Ka-Fai! Kens got the last movies watched, we read out the brief history of Tony Leung and mike leaves mid-show. Another exciting episode of Podcast on Fire is waiting for you!

8. Podcast on Fire 45 – Jet Li Special! (908 Downloads) All things Jet Li this week! Also featuring 30 minutes of deleted conversations covering Ron Jeremy, The Expendables and Ken’s got an underrated Jet Li film to talk of.

7. Japan on Fire: J-Horror & Anime (911 Downloads) The Crew at Podcast on Fire has returned. We’re recording three episodes entirely on Japanese Cinema. This episode we discuss J-Horrors (Ugetsu & Dark Water) as well as the very popular Anime (Paprika & Blood the Last Vampire). Stay tuned for the next show when we discuss Pinky Violence and Chanbara!!!

6. Podcast on Fire 40: Stop being a Dick! (927 Downloads) The trio return and delight the crowds with another meaty podcast! We discuss the Hong Kong Film Awards and our thoughts of ourselves as movie fans. Also Last Movies Watched! We discuss Chinese Vampires, Kings of Kings and what did Mike watch again….f*ck, can’t mind.

5. Podcast on Fire 38: Filler before the JOF! (934 Downloads) While you eagerly wait for the newest Commentary On Fire and the first in our Japan On Fire-series, the trio you’ve came to love punch in to deliver 90 minutes of fun. Ken talks sleaze, Stoo deconstructs Knockabout but when Mike joins, it’s two against one in the discussion of a possibleSympathy For Lady Vengeance remake and Andrew Lau’s skills as a cinematographer turned director. It’ll do nicely until next time. Welcome in!

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4. Podcast On Fire 43: Urban Hong Kong Celebrity Survivor (941 Downloads) Sans Mike Banner, Stoo and Ken are joined by James Aylmore but before, Ken feels the need to spoil the entire plot of Scared Stiff (starring Eric Tsang, Miu Kiu-Wai and Chow Yun-Fat) so if you desperately want to avoid hearing about its ending (you should in some ways avoid the flick to tell you the truth), skip listening between 00:03:00 to the00:20:00. We will then be back to discuss the latest development in the already old Edison Chen Sexy Photo Gate. Next development: You’re off the island, son!

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3. Podcast on Fire 44: When the Kens away… (1,055 Downloads) A rare episode where the great Ken is missing. Stoo and Mike decide to fill the void by inviting past guests; James Aylmore and Scott Naiper. It was a good show, we discuss a very intellegent question on Gunplay action and a little banter on Vengeace! Also you might want to check out our Members Only for another great Deleted Conversation reel.

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2. Podcast on Fire 46: The re-launch … horse crap or dreams come true? (3585 Downloads) The Magnificent Trio does need to discuss Silverhawk a little bit but rightfully time is spent on the only vaguely official announcement that Shaw Brothers movies are hitting dvd in Hong Kong again. With a list that will wet anyone’s appetite, is it safe to assume this boner-inducing list of movies will produce actual dvd releases? Mike also recommends a lot of Mainland Chinese Martial arts and a lot of movies in general while Stoo gets a title to go with his supreme Young And Dangerous-knowledge. Acronyms are fun. ...... ..... .... ... .. . . .. ... .... ..... ...... Intermission ...... ..... .... ... .. . . .. ... .... ..... ......

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The Top 50 Hong Kong Movies of the Decade (#10-01)

Ladies, Gentleman and Ken. Welcome to my top ten Hong Kong Movies of the last decade. The first four parts of the article can be found here; 50-41, 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. So with no further waiting, please read the rest of my personal favourites and leave a comment. See you in 2010!

10. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Everyone knew Stephen Chow was meant for better things when he released Shaolin Soccer to the world back in 2001. Just like everyone else we waited with baited breath to see what Mr. Chow was going to make next. When we got the final result in December 2004, it broke box office records! Kung Fu Hustle, set in Shanghai during the 1940s, Sing (Stephen Chow) is a wannabe gangster who pretends to be a member of the deadly “Axe Gang”. When attempting to scare the residents (led by Yuen Qiu and Yuen Wah) of an broken down old tenement building, the residents reveal their secret martial arts skills whilst defending their homes. My expectations for this movie were blown out of the water! Everything about this movie was awesome, the soundtrack, the characters, computer effects and lets not forget to mention the throwing knives-scene, which leads to the chase between Sing and the Landlady done in Looney Tunes-style! I still laugh my ass off every time I watch this movie, it has great replay value and I believe this isn't one of those movies only dedicated fans of the genre will enjoy. When attending a screening of the movie at my local cinema the full audience gave the movies a standing applause! The second I got the DVD I started giving out my copy to all my friends in college urging them to watch the movie and they were hooked! At the time of writing this, the movie is easily accessible in the United Kingdom on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download so there's no excuse not to see it!

09. Election (2005)

Legendary crime director Johnnie To introduces us to the dark and almost too real world of underground societies. An election amongst the triad society is held every two years to decide who the leader of the society is. Once the votes have been decided the victor receives the prized wooden dragon head baton, but jealousy can cause people to do terrible, terrible things. I had originally thought this movie was quiet naff because of its slow pace and confusing story (well it was for me). Three viewings later and now I get it! The movie has a slow build because it’s only really half the story. Yes we do see characters reach their boiling points in the later half of the film but damn I don’t want to go fishing in Hong Kong ever! Not even with monkeys! Johnnie To has done a stellar job with this movie, Simon Yam plays the cool, level headed boss where as Tony Leung is the wild one who doesn’t give a toss when it comes to double crossing his brothers! The characters of Nick Cheung and Louis Koo are mainly planted into this story so that they’ve grown enough to handle the sequel as the leading characters. Another thing I better mention, Wong Jing's dad is still alive!? Oh wait…

08. Rule Number One (2008)

Singaporean director Kelvin Tong director delivers a freaky flick that doesn't revolve around scary little Japanese children! Shawn Yue plays the normal run of the mill Hong Kong cop who after barely surviving a horrific incident is relocated to M.A.D (Miscellaneous Affairs Department). A department ran by a ballroom dino-dancer drunk with a past (played by a rather rough looking Ekin Cheng)! The movie is a dark, twisted and wonderfully weird buddy cop movie. After originally watching it, I had to either retell the tale to anyone that would listen or enlighten them by letting watch this magnificent movie. The movie proved successful for both leading actors who shared the Best Actor award at the 2008 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.

07. Throwdown (2004)

Aaron Kwok stars in one of my all time favourite Johnnie To movies. The movie heavily focuses on Judo, the art of throwing your enemy across the room! It really does seem to have the “Everyone was Kung Fu fighting” feel to it, Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Louis Koo and everyone else seems to be dab hands at Judo too! For those not familiar with the plot, it’s the story of a former Judo champion (Koo) given a chance to redeem himself after meeting an inspiring competitor (Kwok) and an aspired singer (Cherrie Ying). You can’t help but love the work put into the movie, there is a great scene where our three leading characters are each having conversations with people at three different tables and they keep interrupting or butting in at other tables, very well filmed. Also the enthusiasm of Aaron Kwoks character is really amusing, there are some great scenes where he eyes up a bouncer and makes a bet that he could throw him in one move. Another great scene is when Kwok's character is injured; he begins to develop a one armed style of judo. Louis Koo also does a cracking job and jogs your memory that he is one of the biggest stars to come out of this decade. At first you think of his character as this throw-away drunk, not much acting prowess needed here, just lie around, throw up, stare at the camera with a glazed look of pity and remorse in your eyes etc but when his character is sobers up and stops getting his ass kicked by Aaron Kwok, he really does deliver!

06. Fearless: The Directors Cut (2006)

This movie is THE best period martial arts movie from this decade, starring Jet Li as Huo Yuan Jia. A talented and famous martial artist, after showing off a little too much, karma catches up with him. As you may have noticed I have chosen the directors cut over the original. The structure of the movie is far better, the time-line isn’t complicated and the movie even starts in present day with Michelle Yeoh before going back in time. Unlike the original release of the movie where we begin at the big fight tournament and then are taken back to his childhood, obviously that doesn’t make the movie any worse but I prefer this structure. The martial arts in the movie is awesome. Jet Li fights against various opponents with weaponry and the obvious highlight is Jet's battle against Japanese actor Shido Nakamura (the pair fight using the katana against the three section staff). The movie was obviously a great achievement since it earned several nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards (including Best Picture and Best Actor) it was voted as Jet Li's best movie on Podcast on Fire's Jet Li Special.

05. Crazy N'The City (2005)

My Wife is 18 director James Yuen delivers an excellent drama based around several characters living in Wan Chai. We have two young cops Chris, an old hand who has lost his career ambition and Manly, a young female who has just been transferred from her village to the city. The movie also stars Francis Ng, as Shing a mentally broken man who has no family, is in debt and has suicidal intentions. Also, did I mention that there is a dark subplot where serial killer who only comes out during the rain has begun killing innocent teenage girls!? This is easily my all time favourite Eason Chan movie, the scenes where he is teaching self defence to high school girls and he interacts with two of the girls leads to a shocking twist of events. This movie was a blind buy (my original interest in the movie was the brief appearance of Chin Kar-Lok), but man it was an amazing film and I’ve probably watched it 4 or 5 times since buying it originally. Other guest appearances include; Waise Lee, Alex Fong, Lam Suet, Hui Siu-Hung, Dick Liu and Sam Lee. This movie is really pleasant, shocking and damn right rewarding!

04. Beyond Our Ken (2004)

Definitely my current all time favourite movie from dark comedy director Pang Ho-Cheung (Men Suddenly in Black, Isabella). Our leading actresses include Gillian Chung and Hong Tao and our “Ken” is played by Daniel Wu. If you’re not familiar with the story; Cocktail waitress Shirley (Tao) is confronted by Chan (Chung), former girlfriend of her current partner Ken (Wu). Ken has ruined Chan's career by posting intimate nude photographs of her on the internet, causing her to loose her job as a school teacher. Shirley soon realizes her fate could also be in jeopardy as she has already posed in some rather compromising photographs. The two girls form a plan to delete the photos and plan sickly sweet revenge against Ken. Oh, but that is just the start of many, many twists in this road. The actresses are insanely talented as they are gorgeous, but one of the interesting facts coming out of this movie was only years later real nude photographs of Gillian Chung (and a few other big names) were leaked on the internet. It was the media scandal of the decade, which even caused Gillian to step away from the media spotlight for several months.

03. Infernal Affairs (2002)

I spent most of my time and money on Hong Kong classics such as Police Story, Pedicab Driver etc. I had never come across a current movie that was a true classic as soon as I finished it for the first time, Infernal Affairs became that classic. The story is about the triads planting a mole in the Hong Kong Police Force but the police have also put one of their best officers undercover amongst the triads. Both men need to seek out the moles amongst their respected societies. I didn’t give two hoots about the leading actors beforehand because I wasn’t familiar with them (Tony Leung? That’s the bloke from Island of Fire right?). A big shock for me when I first saw this movie was the fact that Eric Tsang was playing it straight. At that time to me, I always knew him playing characters such as the horny little idiot in My Lucky Stars or Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars. The big twists to this movie includes Anthony Wong’s character and the finale on the rooftop will stand out as one of the best moments in Hong Kong Cinema for many, many years to come. Worldwide, Infernal Affairs won over 23 awards (including Best Actor, Picture, Director, Best Supporting Actor) and it was quite obvious that movie impressed a lot of people! Heck, one of Hollywood’s most legendary directors; Martin Scorsese directed the remake of this movie with the cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and the cussing’ Mark Wahlberg. The remake even earned four Oscars as well as 50 more awards worldwide.

02. Mad Detective (2007)

To me this is the finest Johnnie To movie, starring a Lau Ching-Wan who's resurrecting his career again. Everyone knows that Lau Ching-Wan is a great actor, it is easily proved with his award winning performance in My Name is Fame. Here he's teamed up with Andy On, a brilliant screen fighter, but his acting career hasn't gone any further than a bit part in To's Election 2. The movie focuses on schizophrenic, ex-police inspector (Lau), who solved his cases by re-enacting the crimes step by step, thus miraculously discovering the killer’s motives and proceeding to solve each case. He comes out of retirement to help a young rookie (On) solve a complex murder case involving another police officer (Lam) who is expected to have a extreme case multiple personality disorder. The movie does deserve two or three viewings as you discover some brilliant moments you might not have seen on your first viewing, especially during the last scene with all the broken mirrors.

01. Exiled (2006)

Ladies and gentlemen I give you my movie of the decade; Exiled... which is quite amusing since I really didn’t care for the first movie The Mission. On the verge of 1998, a group of hit men have been sent on a mission to track down one of their own men who deserted them in hope of start a new with his wife and child. When catching up with their old acquaintance, the group have split opinions whether to hand him over or let him and his family escape. Directed by Johnnie To and featuring a line up of Hong Kong cinemas top stars; Nick Cheung (recent Best Actor award winner for Beast Stalker), Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Simon Yam, Gordon Lam, Richie Jen, Roy Cheung and Lam Suet. The star potential could almost rival one of the Ocean movies (yes Lam Suet is obviously the Hong Kong equivalent of George Clooney). When it comes to the shootouts in this movie, they are awesome. No it’s not the case of six guys fighting an army of triads, we get these fast paced gun fights where everyone and their door get a piece of the action. Also, the last battle also includes a very unfortunate tin of Red Bull!

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The Top 50 Hong Kong Movies of the Decade (#20-11)

Now this is where the list gets serious. There might be a Donnie Yen or Ekin flick squeezed in the next twenty movies, but come on... I run this shit! The top of the countdown can be found here, then our countdown went through the 30s spots, here and last week I released a post consisting of a lot of Ekin/Donnie Flicks, which can be found here. The conclusion will be posted on 31st December, in time to welcome the new year.

20. AV (2005)

The storyline to this movie could easily be mistaken for the plot to American Pie 8 (seriously, hit up IMDB, I swear there are at least 6 now!), but director Pang Ho-Cheung delivers a dark, thought provoking and amusing comedy about a group of rowdy college students who creates a fake production company in order to make a Adult Video starring them and a Japanese porn star. The leading cast is largely unknown which really takes away any commercial feel it could have had to it but it would just be silly to have Nic Tse and Edison Chen (even though he’s lived this life already) running around chasing fanny.

19. 2 Young (2005)

Although the strong performances in this movie come from the on-screen parents played by Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Teresa Mo and Candice Yu,. Jaycee Chan and Fiona Sit took me by surprise with this heartwarming drama surrounding teenage pregnancy. Director Derek Yee supports the movie with his brother; David Chiang, Hui Siu-Hung and of course my favorite Chin Kar-Lok!

18. Election 2 (2006)

Another amazing movie, when I first saw the movie I thought to myself; "This is way better than the first movie". My mind has changed since then but that doesn't mean Election II is bad in the slightest. Louis Koo does a great job and as you can expect Simon Yam, Nick Cheung, Mark Cheng and Lam Suet all provide great performances also.

17. Ip Man (2008)

From the past decade, Ip Man is arguably one of the best period martial arts we’ve had. Donnie Yen plays the role of true martial arts master Grandmaster Yip Man, the same man who is responsible for teaching Bruce Lee martial arts. The movie shows the story of Ip Man going from riches to rags when the Japanese military occupy China. With furious martial arts sequences and one of Donnie’s best roles to date, Ip Man is clearly an excellent choice for the list. The supporting cast include; Simon Yam, Gordon Lam and Fan Siu-Wong! Also you’ll need to bring more than ten Japanese if you want to beat Donnie Yen. Wait... yeah a gun works too.

16. The Heavenly Kings (2006)

Daniel Wu delivers the most amusing mockumentary from the past decade (well out of the few that there is). Wu started off the project by forming a Cantopop Boy Band with fellow actors Andrew Lin, Conroy Chan and Terence Yin. Unfortunately they can't sing, they can't dance and they don't really like each other. The doc is really funny and amazing that some of this really happened, the band Alive was formed and a single was released to the public but everything was secretly staged for Wu's documentary.

15. My Name is Fame (2006)

This movie grabbed my attention as had this fictional character working in current Hong Kong cinema. This past star brushed shoulders with directors like Ann Hui and was probably drinking buddies with guys like Tony Leung Ka-Fai and Ekin Cheng. All stars mentioned do make cameo appearances playing themselves. Our leading character is played by Lau Ching-Wan, a popular actor who has starred in some right turkeys (The Shopaholics, Himalaya Singh etc.) and has never quiet achieved the Best Actor status in his career but everything turned around with this movie, it earned him the Best Actor Award in Hong Kong. It has a great story and the movie finished leaving me with a great feeling of satisfaction.

14. Men Suddenly in Black (2003)

With the plot of four men secretly planning on cheating on their partners when they're out of town, how could this not be in our list? Eric Tsang leads the group of wrong do'ers who plan on doing the dirty! This movie first introduced me to director Pang Ho-Cheung and it's easily the best introduction to this mans work with its leading cast and it's star spotting cameo appearances which include; Chin Kar-Lok, Alan Tam and Sammo Hung!

13. Infernal Affairs II (2003)

Okay, the first Infernal Affairs launched the careers of Andy Lau and Tony Leung for me. This sequel brought me attention to the up and coming stars as well as the wise veterans. Shawn Yue delivered a great performance and Edison Chen didn’t come off as an annoying twit. Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang were two of the coolest sons of bitches ever recorded on film. Oh lets not forget the seductively elegant Carina Lau! Great story, it brings more depth to the characters, it builds up the back-story and supplies you with enough ammunition to get the original movie a refresh look when re-watched.

12. One Nite in Mongkok (2004)

Derek Yee again claims his space in the top 50 with his gritty crime thriller One Nite in Mongkok. Daniel Wu plays a hitman from the mainland that saves street hooker Cecilia Cheung, creating a almost heartwarming relationship. When Wu's original objective comes back into perspective, man does it get bloody! The movie also focuses on a group of police officers (Alex Fong, Chin Kar-Lok etc.) on a case that is linked to Daniel Wu's character. Again oh, man this movie gets bloody! "I'll get the door for you!" 11. CJ7 (2008)

As you can expect most movies directed by Stephen Chow in the 00’s have turned out to be pure gold. CJ7 is no exception. Stephen brings us this heart warming comedy about a boy who lives with his dad in partly demolished flat. He doesn't have decent clothes, his shoes are in tatters... everyone knew a kid like that in school who was bullied by the spoiled brats etc. In this case the boy receives a gift from his father that actually turns out to be a alien from space which takes the form of a small dog like creature. This wee beastie is probably the most adorable thing you’ll ever see, its expressions are priceless, but when you find out the twist, get ready to turn from man to mouse in a flash! I wept like a wee girl! Such a great film! Very, very amazing film!

The Top 50 Hong Kong Movies of the Decade (#30-21)

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We're at the half way mark. I've gotten my hoped for death threats, so these articles aren't a waste of time. If you haven't read the first part of this series of articles; Click Here and the second part can be found here; Click Here.

This part of the list has everything in it, Ekin Cheng! Donnie Yen! More Ekin and more Donnie! Find out were below.

30. Dragon Tiger Gate (2006)

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The ultimate test for Donnie Yen/Wilson Yip fans, DY&WY originally brought us Sha Po Lang which was a great film, a great success and everyone loved it. When Dragon Tiger Gate came around, Donnie Yen was dolled up so much, it looked as if they were trying to make him look the same age as his co-stars; Nicholas Tse and Shawn Yue (who dons a silver wig and a dodge scar! I believe it was a hair-straightening accident.). For many people going to see this movie, I  bet that they were skeptical whether this movie would be any good or not. To be honest I have to say I fucking love this movie, the music, the camera work, the action sequences are brilliant, real adrenaline pumping stuff! When it comes to the fight scenes, it is exactly what you expect from a big box office comic book movie, lots of CGI, wires and hard landings! Shaw Brothers legend Chen Kuan-Tai also has a decent part in the film too!

29. It Had To Be You (2005)

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When it comes to Ekin Cheng romantic comedies that actually have some heart and emotion to it, I'm all for it.  It Had To Be You delivers! Ekin Cheng and Karena Lam both have one thing in common, they are the both in relationships with married couples! Unfortunately the relationships of these pair of cheaters don't last.

This harmless romantic comedy also brings with it a great performance by Eric Tsang.

28. Born To Be King (2000)

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Okay, I would to see how many people have just rolled their eyes after reading the title of this movie. Yes, a Young & Dangerous movie has made its way into the top 50. Stoo must have written this list! Fact is that Born To Be King is close to being one of the best Young & Dangerous movies made as well as the last Young & Dangerous movie to date. The story focuses on Jordan Chan’s character, who is one of the leading triads in Taiwan who is taking part in an arranged marriage to the daughter of Sonny Chiba, a leader of a very powerful group of Yakuza’s, thus creating a everlasting bond between the two societies. Ekin Cheng's character is mixed in with a failing relationship with Shu Qi when he discovers a woman who looks identical to his past girlfriend played by Gigi Lai. It’s awesome, you know it is.

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This film is evil man! Andy Lau plays a triad kingpin who is on the verge of retiring and Daniel Wu plays his protégé but he is actually an under cover cop ordered to take Lau down! Can’t help but love those cliche story-lines. The movie has many great scenes; Andy Lau in the cubicle at the end can shock you to the core and the crazy drugs bust where some poor bastards hand looses a fight against a hammer!

26. Seven Swords (2005)

Tsui Hark delivers what could be his first installment of the "Seven Swords" trilogy, set in 1600 Manchuria. The movie is a homage to Akira Kurosawas movie The Seven Samurai, one similarity being an epic running time (153 minutes of Donnie Yen, baby!) Donnie shares the spot light with fellow cast members Leon Lai, Charlie Yeung, Sun Hong Lei and Shaw Brothers legend Liu Chia-Liang. I can easily watch the last hour of the movie on rotation. Mmm...  fantasy battle sequences!

25. SPL (2005)

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Wilson Yip makes a sure-bet with a hard hitting crime thriller starring hard boiled cop Donnie Yen going against stone cold triad kingpin Sammo Hung! It is a dream movie for some and for me!

The movie has a great assassin/revenge stylized storyline. The movies action is crazy, it’s the closest Hong Kong Cinema has gotten to if you had to compare the hard hitting action to the movies Tony Jaa is starring in. The battle between Donnie Yen and Wu Jing with the police baton is crazy! The finale duel between Donnie and Sammo is hardcore! This movie easily earns a spot in the top 50.

24. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

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After my first year of collecting Hong Kong movies, my first introduction to Stephen Chow was sent to me via a bootleg VCD that didn’t really work. When finally seeing the film I looked like a grinning idiot! I had never seen such slapstick comedy in Hong Kong movies, it was a fresh concept and it was executed brilliantly. Who would think that combining Shaolin martial arts with soccer (aka football for us Brits) would make an awesome comedy? Not to mention another awesome soundtrack which features both Andy Lau and the score from the Lion King?!

23. Divergence (2005)

Benny Chan and Ivy Ho deliver a great crime thriller telling the story of a cop on the brink of a mental breakdown of his missing partner, we have the handsome lawyer and the cold assassin! The Chinese title for this movie is; three forked road so as you can expect these three characters all end up at the same place sooner or later. With the cast of Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Daniel Wu and Angelica Lee the movie can’t help but be oozing with star appeal. We get dramatic chase scenes involving Aaron and Daniel as well as an assassination attempt! With guest appearances from Eric Tsang and Sam Lee it just adds more confidence to this great movie.

22. PTU (2003)

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One of the Johnnie To movies I had for nearly a year and still never watched it. Obviously you can guess I was pretty pleased when I did finally get around to see Simon Yam and Lam Suet doing their best performances to date. The story of the missing pistol is set in the dark streets of Hong Kong and man is it awesome.

21. In the Mood for Love (2000)

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Wong Kar-Wai finds his place in my top fifty with one In the Mood for Love, the movie where Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung oozed class and sophistication. The story is a slow burner and even frustrating but ultimately turns out to be very satisfying. The soundtrack to this movie is equally amazing, it transfixes you, almost hypnotizes you, just like Maggie Cheungs strut! Woof! Sorry I had to bring the class back down by the end of this article.

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