Posts Tagged ‘1986’
High paced crime thriller that turns into a martial arts roller coaster from start to finish. Full star cast too; Yuen Biao, Cynthia Rothrock, Melvin Wong, Fan Siu-Wong, Corey Yuen Kwai, Tai Bo, Fung Lee, Wu Ma and Chung Fat! Yuen Biao plays Jason Chan, a lawyer who witnessed his colleagues assassination, catches the bad guys and attempts to put behind bars, although another man who witnessed the murder was assassinated the night before the trial. Jason looses the case by lack of evidence and decides to retire from the firm. Jason takes things into his own hands and decides to kill off the gang leaders who staged the murder (one of them played by James Tien). Jason successfully kills off 'four eyed bill' and beings planning for the next boss (Tien). Although the head of the gang takes out his partner Chow Ting-Kwong (Tien) before he could back out of the deal, although after the head leaves, Jason comes to kill Chow but finds out he's dead...when Jason leaves but bumps into The Lady Dragon (Cynthia Rothrock) a hard as nails cop who has being tailed Jason since his first kill. Although after a small spare Jason escapes the scene of the crime. Although this murder was witnessed by Yu Chi-Wen (Fan Siu-Wong), who was hiding under a table in the department. He plans to have the leader of the gang put behind bars and have Jasons name cleared...but will he live for that long? There is also Joe Do (Corey Yuen Kwai) a lazy cop who is teamed up with the Dragon Lady. His father Mr. Do (Wu Ma) is also a cop who refuses to retire because he has nothing else left in his life apart from his son and his job. When first seeing this film I was shocked, with its excellent story line, crazy fights & stunts 'Righting Wrongs' seems a excellent show case of Yuen Biao's talents. Upon Cynthia Rothrocks introduction you can notice Yuen Biao clearly doubling Rothrock for the more skilful moves, which becomes a fun spotting game throughout the film. Corey Yuen and Wu Ma were also very good in the film, with a believable father, son relationship. I think everyone feels sorry for Wu Ma during the later scenes of the film. Also a shocker was Fan Siu-Wong, before he was buff! Yes stickman ahoy! His character seems to be on the ball all the time attempting to squeeze as much penny's out your pocket as he could handle. Although his exit in the film is rather unexpected. The final thought of the film is clear and simple, I would quote this as the police story for Yuen Biao and a damn good film in fact.
Plot: A small family of vampires are unleashed in Hong Kong after a group antique dealers discover their corpses. Dealer Kwok (Chung Fat) attempts to sell the corpses off to other antique dealers, but his stupid assistant, Chicken (Billy Lau) accidentally awakens the vampires causing all sort of havoc! Coroner Lin (Lam Ching-Ying) and his son-in-law Gen (Yuen Biao) set out to apprehend this vampires before they claim any victims. Lin first finds out about the vampires after Chicken appears Lin's chemist looking for a remedy to a vicious bite wound. Lin can tell it is a vampire bite as soon as he see's it, although Chicken just claims he was biting by a child. One of the Vampires is a young boy, who escapes after Kwok was traveling to an antique dealer. The young vampire stumbles across a small family. A father (Wu Fong) and his two children. The children mistake the vampire for an illegal immigrant and decide to shelter and feed it. Finding out that the young vampire is completely harmless. If things cant get anymore crazy Chicken finds out that his only cure is to get a sample of the vampires blood. Kwok's other assistant (Fung Lee) is also after the vampire blood after Chicken loosing his temper and biting into him too! Review: The sequel to 1985s hit movie. Many people find this to be a weak link to the series, due to the action being replaced by a heart warming story...and cool stunts! ha ha Lam Ching-Ying is great in the movie, no flaws and teaming him up with Yuen Biao is class. Back to the days of the Prodigal Son! We even have Moon Lee giving a guest appearance. A great piece of dialogue is when Lam Ching-Ying has to mention his past credentials to James Tien to proof he knows what to do when it comes to vampires, here's his exact speech; "My master Sammo had Spooky Encounters, Now he's met the Dead and The Deadly and last year I caught Mr. Vampire. I'm Lin Cheng-Ying" If you don't 'get it', Spooky Encounters, Mr. Vampire and Dead and The Deadly are all 'Spooky Comedies' from Sammo Hung and all starring Lam Ching-Ying too! Final Thoughts, Awesome film and very underrated!
One of the most well casted films I've seen to date! Sammo Hung plays a petty thief who returned to his home town, Hanshui. Sammo returns with a group of prostitutes including Olivia Cheng, Rosamund Kwan, Emily Chu & Wong Yuk Waan. Sammo comes up with the idea to de-rail a train filled with Multi-Millionaires travelling to Shanghai. His reasons be that his home town seems run down, nothing new, nothing to attract people. So stopping this train will flood the town with many rich people and hoping it picks up the towns business... Yet on the train their is a group of Japanese led by Hwang Jang Lee, Yasuaki Kurata & Yukari Oshima. They are carrying a very valuable map which leads to the location of a very valuable Jade Buddha. Now a group of Bandits led by James Tien along with Corey Yuen Kwai, Dick Wei, Chung Fat, Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton and a whole bunch of lackys. Another Storyline is the Police Force, led by Eric Tsang, Lam Ching-Ying, Yuen Wah, Wu Ma, Mang Hoi & Chow Gam Kong. The town off Hanshui is so quiet, there isn't any crimes. Yet the police force were so bored they decided to set fire to the one of the buildings, this is used as a distraction the police force rob the towns bank. Most of the group escape, yet both Wu Ma & Mang Hoi are caught by the Firemen, led by Yuen Biao, Hsiao Ho, Chin Kar-Lok, Peter Chan & Siu Tak Foo. The Police Force plan that their only method of escape is hitching a ride on the Shanghai Express. Now the town without a police force is useless. So the mayor decides to make the Fire Brigade the new Police Force. Biao decides that the first plan of action is to foil Sammos plan on derailing the train and then arrest the fleeing bank robbers. Richard Ng and Lynda Shum join the list A cast as a rich couple boarding the train although Richard Ng has a secret mistress which leads him into some sticky situations. Now the action, you know its Sammo Hung Action, its got to be good don't you think? Well it is. We get to see a great fight between Sammo vs. Yuen Biao, Sammo vs. Cynthia Rothrock and Yuen Biao versing Dick Wei in a very fast paced fight to the end. Yuen Biao also does a excellent stunt, doing a cartwheel off a two story building and landing on the ground and then delivering a line of dialogue. Hsiao Ho also takes quite a jump, Sammo tricks Ho into following him to the roof of a hotel. Sammo confronts Ho and Ho decides to exit by jumping off the building. from the roof to a balcony and from the balcony to the dirt!! The Millionaires Express is a great action comedy which I highly recommend to all.
A war movie made in the eighties… Let me tell you know, this is no Eastern Condors. Here’s the plot; Thai government hires group of Chinese mercenaries (including Leading man, Eddy Ko) to capture powerful drug lord from Golden Triangle. The group of mercenaries manage to capture their target, even with the odds against them. Yet the drug lord has been leaving a trail of clues so his men can retrace his steps…But Along the way mercenaries bump into a Vietnamese general (played by Lam Ching-Ying) and end up shooting him in the eye! Yes a bizarre war movie by Woo. With unnecessary nudity and a some strong violence, this movie stands out well from other John Woos past movies. Eddy Ko character has a dream of living in America with his son. For him to live his dream he must successfully complete his mission of kidnapping the Thai Drug lord and bring him to the authorities. The Vietnamese General (not given an actual name, we’ll calm him General Lam) seems to be a normal general, but with a clean cut image and a icy stare. When are group of French travelers (2 men and a woman) accidentally crash head first into the camps gate, the general wasn’t pleased. After shooting dead the male travelers viciously. General Lam leaves his men with the women, of courses they attempt rape, but she escapes, which turns into a tasteless shot of the women running with a open top in slow motion… General Lam gets ready to shoot her dead, but Ko swiftly takes down Lam. The scene with the scope was done quite well actually… Well as you can tell this is a pretty average film, but with some good action. If you’re a big fan of John Woo see it. If you’re a big fan of the late Lam Ching-Ying see it. If you’re a big fan of Porn, your dirty!
This was Jet Li's directorial debut. He also took the job of producing, choreographing and any other job he could get his hands on. However, due to health reasons his manager convinced him to concentrate on directing and choreographing the action scenes. The story goes back to 1944 when Japan was fighting for greater East-Asian co-prosperity alliance. We see Jet Li as a member of a Chinese battalion fighting a heavily armed Japanese army. Now despite being out done in terms of armaments and numbers Jet Li defies the odds and puts up a darn good fight. Nevertheless, this ends quickly and we are taken forward in time to 1945 when Asia was occupied by the Allied forces. Jet Li leads his army to a small Chinese fishing village well I presume it is as it is by the coast). Where a number of American sailors are enjoying occupying the town. When Jet leads his men into town, he is not very welcome as everyone is welcoming the Americans. (they are the ones who defeated the Japanese after all). On his first day back into town an old Chinese man is run over by the American admiral (you don't' actually get to see his rank. But he is dressed like a general and I think an admiral is the highest navy rank going). The towns’ people are mortified by what they saw and try to get revenge. However, it turns out the Americans are darn powerful and the admiral is one big bugger. It also turns out that the police are ignoring any mischief caused by the Americans. Therefore, it is up to Jet to sort them out. Although many people do not' like this film. I rather love it for its grittiness and realistic fight portrayal. Jet also managed to do a brilliant job fusing fights using Chinese Wu Shu and American Boxing. You also get to see Jet using himself to his full potential and if I am not mistaken, no wires were used, which you do not get to see until he done 'Hitman' which was made about 12 years later. A drawback for many people is the darkness of the film. This is either due to neglect of the original print and a failure to remaster or Jet did it intentionally to show this was a dark part of Chinese history. Another low point is the actors playing the Americans doing a bad job and the after dubbing job given to them. Nevertheless, to be honest I like my gwai lo’s to be evil. I want to see them do evil things and get their comeuppance at the end from the hero. Overall a good watch. Recommended for fans of Jet Li and the 80’s style HK film. 7.5/10
Plot: A Professor in New Zealand has created this new prism which gives the ability to erase the human mind and then input new data into the brain, King Kong (Sam Hui) is their Guinea pig for this experiment. Things go wrong, as the prism appears to have no effect on King Kong. But before the Professor can uncover the problem a group of armed men blast their way in and attempt to steal the prism. However, they only get away with the professor's notes. Things take a turn for the worse when the professor has a heart attack. In a frantic search for the professor's pills, King Kong accidentally steps on the last pill. Since the Professor knows he's doomed he tells Kong that he has to take his daughter (Sally Yeh) as his wife and to guard the prism from the enemy! King Kong barely escapes New Zealand. He returns to Hong Kong where he discovers that Albert (Karl Maka) is taking part in a Hong Kong Police vs. Interpol Hockey Match. Things aren't looking too good as the Police are losing points and players, so they decide to send King Kong in to help. As you can expect the pair clean the rink and win the game too! Kong tells Albert to protect the prism at all costs, as soon as Kong finishes that sentence they are once again under attack from the gang from New Zealand. But both Kong and Albert escape in one piece. When all seems to be over Albert's wife, Nancy (Sylvia Chiang) is beaten and abducted leaving Albert and his son only a few days to return to New Zealand with the Prism If not - he wont see his wife again! Review: Ringo Lam takes over the director's chair for the fourth in the series, which is a pretty damn good movie! The movie has plenty of great scenes, which kept me entertained; examples: the reintroduction of Baldy Jr. who actually holds his dad at gunpoint shouting, "I want toys!” The scenes where the bad guys both attack Sylvia, giving her one hell of a beating, and then chase Baldy Jr. to the roof where he falls off it! But don't worry he survives. The Opening Chase between Sam Hui and the enemy in New Zealand is quite cool; I couldn't take my eyes of the screen! There is also a good bought in the Hockey changing rooms, Sam Hui shows off some really cool moves. In past movies I didn't think much of Sam's fighting skills, but I was surprisingly corrected upon viewing this movie. This movie also gave me the chance to gain more respect to Karl Maka as he participates in one hell of a stunt. With at least 1/2 of his body engulfed in strong fire, he burns for at least a minute! In the outtakes at the end of the movie you see the full shot, where I actually think he passes out and crew run in to put the fire out. I also found Baldy Jr great in this movie, I'm surprised at what a good comedy actor this child is for his age, at points I couldn't help but laugh out loud at most the scenes the child is in. Guest Appearances? Well there is a nifty one from Kwan Tak-Hing and Shek Kin as the Ice Hockey Coaches. This just makes more references to the past Wong Fei Hong movies where the duo were always enemies. The same sort of thing happens in Sammo Hung's Millionaire's Express. The main bad guy is another rip off of a bad guy from another successful american movie, this time they have Ronald Lacey - reprising his role from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark! Thoughts? This is probably the best of the series so far! I recommend it to all!!
The lucky stars reunite again, Hooray! Kidstuff (Sammo Hung) has been asked from the police to investigate an international ammunition trade that involves two gangs. One is the Japanese underworld society that holds many stolen diamonds, and another he is the mysterious terrorist who owns an enormous amount of ammunition. Whilst visiting the police station he bumps into on of his friends from the orphanage, Quito (Sylvia Chang). As the two embrace each other in a friendly hug, some passing police officers get the wrong idea and decide to tell her husband, Albert (Karl Maka). Albert refuses to listen to Quito and attempts to battle Kidstuff, this soon leads to some very amusing scenes, including some pepper and tea. Even better when Kidstuff and Quito decide to dine together, but with Albert secretly hiding under their table. Kidstuff goes to visit his old childhood friends (Eric Tsang, Richard Ng, Stanley Fung & Miu Kiu Wai). Yet the past lucky stars want nothing to do with the police as they are proceeding with a life of crime! So Kidstuff begins looking for a new group of lucky stars! First off there is Top Dog (Alan Tam), he’s a natural with dogs, so natural he can actually speak to them. His character has the invariable and innocent look about him, but he is kindhearted. Fat Cat (Kent Cheng) the average lazy cop, who uses his gun and his badge to get his way. Although Kidstuff sways him to join the group by physically throwing money at him. Lambo (Andy Lau) the ass kicking member of the group. His introduction shows him participating in training exercise, where his character shows off some good martial arts and acrobatics. But he has the same faults as the rest of the group…women! Long Legs (Anthony Chan) and Libbogen (Billy Lau) are a couple of wimpy cops who run for the hills at the sight of danger. These two could be passed off as brothers by the similar appearances. The Lucky Stars group cant be complete with out the piece of eye candy ‘Yum Yum’ (Maria Tung Ling). A master of self defense and disguises. She is hired to teach the Stars everything she knows to them in two-three days. With out going into detail, Lucky Stars Go Places is silly, funny, humorous, naughty, a good laugh, anything that means the word comedy. This is a well worth a look at if you’re a fan of the Lucky Star films. Even though Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao aren’t in this movie, I don’t really think this would have suited them. But this is some entertaining harmless fun that any fan should enjoy.