Posts Tagged ‘1998’
Yes you know the story, the biggest mouth in the west meets the fast hands in the east... Detective Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) from Hong Kong prevents precious pieces of China's history being smuggled out of the country by local crime lord, Jun Tao. Although Jun Tao viciously seeks revenge by kidnapping the daughter of the American Chinese Consul, Consul Han (Tzi Ma)... Consul Han has the FBI set on the case, but he believes they aren't capable of handling this case, so he brings in one of his own men from Hong Kong, Inspector Lee. Although the FBI have their own plans for Inspector Lee. They rope in an FBI wanna'be police officer from Los Angles Police Department, Inspector Carter (Chris Tucker). The FBI have Carter pick up and look after Inspector Lee, although the cultural differences is basically mixing your hand with toaster, yes Trouble. Although when both Lee and Carter put their differences aside for the Consuls daughter, Soo-Yung... Rush Hour is a excellent little piece of action comedy, showing Jackie Chan in the right light. Setting him aside someone the exact opposite was also a great idea, Chris Tucker was a excellent choice. Before Tucker the role was meant for Blade star, Wesley Snipes. The film was also given the title, "Feucious Brown", although I'm not sure if the spelling is correct. Brett Ratner, being a fan of Jackie Chan really wanted to show Jackie off as best as he can, having Jackie recreate jokes from past films such as Mr. Nice Guy. We even see people from Jackie's stunt team, Mars has a cameo in the opening credits of the film, Ken Lo is noticeable during the film when he kicked Chris Tucker in the restaurant and has the greatest one liner known to date; Chris Tucker: "Which one of you'all kicked me?" Ken Lo: "Me!" Adam Cheng makes random appearances as one of Jun Tao's henchmen. Rush Hour, many Jackie fans love it, many fans cant stand it. But Jackie has gained millions of fans through this movie, even me, I must say. The known fact that millions of people cant stand Chris Tuckers style of squealy comedy, but I find a pleasant touch to the film. Rush Hour, love it, hate it....it still earned over 33 million dollars in its opening weekend.
During the Ghost Festival a vengeful sprit appears and begins murdering men who regularly visit 'Horny Keung's Sauna Saloon'. Horny Keung is talented in the art of black magic and is very superstitious when it comes to wondering spirits. Keung also uses his black magic to control his masseurs, turning from masseurs into rapid sex machines, making his Saloon the best in Hong Kong. Although after the first gruesome murder (a sleazy middle aged man had his penis ripped off) the police are called in to check this case out. Mui (Chin Kar-Lok) and Ben (Bowie Lam) are just plain confused by this murder, no man has the power to rip of limbs, so Mui starts to question is their is ghosts haunting the sauna. Ben being the traditional stubborn cop doesn't give Mui's suggestion a second thought. The next night Mui returns to the Sauna to question a couple of the masseurs, although one of them trick and uses a strand of his pubic hair to cast put him under a spell. Horny Keung entraps Mui with the dire spell of blocking up Mui's ass, leaving him very constipated. Although the masseur who mistreated Mui soon becomes very attached to him after he and Ben saved her from a gang rape from Keungs men. The Masseur tells Mui and Ben about May, the ghost who is terrorizing the men at the sauna. May's husband, Peter got tricked by Keung, leaving hi in the debt of 5 Million, yet she was unable to them. Peter attempted to escape and ended up getting murdered and May was raped then drowned, luckily enough May didn't die, but she has ended up in a coma. Now her sprit is killing off Keungs men, seeking vengeance. But everything her sprit leaves her body she has less chance of recovering.... The only way of contacting May now is through a elderly/ghostly kung fu fighting doctor! Enough of the story, as you can tell this is the time of Chin Kar-Loks 'Category 3 / B-Movie' stage. Sure this film is quite bad at some points with occasional sex scenes and just some damn plain cheesy-ness. Chin Kar-Lok doesn't get to show off any moves, the only time he fought was just a kick which was used with the aid of a wire. The film isn't as bad as everyone thinks, I'm thinking if they had loosed the porno scenes and some of the 'blah' comedy the film would have been more popular. When I first watched it I thought, this films getting chucked! but now I'm going to keep my little VCD and watch when im in the mood for a Cat. 3, B-Movie with Chin Kar-Lok. This was also the first time I've gotten to see a film with Bowie Lam, he seemed okay, his role suited him. Final thoughts, this isn't the best movie to get and please if you are buying don't spend too much on it!
There's always a price to pay when you hire an assassin, from 10 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Recently a mysterious killer, known as the 'Angel Of Death' has appeared in Hong Kong. Asking no payment for his services because all of his targets are evil men and they deserve to die. The Angel of Death is considered to be The King Of Killers. Although no one knows the true identity of the Angel. This masked assassin is a force not to be reckoned with. The opening scenes of the film. The Angel of Death claims the life of a smutty billionaire, Mr. Tsukamoto. In Mr. Tsukamoto Will he mentions if he is killed by an assassin $100 Million US will be rewarded to the person who kills the assassin...This is where our Story begins. Ah Fu (Jet Li) is a poor hitman, poor in life and assassinating. Fu lives in a building in a cramp one roomed flat with a group hitmen. The group know as The Golden Triangle'. The 'soldiers' of the golden triangle spending there days waiting for a new mission and talking about the their past ones. Fu's skills of assassinating aren't up to much either. He was once given the chance to kill a woman 'Mrs Chu', in the end Fu ended up repairing his drain pipes. Fu admits that he isn't a good assassin, he seems to have too much heart, usually backing out at the last minute...He's just so damn kind hearted. Fu soon meets an old retired assassin Norman Lu, nicknamed Crocodile Lu (Eric Tsang). Norman met Fu at the Tsukamoto Business Center, who was attempting to get in. Norman helps Fu out and makes the security supervisor allow Fu in, telling the guards that Fu is the best hitmen throughout Mainland China and Norman is his manger. Norman enters Fu into the hunt for Mr. Tsukamoto's killer. Although Norman wasn't sure on Ah Fu's skills. So Fu ends up battling against a group of people in Cafe and he beats them with ease. Things seem to go wrong for poor Norman as people are suspecting him to be the vigilant Angel Of Death. Inspector Kwan (Simon Yam) has been following this 'hunt' since it began, trying to catch any of the hitmen at work. The police force themselves are also trying to find out, who is Mr. Tsukamoto's murder. Kwan soon gets a hold of Fu and Norman as they were at the scene of gun battle in an amusement park, although Kwan doesn't receive any helpful information from the duo. Norman and Ah Fu were then bailed out by Normans daughter... Norman's daughter, Kelly (Gigi Leung) is a budding lawyer who is fed up of her fathers criminal background. When meeting Fu she seems harsh at first. but after a romantic night ice skating she soon falls for him. although I think he's too dumb to realize. One of the touching scenes between Kelly and Norman is when Norman shows up at a party and tells his daughter that enough is enough, he hates his past, letting down his daughter and tells her that he it turning a new leaf. Eiji (Sato Keiji), the grand son of the billionaire seems to have a screw loose. He believed when eating his grand fathers ashes, the soul of his deceased grandfather will continue living inside him. Eiji participates in the hunt to find the Angel of Death with help from a very very tall guy. Every time Eiji goes after the Angel Of Death he bumps into Norman and Fu! Things hot up at the end of the film as Eiji goes against the Angel of Death by the way of the samurai! Altogether Hitman is one of Jet Li's finest films of the late 90's. With his great success earlier in the 90's with Fong Sai-Yuk and the Once Upon a Time in China series, this is a pleasant end to his Hong Kong career for now. Yet he is now perusing his film career on the silver screen of the US. Jet Li's future isn't as bright is it was in Hong Kong. But Hitman is as must see for all Jet fans even a must see for all Eric Tsang fans too!
Plot (Mei Ah): It was the summer of 1991, Macau was in violent atmosphere. The two major triad gangs, separately by Giant (Simon Yam) and Ping (Ng Chi-Hung), were fighting for the control of the local casinos, with heavy casualties on both sides. The citizens live in fear. However, Ping did not regard Giant as a rival. To establish his own reputation, Giant challenged Ping to an open battle which allowed their fellow attacking each other for a period of seven days to see that who will be severely defeated. With the support of an affiliated gang headed by Lee, Giant won the battle and made his mark in the triad world. Ping plotted a revenge against Giant that he bribed the police officer to put Giant on the "wanted" list. Although Giant was in critical condition, he planned a counter attack against Ping which caused a series of street fighting in Macau... Review: I bought this movie under what they call is a 'Blind Buy', that is basically buying a movie without knowing the slightest about it apart from the faces on the cover and your own thoughts of what it could be. So for this movie I thought, Simon Yam, Alex Fong and some sort of Triad like story. Sure I was right, but heck I found it a bit boring. As you expect the movie is filled with over crowded gang fights with shakey camera work. These fights consist of say 60% of the film, but It was just boring. The triad lackys spend their times in street fights trying to gain face, while all the higher members spend their time shouting down brick sized mobile phones, it seems rather...cliche. This movie was based on the life of famous Macau gangster 'Broken Tooth Kuo', although he was renamed 'Giant' due to the tall Yam. Simon Yam and Alex Fong both deliver strong performances, flawless as you can expect. There's also a nice little twist at the end of the movie. Final Thoughts, Not Bad, Not Good, Just Meh!
Plot: Yim Dong (Chiu Man Cheuk) is cop dedicated to his job, one day disobeyed orders during a hijacking and killed the leader of the hijackers (Hung Yan-Yan). With Yim carelessness he is reposted in the East European country of Lavernia. Upon arriving in Lavernia he is reunited with an old work colleague, Hung (Ken Wong). When leaving the train station Yim & Hung and up battling and arresting a Japanese Cult leader, Keizo Mishima (Andrew Lin). Keizo was responsible for the Tokyo Train Station Gas Attack earlier in the year. Yim slowly settling into his new surroundings he meets his childhood sweetheart, Tammy (Shu Qi). Tammy fled from China a couple years back after war broke in Tiananmen Square. She too now lives in Lavernia and feels blessed to be reunited with her 'knight in shining armor'. But now Yim finds out the Lavernian Minister is linked with Keizo and he wants his leader back or the Chinese population in Lavernia will fall... Review: Chiu Man-Cheuk's 1998 Action Flick is quite actually decent. The story is good, the cast isn't Grade A, but at least they have Shu Qi. The Action? I loved the action, Ching Siu-Tung done well. Most enjoyable battle would be the fast and furious fights in the train station between Chiu Man-Cheuk and Andrew Lin. Not to mention the fight in the prison shower or the roof of the building or even the final battles in the Lavernian Ministers home. The opening fight between Chiu Man-Cheuk and Hung Yan-Yan was good but Chiu could have killed Hung a lot better than the accidental choking. Yet on two or more occasions in the ending battles between Chiu and Andrew some exaggerated wire work was thrown in. I find this to be the best film so far for Chiu Man-Cheuk, he got to show off some good Wu Shu techniques, he done most of his own stunts on that film and his acting has progressed. Shu Qi was delightful, this being the first film I seen of hers and I knew nothing about her, nor about her past films such as the Sex & Zen series. Yet I couldn't say one bad thing about her in this flick, she done really well. Ken Wong playing the dope sidekick to Chiu Man Cheuk, so on most occasions he was quite humorous. Also for some reason he's giving me the impression of Blacky Ko....maybe its just his looks. Final thought Blacksheep affair a great film for good action, not amazing, not great, but better than the average punch up! enjoy!
Plot: Woody Invincible (Jordan Chan) and his mate Crazy Bee (Sam Lee) are two triad lackey’s who run a bootleg VCD shop in a shopping centre. When picking up their bosses car from the mechanics they accidentally run over a man with a briefcase. When they check to see if the man is alright he plea’s for a soft drink, they find a bottle of juice by his briefcase and give the dying man his last request. Thinking that their thirst quenched buddy has passed on they decide to chuck him in the boot and get back to work. When trying to make some extra money to pay off their debt’s they decide to steal the dead man’s phone and mug one of the workers at the beauty salon (also stationed in the shopping mall). The beautician, Rolls (Angela Tong) has a hunch that it was Woody and Bee that attacked her so she and her friend Jelly decides to treat the fella’s to some Saki and see if they could coax and answer out of both of them. During this period the festering corps in the boot of the car has been brought back to life and has feasted on a security guard passing on this virus bringing the dead back to life. There Zombies Baby! Review: It the past three and half years that I’ve been watching asian movies, I’m sure I’ve never seen a Hong Kong zombie flick. When purchasing a bunch of Wilson Yip movie’s I noticed that he directed to Bio-Zombie, further researched showed that this film had quiet a fan following, rated his second most popular film compared to Sha Po Lang. How could I say no? When watching the film I was expecting it to be a low budget B-Movie gory zombie flick and hey I wasn’t wrong. Jordan Chan and Sam Lee both showed good on screen chemistry in their troubled friendship. Angela Tong also seemed capable of being a decent female lead even with the strange name ‘Rolls’. Another side story is of the ‘sushi boy’, Loi (Emotion Cheung) who works in the sushi bar lusts for Rolls, but finds himself being heckled by Woody. But he soon becomes a Zombie, but he turns out to be one of these ‘Zombies with a heart’, where he saves the leading lady and sacrifices himself to save to the others, Aww isn’t that sweet. There is also the story of the bastard second hand phone guy aka Kui. Kui is basically a pain in the backside and a wimp when under pressure he throws his own with to the zombies to save himself. As you can expect people like him don’t last long in a Zombie flick. Notable guest appearances are made from Frankie Chin playing a ‘muscular security guard’ from Hakkin called Ox. Lam Suet also makes a cameo appearance as a police officer. The film does sort of drag at certain points, I was sort of surprised at the bad ending. Now this here is pretty much a spoiler so if you haven’t seen the movie please ignore this paragraph. When Woody and Rolls makes out of the shopping mall and to a gas station, Woody finds out about the contaminated drink, before he could warn Roll’s she’s just finished having a drink from the infected bottle. Now I thought this was a great twist, now Woody would have to kill Rolls, but instead he just sits down beside her and has a drink as well, Woody just gives up. Then it end’s, what a let down. There is also the alternative ending to the movie where Woody is killed by Rolls at the end, but that ending isn't really any better. Okay back to the review, I did find the game spoof’s quite amusing, obviously spoofing the shoot’em game ‘House of the Dead’, in-which both Woody and Bee are playing in store that night. Plus seeing Jordan Chan drilling into a zombie’s skull is also fun. I’ve realized that this movie has had a great cult following by the Zombie Horror fans throughout the world, which is probably the reason it was voted so highly and maybe why it seemed to be a bit of a let down to me. Overall decent movie, worth a watch and it might give you second thoughts on drinking Lucazade.
Plot: When school students; Ho-Nam (Nicholas Tse), Pau-Pan (Tsui Ka-Ho) and Chow-Pan (Benjamin Yuen) are kicked out school and are constantly being bullied by the local triad gangs, they have no choice to join them. The gangs friend Chicken (Sam Lee) introduces them to Brother Bee (Ng Chi-Hung), a nobale and resecpted member of the Hung Hing. The boys are then introduced to the glorious sights of the underworld, going to night clubs, massage parlours and bath houses. All these things can’t last though Brother Bee decides to test the new blood by having them attack a rival gang leader - Bill. After carefully planning the attack out, the boys enjoy up having to attack the gang leader with bamboo canes rather than the much preferred ‘Triad Choppers’, after taking a few good stabs at Bill they final manage to kill him, but their luck turns against them when members of his ‘Tung Sing’ gang are waiting for Ho-Nam. Ho-Nam and his friends barely manage to escape, but the consequences for their actions are yet to be dealt with when Bill’s brother – Sun Cha seeks vengeance against Ho-Nam. Review: Andrew Lau once again brings the legendary characters of Cow-Man’s ‘Teddy Boy’ comics to life in this gritty triad story. I mention the term gritty as the story seems to be lot darker and violent than its predecessors, there is frequent beatings, heroin addictions, Ho-Nam’s mother passing away, Ho-Nam being tortured and Ho-Nam’s drug related nightmare. The film is also set around the time of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, throughout the film you see many extras standing around televisions watching the events unfold. The movie also has several subplots, there is relationship between Ho-Nam and one of his class mates Kelly, it’s the obvious bad boy pines for the rich good girl, but it just seems to sizzle out to nothing. Then there is the relationship between Big Head (Daniel Wu) and his girlfriend Fei (Shu Qi), Head’s hot temper puts a heavy strain on their relationship and it leads Fei off into a subtle relationship with Ho-Nam, which also sizzles out to be nothing. There is also the back story of the relationship between Ho-Nam and his mother and step-father and the storyline of Kwan’s (Francis Ng) betrayal to the Hung Hing. I must admit Nicholas Tse does a pretty good job, people have started to rate his performance over Ekin Chengs, mainly because Tse is showing more emotional, but I think that is because this his how Ho-Nam was like as a teenager, but growing up he’s became stronger, but that’s just my opinion. There is also a nice little movie reference to Portland Street Blues, which is a spin-off movie from the Young & Dangerous series which is based on the past of ‘Sister 13’ played by the lovable Sandra Ng. There reference is when Ho-Nam and the gang go to kill ‘Bill’, but with the Tung Sing gang attacking them, the four friends spread out and Pou-Pan gets lost, he asks two young ladies, ‘Where am I?’, the young ladies actually are Sandra Ng and Kirsty Yeung. If you’ve seen PSB’s you’ll find this to be a nice little in-joke. Notable appearances? Well apart from Sandra Ng and Kirsty Yeung, Lee Sui-Kei makes an appearance as his famous character ‘Kei’, Law Lan makes her appearance as Ho-Nam’s grandmother, Michael Chan makes an appearance as the leader of the Tung Sing triads and Yuen Bun makes an appearance as a police officer. Final thoughts, a fine film and worthy watch, enjoy it!