Posts Tagged ‘2004’
Country: Hong Kong SAR Genre: Romantic Comedy Cast: Louis Koo, Gigi Leung Dante Lam presents a fun romantic comedy, starring Louis Koo, Gigi Leung (possibly one of prettiest actresses Hong Kong has to offer) and Charlene Choi. Ming (Louis Koo) is dating Annie (Gigi Leung) but knows nothing of romance. After taking Annie to a hot pot buffet on valentines day causing the end of the relationship causing Ming to look back over his past relationships to see where he has been going wrong all these years. As a fan of romantic comedies and of the cast this review could be a little biased but I shall do my best. Like most romantic films from HK it can emotionally cripple you as the ending did for me. I found this movie was a good combination for the genre. There is enough romance to keep to make is soppy and enough comedy to let most people keep watching through out. Overall Love On The Rocks is a fun romantic comedy. That will play good in your girlfriends books if you watch it together. It's also good fun trying to spot all the pretty pop stars. If you like romance films I recommend it. As it goes pretty deep at times and can make you cry if your the soppy type.
Plot: When a young woman, Sophie is turned into a elderly woman by ‘The Witch of the Waste’, she decides to travel to the Wasteland to find the Witch. One her journey she befriends a rather odd Scarecrow nicknamed ‘Turnip head’, she convinces the scarecrow to find her a place to stay, expecting a small bed and breakfast she is surprised to be see a gigantic moving castle heading towards her. She manages to climb into the castle from the back entrance, still being followed by Turnip head. When entering the castle she meets a fire demon Calcifur, his job is to move the castle for the illustrious wizard Howl. Sophie had already met Howl before; he had saved her from a couple of rowdy soldiers. Howl has Calcifur under a contract, Calcifur and Sophie make a deal if Sophie can break his contract between him and Howl and he will help Sophie break the curse from the Witch of the Waste. Review: Hayao Miyazaki does it again! With his world wide success with Spirited Away, fans would be eager to see if Miyazaki’s next project would match the standards he set in 2002. My honest opinion, he did! Miyazaki creates this fantasy world mixed with lovable characters, beautiful animations and amazing music which makes you forgot about the troubles of the world for two hours. Having the watched the movie dubbed I found it delightful that American actor Billy Crystal dubbed the voice of Calcifur which really makes his character lovable and charming. Strangely enough Batman actor Christian Bale also provided the voice of Howl, which gives his character a masculine edge to it, since his looks and physique are quite feminine. I cannot recommend this movie enough to everyone; it really is a brilliant film which should be enjoyed by all. If not…I hate you! (Just kidding)
Amongst ending of the Tang Dynasty, General Officers, Jin (Takashi Kaneshiro) and Leo (Andy Lau) are put on a case to capture the leader of the notorious ‘House Of Flying Daggers’. ‘House of Flying Daggers’ is a group of highly skilled martial artists who are significantly known by their nifty little daggers. Officer Jin is sent undercover to the peony pavilion (the local exotic dance club). When there he meets Mei (Zhang Ziyi) a blind dancer, but she can still bust a move! Leo appears at the peony as a strict cop who has Jin arrested After the local officers put Mei in custody, Jin stays undercover and decides to break her free and lead her to the woods, hoping she will lead him to the den of the Flying Daggers. In 2002 Zhang Yimou unleashed his martial arts epic 'Hero', showing Jet Li could still bust a move since his American flicks. Although Yimou told people that 'Hero' was just the beginning, his next project would be bigger and better, his next project was 'The House Of Flying Daggers'. House Of Flying Daggers was taken in a different direction from Hero, Hero had the Art House feeling around it, where Daggers was taken in the romantic tragedy side of things. Now the action is phenomenal, some great wire work and CGI put together. Some of the great fights include Takashi Kaneshiro saving Zhang Ziyi from a group officers attempting to arrest her or Zhang Ziyi fighting the officers from all directions and having spears of bamboo flung at her. Of course the final duel between Takashi Kaneshiro and Andy Lau, some real impressive action, truly awesome fight scenes, Ching Siu-Tung should be proud. This will also be known as the last movie of Anita Mui, she lost her fight with cancer whilst in the making of the movie, Yimou in a sign of respect decided to edit her story and footage out of the movie. Now the question that many peopled asked about this film, "Is it better than Hero?". I truly enjoy both of them on their own levels. Hero for its stunning cast and great fights and storyline. Daggers for its also stunning action and story, plus having the chance to see it on the big screen and that made the movie twice as good! Final thoughts, phenomenal, kick ass and another fine edition to the glorious history of asian cinema.
Plot (Universe): Lam Long (Alex Fong), the inspector of Hong Kong Police Force, was framed and suspended because of his rescue for his girlfriend (Yo Yo Mung), who has been kidnapped by the mob. After leaving the Police Force, Long goes to a small island and runs a seafood restaurant for peace of mind. But the gangsters don't let him go and have been chasing him for ten years. One day, a young man, Henry (Sam Chan), whose father was killed by Long for some reason, comes back from Australia and gets into Long's restaurant in order to find out who the real murderer is... Review: In the year of this movie was made we saw Alex Fong and Chin Kar-Lok teamed up for the second time. Before they were in the gritty thriller 'One Nite in Mongkok' directed by Derek Yee, which showed that both Fong and Chin were great as a team. Even after this movie we've seen them teamed up again in Derek Yee's; Drink, Drank, Drunk. Although with my above comment about Fong and Chin making a great team, i have to say that Chin Kar-Lok really stole the show! His comical situations where he's proposing his love to Fong by asking "Do You Lap Me?" or his attempts to speak english! Guest appearances? We have Lam Suet playing one of Fong's old cop buddies and there is veteran actor Eddie Ko taking the role as the leading bad guy who still has the personal vendetta against Alex Fong's character 'Lam'. We also have a short appearance from Young & Dangerous star; Michael Tse as 'Lam's' old friend, i'll say no more. There was one minor letdown in the movie, towards the end the movie there is a rather 'un-needed' twist to the story. But i wont spoil it for you, hey maybe it's me. Final Thoughts a decent movie which shows off the good side of Chin Kar-Lok and of course Alex Fong.
Plot: Wah (Yuen Biao) in his prime was a boxing champion, seven years later all he thinks about now is returning to the ring and regaining his championship belt. Wah isn't as fit as he used to be, he's gotten himself into some nasty habits, smoking, drinking, gambling and he's run up a serious amount of debt. Wah is now a single father with a seven year old son, he loves his son - Henry Henry's mother Susan (Gloria Yip) left Wah and Henry to focus on her career and she married to a rich doctor and lives in a pretty swanky mansion. Wah now spends his days working in a local car repair garage with his buddy Wayne (Chin Kar-Lok). Although his mind still wonders to the Boxing Ring, when things start to get tough with Debt Collectors and Susan returning to the scene, could Wah really make back onto the Boxing career he once had? Review: The first thing you will notice about this movie is it's quality. It looks more like a old TV drama, I'm guessing this never had a cinema release, so I'm just thinking of it as one of these TV Movies. Yuen Biao's acting skills still haven't faded, he's good. Gloria Yip also does a good job. Now the son can be a bit annoying at times, just really whiney and always refares to his dad as 'Wah', which is a little silly. Action-wise, with Chin Kar-Lok at the helm I expected it to be good, although it's really iffy. When Biao first gets down to fisty cuffs the film goes all quick and jumpy, like in a slow motion type effect. Later in the boxing scenes it usually consists of close up shots of the opponents eyes, then it'll zoom out and they'll box, it isn't that bad, I don't doubt Chin Kar-Lok he's done some great stuff over the years and many people are rating his work in 'The Dragon Squad'. Guest appearances, well for being a TV Movie we get a couple decent appearances, we get to see Eric Tsang towards the end of the movie playing 'Wu' an old boxing buddy of Yuen Biaos. Lam Suet makes a couple of appearances as Biao's coach. Final Thoughts, average movie, aging cast, still worth at least one watch! Enjoy!
Plot: Shirley (Hong Tao) a karaoke waitress leads a perfectly normal love life with her fireman boyfriend - Ken (Daniel Wu). One day she is confronted by Chan Wai-Ching (Gillian Chung), Ching is Ken's ex-girlfriend. She tells her Shirley that Ken is a bad guy. She tell's her when they were a couple, Ken took nude photographs of her. Soon after taking the pictures he dumps her and posts the photograph's over the internet. This soon get's out of control when it turns out that those photo's caused Ching to loose her job as a teacher. Ching no longer cares about Ken, but she want's those photo's back, She convinces Shirley to help her sneak into Ken's apartment and destroy these photo's which are stored on his computer. Shirley agree's to help as she feel's she might be led down the path. Together they plot against Ken and it only looks like they've skimmed the surface. Review: Pang Ho-Cheung dazzle's us with this dark story of innocent girls showing their dark side's against pig of a boy friend. Gillian Chung gives us an amazing performance, completely flawless. Hong Tao was also perfect for her role. Pang took a chance with Gillian Chung and it paid off. Daniel Wu also manages to pull off a great performance too. This movie was filmed in the same year of Stephen Fung's 'House of Fury', where both Daniel Wu and Gillian Chung played a picture perfect couple. Daniel Wu being a little angel and Chung being an innocent little princess. Compared to this movie it's like the story has been flipped around and spiced up! Final thoughts, I loved the story, it's well paced and it has some wonderful twists towards the end of the movie. Another great piece of work from Pang Ho-Cheung.
Plot: When a chinese thief, Lau Xing (Jackie Chan) steals a Jade buddha from the Bank of England he creates a cover as the valet for mad capped inventor, Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan). Fogg mocked by his peers at the Royal Academy of Science he challenge's the head that he, Philieas Fogg will travel around the world in eighty days or else he'll destroy his laboratory and will never invent again. Lau Xing goes with Fogg, but he plans on returning the Jade Buddha to his home land. When traveling through Paris the adventurous duo become a trio when the kind and enchanting Monique La Roche (Cécile De France) takes it upon herself to come along with them. Complications arrive when the Royal Academy attempt to sabotage journey with the help of deadly General Fang (Karen Mok). Review: Frank Coraci brings to life Jules Verne's novel in this magical family comedy which is a pleasure to watch. From an action point of view this isn't a Jackie fan favorite, but Jackie's charm is just captivating. It's a family film, you don't need to think too hard when watching, it's a real no-brainer, sit back and watch. That's it! I found the atlas views of the movie really neat, it was almost like a multi-colored acid trip! It's quite different compared to the usual plain atlas or the classical pirate tea stained maps. It's pointless but I just think it's one of the movies charms. Guest appearances we'll the Hong Kong appearances include Ken Lo as a member of Fang's gang in Paris, Sammo Hung makes an appearance as Chinese folk legend Wong Fei-Hung, a rather muscular Daniel Wu also appears, not to mention Maggie Q has a quick appearance as one of the female agents sent after Jackie, but ends up confronting Coogan. Now other appearances include Billionaire Richard Branson, The Govern Arnold Schwarzenegger, Adam Sandler funny man Rob Schneider, Shanghai Noon/Knight Co-Star Owen Wilson and younger brother Luke Wilson and Faulty Towers legend Jonathan Cleese. With this amazing mixture of stars the film is easily enjoyable on different levels for asian film fans and the fans of american/british cinema. Enjoy!