Posts Tagged ‘Karl Maka’
Plot: Dirty Tiger (Lau Kar-Wing) is a bounty hunter who summoned up by an elderly woman, she begs him to help her retrieve her husband – Crazy Frog (Sammo Hung). Her husband as ran away from her and so she’s willing to pay Tiger 20 taels of gold for her safe return. Tiger would have to be a fool to turn down this offer, so he sets out to find her husband. Meanwhile unaware that there is a price on his head, Crazy Frog is out gambling. Yet when he is suddenly caught up with a female pickpocket called ‘Fake Hands’ (Meg Lam). She convinces Frog to help her escape the casino security guards, to who had caught pick pocketing. Frog seems to defeat the men with ease, he suddenly reveals the he is wearing the precious ‘Invincible Armour’, The Invincible Armour is a chained vest which can resists any blow whether it be a karate chop to a cutlass sword, nothing can harm the beholder. Fake Hands uses her body to seduce the silly Frog and steal his armour. When searching for the pickpocket Frog is confronted by Tiger. Tiger captures Frog and receives his fee. It turns out that the old dame was only after the armour. Frog explains to Tiger about the value of this vest, both men agree to go find the armour. But they obviously have other motives up their sleeves, possibly just keeping the armour to themselves. They soon discover that Fake Hands has no use for the armour and is going to sell it to the highest bidder… Review: Another classical kung fu comedy, this time with Karl Maka as the director we get to see more comedy rather than kung fu, but hey it’s not half bad. The film mainly consists of everyone double crossing everyone else trying to get the invincible armour for themselves but nothing ever seems to go to plan. With Sammo Hung as action director you’ll notice his stunt team popping everywhere, regulars include; Lam Ching-Ying (plays at least 3 extras roles), Yuen Biao, Shaw’s star Hsiao Ho and Billy Chan. Other notable appearances well there’s several! Here’s a list Chung Fat, Lee Hoi-San (main baddy) Karl Maka, Fung Hark-On, Dean Shek, Ho Pak-Kwong, Peter Chan, Mars and Mang Hoi. I’m sure some people would have been pretty ticked off since there seems to be more wacky comedy rather than kick ass old school kung fu, but hey the movie has it’s moments and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Plot: Resigning undercover cop - Ko Chow (Chow Yun-Fat) plans resigning are shattered when brought into the station to have a meeting with his boss, Lau (Yueh Sun). Lau tells him that has one job left to do before leaving the force. The job is to infiltrate a violent gang of jewelery thieves, to gain their trust he must pass himself off as a gun dealer, selling weapons to the gang and then work his way into the gang participating in their next heist. Ko Chow befriends on of the gangs main men - Fu (Danny Lee), both having similar backgrounds they create a decent friendship between them. But Ko Chow is haunted by past missions when one of his best friends were killed because of him. Ko doesn't want the same thing to happen twice. Review: Ringo Lam delivers a dark and gritty crime thriller which shows Chow Yun-Fat in a different light from the traditional John Woo duel gun waving savior. Instead Ringo Lam shows the more human side of Chow Yun-Fat, his fragile relationship with his on-screen girlfriend Carrie Ng and brother like relationship with Danny Lee. It also has a bit of role-reversal too, Chow Yun-Fat is often portrayed as the gang and Danny Lee is often type-casted as a serious Police Officer. It's the other way around here, but some times during the film if you look at Danny Lee's costumes he does actually still look like a cop! They should have given him a beard or a scar, something just to make him look rougher. Another storyline in the movie is about 'Lau', played by the Yueh Sun. His character finds himself teamed up with a younger and wise-assed CID Officer Chan, played by a young Roy Cheung. Chan and his crew of officers are basically out to catch Chow Yun-Fat, refusing to believe that he is an Undercover Cop, they are really just wanting to blow his cover and have him killed. This film does have a quite a reputation around the world as 'The original inspiration for Tarantino's break-out masterpiece, Reservoir Dogs', so many people over the Internet on chat-rooms bash Reservoir Dogs as a remake of City on Fire, but they are all just blow off steam over nothing. I haven't seen Reservoir Dogs, but I plan on watching soon, so I can't say it is or it isn't but Tarantino is the type of person who has a over-whelming love for Asian cinema, obviously lots of these movies inspired him in his future productions, from most of the Tarantino films I've seen there has always been a subtle message relating to Asian cinema, then he made the Kill Bill movies which is his homage to the wonderful world of Asian Cinema. Notable appearances, well I couldn't notice any really familiar faces in the movie, apart from the leading cast. Ringo Lam does have 5 seconds of screen time at one part where he lights Chow Yun-Fats cigarette for him on a street corner. Tommy Wong plays one of Roy Cheung's police officers, he's the officer that gets kick down the stair case and then comes in the back wrapped in bandages. Final thoughts, a great crime thriller and bloody good film!
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!!
Plot: After a jewellery deal set up by the mafia is spoiled when a thief physically flies in steals the diamonds and escapes with ease. All that is left is a White Glove, which was left by the thief. The police believe it to be a thief called 'The White Glove'. So they call in a expert from America - Albert Au (Karl Maka) and team him up with a feisty cop, Inspector Ho (Sylvia Chiang). The mafia also believe it is this 'White Glove' who stole their diamonds, but after hunting him down in Venice he proves loyal to them and is forced to retrieve the diamonds...if he doesn't he'll be sleeping with the fishes, mafia style. The real thieve was a local bugger - King Kong (Sam Hui), with the help of his partner - Gigolo Joe (Dean Shek). They escaped with ease and King Kong left the diamonds with Joe. Joe's hiding them and left two clues tattooed on two women. but now he's trouble, one of the women he tattooed was the sister of the crazed triad 'Mad Max', who kills Joe before King Kong can find out the location of the diamonds. All Kong needs to do is see the tattoos on these women. Before King can start his search Inspector Ho and half the Hong Kong Armed forces arrest him! Albert tries to reason with King to help them retrieve the diamonds, but King refuses. So the police let King go since they have no evidence against him, but Albert tricks King into a life or death situation leaving King with no option but to help Albert and Ho. In return for finding the diamonds for them, King doesn't get charged! Review: When I first got this movie I thought it was just something similar to Sammo Hung's My Lucky Stars, but it was completely different. The film is quite good with it's funny moments and guest appearances. As I've mentioned above Dean Shek has an appearance as Sam Hui's partner in crime, Gigolo Joe. For everyone women he dates he has their phone number tattooed on him, I guess a phone book wasn't his style. Raymond Wong makes an appearance as a priest in a taxi who gets over whelmed by the taxi narrators concern for a lost dog, but she is actually upset for the lose of her love - Gigolo Joe! Tsui Hark makes an appearance as a director for a ballet play which gets ruined by Karl Maka and Sam Hui! I'm sure Ricky Hui is one of the stage helps, but don't quote me on it and at the end of the movie George Lam makes an appearance as a Ambulance driver. It's quite amusing as he drives away he waves to the camera, he he. Apart from the guest appearances the movie also has nifty little contraptions, like King's motorized phone, door blocker or even the exploding toy cars! You might take King Kong as the Hong Kong version of James Bond but also seems to look like Jackie Chan! Final thoughts - Aces Go Places is a fun mix of wacky comedy and high jinks. A decent film from Eric Tsang!