Posts Tagged ‘Ringo Lam’

Podcast On Fire 181: Mad Monkey Kung Fu & Wild Search

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Let’s take a look at THE Shaw Brothers director that made kung fu comedy great when they attempted to respond to that booming trend. Namely Lau Kar-leung and his Mad Monkey Kung Fu from 1979. Also in this episode, a look at when a Hong Kong director everybody cried for when Quentin Tarantino “took” his movie away from him but when he took someone elses…template himself. We didn’t mind it for Reservoir Dogs vs Ringo Lam’s City On Fire and sure as hell didn’t when Lam made his own take on the Harrison Ford movie Witness in the form of Wild Search from 1989. With Kenny B and Phil G who also recaps his trip to China and meeting Jackie Chan.

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Podcast On Fire 160: Pedicab Driver & City On Fire

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In our ongoing conversations about classic Hong Kong cinema, the turn has come to Sammo Hung’s Pedicab Driver and Ringo Lam’s City On Fire! Hear Kenny B and Phil G of Eastern Film Fans discuss Sammo’s beloved and quite unavailable actioner and there’s also a late breaking reveal from rights holder Warner Brothers. Dr. Lam and Tom K-W join Kenny B in the second half for their take on the undercover drama classic and offer up their views on the whole City On Fire/Reservoir Dogs connection and “controversy”.

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Podcast on Fire 122: Victim

No Hitler-Cast, i.e. Ken doing a solo POF this week as Hong Kong Dave returns! Together with Kenny B, there’s a lengthy discussion on John Woo’s Heroes Shed No Tears, tangents on State of Grace and The Raid before the main subject of this week takes center stage: Ringo Lam’s possibly supernatural cop flick Victim starring Lau Ching-wan and Tony Leung Ka-fai.

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City on Fire (1979)

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

Aces Go Places 4 (1986)

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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! Read the rest of this entry »

Full Alert (1997)

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Plot: Officer Pao (Lau Ching-Wan) is the average cop who is under stress investigating a murder case. The murder is a low life thug, Mak Kwan (Francis Ng), who admits to the crime. Although Kwan is planning more serious crimes with a mainland criminal (Jack Gao).

Officer Pao and other members of the police force (including Chin Kar-Lok) are on to Mak Kwans plan, after finding various bomb-making materials discovered in Kwans apartment. This leads to hail bullets and out of control car chases as Officer Pao risks his life and his family into catching Mak Kwan off guard.

Full Alert is a great modern day cat and mouse movie. Sean Lau (aka Lau Ching Wan) is a convincing police officer, like some of his past work in The Black Mask and more recently in the Running Out Of Time Series. Sean definitely gives it his all in this movie. Read the rest of this entry »

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