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Kung Fu!

A few days ago I went down to Chinatown to take a look at my favorite DVD places there. One of them I found gone, an eyeglass store there now, and the other is planning on closing (and opening again out in Scarbourgh). On the plus side, it was offering 50% off everything, so I stocked up with six movies which are:

Kids from Shaolin, an early Jet Li movie, #2 in his Shaolin Temple Trilogy. It's jet Li. You need know nothing more

Tiger on Beat, with Chow Yun Fat and Conan Lee. Sort of a Lethal Weapon take-off, Chow Yun-Fat doesn't play a super-cool character for once. Instead, he's more of a slacker, although still an experienced cop. He ends up teamed with the berserk Conan Lee chasing after some drug lords. Although a few parts of the movie come off in really bad taste (their casual slapping around of a female witness for one), the action scenes are amazing, climaxing in a chainsaw dual that has to be seen to be believed.

Partners, with Simon Yam, Michael Wong, and Eric Tsang. I don't know a thing about this movie, other than the fact I like all the actors involved. And it was only $10.

Aces Go Places I, with Jackie Chan and a million other guys. I've heard good things about this film for years. Although Jackie's appearance in it isn't much more than a cameo (he puts together a team of his friends to chase some crooks) I'm assured you won't miss him much with everything else that goes on. First of several in a series.

City Hunter, with Jackie Chan. Jackie's in the whole movie this time. The movie is very, very loosely based on the anime series with the same name, in that Jackie's a private eye with the same name as the anime character. Aside form a few in-jokes, resemblance to the anime stops after that. Still, there's some very funny stuff and some great fighting.

The Heroic Trio, with Michelle Yeoh, Anita Mui, and Maggie Cheung. This is one of the coolest f*cking movies ever made. Three of HK cinema's greatest actresses team up to stop a complete lunatic (played by the ever versatile Anthony Wong) who's kidnapping male babies to train them to be ultimate assassins and take over the world. Or something like that. Yeoh has a Cloak of Invisibility, Mui is a masked crimefighter called Wonder Woman, and Cheung is a bounty hunter called Thief Catcher. The movie makes little sense but you won't care.


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Hong Kong Movies

Those should all kick ass, but The Heroic Trio esp. is one of my favorite action movies of all time, right up there with Hard-Boiled & Once a Thief. Simon Yam is great, all by himself, as well.

See you at Charlene's!


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