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The original Fong Sai Yuk is a highly entertaining film. It features breathtaking action, interesting plotlines, and a lot of chemistry between Sai-Yuk Fong (Jet Li) and Mrs Fong, i.e. his mother (legendary actress Josephine Siao). Combining all these elements successfully is not an easy task, and it is therefore perhaps not surprising that the sequel doesn’t quite deliver the same kind of magic as the first film.
Fong Sai Yuk 2 picks up where the first movie left off. … (read more)
The camera hovers beneath the water of a toilet in which two recently curled out hot ones are still floating. Through the, ahh, murk, we watch as a man is quickly dispatched by a Yakuza killer for hire.
Nice one. Welcome to the maniacal world of Miike, to whom the phrase ‘inventive camera angles’ barely does any kind of justice. And let’s not get started on weird plot twists and oddball scenarios.
OK, let’s. We get murderous games of ping … (read more)
The porcine connection in the title refers to “Porkchop”, a HK slang given to a someone deemed ugly or unattractive and is equally reviled by both sexes alike.
Mo (Michelle Reis) has a serious bald patch and permanently wears a hat to cover it up, So Mei (Karen Mok) is abnormally hairy due to a hormonal imbalance, Pao (Suki Kwan) has small eyes and buck teeth and Panda (Kelly Lin) has a birthmark on half her face.
Mo and her … (read more)
Some generally splendid movies have one incredibly creative fight scene that will firmly lodge itself in the memory of those who view them. With Wing Chun, it’s that which has Michelle Yeoh defending a tray of tofu against a male chauvinist pig of an opponent and sending it where no tray of tofu has ever gone before or since. With Dragon Inn, it’s the duel that starts off with Maggie Cheung interrupting Brigitte Lin’s bathing and involves Ms. … (read more)
Swashbuckling action, mythical super-abilities, and a cast full of pretty faces make this a surprisingly good watch. I’m not sure whether the Sword of the title refers to Leon’s tackle, but that’s only because there’s a fair swag of double entendre swishing about. Fast and fun, in the mould of the classic HK flicks that you’ve always loved.… (read more)
Michelle Reis is exceedingly pretty, as is Daniel Wu, but neither can drag this film above the level of tedium. Historical prostitute dramas can be fascinating, funny, or tragic, but this is none of the above. Costumes lovely, characters reasonable, plot entirely predictable. Don’t waste your money.… (read more)