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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)
Okay film-goers, let’s get going. I’ll keep this snappy, because I’m here to give you the low down on one snap-p-py piece of cinema — So Close.
Pop quiz; which HK director is responsible for this film? If your answer’s not Corey Yuen, you deserve to be beaten repeatedly with a pair of rollerblades by Zhao Wei, because his name’s right there under the title, but in the mean time, here’s a selected Corey Yuen filmography…
1993 — Fong … (read more)
Of all sequels, this is the one that should never have been made. The original Twins publicity vehicle, The Twins Effect, was not a strong enough film to warrant a sequel, which is probably why the film-makers decided to use a completely different story. Bad move. Exceedingly bad move.
The story is complicated, but not well-thought out. It doesn’t hang together, and helps to make the whole film look rather like an undergraduate effort: full of grand ideas rendered … (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)