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GIMMME SOME HK ACTION!
Topic Started: May 23 2008, 12:49 AM (1,133 Views)
Jared
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This is mostly aimed at Jack, who I know is well versed in such things, but anyone with recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
Basically I've been in full-on HK pulp cinema mode of late. Wuxia fantasy, Category III, Hopping Vampires, Bug Barfing, etc. are all on the menu but one area that has always been a bit of blind spot for me is the Heroic Bloodshed genre. I watched a dubbed version of THE KILLER back in the 90s when Woo was THE hot thing and it really left a bad taste in my mouth, too much shmaltz for me, at least at that time. Recently I had my little mind utterly blown by Ringo Lam's FULL CONTACT - which might be one of the best action films I've ever seen. I'm still getting chills by just thinking about it! Last night I decided to give Woo another chance and went with A BETTER TOMMOROW, which I liked better than my memory of THE KILLER but it still didn't quite fill the hole left by the Lam film. So what else should I see? Please keep recommendations strictly to the 80s through the early to mid 90s as I am really not interested in anything from the late 90s through the present. Thanks dudes!
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The Big Heat is one of the best 80's Hong kong actioneers. Gritty and raw action starring Waise Lee and Kwok Choy.
http://akas.imdb.com/title/tt0099248/

Hong Kong Godfather is a film I like quite a lot. An underrated gangsterdrama that seems to have been overshadowed by Woo's heroic bloodshed films.
http://akas.imdb.com/title/tt0099248/

If you haven't seen Ringo Lam's School on Fire or Prison on fire you ought to check them out. Both are really good. Not in the bloodshed category but they are both really powerful action dramas. School on Fire is one of the best films I have ever seen regardless of genre.
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HERE,S A FILM THAT QUITE GOOD [FURY IN RED]
http://akas.imdb.com/title/tt0102056/

AND ANOTHER [FIRE PHOENIX]
http://akas.imdb.com/title/tt0099761/
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jocky
May 23 2008, 06:22 PM
HERE,S A FILM THAT QUITE GOOD [FURY IN RED]
http://akas.imdb.com/title/tt0102056/

AND ANOTHER [FIRE PHOENIX]
http://akas.imdb.com/title/tt0099761/

Fury in Red is a film I need to see someday. I always enjoy Conan Lee no mather how trashy the film is.
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forget about that period restriction and go watch some recent Johnnie To stuff I'd say. Can't give any better advice on the HK gangster film front... because I just haven't seen enough of it :(

sidebar:
for HK fantasy and horror stuff I learned about a few titles I never heard about before from this Dutch review site:
http://www.cultfilmsenkutfilms.com/quickie...ddhas_palm.html
non-Dutch speakers won't be able to read the reviews, but there are trailers and nice screenshots to be found! check it out.

And my favorite kungfu movie remains Ming Jian http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080958/
not so much the details of the story, but just the incredible direction and performance of the swordplay in it. And the gory finale is a blast too!
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Recent HK action from To and others just bores me to death. I don't know why but I have hard time get into those films. The ones I have seen have been a bit to glossy for my taste.
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Jared
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, I knew this would be the place to go!
As for my interest only in older HK movies, that's just how my brain works. I am interested the style of cinema made in certain places at certain times. Hong Kong cinema began to change after the Mainland takeover in '97, while there are still interesting films being made there, they don't have the same feel for me that "classic' and 'new wave' HK genre cinema has. That's all. I might even go see a festival showing of Alexi Tai's BLOOD BROTHERS later this week, I hear it's good.
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Oh Jack, why hast thou forsaken me?
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Jared
May 30 2008, 04:09 AM
Oh Jack, why hast thou forsaken me?

I... haven't. I'm brooding in the dank dark. Trying to remember those most important blood-gushing jewels. :ph43r:



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Linus
May 23 2008, 04:39 PM
The Big Heat is one of the best 80's Hong kong actioneers.

I coudn't agree more, one of the most compulsively violent movies ever.

Tiger on the Beat has some of the best action sequences of the genre.
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