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Unread post by chazgower01 » 09 Jul 2018, 14:50

High Risk aka Meltdown (1995, Hong Kong) Amazon Prime 3/5
I have every reason to not like this movie - Wong Jing directed it, the vastly overrated Chingmy Yau is in it, Jet Li does very little martial arts, there are all of kinds of implausible things that happen and the action movie cliches are endless.
And yet, it's almost as if this movie is an unintentional parody of action movies (in particular Die Hard and Die Hard 2), or maybe even an ACTUAL parody of action movies - either way, it works for me. I've always enjoyed Jacky Cheung's over the top satirical portrayal of the 'Jackie Chan-like' character he plays in this and despite the lack of martial arts - there's a LOT of shit blowing up, bullets flying everywhere, and crazy-ass violence to make up for it (to some degree).
And you have Billy Chow (with long hair, almost unrecognizable) and Valerie Chow as additional villains, so that helps.
It's not great, it probably...no, it FOR SURE doesn't deserve a 3 out of 5, and yet, I've watched this movie maybe 7 or 8 times over the years. :dontknow:
After throwing Frankie's (Jackie Chan character) director/manager (Charlie Cho - also in heavy makeup, basically playing Willie Chan) out the window, the bad guy says, "His films were insipid and lacked cinematic merit." Wong Jing could've actually been making fun of his OWN image, but this is one of his films I actually enjoy.
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Unread post by Markgway » 10 Jul 2018, 11:30

I didn't care for High Risk.

One of Jet's poorest movies from this era.

Disagree about Chingmy Yau though.
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Vampire Clay (血を吸う粘土) (Japan, 2016) [VoD] - 1.5/5
There's been anticipation that special effects maestro Soichi Umezawa could be the next Yoshihiro Nishimura. Alas, that was not to be, not yet at least. This low budget idol horror fails to follow up his wild SFX showcase Y is for Youth and psychological body horror short Thorn. On the positive front side there's an almost fanatic avoidance of CGI in favour of practical effects on display here. Unfortunately the tale of desperate art students attacked by blood thirsty clay (yes!) is as boring as it gets. The film is also strangely dull in technical terms: the music is terrible, the video and sound editing lacks any punch and the ending is extended beyond any sense. It's also restrained enough in terms of splatter to have landed a G rating in Japan, though it would still equal to a soft R in the United States.

New Female Prisoner Scorpion: Special Cellblock X (新女囚さそり 特殊房X) (Japan, 1977) [DVD] - 3/5
Director Kohira seems to have learned something from his mistakes. Here he doesn't even attempt a feminine revenge tale but goes for a masculine action picture instead. This time Nami (Yoko Natsu, a model turned actress with the charisma of a mannequin) causes a power struggle between the new warden (karate villain Masashi Ishibashi) who can't get a hold of the women, a more experienced young guard (Nikkatsu's excellent youth/action star Takeo Chii) and the warden's trusted, rifle wielding hothead (rock star gone unexpectedly good youth/rebel actor Hiroshi Tachi). It's an excellent male cast that gives the film a very masculine identity. There are some dull prison clichés in first reel and Kohira still doesn't have a clue how to do surrealism (Nami getting raped by a bunch of cat men is a tragicomic example) but once the focus shifts to prison control dynamics and escape action the film delivers alright. At odds with the series identity it may be, but better this than screwing up another entry.

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Markgway wrote:
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I didn't care for High Risk.

One of Jet's poorest movies from this era.

Disagree about Chingmy Yau though.
Believe me, I can't figure out why I like it either. Compared to Fist of Legend or Fong Sai Yuk it doesn't even rate. And yet... :dontknow:

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Gigolo & Whore 2 (1992, Hong Kong) internet 2/5
Veronica Yip plays a gigolo pimp with Simon Yam as her main money maker. Rosamund Kwan is a rich lesbian woman (!) who takes over a company. Simon is eventually tasked with having to convince her to give up the company. Finally his kiss unlesbians her!
Veronica Yip has an unflattering hairstyle throughout but turns in her requisite two nude scenes. Rosamund Kwan and Ng Suet-Man (Raped By an Angel) do some light kissing and touching, which really surprised me, but they get interrupted before it turns into an actual love scene.
Pretty unremarkable movie considering the talent involved, but mostly watchable.
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Cash On Delivery (1992, Hong Kong) internet 2.5/5
Sandra Ng plays a frigid lawyer who falls for gigolo Simon Yam. Veronica Yip hires Simon Yam for a 3 day vacation to get her pregnant. She falls in love with Simon. But Simon falls in love with Sandra Ng. Uh, yeah. Two movies in a row where Simon Yam is a gigolo who rejects Veronica Yip.
Light fluff comedy that turns into a creepy violent stalker revenge movie in the last 20 minutes. Category III only for some light nudity, sex talk, and the little bit of violence at the end.
Veronica Yip has a nude scene. Sandra Ng thankfully doesn't.
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The Greatest Post-War Gambler (戦後最大の賭場) (Japan, 1969) [DVD] - 3/5
With all the criticism on remakes and reboots these days, it's good to remember that back in the 60s and 70s it was ok to remake a movie a mere 12 months after its release. This is a modern day re-imagining of director Kosaku Yamashita's own Big Time Gambling Boss (1968), which was a Shakespearian ninkyo yakuza tale about conflicting duties and honour. Koji Tsuruta stars again as the noble hero, Tomisaburo Wakayama is out and Ken Takakura plays the role that roughly corresponds to Wakayama's hot headed character whose friendship with Tsuruta is tested when conflicts arise. Chris D. named this as one of his favourite ninkyo films; I found the first half a bit too slow and preferred Big Time Gambling Boss, though this is decidedly more low key and quite good towards the end.

Saburai: Way of the Bohachi (忘八武士道 さ無頼) (Japan, 1974) [TV] - 2.5/5
Disappointing follow-up to Teruo Ishii's chanbara masterpiece Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight (1973). Ishii mentioned in an interview that he didn't even know Toei had made a sequel. This is a blatant re-telling of the original, with Goro Ibuki playing Tetsuro Tamba's role, although it's not clear whether this supposed to be a remake or a sequel. The storyline is almost the same with many scenes playing out exactly the same way! And this came out less than a year after Ishii's film! Someone ought to ask writer Sadao Nakajima what on earth was going on in the pre-production? It still has its own trashy appeal with just as much sex and violence as Ishii's film, but it is also incoherent in characterization and lacks the style, pace, originality and superb action of Ishii's film. Aside from a couple of fun new additions (Reiko Ike as a woman dealer and Takuzo Kawatani as her abused servant in a gloriously misandric role, for once!) the film feels like a copy by a lesser filmmaker, that man being the mediocre Takashi Harada. Ibuki and Harada, however, teamed up for a better ninja sexploitation the following year, Shitakari Hanjirô: (Maruhi) kannon wo sagase, which, like this film, was based on a Kazuo Koike comic book.

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Saburai: Way of the Bohachi (忘八武士道 さ無頼) (Japan, 1974) [TV] - 2.5/5
Was this on regular Japanese TV??? Uncut?
Man, I swear, one of these days I'm going to Japan for a few months and just to record unavailable movies off of their television!

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Saburai: Way of the Bohachi (忘八武士道 さ無頼) (Japan, 1974) [TV] - 2.5/5
Was this on regular Japanese TV??? Uncut?
Man, I swear, one of these days I'm going to Japan for a few months and just to record unavailable movies off of their television!
Toei Channel. Uncut of course.

Normal TV hardly even broadcasts movies these days. And just family friendly stuff. Not like in the 80s when every other TV show was full of boobs...

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Three Summers (1992, Taiwan) - Wasn't able to find this, but the trailers appear to show a straight drama, and I'm curious to see an early acting opportunity for Veronica Yip.

Summer Lovers (1992, Hong Kong) internet 2.5/5
Alfred Cheung plays a lonely guy who is obsessed with Liza (Vivian Chow). But after a pretty girl from a laserdisc magically appears from out of the TV (it's Veronica Yip) to help him, things get kind of strange. Of course, he could bang Veronica anytime, as she tries and tries, but he is committed to making Vivian his girl. Based on a Japanese manga, Yip shows some cleavage and wears some green wig, but keeps herself fully clothed, while Vivian Chow does her usual act. Loletta Lee also shows up later and provides the only real sexual energy in the whole movie.
And Alfred Cheung isn't a very likable lead though I guess he was popular with the Chinese as he had quite a long career. Moderately entertaining fluff.
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Rose (1992, Hong Kong) youtube 3/5
Maggie Cheung very much stars in this triad melodrama centered more on relationships than machismo. She's an insurance agent who gets involved with a young triad boss (Roy Cheung), after a falling out with her businessman boyfriend.
Maggie, of course, carries the film and it knows this, placing her at the center of nearly every scene so that even when it meanders, it's watchable. When it has moments of violence, it's really violent, but mostly it's about feelings or whatever, and the primarily straightforward direction makes it easy to watch.
Veronica Yip has a secondary role about her own messed up love life, and she even drunkenly sings in a local bar, looking as sexy as she ever has, without taking off any clothing.
It's a doomed romance movie, so the ending is inevitable, but in this instance, actually a bit more interesting. Maggie's character realizes THAT world is different from hers and makes the conscious decision to NOT intervene when the time comes, driven to that realization by the cowardice of onlookers who refuse to even call the police... it's as if she is suddenly accepting that the inevitable is unchangeable and that getting involved will pull her INTO that world. And she decides that the romanticized memory of what was, is more important than risking her life! Thinking like an insurance agent!
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Call Girl '92 (1992, Hong Kong) youtube 2/5
Veronica Yip in one year had successfully gone from being butt ass naked in a Category III movie (Pretty Woman) to being in a Cat II movie and not removing a stitch of clothing (Rose). Here she plays a prostitute, but being it's also a Category II movie, there's no nudity required. No 'Yiptease' necessary - she had done what Amy Yip couldn't - she had transcended her boobs. And despite having to play what few role types are available to hot women in Hong Kong movies, at least she didn't seem to have to show her naked ass everytime she wanted to work.
Still, seeing her, Carrie Ng, Cheung Man, and Cecilia Yip dressed in their classy spaghetti strapped, high cut, sexy outfits is somewhat entertaining in itself. And even though there's no new ground tread here in the 'behind the scenes lives of hookers' type movie, the eye candy is nice, and there's just enough story and acting to sit through a whole movie. Once.
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The Eagle Shooting Heroes (1993, Hong Kong) youtube 3/5
Another thing that Veronica Yip did was to assimilate into the Hong Kong regulars as an accepted part of them. (This was something that Amy Yip, for whatever reason, couldn't ever seem to do - though some would claim a certain standoffishness, and a desire to be the constant center of attention - that certainly was a big a part of it I suppose, but it was also difficult for other actors to be upstaged by those breasts of hers. Veronica may have been large breasted for an Asian woman, but compared to Amy, she wasn't even in the same league - especially when it came to breast size in comparison to waist size, a big part of what made Amy seem like such a freak of nature.)

Anyway, here Veronica has a nice part in an all star cast of Hong Kong actors and actresses, taking part in a wuxia parody, as a side project to Wong Kar-Wai's Ashes of Time (he was the producer for this film). It's almost two hours straight of non-stop goofiness, mugged with glee by the likes of Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Jacky Cheung, both Tony Leungs, Brigette Lin, Joey Wong, Carina Yau, and many more. I can't say I'm the world's biggest wuxia fan - I DID read as I followed along to the unsubbed 1986 ATV series September Eagles for my Amy Yip book - but here I think even if you DON'T know that much about it, you can still appreciate some of the jokes and antics of this movie.

It helps to have Sammo Hung to choreograph the action, which is fast and furious throughout. Storywise none of it makes that much sense, though Swordsman II didn't make much sense to me either, and I still liked that movie. And it didn't have the advantage of backwards pee.

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Filmed during a break in filming on Ashes of Time; they should've gone on holiday instead.

I remembering really disliking this piffle.
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Filmed during a break in filming on Ashes of Time; they should've gone on holiday instead.

I remembering really disliking this piffle.
Yeah, I see a lot of online hate for this movie but very little in explanation as to why. Not that dislike needs any explanation, some things people are just going to dislike because they do, but.... to me, this is less goofy than the average Wong Jing comedy, has entertaining fights, great costumes, major star power, and it takes the piss out of the overly serious wuxia genre.
Granted, I saw it for FREE.... I didn't pay to go to a theater or rent a video after a long day at work, but still...

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Rose Rose I Love You (1993, Hong Kong) youtube 2/5
I knew nothing about this series when I watched this movie, so you can imagine my surprise when a masked black leotard wearing Veronica Yip leaps into a scene to confront Simon Yam.... only to be followed soon by Carina Lau in the same black leotard (with WHITE mask, belt and gloves). Apparently, they are Black Rose and White Rose, two super heroines who... intervene in crime when it suits them?
This was a huge movie in Hong Kong at the time, pulling HK $21 Million at the box office, but it's pretty well accepted at this point that I do NOT have my finger on the pulse of what is popular and unpopular with Chinese audiences. You would think that with Veronica Yip and Carina Lau, in skin tight leotards - fighting each other - with Simon Yam as one of the male leads - that this would seem like a good recipe for an enjoyable movie.
But I just found the comedy in this to be dull, the action scenes to be dull (with easy to insert stunt doubles), and the story nothing special. A criminal breaks out of jail to get the heist he's hidden with his girlfriend, while the cops rent out the apartment next door to try and find out where it is.
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Abashiri Prison: Duel in the Wilderness (網走番外地 荒野の対決) (Japan, 1966) [DVD] - 2/5
Part 5. A mediocre-at-best entry. The first 15 min is dedicated to Toru Yuri and others goofing around in the prison (typical for the series, and Ishii, unfortunately) before things take a bit more serious turn. Once out of the slammer, Takakura befriends horse breeders harassed by the yakuza. I initially thought this was one of those southern entries with summer setting but it was shot in Hokkaido after all with a bit of spring snow and scenery here and there. There's not much else to write home about, except perhaps the unusual ending which is void of excessive bloodletting.

Abashiri Prison: Challenging the Wicked (網走番外地 悪への挑戦) (Japan, 1967) [DVD] - 3/5
Part 9. A summer set Abashiri Prison film with no scenes set in neither the prison nor Abashiri was usually a bad sign. Not this time, though. This one's got a dynamite opening with credits where Takakura's name explodes on the screen in the biggest red font you've ever seen. The next scene is a hostage situation with armed delinquents. The storyline that follows (Takakura with delinquents) is an unexceptional melodrama but there's a bit of that jazzy touch you find in late 50s and early 60 Ishii films (e.g. the Gang series). The ending is great again with violent action and a great tie up to the next film. Not quite top tier Abashiri (1, 3, 8) but probably the best of the rest.

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3 Days of a Blind Girl (1993, Hong Kong) internet 3.5/5
A woman (Veronica Yip) is temporarily blinded for 3 days, which doesn't stop her husband from going out of town during that time, unknowingly leaving her at the hands of a terrorizing psycho (Anthony Wong in his lumberjack outfit).
Trying very hard to be Hitchcock-esque in its presentation, it at times sort of succeeds, but ultimately it's the performances of Yip and Wong (on screen for 90% of the movie) that carry the film through. Of course one of those Hitchcock-esque touches is Yip's shower scene, in many ways the most revealing scene she's ever done, and a showcase for Wong's weirdness.
In fact, he's as menacingly evil and weird as anything HE'S ever done (this came out two weeks after Untold Story), in direct contrast to Yip, who looks more beautiful and dreamlike than ever - on top of a great emotional performance. Really, for Veronica Yip fans, THIS is the movie.
It's not a great film, but it is an excellent, can't-turn-it-off solid Cat III thriller that's a less extreme highlight of the rating (though it has some extreme moments). The finale, though at times a little silly, extracts the proper outcome in the end.
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Hero From Beyond the Boundary of Time (1993, Hong Kong) youtube 1.5/5
Tony Leung as Wai Siu Bo is sent 300 years into the future to find a new virgin queen to cure the king of his impotence. He teams up with a policeman (Dicky Cheung) and they get into sexual 'hijinks'. Lots of sex jokes and crude humor. A from behind shower scene by the lovely Ng Suet-Man. Veronica Yip as a princess. Fight scenes with wire work. Overall pretty forgettable.
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3 Days of a Blind Girl (1993, Hong Kong) internet 3.5/5
Don't remember much about the film except that the shower scene was amazing. Worth seeing for that scene alone!

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Violent Warrior (暴力戦士) (Japan, 1979) [DVD] - 3/5
In 1979 Toei president Shigeru Okada saw the future. More precisely, he saw Walter Hill's The Warriors in the US prior to its Japanese opening. Okada rushed back to make his own version. "Towards the 80! Our era! Now filming!" the trailer exclaimed. The plot is roughly the same as in The Warriors except this time the chased gang has to make it from Kobe to Tokyo and the leader's got the enemy's sister handcuffed to him. The film runs on a logic of its own (gang mates seem to teleport to convenient locations, escapees have time to stop jamming every time they hear music etc.) and one gang in particular, the man eating amazons, make Italian gang and post apocalypse films look like art in comparison. Hardly great cinema, but undeniably entertaining with frantic pacing, loads of music and even a massive roller blade street chase! As a vision of future, it wasn't too far off if the future was defined as 80s rock, bad fashion and comic book films. As for rating, throw the dice, any will do, even 6 out of 5. Teruo Ishii's last theatrical film until the early 90s.

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The Hit Man: Blood Smells Like Roses (ザ・ヒットマン 血はバラの匂い) (Japan, 1991) [DVD] - 1.5/5
Teruo Ishii's only V-Cinema film. "Violence and Eros" was printed on the VHS cover. That was true enough, but there's little of the style and excitement of Ishii's better films to be found. The dull storyline is about an avenging hitman going Yojimbo on two gangs. The scene where he loses his suitcase and gun because he leaves it in a cafe when he goes to bathroom, and then has to chase the (irritating) girl who took it, sums up how the film's plot (does not) function. But it's not all bad: the closing credits sequence, which plays like a photo collage from a high quality porn magazine, paired with a rock song, is superb. This film was, btw, Ishii's return to films after more than a decade of TV work.

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Run and Kill (1993, Hong Kong) haiuken.com 3/5
If you have a list of the best examples of Cat III extremes, it'd be difficult to not include this movie. Kent 'Fatty' Cheung (who goes by his own name in the movie!) catches his hotter-than-he-deserves wife (Lily Lee) in bed with another man. At a bar that night he drunkenly makes a deal to have her killed (they burst in and do it while he's home) and when he can't pay the fee to the triads, they burn his gas station down and he goes on the run.
In the country, he enlists the aid of another criminal, who ends up getting tortured by the triads. He dies in Fatty's care, and this sends his crazy brother (Simon Yam, in an intensely psychotic part) after him, and things get REALLY bad. Great performance by Fatty and Yam throughout.
And of course you may have heard of the 'scene' in this: where Yam burns Fatty's daughter to death in front of him, and imitates her using the charred corpse. If you can handle that scene you can handle most anything...
A crazy, savage movie with a deserved rating that's brutal and sadistic beyond the norm.
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The Untold Story (1993, Hong Kong) youtube 3.5/5
Leave it to a Hong Kong film to actually show us this stuff... The Untold Story stars Anthony Wong as a psychopath who kills a restaurant owner and his family (including his wife and 5 little kids - quite a grim scene), using their meat for the restaurant's food. He confesses this after the cops arrest him and endlessly beat and torture him. Wong deservedly won a Best Actor award for his role as the deranged killer.
The really strange thing about the movie is it spends a great deal of it on police chief Danny Lee (who is constantly wooing prostitutes instead of working) and his handful of bumbling cops who are just as uninterested in police work as their boss. Maybe this humor was meant to offset the killer's explicit scenes, but since most of them happen later in the movie, it just feels out of place.
One of the earlier scenes we do see is the killer's rape and murder of a waitress, played by Julie Lee (who else would they get to do this scene?) - disturbing in its brutality, and infamous in its own right, but still, nothing compared to the eventual confession scene of the family.
The performances of Wong, the family, Julie Lee - all really top performances - even when Wong is getting beaten in prison (by the restaurant owner's jailed brother and other inmates) it's some pretty intense stuff...
The movie did HK $15 Million at the box office (one of the top Cat III's of all time) and started a trend of psycho crime confession movies.
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Naked Killer (1992, Hong Kong) youtube/haiuken 3.5/5
Neither the great movie some claim or the overrated dud that others call it, Naked Killer is nevertheless a standout of Hong Kong Cinema. It's interesting to note that it did almost HK $6 Million less at the box office than Untold Story the following year and HK $9 Million less than Sex & Zen a year earlier. The Chinese were obviously less impressed with it than Western audiences.

Despite my feelings on Chingmy Yau, she looks mostly great here, her manishly plain figure dressed to appeal and lit perfectly. Much has been made about her performance, which I did enjoy, but really Carrie Ng steals the show whenever she's on screen, which isn't enough. Yau begins to slow the film down with the Basic Instinct inspired love affair with Simon Yam's impotent cop character. These are scenes that look good, but drag, and it's only when Ng's character invades the third act do things get interesting again.

Wong Jing gets credit for this because he produced it, and wrote it (and came up with the marketing for it, which was key to its success), but the teaming up between him and director Clarence Fok (or Clarence Ford) is important to what the final film was. The sex certainly sells it. But the sex isn't all that prevalent in the movie... its the look, style and the action sequences that really make the movie standout, within the sexualized settings.

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If you think Chingmy looks mannish I don't know what to say...?
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Run and Kill (1993, Hong Kong) haiuken.com 3/5
you may have heard of the 'scene' in this: where Yam burns Fatty's daughter to death in front of him, and imitates her using the charred corpse.
It was that scene that put me off on the initial viewing. And while I still don't like that scene, I have come to think the film is quite good. The craziest stuff may come at the end, but I was most impressed with the first 30 minutes. Kent Cheug is terrific and the girl playing his daughter is totally adorable.
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26 Jul 2018, 16:39
Naked Killer (1992, Hong Kong) youtube/haiuken 3.5/5
I have fond memories of picking up a parcel from my mailbox on my way to school and opening it in classroom and finding the HKL dvd inside. I must have been around 16 back then.

I was less impressed with the film initially. I expected a John Woo meets Basic Instinct but instead I got something closer to Looney Tunes. I've come to enjoy and appreciate the movie more later, though.

I guess it did make some impression at least since I once had a dream about Chingmy Yau when I was a HS student.

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Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

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Markgway wrote:
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26 Jul 2018, 16:39
her manishly plain figure
If you think Chingmy looks mannish I don't know what to say...?
Did I say man-ish? I meant young boy-ish. And they did a great job of covering it up and making her look sexy. They hid that under-chin of hers well too.
It's all just preference.
I could think of any number of women I think are attractive that someone else might not. I just never got the big hoopla over Yau, once I saw her in the movies.

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