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A classic Shaw Brothers movie about an Emperor who recruits a team of assassins to use a new deadly weapon - a flying guillotine that can take a man's head off at a 100 yards!! One man, Ma Teng discovers treachery and greed amongst the team so he escapes only for the Emperor to order the team to take him out. Whilst on the run, Ma starts a new life with his wife and baby son but how long can he hide before somebody finds out where he lives?
One of the most famous Shaw Brothers movie which went on to have a couple of sequels.This isn't your typical kung-fu movie, it's more like a horror with some kung-fu overtones. There's an atmosphere of dread in the storyline as once the flying guillotine is locked in on it's unfortunate victim there's basically no escape. This movie pays more attention to plot, character interaction, and drama than your usual old-school HK movie. The violence level is high, although there isnâ(TM)t that much blood. Tons of people are beheaded, and usually all we see is the corpse flopping around afterwards, legs kicking spasmodically. Itâ(TM)s pure camp fun. The acting is quite good and it's an exciting movie. I definitely loved it.
Excellent Jet Li movie with it's mix of comedy and martial arts. The sequel is also well worth watching.
Chow can do no wrong in my eyes and this is another funny movie he made.
I have to say that this movie engaged me completely. I could feel deeply for all the characters. Of course if you want a plot, action and a resolution you won't find it here. But there is room for many different kinds of movies for different tastes. It was not so much a story as a picture of a family having to cope with the aftermath of the tragic death of their wife/mother. Any neat resolution would have been unrealistic. The fact that it showed domestic scenes was the whole point really. Everyday life has to go on, despite the pain of loss. The city of Genoa, with its maze of alleys and slightly threatening feel, as well as its beauty, was a perfect backdrop, to a family emotionally adrift and lost, trying to find a way through their loss to some kind of normal life.I thought all the actors did a marvellous job, and were totally convincing in the way they related to each other and reacted to their situation. This was a perfect role for Colin Firth. He is able to convey so much emotionally, with great restraint and delicacy of touch. I can see why people might find thismovie boring but for me this was not the case. If you are interested in human relations, particularly family relations and grief, this is well worth seeing.
One of Sammo's best film. Expect the usual from one of HK's Young Dragons - comedy, action and fantastic martial arts scenes.
Interesting Japanese horror movie about a killer that moves between host bodies and carries out gruesome murders. Bit of a cop out ending though.
One of the funniest ultra violent HK horror movies I've seen and so OTT. 21 year old Ricky who has unnatural superhuman strength is sent to prison but he doesn't conform to the rules which brings him on a collision course with the guards, the sadistic wardens and the 4 big bosses of the prison wings who all want Ricky to die. But he doesn't die all that easily. Heads exploding, a fist through a stomach, limbs being sliced off and some other gory set pieces are all part of the parcel of watching this classic cult movie. I had a lot of fun seeing this and you will too. It's not to be taken seriously at all. Don't miss it.
Very enjoyable live movie done anime style of a mismatched duo (a tall girl and a short boy) that are friends but are afraid of ruining what they've got if they fall for each other. Japanese rom coms are a lot of fun and this one is no different. If you like this kind of genre, Lovely Complex will hit all the right buttons for you. I thought it was great.
The 2nd Gantz movie turns decidedly darker and improves on the first. After a brief flashback to the first movie, we fast forward 5 months on. A new breed of shape shifting aliens appear who basically want to eliminate the black sphere Gantz for sending out warriors to hunt them down. Gantz brings back past warriors to tackle this threat and Kei's girlfriend is in the firing line - targeted by both Gantz and the aliens. Why does Kato show up as alive even though Gantz still has him as being dead? This and other questions are about to be answered in this action packed sequel.
I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel. It blew me away. The first hour culminates is a brilliantly staged fight onboard a crowded subway train between the GANTZ warriors and the aliens in which innocent human beings are caught in the crossfire and massacred. There's also a fantastic scrap on the streets of Tokyo between Kato, Kei and a fake alien Kato. This movie does have some of the most intense and exciting set pieces I've ever seen in a sci-fi movie.
Everybody performs well in this movie with Kazunari Ninomiya from the J-pop band Arashi and Ken'ichi Matsuyama as the main characters leading from the front. The special effects are also pretty decent.
Overall, Gantz Perfect Answer more than surpassed the first movie for me - it had more exciting action sequences, a coherent and tight storyline with a great ending. Highly recommended for those that saw the first Gantz movie.
Famed for being one of the most shocking Asian horror movies, "The Untold Story" is surprisingly not as gory as one would expect with that reputation; however, this is not saying that the movie doesn't live to the hype, as it is definitely a shocking experience although for a very different reason.
The movie features a couple of pretty graphic and sick moments, that makes this movie stand out in its genre. It's one of those movies that got banned in numerous countries at the time of its release and is heavily cut in others. Not that it's the most nastiest movie around but it does have its moments that will make some people's stomach turn.
The first half would make you think that there's nothing grisly about this movie - in fact it's pretty light hearted and pictures a comical view of the Macau cops but all that changes in the second half when the horrific stuff appears which includes the shocking murders of several children. "The Untold Story" is often hard to watch, but it's definitely never boring, and while crude, the portrait of sadistic violence it makes of the crime is captivating in a way that few horror movies are. While this is definitely one of the best CAT III movies of its time, it's not without flaws, as the budgetary constrains really took its toll in the movie.
This movie is now a classic of Hong Kong cinema, and essential viewing for those interested in the infamous exploitation movies rated as CAT III. It's not a movie for everyone, but if you have an interest for gritty tales of serial killers, "The Untold Story" is a must-see.
One of the truly great movies ever put on cinema - a defining post-war Japanese movie alongside the likes of Tokyo Story. It features what I feel is the greatest scene in the history of cinema--the lead character dying and sitting on a swing of the park he has finally been able to get built, singing a song from his youth about how short and fragile life is. The subtext here is we do not truly appreciate life until we are faced with death. Movies can have an impact on people but only a few can change people's lives - this is one of them. This is the kind of movie that makes people stop, feel and think. A masterpiece that reveals itself as such in every frame its true power becomes all more daunting as one reflects about it afterward. Perhaps more than changing lives 'Ikiru' provides an emotionally charged space in which to ponder on how people, no matter how average, can make a change both in themselves and on others. Akira Kurosawa may have been the greatest filmmaker of all time and Ikiru his greatest movie. Ikiru is a movie that can't be missed, so be sure to see it. Highly recommended.
Tiger Cage 2 is another classic HK actioner from the 90's. The plot is simple, but action director Yuen Wo Ping doesn't stay focused on the plot for too long...he gives the people what they want to see and that's loads of gunfights, plenty of humour and fantastic fight choreography that hits dead centre!
Donnie Yen plays a hot-headed ex-cop named Dragon Yau whose attitude has got him in trouble with his bosses and his wife. On a trip to the lawyers, he is witness to a robbery where a suitcase of money disappears and a lot of guys get shot. Somehow, he ends up with lawyer Mandy Chang (Rosamund Kwan) on the run from the cops who think they committed a murder and from the bad guys that think they have the money. Reluctantly they are forced to form an alliance with one of the bad guys, David (David Wu), who has been betrayed by the gang led by Waise Chow (Robin Shou).
Donnie Yen shows us some of the solid, hard-hitting, high-kicking action that has made him famous over the years. The man truly does enjoy playing the hard-boiled tough guy who never runs from a fight and never backs down when trouble is near. Rosamund Kwan did a terrific job as Mandy Chan, the divorce lawyer who finds herself in an unpredictable situation and doesn't have a clue why people are trying to kill her and is plagued with guilt over the death of her best friend Petty. The situations with her and Donnie are just too funny for words as the two can't stand each other's behaviour but learn to come to an understanding when they realize they can't survive without each other.
The fight scenes are amazing: plenty of raw kicking power, sword swinging action and gun-fights galore to keep you on the edge of your seat. The choreography for the scenes is spot on. Tiger Cage 2 is a fantastic movie and I recommend it to anyone who's into modern day actioners, Donnie Yen, Rosamund Kwan and the choreography of Yuen Wo Ping. Highly recommended.
French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet marks his return to the film world with Micmacs. For those of you unfamiliar with Jeunet's previous works, he is probably best known for AmÃ (C)lie. With Micmacs, Jeunet proves that he has not lost his touch. It's a fun, entertaining, and cheeky outing that does not have a single dull moment. The movie is a light-hearted take on crime â" the crime of producing and selling weapons to maim or kill humans in wars. The essential plot is that the hero gets a bullet in his head and can die at any moment from it. His dad died in a landmine explosion. He decides to take revenge. Not at the perpetrators themselves, but the heads of the two companies that make arms and sell them around the world to shady organisations. He is adopted by a family of circus freaks who help him out with his plan. And they do so in the most bizarre fashion anyone could think of â" by playing to the physical, intellectual, and courageous strengths of each person. There is a contortionist, a human cannonball, a human calculator, a black who speaks via the art of abstraction, an old man who improvises and creates things out of scrap metal, and a couple of others. Most of the comedy come from physical situations that the characters find themselves in. There is no doubt that with this quirky effort, Jeunet has once again proved that he is one of the few masters of inventive cinema. All in all a sumptuous treat for everyone, proving just as effective across the language barriers.
The Idiots is the absolute example of a love or hate movie. If you can get past the taboo of imitation of mentally handicapped people and accept that there is a justification for it, there is a deep analysis of the nature of mental health. Otherwise, it's just offensive and amateur. There is a beautiful angle to The Idiots also, however, and the fact that many adults try for most of their lives to recover the innocent happiness they had as infants is the shining ray of light that comes across in this movie. Although the group are imitating mental illness, their instincts are pretty much those of infants, as the mentality of some of the arguments and frustration with others shows. The acting is great, the story is funny and brilliant and it's different. Those that want to watch something a little bit challenging should give this a go - otherwise stay away.
The Sweeney was one of the most popular and violent TV cop shows of the 70's in the UK and is fondly remembered by those that watched it in it's heyday which followed the rough and tough officers of The Flying Squad. Free from the restrictions of television guidelines and budgets, the makers of Sweeney! show us what a sleazy and violent world 1976 London can be. The plot is complicated with some holes and the violence level does get quite shocking at times, but the location shooting is superb, the music is great and the action pieces are a real joy. As is the dialogue, one of the main reasons why I loved the Sweeney is because of its irresistibly quotable dialogue, and here there is some really juicy dialogue. The late great John Thaw is outstanding as Regan, and Dennis Waterman is delightful as Carter. Their chemistry together is wholly believable as well, and I also enjoyed the performances of Colin Welland, Barry Foster and Diane Keen. Overall, a worthy movie with flaws and not as good as the TV show, but it is very entertaining on the whole.
I was fairly excited for this movie. I thought it might be fun and have an interesting story. It really doesn't.
Western and sci-fi together at last, to many this is an odd fit. Overall the cinematography looks good, and the movie has a nice look and feel. Also Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig fill their roles very well. The script is also good to start, but loses depth further along in the movie. After the first alien attack on the town the plot goes haywire. The aliens have discovered the great American gold rush on Earth, so they must exterminate humanity in order to harvest it. But we are never told what they actually use the gold for. The aliens looked disappointing and resembled human form too much. Then while Daniel Craig is vaporizing aliens with his gauntlet laser, the aliens prefer to fight back with their fists! Did the aliens forget they have lasers? Ultimately, as the anticlimactic finale dwindles into an unrewarding conclusion, you're left wondering what the point was.
Cowboys & Aliens is a fun summer action flick, but had left some potential in the dust.
Empire Records is a hilarious and moving look into the lives of a group of teenagers during one day at the independent record store where they work. Though they may be very different, they all have the common bond of simply loving music. There's all types of personalities in this wonderful cast: the straight-A perfectionist with more than a few secrets (Liv Tyler), the slut who only acts the way she does to cover up her insecurities (Renee Zellweger), the lovably funny and hyperactive punk-rock kid who dreams of being in his own band (Ethan Embry), the misunderstood suicidal goth whose self-destructive ways only make you like her more (Debi Mazar), the wise father-figure *though he's still their age* who has made his own share of mistakes that have a cost (Rory Cochrane), and finally the hopeless romantic who obsesses over the people he cares about (Johnny Whitworth). This is wildly entertaining, a little bit weird, but overall a great look into 1990's culture. The whole cast is great, but standouts are Ethan Embry and Rory Cochrane who steal the scenes they are in. Also the soundtrack is awesome. Go check this one out, you won't be dissappointed!
I loved this movie. I didn't think it was going to be this good. I thought it would be your typical Michael Bay movie that doesn't have much of a story and is non stop hard core action. The look of it was just amazing. The cinematography, the sets, everything was just wonderful to look at. Ewan McGregor is perfectly cast as Lincoln Six Echo, using his boyish charm, good looks and manner to lend the necessary credibility of innocence to his character. The charismatic Scarlett Johansson finds just the right note, as well, to bring her character, Jordan Two Delta, to life. A comparison to "Logan's Run" goes without question, along with an obvious nod to "Blade Runner," a smattering of "The Matrix" and even a pinch of "Star Wars." Which is not to say this is a "copy" of any of those; it definitely is not. Bay has merely-- and wisely-- drawn upon some of the more successful elements of those movies, and in most instances expanded upon them, to deliver a memorable movie that far surpasses the genre's usual board of fare.
Arguably, this is Michael Bay's best overall film to date. This is far better than the 3 rubbish Transformers movies that he's done over the past few years. Well worth watching.
A bunch of young offenders are packed off for rehabilitation to an uninhabited island where they are picked off one by one by an unknown stalker with a grudge against them. This movie is an effective and bloody thriller/horror movie. It is brutal, violent, fast moving and visceral. It is quite well made - the tension and pace never drops, which is essential for this kind of movie and there is a gritty, unremitting feel to the movie which works in its favour. The deaths are unpleasant and violent and the characters aren't likeable keeping it somewhat unpredictable as to what is going to happen, who is going to die and so on. Wilderness doesn't hold back in terms of the violence and nastiness but still keeps, for the most part a gritty realistic vibe and it works. The acting, mostly by fairly unknown young British actors is pretty good and low key. The movie is not without flaws. The plot isn't always particularly believable or fresh. It seems strange that there is on one prison guard with this group of about ten juvenile offenders out on a supposedly deserted island and the killer seems almost too effective is dispatching his prey although to be fair it works for the movie in terms of the scariness of the villain and some explanation is provided for his skill in this regard. On the whole a slick, well made and exciting movie which is both helped and hampered, but mostly helped, by it's willingness to be mean spirited and harsh. Recommended.
No Michael Myers in this rather weak entry in the franchise. I don't know what they were thinking writing this piece of crap but that is exactly what it is..a piece of utter crap! There is really not much to like about this movie. The acting was so poor that I was actually very happy to see some of the actors getting killed. The story is simply ridiculous (a micro chip in a Halloween mask that turns your head into spiders and snakes when a certain music is played? Robots decapitating people?). And there's this annoying music all over the movie. It is obvious the film-makers used the name of a very famous movie to get at least a few people to watch this poor excuse of a horror movie. Do yourself a favour and don't bother to watch this one.