Over the last few years a pile of DVDs that I've bought but never gotten around to watching has grown.... if its something I REALLY want to see I'll usually buy it right away after buying it. In an effort to reduce the size of this pile, I put one in the other day and watched it over a few sittings:
Its the 2002 release '[url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drunken_Monkey_%282002_film%29"][b]Drunken Monkey[/b][/url]' ([url="http://www.wu-jing.net/drama/drunken.htm"]îÍàÍ[/url]) starring our old pal Wu Jing! Actually its also directed by [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau_Kar_Leung"]Lau Kar-leung[/url], who you may remember from 'Drunken Master 2'... he stars in the movie as does his adopted brother and frequent collaborator Gordon Liu.
From what I understand, after he did his first big screen role 'Tai Chi 2' in the late 90s, he got stuck doing a LOT of Mainland TV series for like 5 years before finally being able to do this film as his second feature film. The /main/ plot is that a famous imperial courier is double crossed by his brother who sells him out to drug smugglers, so he enlists the aid of his daughter and two enthusiastic students to get revenge. Lau plays the master and Wu Jing plays one of the two students he takes on. He teaches them the super powerful /drunken monkey style/ of wushu.
Its not a really great movie... some of the scenes are quite silly of course (i mean as you can guess from the title... it contains quite a bit of 'monkey being drunk').
But the martial arts is pretty decent at least and its great to see a relatively young Wu Jing on the screen. The picture quality is pretty decent, but the subtitles were pretty crappy (they refer to it as 'monkeyish fist' actually).
I'll give it a 6/10. Since I only paid like HK$20 for it, it was worth it, but I guess I don't regret waiting a year or two to get to it. :-P
For the first time in... who knows how long I have gone to bed and awoken before 7am! Truly amazing! Our plane leaves at 1pm and I have some stuff to do before heading to the airport so I went to sleep at the ungodly hour of 1am and woke up at 6:30am...
Despite my cache of SARS masks, I've managed to pack quite light. One of the nice things about going back to Asia for the 2nd time in 2 months is you don't have to bring as many gifts the second time! :-P
So everything's set for the trip...
BUT i'm a little pissed, my fancy pants phone hasn't arrived in the mail yet. Which means either (a) I got ripped off on Ebay (which isn't the end of the world, paypal has buyer protection) or (b) between Boxing Day, New Years Day, Orange Alerts and cancelled British Air flights, the package is delayed. ($100 says it shows up to my house the second my plane lifts off).
Last night I finally finished watching 'Miyamoto Musashi' (which is apparently called "Samurai I" (there's also a Samurai II and III that are also about the same person, a famous swordsman in Japanese History). It stars Toshiro Mifune who is actually quite good. Its the first old school (1950s) Japanese samurai genre movie I've seen, so its hard for me to judge in context. But I enjoyed seeing the very comic book like origin of this famous historical character (for example, a monk locked him in a castle for 3 years w/ a bunch of books so he could learn the ways of culture and bushido and swordsmanship and all that).
OK gotta go. I'll try to update from the road! Keep your fingers crossed that I don't get SARS!
since i've been including pictures of the promotional posters for this movie that I'm seeing all over HK and China, I might as well get around to doing the review I haven't had the time to get to...
for [url="http://www.moviexclusive.com/review/ddd/ddd.htm"]'Drink Drank Drunk'[/url] the latest (3rd?) Romantic Comedy paring of Daniel Wu and Miriam Yeung. I saw it in Causeway Bay last thursday afternoon. Miriam plays a beer girl at a Hot Pot restaurant and Daniel plays a wannabe french chef from overseas. Their paths cross, they become business partners, then start dating, much hilarity ensues... ([url="http://www.filmunlimited.hk/html/mov_drinkdrank.html"]the trailer is on this page[/url])
This one is pretty much a paint-by-the-numbers HK romantic comedy... differing little from the standard routine - boy meets girl, they fall in love, they break up, right at the end they realize that they are meant for eachother, they find eachother, get back together, the end.
Miriam's character is similar to all her others... cute but not pretty, pure of heart, yet a little bit sassy and yet clumsy (not as clumsy as the cop in Love Undercover maybe). In this film her nickname is 'Qian Bei Bu Zui' (the chinese title of the film - "[i]a 1000 glasses, not drunk" - [/i]but her superpowers to drink are a very minor plot point (it seems like another one of those cases of coming up with a catchy title first and then trying to fit it into a movie).
Since this is a romantic comedy, Daniel has to limit himself to the /generally good at heart/ type roles he played in films like Love Undercover 1,2, etc. Vincent Kwok plays Miriam's gay boss. His performance was generally pretty entertaining, but unfortunately a lot of stereotyping exists in HK film (much better than before, but still has a little more to go...).
Anyway, the interesting part for me came from watching this one IN hong kong. since it was opening week, there was a pretty good crowd, even though it was a thursday afternoon show. It was interesting to me to see their reactions to different jokes and what not (some of the humor definitely doesn't translate as well into english subs!)
I'd give this one a solid 6/10. fans of Miriam's other movies will like it for sure.