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Dragon in Jail - Andy Lau

Dragon in Jail - Andy Lau

Dragon in Jail is a 1990 Hong Kong action film directed by Kent Cheng and starring Andy Lau, Kenny Ho and Gigi Lai.

Wayne Cheung (Kenny Ho) is a rich heir who impulsively committed a crime because he was unable to accept the fact that his mother remarried. After being sentenced to prison, he is bullied by his inmates but is helped by his roommate Henry (Andy Lau), whom he befriends. After release, Wayne goes to study law in Britain while Henry joins the triads due to his family environment. Two years later, Cheung returns and becomes a lawyer while Henry also becomes a gang leader. Due to his conflict with another triad leader Charlie Ma (William Ho), Henry's pregnant wife Winnie (Gigi Lai) is raped and killed. Henry later takes revenge on Ma, and although successful, he is imprisoned again and Wayne becomes his defensive lawyer. With the help of Wayne and his friend Skinny (John Ching), will Henry be released from prison?

Option Zero

Option Zero

Option Zero is a 1997 Hong Kong action film produced by Gordon Chan and John Chong and featuring the directorial debut of Dante Lam. This film is a sequel to 1994's The Final Option and 1996's First Option. Film stars Julian Cheung, Anthony Wong, Carmen Lee, Monica Chan and guest stars Michael Wong, the star of the first two installments.

The Sniper - Edison Chen

The Sniper - Edison Chen

The Sniper (traditional Chinese: 神鎗手; simplified Chinese: 神枪手; pinyin: Shen qiang shou; Cantonese Yale: San4 cheung1 sau2; literally: "Godly Gunslingers") is a 2009 Hong Kong action thriller film directed by Dante Lam and starring Richie Ren, Edison Chen and Huang Xiaoming, as top snipers for the Hong Kong Police Force. The film was originally set to be released in May 2008, but was delayed due to the Edison Chen photo scandal. This is Edison Chen's final film in Hong Kong as of 2013.

A-1 Headline

A-1 Headline

Hong Kong Cinema gets socially conscious with the drama A-1 Headline. Directors Chung Kai-Cheong and Gordon Chan collaborate on this dramatic thriller that asks if truth and justice can come at too high a price. To dissect this theme, we get an involved, intelligent screenplay and a variety of solid Hong Kong actors, including the venerable Anthony Wong, the dependable Tony Leung Ka-Fai, and the capable Eric Kot. Teenage girls get Edison Chen, who barely registers onscreen in a mopey, lovestruck, slacker sort of way. Those who like babeage get the promising Angelica Lee, who's attractive and has actually won an acting award. Unfortunately, the filmmakers forgot to include one major factor: drama. Without that, A-1 Headline can only muster a low B grade.

Angelica Lee stars as Ling, a deep-in-debt fashion reporter who gets drawn into the story of a lifetime...maybe. When her colleague and ex-boyfriend Peter dies in an apparent drunk driving accident, she's broken up for about twenty-four hours, which is enough time for a mystery to emerge. Debt collectors Fei (Anthony Wong with shades) and Ma (Eric Kot with male-pattern baldness) get involved in Ling's life when they show up to collect her debts, but soon become more than passing players in her life. When visiting the site of Peter's death, Fei throws a bit of fuel on an almost extinguished fire: the cops have ruled Peter's death an accident, but Fei thinks foul play could be at work. As an ex-cop, Fei knows a thing or do about accidents, and the evidence at the accident scene suggests that either Peter committed suicide, or was murdered. Since Peter phoned Ling only hours before his death with the news of a supposed "A-1 Headline", murder seems the obvious choice.

The trail leads Ling back to her editor-in-chief Tsang (Tony Leung Ka-Fai with weird hair and a moustache), who denies that Peter was involved in a big story. But there are more pieces to the puzzle. Tsang is acting more than a little strange, and Fei's minor investigations turn up some surprising leads. With the help of photographer Kevin (Edison Chen with geeky glasses), Ling decides to conduct her own investigation, and the answers could surprise and outrage not just her, but Hong Kong at large. In the stratified ranks of Hong Kong citizens, who calls the shots and pulls the strings? Is there a minor cover-up here, or something far worse? Does the possible corruption extend to public figures, the law, and even the fourth estate? And who will win the competition for Ling's affections: dorky Kevin, or too-cool and much-older Fei? And is that final plot thread worthy of any screen time whatsoever?

The answer to that last question: no. Screenwriters Gordon Chan and Chung Kai-Cheong insert the dippy beginnings of a love triangle into A-1 Headline, and the result is an out-of-place and totally underdeveloped distraction to an otherwise intelligent and potentially meaty script. Never mind that Edison Chen's character is superflous, but the idea that so many guys are spurred on by their love (or lust) for Ling is silly at best, and totally unbelievable at worst. While Angelica Lee is an attractive actress with phenomenally expressive eyes, her character in A-1 Headline is more empty than interesting. A victim (or willing participant) of Hong Kong's spendthrift, debt-ridden culture, Ling gets drawn into this potentially scandalous mystery out of grief, and then ostensibly out of a willful desire to exact the truth from a purposely tangled web of mystery. The problem: her character isn't developed enough to convince, and Lee comes off as strangely inert. Given Lee's impressive work in Koma and 20 : 30 : 40, A-1 Headline is a curious misfire for the talented actress.

However, Lee is more than compensated for by old pros Anthony Wong and Tony Leung Ka-Fai, who again demonstrate that they are among the best actors Hong Kong has to offer. Wong, in particular, brings a world-weary integrity to his role of the grizzled Fei, and the actor even manages to make limp drama like his supposed affection for Ling simmer onscreen. Tony Leung Ka-Fai gives a strong, opaque performance that probably provides a good 75% of the film's suspense, and even the usually annoying Eric Kot demonstrates that he has dramatic chops. Edison Chen is Edison Chen, which in A-1 Headline is not such a bad deal. The malgined actor doesn't annoy with any faux gangster speak (Note: it will be years before Chen is forgiven for Gen-Y Cops), but one has to wonder why they even created his character. Kevin's main function is to ferry Ling around on his moped, and pout because he's the lovesick platonic male friend. Edison Chen also gets to milk his puppy dog charms for a single scene where he all but admits his love for Ling. Teen girls may squeal, but that scene, and any romantic subplots of A-1 Headline, belong in a different movie entirely.

Dopey romantic subplots aside, A-1 Headline offers a rare intelligent and socially conscious storyline that basically asks the age-old question, "Who watches the watchmen?" The journey that Ling and her assortment of male helpers takes leads them deeper into possible corruption and high-level graft, and the issues presented are somewhat troublesome. Unfortunately, any tough truths or shocking revelations are left to the audience's overactive imagination. Despite a multitude of possibly corrupt characters and crossing agendas, things get resolved in a shockingly static and convenient manner. The filmmakers take the easy way out and only make one or two individuals look bad. Everyone else gets off with a slap on the wrist, both legally and morally. It's almost as if the screenwriters couldn't dislike any of their characters, so they made them all pretty damn decent people. There may be ugly truths at the core of A-1 Headline, but the way they're presented makes them as easy to swallow as children's vitamins.

On the other hand, A-1 Headline is an impressively mounted production, with dynamite sound, picture, and all the bells and whistles that would impress those with multi-channel home theater systems. By and large, the actors turn in credible performances, and the filmmakers should get credit for trying something besides the usual triad thriller/romantic comedy exercises that the Hong Kong Cinema machine churns out. Unfortunately, the result is only a noble, middling effort and not a riveting and morally charged suspense thriller. That's probably the biggest problem with A-1 Headline: it's not thrilling at all. Despite some people dying (all offscreen), there never really seems to be any danger or tension going on. When it's all over, it feels like not much was really at stake. Perhaps the filmmakers' aversion to darkness is supposed to be clever, but it just feels like a cop-out. In A-1 Headline, truth is ultimately not stranger than fiction—it's just more boring. (Kozo 2004)

Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Angelica Lee Sum-Kit, Edison Chen, Eric Kot Man-Fai, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Gordon Lam Ka-Tung, Lo Wai-Luk, Joel Chan, Sophie Wong Siu-Yin, Miao Chung-Jun, Dante Lam Chiu-Yin, Cara Chan

A Chinese Ghost Story 3 - Tony Leong

A Chinese Ghost Story 3 - Tony Leong

A Chinese Ghost Story III (Sinnui Yauwan III: Do Do Do) is a 1991 Hong Kong romantic comedy-horror film directed by Ching Siu-Tung and produced by Tsui Hark. It is the sequel to A Chinese Ghost Story and A Chinese Ghost Story II.

Though technically a distant sequel, the plot is more of a retelling of the original A Chinese Ghost Story. Joey Wong reprises her role as a ghostly beauty bound in servitude to the Tree Demon. The Tree Demon's seal, as cast by the monk Yan (Wu Ma) in the original film, only lasts for 100 years. Now 100 years later, the Tree Demon awakens.

200 Pounds Beauty

200 Pounds Beauty 醜女大翻身

200 Pounds Beauty (Hangul: 미녀는 괴로워; RR: Minyeoneun Goerowo; lit. "Hard to be a beauty") is a 2006 South Korean comedy film based on a Japanese manga, Kanna-san, Daiseikou Desu (カンナさん大成功です!) by Yumiko Suzuki. The story is about an overweight girl who undergoes extreme plastic surgeries to become a pop sensation. The film was a financial success, earning approximately $45 million against its $4 million budget.[1] It was also critically well-received, winning Best Actress for Kim Ah-joong and Best Cinematography for Park Hyeon-cheol at the 2007 Grand Bell Awards, together with nominations for Best Film and Best Director. The film received 6,619,498 admissions nationwide becoming the 3rd highest grossing Korean production of the year.[3]

Confucius - Chow Yun-fat

Confucius (孔子)

Confucius (Chinese: 孔子) is a 2010 Chinese biographical drama film written and directed by Hu Mei, starring Chow Yun-fat as the titular Chinese philosopher. The film was produced by P.H. Yu, Han Sanping, Rachel Liu and John Shum.

Production on the film began in March 2009 with shooting on location in China's Hebei province and in Hengdian World Studios in Zhejiang.[4]

The film was scheduled to screen later in 2009 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, as well as the 2,560th birthday of Confucius himself.[4] However, the release date was later moved to January 2010.


Assembly (集结号)

In this true story, in the midst of the Chinese Civil War, Gu Zidi (Zhang Hanyu), a captain in the People's Liberation Army, fearlessly leads his brave troops into battle against the fearsome National Revolutionary Army. After a brutal showdown near an old mine, Gu awakens in a hospital and is told his men face disgrace, since none can be found. Determined to see that his soldiers -- who he is certain perished in battle -- are given their proper due, Gu sets out to uncover their remains.
Initial release: December 20, 2007 (China)
Director: Feng Xiaogang
Running time: 125 minutes
Budget: 16 million USD
Screenplay: Heng Liu

A World Without Thieves - Andy Lau

A World Without Thieves 天下无贼

A huge hit in China, this fast-paced drama follows a con man (Andy Lau) and his equally cunning girlfriend (Rene Liu), who head through western China after swiping a shiny new BMW from a gullible businessman. After a chance encounter with a carpenter (Ge You), a trusting young man who is traveling with his entire life savings on the inland bound train leaving Tibet, the couple decide to run a series of scams, with rather unintended results for everyone involved.

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