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Discussion in 'Asian Horror and Other Pleasures' started by shift, Jan 23, 2008.
I just ordered these, not really horror but you know. Let me know?
Invisible Target is REAL good. It's a major throwback to the 80s era of Hong Kong movies. Jaycee Chan (Jackie's son) is in it, but rightfully as a supporting character. He does have good moves, but almost none of his dad's charisma. The final confrontation goes on a little long, and I think about 20 minutes could have been chopped out. But if you like 80's HK (Chan style martial arts and Woo style gun battles) you'll be more than happy.
Musa is a great epic, that will have you thinking of Seven Samurai. It has Zhang Ziyi, but not in action (unfortunately). Enjoyable, but make sure you have time to devote to it (I think that version is about 2 hours 45 minutes)
Mr. Vampire I've only seen once, and it's pretty much an episodic comedy. I like Spooky Encounters a little more when it comes to hopping vampires.
Thanks Paff for your comments. Can't wait 2 get'em.
So no info on Re-Cycle?
The one called City of Glass is for the wife. It was a buy 3 get one free. So guess which one was free?
Where did you order those?
I like Mr. Vampire quite a bit. I do agree with Paff about Spooky Encounters being better, but I'm a sucker for almost any supernatural hopping vampire.
Interesting about these hopping vampires
Hopping Vampires are the best. Mr. Vampire is a whole hell of a lot lot of fun with tons of replay value. You will be pleased.
Musa The Warrior is also a pretty good movie, but I don't know if I would ever need to see it again. I hope you like it better than I did.
I've never seen it. The Pang brothers have yet to really impress me. Even their most highly regarded film, The Eye, is OK but not great. I actually preferred Ab-normal Beauty, although even that one was not nearly as enjoyable the second time around. Forest of Death was really dull, even with Shu Qi in the lead role.
If you're looking for wife-friendly movies from Asia, there's tons. Korean romantic comedies are always a safe bet. My Tutor Friend, My Sassy Girl, My Wife is a Gangster, My Little Bride, and even some movies that don't begin with the word "My".
I didnt know that The Pang Brothers did THE EYE. I loved that movie. I let a guy borrow that DVD and he did not know what to expect and of course I was not going to tell him what it was about. He came up to me the next day and said loved it! This guy is a STAR-TRAK fan, so....:lol:
Well, I'll let you know what I think about this one.
Hadn't heard of this, so I looked it up. It looks like a boring romantic movie, but it does have Shu Qi in it, so you can enjoy watching this along with the wife (although on a completely different level...just keep reminding yourself Shu Qi used to do soft-core porn movies in Hong Kong)
It's incredibly filmed and a novel idea, but the overall film is a wasted opportunity. Like so many of the Pang's films, the script is a mish-mash of ideas that never come together and the film just feels scatter-brained. There's no main focus. It's a feast for the eyes, but leaves much desired in every other department.
Dang Paff - you know your actors. Great to know Shu-Qi did soft porn. I'll let my wife know :lol:
Well, she's a fairly noteable story, in that she was a poor girl, came to Hong Kong, and got into the nude modeling/movies business like so many others. But she has been able to rise above that scene and is now known for her acting ability. She was even offered the the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon role that made an international star out of Zhang Ziyi. I'll pretty much watch any movie she's in, although she has made a few stinkers.
Re-Cycle is great with beautiful visuals their best film after The Eye IMO. I thought Ab-normal Beauty wasn't bad but ultimately pretty forgettable.
Loved MR. VAMPIRE.
Invisable Target was ok, kind of boring and did put me to sleep close to the ending. Just seem to run on and not get over with.
Re-Cycle seem's really slow but I did not finish it.
Mr. Vampire for sure was great BUY.
Which other movies do you recommend thats like Mr. Vampire that has a fun enjoyable fun factor to it?
The already mentioned Encounters of the Spooky Kind, also known as Spooky Encounters. It has an Evil Dead kind of feel to it, with Sammo Hung trapped in a cabin with all the hopping vampires. Closes out with some great martial arts fights with Sammo.
I will also add the more modern Twins Effect, starring Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi, the pop duo "Twins". They're 20 pounds of cute in a 10 pound bag. Almost literally. It's about a vampire hunter, who's vapid little sister (Choi) inadvertantally falls in love with the worst vampire of all, including baking a cake for her vampire boyfriend using all the vampire repellant her brother hid in banana extract bottles. Jackie Chan has a memorable cameo, marrying a VERY drunk Karen Mok. Even funnier if you've seen the normally straight-laced characters Karen Mok usually plays. For that, check out the action blast So Close, and hey, that brings us right back to Shu Qi.