The Republiic of China was still young, Shihai and the warlords were against Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. Long and his gang roamed the northern mountain areas. They are known as "The Pigtails" for the ... See full summary »
Brandon plays Brandon Ma, a regular working Joe who holds down two jobs, so he can support his girlfriend May and his dream of owning a motorcycle. Brandon's best friend is Michael (played ... See full summary »
In Amsterdam - in the time before the legalisation of some drugs and the following growth of competition on the market - takes place a war between the Italian and Chinese mafia because of ... See full summary »
Steven Vincent Leigh,
Lee Kam Lun (Alan Tam) is an intelligent but psychologically unstable young man who is very filial and loves his mum(Pik Wan Tang) dearly. Trouble brews when he accidentally killed a junkie... See full summary »
When a scroll containing valuable martial arts secrets is stolen from the Emperor, an army detachment is sent to recover it. Blademaster, a young martial arts expert, accidentally ends up ... See full summary »
The sensitive swordsman Cho Yi-Hang is tired of his life. He is the unwilling successor to the Wu-Tang clan throne and the unsure commander of the clan's forces in a war against foreign ... See full summary »
Building designer Bill Chang (Bill Tung) and his family move into a seemingly wonderful house after getting a promotion. However, they were not aware of the house's sinister past involving ... See full summary »
The film, to a certain extent, talks about the damage urbanization in Hong Kong, and the casualties it inflict. Bo is the owner of an old building in Hong Kong. He sublets his building to ... See full summary »
In 1936 China, a nearly bankrupt drama troupe starts performing in a burned-out theater where the great actor Song Danping was killed. One of the actors, Wei Qing, starts seeing strange ... See full summary »
Two cops are on the trail of gang that are planning a jewel robbery. Inspector Chow lives at home with his mother, while Inspector Pang has gambling problems that the gang exploits. Soon, innocent victims will pay with their lives.
I need to watch some more of this particular Hong Kong amalgam...
I just realized that I haven't watched an 80's movie in three weeks (for my "Revenge of the 80's Horror"-thread). And when I finally did pop one in..., I managed to watch this?!?! THE TRAIL is from the same man who brought us BRIDE OF CHUCKY, no less, and it's one from his earliest Hong Kong period. It could be loosely described as a horror-comedy mixed with that typical kung-fu/western-vibe. While A Chinese GHOST STORY is still the best movie in this field I've ever seen, THE TRAIL rattles and shakes from all sides, making it a less solid experience.
I even had difficulties figuring out exactly what kind of story this movie was trying to tell. I got the part about the oozing, leprosy-infested swamp-zombie out for revenge (and a nice creation he was, indeed). But it was harder to figure out what all the other characters where doing, running around in this movie. At one point they were smuggling opium, and the next they were after gold?? The humor in this film is often so dumb, it borders on slapstick. Yet still, it did provide some chuckles. The horror parts are played out right and are well dosed between all the other nonsense.
THE TRAIL is easy fodder and watches away nicely. Some nice looking sets and lighting with a distinct comic-book vibe. Some gooey and oh-so typical 80's effects. And a completely pointless and ridiculous final segment: All of the sudden, explicitly making fun of THE EXORCIST??? Boy, I really didn't see that one coming...
One remarkable thing though... I'm still scratching my head over the fact of how exactly Ronny Yu and his producers got away with this one: They lifted, ripped, stole (or call it whatever you want) a very recognizable part from John Carpenter's score (in collaboration with Ennio Morricone) for THE THING, and used it repeatedly throughout THE TRAIL... Left me baffled...
Pretty crazy flick, this one.
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