The second part of the trilogy chronicling the rise and fall of Hong Kong's top corrupt official. During this time period, Lee Rock enjoys his sucess and has found a new love. But jealousy ... See full summary »
The Red Army will stop at nothing to assassinate the Daka Lama during his visit to Singapore on Nation Day. En route, he meets Ling May, a young woman who shares his horoscope; he tells her... See full summary »
The first part of the Lee Rock trilogy which chronicles the rise and fall of the corrupt police force that Lee Rock becomes a part of. Rock enters Hong Kong as an immigrant from the ... See full summary »
A-yuan and A-yun are both from the small mining town of Jio-fen. In the city, A-yuan is an apprentice by day and goes to night school, and A-yun works as a helper at a tailors. Everyone ... See full summary »
A cop is forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. But after witnessing a bank robbery along with a female inspector - who believes he has acute senses - they team up in hope to solve the case.
An update of the 1960s Chinese martial arts story, Buddha's Palm, friends Charles and Chi (Andy Lau, Pak-Cheung Chan) visit Mainland China and discover an ancient cave that houses what is ... See full summary »
One of the most relentless and grim war movies ever made
This 1990 Taiwanese production, which stars several leading Hong Kong actors such as Andy Lau and Chun Hsiang Ko, is one of the most relentless and grim war movies ever made. Set in the 50's, it tracks the journey of a ragtag bunch of Taiwanese soldiers and their families fleeing the communist occupiers along the Burmese border. Facing starvation, hostile weather, betrayal in their own ranks, constant thirst and injury, they pull together to forge a semblance of a life, but renewed conflict is always right around the corner. And it is this constant specter of war that casts an unbelievably dark pall over this memorable film.
The battle scenes run the gamut from small scale to grand and the staging is reminiscent of Woo's "Bullet in the Head" and Kubrick's "Paths of Glory". Between the numerous scenes of bloody conflict, there is a firm focus on the characters' personal stories and a further emphasis on the way family life is destroyed by war. There are rare passages of touching emotional beauty and much commentary on the fragility of happiness, but these detours always give way to conflict.
Ricky Ho's musical score is grand, sad, operatic and ultra-romantic, and plays as much a part in the film's effectiveness as the cinematography and powerful performances.
A couple of stanzas are handicapped by a misguided use of sped up footage, but these barely impact on the whole.
Because the film is so downbeat and filled with death and destruction from beginning to end, it will alienate many viewers who want some light in their darkness. But if you are prepared to take a heroic journey into hell, track this title down. You won't be disappointed or question its absolute sincerity as a celebration of one nation's courage.
An obscure cinematic treasure.
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