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Da zui xia (1966)
Great to have this lost gem back!
4 October 2002
Having just seen a new print of this at the 2002 Vancouver international film festival, I must say that it has been hidden away for far too long. A splendid cast delivers a great action flick that simply does not seem 37 years old. If films of this quality had been circulating in recent years, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" may not have been such a revelation. I am looking forward to many more restored classics from the Shaw brothers archive. A great night at the movies!
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Well made drug culture character study
30 January 2001
Both Rennie and Maurice Dean Wint are excellent as drug culture participants, one of whom is coping better than the other. Rennie in particular seems comfortable in the skin of his character, possibly his truest work. He also narrates the story penned by Jim Carrol. Somewhat bleak, but never boring, this is a good choice for a second feature to bring home from the video store. At slightly over an hour running time, there are no wasted scenes. The grainy black and white photography adds to the atmosphere nicely.
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