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I am going to list all the CAT III movies that i have seen and i will give you some reccomendations.
I will also add movies made before the introduction of the Hong Kong rating system that they have been subsequently rated as CAT III for their home video realease.
Got any CAT III movies to reccomend? don't be shy ! comment and tell me! This list will be updated.
MOVIES NOT LISTED ON IMDb: Street Kids Violence (1999): A movie about a gang of (mostly underage) thugs and wannabe gangsters, it doesn't have lots of "extreme" content, probably the censors feared copycats and decided to give the a movie a CAT III rating.
Bloody Buns (2003): A very crappy remake of The Untold Story, it painfully feels like a very bad made for TV movie (some scenes are badly copied from the original), the acting sucks and the gore/violence is very tame.
Killer 2 (2003): A sequel in name only of Killer (the Jordan Chan movie), while the film is not that graphic, it still has enough sadism to achieve the infamous rating. Not exactly what i expected, but it's enjoyable.
James Wong in Japan and Korea (1992): A funny comedy starring the musician James "Jim" Wong, while not graphic enough to go beyond the R-rating, it's still a movie full of foul language and other stuff that might be considered "politically incorrect". This film recycles many scenes from "Stooges in Tokyo" and "The Wild Goose Chase".
Under the rose (1992): And yet, another documentary about sex related business in Hong Kong featuring James "Jim" Wong, not as good as "Key to fortune", but this one has it's own share of "interesting stuff".
Blood on Bullet (2000): A bad direct to video action film, the only good thing about this film are some of the fight scenes. It got the CAT III rating because of some of the nudity and a rape scene, which is the worst rape scene in history of cinema, not because it's shocking and graphic, but because it's so bad that it looks like a bad comedy skit. From the cast, we have a few familiar faces: Lily Chung and Phillip Ko.
Naked Party (2000): A comedy/documentary about the porn and sex industry in japan, actually quite funny.
Obsession (1993): Horror/thriller about a female serial killer, surpsingly gory. Featuring: Maryanna Yip, Michael Chan Wai Man and a cameo from australian stuntman, Mike Miller.
Hitman's Call (1999): A boring and cheap attempt at making a "romantic hitman" type of film, Chin Siu Ho (who was in Jet Li's Fist of Lengend & Tai Chi Warrior) is wasted here, dissapointing action and so-so sex scenes. Also featuring Philip Ko & Charlie Cho
Internet Mirage (1999): Lame attempt at making a erotic/thriller, it looks like that it was shot in a holiday resort for less than 2 weeks, nothing interesting to see here. Featuring Philip Ko & Charlie Cho
This list will be updated, so stay tuned!
Note: This is NOT a list of the best gore movies of all time, so don't complain saying "Durrr, DIS MOVIE SUCKS AND U SUCK TOO !", i only put movies with a fair amount of gore or rare stuff.
Not bad as expected
I expected a real turd by reading other comments here and i decided to check the movie by myself and it wasn't as bad as expect, this is not really an "action" movie, it's a thriller with some brief action scenes (mostly fights and gunfights) thrown in, the plot was good enough to not bore and the film had some good twists.
Unfortunately, the editing for the action scenes is mediocre (a bit like the Bourne series), but at least, there is no shaky cam.
Everybody here seems to be disappointed by the fact that Vinnie Jones isn't the main character (despite being top billed in the cover, he has less than 15 minutes of screen time and he has no lines), but the other actors did a good job.
Now i'm looking forward to see other action movies from Kazakhstan, i'm pretty sure that they have a lot to offer.
I still haven't seen those "unofficial" UniSol made for TV movies, but i'm pretty sure that they are better than this one!
2012 wasn't a good year for Direct to video (DTV) action movies, i mostly saw stuff that ranged from "lame" (Sacrifice, with Cuba Gooding Jr)to "okay" (Fire with Fire), none of the DTV action movies that i saw was memorable. I had very high expectations for UniSol: Day of Reckoning, considering the fact that it's predecessor (UniSol: Regeneration) was one of the best DTV movies of this millennium (and that movie had mixed reactions from the fans too). I had high expectations, because: the director behind UniSol: Regeneration (Peter Hyams) returns to his director duties and the promising Scott Adkins joined the cast, there was no way that this movie was going to suck.
Unfortunately, UniSol 4 was just another disappointing DTV action movie, but the disappointment was high, just like my expectations. The direction sucked ass, it felt like a (god, i really hate to use this word) pretentious "arty" film (why the hell action movies need to be "arty"? Uh?). Then, for an action movie that ALMOST reaches the 2-hour mark, it didn't had enough action to offer (and the movie becomes boring, very easily) and the action manages to become "very cool" only in the final reel.
I can't believe that the same director who made this crapfest did UniSol: Regeneration, i suspect that Peter Hyams wasn't involved in the movie, at all.
I give it 3 stars: the first star is for the final action scene, the second one is for Scott Adkins (who deserves to appear in better movies) and 3 for the violence (while not as gory as UniSol: Regeneration, it manages to be a bit more intense and graphic than the last 2 movies).
Jian dong xiao xiong (1985)
At the time of it's release, Hong Kong Godfather was heavily cut by the censors, but now, we can finally enjoy the movie as the director intended, in all it's bone breaking and blood splattering glory!
The plot is really nothing new or special (because we have seen similar plots in many gangster films, both in the East and West), but the real selling point of a Shaw Bros. movie are the fight scenes (at least for me) and the film is packed with super brutal, bloody gang fights. The director, Johnny Wang, is well known for putting hard-hitting violence in his films and Hong Kong Godfather is definitely no exception. The violence is very brutal, bloody and gory (as the runtime goes on, the movie always manages to get more violent and bloody), there are also a few bits that might offend the most sensitive viewers. The fights are well choreographed and filled with lots of cool stunts.
If you are looking for an entertaining triad flick (or a cool martial arts film with a good dose splatter), Hong Kong Godfather is highly recommended.
Lie huo jie tou (1989)
Forgettable action film
I only came across 3 reviews/comments on this movie and none of them praised the film, i'm not surprised at all. I didn't expected the film to be so boring and forgettable, it's a shame, because the movie had potential, also because the underrated Chin Siu-Ho and Collin Chou are the main leads of this movie.
The plot promised lots of action and decent ass kicking: After witnessing the killing of some police officers and a key-witness of some big crime case, Chou (an upper class student, played by Collin Chou) and Spitfire (a street rascal, played by Chin Siu-ho) are mistaken by the police as the real murderers, their only choice is to run away from the law and the corrupt police officer (played by Teddy Yip) that planned the assassination.
There are only a few good action scenes (the others are uninspired or not engaging), and they are too short (and that's a pity, because the Sammo Hung Stunt-team choreographed the fights). Too much time is spent on boring ass drama and the ending is a freaking joke (we can see that the movie was rushed and the filmmakers had no intention to make something decent).
My vote is 2, only because of a few fights scenes and a few scores on the soundtrack, the rest is garbage.
The Devil Inside (2012)
A potential candidate for the Razzie Awards
After delivering that crap fest called "Stay Alive", director William Brent Bell, tries to make another horror movie and unfortunately, it's worse than Stay Alive.
This pathetic excuse for a horror movie offers nothing new, it's the usual "found footage" borefest that is hitting the theaters for many years, the is supposed to be scary horror movie, but it's not scary, it's lame and boring.
Probably, the writer ran out of ideas and that's why the ending SUCKS BALLS, besides the ending, even the story sucks, plus, the film had some of the worst extras in the history of horror movies (seriously, i didn't that Italians spoke with such an American accent!).
Sha chu Xiang Gang (1988)
Fun little gem from the late 80's
After watching Hong Kong Godfather (another offering from director Lung Wei Wang), i was eager to watch another film from him and i decided to pick up City Warriors and give it a watch.
It wasn't exactly the film that i expected, but it was a fun ride, the action scenes are totally awesome (the first action scene is already one of my favorites), the stunts are spectacular (and dangerous looking) and the vehicular stunts are top notch. There is more gunplay than martial arts, but the action still manages to keep your eyes glued to the screen. The violence isn't gory as Hong Kong Godfather, but some of the violence is hard hitting enough to shock (or even offend) some of the audience.
If you don't expect a masterpiece, City Warriors manages to be an entertaining and fun movie.
Ying hung yan mat (2001)
Hero of city (on fire)
We all know that Quentin Tarantino as been often criticized for "ripping off" or "stealing" ideas or scenes from other movies, for example, Reservoir Dogs is a "remake" or "re-imagination" of City on fire (starring Chow Yun-fat and directed by Ringo Lam) and i actually think that Reservoir Dogs is a far better film, but what this has to do with this movie?
Basically, this film is real a copy of Reservoir Dogs (a rip off of a rip off!), both films are VERY similar, the characters are similar, the situations are similar and the differences are not that much (but some of the few differences are interesting).
Just like Reservoir Dogs, you don't see the actual robbery scene, but the emphasis on action is larger, the chase after the robbery is much more detailed, but this action scene feels very cheap and it looks like that the budget couldn't afford proper gun effects (speaking of cheapness, i can't believe that this film actually got a theatrical release...it lasted in theaters for 6 days, according to HKMDb).
In the cast we have Blacky Ko (in a combination of the role of Chris Penn and Lawrence Tierney), Simon Lui (in the Michael Madsen role), Suet Lam (in the Steve Buscemi role) and Danny Lee (playing a cop for the 23456th time, he also appears for less than 20 minutes), just to name a few and i felt that all the actors were wasted in this movie.
This film is definitely not a masterpiece, but you can have fun by finding the similarities and differences between Reservoir Dogs and Hero of city.
Die xue cheng shi (1983)
Boring and cheap action flick
Let me start by pointing out that this film has not to be confused with the more famous "City on Fire" (that one starring Chow Yun-fat and directed by Ringo Lam), this is a pretty boring and cheap Taiwanese action flick.
I expected your average gangster/triad actioneer, but after 30 minutes the fantasy element comes in, we discover that two characters have supernatural powers (but it's not explained why or how they got them, and besides, they use these powers only in about three scenes), i was even going to write the plot, but it's a disjointed mess (probably because of some of the uninteresting subplots).
The action scenes are nothing special, there are only 2 action scenes that save this movie from being a total borefest: - A (brief) fight scenes featuring Michiko Nishiwaki (she pretty much appears sporadically throughout the picture) - The final action scenes.
There are also some stolen musics from: Terminator 2, The Mission (the Roland Joffé film) and even from Nuovo Cinema Paradiso.
IMDb lists this movie as being released in 1983, but other sites (such as HKcinemagic and HKMDB) list this movie as being made in 1993.
Young and (extremely) dangerous
After watching "The Fatalist" (another direct to video release from Magnum films, which is the company founded by Danny Lee), i was curious to watch this one, Danny Lee (playing a police inspector) acts in this film, another familiar face is Eric Kei (the guy who played "Robert" in the CAT III classic The Untold Story).
Just like all these Hong Kong direct to video films, this one is shot on video too. The first problem that i encountered was the lack of subtitles (and as far as i know, only a few Magnum releases had subtitles), but i think i understood (most of) the plot. The audience also takes a look at the police procedures (something very common in Danny Lee's movies).
The film got a CAT III rating because of the violence and gore, the gore effects are nicely done and the action scenes aren't cheap as expected (i have seen much worse), but i still wish for a subtitled version.
Sai hak chin (1990)
An awesome action movie ruined by the annoying female lead...
We all agree that this movie has lots of awesome fight scenes, the story is good enough to justify the ass kickery...but what about the rest? I have only one complaint about this movie and i'm talking about Rosamund Kwan, i have nothing against her, but her character ruined the movie for me, always delivering some very lame (and annoying) humorous scenes (and i usually don't mind about the comical scenes in these movies), i seriously hoped that the villain (played by Robin Shou, yes, the guy who played Liu Kang in the Mortal Kombat movies) would have ripped her heart out.
Enough with the complaints...anyway, as i said, the film has lots of awesome fights (including one of the best sword fights ever filmed, featuring Donnie Yen and John Salvitti) and there are also lots of cool stunts.
Cynthia Khan has a small role in this movie (i know that there are some versions where she has an extra scene), it would have been a much better movie if they made her play the Rosamund Kwan role, Donnie and Cynthia would kick some ass together (maybe, it would have been better than "In the line of duty IV").