venerdì 13 aprile 2012

Red Fists (联手警探)(1990)

Red Fists (联手警探)
Dir:  Guo Baochang
Cast: Rongguang Yu , Yuzhou Hong , Yanli Zhang , Jing Ning , Chunhua Ji , Yiu-Wah Kwok, Xiuyun Guo, Han Wang
Plot:  Countless HK dollars and a rotten dead man body are flowing upon the sea area between Shenzhen and HK. Authenticated nu Shenzhen policemen, all the HK dollars which flow from HK are fake . SZ police immediately inform HK counterpart and require cooperation to solve the case.
Year: 1990
Country: Mainland China  / HK
Trailer (edit by me ):
Notes:  The movie is available in China on dvd with English subtitles as well (along with simplified and traditional Chinese).
This is the only action movie directed by Guo Baochang. The cast , on the other hand, has plenty of experience both in HK and Mainland. We have Rongguang Yu who started his career with the movie Holy Robe of the Shaolin Temple (木棉袈裟) and lots lots of movies in HK (Project S, A Gleam of hope). Then we have the beautiful Sharon Kwok who starred in movie like Ghost Busting and Lethal Panther 2. Back to mainland China we have the great Chunhua Ji who started his career with one of the best movie ever made (for me): The Shaolin Temple (少林寺)(1982). From that movie on he starred in plenty of movies both in China and HK.
Personal opinion:  Some days ago I had some free time and I decided to watch a movie. I wanted some action from the east and I ended up watching this coproduction between the red land and HK.
The plot is pretty simple and classic, nothing to scream about.
To be honest the action scenes were kinda of dull, not something you would remember. I was hoping for more punches and less shooting, I guess I was wrong.
Rongguang Yu was fine but I was expecting a pretty exiting duel between him and Chunhua Ji, instead I got just 5min of basically nothing (moreover they speeded up the fight so it wasn't that great).
During the movie there are some funny dialogues (the one I liked the most was the one about dog meat between Rongguang Yu and Chunhua Ji) regarding mainland China and HK.
Overall the movie is not that bad, but it’s not that good either. If you are really into this genre (like me) and you don’t want to skip any movies, give it a shot. Otherwise, leave it. 

Some snapshots from the original dvd:

giovedì 5 aprile 2012

Bloody Gambling Hell (生死赌门)(1992)

Bloody Gambling Hell (生死赌门)
Dir:  Xian Li
Cast: Han Lei, Deyi Liu, Guoqiang Qu, Chiyu Yang, He Zhang, Xu Zhang
Plot:  Based on the “红黑阵” novel, the movie is set in the old Tianjing. Hou Qinyu,Mengcheng Zong and Wu Tai grew up together. Meng has an addiction to gambling, and because of it he got arrested and committed suicide. 20 years later, Hou becomes a millionaire and adopts Meng’s son. His elder brother lost all his money during a game (红黑阵) and the same evening he tries to steal a piece of paper/contract from the casino, unfortunately he got stopped and tortured. Hou Xuemeng in order to save him, agrees to become the new “shen xian” ()..
Year: 1992
Country: Mainland China
Trailer (edit by me ):
Notes:  The movie is available in China on dvd and without english subtitles (only Chinese simplified or traditional available).
Xian Li’s only example of .this kind of movie. The actors/actresses who actually performed every martial arts sequence are unknown to me.
Personal opinion:  I bought this flick because of the title, really catchy but was it worth my money? Actually, it was. The story is pretty interesting, about a game I‘ve never heard of till last night (although I doubt it really exists): people had to bet on the red or the black.50% you win, 50% you lose.
Some scenes were gruesome, for example during a game, a lot of people kept losing and one of them just bet his own hand (you see the guy cutting his hand off), pretty heavy for a Chinese flick.
The action is just awesome and fierce, great stunts and great kicks. There are two main sequence were people actually beat the hell out of each other, long ones, nice ones.
Although it might sounds boring (most of the movie is just a drama) , this flick just got into me, I couldn’t stop watching it, the game just got me.
Give it a shot.

Some snapshots from the dvd :