Chinese (and other Asian) films

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  1. patrickvaz

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    Soooo if anyone wants to be blown away by an Indonesian action film... I watched this a couple nights ago and it is just non-stop from start to finish. It's pretty much flaw-free. I might be kind of late because it came out in 2012, so forgive me if all you kind people already know about it. It is not on Netflix but is on fmovief. Getting ready to watch part 2 (just came out) right now...!
     
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    this is the most action movie that's ever kicked me in the balls with it's non-stop actionery and ball-kickery


    seriously, though, it's an amazing movie. Pure adrenaline.
     
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    Absolutely love these two films, really need to grab a copy of the second one for the collection.
    Modern material Arts Classics and there are very few of those these days.
     
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    Yeah, both are great. I just saw the second one a few nights ago. The first is just pure non-stop adrenaline-pumping action. Not much of a story, just a scenario played out. The second movie does more with the story and character development, but the action scenes (though not as frequent) are much more intense and graphic. Crazy good.

    Others I've seen over the past few months (some were mentioned on the previous page):

    Special ID with Donnie Yen. Skip it. His early movies might have been good, but his more recent ones suck.


    Journey to the West. Fun movie in terms of both action and comedy - this one I would recommend. I actually laughed out loud a few times during the movie. That is pretty rare these days.





    47 Ronin (with Keanu Reeves), although an Eastern production, was not a bad flick.


    The Sorcerer and the White Snake Trailer (with Jet Li) was pretty good. Recommended. Well-made movie.





    Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon was good. If you liked the first one, you will like this one too.





    Man of Tai Chi, Ip Man: The Final Fight, and Wo Hu: Operation Undercover were all average. Skip.
     
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    ^^
    Although I agree with mostly everything else you wrote, I felt The Sorcerer and the White Snake was fucking unbearable and exemplary for everything that's wrong with Chinese cinema these days. Jet Li seemed VERY tired...
     
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    i highly recommend 'the chaser', its a great thriller, not a kung fu flick but i urge you to seek it out!
     
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    Both Raids rocked but I preferred the first a bit. Second felt like it was trying to hard and one scene didn't make any sense at both its beginning and end points.

    The Chaser is a good solid cop film from Korea. Painful.

    I am a long time Tsui Hark fan and felt that Young Detective Dee was his best work in a long time. Convoluted as all his films are. Pure fantasy. If your a fan of stuff like Never Ending Story this should be a blast. Plus Tsui films with 3D in mind for all his action shots.

    Journey To The West is the first of a trilogy. Story of the monkey king. A fun romp for any fan of Stephen Chow though he doesn't appear in it. he did write and direct the film.

    Donnie Yen... So sad. He has done a string of awful movies the past couple of years. I do hope he makes a come back. Flash Point is the film to watch of his.

    How about India?
    Just watched Gangs of Wasseypur. Over 7.5 hours. Epic! Truly a great film. India's Godfather. Kind of. Helps you understand modern issues in mid east conflicts and how useless it is to get involved. Kind of. Seriously great movie.

    and
    The Lunchbox. Another near perfect film from India. It's almost a love story. Maybe more of a 'rebirthing' story.

    I like finding these hidden gems. At least hidden from our main stream culture.
     
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    It's been a while so...

    New Stephan Chow coming!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jskKf5YDDAI

    Chronicales of the Ghostly Tribe was a lot of fun. Kind of a Raiders of the Lost Arc vs Kaiju with mysticism.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEmPPiNpXRQ

    The Assassin was gorgeous but you have to appreciate a slow Kurosawa type film. Ended feeling a bit empty but many great scenes over all.

    Monk Comes Down the Mountain is fun. Not great but it satisfies the desire for an old Shaw Brothers style story.

    SPL2 has a lot of good fights though I wish Tony Jaa could do more then a full room run and leap. It lacks Donnie Yen but his recent Kung Fu Killer was one of better action films in a while, so there's that.

    That's it for those I think worth mentioning.
     
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    You know, one of us really should just start a Now in Theatres thread, as there is more to a balanced diet of film than horror, sci-fi, streaming platforms and Criterion discs, heh, but I figured a necro bump was in order here as I wanted to mention...

    Bong Joon-ho's Parasite is as good as they say, and I'd like to strongly encourage you all to hit the multiplex (or 2 screen arthouse) to spend a couple of hours with it in proper bigness. Further, if you've managed to avoid press and previews thus far, I'd ask that you make the trip without knowing anything more than the title and director! Yeah, that involves some trust, but on the outside chance you end up hating it, I'd actually consider PayPal-ing you a refund for having trusted me.

    I really, really, really want to type out a little persuasive essay on the film's merits, but am of course sitting on my hands until maybe a few of you report back that they took the field trip, too.

    End of transmission.
     
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    Going tonight! Can't wait.
     
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