Friday, April 30, 2010
Not much on the VCD front though. Only 3. Did find a nice VCD 's of Pauline Chan Bo-lin in A WILD PARTY and Johnnie To Kei-fung's debut flick THE ENIGMATIC CASE, starring Damian Lau Chung-yan and the lovely Cherrie Chung Cho-hung. I also picked up an untitled CAT III period piece. Will have to do some research on it to figure out the title, but since it's CAT III, the research should be fun!
And on the "Damn you Chinatown! You did it to me again!" tip, I picked up what appeared to be a legit copy of Zhang Yimou's A SIMPLE NOODLE STORY containing English subs. But English subs were no where to be found. I shake my fist at you C-town! But how can I stay mad at you? Look at that punum!
And on to the mail. Mrs. Mail Lady brought me a package of two rare HK VHS. The 1993 Thailand produced EROTIC JOURNEY, starring ultra cutie Chan Wing-chi. Ms. Chan has starred in a butt load of great CAT III productions in the early 90's and she is drool inducing. And nudity aside, has a very natural and breezy look. Should have been so much more. She was wonderful in FALSE LADY. Check that one out. I believe I posted the VCD a month or so ago? EROTIC JOURNEY also lists Dick Wei and Melvin Wong Gam-san in the film but seeing as this is a Thai produced heyday CAT III flicker, it might be a smush 'em up (See Devil's Love post below). I will definitely let you know though. Also in my tiny package is a film called WONDER GIRL, starring musclewoman To Gwa-fa. I have been unable to find info on this flick as of yet and it may go by another name? I will definitely be watching this one and, again, I will definitely let you guys know.
And on a side note, EROTIC JOURNEY and WONDER GIRL push me over the 2,400 HK movies owned mark. So, yeah. There's that. Good lord where has my life gone?!
My last post showed the lobby card's and film rating certificate for the 1992 CAT III flick DEVIL'S LOVE and here are a few screen shots and a few words about this pooper. I believe this film is a bit hard to find, but I could be wrong. And usually am. But DEVIL'S LOVE is kind of fascinating. It appears to be a mishmash flick where two unrelated and unfinished films were smushed together to make a quick buck. And one of these unrelated films is teaming with teats so that quick buck is a bit soggy. A few of these types of productions cropped up around the early 90's as HK cinema pumped out movies like some might pump their fists to certain scenes in DEVILS LOVE. Be it good business or bad, the name of the game was to make moolah. This type of odd ball production only enhances the charm of DEVIL'S LOVE.
Matching somewhat bankable stars in Yukari Oshima and Waise Lee Chi-hung, with an old favorite like Wu Ma, and coupling them with out of left field scenes of copulation, equals a winner in my book. An odd choice of title, DEVIL'S LOVE sounds a bit too hard edged for the proceedings. The flick also goes by the more logical title (!?), HIS WAY, HER WAY, THEIR WAYS, in what appears to be a nod to the Alfred Cheung Kin-ting HER FATAL WAYS series, as well as its spin off, HIS FATAL WAYS. This seems more apropos as the film is more of a goofy fish out of water/country bumpkins come to the big city kinda comedy.....with some bangin' thrown in for the fans.
Waise and Yukari are HK cops that team up with a few of the mainlands finest, Wu Ma, Frankie Chan Chi-leung, and Sarah Lee Lai-yui. The team are out to find a gaggle of girls kidnapped from China, shuttled to HK and hustled into prostitution. There are a bunch of scenes that point to the mainlanders being out of touch with the real world. We have seen this countless times before in similarly themed movies, but some scenes score big laughs. Case in point are the screen shots provided below. Wu Ma and Frankie Chan Chi-leung mistake Yukari's vibrator for an electric toothbrush and proceed to brush their teeth, vibrating away. Now, this scene only works because we surely believe that Yukari would leave her love toy in the toothbrush cup on the bathroom sink. That's where I keep mine. Entirely silly but very funny.
You're not doing it right! You gotta really jam it in there!
The film clocks in at about an hour and twenty minutes so it's a quick one that doesn't linger too long. The nookie scenes are drawn out so you can fast forward through some of the naughty bits. It's ok. I won't look at you any different. This is clearly my favorite era in HK cinema and when I discover a film from this manic movie making period I go ape. These films are unabashed. DEVIL'S LOVE has a touch of it all. Comedy, action, boobies, and even a dance number thrown in!? Fun and sleazy silliness.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Yet another video of Doyers St. in NYC Chinatown. The Bloody Angle. A few posts back I showed you guys a video of the intersection of Doyers St. and Pell St. where shoot-out scenes in the films NEW YORK, CHINATOWN and KING OF NEW YORK took place. I took this video last July as my gf and I patrolled C-town for Hong Kong flicks and food. I also posted this video on my Facebook page last year so those of you who are FB friends may have seen it before. There is a little commentary on the video but non of it is film related. I do briefly mention that I might buy some DVD's and VCD's, so that makes it blog worthy. I guess? The video shows my gf and I walking up The Bloody Angle from the Chatham Square/Bowery area to Pell St. and down toward Mott St. The chatter in the background is my gf speaking to her mother on the phone. And, again, my gf makes an appearance and even mugs for the camera. Enjoy
This past week I have gone back to check on a few other HK films lensed in NYC and discovered that in Mabel Cheung's AN AUTUMN'S TALE, there is a very brief scene, about 10 seconds long, where Chow Yun-fat is kicking a can down a dark street. That street is actually Doyer's St. I posted the scene below. Fast forward to about the 1:47 mark. EnjoyI am currently trying to identify locations in other HK films made in NYC. It's proving tough since most of the films are about 20 years old. I'm trying though! Hopefully when the weather becomes warmer I will venture out to some locations and start shooting again. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I posted this video on my Facebook page last year. I had a few hours to kill before heading on over to the NYAFF to see the premiere of Nick Chin's MAGAZINE GAP ROAD, so I headed down to C-town for some dvd/vcd shopping, lunch, and bubble tea. I decided to film a little bit of one of the more touristy areas in C-town; Mott. St. and a bit of Canal St. One of my favorite C-town restaurants, Big Wong's, can be seen briefly in the video on Mott St. The restaurant was also briefly seen in the film NEW YORK, CHINATOWN, a movie that I have mentioned countless times before, beaten like a dead horse, on this blog. The restaurant can be quickly spotted in the film during a shootout scene. If you would like, you can go back and take a look at my original NEW YORK, CHINATOWN post and see how the facade of the restaurant has changed from almost 30 years ago.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Here is a very cool Pakistani poster I have for the 1993 CAT III chippie-actioner
WHORE AND POLICEWOMAN aka WHORE & POLICE WOMAN starring the tough and lovely Michiko Nishiwaki, Julia Cheng Yim-lai, the late great Kwan Hoi-san, and an appearance by my favorite booty snatcher, Charlie Cho Cha-lee. Director Wong Gwok-chue also directed Michiko in another cool CAT III flick, PASSIONATE KILLING IN THE DREAM. I admittedly don't remember much about WHORE AND POLICEWOMAN as I saw it years ago. I was going to try and dig out the VCD I have and give it a cursory rewatch for blog purposes but I was too lazy. I'm so tired and sore from hoofing it around the city this weekend.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
A few months back I posted pics from the HK film NEW YORK, CHINATOWN, comparing filming locales from 1982, the year the movie was made, with up to date photos taken in 2009. This past weekend in Chinatown I made a small video around the intersection of Doyers St. and Pell St. in C-town (with my asinine sounding New Yawker accent commentary) speaking a tad about the film and locale. The same locale was also used for a shootout scene in the 1990 Abel Ferrara flick KING OF NEW YORK. You will also get to see my gf who was an extra in this video.
Below are links to my original comparative post of NEW YORK, CHINATOWN as well as a link to the Chinatown scene from KING OF NEW YORK (won't let me embed). Enjoy.
NEW YORK, CHINATOWN: http://inthemoodforgwailo.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-york-chinatown-1982.html
KING OF NEW YORK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDbqJg2028g
I didn't buy too much this time out. I was in C-town about 2 weeks ago and stock wasn't replenished. I managed to get my hands on two new flicks. The multi-directed 2009 comedy TRICK OR CHEAT and the much anticipated Jeff Lau Chun-wai film parody JUST ANOTHER PANDORA'S BOX. Now, I've mentioned before that I don't advocate bootlegs and if i do happen to come across/ purchase one I will ALWAYS buy the original. So, seeing as JUST ANOTHER PANDORA'S BOX was just released I understood going in that this was a booter. But it was a nicely displayed boot that 'claimed' to have English subs. Alas, I get home and throw the flick on to see the quality and....wouldn't ya know it? No subs. The transfer blows as well. Not the first time I have been conned by Chinatown. Oh, Chinatown! You bitch whore!
Anyway, a few of the other DVD's I picked up were dirt cheap copies of Wong Jing's SPY DAD, Peter Chan's Maggie Cheung flick ALAN & ERIC: BETWEEN HELLO AND GOODBYE, and the Donnie Yen actioner CITY OF DARKNESS. And what's a C-town shopping experience without some VCD's? A bad C-town shopping experience. This weeks VCD haul includes Lau Ching-wan and Season "Mumps" Ma in SILENT LOVE, Kara Hui Ying-hung, Billy Chow Bei-lei, and Ken Tong Jan-yip in OUT BOUND KILLING, the CAT III period skin piece CRAZY EMPEROR, the Joseph Kuo Nan-hong Taiwanese martial arts flick SORROWFUL TO A GHOST, Ben Ng Ngai-cheung and Strawberry Yeung Yuk-mui in VIOLENT GIRL, and 2 unsubed episodes of ATV's HONG KONG CRIMINAL ARCHIVES; HUSBAND IN COOK starring Yvonne Yung Hung and BLOODY BOX.
Also picked up an old mouse pad from Tai Seng Entertainment. This find was about a buck in the bargain bin at NY Music. I'm sure upon initial release it cost $40 bucks. A little Tai Seng humor.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Tan & Yip
Monday, April 5, 2010
Baby....I can't breathe!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Picked up this poster last week. SHORT OF LOVE is a 2009 romantic comedy directed by James Yuen Sai-sang. The film stars a gaggle of newer young female actresses from Hong Kong. Kate Tsui Tze-shan, Race Wong Yuen-li, J.J. Jia Xiao-chen, and Angela Baby. Yes. I said Angela Baby. She gets an instant demerit for having such a stupid name. I have not seen the film and don't really have any plans too. I am not a fan of the newer romantic comedies out of HK. There may be one or two that are satisfying but the majority star run of the mill pixies who I just fail to familiarize myself with because they come and go so quickly and all look and sound the same. Now, gimme an 90's rom-com with Anita Yuen Wing-yee and I'll be all over it. But the poster was ony 2 bucks so what the hey?
Sharla the proctologist. Two fingers!?
Little Jimmy Lin
Here's another Pakistani poster that I have to go along woth my TIGER ON THE BEAT poster I showed you a few days back. While this one has a bit less going on it's still pretty nice. The images don't appear to be painted as in the TIGER ON THE BEAT poster but there is definitely an artsy transfer. As you can see in the second pic, Maggie Cheung's name is spelled wrong, missing the 'e'. Also, under her misspelled name, in parentheses it says, "3 Fantastic Females Fame." I assume that "3 Fantastic Females" is the Pakistani name for the Johnnie To Kei-fung directed THE HEROIC TRIO, which was released in 1993 a few months before FLYING DAGGER. FLYING DAGGER is an off the wall martial mo lai tau from 'everything but the kitchen sink' writer/director/producer Wong Jing and the 'off of his damn rocker' Taiwanese director Chu Yen-ping. A match made in HK hybrid heaven. The film flies by with all sorts of odd goings on and the actors seem like puppets on these mad men's strings. The love of my life (my gf is ok with this) Maggie Cheung Man-yuk, Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Sharla Cheung Man, Jimmy Lin Zhi-ying, Gloria Yip Wan-yee, Ng Man-tat, and Kingdom Yuen King-tan run around this film with such wild exuberance, spouting spitfire dialogue at one another, making a claim that there is no other cinema like HK cinema . FLYING DAGGER boasts exactly what early 90's HK cinema was ALL about! Energy! Like a friend recently described the films of this era, "watching an HK movie is like watching an American movie on 2x fast forward." So true. My gf was brought up watching the films of this era but now could honestly care less about HK cinema. FLYING DAGGER though, happens to be her favorite or the one she most remembers. She had a crush on little Jimmy Lin Zhi-yang. This always makes me laugh. Little Jimmy.