Category Archives: HK Film

#49: Chungking Express

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The romance genre goes art house in Chungking Express, Wong Kar Wai’s two part riff on loneliness, yearning, and the comforts of late night take-out, featuring the talented Tony Leung, Faye Wong, Brigette Lin, and Takeshi Kaneshiro.

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  • Review (30:41)
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#48: Ip Man (2008)

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Donnie Yen stars as the self-effacing, Wing Chun master of Foshan, Ip Man (2008) in this award winning martial arts drama, loosely based on the early life of Bruce Lee’s famous teacher.

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  • Review (42:48)
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#39: Hard Boiled

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There’s action-packed.  And then there’s Hard Boiled (1992) — John Woo’s final spectacular outing with superstar Chow Yun-Fat in which gun-toting, rough and tumble detective, Tequila (Yun-Fat) partners with undercover officer Alan (Tony Leung) to take on a villainous gang of gun-running triads.

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  • Review (33:45)
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#36: Who Am I?

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We review Jackie Chan’s Who Am I?, his last film with Golden Harvest and nearly his last film ever after a few of these stunts – plus Major 2nd for the Three Minute Rule!

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  • Listener Mail (45:45)
  • News (49:32)
  • Review (57:34)
  • Twitter Questions (2:07:08)
  • Three Minute Rule (2:14:08)

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#35: One-Armed Swordsman

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Our Shaw Brothers training regimen continues with the bloody saga of Fang Cheng aka the One-Armed Swordsman (1967), a seminal work of wuxia film-making from prolific director Chang Cheh.

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  • Listener Mail (39:12)
  • News (49:53)
  • Review (1:08:35)
  • Three Minute Rule (2:13:01)

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#31: Come Drink with Me

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Although, taken for granted today, King Hu’s Come Drink with Me (1966) set the wuxia genre on a completely new footing.  By turning away from trained martial artists and instead hiring performers from the Beijing Opera school, such as the film’s magnificent female lead Chang Pei Pei, he began the process of transforming the type of action that defined these films away from the world of rigid, practical martial arts towards the more artful, flowing, and graceful form of combative dance that feature so strongly today.  Tune in for our full review of this Shaw Brothers classic that directly inspired Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon!

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#24: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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Review (15:09):

In order to bring his vision of the fourth novel in the Crane Iron series to life, Oscar winning director Ang Lee employed the talents of mega-stars Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, and Zhang Ziyi, legendary fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, and musical composer Tan Dun.  The results speak for themselves.  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, an all time classic of the wuxia genre, is still, to this day, the most successful international film, both critically and commercially, to ever hit the states — and rightly so.  Tune in for the full review!

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