This is about a kung fu space cat fighting an interstellar blob and it was directed by the dude who did Riki-Oh; how do you THINK this is gonna go down?
It’s always interesting to see the debut film of a master filmmaker. It could be a brilliant slice of cinema that shows us genius from the beginning — like, say, John Cassavetes’s Shadows. Or, like Takashi Miike’s Red Hunter: Prelude to Kill, it could be a total pile of shit that offers no glimpse of...
Yes, Pretty Woman is a big piece of crap, but it's also, in many ways, a perfect CAT III outing. This is not CAT III's finest, but it could well be the most CAT III CAT III movie ever made.
Don't let the fact that this is not as obnoxious and mean-spirited as the usual CAT III girl gang fare put you off. It's Now or Never is by far the best of the sub-genre.
The Raping Murderer is borderline unwatchable. I apologise for even bringing it to your attention if you weren't already aware of it. If you have already seen it, I apologise for dredging up any bad memories.
Despite Hong Kong obscurities' ability to hide in the shadows, it's still rather shocking that Revanchist isn't more widely seen. Perhaps my lack of expectations is making me overstate the film's quality, but it's been a long time since I've enjoyed a Hong Kong action flick this much.
Diary of a Serial Killer is only interested in getting two things out of its audience: titillation and revulsion. It achieves both with admirable success.
Calamity of Snakes is a strange beast. On the one hand, it's kind of incredible with scene after scene of amazing set-pieces, but then you remember that you're watching hundreds upon hundreds of snakes being massacred and you start to feel depressed.
How deep did Wai's involvement run? I don't know. He may have written a really good script that was mostly ignored on set. Or, maybe, and I like think this is true, Wong Kar-Wai wrote a film where the protagonists kill a dog.
Though it lacks the lunacy of his most famous works, Men from the Gutter could well be Lam's best film. This is an absolute must-see for both Lam fans and anyone with a passing interest in Hong Kong cinema.