Watched a lot of films, then stopped watching films. Started watching films again.
Royal Warriors 1986
ROYAL WARRIORS is a regular fixture in my Top 10 HK movies, it is just ferocious - textbook action cinema with amazing performances from the 2 leads... alright, 3 leads!
I gained a new appreciation for the editing on this rewatch, it's on point start to finish.
In the Line of Duty 5: Middle Man 1990
This is very much meat and two veg action cinema, but the action is solid throughout and the script serves its purpose. You can see why it's not as popular or well-known as its predecessors though.
In the Line of Duty 4 1989
IN THE LINE OF DUTY 4 might not be the best Hong Kong movie, but it is probably the MOST Hong Kong movie!
If anybody ever asks you "But what _is_ Hong Kong Cinema?" put on ITLOD4 and come back in 94 minutes. Everything they need to know is right there.
Yes, Madam! 1985
I have no idea how many times I've seen this, it's just iconic.
1985 was a transformative year for Hong Kong action. As audiences tired of the heavily choreographed and stylised kung fu and wuxia action derived from Peking Opera, a new generation of directors and performers developed a new style of grittier, more brutal modern day action films.
Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan and Corey Yuen were at the vanguard. YES! MADAM and POLICE STORY's bruising smackdowns and bone-breaking stunts…