Simon

Watched a lot of films, then stopped watching films. Started watching films again.

Favorite films

  • Once Upon a Time in China
  • Versus
  • My Sassy Girl
  • Swallowtail Butterfly

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  • Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone

    ★★★★½

  • The Ages of Lulu

    ★★★

  • The Twin Swords

    ★★★½

  • Temple of the Red Lotus

    ★★★★

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  • Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone

    Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone

    ★★★★½

    JIANG HU: THE TRIAD ZONE has lost some relevance in the 22 years since its release because it was notable as a counterpoint to the Triad films that were common in Hong Kong at the time. It is a sharp and funny deconstruction of the Triad mythos expressed in films like the YOUNG & DANGEROUS series.

    The film follows a dai lo played by Tony Leung Ka-Fai in a revelatory performance, as an assassination attempt kicks off a turf war between…

  • The Ages of Lulu

    The Ages of Lulu

    ★★★

    I bought the Spanish DVD of THE AGES OF LULU many years ago, having seen some of Bigas Luna's films and finding him to be an interesting director. I was shocked how explicit it is - probably the most pornographic film I've seen that isn't actually pornography. I could see why it hadn't been released in the UK, typically more prudish than the continent.

    The film was eventually released in the UK as well, but naturally it was cut... though…

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  • The Twin Swords

    The Twin Swords

    ★★★½

    THE TWIN SWORDS picks up right where TEMPLE OF THE RED LOTUS left off... actually slightly before. It would have made more sense to call *this* film TEMPLE OF THE RED LOTUS, since said temple dominates proceedings a lot more than it did in the first.

    I think it would make most sense to treat them as Parts 1 & 2 of a single film though - call it what you will.

    This second part tells a more focused story with…

  • Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning

    Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning

    ★★★★

    This fifth film in the live action series takes us back to when Kenshin was known as Himura Battosai, a feared assassin fighting the Shogunate with the Shinsengumi hot on his tail, when a beautiful woman with an aura of sadness enters his life.

    If you've seen RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE FINAL you know who she is and why she is sad, and how this film is going to end because you've already seen it. I don't know why they chose…