Ben “秃子” Jones

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Favorite films

  • The Bells of Death
  • My Heart Is That Eternal Rose
  • Deadful Melody
  • Pedicab Driver

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  • The Bells of Death

    ★★★★★

  • Come Drink with Me

    ★★★★★

  • Winners & Sinners

    ★★★★★

  • Rumble in the Bronx

    ★★★★

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  • The Bells of Death

    The Bells of Death

    ★★★★★

    Another year, another #Fubruary and another rewatch of what’s probably (…read “most definitely”) become my favourite movie. Not favourite Shaw Brothers movie, not favourite Kung Fu movie, not even favourite “Foreign” movie… my favourite movie.

    I think it’s the 5th time I’ve “reviewed” The Bells of Death now (to the point where I’ve given up on talking about the film itself and just waffle on about how it makes me all warm and fuzzy in my tum-tum), and not once…

  • Come Drink with Me

    Come Drink with Me

    ★★★★★

    There has been a long tradition in 大女 (Fighting Women) in Chinese cinema. From Michelle Yeoh all the way back to Xu Qin Fang, they would go toe to toe with their male counterparts, often in the name of righteousness and justice. One of the most iconic faces of 大女 is non other than Cheng Pei Pei, and it’s for damn good reason too.

    Shaw Brothers may have been around since 1925 (when the Chinese Hollywood was still Shanghai), but…

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  • The Seed

    The Seed

    ★★★½

    I’m starting to think that I either have much lower expectations than everyone else or have just become so immune to what others call “Cringe” from years of watching some of the very best trash cinema has to offer. I liked The Seed, I liked The Seed a lot, and here’s why…

    A few years ago there was a a film called Head Count that had a rock solid set up but I felt dropped the ball at the end. It…

  • The Water Monster

    The Water Monster

    ★★★★

    The much maligned cinema of Mainland China has struggled to find a foothold outside of its own country, in part due to quality and the enforced censorship of the CCP. Not that it matters so much when you have the largest populace on Earth (as of writing this), so catering to that inbuilt audience makes every sense. Sure people could point to the odd success, Zhang Yimou’s Seasons tetralogy or Diao Yanin’s Black Coal, Thin Ice, but for an industry…