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  • He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father

    He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father

    ★★★★½

    Typical retro HK comedy mixing time-traveling, fab makeup of the aged couple Tony Kar-fai Leung and Carina Lau - many appear in Wong KW’s films too. And Anita Yuen (from C’est la Vie, Mon Cheri and He’s a Woman, She’s a Man) was strikingly beautiful.

    Tony KF Leung (the father) kept reciting the motto “All for One and One for All 人人為我,我為人人” - is the epitome of HK 50s cinema ethos of helping each other in the neighbourhood, as in…

  • Iron Monkey

    Iron Monkey

    ★★★★★

    A friend recommended this to me as part of Hong Kong 2020 Multifarious Arrays of Weaponry in Hong Kong Cinema retrospective. Hong Kong martial arts cinema at its best. At times I recalled Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster for the schools of South (Wong Kei-ying, the famous folk martial arts hero, Wong Fei-hung's dad)
    and North (Iron Monkey) martial arts reconciliation. The last sequence of the burning-logs-array duel between the evil monk and Wong/Iron Monkey is especially breathtaking. All elderly in…

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  • My Heart Is That Eternal Rose

    My Heart Is That Eternal Rose

    ★★★★

    With a strong cast including the HK writer John Chan Koon-chung as a co-scripter, Christopher Doyle as a co-cinematographer, Danny Chung as the sound designer, My Heart Is That Eternal Rose has strong affinity with WKW's early films, esp. Days of Being Wild (1990) and Fallen Angels (1995):

    - That scene when Rick Ma (Kenny Bee) met Ah-Lap (Joey Wong) evokes that noted "eternal 1 minute" scene of Leslie Cheung and Maggie Cheung at the tuck shop
    - The "killers…

  • Come Drink with Me

    Come Drink with Me

    ★★★★★

    I can easily name the three things that I like most about this film:

    1) The open kitchen of Drunken Knight with waterfalls at the back;
    2) Cheung Pei-pei's swordplay and how her character resembles Brigette Lin's character in New Dragon Gate Inn (Raymond Lee, 1992); and
    3) The few seconds of blue/white/red neon lights as the speedy signs of swordplay when Drunken Knight have his final duel with Abbot Liao Kung.

    There are some conventional King Hu elements in…