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  • Police Story
  • Pedicab Driver
  • The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter
  • Righting Wrongs

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  • Shaolin Rescuers

    ★★★½

  • The Miracle Fighters

    ★★½

  • A Hearty Response

    ★★★½

  • The Lady Hermit

    ★★★½

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  • Shaolin Rescuers

    Shaolin Rescuers

    ★★★½

    An enjoyable enough film about a couple of friends who find themselves mixed up in the fight against an evil warlord. It's odd -- the movie starts out a lot goofier than you'd expect from Chang Cheh, with the two friends mostly just hanging out and getting into kung fu hijinks in their respective workplaces. The two eventually get involved with Shaolin Temple / Pai Mei shenanigans, and the end result is a somewhat unwieldy mix of aimless kung fu…

  • The Miracle Fighters

    The Miracle Fighters

    ★★½

    A disappointing film about a young man who finds himself mixed up in magical shenanigans. Apparently every now and then I have to come into one of these letterboxd pages like a big oaf and crap on a movie everyone loves, and I guess now is one of those times. This movie really did not work for me. It's actually quite fun at first, but it's so frenetic that it eventually wore me down. I was going to say that…

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  • A Hearty Response

    A Hearty Response

    ★★★½

    Featuring charismatic AF performances from Chow Yun-Fat and Joey Wong, this was an enjoyable film about the romance that ensues when a cop gets mixed up with an illegal immigrant. As others have mentioned, the film is extremely Hong Kong in the way it shifts tones, which is to say that it's generally a wacky and lighthearted romp, but then gets grim as hell in the third act. Breaking it down, it's mostly a romantic comedy, a bit of a…

  • Dreaming the Reality

    Dreaming the Reality

    ★★★

    A thoroughly shoddy but mostly pretty fun film about an assassin who goes to Thailand for her latest job; also there's a bunch of kickboxing for some reason? On one hand, so much of the film is actually pretty bad, from the awkward pacing to the ultra-haphazard plotting to general sense of clunkiness that pervades almost every element of the film. On the other hand, the movie features Moon Lee, Yukari Oshima, and Sibelle Hu kicking ass and being cool…