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  • Hidden Desire

    ★★★★

  • Butterfly & Sword

    ★★★★½

  • The Killing Machine

    ★★★★

  • Cash on Delivery

    ★★½

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  • Hidden Desire

    Hidden Desire

    ★★★★

    Recently, I've learned that the world-famous photographer Ho Fan made some erotic films in his late career. One of them is Hidden Desire, a gorgeously shot film that tops the rest of 1991's Veronica Yip efforts, even though she's in it only in a couple of scenes.

    Hidden Desire surprised me, as I expected a cheap, sleazy piece of sex cinema. Instead, I got subtle, ethereal, and beautifully shot erotica with gorgeous women and light eroticism. You can tell it…

  • Butterfly & Sword

    Butterfly & Sword

    ★★★★½

    Wuxia needs proper handling. And in the 80s and 90s, the Hongkongese just knew how to handle it. In Butterfly & Sword, Michael Mak pulls out all the tricks of the 90s wuxia to make a great movie.

    The lightning-fast editing borders on avant-garde, as the ballet of the blade meets flying camera takes, HK trademark blue lights, and falling flower petals, creating unforgettable images. The fights are so overblown that in order to kill your opponent, you literally must pierce…

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