May 09

Girls in the Hood (1995) aka Lao ni mei

This is a wild ride about a group of young street girls in Hong Kong. This is a very dark and graphic film that explores prostitution, drug abuse,sexual abuse, crime on the streets of Hong Kong, among other things. Although this film has few happy moments, it does create a sympathy for the central characters even though they shouldn’t really be likable people. Reminds me of how I care for the characters in the Sopranos even though they are generally bad people.

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Mar 25

Mommy’s name was Josenpi (1991) aka 에미 이름은 조센삐였다

At the end of 1944, Japanese imperialists stuck to nothing to reverse the war situation as they were defeated in war. They recruited young people by force to use them as student soldiers and drafted workers while they took women to use as comfort women by force. The girl who has lived in a town on the border between Jeon Ra Do and Kyeong Sang Do was kidnapped by armed Japanese army. She was dispatched to a front of the Philippines where she went through miserable pains that weren’t understandable not only for as human being but also as women. Her dream was to marry Young-Su of the next door school and to be a good mother who has a son and two daughters.

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Mar 07

Brief Encounter (1988) aka Yu yan qing nong

Lung (Tony Poon), a rookie bodyguard falls in love with the first subject he’s overseeing, May (May Cheung). She has come to Hong Kong with false hopes of being a singer but she’s unwillingly set to enter the world of prostitution instead. Into this equation comes a model agency head (Margaret Lee – We’re Going To Eat You) who’s determined to conquer the love of Lung.

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Feb 28

Fatal Desire (1998) aka Ye xing ren wu

Cat’s father died suddenly, leaving an archaelogical journal countaining the Japanese’s secret treasure from the Second World War which was buried in the Philippines forest. She invited her close friend Anna and Maruko to the Philipines for leisure and treasure hunting…

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Feb 20

Just Love (1992) aka Xin su nu yan tan

A woman is transported from the past into modern HK. She is being pursued by a long haired old man with magic powers, but finds help from the descendants of her maid and boyfriend. She works as a model, but life is disrupted by either bad dreams of the magic man or, later, his actual appearance.

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