Jan 17

Spirit of love (1993) aka Ai de jing ling

Loletta Lee plays a model who, judging by her lavish home, is making a fortune doing TV commercials. When her boyfriend/boss comes over and tries to get romantic, Loletta begins seeing weird and scary visions. Visions of blood flooding her floor, and a three year old boy ghost. It seems that, three years earlier, she was pregnant and caught her husband (Poon Chan Wai) athletically knocking off a blonde. Husband kicked her down the stairs, which causes her to abort. The ghost is evidently the aborted baby grown up. Back to the present day, hubby has teamed up with a new girl (Joanna Chan), and is trying to get back into the house and kidnap the boy ghost. Warning : Due to a combination of no subtitles and a confusing storyline, some of this is guesswork.

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Jan 02

Sinful Confession (1974) aka Sheng si quan ma

Arguably the funniest of the four famous Hui brothers, Michael has a tour-de-force vehicle in this naughty little comedy playing four different characters, each one in a compromising situation. And the laughs do come big and hearty as Hui bounces his cheeky humour off a terrific large supporting cast including the sophisticated Hu-chin and the lovely Pai Hsiao-man. Keeping the Benny Hill-style hi-jinks afloat is stalwart Shaw director Li han-hsiang who manages to switch flawlessly between these cheeky flings and his period epics.

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Dec 18

Passing Flickers (1982) aka San shi nian xi shuo cong tou

A true connoiseur’s treasure, this is Li Han-Hsiang’s version of Truffaut’s “Day For Night” and Fellini’s “8 1/2”–being the veteran Hong Kong director’s homage to his thirty years in the business. Based on the reminiscences in Li’s popular newspaper column, these amusing, fictitionalized (but truthful) episodes encompass an insider’s look at Hong Kong movies in all their guts and glory. This unique effort by one of the industry’s workhorses is a must-see for any Hong Kong cinema watcher.

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