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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Apr 28

Love Swindler (1976) aka Pian cai pian se

Vaunted director Li Han-Hsiang reveals the way of the world in this anthology film of four stories that feature far more swindlers and swindling than lovers or love. There’s fake acupuncturists, gullible counterfeiters, a jewelry heist in a VD clinic, and a salesgirl’s subtle scam in these short cinematic stories of gulls, dopes, marks, and fools and the cons, cheaters, charlatans, and connivers who trick them. It’s four times the fraud as the cheats, gyps, and rip-offs come fast and furious!

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Mar 29

The Himalayan (1976) aka Mi zong sheng shou

The Tseng family is one of the most noble and respected clans in a small village in Tibet. The patriarch of the Tseng family wants to marry off his daughter Ching Lan into the Kao clan. However, the cunning and deceitful eldest brother Kao Chu only wants his younger sibling Kao I-Fan to marry Lan so he can gain access to the Tseng family’s considerable wealth and power.

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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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