Jan 09

Zoom Hunting (2010) aka Lie yan

Yang Ruyi (32), a fashion magazine photographer, lives with her elder sister Yang Ruxing (33), a rational, introverted detective fiction author. Ruyi has inadvertently photographed a couple making madly passionately love. Few days later in a shopping center not far from her home, she finds the woman already married, leading a child and is with a different man. Ruyi shares her secret with Ruxing who is suffering from writer’s block. The two sisters begin to observe the couple; gradually Ruxing even writes some of her observations into her novel, without letting Ruyi knows it. Late one night, Ruyi views two people are arguing, but as she picks up her camera to photograph she can only see two vague, dark outlines wrestling one another; Ruyi calls the police but upon arriving, nothing seems out of order. Ruyi is convinced she has mistaken nothing; she enlarges the photo and discovers a third outline looks pretty much like her older sister…

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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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Dec 11

Women of Desire (1974) aka Nu ren mian mian guan

Film with four separate stories throughout the entire film, the contents of modern love and lust relationship intrigues mainly Cantonese films of social realism with a character, and the film is a masterpiece in which the lens trafficking in women over the carcass, the story and do not forget to join moral criticism, and even talk to women being oppressed. Lui Kei more refined shape for an independent self-image of women

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Nov 14

Three Times (2005) aka Zui hao de shi guang

(1) “A Time for Love”: In 1966, in Kaohsiung, Chen meets May playing pool in a bar when he is joining the army. He sends letters to her and he comes to the bar to meet her again in his leave. However, May had traveled to another place and Chen seeks her out. (2) “A Time for Freedom”: In 1911, in Dadaochend, the writer Mr. Chang works for Mr. Liang and frequently travels to a brothel, where he meets the singer. He financially helps the courtesan Ah Mei to become a concubine. When the singer asks him if he would help her to leave the brothel, there is no answer. (3) “A Time for Youth”: In 2005, in Taipei, the messy relationship of the photographer Zhen, his girlfriend Jing and a bisexual singer.

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Nov 13

Help me Eros (2007) aka Bang bang wo ai shen

Help me Eros (2007)Ah Jie lost everything in the stock market due to a severe economic crisis. He spends his days in his sealed apartment, smoking joints and looking after the marijuana plants that he secretly grows in his wardrobe. In desperation, he calls a suicide helpline and gets to know Chyi, whose sweet and gentle voice causes him to fall in love with his fantasized image of her. He tries to ask her out but is repeatedly rejected. He begins projecting his fantasy of Chyi on Shin, the new girl working at the betel nut stall downstairs. Shin is always sexily dressed in order to lure male customers. Ah Jie becomes closer to her and soon the two of them sink into a world of erotic and psychedelic pleasures. At the same time, Ah Jie begins to stalk Chyi.

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