Aug 30

Scarred Memory (1996) a.K.a Bao jie Qing qing

Scarred_Memory_1996_COVERStricken professionally as well as emotionally after a traumatic attack, Dr. Ivy Yip inadvertently neglects a patient, who subsequently winds up with brain damage. Ivy flees to Macau in shame, where, by coincidence, she crosses paths with that very patient and attempts to make amends. A budding friendship soon escalates into romance, but difficulties arise as neither is equipped to confront the painful memories that eventually resurface.
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Aug 17

Zombie Fight Club (2014) a.K.a Zhi yao yi fen zhong

Zombie-Fight-Club-PosterIt’s the end of the Century, at a corner of the city in a building riddled with crime… Everyone in the building has turned into zombies. After Jenny’s boyfriend being killed in a zombie attack, she faces the challenge of surviving in the face of adversity. In order to stay alive she struggles with Andy to flee danger. The originally kind and warm hearted chemistry teacher, Wu Ming, who is now the zombie leader after the kayos broken out, has transformed into a cruel, vicious and selfish character. Violent activists match prisoners against zombies in a malicious killing game, the good side of humanity has seemingly all but vanished. Now that all order is lost, how will humans create a new century? A world of uncertainty awaits: The end? Hope? Or Death?
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Aug 12

Hong Kong, Hong Kong (1983) a.K.a Nam yi nui

Hong.Kong.1983.CoverThis is a story of the illegal immigrant experience of people from the mainland of China who have made it to Hong Kong for a better life. The first thing you’ll notice in this Shaw Brothers film is that the city of Hong Kong is a co-star. You see the poverty stricken parts, the glamour parts. Cherie Chung plays Sun, who arrives in Hong Kong to escape. Once there she meets with a carpenter, whom she marries ostensibly so he can take care of her and become pregnant so he can have a son. However, he is middle aged and she is much more drawn to an aspiring boxer who is young like her. There is tension in this film regarding this and it is played well. Cherie Chung does very well, she had matured as an actress by then and did not need to rely solely on her beauty. She is completely believable. This is an erotically charged drama which, while not a happy film because its all about keeping yourself under the radar to avoid being deported, is good because it flows well and the characters have that sense of longing for love and redemption etched onto their faces. Not the easiest film to watch because of its sometime grim nature, but a welcome respite from the slapstick comedies that Hong Kong routinely churned out at the time.
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Aug 10

The Love and Sex of the Eastern Hollywood (1998) a.K.a Oi joi yue lok guen dik yat ji

2b34f917e27cf19412d77f865cd96128What happens when several pretty, young HK girls share the same dream- to be a superstar in Asia’s answer to Hollywood? Different characters and different fates lead them to separate destinies. One accepts a mediocre marriage after an unrealistic, though fascinating love. One has an affair, though she lives a material life. Another one realizes true heart is hard to find after she stumbles and falls in love with a man, as well as a lesbian. The results are several different interpretations of the same dream. HK film buffs will recognize the characters as thinly-disguised satires on a number of real-life HK actresses/tabloid celebrities.
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