Chocolate (Thailand, 2008)

For most of this week I had to take a break from blog writing to attend to some family commitments. I am still working on my blog about the plot structure and characterisation in Hong Kong martial arts movie Fist of Legend. Today I have reposted an old 'mini' review of a Thai martial arts…

A small rambling blog about The Prodigal Son

Directed by Sammo Hung and starring Sammo, Yuen Biao, Lam Ching Ying and Frankie Chan. I really enjoyed this film enormously. It has plenty of humour, a little pathos and, as you would expect, excellent movement sequences. I had only seen Lam Ching Ying in Mr Vampire before and I found both his character and…

Mini review: Kung Fu Hustle

I am currently plodding my way through the writing of a blog about the plot structure in Fist of Legend. In the meantime I have posted a little review I wrote a couple of years ago for the blogspot blog I used to have: Kung Fu Hustle directed by and starring Stephen Chow. This is…

The Defender – the action

As stated in a previous blog, I find The Defender to be reasonably entertaining and competently made but a little slow and overloaded with lovey-dovey scenes. What Corey Yuen lacks as a director of romance he (with the assistance of action co-director Yuen Tak) makes up for as a director of action. This film has…

Shintaro the Samurai and happy little vegemites

This Australian documentary, Shintaro: The Samurai Sensation that swept a nation, examines the cultural phomenon of a Japanese TV series that became a smash hit in Australia. The DVD’s dust cover says it all: “In 1964, an extraordinary cross-cultural TV sensation swept through the suburban lounge rooms of Australia. Every afternoon after school The Samurai…

The Defender

To my mind The Defender (aka Bodyguard from Beijing*) is a typical contemporary Hong Kong action film. There is none of the poetry or epic scope of some of Jet Li’s earlier films (such as Once Upon A Time in China 1 and 2 or Tai Chi Master – favourites of mine). This film is…

Motifs in the Once Upon A Time In China series

A neat directorial strategy that Tsui Hark uses during the first 3 films of the Once Upon A Time in China (OUTIC) series is that he builds up a series of leitmotifs and artistic reference points that link the films together. This lends cohesiveness to the audience’s viewing of the experiences of the main characters…