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Crazy Guy With Super Kung-Fu (1978) Directed by: Wong Lung

A showcase, perhaps THE showcase of the retarded nature of the kung-fu comedy... in a bad way. The classics set the tone, others followed quickly, cheaply and poorly. So despite opening pretty hardcore with quite an intricate fight scene with the thugs of the piece, you know this peace and quiet will be broken soon. Living up to the crazy but not super of its title, Lee I-Min and company start to inhabit the frame, learning some kind of kung-fu to battle the thugs while also engaging in a poetry competition along the way. Dean Shek is also let out of his cage to cross dress, make loud noises and continue the tradition of a retardation angle to fight choreography. This assault, in PARTICULAR Shek's, means we have no patience to appreciate when peace is restored action-wise later. Still, filmmakers don't veer away that much from established atmosphere and Crazy Guy With Super Kung-Fu can't engage in that two way manner the title suggests.

Crazy Love (1993) Directed by: Roman Cheung

Loletta Lee abandoned cuteness of the past via roles in among other things The Happy Ghost and Mr. Vampire Saga 4 for something way more adult. Or rather sleazy and steamy as she bared it all (or as much as the Category III rating would allow) in Crazy Love. A sizeable hit looking at the numbers and I'm sure she was a marketing tool too, there's no slow tease here. No, first scene is Lee in the shower so those typical Hong Kong moviegoers arriving 15 minutes late, tough luck! But there IS more folks. What follows is a series of barely and sometimes connected scenes having to do with Lee's Jane trying to figure out what type of love is right for her. A bit of a tease, a free spirit and prone to dishing out jealousy happily/irrationally, the various adventures around Hong Kong (instead of the UK trip she was supposed to be on) definitely holds potential in small ways as the notions put forth about love are valid, albeit rather simple-minded. But while the definition of love as a true union of emotions is a fine message, unfortunately it's buried in what barely defines itself as a structured film. Director Cheung's stock also is considerably lessened as he gives us stereotype after stereotype. Yes, Jane encounters rapists, flamboyant homosexuals, horny characters her age, horny characters not her age and punctuating some of these skits within the painless running time really gives no edge to Crazy Love. However Loletta is loving the camera and the camera is loving her. Sold! Tommy Wong, Shing Fui-On, Joh Chung, Terence Fok, Tin Ching and Poon Jan-Wai also appear.

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Crazy Love For You (1993) Directed by: Hon Wai Daat

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With close-up images reminiscent of The Silence Of The Lambs, the reveal is that Simon Yam is the one putting make-up and a wig on so this Category III ride gets off to an assuring start. He plays Fred, working at a security company at day and being a psychotic stalker at night. His eyes have fallen on popular reporter Kitty (Yvonne Yung - A Chinese Torture Chamber Story)...

With Yam prancing about his apartment surrounded by high-tech camera setups, mannequins, all while acting up a storm, it's definitely a rape-fantasy movie with equally humorous and disturbing touches blended together. There's nothing really inappropriately light on display. It's just giggle-inducing to see Yam go for it. As a tale, the film addresses real issues of fan devotion but that doesn't get in the way of a fair amount of grim behaviour from director Hon Wai Daat's chair. Including Yam posing as Yvonne's boyfriend at a costume party, practically making love while dancing and a highlight reel, grim murder during the finale. Capping it all off with the memorable subtitle: "You shot my dicky! You are that cruel!" and Crazy Love For You cements its status as a suitable mixture for its exploitation audience.

Crazy Nuts (1981) Directed by: Lam Kuen

KENNETH'S REVIEW: Melvin Wong and Liu Wai-Hung open the flick in period wear and by squaring off but what seems like odd fits for an olden age tale rings very true as proceedings switch to modern day expectedly. Here they are Golden Dragon and Black Lama, two rival private detectives and in the middle of a valuable pearl hunt that more people are after than just these two. Initially, some fun gadgets and gags appear but soon it degenerates into unintelligible wackiness that has no clever highlights. However for those that are interested, we do get jokes straight out of Airplane, a deceptive parrot, a dance fight set to the Wong Fei-Hung theme, boner jokes and a recurring bit where Liu Wai-Hung hammers his dopey assistant To Siu-Ming into the ground.

Crazy Partner (1979) Directed by: Wong Yuen-San

Initially we see some of the "funny" and goofy looking supporting men out of Hong Kong cinema (To Siu-Ming and Yue Tau-Wan) camp it up to lethal levels but we're also seeing signs of unusual creativity within the grating kung-fu comedy. The various booby traps said players try to set results in a snicker or two and when later focusing on the largely worst enemy-duo played by Wong Yuen-San and Alan Chan, the unplotted shenanigans does get a positive response. Not so much due to comedic banter or chemistry but impressive physicality within such scenarios. Fight choreographer was Lam Ching-Ying and the constant quality of serious and comedic fight action makes Crazy Partner bearable. Finding out what all the random madness means, what it's for or what it is is a challenge but at least Wong Yuen-San settles on a plot involving hidden gold so it's a minor driving force for the film eventually and thankfully. Also with Chung Faat, Karl Maka, Mars and Liu Wai-Hung.

Crazy Romance (1985) Directed by: Tommy Leung

KENNETH'S REVIEW: Pairing up Nat Chan and Sylvia Chang romantically is a pretty crazy idea indeed and although the results are so minor it doesn't actually end up as anything, you've got an easy going vehicle ahead of you despite. Chan is a small time criminal thrown in jail by correction officer Ka Ka (Sylvia Chang) and through various chance meetings, the two in indeed an unlikely way start to bond. He's changing and she can change him. Cinema has a way of matching opposite types alright. Also experience the shenanigans of Chang's womanizing brother (Leslie Cheung), the usual offensive jokes directed towards homosexuals, a desperate prison break involving cross dressing, a kung-fu prison guard (Lee Hoi-Sang) and an insane traffic cop. With a Nat Chan never quite as annoying as he should be, here's furthermore reason why Crazy Romance has a tiny, tiny place....somewhere. Not quite sure where. Also with David Wu and Charlie Cho (also pining for Sylvia's love and is later assaulted by Nat Chan and gang in an fairly elaborate sequence of wackiness).

Crazy Safari (1991) Directed by: Billy Chan

Lam Ching Ying's Taoist priest goes to Africa, or rather crash-lands in Africa, along with a hopping vampire that ends up in the hands of a tribe, led by The God Must Be Crazy star N!xau.

One of three Hong Kong productions N!xau starred in, the promising pairing with Lam Ching Ying isn't the film's strongest aspect, nor is the film thoroughly politically correct. It does provide us with plenty of absurd and fun hijinxs though with the finale in particular living up the crazy in Crazy Safari. Watching N!xau being possessed by the spirit of Bruce Lee is impossible to dislike, I'll tell you! The African setting is also a welcome change of vibe to the genre. Peter Chan co-stars as the vampire and Peter Pau has a cameo as an auctioneer. Stephen Chow and Ng Man Tat provide the narration but their dialogue does not come with English subtitles strangely enough.

Cream, Soda & Milk (1981) Directed by: Daan Wai-Chu

The simple story of teacher Ting Ling (Lee Yin-Yin) searching for her brother Ting Dong played by Yim Chau-Wa (they were separated when parents divorced) and finally finding him crippled and selling porn in Temple Street is rendered ineffective thanks to director Daan Wai-Chu providing a lifeless, extensive character gallery. Ting Ling walks the seedy streets and locales with boyfriend and social worker played by Eddie Chan (Man On The Brink) and the extra, largely useless (in terms of their place in the story) characters (prostitutes, suicidal, troubled school kids etc) are the main problem. Not only are they vague, the connection to others rather unclear but the movie verges on preachy and deals in harrowing events just for the sake of it also. In the midst is a small family story wasted. Father is played by Wu Fung. The title refers to a drink meaning a lot to the family.

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The Criminal Hunter (1988) Directed by: Frankie Chan

Somewhat of a true definition of how Hong Kong cinema strings together their movies on the spot. What Frankie Chan highlights early is a quick walk through of emotions for Danny Lee's character, culminating in the murder of his wife and baby. You should but probably won't realize this is very much an indication of what's to come. What becomes a not so distinctive buddy comedy with Danny Lee's cop getting aided by a prison informant (Eric Tsang), soon turns into an experience that is all over the map. A really destructive combo of not only comedy, so-so banter between the leads (Tsang is at his annoying worst), fairly brutal action but also extreme emotions of almost the disturbed kind (we're not that far from necrophilia in one of the dramatic "highlights") in a way is unashamedly entertaining. Never tugs at any heartstrings or possesses any care-factor, it's Hong Kong cinema of the era doing its "best" and Frankie Chan is hardly interested in any statements as a narrative director. If so, mission failed. The Criminal Hunter has its actual colours though despite disjointed content, most notably in quite an electrifying villainous performance by Dick Wei who is the epitome of callous in the film. Also with Nina Li, Kwan Hoi-San and Shing Fui-On.

The Criminals (1976) Directed by: Ching Kong, Hua Shan & Ho Meng-Hua

Long before the era of the early 90s where filmmakers were scouring the newspapers for grim, real life crimes to depicts and spicing it up tenfold due to the freedom of the Category III rating, Shaw Brother's started a long running series called The Criminals, containing 3 short stories in 1 feature. Reportedly shooting in and around the same locations of the actual crimes (might as well been a promotional gimmick), first out of the gate is "Hidden Torsos", directed by Ching Gong (also the helmer of another based on a true life crime feature at Shaw's called Kidnap). Shih Szu plays a woman on the run from an abusive relationship but is trapped in her apartment by that abuser, played by Antonio Ho (Ghost Eyes). Ching Gong's experimental and in your face cinematography is reminiscent of Kidnap but he still achieves tension and an engrossing, grim tone. A silly voice over conclusion leaning towards the supernatural could've been left out however.

But the narrator continues guiding us through dark facets of society, continuing with adultery in "Valley Of The Hanged". Hong (Chiang Yang - The Spiritual Boxer) is a lowly, mining worker whose wife (Lau Wai-Yue - The Bamboo House Of Dolls) finds what she needs in De (Tin Ching). Marriage bitterness turns to hatred and to murder. Cinematography continue to do well but Hua Shan's (The Super Inframan) narrative lacks flair and possesses predictability instead. Certainly the most risque of the pieces as Lau sheds her clothes on several occasions.

The final piece "The Stuntmen" chooses the setting of the Shaw Brother's studious, partly but in reality is a standard gangster tale crammed into 38 minutes. Director Ho Meng-Hua (The Mighty Peking Man) seems to feel this pressure as he quickly takes Lo Lieh's Zhong from down on his luck, through the gig as a stuntman, being a pimp for a Tanny Tien look alike (naturally played by the sexy Tanny Tien herself) and ending up as a higher ranked triad boss. Triangles is a recurring symbol throughout these short stories and therefore no element of surprise really exists anymore when we arrive at this story. The Shaw's connection within the narrative doesn't even matter either. Summing up The Criminals, Ching Gong wins this round. Appearing in the various stories are also Wong Yue, Chan Shen, Ku Feng, Yueh Hua and Ha Ping.

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