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Champion Operation (1986) Directed by: Lau Hung-Chuen

Mainland gang vs Hong Kong gang vs cops, one of which has a relationship with the daughter of a gangster boss, Lau Hung-Chuen (Devil Fetus) sees this world as Hong Kong movies should have more often. In other words, as a violent, bloody place and for the sake of our movie entertainment, that is really a splendid choice. Building up to an incredible climax, violence is vicious, evil, cruel, bloody AND gory (yep, THAT much). Also as the movie rolls along, the crew is not afraid of daredevil stunts, vehicular and pyrotechnics action, all of which is incorporated in the rough and gritty gunplay finale that will have you realize Champion Operation is unfortunately a hidden action gem deserving of a higher profile despite no high profile stars or world class narrative. Starring Anthony Tang and Norman Tsui appears in support.

The Champions (1983) Directed by: Brandy Yuen

Amusing soccer-comedy that Stephen Chow no doubt drew inspiration from when making Shaolin Soccer.

Yuen Biao is charming and sympathetic as Lee Tong, the country bumpkin who makes it as a soccer player, and inadvertedly causes physical harm to most people he encounters throughout the film. Brandy Yuen's direction isn't thoroughly even though and the movie becomes darker than it really needs to be in a few places. Other than that, The Champions is suitable family entertainment and the Yuen Brother's soccer choreography is done and performed with flair. Also starring Cheung Kwok-Keung Dick Wei and in a good supporting role as Lee Tong's uncle, Eddy Ko.

Deltamac now owns the rights to the film but has so far only made it available on vcd. Their flow of releases sadly seems to have stopped dead at the time of writing and they're instead concentrating on their High Definition line of remasters of Hong Kong cinema classics. Hopefully somewhere along the line, smaller movies like The Champions will get the same deluxe treatment or at least a cheaper re-issue.

Previous rights holder Megastar produced a dvd but never got round to releasing that in Hong Kong. Pioneer however distributes that Megastar release in Japan and it's the only in print dvd alternative now if you want the Cantonese language track.

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Changing Partner (1991) Directed by: Andy Chin

Short but sweet romantic comedy that comes out on top thanks to a good double act by Anthony Chan and Sandra Ng. Law Gam-Fai wrote Dr. Lamb the same year and he proves not only a contrast in his work but a genuine feel for a simple sincerity. That is then competently handled by director Chin, resulting in a much painless 80 minutes of whacky fun and expected sentiments. Which is more than I ever expected from this effort to tell you the truth. Also with Michael Chow, Carrie Ng, Kenneth Tsang and Alfred Cheung.

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Chaos By Design (1988) Directed by: Angela Chan

Female loveliness, presence and star power can't save this predictable romantic comedy. Abel Song (Alex To) is a fashion designer who acts as the boyfriend of Cecilia Yip's Jeanne but she thinks he's gay. He thinks she is gay. Misunderstandings galore and Cherie Chung as the best friend. I'll forgive the two C's any day of the week for appearing in crap but it still stands to reason to expect some minor charm at least out of a predictable, breezy scenario. No such thing as the various, familiar misunderstandings fall flat and while padding in the form of a ghost story sequence may be the sole directorial touch by Angela Chan (My Name Ain't Suzie), it's shameless padding to a dead movie.

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Charlie's Bubble (1981) Directed by: Phillip Chan

Well meaning but Phillip Chan never truly affects. He takes Man Chi (Cheung Kwok-Keung) through student days having a crush on his teacher Miss Wei (Ha Ping-Ping) to actually being a key component in her life. Chan crafts a natural frame that initially does bigger comedic beats but brings the tone down to a more balanced one thankfully. The whole affair is a little bit too heavy handed for its own good though, with Man Chi being helpful and determined to a degree where it feels more manufactured than sincere. His one on one scenes with Ha Ping-Ping are fairly strong however and there is some viewer investment in the couple (that does not necessarily represent a romantic couple). Kindness is present in Alfred Cheung's script but Chan, without making it too melodramatic, doesn't translate that into affecting, on-screen heart. The Peter Yang (playing the father of Man Chi) side story is a filler-addition that just drives home themes too hard as well.

The Chase (1971) Directed by: Wong Tin-Lam

KENNETH'S REVIEW: Master swordsman Shih (James Tien) carries with him the red sword that he has to bring to Han I Chu (Tang Ching) in order to find out the secret behind his father's death. Along the way he is followed, attacked and everyone seems to have a craving for the sword that in Shih's hands is fast as lightning. Director Wong Tin-Lam tells slowly, possibly a bit too slowly before the plot-secrets starts to become revealed. In a quite stagy Golden Harvest production, he is definitely aided by his true collaboration, in every sense of the word, with action director Chen Kuan-Tai. Elevating the narrative with exciting one on one skirmishes and exciting one vs. hundred-battles, in its crude format there's still room for clever stylistic touches. Main one being the lack of a a glimpse for us of the fast sword, done through sharp editing and capped insanely well in the finale. Director Wong himself manages to even hold viewer interest through massive exposition in the latter half and despite a less than stellar cast on board to embody all of this, The Chase is involving and unusually engaging for a twist-heavy piece. Maria Yi co-stars.

Chase A Fortune (1985) Directed by: Liu Wai-Hung

Newspaper photographer Sunflower (Liu Wai-Hung, also director) gets thrown off a high railing on a commercial shoot by famed boxer Tiger Dog Bruce Lee (Wong Ching) after being mistaken for a triad attempting to make the boxer lose an upcoming fight. While at the hospital, Sunflower's cousin (Danny Lee) hatches a plan to fake a paralyzed state in Sunflower in order to get a great, big chunk of money from the insurance company. Riddled with guilt, Tiger Dog even hassles Sunflower to the point that he's taken on board as a maid...

What starts out as a glimpse of what rival reporters and photographers get up to transforms into a fully predictable tale of greed, humanity and the destructive effect the former has on a life, in this case Tiger Dog's. Liu Wai-Hung's only directorial job, he's being straightforward about his goals and Chase A Fortune is merely a semi-wacky time with 80s Hong Kong cinema. Something you'd rather have over much else but the film grows a few notches during the boxing finale as Liu manages to find some meaning in the friendship between his character and Tiger Dog. Wong Kar-Wai wrote the screenplay while Charlie Cho, Lung Tin-Sang, Parkman Wong, Joh Chung and Billy Lau turns up in the cast.

Chase Step By Step (1974) Directed by: Mo Man-Hung

Short simplicity but effective at what it does, Hsu Feng and Wong Goon-Hung are circus artists hired to transport a trolley of gold but being turbulent times, they are continually ambushed and attacked. Intense fury from Hsu Feng and adequate fight choreography makes the 80 minutes an easy task to get through. Fight concepts like Wong fighting on stilts shows some desire to stand out and Chase Step By Step mostly moves from A to B with efficiency by Stormy Sun director Mo Man-Hung.

Chasing Girls (1981) Directed by: Karl Maka

Being one of the founders of Cinema City, Dean Shek could also put himself into more personally flattering roles that any other company would hesitate at doing. In one of their earlier productions, Shek plays Robert, returning home from America, afro and all, to find himself a wife (a plot device echoed in his own directed The Perfect Wife?! in 1983). Time to live up to the movie title, team up with Eric Tsang and get a pink car but along the way, the girls are also chasing, in particular Fa (Nancy Lau)...

There has to be some form of redemption handed out to any movie where Dean Shek keeps his face almost always in normal mode throughout. Chasing Girls represents one of those slightly less obnoxious acts and the various skits along the way with Eric Tsang reveals a decent comic chemistry. This is why Chasing Girls surprises but director Karl Maka clearly hasn't got enough material for a feature as he reprises the same scenario between Fa and Robert while also inserting an overlong car chase towards the end. Also starring Flora Cheung while Karl Maka and Sammo Hung appear in cameos.

Cheap Killers (1998) Directed by: Clarence Fok

Hitmen and sworn brothers Sam Cool (Alex Fong) and Yat-Tiu (Sunny Chan) decide to take down their own boss but end up being the hunted. Along the way, Yat-Tiu has been sleeping with Ling (Kathy Chow) and killed off her husband Ma (Ku Feng). However taking women along for the ride or caring for them at all is not his game but many of these principles fail miserably in one swift blow. Ling betrays Yat-Tiu, has Western henchmen rape him and that sends him into a life of madness and addiction (a not so subtle connection between this and John Woo's Bullet In The Head DOES exist). Loyal brother Sam Cool, who is also a father, takes care of him while in hiding where also a possible alliance with a young cop (Stephen Fung) is forming.

Wong Jing produced and scripted excess with quite the perfect candidate beside him to bring it out visually: Clarence Fok (Naked Killer). Echoing the themes and bloody violence of 80s/early 90s heroic bloodshed cinema, Cheap Killers at the same time takes quite an exaggerated stance that acts as homage and parody at the same time. A literally hot frame and ridiculously over stylized scenes of the lustful infatuation between Sunny Chan's Yat-Tiu and Ling (Alex Fong may bring the subtle class to the material but Kathy Chow shines of lust and danger), this is the work of someone who knows this is corny material so why not make it fun to look at. Almost making the film resemble a comic book come to life during some of the more gory scenes (the most genius piece of design is the lead characters wearing white), it's well done spice sprinkled evenly throughout the production. It's quite impossible to take it seriously as a brotherhood drama though and although intentions might've been different, an outrageous silly time with a cinema long gone but done in the late 90s is what the team of Wong Jing and Clarence Fok brings us. That counts a whole lot more in the whole scheme of things. Co-starring Henry Fong.

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