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Don't Fool Me (1991) Directed by: Herman Yau

Triad negotiator Hero Wah (Andy Lau) and successful insurance salesman Cheung Ho Kit (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai) switches places as both are old friends and tired of their respective, old lifestyles. Plus Kit has a brain tumour so off into their new worlds they go. Hero Wah brings poor sense of dress code, lack respect for authorities and manages to romance stern lady superior Miss Mui (Teresa Mo) while Kit romances the daughter (Fennie Yuen) of a triad boss (Michael Chan). A sense of stars letting themselves go to be very silly and high energy delivery supervised by Herman Yau is an easy way to summarize the work here. It absolutely doesn't mean anything but it's also good, commercial entertainment kept afloat by said star power. Also with Shing Fui-On.

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Don't Give A Damn (1995) Directed by: Sammo Hung

Political correctness went out the window for Sammo Hung's reuniting with old Peking opera brother and 80s co-star Yuen Biao. It's a bit unfair to single out Sammo for being the sole filmmaker having made fun of racial stereotypes but on the other hand, he doesn't seem to know better based on the portrayal of homosexuals in Pantyhose Hero and when dressing up his co-stars as black people here in Don't Give A Damn. Also a pretty limp cop action comedy, there's chops here that proves Sammo could've churned out a fairly fine product but drowning matters in comedic banter that doesn't register and only glimpses of fighting stunts and prowess (best scene being Sammo and Yuen Biao beating the crap out of each other in a locker room) isn't enough to raise a final grade. It's standard stuff about bad guys wanting their heroin back and police station romance, the latter parts sees Sammo actually rising above this lazy inclusion as his signs of sincerity almost takes this part of the film to an acceptable level. Almost. Because when hitting the top of racial stereotyping towards the end, it's an embarrassing show that can't be forgiven despite a glimpse or two during the action finale being positive. A parade of recognizable faces appear though, including Takeshi Kaneshiro, Kathy Chow, Eileen Tung, Ngai Sing, Kelvin Wong, Teddy Yip, Nat Chan, Lau Kar-Wing, Leung Kar-Yan, Melvin Wong, Wu Ma, Cheung Kwok-Keung, Chin Siu-Ho, Blacky Ko, Richard Ng, Peter Chan Lung, Billy Lau, Miu Kiu-Wai, Eddie Maher and Bobby Samuels.

Don't Kill Me, Brother (1981) Directed by: Stanley Siu

Behind the English title that could as well have been a screwball comedy lies a quite dark tale with most flaws expected of an unseasoned cinema trying out being cinema. Alan Tang acts very big and exaggerated as Fan Kwok Ho, a refugee seeking help from his wealthy brother (Patrick Lung). When rejected, Fan wows to make his brother pay and as he rises up the ranks of the triads, he will have the means to do so...

Stanley Siu gives us arresting images of refugees taking the shore in Hong Kong and certainly sets up a classic template that will equal blood, destruction and grave nihilism. It does but those aspects being put focus on makes the characters quite one-dimensional in the process. Fan goes from being the dedicated husband with heart to a genuine lunatic with a touch of honor and an even smaller piece of heart the more bitter he gets. His transformation from poor immigrant to wealthy gangster is taken care of in lazy montage-form and along the way Stanley Siu never convinces that any character (and especially supporting) could make an impact. When focusing only on bloodlust, his darkness is eerie and superbly effective as the deaths get more and more disturbing. Among other things we see Fan ordering a fellow of his to perform amateur surgery while other people meet horrific deaths by trucks and bombs. It's memorable but not as the pessimistic character-piece Don't Kill Me, Brother wants to be.

Don't Shoot Me, I'm Just a Violinist! (1994) Directed by: Herman Yau & Ken Siu

Mosart (Lau Ching-Wan) enters Hong Kong from the mainland in order to use his skills in playing the violin. Cash needs to be gathered up quickly, he's kidnapped by two robbers (one of them being Billy Lau as the character of Stupid), ends up getting their loot and starts co-operating with the police led by Madam Mo (Teresa Mo). A tough cookie not afraid to carry a piece with a little recoil...

One of many signs to spell trouble for a Hong Kong comedy, directors Yau and Siu put sound effects to their comedy in a desperate attempt to squeeze laughs out of the low and low-budget material. Their intent is also to create deadpan absurdities, a skill neither director is adept at. Very cartoony inclusions like Teresa Mo's face turning all read when drinking beer and nurses playing mahjong in an elevator registers zero therefore and when dealing in opposite attracts kind of bond between Mosart and Mo, the film takes its biggest nosedive into boredom. Seriously, who laughs at the country bumpkin in this case not being able to use a microwave? I thought I knew you Herman Yau. Co-starring Gabriel Wong and Wu Fung.

Double Fattiness (1988) Directed by: David Chiang

The big eeeeevil company of this movie wants to develop an apartment complex and sends Paul Chun's Chin to buy off the sole holdout: A pizza shop run by the Wu-family (Bill Tung, Lydia Shum and Eric Tsang). They refuse but tragedy strikes as the wife dies, leaving a husband and son aimless. Finding a way out of the afterlife and into immediate reincarnation, the wife now takes the form of Maggie Cheung's Diana. And THEN... the husband meets exact doppelganger of Lydia Shum's Hsiao Feng. What starts out as a simple working class comedy switches to unexpected darkness and creative (and fun) afterlife-depiction. David Chiang is keeping the frame busy, channels chemistry between his performers (Tung and Shum had already done a couple of movies together, including It's A Mad, Mad, Mad World in 1987) and the free for all energy is pleasant to follow and be around. A bit more random and skit-like for the weaker second half, nevertheless Double Fattiness is enjoyable for its mixture of mostly light and some dark (verging on the macabre at one point). Also with Teddy Yip, Dennis Chan, James Wong and director Chiang himself stops by during one of the afterlife-scenes.

Doubles Cause Troubles (1989) Directed by: Wong Jing

A very forgettable but not annoying Wong Jing experience gets the mainstream tastes "auteur" kind of thumbs up. Maggie Cheung and Carol Cheng are sisters, enemies and their inherited luxury apartment comes with the catch that they have to live together in it for a year before selling it. Then bad guys come into their lives and somewhere around them, the clues to something valuable is hidden. The hunt is on, while low-rent triads (Nat Chan and Charlie Cho) accompany the female duo. At best scoring a few chuckles, Wong Jing nonetheless gets the job done with a quick, breezy and harmless comedy where he himself as a rather strange creature (that is more weird than just the usual flirty guy at a club as you'll see) gets the biggest laughs and is an amusing, sporadic presence throughout. The leading ladies banter sufficiently well and to top it off, darker and gorier violence take center stage at the end so Doubles Cause Troubles is a multi mood-experience that works fairly well and those not caring for the light, will pay attention during the dark. Also with potential villain played by Wilson Lam, Poon Jan-Wai, Liu Fan and Gwaan Ming-Yuk.

Double Vision (2002, Chen Kuo-Fu)

Produced by Columbia for the Asian market and feeling more like the West invited to the East, Hong Kong actor Tony Leung stars with David Morse as they try and solve a series of murders where a man drowns in his own office without being submerged in water, a woman is burned to death and there's no traces of fire etc. All possibly connecting to an old prophecy of achieving immortality. Confident handling by Chen Kuo-Fu and the entire production runs through Double Vision that build mystery with clarity and intrigue. Not shying away from details but not verging on being gratuitous either, amidst all this a solid double act between Leung and Morse develops. The former handles his English dialogue and the clichés of being haunted of trauma from the past well and Morse plays being out of place as naturally as you'd come to expect from the veteran actor. Getting a bit tricky and complex as exposition takes us into dialogue about various stages of hell and a multi-reality ending, nevertheless Chen's film is competent, approachable and a fine example of this West-East corporation that was a major push by Columbia at this time. Unrated version adds a couple of extended scenes, slightly different ending and way more gore and violence during the temple massacre. Also starring Rene Liu.

Downtown Torpedoes (1997) Directed by: Teddy Chan

It's nothing to take much pride in all honesty as Teddy Chan's brought in Western influences for Downtown Torpedoes filmmaking style. A choice that spawned silly efforts such as the semi sequel to this movie, Skyline Cruisers and China Strike Force. Definitely more for the worse than good even if slight or very slight entertainment could be found if looking hard at those movies.

Same with Downtown Torpedoes, taking most of its cues from Mission: Impossible and just like most blockbusters of its kind, it comes with zero heart and character but at least action director Stephen Tung makes his sequences somewhat worthwhile. Stunts are generally good and without choreographing much ballistic set pieces, energy and good sense of pace comes through. With Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jordan Chan, Charlie Yeoung, Ken Wong, Teresa Lee and Alex Fong..

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The Dragon And Tiger Kids (1979) Directed by: Tony Wong & Tony Liu

Produced in Taiwan under the title The Dragon And Tiger Kids, in Hong Kong known as The Hell's Windstaff and internationally tweaked a little in the form of a Z in that Hong Kong title, the action directing team (Yuen Shun-Yi, Hsu Hsia, Chin Yuet-Sang, Corey Yuen & Brandy Yuen) makes this a treat in the fights department. Choosing to highlight the acrobatic skills of stars Meng Yuen-Man and Mang Hoi, at their disposal is also the ultimate whirlwind of fury, Hwang Jang-Lee. Suffice to say, all participants are highlighted to a terrific degree. What we get is varied, which isn't the case always and co-directors Tony Wong and Tony Liu (Bastard Swordsman) provides ever so slightly sharper instincts for the genre. Comedy isn't all that exaggerated, standard story beats for the villains in a way subdued, making the film so much less intrusive that it's never a long trek between the fight scenes. A small but classic genre treat. Jason Pai also co-stars.

The Eastern Heroes presentation in widescreen, Cantonese language and subtitles is unfortunately missing at least brief fighting footage at the very end. Cropped, English dubbed versions such as the one available from World Video is complete in that regard.

DragonBlade (2004) Directed by: Antony Szeto

It doesn't make Hong Kong a player on the market for computer generated animated films but DragonBlade contains enough of its locally rooted charms to entertain. Within the story of young martial artist Lang trying to get the famed DragonBlade (which you could only obtain if you're pure of heart), we get fun references to genre material made long ago and live. Iconic imagery from Drunken Master is one instance where a genre love is flashed while elements of corrupt officials, a kooky master (who apparently has the same speech pattern as Yoda) and slimey Dean Shek-esque characters occupy this fairy tale land with the utmost Wuxia flavour. Clownish initially and tough to get into therefore, director Antony Szeto finds a pretty decent flow as soon as the elaborate tournament sequence hits and then fantasy is allowed to roam more free. As an adventure, this is serviceable, short stuff overall but you should look all the way back to A Chinese Ghost Story The Tsui Hark Animation for a better view of one man's fantasy, the use of CG in animation while making the product very Hong Kong which in turn leads to international flavour. I think it's due to quality also. Voice acting for DragonBlade is provided by Stephen Fung, Karen Mok, Sandra Ng, Jim Chim and Daniel Wu.

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