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My Darling Genie (1984) Directed by: Richard Yeung

Cheng (Derek Yee) finds a genie (Cherie Chung) in an umbrella at the construction site he works at. It is granting wishes left and right for both him and his possible future father in-law (Stanley Fung) who's in debt to gangster boss played by James Yi... another character who also knows of the genie's power...

80s fluff from Shaw Brothers that charms and delights with a good amount of the RIGHT energy of silliness throughout the various scenarios involving the cute, sexy and sometimes rebellious genie. On a date with James Yi's character, she makes him and his environment actually see a far uglier girl at dinner with him. Pretty low-brow but the whole package is harmless and also kept afloat by the absolutely stunning Cherie Chung. Appearing in a variety of outfits, many of which are sexy when worn by the bonafide movie star presence Chung is. Her career as noted actress would thankfully take off sans being saddled with the pretty, sexy image in subsequent movies such as Peking Opera Blues, An Autumn's Tale and Wild Search. Not that we minded it in 84. Also with To Siu-Ming, Alan Chan and Charlie Cho.

My Dear Son (1989) Directed by: David Chiang

Cheung (Jacky Cheung) lives poorly with his street musician dad (Bill Tung) but the son has landed a prestigious office job and seems to be on the way to upgrade the family social status. However hanging with the wealthy can't co-exist with being up front with your actual origin and Cheung soon goes on a collision course with his father...

David Chiang takes on the valid social issues concerning class differences and by stroking gently for his first half, My Dear Son is a down to earth, light hearted drama kept buoyant by a warm lead performance by Bill Tung. However things turn a little too predictable when the film goes ultra pessimistic on us (bringing in a triad angle that Lau Ching-Wan's character is part of) and it's unfortunate sledgehammer techniques are used to enhance the escalating darkness. Still, My Dear Son is solid enough filmmaking from a very underrated filmmaker. Maggie Cheung co-stars as a hostess stuck in development while Kathy Chow, Paul Chun and Ricky Yi also appear.

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My Father Is Hero (1995) Directed by: Corey Yuen

Coming from primarily an action director (Corey Yuen) and producer Wong Jing, it's surprising that My Father Is Hero (the title on the Hong Kong print but normally the film is referred to as My Father Is A Hero) tries to be equal amounts family drama and action. The former actually registers as slightly admirable, much having to do with some flashes of warmth between Jet Li and Tse Miu (in the last of four movies he made during this time). Also the gorgeous Anita Mui is on board to lend actual dramatic acting credit and despite heavy handed melodrama, viewer care is there at a basic level.

Of course, a humane story in combination with over the top action and equally overblown villains (Yu Rong Guang in such a cartoonish turn, it becomes genuinely funny) can't really gel together but that's ok. Corey Yuen and Yuen Tak gives us plenty of exciting and wonderfully staged action, all culminating in a creative finale. As henchmen and rather underused, we see Ngai Sing and Ken Lo. Damian Lau, Blackie Ko and Corey Yuen also appear.

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My Flying Wife (1991) Directed by: O Sing-Pui

A clever, felt mixture of the triad movie and the ghost movie, leading to one of the better genre excursions in addition to containing a gravely underrated Sammo Hung performance. He plays triad leader Qun that gets a vengeance filled spirit (Yu Li) and her kid on his hands. In a previous life, he left her for dead so and after a failed reincarnation attempt for her son, she teams up with a triad rascal from the netherworld (Roy Cheung) to go after one of Qun's followers. Turns out though, there's more truth to what really happened those many moons ago...

Making sure the appropriate moods are employed when suitable, O Sing-Pui (An Eye For An Eye) has a terrific sense of what makes genre entertainment fun. While we have seen the sort of corporate structure of the reincarnation business on screen before, O Sing-Pui crafts several fun scenarios out of the concept. One being that the waiting is akin to going to the bank! An officer in charge of dealing with all this is a flamboyant one played wonderfully by Shing Fui-On while Roy Cheung gets to spin and twist his usual on-screen triad persona. But the film is undoubtedly Sammo's, in a performance in tune with the structure of the film, best displayed when he comes to the realization of what responsibility he owes to his previous life. Leading him in the Taoist rituals is a blind priest essayed by a fun Tommy Wong (who uses English language rock 'n' roll lyrics in his rituals), a role Lam Ching Ying could've taken had he not been busy? Fennie Yuen, Frankie Ng and William Ho also appear.

My Heart Is That Eternal Rose (1989) Directed by: Patrick Tam

Patrick Tam's (The Sword) heroic bloodshed drama does many things right in echoing, if slight only, the trademark style going around at that time thanks to some guy called John Woo. David Chung and Christopher Doyle's cinematography shows some above average inventiveness for the genre and performers such as Joey Wong and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai shares some fine chemistry.

But there lies the problem, the main chemistry and heart of My Heart Is The Eternal Rose is sorely lacking. Namely that between Kenny Bee and Joey Wong's characters. Emotions are cold from frame one and while Kenny has shown decent acting chops on occasion (A Fishy Story), he's an awfully bland lead here. As mentioned, Wong can bounce off rather well with a better performer and that performer is Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, in an award winning supporting role. Leung brings good charisma and weight to a not so meaty role as a triad henchman with too much heart and with that strength, My Heart Is The Eternal Rose ultimately is a painless, yet missed opportunity for a rare, lasting 80s gem. Now it's just rare. Michael Chan, in one of his most chilling roles, Gordon Lau and Kwan Hoi-San co-stars.

Patrick Tam would go on to log work with Christopher Doyle and Wong Kar-Wai as editor on Days Of Being Wild and Ashes Of Time. He returned to directing with After This Our Exile in 2006, to great acclaim. Anita Mui sings the main theme and Beyond's contribution to the soundtrack can also be heard in Riley Yip's Love Is Not A Game, But A Joke.

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My Heart Will Go On (1998) Directed by: Amy Choi

For a low budget, anonymous action-drama, Amy Choi infuses My Heart Will Go On with a fair amount of admirable edge and bearable emotional content. Nicky Wu is the assassin with a conscience now that he's had his crucial heart surgery so after being involved with the death of cop Shing (Lawrence Ng), he seeks out his fiancee Maggie (Ada Choi) in order to deal with his confused emotions. Cops and bad guys are around too.

It's The Killer with a few tweaks and variations here and there, with less compelling actors but admittedly the central component of the confusing state of Wu's Leo and Maggie, both dealing with sorrow, is surprisingly felt despite director Choi using symbolism of the heart, the repeat image of Maggie's love for rain and in general the clichés of the heroic bloodshed movie. My Heart Will Go On would've starred Andy Lau 10 years earlier but in all honesty, the newer of the movies probably would've been a better movie.

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My Heavenly Lover (1986) Directed by: Albert Lai

Terence Lee (Terence Choi) has been with his girlfriend Nancy (Cecilia Yip) for 7 years and HE is fully planning their marriage (he's put romance and love before sex even... or attempted the two former notions rather). Staying true to what she warned him about, she would rather put career ahead of marriage and therefore accepts a job in America. Left alone and living with best friend Billy Tam (Billy Lau) and his wife Mary (Yam Chai-Bo), that's a 7 year old marriage with trouble as well. Bossing him around while he'd rather be in clubs and flirt, the message NOT overdone is that of communication. The Terence/Billy friendship is put on the line when Terrence falls in love with Suzie (Chan Yuk-Mooi), someone Billy has also laid his eyes on. Yet again Terence wants to rush into marriage for the sake of marrying...

Albert Lai (A Serious Shock! Yes Madam!) takes the route of trying to make a light dramatic vehicle with more logic excursions into the areas of the wacky. So despite Billy Lau on board, the portrayals of the fairly well drawn characters remain anchored in a reality. Lai's message is obvious but thankfully not tenfold hammered into our heads just in case we didn't get it and My Heavenly Lover benefits from it. Getting it above a grade of decent is not possible however but thanks to the above, fairly rare intentions with a Hong Kong comedy, the grade is admirable. Also with Paul Chu and the late Shing Fui-On appears in a cameo.

My Life As McDull (2001) Directed by: Toe Yuen

Animated Hong Kong movies are rare but looking at this effort, Hong Kong cinema has what it takes to charm both kids and adults alike. Choosing a non-stylish approach to animation and going all out with CG visuals and doesn't mean the 70 minute running time is a draining assault on the senses. Consciously, director Toe Yuen doesn't try and convincingly blend the elements either, something that unexpectedly fits well alongside the dream themes of the film. Set in a not so thriving Hong Kong society McDull (voiced by Lee Chun-Wai and in the narration by Jan Lam), living with his mother McBing (Sandra Ng - very funny during the bun scene in particular), knows his limitations but takes on different lifedreams, ranging from going to the Olympics to eating a turkey for the first time. No dream is too small but dreams are over fast as well. While children will enjoy the imagery, My Life As McDull is more adult oriented in it's presentation of themes. Clearly the intent and should not be seen as a criticism.

Winner of Best Original Film Score at the 2002 Hong Kong Film Awards.

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My Life's On The Line (1979) Directed by: Wang Chung Kwong

Shot in Taiwan and utilizing Leung Kar Yan (Warriors Two) and unfortunately Dean Shek, Wang Chung Kwong's My Life's On The Line registers favorably not only due to the fast and powerful action directing by lead Wan Li Pang. No, Wang even makes the film a very minor journey with a message concerning Wan's character Minute Fong's refusal to settle down but how he softens up at the sight of a kid who he opts to teach kung fu. Not all plot strands are explored though and whatever narrative choice of Wang's probably is in the end just a springboard for the plentiful fight scenes. However the hand to hand combat in combination with some great acrobatics and fair leg work by Wan Li Pang makes My Life's On The Line very much a worthwhile experience. Lung Fei also appear.

This film also seems to beat Snake Deadly Act in terms of having the most abrupt ending. No final technique is ever shown, only animated blood running down the screen. Mad. Final reel footage lost? Running time too long? You be the judge, every version is like this reportedly.

My Lucky Stars (1985, Sammo Hung)

Sammo Hung does not replicate the comedic magic of Winners And Sinners but makes more monkey so the formula stays. Shot partly in Japan and framing it around Yuen Biao's undercover agent being kidnapped and Jackie Chan asking his old friend Kidstuff (Sammo) to help out on the case together with the womanizing, lecherous 'Lucky Stars' crew (Charlie Chin, Stanley Fung, Richard Ng and Eric Tsang). Adequate car stunts initially and a focus to get the plot in motion are positives but things turn slow and stale as Sammo tries to rely on the light entertainment factor involving perverts. The chemistry is lacking and therefore gags fall flat, aside from a few moments of Richard Ng-genius as he tries to learn ESP (a thread from Winners And Sinners where he thought he could turn invisible). Sammo and his team craft some trademark, powerful action that makes those sequences memorable but does not elevate the film overall. Marvelous and hard exchanges between him and Lau Kar-Wing and laying out Nishiwaki Michiko in one punch ranks as iconic highlights but ultimately. Also starring Sibelle Hu and Walter Tso.

My Name Called Bruce (1978) Directed by: Joseph Kong

Behind the rather amusingly mangled English title lies a Bruce Le effort lacking in effort a movie boasting a Super Starring credit really should've had. Joseph Kong (Bruce And Shaolin Kung Fu and credited here as Joseph Valesco) does signal good things at the start with the appearance of an ambulance (with the dead Bruce Lee in it?) and bad guys in protective face masks injecting an antique dealer with a supposed antidote for his sickness. Sweet and outrageous... heck, is it Outbreak Bruceploitation style and a chase for a diseased monkey is going to paint the narrative in the sweetest Bruceploitation colors possible? Na, it's just a Korean set hunt for robbers by the police and Bruce Le who more or less Super-Stars-very-little. In fact, the film is really devoid of the exploitation it is and seems to want to compete as an action-thriller distancing itself from the commercially viable exploitation it's part of. BAD mistake as it automatically brings in boredom, boring chases and fights in groovy 70s style only sans the fun and groove.

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