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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.

My Neighbours Are Phantoms (1990) Directed by: Lau Shut-Yue

Father and son strike together! In this case it's Wong Tin-Lam and his son Wong Jing who concocts this horror-comedy directed by Lau Shut-Yue (Ghost Fever, New Tales Of The Flying Fox). A very entertaining and creative brew, Nat Chan plays Dragon who falls head over heels in love with Siu Sin (Sharla Cheung) but fellow cop friends and sisters realizes spirits reside next door and tries to stop the plan of them attempting collecting enough blood to unleash hell on earth. And Satan. Siu Sin as it turns out is kind and controlled by the other blood sucking spirits so a mission to lay her spirit to rest becomes a priority too...

By mixing low-brow humour (Amy Yip is in the cast list so draw your own conclusions as to what low means here) and low budget special effects, My Neighbours Are Phantoms certainly sets itself up as something very annoying and only sporadically enjoyable. But both sides of the mood coin means creative inclusions here, even when it's all about squeezing as much comedic value as possible out of Amy Yip's cleavage. Leading us through violent gunplay, one of the robbers being possessed and finally a pervert played by Charlie Cho being thrown into the photo the spirits has been trapped in, the eagerness to please is for once very honed especially in the case of Cho's cameo. He's essentially an expert pepper with lots of technology at his disposal and on director Lau/Wong family goes, logging surprising laugh after laugh as the characters do dumber and sillier things. Director Lau Shut-Yue even features a welcome gruesome side to the film (among other things, humans believing they're eating delicious chicken when in fact they're chowing down on limbs and pulsating brains) and has a good grip on the fast paced energy needed when the movie is about making special effects cinema on a budget. Creative spells, effects and unexpected, supernatural scenarios (one involving Bruce Lee), My Neighbours Are Phantoms is the rare product out of the massive production house that Hong Kong cinema was at the time that could claim it fired on all cylinders... expertly! Also with Chung Faat as the semi-accomplished Taoist priest, Chingmy Yau and Cutie Mui.

My Rebellious Son (1982) Directed by: Sun Chung

A lot of grating noise trying to pass for a comedy, this Sun Chung (Human Lanterns) directed Shaw Brother's production is further evidence why the decline happened at the legendary studio. Fu Sheng in the Jackie Chan role is an irritating mimic and when the whole package is designed around even a basic storyline that doesn't involve, there's a realization that the crew thought either too much of or too little of themselves to actually deliver a fine product. Either way, the film sinks and stinks. The long trek towards the action doesn't make My Rebellious Son worth it but the intricacy of the choreography translates into quality at least. Also with Ku Feng, Cecilia Wong, Johnny Wang and Michael Chan.

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The Mysterious Knight (1969, Chan Lit-Ban)

Brevity and some worthwhile glimpses into commendable, intense swordplay for the time, otherwise The Mysterious Knight executes in a way too mild manner to be noticed. Our lead and titular character has a playful aura about him and the relationship with the two swordswomen is interesting for a bit. But when full motivations are revealed through clumsy exposition, the movie manages to make itself incoherent instead. And since it has precious little genre-color outside of said bursts of action, a lot of interest vanishes by the end.

Mystery Files (1996) Directed by: Jeffrey Chiang, Sherman Wong & Tony Leung

Three murder mysteries in one, all with nifty and quirky Mr. Solve-It-All Yat (Andy Hui) at center. Two occur during his Mainland visit, one on a cruise and the 7co-directed effort is a stinker in every sense. Never showing any belief in the material and just having the actors read and act out the short mysteries without any guidance, not only is it the recipe for boredom here but for full on incoherence as well. This is not a Hong Kong equivalent of Monk and never shows signs of ever being. Also with Ada Choi and Edmund Leung.

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