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The Young Tiger (1973) Directed by: Wu Ma

After some decent chops showed early on as director, Wu Ma does this dud about Little Tiger (Mang Fei) who gets blamed for a murder he didn't commit and while seeking justice he kicks butt too. Simple enough but with no imminent danger, tension or even compelling lead character, much falls flat. The action occasionally comes off as decently brutal and seeing both Dean Shek and Stanley Fung fight makes for brief bursts of memorable genre-content. Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" is featured in a re-worked version and be sure to stay for the fighting henchman who inadvertently throws himself of the roof!

You're My Desinty (1987) Directed by: Eric Tsang

Pure nonsense in the worst of ways, Eric Tsang directs the story of Japanese girl May (Hayami Yu) whose father suffers a fatal heart attack. With him being the big boss of a corporation, May is the heir of the business but only if she signs on as the company head by a certain time and many would like to see her not sign in order to gain position. She however departs from her family surroundings to exercise freedom and starts acquainting a group of bike messengers/struggling musicians (cue unwarranted usage of songs from our lead), among others Tempo (Alan Tam). A thin plot that takes a backseat to feature a whole host of hijinxs and shenanigans as dreadful filler, the Wong Jing script often annoys with its big deliveries and comedy spoken by 8 characters at the same time. Then when romance is struck out of nothing, it's an even more flat product that only rides a streak of silliness in a better manner when action director Lau Kar-Wing is let loose. With some hairy stunts and Alan Tam beating up Phillip Ko, grunts, smiles and yawns accompanies You're My Destiny but we never counted on the smiles before Lau stepped in. Also with Teddy Robin, Nat Chan, Wong Jing, Lam Wai-Fong, Bolo Yeung. Cameos by Maggie Cheung, Billy Lau and Kent Cheng doesn't help in the least.

Youth (2017, Feng Xiao-Gang)

A massive success at the Chinese box office (currently the 6th highest grossing domestic film of all time) and award winner, Feng Xiao-Gang (Aftershock, A World Without Thieves) spotlights characters of the PLA whose focus and tasks center around performance art. Therefore in the midst of political turmoil, change and war (the movie spans several decades, starting in the ongoing cultural revolution) but his characters have their own drama to deal with and drift in and out of the performance arts grounds. There's a group here, some more key than others as the voice over indicates and Feng Xiao-Gang provides a natural, commercial looking frame for us to absorb. Not stellar but not without its challenging drama, our groups of young men and women will bond as much as they will disintegrate and shatter due to personal conflict and betrayal that leads them onto the battlefield with heavy but determined hearts in some cases. Less of a propaganda piece therefore as matters do turn tragic, heroic, ugly, most of the time Feng stays away from excessive melodrama and just let the situations breathe in a straightforward fashion. Running with that thread almost all throughout, it seems he does fall into the bombastic nature of melodrama towards the end but Youth is generally an involving piece displaying the effects characters have when connected to the passion of singing and dancing and when close knit bonds are cut due to changing times in a broader but also small scaled sense.

The Yuppie Fantasia (1989) Directed by: Gordon Chan

A romantic drama-comedy, marking Gordon Chan's debut and an unexpected one at that as he's more associated with guns and brawls than character-drama. Yet, that skill hasn't been totally buried as in later years we've seen the likes of Beast Cops deservedly clean up at the awards. His 1989 movie at the height of the yuppie boom does not necessarily exploit the current trend in favour of box-office returns but it's an important framework for the various crumbling's of characters, starting with the divorce of Leung Foon (Lawrence Cheng) and Ann (Carol Cheng). Their respective line of work have produced a sterile rapport and Chan along with several co-writers are totally honest when they say we all need these breakdown of walls to see clearly again. The Yuppie Fantasia is light, even funny at times, but Chan brings a level-headed direction to the film so that it doesn't stray. Some might call it boring but thanks to ideal performers (acting in synch sound to boot), the film breathes quite well and would've been a few notches better even if the voice-over by Lawrence Cheng's character had been dropped. The sequel Brief Encounter in Shinjuku followed in 1990. Also starring Cherie Chung, Sibelle Hu, Elizabeth Lee, Peter Lai and Manfred Wong. Alfred Cheung, Paul Chun and Kirk Wong make brief appearances.

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The Yuppie Fantasia 3 (2017, Lawrence Cheng)

Resurrecting the relationship-comedy series that started with The Yuppie Fantasia and Brief Encounter In Shinjuku (1989 and 1990 respectively), lead Lawrence Cheng takes the reign as director for third outing and injects character-depth in a fairly decent manner that only time and experience (as a character as well as performer and director) could've conjured up. Leung Foon is now 52 years old, still a company-man, dating his secretary (Chrissie Chau) and seemingly content. With the re-apperance of his daughter Hay Hay (Larine Tang), she also brings the news that his ex-wise Ann (played in the original movies by Carol Cheng who is digitally featured using old footage and voice over by another actress in a clever manner) has passed away. Trying to define how to move ahead both as a father and partner, this leads to threads where some are more effective than others. Outside of the Leung Foon and Hay Hay-core, the various romantic and corporate subplots are bit flat. Not totally devoid of interest as this also brings us in past cast (such as Leung Foon's friends played by Manfred Wong and Peter Lai), when Cheng gets back to his man subject dealing with anger and grief, The Yuppie Fantasia 3 finds a dramatic tone that's surprisingly moving. Leung Foon has been standing still and the bombshells within his current situation are as difficult as they are important in order to move forward. Cheng looks great in his 50s and is confident at playing the non-verbal as well as earning slightly heavier emotional outbursts. All adding up to a pleasant re-emergence of a series that wasn't on everybody's lips in the first place.

Yu Pui Tsuen II (1986) Directed by: Ho Fan

Insanely well shot and creative smut by Ho Fan, in fact he clinches that often NOT utilized goal of bringing a little class to the period softcore porn movie. Despite what seems like a small budget, sets are still lush but it's really the cinematography that celebrates atmospheric triumphs here. Smoke and snow are Ho Fan finest deck of cards specifically and despite the film wandering between straight faced insanity and straight faced tragedy, it sells its intentions well. Basically the story of an asshole, Mei Yeung-Sun looks to become a Buddhist but isn't willing to give up worldly pleasures or sticking to just one woman. So despite marrying, he leaves his bride Yuk-Xiang behind to pursue sexual exploits elsewhere. Arriving at a town where the women have greater demands that Mei can't currently physically provide, a little surgery will take care of that. All while Yuk-Xiang long for someone to hold. But after Mei has taken away the wife of Kuan, he plans revenge by going to Mei's territory and claiming the women...

The couple actually display a pretty tuned sense of decadence early but as Mei decides to be very male and selfish, we know whose side we want to be on. Ho Fan may paint the women as the ultimate victims but it's overall more of a pessimistic world view where no one truly wins but spirituality. The various erotica on display is of high quality, especially a number of symbolic dream sequences that is just a visual tour de force while the acts taking place in reality has both creativity in the way they're performed but also in the way Ho Fan collaborates with his cinematographer to get more of an awe effect than most Category III erotica that would dominate Hong Kong screens in the 90s. Re-released as just Yu Pui Tsuen in 1996 and the same year a wonderfully zany third entry followed (not directed by Ho Fan), parodying Stephen Chow's Forbidden City Cop and featuring Elvis Tsui at his comedic best.

Yu Pui Tsuen III (1996) Directed by: Lai Kai-Leung

Considered a template for Sex And Zen, the Ho Fan initiated and acclaimed soft core erotica series Yu Pui Tsuen (based on the novel of the same name) has not been widely seen but the re-release of the sequel triggered the idea for another entry, hence Yu Pui Tsuen III. Walking little in Ho Fan's reportedly stylish paths, Lai Kai-Leung (co-director of Love, Guns & Glass) decides to adhere to the period sex comedy formula instead but in an amusing fashion he parodies Stephen Chow's excellent Forbidden City Cop as well. Elvis Tsui in a funny, stressed out performance is Agent 000 who is sent undercover into a brothel in order to reveal the dirty and illegal shenanigans within it. Just to make sure he practices tolerance and focuses on the task at hand, his crafty wife (Yeung Yuk-Mui) puts an armour around his nether regions. The film also finds time to feature plenty of sex to reach the 90 minute running time limit, Wong Yat-Fei as a hunchback monk in an obvious sexual dry spell (and when he does get his chance, it's over in record time) and a clever dialogue exchange concerning stuck up critics view on cheap material, such as this. Co-starring Emily Kwan, William Ho and Spencer Lam.

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