Saturday, May 31, 2008

216 HK MOVIE '70s : ‘ Drunken Master ‘

‘ Drunken Master ‘

Type :
Kung Fu Comedy

One-word description :

Stars :
Jackie Chan

Director :
Yuen Woo-ping

About :
A tale about the young and rebellious Wong Fei Hong who was trained under a kung fu master, well-known for his unique “Drunken Fist” martial arts …….

Main reason to see this movie :
Amazing fighting choreography ! Comical Jackie’s kung fu stunts ! A classic that secures Jackie Chan’s position among the legend of the kung fu cinema…

Rating :
4 ½ stars of 5

215 SB SWORDSPLAY '70s : ‘ The Web Of Death ‘

‘ The Web Of Death ‘

Cast : Ching Li , Yue Hua , Lo Lieh , Angela Yu
Director : Chu Yuan


A righteous swordsman sought out to destroy a powerful weapon, which was rumored of its reappearance in the martial world. Before long , he crossed paths with a maiden-in-disguise and fell in love with her. Never did he expect that his beloved had mistakenly poisoned his brother and in her attempts to make amends, worsen the scenario…

Another adaptation of Jin Yong’s novel ‘ Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre ‘ ! Another Chu Yuan ‘s stereotyped vibrant settings and actions ! The result is just fantastic !

Rating : 4 1/2 stars of 5

214 SB ROMANCE : ‘ The Forbidden Past ‘

‘ The Forbidden Past ‘

Cast : Ching Li , Ling Yun , Tsung Hua
Director : Chu Yuan


On a Christmas eve, a handsome seaman met a woman at a bar. As he resembled her husband who had abandoned her and her son, she requested him to pose as her husband to fulfill her son’s wish of spending a Christmas with his father ….

A sentimental movie with an open-ended finale !

Rating : 2 ½ stars of 5

213 SB ROMANCE : ‘ When The Clouds Roll By ‘

‘ When The Clouds Roll By ‘

Cast : Ching Li , Yang Fang
Director : Doe Chin


A young intern was called upon to cure a paranoia woman who refused to accept the fact that her pilot boyfriend had died in a plane crash. In the process to cure her, the doctor discovered that her ex- was actually a two-timer with a wife and son ….

The plot is simple but the performances by both Ching Li and Yang Fang in their first starring roles are terrific. The theme song is ‘ evergreen ‘ hit to-date.

Rating : 2 1/2 stars of 5

Friday, May 30, 2008

212 TAIWAN ROMANCE : ‘ Love In A Cabin ‘ - 白 屋 之 恋

Love In A Cabin ‘

Cast: Chen Chen, Alan Tang
Director : Pai Ching-rui


A tragic romance of a young student and an elderly damsel-in-distress. Owing to their age disparity, the guy’s father disapproved of the relationship and pleaded the gal to leave him.Being pressurized, she finally decided to marry her cousin but later she discovered that it was part of his evil scheme to break them up ...

Chen Chen and Alan Tang are perfect as they have always that x-factors between them. Wonderful songs by Jenny Tseng and Liu Jia Chang. Great adaption from Yan Xin's renowned novel.

白 屋 之 恋 … 甄珍 , 邓 光 荣


Rating / 评价: 3 ½ stars of 5

211 SB SWORDSPLAY '70s : ‘ The 14 Amazons ‘

‘ The 14 Amazons ‘

Cast : Ivy Ling Po , Li Ching , Lily Ho , Yue Hua , Lo Lieh , Lisa Lu , Wang Ping , Tina Chin Fei , Tsung Hua
Director : Cheng Kang


When Sung General Yang Tsung-pao was killed while fighting invaders from West Hsia, his grandmother led the Yang clan to form their own army and headed for the front …

The most expensive Shaw Bros production with great cast, superb direction, spectacular fighting choreography and excellent performances from all crew. Many awards winner including the ' Outstanding Lead Female Performance' ( Lily Ho ) , ' Best Director ' ( Cheng Kang ) and ' Best Supporting Actress ' ( Lisa Lu ).

Rating : 5 stars of 5

210 SB SWORDSPLAY '70s : ‘ Finger Of Doom ‘

‘ Finger Of Doom ‘

Cast : Ivy Ling Po , Chin Han
Director : Pao Hseuh-li


A rogue disciple of a cult clan determined to dominate the martial world with her bizarre martial arts, thus had provoked her master to send her best disciple to track down and kill her …

Intriguing plot ! Dashing performances ! Fantastic choreography !

Rating : 3 stars of 5

209 REVIEW : ‘ The Grand Substitution ‘

‘ The Grand Substitution ‘

Cast : Li Li-hua , Yen Chun , Ivy Ling Po
Director : Yen Chun


A royal infant was substituted with another by a righteous doctor who intent to save him from a traitor minister. The infant was later adopted by the traitor and after fifteen years, the grown up son reunited with his royal princess mother and avenged for the father’s death ….

Rating : 4 ½ stars of 5

Thursday, May 29, 2008

208 MUSIC BOX : ' 其實你不懂我的心 '

Power of love ...

... ' 其實你不懂我的心 ' ( angus tong )

... ' 明天你是否依然愛我 ' ( angus tong )

207 SB SWORDSPLAY '70s : ‘ Lady With A Sword ‘

‘ Lady With A Sword ‘

Cast : Lily Ho, James Nan
Director : Kao Pao-shu


A heroic swords woman searched for the culprit who had murdered her sister. She was in a dilemma when she discovered the murderer was her fiancé. Complications aroused with the intervention of her future mother-in-law who shielded her spoiled son from being harm …

Lily Ho delivers a remarkable performance as the embittered ‘Lady With A Sword’ ; James Nan shines as the lecherous, spoiled brat. Excellent plot with the classic hack-em, slash-em fighting choreography.

Rating : 3 1/2 stars of 5

206 SB KUNG FU : ‘ The Casino ‘

‘ The Casino ‘

Cast : Lily Ho , Yue Hua , Chin Feng
Director : Chang Tseng-chai


A courageous youth used his gambling skills to avert the vice and rid his wife’s casino of tricksters . Once he had humiliated a conman who later joined forces with the devious gambling crooks and the corrupt authorities to get rid of him ….

Lily Ho looks glamorous but not a big role ; Yue Hua shines as the righteous fighter . A fascinating thriller with lots of bloodshed and violent fights in the finale.

Rating : 3 ½ stars of 5

205 SB ROMANCE : ‘ We Love Millionaires ‘

‘ We Love Millionaires ‘

Cast : Lily Ho , Ling Yun
Director : Inoue Umetsugu


Three young girls traveled from Hong Kong to Japan hoping to marry millionaire. There they met a few available but pretentious bachelors who thought the gals were wealthy ….

Another mediocre comedy with silly capers that ruined the talents of two top notch stars Lily Ho and Ling Yun.

Rating : 2 stars of 5

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

204 MUSIC BOX : ' 惦记这一些 '

Pieces of love ... unforgettable love songs

... 惦记这一些 ( wang jie )

... 為了愛夢一生 ( wang jie )

203 SB SWORDSPLAY '70s : ‘ Valley Of The Fangs ‘

‘ Valley Of The Fangs ‘

Cast : Li Ching , Lo Lieh
Director : Cheng Chang-ho


The daughter of a framed magistrate attempted to save her father from execution with an imperial medallion. Along the way to her destination, she was on hot pursuit by a troop of imperial warriors sent by her father's rival, but a mysterious knight came to her rescue.....

Lo Lieh fights well as the mysterious knight and Li Ching plays her usual damsel-in-distress . Interesting plot with fast and furious actions .

Rating : 3 stars of 5

202 SB DRAMA: ‘ Sexy Playgirls ‘

‘ Sexy Playgirls ‘

Cast : Li Ching , Tsung Hua , Lin Wei-tu , Chen Ping
Director : Lu Chi


To pay for her sister’s medication, a damsel-in-distress decided to marry an old dying rich man . After his death, she felt emptiness and soon found herself infatuated with a handsome singer . When she discovered the relationship of the singer and her sister, she turned to a ruthless sadist ….

Li Ching shows her versatility to take on a daring role. Tsung Hua and Lin Wei Tu ably supported her. This girl is not sexy but a tragic character instead !

Rating : 2 ½ stars of 5

201 SB DRAMA : ‘ Sweet Is Revenge ‘

‘ Sweet Is Revenge ‘

Cast : Li Ching , Yue Hua , Angela Yu , Chen Hong-lieh
Director : Wu Chia-hsiang


A Chinese ' Robin Hood ' who fought for the poor and oppressed. Once he assisted a weakling to wreak sweet revenge on her villainous admirer who had set up her fiancée of jewelry theft…

Another damsel-in-distress Li Ching ! Another stereotyped “Robin Hood” Yue Hua. Dated plot and fights!

Note : Yue Hua had a similar role in his movie “The Lizard” many years later after this ‘Sweet Is Revenge’ .

Rating : 2 stars of 5

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

200 SPECIAL ...

WOW !!! The '200th' post !

I am flabbergastered ! I would never have thought to write my '200th' post on the 28th day since my first post on April 30, 2008. Hmmm.... I must be the 'hardest' working blogger huh ! ... lol !

Well, a quick recap...

Besides the usual movies reviews , stars pics and Shaw Bros related information , I have included HK movies reviews and MVs in my blog . The greatest challenge was to create my own wmv which I started 6 days ago. I was ecstatic to complete 9 wmv, 6 of which were already uploaded for public viewing. You know the state of feverish anticipation I were before my wmv projects were 'officially' released ... lol ! Well, a sense of satisfaction I guess...

Yeah , before I pen-off, I would like to thank members from Ivy's proboard especially Diane, Amelia, Joyce, Angel and Terence for their continual encouragement and support . Guess this blog belongs to you too ...

Okie, one of my favorite mvs to share with all... and looking forward for the 3rd hundredth ... hehe ...

199 HK MOVIE '70s : ‘ Chelsia , My Love ‘

‘ Chelsia , My Love ‘

Type :

One-word description :

Stars :
Chelsia Chan , Kenny Bee

Director :
Sung Chun-sho

About :
A young lady Chelsia met a Korean guy at a ball and soon fell in love with him. When she discovered her incurable illness and had only six months to live, she decided to mislead her beloved one to believe that she had fallen for her childhood pal , thus causing the disheartening guy to return to Korea. Meanwhile Chelsia’s younger sister found out the truth through her diary and arranged a family tour to Korea, hoping that Chelsia would pass her happiest moments with her beloved boy friend ….

Main reason to see this movie :
Chelsia Chan’s first romance movie that won her a “Best Actress” award at the Golden Horse Film Fest.

Rating :

3 1/2 stars of 5