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Archive for December, 2012

Assassins, The

Posted by JoshSamford On December - 27 - 2012

The Assassins (2012)
Director: Zhao Linshan
Writers: Wang Bin
Starring: Chow Yun-fat, Liu Yifei, Hiroshi Tamaki, Annie Yi, and Qiu Xinzhi

The Plot: Our film today takes place during the Eastern Han Dynasty in ancient China. The masterful general Cao Cao (Chow Yun-fat) has done well in securing the lands and has coerced Emperor Xian (Alec-Su) into giving him the title of “King of Wei.” Cao Cao’s other official title is of chancellor, but many feel that he will eventually be emperor. Cao Cao’s son, Cao Pi (Qiu Xinzhi), has recently found himself in an affair with the empress, but his own personal greed has him lusting over the throne even ahead of his father. While these petty grievances are being disputed amongst the wealthy, the real threat to the chancellor lies within his own castle. Two assassins, who have been trained since childhood, have secretly moved in as servants to the throne. This duo secretly intend to kill Cao Cao, and it is only a matter of time before they find the perfect opportunity to strike.

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Crime Story

Posted by On December - 26 - 2012

Crime Story (1993)
Director: Kirk Wong
Writers: Teddy Chan and Cheung Chi-sing
Starring: Jackie Chan, Kent Cheng, Ken Lo, Law Kar-ying, and Blackie Ko

The Plot: Inspector Eddie Chan (Jackie Chan) is a dedicated cop who happens to be going through a very rough period. Recently, he has been feeling the psychological effects of one particularly violent altercation that saw him shooting several men in self-defense. Life goes on for Chan, however, as he simply speaks with a psychiatrist on a regular basis while still hitting the streets and doing his job. He is ultimately assigned a case that seems as if it should be a walk in the park, look after a rich businessman that feels as if he is being stalked. It seems like a cut and dry case of paranoia without much of a foundation, but it turns out that the businessman wasn’t far off the mark. While Eddie investigates the situation, the businessman is kidnapped right out from underneath him. This leads Chan on a desperate search within the underworld to find the men responsible for this abduction, but unknown to Chan, one of the main culprits behind this horrible situation is a fellow detective played by Kent Cheng. Will Chan be able to fight the villains that are on the street as well as the ones hiding within his own precinct?

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In the Line of Duty 3

Posted by On December - 25 - 2012

In the Line of Duty 3 (1988)
Director: Arthur Wong and Brandy Yuen
Writers: Chan Kiu-Ying
Starring: Cynthia Khan, Hiroshi Fujioka, Michiko Nishiwaki, Stuart Ong, and Paul Chun

The Plot: Officer Yeung (Cynthia Khan) is a member of the police force who is unfortunately feeling the sting of sexism within her workplace. Despite the fact that she is one of the most qualified members of the force, her chief tries his best to hold her back from being a true asset to the Hong Kong police department. Across the water, within Japan, a danger is brewing that will eventually find Yeung working on a case that will not be denied. Jewelry thieves Nakamura (Stuart Ong) and Michiko (Michiko Nishikawa) pull off a huge robbery at a very public event, and during the getaway they wound officer Fujioka (Hiroshi Fujioka) and ultimately kill his partner. This gives Fujioka a personal vendetta against these criminals, and he soon heads to Hong Kong where the duo are supposed to be hiding. Soon thereafter, he bumps into officer Yeung and they inevitably join forces in order to track down these murderous thieves. Will they succeed? And will the “law” actually allow them to be successful?

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Protector, The (1985)

Posted by On December - 25 - 2012

The Protector (1985)
Director: James Glickenhaus
Writers: James Glickenhaus
Starring: Jackie Chan, Danny Aiello, and Moon Lee

The Plot: Billy (Jackie Chan) is a decent cop who has been in America for the past ten years paying his dues. He’s a bit of a ladies man and is so fiercely dedicated to his job that he sometimes finds himself in trouble with his superiors. When his partner is killed, Jackie is paired with veteran officer Danny Garoni (played by Danny Aiello). The duo become fast friends and are quickly wrapped up in a kidnapping case when the wealthy heiress that they were supposed to be looking after, is abducted by a crime syndicate. When a phone number pops up on the heiress’ phone bill coming from Hong Kong, something seems fishy, but when it turns out that the kidnappers may be affiliated with the evil Hong Kong druglord Ko – things seem even worse. Billy and Garoni are soon on their way to Hong Kong so that they can investigate these matters further, but they eventually find themselves wrapped up in a story that far exceeds anything they could have ever imagined.

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In the Line of Duty 2 (Yes, Madam)

Posted by On December - 22 - 2012

In the line of Duty 2 / Yes, Madam (1985)
Director: Corey Yuen
Writers: Barry Wong
Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Rothrock, Tsui Hark, and John Shum

The Plot: The heart of In the Line of Duty 2 is a plot that revolves around the hunt for a very special microfilm that will implicate the untouchable gangster Henry Tin Wa Keung (James Tien). Our film begins with Mr. Dick (Dick Wei) meeting up with a white man inside of an expensive hotel, where Dick intends to snatch said microfilm from the Gweilo. It turns out that this man also had connections with the local authorities and had intended to meet with local inspector Ng (Michelle Yeoh) on the same night. Unfortunately, their meeting is postponed when Mr. Dick uses a gun (silenced by an apple) and blows the middle aged white man back to kingdom come. Dick is unable to find the microfilm, but his search is quickly limited whenever room service arrives at the door. This isn’t routine “room service” though, the man posing as a bellhop is actually Asprin (Mang Hoi), a local con man who is robbing the hotel guests blind, and before he even notices that the tenant of this room is dead – Asprin steals his wallet and passport. Unknown to Asprin, this passport also happens to include the hidden microfilm needed to put Henry Tin Wa Keung away for good. This puts Asprin and his two buddies, Strepsil (John Shum ) and Panadol (Tsui Hark), in serious danger. Their only hope of escape from Keung’s army is to seek help from Inspector Ng and her new partner, the dangerous but beautiful foreigner, inspector Carrie Morris (Cynthia Rothrock).

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