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Old 06-26-01, 01:56 PM
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....the little-known cop flick POM POM AND HOT HOT? It's one of the strangest conflations of disparate elements that I've ever seen. 80% of the movie is utter poo, an endlessly slow and puerile buddy comedy filled with the pratfalls and obnoxious overacting that are all-too-common in the HK film industry, only interrupted a couple of times by stylish but very brief action scenes.

Then, out of left field, come the amazing final fifteen minutes. These action sequences (beginning at ch. 14 on the Ocean Shores DVD) are among the most balletic and spectacular ever filmed, easily competing with the best efforts of Woo, Hark, and Lam. It's a shame that such scenes of choreographical mastery are hitched to an otherwise worthless flick.
It leaves the serious DVD collector with a dilemma: Whether or not to keep a predominantly lackluster movie in one's "ideal" collection, solely for the value of a couple of its scenes.
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Hi,

yeah I've seen the movie and had similar feelings. HK does have some funky genre-mixtures alright but it's not often that they are separated like this. What an unexpected tour de force finale. Oh btw you didn't mention the cover for this. At least the one on my LD is...well...let's just say you'd never associate that kind of explosive sequence with those faces! Probably why a lot of people will never see this hehe.

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Yes, the DVD cover has a picture of Jacky Cheung, Tung Wei, and Bonnie Yu, looking wimpy and sporting goofy facial expressions. It's a perfect representation of how monotonous and inane much of the film is.
In terms of "cool factor" and suave appearance, Lam Ching Ying (as the inspector) blows Chow Yun Fat out of the water, and Lam's climactic battle with the equally adept villain is great stuff.
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i just started getting into some of the hk gun-fu genre.


for all the gun-fu fans out there, can you list some more recomendations for those still getting into the genre?

which ones are your favorites?

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Originally posted by adoboboy
i just started getting into some of the hk gun-fu genre.


for all the gun-fu fans out there, can you list some more recomendations for those still getting into the genre?

which ones are your favorites?

adoboboy
You'll want to take a look at Trigger's The One and Only HK DVD Thread and look at the first page. It'll give you a good start. (and you'll make Trigger jump for joy knowing that his work hasn't gone for naught... )

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