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What were your favorite Hong Kong/China/Taiwan films of 2004?

Old 03-10-05, 03:39 PM
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What were your favorite Hong Kong/China/Taiwan films of 2004?

To help you pick your favorites, following is a fairly thorough (but not all encompassing) list that was culled from a variety of sources (note: Iíve also included some 2005 releases which have made their way - or are soon coming - to DVD):

20:30:40
2046
6 AM
A World Without Thieves
A Time to Love
A Westlake Moment
A-1 Headline
Ab-Normal Beauty
Attractive One
Bear Hug
Beauty Remains
Before the Flood
Beyond Our Ken
Breaking News
Butterfly
Colour Blossoms
Crazy N the City
Darkness Bride
Delamu
Driving Miss Wealthy
Dumplings - Three Extremes
Enter the Phoenix
Escape from Hong Kong Island
Explosive City
Eye 2
Fantasia
Formula 17
Green Hat
Heat Team
Himalaya Singh
House of Flying Daggers
Jade Goddess of Mercy
Jiang Hu
Kekexili: Mountain Patrol
Koma
Kung Fu Hustle
Leave Me Alone
Leaving Me Loving You
Letters from an Unknown Woman
Love Battlefield
Magic Kitchen
McDull, Prince De La Bun
Mongolian Pingpong
Moon Also Rises
Moving Targets
My Sweeties
New Police Story
One Nite in Mongkok
Oxhide
Passages (aka The Passage?)
Peacock
Plastic Flowers
PTU File: Deathtrap
Rice Rhapsody
Sacrificial Victims
Shaolin vs. Evil Dead
Seoul Raiders
Silver Hawk
Six Strong Guys
Splendid Float
The Best Bet
The World
Throwdown
Twins Effect II
Two Great Sheep
Whereís My Mamaís Boy (with Billy Hung from American Idol fame!)
White Dragon
Yesterday Once More

Iíve only watched 12 of the above so far, but here is how Iíd rank them:

Best:
Kekexili: Mountain Patrol
A World Without Thieves
Love Battlefield
One Nite in Mongkok


Enjoyable:
House of Flying Daggers
2046
Breaking News
Kung Fu Hustle
New Police Story


Mediocre:
Jiang Hu
Throwdown
Yesterday Once More


edited to add Grimfarrow's list of previously omitted titles to the master list.

Also a note on the "A World Without Thieves" DVD, if I recall correctly the audio defaults to Cantonese but make sure you switch it to the original Mandarin. It's much better in Mandarin especially the voice for one of the major characters.

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Old 03-10-05, 03:59 PM
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Best:
1. The World
2. Darkness Bride
3. Mongolian Pingpong
4. Two Great Sheep
5. Delamu

Other titles not mentioned:

Letters from an Unknown Woman
A West Lake Moment
Day and Night
Passages
Green Hat
Plastic Flowers
Oxhide
Before the Flood

Worst:

Sigh...I don't even know where to start.
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Originally Posted by Grimfarrow
Worst:
Sigh...I don't even know where to start.
Be a sport and give it a shot; I'm curious.
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Worst:

Sigh...I don't even know where to start.
Let me do it:
2046
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Don't be silly. 2046 isn't very good, but it's hardly the worst of the year.

I was fortunate enough to avoid most crap films this year - starting from Silver Hawk, Twins Effect II, and of course racist tripes such as Driving Miss Wealthy and Himalaya Singh. And as a general rule, anything with Boy'z, Twins or Ekin Cheng are immediately crossed off my list. Only exception would be Beyond Our Ken.

But the worst I personally saw were:

1. Formula 17
2. Leaving Me Loving You
3. Butterfly
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The film called:

SOME
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Well, I found Some very, very good as well, but it's actually from Korea, not from HK/China/Taiwan. Glad you liked it, though.

As for me, the choice for best movie is rather easy:
Throw Down. I 'm a huge Johnnie To fan and this is easily one of his best.

The worst is easily Twins Effect 2. Unfortunately, I wasn't spared from its clutches. Magic Kitchen wasn't so tasty either. (I know, shoot me now...)

Other movies I loved in 2004: New Police Story, 2046, House of Flying Daggers, Kung Fu Hustle and Breaking News.

I didn't see too many newer HK movies this year, though. I've been busy with movies from other times and places. I have been meaning to see Kekexili, One Nite in Mongkok, Jiang Hu and a few others.

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Originally Posted by ftsoh
Let me do it:
2046
i second that 2046 was the worst movie this year... total waste of 2 hours
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Wong Kar Wai had it with Chungking Express which was a huge WOW, then came Happy Together, also a WOW. Then Fallen Angels, which is a rehashed Chungking. Then In the mood for love which marks the end of the saturated color-RAYGUN-grunge thing. Solid visuals, but not a wow. Then 2046. Good lord. The android sequences are godawful. Is this the breaking point?

Off topic: Do any of you own any of WKW's posters?
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I better clarify that my previous post is a joke to Grimfarrow since he dislike 2046. Actually, I love 2046, as well as King Fu Hustles.
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Well, apparently no one saw it as a joke. You even had some other people agreeing with you - and it wasn't even me.
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Well, the joke is on me now. I wish I am able to phrase the message better.

Anyway, 2046 will be special to me since it could be Faye Wong's last movie.

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