OVERLOOKED HONG KONG MOVIES

Introduction:

Movies from Hong Kong are a minority interest, no doubt about it. Even among the more "enlightened" cineastes, prejudices abound about "chop-socky films", allegedly brainless actioners, syrupy melodramas and low-brow comedies. True, these do exist. But they are not what Hong Kong cinema is all about. Hong Kong films are "naive" in the best sense of the term. Do not get me wrong: HK producers are among the shrewdest, most calculating and penny-pinching people the world over. Some say Chinese folks do not raise a finger unless there is money to be made. However, those who know Hong Kong movies have come to realise there is more than meets the eye: A  true joy of filmmaking, a genuine enthusiasm for things cinematic, one that is notably absent in many contemporary US mainstream movies. At its best, Hong Kong film towards the end of the 20th century is wildly cinematic, full of robust energy and vivid imagination. In short: It's fun.

In the wake of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li Lian-Jie and Chow Yun-Fat, more and more people have become aware of the assets of Hong Kong film production. But still, many interesting and worthwile films continue to be ignored and unseen by even the most avid fans, partly because many Chinese are unaware or unwilling to believe that some of us "Gweilos" (the Cantonese term for Westerners, which means "foreign ghost" or "foreign devil") are interested in their pop culture; thus, for many films there is little attention or professional marketing outside of HK. Therefore, I am going to use this site as a "propaganda piece" - and appetizer - for the lesser-known, even obscure films made in the former UK colony. I concentrate on movies made after 1986, because frankly I am rather ignorant about the classic Shaw Brothers movies of the 60s and 70s, though I wish I knew more about them.

Furthermore, I will include only films that are available through home video media like DVD, VCD, VHS or Laser Disc (but mostly DVD). Or else: What would be the point of raising people's interest in films they are not able to gain access to? So, the list of movies is limited in several ways, mostly those of availability - and of laziness on my part. Help by others is greatly appreciated.

Thomas Muething


Musing over the screenshots again, I think some of them would make nice wallpapers for MS-Windows.
For your kind considerartion, I am going to provide some here for download (800x600 pixels resolution):

1. Brigitte Lin: Vengeful (letterboxed, JPEG, 57kbyte)
2. Brigitte Lin: Vengeful (full frame, JPEG, 73kbyte)
3. Wu Chien-Lien: Calm (letterboxed, JPEG, 75kbyte)
4. Hsu Chi: Pretty Junkie (letterboxed, JPEG, 54kbyte)
5. Cecilia Yip: Rain (letterboxed, JPEG, 79kbyte)   +++new+++



LINKS (click here)


and now:
The Films

Note: Screenshots were taken from DVD or VCD. All movies below have English subtitles,
except where otherwise indicated. The quality of the screenshots is no indication of the actual DVD or
VCD image quality, because contrast and luminosity have been increased considerably.

Adventurers, The (1995)
Assassin, The (1993)
Au Revoir, Mon Amour (1991)
Blade, The (1995)
Blade of Fury (1992)
Bride with White Hair 2, The (1993)
Butterfly and Sword (1993)
Chinese Legend, A (1991)
Deadful Melody (1993)
Dragon Chronicles: The Maidens of Heavenly Mountain (1994)
Dragon Town Story (1997)
Eighteen Springs (1997)
Flying Dagger (1993)
Golden Girls, The (1995)   +++new+++
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father (1993)
Hong Kong 1941 (1984)
Intruder (1997)
I Wanna Be Your Man!! (1994)
Kung-Fu Cult Master, The (1993)
Legend of the Liquid Sword (1993)
Longest Nite, The (1997)
Love and Let Love (1998)
Love is Not a Game, But a Joke (1997)
Magnificent Scoundrels, The (1991)
Only Fools Fall in Love (1995)
Perfect Couples (1992)
Portland Street Blues (1998)
Romantic Dream (1995)
Shanghai Triad (1995)
Sword Stained With Royal Blood (1993)
Those Were the Days (1997)
Tian Di (1994)
Till Death Do Us Part (1997)
Too Many Ways to Be Number One (1997)
Tri-Star (1996)
Wedding Days, The (1997)
What a Wonderful World (1996)
 

Suggestions, comments and questions (not flames!) are appreciated:
uzsya6@uni-bonn.de
 

* I try to give away as little as possible about the actual plot. If you still think it is too much, kindly suggest an amendment in the synopsis to me. Thanks in advance.

Note:
Some people may know that I am also a dealer of HK DVDs and VCDs. Now, since this site is not primarily directed at "aiding-and-abetting" my commercial interests, I will refrain from linking to my sales page. Please understand that I cannot link to anybody else's sales page either. If you don't know how to find a certain title, email me.

This site was last updated:     September 12th, 1999