Infernal Affairs
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Infernal Affairs
Hello, you've reached Raito's movie review blog. Most of what you'll find here is reviews of Chinese movies, because that's pretty much all I watch. :'D

November 2012
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Frequently blurring the line between reality and fantasy, Mural seems to be trying to be an allegory at times, but much of the lesson is either lost in translation or confused in the fantasy-adventure.  Basically the movie starts with Deng Chao as a scholar and his servant taking refuge in a temple along with a swordsman of dubious morals.  Eric Tsang is there as the resident monk.  Deng Chao finds himself staring at a mural and it comes to life.  Eventually the three men end up in a fantastical place populated by fairy women only, oh and an eyebrowless Andy On who is a bodyguard or something for the queen.  Men are forbidden in the place, so you can kind of imagine what ensues.

The interesting thing is how it ends.  It sort of leaves it up to the viewer to decide if any of it was even real or if it was a Chronicles of Narina thing where the person comes back to the exact time they left.  The other part that was interesting to me is how the queen initially asked her subjects if either she or they were beautiful, I can't recall, but at the end, the new queen asks them if they are happy. 

It was enjoyable though.  Good fantasy sfx not just for a Chinese movie, but period. I'm looking forward to the idea of more of this type of thing in Chinese cinema.

Mood calmMood calm
Music Agitato – BUBBLE
Tags: andy on, deng chao, eric tsang, fantasy
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This is a Beggar So tale. At least, that's what they tell me. Anyway. Vincent Zhao stars as Su, a awesome general who just wants to go be with his family and start a wushu school. So when he's offered a governorship, he hands it over to his adopted brother, played by Andy On. Then, as we get a little further in, it turns out that Andy On is still butthurt about Su's father killing HIS father for dabbling in a dangerous art called Five Venom Fists. So, when he comes back after some years, Su has married his adopted sister (Zhou Xun) and has a kid.

Well, Andy On does some evil things, and beats Su up and throws him in the river. His wife jumps in after. They're later rescued by Michelle Yeoh's doctor character and similar to the Stephen Chow story, Su just lays around and drinks, wallowing in his broken arm. But then, he gets motivated to save their son, and so as he's wandering around the mountain, he runs into the God of Wushu, played horrifyingly enough by Jay Chou. Let me just pause to say that Jay Chou should not be anywhere near any movie EVER. He's an awful actor and mumbles his lines like a drunk person or a retard.

But anyway. The plot proceeds in a logical direction, obviously Su learns kickass skills and uses them to beat on Andy On. And then there's a second part to the film that I don't really get. It was like a scene from Fearless and further, it seemed like it skipped forward a ton of years, Idek. However, I won't keep babbling on about that, because here is why you should watch this movie. THE FIGHTS. The fights were insanely awesome. Probably some of the best fights I've ever seen crammed into one 2 hour movie. Vincent Zhao is an irl martial artist and so is Andy On, so their final fight was epic. And the one with the wrestlers at the end was too.

And there you have it. Regardless of the odd plot stuff or Jay Chou's irritating presence, none of that can take away from how awesome all the fights were. And honestly, it was pretty close to 2 hours of fighting. There wasn't a ton of exposition or ~touching~ scenes. So if you like kung-foolishness as much as I do, you HAVE TO see this movie.

Mood blahMood blah
Music Eat You Alive – Coke in a vein
Tags: andy on, martial arts, wuxia
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