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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Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (2011) - A historical film about revolutionary Qiu Jin, I liked it for the most part.  The fighting was really fantastic.  Some of the best choreographed kung-fu I've seen in awhile.  However, on the other hand, the constant fighting distracted somewhat from the story, which had its own distraction problems in the way that it was told, jumping all over the place in time.  Huang Yi did a fantastic job though.

City Under Siege (2010) - On the other hand, this movie could have used more fighting and less attempts to make an already fairly silly premise into something sillier by adding drama to it.  The story is about some people in a circus, including hapless Aaron Kwok who wants to be Flying Dagger, but sucks at it.  They dig up some random Japanese bunker and get hit with mutant powder.  For some reason, Kwok's character gets all the powers but none of the bad looks.  Then there's the recently-fired news gal, Shu Qi, whose main job is to look amazing and the buttkicking team of Zhang Jingchu and Wu Jing.  Again, if this had just been loads of fights, it would have been quite entertaining, but the attempts to make it into something more fell pretty flat.

Shaolin (2011) - Another quasi-historical piece about an arrogant general who is overthrown by the inferior that he treats like crap.  He then learns the error of his ways by falling in with the monks of Shaolin.  It's a pretty obvious redemption story, but with some fantastic scenery-chewing by Andy Lau and Nic Tse.  You could almost see the sparks when they were in the same scene together.  Jackie Chan has a sorta brief turn as a Shaolin cook and demonstrates random crazy kung-fu.  Fan Bingbing is somewhat of a flower vase, but still has some good parts.  This was actually a really riveting movie so don't let the driveby status fool you, I'm just feeling lazy right now.

Raito [userpic]

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.

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Music Eat You Alive – Coke in a vein
Tags: andy on, martial arts, wuxia
Raito [userpic]

Ahhhh I see, I see, this was just a vehicle for Donnie Yen to have a long, drawn-out, and bordering on boring fight scene at the end. I don't like Donnie Yen at all, he's a terrible actor and he kinda looks like Adam Sandler. I don't like his martial arts either. But anyway, I didn't watch it for him. It sounded interesting and also starred Louis Koo and Fan Bingbing, two of my favorites.

Ahh the story. There was one. Kinda. There's these three Vietnamese brothers who run a gang. Tiger, Archer and Tony. Tiger's the punk that likes to brutally beat people up, Tony's the martial artist psychopath, and Archer's the more normal, business-like guy. Pretty much all tried-and-true Triad character sketches. So Louis Koo is the undercover cop, trying to bring these guys down. Donnie Yen is his partner, who is apparently always in trouble for beating the crap out of people. Eventually Louis Koo is discovered and things go all to pot. And Louis Koo gets the crap beaten out of HIM multiple times. This leads to the ending sequence where Donnie Yen attempts to get Koo and his girlfriend (Fan Bingbing) out of the bad guy's clutches using Archer as bait.

It sorta works. But not really. Cue long sequence of gun chases, random beatings, Louis Koo should be dead, but like the Terminator, he keeps going, and finally a final fight between Donnie Yen and Tony. The latter is played by Collin Chou who actually turned in a pretty damn convincing performance as the sadistic gang leader. The fight was interesting the first five minutes or so. But then it went the way of bad guy beats good guy until he's half dead but then good guy gets really angry and some new reserves of energy and proceeds to beat the crap out of the bad guy.

It was almost as boring as the Muay Thai fight at the end of A Fighter's Blues. Say what you want about Wing Chung, but it looks WAY better on screen. However, as I was watching the fight, I came to the conclusion that Collin Chou really is a martial artist. I can usually tell. And I just proved myself right by looking him up. He is indeed.

Anyway, this was a pretty decent action flick. Nothing I'd watch again, but good for one viewing. Or maybe I was just really angry and needed the release, Idk.

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