Mei ren yu [The Mermaid] (2016)

Mei ren yu
Director: Stephen Chow
Writer: Hing-Ka Chan, Stephen Chow, Chi Keung Fung, Miu-Kei Ho, Ivy KongSi-Cheun Lee, Zhengyu Lu, Kan-Cheung Tsang
Cast: Yun Lin, Chao Deng, Show Lo, Yuqi Zhang, Hark Tsui, Zhang Wen, Kris Wu
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 25.9.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Shan (Yun Lin) is a mermaid with a mission. She and her people have been all but entirely pushed out of the sea and the very last corner they can still call their own is now severely threatened by the rural developments led by Liu Xuan (Chao Deng). So Shan – as the best walker – is chosen to find Xuan and to assassinate him. But she is fascinated with life on the shore, and with Xuan himself and soon finds herself questioning her own loyalties.

I had laughed my ass off at both Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, so my expectations for Chow’s most recent outing as a director were quite high. I’m happy to say that Mei ren yu was one of the funniest, silliest film I have seen in a very long time. Every second of it is brilliantly entertaining, even if there’s a serious core message in the film as well.

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Zhì qu weihu shan [The Taking of Tiger Mountain] (2014)

Zhì qu weihu shan
Director: Hark Tsui
Writer: Jianxin Huang, Hark Tsui, Yang Li, Chi-An Lin, Zhe Dong, Bing Wu
Based on: Bo Qu‘s novel Tracks in the Snowy Forest
Cast: Hanyu Zhang, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Kenny Lin, Nan Yu, Liya Tong, Geng Han, Xiao Chen
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 20.9.2015
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
After the end of World War 2, there still remains a lot of work to be done in China. Apart from destruction, poverty and hunger, there are also bandits who have taken over the Japanese weapons. A particular group led by Hawk (Tony Ka Fai Leung) has withdrawn into the bunker on Tiger Mountain. It’s Captain 203’s (Kenny Lin) mission to take them down. One of his men who recently arrived with reinforcements, Yang Zirong (Hanyu Zhang) proposes a plan where infiltrates the bandits, 203 – who doesn’t trust Zirong agrees only hesitantly to the plan. Will they be able to succeed?

The Taking of Tiger Mountain was too long, too propagandistic and too predictable for my taste. But at least it was pretty.

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Long men fei jia [Flying Swords of Dragon Gate] (2011)

Long men fei jia
Director: Hark Tsui
Writer: Hark Tsui
Cast: Jet Li, Xun Zhuo, Kun Chen, Yuchun Li, Mavis Fan, Siu-Wong Fan, Chia Hui Liu
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Two bureaucratic agencies – the East Bureau and the West Bureau – have been gaining, and abusing, power. Only a handful of people are rebelling against their rule. Among those are Zhao Gwai On (Jet Li). The events lead him and a very mixed group of people with very different goals to the Dragon Inn, right before a sandstorm is about to hit.

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is a beautiful, beautiful movie – one were you really feel like the 3D pays off. And, despite weak plotting, it is fun and engaging.

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