Dance of the Drunken Mantis (1979)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Beggar So: an introduction to his family
2) Hwang Jang Lee as Rubber Legs: and the Drunk Mantis music
3) The Grand Duel: Beggar So Vs Rubber Legs
4) The revelation of a astonishing mythology: “Books, Magic, Sickness, and Wine”
5) Linda Lin Ying as Beggar So’s wife

 

Cons –
1) Yuen Shun-yee as Foggy

 

Quote –
“He’s like a dragon – he exists, but no one knows where.”

Journey to the West (2013)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Shu Qi as Duan
2) Colorful characters like Monkey King / Prince Important / Almighty Foot / KL Hog
3) 300 nursery rhymes

 

CONS –
1) Bad CGI (low production value and average treatment of a good script)
2) Music heavily copied from previous Chow’s films.
3) Wen Zhang
4) Abrupt ending (sad anti-climax)

 

QUOTE –
Knowing stubbornness, one can let it go. Knowing what one wants, one can release it.

Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) Ip Man vs. 10 Men fighting scene.
2) Fan Siu-wong as Kam Shan-chu (an aggressive northern martial artist).

 

CONS –
1) Though loosely based on real events, it’s too much similar to Cinderella Man (2005).
2) Lack of supporting cast

 

QUOTE –
Miura: What’s your name?
Ip Man: I’m just a Chinese man.

Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978)

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Beggar So – larger than life character.
2) The Cat vs Snake Scene
3) Hwang Jang Lee as the leader of Eagle Clan – equally powerful antagonist.

 

CONS –
-n/a-

 

QUOTE –
Pai Chang-tien: Don’t reveal what you’ve learnt, unless conflict is unavoidable.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC –1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Epic Story
2) The Green Destiny
3) The Comb War
4) Jade Fox
5) Zhang Ziyi as Jen Yu (her petulance)
6) Yuen Wo Ping’s action choreography

 

Cons –
-n/a-

 

Quote –
1)True strength is light as a feather.No assistance, no growth.No reaction, no explanation.No control, no desire. Give yourself up and find yourself again. Here’s a lesson for you on life.

2) Jade Fox: You know what poison is? An eight-year-old girl full of deceit. That’s poison!

Lust, Caution (2007)

Lust, Caution

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Rater-R scenes
2) Anupam Kher cameo
3) Period backdrop

 

Cons –
1) Length of the movie (30 minutes too long)
2) Climax disappoints.
3) Movie promoted as a “thriller” while it’s more period “Coming-Of-Age”.

 

Quote –
“Go,Now !”