Crippled Avengers (1978)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Another Venom Mob gem from Shaw Brothers Studio. The villains were too strong and too legendary.
2) Forget about the main villain with Tiger Style, even the side villains like Iron Hands, Lin, Wan, & especially Mr. Chu are fascinating.
3) Great fight choreography – especially the entire training at Eagle Mansion is an example of amazing hard-work put by the lead actors of Venom Mob.
4) Mr. Chu though sided with Tu Tin Tao, his death was a textbook example of kung-fu treachery.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Wang Yi: His iron hand hurt me real badly”

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Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A Shaw Brothers Studio’s Rated-R classic.A cult kung-fu cop-drama.
2) Fascinating mythology of 5 kung-fu fighters with unique animal styles.
3) Rich, smartly written suspenseful screenplay. The movie is not counting only on the action scenes, in fact, the story itself is intriguing.
4) Lo Mang as Toad – his death and torture scene will remain unforgettable.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Gecko: All judges are the same. If we kill him, the next one may be worse, and we can’t kill them all.

Project A (1983)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A fun-filled action-packed movie in the 19th century in Hong Kong. A must watch for Jackie Chan fans.
2) The Clock Tower stunt. The fascinating part is that Jackie Chan performed the stunt twice.
3) Great supporting cast that includes Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Hong: Password.
Fats: Beat me.

SPL: Sha Po Lang (2005)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Boss Fight: Donnie Yen vs Sammo Hung
2) Wu Jing as knife-wielding “Jack“.
3) Somewhere between “Copland” & “LA Confidential”
4) Father’s Day sub-plot

 

 

Cons –
1) Nothing extraordinary; average fight scenes

 

Quote –
“Even if you have the chance, you can’t fight your fate.”

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 !”