Iron Monkey (1993)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A must watch for Kung-Fu lovers. A vintage Yuen Woo-ping period action movie.
2) Yuen Shun-yi as Chief Fox – A lovable character providing comic relief.
3) Kung-Fu stances: Shadow Kick, Super Eagle’s Claw, Virgin’s Sword Stance, Buddha’s Palm, Shaolin Fist, Grappling Hands, Carry The Bow, Shoot the Moon, Monkey’s Rod, Double Flight from the Sea, Fisherman’s Paddle, Rod that Sweeps Away Injustice, A Strong Force Flows from North to South, The Top Turns over the Sky, The Bottom Turns under the Earth, Fix The Body, Flying Sleeves.
4) Shaolin traitors: Powerfull boss Hin-hung and his scar-faced henchman White Eagle.
5) Boss fight atop burning wooden poles.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Hin-hung: Birds live for food. Men live for fortune.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Fast paced – action packed – to the point. Only star war film with no annoying sub-plot.
2) AT-AT, hyperspace, light-saber fight – what more a fan can ask !
3) Darth Vader in his prime.
4) CGI likenesses of Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher is criticized in some media forums and I disagree with it. If we can recreate our favorite characters for the story, there is nothing wrong with that. It gives more authenticity to the movie.
5) K-2SO & Chirrut Îmwe are the best outcomes.
6) Star destroyer crash scene

 

Cons –

 

n/a

 

Quote –

 

Jyn Erso: We have hope. Rebellions are built on hope!

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.”

Ip Man 3 (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Zhang Jin as Cheung Tin-chi the jinrikisha puller

 

Cons –
1) Lacking a good story or the emotional factor
2) Dying Wife angle
3) Mike Tyson’s bad acting
4) Not a single fight sequence worth remembering
5) No antagonist
6) Bruce Lee’s angle wasted ; poorly written

 

Quote –
“Nothing is more important than being around your loved ones.”

Ip Man 2 (2010)

Ip Man 2

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Sammo Hung’s screen presence
2) Louis Fan returning as Kam Shan-Chau
3) The “school ” struggle in Hong-Kong

 

Cons –
1) The final duel – not easy to digest that a Wing Chun Master who can decimate 10 fighters at a time will be on back-foot while fighting a heavyweight boxer.
2) The same old story

 

Quote –
Ip Man: You want to learn Wing Chun?
Wong Shun Leung: Maybe. Just checking it out. I don’t know what Wing Chun is.
Ip Man: Let me give you an introduction. As a matter of fact, Wing Chun is a close combat style from the South…
Wong Shun Leung: No need to tell me all this. Let’s just fight. I’ll pay you the school fees if I lose.
Ip Man: Ok. I am Ip Man of Wing Chun.

Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

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 “Cinderella Man”.
2) Lack of supporting cast
3) Mediocre fighting scenes

 

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