Tag Archives: 1990s

Dai lo bai sau / Only Fools Fall in Love (1995) Roy Chiao, Shing-Chi Fung, Vincent Kok, Comedy, Romance

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Millionaire Ji Fu (Lau ching Wan), the successor of Ji’s family, is arrogant and rude. He then becomes an idiot after being knocked out in an “accident”, which is actually created by the second-successor Ji Jack (Dayo Wong). After becoming an idiot, Fu meets Mon Tee (Wu Chien Lien), a girl who has almost married him for money. They fall for each other as they spend most of their time together. One day Jack comes and decides to do Fu in. Fu and Mon Tee decide to find his Grand Uncle and look for a fair judgement…

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Joyride (1997) Quinton Peeples, Tobey Maguire, Amy Hathaway, Wilson Cruz, Comedy, Crime, Drama

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To a dumpy motel in an out-of-the-way little town, a mysterious woman, calling herself only Ms. Smith, comes to stay. Not only is she stunningly lovely, but her big black convertible is a beaut. J.T., the just-out-of-high-school son of the motel’s owner, is taken by the car, and in an attempt to liven up his dull life, and possibly to impress Tanya, a hotel guest who flirts with him and wants to be a model, he steals the car.

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Ebbie / Miracle at Christmas: Ebbie’s Story (1995) George Kaczender, Susan Lucci, Wendy Crewson, Ron Lea, Drama, Fantasy

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It’s Christmas Eve, and ruthless department store owner Elizabeth “Ebbie” Scrooge (Lucci) is cruelly running her employees ragged, dangling their meager bonus checks over their heads to get them to work all the harder. Just before closing time, Ebbie manages to fire a longtime security guard, humiliate her niece, and force her aide Roberta “Robbie” Cratchet (Wendy Crewson) to work on Christmas day rather than spend precious time with her family. Thus the stage is set for the inevitable nocturnal visitation from Ebbie’s long-dead partner Jake Marley (Jeffrey DeMunn) and the usual Three Spirits, bound and determined to transform the vituperative Ms. Scrooge into the salt of the earth.

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Telo bez duse / Body Without Soul (1996) Wiktor Grodecki, Documentary

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Documentary look at doomed male prostitutes in Prague, ages 15 to 18, who troll at the public swimming pool, the train station, a video arcade, and a disco. After the boys talk about how they got in the game, the camera follows them to the home of Pavel Rousek. Under the name Hans Miller, he makes gay porno videos, primarily for German distribution. Intercut with a movie shoot chez Rousek is an interview that follows him to his day job at a morgue, where he performs an autopsy as he talks about his work. The sex is without protection; the boys are without family. They talk about their bodies and souls, money, their sexual orientation, AIDS, their dreams, and death.

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URGA / Ypra (1991) Nikita Mikhalkov, Badema, Bayaertu, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Drama

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The Mongolian shepherd Gombo lives in a yurt in Inner Mongolia with his wife, three children, and mother. They are content with their uncomplicated rural lives but Gombo wants to go on having sex with his wife, while she refuses for fear of having a fourth child, which is against Chinese law. A Russian truck driver named Sergei is stranded nearby and finds his way to their yurt, where he and Gombo become friends despite their language and cultural differences. Gombo and Sergei go into the nearest city together, where Gombo is supposed to buy contraceptives (condoms)

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Outrage / ¡Dispara! (1993) Carlos Saura, Francesca Neri, Antonio Banderas, Eulàlia Ramon, Drama, Romance, Thriller

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Ana is an equestrian sharpshooter for a one ring circus in Madrid for a week. Marcos is a reporter doing a Sunday supplement piece. He interviews her and she invites him to dinner with the troupe. They dance, then spend the night together; he considers following her around Europe and promises he’d follow her to Hell. While he’s in Barcelona to cover a concert, three young men assault her. Bruised, humiliated, and bleeding, she picks up her rifle to hunt them down. Marcos follows her trail that, indeed, takes him to Ana’s hell.

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