A high school loser dreams of winning the heart of the principal’s daughter, but his chances are slim as long as her bruiser boyfriend’s around. Fortunately, a chance meeting with a pair of Shaolin-trained kids (previously seen in DRAGON FROM SHAOLIN) gives him the fighting skills needed to come out on top. An unusual but entertaining blending of teen romantic comedy and martial arts slapstick.
Tag Archives: Mandarin
Xi meng ren sheng / The Puppetmaster (1993) Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Tian-Lu Li, Giong Lim, Kuei-Chung Cheng, Biography, Drama, War
In a daze following his father’s sudden death, cargo ship captain Gao Chun falls under the spell of a mysterious book of poetry found hidden in his ship’s engine room, sending the beleaguered captain on an unexpected journey both up the Yangtze River, the very cradle of Chinese civilization, and into the center of his own troubled soul.
Nam yi nui / Hong Kong, Hong Kong (1983) Clifford Choi, Cherie Chung, Alex Man, Tsai-Ling Ao, Drama, Romance
Blue Skies / Yan yang tian (1967) Chun Hsieh, Peter Chen Ho, Pei-Pei Cheng, Margaret Tu Chuan, Drama, Musical
Hsiao Yun’s rise to fame all results from a lucky break, as she’s forced to substitute for another singer at the last second. The girl makes the most of her fortuitous opportunity, creating a huge splash in her debut as an entertainer, a fact which forever changes her life! However, this newfound meteoric rise to fame begins to take a toll on her personal life. For one thing, it starts to complicate her burgeoning romance with her pianist lover. And secondly, she soon finds herself the receiver of some sexual overtures from the producer of her show. What will poor Hsiao Yun do? And will blue skies be smiling at her by story’s end?
A martial arts instructor is recruited as a bodyguard for an extremely powerful couple. On her first day of duty, her employers are kidnapped. As she searches for the couple, she is lead by cryptic messages from the kidnappers and into a deadly world of underground fighting. As the culprits put her in the ring, her martial arts skills are tested, and she gets steps closer to freeing her clients. The next opponent that enters her ring will have her facing the ultimate challenge with hopes of getting out of the ring alive!
White Lotus Trio / Huo bao xing dong (1989) Qiu Yuen, Chia-Hui Liu, Ka-Yan Leung, Chik Wai Chan, Action, Crime
Tough Beauty and the Sloppy Slop / No hoi wai lung (1995) Bun Yuen, Biao Yuen, Cynthia Khan, Monsour Del Rosario, Action
Three high-octane cops–an unorthodox one from Hong Kong, a straitlaced one from the Mainland, and one from the Philippines–join forces to demolish an insidious counterfeiting ring. Cops-and-robbers action fare taken to its most gleefully bullet-ridden extreme.
Rikisha Kuri / Da che fu (1974) Joseph Kuo, Chiang-Lung Wen, Yan-Yung Tso, Ping Lu, Action, Adventure
An action-packed film about a rickshaw boy who works to support his mother using his kung fu power to change the course of his life. This is over the top violent and a clear high point in the grimier vein of mid-70s martial arts flicks.
Meng you xia wei yi / Holiday Dreaming (2004) Fu-chun Hsu, Janine Chun-Ning Chang, Hui-ni Hsu, Anne Huang, Comedy
Ah-Zhou, who is about to be honorably discharged from the military service, has a surreal dream. In the dream, he sees the dead body of Shing-Shing Chen, a classmate in elementary school from years back. Is this dream implying that Shing-Shing Chen might have died? Soon afterwards, Ah-Zhou gets an unexpected five-day vacation and decides to look for Shing-Shing Chen. Nevertheless, he quickly learns that the special vacation is for him and another soon-to-be-discharged solider, Xiao-Guei, to go after a deserter, Kuen-He, who ran away with weapons two days ago.