Tag Archives: Mandarin
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.
Arhats In Fury / Ba bai luo han (1985) Hsing-Lai Wang, Au-ping An, Hongping Gao, Fu-sheng Ho, Action
Yu Ta-fu chuan ji / Cherry Blossoms (1988) Eddie Ling-Ching Fong, Yat Sun Chan, Yun-Fat Chow, Tat Wah Fok, Drama, Romance
In 1913, Yu Dafu goes from China to Japan to study. At that time, Japan is the nascent superpower of East Asia, while China, the “sick man of Asia”, is in turmoil. Dafu is forced to confront the formidable combination of challenging schoolwork, foreign culture, and a racist populace during his time in Japan, and, along the way, struggles with becoming a man, emotionally and sexually. Towards the beginning of the film, he meets, while bathing nude in a hot spring, Lung-erh, and falls in love instantly. Although Yu Dafu is unable to locate her after their brief encounter, he eventually runs into her again after having taken up his studies in Nagoya.
Tuya is the persevering wife of Bater, a herdsman who lost his legs exploring water in the Neimenggu (Inner Mongolia) grassland that is fast vanishing as a result of desertification. She takes up the sole responsibility to make a living for the family, but develops a dislocated lumbar from her hard labor and risks paralysis herself. Faced with harsh reality, the couple decide to divorce so that Tuya can seek a better life. Imposing her own conditions of a remarriage – her new husband must take care of Bater, their children and their poor herding land, the strong-minded, stubborn, but also gentle, susceptible Tuya embarks on an arduous search for a new husband, and meets suiters who are rich but disingenuous, likable but shy, and saves a suicidal Bater who still longs for Tuya and their children along the way.