31 de out de 2005

DVD: HK/ China

“Archaeologic Artefacts”
1. Shanghai Triad (DVD/ China/ 1996/ 107 min)
Director: Zhang Yimou
Actors: Gong Li, Li Baotian, Xiaoxiao Wang

2. The Emperor and the Assassin (VHS/ China/1998)
Director: Chen Kaige
Actors: Gong Li, Li Xuejian, Zhang Fengyi

3. Gourgeus (VHS/ Hong Kong/1999/95 min)
Director: Vincent Kok
Actors: Jackie Chan, Tony Leug Chiu-Wai, Shu Qi, Richie Ren

4. Police Story (DVD/ Hong Kong/ 1985/ 96 min)
Director: Jackie Chan
Actors: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin
The gifted policeman Kevin Chan (Jackie Chan) puts behind the bars the biggest drug dealer in town. Then he has to protect the major witness of the case, the gangster ´s secretary (Lin). When the girl disappears and the bad guy goes free, Chan has the personal challenge of bringing her back, facing all alone the gangsters. The picture images have grown old, but the amazing stunt work and the fightings still make this action movie a great fun.

5. Hard Boiled (VHS/ Hong Kong/ 1994)
Director: John Woo
Actors: Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Anthony Wong)

6. Fist of Legend (VHS/ China/ 1994)
Director: Gordon Chan Car-Seung
Action: Yuen Woo-Ping
Actors: Jet Li, Chin Siu-Ho, Ada Choi Siu-Fun, Nakayma Shinobu

7. Hard Boiled (VHS/ Hong Kong/ 1994/ 126 min)
Director: John Woo

Actors: Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Anthony Wong, Teresa Mo)

 Tequila (Yun-Fat) is a cop frustrated with his carrer, who would gladly change over from the revolver to a saxophone, from the police stationt to a smoky jazz bar (his nickname says all!). This way, he seems to be always running against the clock, performing the missions with a suicidal courage, and what for? To get rid of all vilains and finally dedicate his life to the music and his estranged girlfriend? Alan (Leung) is a killer working to the guns contraband mafia in Hong Kong and also has the desire of an early retirement. He seems sometimes reluctant executing the assasssination job, but is quite brilliant doing it. When Tequila and Alan finally have the paths crossed there´s a mutual recognition of souls. With a ironic difference revealed in Alan´s touching confession:” All I wanted was to be a normal cop”. The fine construction of the characters contrasts with the bloodshed that we´re submitted during the picture. Even so, Chow Yun-Fat holding a baby in his arms and shooting a gun in the middle of fire and explosions is moving, the way just John Woo could make it. Classic!

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