How time flies! After this post only a few weeks ago, were it possible we would have been flying to Hong Kong today for the start of the 35th HKIFF, unfortunately it wasn't to be and so in an attempt to bring a tiny flavour of the festival home I placed a couple of nice, juicy orders with Yesasia. The first one arrived yesterday.
Its a good mixture of movies I haven't seen at all and a few upgrades on titles I have been wanting to revisit, I'll be watching most of these over the next fortnight or so, and with another box to come during the next week or so, they should keep me plenty busy.
These are my priorities.
Throwdown. The Tai Seng US release which has some exclusive extras, including an audio commentary by Ric Meyers. I know his reputation is not the greatest, but I'll give him a shot. I'm intrigued at the thought of a commentary for this movie and always looking for an excuse to rewatch this.
The Untold story. Another stop on the category III road of debauchery, never seen this and by reputation its gonna be a tough watch.
Once a gangster. When I compiled my top ten list for 2010 I completely forgot about Felix Chong's Once a gangster, it may not quite have cracked the 10 but it certainly would have been at least an honourable mention, one of the most under rated movies of last year and I'm eager to rewatch it, should be great on blu.
Running on karma. Johnnie To and Wai Ka Fai's Running on karma is a fascinating movie and given that Wai Ka Fai is the filmmaker in focus for the festival its a great time to revisit, I've only seen the movie once and I'm really keen to see how it holds up, and how the blu ray is given the ongoing controversy over Kam and Ronson's blu ray releases.
Blue jean monster. I've never seen this but always wanted to, and its always good to see Shing Fui On, especially in a starring role and as a good guy no less.
All about love. Although primarily an action movie fan, I really like Ann Hui's films. I thought The Way we are was a minor masterpiece of a film, and All about love is Hui's latest. The movie stars Sandra Ng, who is one of my favourite actresses, really looking forward to this.
Echoes of the rainbow. Another starring role for Sandra Ng, along with Simon Yam. I've heard good and bad about Echoes, but I'm hoping to really like it.
I will be posting about some of these as I watch them and also the second part of my order, so please stay tuned.