Sunday, September 18, 2011

Recent Buys : September Hong Kong And Asian Movies

September round up of Hong Kong and other Asian movie purchases on dvd and blu ray.


Park Chan Wook's excellent Thirst, a disturbingly fun take on the vampire genre. Featuring an awesome performance from Song Kang Ho as well as probably the best neck break in film history!


Johnnie To's Running out of time, one of my favourites of To's movies gets the blu ray treatment. Look out for my review of the film and the blu ray soon.


I've wanted to see Ishii Sogo's Electric Dragon 80000V for ages, a black and white punk fuelled crazyfest by all accounts.


Miike's modern classic on blu ray, read my review of the film here and my review of the blu ray here


A pre-A Better Tomorrow movie from John Woo, not sure what to expect here really. Woo's stock may have fallen over the years but as far as I'm concerned he's still the man!


Heavenly Kings, I've never seen this but I've heard really good things about it, a kind of mockumentary about a canto pop boy band. This is the director's cut in fancy digibook packaging, it's also rated cat III.


Johnnie To's wonderful Throwdown on blu ray, read my review of the film here and my blu ray review here.


Classic Sammo Hung directed kung fu in The Iron fisted monk, an upgrade for me to the Joy Sales legendary collection edition.


Simon Yam and Danny Lee together again in category III crime flick Twist, look out for a review soon.

10 comments:

Wes M said...

Great selection Mart, all interesting films, especially Electric Dragon 80000V - a film I have not heard of, but the director Sogo Ishii made a great performance film of German Industrial band Einsturzende Neubauten entitled Halber Mensch, a film I always thought bore more than a passing resemblance to the later Tetsuo films

John Woo.... I'm sure I saw a John Woo film on Sky the other night, whilst flicking thru the channels - called Renegade or Retrograde (or something hard-ass like that) with Dolph Lundgren - it looked very straight-to-video, kinda surprised me considering it was John Woo...

Ty said...

Nice haul! Throwdown is a fun flick. Will have to watch 13 Assassins soon.

A hero never dies said...

Wes, I'm really looking forward to 80000v, I'll let you know how it is. Was the Woo thing Black Jack? If so it was a tv thing he did with Lundgren. He also tried his hand at another tv show based on Once a thief, I think that was renamed Violent tradition over here. Neither had much to recommend them!

A hero never dies said...

Thanks Ty, yes can't wait to hear your thoughts on the assassins.

Rich Flannagan said...

I didn't think much of 13 Assassins, but thirst is excellent. I'm intruiged by 80000V now though...

A hero never dies said...

Rich. Shame you didn't get more out of 13 Assassins. I did enjoy your review of it, despite disagreeing with you! I'm going to cover 80000v at some stage so keep an eye out.

Rich Flannagan said...

Cheers! Assassins was ok, but Miike is such a stylist, I was expecting more from him. Looking forwards to the Electric Dragon review!

Dr.Lamb said...

Run Tiger Run is perhaps the weirdest film in John Woo's body of work. It's
Home Alone on acid complete with crazy kids and zany score. It has my favourite child actor from the 80s Siu Ban Ban. He's great in it and really makes the whole thing watchable.

A hero never dies said...

Dr Lamb. It certainly sounds weird from your description, I'd read that many of Woo's comedies are unwatchable to western audiences. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Daniel Thomas said...

'heavenly kings' is ace...

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