I mentioned I'd been picking up titles missing from my HK film library and here they are, well part one at least. A mixture of titles anyone interested in Hong Kong cinema need to have and older stuff that will never be released in the UK or probably anywhere other than Hong Kong.
First up is perhaps the most embarrassing omission from my shelves, I don't honestly know what happened to my dvd of this but I didn't have it. I know!
Next up, Tsui Hark's The Butterfly Murders, I saw this on UK TV years ago but never picked it up, the Mei Ah remastered dvd looks great and terrible in equal measure. The print looks to be suffering from some sort of chemical breakdown leaving a regular yellowy green mess across the image, apart from this the image is lovely.
The film that started me with this idea was Wong Jing's God of Gamblers, and I've finished up with two copies, the remastered Mei Ah edition and a Taiwanese double bill of this and it's official sequel. This looks like it could be a bootleg but I'm not familiar enough with Taiwan releases to be sure.
Fruit Chan is a Hong Kong director I'm ashamed to admit that I've pretty much ignored, Dumplings (Which I thought was excellent in both it's forms) aside. Time to change that so I picked up his Hollywood Hong Kong.
I've already commented on Facebook about Johnny Mak's Long Arm of the Law and I will be reviewing it shortly, I've made no secret of how great it is, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I went for the blu ray which has had plenty of bad press, but maybe because my expectations were low I was pleasantly surprised, seen projected, it looked pretty good.
Finally for part one, the only film not from Hong Kong, Toshiaki Toyoda's 9 Souls. Rather than just buying it as I would have before, I rented this film, and loved it so much I then decided to buy it. If you haven't seen it, it comes highly recommended, again a review will follow.
Part two coming soon.