Following on from part three
The fourth and final installment is a Fortune Star remasters special, each of these being a significant upgrade from any previous editions I've personally seen before.
Stanley Kwan's Rouge, a wonderful movie and it looks simply beautiful on this dvd. I had previously only seen this on TV and VHS, and having looked at a few scenes on the dvd the difference is incredible. I have ordered this a couple of times before and it either got lost in the post or was unobtainable, so it's nice to finally have it. A real classic!
Clarence Fok's The Iceman Cometh starring Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah and Maggie Cheung. Haven't seen this for a long time but I remember it being really fun. Soon to be remade in 3D with Donnie Yen.
More Yuen Biao magic in Sammo Hung's The Prodigal Son. Again I haven't seen this for years, so it's long overdue a revisit, and from having a quick look at the dvd this looks like the best way to see it.
Yuen Woo Ping's Tiger cage 3 is the only film from this batch of dvds I haven't seen before, it's reputation isn't as high as the first two but I'm hoping for a solid action flick.
A couple of Jackie Chan movies, both of which I haven't seen since the VHS days. I'm especially keen to rewatch James Glickenhaus' The Protector after recently watching The Exterminator again. Winners and Sinners I can hardly remember anything about.
Joe Chung's Flaming Brothers, with a screenplay by Wong Kar Wai and starring Chow Yun Fat and Alan Tam. Once I had exhausted the HK films readily available to me, Flaming Brothers was one of the first I saw through illegitimate means, virtually the only way back then. A fellow film fan in Leeds was lucky enough to have a place close to him that rented Hong Kong movies to the local Chinese community, and having gained the owners trust, a steady stream of HK movies were available. I would trade original tapes for VHS copies of the HK goodness he had access to. I suppose some of those tapes would have been worth a fair bit now but it was a great trade for me as it completely cemented my love for Hong Kong film. Flaming Brothers was an early pick as I would choose anything starring Chow Yun Fat, I loved it at the time but saw it again a few years later and thought it was pretty average, aside from the blistering shoot out. I was persuaded to give it another shot by Hong Kong Rewind's excellent review.
That's all for December.