Friday, September 7, 2012

Favourite Hong Kong Movies. Dr. Stan Glick

Dr. Stan Glick runs the AsianCineFest blog, a great mix of news and reviews of Asian culture, not to mention extremely cool meetings with some extremely cool people. In addition, Stan was a columnist for Asian Cult Cinema magazine and contributes to both the VCinema blog and podcast. He's a busy man! Stan chose 17 movies for his list, and provided an introduction rather than comments.

I had two criteria for compiling my list. First that it consist of great Hong Kong movies that I really enjoy. Secondly, I wanted to include as many of the great Hong Kong directors, actors, and actresses as I could without making a ridiculously long list.  I included Sex and Zen and Bullet in the Head in part for personal reasons. Those two films (each worthy in its own right) were the title of the book (Sex and Zen & A Bullet in the Head by Stefan Hammond & Mike Wilkins) that first got me into Hong Kong films in particular, and later into Asian films in general.

01. Bullet in the Head - directed by John Woo; starring Tony Leung, Jacky Cheung, and Simon Yam.

02. Butterfly Sword - directed by Michael Mak; starring Tony Leung , Jimmy Lin, Michelle Yeoh, Joey Wang, and Donnie Yen.

03. Come Drink with Me - directed by King Hu; starring Cheng Pei Pei, Hua Yueh and Hsi Chang.

04. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - directed by Ang Lee; starring Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh and Ziyi Zhang.

05. Drunken Master - directed by Yuen Woo-ping; starring Jackie Chan.

06. Eastern Condors - directed by Sammo Hung; starring Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, and Joyce Godenzi.

07. Enter the Dragon - starring Bruce Lee.

08. Full Contact - directed by Ringo Lam; starring Chow Yun-Fat and Simon Yam.

09. In the Mood for Love - directed by Wong Kar Wai; starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Maggie Cheung.

10. Kung Fu Hustle - directed by and starring Stephen Chow.

11. Naked Killer - directed by Clarence Fok; starring Chingmy Yau, Simon Yam and Carrie Ng.

12. Once Upon a Time in China - directed by Tsui Hark; starring Jet Li, Yuen Biao and Rosamund Kwan.

13. Police Story III: Supercop - directed by Stanley Tong; starring Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh.

14. Sex and Zen - directed by Michael Mak; starring Amy Yip.

15. The Bride with White Hair - directed by Ronnie Yu; starring Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung and Francis Ng.

16. The Heroic Trio - directed by Johnnie To; starring Michelle Yeoh, Anita Mui, Maggie Cheung, and Anthony Wong.

17. The One-Armed Swordsman - directed by Chang Cheh; starring Wang Yu.


Kingwho? said...

Right on, Stan. I have Full Contact on my list as well. Butterfly Sword is a nice surprise.

YTSL said...

Notice quite a bit of Michelle Yeoh adoration there!

Re "Butterfly and Sword": I was floored by it the first few times I viewed it (early on into my Hong Kong movie re-discovery). It's not quite as magical for me as the likes of "Swordsman II" but still can be rewarding viewing. :)

A hero never dies said...

Butterfly and Sword blew me away on first viewing.

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