Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Big Deal In 24 Frames

I viewed Liu Jun Guk's The Big Deal with the intention of reviewing it, however mere words cannot possibly do the madness of this film justice. Going in I knew nothing about it and to say my preconceptions were wrong doesn't quite cover it. Instead of a review here are 24 screen caps that I hope give you some idea, beware there are significant SPOILERS included.

The Big Deal begins like this

Has not one but two Tommy Wong's

An impossibly cute Moon Lee...

and Yukari Oshima in full on chav get up...

and then there's this...

not to mention this.

Butter wouldn't melt... and oh yeah, fashion.

The story? It's something to do with this.

But forget that, this inevitably...

leads to this.

Every film should have a Yuen Wah on the toilet scene.

Magnificent suit, and it's not his only one.

Mexican stand off...

kicks off courtesy of a fart.

Believe it or not, this is a walkie talkie, no really

One more time.

Oh go on then, last time I promise.

Moon mugging

Three hand technique

never seen a film with more bruise make up, ever!

From this ....

to this.

How else could they have ended it?

I'm not sure even these screenshots do The Big Deal's level of lunacy any kind of justice, you need to see it for yourself to appreciate just how insane it is. It certainly won't be everyone's idea of what a Moon Lee/ Yukari Oshima/Yuen Wah/Sibelle Hu film should be, if you can put that out of your head and go with the slapstick madness, you may just enjoy yourself!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Hong Kong Film Books From My Latest Trips Part 1 Hong Kong Panorama

Almost four years ago now I posted about the Hong Kong Panorama publications that coincided with the HKIFF between 1997 and 2003. I now have the 96-97, 97-98, 98-99 and 00-01 issues to go alongside the 99-00 one featured in that post.

I'll be taking a closer look at the individual issues over the coming weeks, beginning with the 96-97 issue. Look out for part 2 soon.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Coming Soon : The Hong Kong VCD Cover Archive

I'll admit it, for a long time I saw the humble VCD as a video format to be consigned to the bin as soon as possible, however it's become increasingly apparent to me over the last few years just how important the VCD is to Hong Kong cinema fans. For all of it's many failings, it remains worthy for a few reasons, the major one being the sheer number of titles released that have never, and probably won't ever see a higher grade digital edition. Regular readers of this blog will know just how important image quality is to me, but if it's MPEG1 or nothing, give me MPEG1 all day long!

What began as an idea to document (via their covers) these rare titles has grown into more of a celebration of a format that maybe on it's way out (many of the remaining media stores in Hong Kong have given up on VCD altogether even though new titles are still being released), but will always have a place in many HK cinema enthusiasts hearts. Any HK VCD release will be posted in the form of front and back covers, the more the merrier.

The only way this project will be successful is with your help and enthusiam. If you have a VCD collection and you are prepared to help please mail me or pm me on facebook.

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