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OKG Newsletter


Topic: Hong Kong

Dream Home

Worth renting, no matter the asking price.


Horror

Rod Lott
Hong Kong has a serious housing problem. As "Dream Home" informs us, owning property is a near-impossibility for today's generation of working youth, because asking prices have bloated for up to $3,200 per square foot. Yes, that's in American dollars.
 
Monday, August 22, 2011

True Legend

Woo Ping = woot!


Action

Rod Lott
I can't think of the last time a straight-up martial arts film got a wide theatrical release. Ten, 15 years ago, it used to happen all the time after Jackie Chan burst through with "Rumble in the Bronx." Not every Hong Kong actioner is worth importing these days, of course, but "True Legend" s widespread love that one hopes it will find on Blu-ray and DVD.
 
Monday, September 12, 2011

The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman

I don’t know what I just had, but it was delicious.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Cock! Snake! Pig!
 
Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Stool Pigeon

Not your average bird in the Hong Kong coop.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Asian film enthusiasts swear by "The Stool Pigeon," a critically acclaimed Hong Kong hit from last year. While I've now watched Well Go USA's Blu-ray release of it three times now, it strikes me as not spectacular, but certainly a more-than-serviceable exercise in action and suspense.
 
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

It's no mystery: This heroic whodunit rules.


Action

Rod Lott
Part costume drama, part fantasy, part mystery, part action and all imaginative, "Detective Dee & The Mystery of the Phantom Flame" marks a return to form for master director Tsui Hark, who helped popularize Hong Kong films in the Western hemisphere in the 1990s with the likes of the "Once Upon a Time in China" series and the Jackie Chan vehicle "Twin Dragons," but has weathered a string of more recent misses in "Zu Warriors," "Black Mask 2" and collaborations with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
 
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

King of Triads

Royally average.


Action

Rod Lott
"Queen of Triads" is a more accurate title for "King of Triads," but to quibble about such things over a thoroughly mediocre Hong Kong actioner is a waste of time and energy.
 
Monday, February 13, 2012

Yakuza Weapon

In terms of value for your time, this ‘Weapon’ may prove lethal.


Action

Rod Lott
Opening the disc for "Yakuza Weapon" is the trailer for Donnie Yen's "Flash Point," which looks incredible. In. Cred. Ible. Sadly, it’s nearly the high point of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, after the feature’s Colorforms-esque closing credits.
 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mad Detective

Lend your eyes to this unconventional Asian police thriller, but keep your ears.


Thriller

Rod Lott
A slaughtered pig hangs in the middle of a room, at which Inspector Bun (Lau Ching Wan, “Black Mask”) stabs. Then he zips himself up in a suitcase and asks a colleague to push him down a stairwell. Then he cuts off his own ear as a going-away present for his boss.
 
Friday, February 17, 2012

The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch

Does Winch have much of a pull?


Action

Rod Lott
Jumping back and forth between Brazil and Hong Kong, The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch serves as an origin story of its title hero (German-born Tomer Sisley, The Nativity Story), secret adopted heir to self-made gazillionaire Neiro Winch (Miki Manojlovic, Europe's equivalent to our Philip Baker Hall) and the world's fifth-largest fortune.
 
Monday, March 19, 2012
 
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