Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Year End Movie Marathon (II)



My Name is Fame [2006]

A veteran Actor guides a passionate young newcomer through a life of fame and temptations, through the journey realising his own ambitions.

My Rating: 3/5


Rule No. 1 [2008]

A vengeful ghost returns to wreak havoc on the police officer who killed him.

My Rating: 3/5


A Battle Of Wits [2006]

This is quite a long film, running time is over 2hours.

It stars Andy Lau as “Ge Li”, a Mohist.

According to Wikipedia, Mohism is a chinese philosophy developed by the followers of Mo Tzu.

Some important Mohist beliefs include impartial caring, opposed to any form of aggression (especially war), being thrifty, opposed to music and rituals (because they were expensive, and the common folk suffered for the royalties extravagance).

I’m not sure if all Mohists are experts at warfare, but that seems to be “Ge Li”s specialty in this film. He successfully helps the Liang defend against the Zhao despite only having a fraction of their military strength.

Unfortunately, the King of Liang assigned his general to kill “Ge Li” after being mislead by his advisor to believe “Ge Li” would stage a revote given his popularity with the people.

I shall not reveal too much of the story, do check it out yourself this is a pretty decent film.

My Rating: 3/5


Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon [2008]

This film is about Zhao Yun aka Zhao Zilong, one of the Five tiger generals in Liu Bei’s camp.

The story starts from when Zhao Zilong enlists into the army as just another unknown soldier through his various promotions to the status of General, after rescuing Liu Bei’s son single-handily battling past a swarm of enemy soldiers and still having the composure to steal Cao Cao’s sword.

My Rating: 3/5


The Stool Pigeon [2010]

First and foremost this is a Cop & Robbers story, but it also has several subplots about love & friendship of the main characters Ghost (Nicholas Tse) & Inspector Lee (Nick Cheung).

Some review sites have deemed the subplots unnecessary, but I feel they add color to the film…without the subplots it’ll just be another cop & robbers story. 

My Rating: 3.5/5


Gallants [2010]

This modern kung-fu comedy started off nicely but became quite boring about 30-mins in.

Not much of a storyline and not much of a cast, half of the film features middle-aged folks fighting each other.

My Rating: 2.5/5


Connected [2009]

A fumbling debt collector saves the family of a witness from corrupted police officers.

My Rating: 3/5

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