Reviews written by British Racing Green
Day & Night (2CD Special Edition)November 26, 2007 Great voice
I haven't been following the HK music scene for years, due to the number of samey pretty boy/girl acts. When I first heard Janice, I thought she was something special and not just a pretty face. This album might be covers of Leon classics, but Janice makes them her own with her charms and that unique voice. As far as talent goes, she is more like Western artists. The album isn't perfect, but as far as artistic expression goes, its a great start.
A Battle Of Wits (DVD) (2-Disc Regular Edition) (Hong Kong Version)(8)Our Price: US$10.994 people found this review helpful
March 26, 2007 Quality!
From the moment I read about this movie during production, I had wanted to see it. Rarely do we see period/wuxia movies of this quality. There is no mindless action or violence, but reason and philosophical messages. What draws me into the movie is how real the characters are. The treachery of the king and his ministers shows how people are used and just thrown away. Power is all that matters, lives lost do not. A lot can be compared to modern society. Another point worth mention is the largely forgotten Mohist school of thought, a school that deserves more recognition for their contribution to Chinese culture.
Initial D1 people found this review helpful
February 7, 2007 Cool!
If you are into street racing, then this movie is worth watching. It isn't as colourful and slick as the Fast & Furious movies, but it wasn't meant to be. Intial D captures the feel of street racing culture in one part of Japan (Gunma). The car scenes are top notch and the characters are not too bad. Some might say it is rather odd that they put Chinese actors speaking Chinese in what is a movie based on a Japanese cartoon. But why didn't a Japanese company come and make the movie instead of one from Hong Kong? It isn't that odd when you consider people in HK grew up watching Japanese cartoons all dubbed into Chinese. The story is somewhat different from the original cartoons, but then again, what works in one medium doesn't for another. Enjoy it and the soundtrack isn't bad either...
A Touch of Zen (DVD) (US Version)February 6, 2007 The classic touch
A touch of Zen is one of those classic movies that you must see if you a fan of a wuxia, because it sets a certain benchmark. This movie was made back in the days when you didn't have all the flashy wires and slick CGI, but this is what makes it one of the greats. The director made use of timing, music and atmosphere. The movie starts off slow, but slowly pulls you into the story and wanting more. Just as you thought it was all over, comes part two and which is just as gripping as the first half. This movie is a great wuxia epic and deserves more recognition. Sadly, it has only been shed some light as a footnote of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and House of Flying Daggers. But then again Sir Alec Guinness will always be famous for being in Star Wars. King Wu was one of the most talented directors of his generation and one with vision.
The Master of Tai Chi (US Version) (End)December 16, 2006 Very good TV drama - Buy it!
Yuen Woo Ping brings to this production much of the cast from his Tai-Chi Boxer movie (aka Tai-Chi II) and makes this one of the best kung fu TV series for a long time. Bringing colourful and vibrant kung fu with comedy, moral education and romance together. Wu Jing is an excellent kung fu actor, with charm and humility. The Tai-Chi is real, but it is executed as it would be from the long-hand form and not San-Shou applications. Also note the character "Dong Han-Shing" is a BaGua fighter and the dual between him and Wu Jing's character is a must-see. BaGua is rarer and is worth seeing a contemporary art to Tai-Chi. Please note that this drama is loosely based on the life of Yang Lu-Chan, founder of Yang Style. Few could take Tai-Chi and make it work in a kung fu production, yet Yuen Woo Ping has done so three times. But it, watch it and enjoy it.
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)December 5, 2006 When HK cinema was great
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is a classic kung fu movie that everybody who knows and enjoys the genre talks about. Oddly and sadly, not officially available in the UK. Oddly, it must be really good to not be able to find a copy in HK. Having got my copy from Yesasia, I was very pleased to find that the pictures have been restored to a high standard. Very little scratches and only the colour gives it away as an old movie. The fights scenes are good and directer Lau Gar Leung shows us how good he was back then and his brother Gordon Lau proves to be a professional martial artist and actor. This is real martial arts and real action. Considering the technology of the time, this movie has to been seen. The movie appeals on many levels, as it is not just about fighting, but the Buddhist teachings that run throughout the movie. There is a reason for the violence and unlike modern cinema in both East and West, it is not mindless or silly. Moral education and martial arts go hand in hand.
Timeless SoundtracksDecember 1, 2006 Trip down memory lane
Ever had a desire to listen to old soundtrack songs from the 80's? Ever wondered if it was possible to find music that old on CD? Too embarrassed to ask? Well this CD is the answer. Whilst it doesn't have everything, it is enough to keep most people happy. Enough to keep my parents quiet in the car. I haven't heard some of these songs since I was a kid, so it is nice to hear them again. It would be nice if they increased the number of CDs and chop off the medly at the end of CD 2. It is the only thing that ruins it. Would be nice if TVB would release something like this, with all their classic from the 70's-80's. This set of CDs is worth every penny...
Diamond Love (AVEP)1 people found this review helpful
November 27, 2006 Well done!
I like this EP, it has a good mix of music and all different in terms of style. It is always good when artists present new material and actually cares to be different. Not many HK singers dare to go that far to be different and I take my hat off to Jill for doing so. Jill goes to prove her critics wrong and there is even a sweet ballad that could be up there with sister Janice's best ballads. Other people have said what needs to be said about the music. Go on, buy it!
Beyond The Ultimate StoryNovember 15, 2006 Beyond The Ultimate Collection
There is often a problem with bands that have released a lots of hits and many albums after a number of years. If they release a greatest hits compilation, what should be in it? They are rarely a win-win for all, as what you want might not be there and it probably won't be in their next compilation. I think this 3CD+1DVD set is a winner, they've got enough songs to make spending worthwhile. If only Western acts would release sets like this. BUY IT, you won't regret it.
The Shadow BoxerNovember 15, 2006 Patience!
This kung fu movie is not like you average kung fu movie. There isn't that much fighting at all. All but at the end. After all, Tai Chi is not about aggression, violence and hurting people. Patience and tolerance is everything and the protagonist "Ku Ding" demonstrates that. That until the end, when he must kill. That is what Tai Chi is about and what good kung fu schools should preach. Unlike other Tai Chi movies, the Tai Chi is this movie is less about grace and more about practical application. It would have been nice to have Cantonese audio as well as Manderin. This movie was the actor Mr Chen's first and last movie, a movie that should not be forgotten.
Tai Chi IISeptember 8, 2006 Charming and different
This movie is called "Tai Chi Boxer" in the UK and it is a great movie to watch. Wu Jing is shows us that he is a great martial artist and actor, he has both charm and talent. Whilst the story is a bit weak. The action and fight scenes are not. What is also good is the lack of aggression from the main character, he is a gentleman and has humility, yet strong. This is what Tai Chi is about. This movie has humour, romance as well as action. Wu Jing has grace, whilst Jet Li has power and I look forward to seeing more of his movies.
2 people found this review helpful
September 1, 2006 Not that bad
I think a lot of people judge Janice to be better because she came out first and proved her talent. That's fair enough, but I do think the Jill has talent too and it is a good thing that she has gone for a different style. Jill's music is for a slightly different crowd. It might not be great music, but it is ok and not offensive that I'd have to switch the radio off. How boring would it be, if both Janice and Jill dressed the same and produced samey music? Jill's music is catchy and kinda cute. Jill has talent and I am sure they can be developed in time. People need to have a fair mind and Jill deserves our attention. Comparing Janice and Jill is a bit like comparing Michael Jackson with Janet. They're both related, but have different styles. Comparing would be wasting time.
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