Reviews written by California Critic
A Sentimental Journey (Hong Kong Version)January 4, 2010 Loved this DVD!
I have watched this DVD about 10 times since getting it. I never get tired of it. It is a wonderful production
and Chan Po Chu is excellent. She was a great performer in her youth and I think she has gotten even
better as she matured especially in her male roles. There is option of having Chinese or English subtitles
which is helpful to those like me whose Chinese is not the best. Living in the States, we do not have
many opportunities to see performances and producitons like this one. Makes me want to move to
Hong Kong. I miss the old Cantonese actors, movies, operas, and songs!
Si Shui Liu Nian (Hong Kong Version)November 2, 2006 Good Enough for Me
Cheung Ying plays a college student who begins to slide down a slippery slope in his pursuit of two women (first Pak Yin, then Ha Ping). As in most of his movies, he commands a great performance. Wong Man-Lei who plays his mom always comes through as well. A particular well acted and explosive scene comes when Wong Man-Lei confronts Ha Ping in Cheung Ying's apartment after finding them together in bed one morning. I think Ha Ping had the better role playing the sassy "Queen" of the college while Pak Yin had her usual milder role of the "queen of hearts". My only problem with the story was why would either women want Cheung Ying after he becomes a "cad" to them and to his own mom? Anyways, despite its shortcomings, I would still recommend this movie.
Hui Hun Ye (1962) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)October 22, 2006 Fun Mystery Movie To Watch
Cheung Ying plays an investigator trying to help an old classmate to figure out why his classmate's wife played by Pak Yin is being visited and possessed by the ghosts of her father's concubine and her sister who died in a car accident years earlier. Supposedly this was the Cantonese version of American Alfred Hitchcock's movie, "Vertigo" with James Stewart and Kim Novak. Cheung Ying's performance was quite good as well as his direction of this movie. The fight scene near the end in my opinion was very amateurish. I would recommend this movie.
When Spring Comes (Hong Kong Version)1 people found this review helpful
August 18, 2006 Excellent Movie
I would recommend this movie highly. Tse Yin's performance is flawless as well as those of the other actors including the small bit parts by the "beggar imposters". Ga Ling, as always, is beautiful in this film. Ng Wui, the director, who also has a small but well acted role in this movie, produced a movie that was nearly perfect. My only criticism would be the quick ending. Otherwise, I think this movie is a classic not only in terms of a Cantonese movie made in the early 1960's, but also in comparison to any American movie, past or present.
Upright Repenter (Hong Kong Version)1 people found this review helpful
August 18, 2006 Good Movie, But Bad Sound
This is a well directed movie by Lung Kong - very sophisticated for a Cantonese movie made in 1967. Unfortunately, the sound quality is not too good, but I would still recommend it.
Father & Son (Hong Kong Version)1 people found this review helpful
June 24, 2006 Story is Still True Today
Cheung Wood Yau plays a single dad trying to do his best to raise his young son in a cruel world that still exist even in today's society. He tries in his own determined but flawed way to make sure his young son will have the advantages he did not have in terms of education and rubbing elbows with the right social-economic crowd. The messages in this film are still relevant even 50 years since this movie was first shown. There will always be the haves and the have nots in the world. Even with the best talents, education, and hard work, there is no real guarantee that people outside the elite groups of society can break into the upper classes of those who continue to have influence and wealth. It is not what you know, it is who you know and who you and your family are. This is a sad, but real commentary on the way life continues to exist.
RemorseJune 21, 2006 Very Good Film
If you are a Gar Ling and Tse Yin fan, you should get this one. Directed by Chor Yuen, the only miscast is that of his father, Cheung Wood Yau, as Gar Ling's lawyer and good friend who is in love with her. He was much too old for the role! He was more like a father than a potential romantic suitor.
Qin Huai Shi Jia (Hong Kong Version)June 19, 2006 Not Impressed
This film was a disappointment. The writer and director could have done a much better job in telling the story which had some merits. Everything and everyone seem to be out of sync. There was a lot of potential, but the film ended up as a big waste of time and effort and the talents of the actors. I would not recommend getting this DVD unless you just want to add it to your collection of old Cantonese movies.
Jia He Wan Shi Xing (Hong Kong Version)June 17, 2006 Good Performances
I happen to like the Cantonese melodramas made in the 1950's. The actors were all fine performers and their combined chemistry is amazing. I would recommend this film to those just enjoy watch Cheung Ying, Pak Yin, Wong Man Lei, Ma Siu Ying and Go Lo Chuen in action. I haven't got tired of them yet.
Ku Hai Ming Deng (DVD) (China Version)1 people found this review helpful
June 17, 2006 Enjoyed Watching
Yes, Bruce Lee is in this film and he is about 12 years old and has a rather significant part in about the middle of the film. One can catch a glimpse of his famous "sneers". This movie was made around 1953 and is sort of preachy, but overall, it is well made for its time. Pretty much an all star cast from Zhong Lian Film Company. I would recommend this film even if it is just a rare chance to see a budding Bruce Lee.
The Promise (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
The Promise (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region All(23)Our Price: US$10.99June 1, 2006 Was Very Disappointed
Was looking forward to seeing this movie, but it turned out to be a big disappointment. While some scenes were beautiful, others were comical. No real plot, no real dialogue. Had no sympathy for any of the characters. Nothing seemed to have "pulled together" - like a hodge podge taking from other movies, etc. Would never watch this movie again.
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