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Chuk H
09-18-2003, 03:52 AM
Saw FULLTIME KILLER recently and I was very impressed. I'd like to pick up some more of To's action movies ( I noticed he's also done comedies and dramas as well). Here's some of his films:

2.Turn Left, Turn Right (2003)
3. PTU (2003)
4. Love for All Seasons (2003)
5. My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (2002)
... aka Wo zuo yan jian dao gui (2002) (Hong Kong: Mandarin title)
6. Fat Choi Spirit (2002)
... aka Li gu li gu xin nian cai (2002) (Hong Kong: Mandarin title)
7. Aau chin 2 (2001)
... aka Running Out of Time 2 (2001) (USA)
8. Chuen jik sat sau (2001)
... aka Fulltime Killer (2001) (Hong Kong: English title)
9. Shoushen nannu (2001)
... aka Love On a Diet (2001) (International: English title)
... aka Thin Body Man Woman (2001) (Hong Kong: literal title English title)
10. Wu yen (2001)
11. Lat sau wui cheun (2000)
... aka Help!!! (2000) (International: English title)
12. Goo laam gwa lui (2000)
... aka Gu nan gua nu (2000) (Hong Kong: Mandarin title)
... aka Needing You... (2000) (International: English title)
13. Cheong feng (1999)
... aka Mission, The (1999) (Hong Kong: English title)
... aka Qiang huo (1999) (Hong Kong: Mandarin title)
14. Aau chin (1999)
... aka An zhan (1999) (Hong Kong: Mandarin title)
... aka Running Out of Time (1999) (Hong Kong: English title)
15. Joi gin a long (1999)
... aka Where a Good Man Goes (1999) (Hong Kong: English title) (International: English title)
... aka Zai jian a lang (1999) (Hong Kong: Mandarin title)
16. Chan sam ying hung (1998)
... aka Zhen xin ying xiong (1998) (China: Mandarin title) (Hong Kong: Mandarin title)
... aka A Hero Never Dies (1998) (Hong Kong: English title)
17. Shi wan huo ji (1997)
... aka Fireline(1997)
... aka Lifeline (1997)
18. Tian ruo you qing III feng huo jia ren (1996)
... aka Moment of Romance III, A (1996)
19. Wu wei shen tan (1995)
... aka Loving You (2000) (Hong Kong: English title)
20. Chai gong (1993)
... aka Ji Gong (1993)
... aka Mad Monk (1993)
21. Chik geuk siu ji (1993)
... aka Bare Foot Kid (1993) (literal English title)
... aka Bare Footed Monk (1993)
... aka Bare-Footed Kid, The (1993)
... aka Chi jiao xiao zi (1993) (China: Mandarin title)
... aka Young Hero (1993)
22. Xian dai hao xia zhuan (1993)
... aka Executioners (1993)
... aka Heroic Trio 2: Executioners (1993)
23. Zhi zun wu shang zhi yong ba tian xia (1993)
... aka Casino Raiders 2 (1993)
24. Dung fong saam hap (1993)
... aka The Heroic Trio (1993)
25. Shen si guan (1992)
... aka Justice, My Foot (1992)
26. Ti dao bao (1992)
... aka Lucky Encounter (1992)
27. Sha Tan-Zi yu Zhou Shih-Nai (1991)
... aka Royal Scoundrel (1991)
28. Ai de shi jie (1990)
... aka Story of My Son, The (1990)
29. Iron Butterfly, Part 2: See No Daylight (1989)
30. Ji xing gong zhao (1989)
... aka Fun, the Luck, and the Tycoon, The (1989)
31. You jian A Lang (1989)
... aka All About Ah-Long (1989)
32. Ba xing bao xi (1988)
... aka Eight Happiness, The (1988)
33. Cheng shi te jing (1988)
... aka Big Heat, The (1988) (USA)
34. Qi nian zhi yang (1987)
... aka Seven Years Itch (1987)
35. Kai xin gui zhuang gui (1986)
... aka Happy Ghost 3 (1986)
36. Bi shui han shan duo ming jin (1980)
... aka Enigmatic Case, The (1980)

prolific, isn't he?

Peter S
09-18-2003, 10:26 AM
I've only seen Fulltime Killer and PTU. I've posted my thoughts on PTU here (http://www.dvdmaniacs.net/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=9078). I thought it was great but it's not nearly as action packed as Fulltime Killer
John Short recommended The Mission a few days ago, I've placed an order for it but haven't received it yet.

Ian Jane
09-18-2003, 11:33 AM
I thought the first Running Out Of Time was really good, and The Mission wasn't bad either. You can get the HK discs dirt cheap and they're worth checking out.

Al Edwards
09-18-2003, 02:32 PM
I've seen The Big Heat, Which I liked, Heroic Trio, which I also liked, Executioners, which I thought was so-so, and A Hero Never Dies, which I liked as well.

Peter S
09-18-2003, 02:47 PM
I forgot about the Big Heat but it's well worth getting

John Short
09-18-2003, 11:18 PM
I have only seen a few Johnny To films:


To is a really ecclectic (and yes, not to mention prolific) director. None of his films that I've seen quite touch the epic scale of say Woo in his prime, but there is a very real voice there. I can honestly say that I never know quite what to expect when watching one of his films and that's part of the fun. Right now he's the HK director that I'm sort of focusing on (I've been ping-ponging back and forth between To films and hopping vampires) and it's very cool to read that I have so many cool films to look forward to. Unfotunately I've been tormented by the theme music to THE MISSION and have yet to find a soundtrack available.

Is THE BIG HEAT as ultra-violent as I've heard? And can anyone recommend THE EXECUTIONERS?

Peter S
09-19-2003, 01:50 AM
Is THE BIG HEAT as ultra-violent as I've heard?

It's been a while since I saw it but it don't remember it being extremely violent. I'm planning on rewatching it this weekened so I'll post my thoughts on the film and the violence quota once I've watched it.

Peter S
09-19-2003, 02:08 PM
I watched THE BIG HEAT again this evening and while it's no masterpiece, it's an entertaining enough action film.
Quite violent with slightly more graphic violence than I'm used to in HK action films but it's no STORY OF RICKY.

It suffers from a quite weak performance by Philip Kwok in the lead. He's as wooden as they come here and the film really would have been a lot better of with someone like Simon Yam who would have given the character a bit more life.

All in all, I suppose I recommend it with certain reservations.

Al Edwards
09-19-2003, 02:39 PM
Wasn't Waise Lee the lead in The Big Heat. I thought an interesting part was watching two actors who usually play good(Chu Kong), and bad(Waise Lee) guys, for this film play against type. Very violent it is, with the highlight being when the man is torn in half via elevator cords. On Executioners, It's an ok film but imo not as good as Heroic Trio, and I found it resembled Highlander 2 with water instead of the ozone. Favorite moment though is when the three female leads are all in the tub taking a bubble bath.

Peter S
09-19-2003, 03:07 PM
How embarrassing, you're of course absolutely right GoD, Waise Lee plays the lead, Waipong Wong.
No complaints about Philip Kwok from me. He's very good as Kam here and excellent as Mad Dog in Hard Boiled.

Chuk H
09-19-2003, 05:51 PM
Thanks everyone for the replies here.

I've got A HERO NEVER DIES on backorder from DDD. I'm thinking about HEROIC TRIO and THE MISSION. Anyone seen CASINO RAIDERS 2?

John Short
09-19-2003, 09:58 PM
Chuk, do yourself a favor. Don't "think" about HEROIC TRIO any further...just BUY it! It's incredible!!

John Short
09-19-2003, 10:05 PM
Thanks for the info on THE BIG HEAT, Coben and GOD. I remember reading about it in an article on HK films in an early 90's issue of "Fangoria". In it the description was something like, see a cop shot full of bullets til he looks like hamburger, then keep on coming. Sounded cool then, and it sounds cool now.

I'm interested in THE EXECUTIONERS because I love HEROIC TRIO so much, and also I heard the great Anthony Wong has a sizable role as the main villain.

Peter S
09-20-2003, 04:03 AM
chuk, THE MISSION is in the weekly sale at DDD, HK$25 and consider getting PTU. It really is a great film.