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City On Fire Review


Good
Quentin Tarantino gives a big shout-out to City of Fire with Reservoir Dogs, a reinterpretation/extension/Americanization of the last 15 minutes of the film. And while City of Fire has a killer ending indeed, the guts of the film are so-so at best.

Chow Yun-Fat stars as an undercover cop who infiltrates a jewelry crime ring but develops a friendship with one of the criminals while arousing genuine suspicion in the police force. This is a lot clearer in retrospect than while watching the film -- the whole affair being confusing and poorly explained.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Review


Excellent
If you thought the only real place for gravity-defying fight scenes was The Matrix, think again. One of today's most diverse directors, Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm), has not only found the perfect venue for such combat - the classic samurai movie - but has injected his action with poetry and meaning. In Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, stars like Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh gracefully zip through the air in this breathtaking Chinese fable about love, loyalty, and destiny.

It's tough not to get a kick out of this operatic movie. There's fateful romance, legendary themes of honor and determination, strong heroines, and, oh yeah, that butt-kicking action.

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A Better Tomorrow Review


Weak
John Woo's ode to slow-motion blood splatters has earned raves from his adoring fans, but this tale of two brothers -- one good, one bad -- certainly has some much better contemporaries. Chow Yun-Fat and Leslie Cheung are mildly memorable in the aforementioned roles (one's a counterfeiter, the other is a cop on his trail), but Woo's penchant for slo-mo violence as a means of getting from one scene to the next wears thin after about 25 minutes. An atrocious dubbing job doesn't help (though subtitled versions do exist), and the dated 80s plot line makes things all the worse.

Die-hard fans of Chow and Woo will find plenty to like, but frankly, I'll take the overblown theatrics of Suture instead, when it comes to a warring brothers flick.

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Anna And The King Review


Good
Anna and the King of Rock and Roll...

My theory is that every generation needs their own version of the film The King and I. Namely a new king. My grandparents had Rex Harrison, my parents had Yul Brynner, and now my generation has Chow Yun-Fat. Hold the phone right there, mister. Chow Yun-Fat... isn't he that the guy from those crazy, violent, Hong Kong action movies by John Woo? Fear not, kind reader, for Chow Yun-Fat commands the role made famous for all these years and gives both Harrison and Brynner a run for their money.

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Bulletproof Monk Review


Very Good
Thank God for late April. Tax refunds, nice warm weather, and all of the movies that weren't quite good enough to come out in May show up in theatres. They're not fine art and they're not summer blockbusters, but at least they're not House of 1000 Corpses. Yeah, tax day seems to be the crossover point between the god-awful movies of winter and early spring and the decent cinema of summer.

Case in point is Bulletproof Monk. It's not an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, it's not laugh out loud funny, but it sure as hell ain't bad.

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Hard Boiled Review


Excellent
Way back when, before John Woo was making shoot-em-ups Stateside, before Hong Kong became property of China once again, and before Chow Yun-Fat tried to prove to the world that he knows how to speak English with the boring The Replacement Killers, we were granted a really cool cult-classic action flick named Hard Boiled.

This flick, probably one of the most violent and definitely one of the most tense action flicks ever done, concerns Tequila (Chow Yun-Fat), a haunted superman of a cop who hangs out at a Jazz bar (run by John Woo) by night and guns down gun runners by day. Like every good guy in John Woo flicks, Tequila is untouchable. Early on, the superintendent of the CID says "Give him one gun, and he's superman, give him two, and he's God." Tequila's girlfriend, Teresa (Teresa Mo) is getting white roses (a motif that shows up later in the "Once a Thief" series) that contain encoded messages from an informant in the triads. This informant, Tony (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) faces the facts that he is beginning to forget whether he is a cop or a gangster.... And all of that is before his world begins to get very confusing.

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The Corruptor Review


Good
Sadly, it took me far too long to figure out exactly who The Corruptor referred to in order to recommend this film. Lots of great gun battles, especially on DVD, and the story is a notch above the typical buddy cop action thriller fare, but in the end, it's just another cops & robbers flick.

Full Contact Review


OK
Sloppy Hong Kong fighting flick, starring Chow Yun Fat and featuring slow-mo bullets. HK purists are likely to enjoy this ultraviolent entry, which one fan swears is the only film to feature an openly gay villain. Pshaw, I say. What about Inspector Gadget? The DVD features a crappy transfer but also has 9 subtitle languages. Strange days, my friend.

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Bulletproof Monk Review


Weak

Another action-comedy clone in the now-formulaic genre that buddies mystical Eastern martial artists with wisecracking Western sidekicks, "Bulletproof Monk" squanders what little entertainment value it might have had by telling its story through bargain CGI effects, incomprehensibly edited fight scenes and cardboard characters.

Hong Kong shoot-'em-up legend Chow Yun-Fat (best known stateside for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") plays a supernaturally lissome Tibetan holy man charged with protecting an ancient scroll of powerful mystical text from those who would misuse it for personal power. More specifically, in this movie he's trying to keep it from a decrepit ex-Nazi bent on restoring his youth and taking over the world with an army of helicopter-gunship-flying henchmen in suits and sunglasses.

To justify pairing the monk with an American apprentice -- the Chosen One who will take charge of the scroll when he dies -- Chow turns up in New York for no explored reason and is stuck with a smart-alec pickpocket played by Sean William Scott (best known as Stifler in the "American Pie" movies), who never relaxes his crooked, apparently permanent, "whoa, dude" sneering-smirk.

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Chow Yun-Fat

Date of birth

18th May, 1955

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.83


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Anna And The King Movie Review

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