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Blood Brothers Review


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John Woo turns up as a producer of Blood Brothers, and it's not too surprising since the film is a reimagining of an earlier Woo effort, Bullet in the Head, which has a similar setup and plot points. Both films track the adventures of three friends from the boonies who seek to make it in the big and dangerous outside world but get much more excitement than they bargained for.

While Bullet in the Head is set in Vietnam during the war, Blood Brothers takes us back to the glamorous nightclubs of Shanghai in the '30s. Feng (Daniel Wu), Kang (Liu Ye), and Kang's brother Hu (Tony Yang) decide to leave their poor village and venture into town to see what they can make of themselves. It's rough going at first, with the guys taking on menial and humiliating jobs such as rickshaw pulling, but Hu lucks out by landing work as a waiter at the gorgeous Paradise Club, where all of haute Shanghai comes to party and to pay homage to the crime bosses who run it. The star of the show: Lulu (Shi Qi), who's the plaything of the big boss but is secretly in love with Mark (Chang Chen), one of his bodyguards.

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Formula 17 Review


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It can seem unfair to call any movie a "gay movie." After all, we don't usually talk about "straight movies." But it must be said that Formula 17 is a really gay movie, at least in the sense that every character who appears on the screen is gay. Straight people simply never show up in this depiction of bustling Taipei. It's a world of gay gyms, gay clubs, gay roommates, and gay fashion.

17-year-old Tien (Tony Yang) is new in town, having dragged his red suitcase to the big city after a rough year in school. (His erotic dreams blend sex with math formulas.) He's hoping to crash with his old buddy Yu (Chin King), find a summer job, and lose his virginity, perhaps with a "friend" he's met on the Internet.

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