A thoroughly shoddy film about a couple of wacky cops getting into various wacky shenanigans. A lot of the time, you'll watch a little-seen movie like this and you'll be like "Why is that so obscure? It's great!" This was not one of those times. I know exactly why Two Jolly Cops is so obscure, and it is very much not great. The biggest issue: Gordon Liu's main character is an angry weirdo who's pretty much impossible to get on…
Wild Search 1989
A basically enjoyable film about the various shenanigans that ensue when a cop gets involved with the sister of a murdered gun-runner. I'll admit that this one never really clicked for me despite featuring solid direction from Ringo Lam and endearing performances from Chow Yun-Fat and Cherie Chung (whose chemistry goes a long way towards making the film work as well as it does). The whole thing just feels kind of bland, and there isn't a whole lot of action to liven things up; it drags, even at a relatively brief 98 minutes.
The Diary of a Big Man 1988
From now on I'll only watch a movie if it has the following two elements:
1. Chow Yun-Fat getting himself into nonstop wacky schemes that are so convoluted they make an average episode of Three's Company look like Schindler's List.
2. A completely random song-and-dance number mid-film where Chow Yun-Fat walks down the street doing a sweet saxophone solo.
I guess that means that I only watch The Diary of a Big Man over and over again from now on? Sorry everyone, unfollow me if you're not cool with that.
The Tournament 1974
A solid film about a young woman who finds herself in martial arts shenanigans when she sets out to avenge her father. The movie takes way, way too long to get the gears of the plot into motion, and is definitely slower than it needs to be, but Angela Mao's abundant screen presence (not to mention a small but fun role for young Sammo Hung) helps to keep things engaging during the leisurely-paced first half. The fighting doesn't really start…