Prince: Rave un2 the Year 2000 2000
A long time ago, Prince screamed "Can I play my guitar?" then played the solo to She's Always in My Hair while dressed in a blue PVC jumpsuit.
This was where humanity peaked. It's been downhill ever since.
His Motorbike, Her Island 1986
Gorgeous music, even more gorgeous black and white cinematography. It's all hazy and dream-like, which also means it's kind of meandering, but that's all part of the experience.
Can we just talk about how hot Riki Takeuchi is here? This film is only a decade or so removed from Dead or Alive, yet he looks about 30 years younger and convinces as a James Dean-esque teen idol type. I guess scowling your way through 200 identical yakuza movies will age you prematurely.
School in the Crosshairs 1981
Magical stuff. It'd be very easy to criticise this: the film doesn't introduce the central hook, stakes or antagonist until the halfway mark, by which point there shouldn't really be enough time to explore either the themes inherent in fascistic gangs of students controlling a school, or really use the characters to build to a satisfying climax.
Yet Obayashi uses the first half to explore those characters in extremely sweet slice-of-life moments, and in the second half is smart enough…
Tiger Cage II 1990
The best action in the series, and pretty much the worst everything else. The plot and characters are all kind of dull, and Donnie Yen and Rosamund Kwan don't really have any chemistry to speak of. There's an injection of humour that never really lands. The dramatic scenes also feel exceptionally utilitatian in their cinematography, like Yuen Woo Ping was like 'just point the camera a them and get it over with, no one cares about this stuff'.
Warriors of Future 2022
Terrific, ambitious, blockbuster filmmaking, even if the script feels very flat in places, and every character is a walking bag of cliches. The fact that this was made with a fraction of the money of say, a Marvel movie, yet somehow looks better in many respects is a small miracle.
Although those characters aren't hugely compelling, the constant barrage of action is really, really fun, as is the novelty of seeing Louis Koo, Lau Ching Wan, Carina Lau and Phillip…