East Screen / West Screen #54 – What’s Old is New (Year) Again

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Running Time (59:45)

Is this a case of Double un-Happiness?

Is the King speechless? (Reelz Channel)



Interlude – Kowloon Hong Kong by The Reynettes




All’S WELL ENDS WELL 2011 [最強囍事]



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7 thoughts on “East Screen / West Screen #54 – What’s Old is New (Year) Again”

  1. I love Cantonese comedy films 🙂

    I liked 72 Tenants Of Prosperity but it was no Alls Well Ends Well (original) or It’s A Wonderful Life (90’s film)

    If someone has only seen Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle then I’d say the first stop in their Stephen Chow journey should be Fight Back To School!

    Here’s Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” video for Kevin’s benefit (hope the link works for you) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0MX4vBWzNk

  2. In response to HongKongDave’s comment, I would say “Fight Back to School” is an essential view to Stephen Chow’s films. But not worthy enough to be a “first stop” in that journey. If anything, that first stop should actually belong to “All For The Winner”. It’s the film that practically started it all for Chow.

    Oh, and since you mention here that “The Green Hornet” will be talked about for the next podcast, I’d like to give this a mention. I saw it a few weeks ago in Toronto. In fact, I saw it right after work on opening day Friday (January 14th, was it?). Thought the film was fairly enjoyable but at the same time, felt really ripped off for watching it in 3D. Don’t get me wrong. I love 3D movies but the 3D visuals were practically non-existant for this movie. However, the 3D visuals on the end credits looked alright. So consider yourselves (esp. folks in Hong Kong where it opened on Feb 2nd) warned. Extremely warned!

  3. I’ve seen a decent amount of Stephen Chow movies:

    Curry and Pepper
    All for the Winner
    Fist of Fury 1991
    Fight Back to School
    All’s Well, Ends Well
    Fight Back to School 2
    Love on Delivery
    From Beijing with Love
    Out of the Dark
    God of Cookery
    King of Comedy
    Shaolin Soccer
    Kung Fu Hustle

    And, most recently, I watched half of Flirting Scholar before my Netflix DVD gave up the ghost.

    But, for a catalog release, the remastered Chinese Odyssey sets are pretty expensive. Depending on where you shop the Blu-Ray version can set you back more than US$50. (and a still pricey $30 for the DVDs)

    That’s a lot more than I’m used to shelling out for two movies. I guess I’ve just been spoiled by those traditionally cheap Hong Kong DVD prices over the years. That trend doesn’t seem to hold for Blu-Rays… but I’m sure that will change with time. This is supposed to be my affordable hobby. 🙂

  4. Flirting Scholar…hehehe….
    Now that is one movie I have watched many times repeatedly. And considering the one particular scene that gave it the category 3 rating, I wouldn’t recommend it to kids. (hint: it’s the poet duel match which is very sexually suggestive and vulgar)

    I was very lucky enough to buy the remastered DVD release at HK Records for $20 Hong Kong dollars (that’s less than $5 Canadian dollars) during my time in Hong Kong. It was the best purchase ever! (The fact that I bought the last copy at the time made it even better. lol!)

  5. I don’t remember much about All for the Winner (another Netflix rental), but love Fight Back to School — it’s a safe buy for any Chow fan.

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