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英雄正傳 (1986)
True Colours

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 07/31/2007
Summary: syrupy, sappy

For about as long as I’ve been enjoying Hong Kong films, there has been the phenomena of Raymond Wong Pak-Ming. He’s been popular and successful at the box office with local audiences for numerous reasons that elude me. He’s been involved as a performer, writer, and producer in some of Hong Kong’s biggest movie hits. In 1986, had a chance to “direct” his first film Happy Ghost 3, a ghost comedy franchise he created with filmmaker Clifton Ko, sharing the directing chores with Johnnie To Kei-Fung and Ringo Lam Ling-Tung. Imagine such a thing.

Later that year, he hired up and coming director Kirk Wong Chi-Keung to direct True Colours which he wrote and was producing. He cast himself alongside real movie stars Ti Lung and Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia to star in a melodramatic morality play about being heroic and living an exemplary life doing the right thing. The scenario is super sappy and director Wong sets the bar high for cornball acting performances. Actor Wong gets to play a bible-toting priest as he did in a number of films. His performance accounts for a number a comedic moments, some quite unintentional. Get there early, so you don’t miss the cool 50’s pompadour hairstyle that Mr. Wong wears.

Ti Lung acquits himself nicely despite the material. Ms. Lin, on the other hand, is stiff and clunky in this movie; quite different from the grace and élan she displays in her numerous martial arts films. Young actor Gary Lam Jan-Hong does a compelling job as a troubled youth who looks up to Ti while seeking consul from priest Wong. It’s syrupy, sappy and mired in 60’s movie conventions.

En español: Para alrededor mientras haya estado gozando de las películas de Hong Kong, ha habido los fenómenos de Raymond Wong Pak-Ming. Él ha sido popular y acertado en la taquilla con las audiencias locales por las razones numerosas que me eluden. Él ha estado implicado como ejecutante, escritor, y el productor en algo de la película más grande de Hong-Kong golpea. En 1986, tenía una ocasión “directa” su Fantasma Feliz 3, una licencia de la primera película de la comedia del fantasma que él creó con el cineasta Clifton Ko, compartiendo las tareas que dirigían con Johnnie To Kei-Fung y Ringo Lam Ling-Tung. Imaginar tal cosa.

Más adelante ese año, él empleó para arriba y director que venía Kirk Wong para dirigir True Colours que él escribió y producía. Él se echó junto a estrellas de cine verdaderas, Ti Lung and Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia, a la estrella en un juego melodramatic de la moralidad sobre ser heroico y la vida a la vida ejemplar que hacía la cosa derecha. El panorama es sistemas sappy y de director estupendos Wong la barra alta para los funcionamientos temporarios cornball. El agente Wong consigue jugar a un sacerdote de la biblia-toting como él hizo en un número de películas. Su funcionamiento explica un número los momentos comedic, algunos absolutamente inintencionales. Conseguir allí temprano, así que no faltas el hairstyle fresco del pompadour de los años 50 que Sr. Wong usa.

Ti Lung se absuelve agradable a pesar de el material. Ms Lin, por otra parte, es tieso y clunky en esta película; absolutamente diferente de la tolerancia y élan ella exhibe en sus películas marciales numerosas de los artes. Gary Lam Jan-Hong hace un trabajo que obliga como juventud preocupada que mire hasta el Ti mientras que busca a cónsul del sacerdote Wong. Es almibarado, sappy y mired en convenciones de la película de los años 60.

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: jfierro
Date: 12/21/1999

Extremely bad movie about a criminal who has come out of hiding onlyto find his old partner has become a priest and his girlfriend has been forced to marry a powerful mob boss. In the end, it would have been much better for everyone (including the audience) if he had stayed in hiding.

Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999
Summary: NULL

I'll chop you to pieces! are the first words we hear before two guys start a slaughterhouse massacre, bags of chicken blood bursting everywhere; Lung (Ti Lung) will become a forger, his friend Robert (Raymond Wong) a priest. But when a corrupt venture capitalist starts treating Brigitte Lin (Lung's former girlfriend) like trash, it's time for revenge. The fights have a thrilling, brawl-like realism (without the usual flips, kicks, and aerobatics), but the plot bogs down in vainglo rious melodrama.


[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 5