七小福
Painted Faces (1988)


Reviewed by: grimes
Date: 04/09/2000

This films basically tells the story of the childhoods of Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao (except that according to them the film is entirely inaccurate. Oh well). They were all students (more or less indentured) at an opera school in Hong Kong. Because of declining interest in this amazing art form, the school eventually closes. Sammo Hung plays the school's teacher/principal/owner.

While this has plenty of cheesy moments, I was really moved by the story thread about the decline of opera in modern Hong Kong. It's terribly sad that such a great art would lose its audience (of course, the same thing is happening to Western classical music as well).

It was also really interesting to see Sammo in an entirely dramatic role. Besides his amazing grace and physical gifts, he is also a talented actor. He does a great job of making his character become gradually more likeable as we learn more about him.


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

This is really interesting. This movie is a true story about howSamo Hung Kim Pao, Jackie (Big-Nose- his actual name when he grew up) Chan, Corey Yuen, Yuen Biao & their Sifu of the Peking Opera the grew up in Hong Kong. Samo Hung Kim Pao/Bo plays their sifu. Whom is a hard teacher and strives to be the best. In an interview with Corey Yuen he said they wouldn't have been able to tell the truth on how hard the training was because it would be too violent. Sammo won a Hong Kong film award as best actor. A deep touching story as you see their lives as young boys. GOOD!

[Reviewed by Anonymous]


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

Samo Hung is the strict, melancholy head of a Peking Opera school in a time when its popularity (and political favor) is on the wane. A surprisingly sedate and almost touching drama.

(3/4)



[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 7