Masterofoneinchpunch wrote:[size=150]Benny Chan stated that didn’t want happy ending; didn’t want them to die hthough but felt blowing up of building was correct.
First blockbuster movie for Benny Chan was A Moment of Romance then Big Bullet.
Brian Thibodeau wrote: ... I'd agree there. I thought that explosion was one of 1999's HK cinema highlights, and easily one of the more accomplished single special effects done in Hong Kong up to that point (and at least part of the draw for local audiences, I'm sure). ...
I still enjoy this film even today, though in its context. That was a good year . . .First blockbuster movie for Benny Chan was A Moment of Romance then Big Bullet.
I'd imagine he's referring to these in terms of box-office returns, which were handsome for both productions. Both of these are also excellent movies, but I think the seeds of Chan's future career as a specialist in Hollywood-style "blockbuster" action/thrillers were planted most intentionally in Big Bullet, which has a much grander scope, story-wise and production-wise, than Moment of Romance -- bigger stunts, bigger gunfights, nastier villains (with two well-chosen actors to play them!) and a welcome sense of urgency and import to the plotting. I'd rate them both equally, for different reasons, but in Big Bullet you can practically feel Chan defining much of the the rest of his career in epic metropolitan thrillers like HEROIC DUO, CONNECTED, INVISIBLE TARGET, etc.
Masterofoneinchpunch wrote:But the one thing I've learned from people talking on extras is to first take suspiciously until you do research .
Masterofoneinchpunch wrote:What Hong Kong films have you been watching lately Brian? I'm almost done with my The Odd One Dies essay (when I get my DVD back I am going to double check the names; for some reason HKMDB is missing the names and so far several sources are wrong, I think, on them; I reposted what I have worked up so far). Have you been watching any of the Shaw Brother's films lately?
Brian Thibodeau wrote:...I've deliberately (if metaphorically) been restricting my access to my Hong Kong stacks, although I do still acquire as much as I can. The interest is stronger than ever, but I felt I needed to expand my knowledge of cinema from everywhere else before diving back into it, hopefully better informed. The timing of price drops on older DVDs of American films (and some foreign), as well as access to the Toronto library's insanely large DVD collection, has made expanding that knowledge base an easy priority of late. I'm literally down to my last two (of over 100) Big Lots DVDs right now; I'm just about to view the last film in the GARBO SILENTS collection tonight, then finish off with LADY FROM SHANGHAI And I recently polished off a large run of Criterions from the library (with more lined up in my queue). I've already tweaked some older Hong Kong reviews because of this marathon run, though in minor ways that don't alter my opinions of them. Even at that, I've still got TONS of non-HK DVDs to get through (and decide whether to keep or sell), but most of those aren't such a high priority that I'll put them all ahead of my Hong Kong stuff, so hopefully I can start back into Hong Kong cinema -- and stay there from then on -- sometime in the near future, preferably during the crappy winter we seem to be getting up here. Every time I bring home some new discs, I'll pop some into the player strictly to skim a couple of scenes (and subconsciously make sure the disc isn't defective in case it's months before i actually watch it!), and every single time it's almost painful to take it out, even if it's some dollar VCD I scored in Chinatown.
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