Thursday, October 22, 2009

Random Book, Random Passage #6

The first reference book to come up in this series, Asian Cult Cinema. It's probably not totally random that I flipped and stopped at a picture of Chow Yun-Fat, but I could've stopped on Jackie Chan or Sammo and kept going. Here's a bit about Ringo Lam's Full Contact:
Filmmaker Ringo Lam delivers his masterpiece. While it may be too violent and bleak to woo the mainstream audiences, it emerges as a film that simply can't be ignored. Unquestionably, it's the final word on the ultraviolence craze in HK cinema. Plus the pic benefits from, perhaps, Chow Yun-Fat's finest performance.
It goes on to describe the typically over the top plot and acknowledges the importance of the bullet's-eye view shot.  The writing style of the reviews isn't this book's strong point, so I'm not going to quote the whole thing.  I haven't seen Full Contact in a long time, I wonder how it's held up?  It's certainly not Chow Yun-Fat's finest performance.  At least, not any longer.

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