Friday, June 17, 2016

The Monkey King 2 西游记之孙悟空三打白骨精

 Released Year: 2016
Directed by 鄭保瑞 Cheang Poh Sui

Casted by:
郭富城 Aaron Kwok as 孙悟空 Sun Wukong
巩俐 Gong Li as 白骨精 Baigujing
冯绍峰 William Feng as 唐僧 Tang Sanzang
小沈阳 Xiao Shen Yang as 猪八戒 Zhu Bajie
罗仲谦 Him Law as 沙僧 Sha Wujing
费翔 Fei Xiang as 云海西国国王 King of Yun Hai Xi Kingdom
陈慧琳 Kelly Chen as 观世音菩萨 Guan Yin
魏璐 Lu Weu as 蛇精 Snake Evil
齐浠儿 Xi'er Qi as 蝙蝠精 Bat Evil
母其弥雅 Miya Muqi as 箭猪精 Pig Evil
500 years after Sun Wukong's imprisonment under the Five Fingers Mountain, a young Buddhist monk Tang Sanzang is sent on a journey to India to collect Buddha's scriptures. On his travels he accidentally frees Wukong and the Monkey King learns from the Mercy Goddess that he has to protect the monk throughout the journey. They also meet Zhu Baije, a lustful pig demon, and Sha Wujing, a djinn-like monk. All three demons accept Sanzang as their Master.

The company travel to the Yun Hai Xi Kingdom, a land terrorized by the White Bone Demon who snatches children. As the demoness learns about Sanzang, she decides to eat him in order to stop her reincarnation cycle and achieve everlasting demon-hood. She transforms into an old woman and beguiles the group into her cottage in the woods. While her disguised minions lure Wukong, Baije and Wujing into the forest, the demoness tells Sanzang a story about how she was forced to marry as a young girl, and when her village suffered with famine, the people blamed her for it, even calling her an evil demon, and left her atop a cliff as a sacrifice for the gods. As Sanzang comforts the old lady, she attempts to kill him, but is stopped by Wukong who has seen through her disguise with his Fiery Eyes. He kills the old lady and the demoness escapes. Sanzang and the others don't believe Wukong that all the women he murdered were demons, and blame him for killing the innocent.

The group arrives to the kingdom's capital and the King throws a feast for them, begging Sanzang to exorcise the bloodthirsty demoness. Suddenly the Lady White appears and demands the monk, but he expresses his desire to enlighten her. She tries to persuade Wukong to let her eat the monk, because only then he will be free of the spell that subdues his will. With Sun deceiving the demoness, a fight ensues. During the chaos, the King's guards kidnap Sanzang, but before the King kills the monk in order to cure himself of a disease - as he has been actually kidnapping all the children and blaming the White Bone Demon - Wukong saves him and the children as well. All of the group are celebrated as heroes, but as a little girl approaches Tanzang, Wukong kills her and her mother as well, seeing the demoness possessing them. That angers Sanzang, and, accusing him of seeing demons everywhere, orders Wukong to leave. Wukong flies away, but as soon as he does, the White Demon kidnaps Sanzang.

Baije and Wujing decide to disband, Baije heading to the Flower-Fruit Mountain to beg Wukong for help, and Wujing rushing to the demoness' lair. Baije arrives at the mountain, but Wukong's not there. In her lair, the demoness confesses to the monk that the story she had told him earlier was true, recounting her previous life. Sanzang gets to understand why she doesn't want to become human again, and gives up. Outside the cave, Wujing fights the the Lady White's skeleton army, and later is joined by Baije and Wukong, who saves Sanzang. After a hard battle, the White Bone Demon is defeated by the Monkey King. However, Sanzang pleads Buddha to save her soul, only to be told he would have to give up his own life in order to save her. Tanzang accepts that and the demoness is absorbed into his body. In his subconsciousness, the monk tells the Lady White he will do anything to help her, but she refuses, rather destroying herself. In the real world, Sanzang pleads Wukong to kill him, which he refuses to do. The monk tells him he desires to help the demoness change her doom, no matter how many lives it will take to accomplish. Wukong tearfully agrees, promising to wait for his return forever, and kills him. Because of Sanzang's sacrifice, the demoness is led to her reincarnation to human, finally free of her pain and hatred.

Some time later, Wukong and his friends still wait for the return of the monk, but continue their journey to the Thunder Monastery. It seems that Sanzang actually reenters life, as a human finger cracks through the Buddha statue Wukong is carrying with him.
 L² Scored: 6.5/10

L² Comment:
Due to Donnie Yen not able to act in this sequence, Aaron Kwok was given the chance to took up the main character and fight against Gong Li the diva. Comparing to the first movie, this is definitely much more better and follow more on the fiction. Well, if they have anymore sequence, will it be Donnie Yen or Aaron Kwok acting as the Monkey King?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Gigolo 2 鴨王2

Released Year: 2016
Directed by 姜國民 Venus Keung

Casted by:
何浩文 Dominic Ho as 何巨峯 Fung
文凱玲 Connie Man as Monica
林莉嫻 Leslie Lam as Isabel
林子善 Jazz Lam as Dick
鍾采羲 Iris Chung as Sushi
麥家琪 Teresa Mak as 二筒姐 Yi Tung
何華超 Tony Ho as 大 Deal 哥 Big Dog
梁敏儀 Winnie Leung as Mona
After Fung Ho claimed to be top of his career, he is now a semi-retired gigolo and runs a nightclub named High X. Monica and Sushi are two best friends who are extras in film and television for survivals. At Sushi's birthday party, Monica gets to know Fung when she cant find a taxi to get home and Fung offers to drive her back. After filiming, Yi Tung, a madam comes to the set and asks Sushi if she wants to go for a boat party where there are rich guys. Sushi asks Monica along too despite her reluctance. Halfway throughout the boat party, Monica receives a sms from her elder brother that her mother has been sent to the hospital. She panicks as she is unable to go onshore. She meets Fung who is at the party too and he decides to take her back onshore on his speedboat. After fetching her mother home , Monica holds a family meeting with her siblings to decide who takes care of her mother but her siblings refuse to take the responsibility and she falls out with them. Her mother also has to undergo surgery. In order to get enough money for the high-cost surgery, Monica decides to join Sushi to be a prostitute. However, she is shy and nervous about sex, especially about anal sex and blowjobs. Sushi recommends her to Fung to learn the sex craft and after some coaching by Fung, she manages to overcome her problem and becomes an expert at pleasuring men. She also fell in love with Fung while being coached by Fung.

After she graduated from Fung, she sees Fung together with another girl Isabel, a lawyer who is going to be married and feels unhappy as a result. Sushi and her boyfriend Dick want to buy an apartment and are short of cash. Yi Tung recommends them to Big Dog but Dick feels apprehensive as he heard of gigolos being injured terribly while being hired by Big Dog and his wife Mona for sexual services. However, Sushi insists on accepting the offer. During the process, Sushi and Dick are killed by Big dog and Mona due to rough treatment. Monica and Fung saw the news of Sushi being murdered and decide to take revenge on Big Dog and Mona.

After that, Monica and Fung get married, but during the wedding, Fung is murdered by a few thugs hired by Isabel's husband as he found out that Isabel is having Fung's baby when he himself is sterilised.
 L² Scored: 8/10

L² Comment:
 After one year, The Gigolo is out with the sequel but i think there won't be anymore sequel after this because the main actor has been killed in the end of the movie. I scored this sequel as the same with the first movie as i think it also give us surprise and not only stick to the same storyline like the first movie. This time Dominic didn't show us too much of his body while Connie & Iris are showing us more on their body. Not a bad story, hopefully there's more of this kind of genre movie appeared in Hong Kong soon...

Monday, June 13, 2016

Mural 画壁

Released Year: 2011
Directed by 陳嘉上 MH

Casted by:
邓超 Deng Chao as 朱孝廉 XiaoLian
孙俪 Betty Sun as 芍药 ShaoYao
闫妮 Yan Ni as 姑姑 The Queen
邹兆龙 Collin Chou as 孟龍潭 LongTan
柳岩 Ada Liu as 雲梅 YunMei
谢楠 Xie Nan as 翠竹 ChuiZhu
包贝尔 Bao Bei Er as 後夏 HouXia
安志杰 Andy On as 武士 Owl
郑爽 Zheng Shuang as 牡丹 MuDan
莫小棋 Monica Mok as 丁香 DingXiang
曾志伟 Eric Tsang as 不動和尚 BuDong
In a quiet temple, Xiao Lian staring at a drawing which contained the world of flowers. Due to the over focus, Xiao Lian's spirit has unconsciously went into the drawing and he met MuDan, one of the flower angel in the drawing. The Queen of the angel is a strict person who dislike man, to avoid Xiao Lian get into trouble, MuDan beg ChuiZhu to bring Xiao Lian to hide but herself was caught by The Queen and put into the dungeon for disobeying the rules.

Xiao Lian flash out from the drawing, but he worried about MuDan and brought along his servant Hou Xia & a bandit Long Tan back into the drawing to save MuDan. They met ShaoYao who is The Queen's assistant and Xiao Lian falls for her beautiful look while Hou Xia has his feeling for another angel YunMei. The Queen found out the 3 man's appearance, not only she did not kills them but offer them to marry her angel in order to get new born baby and plan to kill them off if a baby girl is born. Long Tan greedily marry YunMei as wife but divorce her on the second day. After that Long Tan chose DingXiang as his wife again and also seduce another 3 angels to be his woman. 

To stay at the world and avoid The Queen, ShaoYao & Owl's suspicious, Xiao Lian chose ChuiZhu to marry while Hou Xia marry with YunMei. ChuiZhu freaked out but after knowing Xiao Lian is tricking The Queen, she agreed on this fake marriage and helps to look for MuDan. On an event, ShaoYao told them MuDan has yet to die, other angels force her to bring them to MuDan. By saving MuDan, ShaoYao sacrificed herself to be put into the dungeon. They plan to leave this place, but MuDan realize Xiao Lian actually falls for ShaoYao but not her. MuDan went to ask forgiveness from The Queen and hope to get ShaoYao return in peace. The Queen is angry with the angels and plan to kill both ShaoYao & MuDan; but Owl fought back with her and sacrifice himself to get ShaoYao & MuDan back to safety. All angels forms up to fight against The Queen but The Queen great power has killed all of the angels & the 3 men who are here.

BuDong monk came into the drawing and told The Queen not to be so evil. He also told her that he has never forgotten The Queen. Melted by the words of her old lover, The Queen returns everyone's life and agreed to leave the place with BuDong. The Queen has passed her authority to ShaoYao and let her lead the angels. Not able to accept Xiao Lian, ShaoYao let him go in sadness. Xiao Lian sudden flash back and realized himself is in the quiet temple again staring at the drawing while nothing has ever happened... 
L² Scored: 7.5/10

L² Comment
This is one of the story from 聊齋 Liao Zhai which I think has never been filmed before. This movie has once hit the number one place in China's blockbuster in 2011. The whole movie is not bad but not sure how much changes it has been make comparing to the original fiction. However, the storyline seems ok just a few part which is kinda bored. Luckily the whole movie is still ok and I won't feel sickening compare to The Monkey King which I just watched.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Monkey King 西遊記之大鬧天宮

 Released Year: 2014
Directed by 鄭保瑞 Cheang Poh Sui

Casted by:
甄子丹 Donnie Yen as 孫悟空 Sun Wu Kong
郭富城 Aaron Kwok as 牛魔王 The Bull Demon
周潤發 Chow Yun Fatt as 玉皇大帝 Heaven Emperor
何潤東 Peter Ho as 杨戬二郎神 Er Lang Shen
夏梓桐 Xia Zhi Tong as 九尾狐 Nine Tails Vixen
陈乔恩 Joe Chen as 铁扇公主 Princess Iron Fan
The Bull Demon attacked the heaven with his army of hell, but was defeated by the emperor of heaven. When he almost get vanished, sister of the emperor of heaven, Princess Iron Fan beg her brother to let him go and willing to follow The Bull Demon away and never return back to the heaven. Even though the war has settled, but it also ruined a lot of the Heaven's structure. NuWa goddess uses her diamond stone to cure the ruined part but one of the stone drop into the earth and created a monkey evil in it.

The Monkey evil get to know a nine tails vixen when he was stuck in it, but after that the nine tail vixen has gone by saving from the Bull Demon as his apprentice. GuanYin Buddha informed Subhuti that this monkey evil need to be train and control his evilness. Subhuti trained monkey evil and named him as Sun Wu Kong. But Sun Wu Kong is too arrogant and went back to his Hua Guo Shan to live with his monkey fellow. The Bull Demon wished to attack heaven again and try his best to influence Sun Wu Kong to attack Tian Nan Men. Before that the Bull Demon has plotted Nine Tail Vixen beside Wu Kong as a spy. Wu Kong also went to Shui Jing Palace to steal his weapon Jing Gang Bang and caused a lot of life to die.

The Bull Demon went to Hua Guo Shan when Wu Kong is doing his work duty in the heaven. The Bull Demon's army of hell has killed all the monkey at there together with the nine tail vixen. Wu Kong believed The Bull Demon's lie and attack the heaven with the army of hell. Even Er Lang Shen & Emperor of Heaven can't stop him. But on a twisted moment, Wu Kong suddenly realize the Bull Demon is behind all this and turn back to fight against the Bull Demon...
 L² Scored: 2/10

L² Comment:
I never watched this movie in the cinema back in 2 years ago because everyone keep on told me its not worth to; after watching this movie yesterday, I finally agreed with everyone. Not only that the whole movie has twisted the original story of the fiction, it also sounds kinda ridiculous to me as well. No doubt the graphic and effect is welly done, but the story appeared to be empty and the most important is, this is not the Journey To The West that we have all known...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Keeper of Darkness 陀地驅魔人

 Released Year: 2015
Directed by 張家輝 Nick Cheung

Casted by:
張家輝 Nick Cheung as 黃永發 Fatt
張繼聰 Louis Cheung as 阿葱 Chong
郭采潔 Amber Kuo as 江雪 Xue
蔡思貝 Sisley Choi as 方紫寧 Ning
釋延能 Shi Yan Neng as 黑哥 Hei
余文樂 Shawn Yue as 劉江 Jiang
Fatt is a famous exorcist & living with Xue, a ghost who has passed away many years ago. Xue taught him how to be an exorcist without hurting the people & animal who has been used by ghost as a living object.

Fatt & his apprentice Chong, together with the help of Ning, they try to solve the issue of the great evil ghost Hei who has been hurting people around. In the end, Ning let Xue used her body to bid farewell to Fatt on her last day...  
 L² Scored: 3.5/10

L² Comment:
Well, its been a bit disappointed after watching this movie. The whole movie is not that scary at all comparing to its trailer, some more this is the second horror movie Nick Cheung has been directing. Won't consider to watch it again because it will not change my mind towards this movie~

Monday, June 6, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

 Released Year: 2016
Directed by Dave Green

Casted by:
Pete Ploszek as Leonardo
Alan Ritchson as Raphael
Noel Fisher as Michelangelo
Jeremy Howard as Donatello
Megan Fox as April O'Neil
Stephen Amell as Casey Jones
Will Arnett as Vern Fenwick
Brian Tee as Oroku Saki / The Shredder
Gary Anthony Williams as Bebop
Stephen "Sheamus" Farrelly as Rocksteady
Brad Garrett as Krang
Laura Linney as Rebecca Vincent
One year after their battle with the Shredder, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still live in the shadows, having allowed Vern Fenwick to take the credit for Shredder's defeat. When Shredder is being transferred between prisons by corrections officer Casey Jones, his Foot Clan–operating under the direction of scientist Baxter Stockman–attack the convoy transporting him, but the Turtles, tipped off to the escape attempt by April O'Neil, fend them off. Stockman is still able to affect Shredder's escape using a teleportation device, but Shredder is hijacked mid-teleport and winds up in another dimension. There, the alien warlord Krang gives him a mutagenic compound in exchange for his promise to find three components of a machine Krang sent to Earth in ages past, which when united will open a portal to his dimension.

Shredder recruits the two criminals that were being transported alongside him, Bebop and Rocksteady, and has Stockman use Krang's mutagen on them to transform them into powerful animal mutants. The snooping April witnesses their transformation, and is able to steal the vial of mutagen; pursued by the Foot, she is unexpectedly saved by Casey Jones, but in the scuffle, the vial is lost and taken into police custody. Donatello deduces that the mutagen could be used to turn the Turtles into humans, enabling them to live normal lives above ground, but Leonardo refuses and insists he keep it a secret from the others. Unfortunately, Michelangelo overhears their conversation and tells Raphael; furious, Raph takes Mikey, April, Casey, and Vern and breaks into police headquarters to recover the mutagen. The Foot arrive ahead of them and, in the ensuing battle, the Turtles' existence is revealed to the police, who react with fear and hatred. The brothers escape, but April and Casey are arrested.

With Shredder's forces having already recovered two of the pieces of the portal device, the bickering Turtles track Bebop and Rocksteady to Brazil where they have recovered the final piece from its jungle hiding place. The Turtles intercept their jet on its return journey via a plane-to-plane skydive, and although the resultant battle crashes the jet, Bebop and Rocksteady are still able to successfully escape with the final component. The Turtles return to New York just in time to watch as Stockman and Shredder complete the portal device and open the gateway to Krang's dimension, through which his modular war machine, the Technodrome, begins to emerge. Krang immediately betrays Shredder, freezing him and locking him away with his collection of other defeated foes.

The Turtles see no way to combat the threat from the shadows, and must decide whether or not to take the mutagen and become humans in order to fight openly; Leonardo finally agrees to do as his brothers wish, but Raphael shatters the vial, realizing that they must accept who and what they are. Vern recovers security footage that proves Stockman and Shredder's crimes and secures April and Casey's release, allowing them to facilitate a meeting between the Turtles and police chief Rebecca Vincent. With the acceptance and blessing of the police, the Turtles go into action, confronting Krang aboard the still-assembling Technodrome. Meanwhile, Casey keeps Bebop and Rocksteady busy while April and Vern defeat Shredder's lieutenant Karai and take control of the portal device. Once the Turtles locate the beacon around which the Technodrome is assembling, they hurl it back through the portal, taking Krang and the rest of the Technodrome with it, and April, Casey, and Vern shut the portal down.

The Turtles are honored by Vincent and the NYPD, but elect to keep their existence a secret from the public at large, deciding that being normal isn't nearly as fun as being a turtle.
 L² Scored: 9.5/10

L² Comment
After waited for almost 2 years, finally TMNT is out again :) I'm a super fans of TMNT when i was a kid & i never ever remember April being so sexy & hot. But Megan is a bit too too too sexy man~ and i hate it when she's not in her brownish reporter's clothes :p

Well, this time the movie add on with few more familiar characters such as Krang, Bebop & Rocksteady :) The whole movie is moving in a nice pace which i think its just perfect. Seriously I will never think that Megan Fox being too sexy is gonna make me minus off 0.5 from it. I want the sexy April O'Neil whose the reporter but not the sexy April O'Neil whose the foxy lady~ Don't be too over, we are not watching porn here lol  

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Race to Witch Mountain

 Released Year: 2009
Directed by Andy Fickman

Casted by:
Dwayne Johnson as Jack Bruno
Alexander Ludwig as Seth
AnnaSophia Robb as Sara
Ciarán Hinds as Henry Burke
An alien spaceship crashes near Searchlight, Nevada, outside Las Vegas. Project Moon Dust, a secret Defense Department unit led by Henry Burke, arrives in black helicopters. Men in Black seize the ship and search for its passengers.

Jack Bruno is a former mob get-away driver who drives a cab to avoid returning to jail. One of his passengers is Dr. Alex Friedman, a failed scientist who is in Las Vegas to speak at a UFO convention at the Planet Hollywood hotel.

After resisting two thugs who seek his services for a mob boss, Bruno finds two teenagers, Sara and Seth, in his cab. They offer $15,000 to drive to a certain destination. Burke's men follow the cab; Bruno believes that the government agents are more mob thugs, and evades them with his driving skills. Seth's ability to vary his molecular density helps the group to escape.

When they arrive at an abandoned house, Bruno follows them out of concern and curiosity. The teenagers retrieve the device they were looking for within a hidden underground laboratory, but the three are attacked by a "Siphon", a powerful armored alien assassin. The Siphon pursues the group until its spaceship crashes into a train and the creature is wounded. The three again escape Burke's agents, in part due to Sara's telepathy and telekinetics.

The teenagers explain to Bruno that they are from a dying planet 3,000 light years from Earth. Its government intends to invade Earth, despite the idea being unpopular among the majority of their race, so that their kind may survive. Seth and Sara's parents are scientists who sought a way to save their planet without invasion but were arrested before completing their experiment. The teenagers came to retrieve the successful results, but the alien government sent the assassin to stop them. To save both worlds, they must retrieve their spaceship and return home.

Bruno brings Seth and Sara to Dr. Friedman at the UFO convention, who realizes that the teenagers are what she has been searching for and joins the group. Fellow UFOlogist and conspiracy theorist Dr. Donald Harlan tells them that the spaceship was taken to the secret California government base Witch Mountain. Harlan and his men distract the soldiers with Bruno's taxi while the others escape to Witch Mountain on Harlan's RV. The group arrives at the base but are captured; Burke orders that the teenagers be prepared for vivisection, but frees the adults as no one will believe them.

The Siphon attacks Witch Mountain and battles the soldiers, allowing Bruno and Friedman to infiltrate the base and free Seth and Sara. They launch the ship, escape through the mountain's tunnels, and finally kill the assassin who has stowed away on the spaceship. The teenagers give Bruno and Friedman a tracking device that will allow the aliens to always find them, tearfully wish them farewell, and return to their planet.

Bruno and Friedman become successful authors of Race to Witch Mountain: A True Story. They promote their book and knowledge on the UFO convention circuit, explaining that the publicity protects them from government reprisal. As they leave a convention the alien device activates, implying that the teenagers may be returning to Earth.
 L² Scored: 7/10

L² Comment:
This is a remake of Disney film 1975 "Escape to Witch Mountain". I missed it in the big screen that time, hey wait a minute.... it was almost 8 years ago!!! and WTF, i have been blogging on this movie blog for so long already ?!? 

Alright, back to the movie, kinda nice but just feel some part can be more excited, such as the part where they fight along with Siphon... Of course Dwayne Johnson still looks good but Alexander Ludwig is so yummy even though he was just 17yo in this movie; I just google his recent photos & he was fucking hell good looking, gosh~ Don't forgot about AnnaSophia Robb who looks stunning too in this movie & she is the young version of Carrie Bradshaw lol~