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Archive for March, 2012

Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties Postmortem - Full list + Stats

MEGA IMPORTANT NOTE: IF you’re just happening across this Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties feature for the first time, we strongly suggest you head all the way back to this post to start the countdown from the very beginning. It’s more fun to read the entire thing from Number 100 down to Number 1, plus you get to see all the nifty movie posters. Please do it now. For justice.

Nic Tse
“Go back to the beginning. I’m not going to tell you twice.”

Okay, onwards and upwards:

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Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties - Numbers 5-1 and we’re done

I thought we’d never get here.

This is the final post in our incredibly drawn-out and tiresome Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties countdown and it’s frankly insane that it took us 11 days to get here. It seems like I’m just delaying the inevitable.

Chow again
“I”m going to win, right? Because if I don’t I’m going
to sign that contract to make BULLETPROOF MONK 2.”

Yep, it’s time for Chow Yun-Fat to claim his rightful place as King of the Eighties, but before we get there, here’s the boilerplate:

This is LoveHKFilm.com’s Top 100 Hong Kong Movies of the Eighties countdown. It’s selected by over 130 people who either read LoveHKFilm.com or chance upon it while looking for BitTorrent links. If you just arrived here and haven’t seen Number 100-6, we suggest you first use the links below because it’s more exciting to read the countdown in the correct order. Well, I can’t prove it’s more exciting but trust me, it is. Scout’s honor.

Previous updates:
Numbers 101-81
Numbers 80-61
Numbers 60-41
Numbers 40-31
Numbers 30-21
Numbers 20-11
Numbers 10-6

Let’s get this thing done! I got a plane to catch and actual film reviews to write.

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Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties - Numbers 10-6

We’re here at the home stretch of the Top 100 Hong Kong Movies of the Eighties countdown, and someone is feeling pretty damn good.

Chow laughs
“My ability to own is as boundless as my beard!”

Chow Yun-Fat knows he’s got some pretty damn good films that haven’t shown up on this list yet. Surely he’ll be able to outpace competitors like Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan to win the dubious title of “Guy with most movies on the Top 100 Hong Kong Movies of the Eighties List.” One thing we do know is that Wong Jing won’t be winning.

Wong Jing
“Run, Jing Jr! That’s karma and retribution coming for us!”

At least Wong Jing had the nineties, when a certain other actor named Chow would make his movies into timeless box office hits.

So anyway, let’s get moving on Number 10-6 in this countdown. As usual, if you just got here, you might want to check out earlier entries in this Top 100 so that you don’t mistakenly think that NINJA IN THE DRAGON’S DEN has a chance of showing up at #3. Edison Chen being likable again is probably much more possible.

Nah, that won’t be happening either.

Previous updates:
Numbers 101-81
Numbers 80-61
Numbers 60-41
Numbers 40-31
Numbers 30-21
Numbers 20-11

Hit the jump and let’s get to #10!

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Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties - Numbers 20-11

Hey, it’s the next installment in the Top 100 Hong Kong blah blah blah blah. I’ve been doing this for over a week now and I’m sure you’re all as bored as I am. Let’s cut straight to the funny photo:

“It’s our time!”
“It’s our time to take over this list, brothers!”

Okay, not a funny photo but don’t they look so happy? Not like this guy:

Keanu
“How did I get here? I remember a bench and a sandwich.”

So yeah, if this is your first installment in this list go back and look at the previous entries with Numbers 100-21. You’ll be happier, I’ll be happier and hopefully so will Keanu.

Previous updates:
Numbers 101-81
Numbers 80-61
Numbers 60-41
Numbers 40-31
Numbers 30-21

Jump!

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Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties - Numbers 30-21

Sorry for the extra-long weekend delay. Sometimes rest helps the weary.

When last we left the Top 100 Hong Kong Kong Films of the Eighties countdown, Sammo Hung and Chow Yun-Fat were neck-and-neck for the “Hong Kong artist with most films in this Top 100″ crown. Both are now tied at nine films apiece, including cameos, but Yuen Biao has now squeezed into second place at seven films! Do you think this countdown will go down to a three-way race between Chow Yun-Fat, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao?

Jackie
“Hey, I can hear you over here! You think this pulled neck muscle
will keep me down? I’m about to open up a can of eighties whup-ass!”

Yes, maybe he’ll factor in at the end too.

So, you’re looking at installment five in the Top 100 Hong Kong Movies of the Eighties, as decided upon by LoveHKFilm readers and other assorted individuals who have seen far too many movies. This entry covers numbers 30-21 so if you have not been paying attention, we suggest you head back to number 100 so as to not ruin the surprise and/or disappointment.

Previous updates:
Numbers 101-81
Numbers 80-61
Numbers 60-41
Numbers 40-31

We’re getting close to the end here, so rather than jibber-jabber anymore, we’ll just get to it.

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Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties - Numbers 40-31

Only 40 films left in our Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties countdown! Last time, Chow Yun-Fat wasn’t too pleased with his poor showing, with only four of his films appearing between numbers 100-61 of this list. However, numbers 60-41 revealed four more Chow appearances, meaning he’s now leading the pack with 8 total films.

He’s happy, obviously.

Chow smiles
“Excellent! This list has begun to meet with my approval!”

However, Sammo Hung is hot on Chow’s heels with six films - and even seven if you count his cameo in YES, MADAM! Considering that Sammo directs, produces and handles action on many of his own pictures, one could argue that he’s got an advantage on Chow “I only act” Yun-Fat.

Sammo
“Suck it, Chow!”

Other actors or directors getting lots of burn on this list are Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang, Yuen Biao, Yuen Woo-Ping and Patrick Tam with five films each. Wong Jing peaked at two (three if you count SEVENTH CURSE) so he’s not doing so hot. Jet Li? Three films and done. Tsui Hark has three films too, and he probably has a few more chances coming up.

Oh, and if you’re just joining us, please go back to read the previous updates first so that you can put all this random stat counting into context. If you haven’t figured it out by now, this is a countdown of the Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties as determined by over 130 random and not-so-random individuals who either read LoveHKFilm.com or chanced by via a spam link. People voted, I tallied the votes and the world spun as usual on its axis.

Previous updates:
Numbers 101-81
Numbers 80-61
Numbers 60-41

Let’s hit the jump for Round Four of Chow Yun-Fat versus Sammo Hung!

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Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties - Numbers 60-41

Hello and welcome to the third installment in our Top 100 Hong Kong Movies of the Eighties countdown. As explained countless times, this list was determined by over 130 people who sent LoveHKFilm.com their lists of eighties faves. Still following along? Good, because this guy is too:

Chow Yun-Fat
“Not enough of my films have shown up yet.
Who do I have to kill to get results?”

Chow Yun-Fat shouldn’t worry. He’s got a number of popular, quality features that will surely show up on this list. I mean, lots of people out there voted for FRACTURED FOLLIES, SCARED STIFF and A HEARTY RESPONSE, right?

By the way, if you’re just joining us, you should definitely head back to Number 100 (or 101, actually) to start this countdown from the very beginning. It’s much more fun, plus you get to see where all Michelle Yeoh’s movies ranked. Yes, she could not break #60 in a Reader Vote of the Top Eighties Movies. SILVER HAWK will do that to your legacy.

Previous updates:
Numbers 101-81
Numbers 80-61

Hit the jump below to see what shows up at Number 60! And the movie is…

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Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties - Numbers 80-61

Hey there, welcome to the second installment in our 47-part look at the Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties. This is a list determined by actual readers of LoveHKFilm.com, who decided it would be cool to contribute to a group vote rather than run around claiming that their personal Top 10 constitutes a definitive list of quality eighties movies. We thank them for not being self-centered like the rest of the Interwebs.

Wong Jing
“Hey, I got two movies so far in this Top 100!
Can I get out of Movie Jail now?”

Yep, Wong Jing is doing pretty good. His films THE CRAZY COMPANIES 2 and THE ROMANCING STAR have appeared in the Top 100, tying him for the lead with directors like Kuei Chi-Hung, David Chung, Tony Liu and Tsui Hark. There’s both good and unremarkable company there. Can Wong Jing keep it up and pull out a win?

By the way, if you’re just joining us, you may wish to go back and read about Numbers 100-81. You know, because it’s interesting.

Previous updates:
Numbers 100-81

Let’s hit the jump to see what’s next!

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Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties - Numbers 101-81

Wow, I never thought I’d get this TOP 100 HONG KONG MOVIES OF THE EIGHTIES list started. Some people have been waiting awhile.

Chow Yun Fat
“What’s taking you so long? I have to start DRAGONBALL 2 next week!”

Chow Yun-Fat has a lot invested in this list, because it’s the eighties and he worked on a lot of Hong Kong films. That all ended in the nineties, when he left Hong Kong to make THE CORRUPTER and REPLACEMENT KILLERS. You know the rest of the story.

For those just joining us, this is LoveHKFilm.com’s Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Eighties, as voted upon by actual site readers. Each sent in a list of 10-20 favorites, after which we tallied the votes according to some needlessly complex numerical formula. The cold stats: 135 readers voted, 239 films were nominated and 226 films made the final list. The 13 film differential is due to nominated films that were disqualified, e.g. A CHINESE GHOST STORY 2, which came out in 1990 and does not count in the vote.

From here on, we’ll be counting down all the films from Number 100 down to Number 1. This is the first installment of our countdown, meaning I’ll be updating this blog every 1-2 days to deliver the next 10-20 movies on the list. I figure we’ll get the whole thing done in about a week. If you’re impatient, you can always travel forward in time to see how it turns out. When you get back to the present, let us know.

Afterwards I’ll print the full list so you can see just how popular or unpopular the films you selected are. No matter what, I guarantee that Jackie Chan’s THE PROTECTOR didn’t make the list.

A note: This list has 101 films because two films ended in a dead heat for #100. There are tie-breakers built into the scoring system, with first-place votes and number of total votes helping separate films that receive equal points. However, in the case of #100 and #101, both films have the same amount of points, the same amount of first-place votes (i.e., zero), and the same amount of total votes. Yep, math is hard.

Let’s get this thing going!

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Voting Closed for the Top 100 Hong Kong Movies of the Eighties. Countdown sometime soon.

Voting has officially closed on the TOP HONG KONG MOVIES OF THE EIGHTIES, which we can now officially call the TOP 100 HONG KONG MOVIES OF THE EIGHTIES because enough votes for enough movies have been submitted. Chow Yun-Fat remains excited.

Chow Yun Fat touches his ears
“I’m prepared to rip out one hair
for each of my movies that makes this Top 100!”

All told, 135 people responded and 241 movies were nominated to make the final 100. There were about 13 films disqualified, e.g. any votes for a 1990 movie were ignored as this vote was intended to be from 1980-1989. Already the final ranking is shaping up and it has its share of surprises and also VERY expected outcomes. I capitalized “very” because you know those movies that you and your buddy voted for? Well, EVERYONE ELSE voted for them too. Add that up and you have a whole lot of people pushing THE FLYING MR. B.

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