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OASIS

(South Korea 2002) 

Original Title: Oasiseu

Directed by Lee Chang Dong Produced by Myun Kaynam

Starring: Sol Kyung Gu, Moon So Ri, Ahn Nae Sang, Ryoo Seung Wan, Choo Kwi Jung, Park Myung Shin

Reviewing: Third Window Films UK DVD Release

Genres: Drama / Romance

Rating - 5 / 5

DVD Synopsis: Combining fantasy with stark realism, Lee Chang-dong's (Peppermint Candy, Secret Sunshine) magnificent film is both beautiful and tragic as it explores the thorny issue of how people with disabilities are marginalised. Stars Sol Kyung-gu and Moon So-ri give their finest performances as the mentally ill ex-con Jong-do (Sol) who falls for a young woman suffering from cerebral palsy (Moon), would-be lovers who are sidelined by society.

Views: Acclaimed novelist turned-director, Lee Chang-Dong delivers a powerful tale of humanity and love, that often comes across in the most heartbreaking of ways but gives you everything a movie should. Sol Kyung-Gu plays Jong-Du, a troubled young man who has just been released from prison after spending a number of years locked up for manslaughter. As an adult with autism, Jong-Du is seen by many as a social misfit, always fidgeting and laughing inappropriately which makes those around him feel uneasy. Not long after he is released, Jong-Du finds his way back to his family who helps him get back on his feet and find him a job as a food delivery man. One day, he decides to pay a visit to the family of the victim, bringing them a fruit basket as a peace offering but as expected, they send him away – caught up in the midst of moving house. Upon entering their home, Jong-Du briefly meets Gong-Ju, the younger sister of the family who is severely disabled by cerebral palsy. To his surprise, Jong-Du finds that she is being left to fend for herself with her family moving out of town to get on with their own lives (cheating the system for better housing by pretending Gong-Ju is still living with them). Jong-Du soon takes a bit of a liking to Gong-Ju, believing they have a connection of sorts even in their short time meeting. He makes a point of going back to her (a number of times), eventually letting himself in where he attempts to rape the unsuspecting woman – causing her to blackout as she fends him off. Panicked and embarrassed, Jong-Du brings her round then runs off in anger!

As time passes, the ex-con soon gets a call from Gong-Ju who asks him to come over – to which he quickly obliges. From there, the pair form a special bond that sees them share a lot of time together discussing their favourite things as he washes her clothes and hair, late-night phone calls to help her sleep better, and secret trips out for lunches and car trips. Together, they go on a journey to defy the odds as they go up against bigotry – both from family members and strangers – ignorance towards their disabilities and their own challenges of living with them, as well as the struggle of others accepting their love. As things come to a climax, Jong-Du finds himself back in cuffs after Gong-Ju's family members catch them after sex. Although this was consented by her, the family members have him arrested for rape – resulting in a frustrating and difficult situation at the precinct that proves to be an incredibly hard watch. Knowing that his arrest is wrong, both parties make a point of letting everyone know with Gong-Ju throwing a fit and Jong-Du making a run for it. It all boils down to a mad declaration of love between two misunderstood and abused souls, that lets us see that no matter who we are or what people think we are, we all need someone in our heart...

To be perfectly honest, I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like Oasis. It sat in my collection for a few years before I even got round to watching it for this review, but I can only say I'm sorry I didn't watch it sooner. Director Lee Chang Dong creates a picture that is so realistic it pulls its audience in by the hair and refuses to let go. While there's a great supporting cast in the shape of Ahn Nae Sang, Park Myung Shin, Kim Jin Gu, and Ryoo Seung Wan – the award winning director of amazing titles such as Arahan, Crying Fist, City Of Violence, The Battleship Island, and more – the show really belongs to it's main stars Sol Kyung Gu and Moon So Ri, both of whom give such outstanding performances. And as I said to my husband at the time watching, I don't think I've ever seen or been so encapsulated in a performance quite like what Moon So Ri delivers in this movie! It really was something else, and hugely impressive for only her second ever role. Like many others, I was totally convinced that this was an actress with Cerebral Palsy – woke from this amazement when Gong-Ju stepped out off her disability and became free of her restrictions every time she dreamed of a moment of happiness or being with Jong-Du (which offered many emotional and beautiful moments). Her ability to contort every single muscle in her body and keep up those painful looking twists in her face, all while delivering an emotional and convincing performance, was nothing short of incredible and absolutely worthwhile of the many awards she received as Best Actress. In fact, both Sol Kyung Gu and Lee Chang Dong were winners of many awards themselves, picking up those for Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Film respectively.

Of course, both actors are no strangers to giving great performances with Sol Kyung Gu starring in the fantastic Public Enemy the very same year, as well as roles in its sequels Another Public Enemy, and Public Enemy 3, The Legend Of Gingko, Memoir Of A Murderer, and Lee Chang Dong's very own Peppermint Candy (before this) with co-star Moon So Ri, in her début role. With these two great films under her belt and a host of awards behind her, Moon has went on to be one of South Korea's most respected actresses starring in film and television shows such as The President's Barber, The Housemaid, Park Chan Wook's incredible film The Handmaiden, Legend Of The Blue Sea, and much more. And as for director Lee Chang Dong, well, he may stretch his time between projects but he makes damn sure that each one is well worth watching. Making his début with Green Fish, Lee has directed no less than 6 features over the past 20+ years with the incredible mystery thriller, Burning, being his latest. While a late bloomer to the world of film, there's no denying the man has certainly made his mark in what he has already offered. I didn't know what to expect from Oasis, and I don't think it's the kind of film I'd be watching too often – but what it offers is something special and highly memorable. It's a film that will forever stick in my mind as a beautiful and important piece on how society views its people that they deem helpless and how love is deserved of us all, no matter who we are!

Overall: An outstanding film with incredible performances, Oasis is one that most definitely should be seen and understood by many!

DVD Extras: The Making of Oasis, Trailers

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ODD COUPLE

(Hong Kong 1979) 

Original Title: Bo Ming Chan Dao Duo Ming Qiang

(aka) Shaolin Sabre Vs Wu Tang Spear; Eternal Conflict

Directed by Lau Kar Wing, Sammo Hung Produced by Karl Maka Action by Sammo Hung, Lau Kar Wing, Yuen Biao

Starring: Sammo Hung, Lau Kar Wing, Leung Kar Yan, Chung Fat, Lam Ching Ying, Lee Hoi Sang, Karl Maka, Mars, Dean Shek, Ho Pak Kwong, Billy Chan

Reviewing: Hong Kong Legends UK DVD release

Genres: Traditional Kung Fu / Comedy

Rating - 4 / 5

DVD Synopsis: Two ageing masters of the spear and sword engage in an epic mountaintop battle every ten years, but the outcome invariably ends in a draw. Realizing that neither one of them will ever outclass the other, they agree to take on a younger student and train them to champion their cause, thus putting an end to their longstanding rivalry. Unexpectedly, fate drives them into open conflict with a powerful enemy, and both masters and their students are propelled into the fight of their lives! Showcasing some of the most intricate and explosive weapons choreography ever seen, this masterpiece stands head and shoulders above many of it's competitors, and remains one of the quintessential classics from the age of Hong Kong Cinema!!

Views: Sammo Hung and Lau Kar Wing play two old kung-fu masters that feel the need to duel once a year, even though they know that every fight results in a draw. In a bid to name someone the winner, the warriors agree to each find a student and teach them their finest styles so that they can battle it out and claim victory for their master. Along the way, the masters (and new students) have a run-in with an old opponent who is on a trail of vengeance, which leads to a brutal showdown in the art of spear and sword with deadly consequences!

I just love Sammo Hung and Lau Kar Wing's Odd Couple! It's a wacky kung-fu comedy that features some of the greatest weapons work ever committed to film, that still highly entertains over 40 years later. The late 1970s were an incredible time for Hung as a director and star, from his directorial debut with Iron Fisted Monk in '77 through to Enter The Fat Dragon, Dirty Tiger Crazy Frog, Warriors Two, Incredible Kung Fu Master, Knockabout, and The Magnificent Butcher from Yuen Woo Ping – it seemed there was no stopping this, already well established, star. But out of all of those mentioned, I still don't think Odd Couple is the best of the bunch. While the actors' physicality and fight choreography are undoubtedly outstanding, there seems to be a repetitiveness about the whole thing which I guess couldn't be avoided given the basic storyline of the film. One of those behind the script is none other than famed writer/actor/producer/director, Raymond Wong Pak Ming, in what would only be his 4th title as a new writer and one of five penned by him that same year. And while the great Lau Kar Wing had hundreds of titles under his belt, both as an actor and choreographer – including the previous years Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog also from Gar Bo Films – Odd Couple would, in fact, only be his third film as a director following He Has Nothing But Kung Fu, and Dirty Kung Fu. Of course, Lau would work with Sammo over the decades on a number of amazing titles, but wouldn't direct him again until the awesome Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon in 1990. But I guess Odd Couple is the film that really gives us more bang for our buck as both stars, Sammo Hung and Lau Kar Wing, play dual roles with old Sammo (the King of Sabres) taking a young Lau Kar Wing as his student, and old Wing (the King of Spears) taking on the young Sammo Hung. It's a hilarious pairing either way, with both actors flexing their comedic chops and each getting to show some incredible martial arts skills – both as student and teacher.

Producer Karl Maka pops up in a hilarious role as a challenger to the King Of Sabres, reducing his time on screen and number of roles behind in this follow-up Gar Bo project. In the hilarious Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog Maka wrote, directed, produced, and starred alongside Hung and Wing, as well as a host of other popular names that returned for Odd Couple – people like Mars and Billy Chan who both play wacky assistants to the kung-fu masters, Dean Shek in yet another crazy role, Peter Chan Lung who pretends to be the King Of Sabres, the wonderful Chung Fat, legendary Lam Chin Ying, Lee Hoi Sang, Yeung Sai Gwan, prolific Huang Ha, and many more. And then, of course, we can't forget about the incredible Leung Kar Yan who plays the main villain of the piece, Scarface. I'm a huge fan of Leung's – a star of over 150 films and a man who rarely disappoints. 1979 saw Kar Yan star in 6 films over the year including the awesome Knockabout, Sleeping Fist, and Cantonen Iron Kung Fu. By the time Odd Couple had come about, Leung had been in the business a good 5 years already, impressing from his debut in the Shaw Brothers Shaolin Martial Arts and in almost 30 titles including Marco Polo, Five Kung Fu Daredevils, Eagles Claw, Enter The Fat Dragon, Warriors Two, and the aforementioned Knockabout – which really kicked off his relationship with Sammo Hung and his team.

The abundance of fight action is handled by it's main stars Sammo Hung and Lau Kar Wing, along with Yuen Biao and Lam Ching Ying – and no doubt a host of other names as Sammo began to pull together his infamous stunt team. Of course, the main focus of the action sequences are the weapons work – something the team wholeheartedly achieve with some amazing moves that, perhaps, comes across on a level that challenges Lau Kar Wing's own brothers epic Legendary Weapons Of China, pre-dating Lau Kar Leung's film by a few years. It helps nestle Odd Couple as one of Hong Kong cinema's finest kung-fu classics that, although not perfect, stands strong today as a quality piece of entertainment. While all the fights (for the most part) are pretty damn amazing throughout, with two of the highlight fights for me being the attack on the old masters by Scarface and his men in the restaurant, and the grand finale between the young students and the Leung once again – with the end fight leading into an energetic and impressive showdown between young Lau and Hung themselves. These two fights offer some incredible moves and acrobatics, with Sammo Hung and Lau Kar Wing making their spear and sabre dance around them as they go up Leung Kar Yan – with the latter bringing a fantastic screen presence as the deadly bad guy of the piece proving, once again, to be pretty incredible for a man who's never had any formal kung-fu training!

Overall: Awesome fight sequences and fun comedy, backed by a wonderful cast, help make Odd Couple a highly entertaining piece of kung-fu cinema!

DVD Extras: Audio Commentary with Bey Logan, Interviews with Lau Kar Wing & Leung Kar Yan, Trailers

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OF COOKS & KUNG FU

(Taiwan 1979) 

Original Title: Tao Tie Gong

(aka) Fists Of Vengeance; Duel Of The Dragon

Directed by Ting Chung Produced by Chen Yung Chun, Huang Yung Action by Jacky Chen Saho Lung

Starring: Jacky Chen Shao Lung, Wu Ma, Chang Shan, Chia Kai, Chang Chung Kuei, Chang Ping Yu, Yueh Sun, Lee Kwan

Reviewing: Hollywood East UK DVD release

Genres: Traditional Kung Fu / Comedy

Rating - 4 / 5

DVD Synopsis: Chia Kai portrays a master chef who once served up culinary delights to the Empress Daughter. This banquet was sabotaged & the master falsely accused of murder & treason. All his clan and family members are murdered by the mysterious Basket Hat assassin. Only the master and his grandson survive. The lad grows up under his grandfathers strict discipline and soon becomes a master in his art of kung fu. Now it is up to the youngster to avenge his family and take revenge on the Basket Hat assassin!!!

Views: Another £1 purchase, this quirky kung fu comedy is pretty much a rip-off (or homage) to Jackie Chan's classic Snake In The Eagles Shadow, Drunken Master, and Fearless Hyena. Jacky Chen Shao Lung plays Tan Tan, a lazy practicing cook who is also learning a rare style of kung-fu invented by his grandfather – a former cook to the Empress who has been hiding in isolation for many years. At the same time, a mysterious man in a straw hat is making his way across the land, killing off any cooks who have had a past in the palace. As the story progresses, the motives of the mysterious fighter soon become clear and soon, Tan Tan and his grandfather must stand up against him in a deadly battle of kung-fu!

Of Cooks And Kung Fu is an underrated gem of a film! Although we've seen it all before, such as the aforementioned Jackie Chan films and a hundred others from this period, this late '70s kung-fu comedy wins with some fantastic choreography and a great performance from its leading man – Chen Shao Lung (adopting the international name of Jacky Chen). Here, he tries his hardest to look and act like the King of Hong Kong cinema, pulling off some incredible kung-fu and acrobats while playing the clown, and he pretty much nails it - minus the same on-screen charisma we got from Chan the man in his breakthrough years. But that's certainly not enough to make this a bad film. Of Cooks And Kung Fu offers plenty of old-school comedy, along with a host of recognisable faces and plenty of fantastic Jackie Chan-esque kung-fu fighting with choreography from its leading man. The end battle alone, between Chen and the main villain, is just as impressive as Chan's own closing battles from this era splitting the last 20 minutes into 2 main battles, both of which are brilliantly executed. Jacky Chen began life in the film industry appearing as a monk alongside Roy Chiao in King Hu's, A Touch Of Zen. From there, he gradually became the leading man in a host of independent titles as well as taking up the role of choreographer in a number of films such as Wandering Dragon, The Jade Fox, Tai Chi Shadow Boxing, Two On The Road, and Dynamite Trio – as well as going on to be the action director of the wild Angel Terminators and China Dolls in 1992.

Chia Kai plays Chen's grandfather, Master Glutton (sometimes dubbed as his uncle in other prints). Chia had his first role in the mid 1970's when he starred in The Shaolin Kids, although had previously worked as a choreographer on Bloody Mask from 1969. And while he would only be in the business for a decade after that, Chai went on to star in films like The Blazing Temple, 10 Brothers Of Shaolin, Mar's Villa, Dance Of Death, The King Of Fists And Dollars, and Mantis Under Falcon Claws – some of which he also choreographed. The hilarious Lee Kwan, star of over 140 films such as Drunken Tai Chi, Fantasy Mission Force, and Fearless Hyena to name but a few, plays the same smart-ass character he always does – complete with comical dub. The great, late, Wu Ma also pops up in a small role for a couple of laughs, as does Angela Mao Ying's brother – Mao Ching Shun, who starred in films such as Shaolin Death Squads, 7 Grandmasters, To Kill With Intrigue, Phantom Kung Fu, A Massacre Survivor, Little Hero Of Shaolin Temple, and Lady Constables, alongside his sister and the wonderful Judy lee. And the brilliant Chang Shan, who starred alongside Alexander Lo Rei in many films such as Devil Killer, Shaolin Vs Lama, Ninja Hunter, and Ninja USA, stars here as the main villain of the piece in what was only the second role of his career. Born in South Korea, Chang has always impressed with his moves across a wide range of films including A Fistful Of Talons, 5 Fighters From Shaolin, Kung Fu Wonder Child, A Heroic Fight, Magic Of Spell, Wild Panther, and many more...

Director Ting Chung, who started life in the film industry as an actor in the mid 60's, delivers his swan song as a director with this little classic. Debuting in 1971 with The “B” “B” Baboon Belle, Ting directed 14 films over 8 years including Fairy Fox, The Golden Mask, 10 Brothers Of Shaolin, Mar's Villa, Kung Fu Of Seven Steps, and more. As with a number of those titles, Of Cooks And Kung Fu is definitely worth the watch in terms of entertainment value, and in showcasing some incredibly exciting fights and training sequences of it's time. It would be nice to see a widescreen HD version some day but I doubt that'll happen anytime soon!

Overall: Fast 'n furious kung-fu comedy that deserves to have a bigger audience, Of Cooks And Kung Fu is a lot of fun and very entertaining!

DVD Extras: None

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OFFENSIVE SHAOLIN LONGFIST

(South Korea 1982) 

Original Title: Murimsa Budaehaeng

(aka) Deadly Shaolin Longfist; Murim Beggar Master

Directed by Kim Jung Yong Produced by Tomas Tang Action by Mike Wong Lung

Starring: Elton Chong, Bruce Cheung Mong, Mike Wong Lung, Jin Nu Ri, Bi Un, Kim Ha Rim, Choe Myeong Hui, Kim Wuk

Reviewing: YouTube Release

Genres: Traditional Kung Fu / Drama / Comedy

Rating - 3.5 / 5

Synopsis: While on a journey with his master to deliver a secret letter to a neighbouring province's ruler, Wong is left for dead by an attacker. Rescued by an old beggar, Wong starts to learn kung fu through playing the Korean version of chess (janggi), while finding himself in some silly situations. Eventually, Wong finds allies in a man called Choi and the daughter of his murdered master, with the three of them setting out to take down the murderous thief and take back the letter!

Views: South Korean star Elton Chong (real name Jeong Jin Hwa) is a kung-fu actor that I can honestly say that, I wouldn't ever rush out to buy his movies. The majority of his roles as a leading man mean sitting through some painful (and annoying) comedy sequences, as seen in films like Fist Of The Golden Monkey, Magnificent Natural Fist, Shaolin Drunken Monkey, and this, but I have to admit that the man can bust a move when called for. Offensive Shaolin Longfist really doesn't offer anything that we haven't seen before, but it does contain some great fight scenes courtesy of co-star and choreographer Mike Wong Lung, star of films such as the aforementioned Elton Chong titles as well as Raiders Of Buddhist Kung Fu, and the classic Ninja Hunter (Wu Tang Vs Ninja) and Ninja Vs Shaolin Guards with the great Alexander Lo Rei. He looks great in Offensive Shaolin Longfist and provides some exciting action scenes, that utilise the fantastic kicking skills of its South Korean cast!

The film isn't terribly made, but coming from the Filmark International catalogue, Offensive Shaolin Longfist has obviously had some cuts under the eye of Godfrey Ho - here credited as Philip Chan. But it's really Korean director Kim Jung Yong who is the real name behind it all, a man who has worked with Chong on a number of titles as well as The Mighty Four, Warriors Of Kung Fu, and Rivals Of The Silver Fox with Casanova Wong. Interestingly enough, one of Kim's first jobs was as the assistant director to a young John Woo on the classic Hand Of Death, starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Tan Tao Liang – most of which was shot in South Korea. The film also stars Bruce Cheung Mong who plays the villain of the piece. Cheung starred in around 30 titles over the course of his 12 years in the business, including films such as The Mighty Four, Bruce And Shaolin Kung Fu, Dynamo, Hitman In The Hand Of Buddha, Duel Of The Tough, and Hard Bastard alongside the awesome Hwang Jang Lee, with John Woo's war flick Heroes Shed No Tears being his final film in 1986. Jin Nu Ri stars as the daughter of Chong's late master – going on to star alongside him in Invincible Obsessed Fighter, Magnificent Natural Fist, and with Mike Wong Lung in Ninja Vs Shaolin Guards. Jin definitely steals any scenes she's in, and delivers a host of fantastic moves that rival that of her co-stars.

Producer Tomas Tang delivers an entertaining enough piece in Offensive Shaolin Longfist, with the final 25 minutes making up for a slower first hour (albeit with a number of fun fight scenes) with some exciting choreography and lots of impressive moves in its lengthy closing battle. The only downside for me is knowing what kind of movies the likes of Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung were making the very same year back in Hong Kong (and had already made), which almost makes Offensive Shaolin Longfist seem outdated in it's year of production. But again, that's hardly an excuse to make me think it's a terrible movie...

Overall: While it's nothing spectacular, Offensive Shaolin Longfist has its moments and a great closing battle to keep any kung-fu film fan happy!

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OFF TRACK

(Hong Kong 1991) 

Original Title: Ma Lu Ying Xiong

Directed by Cha Chuen Yee Produced by Benny Chan, Willie Chan Action by Lee Kin Hing

Starring: Jacky Cheung, Max Mok, Loletta Lee, Ellen Chan, Wu Ma, Karel Wong, Jimmy Lee, Mai Kei, Billy Ching, James Ha

Reviewing: Winson Entertainment HK DVD Release

Genres: Triad / Drama / Action

Rating - 3.5 / 5

Synopsis: Street-racing triad Lui, finds his reputation at stake when new kid Joe shows up and challenges him to a race. At the same time, Lui's sister falls for the handsome stranger which only causes more friction between the drivers.

Views: Produced by the late Benny Chan and Jackie Chan's long-time manager, Willie Chan (no relation), Off Track tells the tale of small-time triad boss Jacky Cheung who is one of Hong Kong's best street racers. While he tries hard to keep his title, Cheung is also working on some serious issues he has with his father (Wu Ma), who also happens to be a cop. A handsome stranger soon arrives on the scene (Max Mok) and challenges Cheung to a race in a bid to gain some respect. Jacky accepts and almost loses to Mok – which is enough to damage his reputation and immediately start some friction between the pair. To make matters worse, Cheung's sister (played by Loletta Lee) starts to fall for Mok, much to the annoyance of her big brother. As his family problems close in on him and Mok's popularity grows, Cheung sets out on a vengeful mission to save his name, hurting those around him in the process and losing those he loves!

Playing out like A Moment Of Romance meets The Fast & The Furious, this 1991 flick is hardly talked about among fans of Hong Kong cinema – most likely lost among many similarly themed movies released around the same time. But the simple truth of it is, Off Track is a pretty decent film boasting a great cast, some nice car chases (albeit with some under-cranking), and some painful looking stunt-work and fights. Helmed by Cha Chuen Yee, a director-turned-actor who appeared in titles such as Tiger Cage 2, Queens High, Super Lady Cop, Inspector Wears Skirts 4 (clearly had a thing for Cynthia Khan), and more, Cha made his directorial debut in 1979 with television show, Reincarnated, alongside a host of other great names. After some more TV work, his first feature film soon followed in 1985 with Journey Of The Doomed starring Stephen Tung Wai and Kara Hui. To date he has directed over 20 titles including, In The Line Of Duty 5: Middle Man, Awakening, Once Upon A Time In Triad Society 1 & 2, Theft Under The Sun, and more. With Off Track, Cha manages to keep things interesting enough, backed by a great cast and a decent script by Rico Chung (who continued to write the most of Cha's directed pieces).

Jacky Cheung – who I adore – does a great job as the edgy street-racer and angry son, Lui. It's a role that, much like Andy Lau, Cheung could play with his eyes closed with many films around this period showing him in a similar role. It's always great to see the gorgeous Max Mok in any film, and Off Track is no exception. He does great going head-to-head with Jacky Cheung and brings a little suave romance to it all, as he tries to win the heart of Loletta Lee. The gorgeous Ellen Chan, from The Inspector Wears Skirts, Tiger On The Beat 2, and Naked Soldier with Sammo Hung, plays Cheung's girlfriend, Katy. And while she doesn't really have much to do except look great and solve problems, it's just always nice to see her pop up in titles I didn't know she was in. The great Wu Ma plays Cheung and Loletta Lee's unfortunate father who hasn't had it easy since the death of his wife, and popular bad guy Jimmy Lee stars (once again) as the big boss who is pulling on Jacky's strings. A host of other popular faces fill out the cast including Karel Wong from Angel Terminators 2, Fight Back To School, Young & Dangerous 5, and Gambling Baron with Max Mok – popular character actor, Mai Kei, who appeared in a host of Jackie Chan classics along with Billy Ching who stars as another triad, and Ng Kwok Kin who has appeared as a policeman in over 140 films throughout his career.

The action, which is a mainly gang fights and some one on one fighting, is handled by Lee Kin Hung – an actor and action director who has worked on titles such as Shaolin Vs Manchu, Queens High, Dances With The Snakes, Transmigration Romance and more – with Blacky Ko Shou Liang looking after the vehicle action. Although it never gets wild or comes across as spectacular, it's still enough to keep viewers hooked and offers enough enjoyment when it comes about. While not amazing, Off Track is still an enjoyable watch and has plenty of the late 80s/early 90s Hong Kong film quality about it to keep older fans of the jaded screen happy!

Overall: Gritty and dramatic, Off Track is backed by a great cast and proves to be an entertaining piece worth a watch!

DVD Extras: Trailers

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