30 Years Later: Drunken Master II 醉拳II (1994)

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this weekend, Drunken Master II <醉拳II> made history for a Jackie Chan film to hit the HK$40 million benchmark — HK$40.9 million, to be exact — at the time of its release in 1994.  It was also the second highest-grossing Hong Kong movie that year behind the Chow Yun Fat-led God of Gamblers Return <賭神2>.

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35 Years Later: People’s Hero 人民英雄 (1987)

(Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers)

Derek Yee’s immediate follow-up after the acclaimed drama in The Lunatics <癲佬正傳> sees the writer-director taking a cue from Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and making it his own.

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35 Years Later: A Better Tomorrow 英雄本色 (1986)

There were many memorable movies during the golden age of Hong Kong cinema in the 80s and 90s and among them include John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow <英雄本色>, which was released back on August 2, 1986.

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