Tonight, my KFF Klub sits down to watch some light cartoons after a grueling opening to frosh week, but what's on tap in September?
Exiled - As actor Anthony Wong announces through this month's poster, we're going to start with a Johnnie To film and end with a Johnnie To film. Up first, Exiled, with To regulars Wong and Simon Yam. Two killers, two saviors, one victim, and a shared heist before the execution. A recipe for excitement, Hong Kong-style!
Rashomon - The Kurosawa film that changed the rules, showing the same events from different perspectives. Often imitated. We'll have to see the original to know if it was ever equalled. From one of four possible perspectives, I'm really excited about this!
Drunken Master - Still haven't found a Chinese-language copy of Drunken Master II (AKA Legend of Drunken Master), but the original, rougher film is the one that made Jackie Chan a star, and I HAVE found a copy with a Chinese-language track. And we here at KFF are loathe to watch Asian films with English dubs.
Sparrow - And back to Johnnie To, with a caper film starring Simon Yam as the leader of a gang of pickpockets whose world is turned upside down by a mysterious woman. It's advertized as To's homage to French cinema, a combination that certainly intrigues me.
Looks good! Guns, swords and fists, both drunken and sober. If unable to materialize in my living room, look to Sunday's capsule reviews to see what you missed.