Kung Fu Fridays in December 2012

Tomorrow, the last film of the month, The Four, here at Kung Fu Friday Central, so we're already looking at what's on tap for December. Usually, I give myself a little slack between Christmas and New Year's, thinking everyone will be busy and no one will come, but every year, the same old gang is quite available and we wind up doing something anyway. So screw it, full schedule for December's Fridays.

Breaking News - We love Johnnie To, and that's why he's the only non-acting director to get a poster. We have yet to see one of his films that isn't at the very least interesting (nor one that doesn't star Lam Suet in some small but crucial role). Breaking News should be no different. It's about an embarrassingly public shoot-out between cops and gangsters captured on camera by a local news team, but who knows where it goes from there.

Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons -
Literally Wolf with Child in Tow: Crossroads to Hell, translated for the American market as Shogun Assassin 4: Five Fistfuls of Gold (geez), this is the fifth part of the Lone Wolf & Cub saga (based on the famous manga). We're committed to watching the whole thing, though if this one can have 100% less rape in it, I'm sure we wouldn't mind, thanks. (Yes, I seem to be talking to a director from more than 40 years ago.)

The Assassins - AKA Bronze Sparrow Terrace or Bronze Sparrow Platform, this 2012 historical epic stars Chow Yun-fat as a warlord during the Three Kingdoms era. It's based on historical events, though I expect (as usual) about as much accuracy as, say, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. That is to say, 100% ACCURACY!!! (To be fair, I do hear it's got a lot of political and family drama, so probably not THAT much crazy action.)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Can you believe some of the gang still haven't seen the film that made wuxia hot again in the West? This was my first DVD ever and well worth revisiting around Christmas time, don't you think?

If I don't see you in my living room, then I'll see you on subsequent Sundays for quick capsule reviews of what we watched. It'll help you build your own Asian cinema collection!

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