Don’t get me wrong. I do love me some old Tarantino – not trash like Death Proof, but good stuff like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. He will be the first to admit though that all of his inspiration for those films comes from great directors like John Woo and films like Ying hung boon sik II (A Better Tomorrow II.) I watched aBTII last night and it was great.
Yeah, the storyline is shlocky. Yeah, the script is riddled with goofiness. Yeah, the violence is over-the-top. But seriously – this is good stuff!
The biggest surprise for me in watching this film was the depth of acting. I have always been a big fan of Chow Yun-Fat, and the myriad of Chinese actors that appear throughout this film genre, but once you look past the comical looks and shlock, there are some scenes that took serious skill. The scene in which Yun-Fat’s character, Ken is trying to get his Uncle Lung to snap out of his psychosis and eat was in-freakin-tense.
The genre is fun stuff and I have to thank Hap for loaning me the DVD.
RATING 8 out of 10