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    she's pretty cute....i think she's around 40? she looks good in some of Stephen Chow old movies...Gong Li and Cheung Man AKA Sharla Cheung used to be in alot of Stephen Chow movies

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    Yep, she's 40 going on 41 later this year.

    Gong Li is a very good actress and who many consider to be a classic Chinese beauty.
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    aye...i've watched most of her films...bored the hell out of me for being to...'brainy'...i liked her from maidens of hevenly mountain...a story losely base on TLBB.

    she played the character that shu chang played...only she's a lesbian and was in love with her youngest martial sister, brigitte lin...co starring cheung man and frankie lam.

    i think gong li was only in one of stephen chow's film...the flirting scholar or something...not a good film...she seemed really ackward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda
    aye...i've watched most of her films...bored the hell out of me for being to...'brainy'...i liked her from maidens of hevenly mountain...a story losely base on TLBB.

    she played the character that shu chang played...only she's a lesbian and was in love with her youngest martial sister, brigitte lin...co starring cheung man and frankie lam.

    i think gong li was only in one of stephen chow's film...the flirting scholar or something...not a good film...she seemed really ackward.
    no, she was in another one...the one about Stephen Chow went back in time.....to the 30's...he's a king of gamble o something like tat

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    Íve heard that she in those XXX movies ........ which is kinda nasty
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    no she's not!

    who told u?

    i'll go rip them to shreads!


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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyKing
    no, she was in another one...the one about Stephen Chow went back in time.....to the 30's...he's a king of gamble o something like tat
    which one was tat? do u remember the name?

    i've seen most of gong li's china serious films...only seen her in two hk films though.

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    with Pierce Brosnan, she was suppose to be in Laws Of Attraction but...wasn't.

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    and her comes my favorite film...i should do some screen caps later...


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    taken from http://www.brns.com/pages3/fantsy50.html

    Dragon Chronicles - Semi-Gods &Semi-Devils


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    Hold on a second – my head is still spinning like a top. Sensory overload. Brigitte Lin in all her emotional glory and sensual beauty. Gong Li like Venus ascending to earth. Cheung Man’s ravishing angular beauty. Having all this in one film, sometimes in one frame is almost more than a mortal man can handle. Images of Brigitte throwing her head back and madly laughing, then lovingly gazing, Gong Li raising an eyebrow to show her utter contempt, Cheung Man by turn purring and snarling – all play through my mind like a kaleidoscope of light and vision.

    If Dali had been a HK director, he would have made a film like this – it is simply a visually overwhelming film. Sumptuous and ornate – full of sound and fury – the film is a movable feast of astonishing beauty, incredible and surreal sets, exploding bodies, flying people, stunning costumes, mystical stances and larger than life characters. But as Shakespeare’s saying goes regarding sound and fury – it ultimately signifies nothing. What was this film about? The director throws the viewer into a maelstrom of moving pieces and characters and expects them to stay afloat. But it is all you can do to keep up with the steady stream of gorgeous images flashing by – and trying to understand the film on the first go through is a losing effort.

    Perhaps if one were fluent with the language (instead of depending on the sub-titles) or were familiar with the source of the film (a Jin Yong novel) this would not have been so difficult but as it was I spent much of the film going “huh?”, “what?”, “why?”. Apparently though I wasn’t the only one confused as the film did dismal box office business (57th for the year) and was considered quite a flop.

    On a second viewing though it became somewhat clearer – though some things still puzzle me. Under any circumstances though, the script is an inarticulate and confusing mess and the story itself is not all that interesting or different from so many of the kung fu flying films – but strictly on a visual and sensory basis – this is an incredible accomplishment. How a HK film can look so good on a budget that is so small in comparison to a Hollywood production is a great mystery to me.

    In a nutshell and as best as I could understand it, here are the basic plot threads of this film. At one time Mo Han-wen (Gong Li), Chiu-shui (Brigitte Lin) and Li Chong-hoi (Chiu-shui’s twin sister played of course by Brigitte as well) all were disciples of Siu Yiu Tze in the Tin San sect and were also close friends. For reasons not entirely clear to me – but something to do with both Mo Han-wen and the Master Siu Yiu Tze being enamored with Li Chong-hoi – Chiu-shui and Mo Han-wen break away and set up their own sects. The two of them become deadly enemies and are constantly conspiring against one another. They are both near Gods – semi-gods – I suppose - in their powers and attitudes. In fact much of the film plays out like the old stories of the Greek gods constantly fighting among themselves. Don’t expect intricate and complex characterizations – these are Gods and must be viewed as such. Who better of course than Brigitte Lin and Gong Li to play them!

    Ting Chun-chou (Norman Chu) is even a lesser god also originally from the Tin San sect, but he too has formed his own power base and is gobbling up other sects in a power play of death and slaughter. One of his disciples is Purple (Cheung Man), but she too harbors ambitions of her own and is conspiring with and against everyone. Throw onto this shamble an innocent monk who it has been foretold will gain great powers from the Master. None of this is spelled out – one has to grasp it in quick flashbacks or expressions. Its much too confusing and with a few moments of exception the film has little heart as it is difficult to sympathize or root for any of these characters.

    But for all intents and purposes pay little heed to the plot – instead focus on these three woman and the way that the camera just revels in them – in every gesture and in every expression. In a perverse way this film is a love letter to female beauty, strength and comradeship. Brigitte dominates the screen with an array of scowls, glares, smiles, laughs and dramatic movements. Gong Li simmers and shimmers – more subdued than Brigitte – but her beauty radiates. Cheung Man has perhaps the most interesting character of the three – not yet godlike and bored perhaps with living too long – but is still frisky, alive and enchanting. So drink in these images, this beauty – watch while the good Brigitte gives Gong Li a look of such passion, of such love that we can only dream of.

    For the artistry, the images and the women I would think this film is a worthy visit if this is your sort of film – but be prepared to go “huh?” from time to time.

    My rating for this film: 10 for the visuals, 5 for the story – averaging to a 7.5

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    another review by http://www.kungfucinema.com/reviews/...chronicles.htm

    The Dragon Chronicles: The Maidens of Heaven Mountains (1994)

    AKA: Eight Guardians of Buddhism; The Immortals; Semi-Gods and Semi-Devils



    by Rob Daniel

    Upon release in 1994, the reasonably big-budgeted Dragon Chronicles crashed like a wireless wuxia warrior at the Hong Kong box office, being placed 57th that year. The script derives from a complex novel by wuxia pien guru Jin Yong, but bowdlerizes the source material out of recognition. Despite having Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia, Gong Li and Sharla Cheung Man, heavyweight stars from Taiwan, mainland China and Hong Kong, the film’s box office in other territories matched its Hong Kong performance…and reputedly did the reputation of “serious” actress Gong Li no favors.

    As with most thoroughly vilified films, the passing of time has been kind to The Dragon Chronicles. No doubt the movie is a mess, with the plot regularly collapsing into incoherence, but it retains that awe-inspiring magic that fans of wirework wuxia pien cinema love. The film is a dazzling light show of stunningly-choreographed aerial combat, powerfully-destructive magical kung fu stances and patently-artificial special effects that meld perfectly with this hallucinatory world.

    But, while thrilling the eye and igniting the senses The Dragon Chronicles fails to engage on any emotional level. Screenwriter Cheung Tan was clearly overwhelmed by the complex source novel, and is reduced to introducing the relationships between the main characters via a muddled voiceover seconds into the film. The basic plot of the movie is reasonably simple, but frequently vanishes in a welter of incidental detail and character motivations that whiplash between extremes, leaving the audience bewildered as to who, if anyone, they should be rooting for. Cheung had previously scripted the finely crafted remake of Dragon Inn (1992) that, along with numerous characters being introduced and forgotten in the same shot, suggests that some major re-editing left a lot of character development on the cutting room floor.

    Workmanlike director Andy Chin Wing-keung fares better. His most interesting movie in an underwhelming career, Chin nevertheless succeeds in creating a gaudily-exaggerated, though believable, martial world. The Heroic Trio’s cinematographer Poon Hang-sang, who lights shots like panels of comic book art, and action director Poon Kin-kwan also aid him considerably.

    Though the wires are visible in numerous shots, the wirework is well executed, particularly when Mo Han-wan and Li Chou-shui take to the sky for an epic super brawl, prefaced with the audience pleasing line, “Let’s fight in the sky!” Where Chin fails is in marrying a suitable music score to his kinetic visuals; too many of the gravity defying clashes are deadened by Violet Lam Man-yee’s murky compositions.

    A testament to the cast is that they are not drowned out amid the sound and fury, and zealously enter the spirit of the project. Lin offers another dual role that seemed to be a contractual obligation at this point of her career, playing twin sisters, one saintly and the other decadent. Li Chou-shui, the more fun of the two, is given more screen time, but the film cannot decide whether she is evil, misunderstood or actually victimized.

    Gong Li’s character is interesting but massively underdeveloped, leaving the actress to carry her scenes on beautiful charisma alone. Mo Han-wan is erotically attracted to Li Chong-hui, and her resulting feud with Li Chou-shui seems to be a result of this attraction as much as a struggle for power. Cheung Man’s Purple, with her wide-eyed innocence masking ruthless, but ultimately benign ambition is a welcome comic relief to the warring gods, and her chicanery is a comically-mischievous counterpoint to the more Machiavellian dealings of Ting, played by Norman Chu Siu-keung with the successful broad strokes evident in his Shaw Brothers performances. Frankie Lam has the thankless role of the dull Shaolin monk, but manages to inject some bumbling humor.

    Ultimately, The Dragon Chronicles is a big-budget pantomime, with cartoon characters and the emphasis on spectacle over coherence. Chin thinks nothing of undercutting the climactic battle between Li, Mo and Ting by having Purple striking silly poses as she attempts to adopt one of the powerful stances. Compared to this, Tsui Hark’s Zu has the stately grace of A Touch of Zen, but with Hong Kong cinema rather anemic in recent times, this kind of cinematic adrenalin may again be what’s needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda
    which one was tat? do u remember the name?

    i've seen most of gong li's china serious films...only seen her in two hk films though.
    God of Gamblers 3: Back to Shanghai...made in 1991....she's HOT in there....
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    I second that, she was really pretty in that one..playing twins.

    You know, I think she is hotter and more charimatic on screen that Zhang Ziyi.. and she is about twice the latter's age


    she was mad hot in Memoirs of a Geisha
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