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GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka (1998)
GTO is as original as the manga series.
I was sort of a sceptic when I first heard of this show. The manga series is highly entertaining and full of surprises I was wondering if the TV series can deliver the same punch. And Yes it did. Onizuka, the main character himself, is same kind of badass as he is in the manga, oh, the bilingual (English) version is available for those who are learning Japanese and vice versa.
I will have to say that the TV series is very original. I was hoping that it would follow the manga story line but it didn't, which is a good thing in my opinion, because after the 1st episode, I left my manga aside and I was able to cast away my expectations.
Everyone episode has a point, or moral value that which Onizuka was able to stir up in people's heart. A value in all of us once but long forgotten. But Onizuka, being contrary to societal norm, was able to prevail and bring people back to who they are, via, of course, unconventional means of course. I can not recommend this series enough. But if Japanese is not your first language and you are not fluent in Chinese characters, I then recommend the manga. Watch it, or read it, you won't be disappointed.
San lung moon hak chan (1992)
Last of few good Fantasy Martial Movies
"Dragon Inn", or "New Dragon Gate Inn", was last of the few good fantasy martial movies in which wire works are minimal. I personally am not a big fan of wire works depends on how they are done. Swordman II, a better known movie in which Brigitte Lin was in, had such wire works in inappropriate places. Dragon Inn showed off martial skills of Brigitten Lin and Tony Leung in ways that you can't believe. Yes, people jump to high places and at least they don't fly around all over the place. I like that kind of wire works.
I enjoy climatic battles and Dragon Inn delivered it with excellence. The last major battle was all skills and no cheese. And of course, Brigitte Lin can only be described as being "VERY COOL" in this film. In case you don't already know, she is my favorite Asian actress of all time. Even she showed off her choreographed martial skills. You won't believe that this film was made a long time ago, 1992. Please watch it, it is witty and story driven. You won't be disappointed.