uncle5Teleport City is making some changes, but we’re still posting in one of our (revived) offshoots. And the theme so far has been espionage.

THE MAN FROM UNCLE

Guy Ritchie attempts to do for The Man from UNCLE what he did for (or to, depending on your opinion) Sherlock Holmes, and ended up with one of the biggest flops of 2015. But at least it’s a really fun, stylish flop.

PEKING OPERA BLUES

One of the great films of the Hong Kong New Wave, Tsui Hark’s Chinese Revolution era adventure is notable for focusing not on the war or heroic men, but on the friendship that grows between three women who find themselves involved in a tangled web of espionage.

ASIA-POL

The notion of the Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers teaming up with Japanese studio Nikkatsu to make a colorful spy adventure that pits Jô “The Cheeks” Shishido against Jimmy “The One-Armed Swordsman” Wang Yu, seems fantastic. It’s disappointing that it all turned out so…disappointing.

OPERATION LIPSTICK

One of the Shaw Brothers most visually talented directors tries his hand at the spy genre in this colorful, absurd, occasionally slapstick tale of a family of thieves who get mixed up in international intrigue after lifting a wallet.

 


Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.


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