Today in Bad Movies Bri Loves: The Twins Effect. This 2003 box office smash from Hong Kong became 4:00am film fodder when it was dubbed (shoddily) for American audiences. But when you’re fifteen and can’t sleep, you’ll watch anything you can find.
Twins is a Cantopop duo featuring two completely unrelated girls: Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi. Capitalizing on their famed name, they starred in this movie. There is literally nothing in the film about twins: just vampires and banana extract. It’s a completely campy mish-mash of two or three different plots into a wonderfully silly film. Also, Jackie Chan pops up for the longest possible cameo. He’s also on the movie soundtrack:
In this world, you’ve got civilians, vampires, and vampire hunters. Hunters are only capable of combating bloodsuckers when they drink a special elixir giving them heightened abilities. But if they don’t take the antidote in time, they’ll become the enemy. The vamps apparently have a hierarchy: Kazaf (Edison Chen) is a vampire prince trying to hide out in Hong Kong. He’s accompanied by his sassy butler/confidant, Prada, who would much rather feed “the old-fashioned way”.
For vampire hunters, you’ve got Reeve and Gypsy (Gillian Chung). Gypsy is training under Reeve, who’s still angsty over the death of his last partner — and girlfriend — in the line of duty. Of course, that doesn’t stop Gypsy from taking a fancy to him. I think one of my favorite aspects is the unique weapon the hunters use. Twist it one way, and a retractable sword extends. Twist it the other, and you’ve got a rope. I promise it’s way more useful in battle than it sounds.
The hurricane in everybody’s lives is Helen, Reeve’s younger sister, played by Charlene Choi. She’s by far my favorite character. Bossy, stubborn, and impetuous, she more or less kicks down the door to Kazaf’s heart by unknowingly chugging a glass of blood like a boss. Their blossoming romance is 1000% cuter than certain other human/vampire couples I could name. Kazaf is totally into Helen, but he’s afraid to tell her his true nature. He risks a first date in daylight and practically starves himself during their courtship, so she’s gotta save his behind when they’re attacked. It’s actually a pretty hilarious sequence, and she gets help from ambulance driver Jackie Chan.
Although they become BFFs just in time for the bad guy to make himself known, Gypsy and Helen actually start off antagonistic to each other. Most likely it’s that Reeve is too overprotective of Helen and won’t let her get involved in Hunting. But she chooses to take her frustration out on Gypsy by picking a fight over a teddy bear. It’s one of many brilliant and hilarious scenes this movie offers.
The serious plot only comes into play for the last act: the vampire duke is killing the princes and absorbing their blood so he can open the ominous book Day for Night. Basically this vampire heirloom makes you the baddest of the bad if you’ve got the (literal) stones to open it. Gypsy and Helen end up tag-teaming the duke and his minions to save the day.
In case you’re curious, there is a “sequel” to the Twins Effect. By which I mean it’s called The Twins Effect II and stars the same actors in a completely different story. I do intend to check it out at some point, as it’s apparently about a prophecy in a female-dominated kingdom: someone’s going to restore balance to the sexes!
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I’ve tried out various forms of martial arts, from Boxing to Wing Chun to Tai-Chi. Alongside my current training in Shaolin Kung Fu and Wushu, I’ve decided to give kickboxing a go. Conditioning my body even further, so that I’m able to replenish my healthy body and mind, as well as developing the feeling of rejuvenation.
Co-ordination, agility, flexibility, strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, power, technique and skill – the perfect components, in order to enhance fitness. I want to be able to exert my muscles against resistance. I want to be able to retain my centre of gravity. I want to be able to synchronise movements of different parts of my body. I want to be able to secure strength in performances. I want to be able to change the position of my body quickly. I want to be able to develop my body. I want to surpass my potential and achieve my goals.
Conditioning my core helps me maintain equilibrium and maintain posture. The abdominal crunch, for example, can create stronger and firmer abdominals. Strengthening my quadriceps via light exercises, like jogging, helps encourage blood flow through my muscles, which will assist with stretching. It can be carried out actively (squats) or statically (raising of the leg to the bottom).
I’ll keep you guys posted on my progress.
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#dailyjackiechan – july 21 2015