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Sondra Locke

Actress and director Sondra Locke, who received a supporting actress Oscar nomination in her first movie role for “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” died Nov. 3 at 74. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department confirmed her death.

She died due to breast and bone cancer, according to Radar Online, which reported that she was laid to rest at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary.

Locke had a contentious relationship of more than a decade with Clint Eastwood, who first cast her in “The Outlaw Josey Wales.”

 
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Ringo Lam

https://www.vulture.com/2018/12/city-on-fire-director-ringo-lam-is-dead.html

Chances are you've never heard of this guy unless you're a Hong Kong film fan. Ringo's responsible for no less than a half dozen or so of my all-time favorite HK flicks, including (but not at all limited to) the Chow Yun Fat vehicle Full Contact, the brutal martial arts epic Burning Paradise, prison thriller Prison on Fire and Wild Search, a taut dramatic thriller inspired by the Harrison Ford flick Witness.

While highly regarded in Hong Kong, his star faded when he attempted to transplant his career to the US in the '90s (as did many HK filmmakers back then who were uncertain of the then-impending HK turnover in 1997). After a number of duds -- including some awful Van Damme flicks and at least one Dennis Rodman fiasco -- he returned (mostly) to HK but his career would never reach its previous heights. Those of you who aren't familiar with him through those JCVD films may be peripherally aware of him through Quentin Tarantino, who was accused by HK aficionados as having ripped off Lam's classic crime thriller City on Fire for his movie Reservoir Dogs.

At any rate, while he may not have ended his career on a high note, his standing as one of the great HK directors had already been cemented. RIP, Ringo.
 
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What a ******* way to end this year, with death of another great director. I loved lot of his films, specially criminally underrated Full Contact (1992) which is one of my favorite HK action films. And honestly, i think that films he did with Van Damme are actually some of his (Van Damme's) better films.
 
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Ringo Lam

https://www.vulture.com/2018/12/city-on-fire-director-ringo-lam-is-dead.html

Chances are you've never heard of this guy unless you're a Hong Kong film fan. Ringo's responsible for no less than a half dozen or so of my all-time favorite HK flicks, including (but not at all limited to) the Chow Yun Fat vehicle Full Contact, the brutal martial arts epic Burning Paradise, prison thriller Prison on Fire and Wild Search, a taut dramatic thriller inspired by the Harrison Ford flick Witness.

While highly regarded in Hong Kong, his star faded when he attempted to transplant his career to the US in the '90s (as did many HK filmmakers back then who were uncertain of the then-impending HK turnover in 1997). After a number of duds -- including some awful Van Damme flicks and at least one Dennis Rodman fiasco -- he returned (mostly) to HK but his career would never reach its previous heights. Those of you who aren't familiar with him through those JCVD films may be peripherally aware of him through Quentin Tarantino, who was accused by HK aficionados as having ripped off Lam's classic crime thriller City on Fire for his movie Reservoir Dogs.

At any rate, while he may not have ended his career on a high note, his standing as one of the great HK directors had already been cemented. RIP, Ringo.
Are any of his scripts around?
 
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Not that I'm aware of, but if there are any floating around out there, I doubt they're any of his classic HK flicks.
 
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What a ******* way to end this year, with death of another great director. I loved lot of his films, specially criminally underrated Full Contact (1992) which is one of my favorite HK action films. And honestly, i think that films he did with Van Damme are actually some of his (Van Damme's) better films.
I concur. MAXIMUM RISK is incredibly underrated, it only had the misfortune of coming out during a particularly bad year for him and Steven Seagal*. And REPLICANT and IN HELL are certainly among the strongest flicks in The Muscles from Brussels' DTV output.

*1996 also had THE GLIMMER MAN for the former, and 1997 pretty much marked the end of both their theatrical careers with the double whammy of DOUBLE TEAM and Guantanamo Bay favorite KNOCK OFF for JCVD, and the atrocious FIRE DOWN BELOW for the latter.
 
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That's a fun flick. The finale in the auto-testing facility is crazy as hell. Fun fact: that movie's proceeds were supposed to go to a benefit for the Hong Kong Director's Guild (thus all the cameos from multiple HK directors like Lau Kar Leung, Yuen Woo Ping, John Woo and many others) but supposedly the Guild never saw one cent of it. I guess that's to be expected when the bulk of HK movies back then were funded by triad-backed producers -- gangsters tend to be greedy when it comes to profit-sharing.
 
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