Divergence (Saam cha hau)

Divergence (Saam cha hau) Hong Kong (2005) Dir. Benny Chan Take one acclaimed Hong Kong police/action director, three capable, popular actors and an award winning writer, put them together in the same crime thriller with a strong support cast in the hope of emulating the success of the seminal Infernal Affairs, and the result is… … Continue reading Divergence (Saam cha hau)

The Monkey King 3 (Xi you ji zhi nü er guo)

The Monkey King 3 (Xi you ji zhi nü er guo) China/Hong Kong (2018) Dir. Cheang Pou-soi No doubt the bean counters at Filmko Entertainment were giddy with excitement when the first Monkey King film in 2014 became such a huge box office hit and were doubly orgasmic when its 2016 sequel yielded even bigger … Continue reading The Monkey King 3 (Xi you ji zhi nü er guo)

Monk Comes Down The Mountain (Dao shi xia shan)

Monk Comes Down The Mountain (Dao shi xia shan) China (2015) Dir. Chen Kaige The title of this martial arts fantasy comedy from esteemed director Chen Kaige - known for highbrow fare such as Farewell My Concubine - sounds like the opening line of a joke (“A man walks into a pub…”), but it does … Continue reading Monk Comes Down The Mountain (Dao shi xia shan)

Cold War II

Cold War II Hong Kong (2016) Dirs. Lok Man Leung & Sunny Luk Back in 2012 Cold War was Hong Kong’s highest grossing domestic film which, along with the cliffhanger ending, encouraged the team behind it to pursue a sequel. Four years later the wait is over and we return to Asia’s safest city and … Continue reading Cold War II

The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing)

The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing) Hong Kong /China (2016) Dir. Pou-Soi Cheang If we have learned anything from the modern movie business model it is that no matter how bad a film is, if it scores big at the box office a sequel is inevitable. This applies … Continue reading The Monkey King 2 (Xi You Ji Zhi Sun Wukong San Da Baigujing)

The Monkey King (Xi you ji: Da nao tian gong)

The Monkey King (Xi you ji: Da nao tian gong) China/Hong Kong (2014) Dir. Pou-Soi Cheang In a mythical version of Ancient China a clash between the Bull Demon King (Aaron Kwok) and the Jade Emperor (Chow Yun Fat) results in the Bull Demon being banished to the Fire Mountains along with the Jade Emperor’s … Continue reading The Monkey King (Xi you ji: Da nao tian gong)

Cold War

Cold War Hong Kong (2012) Dirs. Lok Man Leung & Sunny Luk In what was normally considered Asia’s safest city, Hong Kong Police are stunned by the abduction of an Emergency Unit van containing five highly skilled police officers by a terrorist group at the same time a huge explosion rocks Mongkok. It is soon … Continue reading Cold War

Love For Life (Mo shu wai zhuan)

  Love For Life (Mo shu wai zhuan) China (2011) Dir. Changwei Gu Set in the early 1990’s, an AIDS epidemic has spread through a small village due to an illicit blood selling scam perpetrated by Qi Quan (Cunxin Pu) who then profits from this by selling coffins. Among the infected is Qi Quan’s brother … Continue reading Love For Life (Mo shu wai zhuan)