Fagara (Hua jiao zhi wei)

Fagara (Hua jiao zhi wei) Hong Kong (2019) Dir. Heiward Mak The bond between father and daughter can often be as strong as that between mother and daughter, and one can that can hurt deeply if it is compromised in some way. If it isn’t “Daddy’s little girl” growing up that is the cause, it … Continue reading Fagara (Hua jiao zhi wei)

A World Without Thieves (Tian xia wu zei)

A World Without Thieves (Tian xia wu zei) China/Hong Kong (2004) Dir. Feng Xiaogang There is no honour among thieves as the saying goes, which isn’t very reassuring for the rest of us trying to avoid falling victim to them. Therefore, a world without their existence is very unlikely, even if they start pilfering from … Continue reading A World Without Thieves (Tian xia wu zei)

Shock Wave Tunnel (Chai dan zhuan jia)

Shock Wave Tunnel (Chai dan zhuan jia) China/Hong Kong (2017) Dir. Herman Yau I’m not entirely sure why the UK release of this China/Hong Kong co-production needed the addendum of the word “Tunnel” to its original title of Shock Wave, but I suppose it’s better than some of the egregiously misleading title changes that have … Continue reading Shock Wave Tunnel (Chai dan zhuan jia)

Chasing The Dragon

Chasing The Dragon (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Well Go USA) Running Time: 129 minutes approx. Drugs are bad; everyone knows that, but not just for the users and their families whose lives are messed up by them but for the peddlers too. Prolific and polarising Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Jing and co-director Jason … Continue reading Chasing The Dragon

Our Times (Wo De Shaonu Shidai)

Our Times (Wo De Shaonu Shidai) Taiwan (2015) Dir. Frankie Chen Growing up is so hard to do but is life better when we‘re adults? And does looking back on the past explain where we are today? In her directorial debut, noted Taiwanese TV producer Frankie Chen ponders this notion through a trip down memory … Continue reading Our Times (Wo De Shaonu Shidai)

Saving Mr. Wu (Jie jiu Wu xian sheng)

Saving Mr. Wu (Jie jiu Wu xian sheng) China (2015) Dir. Ding Sheng Whether one approaches films that are “based on a true story” with a sense of caution or pessimism, there is no denying they lay the foundation for satisfying entertainment. The plot for Saving Mr. Wu is based on real events involving one … Continue reading Saving Mr. Wu (Jie jiu Wu xian sheng)

Days Of Being Wild (Ah fei zing zyun)

Days Of Being Wild (Ah fei zing zyun) Hong Kong (1990) Dir. Wong Kar-Wai The first film in the informal trilogy from the abstract auteur Wong Kar-Wai sows the seeds for the two later films In The Mood For Love and 2046 although the connections between this and its two offspring are tenuous enough to … Continue reading Days Of Being Wild (Ah fei zing zyun)

Firestorm (Fung bou)

Firestorm (Fung bou) Hong Kong/China (2013) Dir. Alan Yeun Cao Nan (Hu Jun) is an art dealer and crook from the Mainland, who is planning another on his audacious armed robberies which he is able to get away with as the police are always unable to pin him through lack of hard evidence. Hot on … Continue reading Firestorm (Fung bou)

Switch

Switch (China/Hong Kong) 2013 Dir. Jay Sun A priceless 14th century painting Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains which was famously ripped in half and now, one half is in the Zhejiang Art Museum, China, and the other in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan. A group of British smugglers steal the scroll from the Taiwan venue, … Continue reading Switch

Blind Detective (Man Tam)

Blind Detective (Man Tam) Hong Kong (2013) Dir. Johnnie To Johnston Chong (Andy Lau) is a former police detective known as the “God of Detectives” due to his incredible success rate, forced to leave the force due to his degenerating eyesight. Now blind, Johnston makes a living solving cases for the police cash rewards and … Continue reading Blind Detective (Man Tam)