Savage (Xue bao)

Savage (Xue bao) China (2018) Dir. Cui Siwei Patience is a virtue but some people run out of it pretty quickly, situation dictating of course. But, if all good things come to those who wait then theoretically so should the bad things, which makes the concept of patience a rather flawed one, doesn’t it? In … Continue reading Savage (Xue bao)

Brotherhood Of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield (Xiu chun dao II: xiu luo zhan chang)

Brotherhood Of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield (Xiu chun dao II: xiu luo zhan chang) China (2017) Dir. Lu Yang It seems Alan Mak and Andrew Lau have set a precedent when it comes to sequels, since having the follow-up to a successful film be a prequel in Chinese/Hong Kong cinema is now a recurring … Continue reading Brotherhood Of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield (Xiu chun dao II: xiu luo zhan chang)

Brotherhood Of Blades (Xiu chun dao)

Brotherhood Of Blades (Xiu chun dao) China (2014) Dir. Lu Yang It might surprise you to learn that despite the enticing title throwing up suggestions of swords and bloodshed, this film is actually about gardeners - the titular blades being those made of grass. You’re not buying it are you? Of course this is wu … Continue reading Brotherhood Of Blades (Xiu chun dao)

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)

The Last Supper

The Last Supper (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Films) Running Time: 116 minutes approx. Chinese history is a sprawling rich tapestry full of legends featuring warring generals, ruling dynasties and Shakespearean-esque tales of deceit and betrayal. For those of us outside of Asia, we rely on the cinematic depictions of events from this illustrious … Continue reading The Last Supper

The Assassin (Nie yin niang)

The Assassin (Nie yin niang) Taiwan (2015) Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien After seven years away from film business Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-Hsien returns with his first foray into the martial arts genre, a rather surprising direction for someone who has made his name with bleak arthouse social dramas. Favourably rewarded at Cannes this year, it is … Continue reading The Assassin (Nie yin niang)