Happiness (Hang wan si ngo)

Happiness (Hang wan si ngo) Hong Kong (2016) Dir. Andy Lo You can never predict where friendships will develop but that is one of the joys of life. It has long been demonstrable that age, gender, and social status have little effect on people getting along - it is the result these bonds produce that … Continue reading Happiness (Hang wan si ngo)

This Is Not What I Expected

This Is Not What I Expected China (2017) Dir. Derek Hui You can often tell a lot about a film from its title and sometimes they extends beyond expectations of the film itself; for instance, director Derek Hui is noted for his work on the production end of cinema, mostly as an editor for action … Continue reading This Is Not What I Expected

Samba

Samba France (2014) Dirs. Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano Immigration is a tricky subject to make a rom-com out of and the directors of the international crowd pleaser Untouchable don’t exactly deliver much of one, but they do present a thoughtful and conscientious yarn about finding love when the political system is against you. Senegalese … Continue reading Samba

Like For Likes (Joa-haejo)

Like For Likes (Joa-haejo) Korea (2016) Dir. Park Hyun-Jin If romantic comedies ever had a handicap working against them it is that the genre is notoriously difficult to be completely original and, most importantly, unpredictable in. As much as I can’t stand the insipid Love Actually, Richard Curtis did at least try a few different … Continue reading Like For Likes (Joa-haejo)