The Last Wish (Wei Da De Yuan Wang)

The Last Wish (Wei Da De Yuan Wang) China (2019) Dir. Tian Yusheng It must be great to have good friends who will move heaven and earth just for you, make sacrifices to make a wish come to for you and to miss you when you’re gone. I don’t know what that is like but … Continue reading The Last Wish (Wei Da De Yuan Wang)

No. 69 House

No. 69 House China (2019) Dir. Lei Zi For some of us love will be nothing more than a fantasy, but what happens if the love you thought was real ends up being a fantasy for a different reason? Or worse still if you can no longer tell if you are currently living in the … Continue reading No. 69 House

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yip Man ngoi zyun: Cheung Tin Chi)

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yip Man ngoi zyun: Cheung Tin Chi) Hong Kong/China (2018) Dir. Yuen Woo-Ping Q: When is an Ip Man film not an Ip Man film? A: When Ip Man isn’t in it! Don’t worry though, this is a spin-off from the Ip Man film trilogy starring Donnie Yen, which luckily … Continue reading Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yip Man ngoi zyun: Cheung Tin Chi)

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)

Ash Is Purest White (Jiang hu er nü)

Ash Is Purest White (Jiang hu er nü) China (2018) Dir. Jia Zhangke When Tammy Wynette famously sang Stand By Your Man it may have been intended as a rallying cry for women to show their support for their men faults and all, but the song doesn’t lay out the downside to having this devotion … Continue reading Ash Is Purest White (Jiang hu er nü)

Triple Threat

Triple Threat Thailand/China/US (2019) Dir. Jesse V. Johnson It sounds like an action cinema fans dream to see the worlds of esoteric Asian martial arts, Kung Fu and MMA come together in a violent bullet riddled, fist and feet flying blow out. British stuntman turned filmmaker Jesse V. Johnson has decided he is the man … Continue reading Triple Threat

Ciao Ciao

Ciao Ciao China (2017) Dir. Song Chuan “Home is where the heart is” according to the old adage, which for young people living in countries under strict rule, might be anywhere else but home. This can’t be helped but what if they live in a society where family is considered paramount, an uncomfortable divide between … Continue reading Ciao Ciao