Movie Review – The Counterfeiter aka Project Gutenberg (Mou seung)

The Counterfeiter aka Project Gutenberg (Mou seung) China/Hong Kong (2018) Dir. Felix Chong If a picture paints a thousand words, films wouldn’t need to be two hours long. As much as an image can tell a story, there is always need for nuance, detail, and clarification as the eye can miss so much from looking … Continue reading Movie Review – The Counterfeiter aka Project Gutenberg (Mou seung)

The Postman Strikes Back (Xun cheng ma)

The Postman Strikes Back (Xun cheng ma) Hong Kong (1982) Dir. Ronny Yu I might as well tell you now, the titular postman isn’t your average Royal Mail worker seeking revenge against the noisy terrier at No. 27 that has a habit of jumping up at the door every time he makes a delivery. Nor … Continue reading The Postman Strikes Back (Xun cheng ma)

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

Office (Hua li shang ban zu)

Office (Hua li shang ban zu) China/Hong Kong (2015) Dir. Johnnie To Not to be confused with the classic BBC comedy series or the Korean thriller of the same name, this Office sees the King of Hong Kong crime thriller Johnnie To try his hand at musical comedy drama. It’s based on the stage play … Continue reading Office (Hua li shang ban zu)

From Vegas To Macau aka The Man From Macau (Ao Men feng yun)

From Vegas To Macau aka The Man From Macau (Ao Men feng yun) Hong Kong (2014) Dir. Wong Jing The Chinese New Year brings with it many traditional celebratory festivities and in the cinema world this time of year is when a number of lavish comedies are unleashed to further the joyous mood. One regular … Continue reading From Vegas To Macau aka The Man From Macau (Ao Men feng yun)

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)

The Last Tycoon (Da Shang Hai)

  The Last Tycoon (Da Shang Hai) Hong Kong/China (2012) Dir. Wong Jing In 1913 Chuansha a young fruit vendor Cheng Daqi (Huang Xiaoming) is falsely accused of killing his boss and ends up on death row. Fortunately he is saved by venal army officer Máo Zài (Francis Ng) who suggests Daqi moves to Shanghai, … Continue reading The Last Tycoon (Da Shang Hai)

The Assassins

The Assassins (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Universal Pictures UK) Running time: 103 minutes approx. In the closing years of the Han Dynasty, warlord Cao Cao (Chow Yun Fat) has been given the title Lord of Wei by the Emperor Xian (Alec Su), and in return for the protection provided by Cao Cao’s army. Meanwhile, … Continue reading The Assassins