Look Out, Officer! (Si hing chong gwai)

Look Out, Officer! (Si hing chong gwai) Hong Kong (1990) Dir. Lau Sez-yue Ghosts are supposed to be scary, malevolent beings intent on frightening and tormenting us not helpful and agreeable. Casper The Friendly Ghost set a precedent in kids’ comics but in film they have be few and far between. Which brings us to … Continue reading Look Out, Officer! (Si hing chong gwai)

The Flying Guillotine (Xue di zi)

The Flying Guillotine (Xue di zi) Hong Kong (1975) Dir. Ho Meng-Hua There is something scarily prescient about this mid-70s classic from the Shaw Brothers in that the central antagonist is a egomaniacal ruler who suppresses any dissenting voices against his government by having them killed. Fast forward to 21st China and well, you can … Continue reading The Flying Guillotine (Xue di zi)

The Vengeful Beauty (Xue fu rong)

The Vengeful Beauty (Xue fu rong) Hong Kong (1978) Dir. Ho Meng-Hua  “Hell hath no fury” is usually associated with a woman scorned, but there is no scorning here to drive the eponymous vengeful beauty in this late 70s Shaw Brothers outing. It’s a Martial Arts flick so naturally the stakes are going to be higher, … Continue reading The Vengeful Beauty (Xue fu rong)

Guilt By Design (Cui mian cai jue)

Guilt By Design (Cui mian cai jue) Hong Kong/China (2019) Dirs. Paul Sze, Kenneth Lai & Lau Wing Tai Court cases are supposed to be tried by a jury honest and true in their deliberation and verdict. But since many on trial are criminals, they are not beneath influencing a jury to acquit them of … Continue reading Guilt By Design (Cui mian cai jue)

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)

The Oily Maniac (You gui zi)

The Oily Maniac (You gui zi) Hong Kong (1976) Dir. Ho Meng Hua Known predominantly for their seminal martial arts output, the legendary Shaw Brothers would dip their toes into the murky world of exploitation cinema in the late 1970s. This gave them the opportunity to apply their trademark extravagance to beyond Ancient China. Sheng … Continue reading The Oily Maniac (You gui zi)

Always Be With You (Seung joi nei jor yau)

Always Be With You (Seung joi nei jor yau) Hong Kong (2017) Dir. Herman Yau Death, contrary to popular belief, isn’t always the final word - if it was, there wouldn’t be any horror films or tales of the supernatural to spook us out with. So, keep on haunting you spirits, like the one in … Continue reading Always Be With You (Seung joi nei jor yau)

The Bells Of Death (Duo hun ling)

The Bells Of Death (Duo hun ling) Hong Kong (1968) Dir. Yueh Feng The bells of St Clements might have said oranges and lemons but the bells in this Shaw Brothers revenge movie only signal impending death. By the time our protagonist is done with his targets, citrus fruits will be the last thing on … Continue reading The Bells Of Death (Duo hun ling)

Enter The Fat Dragon (Fei lung gwoh gong)

Enter The Fat Dragon (Fei lung gwoh gong) Hong Kong (2020) Dirs. Kenji Tanigaki & Wong Jing With Jackie Chan supposedly swapping action for serious acting roles, which affects his comedic output since they rely heavily on slapstick fight scenes, who could replace him? A few years ago, the bookies’ favourite would have been Stephen … Continue reading Enter The Fat Dragon (Fei lung gwoh gong)

Thunderbolt (Pik lik foh)

Thunderbolt (Pik lik foh) Hong Kong (1995) Dir. Gordon Chan Kung Fu and motor racing, not a combination that would immediately spring to mind but in the crazy world of cinema anything goes. And if anybody is bold enough to give it a go, it would be martial arts legend and car fan Jackie Chan. … Continue reading Thunderbolt (Pik lik foh)