Movie Review – Good Take!

Good Take! (Pai de bu cuo) Hong Kong (2016) Dir. Various Anthology films are hard for a reviewer to grade - at least I think so. Being comprised of individual shorts, often on a set theme, in this case it is they are all set in Macau, do you rate it lower if not everything … Continue reading Movie Review – Good Take!

Movie Review – The Shaolin Temple

The Shaolin Temple (Shao Lin si) China/Hong Kong (1982) Dir. Chang Hsin Yen You’d think that if someone asked you to make a vow never to kill, it would be an easy choice to make. In this day and age, it would be but in Ancient China where disputes were settled with fists, kicks, and … Continue reading Movie Review – The Shaolin Temple

Movie Review – A Beautiful Moment

A Beautiful Moment (Bai Xing He Xi) Hong Kong (2018) Dir. Patrick Kong Since this is a film about love, I’m usually open with a self-pitying monologue about how I’m a loveless gargoyle but I’m going to spare you this time, because I am now more confused as ever about it thanks to this Hong … Continue reading Movie Review – A Beautiful Moment

Movie Review – Seeding Of A Ghost

Seeding Of A Ghost (Zhong gui) Hong Kong (1983) Dir. Chuan Yang Cab drivers must be very confident people as they never know whom they might pick up, whether the customer is pleasant and chatty or a drunken slob about to redecorate the upholstery, yet they still go out night after night to drive strangers … Continue reading Movie Review – Seeding Of A Ghost

Movie Review – The Untold Story

The Untold Story (Bat sin fan dim: Yan yuk cha siu bau) Hong Kong (1993) Dir. Herman Yau Sometimes, when you watch a brutal film about a sociopathic serial killer the last thing you want to see in the credits is the legend “Based on real events”. The Untold Story is unequivocally one of these … Continue reading Movie Review – The Untold Story

Movie Review – Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight

Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight (Gam man da song si) China/Hong Kong (2017) Dir. Alan Lo Quite often one comes across a film where the response once it ends is “What the hell?”. This might be because it is a deeply thoughtful, impenetrably symbolic arthouse film, or it is so out there it makes little sense. … Continue reading Movie Review – Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight

Movie Review – Wild Search (Ban wo chuang tian ya)

Wild Search (Ban wo chuang tian ya) Hong Kong (1989) Dir. Ringo Lam Families shouldn’t really have secrets from each other but they do, and not all of them are “good ones” like hiding a surprise birthday party from them. The last thing you want is the police rocking up at your door with news … Continue reading Movie Review – Wild Search (Ban wo chuang tian ya)

Movie Review – Erotic Ghost Story

Erotic Ghost Story (Liu jai yim taam) Hong Kong (1990) Dir. Lam Ngai Kai Reviewing films can be difficult. Sometimes, you watch a film that isn’t particularly great, but earns a place in the “so bad it’s good” category. It also contains some questionably gratuitous content yet because of this, it delivers exactly what it … Continue reading Movie Review – Erotic Ghost Story

Movie Review – One-Armed Boxer (Du bei chuan wang)

One-Armed Boxer (Du bei chuan wang) Hong Kong (1971) Dir. Jimmy Wang Yu Can you imagine the training sessions if there was a boxer with just one arm? “Hit him with the left then follow up with…oh right…”. Luckily, this is a Hong Kong martial arts flick and Chinese boxing is different from the pugilism … Continue reading Movie Review – One-Armed Boxer (Du bei chuan wang)

Movie Review – Shock Wave 2

Shock Wave 2 Hong Kong (2020) Dir. Herman Yau I don’t know what it is about Asian cinema but they have a weird practice of making sequels to films that are sequels in name only. This is a great example - Shockwave came out in 2017 and some of the cast return here but in … Continue reading Movie Review – Shock Wave 2