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

Movie Review – Out Of The Dark (Wui wan yeh)

Out Of The Dark (Wui wan yeh) Hong Kong (1995) Dir. Jeffrey Lau If there is something strange in your neighbourhood whatever you do, don’t call the ghost busters in this film. Okay, they do get results - eventually - but it comes at quite the price, physically, structurally, and emotionally. Maybe it would be … Continue reading Movie Review – Out Of The Dark (Wui wan yeh)

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)

Movie Review – Made In Hong Kong (Heung Gong jai jo)

Made In Hong Kong (Heung Gong jai jo) Hong Kong (1997) Dir. Fruit Chan “There is no take two in life” In 1997, Britain handed its sovereignty of Hong Kong over to mainland China after 156 years of British rule, which one would think, culturally at least, would be cause for celebration and a positive … Continue reading Movie Review – Made In Hong Kong (Heung Gong jai jo)

Movie Review – Tracey

Tracey Hong Kong (2018) Dir. Jun Li Gay rights in many countries are still a fantasy despite us now being in the 21st century. Whether it is because of religion or hidebound attitudes afraid of causing uproar, even those who view themselves as progressive thinkers still deny homosexuals some civil liberties. Hong Kong, it seems, … Continue reading Movie Review – Tracey