Iceman: The Time Traveller (Bing feng: Yong heng zhi men)

Iceman: The Time Traveller (Bing feng: Yong heng zhi men) Hong Kong (2018) Dir. Raymond Yip You know the deal, a film is successful so a sequel is made and the success continues - at least that is how it is supposed to go. In the case of 2014’s Iceman, the film was a flop … Continue reading Iceman: The Time Traveller (Bing feng: Yong heng zhi men)

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Dragon Lord (Lung siu yeh)

Dragon Lord (Lung siu yeh) Hong Kong (1982) Dir. Jackie Chan At the time of writing this review (April 7th) it is Jackie Chan’s birthday so I figured I’d watch one of his films to mark the occasion. With only a few options open to me among my DVD collection of his films I haven’t … Continue reading Dragon Lord (Lung siu yeh)

Divergence (Saam cha hau)

Divergence (Saam cha hau) Hong Kong (2005) Dir. Benny Chan Take one acclaimed Hong Kong police/action director, three capable, popular actors and an award winning writer, put them together in the same crime thriller with a strong support cast in the hope of emulating the success of the seminal Infernal Affairs, and the result is… … Continue reading Divergence (Saam cha hau)

Happiness (Hang wan si ngo)

Happiness (Hang wan si ngo) Hong Kong (2016) Dir. Andy Lo You can never predict where friendships will develop but that is one of the joys of life. It has long been demonstrable that age, gender, and social status have little effect on people getting along - it is the result these bonds produce that … Continue reading Happiness (Hang wan si ngo)

Five Deadly Venoms (Wu du)

Five Deadly Venoms (Wu du) Hong Kong (1978) Dir. Chang Cheh One deadly venom is enough so five would be a real handful. In this instance, however these venoms are not toxic liquids but skilled martial artists of ill repute who don’t want to be found, and the antidote to their lethal attacks is not … Continue reading Five Deadly Venoms (Wu du)

Vampire Cleanup Department (Gao geung jing dou fu)

Vampire Cleanup Department (Gao geung jing dou fu) Hong Kong (2017) Dirs. Yan Pak-wing and Chiu Sin-hang  Every country around the world has its own idea and mythos about vampires and China is no different. To them, vampires are not suave Bela Lugosi types able to transform into bats but hideous killing machines that hop … Continue reading Vampire Cleanup Department (Gao geung jing dou fu)

Operation Red Sea (Hong hai xing dong)

Operation Red Sea (Hong hai xing dong) Hong Kong (2018) Dir. Dante Lam They say worse things happen at sea. I’m in no position to comment either way on the veracity of this aphorism but I would think being run over by a lorry would hurt more than getting water in your swimming goggles whilst … Continue reading Operation Red Sea (Hong hai xing dong)