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)

Ip Man 4: The Finale (Yip Man 4)

Ip Man 4: The Finale (Yip Man 4) Hong Kong (2019) Dir. Wilson Yip Remember the horror film Final Destination which, despite the definitive adjective in the title, spawned four sequels, meaning we can’t trust cinema when it declares we have reached the end of a series. Is this the same for the Ip Man … Continue reading Ip Man 4: The Finale (Yip Man 4)

Legend Of The Mountain (Shan zhong zhuan qi)

Legend Of The Mountain (Shan zhong zhuan qi) Hong Kong/Taiwan (1979) Dir. King Hu Other than in films set in the jungle, where the sound of pulsating tribal beats usually meant impending danger for the interloping white man, drums never felt scary truly until the arrival of Black Sabbath’s debut album in 1970. Nine years … Continue reading Legend Of The Mountain (Shan zhong zhuan qi)

To Live (Huo zhe)

To Live (Huo zhe) China/Hong Kong (1994) Dir. Zhang Yimou Political regimes will always hurt someone. That is a fact. The poor will always be at the bottom of the heap under a plutocracy, the unskilled and undereducated suppressed by a meritocracy, and Communism tends to screw everyone except for those at the very top. … Continue reading To Live (Huo zhe)

Raining In The Mountain (Kong shan ling yu)

Raining In The Mountain (Kong shan ling yu) Hong Kong/Taiwan (1979) Dir. King Hu “Those who really seek the path to Enlightenment dictate terms to their mind. Then they proceed with strong determination.” This could also apply to many people in their life’s endeavours but this quote is aimed at those seeking spiritual wisdom from … Continue reading Raining In The Mountain (Kong shan ling yu)

Dragon Inn (Long men kezhan)

Dragon Inn (Long men kezhan) Hong Kong (1967) Dir. King Hu There is a bitter irony in that one required criteria to be a ruler - along with misplaced megalomania - is balls. In the case of this classic film from celebrated Hong Kong director King Hu, the tyrannical governing presence happens to be a … Continue reading Dragon Inn (Long men kezhan)

Crime Story (Jung on zo)

Crime Story (Jung on zo) Hong Kong (1993) Dir. Kirk Wong If you think about it, the last person who should ever orchestrate a kidnapping plot is an active police officer. Sure, they can find ways to sabotage the investigation and put their colleagues off the scent but eventually, their malfeasance is going to catch … Continue reading Crime Story (Jung on zo)