Lock Me Up, Tie Him Down (Wan mei jia qi 168)

Lock Me Up, Tie Him Down (Wan mei jia qi 168) China (2014) Dir. Jeffrey Lau Why can’t people be more honest with each other? This question has been asked since time immemorial yet we can’t help ourselves from continually making the same mistakes over and over from not telling the truth. Then again, the … Continue reading Lock Me Up, Tie Him Down (Wan mei jia qi 168)

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)

The Bold, The Corrupt, And The Beautiful (Xue guan yin)

The Bold, The Corrupt, And The Beautiful (Xue guan yin)   Taiwan (2017) Dir. Yang Ya-che Keep it in the family. That’s quite often a wise maxim to adhere to, especially for those with a criminal bent - after all, if you can’t trust your family, whom can you trust? Then again, I suppose it … Continue reading The Bold, The Corrupt, And The Beautiful (Xue guan yin)

Mrs. K

Mrs. K Hong Kong (2016) Dir. Ho Yuhang All good things have to come to an end and for Hong Kong film legend Kara Hui, Mrs. K - allegedly - marks her final role as an action star. The latter part needs to be stressed as Hui has made two more films since this one, … Continue reading Mrs. K

Control (Kong cheng ji)

Control (Kong cheng ji) Hong Kong (2013) Dir. Kenneth Bi Are people really so easily manipulated that they can be controlled like puppets? Threats are usually a good way of ensuring cooperation but quite often the victim can only take their tormentor’s word for it if contact is only via the phone. Kenneth Bi leaves … Continue reading Control (Kong cheng ji)

The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (Wu Lang ba gua gun)

The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (Wu Lang ba gua gun) Hong Kong (1983) Dir. Lau Kar-leung By the 1980’s the legendary Shaw Brothers studios were no longer kings of the martial arts cinema, having been usurped by Golden Harvest in the 1970’s, and their trademark historical era productions looking a little tired against the fast … Continue reading The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (Wu Lang ba gua gun)

Rigor Mortis (Geung si)

Rigor Mortis (Geung si) Hong Kong (2013) Dir. Juno Mak Asian cinema has always delivered a unique take on the horror genre which often leaves us Westerners a little befuddled since the philosophical and spiritual tenets behind the stories aren’t familiar to us. Despite this rather major handicap we can still enjoy the films on … Continue reading Rigor Mortis (Geung si)