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)

Robbery (Lou Lap)

Robbery (Lou Lap) Hong Kong (2016) Dir. Fire Lee I might have said this before but it bears repeating - Hong Kong comedies are strange beasts which don’t always translate well outside of Asia (unless you are Jackie Chan or Stephen Chow). One film unlikely to buck this trend is surreal black comedy Robbery. Lau … Continue reading Robbery (Lou Lap)

Three

Three (Cert 15) Digital Download (Distributor: Kaleidoscope Entertainment) Running Time: 88 minutes approx. Johnny To has been one of the leading lights in Hong Kong cinema since the turn of the millennium, with a slew of gritty, violent, densely plotted and stylishly shot crime thrillers. Recently To has stepped out of his comfort zone trying … Continue reading Three

Monk Comes Down The Mountain (Dao shi xia shan)

Monk Comes Down The Mountain (Dao shi xia shan) China (2015) Dir. Chen Kaige The title of this martial arts fantasy comedy from esteemed director Chen Kaige - known for highbrow fare such as Farewell My Concubine - sounds like the opening line of a joke (“A man walks into a pub…”), but it does … Continue reading Monk Comes Down The Mountain (Dao shi xia shan)

Saving Mr. Wu (Jie jiu Wu xian sheng)

Saving Mr. Wu (Jie jiu Wu xian sheng) China (2015) Dir. Ding Sheng Whether one approaches films that are “based on a true story” with a sense of caution or pessimism, there is no denying they lay the foundation for satisfying entertainment. The plot for Saving Mr. Wu is based on real events involving one … Continue reading Saving Mr. Wu (Jie jiu Wu xian sheng)

The Mission (Cheung foh)

The Mission (Cheung foh) Hong Kong (1999) Dir. Johnnie To Over the past decade plus Hong Kong’s Johnnie To has established himself at the top of the table when it comes to crime/triad thrillers. He may not be alone with the likes of Ringo Lam and Herman Yau nipping at his heels but with such … Continue reading The Mission (Cheung foh)

Fairy Tale Killer (Zui hung)

  Fairy Tale Killer (Zui hung) Hong Kong (2012) Dir. Danny Pang A psychotic escapee from a mental hospital Jun (Wang Baoqiang), is brought into a police station where he confesses to murdering five “wolves” and gives a name. Senior detective Han (Lau Ching Wan) and his team pay a visit to the named man … Continue reading Fairy Tale Killer (Zui hung)