The Village Of No Return (Jian wang cun)

The Village Of No Return (Jian wang cun) Taiwan/China (2017) Dir. Chen Yu-hsun Memories are an important part of our lives. We can bask in the fond glow of the good or learn from the mistakes of the bad. But if someone offered you the chance to wipe away those negative memories would you take … Continue reading The Village Of No Return (Jian wang cun)

Gone With The Bullets (Yi bu zhi yao)

Gone With The Bullets (Yi bu zhi yao) China (2014) Dir. Jiang Wen Serving as a spiritual successor to 2010’s Let The Bullet’s Fly, Jing Wen’s 300 million RMB production was presumably designed to be extraordinarily lavish to distract us from the confusing storyline. Therefore please bear with me if the plot summary is a … Continue reading Gone With The Bullets (Yi bu zhi yao)

The Last Women Standing (Sheng zhe wei wang)

The Last Women Standing (Sheng zhe wei wang) China (2015) Dir. Luo Luo There has always been a fixation in certain societies with women going through life without getting married, creating a panic among some that the longer the ring finger remains gold free a woman can’t be happy or have any value to any … Continue reading The Last Women Standing (Sheng zhe wei wang)

All You Need Is Love (Luo pao ba ai qing)

All You Need Is Love (Luo pao ba ai qing) Taiwan/Hong Kong (2015) Dirs. Richie Jen & Andy Luo Sorry Beatles fans, this has nothing to do with their flower power anthem from 1967. Instead, this is the directorial debut from Taiwanese heartthrob Richie Jen, who also co-wrote the script, provided some of the music … Continue reading All You Need Is Love (Luo pao ba ai qing)

The Assassin (Nie yin niang)

The Assassin (Nie yin niang) Taiwan (2015) Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien After seven years away from film business Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-Hsien returns with his first foray into the martial arts genre, a rather surprising direction for someone who has made his name with bleak arthouse social dramas. Favourably rewarded at Cannes this year, it is … Continue reading The Assassin (Nie yin niang)

Journey To The West: Conquering the Demons (Xi You Xiang Mo Pian)

  Journey To The West: Conquering the Demons (Xi You Xiang Mo Pian) China (2013) Dirs. Stephen Chow & Chi-kin Kwok Novice demon hunter Xuan Zang (Zhang Wen) believes that benevolence is the way to treat demons and not violence, using a book of nursery rhymes given to him by his master (Sihan Cheng) as … Continue reading Journey To The West: Conquering the Demons (Xi You Xiang Mo Pian)

Love

  Love Taiwan (2012) Dir. Doze Niu Between Beijing and Taipei, this portmanteau film looks at a disparate group of people whose search for love slowly finds their lives intertwining. Materialistic socialite Zoe Fang (Shu Qi) begins to tire of her relationship with the older Lu (Doze Niu) and finds herself seeking solace in the … Continue reading Love