Sara (Chor gei)

Sara (Chor gei) Hong Kong (2015) Dir. Herman Yau Money is the proverbial root of all evil but there is a very strong case to be made for sex to be considered an equally destructive force, though the two usually cause havoc when working in tandem with each other. Sometimes it is easy to forget … Continue reading Sara (Chor gei)

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)

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)

SPL 2: A Time For Consequences (Saat po long 2)

SPL 2: A Time For Consequences (Saat po long 2) China/Hong Kong (2015) Dir. Cheang Pou-soi Some readers may recall the 2005 Donnie Yen film Kill Zone (originally titled SPL: Sha Po Lang in its native Hong Kong) - well, forget it because this film is a “sequel in name only” affair which makes little … Continue reading SPL 2: A Time For Consequences (Saat po long 2)

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)

Iceman (Bing Fung: Chung Sang Chi Mun)

Iceman (Bing Fung: Chung Sang Chi Mun) Hong Kong (2014) Dir. Wing-cheong Law It may have only occurred in the last decade but Donnie Yen finally broke out of the supporting role rut he was stuck in to become a star in his own right, reaching the pinnacle with the two Ip Man films. Yen … Continue reading Iceman (Bing Fung: Chung Sang Chi Mun)

As The Light Goes Out (Jiu huo ying xiong)

As The Light Goes Out (Jiu huo ying xiong) China/Hong Kong (2014) Dir. Derek Kwok Hong Kong 2012 and three firefighters – Yau Bong-chiu (Shawn Yue), Ho Wing-sam (Nicholas Tse) and Yip Chi-fai (Andy On) – defy procedure to execute a daring rescue mission during a call. During the disciplinary meeting Ho and Yip let … Continue reading As The Light Goes Out (Jiu huo ying xiong)

Tales From The Dark 1

Tales From The Dark 1 Hong Kong (2013) Dirs. Simon Yam, Fruit Chan, Chi-Ngai Lee This compendium of horror tales from Hong Kong brings us three unrelated stories of supernatural spookiness Asian style from the pen of Lillian Lee, adapted by three very different directors, including the debut behind the camera of celebrated actor Simon … Continue reading Tales From The Dark 1

The Thieves (Dodookdeu)

  The Thieves (Dodookdeu) Korea (2012) Dir. Choi Dong-Hoon  A group of thieves - comprising of Popie (Jung-Jae Lee), Yenicall (Gianna Jun), Chewing Gum (Hae-suk Kim), Zampano (Soo Hyun Kim) and the recently paroled Pepsi (Hye-su Kim) - need to lie low after they barely get away with their latest heist so they accept a … Continue reading The Thieves (Dodookdeu)