Movie Review – Classmates Minus

Classmates Minus Taiwan (2020) Dir. Hsin-yao Huang “This film might be the first in history where the director enters the frame to hit people” I can honestly say this is the first film I have ever seen where this has happened, so Hsin-yao Huang could very well be speaking the truth. But this is a … Continue reading Movie Review – Classmates Minus

Movie Review – Love Education (Xiang ai xiang qin)

Love Education (Xiang ai xiang qin) China/Taiwan (2017) Dir. Sylvia Chang As time moves on and social attitudes change, some old traditions become redundant and more often than not, illogical to modern thinking, and with the separation between rural and metropolitan life, there will be a clash of opinions about this. Then again, not every … Continue reading Movie Review – Love Education (Xiang ai xiang qin)

Get The Hell Out

Get The Hell Out Taiwan (2020) Dir. I-Fan Wang Politics is a messy business to get involved in. It is where people shed their humanity, and their instincts for self-preservation reduce them to committing acts of shameless venality and display levels of immorality unthinkable to most. In short - it turns people into monsters. A … Continue reading Get The Hell Out

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)

The Tag-Along (Hong yi xiao nu hai)

The Tag-Along (Hong yi xiao nu hai) Taiwan (2015) Dir. Cheng Wei-hao Asian horror cinema has created a niche of its own over the last two decades though Taiwan hasn’t embraced this genre as much as its neighbours have. Better late than never, they join the fray, and like many of its Asian contemporaries, the … Continue reading The Tag-Along (Hong yi xiao nu hai)

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)

Movie Review – The Great Buddha +

The Great Buddha + Taiwan (2017) Dir. Hsin-yao Huang  It’s tough at the top, so they say but then again it’s not exactly a barrel of laughs at the bottom either. Both camps have a disdain for the other, born out of their respective positions in life resulting in a class war where there are no … Continue reading Movie Review – The Great Buddha +

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)

Who Killed Cock Robin? (Mu ji zhe)

Who Killed Cock Robin? (Mu ji zhe)   Taiwan (2017) Dir. Cheng Wei-hao Everyone knows the Sparrow did it - he even confessed. Well, that was quick wasn’t it? Actually, the second film from Cheng Wei-hao has nothing to do with this traditional nursery rhyme aside from using the title to imply this mystery crime thriller … Continue reading Who Killed Cock Robin? (Mu ji zhe)

White Ant (Bai yi)

White Ant (Bai yi) Taiwan (2016) Dir. Chu Hsien-che We all have our little peccadilloes and foibles, the more extreme examples usually called fetishes and perversions. The default reaction to them tends to be “they need help!”, yet persecution is another knee jerk response when understanding is what someone truly needs. Bai Yide (Chris Wu), … Continue reading White Ant (Bai yi)