Part pseudo-ghost story, part Hitchcockian mystery thriller, Hui’s debut feature wraps a brutal double murder at its core with disorienting editing, fragmented chronology and some utterly haunting sequences. Mr Chow and Mrs Chan are in the mood for love but little more than that.
This isn't a perfect film but its story is so moving that any shortcomings in the telling can easily be overlooked. ‘We’re all Chinese,’ so they repeatedly chant. China Box Office Best Chinese Movies
Dir Derek Yee (Anita Yuen, Lau Ching-wan), “Don’t look down upon me, I’m not big mouth.
Even though the audience gets a good look inside Zhou Yi's head, she never becomes someone worth the adulation the onscreen males throw at her. Kwok won his second of two consecutive best actor awards at the Golden Horse with this exceptional comeback effort by Tam. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends.
Dir Sammo Hung (Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung, Lam Ching-ying, Frankie Chan), “Are you Leung Chang the Street Brawler?”. Jet Li turned from Mainland wushu champion to international action star with Tsui’s nationalistic reinvention of the folk legend of Wong Fei-hung. Taken at face value, as we like to do, the film is a last-gasp portrayal of those heroic archetypes late 80s and early 90s Hong Kong cinema became famous for – and we love it for it. I just want to tell them I can take back what I’ve lost.”.
A plastic barrier.”. , has joked that his involvement with the production ‘self-immolated my own career’. "The Way We Are" tells the story of a hardworking, widowed, single mother (Mrs. Cheung) and her teenage son (Ka-on) living in the troubled housing estate of Tinshuiwai, a suburb regularly featured in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Wong Jing’s half-serious assertion that his father Wang Tianlin ‘has a bit of Wong Kar-wai in him’ does look to have some weight based on this Cathay noir musical, a localised but no less stylish adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen.
Your favorites, all in one place. Dir Ching Siu-tung (Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma), “Sometimes, humans are more frightening than ghosts.”. At its most ingeniously cynical, the film has made a mockery of our simplistic capitalist ideals and democratic aspirations in the very same stroke. Man-hating lesbian assassins populate this Wong Jing-scripted and produced erotic thriller, whose absurdly OTT campness renders it a cult fave internationally. Zhou Yi is portrayed as an adorable and yet realistically self-involved girl whose emotional swings are as damaging to herself as others. Stephanie must choose if she is ready for the consequences of her misbehavior.
Dir Ann Hui (Loletta Lee, Tse Kwan Ho, Anthony Wong Chau-sang, Lee Kang-sheng), “What is the real unbreakable wall? But I’m still alive!”. Dir Tsui Hark (Yuen Biao, Adam Cheng, Brigitte Lin, Sammo Hung), “Of course I’m a good guy!
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Take it – I won’t wait anymore.”. Film buffs will be in heaven spotting the references, from Bruce Lee lore to The House of 72 Tenants (1973). The only film written, produced, and directed by Bruce Lee was to have been the first of a series in which he cast himself as Tan Lung, out-of-town strong-arm, here hired by the Chinese owner of a restaurant in Rome to sort out their problems with the local syndicate.
Those who dismiss McDull as a cutesy piggy animation have missed the point: the franchise’s deceivingly innocent façade is mere sugar coating for some of the most acute observations and disheartening commentaries on our city in any form of local literature. Cynical irony abounds.
Dir Wang Weiyi (Li Qing, Wong Sun, Cheung Ying). Ex is surface entertainment that shouldn't be a wannabe-telling relationship comedy that won't fool anyone with complete critical faculties. After losing his wife and daughter, and becoming separated from his young son during the war a decade earlier, a man (Ng, who also produced and scripted the film) becomes a dedicated orphanage director who crosses paths with a parentless pickpocket (a very impressive, teenage Bruce Lee before his move to the US) and decides to make him a better person. The year is 1962, and as next-door neighbours living in a crowded apartment complex, Mr Chow (Tony Leung) and Mrs Chan (Maggie Cheung in a cheongsam showcase) gradually discover their spouses are having a clandestine affair. Each cares for the other, but each also seems far more enamored of themselves. There’s double handguns, male bonding (to the detriment of relationships with women), honour, betrayal, bullets flying everywhere and inevitable bittersweet deaths.
Despite its historical accuracy and working-class flavour, the affecting story of a stern father and his school-hating, cinema-loving son has touched viewers from all social backgrounds. It’s like a sensual Evil Dead romance! Yet the film’s critique of Mainland rule was only the beginning of the controversy. From Chow’s gun-fu-fighting supercop to Woo’s cameo as a contemplative jazz bar owner, and from its birdcage-kicking teahouse shootout at the start to its hospital-exploding, baby-saving climax, Hard Boiled remains any action fanboy’s wettest dream.
Echoes of the Rainbow An essential and one-of-a-kind homage to the decades of social movement in Hong Kong, Hui’s sprawling political drama depicts the lives of various characters, including Tse’s social activist and Wong’s Maoist Catholic priest, all tied together by Loletta Lee’s evocatively designed role: a young woman who’s lost her memory following an ‘accident’. If I were an American audience, I might find it quite… realistic, and possibly a very pleasant movie experience.”, “You keep this in mind: we Chinese are not sick men.”.
Hui shows her humanist sensibility with a bittersweet drama on life’s capriciousness. Lead actress Tang Wei, widely praised for her performance, subsequently suffered a ban in the Chinese media and online discussion of the film was shut down, Oriental Daily reported. He gets your sympathy.”, Dir Wong Kar-wai (Takeshi Kaneshiro, Brigitte Lin, Faye Wong, Tony Leung Chiu-wai), “At the closest point of our intimacy, we were just 0.001 cm from each other.”. Trouble with films like this is that they will always mean more to the maker than the audience. If this synopsis reminds you of The Intouchables or Me Before You, you’re not wrong. “I don’t even know what the word [postmodern] means.”, Dir Chun Kim (Ma Si-tsang, Wong Man-lei, Lam Kar-sing, Yuen Siu-fai), “You think I’m really smiling? “And Stephen Chow [was to] play Bruce Lee. Not smart - at least, not for Cee. Starting out as a cinematic response to Liv Ullmann’s condemnation of our city’s deportation of 51 Vietnamese refugees in 1990, Chan’s impossibly intellectual post-Tiananmen essay-cum-melodrama offers everything from a Van Gogh ‘prank’ to a reciting of Invisible Cities. Disney + Pixar + Marvel + Star Wars + Nat Geo, Get unlimited access to the largest streaming library with limited ads, Stream on up to 4 devices at the same time. Feeling frisky? With this autobiographical debut feature – also a best picture winner at the Awards’ first edition – the New Wave helmer reinvented the 1950s sub-genre of Cantonese father-son melodrama with his neo-realist aesthetics.
But, soon their secret rendezvous go from lustful to a more dangerous place. Watch online and Download free Dream Home 2010 - English subtitles - IcDrama Hong Kong Movie 2010.
We count down HK cinema’s 10 most raunchy X-rated films. Dir Clarence Fok (Chingmy Yau, Simon Yam, Carrie Ng), “Once I rammed a toothbrush up a man’s nose.
The Suns are a typical Hong Kong family: May, forty something, works for a trading company; her husband, Bing, works as a low-grade civil servant, and Allen, their teenage son, is still at ... See full summary ». is more a China-Taiwan production, but we’ll let that slide given the many local elements – film sets, author Eileen Chang, Oscar-winning director Ang Lee – tied to the film. Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain 新蜀山劍俠 (1983), 21.
Dir Jackie Chan (Jackie Chan, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung), “There’re four witnesses last year who said the same thing as you. The House of 72 Tenants 七十二家房客 (1973), 71. Deliberately paced and meticulously edited (by the director himself, who also wrote the screenplay and supplied the art direction), Raining is a simple story masterfully told, concurrently observing the choosing of a new abbot and the attempted theft of a priceless scripture in a Ming dynasty Buddhist monastery.
An unforgettable 90-minute waltz into hopelessness. “How are we different from a salted fish if we have no dreams in life?” asks Chow’s street cleaner in the actor-director’s delirious crowd-pleaser, in which washed-up kung fu disciples band together to win a footy tournament. Often regarded as a key inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992), Lam’s heist flick – despite its riveting action – is perhaps better appreciated as a character study of a world weary undercover cop and law-enforcing protagonist (Chow, playfully intense) who is torn between his police duty and loyalty to his criminal friends, after being assigned to infiltrate a crime gang and set them up for an arrest.
Dir Cecile Tang Shu-shuen (Tsang Kei-luk, Poon Yu-man, Siu Siu-ling, Fung Bo-yin), “I seemed to be struggling between two worlds.”. But, shouldn't Zhou Yi be someone who the audience, at the very end, sympathizes with? Centring around a loony ex-inspector (Lau) who can see the ‘inner demons’ of others, this weirdly fascinating detective mystery merges Wai’s supernatural drift and fatalistic worldview with To’s film noir sensibilities and clinical shifts to ultra-violence. Guess what happened to them?”. Dir Ringo Lam (Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee, Sun Yeuh). The favourite romance of many a Hongkonger, not least Mr Chow himself, this Alex Law-scripted drama is essentially a story of two lonely souls: a Hong Kong student (Chung) who moves to New York for her fickle boyfriend (Chan), and her older but no less puerile cousin (Chow), who settles her down before cheering her up with such sophisticated fares as, eh, going to Broadway musicals. (2010). What’s interesting in The Departed is the fact that everyone is a motherf**ker.
This, incidentally, is where thieves in shades became all the rage. “To separate ourselves from the previous adaptations, we put the original novel aside and went ahead to invent our own vision,” says Wong. The huangmei diao film that consolidated the Chinese operetta form’s popularity in Hong Kong, this lavish Shaw Brothers production recounts a fairytale romance abruptly and dishearteningly curtailed. Déjà vu! However, also like life, many of the people in Ex suck. “It’s more than a standard martial arts film; it is Shakespeare meets Sergio Leone in Chinese language.”, Dir Johnnie To (Anthony Wong Chau-sang, Francis Ng, Jackie Lui, Roy Cheung, Lam Suet), “If we wanted to stand here all day, we might as well become hookers.”. Excellent cinematography and art direction dress up the film's many fine details and observations, and on superficial style alone, the film is enough to satisfy. It hit his brain and he was killed instantly.”. From phantoms and curses to spells and possessions, this New Wave representative is a furiously paced, Cheung Chau-set horror farce which throws every creepy facet of Chinese superstition at the audience. At once an acting showcase for a present-day film star (Maggie Cheung) and a moving tribute to 1930s Shanghai screen legend Ruan Lingyu, Center Stage elegantly weaves together original footage of Ruan’s films, Cheung’s partly fictionalised re-enactment of her private life, as well as real-life interviews among cast and crew members.
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