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Wednesday, July 27

Movie review: Saving Mr. Wu

Based on the 2004 kidnapping of Mainland actor Wu Ruo-Fu (who, in a bit of cheekiness, actually appears in the film as one of the cops that helped to save him) Ding Sheng's latest release Saving Mr. Wu is a solid thriller that is punctuated by a fine performance from Andy Lau as the eponymous kidnap victim.

Full review here

Thursday, July 21

Movie review: SPL 2

A decade after the original SPL came out, we have SPL 2, which has recently been released in North America by Well Go USA under the alternate title Kill Zone 2, delivering a lot of action and -- as can be expected from a film featuring Tony Jaa -- a smorgasbord of knee strikes to the head.

Full review here

Thursday, July 6

Movie review: Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe

Mainland director Lu Chuan is best known more for arthouse fare, but with Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe, he steers towards more of a mainstream audience with an adaptation of the popular novel Ghost Blows Out the Light, which was also recently adapted to the screen via another Mainland release, Mojin: The Lost Legend.

Full review here

Movie review: The Mermaid

Fans have long been clamoring for Stephen Chow -- who helped to create the uniquely Hong Kong "moy len tau" (nonsense) style of cinematic comedy and came to be considered one of Asia's top comedic actors -- to come back to appear on the screen, but he seems satisfied with working behind the camera. And with results such as The Mermaid, a funny farce that has gone on to be the biggest box office hit in Chinese history, one can definitely see why helming films, rather than starring in them, is more appealing for the entertainment industry veteran.

Full review here

Thursday, June 23

Movie review: The Midnight After

Fruit Chan returns to the director's chair with The Midnight After, a black comedy tinged with horror and suspense. As more and more Hong Kong film-makers create their works with Mainland Chinese and international audiences in mind, Chan unabashedly helms this as a true Hong Kong picture.

Full review here

Monday, May 23

Movie review: Rise of the Legend

The whole idea of remakes and reboots has been a staple of Hollywood for a while now, but their eastern counterparts are also participating in the movement, as evidenced by the recent release of Rise of the Legend, which is a "modern" (read: grittier and more serious) take on the tale of Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-Hung.

Full review here

Tuesday, May 10

Special Feature: Bonnie Fu Interview

Bonnie Fu worked as an actress in Hong Kong during the 1990's. Despite only working in the region for six years, she still appeared in twenty films, including her most famous role as the deliciously sleazy henchwoman Virgin in Ringo Lam's 1992 action classic Full Contact.

Full article here

Recent Additions

Mojin: The Lost Legend
Ip Man 3
Some short reviews
Shaolin Temple
The Golden Cane Warrior
Masked Avengers
Northern Limit Line
The Raid
The Avenging Fist
Black Coal, Thin Ice

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