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Last Site Update: October 24th, 2016

Site Review Count: 2360
   




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We made it!
Another update, yay. It's our third this year. They're as rare as epic Pokemon.

This update sees 13 reviews, 2 from returning friend-of-the-site Kevin Ma, who reviews Cold War 2 and Blind Massage. The other stuff was written by site owner Kozo, who's only now getting to his 14 film-deep review backlog. What a slacker.

Despite our inability to get anything done we will update once more in 2016. However, much like anything you hear in a Presidental Debate, that is not an actual promise.

Latest Stuff
- Review: Mad World NEW
- Review: Three NEW
- Review: Cold War 2 NEW
- Review: League of Gods NEW
- Review: Line Walker: The Movie NEW
- Review: Bounty Hunters NEW
- Review: Fooling Around Jiang Hu NEW
- Review: Robbery NEW

- Review: The Mobfathers NEW
- Review: Kill Time NEW
- Review: The Last Women Standing NEW
- Review: Monk Comes Down the Mountain NEW
- Review: Blind Massage NEW

- Awards: The 53rd Golden Horse Award Nominations NEW


  Previous Updates

NEW for October 24, 2016
- Added reviews of Mad World (2016), Three (2016), Cold War 2 (2016)
, League of Gods (2016), Line Walker: The Movie (2016), Bounty Hunters (2016), Fooling Around Jiang Hu (2016), Robbery (2015), The Mobfathers (2016), Kill Time (2016), The Last Women Standing (2015), Monk Comes Down the Mountain (2015) and Blind Massage (2014).
- Added a list of the 53rd Golden Horse Nominations.

NEW for August 9, 2016
- Added reviews of Trivisa (2016), The Bodyguard (2016), Book of Love (2016), Kidnap Ding Ding Don (2016), Chongqing Hot Pot (2016), New York New York (2016), Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016), House of Wolves (2016), PG Love (2016), iGirl (2016), Buddy Cops (2016), The Secret (2016), Lost in Wrestling (2015), Terraformers (Japan, 2016) and Heart Attack (Thailand, 2015).

NEW for March 26, 2016
- Added reviews of The Mermaid (2016), From Vegas to Macau III (2016), The Monkey King 2 (2016), Heaven in the Dark (2015), Anniversary (2015), The Crossing II (2015), The Gigolo 2 (2016), Murmur of the Hearts (2015), Hollywood Adventures (2015), When Geek Meets Serial Killer (2015, Angel Whispers (2015) and Knock Knock! Who's There? (2015).

Featured Review


Shawn Yue

Mad World
Directed by Fresh Wave short film veteran Wong Chun, Mad World is a frank, discomfiting yet remarkably sensitive look at mental illness in Hong Kong. The film tells the tale of Wong Sai-Tung (Shawn Yue), who suffers from bipolar disorder and must acclimate back to the world after a stint in a mental hospital. Tung was committed following a terrible incident involving his mother (Elaine Kam). She had been emotionally and verbally abusive towards Tung, so while a blow-up was understandable, it unfortunately took a much more severe form. Tung now lives in a sub-divided flat with his estranged father Wong (Eric Tsang), who struggles to come to terms with his son’s illness. The incident took a toll on Tung – besides losing his job and his fiancée Jenny (Charmaine Fong), he lost the respect of just about everyone who knows him. Tung is now at the lowest point in his life – can he right his emotions and return from the brink? (more)

 
 

Newest Reviews  
It's a crowd
Three
Fourteen years after his doctors-and-nurses comedy HELP!!!, Johnnie To checks back into the hospital ... (more)
 
Charmaine takes a backseat
Line Walker: The Movie
TVB adapts another of its hit television dramas to the cinema with Line Walker: The Movie... (more)
 
I'd prefer dead over alive
Bounty Hunters
Korean film meets Chinese film and the result is a cinematic fifty-car pile-up of tragedy and despair. (more)
 
Most accurate title ever
Fooling Around Jiang Hu
Hong Kong Cinema falls further into the depths with the incoherent and painfully unfunny triad comedy Fooling Around Jiang Hu. (more)
 
Election lite

The Mobfathers

Herman Yau takes a stroll through Election territory with the gangland comedy-drama-satire The Mobfathers... (more)
 
Leftovers can be tasty
The Last Women Standing
Though its marketing screams modern commercial romance, The Last Women Standing isn’t exactly one. (more)
 
Apple lawyer on line 2
iGirl
This high-concept male fantasy from the Wong Jing fun factory is shoddily written and developed but has a few minor positives... (more)
 
Those are some nice suits
Cold War 2
An office politics drama disguised as a cops-and-robbers thriller, Cold War was a major commercial success... (more)
 
It's CGI-tastic
League of Gods
Fans of mindless CGI orgies might enjoy mindless CGI orgy League of Gods, a fantasy wuxia that replaces coherent storytelling... (more)
 
AKA: 3D movie ticket prices

Robbery

The long-delayed black comedy Robbery goes to dark and frequently violent places but ultimately manages decent affect. (more)
 
Or save money? Tough choice.
Kill Time
Fruit Chan kills time – both his and ours – with the curious thriller Kill Time. Based on a novel by Cai Jun... (more)
 
And promptly wishes he hadn't
Monk Comes Down
the Mountain
Chen Kaige delivers a change-of-pace with the enjoyable if slight martial arts fable Monk Comes Down the Mountain. (more)
 
Who said you could touch that?
Blind Massage
On the surface, the story of blind masseurs in the city of Nanjing doesn't sound like the stuff of intense drama... (more)
 
No Johnnie To, no problem
Trivisa
Trivisa hits the Hong Kong Cinema sweet spot like few recent films have. (more)
 

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