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Last Site Update: June 14, 2014

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Wong Fei-Hong origin film
RISE OF THE LEGEND
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The rare site update
Hey, we updated this website! What has it been, two months? Regardless, we finally slapped together our latest collection of reviews, all listed below for your skimming pleasure.

This update features ten reviews, with two guest writers. Contributing editor Sanney Leung offers his opinion on Dante Lam's That Demon Within, while Paul Fox takes one for the team and reviews The Unbelievable 3: The Skeleton Road. The other eight, including reviews of Overheard 3 and The Midnight After, were written by regular reviewer Kozo.

We'll probably go dark for another 6-8 week period, but hopefully we'll be back towards the latter half of summer with another bunch of reviews. If you miss us that much, you can always find us at Twitter or Facebook.

Latest Stuff
- Review: Overheard 3 NEW
- Review: The Midnight After NEW
- Review: Aberdeen NEW
- Review: That Demon Within NEW
- Review: Iceman 3D NEW
- Review: Delete My Love NEW
- Review: 3D Naked Ambition NEW
- Review: The Unbelievable 3 NEW
- Review: Beijing Love Story NEW
- Review: Mortician NEW
- Awards: 33rd Hong Kong Film Award Winners

News, Notes and Nonsense

Updated April 20, 2014

   

THE GRANDMASTER stands tall at 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards
You know that thing Hong Kong does every year where they hand out a bunch of awards to their own movies, even though there aren't very many? Well, they did it again on April 13. 2014, with the 33rd edition of the Hong Kong Film Awards. The big winners were The Grandmaster, The Grandmaster, The Grandmaster, The Way We Dance, Rigor Mortis, The Grandmaster and The Grandmaster. The Grandmaster also won something.

Check here for a full list of winners, including a film called The Grandmaster.


  Previous Updates

NEW for June 15, 2014
- Added reviews of
Overheard 3 (2014), The Midnight After (2014), Aberdeen (2014), Iceman 3D (2014), That Demon Within (2014), Delete My Love (2014), 3D Naked Ambition (2014), Beijing Love Story (2014), The Unbelievable 3: The Skeleton Road (2014) and Mortician (2013).

NEW for April 20, 2014
- Added reviews of Golden Chickensss (2014), Horseplay (2014), Black Comedy (2014), The Wrath of Vajra (2013), Crimes of Passion (2013) and The Wedding Diary II (2013).

NEW for April 14, 2014
- Added the Winners of the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards.

NEW for March 4, 2014
- Added reviews of From Vegas to Macau (2014), The Monkey King (2014), Hello Babies (2014), Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (2014), As the Light Goes Out (2013), Police Story 2013 (2013), Personal Tailor (2013), Kick Ass Girls (2013) and The Stolen Years (2013).

NEW for January 28, 2014
- Added reviews of Firestorm (2013), The White Storm (2013), The Four 2 (2013), Lan Kwai Fong 3 (2013), Rigor Mortis (2013), My Lucky Star (2013), Hardcore Comedy (2013) and Demon in the Mountain (2012).

- Added the Results of the 20th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards.

Featured Review


Lau Ching-Wan and company

Overheard 3
Time for more listening. The Overheard franchise returns for its third iteration, imaginatively-titled Overheard 3, with series grandmasters Alan Mak and Felix Chong again presiding over the super-actor triumvirate of Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo and Daniel Wu. As usual, this is a surveillance thriller with no actual interest in surveillance. Don’t expect an exploration of eavesdropping ethics; the hidden cameras and bugs are purely plot devices for this power-and-face saga about money and how Hong Kongers cheat, steal and wiretap to make even more. Following the lead of Overheard 2 this threequel mines local issues with its focus on the Small House Policy, which stipulates that male heirs of indigenous New Territories villages receive one land grant within their lifetime to build a small house. The policy is the source of local controversy, as it was enacted in 1972 by the British to improve housing in the New Territories, and beneficiaries aren’t always building houses with that land. Given Hong Kong’s hot-button real estate issues, there’s potential here for a film that’s actually somewhat relevant. (more)

 
 

Newest Reviews  
Look out for smoke monsters
The Midnight After
Fruit Chan’s The Midnight After adapts its source material, web novel “Lost on a Red Mini Bus to Tai Po”... (more)
 
It means "Little Hong Kong"
Aberdeen
After establishing himself as a box-office brand name, Pang Ho-Cheung brings us the polished family drama Aberdeen... (more)
 
A Category III rating is not enough
3D Naked Ambition
Ever-defiant to its northern neighbors, Hong Kong Cinema continues its vulgar resurgence... (more)
 
They're Kissing in the Smog
Beijing Love Story
Romance anthology Beijing Love Story doesn’t aim high and hits its reachable target with agreeable finesse. (more)
 
I could use some makeup over here
Mortician
Pseudo-horror-comedy Mortician got a limited Hong Kong theatrical release months after its mainland berth... (more)
 
He looks like Nick Cheung
That Demon Within

Dante Lam follows up the wildly entertaining Unbeatable with the mildly interesting That Demon Within. (more)

 
Donnnnnnieeee gets Frozen
Iceman 3D
Donnie Yen returns with the bewildering and sometimes entertaining action-comedy Iceman 3D. (more)
 
And my memory of this movie
Delete My Love
The best thing about Patrick Kong’s Delete My Love is that it’s not a pretentious “love sucks” opus... (more)
 
A.K.A. The Unwatachable 2
The Unbelievable 3:
The Skeleton Road
Back in 2009, when I reviewed The Unbelievable I felt cheated by the direct-to-video feel of the whole thing. (more)
 
Stop horsing around!
Horseplay
The United Filmmakers Organization (UFO) used to mean something, but alas, those days are gone. (more)
 

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- As the Light Goes Out
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- The Best Plan is No Plan
- Black Comedy
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- Christmas Rose
- The Constable
- Crimes of Passion
- Delete My Love
- Demon in the Mountain
- Firestorm
- The Four 2
- From Vegas to Macau
- Golden Chickensss
- Hardcore Comedy
- Hello Babies
- Horseplay
- Iceman 3D
- Kick Ass Girls
- Lan Kwai Fong 3
- The Midas Touch
- The Midnight After
- The Monkey King
- Mortician
- My Lucky Star
- Once Upon a Time in Shanghai
- Out of Inferno
- Overheard 3
- Personal Tailor
- Police Story 2013
- Rigor Mortis
- The Rooftop
- A Secret Between Us
- Silent Witness
- So Young
- Special ID
- The Stolen Years
- Switch
- Tales From the Dark 1
- Tales From the Dark 2
- That Demon Within
- Tiny Times 1.0
- Tiny Times 2.0
- Unbeatable
- The Unbelievable 3: The Skeleton Road
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