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Last Site Update: April 20, 2014

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The 16th Annual
Far East Film Festival
takes place in Udine, Italy
from April 25 - May 3, 2014.
See the full lineup here.

It's Filler Time
This latest update is kind of a "filler" update, with reviews of movies that are really old or nobody cares about. We didn't review anything new or exciting — that's what actual professional journalists or rabid fans do. We're kind of neither, though we do like Hong Kong movies. Really, you've gotta believe us.

We'll publish our takes on big HK films like Aberdeen, Iceman 3D, That Demon Within and, uh, Delete My Love at a later date. In the meantime, the site Webmaster will be making his yearly trip west for the Udine Far East Film Festival, where he'll see more films and get even further behind on his writing. If you see him there, try not to throw anything.


Latest Stuff
- Awards: 33rd Hong Kong Film Award Winners NEW
- Review: Golden Chickensss NEW
- Review: Horseplay NEW
- Review: Black Comedy NEW
- Review: The Wrath of Vajra NEW
- Review: Crimes of Passion NEW
- Review: The Wedding Diary II NEW

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 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

Sandra Ng

Golden Chickensss
Hey, remember that girl from ten years ago who was positive, hard-working and, oh, a prostitute with an unhealthy fixation on Andy Lau? Eleven years later she’s back and like fine wine, she seems to have aged splendidly. Sandra Ng returns to her iconic and award-winning role of Kam, the happy hooker with the chest of silicone and a heart of gold, for Golden Chickensss, which is an actual sequel even though continuity to the previous two Golden Chicken movies is barely existent. At this point, all you need to know is that Kam is a prostitute (or “chicken” in Cantonese slang) who loves her job and will continue doing it with determination and a glowing respect for her customers. Word up, Kam. If only people in jobs unrelated to the sex trade had your sterling work ethic. At the very least, I wouldn’t get screwed at the drive-thru. (more)


Newest Reviews  
Stop horsing around!
The United Filmmakers Organization (UFO) used to mean something, but alas, those days are gone. (more)
Hardees is coming to town
Wrath of Vajra
Longtime martial arts supporting player Xing Yu (a.k.a. Shi Yanneng) gets his chance at a starring role... (more)
Maybe a divorce
The Wedding Diary II
Hit Singapore-Malaysia comedy The Wedding Diary was enjoyable thanks in large part to its relatable situations and likable characters. (more)
Furries everywhere!
The Monkey King
Costing a pretty penny and delayed multiple times, Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King broke box office records upon its eventual release... (more)
Frat Boys in China
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai
Martial artist and longtime supporting player Philip Ng Won-Lung earns a starring role in Once Upon a Time in Shanghai... (more)
The Devil and Wong Cho-Lam
Black Comedy

Proven talents collaborate for Black Comedy. Proven to be not very good, that is. (more)

Movie of boredom
Crimes of Passion
Our favorite baby, Angelababy, stars in Crimes of Passion as rookie policewoman Lu Yueyue... (more)
The Return of Fat-Gor
From Vegas to Macau
Wong Jing brings back the gambling film with From Vegas to Macau, and he’s got the biggest and best star possible: Chow Yun-Fat. (more)
Smoke is bad
As the Light Goes Out
Bromance and bombast abound in As the Light Goes Out, the big-budget firefighter flick from director Derek Kwok.  (more)
Three-button is so yesterday
Personal Tailor
Feng Xiaogang earns hipster cred if not ruling class approval with Personal Tailor, a virtually plotless comedy... (more)

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