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Last Site Update: August 5, 2015

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Johnnie To's OFFICE
opens September 25, 2015

Based on Sylvia Chang's stageplay
DESIGN FOR LIVING, this musical
comedy from Johnnie To stars
Chow Yun-Fat, Sylvia Chang,
Eason Chan and Tang Wei and will
either be really good or totally
disappointing. Is there really an
in-between for a film with this
type of pedigree? Survey says no.

2015 Update #5

Another update, 8 reviews but mostly of older films. We're catching up. To the Fore and Paris Holiday are pretty new, if we're being picky.

Sadly, the site is missing many movies we may never see. If you visit websites like douban or g-film.com you'll find A TON of Chinese films with popular Hong Kong and China actors that don't get released in Hong Kong theatrically or on home video. That leaves us the following options:

1) Find new delivery channels to watch and review more Chinese-language films.
2) Give up and stick to whatever Hong Kong distributors feed us.

Right now, by default, we've chosen the second option. If we can find the motivation, maybe we'll try the first one.

See you in September/October.

Latest Stuff
- Review: To the Fore NEW
- Review: SPL 2: A Time for Consequences NEW
- Review: Monster Hunt NEW
- Review: Paris Holiday NEW
- Review: Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal NEW
- Review: Guilty NEW
- Review: Lucky Star 2015 NEW
- Review: Fleet of Time NEW
- Review: Helios
- Review: Little Big Master

- Awards: 34th Hong Kong Film Award Winners


News, Notes and Nonsense

Updated April 19, 2015

   

Hong Kong Film Awards announced
As expected, a movie won at the Hong Kong Film Awards and it was not Aberdeen. To find out what it was, please click through to visit the full list of winners for the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards. Unfortunately, Alex Fong's hair was snubbed for Best Supporting Actor.


  Previous Updates

NEW for August 5, 2015
- Added reviews of To the Fore (2015),
SPL 2: A Time for Consequences (2015), Monster Hunt (2015), Paris Holiday (2015), Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal (2015), Guilty (2015), Lucky Star 2015 (2015) and Fleet of Time (2014).

NEW for June 5, 2015
- Added reviews of Helios (2015), Little Big Master (2015), Two Thumbs Up (2015), Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (2015), Let's Get Married (2015), Gone with the Bullets (2014), Wolf Warriors (2015) and Grey Met Shrek (2014).
- Added an essay on Spooky Encounters (1980).

NEW for April 19, 2015
- Added the Winners for the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards.
- Added reviews of The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2014), Full Strike (2015), Dragon Blade (2015), 12 Golden Ducks (2015), From Vegas to Macau II (2015), One Night in Taipei (2015), Sand Pebbles (2014), The Deathday Party (2014), My Old Classmate (2014) and Zombie Fight Club (2014).

NEW for February 19, 2015
- Added reviews of Triumph in the Skies (2015), An Inspector Calls (2015), Sara (2014), Dearest (2014), Women Who Flirt (2014), The Gigolo (2015), S for Sex, S for Secret (2014), 20 Once Again (2015) and Meeting Dr. Sun (Taiwan, 2014).

Featured Review


Eddie Peng

To the Fore
Dante Lam’s To the Fore starts in entertaining fashion, and its handsome stars and frequent cycling scenes make it initially compelling. However, that feeling doesn’t last and further reflection only reveals this Top Gun-on-a-Schwinn sports melodrama to be exceptionally thin. Eddie Peng stars as Ming, the hot-tempered, reckless Maverick of the Taiwan cycling world, who impresses his new Team Radiant cyclemates with his bursts of pedaling power. Sadly, Team Radiant already has a sprinter (the star cyclist responsible for carrying the team across the finish line) but Ming is drafted to be one of the team’s lead-out men (cyclists who create a slipstream for the sprinter prior to the race’s final leg) alongside another new recruit, Tian (Shawn Dou), whose doe-eyed innocence is in direct contrast to Ming’s cocksure charm. The Iceman of this lot is Jeong Ji-Won (Choi Siwon), Team Radiant’s sprinter who excels while still maintaining his integrity and general all-around awesomeness. Despite their differences, the three share mutual respect and homoerotic camaraderie as they strive to make their mark on the cycling world. (more)

 
 

Newest Reviews  
My elbows vs. your knees
SPL 2: A Time for
Consequences
Has it really been a decade since Wilson Yip’s SPL? (more)
 
Louis Koo really is everywhere
Paris Holiday
Paris Holiday stars the Man with the Tan, Louis Koo, and some girl from Taiwan. Sorry to erase the identity of actress Amber Kuo... (more)
 
Objection, entrapment!
Guilty
An unexpected low-budget hitman drama from director Jil Wong (S for Sex, S for Secrets), Guilty offers... (more)
 
Ode to Stephen
Lucky Star 2015
In intent if not result, Lucky Star 2015 is a classic Lunar New Year Comedy. Please note the clause... (more)
 
Dude, where's my bomb?
Helios
From Sunny Luk and Longman Leung, the filmmaking duo responsible for the award-winning and overrated Cold War... (more)
 
Monster. It's what's for dinner.
Monster Hunt
Edko’s live-action fantasy Monster Hunt is brought to you by the director of Shrek the Third, and the safe bet is that it’s nowhere near as good. (more)
 
He's still a douchebag
Imprisoned: Survival Guide
for Rich and Prodigal
Prison comedy-drama Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal is based on an online novel published on Golden Forum... (more)
 
Stuck in High School
Fleet of Time
Nostalgic youth romances continue to pack ‘em in at Chinese cinemas but Fleet of Time... (more)
 
Bring your tissues
Little Big Master
If you refuse to buy into the life-affirming message of Little Big Master then you’re an absolute monster. (more)
 
I require a prenup
Let's Get Married
Hong Kongers and mainlanders have their differences but maybe they have more in common than they think. (more)
 

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- Full Strike
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- Grey Met Shrek
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- Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal
- An Inspector Calls
- Insanity
- Let's Get Married
- Little Big Master
- Kung Fu Angels
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- Lucky Star 2015
- Meeting Dr. Sun
- Monster Hunt
- My Old Classmate
- My Voice, My Life
- One Night in Taipei
- Paris Holiday
- Rise of the Legend
- S for Sex, S for Secret
- Sand Pebbles
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- SPL 2: A Time for Consequences
- The Taking of Tiger Mountain
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