Tag: China

REVIEW: I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016)

In a small Chinese town, Li Xuelian (Fan Bingbing) and her husband file for divorce. When he spontaneously remarries, Li attempts to take him to court: their own divorce was supposed to be a scam to side-step Chinese real estate laws and enable them to purchase a second apartment. When the local court dismisses Li's ...

REVIEW: Beautiful Accident (2017)

Li Yuran (Gwei Lun-mei) is a no-nonsense and unsympathetic defence lawyer. When she is killed in a late night car accident, she finds herself in the afterlife - a nightmarish bureaucracy - where her case manager (Wang Jingchun) explains that due to a clerical error she has been incorrectly killed. As it will take seven ...

REVIEW: Free and Easy (2016)

A door-to-door salesman walks into a small Chinese town, offering magical soap for anyone willing to sniff it. A local monk wanders down looking for donations, only he is not what he appears to be. Two police officers try to solve a crime without any clues. A forest ranger has a meltdown after someone cuts ...

REVIEW: Stonehead (2017)

Stonehead (Zhu Hongbo) is a third-grader living with his grandmother in rural China. His parents, like most in the village, have left for the city to earn money, leaving Stonehead behind. A model student, he wins a merit certificate and a free football, however the following day his teacher insists the football is a gift ...

REVIEW: Chongqing Hotpot (2016)

Three friends run a failing Chongqing hot pot restaurant constructed out of a disused underground bomb shelter. When they attempt to make an illegal extension of the restaurant into an adjacent shelter, they accidentally knock a hole into the vault of a bank down the road. Yang Qing's 2016 film Chongqing Hotpot is nominally a comedy, but ...

REVIEW: Dragon Blade (2015)

In 48 BCE Huo An (Jackie Chan) leads a special squad of soldiers patrolling the Chinese border. When his team is implicated in a gold smuggling operation they are exiled to the isolated border post of Wild Geese Gate. There the Han Chinese forces are confronted by a Roman legion commanded by the Legionniare Lucius ...

REVIEW: Shock Wave (2017)

Cheung Choi-san (Andy Lau) is a senior officer in Hong Kong's Explosive Ordnance Disposal bureau (EOD). Six months after helping foil a major bank robbery, he is confronted by that robbery's escaped mastermind Hung Kai-pang (Jiang Wu) - who is holding Hong Kong's Cross-Harbour Tunnel hostage and seeking revenge. Shock Wave is a new Hong ...