Tag: Hong Kong

REVIEW: The Mad Monk (1993)

As punishment for his pranks and mis-steps, Dragon Fighter Luohan (Stephen Chow) is sent down to Earth to be re-incarnated as a human. He is tasked with saving the souls of three people: one an unrepentant sex worker (Maggie Cheung), one a feeble-minded beggar (Anthony Wong), and the third a bullying villain (Kirk Wong). The ...

REVIEW: Our Time Will Come (2017)

School teacher Fang Lan (Zhou Xun) lives in Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation, and soon finds herself drawn into the underground Chinese resistance. As her war-time exploits grow and expand, it begins to affect the lives of those around her: friends, family, and particularly her doting but fearful mother (Deanie Ip). Two years ago, ...

REVIEW: Claustrophobia (2008)

Claustrophobia, a 2008 Hong Kong drama by writer/director Ivy Ho, is a difficult film to summarise. Certainly it's impossible to write about without spoiling the story, since what story it has is extremely slight. Let's just run through its lengthy opening scene. Five co-workers pile into a car and travel one, each being dropped off ...

REVIEW: Rouge (1987)

In 1930s Hong Kong the courtesan Fleur (Anita Mui) enters into a passionate romance with the pharmacist Chen-pang (Leslie Cheung), one that ends in tragedy when Chen-pang's wealthy family refuse to allow their relationship to continue. In 1987 Fleur appears in the office of a Hong Kong newspaper, searching for the lover that abandoned her ...

REVIEW: Dirty Ho (1979)

A jewel thief named Ho (Wong Yue) finds himself poisoned by Wang (Gordon Liu), a travelling antiques dealer from Peking. In order to receive the antidote, Ho must obey and train under Wang - not realising that Wang is actually the 11th prince of Manchuria in disguise. Dirty Ho is a 1979 martial arts comedy directed ...

REVIEW: Dream Home (2010)

Cheng Li-sheung (Josie Ho) is a Hong Kong professional desperate to purchase her dream apartment. When the owners abruptly increase the price, she violently takes matters into her own hands. Pang Ho-cheung is a well-regarded writer/director for his acclaimed Love trilogy of comedies, which kicked off with Love in a Puff back in 2010. The same year he also ...

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 ...