Tag: Hong Kong

REVIEW: Eye in the Sky (2007)

A crew of armed robbers undertake a series of meticulously planned jewel heists, led by the anonymous "Hollow Man" (Tony Leung Ka-Fai). At the same time an under-confident recruit, code-named Piggy (Kate Tsui), is inducted into one of Hong Kong's police surveillance units under the tutelage of team leader Dog Head (Simon Yam). As the ...

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 ...