Gordon Liu makes up for Fu’s absence in the role of Yang’s fifth son, who becomes a Buddhist monk and shines in some of the greatest pole fighting sequences ever put on celluloid. Diocesan Boys' School - 131 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China, Goldfish Seller There’s no complaint. The conflicted psyche of an expert swordfighter is unforgettably captured in this Shaw Brothers classic, which launched an iconic character that would be recycled over the decades. Dir Johnnie To, Wai Ka-fai (Lau Ching-wan, Andy On, Lam Ka-tung), “Apply emotions to investigate! Dir Liu Chia-liang (Gordon Liu, Wong Yue), “We’ll drink again another time, goodbye.”. Starring Anthony Wong Chau-sang, Still Human tells a heartwarming tale of a disabled man being cared for by a Filipino domestic worker. Ex is surface entertainment that shouldn't be – a wannabe-telling relationship comedy that won't fool anyone with complete critical faculties. “It’s the parents’ duty to bring up their kids. Taking respite from her chaotic life in Hong Kong, a businesswoman (Koo) returns to her ancestral home in southern China, where she’s been away for 20 years.

All for one, right?”. Dir Chang Cheh (Jimmy Wang Yu, Chiao Chiao). A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora’s Box 西遊記第壹佰零壹回之月光寶盒/ A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella 西遊記大結局之仙履奇緣 (1995), 15. Dir Cecile Tang Shu-shuen (Tsang Kei-luk, Poon Yu-man, Siu Siu-ling, Fung Bo-yin), “I seemed to be struggling between two worlds.”. A teenage schoolgirl (Li) living with her senile grandmother finds a kindred spirit in a Japanese tourist (Nagase) wandering in a state of existential confusion. That church! For Zhou Yi, being near Ping brings back a wave of memories – flashbacks of not only her time with Ping, but with Woody, a triad fling (Jacky Heung) and even the fleeting moment where she may have drawn the attention of nice guy cab driver Sol (Derek Tsang). Having always hated each other, a middle-aged working housewife (Siao in a multiple-award-winning role, including the best actress honour at the Berlin Film Festival) finds herself quickly becoming the caretaker of her father-in-law (Chiao), a former air force lieutenant who’s losing his mind to Alzheimer’s.

Jubilantly realised and populated by acutely lovelorn, if slightly unhinged, characters, the two loosely connected stories in this ad hoc project – shot quickly and cheaply amid the post-production limbo of Ashes of Time – delightfully tackles loneliness and chance encounters. Cee isn't as temperamental or impulsive as Zhou Yi - which likely makes her the better pick for a girlfriend - but Ping is instinctively drawn back to his ex.

© 2020 Time Out Hong Kong Company Limited and affiliated companies owned by Time Out Group Plc. First released during the civil war, Shanghai filmmaker Zhu Shilin’s mega-budget epic – about the vicious political wrangling between Empress Dowager Cixi (Tang), Emperor Guangxu (Shu) and his wife Pearl concubine (Zhou), all mesmerisingly portrayed – was cited by Mao Zedong as ‘a film of national betrayal’ in 1954, before being labelled ‘a traitor’s film’ by the Gang of Four in 1967, thereby kicking off the devastating Cultural Revolution.

“It’s more than a standard martial arts film; it is Shakespeare meets Sergio Leone in Chinese language.”, Dir Johnnie To (Anthony Wong Chau-sang, Francis Ng, Jackie Lui, Roy Cheung, Lam Suet), “If we wanted to stand here all day, we might as well become hookers.”. Led by a highly sought-after criminal intending to pull off a heist at a Tsim Sha Tsui jewellery store, the infamously violent Big Circle gang – while finding their loyalty increasingly split by the allures of the city – soon become the hottest target of the police force after being tricked by a small-time triad boss and sometime informant into murdering a corrupt cop. Whenever a director makes a film like this it is both uplifting and depressing. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links on this page. Many people were taken aback by that, but Felix Chong, who scripted Infernal Affairs, has a theory: “In Hollywood films, even if the policemen are sometimes behaving like bastards, they’re inevitably heroic at heart. Sorrows of the Forbidden City 清宮秘史 (1948), 12. From phantoms and curses to spells and possessions, this New Wave representative is a furiously paced, Cheung Chau-set horror farce which throws every creepy facet of Chinese superstition at the audience. “And Stephen Chow [was to] play Bruce Lee. A timeless work of art from a short-lived genre, this definitive huangmei diao film was a box office sensation and a cultural phenomenon across Southeast Asia (and especially in Taiwan), with Ling receiving a special award for outstanding performance at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards – because the judges couldn’t decide whether to name her best actor or actress! (Kozo, reviewed at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2010), image credit: Emperor Motion Picture Group, Return Can’t you be Wong Jing instead?”. Dir Johnnie To (Simon Yam, Louis Koo, Nick Cheung, Lam Ka-tung), “I can also make you a deal. That the low-budget retro action comedy was named best picture at the Hong Kong Film Awards reveals as much about our cinema’s current nostalgic wave as it does a gradual changing of the guard. He won’t leave alive! Dir Patrick Tam (Aaron Kwok, Ng King-to, Charlie Young). From the hazy ambiance of its KTV lounge parties to its uncannily realistic portrayal of Cantonese banter’s amusing ways, Pang’s bittersweet rom-com about two chain-smoking would-be lovers looks reality square in the eye: while urban romances may be capricious, our city’s indoor smoking ban is permanent.