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‘Hi, Mom’ (2021): Parenthood Through the Ages

Directed by: Jia Ling || Produced by: Bai Anwei, Chen Yedda Zhixi, Mi Lan, Wan Ying, Wang Zhonglei, Yin Sixie, Zhao Nan Screenplay by: Jia Ling, Sun Jibin, Wang Yu, Bu Yu, Liu Honglu || Starring: Jia Ling, Shen Teng, Chen He, Zhang Xiaofei Music by: Peng Fei || Cinematography: Sun Ming, Liu Yin || … Continue reading

‘Double World’ (2020): Darned Good Genericity

Directed by: Teddy Chan || Produced by: Soi Cheang Screenplay by: Fendou Liu, Ning Wen || Starring: Henry Lau, Peter Ho, Chenhan Lin, Jiang Luxia, Him Law, Ming Hu Music by: Peter Kam || Cinematography: Tao Yang || Edited by: Chi-Wai Yau || Country: China || Language: Mandarin Running Time: 110 minutes I’ve given Chinese … Continue reading

‘Police Story’ (1985): Stuntwork as Spectacle

Directed by: Jackie Chan || Produced by: Leonard Ho Screenplay by: Jackie Chan, Edward Tang || Starring: Jackie Chan, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Chor Yuen, Charlie Cho Music by: Michael Lai, Tang Siu Lam || Cinematography: Cheung Yiu Cho || Edited by: Peter Cheung || Country: Hong Kong || Language: Cantonese, English Running Time: 100 … Continue reading

‘Warriors of Future’ (2022): The Expansion of Mainland Blandness

Directed by: Ng Yuen-fai || Produced by: Louis Koo, Tang Wai-bat Screenplay by: Lau Ho-leung, Mak Tin-shu || Starring: Louis Koo, Sean Lau, Carina Lau, Philip Keung, Tse Kwan-ho, Nick Cheung Music by: Chan Kwong-wing || Cinematography: Ng Man-ching || Edited by: Wong Hoi, Luk Chi-ho || Country: Hong Kong || Language: Cantonese Running Time: … Continue reading

John Woo’s ‘Face/Off’ (1997) & ‘Manhunt’ (2017)

Directed by: John Woo || Produced by: David Permut, Barrie M. Osborne, Terence Chang, Christopher Godsick [1], Gordon Chan [2] Screenplay by: Mike Werb, Michael Colleary [1], Gordon Chan, Chan Hing Kai, James Yuen, Itaru Era, Ho Miu Ki, Maria Wong, Sophie Yeh [2] || Starring: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, Alessandro … Continue reading

‘The Wandering Earth’ (2019): All Your Favorite Hollywood Disaster-Movie Clich√©s, But Chinese

Directed by: Frant Gwo || Produced by: Gong Ge’er Screenplay by: Gong Ge’er, Yan Dongxu, Frant Gwo, Ye Junce, Yang Zhixue, Wu Yi, Ye Ruchang || Starring: Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat, Zhao Jinmai, Wu Jing, Qu Jingjing Music by: Roc Chen, Lu Tao || Cinematography: Michael Liu || Edited by: Cheung Ka-fai || … Continue reading

‘Wolf Warrior 2’ (2017): Wu Jing Howls

Directed by: Wu Jing || Produced by: Wu Jing, Jiang Ping, Zhao Haicheng, Li Yang, Zhao Jianjun, Xu Zhiyong, Jing Defu, Liu Kailuo, Deng Hao, Wu Yan Screenplay by: Wu Jing, Dong Qun, Liu Yi || Starring: Wu Jing, Celina Jade, Frank Grillo, Hans Zhang, Wu Gang, Yu Nan Music by: Joseph Trapanese || Cinematography: … Continue reading

‘Election’ (2005-2006): No Honor Among Thieves

Directed by: Johnnie To || Produced by: Dennis Law, Johnnie To Screenplay by: Yau Nahi-ho, Yip Tin-shing || Starring: Simon Yam, Louis Koo, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Nick Cheung, Lam Suet, Gordon Lam, Wong Tin-lam, Maggie Shiu, David Chiang, Tam Ping-man, Mark Cheng, Andy On, You Yong Music by: Lo Ta-yu, Robert Ellis-Geiger || Cinematography: Cheng … Continue reading

‘Mad Detective’ (2007): Supernatural Criminal Mystery

Directed by: Johnnie To, Wai Ka-Fai || Produced by: Johnnie To, Wai Ka-Fai Screenplay by: Wai Ka-Fai, Au Kin-Yee || Starring: Sean Lau, Lam Ka-Tung, Andy On, Kelly Lin, Flora Chan, Lee Kwok-Lun, Jo Kuk, Jay Lau, Lam Suet, Cheung Siu-fai Music by: Xavier Jamaux || Cinematography: Cheng Siu-Keung || Edited by: Tina Baz || … Continue reading

‘The Mermaid’ (2016): Generic Fantasy with Hamfisted Social Commentary

Directed by: Stephen Chow || Produced by: Stephen Chow, Y.Y. Khong, La Peikang, Yang Wei, Wang Changtian, Yang Zhenhua, Cao Pu, Liu Yang, Wei Jie, Cai Dongqing Screenplay by: Stephen Chow, Kelvin Lee, Ho Miu-kei, Lu Zhengyu, Fung Chih-chiang, Ivy Kong, Chan Hing-ka, Tsang Kan-cheung ||¬†Starring: Deng Cho, Lin Yun, Show Luo, Zhang Yuqi, Lu … Continue reading