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‘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): A Two-Part Triad Extravaganza

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

‘Drug War’ (2012): Johnnie To’s Sociopathic Crime Saga

Directed by: Johnnie To || Produced by: Johnnie To, Wai Ka-Fai Screenplay by: Wai Ka-Fai, Yau Nai-hoi, Ryker Chan, Yu Xi || Starring: Sun Honglei, Louis Koo, Huang Yi, Wallace Chung, Gao Yunxiang, Li Guangjie, Guo Tao, Li Jing, Lo Hoi-pang, Eddie Cheung Music by: Xavier Jamaux || Cinematography: Cheng Siu-Keung, To Hung-Mo || Edited … Continue reading

‘The Grandmaster’ (2013): More Thematic Monologue Than True Cinematic Violence

Directed by: Wong Kar-wai || Produced by: Ng See-yuen, Megan Ellison, Wong Kar-wai Screenplay by: Wong Kar-wai, Zou Jingzhi, Xu Haofeng || Starring: Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Song Hye-kyo, Wang Qingxiang, Xiaoshenyang, Cung Le, Yuen Woo-ing Music by: Shigeru Umebayashi, Stefano Lentini || Cinematography: Philippe Le Sourd || Edited by: William … Continue reading

‘Infernal Affairs’ (2002): Rat vs. Rat

Directed by: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak || Produced by: Andrew Lau Screenplay by: Alan Mak, Felix Chong || Starring: Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Chapman To, Gordon Lam, Kelly Chen, Sammi Cheng, Berg Ng, Wan Ch-keung Music by: Chan Kwong-wing || Cinematography: Andrew Lau, Lai Yiu-fai || Edited by: Danny Pang, Curran … Continue reading