films seen
19
average score
2.97*
nationality
Hong Kong - 57 years old
status
Alive and kicking
more info

One of the prominent figures of Hong Kong crime cinema, though often overlooked by the international press. Mak doesn't have the clearest personal signature, but if you're looking for solid crime filler his oeuvre has plenty of modest gems.

The good stuff

Infernal Affairs 3: End Inferno

by Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak
Mou Gaan Dou III: Jung Gik Mou Gaan
2003 / 118m - Hong Kong
Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
4.0*/5.0*
Infernal Affairs 3: End Inferno poster

Solid pieces

Extraordinary Mission

by Alan Mak, Anthony Pun
Fei Fan Ren Wu
2017 / 117m - China
Action, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
Extraordinary Mission poster

Overheard 3

by Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Sit Ting Fung Wan 3
2014 / 131m - Hong Kong
Thriller, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
Overheard 3 poster

A very solid sequel that offers a nice blend of financial thriller elements, surveillance police antics and some kick-ass action scenes. Add a bunch of famous Hong Kong actors and a lofty budget and you have a film that may not be all that original, but delivers on its premise. Prime big-budget entertainment done well.

The Silent War

by Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Ting Feng Zhe
2012 / 120m - Hong Kong
Thriller, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
The Silent War poster

Overheard 2

by Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Sit Yan Fung Wan 2
2011 / 121m - Hong Kong
Action, Thriller
3.5*/5.0*
Overheard 2 poster

The Lost Bladesman

by Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Guan Yun Chang
2011 / 109m - China
Action
3.5*/5.0*
The Lost Bladesman poster

Overheard

by Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Sit Ting Fung Wan
2009 / 100m - Hong Kong
Thriller, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
Overheard poster

Initial D

by Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak
Tau Man Ji D
2005 / 107m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Romance, Action
3.5*/5.0*
Initial D poster

Infernal Affairs II

by Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak
Mou Gaan Dou II
2003 / 119m - Hong Kong
Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
Infernal Affairs II poster

A War Named Desire

by Alan Mak
Oi Yue Shing
2000 / 89m - Hong Kong
Romance, Action, Thriller
3.5*/5.0*
A War Named Desire poster

The inoffensive

Integrity

by Alan Mak
Lian Zheng Feng Yun
2019 / 114m - Hong Kong
Mystery, Crime
3.0*/5.0*
Integrity poster

A pretty decent but slightly dusty crime investigation flick that hinges on a more than solid cast. Ching Wan Lau, Nick Cheung and Karena Lam do a great job. The plot is amusing enough, there are a few proper twists and even though the ending could've been a tad slicker the film doesn't outstay its welcome. Integrity is nothing grand, just good, solid filler.

Confession of Pain

by Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak
Seung Sing
2006 / 110m - Hong Kong
Drama, Thriller, Crime
3.0*/5.0*
Confession of Pain poster

1:99 Shorts

by Fruit Chan, Teddy Chan, Stephen Chow, Wai-Keung Lau, Joe Ma, Alan Mak, Johnnie To, Brian Tse, Hark Tsui, Ka-Fai Wai, Mabel Cheung, Alex Law, Dante Lam, Adam Wong, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Gordon Chan
2003 / 70m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Drama, Animation
3.0*/5.0*
1:99 Shorts poster

Commissioned anthology that was made to lift the spirit of Hong Kong during the SARS epidemic. The who's who of Hong Kong cinema participated, but the result is a little uneven. Not too surprising considering the exterior motives behind this anthology, and there are a couple of worthwhile entries, but overall it's probably best to lower your expectations when watching this.

Infernal Affairs

by Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak
Mou Gaan Dou
2002 / 101m - Hong Kong
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
3.0*/5.0*
Infernal Affairs poster

Dubious filler

Moonlight in Tokyo

by Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Ching Yi Ngor Sum Gi
2005 / 95m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Drama
2.0*/5.0*
Moonlight in Tokyo poster

Final Romance

by Alan Mak
Yuen Mong Shu
2001 / 97m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Drama, Romance
2.0*/5.0*
Final Romance poster

Nude Fear

by Alan Mak
Zhui Xiong 20 Nian
1998 / 88m - Hong Kong
Thriller
2.0*/5.0*
Nude Fear poster

Very early Alan Mak film. I never realized he started off doing Cat III work, though I'm not all that surprised either. It's a pretty common route for directors of his time. Like most of these films, the quality really isn't there yet, though splashes of Mak's talent can be seen. At least it's short and quite gruesome, but nothing more.

Plain forgettable

Lady Cop & Papa Crook

by Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Daai Sau Cha Ji Neui
2008 / 92m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Thriller, Crime
1.5*/5.0*
Lady Cop & Papa Crook poster

Rave Fever

by Alan Mak
Zhou Mo Kuang Re
1999 / 90m - Hong Kong
Mystery, Thriller
1.5*/5.0*
Rave Fever poster

Alan Mak dives into the rave scene to make a little mystery/thriller, but it's way too obvious that he has no feeling with the scene at all. The parties look ridiculous, the music is an insult. The plot itself isn't all that great either, with some predictable twists and the same scenes retold from different perspectives. Not his best film.