films seen
23
average score
2.23*
nationality
China - 72 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The undisputed empress of Hong Kong cinema. Hui is the only female HK director to nurture a fruitful career that spans multiple decades. While some of her films struggle to marry drama and genre influences, her oeuvre as a whole is worthy of discovery.

Solid pieces

The Postmodern Life of My Aunt poster

The Postmodern Life of My Aunt

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Yi Ma De Hou Xian Dai Sheng Huo
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2006] - 111 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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3.5*/5.0*
Visible Secret poster

Visible Secret

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Youling Renjian
Specifics
Hong Kong [2001] - 101 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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3.5*/5.0*
Swordsman poster

Swordsman

by Siu-Tung Ching, King Hu, Raymond Lee, Hark Tsui, Ann Hui, Yeung-Wah Kam
Also known as
Xiaoao Jiang Hu
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [1990] - 120 mins
Genre
Action, History
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3.5*/5.0*

The inoffensive

Our Time Will Come poster

Our Time Will Come

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Ming Yue Ji Shi You
Specifics
China, Hong Kong [2017] - 130 mins
Genre
Drama, War
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3.0*/5.0*
A Simple Life poster

A Simple Life

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Tou Ze
Specifics
Hong Kong [2011] - 118 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0*/5.0*
Goddess of Mercy poster

Goddess of Mercy

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Yu Guanyin
Specifics
Hong Kong [2003] - 110 mins
Genre
Action, Crime, Drama, Romance
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3.0*/5.0*
Eighteen Springs poster

Eighteen Springs

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Ban Sheng Yuan
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [1997] - 126 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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3.0*/5.0*

Worthy but flawed

Night and Fog poster

Night and Fog

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Tin Shui Wai Dik Ye Yu Mo
Specifics
Hong Kong [2009] - 122 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.5*/5.0*
July Rhapsody poster

July Rhapsody

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Laam Yan Sei Sap
Specifics
Hong Kong [2002] - 103 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.5*/5.0*
Stunt Woman poster

Stunt Woman

by Ann Hui
Also known as
A Jin De Gu Shi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1996] - 95 mins
Genre
Action, Drama
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2.5*/5.0*
Zodiac Killers poster

Zodiac Killers

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Ji Dao Zhui Zong
Specifics
Hong Kong [1991] - 97 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama, Romance
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2.5*/5.0*

A very middle of the road crime flick by Ann Hui. Sadly the drama doesn't work that well, which depraves the ending from its power. The acting is decent, there are a couple of solid scenes and it's a rather inoffensive film, at the same time it's also completely forgettable. Okay filler, but nothing more than that.

Starry Is the Night poster

Starry Is the Night

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Gam Ye Sing Gwong Chaan Laan
Specifics
Hong Kong [1988] - 94 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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2.5*/5.0*

Dubious filler

My American Grandson poster

My American Grandson

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Shanghai Jiaqi
Specifics
Taiwan, Hong Kong [1991] - 100 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.0*/5.0*

Somewhat tepid and simplistic drama by Ann Hui. The film looks nice for a 90s Hong Kong film, but the drama between a grandfather and his visiting grandson is hardly substantial. The acting is poor, the film is predictable and there's absolutely nothing that makes this one stand out. Not terrible, just forgettable.

Love in a Fallen City poster

Love in a Fallen City

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Qing Cheng Zhi Lian
Specifics
Hong Kong [1984] - 93 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance, War
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2.0*/5.0*

The Shaw Bros didn't release many dramas, but with Ann Hui in the director seat that's what you're getting. At times it reminded me a little of In The Mood for Love, but the film lacks good direction and without any stand-out elements it's just another tepid drama in Hui's extensive oeuvre. Decent but way too basic.

God of Killers poster

God of Killers

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Woo Yuet Dik Goo Si
Specifics
Hong Kong [1981] - 90 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama
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2.0*/5.0*

Starts off as a social drama, turns into a crime flick during the second half. The problem is that the actors have no dramatic impact and that Hui is not much of a crime director. Both genres do little to strengthen each other, though the crime elements do improve the pacing of the film. It's not terrible, but unless you're a Hui or Fat fan it's a hard recommend.

Plain forgettable

All about Love poster

All about Love

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Duk Haan Chau Faan
Specifics
Hong Kong [2010] - 105 mins
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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1.5*/5.0*
The Way We Are poster

The Way We Are

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Tin Shui Wai Dik Yat Yu Ye
Specifics
Hong Kong [2008] - 90 mins
Genre
Drama
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1.5*/5.0*
Ordinary Heroes poster

Ordinary Heroes

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Qian Yan Wan Yu
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [1999] - 128 mins
Genre
Drama
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1.5*/5.0*

Ann Hui doing social drama. I'm sure she means well, but she's just not very fit to direct these films. The actors aren't good enough (even Kang-sheng Lee disappoints), visually it's a complete graveyard and drama is too predictable and overwrought. The running time is the final nail in its coffin. A disappointing film, not Hui's best.

Summer Snow poster

Summer Snow

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Nu Ren Si Shi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1995] - 101 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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1.5*/5.0*
Song of the Exile poster

Song of the Exile

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Ketu Qiuhen
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [1990] - 100 mins
Genre
Drama
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1.5*/5.0*

Pretty unattractive and tepid drama by Ann Hui. I'm not getting along very well with Hui's older work, though I had slight hopes because Song of the Exile featured Maggie Cheung. While Cheung's performance is fine, the rest of the film really isn't and even though it's pretty short, it still dragged a lot.

Big nopes

Boat People poster

Boat People

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Tau Ban No Hoi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1982] - 109 mins
Genre
Drama
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1.0*/5.0*
The Spooky Bunch poster

The Spooky Bunch

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Zhuang Dao Zheng
Specifics
Hong Kong [1980] - 97 mins
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
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1.0*/5.0*
The Secret poster

The Secret

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Fung Gip
Specifics
Hong Kong [1979] - 85 mins
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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1.0*/5.0*