films seen
24
average score
2.25*
nationality
China - 74 years old
status
Alive and kicking
more info

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

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Yi Ma De Hou Xian Dai Sheng Huo
Specifics
2006 / 111m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
More info:
rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Postmodern Life of My Aunt poster

Visible Secret

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Youling Renjian
Specifics
2001 / 101m - Hong Kong
Genre
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
More info:
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Visible Secret poster

Swordsman

by Siu-Tung Ching, King Hu, Raymond Lee, Hark Tsui, Ann Hui, Yeung-Wah Kam
Also known as
Xiaoao Jiang Hu
Specifics
1990 / 120m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action
More info:
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Swordsman poster

The inoffensive

Our Time Will Come

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Ming Yue Ji Shi You
Specifics
2017 / 130m - China
Genre
Drama, War
More info:
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Our Time Will Come poster

A Simple Life

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Tou Ze
Specifics
2011 / 118m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama
More info:
rating
3.0*/5.0*
A Simple Life poster

Goddess of Mercy

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Yu Guanyin
Specifics
2003 / 110m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Romance, Action, Crime
More info:
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Goddess of Mercy poster

Eighteen Springs

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Ban Sheng Yuan
Specifics
1997 / 126m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Romance
More info:
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Eighteen Springs poster

Worthy but flawed

The Golden Era

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Huang Jin Shi Dai
Specifics
2014 / 177m - China
Genre
Drama
More info:
rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Golden Era poster

Ann Hui goes for the big guns here, but ends up making a rather cheesy and overly sentimental drama that fails to impress. It's as if she wanted to relive the heydays of Yimou Zhang's work, but lacked Zhang's talent to keep the sentiment under control. The result is an overly long film that drags things out unnecessarily.

The Golden Era ends up being China's answer to Hollywood kitsch. Slow and overstated camera work, overbearing drama that lacks subtlety, a score that is a tearjerker's dream and an epic story that spans half a lifetime. And a 3-hour running time, so even when you aren't impressed by the film itself, you'll be hard-pressed to forget about it afterwards.

It's not all bad though. The actors do a nice job and some stand-alone scenes do work well. The problem is that they're not highlights of climaxes within the film, put just part of the constant onslaught of drama. I'm not a big Hui fan to begin with, but at least her usual mix of character drama and genre cinema offers something unique, this film sadly doesn't.

Night and Fog

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Tin Shui Wai Dik Ye Yu Mo
Specifics
2009 / 122m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama
More info:
rating
2.5*/5.0*
Night and Fog poster

July Rhapsody

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Laam Yan Sei Sap
Specifics
2002 / 103m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama
More info:
rating
2.5*/5.0*
July Rhapsody poster

Stunt Woman

by Ann Hui
Also known as
A Jin De Gu Shi
Specifics
1996 / 95m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Action
More info:
rating
2.5*/5.0*
Stunt Woman poster

Zodiac Killers

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Ji Dao Zhui Zong
Specifics
1991 / 97m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Romance, Crime
More info:
rating
2.5*/5.0*
Zodiac Killers poster

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

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Gam Ye Sing Gwong Chaan Laan
Specifics
1988 / 94m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Romance
More info:
rating
2.5*/5.0*
Starry Is the Night poster

Dubious filler

My American Grandson

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Shanghai Jiaqi
Specifics
1991 / 100m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama
More info:
rating
2.0*/5.0*
My American Grandson poster

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

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Qing Cheng Zhi Lian
Specifics
1984 / 93m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Romance, War
More info:
rating
2.0*/5.0*
Love in a Fallen City poster

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

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Woo Yuet Dik Goo Si
Specifics
1981 / 90m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Crime
More info:
rating
2.0*/5.0*
God of Killers poster

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

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Duk Haan Chau Faan
Specifics
2010 / 105m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Romance
More info:
rating
1.5*/5.0*
All about Love poster

The Way We Are

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Tin Shui Wai Dik Yat Yu Ye
Specifics
2008 / 90m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama
More info:
rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Way We Are poster

Ordinary Heroes

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Qian Yan Wan Yu
Specifics
1999 / 128m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama
More info:
rating
1.5*/5.0*
Ordinary Heroes poster

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

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Nu Ren Si Shi
Specifics
1995 / 101m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Drama
More info:
rating
1.5*/5.0*
Summer Snow poster

Song of the Exile

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Ketu Qiuhen
Specifics
1990 / 100m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama
More info:
rating
1.5*/5.0*
Song of the Exile poster

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

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Tau Ban No Hoi
Specifics
1982 / 109m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama
More info:
rating
1.0*/5.0*
Boat People poster

The Spooky Bunch

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Zhuang Dao Zheng
Specifics
1980 / 97m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
More info:
rating
1.0*/5.0*
The Spooky Bunch poster

The Secret

by Ann Hui
Also known as
Fung Gip
Specifics
1979 / 85m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
More info:
rating
1.0*/5.0*
The Secret poster