films seen
2
average score
4.00*
nationality
Hong Kong
status
Alive and kicking
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Rare treats

G Affairs

by Cheuk Pan Lee
Also known as
G Saat
Specifics
2018 / 105m - Hong Kong
Genre
Crime, Drama
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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G Affairs poster

A very candid, fresh and ballsy Hong Kong flick. Cheuk Pan Lee made quite an entry with this one. G Affairs is a visually arresting crime film that puts a couple of students in the middle of a violent crime scene. Two officers are trying to find out what happened, but the fickle medical conditions of the youngsters makes it hard to figure out what exactly went on there. G Affairs shifts between slick, poetic, raw, youthful and stylish at will, making this one of the strongest Hong Kong films of the past decade. Comes highly recommended.

Solid pieces

The Fallen

by Cheuk Pan Lee
Specifics
2019 / 95m - Hong Kong
Genre
Crime, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Fallen poster

Very nice, but also a bit disappointing. The Fallen could've been a future classic. Hong Kong has been struggling lately, which leaves an opportunity for younger/less mainstream directors to make a break-through and start something new. The Fallen was very close to being that, but stumbles over smaller details.

When a Triad boss dies, things are bound to get messy. An adopted son is given control over the organization, which isn't to the liking of the older members. The boss' daughter (presumed lost for years) suddenly returns and an illegitimate daughter also appears out of the wood works. What follows is a classic struggle for dominance.

The cinematography is absolutely stunning. Superb use of color, stark framing, the editing is simply perfection. The film looks stylish from start to finish. The soundtrack isn't quite on the same level and performances could've been better. It's such a shame, as the appeal of this film is tremendous. Hopefully Cheuk Pan Lee gets another chance, the talent is clearly there.