films seen
13
average score
3.11*
nationality
Hong Kong - 60 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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One of Hong Kong's prime action directors. He isn't as prolific as most of his peers, which allows him to give his films some extra polish. Lee doesn't have the most consistent oeuvre, but action fans are sure to find some great films there.

Rare treats

14 Blades poster

14 Blades

by Daniel Lee
Also know as: Jin Yi Wei
Specifics: Hong Kong [2010] - 108 mins
Genre: Martial Arts
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4.5

It's good to see this kind of fast-paced martial arts cinema being revived.

The good stuff

White Vengeance poster

White Vengeance

by Daniel Lee
Also know as: Hong Men Yan
Specifics: China [2011] - 137 mins
Genre: Action, War
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4.0

A slice of tactical warfare that, at least to me, is a lot more challenging and interesting to follow. The climax is both exciting and emotional, the ending is smart and a small punch in the gut.

Solid pieces

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Time Raiders

by Daniel Lee
Also know as: Daomu Biji
Specifics: China [2016] - 124 mins
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
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3.5
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon poster

Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon

by Daniel Lee
Also know as: Saam Gwok Dzi Gin Lung Se Gap
Specifics: China, South Korea [2008] - 102 mins
Genre: Action, History
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3.5
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Dragon Squad

by Daniel Lee
Also know as: Maang Lung
Specifics: Hong Kong, China [2005] - 110 mins
Genre: Action, Crime
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3.5
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What Price Survival

by Daniel Lee
Also know as: '94 Du Bi Dao Zhi Qing
Specifics: Hong Kong [1994] - 96 mins
Genre: Drama, Romance, Action
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3.5

A good indication of Lee's talent that would signal a fruitful career. A film with character, sadly the drama can get a little excessive, but otherwise I haven't anything bad to say about this one. It may deviate a little too much from the norm for those expecting a basic martial arts film, but that's hardly a negative.

The plot is simple and feels like it was taken right out of a Shaw Bros production. Lee takes it a little too serious though, especially near the middle of the film, which slows things down unnecessarily. Luckily the fights look pretty cool. The editing and visual flourish may detract from the action a little, but it's all very cinematic. It reminded me a little of Ashes of Time, though I actually preferred the use of color here.

What Price Survival is the start of an impressive oeuvre, it's a shame Lee's latest films haven't been really up to par. If you're in the mood for some solid Hong Kong action, this one comes warmly recommended.

The inoffensive

Moonlight Express poster

Moonlight Express

by Daniel Lee
Also know as: Sing Yuet Tung Wa
Specifics: Hong Kong, Japan [1999] - 101 mins
Genre: Drama, Romance, Crime
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3.0
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Black Mask

by Daniel Lee
Also know as: Hak Hap
Specifics: Hong Kong [1996] - 99 mins
Genre: Comedy, Sci-fi, Action
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3.0

Worthy but flawed

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The Climbers

by Daniel Lee
Also know as: Pan Deng Zhe
Specifics: China [2019] - 125 mins
Genre: Adventure
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2.5

At times a decent blockbuster, but some scenes are so sentimental and over the top that it's closer to a genre parody than an actual bona fide adventure flick. Daniel Lee has the skills, but he needs to show a little more restraint if he wants to get back on top. This was borderline entertaining, but much more than that.

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Dragon Blade

by Daniel Lee
Also know as: Tian Jiang Xiong Shi
Specifics: China, Hong Kong [2015] - 127 mins
Genre: Fantasy, Action, History
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2.5
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A Fighter's Blues

by Daniel Lee
Also know as: A Fu
Specifics: Hong Kong [2000] - 105 mins
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
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2.5
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Till Death Do Us Part

by Daniel Lee
Also know as: Ngoh Oi Nei
Specifics: Hong Kong [1998] - 99 mins
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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2.5

Dubious filler

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Star Runner

by Daniel Lee
Also know as: Siu Nin A Fu
Specifics: Hong Kong, South Korea [2003] - 103 mins
Genre: Romance, Action
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