films seen
13
average score
3.11*
nationality
Hong Kong - 61 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

by Daniel Lee
Also known as
Jin Yi Wei
Specifics
2010 / 108m - Hong Kong
Genre
Fantasy
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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14 Blades poster

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

The good stuff

White Vengeance

by Daniel Lee
Also known as
Hong Men Yan
Specifics
2011 / 137m - China
Genre
Action, War
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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White Vengeance poster

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

Time Raiders

by Daniel Lee
Also known as
Daomu Biji
Specifics
2016 / 124m - China
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Time Raiders poster

Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon

by Daniel Lee
Also known as
Saam Gwok Dzi Gin Lung Se Gap
Specifics
2008 / 102m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon poster

Dragon Squad

by Daniel Lee
Also known as
Maang Lung
Specifics
2005 / 110m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Dragon Squad poster

What Price Survival

by Daniel Lee
Also known as
'94 Du Bi Dao Zhi Qing
Specifics
1994 / 96m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Romance, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
What Price Survival poster

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

by Daniel Lee
Also known as
Sing Yuet Tung Wa
Specifics
1999 / 101m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Romance, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Moonlight Express poster

Black Mask

by Daniel Lee
Also known as
Hak Hap
Specifics
1996 / 99m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Sci-fi, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Black Mask poster

Worthy but flawed

The Climbers

by Daniel Lee
Also known as
Pan Deng Zhe
Specifics
2019 / 125m - China
Genre
Adventure
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Climbers poster

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.

Dragon Blade

by Daniel Lee
Also known as
Tian Jiang Xiong Shi
Specifics
2015 / 127m - China
Genre
Fantasy, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Dragon Blade poster

A Fighter's Blues

by Daniel Lee
Also known as
A Fu
Specifics
2000 / 105m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Romance, Sport
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
A Fighter's Blues poster

Till Death Do Us Part

by Daniel Lee
Also known as
Ngoh Oi Nei
Specifics
1998 / 99m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Till Death Do Us Part poster

Dubious filler

Star Runner

by Daniel Lee
Also known as
Siu Nin A Fu
Specifics
2003 / 103m - Hong Kong
Genre
Romance, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Star Runner poster