films seen
26
average score
3.01*
nationality
Hong Kong - 56 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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One of Hong Kong's chief modern action directors. Dante Lam works primarily in the commercial sphere, but does so with full conviction and a strong personal signature. While he directed few true masterpieces, his films offer plenty of unadulterated fun.

The good stuff

Fire of Conscience

by Dante Lam
Also known as
For Lung
Specifics
2010 / 106m - Hong Kong
Genre
Thriller
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Fire of Conscience poster

Dante Lam finally delivers a film that mixes enjoyable, adrenaline-inducing action coupled with a more stylish and classy exterior.

Solid pieces

That Demon Within

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Mo Jing
Specifics
2014 / 111m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
That Demon Within poster

The Viral Factor

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Jik Zin
Specifics
2012 / 122m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Viral Factor poster

The Stool Pigeon

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Sin Yan
Specifics
2010 / 113m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Stool Pigeon poster

Sniper

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Sun Cheung Sau
Specifics
2009 / 90m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime, Adventure
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Sniper poster

The Beast Stalker

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Ching Yan
Specifics
2008 / 109m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Beast Stalker poster

Sparkling Red Star

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Shanshan De Hongxin Haizi De Tiankong
Specifics
2007 / 90m - China
Genre
War, Animation
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Sparkling Red Star poster

Undercover Hidden Dragon

by Gordon Chan, Dante Lam
Also known as
Ji Jern Mo Lai
Specifics
2006 / 99m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Undercover Hidden Dragon poster

Heat Team

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Chung Fung Hum Jun
Specifics
2004 / 99m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Action, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Heat Team poster

The Twins Effect

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Chin Gei Bin
Specifics
2003 / 88m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Action, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Twins Effect poster

Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Kong Woo Giu Gap
Specifics
2000 / 111m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone poster

Beast Cops

by Gordon Chan, Dante Lam
Also known as
Yeshou Xingjing
Specifics
1998 / 110m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Action, Mystery, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Beast Cops poster

Operation Red Sea

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Hong Hai Hang Dong
Specifics
2018 / 142m - China
Genre
Action, Thriller, War
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Operation Red Sea poster

Chinese equivalent of Hollywood's patriotic war cinema. There's quite a lot of cheese to wade through, but the action scenes are pretty brilliant. Graphic, explosive and exciting, then again with Dante Lam in the driver seat that isn't too big of a surprise. Switch off your brain and enjoy.

Operation Mekong

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Mei Gong He Xing Dong
Specifics
2016 / 123m - China
Genre
Action, Adventure
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Operation Mekong poster

The inoffensive

Unbeatable

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Ji Zhan
Specifics
2013 / 122m - China
Genre
Action, Sport
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Unbeatable poster

1:99 Shorts

by Fruit Chan, Teddy Chan, Stephen Chow, Wai-Keung Lau, Joe Ma, Alan Mak, Johnnie To, Brian Tse, Hark Tsui, Ka-Fai Wai, Mabel Cheung, Alex Law, Dante Lam, Adam Wong, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Gordon Chan
Specifics
2003 / 70m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Animation
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
1:99 Shorts poster

Commissioned anthology that was made to lift the spirit of Hong Kong during the SARS epidemic. The who's who of Hong Kong cinema participated, but the result is a little uneven. Not too surprising considering the exterior motives behind this anthology, and there are a couple of worthwhile entries, but overall it's probably best to lower your expectations when watching this.

Naked Ambition

by Hing-Ka Chan, Dante Lam
Also known as
Ho Ching
Specifics
2003 / 121m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Naked Ambition poster

Worthy but flawed

The Rescue

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Jin Ji Jiu Yuan
Specifics
2020 / 139m - China
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Rescue poster

A mediocre disaster flick by Dante Lam. The kind that makes you question the quality of his older work. Is it that Lam is getting a bit too old to make dashing blockbusters? Or is it the move to China that's getting in his way? Or maybe it was never Lam in the first place, but the well-oiled machine that used to be Hong Kong cinema. I can't say for certain, but the fact is that Lam has made much better films than what he delivers here.

The Rescue serves four major rescue operations, with a bunch of crappy melodrama in between. The operations are unrelated to each other, so there's really not much of a build-up, except that each one is more dangerous (and claims more victims) than the next. Still, it's almost like watching a 4-part mini-series with a bit of unnecessary drama to glue everything together.

Eddie Peng is decent and Zhilei Xin is a good find, the rest of the cast is not up to par. The overreliance on CG is distracting, the quality of the visuals not what you'd expect from a major blockbuster, resulting in rescue operations that are so obviously green screen that they come off way less spectacular than they should've been. It's loud and flashy enough to be mildly entertaining, but that doesn't save it from being one of Lam's worst films to date.

Storm Rider: Clash of the Evils

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Feng Yu Jue
Specifics
2008 / 98m - China
Genre
Action, Adventure, Animation
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Storm Rider: Clash of the Evils poster

Hit Team

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Chung Chong Ging Chaat
Specifics
2001 / 94m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Hit Team poster

Runaway

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Chow Tau Yau Liu
Specifics
2001 / 99m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Runaway poster

When I Look Upon the Stars

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Tian Xuan Di Lian
Specifics
1999 / 102m - Hong Kong
Genre
Romance
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
When I Look Upon the Stars poster

Dante Lam is a fine action director, romance and drama on the other hand aren't really his thing. Lam made When I Look Upon the Stars when he just started out, at a time when he was still searching for a niche he felt at home in. While he does his best to make things work, the romance never takes off.

Chan and Ku aren't the best actors for the job, Qi and Lee are better equipped to handle this type of work, but have trouble connecting with their partners. The cheesy soundtrack and rather pedestrian cinematography don't really add to the atmosphere either. It's all just a little too functional to be truly effective.

That said, it's not the worst film either. The characters are quite interesting and there are a few scenes where things move in the right direction, it's just that it never materializes into something bigger. This is passable filler, just don't go in expecting a typical Lam action flick, as you're bound to end up sorely disappointed.

Option Zero

by Dante Lam
Also known as
G4 Te Gong
Specifics
1997 / 109m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Option Zero poster

Dante Lam's first film is no masterpiece, but it's a decent genre exercise with a solid balance between drama and action. It's a pretty standard film with few stand-out moments, but the action sequences should be enough to entertain the average action fan. It's pretty decent filler, but little more than that.

Dubious filler

Love on the Rocks

by Hing-Ka Chan, Dante Lam
Also known as
Luen Ching Go Gup
Specifics
2004 / 103m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Love on the Rocks poster

Plain forgettable

To the Fore

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Po Feng
Specifics
2015 / 125m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Sport
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
To the Fore poster

Tiramisu

by Dante Lam
Also known as
Luen Oi Hang Sing
Specifics
2002 / 111m - Hong Kong
Genre
Romance, Fantasy
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Tiramisu poster