films seen
25
average score
3.04*
nationality
Hong Kong - 55 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 poster

Fire of Conscience

by Dante Lam
Also know as: For Lung
Specifics: Hong Kong [2010] - 106 mins
Genre: Thriller
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4.0

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

Solid pieces

Operation Red Sea poster

Operation Red Sea

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Hong Hai Hang Dong
Specifics: Hong Kong, China [2018] - 142 mins
Genre: Action, Thriller, War
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3.5

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 poster

Operation Mekong

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Mei Gong He Xing Dong
Specifics: Hong Kong, China [2016] - 123 mins
Genre: Action, Adventure
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3.5
That Demon Within poster

That Demon Within

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Mo Jing
Specifics: Hong Kong, China [2014] - 111 mins
Genre: Action, Crime
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3.5
The Viral Factor poster

The Viral Factor

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Jik Zin
Specifics: Hong Kong, China [2012] - 122 mins
Genre: Action, Thriller
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3.5
The Stool Pigeon poster

The Stool Pigeon

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Sin Yan
Specifics: Hong Kong [2010] - 113 mins
Genre: Action, Thriller
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3.5
Sniper poster

Sniper

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Sun Cheung Sau
Specifics: Hong Kong [2009] - 90 mins
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime, Adventure
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3.5
The Beast Stalker poster

The Beast Stalker

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Ching Yan
Specifics: Hong Kong [2008] - 109 mins
Genre: Action, Thriller
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3.5
Sparkling Red Star poster

Sparkling Red Star

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Shanshan De Hongxin Haizi De Tiankong
Specifics: China [2007] - 90 mins
Genre: War, Animation
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3.5
Undercover Hidden Dragon poster

Undercover Hidden Dragon

by Gordon Chan, Dante Lam
Also know as: Ji Jern Mo Lai
Specifics: Hong Kong [2006] - 99 mins
Genre: Comedy, Action
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3.5
Heat Team poster

Heat Team

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Chung Fung Hum Jun
Specifics: Hong Kong [2004] - 99 mins
Genre: Comedy, Action, Crime
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3.5
The Twins Effect poster

The Twins Effect

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Chin Gei Bin
Specifics: Hong Kong [2003] - 88 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Action, Horror
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3.5
Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone poster

Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Kong Woo Giu Gap
Specifics: Hong Kong [2000] - 111 mins
Genre: Comedy, Crime
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3.5
Beast Cops poster

Beast Cops

by Gordon Chan, Dante Lam
Also know as: Yeshou Xingjing
Specifics: Hong Kong [1998] - 110 mins
Genre: Drama, Action, Mystery, Crime
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3.5

The inoffensive

Unbeatable poster

Unbeatable

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Ji Zhan
Specifics: Hong Kong, China [2013] - 122 mins
Genre: Action, Sports
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3.0
Naked Ambition poster

Naked Ambition

by Hing-Ka Chan, Dante Lam
Also know as: Ho Ching
Specifics: Hong Kong [2003] - 121 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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3.0
1:99 Shorts 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: Hong Kong [2003] - 70 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Animation
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3.0

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.

Worthy but flawed

Storm Rider: Clash of the Evils poster

Storm Rider: Clash of the Evils

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Feng Yu Jue
Specifics: China [2008] - 98 mins
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation
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2.5
Runaway poster

Runaway

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Chow Tau Yau Liu
Specifics: Hong Kong [2001] - 99 mins
Genre: Comedy, Action
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2.5
Hit Team poster

Hit Team

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Chung Chong Ging Chaat
Specifics: Hong Kong [2001] - 94 mins
Genre: Action
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2.5
When I Look Upon the Stars poster

When I Look Upon the Stars

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Tian Xuan Di Lian
Specifics: Hong Kong [1999] - 102 mins
Genre: Romance
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2.5

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 poster

Option Zero

by Dante Lam
Also know as: G4 Te Gong
Specifics: Hong Kong [1997] - 109 mins
Genre: Action
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2.5

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 poster

Love on the Rocks

by Hing-Ka Chan, Dante Lam
Also know as: Luen Ching Go Gup
Specifics: Hong Kong [2004] - 103 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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2.0

Plain forgettable

To the Fore poster

To the Fore

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Po Feng
Specifics: Hong Kong [2015] - 125 mins
Genre: Drama, Sport
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1.5
Tiramisu poster

Tiramisu

by Dante Lam
Also know as: Luen Oi Hang Sing
Specifics: Hong Kong [2002] - 111 mins
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
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