films seen
61
average score
2.62*
nationality
Hong Kong - 58 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Maverick director who spent his entire career challenging the rules and expectations of what Hong Kong cinema could be. Limited budgets often hampered his vision, but he always found ways to get his message across.

The good stuff

The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake poster

The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Jian Hu Nu Xia Qiu Jin
Specifics
China [2011] - 115 mins
Genre
Action, Drama
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4.0*/5.0*

Fans of Yau should expect a cleaner and less gritty adoption of his trademark style, other people should be aware that Woman Knight can be a bit more direct than other, more typical martial arts epics

Solid pieces

A Home with a View poster

A Home with a View

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Gaa Wo Maan Si Ging
Specifics
Hong Kong [2019] - 92 mins
Genre
Comedy
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3.5*/5.0*

Yau's latest starts out as a pretty jolly farce, but turns pleasantly dark and grim towards the end. Familiarity with the Chinese sense of humour definitely helps, but the themes are universal enough to appeal to a more international crowd. A Home with a View is another striking Yau film that stops just short of being genius.

The White Storm 2: Drug Lords poster

The White Storm 2: Drug Lords

by Herman Yau
Also known as
So Duk 2: Tin Dei Duei Kuet
Specifics
China, Hong Kong [2019] - 99 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
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3.5*/5.0*

Fronted by Herman Yau and Andy Lau, two Hong Kong legends seemingly unfazed by their industry's struggles. White Storm 2 is a classic Hong Kong police action/thriller, an ultimate stand-off between a criminal turned philanthropist and his former gang boss. Solid, but nothing too out of the ordinary, apart from the exceptional car chase at the end. Good fun.

Shock Wave poster

Shock Wave

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Caak Daan Jyun Ga
Specifics
China, Hong Kong [2017] - 119 mins
Genre
Action, Thriller
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3.5*/5.0*
The Sleep Curse poster

The Sleep Curse

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Shi Mian
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2017] - 102 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.5*/5.0*
Always Be with You poster

Always Be with You

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Seung Joi Nei Jor Yau
Specifics
Hong Kong [2017] - 98 mins
Genre
Horror, Thriller
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3.5*/5.0*
77 Heartbreaks poster

77 Heartbreaks

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yuen Loeng Taa 77 Chi
Specifics
Hong Kong [2017] - 97 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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3.5*/5.0*
Nessun Dorma poster

Nessun Dorma

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Hung Sau Wan Mei Seui
Specifics
Hong Kong [2016] - 86 mins
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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3.5*/5.0*
The Mobfathers poster

The Mobfathers

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Xuan Lao Ding
Specifics
Hong Kong [2016] - 94 mins
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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3.5*/5.0*
An Inspector Calls poster

An Inspector Calls

by Raymond Bak-Ming Wong, Herman Yau
Also known as
San Taam Ka To
Specifics
Hong Kong [2015] - 86 mins
Genre
Action, Comedy
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3.5*/5.0*
Sara poster

Sara

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Chor Gei
Specifics
Hong Kong [2014] - 95 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5*/5.0*
Ip Man: The Final Fight poster

Ip Man: The Final Fight

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yip Man: Jung Gik Yat Jin
Specifics
Hong Kong [2013] - 100 mins
Genre
Action, Drama
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3.5*/5.0*
Nightmare poster

Nightmare

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Qing Yan
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2012] - 86 mins
Genre
Drama, Horror, Thriller
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3.5*/5.0*
Love Lifting poster

Love Lifting

by Herman Yau
Specifics
Hong Kong [2012] - 92 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5*/5.0*
Turning Point: Laughing Gor Returns poster

Turning Point: Laughing Gor Returns

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Laughing Gor - Qian Zui Fan
Specifics
Hong Kong [2011] - 89 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
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3.5*/5.0*
The Legend Is Born: Ip Man poster

The Legend Is Born: Ip Man

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yip Man Chinchyun
Specifics
Hong Kong [2010] - 100 mins
Genre
Action, Drama, History
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3.5*/5.0*
Turning Point poster

Turning Point

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Laughing Gor Chi Bin Chit
Specifics
Hong Kong [2009] - 89 mins
Genre
Action, Crime, Drama
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3.5*/5.0*
Rebellion poster

Rebellion

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Tung Moon
Specifics
Hong Kong [2009] - 100 mins
Genre
Action, Crime, Thriller
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3.5*/5.0*
The First 7th Night poster

The First 7th Night

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Tau Chut
Specifics
Hong Kong [2009] - 100 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.5*/5.0*
A Mob Story poster

A Mob Story

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yan Tsoi Gong Wu
Specifics
Hong Kong [2007] - 86 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama, Romance
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3.5*/5.0*
Cocktail poster

Cocktail

by Long Ching, Herman Yau
Also known as
Boon Chui Yan Gaan
Specifics
Hong Kong [2006] - 90 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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3.5*/5.0*

The inoffensive

The New King of Comedy poster

The New King of Comedy

by Stephen Chow, Herman Yau
Also known as
Xin Xiju Zhi Wang
Specifics
China [2019] - 91 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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3.0*/5.0*

Chow and Yau return with a Mainland remake of Chow's own King of Comedy. The original isn't my favorite Chow and this remake doesn't improve on it. There are a few chuckles and it's clear Chow grew as a director, but in the process the silliness that set his work apart seems to have gone lost. Not bad, not great either.

The Leakers poster

The Leakers

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Xie Mi Zhe
Specifics
Hong Kong, Malaysia [2018] - 103 mins
Genre
Action, Crime, Thriller
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3.0*/5.0*

Herman Yau went to Malaysia for this one. An outbreak film with crime elements that lashes out at the medical sector in typical Yau fashion. The genre elements aren't that convincing though and the production feels a little too slick at times, but overall it's an enjoyable and fun film.

All's Well Ends Well 2010 poster

All's Well Ends Well 2010

by Raymond Bak-Ming Wong, Herman Yau
Also known as
Fa Tin Hei Si 2010
Specifics
Hong Kong [2010] - 93 mins
Genre
Comedy
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3.0*/5.0*
Chaos poster

Chaos

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Saam Bat Gun
Specifics
Hong Kong [2008] - 91 mins
Genre
Action, Thriller
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3.0*/5.0*
Whispers and Moans poster

Whispers and Moans

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Sing Kung Chok Tse Sup Yut Tam
Specifics
Hong Kong [2007] - 96 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0*/5.0*
Gong Tau: An Oriental Black Magic poster

Gong Tau: An Oriental Black Magic

by Herman Yau
Specifics
Hong Kong [2007] - 97 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.0*/5.0*
On the Edge poster

On the Edge

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Hak Bak Do
Specifics
Hong Kong [2006] - 88 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama
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3.0*/5.0*
Ebola Syndrome poster

Ebola Syndrome

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yi Boh Lai Beng Duk
Specifics
Hong Kong [1996] - 98 mins
Genre
Crime, Horror
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3.0*/5.0*
War of the Underworld poster

War of the Underworld

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Xong Xing Zi: Zhi Jiang Hu Da Feng Bao
Specifics
Hong Kong [1996] - 97 mins
Genre
Action, Drama
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3.0*/5.0*
The Untold Story poster

The Untold Story

by Danny Lee, Herman Yau
Also known as
Bat Sin Fan Dim Ji Yan Yuk Cha Siu Bau
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 96 mins
Genre
Comedy, Crime, Horror
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3.0*/5.0*

Worthy but flawed

The Second Coming poster

The Second Coming

by Tin Chi Ng, Herman Yau
Also known as
Zong Sheng
Specifics
Hong Kong, Singapore [2014] - 88 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
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2.5*/5.0*
True Women for Sale poster

True Women for Sale

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Sing Kung Chok Tse Yee: Ngor But Mai Sun, Ngor Mai Chi Gung
Specifics
Hong Kong [2008] - 90 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.5*/5.0*
Shark Busters poster

Shark Busters

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Baan Sau Chuk Dak Hin Dui
Specifics
Hong Kong [2002] - 96 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.5*/5.0*

Herman Yau, forever making genre films with a social conscience. While in many ways a typical Hong Kong police flick, Yau weaves in poor post-handover conditions and the severe effects on the underpaid police force. Sadly production values are subpar, but there are some interesting bits and pieces here.

The Masked Prosecutor poster

The Masked Prosecutor

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Ye Cha
Specifics
Hong Kong [1999] - 94 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama
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2.5*/5.0*
The Untold Story III poster

The Untold Story III

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Sei Yan Bong Ji Chin Lut Gau Sai
Specifics
Hong Kong [1999] - 91 mins
Genre
Crime, Thriller
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2.5*/5.0*
Troublesome Night poster

Troublesome Night

by Wai-Man Cheng, Long-Cheung Tam, Herman Yau
Also known as
Yin Yeung Lo
Specifics
Hong Kong [1997] - 98 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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2.5*/5.0*

The very beginning of the infamous Troublesome Night series. While a little better than expected, that particular blend of Hong Kong horror and comedy never really did it for me. The presentation is decent enough, it just never becomes scary nor funny. Not for me, but clearly local audiences thought differently.

Troublesome Night 2 poster

Troublesome Night 2

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yin Yeung Lo 2: Ngo Joi Nei Joh Yau
Specifics
Hong Kong [1997] - 96 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror, Thriller
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2.5*/5.0*

Herman Yau took over as director and turned this into one of Hong Kong's swiftest horror franchises. This second film keeps to the same formula, three loosely linked short films that combine horror and comedy, with the same perks and caveats as the other (early) entries. Not great but passable fun.

City Cop poster

City Cop

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Gong Pu II
Specifics
Hong Kong [1995] - 99 mins
Genre
Crime, Action
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2.5*/5.0*
No More Love No More Death poster

No More Love No More Death

by Taylor Wong, Herman Yau
Also known as
Tai Zi Chuan Shuo
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 89 mins
Genre
Crime
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2.5*/5.0*

Dubious filler

Dating Death poster

Dating Death

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Sut Ging Mo Sun
Specifics
Hong Kong [2004] - 87 mins
Genre
Horror, Thriller
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2.0*/5.0*
Astonishing poster

Astonishing

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Jing Xin Dong Po
Specifics
Hong Kong [2004] - 88 mins
Genre
Mystery, Thriller
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2.0*/5.0*
Herbal Tea poster

Herbal Tea

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Laam Seung Lui Gwong
Specifics
Hong Kong [2004] - 93 mins
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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2.0*/5.0*

Very simplistic romantic comedy by Herman Yau. Jordan Chan isn't the lead that has the kind of flair needed to pull this off, Yau isn't exactly known for doing romcoms. There are some redeeming moments and the ending is decent, but overall it's a disappointment.

Nightmares in Precinct 7 poster

Nightmares in Precinct 7

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Qi Hao Cha Guan
Specifics
Hong Kong [2001] - 115 mins
Genre
Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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2.0*/5.0*
Fascination Amour poster

Fascination Amour

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Ai Qing Meng Huan Hao
Specifics
Hong Kong [1999] - 95 mins
Genre
Romance
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2.0*/5.0*
Walk In poster

Walk In

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Duo She
Specifics
Hong Kong [1997] - 101 mins
Genre
Action, Comedy, Crime
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2.0*/5.0*
Highway Man poster

Highway Man

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Ma Lu Ying Xiong II: Fei Fa Sai Che
Specifics
Hong Kong [1995] - 92 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
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2.0*/5.0*
Cop Image poster

Cop Image

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Meng Chai Ren
Specifics
Hong Kong [1994] - 104 mins
Genre
Action, Comedy, Crime
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2.0*/5.0*
Taxi Hunter poster

Taxi Hunter

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Di Shi Pan Guan
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 89 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama, Thriller
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2.0*/5.0*

Plain forgettable

Kung Fu Angels poster

Kung Fu Angels

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Cing Ceon Dau
Specifics
Hong Kong [2014] - 87 mins
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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1.5*/5.0*
Split Second Murders poster

Split Second Murders

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Sei Sung Saw Liu
Specifics
Hong Kong [2009] - 90 mins
Genre
Comedy
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1.5*/5.0*
PaPa Loves You poster

PaPa Loves You

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Ze Go Ah Ba Zan Bau Za
Specifics
Hong Kong [2004] - 99 mins
Genre
Comedy
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1.5*/5.0*
Give Them A Chance poster

Give Them A Chance

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Gei Ta Men Yi Ge Ji Hui
Specifics
Hong Kong [2003] - 98 mins
Genre
Drama, Sports
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1.5*/5.0*

Herman Yau does Step Up before Step Up existed. Film about a bunch of street kids that get their once of a lifetime chance as a dance group. The drama is poor and the final dance routine is boring. For from Yau's best work, though you have to applaud him for doing something different.

All of a Sudden poster

All of a Sudden

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Jing Bian
Specifics
Hong Kong [1996] - 97 mins
Genre
Crime, Romance, Thriller
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1.5*/5.0*
Best of the Best poster

Best of the Best

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Fei Hu Jing Ying Zhi Ren Jian You Qing
Specifics
Hong Kong [1992] - 96 mins
Genre
Crime, Romance
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1.5*/5.0*
Central Hero poster

Central Hero

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Zhong Huan Ying Xiong
Specifics
Hong Kong [1991] - 98 mins
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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1.5*/5.0*

Big nopes

Lethal Ninja poster

Lethal Ninja

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Chung Gik Yan Je
Specifics
China, Hong Kong [2006] - 94 mins
Genre
Action
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1.0*/5.0*
Old Master Q 2001 poster

Old Master Q 2001

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Lao Fu Zi
Specifics
Hong Kong [2001] - 104 mins
Genre
Animation, Action
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1.0*/5.0*
Troublesome Night 5 poster

Troublesome Night 5

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yin Yeung Lo 5: Yat Kin Fat Choi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1999] - 90 mins
Genre
Horror
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1.0*/5.0*
Troublesome Night 4 poster

Troublesome Night 4

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yin Yeung Lo 4: Yu Gwai Tung Hang
Specifics
Hong Kong, Philippines [1998] - 97 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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1.0*/5.0*
Troublesome Night 3 poster

Troublesome Night 3

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yin Yeung Lo 3: Sing Goon Fat Choi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1998] - 99 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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1.0*/5.0*