films seen
65
average score
2.61*
nationality
Hong Kong - 59 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

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Jian Hu Nu Xia Qiu Jin
Specifics
China [2011] - 115m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake poster

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

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Gaa Wo Maan Si Ging
Specifics
Hong Kong [2019] - 92m
Genre
Comedy
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
A Home with a View poster

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

by Herman Yau
Also known as
So Duk 2: Tin Dei Duei Kuet
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2019] - 99m
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The White Storm 2: Drug Lords poster

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.

The Sleep Curse

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Shi Mian
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2017] - 102m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Sleep Curse poster

77 Heartbreaks

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

Always Be with You

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Seung Joi Nei Jor Yau
Specifics
Hong Kong [2017] - 98m
Genre
Horror, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Always Be with You poster

Shock Wave

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Caak Daan Jyun Ga
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2017] - 119m
Genre
Action, Thriller
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Shock Wave poster

The Mobfathers

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Xuan Lao Ding
Specifics
Hong Kong [2016] - 94m
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Mobfathers poster

Nessun Dorma

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

An Inspector Calls

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

Sara

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Chor Gei
Specifics
Hong Kong [2014] - 95m
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Sara poster

Ip Man: The Final Fight

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yip Man: Jung Gik Yat Jin
Specifics
Hong Kong [2013] - 100m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Ip Man: The Final Fight poster

Love Lifting

by Herman Yau
Specifics
Hong Kong [2012] - 92m
Genre
Drama
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Love Lifting poster

Nightmare

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Qing Yan
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2012] - 86m
Genre
Drama, Horror, Thriller
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Nightmare poster

Turning Point: Laughing Gor Returns

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Laughing Gor - Qian Zui Fan
Specifics
Hong Kong [2011] - 89m
Genre
Action, Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Turning Point: Laughing Gor Returns poster

The Legend Is Born: Ip Man

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yip Man Chinchyun
Specifics
Hong Kong [2010] - 100m
Genre
Drama, Action, History
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Legend Is Born: Ip Man poster

Turning Point

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Laughing Gor Chi Bin Chit
Specifics
Hong Kong [2009] - 89m
Genre
Drama, Action, Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Turning Point poster

The First 7th Night

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Tau Chut
Specifics
Hong Kong [2009] - 100m
Genre
Horror
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
The First 7th Night poster

Rebellion

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Tung Moon
Specifics
Hong Kong [2009] - 100m
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Rebellion poster

A Mob Story

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yan Tsoi Gong Wu
Specifics
Hong Kong [2007] - 86m
Genre
Drama, Romance, Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
A Mob Story poster

Cocktail

by Long Ching, Herman Yau
Also known as
Boon Chui Yan Gaan
Specifics
Hong Kong [2006] - 90m
Genre
Drama, Romance
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Cocktail poster

The inoffensive

The New King of Comedy

by Stephen Chow, Herman Yau
Also known as
Xin Xiju Zhi Wang
Specifics
China [2019] - 91m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The New King of Comedy poster

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

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Xie Mi Zhe
Specifics
Hong Kong, Malaysia [2018] - 103m
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Leakers poster

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

by Raymond Bak-Ming Wong, Herman Yau
Also known as
Fa Tin Hei Si 2010
Specifics
Hong Kong [2010] - 93m
Genre
Comedy
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
All's Well, Ends Well 2010 poster

Chaos

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Saam Bat Gun
Specifics
Hong Kong [2008] - 91m
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Chaos poster

Gong Tau: An Oriental Black Magic

by Herman Yau
Specifics
Hong Kong [2007] - 97m
Genre
Horror
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Gong Tau: An Oriental Black Magic poster

Whispers and Moans

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Sing Kung Chok Tse Sup Yut Tam
Specifics
Hong Kong [2007] - 96m
Genre
Drama
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Whispers and Moans poster

On the Edge

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Hak Bak Do
Specifics
Hong Kong [2006] - 88m
Genre
Drama, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
On the Edge poster

Adventurous Treasure Island

by Sau Hin Ha, Herman Yau
Also known as
Huang Jin Dao Li Xian Ji
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [1996] - 92m
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Adventurous Treasure Island poster

Madcap Hong Kong comedy. It's hardly coherent and flashes by in record speed, but that's actually a selling point for this kind of film. The acting is pretty poor and the film feels rushed, but there's so much craziness here that it hardly matters. Recommended for seasoned HK comedy fans only, but a neat little discovery if you're part of that niche.

Ebola Syndrome

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yi Boh Lai Beng Duk
Specifics
Hong Kong [1996] - 98m
Genre
Horror, Crime
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Ebola Syndrome poster

War of the Underworld

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Xong Xing Zi: Zhi Jiang Hu Da Feng Bao
Specifics
Hong Kong [1996] - 97m
Genre
Drama, Action
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
War of the Underworld 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] - 96m
Genre
Comedy, Horror, Crime
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Untold Story poster

Worthy but flawed

The Second Coming

by Tin Chi Ng, Herman Yau
Also known as
Zong Sheng
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [2014] - 88m
Genre
Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
More info on
rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Second Coming 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] - 90m
Genre
Drama
More info on
rating
2.5*/5.0*
True Women for Sale poster

Shark Busters

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

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.

Killing End

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Sha Ke
Specifics
Hong Kong [2001] - 90m
Genre
Crime
More info on
rating
2.5*/5.0*
Killing End poster

A pretty basic Hong Kong crime flick. It's mostly a genre exercise for Herman Yau, a little filler to bridge the gap between bigger projects. It's not a terrible film and in places you see Yau's talent shining through, but you won't miss much if you skip this one, as there are a million films just like it.

Troublesome Night 6

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yam Yeung Lo 6: Hung Chow Hon
Specifics
Hong Kong [1999] - 86m
Genre
Horror
More info on
rating
2.5*/5.0*
Troublesome Night 6 poster

Herman Yau's sixth and final entry in the franchise, though it would go on for many more episodes (there's 19 in total). It's a bit odd because this 6th part does feel like a small but meaningful departure from the ones that came before. Either Yau's new direction wasn't appreciated by the fans, or Yau was simply done with it.

Where the first few films felt more like anthologies connected by only a tiny sliver of plot, this sixth instalment plays more like a straightforward narrative, broken down in chapters that aren't as clearly separated. It's also a much more serious film compared to the earlier ones, which suffered from bad acting and a complete failure to be scary.

Louis Koo is still around and takes up the lead, though his character is pretty basic, and he doesn't have much to work with. The color palette is moody, the soundtrack quite effective and there are a few memorable horror moments. While a clear upgrade from episodes 3 to 5, part 6 still struggles to impress as a real horror flick. It's decent filler, but nothing more.

The Masked Prosecutor

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Ye Cha
Specifics
Hong Kong [1999] - 94m
Genre
Drama, Crime
More info on
rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Masked Prosecutor poster

The Untold Story III

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Sei Yan Bong Ji Chin Lut Gau Sai
Specifics
Hong Kong [1999] - 91m
Genre
Thriller, Crime
More info on
rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Untold Story III poster

Troublesome Night

by Wai-Man Cheng, Long-Cheung Tam, Herman Yau
Also known as
Yin Yeung Lo
Specifics
Hong Kong [1997] - 98m
Genre
Comedy, Horror
More info on
rating
2.5*/5.0*
Troublesome Night poster

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

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yin Yeung Lo 2: Ngo Joi Nei Joh Yau
Specifics
Hong Kong [1997] - 96m
Genre
Comedy, Horror, Thriller
More info on
rating
2.5*/5.0*
Troublesome Night 2 poster

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

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Gong Pu II
Specifics
Hong Kong [1995] - 99m
Genre
Action, Crime
More info on
rating
2.5*/5.0*
City Cop poster

No More Love No More Death

by Taylor Wong, Herman Yau
Also known as
Tai Zi Chuan Shuo
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 89m
Genre
Crime
More info on
rating
2.5*/5.0*
No More Love No More Death poster

Dubious filler

Astonishing

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Jing Xin Dong Po
Specifics
Hong Kong [2004] - 88m
Genre
Mystery, Thriller
More info on
rating
2.0*/5.0*
Astonishing poster

Herbal Tea

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Laam Seung Lui Gwong
Specifics
Hong Kong [2004] - 93m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
More info on
rating
2.0*/5.0*
Herbal Tea poster

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.

Dating Death

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Sut Ging Mo Sun
Specifics
Hong Kong [2004] - 87m
Genre
Horror, Thriller
More info on
rating
2.0*/5.0*
Dating Death poster

Happy Family

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Fung Lau Ga Chuk
Specifics
Hong Kong [2002] - 100m
Genre
Comedy
More info on
rating
2.0*/5.0*
Happy Family poster

A mediocre comedy from Herman Yau. The early '00s weren't Yau's best period and it shows. Happy Family is a basic comedy that just hobbles along without ever making a worthwhile impression. It lacks Yau's typical edge and comes off as commercial filler in between more challenging projects.

The lead actors do a decent job, but the rest of the cast is well below par. Loudness and overacting are often confused for comedy, the soundtrack feels like a complete afterthought and the cinematography is plain and uninteresting. If you ever wondered what Hong Kong filler looks like, look no further.

The plot itself is slightly amusing though. It's not great, but at least it kept my attention until the end of the film. It's definitely not enough to actively recommend Happy Family, but I've sat through worse films. At least it's short and mildly amusing, at the same time it's also wildly plain and forgettable.

Nightmares in Precinct 7

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Qi Hao Cha Guan
Specifics
Hong Kong [2001] - 115m
Genre
Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
More info on
rating
2.0*/5.0*
Nightmares in Precinct 7 poster

Fascination Amour

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Ai Qing Meng Huan Hao
Specifics
Hong Kong [1999] - 95m
Genre
Romance
More info on
rating
2.0*/5.0*
Fascination Amour poster

Walk In

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Duo She
Specifics
Hong Kong [1997] - 101m
Genre
Comedy, Action, Crime
More info on
rating
2.0*/5.0*
Walk In poster

Highway Man

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Ma Lu Ying Xiong II: Fei Fa Sai Che
Specifics
Hong Kong [1995] - 92m
Genre
Action, Crime
More info on
rating
2.0*/5.0*
Highway Man poster

Cop Image

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Meng Chai Ren
Specifics
Hong Kong [1994] - 104m
Genre
Comedy, Action, Crime
More info on
rating
2.0*/5.0*
Cop Image poster

Taxi Hunter

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Di Shi Pan Guan
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 89m
Genre
Drama, Thriller, Crime
More info on
rating
2.0*/5.0*
Taxi Hunter poster

Plain forgettable

Kung Fu Angels

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Cing Ceon Dau
Specifics
Hong Kong [2014] - 87m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
More info on
rating
1.5*/5.0*
Kung Fu Angels poster

Split Second Murders

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Sei Sung Saw Liu
Specifics
Hong Kong [2009] - 90m
Genre
Comedy
More info on
rating
1.5*/5.0*
Split Second Murders poster

PaPa Loves You

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Ze Go Ah Ba Zan Bau Za
Specifics
Hong Kong [2004] - 99m
Genre
Comedy
More info on
rating
1.5*/5.0*
PaPa Loves You poster

Give Them A Chance

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Gei Ta Men Yi Ge Ji Hui
Specifics
Hong Kong [2003] - 98m
Genre
Drama, Sports
More info on
rating
1.5*/5.0*
Give Them A Chance poster

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

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Jing Bian
Specifics
Hong Kong [1996] - 97m
Genre
Romance, Thriller, Crime
More info on
rating
1.5*/5.0*
All of a Sudden poster

Best of the Best

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Fei Hu Jing Ying Zhi Ren Jian You Qing
Specifics
Hong Kong [1992] - 96m
Genre
Romance, Crime
More info on
rating
1.5*/5.0*
Best of the Best poster

Central Hero

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Zhong Huan Ying Xiong
Specifics
Hong Kong [1991] - 98m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
More info on
rating
1.5*/5.0*
Central Hero poster

Big nopes

Lethal Ninja

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Chung Gik Yan Je
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2006] - 94m
Genre
Action
More info on
rating
1.0*/5.0*
Lethal Ninja poster

Old Master Q 2001

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Lao Fu Zi
Specifics
Hong Kong [2001] - 104m
Genre
Action, Animation
More info on
rating
1.0*/5.0*
Old Master Q 2001 poster

Troublesome Night 5

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

Troublesome Night 3

by Herman Yau
Also known as
Yin Yeung Lo 3: Sing Goon Fat Choi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1998] - 99m
Genre
Comedy, Horror
More info on
rating
1.0*/5.0*
Troublesome Night 3 poster

Troublesome Night 4

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