films seen
6
average score
3.00*
nationality
Hong Kong - 62 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The good stuff

Midnight Fly

by Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung
Huang Xin Jia Ni
2001 / 110m - Hong Kong
Drama, Romance
4.0*/5.0*
Midnight Fly poster

Solid pieces

The Opera House

by Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung
2019 / 119m - China
Drama, Action
3.5*/5.0*
The Opera House poster

Director Jacob Cheung too made the jump to China, like so many of his Hong Kong compatriots. He comes with a rather classic drama that digs into the history of China's traveling stage troupes, a topic China likes to revisit once in a while. Not my favorite material, but Cheung's attempt isn't all that bad.

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We follow a son whose father wants him to follow in his footsteps, promoting the Eight Trigram Palm martial arts. The boy obliges, but when he comes into contact with Peking opera he wants to pursue his dream. His father isn't too happy with his choices, but the boy can't help but follow his dream.

Cheung has an eye for beauty, which is a big asset for a film like this. Add some very nice martial arts scenes and you have a good, solid basis for the drama to thrive on, even when it's all quite predictable. The soundtrack isn't too overbearing and performances are decent, it's no true masterpiece though as there's not enough to set it apart from similar films.

The inoffensive

The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom

by Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung
Bai Fa Mo Nu Zhuan Zhi Ming Yue Tian Guo
2014 / 104m - China
Fantasy
3.0*/5.0*
The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom poster

Rest on Your Shoulder

by Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung
Jian Shang Die
2011 / 121m - China
Fantasy, Romance
3.0*/5.0*
Rest on Your Shoulder poster

Battle of Wits

by Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung
Mo Gong
2006 / 133m - China
Action, War
3.0*/5.0*
Battle of Wits poster

Plain forgettable

Cageman

by Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung
Long Min
1992 / 145m - Hong Kong
Drama
1.5*/5.0*
Cageman poster