films seen
12
average score
2.70*
nationality
Hong Kong - 64 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Inconspicuous but decent Hong Kong B-film director. His oeuvre is hardly essential cinema, but once you've gotten past the bigger names in the Hong Kong movie industry, Jingle Ma is a solid option for some shameless genre entertainment.

Solid pieces

Europe Raiders

by Jingle Ma
Also known as
Ou Zhou Gong Lue
Specifics
2018 / 101m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Action, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Europe Raiders poster

Jingle Ma slowed down considerably, but like most Hong Kong directors late comeback are par for the course. Europe Raiders is the third film in the franchise and those who have seen the previous films will know what to expect. Slick, silly and expensive entertainment that is a blast to watch, but has poor longevity.

Butterfly Lovers

by Jingle Ma
Also known as
Mo Hup Leung Juk
Specifics
2008 / 102m - Hong Kong
Genre
Romance, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Butterfly Lovers poster

The inoffensive

Mulan

by Jingle Ma, Wei Dong
Also known as
Hua Mulan
Specifics
2009 / 114m - China
Genre
Action, Adventure
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Mulan poster

Goodbye, Mr. Cool

by Jingle Ma
Also known as
Gau Lung Bing Sat
Specifics
2001 / 101m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Goodbye, Mr. Cool poster

Para Para Sakura

by Jingle Ma
Also known as
Pa-la Pa-la Ying Ji Fa
Specifics
2001 / 101m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Musical
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Para Para Sakura poster

Tokyo Raiders

by Jingle Ma
Also known as
Dong Jing Gong Lüe
Specifics
2000 / 118m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Tokyo Raiders poster

Worthy but flawed

Speed Angels

by Jingle Ma
Also known as
Ji Su Tian Shi
Specifics
2011 / 111m - China
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Speed Angels poster

Simple race flick that is more than happy to stick to the genre clichés. Ma brought together some Pan-Asian talent, but no real A-listers. The plot is very basic, the drama doesn't really work and the CG is a little distracting. The pacing is nice though and the film does have its moments, but in the end this is little more than random filler.

Seoul Raiders

by Jingle Ma
Also known as
Han Cheng Gong Lüe
Specifics
2005 / 95m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Seoul Raiders poster

Hot War

by Jingle Ma
Also known as
Waan Ying Dak Gung
Specifics
1998 / 93m - Hong Kong
Genre
Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Hot War poster

Fly Me to Polaris

by Jingle Ma
Also known as
Xing Yuan
Specifics
1999 / 96m - Hong Kong
Genre
Romance, Fantasy
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Fly Me to Polaris poster

Jingle Ma isn't the most subtle of directors, so when he's doing romance you pretty much know what you're getting yourself into. The fantasy elements are a welcome diversion and the soundtrack (though often overbearing) does add some extra flavor, but there's no escaping the cheesy in this one.

Onion is killed in a traffic incident, but because he's the 60th billion deceased he gets a chance to decide his future. Either he goes to Polaris (the afterlife), or he returns to Earth and gets another 5 days to make it work with the girl he loves. The only problem is that she won't be recognizing him when he returns.

Richie Jen is pretty horrible, Cecelia Cheung is passable, though not at a level where she can carry the film. The cinematography is rather bland, and the Ma doesn't fear sentiment, the score on the other hand does bring something to the table and the finale is pretty surprising. Not exactly great cinema, but I expected worse.

Dubious filler

Love You You

by Jingle Ma
Also known as
Xia Ri Le You You
Specifics
2011 / 92m - Hong Kong
Genre
Romance
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Love You You poster

A mediocre romantic drama that lacks charm and likeable characters. It tries to compensate with an idyllic setting and some pretty young faces, but in the end that doesn't really cut it. It's not the worst film and it does provide some easy entertainment, but there are better films out there that offer exactly the same ingredients, only prepared by a better cook.

Plain forgettable

Summer Holiday

by Jingle Ma
Also known as
Ha Yat Dik Mo Mo Cha
Specifics
2000 / 98m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Summer Holiday poster