films seen
17
average score
2.67*
nationality
Hong Kong - 70 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Jing Wong protege who made his name as a film editor, but also ended up directing his fair share of genre films. Hardly the most talented and unique director of the bunch, but his oeuvre is pretty meaty and full of solid genre filler.

The good stuff

Tracing Shadow

by Marco Mak, Francis Ng
Also known as
Zhui Ying
Specifics
2009 / 89m - China
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Tracing Shadow poster

Mak and Ng gave the film a unique style and flavor while royally quoting older films from the genre. Amusing, fun and quite lovely to look at. Great fun altogether.

Solid pieces

Colour of the Truth

by Marco Mak, Jing Wong
Also known as
Hak Bak Sam Lam
Specifics
2003 / 104m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Colour of the Truth poster

Jing Wong teams up with Marco Mak, hires every famous actor he could find (Anthony Wong, Jordan Chan, Francis Ng, Gillian Chung, Ching Wan Lau, they're all present) and throws them into a comfortable genre formula that is known to work well and can be produced without too much hassle.

Colour of the Truth is easy genre cinema, but backed by a movie making machine that is known for its incremental refinement and can deliver quality on routine alone. There's a plot about revenge and deceit that leads to some inevitable stand-offs, but if you've seen a couple of these films you should already be aware of that.

It's hard to find obvious flaws, the only negative here is that nothing really jumps out. It's a fine production, but safe and expected. Solid pacing, a good cast, some visual flair and enough genre pandering to please both action and crime fans. I had a lot of fun with this one, but it's for genre fans only.

The inoffensive

Warriors of the Nation

by Marco Mak
Also known as
Huang Fei Hong: Nu Hai Xiong Feng
Specifics
2018 / 95m - China
Genre
Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Warriors of the Nation poster

A classic Wong Fei-hung narrative, sporting evil Japanese henchmen, corrupt Chinese officials and some serious ass-kicking by Wong Fei-hung and his apprentices. The execution is decent and it was fun to watch a simple martial arts film like this again, but it's hardly best in class and it's far from the most memorable Wong Fei-hung film out there.

Naked Soldier

by Marco Mak
Also known as
Jue Se Wu Qi
Specifics
2012 / 94m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Naked Soldier poster

A Decade of Love

by Wing-Chiu Chan, Bryan Chang, Kai-Cheung Chung, Oi Wah Lam, Wah-Chuen Lam, Kung-Lok Lee, Marco Mak, Kam-Yuen Szeto, Ching-Po Wong, Yat-Tak Yeung, Toe Yuen
Also known as
Sup Fun Chung Ching
Specifics
2008 / 110m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
A Decade of Love poster

Operation Undercover

by Marco Mak
Also known as
Ngor Fu
Specifics
2006 / 101m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Operation Undercover poster

Set to Kill

by Marco Mak
Also known as
Tse Bing
Specifics
2005 / 95m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Set to Kill poster

The Replacement Suspect

by Marco Mak
Also known as
Kun Shou
Specifics
2001 / 90m - Hong Kong
Genre
Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Replacement Suspect poster

The Blood Rules

by Marco Mak
Also known as
Hang Kwai
Specifics
2000 / 97m - Hong Kong
Genre
Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Blood Rules poster

Worthy but flawed

Slim Till Dead

by Marco Mak, Jing Wong
Also known as
Shou Shen
Specifics
2005 / 92m - Hong Kong
Genre
Mystery, Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Slim Till Dead poster

Jing Wong and Marco Mak try to cash in on the horror hype. With a plot and setup not unlike Saw they deliver a film that isn't quite sure what it wants to be, drifting between horror and police thriller, with the odd parody element thrown in for good measure (because that's what you get when Jing Wong is spinning the wheels).

A serial killer is on the loose. He targets young models and kidnaps them. The only way they are allowed to escape is by weighing less than 35kg, an almost impossible task. Detective Tak is put on the case, but his job suddenly becomes a lot more pressing when he gets his personal life entangled with the case.

Like most Hong Kong horrors, the film never really commits to the genre, with the comedy bits being more than a little counter-productive. It's good to have Anthony Wong on board, the rest of the cast isn't on the same level. It's certainly not the worst film, but unless you're desperate for horror or you're a true Wong completist there's no good reason to prioritize this one.

A Gambler's Story

by Marco Mak
Also known as
Yat Goh Laan Diy Dik Chuen Suet
Specifics
2001 / 94m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
A Gambler's Story poster

Love Correction

by Marco Mak
Also known as
Yuen Ban Yau Take 2
Specifics
2000 / 97m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Love Correction poster

Dubious filler

Dancing Lion

by Marco Mak, Francis Ng
Also known as
Sing See
Specifics
2007 / 95m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Dancing Lion poster

SandaƓ

by Marco Mak
Also known as
Xanda
Specifics
2004 / 85m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
SandaƓ poster

Haunted Office

by Marco Mak
Also known as
Office Yauh Gwai
Specifics
2002 / 89m - Hong Kong
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Haunted Office poster

Cop on a Mission

by Marco Mak
Also known as
Ji Fat Faan Fat
Specifics
2001 / 89m - Hong Kong
Genre
Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Cop on a Mission poster

Plain forgettable

The Peeping

by Marco Mak
Also known as
Tou Kui Wu Zui
Specifics
2002 / 93m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Peeping poster