films seen
25
average score
3.50*
nationality
Hong Kong - 57 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Mostly famous for his horror work, but Oxide Pang's skill set is a lot broader than that. His films are modern, atmospheric and stylishly realized, always making sure that each film is a full-blown experience rather than a mere on-screen story.

Rare treats

Diary

Mon Seung
2006 / 85m - Hong Kong
Mystery
Diary poster

Diary is a skillful, beautiful and impressive little mindfuck thriller. With a very limited cast and one single location Oxide Pang still manages to go all-out and delivers his best film to date.

Bangkok Dangerous

1999 / 105m - Thailand
Action, Crime
Bangkok Dangerous poster

Bangkok Dangerous is a film that's surviving the test of time surprisingly well.

The good stuff

The Storm Warriors

Fung Wan II
2009 / 111m - Hong Kong
Fantasy, Action
The Storm Warriors poster

The Storm Warriors is definitely not a masterpiece, but taking it at face value, it's an almost perfect piece of entertainment featuring some stunning art direction.

Re-cycle

Gwai Wik
2006 / 108m - Hong Kong
Fantasy, Horror
Re-cycle poster

Re-cycle is a fine blend of fantasy and horror, coming from the Pang Brothers. The film starts like a typical horror film, but as the plot thickens fantasy and drama elements take the lead, while never truly overshadowing the film's horror roots. Inspired imagery, an original fantasy world and solid acting make this another stand-out Pang production.

Ab-normal Beauty

Sei Mong Se Jun
2004 / 101m - Hong Kong
Horror
Ab-normal Beauty poster

One of the weirder Oxide Pang projects. It's almost like watching two separate films, bound together by the main character's love for morbid beauty. Sharply edited, full of neat little camera tricks, bold use of color and some intruiging, dark scenes. Not the easiest film to categorize, but definitely recommended if you're looking for something different.

Sleepwalker

Meng You 3D
2011 / 105m - Hong Kong
Mystery, Thriller
Sleepwalker poster

Like I said before, Sleepwalker is a pretty simple film. Everything is neatly revealed and tied up at the end, the plot doesn't contain any real big twists and runs smoothly from start to finish.

The Detective

C+ Jing Taam
2007 / 109m - Hong Kong
Thriller
The Detective poster

Oxide Pang succeeds again in making a visual masterpiece, although less experimental and in your face as his other films.

One Take Only

Som and Bank: Bangkok for Sale
2001 / 88m - Thailand
Crime
One Take Only poster

In the end, Som and Bank is another very solid entry in the oeuvre of Oxide Pang and will have a hard time failing fans of the original Bangkok Dangerous.

The Detective 2

B+ Jing Taam
2011 / 104m - Hong Kong
Thriller, Crime
The Detective 2 poster

The Detective 2 is a very solid sequel, somewhat different in tone and execution as the first film, but that's not really a bad thing.

Basic Love

Oi Ching Ku See
2009 / 106m - Hong Kong
Romance
4.0*/5.0*
Basic Love poster

A pretty low profile film that is sure not to reach the West any time soon, but fans of the Pang brothers should do well to seek it out anyway.

Bangkok Dangerous

2008 / 99m - USA
Action, Thriller, Crime
4.0*/5.0*
Bangkok Dangerous poster

The Messengers

2007 / 90m - USA
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
4.0*/5.0*
The Messengers poster

The Tesseract

2003 / 96m - Thailand
Action, Crime
4.0*/5.0*
The Tesseract poster

Solid pieces

My War

2016 / 120m - China
War
3.5*/5.0*
My War poster

Conspirators

2013 / 103m - Hong Kong
Thriller, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
Conspirators poster

Even though Oxide and Danny Pang still operate as a duo, they are spending more and more time on their own individual projects. The Conspirators is the latest entry in Oxide Pang's Detective series (C+ Jing Taam, B+ Jing Taam). While storywise a straight sequel to the previous two films, The Conspirators feels more like a quick spin-off than the final conclusion of Tam's detective adventures.

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I never quite understood the decline in critical reception of Oxide Pang's work. I still see him as one of the more consistent directors working in Hong Kong today. While his films are plagued by some recurring problems (like slightly overdone scores and less than perfect use of CG), there is enough quality in each of his film to warrant a modest recommendation. Still a lot of people seem to detest his films for whatever reason.

The Conspirators sees Tam moving to Malaysia in a renewed attempt to solve the murder case of his parents 30 years earlier. He teams up with a local detective (played by Nick Cheung), but finds himself the target of a lethal attack soon after. He is clearly closing in on the ones who made him an orphan, but the closer he gets the more dangerous his work becomes.

Even though this film brings an end to the overarching story of the Jing Taam series, The Conspirators does lack a sense of real urgency. Somehow Tam's exploits fail to truly engage, lessening the impact of Tam's quest. Visually it's still miles ahead of most of his peers (the coloring in particular is amazing), though Oxide Pang should really look out for unnecessary use of CG, as it does hinder the overall effect of some scenes. Aaron Kwok returns as Tam and does a splendid job, Nick Cheung plays Tam's surprisingly amusing sidekick.

While still a very solid film, The Conspirators can't meet the quality level of the previous Jing Taam films. It's still worth your time though, especially when you've enjoyed the previous two films.

Child's Eye

Tung Ngaan
2010 / 97m - Hong Kong
Horror
3.5*/5.0*
Child's Eye poster

The Eye 2

Gin Gwai 2
2004 / 95m - Hong Kong
Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
3.5*/5.0*
The Eye 2 poster

The Eye

Gin Gwai
2002 / 99m - Hong Kong
Horror, Thriller
3.5*/5.0*
The Eye poster

One of the pivotal Asian horror films of the early 21st century. It was a landmark film for the Pangs, whose career got a big boost after releasing The Eye. I loved the film when I first watched it, but a lot has changed since, and the niche's repetitiveness somewhat devaluated its earlier highlights.

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Mun has been blind for most of her life, a cornea transplantation will allow her to see again. The operation goes well, but Mun soon realizes that she sees more than she is supposed to. Her new eyes allow her to see ghosts, and they try to contact Mun, hoping she can bring them relief.

The scares aren't quite as tense or scary as they used to be, and the second half (which is mostly dedicated to uncovering the back story) feels a little dull and by the numbers. The Pang's visual prowess is also lacking here, the soundtrack on the other hand is still pretty effective. Not a bad film, but far from the masterpiece it used to be.

Bangkok Haunted

2001 / 130m - Thailand
Horror, Mystery
3.5*/5.0*
Bangkok Haunted poster

The inoffensive

Out of Inferno

Tao Chu Sheng Tian
2013 / 107m - China
Action
3.0*/5.0*
Out of Inferno poster
3.0*/5.0*
See You in YouTube poster

Who Is Running?

Ta Fa Likit
1998 / 105m - Thailand
Mystery, Thriller
3.0*/5.0*
Who Is Running? poster

A solid start to Oxide Pang's career. The colorful cinematography and sharp editing are already present, but the level of execution isn't quite there yet. A decent but somewhat predictable and episodic plot keep the film advancing at a steady pace, making this an enjoyable, though slightly forgettable film.

Dubious filler

2.0*/5.0*
Trick or Cheat poster

Plain forgettable

The Eye 10

Gin Gwai 10
2005 / 86m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Horror, Thriller
1.5*/5.0*
The Eye 10 poster

Big nopes

Card of Death

2008 / 61m - Thailand
Thriller, Crime
1.0*/5.0*
Card of Death poster