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Hong Kong - 61 years old
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Peter Chan flourishes when doing his classier version of big budget genre cinema, but most of his films are more modest dramas. Whatever you prefer, Chan is probably a good place to start for people interested in Hong Kong cinema.


The Warlords

Tau Ming Chong
2007 / 126m - China
Drama, War
The Warlords poster

Warlords is an awesome film about three beardy men with balls taking their little army to conquer nations, but failing to keep in control over their own friendship.


Wu Xia
2011 / 114m - Hong Kong
Swordsmen poster

Chan's attempt is definitely a good start, sporting high production values, a classy and stylish atmosphere and a strong mix of varied genre elements.

Perhaps Love

Ru Guo · Ai
2005 / 107m - Hong Kong
Romance, Musical
Perhaps Love poster

Peter Chan's musical is a prime example of classic and modern influences reinforcing each other. The musical numbers mimic the heydays of Hollywood musicals, but the romance, the editing and Peter Pau's cinematography lift the film way above its peers. Easily one of the best musicals I've seen so far.


San Geng
2002 / 122m - Hong Kong
Horror - Anthology
Three poster

Horror was hot in Asia two decades ago, and they sure love a good anthology film over there. So a Pan-Asian horror project made perfect sense. The weirdest thing about Three is that Japan wasn't invited to the party, but it gave the less horror-centric countries a fair chance to show their worth. Three respected directors all put in a worthwhile effort, and while none of the shorts is truly extraordinary, they're all very strong, moody, and capable horror films that deliver the goods. If you're looking for two hours of quality horror, go for it.


Duo Guan
2020 / 135m - China
Leap poster

Peter Chan's latest film is part sports feel-good, part Chinese propaganda. It's a little disappointing to see that's the direction he's been going in lately, then again he's hardly the only director who has chosen this path. For what it's worth though, considering the sentimental mess Leap could've been, it's not all that bad.

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The film focuses on China's women volleyball team, more particularly the role Lang Ping played in its success. From being one of the players that brought them their first international success, to ending up coaching them back to former glory years later, Leap picks out the key moments in Ping's career.

Li Gong plays is a surprising choice for the lead, but she does a commendable job. The games are pretty exciting and Chan doesn't always go with the most obvious choices, but the film's underlying motives are a little too obvious and 2 hours is quite long, even though there's quite a lot of ground to cover. It's certainly not as bad as it could've been, but Peter Chan can do so much better.


Qin Ai De
2014 / 128m - China
Dearest poster

American Dreams in China

Zhong Guo He Huo Ren
2013 / 112m - China
American Dreams in China poster

Commissioned anthology that was made to lift the spirit of Hong Kong during the SARS epidemic. The who's who of Hong Kong cinema participated, but the result is a little uneven. Not too surprising considering the exterior motives behind this anthology, and there are a couple of worthwhile entries, but overall it's probably best to lower your expectations when watching this.

Comrades: Almost a Love Story

Tian Mi Mi
1996 / 118m - Hong Kong
Drama, Romance
Comrades: Almost a Love Story poster

Tom, Dick and Hairy

Feng Chen San Xia
1993 / 99m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Romance
Tom, Dick and Hairy poster

Not quite as good as the cast & crew may suggest. With 2 Tony Leungs in front of the camera and Peter Chan helming the film, my expectations were just a little higher, but in the end this is a decent romantic comedy with some proper laughs and passable drama. It's clearly filler material, but it's really not that bad.

He's a Woman, She's a Man

Gam Chi Yuk Sip
1994 / 107m - Hong Kong
He's a Woman, She's a Man poster

Who's the Woman, Who's the Man?

Gum Gee Yuk Yip 2
1997 / 107m - Hong Kong
Who's the Woman, Who's the Man? poster

He Ain't Heavy... He's My Father

Xin Nan Xiong Nan Di
1993 / 97m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Drama
He Ain't Heavy... He's My Father poster

Alan & Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye

Seung Sing Gusi 
1991 / 106m - Hong Kong
Drama, Romance
Alan & Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye poster

I'm a big fan of anthologies, and this project sounded very promising on paper. Seventy renowned directors give their vision on the future of cinema. With just one minute per short, there isn't much time to make a point, but it's disheartening to see how few of them even managed to stick to the topic.

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The saddest part was that many of the short didn't even deal with the future, but openly referred to or praised the medium's past. There's also a lot of doom and gloom, with some very basic visions of people not caring enough about arthouse cinema, or playing movies on their phones. Your typical old-man-yelling-at-cloud stuff.

There is only a small selection of directors who seem to have understood the brief, and they struggle to make the most of their limited runtime. What remains is a complete mess, with most shorts looking like they were made on people's afternoon off, and hardly anything that stands out. A disappointment.