films seen
15
average score
3.16*
nationality
Macau - 49 years old
status
Alive and kicking
more info

Started out doing very gritty and edgy action films, but fell into the trap of making commercial, CG-heavy fantasy epics later on. His earlier films are by far the most interesting, but Cheang's entire oeuvre is worth digging through.

Rare treats

Limbo

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Ji Chi
2021 / 118m - Hong Kong
Thriller,Crime
Limbo poster

After a decade of mediocre blockbusters, Pou-Soi Cheang returns with a vengeance. Limbo is a gritty police thriller, a sprawling update of the film noir genre that thrills from start to finish. The stark black and white cinematography and the incredible visual density are the star of the show here, aided by Kenji Kawai's moody soundtrack. The plot is intriguing too, the performances are on point and the pacing is perfect. I had already given up on Cheang, but with Limbo he shows that he still has it in him. A truly magnificent genre flick.

Dog Bite Dog

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Gau Ngao Gau
2006 / 109m - Hong Kong
Action,Thriller
Dog Bite Dog poster

Cheang flexes his directorial muscles, offering great visuals, an impressive soundtrack and an interesting story that differentiates plenty from standard Hong Kong fare.

Shamo

by Pou-Soi Cheang
2007 / 105m - Hong Kong
Action,Thriller
Shamo poster

Visually beautiful, strong use of sound and an unconventionally ruthless story. Cheang is a real talent and proves himself again after fabulous films like New Blood and Dog Bite Dog.

The good stuff

Accident

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Yi Ngoi
2009 / 89m - Hong Kong
Thriller
Accident poster

Accident is a very good film. Not really excelling in anything particular, but strong and stylish in every department, forming a very solid and tight whole.

New Blood

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Hyn Huet Ching Nin
2002 / 89m - Hong Kong
Horror
New Blood poster

Hyn Huet Ching Nin is a good place to start if you're interested in watching a Hong Kong horror flick. Maybe it's not really all that representative, but that's what makes it easier to digest.

Solid pieces

Kill Zone 2

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Saat Po Long 2
2015 / 120m - Hong Kong
Action,Thriller,Crime
3.5*/5.0*
Kill Zone 2 poster

Motorway

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Che Sau
2012 / 90m - Hong Kong
Action,Crime
3.5*/5.0*
Motorway poster

Love Battlefield

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Ai Zuozhan
2004 / 96m - Hong Kong
Romance,Action
3.5*/5.0*
Love Battlefield poster

Pou-Soi Cheang is one of the better genre film directors currently residing in Hong Kong. With highlights like Shamo, Yi Ngoi (Accident) and Gau Ngao Gau (Dog Bite Dog) the man has been establishing himself as a driving force behind the international recognition of Hong Kong cinema. Ai Zuozhan (Love Battlefield) is a slightly older Cheang that bears all the potential, but ever so slightly fails in its execution.

Ai Zuozhan would've made a pretty good Milkyway (Johnnie To's production house) film I think. The desaturated visuals are classy, the story is a bit grittier than usual and holds a few solid surprises and there's enough police work going on to make it a thematic peer to a slew of other Milkyway productions. It's not really an action flick, rather a tense and dark thriller mixed with a dash of romance.

The problem is that Pou-Soi Cheang has a thing for melodrama. In more recent film he's learned to balance it out a bit more, but here he crosses the line of the acceptable a few times too often. The finale for example is an exhilarating 20 minute climax, only to be followed by a mushy and unnecessary scene that takes the bite out of the ending. Cheang always compensates with style and tension, but in the end it makes the film just a tad too uneven. It's definitely worth a watch though, just brace yourself for a few overly emotional scenes that really don't belong.

The inoffensive

Hidden Heroes

by Joe Ma, Pou-Soi Cheang
Zhui Ji Ba Yue Shi Wu
2004 / 108m - Hong Kong
Comedy,Sci-fi
3.0*/5.0*
Hidden Heroes poster

The Death Curse

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Goo Chak Sam Fong Fong
2003 / 86m - Hong Kong
Comedy,Horror,Thriller
3.0*/5.0*
The Death Curse poster

Horror Hotline... Big Head Monster

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Hung Biu Hyn Sin Ji Daai Tau Gwaai Ang
2001 / 89m - Hong Kong
Horror
3.0*/5.0*
Horror Hotline... Big Head Monster poster

Worthy but flawed

The Monkey King 3

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Xi You Ji Zhi Nu Er Guo
2018 / 114m - China
Fantasy,Action,Adventure
2.5*/5.0*
The Monkey King 3 poster

Third entry in the Monkey King franchise. There's still way too much shoddy CG, the acting is mediocre and the fact that it found inspiration in Wonder Woman doesn't do it any favors either. But at least there are bits that are acceptable, which is a step up from previous entries.

Home Sweet Home

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Gwai Muk
2005 / 98m - Hong Kong
Horror
2.5*/5.0*
Home Sweet Home poster

Big nopes

The Monkey King 2

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Xi You Ji Zhi: Sun Wukong San Da Baigu Jing
2016 / 119m - China
Fantasy,Action,Adventure
1.0*/5.0*
The Monkey King 2 poster

Irritation overload

The Monkey King

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Xi You Ji: Da Nao Tian Gong
2014 / 90m - China
Action,Adventure
0.5*/5.0*
The Monkey King poster