films seen
14
average score
3.07*
nationality
Macau - 48 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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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

Shamo

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Specifics
Hong Kong [2007] - 105m
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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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.

Dog Bite Dog

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Also known as
Gau Ngao Gau
Specifics
Hong Kong [2006] - 109m
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Dog Bite Dog poster

Dog Bite Dog is a film that held up respectfully over time. It was one of the first films to make me dig deeper into the endless pit of Hong Kong cinema and it still holds it ground well.

The good stuff

Accident

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Also known as
Yi Ngoi
Specifics
Hong Kong [2009] - 89m
Genre
Thriller
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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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
Also known as
Hyn Huet Ching Nin
Specifics
Hong Kong [2002] - 89m
Genre
Horror
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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
Also known as
Saat Po Long 2
Specifics
China, Hong Kong [2015] - 120m
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Kill Zone 2 poster

Motorway

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Also known as
Che Sau
Specifics
Hong Kong [2012] - 90m
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Motorway poster

Love Battlefield

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Also known as
Ai Zuozhan
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2004] - 96m
Genre
Romance, Action
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rating
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
Also known as
Zhui Ji Ba Yue Shi Wu
Specifics
Hong Kong [2004] - 108m
Genre
Comedy, Sci-fi
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Hidden Heroes poster

The Death Curse

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Also known as
Goo Chak Sam Fong Fong
Specifics
Hong Kong [2003] - 86m
Genre
Comedy, Horror, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Death Curse poster

Horror Hotline... Big Head Monster

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Also known as
Hung Biu Hyn Sin Ji Daai Tau Gwaai Ang
Specifics
Hong Kong [2001] - 89m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Horror Hotline... Big Head Monster poster

Worthy but flawed

The Monkey King 3

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Also known as
Xi You Ji Zhi Nu Er Guo
Specifics
China, Hong Kong [2018] - 114m
Genre
Fantasy, Action, Adventure
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rating
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
Also known as
Gwai Muk
Specifics
Hong Kong [2005] - 98m
Genre
Horror
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Home Sweet Home poster

Big nopes

The Monkey King 2

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Also known as
Xi You Ji Zhi: Sun Wukong San Da Baigu Jing
Specifics
China, Hong Kong [2016] - 119m
Genre
Fantasy, Action, Adventure
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
The Monkey King 2 poster

Irritation overload

The Monkey King

by Pou-Soi Cheang
Also known as
Xi You Ji: Da Nao Tian Gong
Specifics
China, Hong Kong [2014] - 90m
Genre
Action, Adventure, Family
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
The Monkey King poster