films seen
16
average score
2.87*
nationality
Hong Kong - 70 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Like most Hong Kong directors who tried to make it in Hollywood, Yu's local output easily outshines his foreign work. Even so, Yu's a skilled genre director and most of his films are worth a try, especially when looking for fantasy and/or horror cinema.

Rare treats

Fearless

by Ronny Yu
Also known as
Huo Yuanjia
Specifics
China [2006] - 103m
Genre
Martial Arts
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
toplist position
Fearless poster

If you're looking for a stellar martial arts flick though, Fearless is a safe bet.

Solid pieces

The Phantom Lover

by Ronny Yu
Also known as
Ye Ban Ge Sheng
Specifics
Hong Kong, Singapore [1995] - 100m
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Phantom Lover poster

The Bride with White Hair

by Ronny Yu
Also known as
Bai Fa Mo Nu Zhuan
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 92m
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Bride with White Hair poster

The Trail

by Ronny Yu
Also known as
Jui Gwai Chat Hung
Specifics
Hong Kong [1983] - 87m
Genre
Comedy, Horror, Adventure
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Trail poster

The inoffensive

Saving General Yang

by Ronny Yu
Also known as
Yang Jia Jiang
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2013] - 102m
Genre
Adventure, History
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Saving General Yang poster

Family Man

by Ronny Yu
Specifics
USA, Canada [2008] - 42m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Family Man poster

Solid short that thrives on psychological horror. An upright family man and a rapist/murderer die at the same time. When they're brought back to life, they've changed bodies. The direction of Yu is a little inconspicuous, but the story is nice and there are some decent twists. Nothing too special, but a fun little diversion.

Freddy vs. Jason

by Ronny Yu
Specifics
USA, Canada [2003] - 97m
Genre
Action, Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Freddy vs. Jason poster

The 51st State

by Ronny Yu
Specifics
UK, Canada [2001] - 93m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The 51st State poster

Bride of Chucky

by Ronny Yu
Also known as
Child's Play 4: Bride of Chucky
Specifics
USA, Canada [1998] - 89m
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Bride of Chucky poster

Shogun & Little Kitchen

by Ronny Yu
Also known as
Huo Tou Fu Xing
Specifics
Hong Kong [1992] - 93m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Shogun & Little Kitchen poster

Great Pretenders

by Ronny Yu
Also known as
Qian Wang 1991
Specifics
Hong Kong [1991] - 100m
Genre
Comedy
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Great Pretenders poster

Worthy but flawed

Legacy of Rage

by Ronny Yu
Also known as
Long Zai Jiang Hu
Specifics
Hong Kong [1986] - 87m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Legacy of Rage poster

The Postman Fights Back

by Ronny Yu
Also known as
Xun Cheng Ma
Specifics
Hong Kong [1981] - 87m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Postman Fights Back poster

Dubious filler

Bless This House

by Ronny Yu
Also known as
Meng Gui Fo Tiao Qiang
Specifics
Hong Kong [1988] - 82m
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Bless This House poster

Silly horror comedy that's mostly just comedy. None of the scares are scary and the acting is so over the top that it's hard to believe anybody would be creeped out by this film. It's somewhat amusing and short, which makes it an easy watch, but it's not very memorable and not even close to Yu's best work.

Plain forgettable

China White

by Ronny Yu
Also known as
Gwang Tin Lung Fu Wui
Specifics
Hong Kong [1989] - 104m
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
China White poster

Like many Hong Kong directors in the late 80s/early 90s, Ronny Yu traded in the Hong Kong backdrop for a European one. For China White, he landed on Amsterdam (also Paris and Rotterdam) to unfold his little crime/action epic. The result is pretty poor though, with only a few above average action scenes to save it from complete disaster.

Expect a plethora of horrible accents, some misplaced drama and romance and a very generic plot that deals with several gangs wrapped up in a bloody turf wars. Yu brought in some famous actors (Andy Lau among others), but they only show up in smaller secondary parts, so their impact is limited.

The rest of the cast is pretty terrible, including cult icon Billy Drago. I'm not quite sure what Yu was trying to do with this film, but his talents lie elsewhere (fantasy and horror are his thing) and this weak attempt to follow in the footsteps of John Woo and Ringo Lam feels like a big misstep.

The Saviour

by Ronny Yu
Also known as
Jiu Shi Zhe
Specifics
Hong Kong [1980] - 80m
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Saviour poster

A pretty lackluster start to Ronny Yu's solo career. This is a rather dull police thriller, with a serial killer on the hunt for prostitutes. The action scenes are dim, the murders are boring and the investigation feels mandatory. It's not uncommon for Hong Kong directors to start their careers on low-end productions to learn the tricks of the trade, this is one of those film.