films seen
17
average score
2.82*
nationality
Hong Kong - 72 years old
status
Alive and kicking
more info

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
Huo Yuanjia
2006 / 103m - China
Fantasy
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
Ye Ban Ge Sheng
1995 / 100m - Hong Kong
Drama, Romance
3.5*/5.0*
The Phantom Lover poster

The Bride with White Hair

by Ronny Yu
Bai Fa Mo Nu Zhuan
1993 / 92m - Hong Kong
Fantasy, Adventure
3.5*/5.0*
The Bride with White Hair poster

The Trail

by Ronny Yu
Jui Gwai Chat Hung
1983 / 87m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Horror, Adventure
3.5*/5.0*
The Trail poster

The inoffensive

Saving General Yang

by Ronny Yu
Yang Jia Jiang
2013 / 102m - Hong Kong
Adventure
3.0*/5.0*
Saving General Yang poster

Family Man

by Ronny Yu
2008 / 42m - USA
Horror
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
2003 / 97m - USA
Action, Horror
3.0*/5.0*
Freddy vs. Jason poster

The 51st State

by Ronny Yu
2001 / 93m - UK
Comedy, Action
3.0*/5.0*
The 51st State poster

Child's Play 4: Bride of Chucky

by Ronny Yu
1998 / 89m - USA
Comedy, Horror
3.0*/5.0*
Child's Play 4: Bride of Chucky poster

Shogun & Little Kitchen

by Ronny Yu
Huo Tou Fu Xing
1992 / 93m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Romance
3.0*/5.0*
Shogun & Little Kitchen poster

Great Pretenders

by Ronny Yu
Qian Wang 1991
1991 / 100m - Hong Kong
Comedy
3.0*/5.0*
Great Pretenders poster

Worthy but flawed

Legacy of Rage

by Ronny Yu
Long Zai Jiang Hu
1986 / 87m - Hong Kong
Action
2.5*/5.0*
Legacy of Rage poster

The Postman Fights Back

by Ronny Yu
Xun Cheng Ma
1981 / 87m - Hong Kong
Action
2.5*/5.0*
The Postman Fights Back poster

Dubious filler

Bless This House

by Ronny Yu
Meng Gui Fo Tiao Qiang
1988 / 82m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Horror
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.

The Occupant

by Ronny Yu
Ling Hei Bik Yan
1984 / 96m - Hong Kong
Comedy
2.0*/5.0*
The Occupant poster

Early Ronny Yu, early Yun-Fat Chow. The Occupant is a very basic 80s Hong Kong comedy. Sure enough, Yu tries to add some trademark supernatural elements, but at no point in this film do you get the feeling things are actually supposed to be scary. It's much safer to approach this film with the idea you'll be watching a core comedy, if you want to keep your expectations in check.

Angie is a young writer who returns to Hong Kong after spending her childhood in Canada. She comes back to write a book about Chinese superstition and hits the jackpot when a guy lands her a haunted flat. At first, Angie tries to rationalise the strange events happening in and around her flat, but soon enough it's clear the ghosts are trying to tell her something.

Raymond Wong and Yun-Fat Chow aren't the greatest comedy geniuses, the plot is very predictable and Yu's signature style isn't there yet. It's really just a simple comedy with a supernatural edge. The pacing is decent, the runtime short and the overall vibe is pleasant enough, other than that The Occupant has no real selling points. Basic filler.

Plain forgettable

China White

by Ronny Yu
Gwang Tin Lung Fu Wui
1989 / 104m - Hong Kong
Action, Crime
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
Jiu Shi Zhe
1980 / 80m - Hong Kong
Thriller, Crime
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.