films seen
22
average score
2.90*
nationality
China - 68 years old
status
Alive and kicking
more info

Your go-to Hong Kong director when looking for some solid, easy-going entertainment. If you like martial arts action, with varying levels of fantasy and comedy thrown into the mix, Ching's oeuvre is an easy and essential recommend.

The good stuff

New Dragon Gate Inn

by Raymond Lee, Siu-Tung Ching, Hark Tsui
Sun Lung Moon Hak Chan
1992 / 103m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Action
New Dragon Gate Inn poster

One of Hong Kong's 90s martial arts highlights, though it's actually quite light on action. There's a lot of fun to be had with this one, especially once everyone has arrived at the inn. A typical product of Hong Kong's relentless cinema machine, delivering a fine mix of comedy and action.

A Chinese Ghost Story III

by Siu-Tung Ching
Sien Lui Yau Wan III: Do Do Do
1991 / 109m - Hong Kong
Fantasy, Action
A Chinese Ghost Story III poster

Few will agree, but I always favored the third film in the Chinese Ghost Story trilogy. It's the least serious and structured of the three films, but it's exactly this purer dedication to wacky entertainment that makes it stand out. The story is paper thin, instead you get prime fantasy martial arts, lots of silliness, a superb setting, lovely costumes, hyper dynamic camera work, breakneck pacing and lots of comedy and action. It's probably not as fun if you want a polished plot, I couldn't care less to be honest. 200% genre fun.

Swordsman II

by Siu-Tung Ching
Xiao Ao Jiang Hu Zhi Dong Fang Bu Bai
1992 / 110m - Hong Kong
Fantasy
Swordsman II poster

Swordsman II is a very typical film and definitely won't win any fans to the genre. It's pretty chaotic, all style and no substance and not the least bit interested in telling a coherent story.

Solid pieces

Swordsman III: East Is Red

by Siu-Tung Ching, Raymond Lee
Dung Fong Bat Baai: Fung Wan Joi Hei
1993 / 98m - Hong Kong
Romance, Fantasy
3.5*/5.0*
Swordsman III: East Is Red poster

The Mad Monk

by Siu-Tung Ching, Johnnie To
Chai Gong
1993 / 89m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Fantasy
3.5*/5.0*
The Mad Monk poster

Johnnie To directs Stephen Chow in a madcap comedy from the blessed year 1993. What else do you need to know, really. The Mad Monk isn't quite as great as all the name-dropping might suggest, but if you like To and/or Chow, and you're looking for some daft Hong Kong comedy, this is a film that will not disappoint.

Lo Han is an angel who loves to gamble. One day, he boasts about being able to gather three souls in a mere three days. The bet is on when he reincarnates as a monk and is tasked with convincing a prostitute, a beggar and a criminal to follow him. Han believes this to be a piece of cake, but his mission will be a lot tougher to complete than expected.

Chow and Ng are a superb duo, add Maggie Cheung in the mix, and you have a pretty great central cast. The film is a typical Chow comedy, which is certainly no negative, but it does lack To's signature style. Chow fans are sure to have a blast with this one, if you're not quite familiar with Hong Kong comedy yet, I believe there are better films to get acquainted with the niche.

The Raid

by Siu-Tung Ching, Hark Tsui
Cai Shu Zhi Heng Sao Qian Jun
1991 / 100m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Action, Adventure
3.5*/5.0*
The Raid poster

A Chinese Ghost Story II

by Siu-Tung Ching
Sien Nui Yau Wan II Yan Gaan Do
1990 / 104m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy, Action
3.5*/5.0*
A Chinese Ghost Story II poster

A Terracotta Warrior

by Siu-Tung Ching
Qin Yong
1990 / 145m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
3.5*/5.0*
A Terracotta Warrior poster

Swordsman

by Siu-Tung Ching, King Hu, Raymond Lee, Hark Tsui, Ann Hui, Yeung-Wah Kam
Xiaoao Jiang Hu
1990 / 120m - Hong Kong
Action
3.5*/5.0*
Swordsman poster

A Chinese Ghost Story

by Siu-Tung Ching
Sien Nui Yau Wan
1987 / 98m - Hong Kong
Fantasy, Action, Horror
3.5*/5.0*
A Chinese Ghost Story poster

The inoffensive

Jade Dynasty

by Siu-Tung Ching
Zhu Xian I
2019 / 101m - China
Fantasy, Action
3.0*/5.0*
Jade Dynasty poster

Fun little martial arts/fantasy film that gets bogged down by overabundant, mediocre CG. If you need CG to wok some vegetables, you're clearly doing something wrong. The rest of it is pretty fun though. Some nice battles, impressive vistas and an economic running time. Not a genre stand-out, but pretty decent filler nonetheless.

The Sorcerer and the White Snake

by Siu-Tung Ching
Bai She Chuan Shuo
2011 / 100m - Hong Kong
Romance, Fantasy, Action
3.0*/5.0*
The Sorcerer and the White Snake poster

Dr. Wai in 'The Scripture with No Words'

by Siu-Tung Ching
Mao Xian Wang
1996 / 91m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Action, Adventure
3.0*/5.0*
Dr. Wai in 'The Scripture with No Words' poster

Heroic Trio 2: Executioners

by Siu-Tung Ching, Johnnie To
Xian Dai Hao Xia Zhuan
1993 / 101m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Sci-fi, Action
3.0*/5.0*
Heroic Trio 2: Executioners poster

Worthy but flawed

Naked Weapon

by Siu-Tung Ching
Chek Law Dak Gung
2002 / 90m - Hong Kong
Action, Crime
2.5*/5.0*
Naked Weapon poster

Conman in Tokyo

by Siu-Tung Ching
Chung Wah Do Hap
2000 / 104m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Action
2.5*/5.0*
Conman in Tokyo poster

Duel to the Death

by Siu-Tung Ching
Xian Si Jue
1982 / 86m - Hong Kong
Action
2.5*/5.0*
Duel to the Death poster

Dubious filler

An Empress and the Warriors

by Siu-Tung Ching
Jiang Shan Mei Ren
2008 / 99m - Hong Kong
Romance, Action
2.0*/5.0*
An Empress and the Warriors poster

Witch from Nepal

by Siu-Tung Ching
Qi Yuan
1985 / 89m - Hong Kong
Action, Horror
2.0*/5.0*
Witch from Nepal poster

Plain forgettable

Belly of the Beast

by Siu-Tung Ching
2003 / 91m - UK
Action
1.5*/5.0*
Belly of the Beast poster

Wonder Seven

by Siu-Tung Ching
7 Jin Gong
1994 / 90m - Hong Kong
Action
1.5*/5.0*
Wonder Seven poster

Big nopes

The Assassin Swordsman

by Siu-Tung Ching
Xia nu Chuang Tian Guan
2000 / 48m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Action, Animation
1.0*/5.0*
The Assassin Swordsman poster

Rather horrendous TV movie. Even though there's enough talent on board, the film looks as if it was shot on a 5 dollar budget. While extremely dynamic and eventful, the martial arts and visual effects don't look the part, making it a very cheap and dull experience. Only for true fans of the genre, others shouldn't bother.