films seen
22
average score
2.90*
nationality
China - 67 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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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
Also known as
Sun Lung Moon Hak Chan
Specifics
1992 / 103m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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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.

Swordsman II

by Siu-Tung Ching
Also known as
Xiao Ao Jiang Hu Zhi Dong Fang Bu Bai
Specifics
1992 / 110m - Hong Kong
Genre
Martial Arts
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
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.

A Chinese Ghost Story III

by Siu-Tung Ching
Also known as
Sien Lui Yau Wan III: Do Do Do
Specifics
1991 / 109m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy, Action
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
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.

Solid pieces

Swordsman III: East Is Red

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

The Mad Monk

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

The Raid

by Siu-Tung Ching, Hark Tsui
Also known as
Cai Shu Zhi Heng Sao Qian Jun
Specifics
1991 / 100m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Action, War, Adventure
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Raid poster

A Chinese Ghost Story II

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

A Terracotta Warrior

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

Swordsman

by Siu-Tung Ching, King Hu, Raymond Lee, Hark Tsui, Ann Hui, Yeung-Wah Kam
Also known as
Xiaoao Jiang Hu
Specifics
1990 / 120m - Hong Kong, Taiwan
Genre
Action, History
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Swordsman poster

A Chinese Ghost Story

by Siu-Tung Ching
Also known as
Sien Nui Yau Wan
Specifics
1987 / 98m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy, Action, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
A Chinese Ghost Story poster

The inoffensive

Jade Dynasty

by Siu-Tung Ching
Also known as
Zhu Xian I
Specifics
2019 / 101m - China
Genre
Fantasy, Action
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rating
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
Also known as
Bai She Chuan Shuo
Specifics
2011 / 100m - Hong Kong, China
Genre
Romance, Fantasy, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Sorcerer and the White Snake poster

Dr. Wai in 'The Scripture with No Words'

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

Heroic Trio 2: Executioners

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

Worthy but flawed

Naked Weapon

by Siu-Tung Ching
Also known as
Chek Law Dak Gung
Specifics
2002 / 90m - Hong Kong
Genre
Romance, Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Naked Weapon poster

Conman in Tokyo

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

Duel to the Death

by Siu-Tung Ching
Also known as
Xian Si Jue
Specifics
1982 / 86m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Duel to the Death poster

Dubious filler

An Empress and the Warriors

by Siu-Tung Ching
Also known as
Jiang Shan Mei Ren
Specifics
2008 / 99m - Hong Kong, China
Genre
Romance, Action, History
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
An Empress and the Warriors poster

Witch from Nepal

by Siu-Tung Ching
Also known as
Qi Yuan
Specifics
1985 / 89m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action, Horror
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Witch from Nepal poster

Plain forgettable

Belly of the Beast

by Siu-Tung Ching
Specifics
2003 / 91m - Hong Kong, Canada
Genre
Action
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Belly of the Beast poster

Wonder Seven

by Siu-Tung Ching
Also known as
7 Jin Gong
Specifics
1994 / 90m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Wonder Seven poster

Big nopes

The Assassin Swordsman

by Siu-Tung Ching
Also known as
Xia nu Chuang Tian Guan
Specifics
2000 / 48m - Hong Kong, China
Genre
Comedy, Action, Animation
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rating
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.