films seen
12
average score
2.45*
nationality
Hong Kong - 71 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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One of Hong Kong's B-movie kings. Wong's films tend to be slightly cruder, harsher and/or weirder than their contemporaries, which makes them pretty entertaining when you can look past their shortcomings and often unpolished finish.

Solid pieces

Buddha's Palm

by Taylor Wong
Also known as
Ru Lai Shen Zhang
Specifics
Hong Kong [1982] - 93m
Genre
Fantasy, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Buddha's Palm poster

The inoffensive

Spiritual Love

by David Lai, Taylor Wong
Also known as
Gui Xin Niang
Specifics
Hong Kong [1987] - 88m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Spiritual Love poster

Tragic Hero

by Taylor Wong
Also known as
Ying Hung Ho Hon
Specifics
Hong Kong [1987] - 97m
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Tragic Hero poster

Kung Fu vs. Acrobatic

by Taylor Wong
Also known as
Mo Deng Ru Lai Shen Zhang
Specifics
Hong Kong [1990] - 99m
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Kung Fu vs. Acrobatic poster

Taylor Wong by way of Jing Wong. Kung Fu vs. Acrobatic is a parody update of Buddha's Palm in true Jing Wong style. Don't expect classy film making or high brow comedy, but when you're in the mood for some goofy, nonsensical Hong Kong silliness then this film has you covered.

In an attempt to smuggle contraband into Hong Kong, Charles and Chi find themselves in a secret cave where they wake up a princess and a dark martial artist trapped there for centuries. The duo gets magical powers which they use gratuitously, but when the evil master follows them back to Hong Kong they need to step up and save their loved ones.

The effects are absolutely dire and performances are well over the top, but Andy Lau, Pak-Cheung Chan and Joey Wang have good chemistry and the comedy is delightfully daft. The pacing is insane and the film is completely unpredictable, which makes for 100 minutes of solid entertainment. A pleasant surprise.

Worthy but flawed

No More Love No More Death

by Taylor Wong, Herman Yau
Also known as
Tai Zi Chuan Shuo
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 89m
Genre
Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
No More Love No More Death poster

Fantasy Romance

by Taylor Wong
Also known as
Mo Hua Qing
Specifics
Hong Kong [1990] - 86m
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Fantasy Romance poster

Taylor Wong made a name for himself making grittier action flicks, but in true Hong Kong fashion he also branched out to other genres. Fantasy Romance is one of the most apt film titles ever, as it is in fact a fantasy/romance flick, with some comedy to boot. It's clearly not Wong's strong point, but it's entertaining enough.

Shing is a mangaka who draws fantasy novels. On his way to his publisher he nearly crashes his car, but instead of hitting a wall he crosses over into another dimension. There he meets a ghost who looks an awful lot like the woman from his comics. She follows him into the real world, but Shing isn't too pleased with her attention.

With Tony Leung and Joey Wang there's some solid acting talent present, but since this is a comedy they're not really able to show it. The comedy isn't great and the plot is pretty basic too, but the fantasy elements are executed quite well and the pacing is solid. Just a bit of mindless entertainment, certainly not Wong's best, but not bad for someone who usually does action films.

Triads: The Inside Story

by Taylor Wong
Also known as
Wo Zai Hei She Hui De Ri Zi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1989] - 91m
Genre
Drama, Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Triads: The Inside Story poster

Rich and Famous

by Taylor Wong
Also known as
Gong Woo Ching
Specifics
Hong Kong [1987] - 104m
Genre
Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Rich and Famous poster

This was a pretty basic but decent Hong Kong crime flick. Filmed back to back with its sequel, the film is basically a setup for the more explosive (and better) second part. Still, with actors like Yun-Fat Chow and Andy Lau running around and Taylor Wong behind the camera, I expected a bit more.

I had already seen the sequel (not knowing it was a sequel, for some reason the English title is Tragic Hero), but that rarely matters with films like these. The plot and stories are pretty much always the same anyway. Crime bosses fighting for survival, young kids rising through the ranks, a bit of betrayal and some hefty shootouts.

Performances are solid, though Lau steals the show. The action is decent but there isn't too much of it. And Taylor Wong plays nice, keeping his tendency to go over-the-top under wraps. The film's a bit long maybe, especially as it doesn't offer much in the way of originality, overall though it was pretty solid filler.

Dubious filler

Girls Unbutton

by Taylor Wong
Also known as
Bat Kau Lau Dik Lui Hai
Specifics
Hong Kong [1994] - 89m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Girls Unbutton poster

Pretty flimsy and cheesy comedy, not quite the film you'd expect from Taylor Wong. But the film is surprisingly upbeat and frivolous, making it a very each watch. It's also quite short and doesn't dwell too long on its drama. Definitely not the best film Wong has made, but it's somewhat decent filler, which is more than I expected.

No Risk, No Gain

by Jimmy Heung, Taylor Wong
Also known as
Zhi Zun Ji Zhuang Yuan Cai
Specifics
Hong Kong [1990] - 108m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
No Risk, No Gain poster

Casino Raiders spin-off, though marketed as a sequel. Hong Kong franchises can get confusing. Expect more Jing Wong gambling fun, only with a sharper action edge, kudos to the direction of Taylor Wong. The mix doesn't really work that well though and mediocre performances drag the film further down.

Plain forgettable

With or without You

by Taylor Wong
Also known as
Ming Yue Zhao Jian Dong
Specifics
Hong Kong [1992] - 86m
Genre
Romance, Action
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
With or without You poster

Behind the Yellow Line

by Taylor Wong
Also known as
Yuen Fan
Specifics
Hong Kong [1984] - 90m
Genre
Romance
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Behind the Yellow Line poster