films seen
14
average score
2.32*
nationality
Hong Kong - 72 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
Ru Lai Shen Zhang
1982 / 93m - Hong Kong
Fantasy, Action
3.5*/5.0*
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The inoffensive

Kung Fu vs. Acrobatic

by Taylor Wong
Mo Deng Ru Lai Shen Zhang
1990 / 99m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Fantasy
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.

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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.

Spiritual Love

by David Lai, Taylor Wong
Gui Xin Niang
1987 / 88m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Drama
3.0*/5.0*
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Tragic Hero

by Taylor Wong
Ying Hung Ho Hon
1987 / 97m - Hong Kong
Action, Crime
3.0*/5.0*
Tragic Hero poster

Worthy but flawed

No More Love No More Death

by Taylor Wong, Herman Yau
Tai Zi Chuan Shuo
1993 / 89m - Hong Kong
Crime
2.5*/5.0*
No More Love No More Death poster

A pretty mediocre Yau/Wong collaboration. This sounded fun on paper, the reality turned out a little different. The action scenes are decent enough, though they are far from industry bests. The problem lies with the drama and romance, which are pretty ineffective and get in the way of the entertainment. It's neither Yau nor Wong's forte.

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Prince has been trained to become a contract killer from a very young age. His dad is his teacher, with the help of his son he wants to get rid or his arch enemy once and for all. But Prince falls in love with a girl and when he finds out his dad isn't really the man he claimed to be, he has to make some tough decisions about his future.

Jacky Cheung isn't too bad and Yau/Wong do nail the action scenes, though people expecting their usual grit might be a bit disappointed. This felt more like a little experiment for the two directors to cover more commercial ground. The result isn't terrible, but unless you love these types of films, it's hard to actively recommend.

Fantasy Romance

by Taylor Wong
Mo Hua Qing
1990 / 86m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
2.5*/5.0*
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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.

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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
Wo Zai Hei She Hui De Ri Zi
1989 / 91m - Hong Kong
Drama, Crime
2.5*/5.0*
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Rich and Famous

by Taylor Wong
Gong Woo Ching
1987 / 104m - Hong Kong
Crime
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.

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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
Bat Kau Lau Dik Lui Hai
1994 / 89m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Romance
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
Zhi Zun Ji Zhuang Yuan Cai
1990 / 108m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Drama
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.

Pursuit of a Killer

by Taylor Wong
Kong Woo Liu Duen
1985 / 89m - Hong Kong
Action, Crime
2.0*/5.0*
Pursuit of a Killer poster

One of Taylor Wong's earlier films. Not the most famous Hong Kong director around, probably because he directed some Cat III work that kept him out of the eye of the mainstream. But like Herman Yau, Wong's films offered a nice alternative to the clean, prim entertainment that dominated the Hong Kong market.

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The story revolves around a couple of Mainland Chinese folk who come to Hong Kong, hoping to find a better life there. A very popular subject among directors who want to stray from the beaten path. When they can't land a job, it's no surprise they end up trying making a living by working a local crime boss.

The performances are pretty basic, the cinematography is crude, and the plot is extremely predictable. It's a pretty generic Hong Kong crime flick in many ways, except that Wong doesn't shy away from blood and nudity. These grittier moments stand out, but they can't really save the film.

Plain forgettable

With or without You

by Taylor Wong
Ming Yue Zhao Jian Dong
1992 / 86m - Hong Kong
Romance, Action
1.5*/5.0*
With or without You poster

Behind the Yellow Line

by Taylor Wong
Yuen Fan
1984 / 90m - Hong Kong
Romance
1.5*/5.0*
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Big nopes

The Truth

by Taylor Wong
Fa Nei Qing
1988 / 118m - Hong Kong
Drama, Thriller
1.0*/5.0*
The Truth poster

A bland courtroom thriller. Hong Kong has a film industry with strengths and weaknesses and serious drama isn't one of its strengths, certainly not when handled by one of its second-tier genre directors. Taylor Wong's The Truth is for completists and extreme fans of courtroom dramas only.

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The pairing of Wong and Andy Lau looked promising on paper, but the dramatic backstory (Lau's an orphan who becomes a lawyer, reconnects with his birth mother and ends up defending her in court) is garish and Wong's execution is stale and lifeless, depriving the film of an emotional core.

At almost two hours the running time is excessive too. The court scenes are sluggish and uneventful, performances lack weight and the cinematography is comatose. It's a complete misfire, a surprisingly dim film from one of Hong Kong's more energetic and daring B-film directors. A big disappointment.