films seen
20
average score
2.80*
nationality
Hong Kong - 56 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Second-tier Hong Kong director who has made plenty of films in the shadow of bigger names, but worked up a surprisingly solid oeuvre nonetheless. If you're looking to dig deeper into Hong Kong's commercial output, Yip's work is a good place to start.

The good stuff

Fate

by Wai Man Yip
Specifics
2007 / 85m - Hong Kong
Genre
Sci-fi, Fantasy
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Fate poster

Wai Man Yip succeeds in creating something that feels very fresh and unique, looks great and leaves something mysterious behind.

The Warlords

by Wai Man Yip, Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Also known as
Tau Ming Chong
Specifics
2007 / 126m - China
Genre
Drama, War
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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The Warlords poster

Warlords is an awesome film about three beardy men with balls taking their little army to conquer nations, but failing to keep in control over their own friendship.

Solid pieces

Cook Up a Storm

by Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Jue Zhan Shi Shen
Specifics
2017 / 97m - China
Genre
Comedy
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Cook Up a Storm poster

Phantom of the Theatre

by Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Mo Gong Mei Ying
Specifics
2016 / 103m - China
Genre
Fantasy, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Phantom of the Theatre poster

The House That Never Dies

by Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Jing Cheng 81 Hao
Specifics
2014 / 90m - China
Genre
Romance, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The House That Never Dies poster

A Chinese horror story based on a purportedly real-world haunted house. The film became quite the success in Mainland China, so much in fact that the owners of the property had to guard the house because it attracted tourists from all over the place. And sure enough, Raymond Yip delivered a very capable horror film.

Xu Ruoqing, a writer, moves into her ancestral house together with her husband. It's a beautiful French Baroque-style mansion, but it houses a dark history. It doesn't take long before ghostly apparitions haunt the family, but Xu's husband is so busy trying to save his business that he pays no heed to his wife's suspicions.

The film isn't terribly original or scary, but the lush cinematography and beautiful imagery kept me captivated from start to finish. Performances are good, the score is capable and though predictable, the plot is solid. It's a polished and capable horror film, prime filler if you're thirsty for a good haunted house flick.

Bruce Lee, My Brother

by Manfred Wong, Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Bruce Lee
Specifics
2010 / 129m - Hong Kong
Genre
Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Bruce Lee, My Brother poster

Portland Street Blues

by Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Goo Waak Chai Ching Yee Pin Ji Hung Hing Sap Saam Mooi
Specifics
1998 / 114m - Hong Kong
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Portland Street Blues poster

The inoffensive

Iceman: The Time Traveller

by Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Bing Feng: Yong Heng Zhi Men
Specifics
2018 / 104m - China
Genre
Comedy, Sci-fi, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Iceman: The Time Traveller poster

Decent sequel to Law's Iceman. Donnie Yen reprises his role while this follow-up turns things upside down, warping the Ming warriors back to their own time in order to alter history. Some decent action scenes, some doubty CG, no time to get bored. It's not a bad film, but Wai Main Yip can do a lot better.

Lost on Journey

by Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Ren Zai Jiong Tu
Specifics
2010 / 91m - China
Genre
Comedy
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Lost on Journey poster

Those Were the Days...

by Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Yau Ching Sui Yuet Saan Gai Goo Si
Specifics
2000 / 103m - Hong Kong
Genre
Romance, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Those Were the Days... poster

Sixty Million Dollar Man

by Jing Wong, Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Baak Bin Sing Gwan
Specifics
1995 / 92m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Sci-fi, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Sixty Million Dollar Man poster

Zany Hong Kong comedy. Not too surprising with Jing Wong and Stephen Chow joining forces. Wong is one of Hong Kong's weirdest commercial directors, Chow the undisputed king of comedy. Sixty Million Dollar Man may not be masterpiece material, it's still a highly enjoyable film.

The plot it completely nonsensical. It revolves around Sing, a wealthy jerk who wastes his time making fun of others. His luck runs out when he dates the wife of a Yakuza boss, who leaves him for dead. Sing is saved by a wacky professor, who gives him the power to transform into pretty much everything he wants to.

If that isn't the perfect premise for a little goofy comedy, I don't know what is. Chow does very well, there are plenty of visual jokes (seeing Chow as a tube of toothpaste can only be described as memorable) and the slick pacing makes sure there's not a dull moment in sight. It's a shame the direction is a little cheap, otherwise this could've been a real classic.

Worthy but flawed

Women from Mars

by Wai-Keung Lau, Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Dong Laam Yan Bin Shing Lui Yan
Specifics
2002 / 100m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Women from Mars poster

Till Death Do Us Laugh

by Man Kei Chin, Joe Ma, Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Guai Tan Xie Hui
Specifics
1996 / 90m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Till Death Do Us Laugh poster

Dubious filler

Bump In The Road

by Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Yi Lu Shun Feng
Specifics
2013 / 95m - China
Genre
Comedy
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Bump In The Road poster

Anna in Kung-Fu Land

by Wai Man Yip
Also known as
On Loh Yue Miu Lam
Specifics
2003 / 97m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Anna in Kung-Fu Land poster

My Dream Girl

by Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Pao Zhi Nu Peng You
Specifics
2003 / 91m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
My Dream Girl poster

Beauty and the Breast

by Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Fung Hung Bei Cup
Specifics
2002 / 92m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Beauty and the Breast poster

For Bad Boys Only

by Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Bad Boy Dak Gung
Specifics
2000 / 105m - Hong Kong
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
For Bad Boys Only poster

Whatever You Want

by Jing Wong, Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Zhu Guang Bao Qi
Specifics
1994 / 97m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Whatever You Want poster

Here we find Jing Wong joining forces with Wai-Man Yip to deliver a run-of-the-mill romcom slash Aladdin rip-off. The film screams quick filler and that's exactly what you're getting here. Even then there are some funny bits that betray Wong's talent, though I'm not sure if it's worth the trouble for most.

Ko doesn't have the easiest life, but she gets a lucky break when she finds a magic pearl. The pearl has a genie inside, who grants Ko three wishes. If the story sounds slightly familiar it's because Wong doesn't even try to hide his inspiration, but at least it's a decent enough premise for some HK romance.

The performances aren't terrible and Jing Wong cracks a couple of nice jokes at his own expense, other than that this film is pretty bland. The cinematography is cheap and unpolished, there are too many gags that don't land and it's so forgettable that you'll have forgotten all about it by the next day. Simple filler.

Plain forgettable

I'm Your Birthday Cake!

by Wai Man Yip
Also known as
Bu Dao De De Li Wu
Specifics
1995 / 94m - Hong Kong
Genre
Comedy
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
I'm Your Birthday Cake! poster