Greater China favorites

Honey PuPu

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Honey PuPu review

"Everything is a mash-up, a mix, a collage of ideas and perceptions, some personal, some found elsewhere. Watching this executed by a talented director is a truly unique experience"

Lee's Adventure

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Lee's Adventure review

"The kind of film I love to love, with a strong belief in its themes and structure. An exciting trip into a world that isn't quite our own, blending different genres and styles into one chaotic whole."

Pk.com.cn

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Pk.com.cn review

"This is a production in touch with the state of mind of young people today while keeping a surprising level of professionalism and finish not often found in their creations."

The Fourth Portrait

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The Fourth Portrait review

"Powerful, poetic, lush, atmospheric and ultimately gripping. It's not unique or wildly different, but a perfect execution of a popular genre, lifting the film far above the competition."

The Grandmasters

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The Grandmasters review

"There is plenty of wonder, tension and intrigue that kept me occupied whenever I found time to pry my eyes and ears away from the drop dead gorgeous presentation."

Beautiful Crazy

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Beautiful Crazy review

"In a sense Beautiful Crazy still carries all the typical marks of the older Taiwanese dramas, but rearranged and remixed in such a way that it feels like a breath of fresh air."

Soul

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Soul review

"Mong-Hong Chung clearly outgrew his image of upcoming talent. His direction is so purposeful and to the point that it almost feels as if he's a veteran already."

Big Fish and Begonia

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Big Fish and Begonia review

"Big Fish and Begonia is an absolute stunner, an audiovisual experience that dragged me into its world and didn't let go until the final frame faded and the last note died."

Blowfish

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Blowfish review

"It's hard to recommend this film to people who don't really know what they're getting into."

2046

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2046 review

"If the romance and the drama doesn't get to you, the atmosphere probably will."

The Tenants Downstairs

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The Tenants Downstairs review

"The rest of the film is pure genius though. It's stylish, classy, funny and revolting. The acting is top notch, the film looks incredible and the soundtrack adds a lot of atmosphere."

Starry Starry Night

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Starry Starry Night review

"Tom Lin paints one of the dearest, warmest and most charming films of the year."

Sparrow

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Sparrow review

"To's passion for the job shows in every scene, in every choice and in every detail. The film has its very own, unique flow and knows to charm from the first minute."

See You Tomorrow

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See You Tomorrow review

"See You Tomorrow is a pleasure to behold. It works both as a super stylish genre flick and as more accessible entertainment. There's plenty of talent involved and nobody disappoints."

Guilty

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Guilty review

"I'm excited to see where Wong will go from here. Guilty proves she is more than capable to stand on her own two feet, delivering a film that is powerful, gripping and skilfully made."

Rigor Mortis

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Rigor Mortis review

"Get past the cultural oddities though and you'll find an absolutely gorgeous looking genre film, by far one of the best horror films to come out of Hong Kong in a long, long time."

Diary

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Diary review

"Diary is a skillful, beautiful and impressive little mindfuck thriller. With a very limited cast and one single location Oxide Pang still manages to go all-out and deliver his best film to date."

Baober in Love

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Baober in Love review

"Brace yourself for a sweet romance with a nasty sting and you'll be hard-pressed to think bad of this little gem that would turn out to be the start of a new Chinese cinematic movement."

The Banquet

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The Banquet review

"A world of unmatched cinematographic beauty opens itself and provides one of the most stunningly beautiful action films ever released."

The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman

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The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman review

"Flashy, funny, weird and in-your-face. I'm an instant Wuershan fan and hope he'll keep doing stuff like this"

Let the Bullets Fly

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Let the Bullets Fly review

"A remarkable blend of arthouse and commercial cinema that strikes a perfect balance between entertainment and cinematic wonder."

Legend of the Demon Cat

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Legend of the Demon Cat review

"The film is a visual wonder that offers plenty of entertainment. While the story is adequate and the acting on point, it's really just a trip through the magnificent universe that Chen conjures up."

Revenge: A Love Story

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Revenge: A Love Story review

"Revenge: A Love Story plays like a modern Hong Kong version of Se7en, only better, more tense and not as restrained as Fincher's film."

The Wall-Passer

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The Wall-Passer review

"Lovely film which comes highly recommended. Don't miss it if you run into it. It's hard to predict whether you'll like it, but the experience of watching it is interesting enough."

Hollywood Hong Kong

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Hollywood Hong Kong review

"The film is visually impressive, boasts a distinctive and attractive soundtrack, features an interesting and cool story and is supported by a cast of strong actors."

Design of Death

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Design of Death review

"The actors carry a disarming charm, the humor is actually funny and the film as a whole is a worthwhile audiovisual experience."

Hero

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Hero review

"Even though it was one of the first, Hero remains one of the best epic wire-fu films ever produced."

Three Times

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Three Times review

"Three Times is a slow burner. Even though the film is split in three different parts, there isn't much in the way of storyline or dramatic events."

The Warrior and the Wolf

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The Warrior and the Wolf review

"If you're up for a good 90 minutes of alternative, arthouse-inspired genre cinema, this might be just the film for you"

Exiled

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Exiled review

"It's rare to find genre cinema this refined, this detailed. There is not a single element out of tune, the styling is lush and delicate, the action is spot on and every single scene is memorable."

Mad Detective

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Mad Detective review

"Together with Sparrow, To proves himself to be one of the most interesting directors in cinema today. His genre films are strong, original and seamlessly executed and seem to lack any weak points."

Millennium Mambo

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Millennium Mambo review

"The result is a mesmerizing look into the life of a young girl looking for her true identity. Definitely one of the better Hou films out there."

Spring Subway

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Spring Subway review

"Zhang does a magnificent job at both romantic and dramatic angles and delivers a beautifully shot and scored film, revolving around a lovable couple."

Shamo

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Shamo review

"Visually beautiful, strong use of sound and an unconventionally ruthless story. Cheang is a real talent and proves himself again after fabulous films like New Blood and Dog Bite Dog."

Fearless

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Fearless review

"If you're looking for a stellar martial arts flick though, Fearless is a safe bet."

Dog Bite Dog

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Dog Bite Dog review

"Dog Bite Dog is a film that held up respectfully over time. It was one of the first films to make me dig deeper into the endless pit of Hong Kong cinema and it still holds it ground well."

14 Blades

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14 Blades review

"It's good to see this kind of fast-paced martial arts cinema being revived."

In The Mood For Love

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In The Mood For Love review

"Doyle and Umebayashi do a great job, Leung and Cheung are stellar, but they cannot hide the fact that Kar Wai grew even more skilled after completing this film."

Do Over

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Do Over review

"One thing is certain though. Cheng has style and he has a clear vision he wishes to share through his films. His addition to Taiwanese cinema (and cinema in general) is a very welcome one."

Isabella

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Isabella review

"With Isabella Ho-Cheung Pang combines strong drama with a superb sense of aesthetics. It's easily his most accomplished film to date where everything feels just right."

My Blueberry Nights

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My Blueberry Nights review

"This film is 200% Kar Wai and comes unmistakably from his hands, annoying actors were turned into lovable characters and his film proved once again that movies are an audiovisual experience"

First Time

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First Time review

"First Time is a superb example of how to do romance right, without necessarily ending up in arthouse territory."

The Wayward Cloud

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The Wayward Cloud review

"Still, I think this is by far Tsai's best film to date."

Postmen in the Mountains

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Postmen in the Mountains review

"Postmen in the Mountains is one of China's hidden gems, made by a director who sprinkles his films with soul and warmth. It's an easy recommend, if you can stand the slow pacing that is."

Juliets

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Juliets review

"In between the shorts are some nicely animated intermissions, properly introducing each film."

About Love

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About Love review

"If romance isn't your thing this anthology probably isn't going to persuade you, but within the genre this is definitely one of the better offerings out there."

Taipei Exchanges

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Taipei Exchanges review

"A small, delicate and subtle little film that feels fresher than its peers and excels in just about every way possible."

Springtime in a Small Town

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Springtime in a Small Town review

"Springtime in a Small Town is a stunning, subtle and elegant experience that serves as a perfect introduction to Tian's body of work."

The Go Master

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The Go Master review

"When it comes to capturing a person as a whole he did a splendid job. The Go Master is a rather slow and moody film, but there's beauty pouring from its seams."

Young Dudes

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Young Dudes review

"It's a shame it takes a little too long before the film gets really going, because Chen is obviously a very talented director."

Shadow

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Shadow review

"Shadow's eye-popping visuals amaze from start to finish and with all the other elements adequately covered there are plenty of stand-out scenes that may become pillars of the genre."

Tai Chi Zero

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Tai Chi Zero review

"The economic running time, the use of superb athletes, the visual imagination and the overall first-grade production values make Tai Chi Zero one of the more entertaining films of 2012."

One Day

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One Day review

"One Day is above all a stylish romance, with some supernatural touches thrown in for good measure. It's a beautiful film, wonderfully executed and growing more engrossing with each passing minute."

No Man's Land

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No Man's Land review

"There's a whole lot of U Turn in here, a bit of Coens maybe, a dash of Western flavour and topped off with plenty of Chinese touches."

The Chrysalis

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The Chrysalis review

"The Chrysalis is pure genre cinema. It operates on textbook mechanics and follows an all too familiar path, but the execution is flawless while Chu-ji Qiu demonstrates his skills as a director."

Love Speaks

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Love Speaks review

"If you don't mind a little bit of coupling and you can look past the conventions you'll find a sweet, cute and endearing little film that charms its way past any remaining doubts."

Last Sunrise

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Last Sunrise review

Monk Comes Down the Mountain

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Monk Comes Down the Mountain review

"Monk Comes Down the Mountain is above all a very amusing film. Chen made a light-hearted, fun and playful little romp, which rises above itself thanks to its tremendous production value."

May We Chat

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May We Chat review

"Even though Philip Yung is currently conquering Asia with Port of Call, he still managed to free up a little time to talk about his previous film: Mei Gaau Siu Nui [May We Chat]."

Ming Ming

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Ming Ming review

"Ming Ming remains a fun, entertaining and dashing little film. The editing is slick, the visuals are stylized and Xun Zhou's performance is perfect."

The White Girl

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The White Girl review

Crosscurrent

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Crosscurrent review

"Once the film has you in its grip, the pay-off is grand. Lush visuals, captivating soundscapes and solid acting make for a brooding, dense and enveloping experience."

Fist & Faith

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Fist & Faith review

"The way he brings everything together though is quite unique, not in the least for a Chinese film maker. The result is a thorougly entertaining film that amuses, dazzles and delights."

One Night Only

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One Night Only review

"One Night Only is raw and undiluted cinematic fun, boasting superb visuals, a great soundtrack and a more than solid cast."

Zinnia Flower

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Zinnia Flower review

"Ultimately I still prefer Lin's more frivolous side, but that doesn't change the fact that Zinnia Flower is quite the impressive drama."

Lips and Soul

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Lips and Soul review

"As is the case with most (if not all) genre films, in the end it's the execution that matters and that's where this film shines bright."

The Missing Piece

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The Missing Piece review

"Foung-Hon Chiang produced a sweet, sunny and pleasant film."

Port of Call

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Port of Call review

"Port of Call is edgy, challenging and accomplished. The film looks great, the acting is exceptional and the soundtrack is on point."

Love Off the Cuff

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Love Off the Cuff review

"The film is up to par with the earlier films while still being different and distinctive enough to avoid turning into a cheap, cash-obsessed sequel."

Accident

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Accident review

"Accident is a very good film. Not really excelling in anything particular, but strong and stylish in every department, forming a very solid and tight whole."

Dream Breaker

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Dream Breaker review

"Han created a sprawling and aesthetically pleasing futuristic world with enough visual prowess to catapult you seamlessly through its 100 minute running time."

Ip Man

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Ip Man review

"Ip Man turned out to be an extremely solid entry in the ever growing list of Yip and Yen collaborations. If you liked Fearless, you will probably like this one too."

Cow

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Cow review

"The remarkable trip of one farmer and his huge cow. My advice: just watch it and marvel at this unlikely piece of genre mash-ups."

The Storm Warriors

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The Storm Warriors review

"The Storm Warriors is definitely not a masterpiece, but taking it at face value, it's an almost perfect piece of entertainment featuring some stunning art direction."

Animal World

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Animal World review

"If you're looking for something fun, dashing and creative, Animal World won't disappoint. It's a little mad, a little showy and often a bit incoherent, but in the end it's a hell of a ride."

Timeless Love

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Timeless Love review

"This is clearly not a film for everyone. Its style makes it quite light-hearted and frolicy , while the drama and romance are heavily accentuated."

Dream Home

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Dream Home review

"Don't go in expecting a true slasher flick, expect a genre flick adapted by the mind of Ho-Cheung Pang."

Tai Chi Hero

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Tai Chi Hero review

"The production values are high, the acting is the right kind of tongue-in-cheek and the action scenes sparkle. Fung created a perfect sequel that leaves you begging for the final act."

The Continent

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The Continent review

"The Continent isn't very original or earth-shattering. It's funnier than I would've guessed, but that's mainly because Chinese films rarely combine drama and comedy in a very balanced way."

League of Gods

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League of Gods review

"The film's excruciating pacing combined with the wacky fantasy elements make it a thoroughly enjoyable rollercoaster ride."

Vengeance

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Vengeance review

"A very solid film in all departments, allowing you to sink back into your couch and let the film drift over you like a warm, dark blanket."

The Flowers of War

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The Flowers of War review

"The Flowers Of War borders on sentimentality and poses as a very epic endeavor. It's Zhang's magnificent direction that erases any major critiques, turning the film into a proper epic spectacle."

Iron Monkey

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Iron Monkey review

"Iron Monkey is a film that doesn't disappoint. There's enough creativity, silliness and genuine love for the genre to keep me coming back for more."

Green Snake

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Green Snake review

"Tsui Hark at his best, the film is lush in its visuals and score, is entertaining to the core and wastes no time on unnecessary things. Very likeable and extremely well-made."

Lazy Hazy Crazy

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Lazy Hazy Crazy review

"Luk shows she has talent as a director and delivers a powerful, confrontational yet endearing drama. Hopefully her talent is recognized and she isn't shot down for the unconventional choices she made"

Secret Fruit

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Secret Fruit review

"Secret Fruit is a stylistic highlight that feels cosy and warm and charms its way from start to finish."

The Message

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The Message review

"The Message is visually stunning, smart, atmospheric and even a little tense near the end."

The Shadow Play

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The Shadow Play review

"Lou's execution is flawless, building on a solid cast and featuring an impressive synergy between cinematography and score to give the film a distinguished signature."

The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk

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The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk review

"You have to be a fan of wire-fu antics and elongated martial arts scenes to appreciate a film like this, but if you do then you're getting one of the most spectacular and creative films in the genre."

Partners in Crime

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Partners in Crime review

"Partners in Crime is quite the calling card for a director like Jung-chi Chang."

Mr. Long

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Mr. Long review

"Mr. Long is visually pleasing, it features a fine soundtrack and has a stellar lead actor that carries the film with ease."

Rise of the Legend

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Rise of the Legend review

"Hopefully Rise of the Legend is only the first in a series of new Wong Fei-hung films, as the end left me begging for more."

Reign of Assassins

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Reign of Assassins review

"If you're looking for a quality martial arts epic, look no further because this film has everything to quench your thirst."

Re-cycle

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Re-cycle review

"Superb cinematography, sharp editing, a very moody score and some truly creative world building all help to keep the film fresh, attractive and most importantly, original."

Hidden Man

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Hidden Man review

"Hidden Man is an insanely entertaining, clever, tongue in cheek revenge flick that features a stellar cast, stylish visuals and some very solid action sequences."

Once upon a Time in China

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Once upon a Time in China review

"Jet Li is superb, the fight choreography raised the bar, the pacing is perfect and everything just feels extremely dynamic."

Café Lumière

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Café Lumière review

"Café Lumière held up pretty well, which isn't even that surprising knowing its appeal lies in the mundane."

Kill Zone

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Kill Zone review

"Kill Zone is a modern martial arts classic."

Mr. Six

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Mr. Six review

"The film looks beautiful, the acting is superb and while thematically a little easy the execution and blend of genres makes sure it never becomes too dull or feels too familiar."

The Warlords

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The Warlords review

"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."

Love in the Buff

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Love in the Buff review

"Love In The Buff is a very worthy sequel. It's hard to say which film is the better one of the two, for that I should probably watch them once more, back to back."

PTU

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PTU review

"PTU is first class film making. Lam en Yam are good actors and know how to play their parts. The soundtrack is solid and the film is visually impressive."

Throw Down

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Throw Down review

"It's just a very fun and entertaining film with a good few memorable scenes. In the end it's not one of To's absolute bests, but definitely worth watching."

New Dragon Gate Inn

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New Dragon Gate Inn review

"The actors are on point, the film looks great and there's a lot of fun to be had, especially whenever the films endorses its own mean streak."

Fire of Conscience

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Fire of Conscience review

"Dante Lam finally delivers a film that mixes enjoyable, adrenaline-inducing action coupled with a more stylish and classy exterior."

Fate

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Fate review

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

Zhou Yu's Train

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Zhou Yu's Train review

"There's a basic quality that keeps Zhou Yu's Train on its feet, even though I've seen better and more creative variations from China in more recent years."

Paradox

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Paradox review

"I'm a big fan of the first SPL, the second one was a tiny letdown. Luckily Yip returned to elevate the series back to its original level."

Lost Indulgence

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Lost Indulgence review

"Some lovely visuals, a strong score and some neat little touches to lighten up the atmosphere from time to time and what you have is quality drama"

Make Up

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Make Up review

"The ending could've been better and lacks impact though. While not bad or disappointing, it somehow lacks the strength to bring the separate parts of the film to an appropriate conclusion."

Dragon Tiger Gate

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Dragon Tiger Gate review

"Dragon Tiger Gate sports some sublime action sequences, superb cinematography and a central duo that has the show aspect of martial arts down to a tee, all in the name of juicy entertainment."

Green Tea

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Green Tea review

"The lush cinematography, the quirky and tantalizing soundtrack and the effective mystery, supported by some stellar performances, make for an intriguing and refreshing film that defies expectations. "

The Moss

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The Moss review

"The Moss is not a wildly original film, but executed so well that it impresses from the very first seconds right until the final credit fades from the screen."

Ab-normal Beauty

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Ab-normal Beauty review

"Oxide Pang's signature style is on full display here, with superb visuals, an atmospheric score and some dark and gauntly material that forms the basis for a unique and haunting horror film."

Exodus

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Exodus review

"You should like the arthouse aesthetics and you're required to pick up on the humor, if not this film is probably a serious drag. But if you do, it will be a worthwhile experience, guaranteed."

House of Flying Daggers

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House of Flying Daggers review

"Save some out of place effects, House of Flying Daggers hasn't lost much of its original appeal."

High Noon

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High Noon review

"If you're interested to see a different side from Hong Kong cinema and if you can appreciate the adolescent styling of the film, be sure to check this one out."

Shaolin Soccer

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Shaolin Soccer review

"It's a good thing Shoalin Soccer is this much fun, because beyond its successful comedy aspect it's clear the film is somewhat lacking."

Merry-Go-Round

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Merry-Go-Round review

"If only the soundtrack would've been a bit better, this film could have turned out to be a small masterpiece."

Fulltime Killer

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Fulltime Killer review

"A sprawling action/crime blend, bustling with cinematic joy and providing ample opportunities for To show off his unique talents. Stylish, fun and never a dull moment in sight."

The Brink

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The Brink review

"Li delivers a fun, gritty and stylish crime flick with some very impressive action scenes and a stand-out performance by Shawn Yue."

The Detective

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The Detective review

"Oxide Pang succeeds again in making a visual masterpiece, although less experimental and in your face as his other films."

Ip Man 2

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Ip Man 2 review

"Visually a little better than the first film, awesome fight sequences where Yen is allowed to shine and a fully satisfying finale where the final blow caused a big fat inner "Yeah!"."

Aberdeen

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Aberdeen review

"It's another great addition to Pang's oeuvre and proof that he's a truly unique force in the Hong Kong movie industry. One for the connoisseurs."

Here, Then

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Here, Then review

"The amazing camera work, the strong performances and the moody use of soundscapes make for a dreamy film, even when the subject matter isn't all that rosy."

Bodyguards and Assassins

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Bodyguards and Assassins review

"Very much recommended if you've been enjoying the epic productions of the previous decade."

Eternal Moment

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Eternal Moment review

"Stylishly visualized, strongly acted and pleasantly diverse, Eternal Moment is another great film in Yibai Zhang's oeuvre"

Snowfall in Taipei

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Snowfall in Taipei review

"The film looks great, the actors do a good job and even though the soundtrack is a little inconspicuous the atmosphere is warm and inviting."

Kingfisher

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Kingfisher review

"Sheng delivers a visually superb film, provides a good score and a set of strong actors. The drama element is impressive for this type of film, the thriller elements are more than sufficient."

Election 2

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Election 2 review

"It's a stylish, smart and balanced Triad film, sporting a great cast, a characteristic soundtrack, a couple of witty setups and a fulfilling finale."

Lover's Discourse

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Lover's Discourse review

"Visually Lover's Discourse is a stunning film, the soundtrack is solid but not too spectacular and the acting is all-round impressive."

Xuan Zang

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Xuan Zang review

"I thoroughly enjoyed Zang's trip, not in the least because of Huo's skilful presentation."

Suffocation

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Suffocation review

"More important is the suffocating atmosphere that takes a firm grip on the audience, strengthened by the close-up photography, consistent color palette and strong performance of Ge."

Love in the 1980s

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Love in the 1980s review

"If you're familiar with Chinese dramas then you'll feel right at home watching Love in the 1980s."

But Always

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But Always review

"A self-written, self-directed romance that feels quite familiar and comfortable, but has one major selling point. From start to finish, the film looks drop-dead gorgeous."

Godspeed

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Godspeed review

"Depending on where you're coming from, Godspeed is either a superb crime flick or an ever so slightly disappointing Mong-Hong Chung film."

Tracing Shadow

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Tracing Shadow review

"Mak and Ng gave the film a unique style and flavor while royally quoting older films from the genre. Amusing, fun and quite lovely to look at. Great fun altogether."

True Legend

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True Legend review

"The 3-way story split might be a bit of a gamble, but looking back I actually enjoyed the extra depth it brought to the film."

Drug War

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Drug War review

"If you like the HK police flicks Drug War is one of the best offerings around. It's a stylish, tense and strong crime flick, helmed by one of the most seasoned crime cinema veterans. "

Life Show

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Life Show review

"A pleasantly executed film featuring a strong lead and some good solid drama, splendid scenery and just breaths the couleur locale."

Kung Fu Hustle

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Kung Fu Hustle review

"The perfect showcase for Chow's trademark mix of silly, over-the-top comedy and deadpan execution. Genuine laughs and crazy martial arts scenes make this one of the most entertaining films around."

Nightfall

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Nightfall review

"If you're familiar with the genre, don't expect any surprises."

Sleepwalker

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Sleepwalker review

"Like I said before, Sleepwalker is a pretty simple film. Everything is neatly revealed and tied up at the end, the plot doesn't contain any real big twists and runs smoothly from start to finish."

Before Born

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Before Born review

"It's obscurity stands in the way of easy availability and while it's definitely a good film, it lacks a little uniqueness to call it a true masterpiece."

Good Take!

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Good Take! review

"If you want to explore Hong Kong's upcoming talent and you don't mind shifting gears from time to time, then this one comes well recommended."

Eternal Summer

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Eternal Summer review

"After only two films Chen is well on his way to become a personal favorite. He has a keen eye and is quite versatile."