Ming-liang Tsai – Walker (2012) (HD)

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Tsai Ming-liang’s delightfully shot film Walker, which could also work as a gallery installation, takes an unusual look at the bustling streets of Hong Kong as its features a series of stunningly shot scenes with at the centre a red-robed monk who walks at a snail’s pace. With traffic and pedestrians speeding around him the man (head intensely bowed, bare feet and holding a bread roll in one hand and a plastic bag in the other) walks only a step every minute. Continue reading

Stanley Kwan – Yuen Ling-yuk AKA Centre Stage (1992)

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IMDB:
Chinese History Still Mysterious To Westerners, 19 March 2005
9/10
Author: shinewu from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I don’t mean to say anything other than the title chosen. Ms. Ruan is a typical Chinese woman, who believes her innocence would never be questioned, in real life and in the movie. When she finally became a movie star, she kind of lost and still hoped she could stick to an elementary sort of love. The fact is she could never return and no one would stay the same.

The movie did a wonderful job in comparing two different eras. Maggie, the actress who suffered a lot in real life, matched Ms. Ruan’s character very well. The history here seemed too convoluted and trivial, if not meaningless, to many westerners. But as a Chinese, I appreciate every delicate piece in the movie. I still remember the famous saying from one of the greatest Chinese poets — Qu Yuan. Continue reading

Patrick Tam – Ai sha AKA Love Massacre (1981)

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LOVE MASSACRE
(1981, Hong Kong) Directed by Patrick Tam

Set in a surprisingly minimalist San Francisco, Patrick Tam’s stylish slasher movie manages to evoke both Antonioni and Mario Bava in this tale of a ravishing young co-ed (Brigitte Lin) whose studly boyfriend (Chang Kuo-chu) turns into a demented stalker after the suicide of his sister.
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Chia-Liang Liu – Lo foo chut gang AKA Tiger on the Beat (1988)

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Synopsis:
Francis Li (Chow Yun-Fat) is a lazy, arrogant cop coasting on his badge, more interested in chasing women than catching crooks. His new partner is Michael Tso (Conan Lee, in his “first” role) a determined, ambitious cop who doesn’t hesitate to get reckless if it means closing a case. When a new shipment of cocaine comes into Hong Kong, and with it a corpse, the two are forced together to get to the bottom of it. Their only lead: a beautiful but naive drug mule (Nina Li) Continue reading

Oxide Pang Chun & Danny Pang – Jiang Gui AKA The Eye (2002)

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Highly atmospheric Japanese horror. The premise: a blind woman regains sight through surgery but sees in the mirror, not her own reflection, but that of the dead woman whose corneas she has inherited.

Review
“The Eye” is a thriller about a blind young violinist from Hong Kong whose sight is restored through surgery, but who can then can see a little too well, so that she observes the Grim Reaper leading the doomed in solemn procession to the other side, and shares the anguish of the donor of her eyes. What’s more, she’s thrown out of the blind orchestra, now that she can see. Continue reading

Man Kei Chin – Mi Tao Cheng Shu Shi 33D aka The 33D Invader (2011)

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Plot / Synopsis:
A woman arrives from the future in search of the healthiest human genes. Meanwhile, a pair of evil villains also follow her back in time to stop her quest … Continue reading