Tony Ka Fai Leung

  • Andrew Lau & Jing Wong – To Live and Die in Tsimshatsui (1994)

    Andrew Lau1991-2000ActionCrimeHong KongJing Wong
    To Live and Die in Tsimshatsui (1994)
    To Live and Die in Tsimshatsui (1994)

    An undercover cop Ah Kit and his best friend Ah Bong are sent in to get evidence on a crime boss known as Coffin Tung. After a raid goes wrong and Tung is killed, his gang splits into two factions.Read More »

  • Clara Law – Ai Zai Bie Xiang De Ji Jie AKA Farewell China (1990)

    Clara Law1981-1990DramaHong KongRomance
    Ai Zai Bie Xiang De Ji Jie (1990)
    Ai Zai Bie Xiang De Ji Jie (1990)

    Award-winning drama about the common dream in China at the time: to emigrate to the U.S.. Set primarily in New York City, the film tells the story of Nansan – who has followed his wife to America – and the tough surprises in store for him in the “Promised Land.”Read More »

  • Stanley Kwan – Ruan Lingyu AKA Yuen Ling-yuk AKA Center Stage (1991)

    Drama1991-2000ChinaStanley Kwan

    For those interested in Chinese cinema, here is something a bit different.
    Centre Stage is about the life of Ruan Lingyu, Chinese silent movie legend of the 1930s. She was without equal in the depiction of the emotions of a woman seeking independence. Students worshipped her as a cult symbol. Men looked at her with dreamy eyes, and women looked at her sideways and full of hate. Her roles were typically of characters like girl student, rustic maid, factory hand, prostitute, socialite, and authoress. Ruan’s personal life often mirrored those of the tragic characters she portrayed on screen.
    The recreation of sets, costumes and inclusion of original footage from films that have survived in which Ruan appeared have combined to produce a high quality and stylish film, giving the viewer a docudrama about an interesting woman from an interesting period of Chinese film history.Read More »

  • Gordon Chan – Luen chin chung sing AKA Okinawa Rendez-vous (2000)

    1991-2000AsianDramaGordon ChanHong Kong

    Jimmy Tong (Leslie Cheung) is an expert blackmailer and thief who specialises in white-collar crimes. With his side-kick (Vincent Kok), Jimmy steals a personal diary belonging to a Yakuza leader Ken Sato (Masaya Kato) intending to use its details as a platform for blackmailing and to extort money. Sato agreed to the uneasy deal and made preparations to pay Jimmy his exorbitant demands only for Sato’s girlfriend Jenny (Faye Wong) to betray him and make off with the money to Okinawa.Read More »

  • Jean-Jacques Annaud – L’amant AKA The Lover (1992)

    1991-2000DramaFranceJean-Jacques AnnaudRomance

    It is French Colonial Vietnam in 1929. A young French girl from a family that is having some monetary difficulties is returning to boarding school. She is alone on public transportation when she catches the eye of a wealthy Chinese businessman. He offers her a ride into town in the back of his chauffeured sedan, and sparks fly. Can the torrid affair that ensues between them overcome the class restrictions and social mores of that time? Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Maugerite Duras.Read More »

  • Hark Tsui – Ying hung boon sik III jik yeung ji gor AKA A Better Tomorrow 3 (1989)

    1981-1990ActionAsianHark TsuiHong Kong

    The first film in our Chow pow-wow, A Better Tomorrow 3, is a prequel to John Woo’s two breakthrough crime dramas, A Better Tomorrow and A Better Tomorrow 2. It tells the story of how Mark Gor gained the Mark Gor look and the Mark Gor attitude. Everybody remembers Mark Gor, right? He was the wise-ass friend of Ti Lung in the original A Better Tomorrow, the one who was rendered lame while on a mission of revenge, and then died one of the silliest cinematic deaths we’ve seen a Honk Kong actor die. Since Bruce Lee in Marlowe, anyway.Read More »

  • Johnnie To – Hak se wui AKA Election (2005)

    2001-2010CrimeHong KongJohnnie ToThriller

    The time has come, as it does every two years, for the senior members of Hong Kong’s oldest Triad,
    The Wo Shing Society, to elect a new chairman. Fierce rivalries emerge between the two eligible
    candidates. Lok, respected by the Uncles is the favourite to win. But his rival Big D will stop at
    nothing to change this, including going against hundreds of years of Triad tradition and influencing
    the vote with money and violence.Read More »

  • Nai-Hoi Yau – Gun chung AKA Eye in the Sky (2007)

    2001-2010CrimeHong KongNai-Hoi YauThriller

    Plot summary: (from
    A Hong Kong police surveillance unit finds itself caught up in the rough-and-tumble of underworld violence in smart action-thriller “Eye in the Sky,” helming debut of longtime Johnnie To scripter Yau Nai-hoi. Well-received at its world preem in Berlin’s Forum, and stuffed with To regulars on both sides of the camera, this looks to have a similar fest and distribution arc to the best of To’s own signed movies, and will be welcomed by the same aficionados.Read More »

  • Fruit Chan – Jiao zi AKA Dumplings [+Extra] (2004)

    2001-2010AsianFruit ChanHong KongHorror

    In Hong Kong, Aunt Mei is a cook famous for her home-made rejuvenation dumplings, based on a millenarian recipe prepared with a mysterious ingredient that she brings directly from China. The former TV star Mrs. Li visits Mei aiming her dumplings to recover her youth and become attractive again to her wolf husband Mr. Li. Along the sessions, Mei tells Mrs. Li that she was a gynecologist in China with more than 30,000 abortions along ten years. When Mrs. Li requests an acceleration of the process, the opportunity comes when a fifteen years old teenager with a five months incestuous pregnancy comes with her mother and asks Mei to make an abortion.Read More »

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