Tag: hongkong

Cannes 2024 Review: TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN, Hong Kong's Nostaglia-Fuelled Gangland Throwdown

Since it was first announced back in 2013, the nostalgia-fuelled martial arts epic set within the labyrinthine back alleys of Kowloon Walled City has nurtured a mythical status to rival the notorious neighbourhood itself. Development of the project dates back...

Neuchatel 2023 Review: MAD FATE Intervenes in Demented Style

Soi Cheang directed the Hong Kong mystery thriller from Milkyway Image.

Cannes 2023 Review: YOUTH (SPRING), Chronicle of China's Working Class Youth

Chinese director Wang Bing makes his Cannes Competition debut with a stunning, expansive work about China's youth working in the country's garment industry.

LAST HURRAH FOR CHIVALRY Blu-ray Review: Heroic Brotherhood, Clashing Swords

Directed by John Woo in 1979. Criterion's new disc looks properly awesome.

Now Streaming: WARRIORS OF FUTURE, Bravery Amidst Alien Creatures and Robots

Louis Koo, Lau Ching-Wan and Carina Lau star in a sci-fi summer smash from Hong Kong, now streaming worldwide on Netflix.

Blu-ray Review: THE INFERNAL AFFAIRS TRILOGY, Magnificent Hong Kong Cinema Milestone

Andrew Lau Wai-Keung and Alan Mak Siu Fair directed the landmark trilogy, starring Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang, now out from Criterion Collection.

Criterion in November 2022: IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE in 4K and INFERNAL AFFAIRS Trilogy Remastered

Have I died? Is this Paradise? I say this because I (think) I just read that the Criterion Collection will be releasing Wong Kar Wai's transcendently beautiful In the Mood for Love in 4K. It doesn't really matter when (November...

New York Asian 2022: FAST & FEEL LOVE Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Edition

Without getting too sentimental, I remember reading about the very first New York Asian Film Festival on a "message board," the early internet incarnation of a worldwide news site. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary edition, the New York Asian Film...

Hot Docs 2022: BLUE ISLAND Trailer, Where Did Hong Kong Go?

I know a few people in Hong Kong who are wrestling with this question right now: Should I stay or should I go? Director Chan Tze Woon's film Blue Island has just won the 2022 Best International Feature Documentary Award...

NYC Happenings: Subway Cinema Kicks Off Sundays on Fire, Hong Kong Never Dies

It's that very special time of the year when I truly wished I lived in New York City again and could personally experience the warm embrace of classic Hong Kong cinema on the big screen. For the millions (?!) of...

Blu-ray Review: ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA: THE COMPLETE FILMS, Essential Entertainment

Tsui Hark's magnificent reinvention of Wong Fei-hung, starting with Donnie Yen, gets a deluxe treatment as The Criterion Collection scores a knockout with its box set.

Coming Soon on Criterion: BOAT PEOPLE and MILLER'S CROSSING

Also due in February 2022: Leo McCarey's 'Love Affair' and Douglas Sirk's 'Written on the Wind.'

Review: SHOCK WAVE 2 Boils Briskly

Andy Lau and Sean Lau (Lau Ching Wan) star in an action thriller from Hong Kong, directed by Herman Yau, that snaps, crackles and pops from its first moments.

Now Streaming: THE INSPECTOR WEARS SKIRTS, Among Many Midnight Pulp Delights

Also: 'Dark Night of the Scarecrow' will celebrate its 40th anniversary on the streaming service, devoted to off-beat indie and international genre titles.

SHOCK WAVE 2 Trailer: Delightfully Bonkers Cop Action

Earlier this year, our own James Marsh described Herman Yau's Shock Wave 2 as a "delightfully bonkers cop actioner...not to be missed." The film will be premiering on November 2 to North American audiences, via various On Demand platforms, and...

Blu-ray Review: THROW DOWN, Get Back Up Again, Says Johnnie To

Louis Koo, Aaron Kwok, Cherrie Ying and Tony Leung Ka-fai star in a very personal Johnnie To film, now available on a splendid Criterion Collection Blu-ray.

Watch: Quentin Lee Talks CHUNGKING EXPRESS

In a new Trailers From Hell commentary video, filmmaker Quentin Lee talks about Wong Kar-wai's Chungking Express from a personal perspective -- Lee grew up in Hong Kong -- and also provides cultural context for the film. Lee is one...

Criterion in September: THROW DOWN, Melvin Van Peebles, LOVE & BASKETBALL

When it comes to Johnnie To, I am spoiled, yet also ignorant, which is why the Criterion Collection's announcement that the Hong Kong filmmaker's Throw Down (2004) will be heading for release on the label in September 2021 delighted me...

Blu-ray Review: CENTER STAGE, Stanley Kwan's Masterpiece Is a Beauty to Behold

Maggie Cheung, Han Chin and Tony Ka Fai Leung star in a breathtakingly gorgeous film, directed by Stanley Kwan. Digitally restored in 4K, it lives up to its reputation as one of the most revered masterpieces of the Hong Kong cinema.

Now on Blu-ray: DRUNKEN MASTER II, High Point in Hong Kong Action Cinema

Jackie Chan stars in a martial-arts masterpiece, directed by Lau Ka Leung, now available on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.