Soi Cheang last directed a Milkyway production back in 2012, which was an action thriller starring Shawn Yue and Anthony Wong titled Motorway <車手>. It’s nice to see him back in the director’s chair under the same production banner — his first in 11 years since that aforementioned movie.
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The Sunny Side of the Street <白日青春> marks the directorial debut of Malaysian-born (Muar, Johor) and Hong Kong-based Lau Kok-Rui. The drama made a splash at the 59th Golden Horse Awards in 2022 with four wins and 41st Hong Kong Film Awards earlier this year with Sahal Zaman taking home the Best New Performer award.
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The long-delayed Hidden Strike <狂怒沙暴> falls into the category of “woulda, coulda, shoulda” of a potentially good action comedy. It has Jackie Chan and John Cena (even though, the latter was supposedly intended for Sylvester Stallone but dropped out instead). The movie is directed by Scott Waugh of Act of Valor and Need for Speed fame. And it also boasts a big-budget price tag, reportedly costing approximately RMB570 million (US$80 million) to make.
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Herman Yau sure knows how to blow stuff up in The White Storm 3: Heaven or Hell <掃毒3: 人在天涯>. Vehicles exploded and flipped in the air before hitting the ground. The army base headquarters, which was purposefully built on a full-scale set in New Territories as a stand-in for Thailand’s Golden Triangle due to pandemic-era travel restrictions at the time of filming, ended up getting blown to smithereens as a result of an air assault.
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At the time of writing, Lost in the Stars <消失的她> has amassed over RMB3.08 billion (US$430 million) at the China box office alone, making it one of the highest-grossing Chinese-language movies of 2023 as well as in the all-time chart. The movie exceeded expectations, where it even overcame stiff competition like Chow Yun-Fat’s long-awaited comeback dramedy of One More Chance <別叫我“賭神”> and Harrison Ford’s swan song of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.
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Originally titled Be Water, My Friend <驕陽歲月> when it was filmed in 2019, this long-delayed Hong Kong dramedy has since settled with a more mainstream-friendly (and generic-sounding) English title, One More Chance <別叫我”賭神”>. The Cantonese title, though, is literally known as “Don’t Call Me God of Gamblers”, an apparent reference to Chow Yun-Fat’s iconic Ko Chun character in the 1989 genre classic.
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