Dust to Dust <第八个嫌疑人> marks the sophomore directorial effort for Jonathan Li, whose 2017 debut feature was a result of a style-over-substance action thriller, The Brink <狂獸>. Thankfully, he has improved considerably here in his latest movie, blending a solid mix of crime thriller and character-driven drama.
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Another month, another Herman Yau. Moscow Mission <莫斯科行动> marks his fourth directorial effort this year after The White Storm 3: Heaven or Hell <掃毒3: 人在天涯>, Death Notice <暗殺風暴> and Raid on the Lethal Zone <绝地追击>.
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The Cantonese title of The Brotherhood of Rebel <紥職2> may lead you to think this is the sequel to Daniel Chan’s Triad <紥職> back in 2012. It even has Carlos Chan and Michelle Wai, who previously starred in the first movie happen to show up in this sequel as well.
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The last time I saw an epic fantasy film based on Xu Zhonglin’s 16th-century classic novel The Investiture of the Gods was the horrendous result of League of Gods <3D封神榜> in 2016. Seven years later, Wuershan’s Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms <封神第一部: 朝歌风云>, however, seems more promising and even ambitious enough to expand the movie into a trilogy, which was reportedly shot back-to-back.
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The first thing that Vital Sign <送院途中> caught my attention is the rarely-explored story of Hong Kong paramedics as the central theme. Of course, this is not the first time I’ve seen such a story with TVB’s acclaimed 2018 series Life on the Line <跳躍生命線> starring Joe Ma and Matthew Ho being the prime example.
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No More Bets <孤注一掷>, which was originally released in China on August 8 has amassed over RMB2.74 billion and still counting. The movie currently stands as the fourth highest-grossing Chinese movie so far behind Lost in the Stars <消失的她>, The Wandering Earth II <流浪地球2> and Full River Red <满江红>.
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It’s Herman Yau again and this time, it’s a mid-budget mystery thriller titled Death Notice <暗殺風暴>. A long-delayed production that has been circling around since 2019, with multiple release dates getting reshuffled for various reasons, making me wonder whether the movie is ever going to see the light of day.
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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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