Time Still Turns the Pages 年少日記 (2023) Review

The surprise hit, Time Still Turns the Pages <年少日記> not only became an indie sensation that made over HK$26 million at the box office but also scored 12 Hong Kong Film Awards nominations.

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The Goldfinger 金手指 (2023) Review

It goes without saying the key selling point for the HK$350 million epic crime drama The Goldfinger <金手指> is the much-anticipated reunion of Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Andy Lau. And it has been twenty years since they last appeared together in Infernal Affairs <無間道>.

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Bursting Point 爆裂點 (2023) Review

The last time Dante Lam directed a gritty Hong Kong crime/action thriller was That Demon Within <魔警> in 2014. And that was nine years ago before he shifted his focus primarily on the mainland market, resulting in big-budget productions like Operation Red Sea <红海行动>, The Rescue <紧急救援> and the two-part Battle at Lake Changjin <长津湖> <长津湖之水门桥>.

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Death Stranding 困兽 (2023) Review

Danny Pang is adapting a big-screen version of Hideo Kojima’s popular 2019 action game Death Stranding? It may share the identical title but Death Stranding <困兽> happens to be a crime thriller that has nothing to do with the video game whatsoever. Personally, if it turns out to be true, I would be worried, given his painfully erratic track record these days.

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Dust to Dust 第八个嫌疑人 (2023) Review

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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Moscow Mission 莫斯科行动 (2023) Review

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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Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms 封神第一部: 朝歌风云 (2023) Review

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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Vital Sign 送院途中 (2023) Review

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 (2023) Review

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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Death Notice 暗殺風暴 (2023) Review

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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