Making a local sci-fi film is a tough sell in Hong Kong, let alone one that cost a whopping HK$450 million (!) budget. The movie in question is Warriors of Future <明日戰記>, which was originally released in China and Hong Kong cinemas in August but viewers in the rest of the countries can finally get their chance to stream it on Netflix beginning Friday.
Continue reading Warriors of Future 明日戰記 (2022) Review
In 1987, Jackie Chan ruled the Top 10 Hong Kong box office with two movies including Armour of God <龍兄虎弟> and Project A II <A計劃續集>. The former, of course, became the highest-grossing Hong Kong movie at the time with a then-astounding HK$35.4 million.
Continue reading 35 Years Later: Project A II A計劃續集 (1987)
Believe it or not, it has been five years since Tsui Hark last directed a Detective Dee movie. That movie in question was Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon <狄仁杰之神都龙王>, the prequel that reintroduced the title character by replacing Andy Lau from the first movie with Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao.
Continue reading Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings 狄仁杰之四大天王 (2018) Review
Instead of a direct sequel to 2010’s Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame <狄仁傑之通天帝國>, co-writer and director Tsui Hark dialled back down a notch by going the prequel route. He even recast Andy Lau’s titular role with a younger lead played by Mark Chao, the Taiwanese-Canadian actor best known in Monga <艋舺> and Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn Of Assault <痞子英雄>.
Continue reading Young Detective Dee: Rise of The Sea Dragon 狄仁杰之神都龙王 (2013) Review
During the long stretch in the 2000s, Tsui Hark’s so-called comeback movies ranging from 2001’s The Legend Of Zu <蜀山傳> and 2005’s Seven Swords <七劍> to 2008’s Missing <深海尋人> and All About Women <女人不坏> were all heavily hyped but fell short of their intended targets. Frankly, his last best movie back then was 2000’s Time And Tide <順流逆流>, and his directing effort has never been recovered ever since.
Continue reading Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame 狄仁傑之通天帝國 (2010) Review