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Nick Cheung's second directorial
effort stars Mr. Abs himself as
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Keeper of Darkness co-stars
Amber Kuo and opens in Hong Kong
in late November.

2015 Update #7
We said next update would feature the results of the 2014 LoveHKFilm Awards and we didn't lie. We've announced them and now we can all go on with our lives.

Update #7 also sees a full list of the 2015 Golden Horse Nominations, as well as nine reviews, including pieces on Office, The Assassin and Our Times. All very big movies in stature if not box office.

We can probably squeeze in one more update for 2015. See you then.

Errata: Last update we claimed Wolf Totem was China's official 2016 Oscar entry. This news was widely reported, but when official announcements came the film was replaced by Go Away, Mr. Tumor.

Latest Stuff
- Awards: 2014 LoveHKFilm Award Results NEW
- Awards: 2015 Golden Horse Nominations NEW
- Review: Office NEW
- Review: The Assassin NEW
- Review: Our Times NEW
- Review: Get Outta Here NEW
- Review: Undercover Duet NEW
- Review: I Am Somebody NEW
- Review: The Merger NEW
- Review: Black Coal, Thin Ice NEW
- Review: King of Mahjong NEW
- Review: Wild City
- Review: All You Need is Love

News, Notes and Nonsense

Updated October 28, 2015


Awards, Awards, Awards
We're late to the party but you can check out a full list of this year's Golden Horse Award Nominations, which will be announced in Taiwan on November 21st. Also, the 2014 LoveHKFilm Awards have been announced - super late, we know, but it's not like that's a new thing around here. For the sake of completion, you can still read about the winners of the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards, which were handed out last April. Also, everyone gets participation awards.

  Previous Updates

NEW for October 28, 2015
- Added the results of the 2014 LoveHKFilm Awards.
- Added the 2015 Golden Horse Award Nominations.
- Added reviews of Office (2015), The Assassin (2015), Our Times (Taiwan, 2015), Get Outta Here (2015), Undercover Duet (2015), I Am Somebody (2015), The Merger (2015), King of Mahjong (2015) and Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014).

NEW for September 28, 2015
- Added reviews of Wild City (2015), All You Need is Love (2015), A Tale of Three Cities (2015), Love Detective (2015), Port of Call (2015), Lady of the Dynasty (2015), Guia in Love (2015), Wolf Totem (2015) and No Man's Land (2013).

NEW for August 5, 2015
- Added reviews of To the Fore (2015),
SPL 2: A Time for Consequences (2015), Monster Hunt (2015), Paris Holiday (2015), Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal (2015), Guilty (2015), Lucky Star 2015 (2015) and Fleet of Time (2014).

NEW for June 5, 2015
- Added reviews of Helios (2015), Little Big Master (2015), Two Thumbs Up (2015), Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (2015), Let's Get Married (2015), Gone with the Bullets (2014), Wolf Warriors (2015) and Grey Met Shrek (2014).
- Added an essay on Spooky Encounters (1980).

Featured Review

Sylvia Chang

Johnnie To’s Office is not a crime thriller. Actually, Office is not a romantic comedy either, so regardless of your genre preference, it’s accurate to call this musical-drama-satire To’s biggest departure in a long time. Besides the uncommon-for-him genre, Office finds To working without Wai Ka-Fai and instead with his All About Ah Long and The Fun, the Luck and the Tycoon collaborators Sylvia Chang and Chow Yun-Fat. Also, the look of the film is something else. Eschewing realistic settings, Office employs elaborate sets composed of metal beams, colored plastic fixtures and fluorescent neon bulbs, with spaces separated by sliding screens, venetian blinds or sometimes nothing at all. This is a transparent set where the sky is the soundstage ceiling, and urinals and bathtubs are transparent wireframe objects, plus there are massive clock faces everywhere. The metaphor of time lording over office workers is easy to grasp – much easier, actually, than getting used to the postmodern production design. However, much like appreciating Office, it can be done. An open mind helps. (more)


Newest Reviews  
So many awards!
The Assassin
The Assassin may kill your expectations – not that there’s anything wrong with that. Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s long-awaited wuxia... (more)
Please no singing
Undercover Duet
3D Sex and Zen studio China 3D brings us Undercover Duet, a sporadically entertaining buddy film that’s as irritating as it is enjoyable. (more)
If you say so

I Am Somebody

China’s enormous Hengdian World Studios gets welcome focus in Derek Yee’s I Am Somebody... (more)
Dirty, Dangerous

Black Coal, Thin Ice

Dry and inscrutable to the point of being inert, Black Coal, Thin Ice is nonetheless an impressively-controlled and involving mystery drama. (more)
Born to be Wild City
Wild City
Urban thriller Wild City marks Ringo Lam’s first feature-length crime film... (more)
Requires Your Time
Our Times
The nostalgic Taiwan hit Our Times has its share of problems – many of them, actually – but still works... (more)
You don't have to ask twice
Get Outta Here
Second generation Hong Kong actors who follow in their parent’s footsteps by playing a western vampire... (more)
Not related to business at all
The Merger
Ambitious is probably the best word to describe The Merger. Director Jimmy Luk’s drama mixes a forbidden love story... (more)
My tiles rule over yours
King of Mahjong
The hit Malaysian comedy King of Mahjong proves to be surprisingly adequate entertainment... (more)
And also a story
All You Need is Love
All You Need is Love makes little sense and ends very abruptly, and yet the stars and the summery setting make minor magic. (more)

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