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Last Site Update: August 9th, 2016

Site Review Count: 2347

opens 8-18-16

Louis Koo and Lau Ching-Wan
co-star for the lucky 13th time in
Benny Chan's period actioner
Call of Heroes, also starring
Eddie Peng. Wu Jing, Yolanda Yuan
and Maggie Jiang.

Long Time No See
Hey, we updated the website! Miracles do happen.

After a four-month break, LoveHKFilm wheezes back to life with 15 reviews of Asian films, including writing from two guest reviewers: Paul Fox of the East Screen / West Screen podcast takes a look at bizarre 2015 movie thing Lost in Wrestling, while former site reviewer Kevin Ma returns from industry legitimacy to offer his views on Takashi Miike manga adaptation Terraformars and Thai comedy Heart Attack. All other reviews were written by regular site reviewer Kozo.

The next site update will happen when it does. Enjoy your 2016.

Latest Stuff
- Review: Trivisa NEW
- Review: The Bodyguard NEW
- Review: Book of Love NEW
- Review: Kidnap Ding Ding Don NEW
- Review: Chongqing Hot Pot NEW
- Review: New York, New York NEW
- Review: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny NEW
- Review: House of Wolves NEW
- Review: PG Love NEW
- Review: iGirl NEW
- Review: Buddy Cops NEW
- Review: The Secret NEW
- Review: Lost in Wrestling NEW
- Review: Terraformers NEW
- Review: Heart Attack NEW

  Previous Updates

NEW for August 9, 2016
- Added reviews of Trivisa (2016), The Bodyguard (2016), Book of Love (2016), Kidnap Ding Ding Don (2016), Chongqing Hot Pot (2016), New York New York (2016), Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016), House of Wolves (2016), PG Love (2016), iGirl (2016), Buddy Cops (2016), The Secret (2016), Lost in Wrestling (2015), Terraformers (Japan, 2016) and Heart Attack (Thailand, 2015).

NEW for April 3, 2016
- Added the winners of the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards.

NEW for March 26, 2016
- Added the results of the 2015 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards.
- Added reviews of The Mermaid (2016), From Vegas to Macau III (2016), The Monkey King 2 (2016), Heaven in the Dark (2015), Anniversary (2015), The Crossing II (2015), The Gigolo 2 (2016), Murmur of the Hearts (2015), Hollywood Adventures (2015), When Geek Meets Serial Killer (2015, Angel Whispers (2015) and Knock Knock! Who's There? (2015).

NEW for December 23, 2016
- Added the winners of the 2015 Golden Horse Awards.
- Added reviews of Ip Man 3 (2015), Keeper of Darkness (2015), She Remembers, He Forgets (2015), Mr. Six (2015), The Vanished Murderer (2015), Zinnia Flower (Taiwan, 2015), Saving Mr. Wu (2015), Ten Years (2015), Big Fortune Hotel (2015), Lazy Hazy Crazy (2015), Return of the Cuckoo (2015), Wong Ka Yan (2015), Only You (2015), Are You Here (2015), and Big Trouble in Little China (1986).

Featured Review

Richie Ren

Trivisa hits the Hong Kong Cinema sweet spot like few recent films have. Produced by Johnnie To and Yau Nai-Hoi, and helmed by three young directors from the Milkyway Image stable, Trivisa resembles To's Life without Principle with its fusion of Hong Kong socio-political commentary and crime thriller tropes – though straight genre junkies will probably like it more. Taking place in 1997, the film follows three notorious robbers, each based on real Hong Kong criminals, who try to change due to the impending Handover only to meet semi-ironic fates. There's an obvious metaphor present for Hong Kongers who faced the Handover, or those currently feeling unease with the mainland-Hong Kong divide, and there may even be a nifty parallel to Hong Kong filmmaking. After years of unchecked prosperity, Hong Kong Cinema's decline and the shift to the China market have forced local filmmakers to compromise or quit – very similar to the choices faced by Trivisa's protagonists. One could liken certain industry figures to robbers too, given the stuff they've tried to pull. A ninety-minute movie split onto two laserdiscs – who remembers that? But I digress. (more)


Newest Reviews  
Who was I supposed to bodyguard?
The Bodyguard
Sammo Hung's The Bodyguard might look like an ass-kicking star vehicle for the venerable large one... (more)
The movie was better
Book of Love
The sequel-in-name-only to the hit Finding Mr. Right, romantic comedy-drama Book of Love shares many of the first film's postmodern stylings... (more)
You can keep her
Kidnap Ding Ding Don
Wilson Chin, the auteur behind the notorious Lan Kwai Fong movies, returns... (more)
It's up to you
New York, New York
Yet another film looking back at west-obsessed Chinese in the 1990s, New York, New York arrives courtesy of producer Stanley Kwan... (more)
Everyone sees dead people

The Secret

Barbara Wong's The Secret routinely surprises, but not in a good way. This ghost-romantic-thriller-comedy-drama-whatever... (more)
Apple lawyer on line 2
This high-concept male fantasy from the Wong Jing fun factory is shoddily written and developed but has a few minor positives... (more)
Cruddy movie
Buddy Cops
TVB-produced Buddy Cops resembles the bad movies of Hong Kong Cinema's "Golden Age," when scripts were nonexistent.., (more)
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!


Takashi Miike is unlikely to get under anyone’s skin with Terraformars, the first live-action adaptation of Yu Sasuga’s manga series. (more)
Try the spicy lamb pot
Chongqing Hot Pot
Writer-director Yang Qing confirms his talent for clever genre filmmaking with his enjoyable sophomore effort Chongqing Hot Pot... (more)
The rent is insane

House of Wolves

From director Vincent Kok, House of Wolves is an occasionally inspired but mostly average Lunar New Year-style comedy... (more)
Too many Big Macs
Heart Attack
Freelancing can be fatal in Heart Attack, the first mainstream feature by Thai indie wunderkind Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit. (more)
Annoyed at movie
Lost in Wrestling
From director Casey Chan Lai-Ying, Lost in Wrestling begins with a panoramic, pastoral view of the Hulunbeier Prairie of Inner Mongolia... (more
The prequel was better. Duh.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Michelle Yeoh's iconic martial arts heroine Yu Shu-Lien returns in the not-direct-to-video-but-it-might-as-well-be... (more)
More like PG-13
PG Love
PG Love is the latest in a long line of Hong Kong films dishing on the lives of girls in the service industry... (more)

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