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John Woo's MANHUNT
Gentlemen, start your drooling.
John Woo returns to directing one-part
films with crime thriller Manhunt, a remake
of the 1976 Japanese film starring
Ken Takakura. Woo's version will
star Zhang Hanyu and Masahara Fukuyama.
It is unknown at this time if the film
will feature slow motion or doves.
Manhunt will arrive in 2017.

Hello and Goodbye
This is our first update in 3 months. Sorry about that.

This time, we're publishing 12 reviews of stuff including Mermaid, From Vegas to Macau III, Monkey King 2 and other films you probably care about less, like the Stephy+Alex break-up movie Anniversary. Also, a full list of Hong Kong Film Award Nominations and the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards have been posted.

The site's next update is unscheduled. Site reviewer Kozo will be taking a break from writing for a bit, so it could be a while . He's been doing this for 14 years, which is roughly 98 in dog years. He'll return to writing when he feels like it.

As always, thanks for visiting.

Latest Stuff
- Awards: 35th Hong Kong Film Award Winners NEW
- Awards: 2015 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards NEW

- Review: The Mermaid NEW
- Review: From Vegas to Macau III NEW
- Review: The Monkey King 2 NEW
- Review: Heaven in the Dark NEW
- Review: Anniversary NEW
- Review: The Gigolo 2 NEW
- Review: The Crossing II NEW
- Review: Murmur of the Hearts NEW
- Review: Hollywood Adventures NEW
- Review: When Geek Meets Serial Killer NEW
- Review: Knock Knock! Who's There? NEW
- Review: Angel Whispers NEW

  Previous Updates

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

Jelly Lin

The Mermaid
Despite being set somewhere in China and featuring non-Hong Kong actors, eco-fantasy-romantic-slapstick-comedy The Mermaid is a true Stephen Chow film. Sure it was shot in Mandarin (the Hong Kong release is dubbed into Cantonese) and there's no cross-dressing dude picking his nose, but the film is filled to the brim with Chow's unique sense of humor, and oozes his pet themes and obsessions from every pore. The film also has an obvious environmental message about how human beings are messing up the ocean but it's handled without proselyting and actually serves the story and characters very well. In every way, Mermaid is a worthy addition to Stephen Chow's beloved library of comedy classics. No, he doesn’t act in it. Get over it. (more)


Newest Reviews  
Enough already
From Vegas to Macau III
Given the first two films in the series, expectations for From Vegas to Macau III should be at rock-bottom. (more)
Donnie Yen seems different
The Monkey King 2
Aaron Kwok returns in The Monkey King 2 – but hey, wasn't he the bad guy last time? No matter. (more)
July Rhapsody reunion
Heaven in the Dark
Director Yuen Kim-Wai’s Heaven in the Dark is based on a stageplay, and it totally shows. (more)
This movie is so ironic
Director Patrick Kong makes his first sequel to one of his films with Anniversary... (more)
Hope I'm still alive then

Ten Years

Though unevenly executed, indie omnibus Ten Years is a worthwhile attempt at socially-relevant Hong Kong film. (more)
My money is on the serial killer
When Geek Meets Serial Killer
A Hong Kong comic book called “Wolf and Mary” gets adapted to film via Malaysian producers... (more)
Co-starring that guy from The Hangover
Ip Man 3
Donnie Yen pummels historical accuracy with his trademark rapid-fire punches in Ip Man 3, (more)
The boat finally sinks!

The Crossing II

John Woo’s The Crossing II concludes with the sinking of both a boat and an expensive two-part franchise. (more)
The sequel that nobody asked for
The Gigolo 2
Midway through The Gigolo 2, former King of Gigolos Fung (Dominic Ho) tells... (more)
Slower and Much Less Furious
Hollywood Adventures
Chinese film goes to Hollywood – literally – with the sometimes clever but mostly insipid co-production Hollywood Adventures... (more)
Isabella returns

Murmur of the Hearts

Sylvia Chang returns to the director’s chair after seven years with Murmur of the Hearts, an artful and introspective look... (more)
Your mom
Knock Knock! Who's There?
Releasing her second feature in less than a year (the first was Angel Whispers in early 2015), actress-turned-director Carrie Ng... (more)
Meanwhile the audience cries
Angel Whispers
It could have been OK, but Angel Whispers insists on jumping multiple sharks in its attempt at being an artful and meaningful exploitation thriller. (more)
Psst...look in the closet
The Vanished Murderer
Director Lo Chi-Leung’s The Vanished Murderer is a sequel to his 2012 action-mystery The Bullet Vanishes... (more)

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