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  1. A Little Reunion (2019) (DVD) (Ep. 1-49) (End) (China Version) A Little Reunion (2019) (DVD) (Ep. 1-49) (End) (China Version) Huang Lei (Actor) | Hai Qing (Actor) | Tao Hong (Actor) | Wang Yan Hui (Actor)
    A little something called family
    April 30, 2021 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    With the family drama A Love for Dilemma currently trending in China, now seems like a good time to revisit the acclaimed 2019 series that came before it, A Little Reunion. A Love for Dilemma, A Little Reunion and 2016's A Love for Separation are all family stories based on novels by Lu Yingong. All three are worthwhile watches, but A Little Reunion is the highest-rated on Douban for good reason. A Little Reunion is centered around three families during a crucial period: the final year of high school when students prepare for the gaokao, China's all-important national college entrance exam. A Love for Separation's Huang Lei and Hai Qing return as parental figures of free-spirited,... [read more]
  2. Get The Hell Out (2020) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Get The Hell Out (2020) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Megan Lai (Actor) | Tuo Zong Hua (Actor) | Wang Zhong Huang (Actor) | Gao Hui Chun (Actor)
    Zombies in parliament
    March 31, 2021 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    The zombie genre gets a zany, blood-spurting entry in the Taiwan horror action comedy Get the Hell Out. If you've ever thought politicians are just blood-sucking creatures who prey on the people, then Wang I Fan's debut feature is here to validate your suspicions with unsubtle satire and lots of blood. Bruce Hung plays Wang You Wei, who is on security detail at the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's parliament, for his alternative military service. He has a crush on short-tempered legislator Hsiung Ying Ying (Megan Lai), who became a politician to block the construction of a foreign chemical plant in her hometown. Rumors are that the chemicals are linked to a new rabies virus. After Hsiung is... [read more]
  3. We Are Champions (2019) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) We Are Champions (2019) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) Li Lin Fei (Actor) | Fandy Fan (Actor) | Berant Chu (Actor) | Liu Yu Ren (Actor)
    High school hoops and hopes
    January 27, 2021 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    High school basketball is a pretty big deal in Taiwan. While the island's professional leagues have struggled in recent years to maintain attendance and a sustainable business model, the High School Basketball League (HBL) has ballooned in popularity over the past decade. Bolstered by government support, big-name brand sponsorship and broadcast deals, the HBL commands a considerable following and boasts way higher attendance than the beleaguered SBL. HBL's Division 1 tournament is Taiwan's answer to March Madness, with final games held in packed stadiums. It's the HBL championship tournament that provides the crucial backdrop for Chang Jung Chi's 2019 youth film We Are Champions. The... [read more]
  4. Joy of Life Season One (2019) (H-DVD) (Ep. 1-46) (End) (China Version) Joy of Life Season One (2019) (H-DVD) (Ep. 1-46) (End) (China Version) Chen Dao Ming (Actor) | Li Qin (Actor) | Zhang Ruo Yun (Actor) | Li Chun (Actor)
    The joy of watching Joy of Life
    December 31, 2020 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    One of the dramas I'm most looking forward to in 2021 is the second season of Joy of Life. The first season that aired in 2019 was a big hit in China and made our year-end picks, thanks to its unique mix of wuxia, suspense, fantasy and pure wit. Based on Mao Ni's novel Qing Yu Nian, the period series stars Zhang Ruoyun as silver-tongued swordsman Fan Xian, who lives in ancient times but has modern-day knowledge. His mysterious origin links back to his even more mysterious mother, who came from an unknown place and left behind a great legacy of innovation and larger-than-life legends. Summoned to the capital by his father and the Emperor (Chen Daoming), Fan Xian searches for his origins and... [read more]
  5. Tournament 7 (2019) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Tournament 7 (2019) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Sam Leong (Actor, Director, Writer) | Julian Benedikt Gaertner (Actor) | Sophie Ngan (Actor) | He Ying Wei (Actor)
    At least we still have Tournament films
    November 28, 2020 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Do you want to see a movie that opens with a biblical quote, followed by a scene of a mutated cabbage bloodily attacking someone? Tournament 7 is for you! Independent Hong Kong filmmaker Sam Leong's Tournament series has been one of my cinematic guilty pleasures of the last few years. In this day and age of Hong Kong cinema, there's just something wonderful about a self-produced, low-budget film series regularly churning out new installments, and also putting them on DVD. The low-rent action films run the gamut of genres from one installment to another – underground boxing, triad drama, family melodrama, revenge drama, social drama and now sci-fi gore, all with varying degrees of Christian... [read more]
  6. The Making of an Ordinary Woman (2019) (DVD) (Ep. 1-10) (End) (Taiwan Version) The Making of an Ordinary Woman (2019) (DVD) (Ep. 1-10) (End) (Taiwan Version) James Wen (Actor) | Xiu Qin (Actor) | Hsia Ching Ting (Actor) | Chen Jia Kui (Actor)
    It's not easy being an Ordinary Woman
    August 31, 2020 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Following her Golden Horse Best Actress win for Dear Ex, Hsieh Ying Hsuan gives an even better performance in the 2019 CTS mini-series The Making of an Ordinary Woman. The ordinary woman in question is 39-year-old Chen Jia Ling, who's lived in the big city of Taipei for two decades but has yet to become a true city girl. She's not doing that bad, but she's also not doing that great. Marriage, success and just the grace and poise of being an adult woman – all these continue to elude her as she tolerates a stagnant job and relationship, and regularly gets herself into unlucky, embarrassing situations. Based on writings by Jiang E, The Making of an Ordinary Woman's heroine and crossroads are... [read more]
  7. Men On The Dragon (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Men On The Dragon (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Francis Ng (Actor) | Kenny Wong (Actor) | Nancy Wu (Actor) | Tony Wu (Actor)
    A slice of Hong Kong midlife
    June 24, 2020 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    With this year's dragon boat races cancelled due to the pandemic, it's time to revisit the 2018 film Men on the Dragon instead for the Dragon Boat Festival. A critical and commercial hit in Hong Kong, Sunny Chan's comedy-drama follows four ordinary men facing midlife crises who invigorate their lives through dragon boat racing. Francis Ng is at his natural best as the affable, unmotivated Lung who works for a broadband service provider. He and his co-workers Suk Yi (theater actor Poon Chan Leung) and William (Weeds on Fire's Tony Wu) fulfill your general expectations of those tech-support guys who show up late to set up your internet. Lung holds an obvious torch for his neighbor Coral (TVB... [read more]
  8. You Are The One (2020) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) You Are The One (2020) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Patrick Kong (Director, Producer, Writer) | Gladys Li (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | Sun Hui Xue (Actor)
    This is the one Patrick Kong film I like.
    April 17, 2020 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    I never thought the day would come when I would recommend a Patrick Kong film. But hey, the end of the world doesn't feel so far off this year. Released during Chinese New Year, You Are the One was actually the last film I watched in cinema before entering social-distancing mode, so it now holds a special place in my heart. Writer-director Patrick Kong has made a name for himself over the past decade by cornering the Hong Kong market for local urban romances. Many of his films are quite forgettable though, unless they happen to star Stephy Tang and Alex Fong (and that well has dried up). Given Patrick Kong's past work and the film's cringe-worthy Chinese title, I went into You Are the One... [read more]
  9. Bodies At Rest (2019) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Bodies At Rest (2019) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Nick Cheung (Actor) | Richie Jen (Actor) | Yang Zi (Actor) | Clara Lee (Actor)
    High-concept actioner in a morgue
    January 15, 2020 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Sometimes you want complex stories and characters in your films. But when it comes to action movies, sometimes you just want the simplest story with the most bodily damage. And that's exactly what you get in Renny Harlin's high-concept action thriller Bodies at Rest. After moving his career to China, Harlin directed Jackie Chan's Skiptrace (2016) and the period fantasy Legend of the Ancient Sword (2018), both of which are about as not good as his 2000s Hollywood output would predict. Bodies at Rest, however, is right up the director's Die Hard 2 lane. The ever busy Nick Cheung plays forensic pathologist Dr. Chan, who is settling in for a Christmas Eve at the lab with intern Lynn (Yang Zi).... [read more]
  10. The World Between Us (2019) (Blu-ray) (Ep. 1-10) (End) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) The World Between Us (2019) (Blu-ray) (Ep. 1-10) (End) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Chris Wu Kang Jen (Actor) | Chen Yu (Actor) | Tracy Chou (Actor) | James Wen (Actor)
    The distance between humanity and tragedy
    September 26, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Taiwan television reaches a new high with The World Between Us, which is absolutely one of the best series to come out of Asia this year. Set in the aftermath of a random mass shooting, the ensemble drama explores the impact, coverage and consequences of the senseless tragedy in a manner that is both deeply personal and widely relevant. Over ten episodes, Lu Shih Yuan's script weaves different characters and conflicts together, posing many difficult and thought-provoking questions along the way about justice, ethics, compassion, grief, mental health and the media. The World Between Us begins a few years after a mass shooting incident, the details of which are gradually revealed over the... [read more]
  11. A Family Tour (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) A Family Tour (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Gong Zhe (Actor) | Tan Xin Yue (Actor) | Nai An (Actor) | Pete Teo (Actor)
    Dispatch from a Chinese filmmaker in exile
    June 26, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    In 2012, indie Chinese director Ying Liang completed the film When Night Falls based on the controversial 2008 case of Yang Jia, who stormed a Shanghai police station and killed six police officers. The case drew great attention not only for the shocking violence, but also for how the authorities handled the case. Yang Jia, who was previously mistreated by the police and tried behind closed doors, drew sympathy from pockets of the Chinese internet that aired their discontent with China's opaque justice system. Ying Liang brought When Night Falls, which recounts the case from the perspective of Yang's mother, to overseas film festivals without official permission and refused to yield to... [read more]
  12. Fall In Love At First Kiss (2019) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Fall In Love At First Kiss (2019) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Jelly Lin (Actor) | Darren Wang (Actor) | Alina Cheng (Actor) | Zhang Li Dong (Actor)
    Sign me up for another Kiss
    May 31, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    There are some stories that are clearly shallow, juvenile and cliched, and yet they keep getting told and we keep watching them. Even as I griped about there being yet another Itazura na Kiss adaptation when Fall in Love at First Kiss was announced, I knew I was going to watch it – because of course I am. After Hana Yori Dango, Itazura na Kiss has to be the most popular shojo manga for adaptation, and it's especially beloved in Taiwan because of the classic idol drama It Started With a Kiss. Just three years ago, there was a new Taiwan TV adaptation of Itazura na Kiss. Now we get a movie. Iconic source material aside, Fall in Love at First Kiss does have another big selling point: the... [read more]
  13. Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story (2018) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story (2018) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) Frank W. Chen (Director)
    Bottom of the ninth
    May 28, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    I was living in Taiwan in 2005 when Wang Chien Ming made his Major League debut as a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees. The Taiwan-born ace was all over the local news and sports channels, and a frequent conversation topic among my middle school students. The pride and fervor surrounding the third ever Taiwan baseball player to make it to the MLB was huge at the time. His talent, humility and sick sinker made even a lifelong Red Sox fan like me want to root for him (only him, not the Yankees). After consecutive 19-win seasons in pinstripes in 2006 and 2007, it all came crashing down in 2008. Wang suffered a foot injury while rounding the bases in an interleague game. All athletes... [read more]
  14. Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Max Zhang Jin (Actor) | Tony Jaa (Actor) | Michelle Yeoh (Actor) | Billy Lau (Actor)
    No Ip Man, No Problem
    March 28, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    No Ip Man, no problem – at least when it comes to the spin-off film Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy. In 2015's Ip Man 3, Max Zhang left a strong impression as Wing Chun practitioner Cheung Tin Chi, who persistently challenged Ip Man for the title of Hong Kong's top martial artist. While not an antagonist, the character was an adversary to Ip Man for much of the film and provided various scene-stealing moments for Zhang. Three years later, the actor stepped back into the shoes of Cheung Tin Chi to headline his own film set after the events of Ip Man 3. Having closed his martial arts school and set aside the chip on his shoulder since we last saw him, Cheung Tin Chi is now content with running a... [read more]
  15. Project Gutenberg (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Project Gutenberg (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Chow Yun Fat (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Zhang Jing Chu (Actor)
    Chow Yun Fat's greatest hits
    February 14, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Felix Chong's Project Gutenberg just garnered a ridiculous 17 nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards so there are many nice things that could be said about the film's twisty plot, slick pacing and tight direction. I'd like to focus on the single most important factor that makes the crime thriller a must-watch for Hong Kong film fans (or at least me): Chow Yun Fat. Chow Yun Fat is in peak Chow Yun Fat form in the role of a criminal mastermind behind a counterfeiting operation. His commanding and charismatic performance in the film channels the classic effortless charm that captured a generation of Asian cinema fans and also the dangerous, unreadable duplicity of later roles in films like... [read more]
  16. House of The Rising Sons (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) House of The Rising Sons (2018) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Jonathan Wong (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | Tan Yu (Actor) | Deng Jia Le (Actor)
    Friendship wyns
    January 16, 2019 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    It's hard to muster up much expectation for a biopic about an aged cookie-cutter Hong Kong pop band directed by one of the band members, but House of the Rising Sons turns out to be an appealingly amiable and nostalgic film whose overall niceness actually feels right. Formed by Alan Tam, Kenny Bee, Anthony Chan, Bennett Pang and Danny Yip, The Wynners were arguably Hong Kong's first idol band. The band exploded into popularity in the 70s with feel-good English and Cantonese pop numbers that appealed to a younger generation. By the early 80s, Alan Tam and Kenny Bee had shifted focus to solo careers. However, The Wynners never disbanded. The band has remained intermittently active over the... [read more]
  17. Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Liu Hao Ran (Actor) | Wang Bao Qiang (Actor) | Xiao Yang (Actor) | Wang Xun (Actor)
    The birth of a detective comedy franchise
    October 31, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    There is no shortage of crime mystery and suspense productions in China, but most with buzz and budget of late are based on novels – and often the same ones. Criminal Minds, Yu Zui and Qin Ming adaptations abound and no Nan Pai San Shu or Tianxia Bachang story is left unturned. In that sense, Chen Sicheng's blockbuster Detective Chinatown film series stands out for being a successful original creation rather than an extension of a pre-existing IP. Following his success with Beijing Love Story, actor-turned-director Chen Sicheng tried his hand at mystery in 2015 with the sophomore directorial effort Detective Chinatown. The film brought together the unlikely detective duo of comedy veteran... [read more]
  18. Goodbye Mr. Loser (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Goodbye Mr. Loser (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Ma Li (Actor) | Yin Zheng (Actor) | Shen Teng (Actor) | Ai Lun (Actor)
    From Mr. Loser to Mr. Billionaire
    August 27, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Since opening last month, Yan Fei and Peng Damo's comedy Hello Mr. Billionaire starring Shen Teng has grossed around 2.5 billion yuan to storm into China's top ten grossing films of all time. This is the third time in as many years that a Shen Teng film has broken into the top ten of China's rapidly refreshing box-office records, following 2017's Never Say Die and 2015's Goodbye Mr. Loser. In a mere three years, Shen Teng has gone from a mainly stage and skit actor into a household name and box-office force. The film that started it all is the sleeper hit Goodbye Mr. Loser. In 2015, directors Yan Fei and Peng Damo, star Shen Teng and other members of the Beijing theater troupe Mahua Fun Age... [read more]
  19. Legend of the Demon Cat (2017) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Legend of the Demon Cat (2017) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Huang Xuan (Actor) | Chen Kaige (Director, Writer) | Sometani Shota (Actor) | Kitty Zhang (Actor)
    Magic, mystery and romance of the Tang Dynasty
    April 27, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    How far can movie magic get you? Quite far in the case of Chen Kaige's splendidly strange fantasy mystery Legend of the Demon Cat. Based on a novel series by Japanese sci-fi/fantasy writer Yumemakura Baku, Legend of Demon Cat has the kind of story that one would be hard-pressed to explain out loud without sounding a bit silly. A bemused young monk (Sometani Shota) from Japan arrives in Chang'an, the capital of Tang Dynasty China, to exorcise demons for Emperor Xuanzong (Zhang Luyi), who dies mysteriously. He befriends the palace scribe, a moody poet (Huang Xuan) who swings between being super excited and dramatically devastated about his poem-in-progress, and the two investigate the strange... [read more]
  20. Nirvana in Fire II (2017) (DVD) (Ep. 1-50) (End) (China Version) Nirvana in Fire II (2017) (DVD) (Ep. 1-50) (End) (China Version) Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Liu Hao Ran (Actor) | Tong Li Ya (Actor) | Jin Ze Hao (Actor)
    Nirvana in Wind
    April 23, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    On Douban, China's largest peer film review ratings site, the 2015 period series Nirvana in Fire tops nearly all Chinese TV dramas with a score of 9.1. Out of over 200,000 ratings, Nirvana in Fire earned five stars from over 70% of users, and four or five stars from over 90%. Those are staggering numbers for a local recent production and a reflection of the near universal acclaim for the drama from critics and everyday audiences alike. Nirvana in Fire essentially captured lightning in a bottle with its sublime script, cast and production values that reached an appreciative audience. Two years later, Nirvana in Fire II: The Wind Blows in Changlin arrives with a story set several decades... [read more]
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