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  1. Everything Under Control (2023) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Everything Under Control (2023) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Hins Cheung (Actor) | Ivana Wong (Actor) | Carl Ao Ieong (Actor) | Ying Chi Wen (Director)
    To Catch a Comedy
    May 30, 2024 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    For some reason, the 2004 Korean horror comedy To Catch a Virgin Ghost has inspired not one but two Chinese-language remakes in recent years – Taiwan's Treat or Trick in 2021 and Hong Kong's Everything Under Control in 2023. Both remakes follow the same premise of a desperate guy and a gang henchman entering a creepy remote village in search of a colleague who ran off with stolen diamonds that the mob wants back. Each film localizes in different ways, particularly in the relative emphasis of the comedy, mystery and horror elements. Comedy comes first for Everything Under Control which was released in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year. Singer Hins Cheung makes a rare leading film appearance... [read more]
  2. Old Fox (2023) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Old Fox (2023) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Akio Chen (Actor) | Bai Run Yin (Actor) | Liu Kuan Ting (Actor) | Hsiao Ya Chuan (Director)
    A young fox learns the trap
    April 30, 2024 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Nearly four decades of martial law came to an end in Taiwan in 1987. Along with the lifting of martial law came ripples of changes to Taiwanese life and society. Hsiao Ya Chuan's Old Fox is set in 1989 during this transitional era of myriad economic and social changes. These changes at first elude Liao Tai Lai (Liu Kuan Ting), an honest and hardworking restaurant server who lives frugally with his 11-year-old son Liao Jie (Bai Run Yin). Tai Lai has been slowly saving up to buy a home, but unbeknownst to him, property prices have surged beyond his expectations. While Tai Lai takes the news in stride, reality hits hard for the young Liao Jie who has stubbornly latched on to the hope of having... [read more]
  3. The Narrow Road (2022) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) The Narrow Road (2022) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) Angela Yuen (Actor) | Louis Cheung (Actor) | Tong On Na (Actor) | Chu Pak Him (Actor)
    No rest for the weary
    October 30, 2023 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    There's a Chinese saying that enemies are bound to meet on a narrow road. While there are no concrete enemies in Lam Sum's 2022 film The Narrow Road, there are many tangible troubles that are clearly coming and yet can't be avoided when all of life itself is a narrow road for those living hand to mouth. Set during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the poignant yet low-key drama offers a realistic look into the daily lives and struggles of Hong Kong's low-wage working class. Louis Cheung is excellent as Chak, a decent hardworking everyman who runs a small one-man cleaning company. While it may seem like pandemic is great business for cleaners, he is barely getting by with limited help... [read more]
  4. Lost Love (2022) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Lost Love (2022) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Sammi Cheng (Actor) | Alan Luk (Actor) | Hedwig Tam (Actor) | Ka Sing Fung (Director, Writer)
    Sammi Cheng's award-winning performance
    September 30, 2023 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Sammi Cheng was nominated for Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards eight times previously before finally winning the prize this year with her performance in Lost Love. Different from the lovable, quirky romantic heroine roles she's best known for, Sammi Cheng's character Mei in Lost Love is a normal, slightly gloomy woman carrying an unspeakable pain. When we first meet Mei, she seems like a typically jaded, irritable and resourceful working Hong Konger who takes up foster parenting at least partially for the foster care allowance. We gradually learn that Mei and her husband Bun (Alan Luk) lost their son when he was three-years-old, and she has never really come out of the grief. Mei's... [read more]
  5. The Falls (2021) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) The Falls (2021) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) Alyssa Chia (Actor) | Gingle Wang (Actor) | Queen Wei (Actor) | Chen Yi Wen (Actor)
    This too shall pass
    April 30, 2023 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Misfortunes never come alone. The COVID-19 pandemic broke out in early 2020 and eventually affected every corner of the world, changing the way we lived and the way we died. In the years when life seemingly stood still with home isolation and social distancing, the public health crisis ushered in ripples of personal crises as many individuals and families struggled with stress, mental health and financial strain. Chung Mong Hong's The Falls starts in March 2020, with daughter Xiao Jing (Gingle Wang) having to home quarantine due to a positive case in her class. Xiao Jing's stressed-out mother Pin Wen (Alyssa Chia) also gets told to stay home by her company. During the quarantine period, the... [read more]
  6. Detective VS. Sleuths (2022) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Detective VS. Sleuths (2022) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Charlene Choi (Actor) | Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Bin Zi (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor)
    He who fights with monsters
    November 30, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Detective vs. Sleuths is Wai Ka Fai's first directorial effort in over a decade, and apparently he put all his creative juices into this, because it is impressively over the top. The writer-director packs twist after twist and a whole variety of unhinged characters into this wild Hong Kong crime action thriller with a very high body count. Lau Ching Wan – always the first pick to play Wai Ka Fai characters who are losing a handle on reality (see: Written By and Mad Detective) – anchors the madness as the protagonist who is the maddest yet shrewdest of them all. Detective vs. Sleuths begins with vignettes of notorious past murder cases before introducing crimes happening in the present day.... [read more]
  7. Raging Fire (2021) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Raging Fire (2021) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Donnie Yen (Actor) | Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Qin Lan (Actor) | Tang Jun Ci (Actor)
    Benny Chan's action-packed swansong
    May 31, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    When people think of Hong Kong's greatest action film directors, Benny Chan may not be among the first few names to come to mind – but he should be. From the late 90s onwards, there have been few directors as reliable for solid, unpretentious and entertaining Hong Kong action as Benny Chan. From Big Bullet, Divergence and Rob-B-Hood to Connected, The White Storm and Call of Heroes, his films may not have traveled as many fests and won as many awards as those of his more famous contemporaries, but they sure were fun to watch. Even the bad Benny Chan films, like City Under Siege and Meow, were spectacularly bad rather than bleh. Benny Chan's final feature Raging Fire is everything great about... [read more]
  8. Man In Love (2021) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Man In Love (2021) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Tiffany Ann Hsu (Actor) | Roy Chiu (Actor) | Tsai Chen Nan (Actor) | Chung Hsin Ling (Actor)
    Man in Love remake that improves on the original
    January 21, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Before watching Yin Chen Hao's blockbuster romance Man in Love, I was rather surprised about its box office success. I did not love the original Korean film from which it was adapted, and was skeptical of how the remake managed to enter Taiwan's top ten domestic films of all time. After I watched it, I completely understood why it's such a crowd-pleasing hit. On paper, the Taiwan remake of Man in Love tells just about the same story as the Korean film. Ah Cheng (Roy Chiu) is a street gangster who collects debt for a living. Though he's quick to yell and fight, he has a kind heart, and looks out for struggling debtors in his own way. He coerces bank clerk Hao Ting (Tiffany Ann Hsu) to take... [read more]
  9. Endgame (2021) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Endgame (2021) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Andy Lau (Actor) | Xiao Yang (Actor) | Wan Qian (Actor) | Lin Hai (Actor)
    Key to a good remake
    November 30, 2021 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Uchida Kenji's 2012 comedy-drama Key of Life about a hitman and a failed actor swapping identities picked up a slew of prizes, and its 2016 Korean remake Luck-Key was a box office hit. In 2021, the third iteration of the story arrives with the ambiguously titled Chinese remake Endgame. So what does this version offer that hasn't already been covered in the previous two films? Well, for one thing, it has Andy Lau. Endgame also has director Rao Xiaozhi, who brings a different vibe to this same story. Andy Lau wears the heck out of a black suit as precise and unflappable professional killer Zhou Quan whose downfall turns out to be a slippery bar of soap. After taking a fall at the bathhouse,... [read more]
  10. The Magician On The Skywalk (2021) (DVD) (Ep. 1-11) (End) (Taiwan Version) The Magician On The Skywalk (2021) (DVD) (Ep. 1-11) (End) (Taiwan Version) Kaiser Chuang (Actor) | Lu Yi En (Actor) | Luo Shi Qi (Actor) | Chu Meng Xuan (Actor)
    Life, death and disappearance in 1980s Taipei
    October 29, 2021 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Chunghwa Market was an expansive integrated shopping mall located in Taipei's Ximending area from 1961 to 1992, when it was closed to make way for urban redevelopment. A skywalk over an intersection of roads carried foot traffic directly to the second level of Chunghwa Market, which bustled with people and activity as one of the city's most popular landmarks. This shopping market of yesteryear serves as the setting of the acclaimed 2021 PTS drama The Magician on the Skywalk, which won Best Television Series, Best Director and other prizes at the 56th Golden Bell Awards. Yang Ye Che honed his talent for telling human stories at PTS in the 2000s before going on to direct feature films like... [read more]
  11. Tears on Fire (2021) (DVD) (Ep. 1-10) (End) (Tote Bag Limited Edition) (Taiwan Version) Tears on Fire (2021) (DVD) (Ep. 1-10) (End) (Tote Bag Limited Edition) (Taiwan Version) Hu Shi An (Actor) | Annie Chen (Actor) | James Wen (Actor) | Xia Teng Hong (Actor)
    Firefighters do more than fight fires
    August 30, 2021 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    On days of disaster and tragedy, we laud the heroics and sacrifices of firefighters and first responders. But are we providing the needed resources and understanding to support their work and livelihood every day of the year? The ten-episode PTS series Tears on Fire depicts the experiences and challenges of firefighters and EMTs in Taiwan. The drama follows a typical brigade in the Tongan Branch of Dayuan City Fire Department. The team, which includes James Wen, Annie Chen, Liu Kuan Ting and Austin Lin, works around the clock to respond to emergency calls. In Taiwan, EMS (emergency medical service) is provided by the fire department, so firefighters are also trained as EMTs (emergency... [read more]
  12. Detective Chinatown 3 (2021) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Detective Chinatown 3 (2021) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Wang Bao Qiang (Actor) | Tsumabuki Satoshi (Actor) | Liu Hao Ran (Actor) | Miura Tomokazu (Actor)
    More of the Detective Chinatown universe
    July 31, 2021 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Out of all the films that were originally set for theatrical release in China for Chinese New Year in 2020 and then pushed back due to COVID, only two films delayed their release dates all the way to 2021 Chinese New Year – the cartoon feature Boonie Bears: The Wild Life and Detective Chinatown 3. Most of the other big-name titles, like Leap, Vanguard and Jiang Ziya, opened later in 2020 or, in the case of Lost in Russia, premiered on digital platforms instead. Detective Chinatown 3, however, was held an entire year for the Spring Festival opening, because it's very much a Lunar New Year film. Despite the detective buddy comedy being a surefire blockbuster anytime of the year based on its... [read more]
  13. The Con-Heartist (2020) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) The Con-Heartist (2020) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Nadech Kugimiya (Actor) | Baifern Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul (Actor) | Mam Kathaleeya McIntosh (Actor) | Ter Chantavit Dhanasevi (Actor)
    Heart, humor and hijinks
    July 1, 2021 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    When it comes to glossy commercial films that hit you in the feels and the funny bone, it's hard to go wrong with GDH. The 2020 comedy The Con-Heartist deploys the blockbuster studio's tried-and-true formula of pretty people engaging in cute romance and wacky comedy, but this crowd-pleaser leads with crime caper elements. Romcom favorite Baifern Pimchanok gives one of her most lovable performances as Ina, a humble banker who wears her heart on her sleeve. That's how she ended up getting scammed by ex-boyfriend Petch (a wily, smiley Thiti Mahayotaruk) and saddled with debt. When she encounters suave con artist Tower, played by Channel 3 heartthrob Nadech Kugimiya, she ropes him into helping... [read more]
  14. Future Cops (1993) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Future Cops (1993) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Andy Lau (Actor) | Jacky Cheung (Actor) | Chingmy Yau (Actor) | Aaron Kwok (Actor)
    90s Hong Kong comedy at its craziest
    June 30, 2021 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Some people may say that Future Cops is a terrible motion picture. And those people would not be wrong, but that doesn't stop me from wholeheartedly loving this wacky 90s Hong Kong classic. The sci-fi action comedy is directed by – who else? – Hong Kong cinema's king of low-brow comedies Wong Jing, and it aims to entertain by throwing everything but the kitchen sink into its nonsensical fun. One of the biggest draws of Future Cops is that it's packed with stars, and they all dress up in ridiculous cosplay-quality costumes, as the film giddily rips off characters from Street Fighter II. Future Cops enjoys the distinction of having three Heavenly Kings – Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung and Aaron Kwok... [read more]
  15. A Little Reunion (2019) (DVD) (Ep. 1-49) (End) (China Version) A Little Reunion (2019) (DVD) (Ep. 1-49) (End) (China Version) Hai Qing (Actor) | Huang Lei (Actor) | Sha Yi (Actor) | Tao Hong (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]
  16. Get The Hell Out (2020) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Get The Hell Out (2020) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Lin He Xuan (Actor) | Gao Hui Chun (Actor) | Wang Zhong Huang (Actor) | Bruce Hung (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]
  17. We Are Champions (2019) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) We Are Champions (2019) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) Fandy Fan (Actor) | Li Lin Fei (Actor) | Berant Chu (Actor) | Luo Zhang En (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]
  18. 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) Li Qin (Actor) | Chen Dao Ming (Actor) | Zhang Ruo Yun (Actor) | Liu Mei Tong (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]
  19. Tournament 7 (2019) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Tournament 7 (2019) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Sam Leong (Actor, Director, Writer) | Jim Bing Hei (Actor) | Julian Benedikt Gaertner (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]
  20. 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) Xiu Qin (Actor) | Hsieh Ying Hsuan (Actor) | Hsia Ching Ting (Actor) | Wayne Song (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]
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