• A Man Who Was Superman

    Apr 20, 2015

    The destination will probably be inevitable to you 5 minutes into the movie, but that is unlikely to stop the tears rolling down your cheeks come closing credits and the journey, not the destination is the thing of greatest importance.

  • A Millionaire’s First Love

    Apr 23, 2015

    As it draws to it conclusion, that Korean melancholy kicks in and the characters begin to extend beyond caricatures.

  • A Simple Life

    May 26, 2015

    ‘A Simple Life’ is the perfect marriage of arthouse style and heart-rending substance.

  • A Tale Of Two Sisters

    Jun 9, 2015

    If you are willing to substitute blood for brains and real heart for cheap scares, this movie will be one you will remember long after you see it.

  • A World Without Thieves

    Jun 28, 2015

    This is a lustrous production that flatters to deceive, aiming for the intellect, but eventually preferring to show empty spectacle and supposed depth.

  • A-1

    Feb 15, 2004

    There are moments of entertainment here, but the flat denouement sums up the lack of real polish that the preceding 100 minutes had provided.

  • About Her Brother

    Feb 15, 2010

    ‘About Her Brother’ showcases Yamada’s deft understanding of the Japanese family, yet has a universality that ensures each significant moment hits home no matter where in the world it is viewed.

  • After The Storm

    Jun 2, 2017

    ‘After The Storm’ doesn’t quite hit the heights of ‘Our Little Sister’, but it is another world class contribution to cinema by one of the modern masters.

  • Aftershock

    Feb 16, 2015

    A well made drama that follows the lives of a small group of characters after an horrific event, ‘Aftershock’ may disappoint those looking for the regular disaster movie tropes but those in the mood for a rewarding character piece should check it out.

  • All About Ah Long

    Feb 16, 2015

    For those willing to explore other genres of Hong Kong films though, ‘All About Ah Long’ is a quality film that continues to have a resonance after it has ended.

  • All About Love

    Feb 16, 2015

    When the main story takes centre stage, the viewer’s interest is likely to be lost and the plot-holes difficult to reconcile.

  • All Night Long

    Feb 17, 2015

    ‘All Night Long’ is a vehicle for four fine actresses and a film-maker who may not have made a significant contribution to Asian cinema, yet shows with this production that his skills are worthy of merit.

  • Always On My Mind

    Feb 17, 2015

    The best advice I would give to anyone is to stick with this excellent production through its slower moments as there is much to savour here.

  • Always: Sunset On Third Street

    Feb 17, 2015

    This sumptuous work was lauded on its release and in this reviewer’s mind was not deserving of quite the reception it got at the Japanese Academy awards.

  • An Amorous Woman Of Tang Dynasty

    Dec 17, 2017

    Somewhat frustrating due to its fractured narrative, yet compelling within its aesthetic and themes, Eddie Fong’s directorial debut remains a unique experiment of its era.

  • An Autumn’s Tale

    Feb 17, 2015

    This highly acclaimed romantic drama proves once again that Hong Kong cinema can be very subtle and is far more varied than some would have the public believe.

  • An Empress And The Warriors

    Mar 10, 2015

    ‘An Empress And The Warriors’ is enticing enough to divert the attention, but without anything substantial within the duration it is quickly forgotten.

  • Ashes Of Time

    Feb 18, 2015

    A tapestry of emotion, audaciously flashing backwards and forwards and shifting voice-overs to piece together the moments that have led the characters to the barren wastes of the desert.

  • Assembly

    Feb 18, 2015

    A personal story told on a grand scale ‘Assembly’ is as good as war flicks get, finding a near perfect balance between a personal journey and large scale combat.

  • At The End Of Daybreak

    Feb 18, 2015

    Social realist cinema can be the most edifying and informative genre the medium can offer, but Ho Yu-Hang’s style is such that the only sensation to get from the screen is mild hyperthermia.

  • Avalon

    Feb 19, 2015

    Some may dismiss this merely as ‘The Matrix’ with opera. Others will agree it is an example of science fiction using its brain as well as its trigger finger.

  • Axis Of War: The First Of August

    Jun 9, 2015

    This is only for the war history (and propaganda/sentimentality pushing) completist out there. Those wanting a war combat fix best look elsewhere.

  • Azooma

    Feb 19, 2015

    One could almost believe the idea was hatched in a few minutes as scenes are needlessly dragged out and nothing significant happens until the closing moments.

  • b420

    Feb 20, 2015

    ‘b420’ moves from a potentially arresting low-key beginning to a middle section that throws together predictable sub-plots, then Matthew Tang switches to a thriller for the final twenty minutes.