• Badges Of Fury

    Feb 20, 2015

    ‘Badges of Fury’ cannot decide whether it is merely an abysmal spoof of cop films, an action comedy or a gaudy pantomime.

  • Dog

    Mar 8, 2015

    ‘Dog’ is a powerful short film that doesn’t flinch on the violence and certainly delves into the dark corners of society.

  • Drug War

    Mar 9, 2015

    Johnnie To charges out the gate with ‘Drug War’: a blitz of tension, style and almost unrelenting momentum.

  • How To Use Guys With Secret Tips

    Mar 26, 2015

    The production has enough genuine laughs, sharp satirical swipes and overall skill to be rated as recommended viewing.

  • Ip Man: The Final Fight

    Mar 30, 2015

    Herman Yau’s conclusion to the story deserves its place among its contemporaries. And any film with Anthony Wong giving his all is well worth adding to your collection.

  • Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons

    Apr 1, 2015

    ‘Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons’ is a solid fantasy film that retains a fair amount of that Stephen Chow magic.

  • Kung Fu Fighter

    Apr 4, 2015

    ‘Kung Fu Fighter’ is the cinematic equivalent of watching a used corn plaster floating in a muddy canal.

  • Legendary

    Oct 30, 2017

    ‘Legendary’ overcomes any budgetary limitations to deliver a solid adventure that harkens back to the fun monster movies of yesteryear.

  • Man Of Tai Chi

    Apr 20, 2015

    Keanu Reeves makes an assured directorial debut and an all round great fight film with the rather impressive ‘Man of Tai Chi’.

  • New World

    Jan 10, 2018

    Slick, confident and complex, much like its main characters, ‘New World’ un-spools a gripping tale of loyalty and the quest for power.

  • Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear

    May 4, 2015

    No doubt those who need oodles of story/plot/narrative to justify enjoying a film will grumble (yawn!) but on the whole this is a superior sequel and a super-charged martial arts film.

  • Nobody’s Daughter Hae-Won

    May 4, 2015

    It may be an award of distinction for a non-commercial director to have his film populated by bland, feckless characters and have them doing bland, feckless things, but for the viewer there’s nothing admirable about it.

  • Personal Tailor

    May 11, 2015

    The simple fact is that Xiaogang’s latest work is the kind of slick, seamless film that one can admire as much as enjoy.

  • Pluto

    May 12, 2015

    Full of strong performances and that subtle yet unrelentingly grim atmosphere that Asian films do so splendidly, ‘Pluto’ is a necessary film.

  • Police Story 2013

    May 12, 2015

    There is much to appreciate here, especially a plot with enough turns and twists to keep the viewer attentive and characters who go beyond their stereotypes as the villain’s motives unfold.

  • Saving General Yang

    May 21, 2015

    Yu’s epic is often stunning to look at, is a lot less stuffy and longwinded than many a recent Chinese period epic, moves at a fair clip and delivers a surfeit of adrenaline surged spectacle.

  • Secretly, Greatly

    May 21, 2015

    The one thing in the film’s favour is some passable fisticuffs though even this becomes repetitive after the hundredth faceless drone is punched in the head at the end.

  • Shield Of Straw

    May 24, 2015

    For a director known for lurid excess, ‘Shield of Straw’ is a subtly haunting thriller with an ending that asks questions of everything that went before it.

  • Snowpiercer

    May 28, 2015

    Bong Joon-Ho makes an incredibly confident and thrilling English language debut in ‘Snowpiercer’, which can sit comfortably alongside his already impressive filmography.

  • Special ID

    Jun 1, 2015

    After a surge of period and fantasy styled films, Donnie Yen returns to modern day cop action territory in the somewhat schlocky but no less entertaining ‘Special ID’.

  • The Attorney

    Feb 18, 2015

    It isn’t a noisy blockbuster with shrill bells and whistles; it is a smartly made drama with a dash of redemption, a healthy chunk of political history and a level of tension cranked up to the zenith.

  • The Berlin File

    Feb 22, 2015

    Ryoo Seung-Wan’s film is still compelling and stringently efficient like its two protagonists, a fact that outweighs the negatives that poke through.

  • The Constable

    Mar 2, 2015

    Thankfully this low-budget Hong Kong drama has enough going for it to sidestep its lazier moments.

  • The Gifted Hands

    Mar 17, 2015

    Essentially though, it’s a painfully predictable outing that is knocked down a notch or two by its awkward blend of genres.