Reviews

  • Hospital

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    Sep 24

    A pretty cool concept for this Taiwanese horror is all but wasted under a slew of clichés, incredibly muddled plotting, and not enough decent scares.

  • All U Need Is Love

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    Sep 17

    It has to be admitted that there are some decent moments within the film and it certainly brings more smiles to the face than many a Chinese New Year comedy of the past.

  • Blade Of The Immortal

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    Sep 10

    Billed as Takashi Miike’s 100th film at the time of release, ‘Blade of the Immortal’ sees the enfant terrible deliver one of his best films of recent: both violently excessive and beautifully crafted.

  • Breakout Brothers

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    Sep 3

    This is a surprisingly exciting and often blackly comic thriller that borrows from ‘Prison on Fire’ but does so with real skill.

  • Silat Warriors: Deed Of Death

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    Aug 27

    A mixed bag unfortunately but if you stick with it there is some incredible fight action come the second half which is a great showcase for some very gifted screen fighters.

  • Keep Running

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    Aug 20

    It’s hard not to come away from ‘Keep Running’ with a feeling of awe for those involved, but also a sense that we’ve come to really get to know the participants by the end.

  • Raging Fire

    A bit of ‘Heat’ mixed with Chan’s own ‘Invisible Target’, ‘Raging Fire’ hits hard in both the action and drama, the much-missed director delivering one of his finest.

  • The 8th Night

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    Aug 10

    For two thirds of its running time, ‘The 8th Night’ is a satisfyingly low key supernatural thriller that explores themes of shamanism, redemption and even friendship as the two monks grapple with a dangerous evil.

  • Plurality

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    Aug 3

    Taking the concept of multiple personalities and giving it a sci-fi twist, ‘Plurality’ is a confident and well shot attempt at copying the Hollywood gloss

  • Ip Man: Kung Fu Master

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    Jul 27

    At a swift 80 minutes ‘Ip Man: Kung Fu Master’ fairly throttles along trying to cover as much early Ip Man history as possible as well as cramming in as many fight scenes as it can.

  • Roh

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    Jul 19

    Slow burn and tense filled horror that relies more on a continuous and thick sense of dread rather than jump scares and oodles of gore, ‘Roh’ is serious horror that gets under the skin.

  • Wild Search

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    Jul 13

    The tonal shifts may jar some but overall ‘Wild Search’ is a satisfying experience showcasing a renowned filmmaker flexing his creative muscles.

  • Hi, Mom

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    Jul 9

    It will probably be appreciated much more by the local audience but there is enough to enjoy for international viewers.

  • Savage

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    Jul 5

    ‘Savage’ pulls few punches in its tough tale of a mountain cop on a quest to extract revenge on a trio of criminals who killed his partner.

  • The Intergalactic Adventures Of Max Cloud

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    Jun 28

    From the get-go, ‘Max Cloud’ wears its sense of retro fun proudly on its sleeve and while it can’t always keep up with its ambitions, this is a lot of creative, action-packed, silly fun.

  • The War Of Loong

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    Jun 28

    Despite a solid start and the production values to do events justice, ‘The War of Loong’ just misses out on being overly memorable.

  • God Of Gamblers

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    Jun 21

    Much like a television movie version of ‘God of Gamblers’, but stripped of many of the elements that made the original work, this 2020 unofficial update is low budget and low entertainment value.

  • The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion

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    Jun 21

    A blend of classy slow burn filmmaking and bloody violent action, the film may not be to everyone’s taste, but it certainly sets out to find its own rhythm and style.

  • Gang Master

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    Jun 13

    It’s not that it isn’t enjoyable – there is plenty to savour here – but considering the talent available on both sides of the lens, it is mildly frustrating.

  • Time And Tide

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    Jun 13

    Dizzying, dazzling, and no doubt divisive, ‘Time and Tide’ has lost none of its verve or kinetic creativity and shows a Hong Kong master at his most creative and impulsive.

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