• 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.

  • Rock Me To The Moon

    Jan 7, 2021

    It is a confident film that merely allows the people involved to tell their story without the need for the makers to chime in unnecessarily.

  • 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.