Category Archives: Hong Kong

Bounty Hunters (2016)

I watched this movie in a theater, in Toronto, with English subtitles and I am glad I did! Both my companions really liked it, as well, with one saying it was perfect! The movie was a great campy action comedy! It had great acting between the Korean and Chinese stars. I especially liked Siu‑Wong Fan in his comedic role in this movie. All main actors performed great.

The movie has beautiful shots of Korea and if you are familiar with the setting, you will truly enjoy these! Also, a Bombardier new plane appears in the movie, which was curious! What I really loved, and what elevated this to 8/10 for me, are the surprises! They are not so much plot twists, but completely unexpected actions, which make a lot of sense, but you never see them coming! They were brilliantly done and made me laugh, and surprised me constantly. Humor was great and smart all the way to the end and there was no toilet humor or swearing, which is a huge plus for me! The action was really good, very polished and cool to look at, with some truly great scenes, like the car collision, which was very well done. A superb martial arts fight scene is also present, just past mid-way through the movie, which had extremely good and unique camera work! It is well worth watching! Other action was very well choreographed too and well done.

The story was good and fell into place well. The only negative I found was pacing, especially in second half of the movie, where it sometimes seems a bit out of place, however the movie maintained momentum and finished without slowing down too much.

Overall, I would rate this movie highly, liked it a lot, with my friends loving it. Humor was smart and funny, hugely surprising sometimes and the action was polished and great-looking, with unique fight camera work! Will probably buy on Blu-Ray once it’s out to watch again!

Review by daletkine

Cook Up a Storm(2017)

‘Cook Up A Storm’ may be arriving later than its peers, but it is easily the most satisfying CNY movie we’ve seen this year. As much as it may be about the rivalry between the Cantonese street cook Sky Ko (Nicholas Tse) and the French-trained Michelin-starred chef Paul Ahn (Jung Yong-hwa), this gastronomic-themed drama is more compellingly about Sky and his father Mountain Ko (Anthony Wong), the latter an internationally recognized Chinese chef who had left his son in the care of his buddy Uncle Seven (Ge You) two decades ago in order to pursue his culinary ambitions worldwide. It isn’t hard to guess that the father-son estrangement is where the narrative ultimately leads to (meaning therefore that the supposed enmity between Sky and Paul is no more than a red herring), but that doesn’t diminish the poignance of their eventual reconciliation, which is also what makes the movie surprisingly pleasing.

As formula would have it, the conflicts here between the respective pair of rivals are resolved through cooking competitions. Underlining that between Sky and Paul is the threat an obnoxious land developer Chairman Li (Wang Tai Li) brandishes about taking back the humble diner Seven if the former loses the International Chef Challenge Competition – although the fact that Chairman Li owns the fine dining restaurant where Paul is head chef at makes the bargain an unfair one to begin with. Incidentally, their clash is also cast as one between tradition and modernity – not only because Seven and the Spring Avenue neighbourhood where it is located are but the only historical vestiges left in the middle of gleaming skyscrapers, but also because of Paul’s frequent refrain that Chinese cuisine had stagnated through the centuries. Likewise, the enmity between Sky and Mountain also culminates in a culinary showdown, albeit in a more prestigious World Supreme Chef Competition at Macau’s glittering Studio City Event Centre.

Yet even though the presentation is familiar, the flavours remain just as delightful. It’s no secret that the premise is inspired by Nicholas Tse’s cooking show ‘Chef Nic’, and just as that successful food travelogue, the sight of watching professional chefs at work on their craft is truly one to behold. Just as delectable is the showcase of East and West cuisine – the former presented here with a beauty and elegance rarely seen, and the latter exotic and fascinating in and of itself. The filmmakers have here taken to heart an axiom which the sagely Seven imparts – that the mark of a truly successful chef is his or her ability to create a dish that can carry its flavours from the tongue to the heart. Oh yes, more than the tantalizing sight of food is the unexpectedly moving reunion between the father-son pair here, which is guaranteed to leave you misty-eyed.

That these characters are played by Nicholas Tse and Anthony Wong also makes their on screen relationship even more compelling, the latter in particular injecting gravitas into a supporting role that could have ended up as mere caricature in the hands of a lesser actor. Not forgetting of course the wonderful Ge You, whose presence alone brings class and dignity to an underwritten part that could have been better developed to illustrate the surrogate relationship between Sky and Seven. Indeed, some of the most memorable scenes are constructed between and around these veterans as they trade barbs and jibes at one another, leaving the rest of the performers either shrill (such as Jim Chim’s sycophantic right-hand man to Chairman Li) or just bland (such as Seven’s restaurant manager Uni (Tiffany Tang) and Paul’s girlfriend cum culinary associate Mayo (Bai Bing)).

Truth be told, ‘Cook Up A Storm’ serves up a recipe that local viewers will no doubt recognize from past CNY offerings such as ‘Let’s Eat!’ and Stephen Chow’s classic ‘God of Cookery’. But there is every intention on director Raymond Yip and his writer Manfred Wong’s part for their latest to be comfort food over the CNY holiday, just like the familiar but nevertheless joyous dishes we often partake over reunion dinners and with the crucial ingredient of family togetherness. In that regard, there is much reason to embrace the joy, warmth and exuberance of this familiar yet heartwarming movie – and like we said at the start, it may have arrived later than its peers, but this is also easily the most enjoyable Spring Festival movie this year.

Review by moviexclusive

Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019)

This film start with Yip Man watching his student “Bruce Lee” fighting at the San Francisco stadium, flashback of he diagnose having cancer, one of Bruce Lee’s student invite Yip Man to San Francisco watching him demonstrate Chinese martial art, and an U.S. local Chinese community leader “Wan Zong Hua” refuse to writing a recommendation letter for Yip Man, because Bruce Lee teaching white people martial art scene!

As turnout, this chapter is about a marine officer “Barton” despise Chinese Kung Fu, he want to defeat all the Chinese Kung Fu master to prove karate more superior, and Yip Man stood out to defend them! Entire film full of touching and intense martial art scene! Touching scene! Such as, Yip Man’s son eventually answer his father call, after he knowing his father had cancer! All the martial art scene actually quite over par and satisfy! Such as, first one, Bruce Lee fighting with a man at the street scene!

The nunchaku playing by Bruce Lee surprising good in this scene! He never hit by the nunchaku on the face! Second one, Yip Man fighting with Wan Zong Hua scene! This scene eventually end with the house shaking and the chandelier fell down! Third one, Colin fight with Hartman at the marine training ground scene!

The martial art in this scene also quite intense and watchable! Fourth one, Colin challenge all the Chinese Kung Fu master at the Chinatown scene! This scene eventually end with Yip Man take down Colin by his famous “Yip Man punch”! Fifth one, Barton take down several man at the martial art school scene! This scene had things broken and quite impressive kicking and punching! Sixth one, Barton fighting with Wan Zong Hua scene! Barton defeat Wan Zong Hua in this scene! This scene had hand and leg broken and bloody scene! Last one, surely is the most epic one! Barton fight with Yip Man scene! Yip Man wounded on the ground and mock by Barton, Yip Man eventually defeat Barton by broken his leg, hand and neck! At the end, Yip Man back to his house and teaching his son martial art! Yip Man want his son record he hitting the dummy! Yip Man died and Bruce Lee attend his funeral! That’s it! Definitely a must watch film for action fans! Surely we will remember the significant quote of this saga forever! “I want fight with ten men”!

Review by kwenchow

Paradox (2017)

Yue Wu – Honest and matching performance
Louis Koo- One of this best and Neatly done
Tony Jaa – Stunning with stunts but only for few scenes
Others – Well done
Story – A Hong Kong police teams up with local police in search of the missing daughter in the Thailand.
Cinematography – Cool
Screenplay – Pacy
Direction – Organized
Paradox (2017) – Tremendous! Hong kong movie is back with a action package. This time they team up with some of the top Asian castings likeLouis Koo, Tony Jaa, Yue Wu. It’s a strong story backed up by quick screenplay. Action at it’s best and we would love to see Tony Jaa in more scene but he was utilized less. A very good action film. Great stunt work.

The Adventurers (2017)

Jean Reno – It’s nice to see him after long time but less scope for his role
Qi Shu – Cute and casual performance from her
Andy Lau – Matured
Eric Tsang – Confident and predictable performance
Others – Managed
Story – A group of smart thieves try to pull out one last heist in europe but was interupted by french police
Cinematography – Cool
Screenplay – Slow
Direction – Good
The Adventurers (2017) – Less Adventurous. They have tried different technologies to justify each scene but logic is missing from the start but worth watching for the well known casting. Top casting, Beautiful location, predictable story and moderate screenplay makes the movie to be watchable.