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20:30:40 (Sylvia Chang, 2004)
20: 30: 40 Hong Kong/ChinaSex and the City Taipei-style. Nominated for the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival, this irresistible film from Sylvia Chang is a fun and entertaining romantic… Read more

A BETTER TOMORROW (John Woo, 1986)
From the director of last year's Festival hit The Killer comes this earlier work, an ultraviolent, hyperkinetic gangster melodrama which virtually began a whole new stylistic trend in the loyal-to-th… Read more

A CHINESE GHOST STORY 2 (Ching Siu-Tung, 1990)
The second chapter of A Chinese Ghost Story has all the same ingredients as the first: high style, low comedy, explosive special effects, rap renditions of classical Taoist poetry and so on. But the … Read more

A SIMPLE LIFE (Ann Hui, 2012)
“A slice-of-life masterpiece dealing compassionately with the inevitable ageing process.” - Time Out Hong Kong ... Chinese screen star Andy Lau teams for once again with his real-life godmother, … Read more

A TOUCH OF ZEN (King Hu, 1972)
The film is based on a tale by P'u Sung- ... Ling , a poor scholar, who lived at the ... end of the 17th century. The director ... combined the filming of “The Heroic ... Maid”, a simple story, w… Read more

AH YING (Allen Fong, 1983)
Ah Ying is a 22-year-old woman, living in squalid conditions and working at the family fish stall at Hong Kong's bustling market. Eventually, through her attendance at drama classes, she is able to m… Read more

ALONE (Wang Bing, 2012)
"An unquestionably eye-opening, deeply human, strikingly lensed look at an impoverished family whose rudimentary living conditions are a sharp riposte to the illusion of China's economic boom." - Var… Read more

ASHES OF TIME REDUX (Wong Kar Wai, 2008)
"The film is Mr Wong's most abstract endeavor, a bold excursion into the realm of pure cinema." - New York Times ... In ancient China, a vagabond swordsman earns his living by hiring others as assass… Read more

AUTUMN MOON (Clara Law, 1992)
Winner of the Gold Leopard (Grand Prix) at the last Locarno Film Festival, Autumn Moon is a striking departure from the archetypal Hong Kong feature — European critics have compared it to the e… Read more

BACK TO BACK, FACE TO FACE (Huang Jianxin, 1994)
Coming straight from the Cannes Film Festival's Directors Fortnight, Back To Back, Face To Face is a razor-sharp comedy from the Chinese cinema's resident satirist, Huang Jianxin. ... The film is a h… Read more

BENDS (Flora Lau, 2013)
"[Flora] Lau has crafted a drama that's both visually and emotionally lovely." - Screen Daily ... Anna is a stylish Hong Kong housewife who has just been abandoned by her wealthy husband; Fai, her ch… Read more

beyond our ken (Pang Ho Cheung, 2004)
Ken (Daniel Wu) has been romancing teacher Chan Wai-Ching (Gillian Chung), until he unceremoniously ditches her for karaoke waitress Shirley (Tao Hung). Chan goes knocking on Shirley's door when she … Read more

BLIND MOUNTAIN (Yang Li, 2007)
A vivid and visually stunning film, Blind Mountain's pretty exterior encompasses a darker subject - the abduction and slave trafficking of women in rural China. Bai Xuemei is a young university grad… Read more

BLIND SHAFT (Li Yang, 2003)
Song and Tang are coal miners, working under torturous and unsafe conditions. When Tang's brother, Chaolu, arrives for a visit, they convince him to join them in the mine. Deep underground, they kill… Read more

BLOOD BROTHERS, THE (Chang Cheh, 2004)
The Blood Brothers (Ci Ma) Hong Kong 'a tragic, romantic, blood-soaked martial arts tale of revenge that explores one of the most sensational scandals in Chinese history and marked the ascension of i… Read more

BREAKING NEWS (Johnnie To, 2004)
Breaking News (Dai Sigin) Hong KongThe latest hard-boiled crime drama from acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To (P.T.U., MIFF 2003) wowed audiences in its Official Selection slot at Cannes this y… Read more

BROTHER (Yan Yan Mak, 2001)
Hong Kong filmmaker Yan Yan Mak's debut scooped the coveted FIPRESCI Award at the 2001 Hong Kong Film Festival. Her ambitious film took the director from her home in bustling Hong Kong to a remote No… Read more

BURNING PARADISE (Ringo Lam, 1994)
"Someone gave bad seed director Ringo Lam many Hong Kong dollars to remake Burning of the Red Lotus Temple, an epic about popular character Fong Sai Yuk (see Fong Sai Yuk elsewhere in this section). … Read more

CHINESE ODYSSEY 2002 (Jeff Lau, 2002)
Produced by Wong Kar-wai, cast with several of his favourite actors and spiked with parodies of his films, Jeff Lau's thoroughly entertaining Chinese Odyssey 2002, set in the Ming Dynasty, ruthlessly… Read more

CLAUSTROPHOBIA (, 2008)
Love is a virus. It incubates silently. It strikes suddenly. It blinds your immunity. It spreads by way of intimate contacts. Its favorite breeding ground - small, crowded, claustrophobic spaces. Tak… Read more

DARKNESS BRIDE (William Kwok Wai-lun, 2004)
Darkness Bride (You Gou) Hong Kong/TaiwanA chilling ghost story set in a far-flung Chinese province where industrialisation and medieval beliefs clash. The superstition that a man who dies single wil… Read more

DOG BITE DOG (Pou-Soi Cheang, 2006)
“Rabidly violent Dog Bite Dog takes the action off the leash.” - Variety The Hong Kong action film of the year, Dog Bite Dog, distinguishes itself even by Hong Kong standards with its uncompromi… Read more

DRAGON INN (Raymond Lee, 1992)
"The early 1990s wuxia wave hit its apex with this Tsui Hark-produced remake of King Hu's Dragon Gate Inn. Maggie Cheung sasses up the screen as an innkeeper with a thrifty way of both dealing with u… Read more

DREAM HOME (Pang Ho-cheung, 2010)
Spiralling property prices push a woman over the edge, in this blood-spattered black comedy. ... An aspiring yuppie wants to forget her impoverished childhood and secure the home of her dreams. After… Read more

DRUMMER, THE (Kenneth Bi, 2007)
An original melding of spiritualism and action starring Jaycee Chan, son of martial-arts legend Jackie Chan, rounded out with spirited drumming sequences. ... When Sid (Chan), the son of a triad boss… Read more

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