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Mrs Lee is not coping well with ageing. Her vanity leads her to seek potions and powders to keep the wrinkles at bay, until desperation leads her to Mei and her rejuvenation dumplings. But when you make a meal-deal with the devil, don't ask what's in the filling. ... Christopher Doyle's gifted eye ... Read more
"[Durian Durian] follows the path of a young woman, Yan, as she struggles in a dirty precinct of Hong Kong, and her reimmersion into family life after she abandons the world of prostitution in the city. Chan shows us Yan's world through the eyes of an eight-year-old named Fan. ... "Yan is ... Read more
In a much welcome return to the festival big screen, MIFF regular Johnnie To picks up perfectly where last year's Closing Night feature ended with the electric Election 2. Offering an ingenuously appropriate end to the storylines of the first film, Election 2 opens with Hong Kong's oldest triad, Wo ... Read more
Everlasting Regret received six nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards. ... Based on the best-selling 1996 novel by Wang Anyi, Stanley Kwan's handsome epic, Everlasting Love, sweeps across the screen on a wave of Shanghai nostalgia. Using its troubled anti-heroine to navigate the troubled waters ... Read more
Jet Li stars in what he proclaims to be his final martial arts feature; this kinetic retelling of the life of Huo Yuanjia, founder of the Jingwu School of Martial Arts. Growing up in Tianjin, Northern China, Huo is forbidden to train by his martial artist father and resorts to training himself in ... Read more
The Five Venoms (Wu Du) Hong KongThe Scorpion, The Snake, The Centipede, The Lizard and The Toad: five treacherous assassins, each trained in a deadly fighting technique modelled after their namesakes, the most venomous creatures on earth. In the martial arts universe of Chang Cheh they are the ... Read more
"Jet Li stars as irascible folk legend Fong Sai Yuk in Corey Yuen's period martial arts riot. Li's charisma and agility have never been more perfectly showcased, and Josephine Siao Fong-Fong is equally wonderful as his kung fu fightin' mum, beautifully described by critic Andy Klein as 'imperious ... Read more
WHERE WOULD a Hunan restaurant run by a Cantonese serve Peking Duck7 Only in New York, so that is where young Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan went to shoot Full Moon In New York, a tale of friendship between three Chinese women from different regions who could only have met each other in Chinatown ... Read more
Golden Swallow (Jin Yanzi) Hong Kong MIFF 2003 guest Cheng Pei Pei (Come Drink With Me) stars in this 60s action adventure also known by the evocative title, The Girl With the Thunderbolt Kick. Golden Swallow has seemingly given up her death-dealing ways until she is wrongfully accused of going on ... Read more
Hong Kong maverick Wong Kar-wai mixes up a heady brew of race, culture and sexuality in Happy Together, his latest film dealing with a gay Chinese couple residing in Buenos Aires. The director's star has certainly risen both at home and abroad and this simply told but hip, colourful and superbly ... Read more
Garnering high praise and multiple festival awards upon its release in 1997, Happy Together (MIFF 1997) instantly became a cult classic for filmmaker Wong Kar-wai. ... After his melancholic epic Ashes of Time and the upbeat and frenetic Chungking Express, Wong emerged into an altogether different ... Read more
Hero (Ying Xiong) China/Hong Kong'a grand and magnificent picture... every bit as dazzling and spectacular as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.' -The Hollywood Reporter A visual tour-de-force, Hero is an intoxicating feast for the senses. An epic story of love and heroism set against the backdrop of ... Read more
The Heroic Ones (Shisan Taibao) Hong Kong'It's difficult to describe the battle sequences in order to do them justice. I can safely compare a memorable scene in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, where the heroes rode out into a thronging mass of orcs brandishing pikes, with a scene in The Heroic ... Read more
A complex story based around a small ensemble of characters who cross paths in the wake of a plane crash. Grieving for his dead wife, a young husband, Fung Wai, meets a gay real estate agent, Tong, after he considers selling his apartment, which holds too many painful reminders of the loss. Much of ... Read more
Shan Shan, a young businesswoman tired of the materialistic life in Hong Kong, returns to the small village in southern China to visit the grave of her recently deceased grandmother. She meets her childhood friends, Ah Zhen and Tsong, now happily married with a daughter. But her presence soon ... Read more
Taking its place besides the classic John Woo and Tsuik Hark Hong Kong action films of the 80s and 90s, Infernal Affairs is as hard boiled and relentless as they come. Yan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) is an undercover cop working with the triads, recruited before he graduated from the police academy. Ming ... Read more
Infernal Affairs II (Wu jian dao II) Hong KongInfernal Affairs was a sell-out smash at last year's Festival, thrilling audiences with its hard-boiled action sequences, superb acting and intricate plotting. The film was so successful that its creators made a prequel and a sequel ... Read more
Infernal Affairs III (Wu jian dao III) Hong KongThis conclusion to the blockbuster Hong Kong crime series is a fitting farewell to the trilogy, with an all-star cast headed by Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang Chi-Wai (Men Suddenly in Black, in MIFF this year). Charged with ... Read more
“If Jacques Tati, the French comic absurdist, had ever made a gangster thriller, it probably would have looked like Invisible Waves.” - Hollywood Reporter This ethereal existential offering from Thai revelation, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, who was the subject of a special MIFF spotlight in 2004 ... Read more
The original idea behind Alien Fong's lust Like Weather was to make a film about marriage. He became intrigued with a young couple (Christine Lee and Chang Hung-nin) who had been separated three times in only five years of marriage. After shooting long interviews with them, the film's storyline ... Read more
"Let's take this opportunity to spar a little." ... In his spectacular [Kung Fu Hustle], Stephen Chow delivers a brilliant and rambunctious homage to the masters of the genre, the Shaw brothers, and their artful, hard-kicking movies of the 1960s and 70s. Anyone unfamiliar with this nostalgic ... Read more
From Tian Zhuangzhuang, the director of Horse Thief, comes this unique re-telling of the long reign of Tz'u-hsi, the Empress Dowager of turn-of-the-century China, as seen through the memory of Li Lianying, her chief eunuch.The story slips back and forth in time within a forty year scope, as the ... Read more
In his dreams, she appears as an otherworldly beauty. In reality, she 's a brassy country girl. Which version of this woman does he love? ... A Chinese man (played by Hong Kong superstar Daniel Wu) living in New York suffers recurring dreams in which he meets an elusive, sorrowful woman (played by ... Read more
Cheung is nine years of age and already a tough little businessman making deliveries for his father's restaurant. As he expertly urinates in the tea he is about to drop off to a thirsty customer, he explains to his accomplice how to get revenge on bad tippers. ... Fan is a little girl in a family ... Read more
“A eulogy to lung pollution, Love in a Puff makes sharing a pack of cigarettes look sexier than sharing a bed.” - Hollywood Reporter ... In post-cigarette ban Hong Kong, smokers gather around rubbish bins, in alleyways and outside shops to share gossip and dirty jokes. It's over one of these ... Read more
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