Clarence Tsui

Clarence Tsui

Clarence Tsui, a Hong Kong film critic and programmer, was the South China Morning Post’s Film Editor (2005-2012).

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The Projector | Macau’s Cinematheque Passion became an art house film hub, it will be missed

Audiovisual CUT Association took over programming of Cinematheque Passion in 2016 and transformed it into an innovative, dynamic space.

11 Jul 2020 - 3:30PM

Audiovisual CUT Association took over programming of Cinematheque Passion in 2016 and transformed it into an innovative, dynamic space.

Macau’s Cinematheque Passion became an art house film hub, it will be missed
The Projector | Can cinema stop Taiwan’s cultural diversity from disappearing?

The Taiwan Film Institute’s efforts to restore classics are a much needed shot in the arm for the island’s local cultures.

16 Jun 2020 - 11:17AM

The Taiwan Film Institute’s efforts to restore classics are a much needed shot in the arm for the island’s local cultures.

Can cinema stop Taiwan’s cultural diversity from disappearing?
The Projector | Korean film festivals commemorate the Gwangju uprising – and its brutal suppression

Working around social distancing measures, online and physical events explored how a national trauma manifested on screen.

2 Jun 2020 - 3:23PM

Working around social distancing measures, online and physical events explored how a national trauma manifested on screen.

Korean film festivals commemorate the Gwangju uprising – and its brutal suppression
The Projector | From Hollywood to China, how will the coronavirus crisis manifest in future films?

From Hollywood to China, the coronavirus is reshaping the film world, making a raft of pandemic-themed movies, be they comedy capers, action and adventure, or patriotic salutes to unsung heroes, almost inevitable.

19 May 2020 - 3:24PM

From Hollywood to China, the coronavirus is reshaping the film world, making a raft of pandemic-themed movies, be they comedy capers, action and adventure, or patriotic salutes to unsung heroes, almost inevitable.

From Hollywood to China, how will the coronavirus crisis manifest in future films?
‘Isolation cinema’: filmmakers under lockdown explore big ideas in small spaces
The Projector | Are Hong Kong filmmakers out of touch with their audiences?

A survey of when, or if, US film-goers will head back to cinemas highlights the lack of innovation and engagement in the Hong Kong film industry.

21 Apr 2020 - 8:31AM

A survey of when, or if, US film-goers will head back to cinemas highlights the lack of innovation and engagement in the Hong Kong film industry.

Are Hong Kong filmmakers out of touch with their audiences?
The Projector | Straight-to-streaming: will the coronavirus pandemic change the film industry for good?

Straight-to-streaming blockbusters and free online art-house films may be pragmatic and generous during the coronavirus lockdown, but will the public expect this to continue after the pandemic has passed?

5 Apr 2020 - 10:37AM

Straight-to-streaming blockbusters and free online art-house films may be pragmatic and generous during the coronavirus lockdown, but will the public expect this to continue after the pandemic has passed?

Straight-to-streaming: will the coronavirus pandemic change the film industry for good?
The Projector | A filmmaker remakes a classic documentary about a homeless woman – without the male bias

Constanze Ruhm’s version of ‘Anna’ gives a voice to the protagonist of the original documentary, and all women marginalised by the film industry.

18 Mar 2020 - 12:05PM

Constanze Ruhm’s version of ‘Anna’ gives a voice to the protagonist of the original documentary, and all women marginalised by the film industry.

A filmmaker remakes a classic documentary about a homeless woman – without the male bias
The Projector | Documentary takes unflinching look at Chinese migrants’ impact on Lesotho, one of Africa’s poorest countries

Teboho Edkins’ Days of Cannibalism looks like a Western, but these frontier spaces are settled by Chinese ‘pioneers’.

7 Mar 2020 - 6:33PM

Teboho Edkins’ Days of Cannibalism looks like a Western, but these frontier spaces are settled by Chinese ‘pioneers’.

Documentary takes unflinching look at Chinese migrants’ impact on Lesotho, one of Africa’s poorest countries
How an anti-Maoist French film director ‘hijacked’ a Hong Kong martial arts film

René Viénet’s debut Can Dialetics Break Bricks? takes kung fu potboiler Crush and positions it as a confrontation between the state and revolutionaries .

22 Feb 2020 - 2:42PM

René Viénet’s debut Can Dialetics Break Bricks? takes kung fu potboiler Crush and positions it as a confrontation between the state and revolutionaries .

How an anti-Maoist French film director ‘hijacked’ a Hong Kong martial arts film
For Hong Kong filmmakers, politics and protests are in the spotlight, both internationally and at home

Mainland directors are frequently bombarded with questions abroad about China’s social and political conditions. Now their Hong Kong counterparts must prepare for similar interrogations.

11 Feb 2020 - 1:28PM

Mainland directors are frequently bombarded with questions abroad about China’s social and political conditions. Now their Hong Kong counterparts must prepare for similar interrogations.

For Hong Kong filmmakers, politics and protests are in the spotlight, both internationally and at home
Why some sports films are more about propaganda than athletic prowess

Films about sporting events and sports stars have frequently been used to stir national pride but certain filmmakers have pretty much ignored the brief to present a true picture.

1 Feb 2020 - 3:00PM

Films about sporting events and sports stars have frequently been used to stir national pride but certain filmmakers have pretty much ignored the brief to present a true picture.

Why some sports films are more about propaganda than athletic prowess
Why a forgotten 21-year-old film flop has taken Chinese cinema by storm and made millions

The Legend of 1900, starring Tim Roth as a pianist who lives his entire life on a boat, has surged past the latest blockbusters in box office earnings and ratings.

10 Dec 2019 - 2:12AM

The Legend of 1900, starring Tim Roth as a pianist who lives his entire life on a boat, has surged past the latest blockbusters in box office earnings and ratings.

Why a forgotten 21-year-old film flop has taken Chinese cinema by storm and made millions
The Projector | Mainland China not the only option for Hong Kong’s independent filmmakers when it comes to co-productions

A milestone Hong Kong-Japanese co-production – The Murders of Oiso – shows why the city’s independent directors should be seeking partnerships beyond the border.

26 Nov 2019 - 9:38AM

A milestone Hong Kong-Japanese co-production – The Murders of Oiso – shows why the city’s independent directors should be seeking partnerships beyond the border.

Mainland China not the only option for Hong Kong’s independent filmmakers when it comes to co-productions
The Projector | How an American war film, Midway, got past Chinese censors when home-grown ones have been pulled

We try to make sense of Roland Emmerich’s Midway getting approval for a general release in mainland Chinese cinemas while domestic war films such as The Eight Hundred remain in limbo.

7 Nov 2019 - 4:49PM

We try to make sense of Roland Emmerich’s Midway getting approval for a general release in mainland Chinese cinemas while domestic war films such as The Eight Hundred remain in limbo.

How an American war film, Midway, got past Chinese censors when home-grown ones have been pulled
The Projector | In China, what people think and what they say can be two different things, as these film figures show

Despite a tightening of China’s already strict film censorship, you can still find alternative fare, if you know where to look.

23 Oct 2019 - 3:21PM

Despite a tightening of China’s already strict film censorship, you can still find alternative fare, if you know where to look.

In China, what people think and what they say can be two different things, as these film figures show
The Projector | This is Not a Movie argues for the power of journalism in the age of ‘fake news’

Directed by Chinese-Canadian Yung Chang, the film follows revered British war correspondent Robert Fisk and details how Rupert Murdoch’s meddling led to his move from The Times to The Independent.

15 Oct 2019 - 5:55PM

Directed by Chinese-Canadian Yung Chang, the film follows revered British war correspondent Robert Fisk and details how Rupert Murdoch’s meddling led to his move from The Times to The Independent.

This is Not a Movie argues for the power of journalism in the age of ‘fake news’
Gender parity the focus at Toronto International Film Festival, championing movies directed, co-directed and created by women

Highlights include Mark Cousins’ Women Make Films, a 14-hour documentary of clips from movies by female directors from all around the world.

19 Sep 2019 - 1:10PM

Highlights include Mark Cousins’ Women Make Films, a 14-hour documentary of clips from movies by female directors from all around the world.

Gender parity the focus at Toronto International Film Festival, championing movies directed, co-directed and created by women
The Projector | Lou Ye’s film Saturday Fiction gets lukewarm reception – has Chinese filmmaker been crushed by burden of expectation?

Saturday Fiction may have received a lukewarm response from critics, but is there more to ‘sixth generation’ Chinese director Lou Ye’s movie than meets the eye?

13 Sep 2019 - 7:03AM

Saturday Fiction may have received a lukewarm response from critics, but is there more to ‘sixth generation’ Chinese director Lou Ye’s movie than meets the eye?

Lou Ye’s film Saturday Fiction gets lukewarm reception – has Chinese filmmaker been crushed by burden of expectation?
The Projector | Hong Kong cinema is not dead, as recent Chinese box office successes show

Having been sidelined by mainland Chinese blockbusters for years, recent box office wins show Hong Kong films are back with a vengeance.

29 Aug 2019 - 3:42PM

Having been sidelined by mainland Chinese blockbusters for years, recent box office wins show Hong Kong films are back with a vengeance.

Hong Kong cinema is not dead, as recent Chinese box office successes show
The Projector | Diversity is more important than gender parity in cinema, says artistic director of Locarno Film Festival

As women make strides on the international film festival circuit, Locarno’s Lili Hinstin stresses the importance of diversity versus parity.

20 Aug 2019 - 3:00PM

As women make strides on the international film festival circuit, Locarno’s Lili Hinstin stresses the importance of diversity versus parity.

Diversity is more important than gender parity in cinema, says artistic director of Locarno Film Festival
The Projector | Chinese festival co-founder rips online critics who pan films on review websites

FIRST International Film Festival chief executive is used to navigating the perils of Chinese censorship, but negative comments posted online about festival entries are too much for Li Ziwei, who fears investors will be put off.

2 Aug 2019 - 4:08PM

FIRST International Film Festival chief executive is used to navigating the perils of Chinese censorship, but negative comments posted online about festival entries are too much for Li Ziwei, who fears investors will be put off.

Chinese festival co-founder rips online critics who pan films on review websites
The Projector | South Korea’s Super 8 ‘film lab’ Space Cell wants to revive analogue filmmaking

The ‘handmade film lab’ is dedicated to reviving analogue filmmaking. When it comes to celluloid, however, Hong Kong and mainland China are out of the picture.

18 Jul 2019 - 1:45PM

The ‘handmade film lab’ is dedicated to reviving analogue filmmaking. When it comes to celluloid, however, Hong Kong and mainland China are out of the picture.

South Korea’s Super 8 ‘film lab’ Space Cell wants to revive analogue filmmaking
The Projector | Chinese film censors cancel two domestic movies, giving Hong Kong releases a boost

The Eight Hundred and Better Days are withdrawn over controversial KMT and youth violence content; The Last Wish is renamed. White Storm 2 and The Invincible Dragon fill the gaps in mainland cineplex schedules.

8 Jul 2019 - 8:22AM

The Eight Hundred and Better Days are withdrawn over controversial KMT and youth violence content; The Last Wish is renamed. White Storm 2 and The Invincible Dragon fill the gaps in mainland cineplex schedules.

Chinese film censors cancel two domestic movies, giving Hong Kong releases a boost
The Projector | China’s Fifth Generation filmmakers are officially in favour, decades after their debuts

Recent restorations and screenings reflect authorities’ willingness to rehabilitate controversial classics.

25 Jun 2019 - 8:48AM

Recent restorations and screenings reflect authorities’ willingness to rehabilitate controversial classics.

China’s Fifth Generation filmmakers are officially in favour, decades after their debuts
The Projector | Why the Tiananmen Square crack­down is off-limits to Chinese filmmakers and the directors trying to keep history alive

Director Patricio Guzmán’s latest film, like many others he has made, explores a painful chapter in Chile’s past, but Chinese auteurs do not enjoy the same liberties, with certain historical events subject to strict censorship.

5 Jun 2019 - 5:23AM

Director Patricio Guzmán’s latest film, like many others he has made, explores a painful chapter in Chile’s past, but Chinese auteurs do not enjoy the same liberties, with certain historical events subject to strict censorship.

Why the Tiananmen Square crack­down is off-limits to Chinese filmmakers and the directors trying to keep history alive
The Projector | Actor Wu Ke-xi’s Cannes debut opens up whole new world for the Taiwanese talent

After more than a decade in the business, Wu, who just made her debut in Cannes with a Me Too-themed thriller that she also wrote the screenplay for, is finally coming into her own.

24 May 2019 - 8:15AM

After more than a decade in the business, Wu, who just made her debut in Cannes with a Me Too-themed thriller that she also wrote the screenplay for, is finally coming into her own.

Actor Wu Ke-xi’s Cannes debut opens up whole new world for the Taiwanese talent
Review | Cannes 2019: Summer of Changsha film review – crime drama smoulders but fails to spark

Debutant director Zu Feng plays a cop whose murder investigation brings him face to face with the victim’s sister; both feel responsible for the death of a loved one – cue sad looks and grave talk, and a film that ultimately lacks soul.

23 May 2019 - 10:38AM

Debutant director Zu Feng plays a cop whose murder investigation brings him face to face with the victim’s sister; both feel responsible for the death of a loved one – cue sad looks and grave talk, and a film that ultimately lacks soul.

Cannes 2019: Summer of Changsha film review – crime drama smoulders but fails to spark
Review | Cannes 2019: Nina Wu film review – Midi Z’s psychological thriller takes on MeToo trauma

Taiwanese filmmaker’s story of a bit-part actress who endures humiliation and violence on the road to stardom, and loses her sanity, is gripping, suspenseful and slick.

21 May 2019 - 11:36AM

Taiwanese filmmaker’s story of a bit-part actress who endures humiliation and violence on the road to stardom, and loses her sanity, is gripping, suspenseful and slick.

Cannes 2019: Nina Wu film review – Midi Z’s psychological thriller takes on MeToo trauma
Review | Cannes 2019: The Wild Goose Lake film review – China’s underbelly exposed in film noir by Diao Yinan

The only Chinese-language title in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, its subject matter – urban crime in China –is a surprise in the current climate. The story of the hunt for a gangster on the run, this is a sensational thrill ride.

20 May 2019 - 2:39PM

The only Chinese-language title in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, its subject matter – urban crime in China –is a surprise in the current climate. The story of the hunt for a gangster on the run, this is a sensational thrill ride.

Cannes 2019: The Wild Goose Lake film review – China’s underbelly exposed in film noir by Diao Yinan