Edmund Lee

Hong Kong

Edmund Lee

Film Editor

Edmund Lee is the film editor of the Post. Before joining the Culture desk in 2013, he was the arts and culture editor of Time Out Hong Kong. Since he graduated in English and Comparative Literature, Edmund has also studied law and written an MPhil thesis on Hirokazu Koreeda. He is on a masochistic mission to review every Hong Kong film being released.

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Review | Breakout Brothers 2 movie review: unremarkable Hong Kong prison break drama sequel reunites likeable ensemble cast

Patrick Tam, Louis Cheung and Adam Pak reprise their roles as prison inmate buddies and face down a businessman awaiting trial who tries to blackmail them into springing him from jail.

Patrick Tam, Louis Cheung and Adam Pak reprise their roles as prison inmate buddies and face down a businessman awaiting trial who tries to blackmail them into springing him from jail.

28 Apr 2022 - 5:15PM
Hong Kong Film Awards 2022 nominations: Limbo, Anita, Drifting lead the race; Lam Ka-tung up for best actor in two movies

Crime thriller Limbo is out in front with 14 nominations, followed by biopic Anita Mui (12) and drama Drifting (11) close behind, while Lam Ka-tung is up for best actor in two movies.

Crime thriller Limbo is out in front with 14 nominations, followed by biopic Anita Mui (12) and drama Drifting (11) close behind, while Lam Ka-tung is up for best actor in two movies.

16 Feb 2022 - 5:09PM
Crime thriller Limbo wins best picture in 2021 Hong Kong Film Critics Society awards; the late Benny Chan named best director for Raging Fire

Soi Cheang Pou-soi’s Limbo wins the top prize in Hong Kong Film Critics Society awards and best actress prize, while the best director honour goes to Raging Fire’s Benny Chan Muk-sing.

Soi Cheang Pou-soi’s Limbo wins the top prize in Hong Kong Film Critics Society awards and best actress prize, while the best director honour goes to Raging Fire’s Benny Chan Muk-sing.

19 Jan 2022 - 1:36PM
Review | Love Is Blind, Hate Too movie review: Kathy Yuen plays victim to Patrick Kong’s misogyny in dreadful attempt at psychological thriller

An homage to the Hong Kong soft-core porn films of the 1990s, Patrick Kong’s first attempt at a thriller lacks any suspense or terror, and seems to simply exploit Kathy Yuen.

An homage to the Hong Kong soft-core porn films of the 1990s, Patrick Kong’s first attempt at a thriller lacks any suspense or terror, and seems to simply exploit Kathy Yuen.

5 Jan 2022 - 12:45PM
Review | G Storm movie review: Louis Koo in fifth and final instalment of David Lam’s consistently underwhelming anti-corruption action series

G Storm, the fifth and final instalment in the action series starring Louis Koo, ends up just as laughable as the previous four – all of them sandbagged by their ridiculous scriptwriting.

G Storm, the fifth and final instalment in the action series starring Louis Koo, ends up just as laughable as the previous four – all of them sandbagged by their ridiculous scriptwriting.

29 Dec 2021 - 6:15AM
Ranking every Hong Kong film released in 2021, from worst to best

From Anita Mui biopic Anita to Donnie Yen’s Raging Fire, 2021 has had something for everyone. We rank all the Hong Kong films, good and bad, released in the past 12 months.

From Anita Mui biopic Anita to Donnie Yen’s Raging Fire, 2021 has had something for everyone. We rank all the Hong Kong films, good and bad, released in the past 12 months.

29 Dec 2021 - 2:00PM
How film actor Gordon Lam Ka-tung, star of Limbo and Trivisa, became one of Hong Kong cinema’s power players on screen and off

Gordon Lam Ka-tung was making less than a hotel bellboy when he began acting. Now an award-winning leading man and film producer, he is working to help new directors get a toehold in Hong Kong cinema.

Gordon Lam Ka-tung was making less than a hotel bellboy when he began acting. Now an award-winning leading man and film producer, he is working to help new directors get a toehold in Hong Kong cinema.

27 Nov 2021 - 8:15AM
Review | Showbiz Spy movie review: Anson Lo of Hong Kong boy band Mirror challenges gender norms in harmlessly diverting entertainment satire

Produced to capitalise on the fame of Anson Lo, of Hong Kong boy band Mirror, the film stars him as a cross-dressing investigator who goes undercover to infiltrate a reality-TV contest for girls aspiring to a pop career.

Produced to capitalise on the fame of Anson Lo, of Hong Kong boy band Mirror, the film stars him as a cross-dressing investigator who goes undercover to infiltrate a reality-TV contest for girls aspiring to a pop career.

25 Nov 2021 - 11:52PM
Review | Love After Love movie review: Sandra Ma, Eddie Peng star in Ann Hui’s gorgeous period drama set in 1930s Hong Kong

Directed by Ann Hui, who adapted the film from an Eileen Chang novella, Love After Love chronicles the toxic relationship between a teenager and an immoral playboy.

Directed by Ann Hui, who adapted the film from an Eileen Chang novella, Love After Love chronicles the toxic relationship between a teenager and an immoral playboy.

24 Nov 2021 - 11:15AM
Review | The First Girl I Loved movie review: tale of lesbian lovers’ high-school romance let down by hokey screenwriting

Hedwig Tam and Renci Yeung play two students at an all-girl Catholic school who begin a lesbian love affair in this naive and corny romance.

Hedwig Tam and Renci Yeung play two students at an all-girl Catholic school who begin a lesbian love affair in this naive and corny romance.

22 Nov 2021 - 4:25PM
Review | Limbo movie review: Hong Kong crime thriller starring Lam Ka-tung, Mason Lee and Cya Liu sees director Soi Cheang return to his nihilistic best

Soi Cheang’s nihilistic noir starring Lam Ka-tung, Mason Lee and Cya Liu follows two policeman on the hunt of a serial killer who murders and mutilates outcast women.

Soi Cheang’s nihilistic noir starring Lam Ka-tung, Mason Lee and Cya Liu follows two policeman on the hunt of a serial killer who murders and mutilates outcast women.

16 Nov 2021 - 1:40PM
Review | Anita movie review: Anita Mui biopic starring Louise Wong offers a nostalgic account of the Canto-pop singer’s personal journey in 1980s and ’90s Hong Kong

Film-goers will enter cinemas to see Anita to remember one shining star of Hong Kong show business, and they’ll surely come out hailing another: debutante actress Louise Wong nails her role as pop diva Anita Mui.

Film-goers will enter cinemas to see Anita to remember one shining star of Hong Kong show business, and they’ll surely come out hailing another: debutante actress Louise Wong nails her role as pop diva Anita Mui.

4 Dec 2021 - 11:22AM
Review | The Attorney movie review: Hong Kong legal drama championing city’s rule of law is an engaging thriller that may well be the last of its kind

The Attorney is a Hong Kong legal drama championing the rule of law. It is an engaging thriller that may well be the last of its breed, thanks to the city’s rapidly shifting political landscape.

The Attorney is a Hong Kong legal drama championing the rule of law. It is an engaging thriller that may well be the last of its breed, thanks to the city’s rapidly shifting political landscape.

28 Oct 2021 - 10:40AM
Review | Madalena movie review: Louis Cheung, Chrissie Chau play working-class lovers in quietly melancholic Macau-set romance drama

Lonely Macau taxi driver meets striving Chinese immigrant beer girl in China-born Emily Chan’s naturalistic, quietly heart-rending nocturnal drama.

Lonely Macau taxi driver meets striving Chinese immigrant beer girl in China-born Emily Chan’s naturalistic, quietly heart-rending nocturnal drama.

27 Oct 2021 - 4:15PM
Asian Film Awards 2021 winners: Japan’s Wife of a Spy wins best picture, Hong Kong cinema snatches three prizes in hybrid ceremony held in Busan, South Korea

Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s old-fashioned World War II drama takes three prizes, China’s Zhang Yimou named best director; Hong Kong films take home three prizes from ceremony in Busan, South Korea.

Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s old-fashioned World War II drama takes three prizes, China’s Zhang Yimou named best director; Hong Kong films take home three prizes from ceremony in Busan, South Korea.

8 Oct 2021 - 10:49PM
Golden Horse Awards 2021 nominations: Hong Kong film Drifting leads all contenders, and city’s 2019 protests feature in two documentaries

Hong Kong poverty drama Drifting was given 12 nominations, while Revolution of Our Times, a film about the 2019 Hong Kong protests, is up for best documentary.

Hong Kong poverty drama Drifting was given 12 nominations, while Revolution of Our Times, a film about the 2019 Hong Kong protests, is up for best documentary.

6 Oct 2021 - 4:15PM
Review | Part-time Girlfriend movie review: dating and sexual shenanigans in Hong Kong comedy with an utterly hypocritical romantic twist

What could have been a dark satire on a seedy subculture in Hong Kong – paid-for, or compensated, dating services – is given a hypocritical twist in a film that throws in an unnecessary romance.

What could have been a dark satire on a seedy subculture in Hong Kong – paid-for, or compensated, dating services – is given a hypocritical twist in a film that throws in an unnecessary romance.

22 Sep 2021 - 5:45AM
Review | Toronto 2021: The Falls movie review – pandemic drama by A Sun director Chung Mong-hong contemplates life’s surprises and disappointments

Screened in the Special Presentations section of the Toronto International Film Festival, The Falls is an oddly engaging movie about a mother and daughter in Taiwan dealing with pandemic life and mental illness.

Screened in the Special Presentations section of the Toronto International Film Festival, The Falls is an oddly engaging movie about a mother and daughter in Taiwan dealing with pandemic life and mental illness.

16 Sep 2021 - 7:00PM
Asian Film Awards 2021 nominations: Zhang Yimou leads race with One Second and Cliff Walkers; Japan represented by Wife of a Spy, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Chinese director has a combined 11 nominations for Cliff Walkers and One Second, Japan is well represented and three Hong Kong films are in the running for prizes at Asian Film Awards 2021.

Chinese director has a combined 11 nominations for Cliff Walkers and One Second, Japan is well represented and three Hong Kong films are in the running for prizes at Asian Film Awards 2021.

9 Sep 2021 - 6:15PM
Review | Raging Fire movie review: Donnie Yen, Nicholas Tse fight to the death in Benny Chan’s action-packed final film

Director Benny Chan’s last film, Raging Fire sees Donnie Yen’s incorruptible police officer face off against Nicholas Tse’s police officer-turned-criminal – but the action comes at the expense of the story.

Director Benny Chan’s last film, Raging Fire sees Donnie Yen’s incorruptible police officer face off against Nicholas Tse’s police officer-turned-criminal – but the action comes at the expense of the story.

16 Aug 2021 - 10:45AM
Review | Zero to Hero movie review: Hong Kong Paralympic champion So Wa-wai’s life spawns a touching sports comedy

Born with cerebral palsy, So Wa-wai is a sprinting prodigy who won a relay gold medal at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. Zero to Hero tells his life story in an affecting, comedic style.

Born with cerebral palsy, So Wa-wai is a sprinting prodigy who won a relay gold medal at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. Zero to Hero tells his life story in an affecting, comedic style.

11 Aug 2021 - 2:15PM
Review | Chinese Doctors movie review: tribute to Wuhan medical workers battling coronavirus, directed by Andrew Lau, is realistic but dull

Pop-culture director Andrew Lau directs this drama about selfless frontline doctors and nurses in Wuhan, China, during the coronavirus pandemic. An excellent cast can’t elevate the film beyond monotony.

Pop-culture director Andrew Lau directs this drama about selfless frontline doctors and nurses in Wuhan, China, during the coronavirus pandemic. An excellent cast can’t elevate the film beyond monotony.

5 Aug 2021 - 2:37PM
Review | Coffin Homes movie review: Fruit Chan horror comedy takes aim at Hong Kong’s property speculation frenzy

The pressures of Hong Kong’s soaring real estate market prices are the starting point of Fruit Chan’s ‘splatstick’ horror comedy Coffin Homes.

The pressures of Hong Kong’s soaring real estate market prices are the starting point of Fruit Chan’s ‘splatstick’ horror comedy Coffin Homes.

4 Aug 2021 - 6:45PM
Fruit Chan’s horror comedy Coffin Homes is a wild and relentless satire on Hong Kong’s real estate market madness – a subject the director knows a surprisingly great deal about

Chan’s latest film Coffin Homes relentlessly makes fun of Hong Kong’s property-market frenzies while indulging in the most excessive displays of cartoonish violence, giving it a Category III rating.

Chan’s latest film Coffin Homes relentlessly makes fun of Hong Kong’s property-market frenzies while indulging in the most excessive displays of cartoonish violence, giving it a Category III rating.

4 Aug 2021 - 7:01PM
Review | Ladies Market movie review: Hong Kong drama, featuring one of Liu Kai-chi’s last performances, is diverting but unrealistic

Hong Kong’s tourist attraction is the backdrop to this engaging but unrealistic drama about a young abandoned boy who is taken in by a harsh but kindly old man, played by Liu Kai-chi, who died this year from stomach cancer.

Hong Kong’s tourist attraction is the backdrop to this engaging but unrealistic drama about a young abandoned boy who is taken in by a harsh but kindly old man, played by Liu Kai-chi, who died this year from stomach cancer.

3 Aug 2021 - 1:10PM
Review | Time movie review: 1960s stars Patrick Tse, Petrina Fung reunite in bittersweet drama on Hong Kong’s neglected elderly population

The loneliness of Hong Kong’s ageing population provides the intriguing backdrop for Time, a surprisingly pleasant genre hybrid that moves from pitch-black comedy to heartwarming drama.

The loneliness of Hong Kong’s ageing population provides the intriguing backdrop for Time, a surprisingly pleasant genre hybrid that moves from pitch-black comedy to heartwarming drama.

15 Jul 2021 - 2:45PM
Anita Mui biopic paints a loving portrait of Canto-pop superstar and features vivid period details of 1980s and 90s Hong Kong

Years in the works, Anita is the extravagant biopic Canto-pop singer Anita Mui her stature deserves. Model Louise Wong makes her screen debut in the title role.

Years in the works, Anita is the extravagant biopic Canto-pop singer Anita Mui her stature deserves. Model Louise Wong makes her screen debut in the title role.

9 Jul 2021 - 7:48AM
Review | Caught in Time movie review: Wang Qianyuan, Daniel Wu play cop and robber in disappointing Chinese heist thriller

The Chinese police are painted as honourable and brave in this cat-and-mouse thriller. Daniel Wu and Wang Qianyuan’s robber and policeman are well performed, but the confused plot lets the film down.

The Chinese police are painted as honourable and brave in this cat-and-mouse thriller. Daniel Wu and Wang Qianyuan’s robber and policeman are well performed, but the confused plot lets the film down.

23 Jun 2021 - 3:45PM
Review | Hand Rolled Cigarette movie review: Lam Ka-tung shines as a former British soldier in Hong Kong-set crime thriller

Lam Ka-tung excels as a former British soldier down on his luck in Hong Kong-set crime thriller Hand Rolled Cigarette, which has more style than substance despite its powerful subject matter.

Lam Ka-tung excels as a former British soldier down on his luck in Hong Kong-set crime thriller Hand Rolled Cigarette, which has more style than substance despite its powerful subject matter.

17 Jun 2021 - 8:36AM
Review | Elisa’s Day movie review: Hong Kong drama, starring Ronald Cheng and Hanna Chan, finds tragic story in true-crime roots

A true-life crime-of-passion case forms the basis for Elisa’s Day which, despite some great acting performances, turns out not to be the sum of its parts.

A true-life crime-of-passion case forms the basis for Elisa’s Day which, despite some great acting performances, turns out not to be the sum of its parts.

8 Jun 2021 - 1:24PM