Edmund Lee

Edmund Lee joined the Post in 2013 after five years at Time Out Hong Kong, where he was the arts and culture editor. He has a degree in English and comparative literature, and has also studied law and written an MPhil thesis on Hirokazu Koreeda.
Edmund Lee
Edmund Lee joined the Post in 2013 after five years at Time Out Hong Kong, where he was the arts and culture editor. He has a degree in English and comparative literature, and has also studied law and written an MPhil thesis on Hirokazu Koreeda.

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Did Hong Kong Film Awards best picture Project Gutenberg rip off The Usual Suspects?

Film critics and general cinema-goers believe Project Gutenberg’s central plot twist was a rip-off of the 1995 classic starring Kevin Spacey. But writer-director Felix Chong dismissed the accusations, saying several films had influenced him.

16 Apr 2019 - 8:06PM

Film critics and general cinema-goers believe Project Gutenberg’s central plot twist was a rip-off of the 1995 classic starring Kevin Spacey. But writer-director Felix Chong dismissed the accusations, saying several films had influenced him.

Did Hong Kong Film Awards best picture Project Gutenberg rip off The Usual Suspects?
Memoirs of a Geisha star on Japanese cinema’s decline, and the rise of Chinese film industry

Japanese actor Koji Yakusho talks about new Chinese production Wings Over Everest, his most memorable role, in Shall We Dance?, and how, at 63 and after several life achievement awards, he is starting to feel his age.

15 Apr 2019 - 7:54PM

Japanese actor Koji Yakusho talks about new Chinese production Wings Over Everest, his most memorable role, in Shall We Dance?, and how, at 63 and after several life achievement awards, he is starting to feel his age.

Memoirs of a Geisha star on Japanese cinema’s decline, and the rise of Chinese film industry
Review | Still Human film review: Anthony Wong, Crisel Consunji shine in heart-warming domestic help drama

The Hong Kong film tells the touching story of a disabled middle-aged man and his young Filipino maid as they learn to embrace their lives again.

15 Apr 2019 - 12:36PM

The Hong Kong film tells the touching story of a disabled middle-aged man and his young Filipino maid as they learn to embrace their lives again.

Still Human film review: Anthony Wong, Crisel Consunji shine in heart-warming domestic help drama
Review | P Storm film review: Louis Koo, Raymond Lam in laughably unrealistic prison drama

ICAC investigator William Luk, played by Koo, goes undercover as a prisoner to snare his latest target, and has to deal with an old adversary; while laughably unrealistic, the film is never boring, and there are worse ways to spend 96 minutes.

4 Apr 2019 - 7:32PM

ICAC investigator William Luk, played by Koo, goes undercover as a prisoner to snare his latest target, and has to deal with an old adversary; while laughably unrealistic, the film is never boring, and there are worse ways to spend 96 minutes.

P Storm film review: Louis Koo, Raymond Lam in laughably unrealistic prison drama
Review | The Lady Improper film review: Charlene Choi discovers her sexuality in Jessey Tsang’s drama

The Twins star plays a gynaecology nurse with an inexplicable fear of physical intimacy who uncovers the pleasures of the flesh with a free-spirited chef in Jessey Tsang’s refreshingly gentle, though occasionally awkward, drama.

4 Apr 2019 - 12:33PM

The Twins star plays a gynaecology nurse with an inexplicable fear of physical intimacy who uncovers the pleasures of the flesh with a free-spirited chef in Jessey Tsang’s refreshingly gentle, though occasionally awkward, drama.

The Lady Improper film review: Charlene Choi discovers her sexuality in Jessey Tsang’s drama
Double Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi on the perils of Academy Awards and filming outside Iran

Everybody Knows director Asghar Farhadi says that while shooting the film in Spain meant he was ‘free to put into practice whatever you think of’, his instinct is still to touch on topics similar to those in Iranian culture.

4 Apr 2019 - 2:27AM

Everybody Knows director Asghar Farhadi says that while shooting the film in Spain meant he was ‘free to put into practice whatever you think of’, his instinct is still to touch on topics similar to those in Iranian culture.

Double Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi on the perils of Academy Awards and filming outside Iran
Charlene Choi of Twins, star of The Lady Improper, on sex in Chinese culture

Four years after earning a best actress nod at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Choi is nominated for her role in sexually charged drama The Lady Improper, in which she plays a woman struggling with a fear of physical intimacy.

4 Apr 2019 - 12:46PM

Four years after earning a best actress nod at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Choi is nominated for her role in sexually charged drama The Lady Improper, in which she plays a woman struggling with a fear of physical intimacy.

Charlene Choi of Twins, star of The Lady Improper, on sex in Chinese culture
Review | Three Husbands film review: Fruit Chan’s sex comedy a poor allegory of Hong Kong-China relations

Set under the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, Chan’s surreal film about Mei, a mentally disabled mother who sells her body and engages in grotesque sex acts, is crude and exploitative, whatever its political message.

28 Mar 2019 - 10:59PM

Set under the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, Chan’s surreal film about Mei, a mentally disabled mother who sells her body and engages in grotesque sex acts, is crude and exploitative, whatever its political message.

Three Husbands film review: Fruit Chan’s sex comedy a poor allegory of Hong Kong-China relations
Chinese-American actress Joan Chen on Hollywood, China and ‘English’, her third film as director

Chen praises Hollywood for trying more than other national film industries to be inclusive, but says the result is sometimes too superficial, while her home country’s film industry is a ‘great market now’.

28 Mar 2019 - 8:07PM

Chen praises Hollywood for trying more than other national film industries to be inclusive, but says the result is sometimes too superficial, while her home country’s film industry is a ‘great market now’.

Chinese-American actress Joan Chen on Hollywood, China and ‘English’, her third film as director
Why this director doesn’t want you watching his films on a mobile phone

The Sisters Brothers director Jacques Audiard talks about his nickname, the challenge of shooting in English, women’s representation at film festivals and why he doesn’t want his films entered in competition any more.

28 Mar 2019 - 12:41PM

The Sisters Brothers director Jacques Audiard talks about his nickname, the challenge of shooting in English, women’s representation at film festivals and why he doesn’t want his films entered in competition any more.

Why this director doesn’t want you watching his films on a mobile phone
Review | We Are Legends film review: Edward Ma, Lam Yiu-sing hold their own in boxing drama

Story of two orphans reconciling as one prepares for his professional ring debut mixes gritty detail and out-of-the-ring laughs. Daniel Chan’s film never feels restricted by the tropes of the sports film genre.

21 Mar 2019 - 7:27PM

Story of two orphans reconciling as one prepares for his professional ring debut mixes gritty detail and out-of-the-ring laughs. Daniel Chan’s film never feels restricted by the tropes of the sports film genre.

We Are Legends film review: Edward Ma, Lam Yiu-sing hold their own in boxing drama
Asian Film Awards 2019 winners: Shoplifters named best picture; China, Japan and South Korea dominate

Hirokazu Koreeda’s film about a family of petty criminals in Tokyo takes top honour after missing out on Oscar; Lee Chang-dong wins best director for psychodrama Burning, and Hong Kong films earn three awards.

18 Mar 2019 - 5:32PM

Hirokazu Koreeda’s film about a family of petty criminals in Tokyo takes top honour after missing out on Oscar; Lee Chang-dong wins best director for psychodrama Burning, and Hong Kong films earn three awards.

Asian Film Awards 2019 winners: Shoplifters named best picture; China, Japan and South Korea dominate
Review | G Affairs film review: twisted portrait of contemporary Hong Kong brimming with anger beneath its art-house pretensions

Completely different from anything Hong Kong cinema traditionally has to offer, G Affairs is a tale of depravity that does not pull its punches.

13 Mar 2019 - 5:44PM

Completely different from anything Hong Kong cinema traditionally has to offer, G Affairs is a tale of depravity that does not pull its punches.

G Affairs film review: twisted portrait of contemporary Hong Kong brimming with anger beneath its art-house pretensions
Oscars 2019: Green Book wins best picture; Bohemian Rhapsody sweeps up with four awards, including best actor

Win in top category takes Green Book’s total to three; Roma also takes home three Oscars, including best director; Olivia Colman wins best actress for The Favourite, and Rami Malek best actor for Bohemian Rhapsody.

25 Feb 2019 - 2:51PM

Win in top category takes Green Book’s total to three; Roma also takes home three Oscars, including best director; Olivia Colman wins best actress for The Favourite, and Rami Malek best actor for Bohemian Rhapsody.

Oscars 2019: Green Book wins best picture; Bohemian Rhapsody sweeps up with four awards, including best actor
Review | A Journey of Happiness film review: Malaysia-set Chinese New Year road movie sees a Hong Kong family find themselves

A trip across Malaysia intended as a way to bring members of a family back together doesn’t start well, but events conspire to change that; Joyce Cheng and Lo Hoi-pang get rare star billing in a sweet-natured film.

20 Feb 2019 - 6:53PM

A trip across Malaysia intended as a way to bring members of a family back together doesn’t start well, but events conspire to change that; Joyce Cheng and Lo Hoi-pang get rare star billing in a sweet-natured film.

A Journey of Happiness film review: Malaysia-set Chinese New Year road movie sees a Hong Kong family find themselves
Hong Kong Film Awards 2019 nominations: Project Gutenberg leads a race dominated by first-time filmmakers

Aaron Kwok and Chow Yun-fat star in Felix Chong’s convoluted crime thriller, which is up for 17 awards; the majority of nominations have gone to films by first-time directors

12 Feb 2019 - 10:51PM

Aaron Kwok and Chow Yun-fat star in Felix Chong’s convoluted crime thriller, which is up for 17 awards; the majority of nominations have gone to films by first-time directors

Hong Kong Film Awards 2019 nominations: Project Gutenberg leads a race dominated by first-time filmmakers
Review | Integrity film review: anti-corruption drama by Infernal Affairs director is engaging but lacks knockout punch

Alan Mak’s convoluted drama is a rarity, relying on intricate plotting rather than action scenes to grip audiences; ultimately, though, its patient scripting, atmospheric build-up and efforts to appear contemporary come to nothing.

8 Feb 2019 - 8:27PM

Alan Mak’s convoluted drama is a rarity, relying on intricate plotting rather than action scenes to grip audiences; ultimately, though, its patient scripting, atmospheric build-up and efforts to appear contemporary come to nothing.

Integrity film review: anti-corruption drama by Infernal Affairs director is engaging but lacks knockout punch
Review | The New King of Comedy film review: Stephen Chow’s poignant portrait of a movie extra chasing her dreams

Forget the writer-director’s brand of wacky Cantonese humour, this Chinese production is his best in years – the story of Dreamy, a struggling would-be actress whose fortunes take an unexpected turn.

7 Feb 2019 - 7:20PM

Forget the writer-director’s brand of wacky Cantonese humour, this Chinese production is his best in years – the story of Dreamy, a struggling would-be actress whose fortunes take an unexpected turn.

The New King of Comedy film review: Stephen Chow’s poignant portrait of a movie extra chasing her dreams
Review | A Lifetime Treasure film review: Andrew Lam’s ode to the old loses its focus to inane humour

Let down by its script, this film’s admirable message is buried amid a welter of seemingly randomly concocted scenes, but redeemed partly by the participation of veterans Sammo Hung, Teddy Robin, Bruce Leung, Richard Ng and Tien Niu.

1 Feb 2019 - 8:17PM

Let down by its script, this film’s admirable message is buried amid a welter of seemingly randomly concocted scenes, but redeemed partly by the participation of veterans Sammo Hung, Teddy Robin, Bruce Leung, Richard Ng and Tien Niu.

A Lifetime Treasure film review: Andrew Lam’s ode to the old loses its focus to inane humour
Review | I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! film review: Wong Cho-lam’s musical comedy adaptation is a winner

Actor’s directorial debut, a musical comedy adaptation of a stage play about the different stages of romantic relationships, features an ensemble cast of more than 50; Ivana Wong and Teresa Mo are the stars of the show alongside Wong and Eric Tsang

30 Jan 2019 - 7:00PM

Actor’s directorial debut, a musical comedy adaptation of a stage play about the different stages of romantic relationships, features an ensemble cast of more than 50; Ivana Wong and Teresa Mo are the stars of the show alongside Wong and Eric Tsang

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! film review: Wong Cho-lam’s musical comedy adaptation is a winner
Review | Missbehavior film review: Pang Ho-cheung’s Chinese New Year comedy on the quirks of human relationships

When June Lam’s character uses a bottle of her boss’ breast milk to make coffee, it sets off a scramble to supply a replacement; the film’s mix of Cantonese wordplay and viral jokes from social media will entertain Hongkongers.

29 Jan 2019 - 7:02PM

When June Lam’s character uses a bottle of her boss’ breast milk to make coffee, it sets off a scramble to supply a replacement; the film’s mix of Cantonese wordplay and viral jokes from social media will entertain Hongkongers.

Missbehavior film review: Pang Ho-cheung’s Chinese New Year comedy on the quirks of human relationships
Review | A Home with a View film review: Francis Ng, Louis Koo face off in satire on Hong Kong’s housing problems

Property agent Francis Ng and his family can put up with their noisy flat and nasty neighbours because their flat affords them a glimpse of the calming sea; when new tenant Louis Koo puts up a billboard that blocks the view, that changes.

24 Jan 2019 - 7:00PM

Property agent Francis Ng and his family can put up with their noisy flat and nasty neighbours because their flat affords them a glimpse of the calming sea; when new tenant Louis Koo puts up a billboard that blocks the view, that changes.

A Home with a View film review: Francis Ng, Louis Koo face off in satire on Hong Kong’s housing problems
Art-house director whose film was mis-sold as date movie on long takes, confusing his audience, and making the same film over and over

Chinese poet turned filmmaker Bi Gan defends the fractured narrative of his new film Long Day’s Journey into Night, starring Sylvia Chang and Tang Wei, and discusses his use of extremely long takes to explore time and memory.

23 Jan 2019 - 7:58PM

Chinese poet turned filmmaker Bi Gan defends the fractured narrative of his new film Long Day’s Journey into Night, starring Sylvia Chang and Tang Wei, and discusses his use of extremely long takes to explore time and memory.

Art-house director whose film was mis-sold as date movie on long takes, confusing his audience, and making the same film over and over
Asian Film Awards 2019 nominations: Burning, Shoplifters vie for top prizes

South Korean film Burning and Japan’s Shoplifters lead the field with eight and six award nominations, respectively. Hong Kong films are again absent from the best picture race, but Felix Chong’s Project Gutenberg is up for five awards.

14 Jan 2019 - 11:50AM

South Korean film Burning and Japan’s Shoplifters lead the field with eight and six award nominations, respectively. Hong Kong films are again absent from the best picture race, but Felix Chong’s Project Gutenberg is up for five awards.

Asian Film Awards 2019 nominations: Burning, Shoplifters vie for top prizes
Review | Kung Fu Monster film review: Louis Koo on autopilot in unfunny blend of creature feature and wuxia parody

Story of an imperial animal tamer, his exotic charge and their adventures on the road quickly becomes inconsequential; this witless, repetitive film is emblematic of Andrew Lau’s decline as a filmmaker.

3 Jan 2019 - 7:00PM

Story of an imperial animal tamer, his exotic charge and their adventures on the road quickly becomes inconsequential; this witless, repetitive film is emblematic of Andrew Lau’s decline as a filmmaker.

Kung Fu Monster film review: Louis Koo on autopilot in unfunny blend of creature feature and wuxia parody
Review | Dearest Anita film review: love-in for Anita Mui fans traces late Canto-pop singer’s positive influences

The film, based on real events, shows how much fans of the Hong Kong singer loved her, and how much she loved them back; its clumsy plot turns and melodramatic acting are partly offset by the sincerity of its backers.

3 Jan 2019 - 3:57PM

The film, based on real events, shows how much fans of the Hong Kong singer loved her, and how much she loved them back; its clumsy plot turns and melodramatic acting are partly offset by the sincerity of its backers.

Dearest Anita film review: love-in for Anita Mui fans traces late Canto-pop singer’s positive influences
Ranking every Hong Kong film released in 2018, from worst to best

From the lows of sensationalism to a twisty crime drama and a transgender melodrama, our judgment on the films launched this year. See if you agree with our film editor’s selection.

24 Dec 2018 - 4:08PM

From the lows of sensationalism to a twisty crime drama and a transgender melodrama, our judgment on the films launched this year. See if you agree with our film editor’s selection.

Ranking every Hong Kong film released in 2018, from worst to best
Review | Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy film review – Max Zhang holds his own opposite Michelle Yeoh and Dave Bautista in martial arts spin-off

Zhang has his biggest part so far as he reprises his role in Ip Man 3. The story is predictable, and merely a vehicle for Zhang to spar with a range of opponents, but he shows he has the acting chops and fight skills to succeed.

20 Dec 2018 - 7:21PM

Zhang has his biggest part so far as he reprises his role in Ip Man 3. The story is predictable, and merely a vehicle for Zhang to spar with a range of opponents, but he shows he has the acting chops and fight skills to succeed.

Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy film review – Max Zhang holds his own opposite Michelle Yeoh and Dave Bautista in martial arts spin-off
Donnie Yen’s new Ip Man film: how Dave Bautista scared Max Zhang, martial artist who plays lead

Rising-star martial artist Zhang says he was nervous about fighting mixed martial artist Bautista in Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy. The American actor packs a massive punch, he says.

19 Dec 2018 - 8:28PM

Rising-star martial artist Zhang says he was nervous about fighting mixed martial artist Bautista in Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy. The American actor packs a massive punch, he says.

Donnie Yen’s new Ip Man film: how Dave Bautista scared Max Zhang, martial artist who plays lead
The 25 best films of 2018, from Avengers: Infinity War to Widows, released in Hong Kong

From Avengers: Infinity War to Widows, fantasy to reality, heartbreak to humour, see our critics’ pick of the best films of the year. Do you agree with their choices?

18 Dec 2018 - 8:10PM

From Avengers: Infinity War to Widows, fantasy to reality, heartbreak to humour, see our critics’ pick of the best films of the year. Do you agree with their choices?

The 25 best films of 2018, from Avengers: Infinity War to Widows, released in Hong Kong