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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The 10 best movies of Ann Hui, Venice Film Festival 2020 lifetime achievement awardee

Less well known to the world’s film-goers than John Woo or Wong Kar-wai, Ann Hui, whose career began in the 1970s, has won best director at the Hong Kong Film Awards five times.

21 Jul 2020 - 7:54PM

Less well known to the world’s film-goers than John Woo or Wong Kar-wai, Ann Hui, whose career began in the 1970s, has won best director at the Hong Kong Film Awards five times.

The 10 best movies of Ann Hui, Venice Film Festival 2020 lifetime achievement awardee
Review | Beyond the Dream film review: mesmerising romantic psychodrama by Ten Years director starring Cecilia Choi and Terrance Lau

Kiwi Chow’s film is that rare thing – a nuanced romantic psychodrama made in Hong Kong. Starring Cecilia Choi, in her first Hong Kong film role, and Terrance Lau, in his first big-screen role, the film is best seen without knowing its story.

1 Jul 2020 - 2:45PM

Kiwi Chow’s film is that rare thing – a nuanced romantic psychodrama made in Hong Kong. Starring Cecilia Choi, in her first Hong Kong film role, and Terrance Lau, in his first big-screen role, the film is best seen without knowing its story.

Beyond the Dream film review: mesmerising romantic psychodrama by Ten Years director starring Cecilia Choi and Terrance Lau
Review | Legally Declared Dead film review: grisly suspense thriller stars Anthony Wong and Karena Lam as deranged couple

Anthony Wong and Karena Lam put in strong performances as a creepy insurance client and his visually impaired wife, in this grisly psychological thriller with a slasher film ending.

24 Jun 2020 - 7:00PM

Anthony Wong and Karena Lam put in strong performances as a creepy insurance client and his visually impaired wife, in this grisly psychological thriller with a slasher film ending.

Legally Declared Dead film review: grisly suspense thriller stars Anthony Wong and Karena Lam as deranged couple
Review | Lost and Found in Tokyo film review: Michelle Wai can’t save this awful comedy

Story of a Hong Kong woman who has been dumped by her boyfriend and goes on a trip to Tokyo to get over it is a contender for worst Hong Kong film of the year.

17 Jun 2020 - 7:00PM

Story of a Hong Kong woman who has been dumped by her boyfriend and goes on a trip to Tokyo to get over it is a contender for worst Hong Kong film of the year.

Lost and Found in Tokyo film review: Michelle Wai can’t save this awful comedy
Review | My Prince Edward film review: Stephy Tang considers marriage in acclaimed Hong Kong relationship drama

Tang plays Fong, who works in a bridal gown shop and is gently falling out of love with her possessive man-child of a boyfriend. A blast from her past leads her to reconsider what happiness and personal liberty mean.

11 Jun 2020 - 7:00PM

Tang plays Fong, who works in a bridal gown shop and is gently falling out of love with her possessive man-child of a boyfriend. A blast from her past leads her to reconsider what happiness and personal liberty mean.

My Prince Edward film review: Stephy Tang considers marriage in acclaimed Hong Kong relationship drama
In life as in art: Hong Kong actress Stephy Tang on playing a woman in her thirties torn between marriage and personal liberty in My Prince Edward

Actress Stephy Tang has seen her director on My Prince Edward, Norris Wong, grow in confidence as work on the film progressed. The pair, both women in their thirties, talk about its theme that pits marriage against personal liberty.

10 Jun 2020 - 8:41PM

Actress Stephy Tang has seen her director on My Prince Edward, Norris Wong, grow in confidence as work on the film progressed. The pair, both women in their thirties, talk about its theme that pits marriage against personal liberty.

In life as in art: Hong Kong actress Stephy Tang on playing a woman in her thirties torn between marriage and personal liberty in My Prince Edward
Review | Unleashed film review: Ken Low, Sam Lee star in boxing drama doomed by an implausible story

Starring Ken Low and Sam Lee and with fight scenes that are well staged and some good footage of gritty Hong Kong neighbourhoods, this feature by first-time filmmakers lacks dramatic tension and has an awful script.

4 Jun 2020 - 7:02PM

Starring Ken Low and Sam Lee and with fight scenes that are well staged and some good footage of gritty Hong Kong neighbourhoods, this feature by first-time filmmakers lacks dramatic tension and has an awful script.

Unleashed film review: Ken Low, Sam Lee star in boxing drama doomed by an implausible story
Review | Suk Suk film review: award-winning Hong Kong gay romance follows the twilight affair of two closeted family men

Two elderly family men fall in love after meeting in a Hong Kong park in Ray Yeung’s poignant gay romance. The sensitive direction and subtle performances make this film an insightful look at homosexuality amid traditional Chinese culture.

29 May 2020 - 7:53PM

Two elderly family men fall in love after meeting in a Hong Kong park in Ray Yeung’s poignant gay romance. The sensitive direction and subtle performances make this film an insightful look at homosexuality amid traditional Chinese culture.

Suk Suk film review: award-winning Hong Kong gay romance follows the twilight affair of two closeted family men
Review | The Fallen film review: tale of sex, drugs and murder from G Affairs director is stylish but tasteless

An unrealistic tale about the mayhem created by leaders of a powerful international criminal syndicate, The Fallen is visually stunning but narratively a confusing mess.

26 May 2020 - 6:50PM

An unrealistic tale about the mayhem created by leaders of a powerful international criminal syndicate, The Fallen is visually stunning but narratively a confusing mess.

The Fallen film review: tale of sex, drugs and murder from G Affairs director is stylish but tasteless
Review | K-drama review: The World of the Married – Kim Hee-ae shines in masterfully scripted story of infidelity and revenge

A professional woman and mother seems to have it all, until she discovers her husband’s adultery and seeks vengeance. Kim Hee-ae adroitly steers a line between vulnerability and spite as the scorned wife.

28 May 2020 - 4:56PM

A professional woman and mother seems to have it all, until she discovers her husband’s adultery and seeks vengeance. Kim Hee-ae adroitly steers a line between vulnerability and spite as the scorned wife.

K-drama review: The World of the Married – Kim Hee-ae shines in masterfully scripted story of infidelity and revenge
Review | Knockout film review: Han Geng plays boxer seeking redemption in disappointing family melodrama

From husband-and-wife team Roy Chow and Christine To, Knockout stars former K-pop idol Han Geng as a boxer seeking redemption in the ring and reconciliation with his young daughter.

15 May 2020 - 7:27PM

From husband-and-wife team Roy Chow and Christine To, Knockout stars former K-pop idol Han Geng as a boxer seeking redemption in the ring and reconciliation with his young daughter.

Knockout film review: Han Geng plays boxer seeking redemption in disappointing family melodrama
Hong Kong Film Awards 2020 winners: Better Days takes eight prizes, including best picture, director, screenplay and actress

Derek Tsang’s film about a school bullying victim in China and the street punk she falls in love with takes prizes for best picture, director, actress, screenplay among others. Tai Bo, and Donnie Yen’s Ip Man 4 the other notable winners.

6 May 2020 - 11:15PM

Derek Tsang’s film about a school bullying victim in China and the street punk she falls in love with takes prizes for best picture, director, actress, screenplay among others. Tai Bo, and Donnie Yen’s Ip Man 4 the other notable winners.

Hong Kong Film Awards 2020 winners: Better Days takes eight prizes, including best picture, director, screenplay and actress
Hong Kong Film Awards 2020 preview: who will win, and who should win, the best film, director, actor and actress prizes

Best film is hard to predict given recent upset wins; best director should go to a rising star – Derek Tsang is favourite; the wrong man will probably win best actor; and twice-nominated Sammi Cheng could miss out on best actress.

2 May 2020 - 1:54PM

Best film is hard to predict given recent upset wins; best director should go to a rising star – Derek Tsang is favourite; the wrong man will probably win best actor; and twice-nominated Sammi Cheng could miss out on best actress.

Hong Kong Film Awards 2020 preview: who will win, and who should win, the best film, director, actor and actress prizes
Review | K-drama review: Hi Bye, Mama! – Netflix series starring Kim Tae-hee is a cloying, ponderous ghost story

Kim Tae-hee stars as an artist who comes back from the dead and has 49 days to win back her place in the world of the living, with her surgeon husband, now remarried, and daughter, five. Coincidences abound in a drawn-out, weepy plot.

24 Apr 2020 - 3:54PM

Kim Tae-hee stars as an artist who comes back from the dead and has 49 days to win back her place in the world of the living, with her surgeon husband, now remarried, and daughter, five. Coincidences abound in a drawn-out, weepy plot.

K-drama review: Hi Bye, Mama! – Netflix series starring Kim Tae-hee is a cloying, ponderous ghost story
Bruce Lee’s best martial arts films to get Criterion Collection release

‘Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits’ on Blu-ray will feature 4K and 2K digital restorations of five of the martial arts superstar’s classic kung fu films, as well as documentaries of his life and philosophies and interviews with stars of Hong Kong cinema.

16 Apr 2020 - 12:04PM

‘Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits’ on Blu-ray will feature 4K and 2K digital restorations of five of the martial arts superstar’s classic kung fu films, as well as documentaries of his life and philosophies and interviews with stars of Hong Kong cinema.

Bruce Lee’s best martial arts films to get Criterion Collection release
Review | K-drama review: Itaewon Class – Netflix’s underdog revenge epic sees Park Seo-joon make amazing climb up social ladder

Itaewon Class is a South Korean Netflix hit series about an ex-prisoner who seeks revenge on the family that caused his father’s death and sent him to prison. It’s a mix of mean characters and inspirational messages all set in the food industry.

9 Apr 2020 - 8:00AM

Itaewon Class is a South Korean Netflix hit series about an ex-prisoner who seeks revenge on the family that caused his father’s death and sent him to prison. It’s a mix of mean characters and inspirational messages all set in the food industry.

K-drama review: Itaewon Class – Netflix’s underdog revenge epic sees Park Seo-joon make amazing climb up social ladder
Review | The Secret Diary of a Mom to Be film review: Dada Chan tackles pregnancy in quirky relationship comedy

Chan seizes the chance to show her acting chops in a leading role, playing career woman Carmen who doesn’t want children but becomes pregnant. An episodic drama that’s funny and sharply written, see it without preconception.

13 Feb 2020 - 9:20PM

Chan seizes the chance to show her acting chops in a leading role, playing career woman Carmen who doesn’t want children but becomes pregnant. An episodic drama that’s funny and sharply written, see it without preconception.

The Secret Diary of a Mom to Be film review: Dada Chan tackles pregnancy in quirky relationship comedy
Hong Kong Film Awards 2020 nominations: Better Days, Fagara lead race; Sammi Cheng up for best actress in two films

Derek Tsang’s China-set bullying drama was starved of critical attention last year but has a shot at redemption with its nomination in 12 categories at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

12 Feb 2020 - 6:22PM

Derek Tsang’s China-set bullying drama was starved of critical attention last year but has a shot at redemption with its nomination in 12 categories at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

Hong Kong Film Awards 2020 nominations: Better Days, Fagara lead race; Sammi Cheng up for best actress in two films
Review | All’s Well, End’s Well 2020 film review: Lunar New Year comedy by Raymond Wong a tired retread of past glory

Scattershot, witless, and forgettable, Raymond Wong’s latest rehash of 1992 screwball comedy hit may not be worth your hard-earned cash. Too silly to engage viewers yet not absurd enough to be called surreal, let’s hope this is the last of its line.

27 Jan 2020 - 7:00PM

Scattershot, witless, and forgettable, Raymond Wong’s latest rehash of 1992 screwball comedy hit may not be worth your hard-earned cash. Too silly to engage viewers yet not absurd enough to be called surreal, let’s hope this is the last of its line.

All’s Well, End’s Well 2020 film review: Lunar New Year comedy by Raymond Wong a tired retread of past glory
Review | You Are the One film review: modern-day Cinderella story romantic comedy by Patrick Kong stars Carlos Chan, Gladys Li

Writer-director strikes the right notes in this briskly told story, part madcap comedy, part sentimental romance. Carlos Chan plays an apparently heartless CEO and Li, who excels in her first leading role, a gullible working-class girl.

24 Jan 2020 - 7:00PM

Writer-director strikes the right notes in this briskly told story, part madcap comedy, part sentimental romance. Carlos Chan plays an apparently heartless CEO and Li, who excels in her first leading role, a gullible working-class girl.

You Are the One film review: modern-day Cinderella story romantic comedy by Patrick Kong stars Carlos Chan, Gladys Li
Review | The Grand Grandmaster film review: scattershot martial arts comedy sees Dayo Wong fight Annie Liu

Possibly the Cantonese-speaking world’s No. 1 stand-up comedian, Dayo Wong plays a supposed martial arts master whose combat skills are found sorely lacking. Co-star Annie Liu steals the show in this media male fantasy.

23 Jan 2020 - 7:14PM

Possibly the Cantonese-speaking world’s No. 1 stand-up comedian, Dayo Wong plays a supposed martial arts master whose combat skills are found sorely lacking. Co-star Annie Liu steals the show in this media male fantasy.

The Grand Grandmaster film review: scattershot martial arts comedy sees Dayo Wong fight Annie Liu
Review | Enter the Fat Dragon film review: delightful Donnie Yen action comedy gets actor’s post-Ip Man career off to a bright start

Martial arts star Yen plays an overweight policeman and Bruce Lee fan assigned to extradite a fugitive to Japan, where a series of hilarious action scenes ensue. The film can be read as an allegory of Hong Kong’s recent social chaos.

22 Jan 2020 - 9:00PM

Martial arts star Yen plays an overweight policeman and Bruce Lee fan assigned to extradite a fugitive to Japan, where a series of hilarious action scenes ensue. The film can be read as an allegory of Hong Kong’s recent social chaos.

Enter the Fat Dragon film review: delightful Donnie Yen action comedy gets actor’s post-Ip Man career off to a bright start
Young directors honoured in 2019 Hong Kong Film Critics Society awards, with top prize going to gay romance Suk Suk

Story of an affair between two closeted elderly homosexuals, Suk Suk is the first Chinese-language feature of director Ray Yeung. Ten Years collaborator’s second feature Beyond the Dream shares top acting prizes, while Derek Tsang wins best director for Better Days.

20 Jan 2020 - 6:46PM

Story of an affair between two closeted elderly homosexuals, Suk Suk is the first Chinese-language feature of director Ray Yeung. Ten Years collaborator’s second feature Beyond the Dream shares top acting prizes, while Derek Tsang wins best director for Better Days.

Young directors honoured in 2019 Hong Kong Film Critics Society awards, with top prize going to gay romance Suk Suk
Ranking every Hong Kong film released in 2019, from worst to best – was this the year the industry hit rock bottom?

Louis Koo’s films were woeful, witty, worthy, and almost wonderful, Fruit Chan was preposterous and political, and young directors showed promise. Meanwhile, Donnie Yen delivered, and Sammi Cheng soared.

6 Jan 2020 - 8:44PM

Louis Koo’s films were woeful, witty, worthy, and almost wonderful, Fruit Chan was preposterous and political, and young directors showed promise. Meanwhile, Donnie Yen delivered, and Sammi Cheng soared.

Ranking every Hong Kong film released in 2019, from worst to best – was this the year the industry hit rock bottom?
Review | Ip Man 4: The Finale film review – Donnie Yen goes to Chinatown in solemn conclusion to martial arts series

Ageing and diagnosed with cancer, Ip Man fights his way through 1960s San Francisco in this understated conclusion to series. While flawed, it’s a reminder how much we’ll miss Yen playing the wing chun master.

18 Dec 2019 - 7:25PM

Ageing and diagnosed with cancer, Ip Man fights his way through 1960s San Francisco in this understated conclusion to series. While flawed, it’s a reminder how much we’ll miss Yen playing the wing chun master.

Ip Man 4: The Finale film review – Donnie Yen goes to Chinatown in solemn conclusion to martial arts series
Review | Till We Meet Again film review: grief and mental illness in Steven Ma’s macabre drama

Veteran Hong Kong actor Steven Ma plays a salesman who leads a solitary life and lives in hope of seeing his mother, long estranged; a visit to a psychiatrist reveals all is not as it seems.

5 Dec 2019 - 4:05PM

Veteran Hong Kong actor Steven Ma plays a salesman who leads a solitary life and lives in hope of seeing his mother, long estranged; a visit to a psychiatrist reveals all is not as it seems.

Till We Meet Again film review: grief and mental illness in Steven Ma’s macabre drama
Review | Better Days film review: Zhou Dongyu is riveting in Derek Tsang’s deeply poignant bullying drama

Zhou Dongyu and Jackson Yee star in a heart-wrenching drama that examines the effects of bullying. Directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Derek Tsang Kwok-cheung, it has been a big box office hit in mainland China.

4 Dec 2019 - 5:50PM

Zhou Dongyu and Jackson Yee star in a heart-wrenching drama that examines the effects of bullying. Directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Derek Tsang Kwok-cheung, it has been a big box office hit in mainland China.

Better Days film review: Zhou Dongyu is riveting in Derek Tsang’s deeply poignant bullying drama
Review | Lion Rock film review: Alex Lam plays paraplegic climber in whimsical true-life drama

Based on life of a Hong Kong rock climber left a paraplegic after an accident but who goes on to scale Lion Rock in his wheelchair, this is a playful comedy; scenes of climber’s wife (Michelle Wai) struggling to support the family strike a poignant note.

13 Nov 2019 - 5:45PM

Based on life of a Hong Kong rock climber left a paraplegic after an accident but who goes on to scale Lion Rock in his wheelchair, this is a playful comedy; scenes of climber’s wife (Michelle Wai) struggling to support the family strike a poignant note.

Lion Rock film review: Alex Lam plays paraplegic climber in whimsical true-life drama
Review | Missing film review: Gillian Chung in spooky Hong Kong chiller about alternate realities

Starring Gillian Chung, Ling Man-lung and Joey Leung, Missing is an atmospheric film that doesn’t resort to genre clichés and is an encouraging debut for director Ronnie Chau.

12 Nov 2019 - 1:38PM

Starring Gillian Chung, Ling Man-lung and Joey Leung, Missing is an atmospheric film that doesn’t resort to genre clichés and is an encouraging debut for director Ronnie Chau.

Missing film review: Gillian Chung in spooky Hong Kong chiller about alternate realities
Review | Guilt by Design film review: Nick Cheung plays master hypnotist in preposterous Hong Kong courtroom drama

Film tries to put a fresh spin on the crime thriller drama. It is diverting in places, but has a farcical plot line involving Nick Cheung, who plays a hypnotherapist on jury service, being blackmailed to hypnotise his fellow jurors.

7 Nov 2019 - 7:01PM

Film tries to put a fresh spin on the crime thriller drama. It is diverting in places, but has a farcical plot line involving Nick Cheung, who plays a hypnotherapist on jury service, being blackmailed to hypnotise his fellow jurors.

Guilt by Design film review: Nick Cheung plays master hypnotist in preposterous Hong Kong courtroom drama