Edmund Lee

Hong Kong

Edmund Lee

Film Editor

Edmund joined the SCMP in 2013 after five years at Time Out Hong Kong, where he was the arts and culture editor.

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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
Review | A Witness out of the Blue film review: Louis Cheung plays bumbling detective in offbeat Hong Kong murder mystery

Louis Koo and Louis Cheung star in director Fung Chih-chiang’s intriguing take on a standard procedural that, despite a needlessly gimmicky marketing campaign involving a parrot, is a thoroughly entertaining experience for viewers.

23 Oct 2019 - 4:24PM

Louis Koo and Louis Cheung star in director Fung Chih-chiang’s intriguing take on a standard procedural that, despite a needlessly gimmicky marketing campaign involving a parrot, is a thoroughly entertaining experience for viewers.

A Witness out of the Blue film review: Louis Cheung plays bumbling detective in offbeat Hong Kong murder mystery
Review | The Captain film review: Andrew Lau returns to form with air-disaster movie based on real-life accident

This story, based on a real incident, of a pilot who miraculously lands an airliner after a partial windscreen blowout is well told; the best scenes are those in the air. There’s some nationalistic tub thumping at the end.

17 Oct 2019 - 7:00PM

This story, based on a real incident, of a pilot who miraculously lands an airliner after a partial windscreen blowout is well told; the best scenes are those in the air. There’s some nationalistic tub thumping at the end.

The Captain film review: Andrew Lau returns to form with air-disaster movie based on real-life accident
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2019: from Lion Rock to My Prince Edward, 12 exciting new Hong Kong films to see

From Lion Rock to My Prince Edward, the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2019 features an impressive line-up of new Hong Kong productions – and there’s not a cookie-cutter police thriller among them.

9 Oct 2019 - 7:49PM

From Lion Rock to My Prince Edward, the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2019 features an impressive line-up of new Hong Kong productions – and there’s not a cookie-cutter police thriller among them.

Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2019: from Lion Rock to My Prince Edward, 12 exciting new Hong Kong films to see
Review | The Climbers film review: Wu Jing, Zhang Ziyi in patriotic mountaineering drama

Based on Chinese Mount Everest expeditions of 1960 and 1975, this heavily fictionalised version lets melodrama get in the way of good storytelling. Despite some thrilling scenes, contrived side stories only lessen the tension and drama.

1 Oct 2019 - 6:10PM

Based on Chinese Mount Everest expeditions of 1960 and 1975, this heavily fictionalised version lets melodrama get in the way of good storytelling. Despite some thrilling scenes, contrived side stories only lessen the tension and drama.

The Climbers film review: Wu Jing, Zhang Ziyi in patriotic mountaineering drama
Review | The Fatal Raid film review: girls-with-guns fun gives way to corny revenge tale in unofficial Special Female Force sequel

Fans of Hong Kong cinema will delight in seeing Patrick Tam, Michael Tong and Jade Leung in meaty roles in this police melodrama, featuring elite female officers fighting baddies in Macau.

26 Sep 2019 - 10:00PM

Fans of Hong Kong cinema will delight in seeing Patrick Tam, Michael Tong and Jade Leung in meaty roles in this police melodrama, featuring elite female officers fighting baddies in Macau.

The Fatal Raid film review: girls-with-guns fun gives way to corny revenge tale in unofficial Special Female Force sequel
Review | Undercover Punch and Gun film review: Philip Ng, Andy On in laughably bad action thriller

Slapdash, amateurish and redeemed only by some moderately successful action scenes, this story of drug dealers and cops should never have seen the light of day.

3 Oct 2019 - 2:17PM

Slapdash, amateurish and redeemed only by some moderately successful action scenes, this story of drug dealers and cops should never have seen the light of day.

Undercover Punch and Gun film review: Philip Ng, Andy On in laughably bad action thriller
Review | Rambo: Last Blood film review – Sylvester Stallone takes grisly revenge in Taken-like crime thriller

The Vietnam war veteran takes on Mexican sex traffickers in this ultra violent fifth film in the franchise. Rambo may be older and keeps his shirt on during the film, but he retains his over-the-top killing style.

18 Sep 2019 - 4:47PM

The Vietnam war veteran takes on Mexican sex traffickers in this ultra violent fifth film in the franchise. Rambo may be older and keeps his shirt on during the film, but he retains his over-the-top killing style.

Rambo: Last Blood film review – Sylvester Stallone takes grisly revenge in Taken-like crime thriller
Review | Fagara film review: Sammi Cheng stars in exquisite family drama – one of 2019’s best Hong Kong films

Adapted from a 2010 novel by popular romance author Amy Cheung, the film is a touching and quietly poignant reflection on the importance of family ties in what is an astonishingly assured return to form for director Heiward Mak.

11 Sep 2019 - 6:24PM

Adapted from a 2010 novel by popular romance author Amy Cheung, the film is a touching and quietly poignant reflection on the importance of family ties in what is an astonishingly assured return to form for director Heiward Mak.

Fagara film review: Sammi Cheng stars in exquisite family drama – one of 2019’s best Hong Kong films
Review | Binding Souls film review: awful Hong Kong haunted house mystery

A story that’s illogical from the get-go, a budget that seemingly stretched to only two ghosts, characters that appear to be mere plot devices – even diehard horror fans will find sitting through this film a chore.

5 Sep 2019 - 7:10PM

A story that’s illogical from the get-go, a budget that seemingly stretched to only two ghosts, characters that appear to be mere plot devices – even diehard horror fans will find sitting through this film a chore.

Binding Souls film review: awful Hong Kong haunted house mystery
Review | Bodies at Rest film review: Nick Cheung, Richie Jen play deadly cat-and-mouse game in Renny Harlin’s Hong Kong-set thriller

Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin’s third film since leaving Hollywood for China, this story of a criminal trio in Christmas masks who trigger mayhem in a Hong Kong morgue is predictable. Nick Cheung is off key in the lead role.

22 Aug 2019 - 7:13PM

Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin’s third film since leaving Hollywood for China, this story of a criminal trio in Christmas masks who trigger mayhem in a Hong Kong morgue is predictable. Nick Cheung is off key in the lead role.

Bodies at Rest film review: Nick Cheung, Richie Jen play deadly cat-and-mouse game in Renny Harlin’s Hong Kong-set thriller
Review | Walk with Me film review: Malaysian director Ryon Lee’s horror pastiche is far less than the sum of its parts

Starring Michelle Wai and Alex Lam, Walk with Me evokes everything from J-horror films to The Exorcist, but would have been scarier if only director Lee had stuck to a single vision.

22 Aug 2019 - 7:00AM

Starring Michelle Wai and Alex Lam, Walk with Me evokes everything from J-horror films to The Exorcist, but would have been scarier if only director Lee had stuck to a single vision.

Walk with Me film review: Malaysian director Ryon Lee’s horror pastiche is far less than the sum of its parts
Hollywood director Renny Harlin on his China career, directing Jackie Chan, and new film Bodies at Rest

Renny Harlin, director of such popular action thrillers as Die Hard 2, left Hollywood to move to China five years ago. In that time he has tasted success and failure. He tells the Post all about his China experience.

21 Aug 2019 - 9:00PM

Renny Harlin, director of such popular action thrillers as Die Hard 2, left Hollywood to move to China five years ago. In that time he has tasted success and failure. He tells the Post all about his China experience.

Hollywood director Renny Harlin on his China career, directing Jackie Chan, and new film Bodies at Rest
Review | Little Q film review: Simon Yam shares the limelight in guide dog drama based on Japanese hit

Story of a chef grumpy at losing his sight, whose frustrations melt away as he bonds with guide dog, focuses on Yam’s canine co-star, but the veteran actor still brings a lot to this film and steers it away from sloppy sentimentality.

15 Aug 2019 - 7:30PM

Story of a chef grumpy at losing his sight, whose frustrations melt away as he bonds with guide dog, focuses on Yam’s canine co-star, but the veteran actor still brings a lot to this film and steers it away from sloppy sentimentality.

Little Q film review: Simon Yam shares the limelight in guide dog drama based on Japanese hit
Review | Line Walker 2 film review: Nick Cheung, Louis Koo in engrossing thriller, one of 2019’s best Hong Kong films

Action fans will love this fast-paced tale of a terror attack on Hong Kong and a police hunt in Myanmar. The finale is a tour de force. The film also echoes the ‘blood brothers’ themes of John Woo and Ringo Lam 1980s actioners.

9 Aug 2019 - 12:15AM

Action fans will love this fast-paced tale of a terror attack on Hong Kong and a police hunt in Myanmar. The finale is a tour de force. The film also echoes the ‘blood brothers’ themes of John Woo and Ringo Lam 1980s actioners.

Line Walker 2 film review: Nick Cheung, Louis Koo in engrossing thriller, one of 2019’s best Hong Kong films
Line Walker 2: Nick Cheung and Jazz Boon on Louis Koo, heroic bloodshed films and police characters

Bigger, louder and better than the original, Line Walker 2 involves everything from international terrorism to child killers. Director Jazz Boon and actor Nick Cheung talk about its making, working with Louis Koo and playing corrupt cops.

7 Aug 2019 - 6:39PM

Bigger, louder and better than the original, Line Walker 2 involves everything from international terrorism to child killers. Director Jazz Boon and actor Nick Cheung talk about its making, working with Louis Koo and playing corrupt cops.

Line Walker 2: Nick Cheung and Jazz Boon on Louis Koo, heroic bloodshed films and police characters
Review | ‘100pc Hong Kong-made’ animated take on Sherlock Holmes adventures has genuine quality – review

The Great Detective Sherlock Holmes – The Greatest Jail Breaker reimagines Arthur Conan Doyle’s adventures in a world of anthropomorphic animals; it shows the quality city’s animators can produce.

31 Jul 2019 - 9:53AM

The Great Detective Sherlock Holmes – The Greatest Jail Breaker reimagines Arthur Conan Doyle’s adventures in a world of anthropomorphic animals; it shows the quality city’s animators can produce.

‘100pc Hong Kong-made’ animated take on Sherlock Holmes adventures has genuine quality – review
Venice film festival 2019: Yonfan animation in competition for Golden Lion – first Hong Kong film since 2011 to vie for top prize

Director’s animation debut No. 7 Cherry Lane, story of a love triangle in ’60s Hong Kong, will vie for the Venice film festival’s Golden Lion. It is the first time in eight years a Hong Kong film is in line for the top prize at a leading festival.

25 Jul 2019 - 5:58PM

Director’s animation debut No. 7 Cherry Lane, story of a love triangle in ’60s Hong Kong, will vie for the Venice film festival’s Golden Lion. It is the first time in eight years a Hong Kong film is in line for the top prize at a leading festival.

Venice film festival 2019: Yonfan animation in competition for Golden Lion – first Hong Kong film since 2011 to vie for top prize
Marvel’s Shang-Chi: five reasons Tony Leung’s casting is huge – Hong Kong actor to play villain The Mandarin

Leung will be the first Hong Kong actor to star in a Marvel film, and his casting reflects the decision to make a film with China the main target market. Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu and Asian-American actress Awkwafina will also appear.

24 Jul 2019 - 2:48PM

Leung will be the first Hong Kong actor to star in a Marvel film, and his casting reflects the decision to make a film with China the main target market. Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu and Asian-American actress Awkwafina will also appear.

Marvel’s Shang-Chi: five reasons Tony Leung’s casting is huge – Hong Kong actor to play villain The Mandarin
Review | The White Storm 2: Drug Lords film review – Andy Lau, Louis Koo face off in extravagant crime thriller

Andy Lau plays a reformed criminal who wants to eliminate major drug dealers in Hong Kong. This sequel copies the high body count of the original and is a thrilling big budget action film.

16 Jul 2019 - 6:18PM

Andy Lau plays a reformed criminal who wants to eliminate major drug dealers in Hong Kong. This sequel copies the high body count of the original and is a thrilling big budget action film.

The White Storm 2: Drug Lords film review – Andy Lau, Louis Koo face off in extravagant crime thriller
Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden on self-censorship, Chinese art-house film, and his late start in movies

Pema Tseden went into filmmaking in part to give an accurate portrayal of the Tibetan way of life. He imagined there were a great number of aspects of it he could explore, but has come to accept there aren’t many.

10 Jul 2019 - 7:18PM

Pema Tseden went into filmmaking in part to give an accurate portrayal of the Tibetan way of life. He imagined there were a great number of aspects of it he could explore, but has come to accept there aren’t many.

Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden on self-censorship, Chinese art-house film, and his late start in movies
Review | A City Called Macau film review: Bai Baihe in tale of misplaced affection and gambling addiction

Directed by Li Shaohong, this tale of a casino broker who funds wealthy gamblers, but drops her guard when she falls for an artist turned gaming addict, requires a suspension of disbelief. Eric Tsang and Carina Lau shine in minor roles.

3 Jul 2019 - 11:40PM

Directed by Li Shaohong, this tale of a casino broker who funds wealthy gamblers, but drops her guard when she falls for an artist turned gaming addict, requires a suspension of disbelief. Eric Tsang and Carina Lau shine in minor roles.

A City Called Macau film review: Bai Baihe in tale of misplaced affection and gambling addiction
Review | Invincible Dragon film review: Fruit Chan’s outlandish crime thriller starring Max Zhang, Anderson Silva

Max Zhang and Anderson Silva star in this story of an eccentric detective with a violent streak, which soon goes off the rails as ever more preposterous fight scenes follow in quick succession. The ending is ridiculous.

21 Jun 2019 - 12:38PM

Max Zhang and Anderson Silva star in this story of an eccentric detective with a violent streak, which soon goes off the rails as ever more preposterous fight scenes follow in quick succession. The ending is ridiculous.

Invincible Dragon film review: Fruit Chan’s outlandish crime thriller starring Max Zhang, Anderson Silva
Review | Deception of the Novelist film review: sexy infidelity drama gives way to unconvincing murder thriller

Story of a husband blackmailed by a lover, who is mysteriously killed, derives its interest from the murderer’s audacious attempt to hide his, or her, tracks; convoluted plot doesn’t hold up, but film is fun while it lasts.

20 Jun 2019 - 11:29AM

Story of a husband blackmailed by a lover, who is mysteriously killed, derives its interest from the murderer’s audacious attempt to hide his, or her, tracks; convoluted plot doesn’t hold up, but film is fun while it lasts.

Deception of the Novelist film review: sexy infidelity drama gives way to unconvincing murder thriller
Review | Chasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild Bunch film review – Tony Leung plays notorious criminal in perfunctory thriller

Notorious gangster ‘Big Spender’ Cheung Tze-keung is brought to life by Tony Leung in this clichéd but enjoyable story full of generic car chases and shoot-outs.

5 Jun 2019 - 5:19PM

Notorious gangster ‘Big Spender’ Cheung Tze-keung is brought to life by Tony Leung in this clichéd but enjoyable story full of generic car chases and shoot-outs.

Chasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild Bunch film review – Tony Leung plays notorious criminal in perfunctory thriller
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?