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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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.

19 Sep 2019 - 7:46PM

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?
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 - 7:35PM

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