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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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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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 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.

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
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

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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?

From Pitch Perfect 3 to The Happytime Murders, the worst films of 2018 released in Hong Kong

While there have been many highs in Western and Asian cinema this year, there have also been some memorable lows. We look at the most painful releases in Hong Kong for the year.

18 Dec 2018 - 2:27PM
From Pitch Perfect 3 to The Happytime Murders, the worst films of 2018 released in Hong Kong

While there have been many highs in Western and Asian cinema this year, there have also been some memorable lows. We look at the most painful releases in Hong Kong for the year.

Last Letter director Shunji Iwai on his Chinese-language debut and Peter Chan’s contribution

The Japanese director made the film after discovering how many Chinese fans he had. The film is inspired by a South Korean TV miniseries and was painstakingly adapted to China.

29 Nov 2018 - 7:28PM
Last Letter director Shunji Iwai on his Chinese-language debut and Peter Chan’s contribution

The Japanese director made the film after discovering how many Chinese fans he had. The film is inspired by a South Korean TV miniseries and was painstakingly adapted to China.

Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (November 22-28), from Ten Years Japan to Tracey

A Japanese spin-off of acclaimed Hong Kong film Ten Years and a transgender drama starring Philip Keung top our list of must-see films this week.

22 Nov 2018 - 7:00AM
Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (November 22-28), from Ten Years Japan to Tracey

A Japanese spin-off of acclaimed Hong Kong film Ten Years and a transgender drama starring Philip Keung top our list of must-see films this week.

Review | Tracey film review: Philip Keung mesmerising in Hong Kong transgender drama

Hong Kong cinema’s most prolific supporting actor lands his first lead role playing a middle-aged husband who has always believed he is a woman in a man’s body, in this heart-wrenching drama from a debutant director.

21 Nov 2018 - 7:46PM
Tracey film review: Philip Keung mesmerising in Hong Kong transgender drama

Hong Kong cinema’s most prolific supporting actor lands his first lead role playing a middle-aged husband who has always believed he is a woman in a man’s body, in this heart-wrenching drama from a debutant director.

Review | Iceman: The Time Traveler film review – Donnie Yen’s sci-fi action sequel an insult to the paying public

Yen reprises his role as a time-travelling Ming dynasty general in a film so incoherent and nonsensical as to appear incomplete.

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM
Iceman: The Time Traveler film review – Donnie Yen’s sci-fi action sequel an insult to the paying public

Yen reprises his role as a time-travelling Ming dynasty general in a film so incoherent and nonsensical as to appear incomplete.

Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (November 15-21), from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald to Ash Is Purest White

J.K. Rowling’s latest fantasy adventure and a gripping Chinese crime story top this week’s list.

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM
Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (November 15-21), from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald to Ash Is Purest White

J.K. Rowling’s latest fantasy adventure and a gripping Chinese crime story top this week’s list.

Review | Napping Kid film review: Hong Kong detective mystery hides an urgent plea for social change

The story of a theft and a puzzlingly small ransom demand, the film focuses less on who the thief is and more on how and why they carried out the crime; Wong Ho-yin’s film is an appeal for positive change in Hong Kong.

8 Nov 2018 - 7:14PM
Napping Kid film review: Hong Kong detective mystery hides an urgent plea for social change

The story of a theft and a puzzlingly small ransom demand, the film focuses less on who the thief is and more on how and why they carried out the crime; Wong Ho-yin’s film is an appeal for positive change in Hong Kong.

Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (November 8-14), from An Elephant Sitting Still to Napping Kid

A four-hour drama set in a northern Chinese town and an ode to Hong Kong social activism both star on this week’s list.

8 Nov 2018 - 7:02AM
Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (November 8-14), from An Elephant Sitting Still to Napping Kid

A four-hour drama set in a northern Chinese town and an ode to Hong Kong social activism both star on this week’s list.

Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (November 1-7), from The Quake to Bohemian Rhapsody

An exhilarating sequel to The Wave, Rami Malek mesmerises as Freddie Mercury, computer nerds as heroes, a sequel to Sicario and the best zombie comedy in years – this week’s film picks.

1 Nov 2018 - 7:00AM
Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (November 1-7), from The Quake to Bohemian Rhapsody

An exhilarating sequel to The Wave, Rami Malek mesmerises as Freddie Mercury, computer nerds as heroes, a sequel to Sicario and the best zombie comedy in years – this week’s film picks.

Review | Keyboard Warriors film review: internet nerds take spotlight in vigilante crime-fighting comedy

Sit Ho-ching’s directing debut about tech savvy nerds investigating a cash spill from an armoured car, is a refreshing and mature comedy with impressive acting from the leads.

6 Nov 2018 - 6:07PM
Keyboard Warriors film review: internet nerds take spotlight in vigilante crime-fighting comedy

Sit Ho-ching’s directing debut about tech savvy nerds investigating a cash spill from an armoured car, is a refreshing and mature comedy with impressive acting from the leads.

Review | Thirty Years of Adonis film review: sexually explicit gay drama mixes porn and pomposity

Story of an aspiring gay actor stretches credulity; intended as a statement about the meaninglessness of life, this is a sensationalist and ill-judged film.

31 Oct 2018 - 4:31AM
Thirty Years of Adonis film review: sexually explicit gay drama mixes porn and pomposity

Story of an aspiring gay actor stretches credulity; intended as a statement about the meaninglessness of life, this is a sensationalist and ill-judged film.

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