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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Hong Kong protest documentary named best picture in 2020 Film Critics Society awards

Inside the Red Brick Wall chronicles the 13-day stand-off between police and anti-government protesters holed up in Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2019.

18 Jan 2021 - 7:27PM

Inside the Red Brick Wall chronicles the 13-day stand-off between police and anti-government protesters holed up in Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2019.

Hong Kong protest documentary named best picture in 2020 Film Critics Society awards
Ranking every Hong Kong film released in 2020, from worst to best

It’s been a very tough year for filmmakers and some have fared better than others. We rank all the Hong Kong films released in 2020.

30 Dec 2020 - 2:18PM

It’s been a very tough year for filmmakers and some have fared better than others. We rank all the Hong Kong films released in 2020.

Ranking every Hong Kong film released in 2020, from worst to best
Review | Find Your Voice movie review: Andy Lau plays a choirmaster in banal education drama by Little Big Master filmmaker Adrian Kwan Shun-fai

Andy Lau stars in this drama by Little Big Master filmmaker Adrian Kwan as a choirmaster whipping misfits into shape for a singing contest. Sadly, it’s lazily written and filled with stereotypes.

27 Nov 2020 - 6:04PM

Andy Lau stars in this drama by Little Big Master filmmaker Adrian Kwan as a choirmaster whipping misfits into shape for a singing contest. Sadly, it’s lazily written and filled with stereotypes.

Find Your Voice movie review: Andy Lau plays a choirmaster in banal education drama by Little Big Master filmmaker Adrian Kwan Shun-fai
Review | The Calling of a Bus Driver movie review: Ivana Wong plays a jilted woman in Patrick Kong’s comedy drama

Rather like buses, you wait ages for a decent Patrick Kong movie and two come along in the space of several months. His most mature film yet is a nuanced examination of doomed romantic relationships.

25 Nov 2020 - 12:30PM

Rather like buses, you wait ages for a decent Patrick Kong movie and two come along in the space of several months. His most mature film yet is a nuanced examination of doomed romantic relationships.

The Calling of a Bus Driver movie review: Ivana Wong plays a jilted woman in Patrick Kong’s comedy drama
Review | The Infernal Walker movie review: Hong Kong undercover police thriller is derivative, but diverting enough

Michael Tse plays a policeman working undercover in a triad gang and Pakho Chau a triad mole in the police. If the set-up sounds familiar, it is. But you could have guessed that from the film’s title.

19 Nov 2020 - 6:43PM

Michael Tse plays a policeman working undercover in a triad gang and Pakho Chau a triad mole in the police. If the set-up sounds familiar, it is. But you could have guessed that from the film’s title.

The Infernal Walker movie review: Hong Kong undercover police thriller is derivative, but diverting enough
Review | Memories to Choke On, Drinks to Wash Them Down movie review: omnibus feature offers breezy, bittersweet slices of Hong Kong life

This omnibus comprises one non-fiction and three fictional stories. Written, produced and directed by husband and wife team Leung Ming-kai and Kate Reilly, the films are a quirky look at life in Hong Kong.

17 Nov 2020 - 7:15PM

This omnibus comprises one non-fiction and three fictional stories. Written, produced and directed by husband and wife team Leung Ming-kai and Kate Reilly, the films are a quirky look at life in Hong Kong.

Memories to Choke On, Drinks to Wash Them Down movie review: omnibus feature offers breezy, bittersweet slices of Hong Kong life
Review | No 7 Cherry Lane movie review: Yonfan’s sexually charged animation, set in 1967 Hong Kong, is anything but provocatively political

Winner of the best screenplay award at Venice last year, No 7 Cherry Lane from Hong Kong director Yonfan is not the provocative political message viewers might expect.

4 Nov 2020 - 6:45PM

Winner of the best screenplay award at Venice last year, No 7 Cherry Lane from Hong Kong director Yonfan is not the provocative political message viewers might expect.

No 7 Cherry Lane movie review: Yonfan’s sexually charged animation, set in 1967 Hong Kong, is anything but provocatively political
Review | Apart movie review: political activism meets young love in Hong Kong relationship drama

A love story that begins amid the 2014 ‘umbrella movement’ protests in Hong Kong and ends on the cusp of 2019’s anti-extradition violence, Apart feels like a time capsule from a different era.

1 Nov 2020 - 12:50AM

A love story that begins amid the 2014 ‘umbrella movement’ protests in Hong Kong and ends on the cusp of 2019’s anti-extradition violence, Apart feels like a time capsule from a different era.

Apart movie review: political activism meets young love in Hong Kong relationship drama
Asian Film Awards 2020 winners: Parasite wins best picture but fails to dominate at online edition

Parasite was expected to clear up at the film awards, and surprised many when it only won four awards from 10 nominations. Wang Xiaoshuai was awarded best director for So Long, My Son and Lee Byung-hun and Zhou Dongyu won best actor and actress.

28 Oct 2020 - 5:04PM

Parasite was expected to clear up at the film awards, and surprised many when it only won four awards from 10 nominations. Wang Xiaoshuai was awarded best director for So Long, My Son and Lee Byung-hun and Zhou Dongyu won best actor and actress.

Asian Film Awards 2020 winners: Parasite wins best picture but fails to dominate at online edition
Review | Vanguard movie review: Jackie Chan’s action adventure is old-fashioned and let down by a dismal script

Jackie Chan’s latest vehicle is a mess: a terrible plot, worse dialogue and forgettable villains. The story takes place in various locations around the world and Chan’s younger co-stars take care of most of the action.

14 Oct 2020 - 1:05PM

Jackie Chan’s latest vehicle is a mess: a terrible plot, worse dialogue and forgettable villains. The story takes place in various locations around the world and Chan’s younger co-stars take care of most of the action.

Vanguard movie review: Jackie Chan’s action adventure is old-fashioned and let down by a dismal script
Hong Kong filmmaker Derek Tsang doesn’t want to talk about his father’s influence – he’s doing fine on his own

With his movie Better Days sweeping the board at the latest film awards, the Hong Kong filmmaker has surely shaken off his father Eric’s celebrity and can now bask in his own accomplishments. Right?

16 Oct 2020 - 10:36AM

With his movie Better Days sweeping the board at the latest film awards, the Hong Kong filmmaker has surely shaken off his father Eric’s celebrity and can now bask in his own accomplishments. Right?

Hong Kong filmmaker Derek Tsang doesn’t want to talk about his father’s influence – he’s doing fine on his own
Review | Hell Bank Presents: Running Ghost movie review – fantasy comedy with great potential spoiled with corny storytelling

This comedy-drama about a loser who dies and enters a variety show competition in the afterworld doesn’t live up to its potential. Director Mark Lee concentrates on the characters’ backstories at the expense of the comedy.

9 Oct 2020 - 5:55PM

This comedy-drama about a loser who dies and enters a variety show competition in the afterworld doesn’t live up to its potential. Director Mark Lee concentrates on the characters’ backstories at the expense of the comedy.

Hell Bank Presents: Running Ghost movie review – fantasy comedy with great potential spoiled with corny storytelling
Review | Leap movie review: legacy of Chinese women’s volleyball team chronicled, with Gong Li as coach Lang Ping in Peter Chan’s sports drama

Filmmaker Peter Chan sets out to deliver a nationalistic blockbuster that’s also a nuanced portrait of legendary China women’s volleyball coach Lang Ping, played by Gong Li. He doesn’t entirely succeed.

2 Oct 2020 - 8:01PM

Filmmaker Peter Chan sets out to deliver a nationalistic blockbuster that’s also a nuanced portrait of legendary China women’s volleyball coach Lang Ping, played by Gong Li. He doesn’t entirely succeed.

Leap movie review: legacy of Chinese women’s volleyball team chronicled, with Gong Li as coach Lang Ping in Peter Chan’s sports drama
Golden Horse Awards 2020 nominations: film by debutant director from Hong Kong among leading contenders, as China boycott continues

Debutant Hong Kong director’s film Hand Rolled Cigarette is among the leading contenders for honours at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei in November, which once again have no entries from China.

1 Oct 2020 - 11:30PM

Debutant Hong Kong director’s film Hand Rolled Cigarette is among the leading contenders for honours at the 57th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei in November, which once again have no entries from China.

Golden Horse Awards 2020 nominations: film by debutant director from Hong Kong among leading contenders, as China boycott continues
Hong Kong Film Awards 2021 postponed for a year because of coronavirus pandemic

Film releases have been put on hold repeatedly in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, which saw cinemas ordered to shut down for months. That has forced a 12-month delay to the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards, due in 2021.

28 Sep 2020 - 6:00PM

Film releases have been put on hold repeatedly in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, which saw cinemas ordered to shut down for months. That has forced a 12-month delay to the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards, due in 2021.

Hong Kong Film Awards 2021 postponed for a year because of coronavirus pandemic
Review | Fatal Visit movie review: Sammi Cheng, Charlene Choi in mystery thriller based on acclaimed Hong Kong play Murder in San Jose

A Hong Kong migrant in California, played by Sammi Cheng, appears to have a peaceable marriage to a Chinese businessman until a neighbour from childhood, played by Charlene Choi, turns up and the facade well and truly cracks.

25 Sep 2020 - 8:26PM

A Hong Kong migrant in California, played by Sammi Cheng, appears to have a peaceable marriage to a Chinese businessman until a neighbour from childhood, played by Charlene Choi, turns up and the facade well and truly cracks.

Fatal Visit movie review: Sammi Cheng, Charlene Choi in mystery thriller based on acclaimed Hong Kong play Murder in San Jose
Review | Toronto 2020: True Mothers movie review – moving adoption drama from Naomi Kawase

A woman whose husband cannot give her the child they yearn for adopts the baby of a schoolgirl. Six years later, the latter comes knocking at their door. Hiromi Nagasaku and Aju Makita impress in this drama by Naomi Kawase.

18 Sep 2020 - 6:22PM

A woman whose husband cannot give her the child they yearn for adopts the baby of a schoolgirl. Six years later, the latter comes knocking at their door. Hiromi Nagasaku and Aju Makita impress in this drama by Naomi Kawase.

Toronto 2020: True Mothers movie review –  moving adoption drama from Naomi Kawase
Review | I’m Livin’ It movie review: Aaron Kwok plays a McRefugee in heartbreaking poverty drama

The actor and Canto-pop star plays a white-collar criminal who leads a group of homeless that sleep in a Hong Kong fast-food restaurant at night. But every cast member gets their moment to shine in a relentlessly bleak tale.

18 Sep 2020 - 6:35PM

The actor and Canto-pop star plays a white-collar criminal who leads a group of homeless that sleep in a Hong Kong fast-food restaurant at night. But every cast member gets their moment to shine in a relentlessly bleak tale.

I’m Livin’ It movie review: Aaron Kwok plays a McRefugee in heartbreaking poverty drama
Review | Toronto 2020: Under the Open Sky movie review – engrossing drama from Miwa Nishikawa sees Koji Yakusho shine as ex-convict

A mesmerising performance by Koji Yakusho as a Japanese yakuza gangster trying to find his way after serving a long prison term for murder anchors this sympathetic drama by Miwa Nishikawa.

11 Sep 2020 - 6:45PM

A mesmerising performance by Koji Yakusho as a Japanese yakuza gangster trying to find his way after serving a long prison term for murder anchors this sympathetic drama by Miwa Nishikawa.

Toronto 2020: Under the Open Sky movie review – engrossing drama from Miwa Nishikawa sees Koji Yakusho shine as ex-convict
Asian Film Awards 2020 nominations: Oscar-winning Parasite leads race at first edition hosted in Busan

Parasite continues its Asian domination with 10 nominations including best picture and best director. Close behind with seven nominations each are A Sun and Sol Long, My Son. Hong Kong film Better Days has received five nods.

14 Sep 2020 - 4:35PM

Parasite continues its Asian domination with 10 nominations including best picture and best director. Close behind with seven nominations each are A Sun and Sol Long, My Son. Hong Kong film Better Days has received five nods.

Asian Film Awards 2020 nominations: Oscar-winning Parasite leads race at first edition hosted in Busan
Review | A Choo movie review: saccharine puppy love story infused with superhero action fantasy finally gets released

Playing like a short story misguidedly stretched to a feature length film, A Choo follows one man (Kai Ko) as he tries to win the love of his childhood crush (Ariel Lin) – in a world where superheroes exist.

9 Sep 2020 - 11:15AM

Playing like a short story misguidedly stretched to a feature length film, A Choo follows one man (Kai Ko) as he tries to win the love of his childhood crush (Ariel Lin) – in a world where superheroes exist.

A Choo movie review: saccharine puppy love story infused with superhero action fantasy finally gets released
Obituary | Benny Chan, action film director behind some of the pop-culture landmarks of recent Hong Kong cinema

Chan grew up watching action films and earned his big break with the first feature film he directed. He went on to make three Jackie Chan vehicles and direct some of the best ever Hong Kong action films.

24 Aug 2020 - 11:28PM

Chan grew up watching action films and earned his big break with the first feature film he directed. He went on to make three Jackie Chan vehicles and direct some of the best ever Hong Kong action films.

Benny Chan, action film director behind some of the pop-culture landmarks of recent Hong Kong cinema
New Police Story director Benny Chan’s five best movies – Hong Kong action-film maker dies of cancer aged 58

Big Bullet and The White Storm director Benny Chan, known for his action movies and for directing Jackie Chan mid-career, has died of cancer. We recall his five best movies.

24 Aug 2020 - 8:30PM

Big Bullet and The White Storm director Benny Chan, known for his action movies and for directing Jackie Chan mid-career, has died of cancer. We recall his five best movies.

New Police Story director Benny Chan’s five best movies – Hong Kong action-film maker dies of cancer aged 58
Review | K-drama review: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay – Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Ye-ji find love despite traumas in Netflix’s fairy tale romance

In the Korean drama series It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji play a pair of star-crossed lovers who struggle to put their past traumas of parental abuse and murder behind them in Netflix’s fairy tale romance.

11 Aug 2020 - 7:22PM

In the Korean drama series It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji play a pair of star-crossed lovers who struggle to put their past traumas of parental abuse and murder behind them in Netflix’s fairy tale romance.

K-drama review: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay – Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Ye-ji find love despite traumas in Netflix’s fairy tale romance
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