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Review | My People, My Country film review: jingoistic anthology of communist China’s biggest achievements offers competently made vignettes

The founding of the People’s Republic, China’s atomic bomb, Olympic Games, and its space programme all feature; segment on Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule features Simon Yam, Kara Wai, and Du Jiang as a flag-raising soldier.

1 Oct 2019 - 8:04PM

The founding of the People’s Republic, China’s atomic bomb, Olympic Games, and its space programme all feature; segment on Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule features Simon Yam, Kara Wai, and Du Jiang as a flag-raising soldier.

My People, My Country film review: jingoistic anthology of communist China’s biggest achievements offers competently made vignettes
Review | Knives Out film review: Daniel Craig leads investigation in The Last Jedi director’s star-studded whodunit

A classic in the Agatha Christie mould, Craig plays brilliantly against type in a role that perfectly channels legendary detective Hercule Poirot. The star-studded ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Plummer.

1 Oct 2019 - 4:35AM

A classic in the Agatha Christie mould, Craig plays brilliantly against type in a role that perfectly channels legendary detective Hercule Poirot. The star-studded ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Plummer.

Knives Out film review: Daniel Craig leads investigation in The Last Jedi director’s star-studded whodunit
Review | Pee Nak film review: Thai horror comedy is a zero-star abomination from beginning to end

Possibly the worst film of 2019, this poorly conceived, badly executed effort is damned by its crude gay stereotypes. The story of a trio of would-be monks who encounter a handsome ghost, it is a car crash from the start.

25 Sep 2019 - 6:05AM

Possibly the worst film of 2019, this poorly conceived, badly executed effort is damned by its crude gay stereotypes. The story of a trio of would-be monks who encounter a handsome ghost, it is a car crash from the start.

Pee Nak film review: Thai horror comedy is a zero-star abomination from beginning to end
Review | Sadako film review: Hideo Nakata gives J-horror classic Ring a reboot for the digital age, and it’s a noble effort

Japanese director tries to recapture Ring’s creeping sense of threat by tapping into the popularity of supernatural online reality shows. It channels the chills of the original to a degree, and may yet help get this franchise back to its terrifying best.

24 Sep 2019 - 6:00PM

Japanese director tries to recapture Ring’s creeping sense of threat by tapping into the popularity of supernatural online reality shows. It channels the chills of the original to a degree, and may yet help get this franchise back to its terrifying best.

Sadako film review: Hideo Nakata gives J-horror classic Ring a reboot for the digital age, and it’s a noble effort
Review | Jojo Rabbit film review: Taika Waititi’s Nazi comedy is hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking

New Zealander Taika Waititi channels Charlie Chaplin and Mel Brooks with story of a struggling Hitler Youth trainee and his imaginary best friend Adolf Hitler. It’s the most irreverent anti-war satire in years.

23 Sep 2019 - 12:19PM

New Zealander Taika Waititi channels Charlie Chaplin and Mel Brooks with story of a struggling Hitler Youth trainee and his imaginary best friend Adolf Hitler. It’s the most irreverent anti-war satire in years.

Jojo Rabbit film review: Taika Waititi’s Nazi comedy is hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking
Review | Ossan’s Love: Love or Dead film review – Japanese gay office comedy piggybacks on success of TV series

The story of the homosexual awakening of a thirty-something estate agent, the film is rough going for anyone unfamiliar with TV series Ossan’s Love; for those already bewitched, this big-screen bonus is a hoot.

10 Sep 2019 - 1:00PM

The story of the homosexual awakening of a thirty-something estate agent, the film is rough going for anyone unfamiliar with TV series Ossan’s Love; for those already bewitched, this big-screen bonus is a hoot.

Ossan’s Love: Love or Dead film review – Japanese gay office comedy piggybacks on success of TV series
Review | Anna film review: Luc Besson revisits Nikita formula in sexy action thriller

The once-great pioneer of France’s ‘Cinéma du look’ can still do eye-catching action with a dash of European glamour, this time starring model Sasha Luss, and with a flamboyant performance from Helen Mirren.

3 Sep 2019 - 7:00PM

The once-great pioneer of France’s ‘Cinéma du look’ can still do eye-catching action with a dash of European glamour, this time starring model Sasha Luss, and with a flamboyant performance from Helen Mirren.

Anna film review: Luc Besson revisits Nikita formula in sexy action thriller
Review | Exit film review: Cho Jung-seok, Yoona in skyscraper-set action comedy

This tale about a gas attack in Seoul defies logic, and the action takes a back seat to the comedy. Director Lee Sang-geun tries for a laugh at every turn, which destroys any sense of danger.

3 Sep 2019 - 12:19PM

This tale about a gas attack in Seoul defies logic, and the action takes a back seat to the comedy. Director Lee Sang-geun tries for a laugh at every turn, which destroys any sense of danger.

Exit film review: Cho Jung-seok, Yoona in skyscraper-set action comedy
2019 autumn films preview: from Joker to new Terminator, Frozen and Maleficent movies – 12 Hollywood must-sees

Autumn means awards season, with major studios jostling to make the biggest splash, while Halloween signals the start of horror season. Other blockbusters to look out for include Brad Pitt sci-fi Ad Astra and a Charlie’s Angels reboot.

28 Aug 2019 - 8:00PM

Autumn means awards season, with major studios jostling to make the biggest splash, while Halloween signals the start of horror season. Other blockbusters to look out for include Brad Pitt sci-fi Ad Astra and a Charlie’s Angels reboot.

2019 autumn films preview: from Joker to new Terminator, Frozen and Maleficent movies – 12 Hollywood must-sees
Review | The Dude in Me film review: Jung Jin-young, Park Sung-woong in entertaining body-swap comedy

Stuffed with action, romance, humour and heart, The Dude in Me is one of the better Korean comedies in recent memory, gently poking fun at outdated societal models that could well use a fresh perspective of their own.

26 Aug 2019 - 5:13PM

Stuffed with action, romance, humour and heart, The Dude in Me is one of the better Korean comedies in recent memory, gently poking fun at outdated societal models that could well use a fresh perspective of their own.

The Dude in Me film review: Jung Jin-young, Park Sung-woong in entertaining body-swap comedy
Review | Angel Has Fallen film review: Gerard Butler is back as tables turn in series’ third instalment

After Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen, Gerard Butler’s world-weary secret service agent is back to foil another villainous plot in a film that is unlikely to disappoint its target audience.

23 Aug 2019 - 4:55AM

After Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen, Gerard Butler’s world-weary secret service agent is back to foil another villainous plot in a film that is unlikely to disappoint its target audience.

Angel Has Fallen film review: Gerard Butler is back as tables turn in series’ third instalment
From Mr Six to Tokyo Story – the best Asian films about growing up and getting old

Cinema is filled with stories about journeys, and none more so than the long, slow march towards death that each of us must travel. Ageing and mortality are inevitable facts of life, and, as such, have inspired many wonderful films.

20 Aug 2019 - 6:22PM

Cinema is filled with stories about journeys, and none more so than the long, slow march towards death that each of us must travel. Ageing and mortality are inevitable facts of life, and, as such, have inspired many wonderful films.

From Mr Six to Tokyo Story – the best Asian films about growing up and getting old
Review | A Rainy Day in New York film review: Woody Allen’s dated shtick should have stayed buried

Comedy of romantic misadventures starring Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning and set in New York is full of classic Allen tropes. Yet director’s understanding of romance is woefully out of date, and the film is stilted and phoney.

17 Aug 2019 - 3:37AM

Comedy of romantic misadventures starring Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning and set in New York is full of classic Allen tropes. Yet director’s understanding of romance is woefully out of date, and the film is stilted and phoney.

A Rainy Day in New York film review: Woody Allen’s dated shtick should have stayed buried
Review | The Divine Fury film review: The Exorcist meets mixed martial arts in limp Korean thriller

Kim Joo-hwan follows the excellent Midnight Runners with a flop. This supernatural thriller about a God-hating mixed martial arts fighter teaming up with an exorcist is a sluggish, pedestrian genre mishmash.

14 Aug 2019 - 5:00PM

Kim Joo-hwan follows the excellent Midnight Runners with a flop. This supernatural thriller about a God-hating mixed martial arts fighter teaming up with an exorcist is a sluggish, pedestrian genre mishmash.

The Divine Fury film review: The Exorcist meets mixed martial arts in limp Korean thriller
Review | The Third Wife film review: Vietnamese teen bride discovers sex and finds her place in sensual drama

This story of a teenager becoming a landowner’s third bride in 19th century rural Vietnam is told with elegance and grace. Newcomer Nguyen Phuong Tra My is entrancing in the title role, ably supported by Mai Thu Huong Maya as the second wife.

14 Aug 2019 - 11:15AM

This story of a teenager becoming a landowner’s third bride in 19th century rural Vietnam is told with elegance and grace. Newcomer Nguyen Phuong Tra My is entrancing in the title role, ably supported by Mai Thu Huong Maya as the second wife.

The Third Wife film review: Vietnamese teen bride discovers sex and finds her place in sensual drama
Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival 2019: 10 best films, from Woody Allen romcom to Maradona documentary

A Woody Allen romcom, an Almodovar retrospective, a Maradona documentary and Jim Jarmusch’s take on the zombie genre are among a slew of new releases and restored classics. Don’t miss Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.

12 Aug 2019 - 5:49PM

A Woody Allen romcom, an Almodovar retrospective, a Maradona documentary and Jim Jarmusch’s take on the zombie genre are among a slew of new releases and restored classics. Don’t miss Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.

Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival 2019: 10 best films, from Woody Allen romcom to Maradona documentary
Review | The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale film review – dead funny South Korean ensemble comedy

South Korean horror comedy about a zombie with restorative powers, a victim who decides to cash in, and his daughter who falls for the undead hunk offers plenty of laughs, even if sticklers for zombie lore may object.

6 Aug 2019 - 10:56PM

South Korean horror comedy about a zombie with restorative powers, a victim who decides to cash in, and his daughter who falls for the undead hunk offers plenty of laughs, even if sticklers for zombie lore may object.

The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale film review – dead funny South Korean ensemble comedy
Review | Weathering With You film review: Makoto Shinkai follows up Your Name with another fantasy youth romance

Shinkai’s tale of young love looks amazing, with photorealistic scenery and splashes of light and colour. The plot, however, is let down by loose threads and the lack of a clear vision

6 Aug 2019 - 12:19PM

Shinkai’s tale of young love looks amazing, with photorealistic scenery and splashes of light and colour. The plot, however, is let down by loose threads and the lack of a clear vision

Weathering With You film review: Makoto Shinkai follows up Your Name with another fantasy youth romance
Review | Yuli film review: like a Cuban Billy Elliott, Carlos Acosta biopic recalls the ballet dancer’s struggles and successes

Director anchors Yuli with the overbearing, combative relationship between a young Acosta and his father, Pedro, and the film breezes past some pivotal events in dancer’s life. Havana’s intoxicating energy is beautifully captured.

31 Jul 2019 - 2:45PM

Director anchors Yuli with the overbearing, combative relationship between a young Acosta and his father, Pedro, and the film breezes past some pivotal events in dancer’s life. Havana’s intoxicating energy is beautifully captured.

Yuli film review: like a Cuban Billy Elliott, Carlos Acosta biopic recalls the ballet dancer’s struggles and successes
Review | The Confidence Man JP film review: Hong Kong-set Japanese TV series spin-off is an enjoyable caper

Story of high-stakes con artists who travel to Hong Kong to steal a diamond from a triad boss is light, humorous and gets better as the action gets complicated. However, it does not make the most of the setting, with no local actors used.

24 Jul 2019 - 11:00AM

Story of high-stakes con artists who travel to Hong Kong to steal a diamond from a triad boss is light, humorous and gets better as the action gets complicated. However, it does not make the most of the setting, with no local actors used.

The Confidence Man JP film review: Hong Kong-set Japanese TV series spin-off is an enjoyable caper
Review | Lying to Mom film review: Japanese family drama on a white lie that turned into cruel deception

A moment of panic sees a mother lied to about her son’s suicide, starting a series of increasingly convoluted deceptions that uncover the family’s guilty secrets along the way.

18 Jul 2019 - 11:00AM

A moment of panic sees a mother lied to about her son’s suicide, starting a series of increasingly convoluted deceptions that uncover the family’s guilty secrets along the way.

Lying to Mom film review: Japanese family drama on a white lie that turned into cruel deception
Review | Jesus film review: a lonely Japanese boy struggles with Christianity in Hiroshi Okuyama’s debut feature

A surreal contemplation of organised religion, Jesus depicts the religious struggles of a nine-year-old enrolled in a prestigious Christian school as he seeks out tangible solutions to unanswerable questions.

17 Jul 2019 - 7:05AM

A surreal contemplation of organised religion, Jesus depicts the religious struggles of a nine-year-old enrolled in a prestigious Christian school as he seeks out tangible solutions to unanswerable questions.

Jesus film review: a lonely Japanese boy struggles with Christianity in Hiroshi Okuyama’s debut feature
Review | A Long Goodbye film review: Japanese drama on dementia, sacrifice and minutiae of everyday struggles

Writer-director Ryota Nakano offers a commentary on Japan’s ageing population crisis and the burden elderly citizens are putting on the country by focusing on the minutiae of everyday struggles that test family bonds.

3 Jul 2019 - 7:02AM

Writer-director Ryota Nakano offers a commentary on Japan’s ageing population crisis and the burden elderly citizens are putting on the country by focusing on the minutiae of everyday struggles that test family bonds.

A Long Goodbye film review: Japanese drama on dementia, sacrifice and minutiae of everyday struggles
Review | UglyDolls film review: animated feature inspired by plush toys lacks personality to truly stand out

Unremarkable and derivative, not even a stellar voice cast led by Kelly Clarkson can lift this film above the mundane. It’s no match for the Toy Story franchise.

25 Jun 2019 - 4:02PM

Unremarkable and derivative, not even a stellar voice cast led by Kelly Clarkson can lift this film above the mundane. It’s no match for the Toy Story franchise.

UglyDolls film review: animated feature inspired by plush toys lacks personality to truly stand out
Review | Stockholm film review: Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace in quirky caper exploring hostages’ sympathy for captors

Stockholm syndrome is a psychological condition that took its name from an attempted bank robbery in the Swedish capital in 1973; this quirky reimagining stars Ethan Hawke as the robber and Noomi Rapace as a sympathetic bank teller.

19 Jun 2019 - 7:00AM

Stockholm syndrome is a psychological condition that took its name from an attempted bank robbery in the Swedish capital in 1973; this quirky reimagining stars Ethan Hawke as the robber and Noomi Rapace as a sympathetic bank teller.

Stockholm film review: Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace in quirky caper exploring hostages’ sympathy for captors
Ranked: Parasite, Cannes festival winner, and the six other films of director Bong Joon-ho

South Korean director’s seven films span genres from science fiction to police procedural to small-town murder mystery; in each of them, Bong uses comedy to leaven stories about inequality, corruption, and abuse of power.

12 Jun 2019 - 8:19PM

South Korean director’s seven films span genres from science fiction to police procedural to small-town murder mystery; in each of them, Bong uses comedy to leaven stories about inequality, corruption, and abuse of power.

Ranked: Parasite, Cannes festival winner, and the six other films of director Bong Joon-ho
Review | Ramen Teh film review: food and family take centre stage in Singaporean drama

Required viewing for budget foodies heading to Singapore, Eric Khoo’s love letter to his country sees a visiting ramen chef sampling the city’s sights and tastes as he explores his mother’s Chinese roots. Mark Lee, as his uncle, elevates the film.

20 Jun 2019 - 6:24PM

Required viewing for budget foodies heading to Singapore, Eric Khoo’s love letter to his country sees a visiting ramen chef sampling the city’s sights and tastes as he explores his mother’s Chinese roots. Mark Lee, as his uncle, elevates the film.

Ramen Teh film review: food and family take centre stage in Singaporean drama
Review | 0.0 MHz film review: K-pop singers Jung Eun-ji, Lee Sung-yeol in second-rate supernatural horror

Jung and Lee make forgettable film debuts in this poor horror flick that brings nothing new to the genre, and crushing boredom soon sets in. Jung is barely more animated than the ghosts tormenting her, while Lee seems to be marking time before doing his military service.

10 Jun 2019 - 6:00PM

Jung and Lee make forgettable film debuts in this poor horror flick that brings nothing new to the genre, and crushing boredom soon sets in. Jung is barely more animated than the ghosts tormenting her, while Lee seems to be marking time before doing his military service.

0.0 MHz film review: K-pop singers Jung Eun-ji, Lee Sung-yeol in second-rate supernatural horror
Review | X-Men: Dark Phoenix film review – Sophie Turner plays Jean Grey in lacklustre final chapter in mutant series

The series’ all-star cast return for what must surely be their final outing following Fox’s recent acquisition by Disney, but this retelling of the Dark Phoenix saga fails to raise the X-Men from the flames.

6 Jun 2019 - 2:54PM

The series’ all-star cast return for what must surely be their final outing following Fox’s recent acquisition by Disney, but this retelling of the Dark Phoenix saga fails to raise the X-Men from the flames.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix film review – Sophie Turner plays Jean Grey in lacklustre final chapter in mutant series
Review | Birthday film review: Jeon Do-yeon, Sul Kyung-gu in mournful drama set after 2014 Sewol ferry disaster

Lead actors play estranged parents mourning their son, killed in real-life sinking; the boy’s mother hasn’t accepted his death, and wants a divorce. Those looking for a film about the disaster and its aftermath will be disappointed.

28 May 2019 - 5:00PM

Lead actors play estranged parents mourning their son, killed in real-life sinking; the boy’s mother hasn’t accepted his death, and wants a divorce. Those looking for a film about the disaster and its aftermath will be disappointed.

Birthday film review: Jeon Do-yeon, Sul Kyung-gu in mournful drama set after 2014 Sewol ferry disaster