Comedy masterpiece a reminder of the Hong Kong psyche 10 years before city’s return to Chinese sovereignty and how materialism, greed and housing aspirations have long been its signature tunes
The movie may be a piece of farcical fluff but Chan’s fans across Hong Kong and Southeast Asia were more interested in seeing their heroine in a variety of crowd-pleasing scenes
The eternal triangle – two women, one man – gets a distinctly local twist here: the other woman isn’t a mistress but the man’s mother, fighting for dominance in a wartime Chongqing that’s beautifully evoked.
Completed in 1974 but not shown until the 1980s, Tang’s film about university students fleeing the Cultural Revolution for Hong Kong is perhaps even more awe-inspiring now than it was then
Dennis Yu’s groundbreaking work retains its doom-laden sparkle with well-paced vignettes, it’s on-location shooting in an as-yet empty United Centre and elsewhere adding freshness to the genre
Age hasn’t dimmed this joyous Shaw Brothers musical, with a wispy plot that serves merely as a vehicle for an abundance of choreographed numbers that run the gamut from Broadway tap to classical Chinese
Deft direction made the 1925 silent film adaptation of the Oscar Wilde comedy a delight for the eyes, if not the ears
This Hong Kong tragi-comedy, which had its premiere weeks before the Japanese invasion of the city, is a potent reminder of the city's enduring role as an oasis of free expression within China.
Ah Ying, the 1983 neo-realistic tale of friendship between an aspiring filmmaker and a budding actress, was one of the most understated and emotionally subtle products of the waning years of Hong Kong's cinematic New Wave.
The 1990 film presciently, and entertainingly, highlighted the China-Hong Kong culture clash.
This film, a true blending of East and West, is one of just a half-dozen Hong Kong films from the early 1940s to have survived.
The Sars epidemic of 2003 revived Hongkongers' interest in Patrick Lung Kong's 1970 take on French writer-philosopher Albert Camus' The Plague.