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Film review: Ode to My Father - a Korean Forrest Gump

The story of Youn Duk-soo is a tribute to the little guys who kept their country and their families together through Korea's turbulent modern history.

The story of Youn Duk-soo is a tribute to the little guys who kept their country and their families together through Korea's turbulent modern history.

17 Apr 2015 - 3:55PM
Where to hike on Lantau Island

Lantau Island's Chi Ma Wan Country Trail takes hikers up to the top of 301-metre-high Miu Tsai Tun and 303-metre-high Lo Yan Shan, through an area known as "Rock Wonder" (because of the interestingly shaped granite formations found there) and past the small but pretty Shap Long Irrigation Reservoir. 

Lantau Island's Chi Ma Wan Country Trail takes hikers up to the top of 301-metre-high Miu Tsai Tun and 303-metre-high Lo Yan Shan, through an area known as "Rock Wonder" (because of the interestingly shaped granite formations found there) and past the small but pretty Shap Long Irrigation Reservoir. 

1 Apr 2015 - 5:01PM
Review | Film review: Two Thumbs Up - goofy Hong Kong comedy

Lau Ho-leung's directorial debut rides on the star power of Francis Ng and Simon Yam.

Lau Ho-leung's directorial debut rides on the star power of Francis Ng and Simon Yam.

23 Apr 2015 - 1:45PM
Film review: When Marnie Was There - beautiful 2D animation

This is the first Studio Ghibli title produced without company co-founders Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata, but it retains some of the hallmarks of the highly respected animators.

This is the first Studio Ghibli title produced without company co-founders Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata, but it retains some of the hallmarks of the highly respected animators.

28 Apr 2015 - 1:37PM
Review | Film review: Lost and Love - Andy Lau plays a driven father

Fourteen years after his two-year-old son was abducted, Anhui farmer Lei Zekuan (Andy Lau Tak-wah) is still doggedly searching the length and breadth of China for him.

Fourteen years after his two-year-old son was abducted, Anhui farmer Lei Zekuan (Andy Lau Tak-wah) is still doggedly searching the length and breadth of China for him.

23 Apr 2015 - 1:46PM
Your online guide to the 2015 Hong Kong International Film Festival

This year's Hong Kong International Film Festival features a mix of art house dramas, big-budget crowd-pleasers, local fare and rarely seen classics.

This year's Hong Kong International Film Festival features a mix of art house dramas, big-budget crowd-pleasers, local fare and rarely seen classics.

17 Apr 2015 - 12:03PM
Review | Film review: Little Big Master - true story touches the heart

Its English title makes it sound like a kung fu movie, but Little Big Master is actually the sort of "inspired by a true story" drama imbued with positive vibes and messages that you'd expect from Adrian Kwan Shun-fai, whose first three films are titled Sometimes, Miracles Do Happen, Life is a Miracle and If U Care ...

Its English title makes it sound like a kung fu movie, but Little Big Master is actually the sort of "inspired by a true story" drama imbued with positive vibes and messages that you'd expect from Adrian Kwan Shun-fai, whose first three films are titled Sometimes, Miracles Do Happen, Life is a Miracle and If U Care ...

23 Apr 2015 - 1:48PM
Film review: Selma

On July 2, 1964, the US Congress passed the Civil Rights Act outlawing discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex, or national origin. Three months later, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jnr was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

On July 2, 1964, the US Congress passed the Civil Rights Act outlawing discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex, or national origin. Three months later, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jnr was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

23 Apr 2015 - 12:29PM
Review | Film review: Jackie Chan's Dragon Blade

Not so long ago, Lunar New Year celebrations would not have felt complete for Hong Kong film fans without taking in a festive Jackie Chan movie (think 1992's Twin Dragons or 1995's Rumble in the Bronx).

Not so long ago, Lunar New Year celebrations would not have felt complete for Hong Kong film fans without taking in a festive Jackie Chan movie (think 1992's Twin Dragons or 1995's Rumble in the Bronx).

23 Apr 2015 - 1:48PM
Oscar-winner Peter Pau’s film about a demon slayer piles on the special effects

Based on blood ties and merit, Peter Pau Tak-hei is a member of Hong Kong cinema royalty. The son of famous actor Bao Fong and brother of award-winning actress Nina Paw Hee-ching (The Way We Are), he lifted the best cinematography Oscar in 2001 for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Still, Pau didn't envisage that when the time came to have a distinguished-looking older man play the Jade Emperor in Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, opening this week, he would be the choice of producer Ann An Xiao-fen and co-director Zhao Tianyu.

Based on blood ties and merit, Peter Pau Tak-hei is a member of Hong Kong cinema royalty. The son of famous actor Bao Fong and brother of award-winning actress Nina Paw Hee-ching (The Way We Are), he lifted the best cinematography Oscar in 2001 for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Still, Pau didn't envisage that when the time came to have a distinguished-looking older man play the Jade Emperor in Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, opening this week, he would be the choice of producer Ann An Xiao-fen and co-director Zhao Tianyu.

13 Mar 2015 - 1:05PM
5 Mar 2015 - 6:45PM
Film review: Leviathan - sympathetic characters, difficult situation

There's plenty to appreciate in Andrey Zvyagintsev's account of a man in northern Russia battling against state corruption to save his home, though the storytelling is circuitous.

There's plenty to appreciate in Andrey Zvyagintsev's account of a man in northern Russia battling against state corruption to save his home, though the storytelling is circuitous.

4 Mar 2015 - 10:51PM
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Film review: Sara - Charlene Choi plays against type

Charlene Choi Cheuk-yin portrays a victim of child sexual abuse who, with the help of an older lover, gains an education and a career in which she tries to help victims of sexual exploitation.

Charlene Choi Cheuk-yin portrays a victim of child sexual abuse who, with the help of an older lover, gains an education and a career in which she tries to help victims of sexual exploitation.

5 Mar 2015 - 12:34PM
Film review: Zero Motivation - tale of Israeli female soldiers takes risks

Israeli director Talya Lavie's debut feature tells three loosely connected stories about the life of women soldiers in a film that's part soap opera, part absurdist comedy.

Israeli director Talya Lavie's debut feature tells three loosely connected stories about the life of women soldiers in a film that's part soap opera, part absurdist comedy.

26 Feb 2015 - 10:54AM
Film appreciation: Solo Sunny - a glimpse of '80s East Germany

Solo Sunny, a 1980 drama about a pop singer touring small-town East Germany, offers fascinating and invaluable insights on life in the communist republic. 

Solo Sunny, a 1980 drama about a pop singer touring small-town East Germany, offers fascinating and invaluable insights on life in the communist republic. 

26 Feb 2015 - 11:08AM
18 Feb 2015 - 10:33AM
Film review: From Vegas to Macau II - an action-packed sequel

From Vegas to Macau II reunites director-scriptwriter Wong Jing with top-billed actor Chow Yun-fat in a glossy action comedy. There's an all-star cast, and some farcical comedy, but the film tries to cover too much ground.

From Vegas to Macau II reunites director-scriptwriter Wong Jing with top-billed actor Chow Yun-fat in a glossy action comedy. There's an all-star cast, and some farcical comedy, but the film tries to cover too much ground.

17 Feb 2015 - 4:41PM
Film review: An Inspector Calls - fluff with great visuals

Many of the key ingredients associated with a classic Lunar New Year Hong Kong film are present in An Inspector Calls: it's star-studded, cameo-filled and often visually outrageous.

Many of the key ingredients associated with a classic Lunar New Year Hong Kong film are present in An Inspector Calls: it's star-studded, cameo-filled and often visually outrageous.

13 Feb 2015 - 10:43AM
Film review Kingsman: The Secret Service - immensely enjoyable

A gentleman spy with more style than most James Bonds, and a mix of ultra-violent action, tragedy, drama and comedy, make a winning combination.

A gentleman spy with more style than most James Bonds, and a mix of ultra-violent action, tragedy, drama and comedy, make a winning combination.

12 Feb 2015 - 1:20PM
Film review: Wild - a true-life trekking adventure

Reese Witherspoon is not entirely convincing as the novice hiker who crosses the United States weighed down by a giant rucksack - and by psychological baggage. Laura Dern is the bigger star of a film that doesn't show as much scenic beauty as you might expect.

Reese Witherspoon is not entirely convincing as the novice hiker who crosses the United States weighed down by a giant rucksack - and by psychological baggage. Laura Dern is the bigger star of a film that doesn't show as much scenic beauty as you might expect.

5 Feb 2015 - 11:54AM
Film review: Black Sea - edge-of-the-seat underwater thriller

English actor Jude Law affects an Aberdonian accent and glams down to play a grizzled seadog in Scotsman Kevin Macdonald's Black Sea. Much of the action in this underwater adventure thriller takes place in a rickety submarine that few sane people would be willing to spend any amount of time in.

English actor Jude Law affects an Aberdonian accent and glams down to play a grizzled seadog in Scotsman Kevin Macdonald's Black Sea. Much of the action in this underwater adventure thriller takes place in a rickety submarine that few sane people would be willing to spend any amount of time in.

30 Jan 2015 - 10:15AM
Film review: St Vincent - Bill Murray and Jaeden Lieberher shine

None of the many Catholic saints named Vincent — including St Vincent de Paul, dubbed the "great apostle of charity", and the patron saint of Lisbon and Valencia, Vincent of Saragossa — are the subject of this feel-good comedy with a heart of gold.

None of the many Catholic saints named Vincent — including St Vincent de Paul, dubbed the "great apostle of charity", and the patron saint of Lisbon and Valencia, Vincent of Saragossa — are the subject of this feel-good comedy with a heart of gold.

30 Jan 2015 - 10:16AM
Film review: Blackhat - Hollywood comes to Hong Kong, and guess who plays second fiddle

It has scenes that make good use of locations in places such as Yau Ma Tei and Shek O, and accords prominent screen time to Wang Leehom and Tang Wei, but there’s still no mistaking the fact Michael Mann’s Blackhat is a Hollywood blockbuster at heart.

It has scenes that make good use of locations in places such as Yau Ma Tei and Shek O, and accords prominent screen time to Wang Leehom and Tang Wei, but there’s still no mistaking the fact Michael Mann’s Blackhat is a Hollywood blockbuster at heart.

24 Jan 2015 - 10:44PM
Film review: Dearest - Peter Chan's kidnap tale a slow burner

Director's intelligent treatment of reality-based child abduction drama leaves lasting impression.

Director's intelligent treatment of reality-based child abduction drama leaves lasting impression.

23 Jan 2015 - 5:00PM
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Film review: American Sniper - war's psychological impact in focus

Like Kathryn Bigelow's multiple Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, Clint Eastwood's American Sniper tells the story of an American military man who distinguished himself in Iraq but found the going more trying back in the US. And as with Peter Berg's Lone Survivor, this action drama draws upon an autobiography written by a Navy SEAL who took part in a war where children and adults alike were looked upon as likely enemy combatants.

Like Kathryn Bigelow's multiple Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, Clint Eastwood's American Sniper tells the story of an American military man who distinguished himself in Iraq but found the going more trying back in the US. And as with Peter Berg's Lone Survivor, this action drama draws upon an autobiography written by a Navy SEAL who took part in a war where children and adults alike were looked upon as likely enemy combatants.

21 Jan 2015 - 9:56PM
15 Jan 2015 - 10:54AM
Film review: S for Sex, S for Secrets - sex comedy falls flat

This Patrick Kong Pak-leung scripted and co-produced (with Shirley Yung Sau-lan) comedy-drama sounds all right as a concept: make a film about four people with very different views of sex.

This Patrick Kong Pak-leung scripted and co-produced (with Shirley Yung Sau-lan) comedy-drama sounds all right as a concept: make a film about four people with very different views of sex.

15 Jan 2015 - 10:53AM
Film review: 10,000km - fine acting holds up study of a couple thrown apart

Ours is an age when many people make use of technology to reach out across vast distances. But as Carlos Marques-Marcet's well-crafted first feature shows, two people used to sharing the same bed cannot help but find their relationship suffering when there are thousands of kilometres between them for a significant period of time — even though they spend hours communicating via computers and phones.

Ours is an age when many people make use of technology to reach out across vast distances. But as Carlos Marques-Marcet's well-crafted first feature shows, two people used to sharing the same bed cannot help but find their relationship suffering when there are thousands of kilometres between them for a significant period of time — even though they spend hours communicating via computers and phones.

15 Jan 2015 - 10:55AM