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Review: Hero (2022)

Hero 世间有她 China/Hong Kong, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 115 mins. Directors: Li Shaohong 李少红 (I), Chen Chong 陈冲 [Joan Chen] (II), Zhang Aijia 张艾嘉 [Sylvia Chang] (III). Rating: 6/10.…

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Review: Give Me Five (2022)

Give Me Five 哥,你好 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 110 mins. Director: Zhang Luan 张栾. Rating: 5/10. Time-travel comedy – largely set back in the 1980s – has a…

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Review: Our Happiness (2017)

Our Happiness 相声大电影之我要幸福 China, 2017, colour, 2.35:1, 92 mins. Director: Zhang Heluan 张鹤栾 [Zhang Luan 张栾]. Rating: 4/10. Confused comedy with a host of xiangsheng performers fails to…

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Review: Ordinary Hero (2022)

Ordinary Hero 平凡英雄 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 96 mins. Director: Chen Guohui 陈国辉 [Tony Chan]. Rating: 4/10. Race-against-time medical drama is a melodramatic meld of weepie and heart-warmer,…

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Review: I Love You (2022)

I Love You 我要和你在一起 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 92 mins. Directors: Zeng Jinwei 曾晋为, Zhao Zuxiang 赵祖祥. Rating: 7/10. With two strong leads, this offbeat rom-com is a…

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Review: Home Coming (2022)

Home Coming 万里归途 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 137 mins. Director: Rao Xiaozhi 饶晓志. Rating: 7/10. Visually impressive but emotionally rather cool drama of Chinese workers evacuated from a…

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Review: Wolf Pack (2022)

Wolf Pack 狼群 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 104 mins. Director: Jiang Cong 蒋丛 [Michael Chiang]. Rating: 5/10. Well-mounted but generic action fodder centred on a band of Chinese…

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Review: Hot Soup (2020)

Hot Soup 热汤 China, 2020, colour, 2.35:1, 99 mins. Director: Zhang Ming 章明. Rating: 4/10. Arty interweaving of four stories ends up looking precious and rather silly, and…

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Review: Cherry Goddess (2014)

Cherry Goddess 9号女神 China, 2014, colour, 2.35:1, 99 mins. Director: Zhang Ming 章明. Rating: 4/10. Commercial outing by arty director Zhang Ming is hampered by a bumpy script…

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Review: Beating Heart (2022)

Beating Heart 世界上最爱我的人 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 93 mins. Director: Huang Yuetai 黄岳泰 [Arthur Wong]. Rating: 3/10. Simplistically scripted hospital drama squanders the combined talents of its two…

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Review: Love Can’t Be Said (2022)

Love Can’t Be Said 一直一直都很喜欢你 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 92 mins. Director: Wu Jiakai 吴家凯. Associate director: Zhang Zhihong 张智鸿. Rating: 4/10. Student romance-that-never-declares-itself is a half-hour short…

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Review: Almost Love (2022)

Almost Love 遇见你 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 109 mins. Director: Luo Luo 落落 [Zhao Jiarong 赵佳蓉]. Rating: 5/10. Initially interesting youth romance is worth a quick look for…

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Review: Close to Love (2022)

Close to Love 我们的样子像极了爱情 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 121 mins. Director: Wang Zijun 王梓骏. Rating: 6/10. Excellent chemistry between the young leads gives this “platonic” rom-com a fresh…

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Review: Butcher Hunter (2022)

Butcher Hunter 猎屠 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 98 mins. Director: Guo Xiaofeng 郭晓峰. Rating: 3/10. Anti-scamming police drama, set in Southeast Asia, is functionally shot and directed, with…

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Review: The Fallen Bridge (2022)

The Fallen Bridge 断•桥 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 113 mins. Director: Li Yu 李玉. Rating: 4/10. Gloomy, suspense-less drama about a daughter solving her father’s death lacks any…

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Review: Return to Dust (2022)

Return to Dust 隐入尘烟 China, 2022, colour, 1.55:1, 132 mins. Director: Li Ruijun 李睿珺. Rating: 6/10. Indie Mainland film-maker Li Ruijun’s warmest film since Fly with the Crane,…

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Review: Yanagawa (2021)

Yanagawa 漫长的告白 China, 2021, colour, 1.85:1, 112 mins. Director: Zhang Lv 张律. Rating: 3/10. More accessible than most of Zhang Lv’s features, this indie confection is still a…

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Review: Warriors of Future (2022)

Warriors of Future 明日战记 Hong Kong/China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 98 mins. Director: Wu Xuanhui 吴炫辉. Rating: 4/10. Utterly generic sci-fi VFX-athon is weighed down by a deadly dull…

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Review: Lighting Up the Stars (2022)

Lighting Up the Stars 人生大事 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 106 mins. Director: Liu Jiangjiang 刘江江. Rating: 6/10. Redemptive odd-couple movie, centred on a no-good ex-con and a brattish…

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Review: Ode to the Spring (2022)

Ode to the Spring 你是我的春天 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 121 mins. Directors: Zhou Nan 周楠 (I), Zhang Chi 张弛 (II), Tian Yusheng 田羽生 (III), Dong Yue 董越 (IV),…

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Review: Damp Season (2020)

Damp Season 回南天 China, 2020, colour, 1.85:1, 107 mins. Director: Gao Ming 高鸣. Rating: 3/10. Typical slice of arty alienation centred on a young couple in sweaty Shenzhen.…

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Review: My Blue Summer (2022)

My Blue Summer 暗恋   橘生淮南 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 100 mins. Director: Huang Bin 黄斌. Associate director: Qiu Sheng 仇晟 (Xiamen unit). Rating: 6/10. Generic Gen-90 romance has…

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Review: The Italian Recipe (2022)

The Italian Recipe 遇见你之后 China/Italy/Germany, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 100 mins. Director: Hou Zuxin 侯祖辛. Rating: 7/10. Corny, generic rom-com set in Rome is boosted by smooth packaging and…

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Review: New Five Golden Flowers (2022)

New Five Golden Flowers 你是我的一束光 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 97 mins. Director: Wang Qiang 王强. Rating: 4/10. Messily constructed rom-com set in Yunnan province can’t decide what it…

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Review: Just 1 Day (2021)

Just 1 Day 给我1天 Hong Kong, 2021, colour, 16:9, 94 mins. Director: Li Min 李敏 [Erica Li]. Rating: 6/10. Modest two-hander romance is rescued from terminal cuteness by…

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Review: Before Next Spring (2021)

Before Next Spring 如果有一天我将会离开你 China/Hong Kong, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 107 mins. Director: Li Gen 李亘. Rating: 6/10. Well-acted, authentic portrait of Chinese expats in a Tokyo suburb is…

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Review: Till We Meet Again (2021)

Till We Meet Again 月老 Taiwan/South Korea/Hong Kong, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 126 mins. Director: Ke Jingteng 柯景腾 [Giddens Ko 九把刀]. Rating: 4/10. Technically smooth slice of supernatural whimsy…

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Review: Mon Mon Mon Monsters (2017)

Mon Mon Mon Monsters 报告老师!怪怪怪怪物! Taiwan/Hong Kong, 2017, colour, 2.35:1, 111 mins. Director: Ke Jingteng 柯景腾 [Giddens Ko 九把刀]. Rating: 3/10. Wannabe comedy-horror about high-schoolers vs two zombie-vampires…

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Review: On Your Mark (2021)

On Your Mark 了不起的老爸 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 103 mins. Director: Zhou Qingyuan 周青元 [Chiu Keng Guan]. Rating: 6/10. Mixture of father-son drama, a sporting theme, and a…

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Review: Shallow (2021)

Shallow 出拳吧妈妈 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 95 mins. Director: Tang Xiaobai 唐晓白. Rating: 6/10. Despite a few shortcomings in the script, under-rated Mainland actress Tan Zhuo throws herself…

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Review: Man on the Edge (2022)

Man on the Edge 边缘行者 China/Hong Kong, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 112 mins. Director: Huang Mingsheng 黄明升. Rating: 6/10. Above-average Hong Kong crime drama has a strong raft of…

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Review: Stay with Me (2022)

Stay with Me 我是真的讨厌异地恋 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 107 mins. Directors: Wu Yang 吴洋, Zhou Nanshen 周男燊. Rating: 3/10. Though glossily packaged, this generic millennial romance has zero…

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Review: Back to Love (2022)

Back to Love 带你去见我妈 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 100 mins. Director: Lan Hongchun 蓝鸿春. Rating: 6/10. Second dialect feature by Chaozhou director Lan Hongchun has the same easygoing…

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Review: Proud of Me (2018)

Proud of Me 爸,我一定行的 China, 2018, colour, 2.35:1, 98 mins. Director: Lan Hongchun 蓝鸿春. Rating: 5/10. Generic father-son light drama has a fresh feel from its lead performances…

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Review: Little Canned Men (2021)

Little Canned Men 皮皮鲁与鲁西西之罐头小人 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 93 mins. Director: Yu Fei 于飞. Rating: 6/10. Fantasy about some micro-people befriending primary-school kids is stronger technically than dramatically.…

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Review: I Dreamed a Dream (2021)

I Dreamed a Dream 梦境人生 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 105 mins. Director: Duan Qihua 段祺华. Associate directors: Shen Yue 沈悦, Jiang Xiaoxiao 蒋笑笑. Rating: 4/10. Ambitious drama set…

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Review: The Battle at Lake Changjin II (2022)

The Battle at Lake Changjin II 长津湖之水门桥 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 147 mins. Director: Xu Ke 徐克 [Tsui Hark]. B-unit (Hagaru-ri) director: Xu An 许安 [Koan Hui]. Associate…

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Review: Nice View (2022)

Nice View 奇迹   笨小孩 China, 2022, colour, 1.85:1, 104 mins. Director: Wen Muye 文牧野. Rating: 7/10. Young actor-singer Yi Yangqianxi makes a strong lead as a do-or-die entrepreneur…

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Review: Secret (2021)

Secret 秘不可言 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 90 mins. Director: Cao Yong 曹涌 [Cao Yong 曹勇]. Rating: 5/10. Intriguing, well-mounted psychodrama-cum-mystery starts well but becomes scarcely credible later on.…

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Review: Synesthete (2021)

Synesthete 越界 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 80 mins. Director: Liang Honghua 梁鸿华. Rating: 3/10. An interesting idea never comes to fruition in this messy, low-budget ghost movie with…

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Review: The Poet (2018)

The Poet 诗人 China, 2018, colour, 2.35:1, 121 mins. Director: Liu Hao 刘浩. Rating: 7/10. Impressive fifth feature by indie filmmaker Liu Hao is an elegy for simpler…

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Review: The Chanting Willows (2021)

The Chanting Willows 柳浪闻莺 China, 2021, colour, 1.33:1, 104 mins. Director: Dai Wei 戴玮. Rating: 6/10. Good-looking but passionless drama centred on two bisexual female friends in the…

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Review: A Leg (2020)

A Leg 腿 Taiwan, 2020, colour, 2.35:1, 115 mins. Director: Zhang Yaosheng 张耀升. Rating: 6/10. Delicious black comedy is weakened by too many flashbacks that lack the main…

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Review: Don’t Forget I Love You (2022)

Don’t Forget I Love You 不要忘记我爱你 China/Hong Kong, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 126 mins. Director: Huang Zhenzhen 黄真真 [Barbara Wong]. Rating: 6/10. Formulaic but clever rom-com features attractive leads…

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Review: Ten Years of Loving You (2022)

Ten Years of Loving You 十年一品温如言 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 103 mins. Director: Zhao Fei 赵非. Rating: 2/10. Dramatically risible youth melodrama isn’t helped by workaday dialogue and…

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Review: Ten Years of Loving You (2022)

Ten Years of Loving You 十年一品温如言 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 103 mins. Director: Zhao Fei 赵非. Rating: 2/10. Dramatically risible youth melodrama isn’t helped by workaday dialogue and…

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Review: Do You Love Me As I Love You (2020)

Do You Love Me As I Love You 可不可以你也刚好喜欢我 Taiwan, 2020, colour, 2.35:1, 107 mins. Director: Jian Xuebin 简学彬. Rating: 6/10. In her first major role, Taiwan actress…

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Review: Do You Love Me As I Love You (2020)

Do You Love Me As I Love You 可不可以你也刚好喜欢我 Taiwan, 2020, colour, 2.35:1, 107 mins. Director: Jian Xuebin 简学彬. Rating: 6/10. In her first major role, Taiwan actress…

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Review: Island Keeper (2021)

Island Keeper 守岛人 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 124 mins. Director: Chen Li 陈力. Rating: 6/10. Well-played drama, based on a real-life story, of a couple on a lonely…

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Review: Island Keeper (2021)

Island Keeper 守岛人 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 124 mins. Director: Chen Li 陈力. Rating: 6/10. Well-played drama, based on a real-life story, of a couple on a lonely…

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