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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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Review: 0.1% World (2022)

0.1% World 好想去你的世界爱你 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 93 mins. Director: Sun Lin 孙琳. Rating: 3/10. Fanciful rom-com’s only original factor is the two millennials being thousands of miles…

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Review: 0.1% World (2022)

0.1% World 好想去你的世界爱你 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 93 mins. Director: Sun Lin 孙琳. Rating: 3/10. Fanciful rom-com’s only original factor is the two millennials being thousands of miles…

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Review: Someone in the Room (2022)

Someone in the Room 屋内有人 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 89 mins. Director: Bian Yuan 边原. Rating: 6/10. Low-budget horror/thriller is inventive and meticulously plotted, and doesn’t go in…

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Review: Someone in the Room (2022)

Someone in the Room 屋内有人 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 89 mins. Director: Bian Yuan 边原. Rating: 6/10. Low-budget horror/thriller is inventive and meticulously plotted, and doesn’t go in…

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Review: River of Salvation (2020)

River of Salvation 一江春水 China, 2020, colour, 1.33:1, 108 mins. Director: Gao Qisheng 高启盛. Rating: 5/10. Well-played study of a 30-something woman in workaday central China doesn’t really…

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Review: River of Salvation (2020)

River of Salvation 一江春水 China, 2020, colour, 1.33:1, 108 mins. Director: Gao Qisheng 高启盛. Rating: 5/10. Well-played study of a 30-something woman in workaday central China doesn’t really…

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Review: Good Night Beijing (2021)

Good Night Beijing 曾经相爱的我们 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 94 mins. Director: Zhang Xiaolei 张小磊 (credited), Fang Zuming 房祖名 [Jaycee Chan] (uncredited). Late-stage director: Xiahou Yunshan 夏侯云姗. Rating: 2/10.…

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Review: Good Night Beijing (2021)

Good Night Beijing 曾经相爱的我们 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 94 mins. Director: Zhang Xiaolei 张小磊 (credited), Fang Zuming 房祖名 [Jaycee Chan] (uncredited). Late-stage director: Xiahou Yunshan 夏侯云姗. Rating: 2/10.…

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Review: Manchurian Tiger (2021)

Manchurian Tiger 东北虎 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 117 mins. Director: Geng Jun 耿军. Rating: 6/10. Phlegmatic, black character comedy, set in wintry northeast China, overstays its initial welcome.…

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Review: Manchurian Tiger (2021)

Manchurian Tiger 东北虎 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 117 mins. Director: Geng Jun 耿军. Rating: 6/10. Phlegmatic, black character comedy, set in wintry northeast China, overstays its initial welcome.…

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Review: Free and Easy (2016)

Free and Easy 轻松+愉快 China, 2016, colour, 2.35:1, 98 mins. Director: Geng Jun 耿军. Rating: 4/10. Phlegmatic black comedy set in bleak northeast China gradually runs out of…

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Review: Free and Easy (2016)

Free and Easy 轻松+愉快 China, 2016, colour, 2.35:1, 98 mins. Director: Geng Jun 耿军. Rating: 4/10. Phlegmatic black comedy set in bleak northeast China gradually runs out of…

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Review: Embrace Again (2021)

Embrace Again 穿过寒冬拥抱你 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 123 mins. Director: Xue Xiaolu 薛晓路. Rating: 5/10. “Inspirational” light drama, about volunteers in Wuhan during the Covid lockdown, is rescued…

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Review: Embrace Again (2021)

Embrace Again 穿过寒冬拥抱你 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 123 mins. Director: Xue Xiaolu 薛晓路. Rating: 5/10. “Inspirational” light drama, about volunteers in Wuhan during the Covid lockdown, is rescued…

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Review: Being Mortal (2020)

Being Mortal 来处是归途 China, 2020, colour, 1.85:1, 96 mins. Director: Liu Ze 刘泽. Rating: 5/10. Everyday light drama centred on a daughter and her Alzheimer’s-riddled father is well-played…

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Review: Only Fools Rush In (2022)

Only Fools Rush In 四海 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 128 mins. Director: Han Han 韩寒. Rating: 4/10. Celebrity writer-director-rallyist Han Han goes to the same well once too…

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Review: Too Cool to Kill (2022)

Too Cool to Kill 这个杀手不太冷静 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 109 mins. Director: Xing Wenxiong 邢文雄. Rating: 5/10. Loose adaptation of Japanese comedy The Magic Hour  is Ma Hua…

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Review: Snipers (2022)

Snipers 狙击手 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 95 mins. Directors: Zhang Yimou 张艺谋, Zhang Mo 张末. Rating: 6/10. Gripping action/psychodrama, as Chinese and US snipers face off in a…

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Review: Be Somebody (2021)

Be Somebody 扬名立万 China, 2021, colour/b&w, 2.35:1, 122 mins. Director: Liu Xunzimo 刘循子墨. Rating: 6/10. Richly written and staged, this period Shanghai crime comedy is over-long and gets…

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Review: The Fourth Wall (2019)

The Fourth Wall 第四面墙 China, 2019, colour, 16:9/2.35:1, 95 mins. Directors: Zhang Chong 张翀, Zhang Bo 张波. Rating: 5/10. Paranormal psychodrama is a two-hander with good performances but…

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Review: Another Me (2022)

Another Me 李茂扮太子 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 99 mins. Director: Gao Ke 高可. Associate director: Yang Xiaoming 杨晓明. Rating: 5/10. Role-swapping costume comedy featuring Ma Hua FunAge regulars…

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Review: Your World without Me (2021)

Your World without Me 你的世界如果没有我 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 97 mins. Director: Liu Weiheng 刘伟恒. Rating: 4/10. Light, simplistic youth romance depends a lot on the easy chemistry…

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Review: B for Busy (2021)

B for Busy 爱情神话 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 112 mins. Director: Shao Yihui 邵艺辉. Rating: 8/10. Shanghai neighbourhood movie, led by droll comedian Xu Zheng, is a striking…

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Review: Lost and Found (2021)

Lost and Found 以年为单位的恋爱 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 102 mins. Director: Li Zhi 黎志. Rating: 6/10. Generic relationship movie gains much from the chemistry between its two leads.…

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Review: Railway Heroes (2021)

Railway Heroes 铁道英雄 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 122 mins. Director: Yang Feng 杨枫. Rating: 8/10. Crackerjack wartime resistance movie is a cut above the rest, made with a…

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Review: Model (2020)

Model 我是监护人 China/US, 2020, colour, 2.35:1, 105 mins. Director: Jing Ran 敬然. Rating: 5/10. Light drama about a Chinese student in New York who’s saddled with her baby…

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Review: Striding into the Wind (2020)

Striding into the Wind 野马分鬃 China, 2020, colour, 1.85:1, 128 mins. Director: Wei Shujun 魏书钧. Rating: 3/10. Pointless indie production that’s as aimless as its central character, a…

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