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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father! (新難兄難弟)

“One for all and all for one!” is a phrase we don’t hear much of these days, outside of the latest Three Musketeers adaptation, but it was once the go-to slogan of Union Film (translated from the Chinese「人人為我,我為人人.」), the studio that dominated Hong Kong’s post-war cinema and boasted some of the greatest screen talents in the city’s history. 806 more words

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Romancing In Thin Air (高海拔之戀II)

Here lies a love story. Quiet, tender, heartbreaking. It’s an unassuming film in a cinematic landscape used to screaming out its merits. Director Johnnie To and writers Wai Ka-Fai and Yau Nai-Hoi are no strangers to the showy style that dominates a certain class of Hong Kong movies, but here, they opt for a gentler approach that privileges emotion over polish. 652 more words

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Merry Christmas (聖誕快樂)

While this time capsule may have little to do with Christmas, there’s plenty of fun to get you into a festive mood. The movie stars Karl Maka, the comedian famous for his shaved dome, as a single man raising three kids. 375 more words

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Happy Ero Christmas (해피 에로 크리스마스)

Whatever you’re expecting from this movie, you’re not going to get it. I thought it would be another fun, perhaps thoughtful romance from headliner Cha Tae-hyun of My Sassy Girl fame (and Scandal Makers years later). 428 more words

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Love on a Diet (瘦身男女)

There’s a warmth at the core of this movie about two large loners who find friendship and a suitable exercise plan. It capitalizes on the chemistry between Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng in Needing You (2000), also directed by Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai, and the two actors don’t miss a beat as a pair of hesitant companions who are a bit socially, emotionally, and culturally out of their depth. 456 more words

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DIVA (DIVA 華麗之後)

When crystal-voiced singing recruit Red (Mag Lam) steps into manager Man’s (Chapman To) office, she compares it, favorably, to a deluxe karaoke room. “Well, today’s Hong Kong singers sing like karaoke amateurs,” he responds. 638 more words

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Tiramisu (戀愛行星)

There’s a good movie lurking beneath the surface in Tiramisu, which plays with the ideas of fate and the afterlife. Jane (Karena Lam) and Fung (Nicholas Tse) are two strangers on a train who catch each others’ eyes and cross paths several times over the course of one day. 465 more words

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