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Drink, Drank, Drunk (2005)

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Were you among those who (a) felt like your neck was snapped by the ending of One Nite in Mongkok , (b) felt completely numbed and brutalised by the whole experience or (c) watched it purely for its reputation but didn’t like it. Well, rejoice because Derek Yee has done a 180 back-flip and lightened up considerably with his latest effort, Drink, Drank, Drunk.

Starring the effervescent Miriam Yeung and the currently ubiquitous Daniel Wu, this is charming romantic … (read more)

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Beyond Our Ken (2004)

I’ve watched this film twice now, and it’s still difficult to find something appropriate to say about it. That’s not because it’s a bad film: it isn’t. But it is a film that defies pigeonholing, like an extremely knobbly peg in any sort of hole. But as it’s fallen to me to review it, I’d better give it a try.

For starters, there’s a lot here that’s reminiscent of other directors. The opening credits, block characters on hot pink background, … (read more)

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Beijing Rocks (2000)

HK director Mabel Cheung has decided to turn her attention to the underground Beijing rock scene in which she captures the sweaty desperation, energy and frenzy of this movement with much success.

Or perhaps that was also the brilliance of Crouching Tiger cinematographer Peter Pau?

Michael [Daniel Wu], a troubled HK singer songwriter, tags along with Lu [Geng Le], the charismatic lead singer of a hard core Beijing band while awaiting trial for behaviour misdemeanour [he started a fight in … (read more)

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House Of Fury (2005)

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Well, it’s not Doctor Zhivago. But then, who thought that it would be? Director “Dimples” Fung shows once again that he’s got a fair grip on the mechanics of film-making, and can direct a popular film.

Okay, the star roster doesn’t hurt: there’s Dimples and Daniel Wu for those that like looking at pretty young men, there’s both Twins for those that like them, and there’s Anthony Wong and Wu Ma for those who enjoy watching good acting. And … (read more)

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Miss Du Shi Niang (2003)

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Michelle Reis is exceedingly pretty, as is Daniel Wu, but neither can drag this film above the level of tedium. Historical prostitute dramas can be fascinating, funny, or tragic, but this is none of the above. Costumes lovely, characters reasonable, plot entirely predictable. Don’t waste your money.… (read more)

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2000AD (2000)

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2000 AD is one of a rash of relatively high-budget actioners that came out of Hong Kong over the last few years, but there are a few things that set this one a tad above most.

For starters, there’s the casting. Fairly attractive and high-profile leads in Aaron Kwok and Daniel Wu mean that the characters are reasonably well-executed, and provide sufficient eye candy. Both are also quite credible in the action department, being disgustingly fit and athletic.

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Love Undercover 2: Love Mission (2003)

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About 20 mins into this harebrained Canto comedy, Miriam Yeung shrugs her shoulders and says “I’m a goof!” Daniel Wu asks her to be serious; she looks at him firmly and says slowly, “I… am… a… goof…”.

That pretty much sums up why it is hard to take her or the film seriously; she’s just goofing around. The flick has its moments, mostly at the start, with a couple of nifty sequences which show how she was demoted after her … (read more)

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