Hong Kong Cinema - A Retrospective

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1.
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011)
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Set three years after Dragon Inn, innkeeper Jade has disappeared and a new inn has risen from the ashes - one that's staffed by marauders masquerading as law-abiding citizens, who hope to unearth the fabled lost city buried in the desert. (122 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
2.
A Simple Life (2011)
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After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home. (118 mins.)
Director: Ann Hui
 
3.
Gallants (2010)
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Weedy office worker Cheung is sent to a remote village to secure property rights for his real estate company... (98 mins.)
 
4.
Bodyguards and Assassins (2009)
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In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks. (139 mins.)
Director: Teddy Chan
 
5.
Overheard (2009)
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A trio of police officers conduct surveillance on a listed company. (100 mins.)
 
6.
Ip Man (2008)
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During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense. (106 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
 
7.
Fearless (2006)
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A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation. (104 mins.)
Director: Ronny Yu
 
8.
Exiled (2006)
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A friendship is formed between an ex-gangster, and two groups of hitmen - those who want to protect him and those who were sent to kill him. (110 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
 
9.
After This Our Exile (2006)
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After his mother flees the family home, a son turns to thieving in order to support his father, an abusive sort who is addicted to gambling. (121 mins.)
Director: Patrick Tam
 
10.
SPL: Kill Zone (2005)
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A near retired cop and his unit are willing to put down a crime boss at all costs while dealing with a replacement inspector who is getting in their way. Meanwhile, the crime boss sends his top assassin to kill the cops. (93 mins.)
Director: Yip Wai Shun
 
11.
Election (2005)
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Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society. (100 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
 
12.
One Nite in Mongkok (2004)
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Hong Kong nihilism. December 22, a street quarrel leads to the death of a gang leader's son. Next day... (110 mins.)
Director: Derek Yee
 
13.
2046 (2004)
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The women who enter a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love. (129 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
14.
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
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In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf. (99 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow
 
15.
Infernal Affairs (2002)
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A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
 
16.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
17.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
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Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
18.
Made in Hong Kong (1997)
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Autumn Moon (Sam Lee), a low-rent triad living in Hong Kong, struggles to find meaning in his hopelessly violent existence. (108 mins.)
Director: Fruit Chan
 
19.
Happy Together (1997)
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Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift... (96 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
20.
Who's the Man, Who's the Woman (1997)
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(107 mins.)
Director: Peter Chan
 
21.
Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996)
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Two Chinese-mainlanders living in Hong Kong form a close friendship. Over the years this grows into love, but there are obstacles. (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Chan
 
22.
Fallen Angels (1995)
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A disillusioned killer embarks on his last hit but first he has to overcome his affections for his cool... (96 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
23.
Ashes of Time (1994)
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A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings. (100 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
24.
Chungking Express (1994)
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Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents. (102 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
25.
A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (1995)
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The convoluted continuation of the adventures of the time-traveling, now-human Monkey King, who attempts to fulfill his divine destiny. (95 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Lau
 
26.
A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box (1995)
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Fantasy adventure about the arrival of Buddhism in China. When the Goddess of Happiness tosses the Longevity... (87 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Lau
 
27.
Fist of Legend (1994)
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In 1937, a Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by the Japanese. (103 mins.)
Director: Gordon Chan
 
28.
Once Upon a Time in China III (1993)
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Master Wong and his disciples enroll in the 'Dancing Lion Competition' to stop an assassination plot and to battle an arrogant, deceitful opponent. (109 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
29.
The Eagle Shooting Heroes (1993)
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A parody of Louis Cha's novel The Eagle Shooting Heroes (thats the literal translation). Story begins... (100 mins.)
Director: Jeff Lau
 
30.
Iron Monkey (1993)
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A martial artist/doctor steals from the corrupt authorities as a masked thief to give to the poor while another martial artist/doctor is forced to hunt him down. But a major threat unites them as a powerful and traitorous shaolin monk takes over the authorities. (90 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
31.
The Bride with White Hair (1993)
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The sensitive swordsman Cho Yi-Hang is tired of his life. He is the unwilling successor to the Wu-Tang... (89 mins.)
Director: Ronny Yu
 
32.
Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)
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In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult... (113 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
33.
Hard Boiled (1992)
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A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew. (128 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
34.
Center Stage (1991)
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Biopic of 1930's Chinese actress Ruan Ling Yu. (126 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kwan
 
35.
God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai (1991)
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This film focuses on the disciple of the God of Gamblers, Chow Sing Cho, also known as the "Saint of Gamblers"... (116 mins.)
Director: Jing Wong
 
36.
Once a Thief (1991)
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A romantic and action packed story of three best friends, a group of high end art thieves, who come into trouble when a love-triangle forms between them. (103 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
37.
Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
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Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial... (134 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
38.
A Chinese Ghost Story II (1990)
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In this installment of a phenomenal saga of the super natural, four young people are caught in a tug-o-war... (104 mins.)
Director: Siu-Tung Ching
 
39.
Bullet in the Head (1990)
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When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever. (136 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
40.
Days of Being Wild (1990)
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Set in 1960, the film centres on the young, boyishly handsome Yuddy, who learns from the drunken ex-prostitute... (94 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
41.
A Moment of Romance (1990)
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A story of a bank heist that almost ended in disaster (for the robbers) until their getaway driver Wah... (87 mins.)
Director: Benny Chan
 
42.
God of Gamblers (1989)
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A master gambler loses his memory, and is befriended by a street hustler who discovers his supernatural gambling abilities. (126 mins.)
Director: Jing Wong
 
43.
The Killer (1989)
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A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss. (111 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
44.
As Tears Go By (1988)
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Mid-level gangster Wah falls in love with his beautiful cousin, but must also continue to protect his volatile partner-in-crime and friend, Fly. (102 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
45.
Rouge (1987)
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Fleur is the blue angel in one of Hong Kong's "flower houses" - bordellos and night clubs of the 1930's... (96 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kwan
 
46.
A Better Tomorrow II (1987)
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A restauranteur teams up with a police officer and his ex-con brother to avenge the death of a friend's daughter. (105 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
47.
A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
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Ning Tsai-Shen, a humble tax collector, arrives in a small town to carry out his work. Unsurprisingly... (98 mins.)
Director: Siu-Tung Ching
 
48.
City on Fire (1987)
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An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of thieves who plan to rob a jewelry store. (101 mins.)
Director: Ringo Lam
 
49.
An Autumn's Tale (1987)
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Filmed in New York, story of naive young woman from Hong Kong who goes to New York to study. Street-wise... (98 mins.)
Director: Mabel Cheung
 
50.
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
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A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break. (95 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
51.
Police Story (1985)
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A virtuous Hong Kong police officer must clear his good name when the drug lords he is after frame him for the murder of a dirty cop. (101 mins.)
 
52.
Long Arm of the Law (1984)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Johnny Mak
 
53.
Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)
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Chinese soldiers in an ancient civil war get caught up in a fantastical quest to save the universe. (95 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
54.
Project A (1983)
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Fighting against pirates in "old Hong Kong". Chinese costume drama with plenty of over-the-top tongue in cheek action and music. (105 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
 
55.
Mad Mission (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A "James Bond" type burglar named King Kong (Sam Hui) tries to redeem himself and joins forces with Albert "Baldy" Au (Karl Maka)... (93 mins.)
Director: Eric Tsang
 
56.
Boat People (1982)
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A Japanese photojournalist revisits Vietnam after the Liberation and learns harsh truths about its regime and its "New Economic Zones". (109 mins.)
Director: Ann Hui
 
57.
Gwai ma seung sing (1974)
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A con man and a small time gambler team up to hustle their way to great fortune. (107 mins.)
Director: Michael Hui
 
58.
Chat sup yee ga fong hak (1973)
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(101 mins.)
Director: Chu Yuan
 
59.
A Touch of Zen (1971)
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A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks. (200 mins.)
Director: King Hu
 
60.
One-Armed Swordsman (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An evil gang attacks the Chi school of Golden Sword Kung Fu. One student sacrifices his life to save his teacher and his school... (111 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
61.
The Love Eterne (1963)
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(122 mins.)
Director: Han Hsiang Li
 
62.
Zi chai ji (1959)
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(135 mins.)
Director: Tit Lee