"Swan Lake," "The Ugly Duckling," magical realism, and two Chinese men in Tokyo. Jun is mildly mentally disabled, in his late 20s, living with his siblings after his mother has died. ... See full summary »
An espionage thriller set in the 1950s and adapted from the novel "Year Suan/Plot Against" by May Jia. Tony Leung Chiu Wai plays a blind man who works for a piano tuner. He is recruited for a spy mission because of his exceptional hearing.
Jack and Martin are members of rival Chinese triads in the middle of a gang war. Both of their gang leaders like to get advice from a fortune teller living in Thailand. On one such trip, ... See full summary »
This is one of those movies not for the faint-hearted, as a couple of the characters in the movie learn themselves. Triad/gangster movies have been around forever, but this is one of the best I've seen in a long while. And an outing to Thailand makes it even more worthwhile.
I can't say that I'm a fan of the genre and rarely watch such films, but the composition of this movie captured my attention and wouldn't let go. The on-screen presence of the characters is very powerful. Francis Ng and Daniel Chan work well together, although Chan sometimes seems uncomfortably quiet in his role. There are some extremely well-written and well-choreographed scenes. The scene where Francis Ng and Gigi Leung dance in the night club whilst in control of a shoot out was brilliantly done, and the finale was simply brilliant. A great plot, nicely placed twists and some adrenaline-loaded action, it's an enjoyment to watch.
Excitement, drama, cinematography, it had it all. A War Named Desire. A film worth watching.
One to watch for brilliance.
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