In the 1970s, the Hong Kong government enacted a policy that granted each male heir of New Territories villagers the privilege to build a house without paying any dues to the government. ... See full summary »
In the years after the Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty in China and established the republic, China broken up into fiefdoms held by warlords, who are busy fighting each other. A ... See full summary »
Tony Chiu Wai Leung,
Ching Wan Lau,
A special agent has for 8 years been deep undercover in Asia's lucrative organized crime trade as he plays protégé to one of the key players, Banker. Nick now has but he has started to feel loyalty to his new environment, and to the money.
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Hong Kong nihilism. December 22, a street quarrel leads to the death of a gang leader's son. Next day, he seeks revenge on his brother, a rival boss. He calls on Liu, a fixer, to import a ... See full summary »
Chinese steampunk martial arts blockbuster about the early years of Tai chi master Yang Luchan, the man who founded in the 19th century what has now become the most popular Tai Chi style in... See full summary »
Daniel Wu's Mark is put in front of Simon Yam's Tiger (does Simon Yam have any free time to be with his friends?) and starts spinning a yarn about how a "voice" is controlling him and forcing him to do very bad things.
Kenneth Bi's "Control" is a very simple movie, which wears it's limitations with pride and which makes the best of a pretty simple idea.
Your average Joe, victim of his own mistakes and forced to do the bidding of a man in the shadows, is not the most original idea ever. But where "Control" could have become one of those silly movies that becomes more and more ridiculous as it advances, "Control" keeps everything simple and, in this way, is a lot of fun. The pace is non-stop, the actors do a nice job, and the plot, even if simple, is explained in an interesting way, giving the characters time to shine. It's not without its missteps and ludicrous plot developments, but it doesn't go over the top, so it never loses the viewer's attention.
On of the aspects where the movie production seems to have put a lot of effort is in the look of the movie, as the story is a futuristic one. The effects are middle of the road. Nothing great, but OK for a production that has not the budget of a big blockbuster. It has a nice noir look that makes the whole's movie atmosphere quite gloomy, in an engrossing way.
A fun time at the movies. That would have been great with more money for the effects and a little more care with some small parts of the plot.
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