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Hong Kong cinema

Mostly, these are reviews of the works of famed directors, whose claim to international attention seems to rest on two very different grounds–the imitation they caused in Hollywood & the applause & awards they have caused in Cannes, but the odd movie will appear now & then without such credentials.

Wong Kar Wai, likely the most celebrated director in Hong Kong. A favorite of the festival of Cannes. He has mostly directed romantic stories without a happy ending. It is sometimes said that his exquisite use of camera & music overcomes that deficiency. It may also be said that the habit of having characters narrate their own stories makes it easier for the director to lead the story to an unhappy end.

2013 The Grandmaster, as well as part 2, part 3, & part 4. The title of the film is sometimes rendered more literally ‘First generation master.’
2007 My Blueberry Nights.
2004 2046.
2000 In the mood for love. The title of the film is sometimes rendered more literally as ‘The age of blossoms’ or ‘The flowery years.’
1997 Happy together
1995 Fallen Angels, as well as part 2, part 3, & part 4.
1994 Chungking express, as well as part 2, part 3, & part 4. The title of the film is sometimes rendered more literally as ‘Chungking jungle.’
Ashes of time.
1990 Days of being wild & part 2. The title of the film is sometimes rendered more literally as ‘A fei’s true story.’
1988 As tears go by. The title of the film is sometimes rendered more literally as ‘Mongkok Carmen.’ (Mongkok is the worst, most crowded neighborhood in Hong Kong.)

John Woo
2008-9 Read the Review of Red Cliff, as well as part 2, part 3, & part 4.

Johnnie To, usualy working with Wai Ka-Fai
2013 Read the Review of Blind Detective.
2007 Read the Review of Mad Detective, as well as part 2, part 3, & part 4. The title of the film is sometimes rendered more literally as ‘Divine detective.’
2004 Breaking news
2003 Turn left, turn right

Zhang Yimou
2004 Read the Review of House of Flying Daggers. The title of the film is sometimes rendered more literally as ‘Attack from ten directions.’
2002 Read the Review of Hero & part 2.

2002 Read the Review of Infernal Affairs & part 2. The title of the film is sometimes rendered more literally as ‘No way back.’ This is the story that Martin Scorsese remade as The Departed, which won the Academy Award for Best Director, as well as for writer, editor, & producer.