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Film Review: Deliverance 源生罪 (2022) - Hong Kong

Andrew Chan

Film Review: Deliverance 源生罪 (2022) - Hong Kong

Film Review: Deliverance 源生罪 (2022) - Hong Kong Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   "Deliverance" directed by Kelvin Shum, explores the enduring effects of trauma on a family. The film delves into the intricate dynamics of grief, memory, and sibling bonds. However, despite its promising premise, "Deliverance" falls short in several aspects, resulting in a flawed and predictable narrative that suffers from a slow-paced execution. The story centers around Nicole (Summer Chan), who returns to Hong Kong after a 15-year absence, seeking closure and solace following her mother's death. As she reunites with her three brothers,...

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Film Review: The Mighty Peking Man (猩猩王) (1977) - Hong Kong (Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video)

Andrew Chan

Film Review: The Mighty Peking Man (猩猩王) (1977) - Hong Kong (Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video)

Film Review: The Mighty Peking Man (猩猩王) (1977) - Hong Kong (Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video) Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   “The Mighty Peking Man” is a 1977 giant monster film that takes viewers on a thrilling journey of mindless fun and nostalgia. Produced by Shaw Brothers Studio to ride the wave of popularity generated by the 1976 King Kong remake, this film, directed by Ho Meng-hua and starring Danny Lee and Evelyne Kraft, offers a delightful spectacle that transports audiences back to the golden age of creature features. One of the film's standout features...

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Film Review: Civil War 美帝崩裂 (2024) - USA

Andrew Chan

Film Review: Civil War 美帝崩裂 (2024) - USA

Film Review: Civil War 美帝崩裂 (2024) - USA Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   “Civil War” is a dystopian thriller film written and directed by Alex Garland. Garland's thought-provoking and intelligent script is the backbone of this captivating movie, exploring the depths of the human condition and delivering a powerful message about the pursuit of truth and the state of the world. The film cleverly wraps these themes within an ironic parody, creating a unique and engaging cinematic experience. The ensemble cast, including Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Sonoya Mizuno, and Nick Offerman, delivers...

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Film Review: As It Burns 白晝如焚 (2024) - Hong Kong

Andrew Chan

Film Review: As It Burns 白晝如焚 (2024) - Hong Kong

Film Review: As It Burns 白晝如焚 (2024) - Hong Kong Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia) Director LEE Po Cheung's "As It Burns" aspires to kindle intrigue, but unfortunately, it fails to deliver on its promise, resulting in a disappointing cinematic experience. This Hong Kong film suffers from a multitude of flaws, including a lackluster script, subpar acting, and questionable directing choices. The film's Achilles' heel lies in its script, which lacks cohesiveness and coherence. The narrative feels disjointed, leaving viewers disoriented and detached from the characters' journeys. The contrived dialogue fails to evoke genuine emotions or...

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Film Review: Shaolin Temple (少林寺) (1976) - Hong Kong (Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video)

Andrew Chan

Film Review: Shaolin Temple (少林寺) (1976) - Hong Kong (Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video)

Film Review: Shaolin Temple (少林寺) (1976) - Hong Kong (Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video) Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   “Shaolin Temple” serves as a pseudo prequel to "Five Shaolin Masters" and depicts the Shaolin monks' rebellion against the oppressive Qing dynasty. It also featured a talented Shaw Brothers cast including David Chiang, Ti Lung, and Alexander Fu Sheng. Director Chang Cheh expertly combines intense action with moments of introspection, resulting in a memorable depiction of the historical tale. The film excels in immersing viewers in the world of the “Shaolin Temple”, providing detailed depictions of...

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