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The Leakers 洩密者們 (2018) - Hong Kong

Andrew Chan Charmaine Sheh Chrissie Chau Francis Ng Julian Cheung The Leakers

The Leakers 洩密者們 (2018) - Hong Kong

The Leakers 洩密者們 (2018) - Hong Kong     Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   Prolific director Herman Yau starts his 2018 with action investigative thriller in “The Leakers”. Largely filmed in Malaysia, the film is an interesting and though provoking that challenges the big pharmaceutical companies and comments on the wiki leaks in similar fashion. We get a similar trio cast from “Line Walker” with Julian Cheung, Francis Ng and Charmaine Sheh playing key roles. It goes to show how important an interesting and entertaining plot is as it’s light years ahead of their previous...

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Film Review: Us and Them 后来的我们 (2018) - China

Andrew Chan Jing Boran Mark Lee Rene Liu Us and Them Zhou DongYu

Film Review: Us and Them 后来的我们 (2018) - China

Us and Them 后来的我们 (2018) - China     Reviewed by Andrew Chan (FCCA)   Marking the directorial debut of actress turned director Rene Liu and the return of the beautiful lens of Mark Lee behind the works like In the Mood for Love. Us and Them is one of those rare Chinese films where the feelings of regret and dreams within modern urban life merges into an universally appealing cinema. Zhou Dong Yu shines once again in a role tailored made for her talent as she displayed a rounded character that transforms and matured by the end of the...

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Film Review: Herstory (2018) - South Korea

Andrew Chan Herstory

Film Review: Herstory (2018) - South Korea

Herstory (2018) - South Korea     Reviewed by Andrew Chan (FCCA)   The story and struggles of “comfort women” during the Japanese war is one of the most atrocities that is still pending recognition and apology. “Herstory” goes the route in not showing cinematic flashback and in return focuses on the present and how these former “comfort women” deal with the future and past in a courtroom drama setting. Led by travel agent owner played by Kim Hee Ae and ethic Korean Japanese lawyers, the small group of brave comfort women traveled across from Busan to Japan over a...

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Film Review: Stolen (2012) - USA

Andrew Chan Josh Lucas Nicolas Cage Simon West Stolen

Film Review: Stolen (2012) - USA

Stolen (2012) - USA     Reviewed by Andrew Chan (FCCA)   Nicolas Cage and Simon West goes a long way back with Con-Air and the 2012’s Stolen appears to re-establish this relationship in the utmost grand action thriller scale. Whilst the robbery techniques are fun to watch and seeing Nicolas Cage does Liam Neeson style is also refreshing to watch. The film however suffers from a coherent story, a sophisticated plot line and a thrilling tone that could have made a lot of difference. Instead we get a rehash of Liam Neeson‘ star superior Taken and that’s not a...

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Film Review: The Incorruptible 李洛夫奇案 (1993) - Hong Kong

Andrew Chan Anita Yuen Carrie Ng Ray Lui Simon Yam The Incorruptible

Film Review: The Incorruptible 李洛夫奇案 (1993) - Hong Kong

The Incorruptible 李洛夫奇案 (1993) - Hong Kong     Reviewed by Andrew Chan (FCCA)   The 90s was a great time for Hong Kong cinema and with films like “The Incorruptible” largely forgotten, just shows how many great films were made in the period. Starring “The Bund” famed Ray Lui who easily possesses the classic screen cinema look and appeal. It’s a shame that he never reach the heights of “The Bund” or “To be Number One”. Still, this is clearly a Lui starring vehicle and he holds his presence well throughout as Chief Chinese police inspector who leads the...

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