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Report: 39th Hong Kong Film Awards 香港電影金像獎 2020

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Report: 39th Hong Kong Film Awards 香港電影金像獎 2020

Report: 39th Hong Kong Film Awards 香港電影金像獎 2020     Reported by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia) In the midst of the pandemic outbreak, this year's 39th Hong Kong Film Awards ended up was presented by HKFA Chairman Derek Yee without the ceremony. Streaming online live for 30 minutes, Yee announced each winner in a simple yet class fashion. Big winners for Derek Tsang well directed Better Days <少年的你> taking home 8 awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay. Master Yuen Woo Ping takes home yet another Best Action award for (Ip Man 4: The Finale <葉問4: 完結篇>). This year...

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K-Drama Review: Mr. Sunshine 미스터 션샤인 (2018) - South Korea

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K-Drama Review: Mr. Sunshine 미스터 션샤인 (2018) - South Korea

K-Drama Review: Mr. Sunshine 미스터 션샤인 (2018) - South Korea   Season 1 - 24 Episodes   Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   One of the best thing about historical romance hit K-drama series “Mr. Sunshine” is the rounded portrayal of different parties, countries, all with very different agendas. The series does not try to glorify anyone or any happenings, but rather showing that there are decent people from all sides. It is ultimately a grand tragedy as we witness the end of the Joseon era an the fall of the Korean empire to the brutal...

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Film Review: Legend of the Wolf 戰狼傳說 (1997) - Hong Kong

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Film Review: Legend of the Wolf 戰狼傳說 (1997) - Hong Kong

Review: Legend of the Wolf 戰狼傳說 (1997) - Hong Kong     Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   Donnie Yen’s directorial debut comes in the form of “Legend of the Wolf”. Billed as the “New Big Boss” in the west, this is really the Hong Kong’s reply to “Rambo”. Yen faced numerous financial difficulties after losing huge money in most of the films directed and starring by himself. Whilst ambitious and obvious strong potential as a director, 90s version of Yen failed to resonance with a crowded Hong Kong market coinciding with the pending global financial...

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Film Review: The Half of It (2020) - USA

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Film Review: The Half of It (2020) - USA

Review: The Half of It (2020) - USA Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   One of the beautiful thing about Netflix release of coming of age and rom-com film “The Half of It” directed by Alice Wu (“Saving Face”) is the simplicity yet subtle expression of love, thoughts and interactions on display. There is so much to like about this film from its well developed leading characters in Leah Lewis and Daniel Diemer, to the lovable High school beauty Alexxis Lemire and down to the casting of martial artist Colin Chou in a rare dramatic as...

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Film Review: Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019) - Australia

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Film Review: Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019) - Australia

Review: Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019) - Australia     Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)   Australian director Serge Ou delivers the goodies in the latest Tribute to the origins of Kung Fu films and the influence of the once great Hong Kong cinema to not just Hollywood, but the rest of the world. In making the the in-depth documentary “Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks”, Ou presents more than a fan-boy service affair, but instead provide valuable insights for novice and long time genre fans alike.   For a good 30 minutes of...

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