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  • Three Love Affairs
  • My Kingdom for a Husband
  • A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella
  • The Shop Around the Corner

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  • Love in the Afternoon

    ★★★

  • Mon Mon the Water Spider

    ★★★★

  • Heaven Can Wait

    ★★★½

  • Crayon Shin-chan: Shrouded in Mystery! The Flowers of Tenkazu Academy

    ★★★★½

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  • Mei and the Kittenbus

    Mei and the Kittenbus

    ★★★★½

    No film company does it better than Ghibli to combine nostalgia and environmentalism with traditional cartoon-drawing craft to nurture the young Japanese kids and those who watch their films globally a love for animals and nature.

    At one point the kittenbus resembles Cheshire Cat in Alice in the Wonderland - its pose and the disappearance. So Ghibli's inspiration is global while its cultural setting is strictly local.

    Now I know kittenbus and grandma cat bus love caramel fudges :)

  • Fight Back to School

    Fight Back to School

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Hong Kong cinema when it was still carefully crafted. Chow's films intertextual references (like the maze here echoing Chow's fave kungfu star Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon) and allegorical cues (like the communist graffiti on the walls of the abandoned building during the opening sequences) are brilliant.

    Part of 2020 Stephen Chow's marathon. Very good one but not his best.

    I want to write a book on Hong Kong comedy.

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  • The God of Cookery

    The God of Cookery

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Rewatching the God of Cookery, I was amazed by its ingenuity. Yet this time I was both saddened and relieved that the iconic landmark Tai Pak Floating Restaurant's nearly mythical interior has been well-preserved by this film amply, as it has been closed on 1st March, 2020 until further notice. After watching this film, I also recalled how Stephen Chow's comedies have a similar "formula" as Michael Hui - just add a bit of mo lei tau (nonsensical humour). Both…

  • Once Upon a Time in China

    Once Upon a Time in China

    ★★★★★

    100 Must-See HK Movies #90:

    www.filmarchive.gov.hk/documents/18995340/19057011/100_Must_See_Booklet.pdf

    I agree with another reviewer that this's the archetypal kungfu movie that would inspire many more to come. "Kungfu" movie, despite its name, is more than just kungfu and Tsui Hark has shown us that it involves a balance between:

    - Ingeniously composed soundtracks by Cantonese talent, James Wong, an iconic figure in Cantopop revival; and for this film in particular, the lyrics of "The General's Mandate" (arrangement by Romeo Díaz):

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9mTLJ44NEY

    Which will…