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  • A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella
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  • The Snowman

    ★★★★★

  • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

    ★★★★

  • Exiled

    ★★★★

  • Cluny Brown

    ★★★★

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  • The Snowman

    The Snowman

    ★★★★★

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

    RIP, Raymond Briggs 💐

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE9KpobX9J8

    O boy can we spare 25 mins to watch this as adults with our childhoods irrevocably lost and our current selves buried in thinking about various life necessities? The Snowman epitomises the great English tradition of telling great, moving stories to children, as in the ephemeral friendship between James and the snowman friend he created amidst his loneliness in dark winter days. The aurora was beautiful and not any Marvel CGI can rival. The humanity…

  • 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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  • Exiled

    Exiled

    ★★★★

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

    This film won Johnnie To the Best Director Award in the 13th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards (2006) and the Best Action Choreography in the 43rd Golden Horse Film Festival (2006). I watched it as part of the Sam Peckinpah (SP) retrospective 2022 in Hong Kong. It was indeed quite an ingenious idea to programme this western flick into the SP programme:

    Eng programme notes N/A. Use Google Translate to read the Chi one, you at least can see…

  • 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…