Oscar Lau

A Hong Kong cinephile. 

Favorite Films = the last four films I watched with a rating of 4.5-5★

Favorite films

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • The Funeral
  • Brazil
  • The Dark Knight

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  • Abandoned

    ★★★

  • Mad Monkey Kung Fu

    ★★★½

  • Shoah

    ★★★★★

  • Tango Tangles

    ★½

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    A perfectly apt title for a film that sounds crazy on paper, and crazier on screen. It could easily be a total train wreck, but underneath all the outlandish, goofy, and inventive fantasy, it’s grounded in relatable human connection, namely family. The inter-generational rifts (across three generations) and disenchantment of life from the Chinese-American angle is surprisingly universal, it’s emotionally cathartic when the journey ended. It’s textually and contextually rich in its unorthodox storytelling, challenging the viewers to remember minute…

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    Citizen Kane may not be my personal favorite film, but I firmly believe it is one of the greatest films ever made. There’s no preceding film looked, sounded, or was told alike it, and its influence to the future generation of filmmakers is undisputed. The striking depth of field, the formidable low angle and long shot, the meticulous mis-en-scene, the ingenious montage and scene editing, the mosaic storytelling, the enigmatic mystery of Rosebud, the atmospheric score, the overlapping dialogue and the…

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  • Abandoned

    Abandoned

    ★★★

    A decently made noir in a form of police procedure/journalist investigation, and a social commentary on baby selling. The atmospheric black-and-white cinematography is remarkable, but overall it lacks a memorable and defining moment which could make the film excelled.

  • Mad Monkey Kung Fu

    Mad Monkey Kung Fu

    ★★★½

    It petty much follows the generic tropes of the marital arts film of its time, though the vengeance would be achieved by the disciple. The story finds the right balance between comedy and solemnity, and the choreography is impeccable as usual. Moreover, the central kung fu style is the monkey-form, which has always been the most fun to watched with the playfulness, the unpredictability and the agility. It’s a shame that the story doesn’t really care much about the female victim, who should play a bigger role in the climax, or at least the ending.


    Added to: Lau Kar-Leung, Ranked

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  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★★

    Added to: Sight and Sound Greatest Films
    Added to: My 250 Favorite Films of All Time

    The Rearward View of Life

    Near the end of the film Yi Yi, there is a funeral, the little boy Yang-Yang (Jonathan Chang) reads out the letter he wrote for his deceased grandma (Ruyun Tang), saying he would like to be a person of showing stuff others don't see, and now when he sees his baby cousin, he would feel old too. Every time when…

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★½

    Added to “2018, Ranked” & “Palme d’Or Winners, Ranked
    Added to: Hirokazu Koreeda, Ranked

    A summation of Koreeda’s works. Abandoned children in Nobody Knows (2004); slice of family life in Still Walking (2008) and Our Little Sister (2015); parenthood without blood ties in Like Father, Like Son (2013); the dissolution of traditional family relationship, from society detachment in Distance (2001) to failure of fatherhood in After the Storm (2016); and the crime of the marginalized people in The Third Murder (2017),…