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Clarence Tsui

Clarence Tsui
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet BuyBust (2018) Goes beyond easy moral binaries to highlight how Duterte's warped worldview has made monsters out of everyone from the police to the peddlers to the ordinary people in between...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
No Score Yet Ten Years Taiwan (2018) Deploying a mix of low-key docudrama, middlebrow satire and high-concept sci-fi, Ten Years Taiwan offers stylistically varied but invariably gloomy predictions of how things will be in a decade's time.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
No Score Yet Respeto (2017) Respeto offers a gripping if sometimes slightly melodramatic look at the chaotic clash of values shaping the Philippines today.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
No Score Yet The Crimes That Bind (Inori no maku ga oriru toki) (2018) Falls short of becoming a full-fledged cinematic experience.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
No Score Yet Birds Without Names (2017) Birds Without Names is littered with belligerent relationships, beautiful scoundrels and bad sex. What makes the film stand out from the crowd, however, is actress Yu Aoi's against-type performance.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
No Score Yet The Pluto Moment (Ming wang xing shi ke) (2018) Pluto Moment offers substantial drama and gripping images aplenty.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
100% Dead Souls (2018) Charting the origins, operations and outcomes of a far-flung Chinese labor camp in the late 1950s/early 1960s, the documentary offers affecting and harrowing accounts from those who survived the gulag.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet Tonight, at the Movies (Kon'ya, romansu gekijô de) (2018) An unabashed celebration of the emotional power of moving pictures.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
No Score Yet On Happiness Road (2017) For all its flaws ... On Happiness Road's significance goes beyond its quality, and it is certainly a worthy heir to Taiwan's once-thriving and now-extinct animation film industry.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
No Score Yet Father (Hong He Zi) (2018) The lush sequences in which Chen illustrates his technique - close-ups of his hand movements, for example, or an extract of a performance - make up for Father's flaws.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
No Score Yet Omotenashi (2018) A breezy romantic drama boasting a photogenic cast, equally beautiful settings and poised storytelling, Taiwanese director Jay Chern has hardly put a step wrong in his feature-film debut.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
No Score Yet Mind Cage (2016) Cape Fear on the Mekong.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
No Score Yet Our House (Watashitachi no ie) (2017) A debutant making her presence felt.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
No Score Yet Nervous Translation (2017) Tracking a second-grader's eccentric efforts to perceive the chaotic circumstances whirling around her, Shireen Seno has teased a piece of contemplative cinema out of a restless child's play.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
No Score Yet Amiko (2018) [A] sharp, succinct portrait of a confused adolescent's growing pains and suburban angst.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
No Score Yet Xiao Mei (2018) Hwang's directorial debut is audacious in its style, ambitious in its themes but slightly uneven in its tone.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
No Score Yet Kinshasa Makambo (2018) Alongside gripping depictions of political mobilizations and police clampdowns, the 33-year-old filmmaker contemplates the inevitable clashes between idealism and pragmatism for people trying to achieve their goals under severe constraints.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
100% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2018) Long and a bit unwieldy, and self-consciously philosophical in parts, yes, but Hu's first (and sadly last) feature weaves together its narrative threads clearly and sturdily.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
No Score Yet The Time of Humans (2018) With its ham-fisted analogies, clichéd characters and gratuitous violence, the film is simply one whopping, misanthropic mistake.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
100% Season of the Devil (Ang Panahon ng Halimaw) (2018) There's no way one could sit back and marvel comfortably at what Season of the Devil offers ─ and perhaps that's exactly Diaz's point.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
56% Monster Hunt 2 (Zhuo Yao Ji 2) (2018) Monster Hunt 2 ultimately shapes up as more of a stopgap effort to showcase the franchise's possibilities and stir up interest for its grand denouement.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
No Score Yet Silent Mist (2017) A slow, straightforward but stirring j'accuse.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
No Score Yet The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931 (Dapol tan payawar na Tayug 1931) (2017) Gozum uses this little-known historical episode to reflect on the social turmoil that has gripped his home country ever since then.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
No Score Yet Neomanila (2017) A slick, poised, noir-infused thriller which goes well beyond the gritty realism and loud melodrama so common in socially-conscious Filipino cinema.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
80% Legend Of The Demon Cat (Kûkai) (2017) Prioritizes sprawling spectacle over involving storytelling and falls far short of the historical and social allegories with which [Kaige] made his name ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
27% Bleeding Steel (2018) Bleeding Steel is all about old-school thrills, and Zhang has delivered a wide range of them, from cafeteria catfights to expansive pyrotechnics - with not just one but two crotch-kicking gags thrown in for good measure.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
No Score Yet Sennan Asbestos Disaster (Nippon Asbest Village) (2016) Sennan Asbestos Disaster is a slow-burning race-walk, with Hara punctuating his heartbreaking portrayal of the victims' predicaments with odd splashes of black humor.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
No Score Yet Father and Son (2017) Based on the very simple premise of two villagers' bumpy descent into the maddening chaos of a modern city, Dung's film offers lavish imagery and affecting characters aplenty.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
85% Youth (Fang Hua) (2017) Youth, for all its technical prowess, is perhaps the director's most melancholy and pessimistic film about Chinese society yet.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
100% Old Beast (2017) Armed with some gritty mise-en-scene, riveting camerawork and a gripping turn by veteran Tu Men in the leading role, Zhou Ziyang's first feature offers an engaging portrait of dreary, disoriented lives in a provincial Chinese city.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
No Score Yet Wrath of Silence (2017) A powerful and fatalistic illustration of the Chinese rural underclass and its futile fight against oppressive social forces.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
63% The Foreigner (2017) It's good to see Chan swapping his happy-go-lucky persona for two hours for some gravitas as a tragic rogue with a marked past.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
60% Chasing the Dragon (2017) A pale reboot of the mobster-biopic genre Wong helped make a cornerstone of Hong Kong cinema in the 1990s.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
No Score Yet Left Behind Buddha (The Taste of Rice Flower) (2017) Pengfei has delivered a contemplative portrait of how the Chinese rural underclass - and, specifically, those from an ethnic minority - accommodate themselves with the changes around them.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
No Score Yet To Kill a Watermelon (2017) While the screenplay can be excessively expositional ... the film is graced with some human empathy through Dong Yong's nuanced turn as a country bumpkin undergoing his own rite of political passage.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
92% Bad Genius (2017) The film flourishes through its simple narrative and taut editing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
93% Our Time Will Come (2017) Beyond the handful of obligatory escapades, gunfights and images of martyrdom, the film reveals itself as less a drama about extraordinary heroes than an illustration of life in a fallen city.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
57% Radiance (Hikari) (2017) Radiance remains mired in underwritten relationships that end up less emotionally engaging than they appear, as well as pompous lines much less meaningful than they sound.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
No Score Yet Walking Past the Future (2017) By reducing his film to a melancholic relationship drama, Li ignores the overwhelming social malaise shaping his characters' gloomy present and future - the title of the film, after all, is about how hope and progress seem to have passed them by.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
No Score Yet No Farewells (Sans adieu) (2017) It's perhaps a shame Agou couldn't see his project through. No Farewells is a moving denouement to his decade-long photographic and video documentation of a closely-knit community ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
89% By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong) (2017) By the Time It Gets Dark is a magical, melancholic ode to the intellectual's struggle against the forces of history.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
58% Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017) All spectacle and little substance, a stop-gap title produced perhaps to keep the brand going while the producers search for a way to bring the series forward.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
No Score Yet Burning Birds (2016) A blistering social and artistic statement.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
No Score Yet Yamato (California) (2016) Miyazaki fashions a young hip-hop aficionado's rite of passage as an allegory for Japan's long-running, conflicted relationship with its intruder-protector, big-brother of an ally.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
40% See You Tomorrow (2016) The film is an impermeable melange of shapeless storytelling, rehashed gags, vacuous relationships and painfully over-the-top performances from its usually top-notch cast.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
39% Railroad Tigers (2017) Railroad Tigers is a capable wartime caper that thrives on the dynamism and efficient action choreography that manage to conjure a spectacle out of even the most ploddingly penned Jackie Chan vehicle.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
35% The Great Wall (2017) The Great Wall is easily the least interesting and involving blockbuster of the respective careers of both its director and star.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
95% Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016) Defying its somewhat generic-sounding title, Johnny Ma's gripping criminal thriller Old Stone deploys powerful performances and eerie imagery to convey the moral breakdown of an upstanding taxi driver and the society from which he emerges.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
20% The Tenants Downstairs (Lou xia de fang ke) (2016) By the time blood flows and heads roll -- literally -- Tenants has already slipped and slid into the land of caricatures, offering comedy where it shouldn't.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
100% Call of Heroes (2016) Sergio Leone's specter looms large over Call of Heroes, a film oozing nihilist violence on par with the bloodiest scenes in any of those spaghetti Westerns that have long informed Hong Kong's wuxia cinema.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016