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Clarence Tsui
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
100% 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
No Score Yet 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
61% 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
No Score Yet 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
91% 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
58% 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
88% 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
50% 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
No Score Yet The Dork, the Girl and the Douchebag (Kuzu to busu to gesu) (2015) The film's stylized violence and misanthropy is certainly an acquired taste of sorts, but it's nevertheless an audacious effort that punches very much above its indie weight.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
100% Golden Kingdom (2016) Golden Kingdom's theological backbone is fleshed out by a warm and endearing portrayal of its characters' childhood innocence.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
No Score Yet Ms J Contemplates Her Choice (2014) While not exactly a full-fledged success, Ms J signals a promising, cinematic storyteller in the wings, perhaps pondering over his next move.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
62% Bombay Velvet (2015) Too melodramatic to be a j'accuse about the dodgy origins of modern-day Indian prosperity, too explicitly preachy to be a gangster-and-moll romance and too stylistically incoherent to be a piece of guilty-pleasure entertainment.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2016
17% The Bodyguard (2016) Hong Kong action-comedy auteur Sammo Hung has instead relinquished the controls of his first directorial effort in nearly two decades to a screenplay drenched with cliched mobsters, maudlin melodrama and a plot with red herrings aplenty.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
No Score Yet The Roots Remain (2016) The Roots Remain is a mesmerizing documentary boasting immense intellectual depth and emotional heft.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
No Score Yet Trap (Taklub) (2015) Just as it doesn't offer a finale promising government-backed salvation for all... Taklub provides no soothing closure for any of its characters.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
81% Love at First Fight (2015) Love at First Fight is overflowing with relentlessly acerbic humor that shapes the way the film's two young protagonists contend with not just each other, but also with the uncertainties of the world they're emerging into as adults.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2015
100% Mula sa kung ano ang noon (From What Is Before) (2014) While not exactly a full-fledged magnum opus, From What Is Before hints at a new direction combining an unhurried visual pace and a more dramatic, forceful approach in tackling history and politics.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
71% Heneral Luna (2015) Heneral Luna is a sturdy, stirring if perhaps sometimes simplistic historical epic about bravery and treachery in a country at war.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2015
50% A Tale of Three Cities (San cheng ji) (2015) More affected than affecting, A Tale of Three Cities offers neither the best nor the worst of times; instead, it's a surprisingly middling if mildly entertaining affair conjured out of one extraordinary real story.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
52% Tokyo Tribe (2015) The novelty factor fades midway through, and not even the bizarre sight of a (computer-generated) tank rolling down the streets and bombing buildings could really sustain or amplify the flagging energy of it all.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2015
83% How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) (2015) How To Win At Checkers (Every Time) signals the arrival of a talented and observant artist making killer moves in coaxing the best out of his material and his actors.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2015
88% Office (Hua li shang ban zu) (2015) Office is undermined by a simplistic screenplay lacking the nuances and frisson one expects of a cutting-edge satire of a capitalist world propelled by graft and greed.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
35% Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) (2015) [Chan's] acrobatic action sequences remain eye-catching as ever‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2015
92% Dohee-ya (A Girl at My Door) (2015) While Jung's efforts to avoid sensationalism and employ multiple threads are very admirable, the result is a mild-mannered piece short of a sufficiently substantial exposition of its plethora of characters and the problem they face.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2015
71% Qissa: The Ghost Is A Lonely Traveller (2014) Early promise of a poised and substantial piece gets undermined by a final, inexplicable leap into the paranormal -- an odd denouement for a narrative centered on the very real and corporeal issue of gender-based violence.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 18, 2015
50% Mahi va gorbeh (Fish & Cat) (2013) Mokri's eye for dashing aesthetics also renders his film bloated and drifting off-tangent.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2015
60% Futatsume no mado (Still the Water) (2014) Enigmatic, exotic, erotic: three adjectives commonly bandied about in discussion about Naomi Kawase's films. Not for her latest outing, though.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
12% Taken 3 (2015) Besson's team has signed off the trilogy with a whimper rather than the kind of unfettered bang delivered by the first two films.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2014
92% The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2014) A riveting, revealing and reinvigorating piece about cinema as an ego-driven art and a collective endeavor.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2014
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) The bloat of this latest entry -- at 165 minutes, the longest of the lot -- suggests that Michael Bay and his team are struggling to rejuvenate the whole premise.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) Snowpiercer is still an intellectually and artistically superior vehicle to many of the end-of-days futuristic action thrillers out there.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2014
72% Man of Tai Chi (2013) An adequate and ambitious effort from a first-time director who could have enhanced his on-screen philosophical arguments with a bit more depth and done with a touch less of the admittedly riveting man-to-man melee.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2013
78% Moebius (2014) What undermines Moebius is how Kim has let high concepts and philosophical subtexts run amok without anchoring them to a substantial narrative.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2013
79% The Grandmaster (2013) A scintillating mix of explosive action choreography and suppressed emotions, but it could have used more work on consistency in tone and character development.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2013