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Edmund Lee

Edmund Lee
Edmund Lee's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Screen International, South China Morning Post

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 No Score Yet Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) (2016) A relationship parable for the digital age, Perfect Strangers pits our deceitful natures against our dependence on smartphones, to mostly engaging effect. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jan 11, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet See You Tomorrow (2016) This lushly coloured romantic fable is a bit like the pantomime cousin of Wong's 2046, in which a lovelorn Tony Leung also philosophises in frequent voice-over about the fate of those around him. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Death Note: Light Up the New World (Desu nôto: Light Up the New World) (2016) A thrilling but sometimes illogical piece of pulp entertainment that is crafted with impressive style. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 13, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Kodai Family (2016) [It] begins as an endearing comedy about the psychology of romance, before switching tone and morphing into a laborious will-she-won't-she melodrama with few surprises to offer. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 8, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Long Excuses (The Long Excuse) (2016) Masahiro Motoki makes it all a joy to watch, lending a complex touch of humanity to an unlikeable role that's more involving than it has presumably any right to be. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 7, 2016
3.5/5 64% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) Portman's conviction in the material oozes from this deeply poetic debut. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Dec 4, 2016
3.5/5 67% Sword Master (2016) Sword Master is easily one of the best Chinese-language remakes in recent times. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 30, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Road to Mandalay (2016) A melancholy drama that unfolds at a slow-burning pace, Midi Z's visually engrossing film is elevated by reserved yet indelible turns by Kai Ko and Wu Ke-xi. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 29, 2016
2/5 50% Sky On Fire (Chongtian huo) (2016) There's an alarming discrepancy between the Ringo Lam movies we love and the mediocre efforts that he's been producing since the Hong Kong film legend returned to directing. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 24, 2016
4/5 88% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) A Kafkaesque tale about the Chinese bureaucracy's indifference to the people's legal rights. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 21, 2016
3.5/5 71% Remember (2016) This lurid and disorienting story of an old man out for revenge is a Memento-like narrative puzzle enhanced by the immense presence of Christopher Plummer. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 16, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Rage (Ikari) (2016) A slow-burning drama on the paranoia and distrust inherent in human relationships. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4.5/5 97% Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2016) One of the most poignant responses to a natural catastrophe that Japanese cinema has offered in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 9, 2016
2/5 27% Crazy About Tiffany's (2016) The only bubble burst throughout this ode to luxury living? They wonder if Holly Golightly was really "a hooker". ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 2, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet One Night Only (2016) One Night Only rarely bores - although it's also peppered with enough artificial plot turns and revelations to keep you from truly feeling for the protagonists. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Nov 1, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (2016) You don't need a keen interest in history to be swept up in the deeply poignant delivery of Yoji Yamada's unmistakable anti-war message. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 31, 2016
0.5/5 No Score Yet Heartfall Arises (2016) There are over 1.3 billion people in China -- soon to be the largest film market in the world -- so it's hard to understand why the Chinese producers of Heartfall Arises couldn't find one competent writer to produce a script. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet SoulMate (2016) Derek Tsang's film transcends its potentially cloying premise to tell a story of friendship and love that's at once melancholy and very emotional. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 26, 2016
3/5 82% Front Cover (2016) For all its awkwardness in bridging the personal and the cultural, Front Cover does deliver as a nice little romantic comedy with a pair of endearing leads. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 25, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Buddy Cops (Ying ging hing dai) (2016) This TVB-presented Hong Kong-China co-production [is] a distinctly family-unfriendly movie scattered with bad language, psychotic characters and masturbation jokes. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 22, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Trivisa (Chu Tai Chiu Fung) (2016) A triple portrait of larger-than-life characters, who are all forced to renegotiate their brash and unruly criminal lifestyles in a dramatically changing political landscape. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 22, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Mobfathers (2016) Its colourful characters, uninhibited display of gangland violence, and cheeky adaptation of political statements taken from the city's increasingly farcical reality are enough to make this an eloquent footnote in Hong Kong pop culture. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 22, 2016
1.5/5 No Score Yet The Virgin Psychics (Eiga: minna! Esupâ da yo!) (2015) There are enough cleavage and upskirt shots of young Japanese girls to satisfy a pervert's wettest dream. But ... Virgin Psychics is also seriously undermined by its dreadful storytelling. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 22, 2016
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Emperor in August (2015) An elegant yet overly detached account of events leading up to Japan's unconditional surrender to the Allies on August 15, 1945. ... Non-history buffs probably need not apply. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 22, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Night's Tightrope (2016) Night's Tightrope offers everything from vengeful schoolgirls and ghastly suicides to a relentlessly gloomy view of Japanese society to satisfy the fans of crime-fiction author Kanae Minato. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 22, 2016
3/5 47% The Take (Bastille Day) (2016) If Watkins has done anything well, it's that he never pauses the action to consider the ridiculousness of it all. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 19, 2016
3.5/5 94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) While the film eventually settles on Kurosawa's favourite themes of familial breakdown and the evocative sway of evil, it is the queasy ambience that will stay with you long after it's all over. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Bitter Sweet (Nigakute amai) (2016) Bittersweet should enchant foodies - although the film's tendency to pass gay stereotypes as humour may ruffle the feathers of more sensitive viewers. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3.5/5 86% Operation Mekong (2016) All those thrilling set-pieces may leave one feeling a little hollow inside; but for action film buffs, Christmas has come early. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/5 81% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) This post-Holocaust drama, while admittedly quite engrossing to watch, can't avoid coming across as overly streamlined to offer easy catharsis for a mainstream audience. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 5, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet So Young 2: Never Gone (2016) Never Gone will likely struggle to get the audience on the side of its infuriatingly fickle heroine despite an endearing turn by Crystal Liu. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Oct 4, 2016
3.5/5 79% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2015) There's no doubt Trine Dyrholm - named best actress at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival for her emotionally intense portrayal of Anna - owns the movie's best moments. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 29, 2016
0.5/5 No Score Yet A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three (2016) It'd be very hard to think of a more pointless reboot than writer-director Jeff Lau Chun-wai's A Chinese Odyssey Part Three. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet S Storm (ZStrom Ii) (2016) At a time when fears of political inference in the ICAC's role as a guardian of rule of law in Hong Kong are growing, S Storm is not even good propaganda. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet At Cafe 6 (2016) Neal Wu paints a sensitive portrait of the strains of a long-distance relationship, and the film offers an unexpectedly bleak account of how people can grow apart. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 8, 2016
1.5/5 No Score Yet Erased (2016) Erased's fragmented and convoluted narrative may give viewers the impression it is a patiently staged, grippingly told psychological mystery, but they soon discover what an illogical mess it is. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Sep 7, 2016
3/5 88% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) Toho's 29th entry in the Godzilla franchise may prove too talky for some, but still manages to pay loving homage to the lumbering anti-hero of Ishiro Honda's 1954 classic. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 24, 2016
4/5 94% Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2015) Bi Gan's art-house gem is a narrative experiment which intuitively bridges social realism and magic realism to tell a story of great emotional resonance. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 23, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Call of Heroes (2016) Benny Chan's best film in years - a Chinese wuxia epic with obvious echoes to classic spaghetti Western films and Akira Kurosawa's samurai dramas like Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2.5/5 15% The Wild Life (2016) Less a harrowing survival tale than a sweet-natured talking-animal cartoon for young children. ... This is pleasant but entirely frivolous fare. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3.5/5 51% Genius (2016) This is that rare bromance movie in which the lads are less connected via women and drugs than by their intense, cerebral pursuits. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Aug 10, 2016
1.5/5 No Score Yet League Of Gods (Feng Shen Bang) (2016) The best condition to consume this wacky action fantasy - not that you should feel obliged to - is intoxicated. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Tomorrow (Demain) (2015) Audiences from any culture should be able to learn from some of the potentially world-changing ideas paraded in this informative feature. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 28, 2016
1.5/5 No Score Yet Bounty Hunters (2016) Bounty Hunters is a Chinese-Korean espionage comedy that intermittently amuses but never comes across as being remotely plausible. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 23, 2016
4/5 100% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2016) A slice-of-life drama in which very little happens, After the Storm derives great emotional resonance from the subtlest indications of family ties - or lack thereof. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 20, 2016
3.5/5 91% Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016) A minor work by a master craftsman, Johnnie To's Three tells a haphazardly scripted and weirdly paced story with intermittent flashes of technical brilliance. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3.5/5 43% Cold War 2 (2016) Cold War 2 is competently plotted, tautly edited and superbly acted across the board. This is a political thriller that deserves the billing. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jul 5, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet Detective Chinatown (2016) It says much about the colourful characters, thrilling action and inventive visual effects that Chen Sicheng's odd-couple caper never gets tedious over its 135-minute duration. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 29, 2016
2.5/5 86% The Surprise (De Surprise) (2015) While its high-concept story touches on everything from assisted suicide and parental absence, to the emptiness of material wealth, this very dark film is, at its core, a conventional romantic comedy. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 25, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Keeper of Darkness (2015) A genre mishmash that goes from exorcism drama to gangster comedy to zombie horror to supernatural romance. ... Nick Cheung has obviously done enough to set himself up for a sequel. ‐ South China Morning Post
Posted Jun 25, 2016