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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 67% The Captain (2019) It should come as no surprise to disaster movie fans that the scenes of mid-air crisis in The Captain are far more captivating than those on the ground. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/5 33% The Climbers (2019) This account of the Chinese Mount Everest expeditions in 1960 and 1975 is a nationalistic spectacle that, curiously, often also allows personal sentiment to get in the way of the greater good. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3.5/5 100% Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura (2017) The real pleasure of this film stems from the gentle jokes and imaginative character designs that are peppered throughout its episodic yet carefully interwoven storylines. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Kung Fu Monster (2019) A confused mix of creature feature and wuxia parody that delivers neither genre thrills nor any discernible historical perspective. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet A Home with a View (2019) The latest Hong Kong film to derive dark humour from the city's housing woes ..., this is an average farce elevated by its bleak yet resonant premise. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet The New King of Comedy (2019) The New King of Comedy is arguably Chow's best outing since he switched his focus to directing. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) As a generic revenge thriller with an unusually grisly edge, Last Blood is bloody satisfying indeed. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
4.5/5 100% Fagara (Huajiao zhiwei) (2019) One of the best Hong Kong films in recent times. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/5 80% Bodies at Rest (2019) Bodies at Rest is a satisfactory, if forgettable, rehash of one of those generic gritty Hollywood action films that have gone out of fashion. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 83% Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy (2019) Action fans should be thrilled. ... This is one of the best Hong Kong films of 2019. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Great Detective Sherlock Holmes: The Greatest Jail-breaker (2019) A deceptively simple animated feature that will keep children engaged while offering food for thought for the grown-ups accompanying them. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/5 67% The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019) A thoroughly thrilling, if also unabashedly superficial popcorn movie. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Invincible Dragon (2019) Preposterous doesn't begin to describe Fruit Chan's Invincible Dragon. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
2.5/5 75% Chasing the Dragon 2: Wild Wild Bunch (2019) Chasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild Bunch promises to be an exciting true crime story but stops short of offering anything outside the perfunctory. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/5 100% Still Human (2018) Still Human is one of those rare gems of a film which takes a distinctly Hong Kong scenario and turns it into a gently comical drama with universal appeal. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet P Storm (2019) Anyone who mocked the title of 2014 film Z Storm as the result of an English alphabet lottery should have realised by now that the joke is on them. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Lady Improper (2019) A refreshingly gentle, though occasionally awkward, drama about a woman's belated sexual liberation with the help of a good man and some suggestive food-preparation sessions. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5/5 40% Three Husbands (2018) Three Husbands comes across as an angry rant with no ostensible focus. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Assassination of G (G Affairs) (G saat) (2019) G Affairs is less an involving story than it is a plethora of ideas and criticisms delivered with striking art-house pretensions. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Integrity (Lian Zheng Feng Yun) (2019) Unlike most recent Hong Kong crime dramas, Integrity derives its tension by depicting the secrets and lies of its characters rather than bombarding audiences with shoot-outs and car chases. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Missbehavior (Gong XI Ba Po) (2019) While this is unmistakably a minor Pang film, ... Missbehavior does offer an intermittently diverting slice of wisdom about the essence of friendships. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3.5/5 89% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) Master Z is undoubtedly a feast for martial arts movie lovers. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/5 60% Tracey (2018) A potentially awkward story that benefits from nuanced writing and great acting, Tracey is a triumphant debut for Keung as a lead actor. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
0.5/5 No Score Yet Iceman: The Time Traveler (2018) There are badly scripted movies, and then there is 'Iceman: The Time Traveler'. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Distinction (Fei tung faan heung) (2018) Au shows his aptitude for getting the most out of his partly non-professional cast. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3/5 83% Project Gutenberg (Mo Seung) (2018) For all the incredulity its storytelling induces, the film affords screen legend Chow [Yun-fat] the most intriguing part he has played in years. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) The thirst for knowledge is pitted against conventional wisdom and belief systems in this high-concept comedy by Warner Animation Group. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Golden Job (2018) Fans of 1990s triad film series Young and Dangerous will feel a massive surge of nostalgia during Golden Job. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/5 37% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) A proudly old-fashioned yet only very mildly diverting third outing. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2.5/5 60% Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (Di Renjie zhi Sidatianwang) (2018) The Four Heavenly Kings strives to bridge the events in [the two previous films] - only to unwittingly abandon its seventh-century mystery for some pointless CGI mayhem halfway through. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Europe Raiders (2018) Europe Raiders is ... is at times so wilfully detached from reality, that a viewer unfamiliar with the earlier films might easily suspect it is a comic-book adaptation. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet L Storm (2018) A sometimes exciting, often ludicrous and ultimately very forgettable sequel. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Big Brother (Taai si hing) (2018) Big Brother is more enjoyable than a didactic project like this would normally have any right to be. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Love Education (Xiang ai xiang qin) (2017) There are signs that [Chang] is maturing into a master in her niche of deeply poignant tales of family roots, where each character is trapped in an emotional bubble of their own. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Brother of the Year (2018) For all its silly gags and melodramatic plotting, Brother of the Year does surprise with a poignant second half that stretches the brother-sister bond to breaking point. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Man on the Dragon (2018) A life-affirming gem of a film that, while never hesitating to milk its protagonists' misfortunes for laughs, stays sympathetic till the end. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2.5/5 47% Skyscraper (2018) This largely humourless yet occasionally thrilling action movie milks the screen charisma of [Johnson] to gloss over its hilariously unconvincing story. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 67% Animal World (2018) Animal World is consistently entertaining and a marginal improvement on the histrionics of its Japanese predecessor. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Leakers (2018) A twisty and relentlessly frenetic narrative that rarely fails to entertain. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3.5/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) An enjoyable rehash of the series' narrative beats and an oddly shaped story with one eye set on establishing a far more ludicrous next instalment. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet No. 1 Chung Ying Street (2017) No. 1 Chung Ying Street is an artfully made, black-and-white character drama that paints an intriguing picture of life amid social chaos. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
3/5 61% I Can Only Imagine (2018) Solid if unapologetically by-the-numbers, this story of perseverance and forgiveness should resonate beyond its targeted Christian audience. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
4/5 94% Angels Wear White (2018) A bleak, bold and quietly seething look at the misogynistic culture faced by young girls in contemporary China. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Trough (Di ya cao) (2018) The near-monochrome visuals, kitschy character design and some very glaring plot holes vie for attention in Cheung's highly stylised third feature. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Shed Skin Papa (Tyut Pei Ba Ba) (2018) This high-concept comedy drama feels like a misguided attempt to translate the profound musings of the fantastical story [of Norihiko Tsukuda's popular play] for the big screen. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Keys to the Heart (2018) Keys to the Heart engages with its uniformly likeable cast, as well as Choi's seamless ability to weave melodramatic revelations into the plot. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3.5/5 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Legrand has created an utterly painful, yet also thoroughly believable, tale of family disintegration. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Narratage (Naratâju) (2017) For all its finer accomplishments, Yukisada's effort has probably stepped too far out of the line of ethics to find an agreeable audience. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Girls Vs Gangsters (Guimi 2) (2018) While cringeworthy performances abound, the best surprise here is a supporting role for Hangover alumnus Mike Tyson. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3.5/5 78% Operation Red Sea (2018) For all its unabashed jingoism (including a South China Sea warning towards the end), the hellish displays of combat it includes hardly make for an advertisement to enlist. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018