Richard Yu

Richard Yu
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Richard is a co-founder and Asia Editor of Cinema Escapist, a publication that seeks to explore and connect the world through a cinematic lens. Richard writes about films from Asia for a global audience, and lives in Hong Kong.
Publications: Cinema Escapist

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
60% The Battle of Jangsari (2019) While on the surface Jangsari is "just another war movie,'' it's important because it recognizes that adolescents can rise to the task when their families and futures are threatened. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
33% The Climbers (2019) The Climbers had the potential to be a gripping drama-thriller and project China's soft power while doing so, but instead the overt focus on fighting for national pride makes the film a flop. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
No Score Yet Tazza: One Eyed Jack (2019) Between the entertaining characters and rollercoaster plot, Tazza: The One Eyed Jack is more than entertaining as crime thriller that will keep you thinking and engaged throughout - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
No Score Yet Midnight Diner (2019) By missing out on character development and eschewing presentations of Shanghainese dishes, Midnight Diner fails to entertain both drama-philes and foodies. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
100% Fagara (Huajiao zhiwei) (2019) Even though Fagara doesn't overtly promote "One China," it ultimately reinforces the message that the components of the Greater Chinese community share a lot of similarities rather than differences. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
No Score Yet Shanghai Fortress (2019) While Shanghai Fortress is not likely to win any awards, it's adequate if you're looking for brainless entertainment - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
No Score Yet The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos (2019) [The Bad Guys is] a fun film for audiences looking for a respite from more serious dramas, or to get riled up with anti-Japanese sentiment. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
No Score Yet Miss & Mrs. Cops (2019) While Miss and Mrs. Cops hardly offers anything new in terms of plot, its timely exploration of the challenges women face in Korea makes it worth a watch. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
86% Ne Zha (2019) The film remains whimsical and entertaining for adults and children alike, and its treatment of a Chinese folk deity is surprisingly accessible for audiences unfamiliar with Chinese mythology. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
83% Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy (2019) Plot takes a backseat to action in Line Walker 2-the story merely existing to provide some context for shootouts and car chases - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
38% The Divine Fury (2019) In trying to execute both horror and action, Divine Fury succeeds at neither...A bigger weakness is the lack of character development over the course of Divine Fury - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
100% Weathering with You (2020) To simply regard this as a Shinkai romance anime cheapens the significance of the film. Weathering With You is a dire warning to humanity on the future of our world if we don't take drastic actions to reduce our impact on the environment - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
83% Exit (2019) Both Yoona and Cho acted well in Exit, but their characters were not given much of a chance to develop as individuals or as a couple over the course of the film - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
No Score Yet A Loner (2017) The loneliness presented in A Loner left me wanting to call my own parents. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
No Score Yet iGirl (2016) [T]he plot quickly declines in quality and turns into a poorly-made sci-fi flick with nonsensical plot elements. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
No Score Yet Ace of Sales (2016) [I]t almost seems like Ace of Sales is also trying to make a social commentary about the inanity of commercialism, but that message is completely lost in a tumultuous sea of plot-jumping. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
86% Finding Mr. Right (Bei Jing yu shang Xi Ya Tu) (2013) Beijing Meets Seattle helps remind the audience about what truly matters in life - not material wealth exemplified by yachts and planes, but rather a loving family and caring companion. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
No Score Yet Forever Young (Zhi zi hua kai) (2015) Forever Young ended up much more like P.F. Chang's - that is to say, all the pieces are there, but in the wrong order and magnitude. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
No Score Yet Love Without Distance (Tuhao 520) (2015) Lam's film presents a unique and controversial, yet warm-hearted and comedic take on the traditional tuhao narrative. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
No Score Yet So Young (Zhi wo men zhong jiang shi qu de qing chun) (2013) It is truly difficult to capture the many feelings and experiences of one's youth in the short time that a movie allots, but So Young makes a valiant effort and does hit some of the key points. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
No Score Yet Boxer's Wings (2011) Boxer's Wings is as much Starcraft documentary as it is inspirational sports documentary. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
No Score Yet Fleet of Time (2014) I found Fleet of Time to be rather dissatisfying due to its poor execution. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
No Score Yet Under the Dome (2015) Under the Dome can be considered as China's answer to An Inconvenient Truth. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
No Score Yet The Enigma of Arrival (2018) The Enigma of Arrival is a darker take on the coming-of-age story. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
No Score Yet The Eye of Silence (2016) The Eye of Silence ultimately offers much entertainment for people interested in contemporary Chinese society through its backdrop. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
75% Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal) (2018) Default is still a relatively good introduction to an oft-forgotten (at least in the West) financial crisis. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
No Score Yet Beijing, New York (2015) Beijing, New York deserves acknowledgement for its desire to address issues that many second-generation Chinese (and broadly, Asian) immigrants experience on a daily basis. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
17% Sky Hunter (2017) Sky Hunter is a decent action flick without any ridiculous plot elements. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
No Score Yet Just Another Pandora's Box (Yuet gwong bo hup) (2010) Just Another Pandora's Box is an excellent film for those who have some knowledge of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, or for those who also want to watch Red Cliff, it is an excellent accompaniment. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
No Score Yet Lady Of The Dynasty (Wang Chao De Nv Ren: Yang Gui Fei) (2015) Ultimately, Lady of the Dynasty left me as sad about its poor execution as the Song of Everlasting Regret was lamentful about Emperor Xuanzong and Concubine Yang. Woe is me. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
No Score Yet Somewhere Only We Know (2015) [Somewhere Only We Know] was another love story that re-iterated a recycled plotline that did little to create a lasting impact on its audience. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
No Score Yet Lan Kwai Fong (2011) Lan Kwai Fong serves its purpose well enough-it's low-commitment and high-amusement, and you honestly wouldn't miss anything important if you fell asleep briefly halfway through. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
48% Bottle Shock (2008) Bottle Shock is an entertaining, albeit unremarkable film. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
No Score Yet The Mafia, The Salesman (2007) If you're drunk on soju and looking for easy comedy, The Mafia, The Salesman is it. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
14% But Always (2014) But Always is one of those films that, like many management consultants' strategies, had the potential to be great, but was seriously hampered by poor execution. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
No Score Yet The Devotion Of Suspect X (2017) The Devotion of Suspect X is a pretty solid piece of entertainment that is smart enough to keep both your eyes and brain engaged. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
100% Us & Them (2018) Us and Them will bring you on a roller-coaster of emotions; and ultimately it might encourage you to drunkenly look up your ex on Facebook. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
83% Absurd Accident (2017) Absurd Accident managed to take what could've been a dark plot and transform it into a true comedy of errors. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
No Score Yet My War (2016) My War is bad in the same way that Transformers is bad: heavy on things blowing up, light on a meaningful story. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
No Score Yet Wolf Warrior (2015) A weak story coupled with bizarre yet expectedly-Chinese plot devices made Wolf Warriors somewhat of a ridiculous propaganda film. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
No Score Yet Rentaneko (Rent-a-Cat) (2012) Unlike many other films that explore loneliness as part of modern life, Rent-A-Cat is particularly uplifting with its simple message - that "nothing is better than a cat for when you're feeling lonely." - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
89% Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996) Comrades, Almost a Love Story remains a very interesting film from my perspective, and given its numerous accolades that propelled Maggie Cheung to fame, it is definitely worth a watch for any fan of hers or Teresa Teng. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
No Score Yet Flirting in the Air (Tong Pak Fu cung soeng wan siu) (2014) Flirting in the Air was particularly refreshing as a film that dared to bring back rude and offensive humor amidst the comparatively tame cinema landscape of the Sinosphere. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
75% Good Kill (2015) Good Kill gives a better window into the mind of a modern combatant and entices more emotional connection from the viewer than most war movies. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
No Score Yet Qing Chun Pai (Young Style) (2013) Young Style reveals to us what may be one of the more authentic portrayals of a high schooler's life in modern China. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
No Score Yet The Truth About Beauty (2014) The Truth About Beauty presents a very honest and, though exaggerated, rather accurate perspective on the realities of modern Asia, where the social pressure to conform to a singular perception of beauty has existed for centuries. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
68% Dangerous Liaisons (2012) The film lives up to its expectations by presenting a beautifully tragic story of how one woman's scheming ends up costing the people who surround her dearly. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
75% The Attorney (2014) The Attorney's true contribution to the world rests in its recognition of the injustices of the past. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
100% SoulMate (2016) What's most intriguing about Soul Mate is how it tells a female-centric story. Here, the ladies are front and center...in Soul Mate, independence prevails. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
86% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) Ramen Teh is a more authentic and down-to-earth introduction to the Lion City. Come for the food, but stay for the culture lessons. - Cinema Escapist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019