The Taking of Tiger Mountain Reviews

January 9, 2018
The film never lingers too heavily, and for all the story contrivances Tsui manages to quite deftly balance his impulses. Moments of tension or fear dissipate into the spectacle, only to reemerge again.
October 24, 2017
It doesn't matter if said story is preposterous patriotic grandstanding-the film is a work of proud cultural myth-making. See it. And when you do, make sure it's in 3D.
April 2, 2016
In Tsui's hands, the communist propaganda classic becomes a handy platform to showcase his craftsmanship.
March 22, 2016
a thrill-packed adventure with soldiers on skis, murderous plot twists, precipitous zip-lining, and cut-throat mah jong
June 2, 2015
Tsui fulfills his primary goal here of making a classic newly relevant-not just to younger Chinese viewers, but to anyone who likes action.
January 9, 2015
In an ironic twist worthy of an opera, the very same young people who are being criticized are the ones who have bought the tickets that made this film a hit.
January 8, 2015
[It] has quite a lot to recommend it. But it also has a few glaring flaws that detract from it being stellar action fare.
January 6, 2015
Cheery and happily empty-headed, the present-day subplot adds little but sentiment to a film shot through with clich characters, a predictable plot, and undisguised reverence.
January 4, 2015
With its fanfare score, the movie has a nationalistic, didactic flavor and a tiresome devotion to spectacle. Even the climax is staged two ways.
January 2, 2015
Its slow-going opening stretch and assorted mawkish subplots might just be the price a viewer has to pay for the sight of Yang and Hawk slugging it out in a biplane as it careens down a seemingly endless escape tunnel ...
January 2, 2015
This lavish period piece contains enough thrills, spills and moments of cinematic grace that not only manage to push it through the rough spots but allow it to put most American action films of recent vintage to shame.
January 1, 2015
This account of the People's Liberation Army's strategic ambush of a bandits' lair delivers sinewy battles and twisty espionage with a husky northern flavor.
January 1, 2015
So when Tsui revises and redoes the climactic showdown for the sake of entertainment value, you wonder if the Hong Kong-based filmmaker writes off the whole thing as revisionist history written by victors.
December 31, 2014
A big-budget spectacle overflowing with patriotic action, the movie may strike Western viewers as too impersonal and propagandistic.
December 30, 2014
Proves disarmingly entertaining thanks to a Tsui specialty: spectacular fight scenes.