Comedy

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    Double Team

    Dennis Rodman is a low-key MVP in Tsui Hark’s first fully American film. Will that make sense by the end of this review? Who knows?…

    3 stars
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    Beyond The Dream

    To say that this HK social issue indie was a surprise blockbuster and delight is quite the understatement…

    4 stars
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    Once Upon a Time in China

    Jet Li leaps into the role that had come before for others but that he was born to play!…

    5 stars
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    In the Land of Lost Angels

    An obscure Asian-American community is finally put on the map with a tense kidnap drama…

    3.5 stars
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    Winners and Sinners

    The first of an only-just connected trilogy is a physical and roaring comedy, drawing on silent comedy slapstick and HK action in equal amounts…

    3.5 stars
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    Monster Run

    Shawn Yue and Jessie Li headline this knockabout monster-hunting comedy, now screening on Netflix…

    2.5 stars
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    As We Like It

    Between the visions of utopia and the retreat to status quo…

    3 stars
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    Memories to Choke On, Drinks to Wash Them Down

    A snapshot of contemporary Hong Kong through four short films…

    3.5 stars
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    The Last Farmer

    A surprisingly funny portrayal of a society, highlighting absurdities in the justice system and the importance of tradition…

    4 stars
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    Secret Zoo

    A family comedy about zookeepers saving their failing zoo through costumed antics…

    2.5 stars
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    Tokyo Dragon Chef

    Japanese splatter legend Yoshihiro Nishimura returns with a surprisingly light-hearted culinary comedy…

    3.5 stars
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    Knock Off

    A crazy, OTT dash through Handover-era Hong Kong with JCVD is better than it has any right to be…

    3.5 stars
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    Zegen

    Imamura irreverent as ever for a biopic on a procurer of the Empire’s forgotten “Army”…

    4 stars
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    Iceman: The Time Traveler

    An utter and complete mess of a movie…

    no stars
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    Spiritual Kung Fu

    Jackie’s early effort showing his potential and comedic timing in a tale of revenge and mystery within a Shaolin monastery…

    4.5 stars
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    Stacy

    High school girls turn into zombies in this bizarro early 2000s Japanese splatter comedy…

    4 stars
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    Mothra

    Ishirō Honda’s masterful kaiju romp gets a new release just in time for the film’s 60th anniversary…

    4 stars
HKIFF 2021