PTU

Veteran Hong Kong action director Johnnie To sets the stage right from the start of PTU when the head of the Police Tactical Unit, Sgt. Mike Ho (Simon Yam), chastises his colleagues for taking the death of an officer  ...

Goodbye Dragon Inn (Bu San)

Goodbye Dragon Inn is Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-Liang’s attempt to commit Taipei’s Fu-Ho movie theater, a one-time cruising spot for gay patrons, to cinematic memory before it is torn down. Pervasive in its nostalgia, the movie is interspersed with  ...

Elephant

Following Gerry, Gus Van Sant continues his Bela Tarr-influenced work with Elephant, a controversial take on the Columbine massacre that won the Cannes Palm d’Or earlier this year. Partly inspired by Alan Clarke’s 1989 TV movie of the same  ...

So Close (Chik yeung tin sai)

Selling So Close as a Hong Kong Charlie’s Angels is so wrong. The Angels simply aren’t worthy. Stars Shu Qi, Vicki Zhao, and Karen Mok strike poses that make Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu look like prepubescent  ...

One-Armed Swordsman (Dubei Dao)

One-Armed Swordsman is a prime choice for The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s "Heroic Grace: The Chinese Martial Arts Film" series. The movie is one of the essential classics of Hong Kong cinema, and its director Chang Cheh (Super  ...

Tipping the Velvet

The BBC is known for many things, but strap-on dildos is probably not one of them. Tipping the Velvet, a three episode mini-series set in Victorian 1890s England about male impersonator and music hall star Nan Astley might change  ...

X2: X-Men United

Outside of the first two Christopher Reeves Superman films, for the longest time, movies couldn't get comic book superhero adaptations right. Part of the problem has been that the filmmakers saw the source as B-movie material and brought that  ...

Guardian of the Frontier

The Slovenian film Guardian of the Frontier is an exceedingly strange movie. On the surface, its story about three beautiful young women facing possible menace on a canoe trip sounds like a female version of John Boorman’s Deliverance. The  ...

The Missing Gun

Fans of non-Hong Kong Chinese cinema who are impatient from the long take, long shot style of Tian Zhuangzhuang (The Blue Kite), Jia Zhang Ke (Platform), and Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Flowers of Shanghai) should prepare themselves for The Missing Gun.  ...

Infernal Affairs

Chinese Porcelain Chopsticks Set Porcelain chopsticks with the chopstick rests, 5 pairs with 5 rests, Chinese dragon pattern. Infernal Affairs opens with triad boss Sam (Eric Tsang, Comrades: Almost a Love Story) praying at  ...