Hong Kong actor, martial artist, producer and director Sammo Hung is known to the West through ventures like TV series Martial Law and Kung Fu Hustle. We caught up with him to chat about action directing on Ip Man 2 He’s just a lovely, lovely man.
Winner of the Palmes d’Or at the 2009 Cannes film festival, this slice of asian cinema has divided the opinion of the critics and public. Surrealism and nature combine to transcend cultural differences and suffuse you with imagination and emotion.
Social satire clashes with extreme violence in this vicious slasher film from Hong Kong. A strong sense of black humour runs throughout, but the fact that 3 people out of an audience of 10 left before halfway through the screening tells you all you need to know about the killings on offer in this asian horror.
A depiction of Indonesia’s struggle for independence in the 1940s, which will be of great interest if you’re into that kind of thing. For those of us that are a little hazy on post- WW2 colonial conflicts, this is still a film not without its charms; cheesy and creaky in some places but worth a look for those interested in world cinema.