Sparrow

Sparrow (Man jeuk) (2008)

Sparrow (Man jeuk) first published by EyeforFilm, 20 May 2009 “A sparrow flew into my apartment”, says middle-aged, dapperly dressed bicycle enthusiast (and skilled cut-purse) Kei (Simon Yam). “Not sure what it means.” The obvious answer is that it refers to Kei’s profession, given that the Cantonese word for ‘sparrow’ (man jeuk) is also slang…

Mad Detective

Mad Detective (San Taam) (2007)

Mad Detective first published by Little White Lies “The gun plays a significant part”, says Bun (Lau Ching-wan), the former police detective called in by regional investigating officer Ho (Andy On) to help determine what has happened to policeman Wong and to his service revolver, both missing in action for the last 18 months –…

Vengeance

Vengeance (Fuk sau) (2009)

Vengeance first published by EyeforFilm If Johnnie To was already looking towards the cinematic sensibilities of French directors Jacques Demy and Robert Bresson with his stylish pickpocket caper Sparrow (2008), then his latest film Vengeance conjures the spirit of Jean-Pierre Melville, with its noirish existentialism, its air of heroic futility, and its interest in the cool…

Terracotta Film Festival 2013

Festival preview first published by Film4. The fifth Terracotta Film Festival brings London viewers a Leslie Cheung/Anita Mui retrospective (Days of Being Wild, Happy Together, Rouge), a spotlight on Indonesia, the Terror Cotta horror all-nighter, and the usual selection of the very best new films from the Far East. But first the thrillers. Whether it…