Wednesday, April 20, 2016

[2016.04.21] FOR THE WEEK ENDING APRIL 17 2016

For the week ending April 17 2016
Photos courtesy of Yahoo! Movies Hong Kong

    d. Jean-Marc Vallee
    Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper

  Can : Suen Lo Dang
  Lit : Choose Old Top
  AKA : Suen Lo Jor
  Lit : Choose Old Seat
    d. Herman Yau Lai To
    Chapman To Man Chak, Anthony Wong Chau Sun, Gregory Wong Chung Hiu
      Philip Keung Ho Man, Deep Ng Ho Hong, Wylie Chiu Shek Chi
      Kathy Yuen (Tong Yi), Ken Hung Cheuk Lap,
      Coco Chan Yi Lan, Jason Wong Chun Fung
  Rating : III
  Length : 94 mins.
  Opening March 23 2016 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening March 31 2016
  Trailer :

  Another variation on The Godfather and Johnnie To’s Election saga, The Mobfathers is a re-imagination of the genre with undercurrents of keen social comment. After spending time in jail, Ah Chat (Chapman To) is involved in the power struggle that takes place before the election of a new chairman in the triad society. Anthony Wong is the ever intimidating big boss that shines through the lenses of Herman Yau’s camera beginning from The Untold Story.

  Can : Lo Lup Bin Lei Dim
  Lit : Stick Up Convenience Store
    d. Fire Lee (Han Huo Huo)
    Derek Tsang Kwok Cheung, J.Arie (Rachel Lui Sum Yu)
      Lam Suet, Stanley Fung Shui Fan, Philip Keung Ho Man
      Anita Chui Bik Ka, Eric Kwok Wai Leung,
      Aaron Chow Chi Kwan, Edward Ma Chi Wai, Ken Low Wai Kwong,
  Rating : III
  Length : 902 mins.
  Opening July 5 2015 at the New York Asian Film Festival
  Opening March 29 2016 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening April 14 2016
  Site :

  An absurdist blood-soaked Grand Guignol with attitude to burn, Fire Lee’s indie black comedy about an overnight shift in a convenience store starts with a simple robbery, then moves on to mass murder, terrorist bombings, police shoot-outs, and even the afterlife.

  A young guy named Ping gets a job working as a cashier in the Exceed convenience store. At midnight, Grandpa goes into the store to buy bargain priced breads. Annoyed and offended by the store manager Fat Boss’ sarcasm and contempt, Grandpa stabs a pair of scissors into Fat Boss’ neck. All the people in the store–Yan who is just a passerby borrowing the toilet, Anita who is buying some condoms, Fat Boss, Ping and his co-worker Mabel are suddenly taken hostage by Grandpa in this bizarre incident......

  Can : Ngor Dik Dut Gung Ye Yeh
  Lit : My Special Agent Grandpa
    d. Sammo Hung Kam Bo
    Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Andy Lau Tak Wa,
      Jacqueline Chan, Li Qinqin, Zhu Yuchen
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 99 mins.
  Opening April 1 2016
  Trailer :

  A retired bodyguard who is suffering from early dementia meets a young girl and befriends her. When the girl is threatened by a local crime lord due to her father's connection, the bodyguard must recall his long-forgotten skills in order to save the young girl.

  Can : Dap Huet Chum Mui
  Lit : Step Into Blood In Search of Plum
    d. Philip Yung Chi Kwong
    Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Elaine Jin (Kam Yin Ling),
      Patrick Tam Yiu Man, Maggie Shiu Mei Kei
  Rating : III
  Length : 120 mins.
  Opening April 6 2015 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening December 3 2015

    A teenage prostitute is murdered; her body cut up and flushed down the toilet, and her severed head thrown into Victoria Harbor. Director Philip Yung chooses to focus not on the crime or the investigation, but on the dead girl and her family, the cop and his family, and the killer who is without a family. The result is a genre-bender that progresses as it digresses, an atmospheric mosaic of human lives and actions that invariably get complicated, out of order and beyond reason, and with the characters firmly grounded in gritty and unforgiving reality.

    Jiamei Wang has moved to Hong Kong from Dongguan, China two years ago. Desperate to become financially independent from her mother and step-father, she ends up becoming a “compensated date”. Chi-chung Ting, a truck driver who had just been brutally dumped, finds Jiamei online. They communicate with each other via text message and become friends right away. They share their background stories, and talk about everything from love to hate, from life to death.

    On the day of the murder, Jiamei and Chi-chung finally meet in person. In the room, they play, indulge in ketamine and really enjoy themselves. Finally, they go to the bed. During sex, Jiamei tells Chi-chung she wants to die. Chi-chung squeezes her neck until she passes away.

    Ching Sir, in charge of investigating the case, is a quirky police officer. When he investigates a case, he often ignores the details of the case itself but rather researches extensively on the personality of the people involved. Although he already has enough evidence to charge Chi-chung Ting, he wants to get to know Ting and Jiamei Wang better. He wants to look at our times with his heart. What exactly happened? He wishes to find out the real reason behind the incident, to prove that human nature is not evil, to shine a light onto the darkness.

    d. Zack Snyder
    Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jessie Eisenberg

  Can : Shu Dai Jiu Fung
  Lit : Big Trees Attract Wind
    d. Frank Hui Hok Man, Vicky Wong Wai Kit, Jevons Au Man Kit
    Gordon Lam Ka Tung, Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai), Jordan Chan Siu Chun,
      Tommy Wong Kwong Leung
  Length : 97 mins.
  Opening February 12 2016 at the Berlin Film Festival
  Opening April 7 2016
  Trailer :

    Hong Kong, summer 1997: while preparations are underway for the handover of the British Crown Colony to China, the underworld finds that it too must adapt to profound changes. With the opening of the border to China, new codes and mores make their way into the world of the triads – and those who don’t adjust their business models have already lost.

    A genre film from Hong Kong that chooses to set its story during those years of turmoil is tantamount to a double swan song. For these political changes also effectively spelled the end of an independent Hong Kong cinema that was admired across Asia. One of the few directors who has continued to defend and develop the genre is Johnnie To. By producing TRIVISA, To is flying the flag for three up-and-coming directors who tell the stories of three legendary gangsters of the period. This is not an anthology film, but rather an overlapping story of men who become victims of their own legends. As chance brings them all together one day in the same restaurant on the Chinese side of the border, rumours swirl that the three are planning a joint coup. In elegant fashion, hype and hubris lead to their downfall. (Christoph Terhechte)

    d. Dan Trachtenberg
    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr.

    d. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
    Sam Claflin, Chris Hemsworth,
      Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron,

    d. Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
    Disney Animation
    English Voices: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba
    Cantonese Voices: Dayo Wang Tze Wah, Joey Yung Cho Yi

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