Women Who Flirt (excerpts only)

"The zippy formula of Women Who Flirt heaps plenty on the shoulders of lead actress Zhou Xun, making the film a fine showcase for her comic talent. Huang Xiaming hams it up as a handsome and utterly tactless dolt in a fun diversion from his more serious screen roles of late, while Sonia Sui delights when her character deploys an arsenal of brazenly coquettish come-ons." - Excerpt from Tim Youngs's review (Film Critic based in Hong Kong)

 

Lost and Love (excerpts only)

"China's widespread child-abduction problem is the compelling starting point for Lost and Love, a road movie that offers lyrical observations of the country's rural and grassroots landscape.  Mindfully helmed and written by Peng San-yuan, the film features Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau and promising mainland these Jing Bo-ran as an engagingly simpatico duo in search of their missing loved ones.  Although it soft-pedals the dire situation of human trafficking in China, the result provides poignant insight into the victims' psychological scars."  "Jing, outshines the rest of the cast by not sweating it, limning small-town insouciance while hinting at deep emotional scars." "Craft contributions are accomplished, in particular Mark Lee Ping-bin's arresting widescreen lensing, which has the following effect of a Chinese scroll painting unfolding in leisurely fashion.  The soiled, dull color palette of urban towns contrasts boldly with the radiant, impeccably composed rural scenery.  Angie Lam's editing, so smooth it's virtually transparent, brings lucidity to the layered narrative.  The Chinese title literally translates as "Lost Orphan," but according to Peng, it also puns on the word "lonely," alluding to how the government's one-child policy renders such losses irreplaceable while creating market demand for boys."- Excerpt from Maggie Sama's review (Variety.com)

 

Ecotherapy Getaway Holiday (excerpts only)

"Okita's cast are unknowns, with little or no acting experience. Even so, they naturally and forcefully embody the truth that women of a certain age, who tend to become invisible to society, have personalities, strengths and importance. As a film, Ecotherapy Getaway Holiday may be in a minor key, but as a feminist manifesto, it rings out loud and clear." Excerpt from Mark Shilling's review (Variety)

"A big plus are the visual os veteran d.p. Ashizawa Akiko, who shot Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Loft (2005), Tokyo Sonata (2008) and Penance (2012), as well as Okita's Antarctica-set food movie The Chef of South Polar (2009).  Her camera creates a beautifully textured background, full of autumnal hues, often repetitive action of the women walking hither and thither in the forest.  Occasional use of chamber music by Mozart and Schubert also helps to perk things up, and the running time is admirably tight." "The original Japanese (title), which roughly means Going to See the Waterfall, better describes the modest content." - Excerpt from Derek Elley' review (film biz.asia)

 

Meeting Dr. Sun (excerpts only)

Meeting Dr. Sun is an exceptionally dry heist comedy that uses repeated dialogue, obtuse characters and intentionally awkward performances to offer a seemingly simple message about friendship and cooperation. The film's lightness and simplicity don't stop it from being entertaining; the absurdity and droll chuckles are consistent, and the characters are endearing doofuses. However, beneath the silly premise there's a rich metaphor representing much more than dopey students engaging in a ridiculously planned theft. -Ross Chen (LoveHKFilm.com)

 

A Simple Life (excerpts only)

"A Simple Life paints portraits of two good people in gentle humanist terms.  It filled me with an unreasonable affection for both of them.  Here is a film with the clarity of fresh stream water, flowing without turmoil to shared destiny.  No plot gimmicks.  No twists and turns. Just a simple life."  "What we understand is that A Simple Life is content to regard these two inward people as they express love and care in their quiet ways.  A movie in which the old lady is forgotten by the family would have been predicable melodrama, but how much more moving it is when she is remembered.  The movie has an emotional payoff I failed to anticipate.  It expresses hope in human nature.  It is one of the year's best films."  - Excerpt from Roger Ebert's review (robertebert.com) 

"Director Ann Hui takes a minimalist, clear-eyes approach while steadily revealing how important these two are to each other."  "In its elegant intimacies, Hui's film calls to mind the world of the late Edward Yang." - Excerpt from Mary Pols' review (entertainment.time.com - best movies we missed this year" 

 

Cold Eyes (excerpts only)

"Cold Eyes is remarkable not primarily because of what it does-and it does most of what it is supposed to to exceedingly well-but because of what it doesn't do.  There are no melodramatic outbursts that try to browbeat viewers into being "touched"." "The movie's biggest surprise is how it conceives it's villain, James. Jung Woo-Sung had one of his best recent roles playing against Michelle Yeoh in the clever Chinese Wu Xia Pian/film noir hybrid Reign of Assassins (2010), but it was still a variation on the silently suffering, romantic lead persona in which he has been typecast. Here, Jung plays a master criminal who disappears into his "job" and derives the only joy of his life by observing how his carefully engineered schemes are realized by his team." - Excerpt from Kya Hyun Kim's review (Film Critic)

 

Only You (excerpts only)

"Only You is served very well by Ms. Tang (a star of Ang Lee's Lust, Caution).  Whether playing elated, sorrowful, coy or petulant, she consistently provides the spark the movie could use more of." - Excerpt from Andy Webster's review (The New York Times)

 

Poison Berry In My Brain (forthcoming)