Like a juggler with too many balls, Ning Hao struggles to keep sundry plots and a bloated ensemble cast in the air in 1930s heist adventure "Guns and Roses."
As fascinating as it is frustrating, "Beijing Blues" reps a scattershot take on life in the Chinese capital as seen through its motley but enterprising police force.
Although resplendently shot and elegantly appointed, this fusty biopic of Chinese novelist Xiao Hong recounts events without exploring the mind of an intellectual woman of her time.
Like a latte with caramel on top and coffee residue at the bottom, "First Time" starts off as a treacly teen daydream and changes course halfway through to deconstruct its own romantic myth.
Wu Ershan's supernatural costumer combines technical razzle-dazzle with a competently told yarn that allows its stars to shine.
A cheery hoot that pokes fun at showbiz pomposity even as it affirms its protag's impervious optimism.
A pretty smooth ride as car-centric actioners go, "Motorway" is Hong Kong helmer Soi Cheang's classiest work to date.
The love child of Bollywood and Hollywood, "Gangs of Wasseypur" is a brilliant collage of genres, by turns pulverizing and poetic in its depiction of violence.
An adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 novel transposed to 1930s Shanghai, "Dangerous Liaisons" plays it safe, evoking old-school Hollywood romances without new stylistic variations.
The film reps an attempt to understand the ultra-nationalist ideology that prompted novelist Yukio Mishima's failed coup and subsequent seppuku in 1970.