More propulsive than many a car chase and as bone-crunching as any chopsocky fistfight, the pro-cycling races that drive Dante Lam’s “To the Fore” rep a feat of action choreography and virtuoso…
Like passengers who overpaid for tickets to escape war-ravaged Shanghai on the Taiwan-bound liner Taiping in 1949, only to end up on a sinking ship, audiences get a pretty lousy deal with John Woo’s…
In “Monster Hunt,” the protagonists are greenish ogres with mushy hearts — not surprisingly, since this jolly live-action/animated Chinese period fantasy is helmed by Raman Hui, the Hong Kong-born…
A woman in her 20s falls for a middle-aged professor who was her late granny’s lover in “Her Granddaughter,” an offbeat romance adapted from a manga by Keiko Nishi. Although the protags’ age…
Tracing a Taoist priest’s foray from his hermit-like existence into the secular world, Chen Kaige’s “Monk Comes Down the Mountain” is an uncharacteristically lightweight martial-arts caper with a…
“This is like a film that’s started shooting before the script’s finished,” exclaims one protagonist in “Hollywood Adventures.” He pretty much sums up this scattergun action-comedy helmed by Timothy…
A bittersweet drama depicting young migrants' dreams of stardom inside China's so-called Hollywood of the East.
Nobuhiko Obayashi's profound if overly involved "Seven Weeks" addresses Japan's wartime responsibility and her present nuclear crisis with poetic whimsy.
Momoko Ando's delightful sophomore feature captures the experience of growing old with as much endearing eccentricity as her subjects
Takashi Miike's vampire-gangster action-comedy reps a lazily-executed dud.
An anguished cry against vicious class inequality and ingrained female abuse in South Korean society.