This Christmas, audiences will be treated to Ip Man 3, featuring the continuing adventures of Ip Man – that is, the Donnie Yen iteration and not the Wong Kar-wai directed film with Tony Leung Chiu-wai, or the other Ip Mans that nobody cared about because they weren’t played by Donnie or Tony.
Where were the good Hong Kong movies in 2014? The last time I felt this underwhelmed about a full year’s release slate, it was 2005 and Initial D was considered Top 10 material. How the mighty have fallen (further).
I watched very few Hong Kong movies in 2013, for two reasons. Reason one is that my first child was born, so for the first time in nearly 20 years I stopped my regular Hong Kong film fix.
When it comes to China and its movies, outsiders see red. That is, they get angry, not that they have visions of the five-starred flag. But beneath the negative rhetoric there is interesting and even incendiary cinema being made.
Hong Kong cinema did not break the bank or the mould in 2012, but there were successes, surprises and silliness to be had. Granted, the year isn't fully over, but here's what I've taken from the 50-plus Hong Kong China features I've seen so far.
I attempt to see every single Hong Kong or Hong Kong-related film in the cinema, which occasionally leads to some brutal evenings.
I was a teenager when I watched my first Hong Kong movie.