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Maggie Lee

My Kingdom: Film Review

1920s martial arts drama set in the world of Peking opera has enough revenge, betrayal, taboo love and corruption to fill a dozen traditional repertoires.

Legend of a Rabbit: Film Review

China's 3D animation flick hobbles rather than hops, but has consistently good special effects.

Blind: Film Review

Korean writer-director Ahn Sang-hoon unabashedly designs a thriller inspired by Terence Young's 1967 "Wait Until Dark" which starred Audrey Hepburn.

The Frontline: Film Review

Director Jang Hun's Korean War tale stars Shin Ha-kyun, Ko Soo, Lee Je-hun and Kim Ok-vin.

Poongsan: Film Review

Yoon Kye-sang, Kim Gyu-ri and Kim Jong-soo star in director Juhn Jai-hong's political romance-thriller.

Shaolin: Film Review

Benny Chan's redo of famed Hong Kong martial-arts blockbuster "Shaolin Temple" charts the hubris and spiritual rebirth of a warlord rather than focusing on hardcore action.

Love for Life: Film Review

Thrust into calamitous dramatic contrivances in the first mainland fiction film to handle the scorching issue of AIDS in China, screen goddess Zhang Ziyi and Hong Kong pop king Aaron Kwok resort to some of the most clamorous, histrionic acting in their careers.

Hello Stranger: Film Review

Thai director-writer Banjong Pisanthanakun keeps the tone chilled out and fizzy like a Spritzer in this adorable rom-com set in Korea.

Beginning of the Great Revival: Film Review

Smaller in historical scope than its predecessor, hence less grandstanding and more intimate in tone, the Chinese propaganda movie co-directed by Han Sanping and Huang Jianxin is laced with a soupcon of romanticism in its portrait of Mao Zedong as a young political theorist.

Rest on Your Shoulder: Film Review

Although some adults may find the story and its fantasy elements hopelessly naïve in Hong Kong writer-director Jacob Cheung’s most mainstream film, young kids will be swept away by the cascade of CG animation merged with splendid natural scenery.

Kaasan, Mom’s Life: Shanghai International Film Festival Review

Japaanese director Shotaro Kobayashi is never maudlin or judgmental as he immerses one in a woman's daily battles as a working mother and wife of an alcoholic cancer victim as well as the demands and rewards of parenthood, cushioned by the good-humored and debonair tone.

Hello Mr. Tree: Film Review

To fuse an idiosyncratic character study with a subtle expose on controversial phenomena in China is indeed ambitious for young writer-filmmaker Han Jie.