"Mr. Nice Guy" aka "Yat goh hiu yan"
Jackie Chan Year Released: 1999
Richard Norton Director: Sammo Hung
Miki Lee Duration: 94 Minutes
Synopsis: Melbourne, Australia. TV Journalist Diana tapes evidence against drug lord Giancarlo, but on her way away from the scene, she is spotted and has to run. In the street, she runs into TV cook Jackie, whose knowledge of martial arts helps her survive the threat. Accidentally, her VHS-tape then gets mixed up with some kid's films in Jackie's car and so all the bad guys are after him as well as Diana, without him knowing where to find the right tape. But when Jackie's visiting girlfriend Miki gets kidnapped for the tape as ransom, Jackie puts the image of being the nice and friendly TV cook aside and goes to see Mr. Giancarlo himself to get her back: playtime's over.
Jordan Chan Year Released: 2005
Sean Lau Director: Wei Jiahui
Cecilia Cheung Duration: 93 Minutes
Synopsis: Shop 'til you drop in this snazzy comedy starring mega-star Cecilia Cheung as Fong Fong. Fong is a super-Shopaholic who has landed herself into some serious debt. She seeks the help of Choosey (Lau Ching Wan), a psychiatrist who has hilarious psychological issues of his own. Enter billionaire Richie (Jordan Chan), a competitive shopaholic whose habit is to only buy what others want. Both men develop feelings for Fong, but will she pick money over moral matter? The Shopaholics is a hilarious love-triangle that begs the age old question: Can money buy true love?
"Happy Go Lucky"
Gillian Chung Yun-Tung Year Released: 2003
Kent Cheng Director: Heaven Yiu Tin-Tong
Lai Yiu-Cheung Duration: 95 Minutes
Synopsis: Gillian Chung from the hit pop group Twins stars in this latest heartwarming adventure of the chubby, mentally handicapped Fat Cat (Kent Cheng). This time, Fat Cat befriends Snow (Chung), a nice, fragile girl who has been blind since age twelve. Grateful for his affection Snow gradually becomes close with Fat Cat. Worried about their daughter, Snow's parents decide to speed up her cornea operation in order to separate her from Fat Cat. As Snow is about to get a glimpse of reality and learn of her friend's mental capacity, Fat Cat must think of a way to maintain their friendship. Can the new formed friend ship of the unlike characters turn their fate around? Find out in this warm-hearted movie.
"Bug Me Not"
Charlene Choi Year Released: 2005
Gillian Chung Director: Lo Chi Leung
Duration: 97 Minutes
Synopsis: When disaster strikes, a group of young people who all possess superpowers realize that the most magical force in the world is the love and courage inside each of them.
The 17-year old singer/actress Isabella Leong has become many Hong Kong young boys' favorite, and Wilson Chan Bo-lin's charm continues from Bluegate Crossing, The Eye 10 to the present Bug Me Not! Isabella is Moon, a girl who possesses the supernatural power to communicate with insects. She has a crush on the handsome boy Gao Yuan (Chan Bo-lin) who runs super fast but secludes himself from contacting anyone. A cute ladybug named Cootchie encourages Moon to confess her love to Gao Yuan, but that of course scares away Gao Yaun who freaks out when getting in touch with people...
Jet Li Year Released: 2006
Jon T. Benn Director: Ronny Yu
Collin Chou Duration: 105 Minutes
Anthony De Longis
Synopsis: Fearless is the story of Fok Yuen-gap (Huo Yuan-jia), a national hero in China and master arts master at the beginning of the 20th century, who early on experiences the dark, vengeful side of wushu. He eventually rises to embrace its more positive side by taking on some of the world's greatest fighters in a sporting competition that takes place at a time when a distressed China is being encroached upon by foreign powers.
"The Promise" aka "Wu Ji"
Dong-Kun Jang Year Released: 2005
Hiroyuki Sanada Director: Kaige Chen
Cecilia Cheung Duration: 102 Minutes
Synopsis: An orphaned girl, driven by poverty at such a young age, makes a promise with an enchantress. In return for beauty and the admiration of every man, she will never be with the man she loves. This spell cannot be broken unless the impossible happens: snow falling in spring and the dead coming back to life. Now a grown and beautiful princess, she regrets her promise, for all of the men she's loved has always been met with tragedy. In love again with a man behind a red armor and a golden mask who rescues her from death, she is tormented by their inevitable parting. Meanwhile, Kunlun, the slave of a great general, is searching for the lost memories of a family he once had. Soon the fate of these two intertwine when the princess believes the general to be her hero, thus pulling him into this web of fate. What end will befallen our three characters? Are their fates already sealed by a higher power, or can they still choose a life they want?
"Legend Of Zu"
Ekin Cheng Year Released: 2001
Louis Koo Director: Tsui Hark
Cecilia Cheung Duration: 104 Minutes
Synopsis: The film is set in a mythical mountain range (known as "Zu" which exists between heaven and earth. The mountains are populated by immortals known as Omei; the powerful Omei are targeted by an immortal named Amnesia (Kelly Lin), who wants to rule the mountain range and the world below. The leader of the Omei, White Eyebrows (Sammo Hung), leads the battle to stop Amnesia, along with the warriors King Sky (Ekin Cheng) and Red (Louis Koo). With the support of Zu's mightiest warriors, the Omei Clan will risk their lives to bring back the peaceful and serene nature of the Zu Mountains.
"I Not Stupid" aka "Kids Are Not Stupid" aka "Xiaohai Bu Ben"
Jack Neo Year Released: 2002
Yun Xiang Director: Jack Neo
Richard Low Duration: 105 Minutes
Po Yu Huang
Synopsis: I Not Stupid was one of 2002's biggest Singaporean box office hits. The movie, which was highly praised by Time magazine, captures the stories of the various class societies in Singapore and provides memorable situations of tears and laughter. The viewer is introduced to three primary students confronting the hardships within the educational system as well as failure of communication within their families. Emotions like fear and doubt come face to face with the protagonists of this film as they are caught within a society that only gives privileges to the elite.
"I Not Stupid Too"
Jack Neo Year Released: 2006
Huang Yiliang Director: Jack Neo
Xiang Yun Duration: 122 Minutes
Synopsis: The cast and crew of I Not Stupid return for another satiric jab at Singapore's compulsive competitiveness, problematic educational system, and generation gap. Four years have passed since the first film and the precocious boys of I Not Stupid have all up and grown into disgruntled adolescents. Though featuring different characters than before, I Not Stupid Too, like its predecessor, lampoons the predicaments of children, parents, and teachers in a pressure-filled society. Intelligent, touching, and laugh-out-loud funny, Jack Neo's movie-with-a-message uses humor to raise serious questions about life in contemporary Singapore.
Tom (Shawn Lee) and Cheng Chai (Joshua Ang) come from very different economic and family backgrounds, but both are under-performing, headstrong high school students misunderstood by overbearing parents and an even more overbearing educational system. Cheng Chai's blue-collar widower father sincerely wants his son to succeed in life, but resorts to fists when his son doesn't live up to expectations. Tom and his younger brother Jerry (Ashley Leong) come from a well-off family, but barely see their too-busy parents. When they do see each other, the parents invariably nag about schoolwork and pick on their shortcomings before fielding endless cellphone calls and descending into constant bickering. Focusing on the communication gap between adults and children, I Not Stupid Too shows how all the things that are left unsaid and unheard on a daily basis can build up to disastrous consequences.
Jackie Chan Year Released: 2006
Louis Koo Director: Benny Chan
Michael Hui Duration: 134 Minutes
Synopsis: Small-time burglars Thongs (Jackie Chan), Octopus (Louis Koo), and Landlord (Michael Hui) have some cash flow and people issues. Thongs has a gambling problem that empties his wallets and estranges him from his family. Octopus wastes all his money on girlfriends, while neglecting his pregnant wife (Charlene Choi). Mastermind Landlord, who is saving up for retirement with his mentally unstable wife (veteran singer Teresa Carpio), gets robbed of his hard-earned loot. Though the thieving trio pride themselves on having moral standards, the need for cash leads them to take a shady kidnapping job. With the golden baby (Matthew Medvedev) in tow, Thongs and Octopus are soon in over their heads trying to appease the finicky tot and figure out this whole parenting thing, while avoiding the police, debtors, and various unsavory characters who will go to all lengths to get that baby.
Zhang Ziyi Year Released: 2006
Ge You Director: Feng Xiaogang
Daniel Wu Duration: 131 Minutes
Synopsis: The Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of "Hamlet"; it is a tale of fate and revenge set in 10th century China. A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder. Zhang Ziyi plays the widowed Empress, who marries the new Emperor (Ge You) only to protect herself, but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne, and, of course, so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet, where the murderous plans are set in motion. According to director Feng Xiaogang: "If Hamlet is about a prince who must make a choice involving life and death, then The Banquet is about how each character must face a choice of life or death... All are motivated by desire, but as soon as they have begun their plans must grow more extreme, and they move step-by-step towards the abyss... They do not intend evil, but turn to it out of self-preservation and ever-growing ambition."
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
Chow Yun-Fat Year Released: 2000
Michelle Yeoh Director: Ang Lee
Zhang Ziyi Duration: 120 Minutes
Synopsis: The film tracks the lives of three proud fighters each trying to deal with their true inner emotions: the brave warrior who is unable to declare his true love; the woman figher whose calm demeanor belies the inner turmoil of her yearning; and the young female aristocrat set to be put into a loveless marriage, but secretly needing to rebel. The choices that each of them makes lead to a violent showdown in which each are forever changed by the surprising outcome.
"Infernal Affairs" aka "Mou gaan dou"
Andy Lau Year Released: 2002
Tony Leung Director: Andrew Lau, Siu Fai Mak
Duration: 101 Minutes
Synopsis: As Infernal Affairs opens, Ming (Andy Lau of Full-time Killer) is being initiated into the criminal underworld by triad boss Sam (Eric Tsang of The Accidental Spy), who ends his speech to his young charges by wishing them success in the police department. Ming enters the police academy, where he excels, but sees his classmate, Yan (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai of In the Mood for Love), expelled for "breaking the rules." It turns out that Yan wasn't actually drummed out of the force, but recruited by Superintendent Wong (Anthony Wong of Hard-Boiled) as an undercover operative. Just as Ming is achieving success in the police department while secretly working for Sam, Ming is gaining Sam's trust as a triad member, while reporting to Wong. Ten years later, both men, still undercover, have grown confused about their true identities, while their bosses, Sam and Wong, wage a battle of wits against each other. Each boss learns that the other has a mole working for him, and unwittingly entrusts the mole himself to ferret out the culprit. Ming and Yan scramble to expose one another's identity in an effort to save their own skins.In 2003 Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment acquired the rights for a Hollywood remake, titled The Departed, which was directed by Martin Scorsese, and stars Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson. The Departed was released on October 6, 2006