In cross-cultural relationships, families and friends can let their own prejudices get in the way of romantic endeavours. Spanish Affair pits the Andalusians against the Basques when Rafa (Dani Rovira), a stand-up comic from Seville, falls for feisty country girl Amaia (Clara Lago). Venturing into Basque country for the very first time, Rafa must keep up the charade that he is a local, rather than a vile city dweller, especially in front of Amaia’s fiercely traditional father (Karra Elejalde).
24 years after Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze took to the waves in Kathryn Bigelow’s adrenaline-fuelled action thriller, Ericson Core revisits the story of a young FBI agent working undercover in a gang of extreme sports criminals. Thanks to co-financing from DMG Entertainment, Point Break opens in China and Hong Kong this weekend, three weeks ahead of its US debut. Featuring a number of impressive action set pieces, it could pull big numbers in the world’s second biggest film market, where the similarly-themed Fast & Furious 7 scored an unprecedented US$390 million earlier this year. However, fans of the original will mourn the lack of memorable characters, quotable dialogue and the now-legendary central bromance.
Billed as the story that inspired Moby Dick, Ron Howard’s adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s National Book Award winner is a shamelessly old-fashioned sea-faring yarn recounting the true story of the Essex, a Nantucket whaleship that sank after being attacked by a giant sperm whale.
Tamil cinema gets a rare outing in Hong Kong with this life-affirming story of two Chennai slum kids and their efforts to taste the exotic and seemingly unattainable pizza sold at a flashy new eatery. Buoyed up by charming, naturalistic performances and a catchy soundtrack from G.V. Prakash Kumar, The Crow’s Egg is that rare family film that eschews big budget effects and animated antics in favour of relatable characters and home truths.
While remaining committed to the horror genre, Nick Cheung’s second outing as director is a huge improvement on 2013’s Hungry Ghost Ritual. Again casting himself in the lead, Cheung this time leaves writing duties to Yeung Sin Ling (Inner Senses, The Bullet Vanishes) to tell the story of an exorcist, whose unconventional methods attract the attentions of a spunky young journalist and a murderous demon. Complemented by rich production values, lively performances and an inventive screenplay, Keeper Of Darkness succeeds as detective story, spectral romance and even streetwise comedy, while resuscitating our confidence in Cheung as the new renaissance man of Hong Kong Cinema.