This week on Radio 3 I talked about local action thriller Helios, featuring a star-studded cast that includes Jackie Cheung, Nick Cheung, Chang Chen, Janice Man and Choi Siwon. The story of a notorious arms dealer who steals a nuclear weapon in Korea and hightails it to Hong Kong features some epic action sequences, only to be hobbled by some seriously frustrating politic mumbo jumbo.
The Udine Far East Film Festival is currently ongoing in its idyllic Italian setting. Unfortunately I am not there this year (in fact I have never been), but I have reviewed a number of the films playing at this year’s fest. You can find links to those reviews below, which are published either at ScreenDaily.com or TwitchFilm.com:
Dragon Blade (dir. Daniel Lee, China)
Breakup Buddies (dir. Ning Hao, China)
Women Who Flirt (dir. Pang Ho Cheung, China)
Kung Fu Jungle (dir. Teddy Chen, Hong Kong)
Helios (dir. Longman Leung/Sunny Luk, Hong Kong/China)
Meeting Dr Sun (dir. Yee Chih-yen, Taiwan)
Port of Call (dir. Philip Yung, Hong Kong)
The Taking of Tiger Mountain (dir. Tsui Hark, China/Hong Kong)
Parasyte – Completion (dir. Takashi Yamazaki, Japan)
After the commercial success of their debut Cold War (the highest-grossing Hong Kong film in 2012) writer-director team Longman Leung and Sunny Luk set their sights higher with Helios, a pan-continental terrorism thriller that sees law enforcement agencies from South Korea, China and Hong Kong scramble to recover a stolen nuclear weapon.