This week on Radio 3’s Morning Brew I review the remake of Point Break, set in the world of extreme sports, as well as Ron Howard’s In The Heart Of The Sea, recounting the story that inspired Moby Dick, and local crime thriller Port Of Call, starring Aaron Kwok.
The New York Asian Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, boasting an impressive array of selections from the best of Asian Cinema past and present. Below I’ve collected together my reviews of any films screening, but I can also recommend Little Big Master, Partners in Crime, The President’s Last Bang and Solomon’s Perjury. This year’s festival also features some fantastic spotlights on Ken Takakura, Bunta Sugawara, Shota Sometani and Ringo Lam.
Based on real events, Philip Yung’s latest exploration into Hong Kong’s disaffected youth details the grisly murder of a teenage prostitute and the efforts of an eccentric police detective (played by Aaron Kwok) to understand the motives of both the victim and her killer. Blending social commentary with police procedural, Port of Call – which was shot by Christopher Doyle – is an absorbing and at times grisly portrayal of modern Chinese society and adolescent apathy that hits enough genre beats to ensure it a life beyond local audiences.