Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Writer: Dave Callaham, Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham
Based on: Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin‘s character
Cast: Simu Liu, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Michelle Yeoh, Wah Yuen, Florian Munteanu, Andy Le, Benedict Wong, Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo, Brie Larson
Part of: Marvel movies
Seen on: 6.9.2021

Shaun (Simu Liu) tried to built a life for himself, away from his father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) and Wenwu’s private army, the Ten Rings – including actual ten rings that give Wenwu awesome powers. And for the last decade, Shaun has been pretty successful in his endeavor. Not even his best friend Katy (Awkwafina) suspects that there is more to him than a party-loving valet. Until a group of fighters led by Razor Fist (Florian Munteanu) attack Shaun and he has to finally confront his past, his family, and his future. Not without Katy, though.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a thoroughly enjoyable film with a good mix of fighting, emotions and humor. I had a very good time with it.

The film poster showing Shaun (Simu Liu), his father Wenwu (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) looming large behind him, wearing the ten rings. The two can be seen fighting as smaller figures in the front. Other important characters are arranged around them.
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Mou gaan dou [Infernal Affairs] (2002)

Mou gaan dou
Director: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Alan Mak
Writer: Alan Mak, Felix Chong
Cast: Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Eric Tsang, Kelly Chen, Sammi Cheng
Seen on: 7.8.2018

Chen Wing Yan (Tony Chui-Wai Leung) has been working for the Hong Kong mafia for a decade and has managed to keep it a secret that he is actually a police officer and keeps feeding information back to him. But he has been doing this for so long, there is practically nobody in the police force left anymore who knows that he is undercover and anyway, he’s ready to come back home. At the same time, Lau Kin Ming (Andy Lau) has been working for the police for a decade as well, when actually he is a member of the mafia. He got used to his life as a police officer and would rather turn his back on the mafia once and for all. Both men are tasked with finding each other and so the hunt begins.

Infernal Affairs is a tense, well-made thriller that managed to draw me in, telling a good story that’s grounded in its characters.

The film poster showing Andy Lau's and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung's eyes in super close-up.
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Faa yeung nin wa [In the Mood for Love] (2000)

Faa yeung nin wa
Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Writer: Kar-Wai Wong
Cast: Maggie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ping Lam Siu
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 31.10.2017

Su Li-Zhen (Maggie Cheung) with her husband and Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) with his wife happen to move into the same apartment building on the same day. Their friendly neighborly relationship changes though, when they both realize that their respective spouses have an affair with each other. In trying to figure out how this happened, they start to become closer themselves.

In the Mood for Love is a beautiful, deeply sad film that absolutely made me fall in love with it and then broke my heart.

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Yi dai zong shi [The Grandmaster] (2013)

Yi dai zong shi
Director: Wong Kar Wai
Writer: Wong Kar Wai, Haofeng Xu, Jingzhi Zou
Cast: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ziyi ZhangJin Zhang, Chen Chang, Qingxiang Wang, Hye-kyo Song

Ip Man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) is a master of Wing Chun kung-fu, looking back on his life. In the 1930s, his until then rather uneventful existence was disrupted with the arrival of Gong Yutian (Qingxiang Wang) – who managed to unite the martial arts from in Northern China, for which he has chosen an heir, Ma San (Jin Zhang). He now also wants to find a representative for Southern China. Ip Man is chosen to battle him, and by winning his life and the life of Gong Yutian’s daughter Gong Er (Ziyi Zhang) have become forever entwined.

The Grandmaster is a beautiful, beautiful film with great leads and I loved it. Unfortunately the plotting is a little weak. But it’s great to have Wong Kar Wai back.


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