Stanley Luk

I like mathematics and movies. Started with anime and now I'm here.

Films Watched:
2018: 144
2019: 212
2020: 204
2021: 210

Favorite films

  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Love Exposure
  • Duel to the Death
  • School on Fire

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  • The Miracle Fighters

    ★★★★

  • La Lectrice

    ★★★

  • Humanity and Paper Balloons

    ★★★½

  • Bad Lieutenant

    ★★★★

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  • The Miracle Fighters

    The Miracle Fighters

    ★★★★

    An actual fever dream kung-fu flick. Escalating levels of baffling slapstick in the vein of Looney Tunes but all doused with some Taoist mysticism goodness. My first foray into the directorial work of the legendary Yuen Woo-ping is with arguably his most inane and insane. Definitely more than a gag per minute, which is amped up in fight scenes that seem to throw in a different gag every few seconds. Picture the creativity that Lau Kar-leung channelled for intricately woven…

  • Humanity and Paper Balloons

    Humanity and Paper Balloons

    ★★★½

    1930s depression-core jidaigeki-style. Even if early styles of filmmaking are not usually to my tastes you can tell Yamanaka was on to something special here with his intricate sense of worldbuilding played out across constructed sets. He follows a striking narrative structure, where about two-thirds of the runtime seems to be spent in near plotless-less drifting, establishing characters and motivations before the fatalistic convergence of all paths in the bleak final 20 minutes. And for a film running just under…

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  • Made in Hong Kong

    Made in Hong Kong

    ★★★★

    For a film which sounds on the surface like the second wave director Fruit Chan’s cash in on the indie splash made by his contemporary Wong Kar-wai and his Chungking Express a few year prior, it is certainly surprising to see how Made in Hong Kong manages to carve its own creative path. I went expecting gritty lo-fi riff on the Chungking formula aimed more so at the disillusioned youth of the Handover era. What I got was a film…

  • Bad Lieutenant

    Bad Lieutenant

    ★★★★

    Down bad lieutenant... Featuring my favourite type of character acting - morally reprehensible scum.