William Li

Movie and music man. Digging through the ditches of Hong Kong and Malaysian cinema to find what gems may be in there.

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Favorite films

  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • The Love Eterne
  • Comrades: Almost a Love Story

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  • Stand Straight, Don't Bend Over

    ★★★★½

  • The Tiger Factory

    ★★★★

  • Bio Zombie

    ★★★★

  • Burung-Burung

    ★★★

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  • Stand Straight, Don't Bend Over

    Stand Straight, Don't Bend Over

    ★★★★½

    Guess I'm showing my true colors for rating a humorously but undoubtedly anti-capitalist film from the Mainland so highly. Eh, that system of government can take a knock or two.

    A social dramedy from director Huang Jianxin, introduced to me by peers more attuned with Mainland cinema than I am, I found this to be a thoroughly engaging watch through snappy dialogue and a critique of capitalism that is simultaneously both funny in its absurdity and reflective in just what…

  • The Tiger Factory

    The Tiger Factory

    ★★★★

    The Tiger Factory has the distinction of being one of the three films from Malaysia that was able to reach the Cannes Film Festival. Well, technically four films but one of them's a documentary about a subject that has nothing to do with Malaysia so I'm not counting that one. Also, the first Malaysian film ever to be shown there, U-Wei Haji Saari's The Arsonist, being god awful does not give the best first impressions.

    However, perhaps I am mellowing…

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