Films

L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties (2016)

Director: Jingming Guo
Stars: Bingbing Fan, Kris Wu, Cheney Chen

An orphan becomes the disciple of a powerful sorcerer and is drawn into a larger conflict among the world’s magical elite.

★★✮☆☆

Honestly, I didn’t get what was happening in the movie until I’ve seen 3/4 of it, when the characters were verbally explaining what’s happening. I just enjoyed the visuals.

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Mr. Six (2015)

Lao pao er (original title)

Director: Hu Guan
Writers: Runnian Dong, Hu Guan
Stars: Xiaogang Feng, Hanyu Zhang, Qing Xu, Kris Wu, Yi Feng Li, Hua Liu

Mr. Six tells of a 50-or-so-year-old street punk called “Mr. Six” who has reigned over the Beijing streets as the neighbourhood kingpin for many years. One day, he comes to know his son Xiaobo is in dispute with a well-connected young drag-racing street gang leader, Xiaofei. Mr. Six steps up to help defend him. He attempts to settle the debts of his son by relying on his old school rules and by the help of his old friends.

★★★★☆

This film is actually good. I did myself a favor by seeing this because if you noticed, I’ve just been seeing random movies recently.

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Great plot. Superb performances from the cast (probably Kris’ best acting showcase so far. Wow I can’t believe this is still about Kris. You’d understand if you saw some of his movies, too.) Anyway 4/5 I’d recommend this to all of you!

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Somewhere Only We Know (2015)

You yi ge di fang zhi you wo men zhi dao (original title)

Director: Jinglei Xu
Writers: Shuo Wang, Yun Wang
Stars: Kris Wu, Likun Wang,

A girl travels to Prague for a study leave and to move on, and there he meets a guy who’d help her find traces of her grandmother’s past when she lived in Prague.

★★★☆☆

This movie, even though I find it a bit boring because I’ve seen movies with a similar plot so it’s quite predictable, is still good in its own right. If you like going to film festivals, this is the type of film that usually make the cut to independent film festivals. The storyline has an indie/non-mainstream feel. Good casting, great styling, a lot of quotable quotes.

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Receiving a bracelet from a stranger while walking in the street, saying, “This is for love. But it doesn’t break easily. When you meet your true love, it will naturally break.” And the bracelet actually breaking moments before the happy ending, just after the guy confesses his love to the girl and asks her to stay. You’d think it wouldn’t get any more cliche or cheesier, but then a cover of Richard Marx’ “Right Here Waiting” plays while this scene unravels. I lost it. Thought I was watching a Star Cinema movie.

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Sweet Sixteen (2016)

Xia You Qiao Mu (original title)

Director: Jin-gyu Cho
Stars: Kris Wu, Geng Han, Shan Lu

Xia Mu is a troubled child whose salvation comes in the form of Shu Yawang. When something terrible happens to her, he seeks revenge. Nothing is the same in their lives after that.

★★★☆☆

Sweet Sixteen, despite its title which gives off a teeny romance vibe, actually has a heavy storyline. (Although after seeing Do Kyungsoo’s “Unforgettable“, I don’t know if anything’s ever sadder.)

The movie, although the story is also quite typical, has a well-laid out plot, and the acting is muy bien. Now this is a movie where Kris is really good. Villain-y (and suplado) roles suit him well.

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I just love this.
Films

Never Gone (2016)

Zhi qingchun 2: Yuánlái ni hái zài zhèli (original title)

Director: Zhou Tuo Ru
Writers: Yi Wu Xin, Tuo Ru Zhou
Stars: Kris Wu, Yifei Liu

A wealthy young man pursues a young woman of modest means, but circumstances often separate them as the years pass.

★★✮☆☆

Yes, you guessed it right. I only saw this for Kris Wu. While this movie is quite pleasing to the eyes, it failed in many ways. For the plot, a quick browse on the storyline would already give you an idea that it is one of those coming-of-age stories about how the school’s prince charming falls in love with someone who’s waaaaay out of his league. But you’d still give it a chance because perhaps, it could show you something new. However, it didn’t. And somehow, it ended up not being at par with the other movies/dramas that have the same theme/plot.

The makers of the film failed to show a lot of contexts. Somehow, things just keep happening, scene by scene they go, and the viewers are left with questions such as “how did it happen?” “Why?” “Why is s/he like that anyway?” because the answers can’t be deciphered even by closely looking at the characters’ actions.

Don’t worry, Kris, we also don’t get why the girl keeps rejecting you.

This is based on a novel, so perhaps they shot too many scenes but in the end, failed to condense them into a full 1.30 hours movie without sacrificing important details.

For the ending, I’m quite fine with the original ending. It was like the makers were going for an indie-ish feel. The alternate ending (you can search it on Youtube) is the one that makes people quite satisfied, however, it is also the one that makes the story cliche.

Any redeeming quality? Yes, great visuals. The cinematography was very good. China looks really pretty in this movie. I wonder why I always had a very bad image of this country in my mind. Perhaps from all these news about cities in China being heavily polluted. But in this movie, both the city and the countryside looked really cozy. There are a lot of scenes shot in a very creative manner.

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Both leads are gorgeous. Like me, a lot of female fans probably only saw this because of Kris. Kris is still not doing something right in his acting, however, the female lead was good. Also, good soundtrack.

Man, I just love this confrontation scene, where they ended up tossing all the money and showering in it. Although Cheng Zheng (Kris) looked immature in here.
Films

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017)

Journey to the West: Demon Chapter (original title)

Director: Hark Tsui
Writers: Stephen Chow, Si-Cheun Lee (screenwriter)
Stars: Kris Wu, Kenny Lin, Chen Yao

A monk and his three disciples continue on their journey to battle demons.

★★✮☆☆

You’re right. I only saw this because of Kris Wu. It was a several hours flight, and the inflight TV has it so I said why not try it. And also because last time, when I was wiki-ing the top grossing Chinese movies, I remember seeing this one, or perhaps the other movie. But I thought, if it had a sequel, then there must be something in it.

Truth is, I saw this once while on a bus. And that time I felt dizzy from the scent inside the bus and this weird movie playing wasn’t helping at all. But since I’ve opened my mind to weird Chinese movies, and also because it has Kris Wu in it, so I wanted to give a try. For an inflight entertainment, it wasn’t so bad. Only Kris’ acting was.

Films

The Mermaid (2016)

Mei ren yu (original title)

Director: Stephen Chow (as Xingchi Zhou)
Writers: Hing-Ka Chan, Stephen Chow
Stars: Chao Deng, Show Lo, Yuqi Zhang

Shan, a mermaid, is sent to assassinate Xuan, a developer who threatens the ecosystem of her race, but ends up falling in love with him instead.

★★★✮☆

When I saw clip from this movie on Facebook, I thought it was really weird. I said why do Chinese like making reaaaaalllly weird films. A couple of my colleagues actually said it’s good. And because I’ve been bored out of my wits due to unemployment, I gave this movie a try, and IT WAS HILARIOUS! At least for over an hour or, it’ll make you forget your problem. It is weird, but I enjoyed its humor. I can’t tell if months of non-contact (haha) with people made me shallow, but even after seeing this movie, from time to time, I’d rewatch some of my favorite parts. I strongly recommend this movie.

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