Films

Chong Qing Hot Pot (2016)

Huo guo ying xiong

Director: Qing Yang
Writer: Qing Yang
Stars: Kun Chen, Baihe Bai, Hao Qin, Entai Yu

When a young man and his friends dig a hole to expand their restaurant, they enter a nearby bank vault that is being robbed.

★★★✮☆

This is a good one. Has a very good, elaborate plot, and the actors are good as well. I just had many “why’s” towards the end. But definitely worth the time.

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Films

Aftershock (2010)

Tang shan da di zhen (original title)

Director: Xiaogang Feng
Writers: Wu Si (screenplay), Ling Zhang (novel)
Stars: Daoming Chen, Chen Li, Yi Lu

The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.

★★★✮☆

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.

Films

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.

Films

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.