Besides Hollywood and Bollywood, Hong-Kong is one of largest movie production centres and a thriving film industry. Hong Kong cinema has a unique identity of their own which is unlike other countries’ cinema. Some of the famous names from Hong Kong include Wong Kar-Wai, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Johnnie To and others. We present to you a list of must watch Hong Kong movies if you haven’t seen any.
Chungking Express (1994)
Known as one of the most defining movies of the 90s, Chungking Express is a movie of two ex-cops and ex-lovers who cross paths at the Midnight Express food stand. One cop falls in love with a female underworld figure and the other cop with a waitress. Rated 8.1 on IMDB, this is one of the best works of Wong Kar-Wai.
Infernal Affairs (2002)
Infernal Affairs is a twisted thriller by the director duo Andrew Lau and Alan Mak about a cop and a mole. It’s a story of a police officer who infiltrates a gang and another officer secretly from the same gang. Hollywood director Martin Scorsese made the Oscar-winning film ‘The Departed’ which was famously based on Infernal Affairs.
In The Mood For Love (2000)
A hauntingly stunning, ethereal film that will take you on a beautiful ride. Wong Kar-Wai’s best work In The Mood For Love is a movie that’s shown in film schools and is considered as one of the greatest films of all time. The movie is about a man and woman who move in next to each other and form an intimate bond after discovering something about their spouses. It’s melodious soundtrack and brilliant cinematography are something to watch out for.
2046 is a sci-fi film directed by Wong Kar-wai and is a loose sequel to his critically acclaimed movies ‘Days of Being Wild’ and ‘In the Mood for Love’. The film follows the story of the lovesick writer Chow Mo-wan who loses Su Li-Zhen—the woman he considers as true love. He has numerous relationships with women in his room 2046 and it inspires him to write a futuristic love story.
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
This is a movie seen by many people already because it used to come on the Indian television channels. Kung Fu Hustle is a hilarious action-comedy film directed by Stephen Chow. When the hapless Sing and his dim-witted pal, Bone, try to scam the residents of Pig Sty Alley into thinking they’re members of the dreaded Axe Gang, the real gangsters descend on this Shanghai slum to restore their fearsome reputation.
Project Gutenberg (2018)
This list almost seems like a cop movie list. Project Gutenberg also is a movie about Hong Kong police looking for a counterfeiting gang led by a mastermind code-named “Painter”. It has excellent performances from the starry likes of Chow Yun-Fat and Aaron Kwok.
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Beyond The Dream (2020)
Rated 7.3 on IMDB, Beyond The Dream is a story about a recovering schizophrenic guy who falls in love with a girl but hasn’t told her about his condition. When he musters up the courage to tell the girl about his situation, his disease relapses. Beyond The Dream is directed by Kiwi Chow who also directed a short in the dystopian anthology Ten Years.
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
Another cop movie (I know) but it’s by John Woo, the name to reckon with. A Better Tomorrow tells the story of an ex-gangster and his policeman brother. The ex-gangster tries to reconnect with his estranged policeman brother, but he finds that his ties to gangs are harder to break than he thought.
Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1997)
Comrades is about Cowboy Xiaojun who moves to Hong Kong, expecting to get rich with the goal of getting married to his neighbor. Xiaojun meets Qiao in the metropolitan city and they both become dearest companions They eventually realise that they can’t be together but still yearn for each other secretly.