The celebrations are over but the movies remain. July 1 marked the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule. In the weeks leading up to the anniversary, several movies were released to capitalize on or commemorate this momentous event. Mr. Cinema was first out of the gate. The trailer, with the sometimes great, sometimes slumming Anthony Wong as an apparently mild-mannered projectionist, is not inspiring. Two commenters at IMDb had hilariously polar opposite reactions, with one calling it "the best movie I have seen so far in 2007" and the other claiming it was "another idealogically foolish movie." Local resident Kozo, who started his great site a few years ago and has written hundreds of reviews, described it as "an affectionate look at 40 years of Hong Kong history, but there are glaring historial and political omissions."

Wonder Women focuses on just the past 10 years and "tackles the toughest of topics head on," according to Kozo. Yet the film ends up a "noble train wreck," derailed by "manufactured cinema twists" and "canned melodrama." Director Barbara Wong made the daringly serious documentary Women's Private Parts and her subsequent films have been generally well-regarded, so it's disappointing to hear that her latest may not be so wonderful after all.

The best of the bunch may be Hooked on You, produced by Johnny To. It looks at the past decade through the eyes of an enterprising fishmonger played by Miriam Yeung (pictured); our friend Kozo thought it was entertaining and touching, with interesting characters. Writing from Singapore, Stefan S appreciated the "good ensemble cast with great chemistry between the leads ... and best of all, being able to identify with them, and the relationship issues they face." You can watch the trailer at the official site or at The Great Swifty Speaketh!
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