Clarence Tsui

Clarence Tsui
Clarence Tsui's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hollywood Reporter South China Morning Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (2019) A gentle and engaging family drama that ebbs and flows. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
83% The Halt (Ang hupa) (2019) Diaz has yet to swap art for arms in order to bring change to his society. But the fire still burns brightly within him, it seems. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
2/5 17% Summer of Changsha (Liu yu tian) (2019) Summer in Changsha smoulders but fails to spark. What begins as a murder mystery morphs into a sluggish, archetypal relationship drama. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
100% To Live to Sing (2019) A heartrending account of one person's increasingly frantic but ultimately futile efforts to bring back the glory days that have long receded into the past. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 56% Nina Wu (Zhuo ren mi mi) (2019) Nina Wu is taut, topical and terrifying. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 87% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2019) While not a classic in the making, this film is a sensational thrill ride full of beauty and danger. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
67% Ten no Chasuke (Chasuke's Journey) (2015) Sabu is no hack, but Chasuke's Journey runs dangerously close to pushing the director's reputation in that direction. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
No Score Yet Blue Hour (Buru Awa ni Buttobasu) (2019) A slow-burning piece in which the awkward prodigal-daughter protagonist's anguish is alluded to rather than wrought large through contrived exchanges. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
No Score Yet Territory of Love (L'Autre Continent) (2019) Convincingly acted continent-hopping drama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
No Score Yet The Torment of Ghost (2019) Cruises along with a mix of sex, schmaltz, gore and comical gags. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
No Score Yet My Little One (2019) This latest outing from Swiss-French directorial duo Frederic Choffat and Julie Gilbert ends up ringing as empty of meaning as the arid and sparse spaces they have strived to capture onscreen. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
No Score Yet Orphans' Blues (2019) Kudo has delivered a first feature filled with the flaws, flair and fury one would expect from a promising young filmmaker. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
No Score Yet Nakorn-Sawan (2019) A deft mix of profound emotions and stylistic experiments. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
No Score Yet Chinese Portrait (2018) A subjective and utterly revealing snapshot of the state of Wang's country. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
No Score Yet Winter After Winter (2019) Departing from the austere storytelling of his debut, Xing pulls out the stops to showcase his visual craftsmanship, his ability to manage a complex narrative, and his willingness to conform to some of the clichés of commercial filmmaking. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
No Score Yet Vanishing Days (Man you) (2019) While derivative in parts - and Zhu, to his credit, is candid in his production notes about his love for Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul's work - Vanishing Days marks the emergence of an artist with an audacious vision. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
No Score Yet A First Farewell (2018) A First Farewell offers a subtle yet incisive look at how China's Muslim minority grapples with the pressure to ditch their own culture and conform to the social norms of the day. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3.5/5 100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) So Long, My Son signals a return to form for one of Chinese cinema's favourite sons. - South China Morning Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
33% Elisa & Marcela (2019) Reworks an early 20th century story into a plodding, protracted melodrama where provincial folk speak, behave and act like their 21st century counterparts. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
No Score Yet Take Point (2018) A taut, topical and technically superb thriller. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
75% Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal) (2018) An engaging multi-strand story about a nation in turmoil. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
86% The Father's Shadow (A Sombra do Pai) (2018) There's no denying the young director's ability to conjure a doomed ambience out of an array of seemingly non-descript locations and inanimate objects. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
No Score Yet Lakbayan (2018) [The] three shorts making up Lakbayan are very representative of their creators' wildly different approaches in producing politically-charged art. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
No Score Yet The Travelling Cat Chronicles (Tabineko ripôto) (2018) It offers a more substantial narrative, more striking imagery and more sophisticated technique than, say, bizarre crossovers, such as Samurai Cat or Neko Ninja, or the cellphone-game-turned-movie Neko Atsume House. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
No Score Yet Miss Baek (Mi-sseu-baek) (2018) Furious performances in a piece of gritty drama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
No Score Yet Every Day a Good Day (Nichinichi Kore Kôjitsu) (2018) A fittingly beautiful and measured farewell. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
80% The Crossing (Guo chun tian) (2019) A dynamic debut from a first-time director and her young cast. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
No Score Yet The Red Phallus (2018) Visually striking and remarkably symbolic, The Red Phallus is a film hard to overlook, and not just because of its startling title. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
No Score Yet Savage (Xue bao) (2019) Taut, stylish and straightforward. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
No Score Yet House of My Fathers (2018) A poetic allegory on war and its consequences. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
No Score Yet Beautiful Days (2018) Beautiful Days certainly lives up to its title with its mesmerizing imagery and very polished production values. But it is weighed down by a cliched narrative and simplistic moral binaries... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
No Score Yet Memories of My Body (Kucumbu tubuh indahku) (2018) A moving piece of physical and political drama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
100% Manta Ray (2018) Warm, lush and topical human drama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
100% Graves Without a Name (2018) A haunting and lyrical ode to Cambodian history and humanity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
No Score Yet Europe Raiders (2018) The film's passé premise is further deadened by a weak story and script. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
67% Hidden Man (2018) A dazzling but derivative piece oozing with adrenaline and anachronistic gags - including what's possibly a preemptive dig at film critics - Hidden Man more or less melts into a gust of hot air. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
81% BuyBust (2018) Goes beyond easy moral binaries to highlight how Duterte's warped worldview has made monsters out of everyone from the police to the peddlers to the ordinary people in between... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
No Score Yet Ten Years Taiwan (2018) Deploying a mix of low-key docudrama, middlebrow satire and high-concept sci-fi, Ten Years Taiwan offers stylistically varied but invariably gloomy predictions of how things will be in a decade's time. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
No Score Yet Respeto (2017) Respeto offers a gripping if sometimes slightly melodramatic look at the chaotic clash of values shaping the Philippines today. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
No Score Yet The Crimes That Bind (Inori no maku ga oriru toki) (2018) Falls short of becoming a full-fledged cinematic experience. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
No Score Yet Birds Without Names (2017) Birds Without Names is littered with belligerent relationships, beautiful scoundrels and bad sex. What makes the film stand out from the crowd, however, is actress Yu Aoi's against-type performance. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
100% The Pluto Moment (Ming wang xing shi ke) (2018) Pluto Moment offers substantial drama and gripping images aplenty. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
100% Dead Souls (2018) Charting the origins, operations and outcomes of a far-flung Chinese labor camp in the late 1950s/early 1960s, the documentary offers affecting and harrowing accounts from those who survived the gulag. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet Tonight, at the Movies (Kon'ya, romansu gekijô de) (2018) An unabashed celebration of the emotional power of moving pictures. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
100% On Happiness Road (2017) For all its flaws ... On Happiness Road's significance goes beyond its quality, and it is certainly a worthy heir to Taiwan's once-thriving and now-extinct animation film industry. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
No Score Yet Father (Hong He Zi) (2018) The lush sequences in which Chen illustrates his technique - close-ups of his hand movements, for example, or an extract of a performance - make up for Father's flaws. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
No Score Yet Omotenashi (2018) A breezy romantic drama boasting a photogenic cast, equally beautiful settings and poised storytelling, Taiwanese director Jay Chern has hardly put a step wrong in his feature-film debut. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
No Score Yet Mind Cage (2016) Cape Fear on the Mekong. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
No Score Yet Our House (Watashitachi no ie) (2017) A debutant making her presence felt. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
100% Nervous Translation (2017) Tracking a second-grader's eccentric efforts to perceive the chaotic circumstances whirling around her, Shireen Seno has teased a piece of contemplative cinema out of a restless child's play. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018