Veteran Hong Kong director Corey Yuen might not be a household name here in the West but he has been at the helm for many solid films in his home country such as Fong Sai Yuk 1 + 2 and The Enforcer both staring Jet Li. International audiences will know him more from The Transporter, a rather over the top affair with Jason Statham that still managed to entertain due to some hokey charm and kinetic action sequences. His newest film, DOA: Dead or Alive is just plain cheese. Actually, make that cheesecake.
Secret, Jay Chou’s directorial debut certainly has its heart in the right place although the jury is still out as to where the brain has ended up. With sumptuous cinematography and a heartwarming atmosphere of youthful romance the film flies along well enough although saddled with a bit too many instances where Chou seems to be adding elements from his real life into the narrative much to the detriment of pace.
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (For You in Full Blossom) is one of those shows which surprises at nearly every turn a monumental feat considering that the series straddles the thin razor’s edge between sanity and total outright lunacy. To say that the comedy is broad is the understatement of the year as some of the wit seems to have been written by a psychotic clown. Yet the show plainly works on so many levels even though it often teeters at the edge of total chaos and kudos goes to the cast most of which seem to have invented the phrase “hamming it up.”