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Film Review: Wilson Yip's Paradox (2017) South East Asian Film Cooperated Projects

Updated: Jan 19


Film Review: Wilson Yip's Paradox (2017) South East Asian Film Cooperated Projects
FILE PHOTO: A Poster of PARADOX (2017). ©Bona Film Group Limited

Thank you, Wilson Yep for making this advanced phase of the Hong Kong film model for all fans! It is an alternative strategy to expand Hong Kong's filming base outside of China. Mainland China is just part of the co-operator for Chinese blockbusters, which mainly take place in Mainland with Hong Kong movie stars. 


On the contrary, the best filmmaker of contemporary Hong Kong, Wilson Yep, successfully made the most sensitive, emotionally well involved HK action film in Thailand! The story structure is a tragedy and real horror story about random victimization of human trafficking that is seriously happening in South East Asia today. 


The story of Wilson Yip's Paradox (2017) is a tragedy of capitalist greediness and brutal violence between good and evil. Audiences fully agree with the protagonist, HK police officer Lee Chung-Chi, who seeks his lost daughter Wing-Chi in Thailand. 


The main conflict comes from a local human trafficking black market which is run by US gang star Sacha, who wants to sell Wing-Chi's heart to a heart-attacked politician. Lee's partners are all good colleagues; HK officer in Thailand, Tsui Kit and Thailand officer Tak, who are involved in his revenge, and Tak is also well cast by the local actor. The quality of kung fu is as professional as Hong Kong kung fu stars. 


Wilson Yep understands cinematic expression is done by emotional responses to the tragic events and results of actions. Some cannot bear the deepness and negative emotional expressions in revenge for their daughter's death. However, this is the correct way of being artistic and cinematic expression. 


Hong Kong filmmakers should know that you are not making films for awards but for creating high-quality genre films for HK audiences without compromising bureaucrats' control of film production. Do not indulge in award-seeking. Just make a high quality film like this! You are not art-film award seekers! Professional filmmakers are truly independent of bureaucracy! Hong Kong does not follow TW! This film production shows the alternative way of developing Hong Kong filmmaking internationally. Mainland China is not the only survival of Hong Kong filmmaking. 


 

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Film Review: Wilson Yip's Paradox (2017) South East Asian Film Cooperated Projects

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