He Makes Movies Move

That's why director-producer Tsui Hark is known as the Spielberg of the Hong Kong film industry

First things first: it's pronounced Choy Hock. As in Tsui Hark, the man who for two decades has been Hong Kong cinema's pre-eminent creative force. His best movies are made with such verve and craft that the viewer's head practically explodes with the concentration they require, the pleasure they bring. And at 50, Tsui hasn't slowed up. Just the first two minutes of his new Time and Tide--the first Hong Kong film he has directed in five years--are breathlessly virtuosic, using slo-mo and rapid cuts and neck-swiveling pans to impart enough visual information for half a dozen Hollywood features.

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