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The 50 Definitive Relationship Dramas: 10-1

1 December 2014 5:16 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

10. Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

Directed by: Max Ophuls

To be honest, the relationship at the center of “Letter from an Unknown Woman” barely even exists. It’s more of a longing from one side than the other. But the ways Ophuls structures the film qualifies it for this list. For the run of the story, we hear a voiceover, explaining the moments in these two characters’ lives. Lisa (Joan Fontaine) is a teenager who becomes obsessed with a pianist who lives in her building named Stefan (Louis Jordan). She only meets him once, but maintains her love for him. After her mother announces they will be moving, Lisa runs away, but sees Stefan with another woman. Lisa becomes a respectable woman and is proposed to by a young, family-focused military officer, whom she turns down, still in love with Stefan, a man she has barely met. Years later, she »

- Joshua Gaul

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Wong Kar-Wai’s Portrayal of Human Desire in “In the Mood For Love”

18 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In the Mood For Love

Written and Directed by Wong Kar-Wai

Hong Kong, 2000

A film centered on the human desire for affection, Wong Kar-Wai utilizes his poetic filmmaking style to construct In the Mood For Love, a movie that follows two individuals in their struggling marriages. Mrs. Chan (Maggie Cheung) and Mr. Chow (Tony Chiu Wai Leung) yearn for adoration in marriages where their spouses have found it elsewhere. The movie asks its audience to reflect on the morality of their feelings. Although they never physically connect, is their growing emotional attachment overstepping the boundaries of 1960s Chinese culture? And from our perspective, does it even matter, as their own partners have already found comfort in one another? The beauty of this movie is that it alludes more than it does showcase, for story purposes, which forces viewers to critically think about the complexity of marriage and human need.


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- Samantha Ladwig

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List Of 10 Kung Fu Movies You Need To Have Watched – Part 7

3 November 2014 11:19 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Like millions of you around the world, i love Kung Fu movies. It is the only real genre that keeps me going back for more and that is why i will always love Kung Fu movies.

I know many of you have probably seen many of the movies i will post about, but this is also for anyone new to the genre of Kung Fu and even Swordplay and looking for other movies to enjoy. I hope you enjoy the movies i have listed and please feel free to comment about any of the movies.


1.Heroes Two (1974)

Director: Chang Cheh

Cast: Fu Sheng, Chen Kuan Tai, Bruce Tong, Wong Ching, Fong Sam, Fung Hak On, Lau Kar Wing

Fight Choreographer(s): Tong Gaai, Lau Kar Leung

Studio: Shaw Brothers


2.Shaolin Plot (1977)

Director: Huang Feng

Cast: James Tien, Chan Sing, Casanova Wong, Sammo Hung

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- kingofkungfu

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The 31 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now

31 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

When you're in the mood for an action movie, Netflix has plenty to stream. Great, except that so many of their action titles are no-name, forgettable schlock. So we've done some of the heavy lifting by highlighting the best of the best currently available in the genre. Who do you want to see duke it out? Take your pick, from gangsters to gladiators, robots to ninjas, schoolkids to superheroes.

Cue that suiting-up pre-battle montage and start streaming, because here are some of the best action movies Netflix has to offer. (Availability subject to change.)

1. "13 Assassins" (2010) R

From director Takashi Miike ("Audition," "Ichi the Killer") comes this action-packed, samurai spectacular about 13 assassins on a suicide mission. Dig that 45-minute battle scene!

2. "48 Hrs."(1982) R

A cop (Nick Nolte) and a criminal (Eddie Murphy) have 48 hours to round up two cop-killers in this fast-paced action comedy classic.

3. "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976) R

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- Sharon Knolle

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Martial Arts Remake Iceman Makes a Strong Case to Revisit the Original

16 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

The Iceman Cometh, Clarence Fok's 1989 Hong Kong martial arts film, achieved classic status on the strength of Fok's facility with multiple elements: humor that could be silly without being juvenile, dazzlingly choreographed action sequences, a story filled with wit, and charming lead performances (Yuen Biao, Maggie Cheung). There's a kind of elegance to it. Iceman, the new remake starring Donnie Yen and directed by Law Wing-cheong, is aggressively inelegant. When Ming warrior He Ying (Yen) awakens in modern Hong Kong after centuries frozen in slumber, he's burdened by his history — being unfairly accused of treason, stripped of honor, his family slaughtered. He's carrying a time-travel device that is activated by a metaphorically crude act, and tha »

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Movie Review – Chungking Express (1994)

15 September 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Chungking Express, 1994.

Directed by Wong Kar Wai.

Starring Tony Leung, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Brigette Lin.


Two stories reveal the love lives of two different policemen who struggle to find love in Hong Kong.

Considered one of the greatest films of the 2000’s, Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love is a romantic and sensual cinematic masterpiece. Chungking Express, released six years prior, still holds the sensitivity and patience of In the Mood for Love but enjoys a more playful, youthful tone. Both are playing at the BFI Southbank as part of the A Century of Chinese Cinema season throughout September and October. Akin to Kar Wai’s 2000 delight, Chungking Express frames dual narratives (of love and cops) within the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. A set of moody, tender stories, Chungking Express demonstrates how, behind their stern exterior, men of the law can hold deeply fragile hearts. »

- Simon Columb

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Close Up: The Silent Affair in Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love

24 June 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Themes of love, loss and the despotic force of time permeate Wong Kar-wai’s films and whole landscapes of emotion are suggested without words. This anomalous approach to storytelling works against the grain of Hong Kong cinema as well as Western narrative convention, and is perhaps best exemplified in his 2000 masterpiece, In the Mood for Love: an enigmatic melodrama where falling in love is anything but a panacea.

Set in 60s Hong Kong, the story chronicles the tentative relationship between a married man and a married woman (played by Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung), both of whom discover, after moving into neighbouring flats, that their respective spouses are having an affair. Drawn by their mutual cuckolded status, Su Li-zhen and Chow Mo-Wan soon fall for each other but, stifled by propriety and moral restraint, never act on their impulses. Instead, their relationship comprises wry smiles, furtive conversations and even »

- Will Roberts

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Top Ten: The Aughts

28 May 2014 8:49 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Last year I was throwin' up quickie top ten lists for each decade for archival and discussion purposes and tonight wI realized that I'd never finished the run skipping the Aughts and the 1920s and the 1910s (the latter two because I'd hoped to see more silent films before top ten'ing it). So herewith a revisit / rework of a "best of the aughts" list originally published in 2010 but many of you have joined us since!.

Care to share yours?

01 Moulin Rouge! dir. Baz Luhrmann (2001)

The party of the decade. The inspired mashup conductor (Baz) and his darling stars (Nicole, Ewan, Jim) put on the messiest craziest livelest funniest tearjerking "Spectacular! Spectacular!" show on earth. I'd never claim it's a perfect movie but flaws are endearing when you love madly and deeply. and Love Is All You Need.

02 Brokeback Mountain dir. Ang Lee (2005)

A love story for the ages. And one that quietly enrages. »


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Cannes Film Review: ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’

23 May 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

French director Olivier Assayas likes his leading ladies unpredictable and punk, crafting wild pipe-bomb thrillers to suit the feral energy of muses such as Maggie Cheung (“Irma Vep”), Chloe Sevigny (“Demonlover”) and Asia Argento (“Boarding Gate”). But does he really understand women? After collaborating with Assayas on 2008’s perfect, albeit ultra-safe “Summer Hours,” actress Juliette Binoche challenged the director to write a part that delved into genuine female experience. Though deceptively casual on its surface, “Clouds of Sils Maria” marks his daring rejoinder, a multi-layered, femme-driven meta-fiction that pushes all involved — including next-gen starlets Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz — to new heights.

Binoche plays Maria Enders, a 40-ish movie star approached about remaking “Maloja Snake,” the film that launched her career two decades earlier. This time, she’s being asked to interpret the older role — a burnt-out, middle-aged businesswoman manipulated by her young female assistant in a daring lesbian dynamic. »

- Peter Debruge

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Cannes: Olivier Assayas Talks Returning to Competition with 'Sils Maria' (Q&A)

21 May 2014 8:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It’s been a decade since French director Olivier Assayas had a film in competition – his epic Carlos was controversially plucked from a competition berth at the last minute in 2010. He’s known for his masterful work with actresses; Clean took home the best actress prize for Maggie Cheung in 2004, and his Sils Maria is one of the most anticipated films of this festival with what early buzz is calling masterful performances from Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart. He spoke to THR about returning to Cannes after the controversy, independent film making and the French funding system. How does

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- Rhonda Richford

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Film Review: ‘Iceman 3D’

14 May 2014 9:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A remake of the 1989 kung fu fantasy “The Iceman Cometh,” in which a Ming dynasty warrior time-travels to contempo Hong Kong, “Iceman 3D” is snowed under by f/x of variable quality, as well as a crucial lack of gut-busting martial arts. Theoretically, the pairing of action legend Donnie Yen (“Ip Man”) with mainland comic heavyweight Wang Baoqiang (“Lost in Thailand”) in an epic fantasy should cause a commercial avalanche in Chinese and international markets. But the final product will leave fans cold: Neither thesps maximize their potential, and helmer Law Wing-cheong’s lax execution of a corny plot is further marred by foul toilet humor. Tellingly, the pic was beaten to the top spot at the B.O. on opening day by the modest youth romance “My Old Classmate.”

While Clarence Fok’s original film got by on awesome action choreography and chemistry between leads Yuen Biao and Maggie Cheung, »

- Maggie Lee

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Beauty Break: Happy International Women's Day!

8 March 2014 7:24 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

But, let's be honest: that's kinda every day here at the Film Experience. Therefore I have nothing special planned for it. Sorry bout it. I'd list my single favorite actress from every country but who got time for that? Instead a shout out to international readers and please enjoy these pictures of Anouk Aimée, Nicole Kidman, Maggie Cheung & Zhang Ziyi, Monica Vitti, Melanie Lynskey & Kate Winslet and more after the jump...

Tell us which actresses you'd like as cinematic ambassador from your country (or State)!



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Playtime: James Franco stars in a meditation on the power of money

30 January 2014 2:24 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Isaac Julien's seven-screen installation, which features Franco as an art adviser, revolves around the flow of capital – the unseen director of all our lives

• Watch a trailer for Playtime here

The city rears up around us, lit windows against the night, the corporate buildings blocking the sky. In an all-white empty office, a hedge-fund manager plays a lonesome trumpet. A skittering drum kicks in, adding an urgent pulse. The pulse is money: capital at work. Ranks of computers and servers churn the numbers in a sub-basement world where the capital flows.

In an auction room, prices are spiralling. Actor James Franco, playing an art adviser, explains how art has become a hedge against money's instability. The price of art has nothing to do with the art itself. In another scene, auctioneer Simon de Pury explains the exponential rise of the art market since the 2008 financial crash. Superstitious, he always »

- Adrian Searle

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Chinese Film Industry Pays Tribute to Run Run Shaw

8 January 2014 12:57 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hong Kong – Hong Kong media mogul, film producer and philanthropist Sir Run Run Shaw passed away at his home Tuesday at the age of 106. The founder of Shaw Brothers Studio and Television Broadcast Limited (Tvb), Shaw was instrumental in bringing Chinese-language film, especially the martial arts genre, to the attention of the world. His film and TV empire launched the careers of some of China's biggest stars, including Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau and Chow Yun-fat. Figures from across the Chinese film industry spoke out Wednesday to mourn the passing of the media tycoon.  Photos: Hollywood's Notable

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Kung fu film pioneer Run Run Shaw dies, aged 107

7 January 2014 7:06 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Hong Kong film pioneer Sir Run Run Shaw has died, aged 107.

The entertainment mogul founded Shaw Brothers Studios, which went on to produce nearly 1,000 films, and helped bring kung fu into the mainstream.

He launched Hong Kong's biggest local TV station Tvb in 1967, and was its chairman until 2011.

Tvb confirmed that Shaw died peacefully at his home in Hong Kong today (January 7).

Hong Kong Chief Executive Cy Leung said: "Sir Run Run Shaw has for a long time promoted the entertainment industry in Hong Kong. His philanthropy also has spread from Hong Kong to China and beyond."

Shaw launched the careers of leading stars including Chow Yun-far and Maggie Cheung, and inspired directors including Quentin Tarantino and the Wachowski Brothers.

Among the films his company produced include 1962 drama The Magnificent Concubine and 1967 movie One-Armed Swordsman.

He later moved into Us co-produced films, including Blade Runner.

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Legendary Producer Run Run Shaw Dies at 106

6 January 2014 6:18 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Legendary media mogul Run Run Shaw has died. He was 106. Born on Nov. 23, 1907, in Ningbo, south of Shanghai, in the waning days of China’s last imperial dynasty, Shaw was the youngest of six sons of textile merchant Shaw Yuh Hsuen. By the late 1960s, Shaw had risen to the status of media mogul unrivaled in Asia, growing his family’s theater chain, film studio and television network Television Broadcasts Ltd. (Tvb) into a multibillion-dollar empire that helped launch the careers of some of today’s biggest Chinese stars, including Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau and Chow Yun-fat. Photos: Hollywood's Notable

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- Clifford Coonan

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