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Cine-Sunday: ‘Detective Dee – Mystery of the Phantom Flame’ Review

26 February 2017 4:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Catrina Lau, Lee Bingbing, Deng Chao | Written by Chen Kuofu & Lin Qianya | Action Director: Sammo Hung | Directed by Tsui Hark

Review by Baron Fortnightly

“When a series of mysterious murders prevents the inauguration of China’s first Empress, Detective Dee, the greatest investigative mind and Kung Fu Master of his generation, is brought back from exile to embark on a manhunt that will forever change the course of history! With a matchless performance from leading-man Andy Lau (Warlords and House of the Flying Daggers) and breathtaking action from the martial arts director of Ip Man and Ip Man 2, Detective Dee is non-stop, heart-racing entertainment in the highest traditions of Asian Action Cinema.”

Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame is a 2010 Chinese martial arts/whodunit movie based on the Chinese folk hero and celebrated Tang Dynasty official Di Renjie, otherwise known as Judge Dee »

- Guest

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Jet Li’s New Website Brings Martial Arts Videos To International Audiences

23 February 2017 8:52 AM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Across dozens of Chinese films and a handful of American productions, Jet Li has dazzled viewers with his kung fu skills. Now, the 53-year-old actor has a new outlet. His website, JetLi.com, is home to a plethora of martial arts videos that showcase masters across a variety of disciplines.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Li launched his new website in collaboration with a local partner, the Zaomengzhe Development Company. While Li himself is known as an expert practitioner of kung fu, his website will feature training secrets and footage from masters of jiu jitsu, capoeira, and other international martial arts.

So far, a few videos have been launched on the Jet Li website and YouTube channel. The first series distributed through the hub is Hero In All Of Us, which shares the philosophies adopted by top martial artists.

“I really want to help more people, younger people around the world, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Jet Li Launches Kung Fu Video Site

23 February 2017 1:55 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Veteran Chinese actor and kung fu master Jet Li has launched a video website dedicated to martial arts.

Li unveiled the official launch of the site, Jetli.com, on Chinese social media service Weibo on Tuesday, saying his purpose is to share his "passion for bringing the philosophies and lifestyle of kung fu to people all over the world."

"Founding Jetli.com is a continuation of my dream, not something I did from an impulse," he wrote. "Kung fu is not just about the movements of arms and legs, it is also about pursuing your dream with persistence and patience."

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- Patrick Brzeski

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Jet Li Launches Kung Fu Video Site

23 February 2017 1:55 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Veteran Chinese actor and kung fu master Jet Li has launched a video website dedicated to martial arts.

Li unveiled the official launch of the site, Jetli.com, on Chinese social media service Weibo on Tuesday, saying his purpose is to share his "passion for bringing the philosophies and lifestyle of kung fu to people all over the world."

"Founding Jetli.com is a continuation of my dream, not something I did from an impulse," he wrote. "Kung fu is not just about the movements of arms and legs, it is also about pursuing your dream with persistence and patience."

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- Patrick Brzeski

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‘The Expendables’ and ‘The Expendables 2’ Bound for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

22 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

If you already own The Expendables 3 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release then it won't have to sit for long without the other films in the series.

Lionsgate has revealed plans for 4K Uhd Blu-ray versions of The Expendables and its immediate sequel, The Expendables 2. Both 4K catalog titles will arrive in stores on May 2nd.

Both action flicks are packed with stars between them including Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lungren, Terry CrewsJet Li, Eric RobertsRandy CoutureSteve AustinDavid ZayasMickey RourkeChuck NorrisJean-Claude Van DammeBruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The 4K presentations will each feature English Dolby Atmos audio and bonus features on the inclusive Blu-ray/Digital HD versions as noted below:

The Expendables

Comic-Con 2010 Panel

Inferno: The Making of The Expendables” Featurette

“From the Ashes: Post Production” Documentary

Gag Reel

Deleted Scene

Audio Commentary with Director Sylvester Stallone »

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Jing Tian: The Great Wall’s Commander Lin Mae on Zhang Yimou's Fantasy Epic

16 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

East will meet West in movie theaters this weekend as Legendary and Universal Pictures open The Great Wall nationwide this Friday.

This will be the first major Hollywood movie directed by China’s top director, Zhang Yimou, whose Opening Ceremonies for the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008 helped make him a lot more known to Western audiences.  Of course, fans of world cinema have probably already seen Jet Li’s Hero and some of director Zhang’s previous films, many of which China had put up as their Oscar selections.

The collaboration between China and Hollywood allowed Zhang to cast a lot of Chinese actors including the up and coming Chinese star Jing Tian, who plays Commander Lin Mae, the leader of the Chinese Army’s “Crane Corps,” who are stationed at the Great Wall of China to fight off demons, known as Tao Tei. (The Crane Corps use long cables »

- Edward Douglas

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Eureka announce new blu-ray of ‘Drunken Master’

15 February 2017 9:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Eureka have this week announced that Drunken Master, the original kung-fu classic starring one of my all-tim favourite martial artists & sction movie superstars, Jackie Chan, will be released as part of their Masters of Cinema series in a definitive Dual-format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 24 April 2017.

This new Blu-ray features the definitive transfer of the film from a 4K digital restoration; the original complete Cantonese soundtrack, rarely heard on home video; alternate Cantonese, English and Mandarin audio options; and newly translated English subtitles.

From the press release:

Hong Kong action pioneer Yuen Woo-ping (The Matrix; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and martial arts superstar Jackie Chan burst onto the scene in 1978 with a one-two punch of kung fu masterpieces, and it was the second of these, Drunken Master, with its Keatonesque slapstick and flawlessly choreographed fight scenes that would leave the biggest impact.

Jackie Chan plays Wong Fei-hung (a legendary Chinese »

- Phil Wheat

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The Weekend Warrior 2/17/17: Fist Fight, The Great Wall, A Cure for Wellness

15 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.  

This Past Weekend:

The Lego Batman Movie won the weekend as expected, but not with nearly as much money as I had predicted, not besting the opening of The Lego Movie as expected, but instead ending up with a reasonable and not so bad $53 million.  Fifty Shades Darker proved that the audience for movies based on the popular books was still great enough for it to win Friday with $21 million (to Lego Batman’s $15 million) and end up second for the weekend with a strong $46.6 million. That was still almost $40 million less than the opening of the previous movie Fifty Shades of Grey, but the sequel also didn’t have the benefits of Valentine’s Day and a four-day holiday. Coming in »

- Edward Douglas

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Interview: Talking ‘Gun-Fu’ and ‘Car-Fu’ with John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski

13 February 2017 5:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thomas Harris chats with John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski about all things ‘gun-fu’ and ‘car-fu’…

I left John Wick: Chapter 2 with a bloody nose and a limp that refuses to be shaken off. It’s a ballet of bullets, a grand opera of all things “fu.” Alongside a few others, I had the pleasure of talking with director and veteran stunt man Chad Stahelski about Keanu, Chan and forcing friends to fall downstairs.

See Also: Read our review of John Wick: Chapter 2

Was That The Most Difficult Scene (an opening sequence involving a “gang bang of cars” as Wick attempts to steal back his own) To Coordinate?

Actually no, it was pretty easy. When you come from that background-one of my best friends Darren Prescott, our stunt coordinator for that-we started doing stunt work way back in 1992 and he did a lot of the Bourne films. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Berlinale: Hong Kong Icon Golden Harvest Plans Return to Production

12 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Soon to be flush with cash, Golden Harvest, one of the most iconic names in Asian cinema, is planning a return to film production and distribution. The move is expected to follow the recently agreed sale of parent company Orange Sky Golden Harvest’s entire exhibition business in China.

Osgh last week announced final terms for the disposal of its loss-making chain of mainland theaters. Nan Hai, parent of Dadi, China’s No. 2 cinema chain, is the buyer. The sale will give Osgh net proceeds of $463 million (Hk$3.59 billion.)

Osgh now says that it has earmarked some $168 million (Hk$1.3 billion) for expansion of its existing business areas, including production, distribution, and cinema ownership outside mainland China.

It envisages film production in Hong Kong and China spanning remakes of films in the Golden Harvest back catalog, as well as co-investing in third-party pictures plus virtual reality and augmented reality products.

In the early 1990s, »

- Patrick Frater

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Review: "Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back" Wreaks Havoc in Heaven

8 February 2017 5:00 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Hot off the success of last year’s box office record-setting smash The Mermaid, Stephen Chow brought us a sequel this Lunar New Year to his 2013 film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. While it set an opening day record in China, and was initially released in North America on roughly twice as many screens, it has thus far failed to match The Mermaid’s financial success. I have no idea why that is, anyone who claims to understand what makes the difference between a hit and a super-hit is a liar or a fool, but I can theorize that the film’s somewhat mixed critical response is a response to its weird hybrid nature. Not just in the ways Chow situates a sincere appreciation for religion within a goofy pop context, but in the film’s dual authorship between Chow, who co-wrote and produced, and Tsui Hark, who directed. »

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Cine-Sunday: ‘The Legend of Fong Sai-yuk’ Review

29 January 2017 5:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Jet Li, Michelle Reis, Jospehine Siao, Chan Chun Yung, Sibelle Hu, Paul Chu, Peter Chan, Vincent Zhaob | Written by Jeff Lau | Directed by Corey Yuen

Review by Baron Fortnightly

As a long time Jet Li fan, and a huge fan of his Fong Sai-yuk series of films, I jumped at the chance to review this release from Cine Asia. First, let’s get the specs out of the way. The 126 minute, 1993 film is presented in 16:9 widescreen, with both a 2.0 Cantonese and 5.1 English soundtrack, and optional English subtitles. Special features consist of an audio commentary from Hong Kong cinema expert Bay Logan, and interviews with director and fight choreographer Corey Yuen, and writer Jeff Lau.

The video quality is not brilliant, but about what you’d expect due to the nature of the movie, its age and original country of origin. The version presented is the Dimension re-scored and re-edited version, »

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Sylvester Stallone confirms The Expendables 4, promises “something different”

3 January 2017 1:25 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Just before Christmas it was reported that The Expendables 4 had been given the green light, and will bring the curtain down on the action ensemble series when it opens around the globe in 2018.

Well, Sylvester Stallone has now confirmed his return as Barney Ross for the fourth and final instalment, providing a brief update on Facebookand stating that he’s beginning to work out for “the next Expendables, [which is] gonna be great, fingers crossed! We’re gonna do our best and I think we’ve got some really great attitude going, some great ideas. I think everyone’s expecting something different and we’re gonna give it to ’em.”

At the moment, details on The Expendables 4 are scarce, but we can probably assume that Stallone will be involved with the script, and possibly even direct as he did with the first movie. As for casting, we should probably expect most, »

- Gary Collinson

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Sylvester Stallone Says The Expendables 4 Is Going To Be “Something Different”

2 January 2017 9:49 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Expendables 3 was once promised to be the last chapter in the franchise, but it seems that’s not the case anymore as we found out recently that The Expendables 4 is now a go. With production set to get underway soon, Sylvester Stallone has begun teasing it, and earlier this week, he told fans a little bit about what to expect from the upcoming sequel.

While on a plane flying (aka “slying”) to a Florida event, the actor said that he’s working out for the upcoming sequel, “fingers crossed,” which promises to return to the R-rated roots of the first two films.

We’re going to do our best… I think we got some really great attitude going. We got great ideas. I think everyone is expecting something different, and we’re going to give it to them.

Ultimately, Stallone is providing more reassurance than confidence that »

- Will Ashton

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The bizarro horror movies of Donnie Yen

1 January 2017 4:53 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Craig Lines Jan 4, 2017

He's currently starring in Star Wars: Rogue One, but there are some fascinating horrors to be found in Donnie Yen's back catalogue...

After his recent show-stealing turn in Rogue One, it felt like the right time to write a little about Donnie Yen, one of my favourite actors. From his incendiary breakthrough performance in Tiger Cage (1988) to the acclaimed Ip Man trilogy (2009 - 2016), Yen's body of work has earned him a reputation as one of the all-time greatest martial arts stars and action choreographers. His high-energy blend of fighting styles has been hugely influential on the genre both in the east and west, and his charismatic performances have kept him popular with fans for decades.

However, while his kung fu films have been written about extensively, there's not quite as much about his brief forays into my other favourite genre: horror. He's arguably been on »

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