14 items from 2015
Paris-based WTFilms has picked up worldwide rights to Indonesian martial arts drama The Golden Cane Warrior in association with Backup Media.
Produced by Mira Lesmana and directed by Ifa Isfansyah, the film tells the story of two student fighters who, after their master is killed, set out to find the Golden Cane relic before it falls into the wrong hands.
WTFilms is playing a trailer for buyers at Hong Kong’s Filmart and is planning an international premiere at a festival soon.
“My partner and I are big fans of Asian action films so we are very happy to partner with our friends at Backup Media on this high-quality, traditional and exotic adventure,” said WTFilms’ Gregory Chambet. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
But as times have changed the firm wound down its production activities and reinvented itself as a diversified movie theater operator. An initial focus on Southeast Asia has given way to a growing emphasis on mainland China.
In restructuring, Golden Harvest has attempted to ride one of the great bull market runs in world cinema.
From a standing start at the turn of the millennium, the Chinese film exhibition scene has gone from its first multiplex to some 25,000 screens by the end of 2015, and from a gross box office the same size as tiny Hong Kong or Singapore to a $5 billion theatrical market in 2014. (Official government data shows 1,015 cinema complexes were opened across China in 2014, delivering 5,397 new screens — an average of »
- Patrick Frater
Also known as: Investiture of the Gods, The Apotheosis of Heroes, The Canonization of the Gods
Fengshen Yanyi is the latest movie which will feature legend Jet Li going up against the supernatural, something even i did not see coming (But im glad it did). The director will be Wilson Yip (Ip Man), the movie will be based on the 16th-century Chinese novel by Xu Zhonglin about a declining Shang Dynasty set in (1600 BC–1046 BC) and the rise of the Zhou Dynasty (1046 BC–256 BC).
The novel is a romanticised retelling of the overthrow of King Zhou, the last ruler of the Shang dynasty, by Ji Fa, who would establish the Zhou dynasty in place of Shang. The story integrates oral and written tales of many Chinese mythological figures who are involved in the struggle as well. These figures include human heroes, immortals and various spirits (usually represented in avatar form like vixens, »
I just had the opportunity to check out Rise of the Legend, the latest in the pantheon of Wong Fei Hung movies that fans (like me) have enjoyed over the years. From Kwan Tak Hing, to Liu Chia Hui, to Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Zhao Wen Zho, Chin Kar Lok; Fei Hung was even played by a girl in one of my favorite films, Iron Monkey (‘93.) Angie Tsang played a young Wong Fei Hung in one of my favorite (actually) depictions of the character in that film. My personal favorite Wong Fei Hung was Jet Li, but this new kid might just have the goods, so to speak, Eddie Peng brings a youth and grittiness to the character that I honestly haven’t seen before. You may know Eddie Peng as perhaps the most interesting part of the Kung Fu Hero/Zero series, playing the villain Fang Zi Jing. I have to say, »
- Robert Jefferson
With filming set to begin at the end of this month, Legendary Pictures has announced the cast for the upcoming film, The Great Wall, which will be one of the largest films ever shot entirely within in China. Come inside to learn more.
I'd love to tell you more about The Great Wall, but right now we just don't have the information on what it will be about. The only description we have so far is this: "Zhang Yimou is directing the story of an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure." That's a pretty basic plot description, but we Do know who will be starring in the film, thanks to a press release that dropped early this morning. Check it out:
Legendary Pictures announced today the principal cast for The Great Wall, the upcoming film production which is set to be »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
I love Martial Arts films, or better yet, Asian action cinema in general; Kung Fu, Ninjas, Samurai, Thai Boxing, Gun Fu, and my latest love: Silat. As escapist fun goes, nothing makes me happier than a good chop socky, hell, even a bad chop socky is not without its charm. A laughable plot, weird and esoteric fighting styles, and of course, terrible dubbing can be just as much fun as watching Shaolin Monks practice ancient techniques, that, if you were quick enough, and maybe had a knack, you could even learn a real move or two. “Old School” kung fu flicks always spoke to me because of the sense of respect and honor portrayed in the character of the hero, but more importantly, the idea that an individual could develop his body and mind and achieve feats of greatness.
Saturday afternoons in Philly only offered college sports, which I wasn’t into as a kid, »
- Robert Jefferson
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
With three movies of varying quality and box-office success out there (and more in development), you'd think that Sylvester Stallone would be quite happy with the amount of Expendables in the world. Yet he, along with producer Avi Lerner and Lionsgate have made a deal with the Us Fox network to craft an “event” series (read: along the lines of 24: Live Another Day) based on the gun-toting franchise to hit small screens. But with the change in venue comes a scaled-down line-up: gone are the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews and Dolph Lundgren and here come... Well, we don’t exactly know, as no actors have been so much as wishlisted yet, but Deadline reports that the project will likely be stocked with a Who’s Who of older, iconic telly action types and possibly some of the current crop (the Strike Back team, »
Yes. You read that right. Canada's first action hero. China has Jackie Chan and Jet Li. America has Arnold and Sly. Europe has Jean-Claude Van Damme. And if Elliot Scott has his way, Canada will have... Elliot "White Lightning" Scott. Filmmakers Jaret Belliveau and Matthew Bauckman come to Halifax, Nova Scotia to document what will be Elliot's third feature, Blood Fight, a no-budget martial arts B-movie. Just like his first two features, it has the potential to be a "great Saturday night movie to watch with a few beers and the buddies." Elliot tell us this, sitting on the floor, Chuck Norris and Jcvd DVDs spread out at his feet. He then follows that up with "I'm happy if people say stuff like that... or...
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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. Part 1-9 also on the website to check out.
1.Boxer From Shantung (1972)
Studio: Shaw Brothers
Director: Chang Cheh, Pao Hsueh Lieh
2.Once Upon A Time In China II (1992)
Studio: Film Workshop, »
A quick preamble. Over the course of the coming weeks and months, we're going to be exploring many of our favourite movie franchises, and ranking the films in order. Mainly because it gives us a further chance to talk about many of our favourite films.
Inevitably, the ordering in these cases isn't always going to come as a surprise - we go into this with the first and last place in most of these lists immediately obvious - but it's interesting to see how the movies stand in the context of each other. Police Academy week in particular should be a hoot.
When it comes to ranking the Die Hard films then, the battle is really between Die Hards 2 and 3 for second place. But »
Yuen Biao is one of the greatest screen performers of all time. He exploded onto our screens when Sammo Hung cast him in the amazing movie Knockabout and he has never looked back since.
This list will be familiar with most fans around the world, but this list is also for people who are new to this genre and want to check out some great flicks. I have added a few movies, which are a bit low budget but does contain some nice action.
I know there are still many Yuen Biao movies i could have named in this list, some i shall give a mention to at the bottom of the feature. So i hope you like the movies i have listed, if your new to Yuen Biao please check out some of these great flicks.
Directed By: Yuen Woo Ping
Cast: Kwan Tak Hing, Leung Kar Yan, »
Principal photography wrapped before the holidays, but more secrets keep spilling out of Jj Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The new year brings word that martial artist Iko Uwais, who kicked and sliced his way through Gareth Evans’ Indonesian action hits The Raid and The Raid 2, will appear in Star Wars alongside fellow Raid 2 performers Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman.
The three join John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford in The Force Awakens, which is set for a December 18 opening.
Uwais broke out on the international action scene in 2011’s The Raid as a Jakarta cop who fights his way out of a tenement filled with knife- and gun-wielding thugs using the bone-crunching martial art of pencak silat. He reprised the role in last year’s critically acclaimed sequel alongside Ruhian, »
- Jen Yamato
First of all, we would like to say Happy New Year to all our readers at Asian Movie Pulse. many thanks for the years of continuous support and we hope 2015 is a great year for you all.
This is part 1 for upcoming movies in 2015 to watch out for, if you feel a movie deserves to make part 2, please comment at bottom of the page.
Director: Daniel Lee
Director: Sammo Hung
Sha Po Lang 2
Director: Cheang Pou-soi
Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham
Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island
Cast: Kim Myung Min, »
14 items from 2015
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