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Thanks to Pinnacle Films, the Australian distributor of Wu Xia, we have 3 copies of the film's DVD to give away to our readers in Australia. Wu Xia is a brilliant martial arts film by Hong Kong director Peter Chan Ho-sun. It stars top action star Donnie Yen (IP Man 1 and 2), Takeshi Kaneshiro (Red Cliff) and Tang Wei (Lust, Caution), with Wang Yu and Kara Hui having strong supporting roles. How to win: All you have to do is to tell us in 35 words or less what your favorite martial arts movie is and why. You can email your answer, together with your name and the delivery address (in case you win!) to me at: email@example.com. Wu Xia synopsis (from the »
I don't put much stock in the Annie Awards and neither does Disney after withdrawing from the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood back in 2010. I have personally never found them to be a good judge of quality and as such don't pay them any particular attention, though I will pass along the information as they have announced their 2011 nominees with Dreamworks' Kung Fu Panda 2 leading the way with 12 nominations, followed by Puss in Boots and Rango each with nine. Of course, while Disney has withdrawn from the Annies that doesn't mean they aren't considered for the awards as Cars 2, Gnomeo and Juliet and Winnie the Pooh are among the nominees. Last year How to Train Your Dragon reigned supreme over Toy Story 3 and I wouldn't be surprised to see Kung Fu Panda 2 take home plenty of hardware, following in the footsteps of its predecessor, which beat out »
- Brad Brevet
Ann Hui's touching drama A Simple Life took home three of the big prizes at last night's 48th Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, with Deanie Ip repeating her Venice win by taking home the Best Actress award, while her co-star Andy Lau was named Best Actor. Hui (pictured) won Best Director, but the film failed to snag the biggest prize, as homegrown epic Warriors Of The Rainbow: Seediq Bale won Best Film.Other big winners on the night included Peter Chan's Wu Xia, which won a number of technical awards including Action Choreography for Donnie Yen, and Jiang Wen's comedy thriller Let The Bullets Fly picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay Award and Best Cinematography. Taiwan's big hit of the year, teen drama You Are The »
A project that began life as a remake of Wong Cheuk-hon's 1976 wuxia film Master Of The Flying Guillotine before morphing in to something slightly different, there has been a great deal of drama behind the scenes of the Peter Chan produced The Guillotines. But with Andrew Lau now firmly in the director's chair and the production rolling along we now get out first taste of what may have resulted from the shuffling of directors and writers on the long in development film with the arrival of the first sales art from the picture. And, yes, it includes our first look at the titular weapon.During the Manchurian-ruled Qing Dynasty, Emperor Yong Zheng established a secret assassination squad known as the Guillotines to eliminate all »
“Wu Xia” or “Swordsmen” is an alluring prospect. It features two of China’s current greats: Donnie Yen (who was a spear-wielding demon in “Hero”) & Takeshi Kaneshiro (whose archery prowess kept the beautiful Zhang Ziyi safe in “House Of Flying Daggers”). There’s also a lot of firepower behind the camera thanks to Peter Chan, director of 2005′s “Perhaps Love” and 2007′s “The Warlords”. He also recently produced Teddy Chen’s “Bodyguards and Assassins”. All that being said, does it live up to expectations?
Donnie Yen is Liu Jinxi. He and his family are living an idyllic life in a sky blue and lush green countryside. He’s the operator of a paper mill but he’s, in fact, much more than that. So when two deadbeat criminals try to rob said paper mill, it’s too much to bear for our paper-maker. He fights them off, they drop dead. »
When Peter Chan (Warlords, Perhaps Love) announced he was making a new film called Wu Xia starring Donnie Yen, fans were beyond ecstatic. But before long it became clear that Chan wasn't making just another big budget martial arts flick, he was aiming for something a little different. The result is a beautifully produced, entertaining piece of detective work with some proper action thrown in for good measure. Chan likes doing things a little different. Warlords wasn't just any ordinary war flick and Perhaps Love not just any other musical. With Wu Xia though, he went out of his way to trick genre fans into watching his latest film. The wuxia stamp is a collection for everything related to martial arts and considering this broader »
Here's how John Patterson opens a terrific piece in the La Weekly: "A priceless cinematic time capsule of the African-American experience in post-Watts Los Angeles; a kaleidoscope of the multiple mindsets of a community in profound flux; a sustained rebuke and a consciously developed alternative to the plantation economics and racist narratives of the then-current 'blaxploitation' boom; exemplary first steps along a filmmaking road finally not taken — (but oh, the possibilities glimpsed herein!): L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema is all of these and more. This collection of the highlights of the legendary but only partially understood African-American film explosion at UCLA in the 70s and early 80s is a priceless work of excavation and restoration, and as an La-specific filmic event it's unlikely to be surpassed in the near future." Part of Pacific Standard Time, the series opens today and runs through December 17.
"Now in its fifth year, »
Principal photography recently started in the Shanxi province of China. Peter Ho-Sun Chan is producing along with Media Asia Film Productions, Stellar Mega Films, Dingsheng Cultural Industry Investment, and Polyface Films.
It is said The Guillotines is being shot from a $15 million budget. »
Most people first heard about Andrew Lau when Martin Scorsese remade his Infernal Affairs as The Departed, which nabbed Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. While those same people may not hear about him anymore, he’s still getting behind the camera, most recently directing Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen. His latest project has even commenced production, with THR telling us about the film.
Called The Guillotines, it’s a “period actioner” produced by Peter Chan Ho-sun, who recently put his name on films like The Warlords and Wu Xia. Centering on “the emperor’s covert assassination squad,” it stars Huang Xiaoming, Ethan Juan, Shawn Yue, and Boran Jing, with acclaimed action choreographer Lee Tat-chiu and costume designer Dora Ng also on board.
It seems as if period action films have been making something of a comeback in the world of Asian cinema — don’t »
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The story follows a covert assassination squad that carries out secret missions for the Emperor, using the deadly flying guillotine as a weapon. Huang Xiaoming ("The Message"), Ethan Juan ("Monga"), Shawn Yue ("Reign Of Assassins") and Boran Jing ("Hot Summer Days") all star.
Lau has replaced Teddy Chen as director on the film, while Lee Tat-chiu will serve as action choreographer. Shooting kicked off this week in China’s Shanxi province. »
- Garth Franklin
The Hollywood Reporter says that Infernal Affairs director Andrew Lau and producer Peter Chan Ho-sun ( The Warlords , Wu Xia ) are currently making $15 million period action film The Guillotines in the Shanxi province of China. The film is co-produced by Chan's We Pictures and Media Asia Film Production, with Stellar Mega Films, Dingsheng Cultural Industry Investment and Polyface Films joining as production partners. The Guillotines is about the emperor's covert assassination squad and stars Huang Xiaoming, Ethan Juan, Shawn Yue and Boran Jing. »
Ever since The Expendables hit the big screen in 2010, a sequel to the blockbuster hit seemed inevitable. We previously announced that surviving members of the original Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis would be returning (with Schwarzenegger and Willis set to play larger roles) and you may have noticed that Jet Li was not included on that list. Now it seems that that exclusion was for good reason with reports indicating Li has decided against returning. No specific reasons given but presumably it clashes with his schedule.
Li‘s appearance in the first movie was vital in helping to make it a success in Asia so it’s not surprising that the makers have contacted another of Hong Kong Cinema’s finest. Donnie Yen (star of such eastern hits as Ip Man and Bodyguards & Assassins) has been approached by producer Avi Lerner with »
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"I was not angry since I came to France / Until this instant." Yes, that's how this article started out last year and lest the Ferroni Brigade be accused of (self-)plagiarism, let us point out that the only conceivable way of representing the grinding experience of the eternal Cannes rerun is by conjuring the endless feeling of repetition, be it standing in line or staring at the lineup, with its unchanging core of brand names, few of them inspiring real interest. Make no mistake, despite constant assertions to the contrary, this is a truly cursed place—last year upon arrival, the representative of the Ferroni Brigade was robbed on the first evening, this year one of our best friends suffered a compound fracture of her leg moments after she arrived in her apartment—and the toasted programming mostly just bears it out, really. One should not be deceived by a »
Asian Film Monthly is a movies.com column that rounds up recent notable theatrical releases in Asian countries to see what's hot and what might be coming to the Us. China According to the Weinstein Co., Americans will only attend Asian movies if they contain one of the following words: legend, fight, or dragon. Thus, Drunken Master 2 became The Legend of the Drunken Master, Fong Sai Yuk became The Legend, and so forth. The distribution outfit's tradition of retitling films continues with Peter Chan's Wu Xia, which has been re-christened Dragon for its forthcoming U.S. release. Wu Xia, or Dragon if you please, opened in China recently after playing at Cannes in May. In his review for Love Hk Film, Kevin Ma called it "2011's Hong Kong film to...
The film played Out Of Competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and despite having a few glaring flaws, it is definitely a film to keep an eye on.
In the late Qing Dynasty, Liu (Donnie Yen) is a papermaker, leading a simple life with his wife Ayu (Tang Wei) and their two sons. Into their remote village comes Detective Xu (Takeshi Kaneshiro), who is investigating the deaths of two bandits during a robbery. Xu quickly realizes that the incident in question was no ordinary botched robbery – and his dogged inquiry threatens to dredge up the dark secrets of Liu’s buried past, threatening not only Liu and his family, but the entire village.
No release date is set yet but The Weinstein Company will handle North American distribution. »
- Allan Ford
In many ways, director Peter Chan Ho-sun's Wu Xia has redefined the martial arts genre. His intention to create something unique and special is clear, and to a large extent, he has succeeded. The first half of the film involves the investigation of the deaths of two notorious criminals who are highly skilled fighters. The dissection of the fight scenes, which takes place in the investigator's mind, uses science to explain the injuries, and is a highly innovative way to tell the story. After a strong start, the movie goes into action overdrive in the second half. Action fans will no doubt be very satisfied by the spectacular fight scenes, which are played, designed and choreographed by Donnie Yen himself. They are certainly up »
Of all the films picked up in The Weinstein Company's flurry of acquisitions so far this year, if we were gambling men, we'd wager that Peter Chan's "Wu Xia" has the biggest chance of wasting away on Harvey's movie shelf where films like the still unreleased "Shanghai" still reside. Playing Out Of Competition at Cannes in May as part of the Midnight Movie selection, “Wu Xia” certainly reflects the kind of film that interested Harvey and Bob even back in their Miramax day. It stars the legendary Donnie Yen in what promises to be an old school chop socky flick… »
[Update: Added Cantonese dialogue version with English subtitled of the main trailer.] Personally I'm looking forward to this one quite a bit. Perhaps there are some concerns that Donnie Yen is slowing down and not quite the fighting force he once was, but I'd much rather have that bolstered by impressive visuals from someone like Peter Chan than padded with excessive nationalistic breast-beating. Who knows, perhaps we'll get that too, but as the release date for Wu Xia looms ever closer - the Hong Kong release has just been moved up a week to 28 July - we now get one last trailer, giving us a more coherent understanding of the plot, and there doesn't appear to be much politics involved. That said, there are »
"None of you can match Tang Long!" Another official full-length trailer has hit the web for Peter Chan's Wu Xia, the Hong Kong martial arts filmed renamed in the Us to simply Dragon (though I refuse to call it that since it has no connection). Thanks to Twitch and The Film Stage for first posting about it. I was lucky enough to see Wu Xia in Cannes and totally loved it (read my review), it kicks as much ass as this trailer makes it seem. Donnie Yen (The Return of Chen Zhen) stars in what is essentially A History of Violence set in China, but it's a damn good movie of its own, and I highly suggest watching this beautiful trailer for it. Watch the second official trailer for Peter Chan's new film Wu Xia (aka Dragon): In the late Qing Dynasty, Liu Jin-xi is a papermaker »
- Alex Billington
The trailer for martial arts epic Wu Xia (also referred to as Swordsmen) has shown up online, and with English subtitles to boot. The preview gives off the kind of action and scope that you would hope to see in this kind of film, while also hinting at an emotional core. Plus, it has people getting punched through walls. You can’t have a good martial arts movie without that.
Starring Donnie Yen & Takeshi Kaneshiro — and featuring Jimmy Wang in a cameo — it’s directed by The Warlords helmer Peter Chan. I like the sense of adventure that’s coming across here, from the impressive fight choreography to the locations being utilized. In addition to interviewing Chan and Yen, Raffi was lucky enough to see it at Cannes, where he called it “a non-stop adrenaline ride,” even saying that one sequence was “pure magic and hands down one of the »
- Nick Newman
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