10 items from 2012
Anytime a new movie with Tony Leung hits the radar it's cause for celebration around here, and there was a hell of a party thrown when we saw this first trailer for his latest, The Silent War. Formerly known as Windseeker, the film, adapted from Mai Jia's novel "Plot Against", teams Tony up with co-stars with Zhou Xun and Mavis Fan under directors Alan Mak (of the Infernal Affairs trilogy) and Felix Chong (The Lost Bladesman). Quite a combination, no? »
With its New York premiere happening this Saturday, July 7 as part of the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival, we now revisit James Marsh's review from April 2011.It has been almost a decade since director Alan Mak and then-screenwriter Felix Chong combined forces with Andrew Lau to create the iconic crime thriller, Infernal Affairs. Since then, Lau has cut the apron strings and Chong has graduated to take co-directorial credit on four films with Mak, as well as recently gaining recognition from the Hong Kong Film Awards for his first solo effort, Once A Gangster. After their little seen debut Midnight In Tokyo back in 2005, the Mak/Chong team graduated to more high-profile projects, namely the Sammi Cheng vehicle Lady Cop And Papa Crook »
After a shakey start, writer-directors Alan Mak and Felix Chong have finally hit their stride in the last couple of years, with The Lost Bladesman and Overheard 2 both proving to be accomplished and entertaining thrillers in their respective genres. Here's hoping that this new run of good form continues in their new film. The Silent War (formerly Windseeker), stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai as a blind man recruited by the Chinese authorities in the 1950s to aid them in a secret mission thanks to his unnaturally strong sense of hearing. The film also stars Zhou Xun and Mavis Fan, and was adapted from the novel by Mai Jia, who also wrote the source material for 2009's gripping spy thriller, The Message.The Silent War is due »
Formerly known as Windseeker, The Silent War is the latest film from writers-directors Alan Mak and Felix Chong, who have enjoyed great success in recent years with The Lost Bladesman and Overheard 1 & 2. They were also two of the creative trio behind the Infernal Affairs trilogy.The Silent War is adapted from the novel Plot Against by writer Mai Jia (who also penned The Message that was adapted into a big budget movie in 2009). It is a 1950s-set spy thriller that tells the story of a blind man recruited to assist with a secret mission because of his extraordinary hearing ability. The Silent War stars Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Zhou Xun. It is due for release across Asia later this year. »
I can't remember a time I went to the Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) press launch and looked over the list of films and saw so many I was interested in seeing. The claim to fame for over the years is to call it the largest and most-highly attended festival in the United States. This is a fact I've often taken issue with as I don't equate quantity with quality. Granted, there has been a large number of quality features to play the fest over the years, including Golden Space Needle (Best Film) winners such as Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), My Life as a Dog (1987), Trainspotting (1996), Run Lola Run (1999), Whale Rider (2003) and even recent Best Director winner, Michel Hazanavicius's Oss 117: Nest of Spies in 2006. That said, looking over this year's crop of films I see a lot of films I will be doing my absolute best to see. »
- Brad Brevet
After a hard-hitting, bone-crunching, and all around exhilarating weekend of action, the 2012 edition of ActionFest wraps up today with closing film, Peter Chan's Wuxia, repeat screenings of some of the festival favourites and a couple of still to be announced secret screenings. Last night in a packed tent on the grounds of the Carolina Theatre, the festival Jury handed out the best film (and best screenplay) to I Declare War.The rest of the awards are below:Best Film: I Declare WarBest Screenplay: I Declare War, written by Jason Lapeyre. Best Director(s): Alan Mak and Felix Chong, The Lost Bladesman Best Action Scene: The Lost Bladesman Best Fight: Dragon Eyes, "Street Fight #1″ Best Villain: James Frain, Transit Spirit of ActionFest Award: ManborgLifetime Achievement Award: Mickey »
Our diligent neighbours over at LoveHKFilm.com have been quick to post the first full English language list of this year's Hong Kong Film Award nominees, which were announced earlier today. The nominations seem to be pretty evenly shared amongst 6 films in particular, Tsui Hark's Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate and Jiang Wen's Let The Bullets Fly lead the pack with 13 nominations, Peter Chan's Wu Xia has 12, Felix Chong & Alan Mak's Overheard 2 is named in 9 categories, while Ann Hui's A Simple Life and Johnnie To's Life Without Principle picked up 8 nods each.Notable omissions amongst these were no acting nomination for Chow Yun Fat in Let The Bullets Fly, despite both his co-stars, Jiang Wen and Ge You, appearing in the Best Actor category. »
The original movie was well-received by critics and the viewing public alike. The thrilling sequences and the conflicts faced by the main characters between ethics and compassion; add that to a refreshing premise, everything about Overheard was begging for a sequel- except one minor issue- two thirds of the main cast had met their demise in the show, so had the main villain, the love interests and even the team leader of the other squad played by a typically over-the-top Alex Fong.
So what do the producers do to keep us hungry fan-boys at bay? Run another movie based on largely the same premise (phone tapping) featuring the same main cast members but otherwise an entirely different film. Sufficient elements are retained to justify categorizing it as part of the same series, in order to ride on the fame of the original movie.
To cut to the chase, Overheard »
Nominations for the 6th annual Asian Film Awards were announced in Hong Kong today:
A Separation (Iran) Postcard (Japan) The Flowers of War (Mainland China) Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Hong Kong/Mainland China) Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Taiwan) You Don’t Get Life a Second Time (India)
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation Teddy Soeriaatmadja, Lovely Man Sono Sion, Guilty of Romance Tsui Hark, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Wei Te-sheng, Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale Zhang Yimou, The Flowers of War
The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate and the other nominations for the 2012 Asian Film Awards have been announced. The 6th Annual Asian Film Awards was presented by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (Hkiffs) “to recognize excellence of film professionals in the film industries of Asian cinema.” This year’s award ceremony will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 19, 2012.
The full listing of the 2012 Asian Film Awards nominations have been announced.
A Separation (Iran)
The Flowers of War (Mainland China)
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Hong Kong/Mainland China)
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Taiwan)
You Don’t Get Life a Second Time (India)
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
Sono Sion, Guilty of Romance
Wei Te-sheng, Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
Zhang Yimou, The »
10 items from 2012
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