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Contemporary Chinese Cinema: The Year So Far

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Contemporary Chinese Cinema is a column devoted to exploring contemporary Chinese-language cinema primarily as it is revealed to us at North American multiplexes.Over the last few years it has become increasingly easy to see mainstream Asian films in North America at the same time they are released in their home countries. Thanks to partnerships with small, international distributors, the major multiplex chains (AMC, Cinemark, Regal) have devoted a handful of screens in major markets to showing new releases from India, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Most of these titles fall under the radar of both critics and audiences outside the diasporic communities to which they are targeted. They play for a week or two and then disappear, outside of a handful of breakout titles. Last year Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid made headlines for its high per-screen averages in North America as it shattered domestic box office records in China.
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'The Adventurers': Film Review

'The Adventurers': Film Review
If Tom Cruise can jet around the globe breaking into high-security vaults in his fifties, then so can Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau, or so goes the thinking. The trouble is, Lau doesn’t have the clever machinations of Mission: Impossible or a stellar villain to rival Philip Seymour Hoffman to play with in The Adventurers, the latest brazenly mindless softball by actor-turned-director Stephen Fung. An unapologetic modern rehash of the sunny European adventure of John Woo’s Once a Thief, with a dash of M:i and maybe even a little Fast & Furious for good measure, The Adventurers is every bit...
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China’s ‘Wolf Warriors 2’ Continues to Dominate International Box Office With $84 Million

China’s ‘Wolf Warriors 2’ Continues to Dominate International Box Office With $84 Million
Annabelle: Creation” opened solidly abroad in addition to leading the charts in North America this weekend, but China’s “Wolf Warriors 2” still holds a vise grip on the overseas charts.

The action-packed sequel to 2015’s “Wolf Warriors” — directed by Wu Jing and starring Jing, Celina Jade, Frank Grillo, and Hans Zhang — is tracking to earn $83.6 million for this frame. Its global cume now stands at a staggering $687.5 million, making it China’s highest-grossing film of all time.

That’s the only real threat to Warner Bros.’ and New Line’s latest entry in the “Conjuring Universe,” which should pick up $35 million from 39 international markets. Combined with its identical domestic debut, the movie is tracking to make $70 million this weekend. Mark the “Annabelle” sequel as the latest horror movie to over-perform on a low budget — in this case, about $15 million.

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Another Chinese film, “Guilty of Mind,” looks
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Andy Lau in New Us Trailer for Chinese Heist Movie 'The Adventurers'

"The operation is compromised." Well Go USA has debuted an official Us trailer for the Chinese action heist movie called The Adventurers, from director Stephen Fung. The action-packed film is about three of the world's top thieves, played by Andy Lau, Tony Yang, and Shu Qi, who band together to pull off the "heist of a lifetime." But hot on their trailer is a French detective, played Jean Reno of course, who chases them all over Europe. The full cast Jingchu Zhang, Eric Tsang, Tony Yo-ning Yang, David Bowles, and Yi Sha. This definitely looks slick, kind of like a Hollywood action heist movie with some cool set pieces and locations, but I hope it's actually good. Seems like it's going to be super cheesy, a little too much Hollywood. Here's the official Us trailer (+ international poster) for Stephen Fung's The Adventurers, from YouTube: In this slick, high-stakes action-adventure,
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Watch: Trailer For Andy Lau’s Action Caper ‘The Adventurers’

After a six-month break forced by a serious horse-riding injury, Andy Lau is back with the treasure-hunt action drama The Adventurers, set to release in China on August 11. Directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero, House of Fury), the film boasts of an international star cast of Shu Qi (The Assassin), Zhang Jingchu (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), Tony Yang (Where the Wind Settles), Eric Tsang (Ip Man: The Final Fight) and Jean Reno.

The Adventurers (2017) (Source: maactioncinema.com)

Loosely based on the 1991 John Woo action comedy Once a Thief, the film follows a trio of thieves led by Lau’s Cheung Tan, who hatch a plot to steal precious jewels in Europe. Reno is the very imaginatively named French detective Pierre, who has been hot on Cheung Tan’s trail for many years. Thrown into the mix are a criminal mastermind played by Tsang and Cheung Tan’s scorned ex-girlfriend played by Jingchu,
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Terence Chang’s Lucida Boards Yun Woo Ping’s Martial Arts Thriller ‘Invisible Guard’

Terence Chang’s Lucida Boards Yun Woo Ping’s Martial Arts Thriller ‘Invisible Guard’
Lucida Entertainment, the multifaceted film company headed by veteran producer Terence Chang, celebrated its first anniversary by boarding “The Invisible Guard.” The film is to be directed by Yuen Woo Ping, the celebrated action choreographer of “The Grandmaster” and “Kill Bill” and director of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.”

The film is to be a live action adaptation of one of the hottest animated properties in China, a Tang Dynasty-set martial arts action series which in two seasons has amassed more than 6.6 billion views across all of China’s major online video platforms. Chang is set as executive producer.

The project, unveiled on the margins of the Shanghai International Film Festival, adds to a five-film slate announced this time last year when the company launched. Three of the five are now in advanced stages of production, including “The Adventurers,” starring France’s Jean Reno, Hong Kong’s Andy Lau
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Terence Chang’s Lucida Entertainment signs star trio

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Beijing-based company announces news at Shanghai International Film Festival.

Shanghai: Terence Chang and Yang Xin’s Lucida Entertainment has signed three young Chinese stars to its fast-growing talent stable – Godfrey Gao, Huang Jingyu and Wang Chuanjun.

The Beijing-based company will represent Taiwanese-Canadian star Gao in the mainland China market, co-operating with the actor’s Taiwanese management company, JetStar Entertainment. It will be the sole agent for Huang Jingyu and Wang Chuanjun.

Lucida announced the signings at its one-year anniversary party at the on-going Shanghai International Film Festival, attended by a host of local stars and industry figures, including Yuen Woo-ping and Manfred Wong.

Gao has credits including The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013), produced by Constantin Film, and Leong Po-chih’s The Jade Pendant (2016).

Huang’s credits include Zhang Meng’s upcoming comedy drama Guns And Kidneys and Dante Lam’s Operation Red Sea, scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2017, while Wang recently starred in [link
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5 Reasons ‘Into the Badlands’ Is Unlike Anything Else on TV (Exclusive Video)

5 Reasons ‘Into the Badlands’ Is Unlike Anything Else on TV (Exclusive Video)
As “Into the Badlands” prepares to wrap things up for 2017, the best news about this show, which ends its second season on Sunday, is that it’s already confirmed to return in 2018. By ordering a 16-episode third season recently, AMC delivered a vote of confidence to an underrated drama that absolutely and unequivocally earned one. “Into the Badlands” improved significantly from its promising first season, and at the moment, very few shows bring me more pleasure on a weekly basis. It’s a joy to behold.

It may be strange to experience such positive emotions while watching a show about a post-apocalyptic world, but the tone of “Into the Badlands” has never been one of nihilism or despair. Every single character on the show wants something, and though they may use underhanded methods — and ferociously precise fighting styles — to further their goals, their desires usually revolve around not just power and autonomy, but
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Into the Badlands renewed for expanded third season

AMC has renewed Into the Badlands for a third season. The martial arts drama will return in 2018 for an expanded 16-episode season.

Into the Badlands looks like nothing else on television, a literal high-wire act attracting passionate and dedicated fans by the millions,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president of SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Thanks to series creators and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, the terrific cast, led by Daniel Wu, the amazing martial arts team guided by the incomparable Master Dee Dee and fight directors Stephen Fung and Andy Cheng, and everyone else involved who brings this thrill ride to the fans.”

“We are excited and grateful to continue our journey into the Badlands with Charlie, Joel, Susie and all of our friends at AMC,” added Gough and Millar. “We also want to give a big clipper salute to our Irish and Chinese partners! The thought of doing
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AMC Renews Into The Badlands for a 16-Episode Third Season

If you've been enjoying the martial arts mayhem of Into the Badlands, then you're in luck, because AMC has renewed the series for a 16-episode third season that is set to premiere in 2018.

Press Release (via TheFutonCritic.com): New York, NY - April 25, 2017 - AMC today announced that it has renewed the martial arts drama "Into the Badlands," one of the highest-rated dramas on cable, for an expanded third season of 16 episodes, returning to AMC in 2018.

Midway through its current second season, "Into the Badlands" is averaging 3.6 million viewers per episode, including 2.1 million adults 25-54 in Nielsen Live+3 ratings. In the current television season, the series ranks as the #4 scripted drama on cable and the #4 returning drama, behind "The Walking Dead," "American Horror Story" and "Fear the Walking Dead."

"'Into the Badlands' looks like nothing else on television, a literal high-wire act attracting passionate and dedicated fans by the millions,
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Into The Badlands: Renewed for Huge Season 3 at AMC!!

AMC is showing the love for Into the Badlands.

The beautifully filmed martial arts drama has just been renewed for a super-sized third season.

While Into the Badlands Season 1 consisted of six episodes and Into the Badlands Season 2 is currently at 10, Into the Badlands Season 3 will have a whopping 16 episodes for your exhaustion and enjoyment!

The series, which stars Daniel Wu, will return in 2018.

This renewal is quite a change from the second season renewal. Season 2 is currently airing.

Season 1 initially aired in 2015 and viewers had to wait until well into 2016 to get news of a renewal.

This could have something to do with the ratings. It's averaging 3.6 million total viewers and a 2.1 share of viewers 21-54 after three days of time-shifted viewing.

It's also the #4 scripted drama on cable as well as the fourth-ranked returning drama, behind only The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Fear the Walking Dead.
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Into the Badlands Renewed for Supersized Season 3 at AMC

AMC is heading back Into the Badlands… and it’s staying there a bit longer this time.

The martial-arts drama has been renewed for a third season, the network announced on Tuesday, with Season 3 expanding to a total of 16 episodes. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where fighters battle with fists and swords instead of guns, Badlands is currently airing its 10-episode Season 2 on Sunday nights.

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AMC touts Badlands as the season’s fourth highest-rated scripted drama on cable, pulling in 3.6 million viewers a week in Live+3 viewing.
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‘Into the Badlands’ Renewed for Season 3 by AMC

‘Into the Badlands’ Renewed for Season 3 by AMC
AMC has renewed “Into the Badlands” for a third season.

The expanded 16-episode season is set to premiere in 2018. The renewal comes in the middle of the martial-arts drama’s second season, which is set to end May 21.

“‘Into the Badlands’ looks like nothing else on television, a literal high-wire act attracting passionate and dedicated fans by the millions,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Thanks to series creators and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, the terrific cast, led by Daniel Wu, the amazing martial arts team guided by the incomparable Master Dee Dee and fight directors Stephen Fung and Andy Cheng, and everyone else involved who brings this thrill ride to the fans.”

Into the Badlands” is averaging 2.1 million viewers ages 25-54, according to Nielsen live-plus-three ratings, making it the fourth most-watched returning drama on cable in the demo. Those numbers are thanks in part to the significant lead-in that the
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‘Into the Badlands’ Renewed for Season 3

‘Into the Badlands’ Renewed for Season 3
AMC has ordered a third season of its martial arts drama “Into the Badlands.” Sixteen episdoes will air in 2018. “‘Into the Badlands’ looks like nothing else on television, a literal high-wire act attracting passionate and dedicated fans by the millions,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, in a statement. “Thanks to series creators and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, the terrific cast, led by Daniel Wu, the amazing martial arts team guided by the incomparable Master Dee Dee and fight directors Stephen Fung and Andy Cheng, and everyone else involved who brings this thrill ride.
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TV Ratings: ‘Into the Badlands’ Season 2 Premiere Fights to 40% Boost Over Season 1 Finale

TV Ratings: ‘Into the Badlands’ Season 2 Premiere Fights to 40% Boost Over Season 1 Finale
Into the Badlands” came out swinging in its Season 2 premiere on Sunday. The AMC martial arts series rose significantly in both key ratings measures over the Season 1 finale, which aired back in December 2015.

Airing at 10 p.m., the action-centric series’ sophomore opener drew a 1.42 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic and 3.435 million viewers. Compared to the Season 1 finale, that is approximately a 42% improvement in the demo and approximately a 37% improvement in total viewers. In addition, the series drew 1.972 million of its total viewers in the adults 25-54 demographic, making it the the number one returning drama for 2017 to date in both broadcast and cable in that demo.

To be fair, the Season 2 premiere did have the advantage of airing immediately after “The Walking Dead,” while the Season 1 finale did not. In addition, the Season 2 premiere was down compared to the Season 1 premiere. Season 1’s opening episode drew a 3.15 rating and 6.39 million viewers, meaning
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Hong Kong Superstar Andy Lau In Hospital With Multiple Pelvic Fractures

Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau is in hospital and will need 6 to 9 months to fully recover from multiple pelvic fractures and muscle / tendon injuries that were sustained from an accident while shooting a commercial in Thailand last week.

The accident happened when the horse Lau was riding threw him off and stepped on his back. He was flown back to Hong Kong for medical treatment last Wednesday evening.

There have been speculations by the local media on the extent of his injuries and the actor only spoke publicly today for the first time since the accident.

“I will fully comply with the recommendations of the medical team,” Lau wrote in his blog. “I know your pain will not be any less than mine. I will rest quietly and quickly get better!”

Lau was most recently seen in Zhang Yimou’s “The Great Wall“, in which he stars alongside Matt Damon.
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‘Into the Badlands’: First Look Photos From Season 2 Feature Daniel Wu and Nick Frost Ready for Action

‘Into the Badlands’: First Look Photos From Season 2 Feature Daniel Wu and Nick Frost Ready for Action
AMC has revealed first-look photos from Season 2 of “Into the Badlands,” which returns in March.

New pics of the martial arts drama feature Daniel Wu (as Sunny), Nick Frost (as Bajie), Emily Beecham (as The Widow) and Sarah Bolger (as Jade).

The five images are from the first couple of episodes, which sees both Sunny and M.K. (Aramis Knight) separated and imprisoned in unlikely places.

The ten-episode second seasons will pick up with M.K. struggling to control his powers, while Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family. Aside from action and adventure, the upcoming episodes will include new alliances being struck, friendships betrayed and per the show’s synopsis, “by season’s end, Sunny and M.K.’s lives will be forever altered with devastating consequences.”

Read More: Why the Creators of ‘Into the Badlands’ Dodged Cliches and Responded to
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‘Into the Badlands’: First Look Photos From Season 2 Feature Daniel Wu and Nick Frost Ready for Action

‘Into the Badlands’: First Look Photos From Season 2 Feature Daniel Wu and Nick Frost Ready for Action
AMC has revealed first-look photos from Season 2 of “Into the Badlands,” which returns in March.

New pics of the martial arts drama feature Daniel Wu (as Sunny), Nick Frost (as Bajie), Emily Beecham (as The Widow) and Sarah Bolger (as Jade).

The five images are from the first couple of episodes, which sees both Sunny and M.K. (Aramis Knight) separated and imprisoned in unlikely places.

The ten-episode second seasons will pick up with M.K. struggling to control his powers, while Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family. Aside from action and adventure, the upcoming episodes will include new alliances being struck, friendships betrayed and per the show’s synopsis, “by season’s end, Sunny and M.K.’s lives will be forever altered with devastating consequences.”

Read More: Why the Creators of ‘Into the Badlands’ Dodged Cliches and Responded to
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AFM: ‘Adventurers’ Heads Im Global’s Expanded China Sales Slate

Having recently enjoyed a substantial injection of Chinese capital, Im Global is upping its Chinese film sales credentials.

The company has picked up global rights to Chinese romantic comedy adventure film “The Adventurers” and is unveiling it for sales at the American Film Market.

The film stars Jean Reno, Andy Lau, and “The Assassin” star Shu Qi under the direction of Shu’s husband, Stephen Fung.

Currently in post-production after shooting in Asia and Europe, the film tells the story of a thief (Lau) who steals two pieces of valuable jewelry during the Cannes Film Festival. Shu’s character is used as bait by detective (Reno) to lure the thief to Macau.

It is produced by Terence Chang, who spent over a decade in Hollywood as John Woo’s production partner, with Gravity Pictures, a production and distribution company that is on of the portfolio companies of Li Ruigang’s China Media Capital.
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The Adventurers: Andy Lau, Shu Qi And Jean Reno Offer High Stakes Heist Action In Stephen Fung's Latest

After a foray into Us television as a producer and second unit director on Badlands following his massive 2012 two part Tai Chi Hero epic, director Stephen Fung returns to the big screen with upciming effort The Adventurers and - true to form - the first teaser for the summer 2017 blockbuster promises high octane action. Hong Kong megastar Andy Lau - hopefully on a bit of a comeback trailer after recent years of dodgy decisions - anchors a cast that includes Shu Qi and French star Jean Reno in a slick, glossy heist thriller. And while the initial teaser is just a brief one there's a Lot in there. You want guns. cars, motorcycles, explosions and questionable English? This has got it all! Check...

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