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Johnnie To Goes To Russia:  First Stills For NEWSMAKERS

22 September 2008 10:54 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

How’s this for an odd film pedigree:  a remake of a Hong Kong action film, shot in Russian with largely Russian backing with a Swedish director.  This is what you’ve got with Newsmakers.

A remake of Johnnie To’s Breaking News with the action transplanted to Russia - reportedly the first ever Russian remake of a Hong Kong film - the film is directed by young Swede Anders Banke, well known is these parts as the director of Swedish vampire film Frostbiten.  Banke, it turns out, attended film school in Moscow and is totally Russian fluent, which makes sense of his directing a Russian language film, and the brilliant, period set opening to Frostbiten should put to rest any question as to whether he’s got the technical skills needed to tackle To.  He very clearly does.

What Banke also has is a very strong cast.  A quick »

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