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Interview with Yuhang Ho: We wanted the fights to be realistic and nothing too flashy

11 July 2017 12:45 PM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Yuhang Ho was trained as an engineer but went into film-making due to his love for vintage films. He began his career by shooting commercials in the mid 1990’s. In 2000, he co-directed a Malaysian documentary “Semangat Insan: Masters of Tradition” highlighting the need to preserve Malaysia’s traditional art forms. He then made his feature film directorial debut in the 2003 film “Min”.He went to receive international recognition for his film “Rain Dogs”, won the New Talent Award at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2006 and also named best director at the Festival of the Three Continents in 2006.

His 2009 revenge drama “At The End of Daybreak” revived the career of the veteran actress Kara Hui, who was an action star of the Shaw Brothers era. “Daybreak” earned her seven best actress awards. She has since gone on to star in “Wu Xia,” “Rigor Mortis,” and “The Midnight After.”

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- Panos Kotzathanasis

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“Mrs K” proves that Kara Hui still got it

21 June 2017 10:53 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Yuhang Ho had a very difficult task in his hands from the beginning:  to shoot an action martial arts film where all of his protagonists are (almost) over 50. The result, however, was more than impressive, as he worked over the particular reef by limiting the action and adding many thriller elements.

Mrs K” will screen at Art Film Fest Kosice, that will be on June 16-24

Mrs K is a housewife, happily married with a gynecologist, and mother to a teenage girl who is also a martial artist. However, underneath the calm, happy and motherly figure resides something else, as Mrs K used to be part of a crime ring. As her former comrades are being killed one by one, a rather unpleasant former police officer visits her house and confronts her about the past. Furthermore, another man, who seems to know her quite well, resurfaces, and along with his henchman, »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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MandarinVision moves for Yang Ya-che's third feature

18 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Bold, The Corrupt And The Beautiful is in post-production.

Taipei-based sales company MandarinVision has picked up the international rights to The Bold, The Corrupt And The Beautiful, the third feature from Taiwanese filmmaker Yang Ya-che following Orz Boys and Gf*Bf.

Currently in post-production, the film revolves around the “white gloves” deal-making between businessmen and politicians in Chinese business culture, which is rarely discussed in local cinema.

The film’s cast includes Hong Kong actress Kara Wai, who recently won best actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Happiness, Wu Ke-Xi (The Road To Mandalay) and Vicky Chen.  

Headed by former Atom Cinema executive Desmond Yang, MandarinVision is also selling Who Killed Cock Robin, which marks Cheng Wei-Hao’s second film following horror hit The Tag-Along.

The Taiwanese company is also handling two films that are nominated for best narrative feature at this year’s Taipei Film Awards – Huang Hsin-yao’s The Great Buddha »

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Film Review: ‘Mrs K’

20 April 2017 11:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Doing for Hong Kong screen veteran Kara Wai roughly what Tarantino did for Pam Grier in “Jackie Brown” (albeit with a lot less talking), Malaysian writer-director Ho Yuhang’s “Mrs K” is a stylish action movie whose light touch persuades us to accept still-lethal potential of a nearly 60-year-old heroine. Equal parts “Taken”-style thriller and old-school marital-arts/triad-meller homage, it’s expertly crafted good fun that should appeal to genre fans across many borders.

Wai (Aka Kara Hui and Wai Ying Hung) was still a teenager when she found fame via a slew of Shaw Brothers kung-fu epics starting in 1976. Since then she’s gone on to play a wide range of roles on the big and small screens, including an award-winning turn as an alcoholic divorcée in Ho’s own 2009 “At the End of Daybreak.” As the titular figure here, she gets to straddle both a dignified latter-day »

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Scm scoops rights to 'Trivisa', other Hkfa winners

12 April 2017 3:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fox Networks channel swoops on six films that won prizes at Hong Kong Film Awards.

Fox Networks Group Asia (Fnga)’s Scm channel has acquired exclusive rights to crime thriller Trivisa and a slew of other films that won prizes at last week’s Hong Kong Film Awards.

Produced by Johnnie To and directed by three up-and-coming talents, Trivisa walked away with best film, best director (Jevons Au, Frank Hui & Vicky Wong), best actor (Lam Ka Tung), best screenplay and best editing at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night (April 9).

Scm also acquired exclusive rights to Wong Chun’s Mad World, which picked up three awards including best new director; Andy Lo’s Happiness (best actress for Kara Wai); Zhang Jiajia’s See You Tomorrow (best cinematography and art direction); and Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King 2 (best visual effects and make-up & costume design).

The channel also acquired Taiwanese filmmaker Chung Mong-hong’s Godspeed »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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'Trivisa', 'Mad World' score at Hong Kong Film Awards

10 April 2017 1:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Trivisa scoops five awards including best film, while Mad World takes best new ditrector prize.Scroll Down For Full List Of Winners

Hong Kong’s new wave of filmmakers scored big at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night, where films from first-time directors walked off with most of the major prizes.

Johnnie To-produced crime drama Trivisa (pictured) was the big winner of the night, scooping five awards including best film and best director for its three first-time co-directors - Jevons Au, Frank Hui and Vicky Wong. The film, about a trio of notorious gangsters, also won best actor for Gordon Lam’s performance, best screenplay and best editing.

Wong Chun’s Mad World, also a first-time effort, picked up three awards, including best new director, best supporting actor for Eric Tsang’s performance and best supporting actress for Elaine Jin. The film tells the story of a former stockbroker living with his father (Tsang »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Indies ‘Trivisa’ and ‘Mad World’ Triumph at Hong Kong Film Awards

9 April 2017 8:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Independent films dominated proceedings at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday. But political sensitivities meant that the ceremony was not fully screened on TV in mainland China.

Trivisa,” an independent, low-budget drama set at the time of the territory’s handover to China, took five prizes, including the best film award. It was followed by another indie “Mad World,” with three trophies.

“Trivisa,” produced by Johnnie To, collected the directing award for the ensemble of Frank Hui, Jevons Au and Vicky Wong, best actor of Gordon Lam, best screenplay and best editing. “Mad World,” which tackles the issue of mental illness, earned best supporting actor and actress prizes for Eric Tsang and Taiwan’s Elaine Jin, respectively, and the best new director award for Wong Chun.

For the second year in a row, television coverage of the event was not carried live and in its entirety. Live updates of »

- Patrick Frater

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Trivisa Wins Big at Hong Kong Film Awards

9 April 2017 9:50 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

  Multi-stranded crime drama Trivisa was the big winner at the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards tonight, bagging five gongs including Best Film, Best Actor for Gordon Lam and Best Director for the trio Jevons Au, Frank Hui and Vicky Wong. The film also won Best Screenplay and Best Editing.   Wong Chun was named Best New Director for Mad World, which also won awards for Eric Tsang and Elaine Jin in the Best Supporting categories, while Kara Hui gave a passionate, heartfelt acceptance speech after winning the Best Actress award for Happiness.    Elsewhere, Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King 2 won for Visual Effects and Costume Design & Make Up, the Wong Kar Wai scripted See You Tomorrow won for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography,...

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FilMart: Fox Networks Confirms ‘Stained’ True Crime Series

14 March 2017 1:14 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox Networks Group will soon begin shooting “Stained”, a five-part crime thriller that extends the group’s foray into miniseries production in Asia.

The news on Tuesday at FilMart, follows the pay-tv network’s earlier announcement of high-end original miniseries in the region, and the launch of “Trading Floor.”

“Stained,” directed by Hong Kong’s romantic comedy film director Patrick Kong and starring an award-winning cast featuring Kara Hui, Kwan-ho Tse and Anthony Wong, will be filmed entirely in Hong Kong. It features five one-hour episodes each inspired by real-life crimes that happened in the territory over the past five years and which had caused a sensation in the city.

Cora Yim, head of Chinese entertainment and territory head of Hong Kong for Fox Networks Group, said miniseries were highly successful in America. By adopting the same strategy from Hong Kong, the group hoped to promote the works of local and Asian talent abroad.

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Filmart: Fox working with Andy Lau, Patrick Kong on miniseries

13 March 2017 5:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fox Networks Group moves into high-end Chinese miniseries with pair of projects.

Fox Networks Group Asia is unveiling two Chinese-language miniseries at this week’s Filmart in Hong Kong – The Trading Floor, produced by Andy Lau’s [pictured] Focus Television, and Stained, written and directed by Patrick Kong.

The Trading Floor is a 5 x 60 minute thriller set in Hong Kong’s financial industry. It has been written and will be directed by Kk Wong, director-producer of 2014 hit Hong Kong TV show The Election.

Stained, which also has a 5 x 60 minute format, is a crime thriller starring Kara Hui, Kwan-ho Tse and Anthony Wong.

Both shows are in pre-production for target delivery in 2017.

Cora Yim, head of Chinese entertainment and territory head of Hong Kong for Fox Networks Group, said the two miniseries “exemplify our commitment to partnering with the best (Andy Lau, Patrick Kong) in creating the best shows for our viewers.”

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Fox working with Andy Lau, Patrick Kong on miniseries

13 March 2017 5:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fox Networks Group moves into high-end Chinese miniseries with pair of projects.

Fox Networks Group Asia is unveiling two Chinese-language miniseries at this week’s Filmart in Hong Kong – The Trading Floor, produced by Andy Lau’s [pictured] Focus Television, and Stained, written and directed by Patrick Kong.

The Trading Floor is a 5 x 60 minute thriller set in Hong Kong’s financial industry. It has been written and will be directed by Kk Wong, director-producer of 2014 hit Hong Kong TV show The Election.

Stained, which also has a 5 x 60 minute format, is a crime thriller starring Kara Hui, Kwan-ho Tse and Anthony Wong.

Both shows are in pre-production for target delivery in 2017.

Cora Yim, head of Chinese entertainment and territory head of Hong Kong for Fox Networks Group, said the two miniseries “exemplify our commitment to partnering with the best (Andy Lau, Patrick Kong) in creating the best shows for our viewers.”

She added that »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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FilMart: Fox Sets ‘Trading Floor’ as First Premium Asian Miniseries (Exclusive)

12 March 2017 4:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox Networks Group has set five-part financial thriller “Trading Floor” as its first foray in Asia into high-end original miniseries production.

The move underscores a global trend towards investment in and production of premium series by pay-TV groups and leading over-the-top streaming video platforms. The objective is to reinforce branding, to attract and retain subscribers through unique content, and, through a stamp of quality, to attract creative talent.

Like leading shows in North America and the U.K., “Trading Floor” will make use of feature-film talent behind and in front of the camera. The show is produced by Andy Lau’s Focus Television and is Focus’s first miniseries. A mainland Chinese partner is in negotiations and expected to join shortly.

Now in pre-production, with intended delivery by the end of the year, the show is scripted and directed by Kk Wong, director and producer of 2014 Hong Kong TV hit show “The Election.” It »

- Patrick Frater

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Osaka 2017: Festival Opens Friday With An Award for Hong Kong Action Icon Kara Wai

1 March 2017 6:00 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The Osaka Asian Film Festival throws open its doors once again this Friday for nine days of new cinema gathered from across Asia. The Opening Gala will include a screening of Yuhang Ho’s Hong Kong action drama Mrs K and a celebration of the film’s lead, Kara Wai. The actress will be present on the night to accept the festival’s Osaka Asian Star award, which honours artists who have played an important role in the Asian film world, and to give a talk on her career and many accomplishments. Kara Wai broke into the film industry in the mid 70’s, quickly developing a reputation for her action-orientated roles in Shaw Brothers films like My Young Auntie and the Jackie Chan-produced The Inspector Wears Skirts series....

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Glasgow Frightfest ’17: ‘The Warrior’s Gate’ Review

27 February 2017 4:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: David Bautista, Sienna Guillory, Uriah Shelton, Mark Chao, Francis Ng, Zha Ka, Kara Hui, Dakota Daulby | Written by Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen | Directed by Matthias Hoene

Filmed in 2015, The Warrior’s Gate sees Jack (Shelton), a bullied teenager mistaken for the video game hero he plays in his favourite game, magically transported to China, on a mission to save  Su Lin, the princess he had been tasked with protecting. He teams with warrior Zhoo (Chao) and a flaky wizard (Ng) to stop the evil Arun (Bautista) from marrying the princess and get back home. ALong the way he learns bravery, inner strength and, of course, kung-fu!

The first in a three-picture deal between Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp and China’s Fundamental Films, The Warrior’s Gate is a French/Chinese co-production, written by long-time Besson collaborator Robert Mark Kamen (The Karate Kid, Lethal Weapon 3, The Transporter), helmed »

- Phil Wheat

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Osaka Asian Film Festival Announces Full 2017 Lineup

9 February 2017 10:30 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Set to kick off on March 3, there's now less than a month to go before Osaka throws open the doors on its annual celebration of Asian cinema. As previously announced, Hong Kong/Malaysian action effort Mrs K is set to start proceedings on opening night. Featuring Kara Wai and Simon Yam, the film is directed by Ho Yuhang. Closing the festival on March 12 is the Hashimoto Ai and Sometani Shota starring teen music drama Parks, from director Seta Natsuki. Joining them in the lineup is a Competition packed with interesting works from across the wider Asian region with Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, The Philippines, India, Korea, China, Malaysia and Japan all represented. Special Programs highlight representations of employment, new action movies from South East...

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Indies, Newcomers Dominate Hong Kong Film Award Nominations

7 February 2017 10:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Movies with the strongest local themes dominated the nominations for the Hong Kong Film Awards, with first feature “Soul Mate” by actor director Derek Tsang (aka Tsang Kwok-cheung) emerging on top.

Nominations were announced Tuesday ahead of a ceremony set for April 9, shortly before the beginning of the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival. Last year the best film was “Ten Years,” a futuristic imagining of Hong Kong under increasing Chinese influence was the controversial winner.

“Soul Mate” garnered 12 nominations (including best film, best director and best new director for Tsang). Hong Kong crime thriller “Cold War 2” claimed ten nominations.

Behind it, “The Mermaid,” Stephen Chow’s eco fantasy which a year ago broke box office records in mainland China and Hong Kong, earned eight nominations. That put it on a par with Hong Kong indie films “Weeds on Fire” and “Mad World” also with eight nominations. “Trivisa,” which boasts three aspiring directors, »

- Patrick Frater

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10 essential martial arts heroines

31 January 2017 1:57 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Craig Lines Feb 9, 2017

Cynthia Rothrock, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung and more feature, as we salute the female stars of martial arts movies...

It’s arguably a rare sight when female characters lead a major genre film, and last year’s online Ghostbusters drama proves it’s still, depressingly, a controversial choice if they do. Too often, female characters are reduced to sidekicks, damsels, sex objects and caricatures. It sometimes feels like every day there’s a new statistic about women being under-represented in Hollywood and while, to some extent, things are looking brighter and more diverse by the day, it’s an uphill struggle. Still, as we wait for Hollywood to get its act together, I thought I’d celebrate a genre where awesome, strong, multi-faceted female characters have led casts as a regular occurrence for decades - martial arts!

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Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017: Opening and Closing Films Announced

30 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Taking place within one of Japan's most colorful and vibrant cities, Osaka Asian Film Festival acts as a showcase for the best new cinema from across the region. Now in its 12th year,  a wide variety of Asian films will once again be shown in a programme comprised of a Competition, Special Screenings, an Indie Forum and more. Opening the festival on March 3rd is the Japanese Premiere of Malaysia-Hong Kong co-production Mrs K. Director Yuhang Ho reunites with At The End of Daybreak's Kara Wai for an action thriller, co-starring Simon Yam and Taiwanese rock star Wu Bai. Mrs K is a housewife who lives in a quiet suburban neighborhood with her husband Mr K and their daughter Lil’ K. One day, a stranger...

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Here Are the Nominees for the 11th Annual Asian Film Awards

17 January 2017 11:23 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The nominees for the 11th Annual Asian Film Awards were announced last week.

The ceremony is to be held in Hong Kong after a long stint in Macau. The reason for this changeover is to pay homage to the 20th anniversary since the handover of Hong Kong. This year, 34 films received nominations. Out of those 34, 21 are of Chiniese-origin, and 20 are South Korean, making South Korean films the second most nominated.

Some of the best releases of 2016 are up against each other this year. Park Chan Wook’s, “The Handmaiden,” although it did not receive a nod for best film nor best director, it did receive a levy of other nominations including: best supporting actress (Moon So-ri), best newcomer, best screenplay, best editing, best costume design, and best production design. Another strong Korean film up for several awards is “Train to Busan.” This outrageously popular zombie-horror film is up for five »

- Lydia Spanier

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'The Handmaiden', 'I Am Not Madame Bovary' lead Asian Film Award noms

11 January 2017 3:48 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Train To Busan and The Wailing also secured multiple nominations.

Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s I Am Not Madame Bovary, Korean director Na Hong-jin’s The Wailing and Koji Fukada’s Harmonium from Japan are the frontrunners at the upcoming Asian Film Awards, vying for both best film and best director.

Joining the fray for best film are Chung Mong-hong’s Godspeed, which also nabs a best actor nod for Michael Hui, and Kim Jee-woon’s The Age Of Shadows. Soul Mate’s Derek Tsang and The Woman Who Left’s Lav Diaz are also in the race for best director.

This year, 34 films from 12 countries (out of almost 1,600 submissions from 28 countries) are in contention for 15 awards. Korean cinema dominates, with festival favourite The Handmaiden [pictured] receiving the most nominations with six nods, followed by breakout hit Train To Busan with five and The Wailing with four.

I Am Not Madame Bovary receives five nominations, including best actress »

- screenasia@yahoo.com (Silvia Wong)

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