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Chungking Express, 1994.
Directed by Wong Kar Wai.
Two stories reveal the love lives of two different policemen who struggle to find love in Hong Kong.
Considered one of the greatest films of the 2000’s, Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love is a romantic and sensual cinematic masterpiece. Chungking Express, released six years prior, still holds the sensitivity and patience of In the Mood for Love but enjoys a more playful, youthful tone. Both are playing at the BFI Southbank as part of the A Century of Chinese Cinema season throughout September and October. Akin to Kar Wai’s 2000 delight, Chungking Express frames dual narratives (of love and cops) within the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. A set of moody, tender stories, Chungking Express demonstrates how, behind their stern exterior, men of the law can hold deeply fragile hearts. »
- Simon Columb
Woo also confirmed that the movie was delayed in 2012 by his diagnosis of cancer. He first heard the story of the ill-fated Taiping liner from scriptwriter Wang Huiling in 2008 and was moved to make an historical romantic drama that would portray events during a tumultuous time in China’s history.
“While I was receiving treatment in the States, I saw a bad film and I thought to myself, I could not just die like that. I can’t just go away without making a film which I think is perfect,” said Woo.
The Crossing is produced by Beijing Galloping Horse, Le Vision »
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The second part will be released at an undetermined date in early 2015.
Scripted by Wang Huiling (“Lust, Caution”), the 1949-set picture includes overlapping stories of several couples who find themselves on the ocean liner “Taiping,” which sinks during the crossing between mainland China and Taipei. Its features an ensemble cast including Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tong Dawei.
Woo confirmed that the production was initially delayed, in 2012, by his fight with throat cancer. “While I was receiving treatment in the States, I saw a bad film and I thought to myself, I could not just die like that. I can’t just go away without making a film which I think is perfect,” John Woo said.
Woo likens the story to »
- Patrick Frater
Tom Hiddleston after his challengeI know it's for a good cause but we're definitely reaching saturation point for the Als Ice Bucket Challenge. Soon, like maybe in 5 minutes, it will be over. But Als is enjoying huge fundraising numbers so good on them for dreaming it up. I hope all these celebrates dousing themselves with freezing water are donating a dollar for every viewing of their videos and vines.
I've avoided sharing any because how would you choose? I mean other than skipping my beloved childhood idol Olivia Newton-John who kind of misses the point, filling her thimble "bucket" of ice with undoubtedly warm pool water before trickling it over her gorgeous blonde head. Let's just say Her Chills Weren't Multiplying. She Was Not Losing Control.
So why am I posting this? To note that this ice bucket madness which was mostly music stars at first has gone global. Here's »
- NATHANIEL R
The decision to convert to 3D, along with its star cast that includes Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Huang Xiaoming and Tong Dawei almost guarantees the pic will be a massive hit in China. Middle Kingdom audiences are still hugely enamored with 3D spectaculars and the nation’s new-build multiplexes are predominantly digitally and 3D equipped.
The film is to be released in two parts in China and some parts of Asia, with a single international edition available in other territories. The first part is set for release in late December this year, while the second is being aimed at the Chinese New Year-Valentine’s Day slot in early 2015.
The $50 million budget picture is a 1949-set story of multiple couples whose destiny is closely tied to dramatic events unfolding in revolutionary China. It ends with the »
- Patrick Frater
Theater Mania interviews the great Charles Busch (Die Mommy, Die!) about his career and new play "The Tribute Artist" in which he does impressions of Marilyn, Bette Davis, and Katharine Hepburn among others. (I met Mr Busch at the anniversary Cabaret screening last year and he was so sweet)
Gothamist Alfonso Cuarón's Oscar campaign hits Lincoln Center soon for screenings and discussions of Children of Men and Gravity here in NYC. Ah c'mon Lincoln Center. Throw in Y Tu Mama Tambíen (still his best picture) and we'll totally be talking!
Pajiba on the whitewashing of Egyptian mythology on screen. Why not cast people of color. »
- NATHANIEL R
6 items from 2014
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