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Raindance Film Festival Builds Bridges With Chinese Film Industry (Exclusive)

13 September 2016 5:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London’s Raindance Film Festival, which runs Sept. 21-Oct. 22, has unveiled its co-production and industry events, including a day devoted to building relationships with the Chinese film industry.

China Day will take place on Sept. 22 and will be attended by the Shanghai governor as well as delegates from the China Film Group Corporation and the Beijing Film Academy. The day will include panels on virtual reality and 3D films, and the rise of these platforms in the film industry, as well as the European premiere screening of Johnnie To’s “Three,” starring Louis Koo, Wallace Chung and Zhao Wei, about a thug who will do anything to escape police arrest, and the European premiere of Guang Zeng’s short film, “Farewell, My Love,” starring Dan Liu and Zheng Wang.

Five films have been selected to participate in the Co-Production Forum, which is a partnership between Raindance and the Guadalajara Film »

- Leo Barraclough

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Hey Australia! Win Tickets to See S Storm in Cinemas!

11 September 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

S Storm is the sequel to the 2014 Hong Kong corruption thriller Z Storm. Director David Lam returns and the cast this time includes Louis Koo, Julian Cheung and Vic Chou.    Thanks to Magnum Films, we have Five double passes for the film to give away to our readers.    For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:   1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and   2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]screenanarchy.com   S Storm will open in Australian cinemas on September 15 and this competition will close at 3pm on September 14. Good luck!    ...

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Line Walker Nick Cheung, Louis Koo. Hong Kong Crime Thriller Trailer

10 September 2016 5:25 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Charmaine Sheh is infiltrating the triads once again. Amongst the danger, she has to find the sixth mysterious undercover agent between the two notorious gang members, Louis Koo, who plays a mysterious drug dealer, and Nick Cheung, a tactical cold-blooded killer.

Line Walker  was released in China on  August 11, 2016. It is directed by Jazz Boon and produced by Wong Jing.

 

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- The Tiger

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Review: Benny Chan's Call of Heroes (2016)

6 September 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Released recently in UK Cinema's, Call of Heroes (2016), proves to be one of the best recent Hong Kong action films released in the past few years, focusing more on good acting, excellent action sequences and as little CGI as possible. The majority of the film is set in a small town called Pucheng, which is policed by the town sheriff Yeung Hak-nan (Lau Ching Wan). Before we come to Pucheng we are informed that the Warlord Cao Ying’s crazed son, Cao Shaolun (Louis Koo) has been murdering villagers throughout the country causing Teacher Bai Ling and the children to flee to Pucheng. During this time we are introduced to Eddie Peng’s character Ma Fung, a drunken wanderer who ends up assisting Bai Ling and...

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Film Review: ‘Call of Heroes’

19 August 2016 6:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A dauntless sheriff and a roving bladesman defend a city under siege in “Call of Heroes,” a solid, muscular action period film with an apt if overstated political allegory. Hong Kong action blockbuster director Benny Chan (“The White Storm”) gamely riffs on Westerns and samurai films, while Sammo Hung’s sinewy action choreography is a glorious throwback to the rustic vigor of Shaw Brothers films of the ’80s.Overseas buyers from multiple territories have responded favorably to “Call,” but its China opening hasn’t quite taken off. If anything, the lukewarm response confirms that mainland audiences either prefer contemporary subjects or like their period films larded with fantasy and visual effects. The film can be viewed as a 3D conversion in China.

The setting is China’s Warlord Era (1916-1928), when military strongmen commanding armies of thugs ran rampant in the north. Early on, warlord Cao Ying seizes Stone City, »

- Maggie Lee

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Veteran Hong Kong Director Benny Chan Talks Call of Heroes

19 August 2016 4:38 PM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

In a recent press interview in Beijing, veteran Hong Kong director Benny Chan (New Police Story, Big Bullet) delved deeper into the backstory of his latest film, Call of Heroes.

Call of Heroes, a martial arts epic featuring Hong Kong cinema luminaries Louis Koo (Drug War, Election), Ching-wan Lau (Black Mask, Mad Detective) and Eddie Peng (Unbeatable, Rise of Legend) tells the story of a group of villagers in 1914 China who rise up against a dark-hearted young warlord in a quest for justice.

“The biggest crisis in that place is not the intrusion of a notorious criminal but the changes of attitudes among the local people” said Chan to the gathered press.

Call of Heroes film delves deep into the experience of a small village which, upon being given the opportunity to set itself free from the tyrannical rule of the warlord, faces a crisis of confidence in how to »

- Robert Hill

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China Box Office: ‘Line Walker’ Leads in Crowded Field

14 August 2016 6:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Line Walker,” a big screen adaptation of a Hong Kong TV detective series, became the fifth Chinese language movie in six weeks to head the box office in China. Its modest score and the mediocre per screen averages suggest that nothing on offer currently boasts a ‘must see’ factor.

Produced by Shaw Brothers, Tvb, Media Asia and Chinese partners, the film opened on Thursday (Aug 11), a day ahead of a chasing pack of other films opening on Friday. That meant it ate into the the screens of previous winner “Time Raiders” and was able to bank $8.56 million ahead of the Friday to Sunday weekend. It went on to win all three subsequent days scoring 26.9 million over the weekend and $35.8 million after four days.

Second placed film was romance “Love O2O” starring Angelababy and Jing Boran (also in ‘Time Raiders”.) It managed 118.1 million in three days.

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- Patrick Frater

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Louis Koo , Nick Cheung Lead All Star Line Up In ‘Line Walker’ Film Adaptation

7 August 2016 9:46 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Line Walker’, one of Tvb’s highest-rated serial dramas in 2014, is hitting the big screen.

Charmaine Sheh is infiltrating the triads once again. Amongst the danger, she has to find the sixth mysterious undercover agent between the two notorious gang members, Louis Koo, who plays a mysterious drug dealer, and Nick Cheung, a tactical cold-blooded killer. 

The original main lead, Raymond Lam, will not be in this movie. However, the film has a solid cast featuring Hong Kong superstars like Nick Cheung, Louis Koo, Charmaine Sheh and Francis Ng. Some of the most action-packed scenes shot in Brazil also add a little more exotic flavour to the film.

Line Walker film adaptation will be released in China on August 11, 2016. It is directed by Jazz Boon and produced by Wong Jing.

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- Ruiting W

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Hey Australia! Win Tickets to See Line Walker and My Best Friend's Wedding in Cinemas!

5 August 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Line Walker is a new crime thriller that stars Francis Ng, Louis Koo, Nicky Cheung and Charmaine Sheh, while My Best Friend’s Wedding is a romantic comedy starring Shu Qi that is based on Julia Roberts’ 1997 romantic comedy of the same title. Both films are opening in Australian cinemas next week.    Thanks to Magnum Films, we have double passes for both films to give away to our readers. Each winner will get a double pass for each of the two films.    For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:   1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and   2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]screenanarchy.com   Line Walker will...

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Hong Kong Action Film “Call Of Heroes” The Official Trailer is Out and it looks Awesome!

5 August 2016 7:08 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

After months of waiting, the latest trailer for Hong Kong action film, Call of Heroes is finally out. This action  film features an all-star cast and direction. Benny Chan’s genius  and Sammo Hung’s fight choreography is an epic combination. The cast includes Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo, Yuan Quan and many more. Call of Heroes centers around the people of Pucheng Village as they fight a cruel warlord.

The movie began filming April last year with a budget of $32 million. The set that took almost five months to build Lau Ching Wan has not done an action film in 20 years. He had to go through rigorous training including learning how to use a whip. This helps him to prepare for his role as the protector of Pucheng village.

Judging from the trailer, we think he did it justice, don’t you agree?

Universe Films Distribution,  has given licensed »

- Jhoana Bandillo

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China Box Office: Jet Li’s ‘League’ Tops ‘Skiptrace’ to Win Weekend

31 July 2016 4:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

League of Gods,” a Chinese fantasy action film with lavish special effects and lashings of stars, took the top spot at the Chinese box office over the weekend. But its performance was earthbound, rather than heavenly.

Starring Jet Li, Fan Bingbing, Angelababy and Louis Koo, “League” scored $30.5 million in its opening three day run. That was comfortably enough ahead of Jackie Chan-starring holdover “Skiptrace.”

“League” held top spot on each day, with an $11.6 million opening day. But its score declined thereafter and and its lead over “Skiptrace” narrowed. “League” played on a massive 70,000 screenings per day, compared with roughly 47,000 for “Shiptrace,” giving the Chan adventure a superior per screen average.

Skiptrace” added $20.5 million. Its cumulative total after 11 days stands at $109 million.

A distant third place was held by “Legend of Tarzan” with $5.52 million for the weekend. After 13 days it stands on $41.3 million.

Chinese animation “Shen Mi Shi Jie Li »

- Patrick Frater

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Fantasia International Film Festival Review – Three (2016)

22 July 2016 1:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Three, 2016.

Directed by Johnnie To.

Starring Louis Koo, Wei Zhao, Wallace Chung and Lam Suet.

Synopsis:

Realizing that he will be defeated in no time during a police showdown, a thug shoots himself to force the cops to cease fire and take him to the hospital. In the hospital, he claims human rights to refuse immediate treatment in order to bide time for his underlings to rescue him. The detective in charge sees through his scheme but decides to play along so as to capture his whole gang once and for all.

Whenever an established, typically reliable director delivers a film that may not be up to their usual standard, a debate (or at least discussion) seems to arise about one particular word: Lesser. When the Coen brothers released Hail, Caesar! earlier this year, it was labeled “Lesser Coens” by some, to the ire of others who balked at the »

- Thomas O'Connor

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Hey Australia! Win Tickets to See Jet Li's League Of Gods in Cinemas!

21 July 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Based on the classic fantasy novel Investiture of Gods, the upcoming big budget Chinese epic League of Gods has an incredibly strong cast, which includes Jet Li, Louis Koo, Huang Xiaoming, Fan Bingbing, Angelababy, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Wen Zhang, Jacky Heung and Andy On.    Thanks to Magnum Films, we have Five double passes for the film to give away to our readers.    For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:   1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and   2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]screenanarchy.com   League of Gods will open in Australian cinemas on July 29 and this competition will close at 3pm on July 27. Good...

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Three Review: It’s Out of Ten

19 July 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Johnnie To’s Three Should Be Subtitled ‘Out of Ten’Fantasia Film Festival 2016

Steven Spielberg’s 1941. Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones. John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars. William Friedkin’s Deal of the Century. Dario Argento’s entire post-Opera filmography.

Great directors sometimes make mediocre or downright awful films. It happens to the best, and with the release of Johnnie To’s Three the director of Election, Mad Detective, Drug War, and countless other action gems has joined the club.

Shun (Wallace Chung) is a master criminal whose most recent clash with the law leaves him rushed to a hospital with a bullet in his brain. Inspector Chan (Louis Koo) has been after the thief and his violent gang for a while, and now that he has him he wants Shun to spill details of their next target. Dr. Tong (Vicki Zhao) couldn’t care less about Chan’s needs though as Shun’s condition requires »

- Rob Hunter

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Distant Horizon cuts 'League Of Gods' deals

15 July 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

President Anant Singh has closed international deals for China Star’s big budget fantasy film starring Jet Li, Tony Leung Ka-fai and Fan Bingbing with Im Global and Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Im Global will sell the project in Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Japan, South Korea, Israel and the Middle East.

Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in North America, the UK, Australia, English-speaking Canada, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand and the West Indies.

Distant Horizon acquired international rights from Hong Kong-based China Star in Cannes to the story about a group of superheroes with unique powers based on the ancient novel Fengshen Bang (loosely translated as Creation Of The Gods).

It is scheduled to open in China on July 29 on more than 15 000 screens.

VFX artist Koan Xu directed League Of Gods and the cast includes Louis Koo, Angelababy and Andy On.

Im Global founder and CEO Ford said: “We are delighted to be involved »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Trailer: Chinese Wild Fantasy "League of Gods"

14 July 2016 11:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A highly articulated baby with intense martial arts skills and an anorexic plant version of Mike Wazowski from "Monsters Inc." get chased by a cross between a "Dune" sandworm and a giant armored sperm. That's just one shot in this wild trailer for "League of Gods," a new big-budget Chinese fantasy feature that is outright crazy in all the wackiest ways.

Jet Li, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Fan Bingbing, and Louis Koo all star in the film based on Fengshen Bang, an ancient Chinese mythology novel about a group of superheroes and a vixen spirit who is manipulating the king whilst disguised as one of his concubines. The film is set to open on over 15,000 screens in China at the end of July.

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- Garth Franklin

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Jet Li & Fan Bingbing in Chinese Action Fantasy 'League of Gods' Trailer

14 July 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"When crisis comes, heroes will rise." This looks so crazy. An official trailer has debuted online for an action fantasy film from China called League of Gods, being described as the "Chinese X-Men", and it's totally insane. The cast includes some big names including Fan Bingbing, Louis Koo, Tony Ka Fai Leung and Jet Li. This trailer has some wacky stuff in it - a baby with (farting) super powers, some kind of weird plant, a crazy CGI snake thing, surfing on shields, a guy with wings who can shoot lightning from his hands, and so much more. At least the action looks like it might be cool. The rest of it - I don't know. You must watch this. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Koan Hui's League of Gods, found on Vimeo (via Deadline): Based on the 16th-century Chinese novel Feng Shen Yan Yi (The Investiture »

- Alex Billington

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‘League Of Gods’ Trailer: Jet Li & Fan Bingbing In China Summer Action Fantasy

13 July 2016 1:52 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Excusive: Set for a July 29 release through Bona Film Group in the Middle Kingdom, League of Gods is being billed as a “Chinese X-Men.” The action fantasy pic is directed by Koan Xu and boasts a starry cast that includes Jet Li, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Fan Bingbing, Louis Koo, Angelababy and Xu Qing. There’s also CGI work that’s somewhat reminiscent of last year’s summer smash Monster Hunt. Check out the exclusive international trailer above. The story is based on Fengshen Bang… »

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Here Is The Trailer For Jet Li’s New Film ‘League of Gods’

9 July 2016 7:18 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

 

Directed by: Koan Hui, Vernie Yeung

Jet Li is back and ready for action in the new fantasy epic League of Gods. Based on the 16th-century Chinese novel “The Investiture Of The Gods”.

The film features an all star cast including Louis Koo, Fan Bingbing, Tony Leung Ka-Fai.

 

 

Synopsis: A long time ago, a determined King Zhou, supported by his concubine Daji, sets his mind on conquering the Middle Kingdom. After years of slaughter, the unyielding Adept tribes have been eliminated in succession. Jiang and General Ji from Qishan are King Zhou’s longstanding opponents. Under a divinatory sign, Jiang discovers that the Sword of Light can reverse the adversity.

 

 

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- The Tiger

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A Little Serenade: Johnnie To's "Three"

5 July 2016 7:25 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The latest Chinese film to sneak into North American theatres with little fanfare, targeting immigrant communities with single multiplex screens in a handful of major metropolitan markets, is the new film from prolific Hong Kong director Johnnie To. His first crime film since 2013’s Blind Detective (yet to see a Us release) and his first film set in a hospital since his 2000 farce Help!!!, To’s latest is a bottle episode, a side-swipe at a psychological thriller about a cop, a crook and a doctor battling to see who can best exemplify humanity’s hubris in the face of chance and fate. This conflict between free will and universal randomness lies at the heart of most of the films To has made in the twenty years since he established the Milkyway Image studio, uniting both his crime thrillers and his romances, though rarely has it been stated so explicitly.Taking »

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