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Spl 3: Paradox (2017) by Wilson Yip

Paradox” is the newest entry on the famous Spl saga, which began in 2005 with the cult action film “Kill Zone” starring Sammo Hung, Simon Yam and Donnie Yen. “Paradox” is the third installment, again directed by Wilson Yip, who directed the first installment (Cheang Pou-Soi was in charge of the second one, here attached as producer). “Paradox,” which plotwise has nothing to do with the others, stars Louis Koo, Wu Yue, Tony Jaa, Chris Collins, Gordon Lam, Michelle Saram, Ken Lo, Tang Stephy, Hanna Chan and Vithaya Pansringarm among others.

Louis Koo plays a Hong Kong policeman named Lee Chung Chi, who has a daughter of which he feels very protective. It goes to the point that he makes decisions for her and he does not let her live to his liking. Due to the little freedom she has at home, the daughter (played by Hanna Chan) makes a trip
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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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A Poet of Spatiality and Structure: Curator Shelly Kraicer on Johnnie To

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A prominent commercial filmmaker in Hong Kong since the mid-80s, the career path and status of Johnnie To is distinctive from contemporaries such as John Woo, Tsui Hark, and Wong Kar-wai. Solely committed to his national cinema, he made a point of never venturing to Hollywood and even formed his own production company, Milkyway Image, in 1996. Only in the mid-2000s when films like Breaking News (2005) and Election (2006) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival was Johnnie To given auteur consideration by Western critics and audiences. Even then, it was only his crime and action genre work, characterized by their elegant style and directorial control, that found critical success and was seen as commercially viable for international markets. With over 50 features under his belt, Johnnie To has a massive oeuvre not bound to any single mode and while he is one of contemporary cinema’s greatest formalist filmmakers, his fluency in visual storytelling transcends genre.
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Review: Paradox Scores Another Hit for the Spl Franchise

Louis Koo plays a vengeful cop rampaging through Thailand in Paradox, the third instalment of Hong Kong's Spl action franchise. Director Wilson Yip returns to the helm, as does action choreographer Sammo Hung, while Koo is joined in front of the camera by a roster of top tier talent, including Wu Yue, Gordon Lam, Chris Collins and Tony Jaa.   Sharing more in common with its 2015 predecessor than the series opener from 2005, Paradox is again anchored by a crucial father-daughter relationship, while diving once more into the murky world of illegal organ trafficking. Unfolding entirely in and around the Thai beach resort of Pattaya, the film also features dirty cops, vulnerable hookers and high-level political shenanigans, as well as showcasing a number of bone-crunching fight...

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'Paradox': Film Review

Power, corruption and lies are at the heart of Paradox, Ip Man director Wilson Yip’s brutal, bloody action thriller that (maybe) rounds out the extremely loose cops-and-robbers trilogy he started with Spl in 2005 and handed over to Cheang Pou-Soi (here a producer) for Spl 2: A Time for Consequences in 2015. Reuniting with the legendary actor and action choreographer Sammo Hung, alter ego Louis Koo (as tanned and impeccably coiffed as ever) and acrobatic Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa, Wilson whips up an efficiently sleek actioner that knows where its comfort zone is and doesn’t stray from it....
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Tony Jaa in William Yip’s ‘Paradox’ To Premiere At Hk Cine Fan

After the success of the Ip Man trilogy, the Wilson YipSammo Hung combination is back to the hugely successful Cantonese-language Spl franchise with the action thriller Paradox. Several months after the trailer whetted their appetite, action fans across the world can rejoice at the news that the film starring Louis Koo, Tony Jaa and Wu Yue will be releasing as the Opening Film at Hong Kong’s Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival on August 15, 2017. Wider theatrical release in Hong Kong is scheduled for August 25. The director and the main cast will be present at the festival screening.

Louis Koo in Paradox (2017)

Koo stars as a police negotiator who travels to Bangkok in search of his missing teenage daughter, where he is helped by local detectives played by Tony Jaa and Wu Yue. In Thailand, he encounters an organ trafficking gang headed by an American gangster (Chris Collins), who
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Paradox World Premiere to Open Hong Kong Summer Film Fest

Wilson Yip's much-anticipated action thriller Paradox will have its world premiere on 15 August as the Opening Film of this year's Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival, organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society.   Paradox is the third installment is the hugely successful Spl franchise, and stars Louis Koo, Tony Jaa, Gordon Lam, Wu Yue and Chris Collins. Koo plays a Hong Kong police officer who heads to Thailand in search of his missing daughter, where he is assisted by local law enforcers Tony Jaa and Wu Yue.    Koo and Jaa both appeared in SPL2, directed by Soi Cheang, but here play new characters. Yip returns to the director's chair after making a splash with the original Spl in 2005, seen as...

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Singapore's Clover Films unveils 2017 slate including Jackie Chan's 'The Foreigner'

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Singapore's Clover Films unveils 2017 slate including Jackie Chan's 'The Foreigner'
Line-up also includes Chan vehicle Bleeding Steel and Cannes title The Villainess.

Singapore’s Clover Films has unveiled a slate of 18 mostly Asian releases for 2017, including Stx Entertainment’s The Foreigner and six Korean movies.

The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, is scheduled for Singapore release on September 28. Clover also has Singapore rights for Jackie Chan vehicle Bleeding Steel, which it will release on December 22.

Buoyed by its success with Train To Busan, which grossed $3.9m in Singapore last year, Clover has also been stocking up on Korean titles. The Villainess, which recently premiered in Cannes Midnight screenings, is scheduled for July 13 and will be followed by war drama The Battleship Island (August 17), horror thriller The Mimic (August 31), supernatural drama Soul Mate (September 21), action film The Fortress (October) and thriller Golden Slumber (December).

Other Hong Kong-Chinese titles on Clover’s slate include Wilson Yip’s Paradox, starring Tony Jaa, Louis Koo and [link
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With Industry and Political Clouds Hovering, Shanghai Film Festival Opens on Quieter Note

At the shiny Lyric Theater in the heart of China’s biggest city, the Shanghai International Film Festival celebrated its 20th edition Saturday in relatively low-key fashion.

There were the usual speeches, parades of past award winners, and hordes of local media. But the star wattage on the red carpet (which was strewn with gold cups and an oversized Cadillac) was a couple of notches lower than in previous years. And on the industry side, there is similarly little expectation of a deals-announcement frenzy.

Last year the corridors and conference rooms of the festival-owned Crowne Plaza throbbed with slate announcements of jaw-dropping proportions. Numerous new connections were being made between Chinese companies and overseas filmmakers, many from Hollywood.

But the intervening year has been an instructive one. In hindsight, the 2016 Shanghai festival looks like the last hurrah of an old era when everything and anything seemed possible.

Soon after the festival,
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‘Drug War’ Remake in the Works From ‘Non-Stop’ Screenwriter (Exclusive)

Studiocanal, The Picture Company, and Ombra Films are developing an English-language remake of Johnnie To’s Chinese crime thriller “Drug War.”

The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce the film alongside Ombra Film’s Juan Sola and Jaume Collet-Serra. Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment will executive produce. A director is not yet attached.

The script will be written by Ryan Engle, who wrote Liam Neeson’s 2014 action-thriller “Non-Stop,” which was produced by Studiocanal and The Picture Company with Collet-Serra directing. Engle also wrote New Line’s Dwayne Johnson action-fantasy “Rampage,” currently in production.

“Drug War” tells the story of a naive drug runner who is arrested during a raid and becomes an informant to stay out of prison. What follows is a harrowing journey that turns the informant into a key operative. The original film, directed by To, starred Sun Honglei as a police captain and
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Review Round-Up: ‘Three’ & ‘Sword Master’

Three

Stars: Louis Koo, Wei Zhao, Wallace Chung, Siu-Fai Cheung, Suet Lam, Hoi-Pang Lo, Michael Tse, Adrian Wong, Kathy Wu | Written by Ho Leung Lau, Tin Shu Mak | Directed by Johnnie To

When a cop, a wounded crime boss and a doctor are thrown together in the hustle and bustle of an emergency room, a hospital descends from a pristine sanctuary to an explosive battleground. Bullets fly in a when the crime boss’s gang turn up to try and rescue him, and the cop must prevent innocent lives from being caught in the crossfire.

Johnny To’s hospital-set thriller is a Die Hard-esque tale that instantly recalls the John Woo classic Hard Boiled and yet is in no way similar in story and action. Like a number of his films before this, To takes his time building his film – introducing his characters, exploring their motivations etc. – before finally getting
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Vicki Zhao Steals The Show in “Three” – [Blu-Ray/DVD Release]

When Well Go USA released Three on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 4,2017, I expected it to be all about the fellas. I was in for a shock. In the midst of a mental tug-of-war between a band of bank robbers and a group of police detectives, Vicki Zhao quietly steals the show. I’ve heard that if you truly dislike a character that was intended to spark rage, the actor or actress did a good job. Vicki Zhao was truly beautiful and truly enraging. I could not be more pleased with the fantastic job she did. It goes without saying that Louis Koo and Wallace Chung delivered stellar performances as well, but today I want to focus on Vicki Zhao. She was the heat that melted the glue and didn’t give a damn about keeping anything together.

Director Johnnie To yet again shows his brilliance in the directing of Three.
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“Drug War” is one of the few great, contemporary Johnnie To movies

Winner of the Chinese Film Media Awards for Best Picture and Best Director, among a number of other local and international awards, “Drug War” is the first Johnnie To action film to be shot entirely in Mainland China.

The story revolves around two men, Captain Zhang Lei, a police officer, and Timmy Choi, a middle level criminal. When the police, headed by Zhang, manage to capture a number of “mules” carrying drugs in their stomachs, they also stumble upon Choi, who has crashed his car a little before and is now hospitalized. It is quickly revealed that Choi is an essential cog in a drug-trafficking syndicate with connections to Japan and Korea. In order to avoid the death penalty, Choi decides to give up the rest of the gang to Zhang. This includes Haha, a constantly laughing owner of fishing boats that serves as administrator, “Uncle Bill”, the mastermind of the syndicate,
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FilMart: Emperor Slate Headed by Benny Chan’s ‘Meow’ Fantasy

Emperor Motion Pictures will release the big-budget science-fiction fantasy “Meow” in July. The film headlines the Hong Kong studio’s 2017 slate unveiled Tuesday at FilMart.

“Meow” belongs to a rare genre as far as Hong Kong cinema is concerned. “There are very few fantasy films in Hong Kong and that’s precisely why we made this one,” said director Benny Chan. It was produced on a budget of over $14.5 million (RMB100 million).

The protagonist of “Meow” is an adorable, oversized cat kept by a family as a pet, but which turns out to be an alien from a remote planet aiming to domesticate human beings. A significant part of the budget has gone into the special effects in scenes featuring the big cat.

The film stars Louis Koo Tin-lok and Mary Ma and will be distributed locally by Emperor.

“Meow” is one of the approximately 10 films to be released by Emperor this year.
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Filmart: Sunny Luk, Jacob Cheung, Vincent Kok films lead Sun slate

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Production and distribution outfit reveals strong slate of titles at Hong Kong market.

Hong Kong-based Sun Entertainment Culture (Sunec) has unveiled a string of titles at Filmart, including crime suspense thriller Schemer from filmmaker Sunny Luk (who won best director at the 2012 Hong Kong Film Awards for Cold War [pictured]); the big-screen adaptation of Louis Cha’s wuxia novel The Book And The Sword from veteran director Jacob Cheung and writer James Yuen; and Chinese New Year action comedy Keep Calm And Be A Superstar by director Vincent Kok.

Also on Sun’s slate are The Neighbour, a remake of German horror The Good Neighbour that will be directed by Stanley Liu and produced by Pang Ho Cheung.

Pang is also the producer of new TV series Women Who Flirt, based on his big-screen romantic comedy of the same name and directed by TV drama director Sammy Ko, and DoP Jason Kwan’s directorial debut A Nail Clipper
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FilMart: Sil-Metropole Sets Hong Kong Slate as China’s Cinema Savior

Sil-Metropole Organization, a Hong Kong-based film production arm of the mainland government, on Monday unveiled a slate of star-studded projects telling Hong Kong stories. All are slated for 2017 release.

Chen Yiqi, chairman of the Sil-Metropole, told Variety that each project was expected to cost upwards of $6.45 million (Hk$50 million) to produce. He said the films will be released simultaneously in Hong Kong and mainland China, and added that Hong Kong stories will bring mainland Chinese audiences back to the cinema.

“China’s film industry needs a greater diversity of stories. We observed that a lot of well-received films in mainland China had strong Hong Kong flavors, or were directed by Hong Kong film makers who brought their unique storytelling to the mainland. We feel that we must keep Hong Kong cinema alive. They are appealing to mainland Chinese audience,” said Chen.

Among the highlights were “Dealer/ Healer,” starring an ensemble
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FilMart: Sun Entertainment’s ‘Paradox’ Packs Powerful Punch

FilMart: Sun Entertainment’s ‘Paradox’ Packs Powerful Punch
Star-studded Hong Kong action film “Paradox” marks the first time that Hong Kong-based Sun Entertainment Culture has teamed with Flagship Entertainment, the joint venture between Warner Bros., China Media Capital and Tvb.

The action-packed flick, produced on a budget of over $14.5 million (RMB100 million,) also marks the first venture between Sun and Alibaba Pictures, the film-making arm of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba.

At a launch event for the film at FilMart on Monday, Paco Wong, MD of Sun, said that further collaboration between the two companies was possible.

Flagship was founded in 2015 to develop and produce Chinese-language and Hong Kong films for the Chinese and global markets. Last year, it announced its first 12 movie projects to be made in China. “Paradox” is a recent addition.

Other partners involved in the film are Bona Film Group, Weixi Films, Shanghai Professional Making Film, Yl Pictures and Beijing Yuanshi Media Co., Ltd.
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The 24 hottest projects at this year's Hong Kong Filmart

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There is a thrilling selection of Chinese-language titles at Filmart this year. Liz Shackleton picks out some of the most promising.

With very few Hong Kong or mainland Chinese sellers making the journey to this year’s European Film Market in Berlin, Filmart offers a chance for buyers to catch up with the Chinese-language titles that will be rolled out in the region for the rest of the year.

After serving up the biggest film of the Chinese New Year holiday — Kung Fu Yoga, starring Jackie Chan and directed by Stanley Tong — China’s Sparkle Roll Media has launched a Hong Kong-based sales arm that is selling Ding Sheng’s reboot of the A Better Tomorrow series.

Other high-profile action titles new to market include Distribution Workshop’s Extraordinary Mission, from the creative teams behind the Infernal Affairs and Overheard series, and Huayi Brothers’ crime drama Explosion, starring Duan Yihong.

Previously announced
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Filmart: One Cool launches sales arm with $45m sci-fi

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Filmart: One Cool launches sales arm with $45m sci-fi
Exclusive: Company reveals four titles on debut sales slate.

Hong Kong’s One Cool Group has launched an international sales arm, One Cool Pictures, which is arriving at Filmart with a slate headed by $45m sci-fi action title Warriors Of The Future, starring Louis Koo and Sean Lau.

Produced by One Cool Film Production, the film is set in the future when the earth’s atmosphere has been destroyed and a mysterious vine appears to be the only hope for salvation.

The film, which started shooting in February, is directed by visual-effects veteran Ng Yuen-fai (Bodyguards And Assassins), who runs One Cool’s VFX company FatFace Production.

One Cool is also launching sales on $22m action title Taste Of Crime, which marks Hong Kong actor Nick Cheung’s third film as director following Ghost Rituals and Keeper Of Darkness. Starring Cheung, Xu Jinglei and Yu Nan, the film tells the story of an undercover cop who unveils
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Blu-ray of Johnnie To’s Three

Well Go USA will be releasing Johnnie To’s action-packed suspense film Three on Blu-ray on April 4.

Three stars Louis Koo, Wei Zhao, and Wallace Chung

When a police sting goes bad, a master criminal (Wallace Chung, Drug War) makes a desperate choice: he forces the cops to shoot him. Once there, he refuses treatment, instead waiting for his cohorts to break him out. Caught between an obsessed cop (Louis Koo, Triad Election) and the troubled surgeon assigned to save his life (Zhao Wei, Red Cliff), the hospital is now a taught-and-tense situation that could turn into a bloody battleground at any moment.

Now, you can own the Johnnie To’s Three Blu-ray. Wamg has two copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie with a number in the title? (mine is Triple 9). It’s so easy!
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