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Watch David Tsui's Pepsi Short Bringing Happiness Home

29 December 2011 2:07 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Chinese New Year is traditionally a time to celebrate with your family together and in that spirit, PepsiCo has produce a short film Bringing Happiness Home (把乐带回家) for this joyous occasion.  Its directed by TV commercial director David Tsui who brings an endearing quality to every of his projects with the most recent being the Solvil et Titus commerical. The cast include Zhang Guo Li, Louis Koo, Zhou Xun, Show Luo and Angela Chang. Other product placement include Lays and Tropicana.   You'll find the 10-minute short (English subtitles included) embedded below. »

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Donnie Yen Really Rocks In The Music Video For All's Well Ends Well 2012!

24 December 2011 2:27 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

A brand new music video has been released for Donnie Yen's new film, All's Well Ends Well 2012 (also known as Eighth Happiness). Directed by Chan Hing-ka and Janet Chun, who were responsible for All's Well Ends Well 2011 as well as La Comedie Humaine (one of the best Hong Kong comedies of 2011), the film is due for release during Chinese New Year in 2012. All's Well Ends Well 2012 features an all star cast including Yen, Louis Koo, Kelly Chen, Lynn Hung, Chapman To and Sandra Ng. In the film, Donnie plays a rock star and for this role, he has been practising his singing and dancing. The song featured in the Mv, sung by Donnie himself, is a new version of »

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Teaser Trailer for Johnnie To's Romancing In Thin Air

12 December 2011 3:07 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Johnnie To's snowbound romance between Louis Koo and Sammi Cheng has had a long and bumpy ride getting to the screen, but the end is finally in sight and Media Asia has released a teaser trailer for the film, as well as a new poster.The story follows a movie star (Koo), who escapes to the remote climes of Yunnan province after being left at the altar by his actress fiancee (the increasingly ever-present Gao Yuanyuan), only to finally find love in the rather clingy arms of a neurotic fan (Cheng). From the trailer we can see that Sammi does plenty of foraging in the undergrowth, while Louis appears to be bedridden and possibly even dying in one shot. While early reports have claimed the film was »

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Triple Tap Blu-ray Review

3 December 2011 9:15 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Director Derek Yee teams up with regular collaborators Daniel Wu and Louis Koo for another tense Hong Kong crime drama in Triple Tap.  The film follows a pair or expert sharp shooters unexpectedly pitted against one another in a game of cat and mouse.  Derek Yee's direction is confident and effective, while Wu's cool countenance keeps the film moving. The wild card in this film for me is Louis Koo, whose performance didn't exactly ring my bell, but may not be as disappointing to others.  Whatever your opinion on the film, Well Go USA has put together another stellar A/V specimen with Triple Tap, further proof that it is well worth waiting for their Blu-ray releases rather than importing the pricy Hk originals.Champion competitive marksman »

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There Be Lightsabers In The Us TV Spots For Wilson Yip's Magic To Win

30 November 2011 6:41 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Hitting Us theaters via China Lion on December 9th, Ip Man director Wilson Yip takes a turn into fantasy with Magic To Win. Wu Jing, Louis Koo and Raymond Wong star in a comedy about dueling magicians whose weapons of choice evidently include some good old fashioned light sabers.Don't believe me? Check out the pair of TV spots below as the sabers feature prominently in both. »

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Two New Posters and a Handful of Images from Wilson Yip’s Magic to Win

4 November 2011 7:21 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Sure, it may look impossibly corny, but Wilson Yip’s “Magic to Win” is sure to be an enjoyable slice of eye candy. The previously posted teaser trailer suggests that the film isn’t meant to be taken too seriously. It seems to have the same vibe as that seriously underrated Nicolas Cage flick “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, though that may not be a good thing. Unless, of course, you secret love it. Which I do. Secretly, of course. That’s not the sort of information you want leaked. Below you’ll find two new posters and a few magical images from Yip’s latest creation. The film, which stars Yan Ni , Louis Koo Wu Jing, Raymond Wong, and Wu Chun, opens this December. I’m almost positive that a full trailer will pop up in the near future »

- Todd Rigney

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Derek Yee’s Bloody Actioner “Triple Tap” Gets Blu-ray release

30 October 2011 5:29 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Fans of dark, bloody action are in for a treat. “Triple Tap”, which stars Louis Koo, Daniel Wu, Li Bingbing, is getting both a Blu-ray and DVD release on December 6th. Directed by two-time Best Director winner ( Hong Kong) Derek Yee, it looks like it’s definitely worth picking up for action fans. Details below…

For those of you who don’t know what the flick is about, a competitive marksmen named Ken accidently stumbles across an armed van robbery. When he sees a policeman getting held hostage, he does what any good samaritan would do with his skills, and kills four of the robbers. However, the leader of the group escapes, and shortly after Ken is cleared of any charges, he comes back with a vengeance, determined to make Ken’s life a living hell for botching the heist. Think ” I Saw the Devil”, except between an expert marksman and a maniacal thief. »

- nick.masercola

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A Chinese Ghost Story and a Monstrous Presence: A Movie Review

10 October 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Director: Wilson Yip.

Cast: Louis Koo, Yifei Liu and Shao-qun Yu.

Love can be a bittersweet enemy in the remake of the 1987 Tsui Hark classic, A Chinese Ghost Story (倩女幽魂).. At this movie’s core is a tale of romance, of how a simple tax collector/scholar, Ning Choi-Shan (Yu Shaoqun), falls in love with a female spirit, Siu Sin (Liu Yifei). She is unfortunately enslaved by an evil tree demon. With the help of a monk/master swordsman Yin Chek Ha, (Louis Koo), he frees her. In the original, there were complications since the lovers are mortal and immortal.

That gets changed in the update. In Chek Ha’s younger years, during his training to be a monk, he fell for Siu Sin as well. He had to make a choice, and instead of killing her, it is his duty, he magically took away her memories of him. This »

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Laissez-faire Love Triangle

28 August 2011 6:45 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A romantic comedy produced for the lucrative Mandarin market, Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai's Don't Go Breaking My Heart is pure formula—quirky white-collar girl wooed by contrasting lovers—given the étude treatment: rudimentary romantic themes, taken at face value, form the basis for a complicated technical exercise. Tricks with mirrored surfaces, depth-of-field, cutaway sets and wide-angle lenses abound, all synced up to Xavier Jamaux's Legrand-esque makeout music.  But to what ends? To and Wai aren't giving story or structure the runaround in favor of "style;" rather, they take this hoary premise and build on and out of it. Simple ideas, sufficiently overthought, become postmodernist architecture: crisp lines of character, plot and internal logic accented with blunt neoclassical flourishes. Where those lines lead, though, is a different matter. 

Investment firm employee Zixin (Gao Yuanyuan), newly single, spends her evenings hanging out with an alcoholic architect (Daniel Wu) while pining »

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A Chinese Ghost Story (2011) Movie Review

21 August 2011 10:37 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Ching Siu Tung and Tsui Hark’s 1987 immortal classic of Hong Kong cinema “A Chinese Ghost Story” returns to screens in a new version with “Ip Man” series director Wilson Yip at the helm. Wisely, although a remake, the film makes an effort to do something a little different with the original Liaozhai source material, staying true to its themes whilst taking a different approach to its characters and their relationships. Unsurprisingly, the highly anticipated film was a major blockbuster release, boasting extensive special effects work from a top Korean team, and an all star cast headed by popular leading man Louis Koo (“Don’t go Breaking my Heart”), Liu Yifei, (“The Forbidden Kingdom”) and Yu Shaoqun, (“Shaolin”), with support from veteran Kara Hui (who featured in many Shaw Brothers hits such as “Legendary Weapons of China”), Fan Siu Wong (“Ip Man”), and, most excitingly, old school Hong Kong genre »

- James Mudge

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Overheard 2 Review

18 August 2011 1:55 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

From a narrative point of view, Felix Chong & Alan Mak's Overheard 2 is a sequel in name only to their underwhelming 2009 thriller. They assemble the same heavyweight cast of Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo and Daniel Wu, and the film is again produced by Derek Yee, but with an entirely new story and cast of characters. That said, the film is most certainly a continuation of the themes addressed in the first film - this is a surveillance/financial thriller where, even in a community riddled with gangsters and vengeful vigilantes, the real bad guys are the fat cat bankers and investors who manipulate the stock markets for personal gain at the expense of everybody else. The good news is that Overheard 2 is superior »

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Ronny Yu begins Saving General Yang

3 August 2011 3:53 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Production began this week on Ronny Yu's Rmb 200 million epic family drama Saving General Yang, starring Adam Cheng and Louis Koo as the patriarch and first son respectively. Based on a hugely successful series of books and plays, the film has twice been adapted for television in Hong Kong and so anticipation for a big screen version is expected to be high.Vic Chou, Chun Wu, Raymond Lam, Fu Xinbo and Yu Bo round out the cast and filming has kicked off in Henan province, China. This promises to be a grand action epic, detailing four generations of the same family and the tested loyalties therein, and could yield exciting things in the hands of Ronny Yu, whose last film - Jet Li starrer Fearless »

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Fantasia 2011: Don't Go Breaking My Heart Review

25 July 2011 7:50 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

[With the latest Johnnie To - Wai Ka-Fai collaboration to play at Fantasia today, we revisit James Marsh's review.]Don't Go Breaking My Heart tells the story of Zixin (Gao Yuanyuan), a sweet-natured but heartbroken office girl who falls for a high-flying city boy she spies from her office window. Cheng (Louis Koo) runs a finance company and lives his life moment by moment, especially when it comes to relationships. He immediately asks Zixin out to dinner, only to be distracted by a more instantly gratifying proposition and stands her up. Zixin then crosses paths with Fang (Daniel Wu), an accomplished, yet disillusioned architect, who has given up on his career to become a drunk. When he saves her from a traffic collision, Zixin rewards Fang »

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Affd 2011: Triple Tap Review

21 July 2011 4:25 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Harkening back to the golden era of Hong Kong cops 'n' criminals flicks, Derek Yee's Triple Tap kicks off with not one, but two high-adrenaline action sequences before settling down to tell its story. A sequel, of sorts, to Double Tap, released in 2000, the new film again features a civilian and a police inspector who are expert marksmen. Ken Kwan (Louis Koo) is a successful investment banker who wins a shooting competition with a rare "triple tap" (three shots fired into the same spot), narrowly defeating the best efforts of Chong (Daniel Wu). But the glum-looking Kwan doesn't seem to take any joy in his victory, grabbing his trophy and heading back to his office to work overtime. On his way back, he »

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Director Wilson Yip Goes Family Friendly with Magic to Win

21 July 2011 9:05 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Wilson Yip? Doing a family-friendly action movie? I’m down for it. The frequent Donnie Yen collaborator tosses his cinematic hat into the family genre with “Magic to Win”, a light and breezy motion picture about a professor and a young woman with superhuman powers. The film was sold in several markets back in May, long before any of the cast members stepped in front of the camera. That’s the power of the Yip, I suppose. Below you’ll find a handful of stills from the flick, which stars Yan Ni , Louis Koo Wu Jing, Raymond Wong, and Wu Chun. Dig that funky lightsaber! “Magic to Win” is tentatively scheduled for release in China later this year. Source: Film Smash »

- Todd Rigney

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Blu-ray World Weekly: Chinese Ghost Story, Beauty And The Beast, Potiche

18 July 2011 9:02 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Returning to tantalize you with thoughts of lasers dancing through the air with bits of celluloid attached to neurons (or however it is that Blu-ray works), we have the prospect of ghosts, and other things that go bump in the night to tempt your wallet. Most Notable New Releases A Chinese Ghost Story (Region A; Panorama) Wilson Yip's remake of the beloved original (by Ching Siu-Tung) "turns out to be a vacuous and tedious CGI-laden crapfest," according to James Marsh, our very own Man in Hong Kong. Louis Koo stars as a demon hunter.Beauty and the Beast (Region A; Criterion Collection)Jean Cocteau's classic fantasy stars Josette Day and Jean Marais. As to the Blu-ray transfer, DVD Beaver comments: "Some fans may have had higher »

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The boys are back (sort of) in Overheard 2

5 July 2011 1:54 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Back in 2009 Alan Mak and Felix Chong, assisted by producer Derek Yee, assembled an A-list cast to die-for for their lofty surveillance thriller Overheard. While Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo and Daniel Wu all put in solid turns, the script was rather half-baked. In the end, the film failed to live up to the promise of its intriguing set-up - surveillance cops cashing in on the financial information they overhear during a sting operation - but that hasn't stopped them getting the band back together for round 2. The first trailer for Overheard 2 has just landed and it seems our three leading men are now playing entirely new characters. Lau Ching Wan appears to be a shady city dealer, Louis Koo may now be »

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Don't Go Breaking My Heart Blu-ray Review

23 June 2011 3:11 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

From Mega Star Video:Yen (Gao Yuanyuan) is a single girl working in Hong Kong. One day, she notices a handsome hunk (Louis Koo) in the office building across the street trying to catch her attention with paper signs. A quirky romance ensues as she starts communicating with the stranger through paper signs every day. On the day she finally has the chance to meet him in person, she discovers that the so-called romance is only an embarrassing mix-up on her part. Her fate changes when she is approached by a beggar named Kevin (Daniel Wu). They start talking and soon become best friends. She learns of his origins and starts helping him rebuild his confidence and get back on track. However, when the previous stranger »

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Six New Posters for A Chinese Fairy Tale

14 April 2011 12:44 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Director Wilson Yip’s fantasy “A Chinese Fairy Tale” will arrive in Hong Kong theaters on April 21st, 2011. In order to prepare everyone for its arrival, a brand new set of posters have appeared online. Only one question remains: When will this one show up in other territories? It’s too early to tell, of course, but I’m hoping we’ll at least get an English-subtitled DVD before the end of the summer. Is that too much to ask for? For those arriving late to the party, here’s what it’s all about: The story takes place in an ancient mountain village. There were spirits and tree monsters living on Black Mountain and these demons were always engaged in slaughter and bloodshed. The villagers all fear to enter the mountain and the Lan Ruo temple within the mountain. When Yan Chi Xia (Louis Koo) was still young, he »

- Todd Rigney

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Watch Seven Minutes Of Wilson Yip's A Chinese Ghost Story

31 March 2011 1:40 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Need any more convincing to determine whether Wilson Yip's romantic supernatural film A Chinese Ghost Story (or A Chinese Fairy Tale depending which Asian territory its playing in) is well-worth your while? The promotional team has unveiled seven and a half minutes of footage to the Chinese media outlet for further persuasion.  Based on the video, here are some of my random thoughts or observation:1.)  Louis Koo plays the Taoist master and he's packing heavy artillery.  Sort of like the Chinese version of Blade. 2.)  Liu Yifei (aka Crystal Liu) is an excellent successor to Joey Wong as the beautiful young maiden ghost.  How can anyone not fall under her alluring charm?3.) In addition to a new soundtrack (see music video embedded below), the classic »

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