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Review: God Of War Eventually Shows its Strengths

3 June 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Vincent Zhao stars as the eponymous military tactician in Gordon Chan’s sweeping action epic, following the efforts of the Ming army to keep a fleet of fearsome Japanese pirates at bay in 16th century China. Sammo Hung, Wan Qian and Yasuaki Kurata also star in this uneven, yet respectful tale of strategy and courage.   As the East coast of China is repeatedly plundered by marauding pirates from Japan, Ming army Commander Yu Dayou (Sammo Hung) turns to renowned tactician General Qi Jiguang (Vincent Zhao) for help and guidance. Qi believes he would be of more use away from the front, training the army in newly devised techniques, but he is persuaded into fulfilling those orders on the road, leading a modest force in a...

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Exclusive Clip: Stongholds Fall in Gordon Chan's God Of War

31 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

God of War, the epic new period adventure from Hong Kong filmmaker Gordon Chan (Fist of Legend, The Four) stars Vincent Zhao (True Legend), as General Qi, a master military tactician in an ongoing war against marauding Japanese pirates in 16th century China. Sammo Hung also stars, alongside Wan Qian, Keisuke Koide and Yasukaki Kurata. God of War opens in North America this Friday (2 June) courtesy of Well Go USA, two weeks before it debuts in Hong Kong. We have an exclusive clip, in which Qi's men lay siege to a crucial pirate stronghold, to whet your appetites for the action to come. Check it out below:...

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The 24 hottest projects at this year's Hong Kong Filmart

13 March 2017 3:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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.

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Filmart: Chapman To’s 'The Empty Hands' gets international sales deal

12 March 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Martial arts drama has been picked up by Hong Kong outfit Golden Scene.

Hong Kong’s Golden Scene has picked up international rights to martial arts drama The Empty Hands, directed by and starring Chapman To [pictured].

Produced by To and Tang Wai But, the film tells the story of a young girl whose only wish is to sell her father’s karate dojo when he dies, but discovers that 51% of the business was left to one of his worst pupils.

Currently in post-production, the film is scripted by To and Erica Li. To also stars with Stephy Tang, Yasuaki Kurata and Stephen Au.

Golden Scene is also selling Amos Why’s second feature, Napping Kid, basedon Mann Shin’s novel about the kidnapping of a confidential computer file. Currently in post-production, the film stars Cecilia So, Ng Siu Hin, David Siu and Candy Cheung.

Other titles on Golden Scene’s Filmart slate include Wong Chun’s award-winning »

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