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The opening ceremony of the seventh edition of the Beijing International Film Festival took place Sunday night amid a tight security cordon at Huairou, and the wind blowing white lint from the poplar trees that surround the city.
As well as a spectacular permanent theater, the far-flung Beijing suburb is home to China Film Group’s studio complex, and the opening events briefly crimped the filming schedule of Zhang Yimou’s upcoming “Shadow.”
Films will play across the Chinese capital for the next week (April 16-23). They will compete for eyeballs with “The Fate of the Furious,” which broke records this weekend in commercial theaters. Festival organizers denied that the absence of any Korean films was a political decision linked to the current diplomatic and economic standoff between China and South Korea sparked by Seoul’s decision to deploy a controversial missile-defense system.
The festival’s opening ceremony in Huairou »
- Patrick Frater
Dragon Gate Zombie Inn is being produced by The Monkey King producer Soi Cheang.
Hong Kong’s Mei Ah Entertainment is launching its slate at Filmart headed by Dragon Gate Zombie Inn, a mash-up of the martial arts and zombie thriller genres from Ip Man [pictured] director Wilson Yip.
Currently in pre-production, the film is set in the desert in the fortress-like Dragon Inn, which becomes ground zero for a zombie invasion. It will be produced by Soi Cheang, who is currently directing Filmko Entertainment’s big-budget fantasy sequel, The Monkey King 3.
Wilson Yip and Soi Cheang will then switch roles on Mei Ah’s sci-fi action title Marauder, which Yip will produce with Cheang directing. The story follows an alien who accidentally lands on Earth and is hunted by humans, while trying to get his spaceship off the ground.
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Well Go USA released the long awaited sequel, Cold War 2, on Blu-ray and DVD March 7, 2017. It is one of the best good versus bad flicks that I have seen in a while. Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung, Eddie Peng and Chow Yun Fat play for blood in the dirty world of politics.
They’re conniving, ruthless and intelligent; and that’s just the good guys!
Aaron Kwok returns again as Sean Lau, now promoted to the role of Commissioner of Police. When his wife becomes a pawn in the ongoing fight, Lau makes a decision that opens the flood gates of hell, giving his enemies all the ammo they need to take him out.
To their surprise, Lau isn’t an easy target. He is brilliant and strategic, even using their own players again them. Counter move after move leaves them shook. When Chow Yun Fat graces the screen, his charisma is on full blast. »
- CoolHappyMe P
Chinese film studios Wuxi Studio and German production facilities house Studio Babelsberg have inked a deal to work together on a project-by-project basis.
The pact will encompass the production of German-Chinese co-productions and the exchange of technical expertise and personnel. The partners plan to set up a joint production service unit.
Carl Woebcken, president/CEO of Studio Babelsberg, said: “The modern film studios in Wuxi offer excellent conditions. Studio Babelsberg will be contributing its expertise in the areas of production services and the realization of international film productions to the cooperation.”
“The aim of the partnership is to promote the internationalization of Wuxi Studio and provide Studio Babelsberg with access to the Chinese film market,” according to a statement.
Wuxi Studio, which »
- Leo Barraclough
4 items from 2017
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