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Bona Film Group is building on its role as one of China’s most successful distributors and is looking to expand its business both in Hollywood and in China, prior to a new Ipo in 2018.
The company this week signed a deal to launch a $20 million film investment fund with Imax China, the Hong Kong stock market-listed offshoot of Imax. The pair will invest in Chinese movies and conversions of Chinese titles for release on the country’s huge number of giant screens. Imax China, which has a similar fund with China Media Capital, currently has some 320 screens in commercial operation, with an order book for nearly 300 more. The fund would likely give Bona’s Imax screens priority access to some of the titles.
Bona is also expanding the co-financing arrangement it has through The Seelig Group in the current slate of Twentieth Century Fox. That has already seen Bona »
- Patrick Frater
Starting back in 1996, the Young and Dangerous series went on to spawn numerous sequels and spinoffs, and went on to make stars of Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan and Francis Ng as well as feature a host of Hong Kong movie regulars such as Anthony Wong, Simon Yam and Roy Cheung. It also assisted in making director Andrew Lau one of the Hong Kong film industries’s most sought after directors, going on to direct a number of big budget blockbusters, most famously the Infernal Affairs series (2002-2003). The series was unsuccessfully rebooted with Young and Dangerous: Reloaded (2013). The main series was based on the popular comic strip Teddy Boy which was created by Dickey Yau and Cowman (Man Kai-Ming), which followed the life and...
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As Amazon continues to build its network of original programming, Variety is reporting it has just acquired a new series from Warner Bros. TV and Plan B based off Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, which in turn was a Western remake of Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s 2002 Hong Kong thriller Internal Affairs.
Warner Bros. TV and Plan B are teaming with writer Jason Richman on the series. Richman will write the pilot episode and then executive produce the series. He previously worked on the police drama Detroit 1-8-7 and Lucky 7, both for ABC.
This new series will take place in Chicago as a young police officer goes undercover in a Latino gang just as they plant their own man inside the police force. The two moles work to undermine the forces they’re hiding in while attempting to uncover the other’s identity. No word on when The Departed »
- Ricky Church
Ten years ago, Martin Scorsese's somewhat ungainly The Departed took flight from Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's terrific thriller Infernal Affairs, eventually earning Scorsese his long overdue first Academy Award. Now a new version is heading to the Amazon streaming service. Scorsese's remake, scripted by William Monahan, also borrowed elements from the original's two sequels. As I wrote in my review at the time: "Instead of simply 'Americanizing' the whiplash twists and turns of the original Hong Kong police thriller, which generated terrific tension in its first 30 minutes, the filmmakers used the material as inspiration for making a juicy, straightforward crime epic in which the characters are painted in varied shades of grey." The premise remains the same: a young cop goes undercover in...
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Flagship Entertainment, the joint venture between Warner Bros., China Media Capital and broadcaster Tvb, unveiled its first 12 movie projects to be made in China.
The company was established last year with its legal headquarters in Hong Kong. Its mandate is both local and international.
“We want Flagship to make high quality Hong Kong and Chinese films of every genre, for audiences around the world,” said Tsujihara, Wednesday. “Flagship’s structure will be open to young film makers.”
- Patrick Frater and Shirley Lau
Let’s talk remakes. Our series continues with a remake that was so good it won four Oscars, including Best Picture. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Departed (2006).
This week’s film is a rare occasion where the remake has won more awards, been on more Best Film lists and has received more overall acclaim than the original. That’s quite an impressive feat when you consider how good the original film was. Infernal Affairs (2002) is a great film from Hong Kong that won a whole cluster of cinematic honors internationally and is at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s 2006 American remake, the Departed, seems to get onto even more “Top 10” lists and also won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Academy Awards. It has a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 86% on Metacritic.
The original Hong Kong film, which was the first film of a trilogy, was done »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
The world’s seven-day revenue for a single territory record was smashed this Sunday, with the ticket sales in China during the Chinese New Year’s holiday period plus Valentine’s Day (February 8 – February 14) netting an overwhelming $548 million, surpassing the previous record set in North America from Dec 26 to Jan 1, that amounted to $529.6 million.
The three local blockbusters simultaneosly screened during this period played a major role in the record-breaking, wtih Stephen Chow’s “Mermaid” grossing $275.1 million, Wong Jing and Andrew Lau’s “From Vegas to Macau III” $119.6 million and “The Monkey King 2″ starring Aaron Kwok and Gong Li, $116.2 million.
The record-breaking revenue is considerably more than what the Chinese box office generated in a whole year one decade ago, with the 2006 box office reaching approximately $327.5 million.
sources:chinafilminsider.com, hollywoodreporter.com »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
Featuring a table-tennis game and a low-tech robot smash-up as its highlights, Wong Jing and Andrew Lau’s “From Vegas to Macau III” is a gambling caper with model “Chinese Socialist characteristics,” meaning there’s hardly any gambling or any other naughty fun at all. Single-handedly killing a once internationally beloved, one-of-a-kind Hong Kong genre that Wong himself invented, the filmmakers have so mangled their material to suit mainland criteria that they’re left with a string of moronic gags barely held together by cheapskate production values. That “III” snagged the biggest household names in Hong Kong cinema only testifies to the irresistible lure of Chinese coin. If the second film’s boffo B.O. was an indication that bad taste rules, this third movie’s guaranteed success will prove there’s no bottom in such a market.
When the original “From Vegas to Macau” (2014) debuted with its burst of kickass chopsocky, »
- Maggie Lee
Everything is set for the return of an all-star cast with the release of the third installment of the action-comedy film ‘From Vegas to Macau III’ next week. Fans will once again see Chow Yun-fat, Nick Cheung, Carina Lau, and other Hong Kong superstars reunited on the big screen with the return of the hit movie.
‘From Vegas to Macau’ will not only reunite the brightest stars from Hong Kong, but also long-time film collaborators Andrew Lau and Wong Jing who have acted either as producers, directors, or writers for the three movie installments. Nick Cheung and Carina Lau will also reprise their roles as Mark and Molly respectively.
South Korean popstar Psy is set to make a special cameo as seen from the film’s teaser trailer via Youtube. His wacky and surprising appearance on the film will surely delight many film and music fans.
- Kat Meneses
A disaffected celebrity incurs the wrath of a menacing drifter in Mojave, a rote psycho thriller that wears its Shakespearian influences on its tattered sleeves before clumsily morphing into Come at Me Bro: The Movie as each of the two determined adversaries engage in a relentless battle of wills. The sophomore directorial effort from Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed), this beige, low-budget indie isn’t likely to be remembered as more than a curious foot note in the filmography of rising star Oscar Isaac as roles in A Most Violent Year, Ex-Machina, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens thrust the charismatic leading man ever further up the Hollywood A-list.
In his screenplay for The Departed, Monahan used the foundation of Andrew Lau’s Infernal Affairs to weave a masterful tapestry of fear and paranoia in the South Boston criminal underworld. Their motives cloaked in mystery as they navigated »
- Jason Buchanan
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