5 items from 2014
Hong Kong — Production is now underway on “Old Boys: The Way of the Dragon,” a Chinese feature film that is a product of the country’s booming micro-film trend.
The film is the first feature to be produced by Youku Originals, a production subsidiary of New York Stock Exchange-listed Chinese Internet video giant Youku-Tudou.
Directed by Xiao Yang, the film is set to hit theaters by May this year.
Xiao and partner Wang Taili, co-wrote, act and scored “Old Boys,” a 43 minute micro-film which became a hit with over 80 million views on the Chinese internet in 2010. The picture involved the pair (nicknamed the Chopstick Brothers) building up to take part in a talent show, but being rejected by a big music producer and having to make to with menial jobs.
The feature film picks up themes from the 2010 original and sends them to New York where they are chased by North Korean assassins, »
- Patrick Frater
Hong Kong – Hong Kong media mogul, film producer and philanthropist Sir Run Run Shaw passed away at his home Tuesday at the age of 106. The founder of Shaw Brothers Studio and Television Broadcast Limited (Tvb), Shaw was instrumental in bringing Chinese-language film, especially the martial arts genre, to the attention of the world. His film and TV empire launched the careers of some of China's biggest stars, including Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau and Chow Yun-fat. Figures from across the Chinese film industry spoke out Wednesday to mourn the passing of the media tycoon. Photos: Hollywood's Notable
- Karen Chu
Laying waste to everything with blaring 3D effects, “Firestorm” plays more like a disaster movie than a crime saga, given its risibly implausible story of a policeman fighting mainland Chinese robbers on the rampage in Hong Kong. Helmer-scribe Alan Yuen makes every scene go bang and boom, burying his potentially compelling subject — a law enforcer’s quandary when justice crumbles under brute force — under so much CGI rubble. This being the most extravagant (though not the most technically polished) Chinese 3D blockbuster in recent release, pic boasts whiz-bang B.O. in China and currently holds top spot in Hong Kong cinemas.
Although Yuen has helmed a B-grade romance (1994′s “Touches of Love”) and shares writing-directing credits with Sylvia Chang on the cyber-love story “Princess D” (2002), he is best known for scripting Benny Chan’s blockbusters, including “New Police Story” (2004), “Rob-b-Hood” (2006) and “Shaolin” (2010). While these hits succeeded by prioritizing action and spectacle over plot and character, »
- Maggie Lee
Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press
Hong Kong (AP) - Run Run Shaw built a Hong Kong movie and TV empire that nurtured rising talents like actor Chow Yun-fat and director John Woo, inspired Hollywood filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and produced the 1982 sci-fi classic "Blade Runner."
Shaw's prolific studio helped bring kung fu films to the world but he also passed on the chance to sign one of the biggest names in that genre: the young Bruce Lee.
The missed opportunity was a rare misstep for Shaw, who died Tuesday, according to a statement from Television Broadcasts Limited (Tvb), which he helped found in 1967. No cause of death was given.
His studio gave his age as 107, but his age according to the Western counting method may have been 106 because Chinese traditionally consider a child to be 1 at birth. Tvb said he was born in 1907, but would not provide his birth date. »
- The Associated Press
Legendary media mogul Run Run Shaw has died. He was 106. Born on Nov. 23, 1907, in Ningbo, south of Shanghai, in the waning days of China’s last imperial dynasty, Shaw was the youngest of six sons of textile merchant Shaw Yuh Hsuen. By the late 1960s, Shaw had risen to the status of media mogul unrivaled in Asia, growing his family’s theater chain, film studio and television network Television Broadcasts Ltd. (Tvb) into a multibillion-dollar empire that helped launch the careers of some of today’s biggest Chinese stars, including Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau and Chow Yun-fat. Photos: Hollywood's Notable
- Clifford Coonan
5 items from 2014
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