20 items from 2013
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
In the grand scheme of things in the detective procedural genre, the idea of a blind detective who relies on his other heightened senses, and an almost mystical sixth sense that allows him to relive crimes like a method actor doesn’t sound all that odd. So the revelation that Johnnie To’s quirky cop project is in fact a ribald comedy that pokes fun in liberal doses actually came as something of a surprise.
The film stars Hong Kong superstars Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng, in their seventh collaboration, as an unlikely detective duo – him blind and prone to clumsiness (at times it feels like we’re being invited to laugh at his misfortune a touch too much) and her a besotted sidekick with promising skills who acts as his foil and his aide. She employs him to help her find a missing childhood friend, »
- Simon Gallagher
Blind Detective (Johnnie To, Hong Kong)
Out Of Competition
After the Peckinpah-ian hard-boiled detectives of Drug War and the mist and cold of Northern China, back to another fantasy detective, or rather ex-detective (Andy Lau) paired with a devoted and sentimental woman cop (Sammy Cheng). Is Johnnie To building a personal collection of freak ex-cops? The previous one was "mad" (Mad Detective [San Tam], 2007), this one is blind, yet the two characters share the same capacity to mentally witness and re-enact the circumstances of the murder cases they inquire upon. And the same "theory": if you want to understand how "it" really happened, live it. Like scriptwriters who would examine one option after another of a scenario, and then play out the scenes to test them. Yet this time, To and his Milky Way gang let themselves go wilder in the blending of thriller, action, comedy (if not romcom), burlesque and over the top fantasy. »
- Marie-Pierre Duhamel
A serial-killer thriller wrapped in an unruly slapstick comedy with generous servings of food porn, “Blind Detective” is a deranged and delirious smorgasbord of a movie. Even devotees of Hong Kong genre master Johnnie To and his frequent collaborator, producer/co-writer Wai Ka-fai, may not be entirely sure what to make of this unusually demented romp, a madcap mystery-romance that sustains a light, bouncy tone and a decent hit-to-miss laff ratio even in scenes involving strangulation, dismemberment and cannibalism. The vigorous if overlong result should keep To’s international fans entertained, but may skew more cultish than his recent record-setter, “Drug War.”
Perfectly positioned in Cannes’ midnight sidebar, “Blind Detective” makes a goofy companion volume to To’s 2007 thriller “Mad Detective,” also built on a high-concept Wai premise about an eccentrically gifted/cursed sleuth. In this case, the role of Chong, the blind detective of the title, is a showcase »
- Justin Chang
Hot on the heels of Johnnie To's Drug War, the latest Hong Kong film about the Asian drug war is coming soon! The White Storm - originally touted by Universe under the title Metamorphosis at Hk Filmart earlier this year - comes from director Benny Chan and stars three of Hong Kong's top actors: Louis Koo, Lau Ching Wan and Nick Cheung. It's the first time the trio has appeared together on screen.Benny Chan has been making some of Hong Kong's most entertaining action films since the early 90s, including the Andy Lau classic A Moment of Romance, the criminally underrated Big Bullet, 2005's Divergence that gave Aaron Kwok his first acting award, Jackie Chan's New Police Story, and the more recent Invisible Target, Connected and Shaolin.The White Storm...
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Chandor, who made an impressive debut with Margin Call in 2011, ventures far from Wall Street — and dry land — for this followup, starring Robert Redford as a man lost at sea in a movie that purports to have even less spoken dialogue than “The Artist.” “Life of Pi” minus the tiger? Ideal viewing for Cannes’ beachside Cinema de la Plage? Only time will tell.
“Behind the Candelabra” (Steven Soderbergh)
Though it will premiere on HBO while the festival is still in full swing, it’s still hard not to be excited by the prospect of this long-planned Liberace biopic from retiring renaissance man Soderbergh, with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon” (two actors Soderbergh has made excellent use of in the past) surrounded by Rob Lowe, Dan Aykroyd and Debbie Reynolds. Bring on the sequins!
With its raw, feral performance by »
- Scott Foundas, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
The UK’s 5th Annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival has announced its full 2013 line-up, set for June 6 – 15, 2013 in London. In Memory Of: Leslie Cheung & Anita Mui Days Of Being Wild by Wong Kar Wai, Hong Kong – Wed 29 May 2013, 20:45 1994/ Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles/ 94mins/ starring Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai One of the most acclaimed masterpieces of modern cinema from one of Hong Kong’s finest auteur directors. Rouge by Stanley Kwan, Hong Kong – Thurs 06 June 2013, 17:50 1988/ Cantonese with English subtitles/ 96mins/ starring Anita Mui, Leslie Cheung Part Romeo & Juliet, part ghost story, an outstanding and timeless classic. Happy Together by Wong Kar Wai, Hong Kong – Fri 07 June 2013, 12:30 1997/ Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles/ 96 mins/ starring Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Chen Chang The story of a gay love triangle slowly fragmenting »
- BeyondHollywood Staff
Following the recent commercial success of Drug War, director Johnnie To's hot streak looks to continue with his new film Blind Detective. The film reteams Hong Kong superstars Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng, who have previously appeared in a number of To's romantic comedies and massive Hong Kong box office hits such as Needing You... and Love on a Diet. The difference this time is that the new film is a crime thriller. Some new stills and production photos for the film have just been released, and judging by the images, Blind Detective looks to be another intense and expertly crafted thriller from the master director. ...
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I have never seen one of Johnnie To's films so I'm hoping to make his new film, Blind Detective (Man Tam) the first as it will play as part of the Midnight selection at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and today a trailer for the film is available. The film stars Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, House of Flying Daggers) as a cop forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. But after witnessing a bank robbery along with a female inspector - who believes he has acute senses - they team up in hope to solve the case. The idea immediately makes me think of Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi, though that's a character that's hardly his alone, adapted into a cop drama. I also seem to remember a film from the '80s or '90s focused on a blind man that went around protecting people. I'm not sure it »
- Brad Brevet
Yes, believe it or not, even the prestigious, sniffy Cannes Film Festival has a midnight movie section. Granted, it's still relatively new, and only features a couple movies per year, but they perhaps realize that after getting stuffed with Important Movies all day, sometimes you just want to sit back and blow off a little bit of cinematic steam. And this year, hopes will be pinned on Johnnie To to deliver. His latest effort, "Blind Detective" is one of two movies set to unveil for audiences fighting off sleep, and the title pretty much says it all. To reteams with longtime collaborator Andy Lau ("Running Out Of Time," "Running On Karma," "Fulltime Killer," "Casino Raiders II" and many more) to tell the story about a retired detective who teams up with a female inspector to investigate a bank robbery. The twist of course is that he's blind -- or at »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ah, the excitement of a press conference! Actually, though it may sound dry and boring -- and I'm sure the repetition would dilute the impact quickly -- the first press conference I attended in Hong Kong a couple of weeks ago proved to be highly entertaining. For a long-time fan of Hong Kong cinema, there's the fun of seeing Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng live on stage, in front of dozens of photographers, not to forget director Johnnie To, all to introduce the teaser and first posters for the upcoming Blind Detective. And, though the event was conducted entirely in Cantonese, in which I am not fluent at all, it's not exactly difficult to follow what's going on in the highlights presented in the video...
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I’m ashamed to say that it’s been a while since I’ve watched a Johnnie To movie, and I feel bad about it. Really, really bad. I grew up on Johnnie To. I’ve loved almost every single thing the guy has done (even some of his romantic comedies, and Hong Kong romcoms were never my speed), and one of these days I’m going to make up for ignoring the man for so long and go to town on some of his films that I’ve missed out on the last few years. Maybe I’ll make “Blind Detective” one of those movies. The film stars Andy Lau as, you guessed it, a blind Detective. Hey, just cause he’s blind doesn’t mean he can’t shoot a gun. Check it out, check it outers. A cop is forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. »
Hong Kong's Johnnie To is showing no signs of restraint in the wake of his violent mainland-based thriller, Drug War, which has its domestic at the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival later this week. The first teaser trailer for Blind Detective was revealed today at Hong Kong Filmart, and it appears the director is keeping things bloody. The film stars Andy Lau as the titular handicapped sleuth, who is called in by Sammi Cheng's cop to track a vicious killer on the streets of Hong Kong. The Media Asia-backed production includes numerous familiar faces from To's Milkyway Image, and hints at a typically stylish & surreal affair similar to To's earlier Mad Detective, that sees Lau getting all introspective about his disability, while also...
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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. A Simple Life Roger (Andy Lau) is a movie producer who returns home to find that the woman (Deanie Ip) who worked as his family’s maid since he was a child has suffered a stroke. He decides to set aside his affairs and focus on helping her, but as he struggles to manage the role of caregiver she finds it difficult to be the one being cared for. Lau is an international star known more for action films and rom-coms, but he does a fantastic job with the drama here. The real draw though is Ip who manages to deliver a character earns our respect, makes us laugh and breaks our hearts in equal measure. It’s an incredibly sweet film about finding the best in each other and ourselves, and »
- Rob Hunter
Exclusive: When you see a filmmaker like Martin Scorsese or Jonathan Demme put their brand names on movies, you wonder how involved they get. Scorsese put his imprimatur on two films this month – Luc Besson’s Malavita and Andy Lau’s Revenge of the Green Dragons. Now, Demme has taken a “presenting” credit on Adam Leon‘s Gimme The Loot, hoping his contribution will be that people notice a worthy indie when it gets released in late March by IFC Films/Sundance Selects. Gimme The Loot won Best Narrative Feature at last year’s SXSW. Leon is a current nominee for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Film. Said Demme: “Knowing that Gimme The Loot is — astonishingly — Adam Leon’s first feature most certainly adds to the film’s extraordinary sense of achievement. But the sheer entertainment value of this very smart, hilarious, and heartfelt movie made by young filmmakers about contemporary young people, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The biggest, most hyped and eagerly awaited Hong Kong thriller of the year arrives in the form of “Cold War”, written and directed by first-timers Longman Leung and Sunny Luk. Backed by a massive marketing campaign clearly trying to position it as the new “Infernal Affairs”, the police corruption film is certainly an ambitious affair, with an amazing cast of top stars headlined by Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Ka Fai, supported by the likes of Eddie Peng (“Tai Chi”), Aarif Lee (“Bruce Lee, My Brother”), Gordon Lam (“Motorway”) and Charlie Young (“Floating City”), with Michael Wong and the immortal Andy Lau on hand for cameo appearances. The effort seems to have paid off, with the film emerging as the biggest Hong Kong money maker of 2012, in addition to having been nominated for a long list of gongs at the Hong Kong Film Awards. The film kicks off with the »
- James Mudge
On February 26, Well Go USA will release the critically acclaimed Hong Kong film A Simple Life in North America on Blu-ray and DVD.
A Simple Life is the tale of a movie producer Roger (Andy Lau) and his family's nanny Ah Tao (Deanie Ip). When the nanny suffers a stroke, Roger agrees to help her relocate to a nursing home, and ultimately becomes Ah Tao's caregiver in a reversal of roles.
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Los Angeles — When scandalous tales of fraud involving superstar athletes Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o were exposed in the last week, connections to films were immediate and obvious. The story of Notre Dame Football hero Te'o falling for a fake dead girlfriend on the Internet called to mind the documentary "Catfish." And disgraced cyclist Armstrong, who has finally admitted to doping in winning the Tour de France a record seven times, is already the subject of a biopic that's in the works.
It's a huge topic that's been explored in myriad ways on screen, and you'd probably come up with five entirely different choices, but here are my picks for five great movies about deception:
_ "Vertigo" (1958): Speaking of fake dead women. ... One of Alfred Hitchock's best, it also feels incredibly personal – stylish and frightening, of course but also achingly sad. Yes, Jimmy Stewart is being manipulated, being duped into »
Four Indian films have been nominated for the 7th Asian Film Awards with Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur leading the pack with four nominations: Best Film, Anurag Kashyap for Best Director, Wasiq Khan for Best Production Designer and Rajeev Ravi for Best Cinematographer.
In other nominations, Nawazuddin Siddiqui will compete for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Talaash, Anand Gandhi contends for Best Screenwriter for his debut film Ship of Theseus and Pritam Chakraborty vies for Best Composer Award for his melodies in Barfi!.
Andy Lau, a noted actor of Hong Kong will head the judging panel. A total of 30 films from nine countries will compete under 14 categories at the award function to be held on 18th March, 3013. The annual event is organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society.
Full List of Nominations:
Drug War (Mainland China)
Gangs of Wasseypur, Part 1 & 2 (India)
Mystery (Mainland »
South Korean director Cho Hwa-sung’s crime epic Nameless Gangster: Rules of Time and art-house favorite Kim Ki-duk’s Pieta were among the nominees announced Wednesday for the 7th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, which organizes the awards, unveiled this year’s contenders in 14 categories, and announced that local A-list actor Andy Lau will serve as president of the judging panel. Photos: 2013 Oscar Snubs Coming off a record-breaking year at the box office, South Korea made a strong showing on Wednesday, earning nominations in every category. Art-house
- Patrick Brzeski
Along with the year 2012, principal photography for Iron Man 3 was scheduled to end last month in December. Recent videos and photos from Beijing, however, reveal that some filming for the Marvel superhero thriller is still very much underway. Likely for reshoots, Chinese actors Wang Xuequi and Fan Bingbing were both spotted in their surgeon garb, as seen in the teaser trailer, shooting a scene seemingly involving the extremis virus. Check the video, photos & potential story details below. Iron Man 3 Filming in China - Watch the top videos of the week here While Wang Xuequi officially joined the cast last month, Fan Bingbing's inclusion in Iron Man 3 surfaced back in May; when Andy Lau was in talks for the 'Dr. Wu' role. Those reports not only revealed that Bingbing will play Xuequi's wife, but also disclosed alleged story details. [spoiler] “The film will involve the daughter of Tony Stark »
20 items from 2013
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