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Huayi Brothers Chief on China’s Movie Growth: ‘Creativity is Lacking’

9 December 2014 3:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Wang, president of mainland Chinese production giant Huayi Brothers Media, has questioned the sustainability of China’s exploding movie growth.

“Have we reached a bottleneck?” Wang asked during his keynote at the Asia TV Forum in Singapore. “We are constantly thinking about this,” he added.

Wang said despite healthy box office, China’s films in 2014 were unremarkable. “Because of high growth in the movie and entertainment industry, creativity is lacking,” he said.

Huayi will release 17 movies in 2015, Wang said. These include “Lost and Lonely” (“Shigu”), starring Andy Lau. The film is based on the true story of a boy who is abducted and returned to his father three years later.

Wang admitted that the film deals with a tough topic. “We are not a fly-by- night. We have big plans, even if tough movies like ‘Shigu’ are not popular, they have sustaining power,” he said, adding: “As a film maker, »

- Janine Stein

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Interview: Ann Hui on 'The Golden Era' and her career so far

6 December 2014 12:57 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Ann Hui's presence and voice is uncommon in world cinema. Probably the most acclaimed of the Hong Kong New Wave directors, Hui began her career in the late 1970s in a film industry then dominated by Kung Fu movies. She continued to make films in Hong Kong for over 30 years, striking an almost impossible balance between art, politics and commercial success. She has been described as an ‘innovator within the mainstream’, working on relatively low budget productions with Hong Kong stars such as Andy Lau and Chow Yun Fat, and even bringing the legendary Deanie Ip out of retirement to star in her recent film A Simple Life (2011). Her latest The Golden Era (2014), a period film about the Chinese writer Xiao Hong premiered as the closing film at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

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- CineVue UK

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List of 10 Kung Fu movies You Need To Have Watched – part 8

5 November 2014 5:04 PM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Like millions of you around the world, i love Kung Fu movies. It is the only real genre that keeps me going back for more and that is why i will always love Kung Fu movies.

I know many of you have probably seen many of the movies i will post about, but this is also for anyone new to the genre of Kung Fu and even Swordplay and looking for other movies to enjoy. I hope you enjoy the movies i have listed and please feel free to comment about any of the movies.

 

1. Drunken Master 2 (1994)

Director: Jackie Chan, Lau Kar Leung

Cast: Jackie Chan, Lau Kar Leung, Ti Lung, Anita Mui, Andy Lau, Chin Kar Lok, Ken Lo

Fight Choreographer(s): Jackie Chan, Lau Kar Leung

Studio:  Golden Harvest

 

2. Broken Oath (1977)

Director: Jeong Chang Hwa

Cast: Michael Chan, Angela Mao, Chiu Hung, Bruce Leung, Wang Lai

Fight Choreographer(s): Hsu Hsia, »

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Undaunted, Hong Kong Stars Court China Ire With Occupy Central Support

30 October 2014 6:44 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

At the beginning of October, Hong Kong actor and international star Chow Yun-fat became one of the few high-profile local celebrities to speak out on the pro-democracy protests in his native country. Over the past week, a backlash has started to brew against Chow and others who have lent their support to the demonstrators. The stars, of whom Chow is arguably the most famous outside Asia, are the latest this year to take potentially risky positions on global political issues. This summer, Spanish and Korean filmmakers including Pedro Almodovar and Park Chan-wook, denounced Israel’s involvement in the violence in Gaza, sparking ire from onlookers around the world, but no visible impact on their careers. In this case, the Hong Kong bold-faced names are speaking out about a situation that is right in their own backyard — and that backyard belongs to an increasingly disgruntled China where much of their money is made. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Donnie Yen Returning To The Us For English-Language Noodle Man

18 October 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Donnie Yen will be making a return to the Us to star in a new English-language film titled 'Noodle Man'. He will play an ex-cop from China who now runs a noodle shop in New York's Chinatown. One day, he meets in his shop the drug lord responsible for killing his partner 15 years ago. Noodle Man will be a Us-China co-production directed by Chen Daming (who helmed the Chinese version of What Women Want starring Andy Lau and Gong Li) and produced by Michael Shamberg, producer of films such as Pulp FictionOut Of SightContagion and Django Unchained. In the early 2000s, Yen appeared in Highlander: Endgame, Blade 2, and Shanghai Knights. Noodle Man will be his first English-language film since the...

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Asian Filmmaker of the Year Ann Hui: A Critical Appreciation

3 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ann Hui first came to international prominence in the early ’80s with “Boat People,” an intensely harrowing drama about the horrors of life under communism in post-liberation Vietnam. Screened as a surprise entry at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival (after being pulled from competition by order of the French government), the picture sparked immediate controversy and was angrily dismissed in some quarters as a work of Chinese-backed propaganda. The debate grew so fierce that Hui felt spurred to insist, not for the last time, that she was an ideologically neutral filmmaker, and that “Boat People,” whatever else it might be, was above all an appeal to the personal over the political.

It’s hard not to wonder if the next 30 years or so of Hui’s remarkably varied career have been a sort of collective response to that provocative milestone, born of some private determination that she would never again allow »

- Justin Chang

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Sammo Hung Directs Andy Lau In The Bodyguard

26 September 2014 6:45 PM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Last week, we announced that Sammo Hung was to team back up with fellow peking opera brother Jackie Chan for the movie The Old Soldier, but that is no longer happening. The movie has now been changed to The Bodyguard and will now star the fantastic Andy Lau, as Jackie is filming for a new movie and didn’t have time.

The Bodyguard will be produced by Bill Kong, Andy Lau, Chan Pui-wah and Ivy Ho, Sammo Hung will direct the movie and will also star. Sammo has not directed since he worked with Jet Li on Once Upon A Time In China And America, so fans should be very excited that Sammo is back where he belongs.

Plot:

A retired bodyguard (Hung) who has settled in the dark and unknown corner of the world where China, Russia and North Korea meet. Suffering from the beginnings of dementia, the bodyguard »

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Lava Bear to Produce 'The Bodyguard' Starring Andy Lau

22 September 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lava Bear has come aboard to produce The Bodyguard, which will star Chinese action legends Sammo Hung, who is also directing, and Andy Lau.

The story centers on a retired bodyguard (Sammo Hung) who has settled in a corner of China near the borders of Russia and South Korea. The bodyguard befriends a young girl, as he starts to suffer from dementia, but he must spring into action when the girl's father (Andy Lau) falls in with the local crime underground, putting his daughter's life in danger.

Lava Bear's Tory Metzger and David Linde will serve as executive producers, with Andy Lau producing alongside Bill Kong (True Legend), Pui-wah Chan (Firestorm), Ivy Ho (The Accidental Spy).

Here's what Lava Bear's David Linde had to say in a statement.

"It's intrinsic to Lava Bear that we grow where film is growing and to do so with talented filmmakers. To be working with Bill again, »

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'Firestorm' Clip Featuring Action Icon Andy Lau | Exclusive

22 September 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Hong Kong action icon Andy Lau stars in director Alan Yuen's action-packed crime thriller Firestorm, igniting on Blu-ray&#8482, DVD and Digital on September 23 from Well Go USA Entertainment. A hardboiled police inspector (Lau) must confront, and cross, moral lines in order to hunt down a crew of seasoned criminals. We have an exclusive clip, which teases some of the intense action sequences in this can't-miss thriller for lovers of Hong Kong Cinema.

A storm is heading toward the city of Hong Kong, threatening the lives of everyone in its path. As citizens scramble for cover, a crew of seasoned criminals stage a series of armored car heists in broad daylight, showing no mercy to anyone who gets in their way. Hardboiled police inspector Cao Nam (Andy Lau) has had enough. He vows to take back his city, but quickly learns that regular police tactics are no match for the thieves' unmerciful brutality. »

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Lava Bear Boards Sammo Hung's The Bodyguard, Andy Lau to Star

22 September 2014 7:42 AM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Production has commenced on Chinese director Sammo Hung's upcoming action thriller The Bodyguard which Lava Bear Films has come on board to co-produce with Edko Films, Irresistible Films and Focus Films. The film, starring Hung and Chinese superstar Andy Lau is being produced by Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero), Andy Lau (Firestorm, A Simple Life), Chan Pui-wah (Firestorm, A Simple Life) and Ivy Ho (Cold War, Rise of the Legend). Currently in production in Northern China, the movie will be released in Summer 2015. »

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Lava Bear Joins Chinese Pic ‘The Bodyguard’

22 September 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

David Linde’s Lava Bear has joined its third Chinese production on the Sammo Hung-directed action thriller The Bodyguard. Lava Bear co-produces. Pic stars Hung and Chinese superstar Andy Lau and will be released next summer. Hung plays a retired bodyguard with the onset of dementia. He befriends a young girl in trouble. Her father falls on the wrong side of the local crime world and when she disappears, he must overcome his disability to save her.

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Lava Bear Boards Andy Lau-Starring Chinese Actioner ‘The Bodyguard’

22 September 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong — David Linde’s Lava Bear has joined with Bill Kong’s Edko Films on “The Bodyguard,” an action thriller being directed by Sammo Hung (“Martial Law”).

The film is now in production in Northern China with Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau as one of the co-leads.

The story follows a retired bodyguard (Hung), who has retreated to the frozen wilds, but who is called back into action by a young girl whose father, played by Lau, has been dragged into the local crime world.

The film is set as a co-production between Edko, Irresistible Films, Lava Bear and Focus Films.

Following Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home,” and his “The Flowers of War,” “Bodyguard” is the third Chinese film to be backed by Lava Bear. Linde and Tory Metzger join as executive producers, while Jennifer Semler, Lava Bear’s VP of production, will also work on the picture.

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- Patrick Frater

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Firestorm A.K.A Fung Bou (2013) Review

14 September 2014 11:26 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Firestorm A.K.A Fung Bou (2013) Review Script60% Directing82% Acting77% Photography82% Score70% Action75%PositivesUnrelentingImaginativeNegativesToo much post-proA little overwrought74%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (2 Votes)61%

Firestorm‘ is a story about law and justice. Or, maybe, about justice or law. While justice is almost nothing more than a moral sense, law must be somehow “material”, predictable, replicable… so it need rules. Whatever has rules is a game, and there isn’t any more efficient way to win a game than to break the rules, if you can get away with it. If the game is “cops and robbers”, the latter have an obvious advantage, because they aren’t even supposed to follow any rules. That’s until, maybe, some fed up cop decides to play the law game no more and finally get some justice. No, ‘Firestorm’ isn’t a Bronson’s movie remake (though it’s high time for some to come, don’t you think? »

- Miguel Angel Aijon

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'Revenge of the Green Dragons' (2014) Movie Review

7 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

"There's a storm coming, and I don't know of any umbrella that can keep the city dry." This is an actual quote from Revenge of the Green Dragons, an awful movie if I've ever seen one and a baffling one at that as Martin Scorsese has attached his name to the picture as an executive producer, presumably as a nod to co-writer and co-director Andy Lau going back to when Scorsese adapted Infernal Affairs into the Oscar winner The Departed. Fair enough, but Lau makes more than enough films and Scorsese didn't need to come within a mile of this one and tarnish his reputation. Then again, perhaps this 94-minute cut isn't the only cut of the film out there. The trailer certainly includes shots that aren't in the film and the characters are so poorly established there has to be more than what I saw. Of course, that won't »

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Andrew Dominik the Writing the Screenplay Justin Lin's 'Shaolin Temple' Remake

23 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Sometimes I forget Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) not only directs, but writes his films and now he's preparing to write a script for someone else and it's hardly one you'd expect. Deadline is reporting Dominik will pen the screenplay for a 3D remake of the 1982 Jet Li starrer The Shaolin Temple, with Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) set to direct. The film tells the story of a slave worker who escapes from the cruel retainers of the emperor of the Tang dynasty. He seeks asylum at the Shaolin Temple and enters the monkhood and trains with the monks. His motivation, however, is far from saintly having promised to use the skill he learns for defense only, he seeks revenge on the man that murdered his father. When the project was announced back in 2014, Perfect Storm Entertainment, CEO Troy Craig Poon, »

- Brad Brevet

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Movie Review – Infernal Affairs (2002)

1 August 2014 1:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Infernal Affairs (China: Wu jian dao), 2002

Directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak

Starring Andy Lau, Tony Leung and Anthony Wong

Synopsis

This isa tale of a mole in the police department and undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.

Everyone knows The Departed is a remake of a foreign film, right? When The Raid and Let the Right One In is green-lit for a Us, English-speaking production, film-fans complain. But side-by-side, both Infernal Affairs and The Departed stand on their own, and share the same DNA in more than the story alone. Infernal Affairs is the blueprint for Scorsese – and as a plan, it is easy to see why he was so keen to remake it with the Boston-based themes that transferred so well.

Tony Rayn’s review in Sight and Sound, in 2004, confesses how “very little »

- Simon Columb

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Firestorm arrives on U.S DVD

29 July 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Hong Kong action icon Andy Lau stars in Director Alan Yuen’s (Princess D) action-packed crime thriller Firestorm, and it lands on U.S Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Sept. 23. Rounding out the cast are Michael Wong (Triple Tap), Ray Lui (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Ka Tung Lam (Drug War, IP Man), Jun Hu (Bodyguards & Assassins), Chen Yao (Caught in the Web), Vincent Sze (Vengeance), Chi-yin Wong (Life Without Principle) and Shing-Ban Lam (Young and Dangerous: Reloaded). Cop dramas are bread ‘n’ butter to the Hk film industry, and something they always do well. Add to that Mr Lau presence, and we reckon you’ve got a sure “fire” (ahem) on your hands here! Synopsis: A storm is heading toward the city of Hong Kong, threatening the lives of everyone in its path. As citizens scramble for cover, a crew of seasoned criminals stage a series of armoured car heists in broad daylight, »

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‘Firestorm’ Review: Andy Lau Plays Video Games with Peoples’ Lives

9 July 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Nyaff 2014 runs June 27-July 14 in New York City. Follow all of our coverage here. Hong Kong action films often come with two promises. There will be action, and it will most probably be ludicrous. Smart screenplays are always appreciated of course, but there’s nothing wrong with a fun, creatively violent action flick that entertains in its sincere goofiness. That balance between the ridiculous and the fun is important though when the film is also trying to be serious. Firestorm is trying to be serious, and those intentions constantly clash with the physics-ignorant action sequences, frequently dumb writing and the near-constant display of unimpressive CGI. A team of professional criminals is making a mockery of the police department through a series of daytime heists that leave bloodshed and massive property damage in their wake. Inspector Lui (Andy Lau) is a rule-follower, but he quickly learns that “proper” police-work may not be enough to stop the violence in »

- Rob Hunter

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Hey Australia! Don't Miss Madman's Massive July Giveaway!

7 July 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It's time for another of Madman's massive giveaway competitions, and this month we have three prize packs for you to get your hands on! They are:1) Berserk Prize Pack: Berserk trilogy on DVD or Blu-ray (pictured above)2) Andy Lau Prize Pack: Firestorm and Infernal Affairs trilogy on DVD (pictured below)3) Sci-fi/Fantasy Prize Pack: Enemy, Angel-a, Real and 009-1: The End of the Beginning on DVD (pictured below)For each of the prize packs, all you have to do is follow these two steps:1) Tell me in 25 words or less, which of the movies in the prize pack you want to see the most and why, and 2) Email to me at: hugo[at]twitchfilm.net- Your answer- Your name- Your postal address- And your choice of DVD or Blu-ray...

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List Of 10 Kung Fu Movies You Need To Have Watched – Part 5

9 June 2014 7:56 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Like millions of you around the world, i love Kung Fu movies. It is the only real genre that keeps me going back for more and that is why i will always love Kung Fu movies.

I know many of you have probably seen many of the movies i will post about, but this is also for anyone new to the genre of Kung Fu and even Swordplay and looking for other movies to enjoy. I hope you enjoy the movies i have listed and please feel free to comment about any of the movies.

 

1.Eagle’s Claw (1977)

Studio: Champion Films

Director: Lee Tso-Nam

Cast: Chi Kuan-Chun, Chang Yi, Don Wong Tao, Leung Kar Yan

Action Director(s): Chan Siu Pang, Tommy Lee Gam Ming

 

2.Broken Oath (1977)

Studio: Golden Harvest

Director: Jeong Chang Hwa

Cast: Angela Mao, Michael Chan, Chiu Hung, Bruce Leung

Action Director(s): Hsu Hsia, »

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