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Stephen Fung’s International film starts shooting in the Czech Republic

10 July 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The Adventurers” is loosely based on John Woo’s “Once A Thief” and will feature an all star cast including Andy Lau, Shu Qi, Tony Yang and Jean Reno.

One of a dozen projects announced in March by Flagship Entertainment, the joint venture between Warner Bros., China Media Capital and broadcaster Tvb, “The Adventurers” will start shooting this summer at Prague Studios and in and around the Czech capital, Karlovy Vary, Lednice, Bouzov and other locations through September. Then it will move to France.

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Karlovy Vary: International Productions on Rise in Czech Republic

9 July 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Karlovy Vary — A number of major international productions have begun shooting in the Czech Republic this year as the local industry reports continued growth in the sector for six years in a row.

Among the TV productions shooting in the Czech Republic are A+E Studio’s Templar Knight series “Knightfall” for History and Sky’s Roman Empire skein “Britannia” from Rick McCallum’s Czech shingle Film United. Both productions will spend a total of Czk 2 billion ($82 million) in the Czech Republic.

In addition, National Geographic Channel’s anthology series “Genius” is currently prepping to shoot in country. Produced by Fox 21, the first season will focus on the life of Albert Einstein.

Ron Howard is set to direct the first episode of the series, which is based on an adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s book “Einstein: His Life and Universe” by Noah Pink.

“Numerous international productions are choosing the »

- Ed Meza

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God of Gamblers Series 1989 - 2016

6 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Started in 1989 by the prolific Wong Jing, the God of Gamblers series has been continuing to entertain audiences for the past 27 years. Starring some of the biggest stars in Hong Kong cinema, Chow Yun Fat, Andy Lau, Stephen Chow, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Ng Man Tat, Leon Lai, Nick Cheung, Donnie Yen and a lot more, the series has had its ups and downs, but each film usually has something for most Hong Kong cinema fans. Incorporating sequels, spinoffs, unofficial spinoffs and even spinoffs of spinoffs, the God of Gamblers series is truly one of a kind. God of Gamblers – 1989 This is where it all started. Probably the best film from Wong Jing (some would argue that it wouldn’t be difficult),...

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Jean Reno-Starrer ‘The Adventurers’ to Shoot in Czech Republic

4 July 2016 9:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stephen Fung’s Hong Kong production “The Adventurers,” starring Jean Reno and Andy Lau, is set to shoot in the Czech Republic.

One of a dozen projects announced in March by Flagship Entertainment — the joint venture between Warner Bros., China Media Capital and broadcaster Tvb — “The Adventurers” is a treasure hunt actioner set in France and the Czech Republic. Taiwanese actress Shu Qi also stars.

Terence Chang’s Mannix Pictures is producing the film, with Prague-based Milk and Honey Pictures co-producing. The pic will shoot this summer at Prague Studios and in and around the Czech capital, Karlovy Vary, Lednice, Bouzov and other locations through September.

The production will spend at least Czk 200 million ($8.2 million) in the country, according to the Czech State Cinematography Fund.

Reno, who is attending this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival to accept the Festival President’s Award, has shot a number of projects in the Czech Republic, »

- Ed Meza

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Exclusive Saving Mr. Wu Trailer: Being Alive or Dead Makes All the Difference

23 June 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Based on actual events, Saving Mr. Wu asks the deadly serious question: If a celebrity is kidnapped, what will it take to get him back alive? In a bit of type casting, Andy Lau plays a movie star who is snatched by a gang of four criminals and threatened with death if ransom demands are not met within 24 hours. The thriller opened in Asia last year and is coming to North America via Well Go USA on digital July 5 and on Blu-ray and DVD August 2. Bonus materials include a 4-part Making Mr. Wu featurette plus deleted scenes Directed by Sheng Ding (Police Story: Lockdown), the film also stars Liu Ye (The Chef, The Actor, The Scoundrel), Wu Ruofu (Da yue bing), and...

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Sammo Hung’s ‘My Beloved Bodyguard’ – A Huge Disappointment !

27 May 2016 4:10 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Sammo Hung's 'My Beloved Bodyguard' - A Huge Disappointment !Action45%Story43%2016-05-2744%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (2 Votes)69%

Right, let me first prefix this by saying that I am and always will be a big fan of Sammo Hung.

But I’m also a fan of quality movies and If I come across a movie that really leaves a bad taste in the mouth then there is no way I can sugar-coat how bad it is !  ( I did the same with Jackie Chan’s incredibly poor ‘Chinese Zodiac’ ) , and let me tell you this  My Beloved Bodyguard is bad. !

My Beloved Bodyguard aka ‘The Bodyguard’ is the latest film from one of the most pivotal figures in Martial Arts / Action Cinema.

The film features an all star cast  including  Andy Lau  ( Infernal Affairs, House of Flying Daggers , Shaolin ) ,  Eddie Peng (Rise of the Legend ),  Tsui Hark , Jun Hu ( Let The »

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Andy Lau And Huang Xiaoming Star In Wong Jing’s Action-Comedy “Mission Milano” – First Trailer!

26 May 2016 1:06 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The team that brought us Trump Card Teases the Trump Card, Andy Lau, Huang Xiaoming, and prolific Hong Kong director Wong Jing, team up again for Mission Milano, a zany action-comedy due for Chinese release in 1 October 2016.

The film centres around a wealthy entrepreneur and an Interpol officer who team up to prevent an invention that has the potential to cure world famine from falling into the wrong hands.

Here’s the first trailer.

The film is one of 12 planned productions recently announced by Flagship Entertainment, the joint venture between Warner Bros., China Media Capital and Tvb. »

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Zhang Yimou’s ‘Great’ Adventure

11 May 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At an age when most men might prefer to slow down, Zhang Yimou is set to take on a string of global-scale projects that will venture beyond cinema.

These projects aren’t just ambitious and lucrative for Zhang, according to China film observers. They’re also widely viewed as key projects capable of exporting China’s soft power and competing for high-profile accolades. The latter goal would seem to be well within reach of Zhang, a two-time Golden Lion winner at the prestigious Venice Film Festival.

The iconic Fifth Generation director is in post-production on “The Great Wall,” his first English-language film. With a budget of $135 million, it stars Matt Damon, Andy Lau and Zhang Hanyu.

Zhang previously enjoyed great box office success with his 2003 martial arts epic “Hero,” which raked in 250 million yuan ($41 million) in China — more than three times what he had expected — and $177 million worldwide. Afterward, “House of Flying Daggers »

- Vivienne Chow

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Locarno Film Festival to Honor David Linde

11 May 2016 12:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Locarno Film Festival will fete U.S. producer David Linde with its Raimondo Rezzonico prize, given to a producer who epitomizes the indie ethos.

Linde’s long illustrious career dates back to his first major executive position at Miramax Films and Miramax Films International, where he oversaw the acquisition of several internationally renowned pics such as Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures,” Woody Allen’s “Bullets over Broadway,” and international distribution for Quentin Tarantino’s” Pulp Fiction,” among other titles.

After Miramax, Linde became partner of production company Good Machine, which Universal acquired to become the specialty film studio Focus Features which he ran with co-president James Schamus. During his time at Focus, Linde and Schamus produced a varied slate of top notch indie pictures including Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Alejandro González Iñárritu’s” Biutiful,” “Happiness” by Todd Solondz, Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist” and Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Hong Kong Martial Arts Star Sammo Hung to Be Guest of Honor at Udine’s Far East Fest

13 April 2016 3:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Hong Kong martial arts multi-hyphenate star Sammo Hung will be the guest of honor at the 18th Far East Festival in Udine, Italy.

Fest, which is Europe’s biggest showcase of genre and mainstream Asian cinema, will open with Park Hoon-jung Korean mountain-action epic “The Tiger” and close with “The Bodyguard,” co-starring Hung and Andy Lau,  which recently beat “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” at the Chinese box office.

Hung in his latest hit plays a retired bodyguard called back into action by a young girl. He will receive Udine’s Golden Mulberry award for lifetime achievement joining other top Asian talents tributed by Udine in past years including Johnnie To, composer Joe Hisaishi, and his old friend and cohort Jackie Chan with whom he attended the China Drama Academy.

Higlights of Udine’s mixed bag selection comprise the European preem of “10 Years” the controversial low budget pic »

- Nick Vivarelli

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China Box Office: Sammo Hung’s ‘Bodyguard’ Beats Up ‘Batman v Superman’

3 April 2016 8:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two new Chinese movie releases and a still strong “Zootopia” this weekend dashed expectations that “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” would be a breakout hit in China this year.

“Batman v Superman” occupied fourth spot of the Chinese box office on each of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but ranked third over the three-day period, earning $12.6 million (RMB81.8 million,) narrowly ahead of “Zootopia” which earned $12.5 million (RMB81.4 million.)

That represented a 78% drop from the superheroes’ first weekend. After 10 days “Batman v Superman” stands on a cumulative of $86.2 million (RMB560 million.)

Action drama “My Beloved Bodyguard” (aka “The Bodyguard”) debuted on top and scored $25.2 million (RMB164 million.) Directed by veteran martial arts star Sammo Hung, and starring Hung and Andy Lau, the Hong Kong-Chinese co-produced film claimed top spot on each day.

In second spot on each of the three days was dark comedy “Chongqing Hotpot.” It earned $21.8 million (RMB138 million) over three days. »

- Patrick Frater

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‘Batman v Superman’ Hits a Wall at China Box Office

1 April 2016 7:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Superhero franchise movie “Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice” slumped at the Chinese box office as it entered its second week of release.

On Friday (April 1) the film earned $2.57 million (RMB16.7 million) and slipped from first place to fourth in the Chinese box office rankings. That score represents a drop of 85% compared with the previous Friday (March 25,) when it opened in China with $18.4 million as part of a globally coordinated day-and-date release.

“Batman v Superman” has seen its box office scores reduce on a daily basis through the week following its Saturday (March 26) peak of $22.3 million. With a host of new Chinese-language releases ahead of the local holiday — Tomb Sweeping Festival (Qingming) — that meant that exhibitors slashed the number of screens available to “Batman V Superman.”

The Friday chart was topped by “My Beloved Bodyguard,” (aka “The Bodyguard”,) a martial arts action drama directed by and starring Sammo Hung »

- Patrick Frater

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Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See Sammo Hung's The Bodyguard

24 March 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Hong Kong action legend Sammo Hung hasn’t been in the director’s chair since 1997, when he helmed Mr. Nice Guy and Once Upon A Time In China And America.   So his latest film, The Bodyguard (also known as My Beloved Bodyguard), which he directs and stars in, naturally comes with a high level of anticipation. The cast also includes Andy Lau, Eddie Peng, Yuen Biao and Yuen Wah.     Thanks to Australian distributor Magnum Films, we have Five double passes for the film to give away to our readers.    For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:   1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and   2) Email your name and postal address...

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Flagship Entertainment unveils debut slate

16 March 2016 2:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Flagship Entertainment, a joint venture between Warner Bros, China Media Capital (Cmc) and Tvb, has unveiled its debut slate, including projects from Hong Kong filmmakers Peter Chan, Wong Jing and Stephen Fung.

Launched last year, the Hong Kong-based joint venture aims to produce a slate of Chinese-language films, including global tentpoles, for Chinese and international distribution. The first titles will be released in 2016. 

Peter Chan is set to direct drama Murder Of The Husband – about a woman whose suffering gave rise to the revolution of women’s social rights in China – and will also partner with Brett Ratner to produce romance Beautiful Coma, chronicling a love that transcends every challenge.

Wong Jing will direct action comedy In Love With The Thieves, starring Andy Lau, Huang Xiaoming and Shen Teng, while Stephen Fung is attached to action romance The Adventurers, starring Feng Shaofeng in a story about an overseas treasure hunt.

In addition »

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Warner’s Flagship Entertainment Unveils 12 China Movies

15 March 2016 8:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

Titles include: “Crater,” “Chinese Wall Street,” a Chinese remake of “Miss Congeniality” and “Mission Milano,” and $150 million budget actioner “Meg

The announcement was made in Hong Kong on Wednesday with Flagship’s topper Richard Fox, Warner’s Kevin Tsujihara and Cmc’s Li Ruigang in attendance.

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.”

Also in attendance at the launch event were: film maker Andrew Lau; Dede Nickerson, the former Sony and Warner Bros. executive who now heads Cmc’s in-house »

- Patrick Frater and Shirley Lau

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John Woo's 'Manhunt' casts leads

15 March 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Chinese star Zhang Hanyu and Japan’s Masaharu Fukuyama have been confirmed as the first leading cast for John Woo’s upcoming action thriller Manhunt.

Backed by Hong Kong’s Media Asia, the film is based on Japanese novel Hot Pursuit, from pulp fiction writer Juko Nishimura, about a prosecutor who is framed for robbery and rape and sets out on a mission to clear his name.

It was first adapted into a 1976 Japanese film, titled Kimi yo fundo no kawa wo watare, starring Ken Takakura.

Woo is directing the reboot from a script written by Chan Hing Kai (A Better Tomorrow) and Gordon Chan (Painted Skin). A third major cast member will be announced soon and production is set to begin at the end of May.

Zhang has starred in Chinese hits such as The Taking Of Tiger Mountain and Bodyguards And Assassins and will also appear in Zhang Yimou’s upcoming co-production The Great Wall, alongside »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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John Woo's 'Manhunt' casts first leads

15 March 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Chinese star Zhang Hanyu and Japan’s Masaharu Fukuyama have been confirmed as the first leading cast for John Woo’s upcoming action thriller Manhunt.

Backed by Hong Kong’s Media Asia, the film is based on Japanese novel Hot Pursuit, from pulp fiction writer Juko Nishimura, about a prosecutor who is framed for robbery and rape and sets out on a mission to clear his name.

It was first adapted into a 1976 Japanese film, titled Kimi yo fundo no kawa wo watare, starring Ken Takakura.

Woo is directing the reboot from a script written by Chan Hing Kai (A Better Tomorrow) and Gordon Chan (Painted Skin). A third major cast member will be announced soon and production is set to begin at the end of May.

Zhang has starred in Chinese hits such as The Taking Of Tiger Mountain and Bodyguards And Assassins and will also appear in Zhang Yimou’s upcoming co-production The Great Wall, alongside »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Examining Hollywood remakes: The Departed

13 March 2016 7:57 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 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 »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Mega Vision accepts 'Mission Milano' with Lau, Xiaoming

13 March 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Action comedy directed by Wong Jing; Hong Kong firm also launching the final instalment in the Colour trilogy.

Wong Jing’s Mega Vision Project Workshop has started production on action comedy Mission Milano, starring Andy Lau and Huang Xiaoming.

Directed by Wong, the film revolves around a wealthy entrepreneur (Huang) who goes undercover to protect a new invention, which has the potential to end famine, from falling into the wrong hands. Lau plays an Interpol inspector who is sent to help him.

The film is in production and scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Hong Kong-based Mega Vision is also launching sales on Wong Jing and Kam Ka Wai’s Colour Of The Game, starring Simon Yam, Jordan Chan and Philip Ng.

The film is in pre-production and follows a gambler and his protégé who are pulled into a vengeance mission for a mob boss.

It marks the final instalment in Wong Jing’s Colour »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Benny Chan’s 'Call Of Heroes' sold to Us, UK

13 March 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Martial arts epic also sold to Germany and several Asian territories.

Hong Kong’s Universe Films Distribution has sold North American rights to Benny Chan’s Call Of Heroes to Well Go USA.

Well Go has also taken UK rights to the $32m martial arts epic in partnership with the UK’s Trinity Film.

Germany’s Splendid Film has acquired rights for German-speaking territories and Benelux.

Call Of Heroes, which revolves around a plucky group of villagers standing up to a cruel young general, has also sold to a raft of Asian territories including Singapore (Clover Films), Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam (Gsc Movies), Taiwan (Sky Films Entertainment) and Indonesia (Pt Teguh Bakti Mandiri).

Starring Sean Lau Ching-wan, Louis Koo and Eddie Peng, the film is in post-production. Sammo Hung is on board as action choreographer.

Universe is also teaming with Bona Film Group to co-produce Herman Yau’s Shock Wave, starring [link=nm »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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