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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 | Twitch | See recent Twitch 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.

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- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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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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Sammo Hung: Upcoming Movies 2016

8 March 2016 9:17 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Sammo Hung has been involved in Martial Arts since childhood and even at the ripe old age of 64, he doesn’t seem to be slowing down (Thank god). It was great to see Sammo back in big movies over the past few years, which includes Rise Of The Legend and Once Upon A Time In Shanghai, both made in 2014.

Here are three upcoming Sammo Hung movies to look forward too this year and fingers crossed he works one more time with Peking opera brothers Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao, before they retire.

*Jackie Chan was set to play the lead role in My Beloved Bodyguard, but due to filming Dragon Blade he couldn’t make the movie. Andy Lau stepped in the role later on.

 

 

War God Qi Jiguang

Release Date: 1st October 2016

Director: Gordon Chan

Cast: Vincent Zhao, Wang Ban, Yasuaki Kurata, Regina Wan, Timmy Hung

Ming Qi Jiguang »

- kingofkungfu

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"Great Wall" Gets Delayed Three Months

18 February 2016 10:31 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Universal and Legendary Pictures have announced that Zhang Yimou's upcoming "The Great Wall" movie has been delayed three months - pushing it back from November 23rd this year to a February 17th 2017 release.

The story follows an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The project is set to be the largest film ever shot entirely in China for global distribution.

Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Lu Han and pop star Wang Junkai lead the cast.

Source: Legendary Pictures »

- Garth Franklin

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Matt Damon’s ‘The Great Wall’ Pushed Back to 2017

18 February 2016 2:42 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal has decided to move back the U.S. release of Matt Damon’s “The Great Wall” three months to 2017.

The Great Wall,” originally slated to hit theaters on the pre-Thanksgiving slot of Nov. 23, will now be released on Feb. 17, 2017.

Legendary Entertainment produced “The Great Wall,” which also stars Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe alongside Chinese stars including Andy Lau, Zhang Hanyu and Eddie Peng. Legendary describes the story as “an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.”

The China release, handled by Le Vision Pictures and China Film, is set for the lucrative December holiday season. The project is directed by “House of Flying Daggers” helmer Zhang Yimou and is the largest film ever shot in China.

The Great Wall” is the first movie to emerge from Legendary Entertainment’s Legendary East operation. It’s the first English-language film for Zhang Yimou, »

- Dave McNary

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Matt Damon’s ‘The Great Wall’ Pushed From November to February 2017

18 February 2016 2:06 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Legendary’s “The Great Wall” has moved from Nov. 23, 2016, to Feb. 17, 2017, it was announced Thursday by Universal Pictures, which will release the 3D movie. Zhang Yimou is directing the film, which stars Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe, as well as Tian Jing and Andy Lau. The film follows an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. Also Read: Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Runs From 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' to March 2018 “The Great Wall” is the largest film ever shot in entirely in China, and serves as Yimou’s English-language debut. »

- Jeff Sneider

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5 Romantic Comedies You Should Watch This Valentine’s Day

12 February 2016 1:01 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. So, for all you lovebirds out there who just want a staycation date, grab a bowl of popcorn and watch these Asian romantic comedies this weekend that will give you all the feels.

Secret (2007)

Secret stars Jay Chou as piano major student Ye Xianglu and Gwei Lun-mei as time traveling heroine Lu Xiaoyu.

My Girlfriend is a Cyborg aka Cyborg She (2008)

Kwak Jae-yong, director of My Sassy Girl, had a comeback in this mix of romance, comedy, and science fiction. My Girlfriend is a Cyborg stars Keisuke Koide as Jiro Kitamura, a lonely man from Tokyo, while Haruka Ayase plays the Cyborg he falls in love with. The Cyborg was created by an older Jiro after a girl he met in his past and sent her to the past to protect him after a devastating earthquake in Tokyo.

What Women Want (2011)

What Women Want »

- Kat Meneses

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Film Review: ‘From Vegas to Macau III’

9 February 2016 9:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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5 Highly Recommended Wong Kar-wai Films, to celebrate the honoring of Jet Tone Films

4 February 2016 5:01 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Wong Kar-wai at the Berlin Film Festival 2013/Cc-Attribution 3.0 Unported

Wong Kar-wai’s Jet Tone Films Ltd. will be honored at the upcoming Hong Kong Film Festival on March 21 to April 4, 2016 and some of the production company’s well-known movies will be screened during the course of the festival in spring.

Although a definitive list is yet to be released, you can look forward to some of these movies on the Hkiff screening.

Days of Being Wild

This 1990 drama stars Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, and Jackie Cheung. Leslie Cheung plays Yuddy, a consummate playboy who breaks the heart of Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) and Mimi (Carina Lau). The film casts light into the characters’ psychological drama, but has been labelled as frustrating by many audiences because it does not present a clear plot. This project started Wong Kar-wai’s collaboration with premier cinematographer Christopher Doyle »

- Kat Meneses

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