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Official Oscar® Submissions from Asia Showcased at The Asian World Film Festival

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Official Oscar® Submissions from Asia Showcased at The Asian World Film Festival
21 Best Foreign Language Film submissions and 16 Golden Globe submissions make this festival an important event in Los Angeles.

Now in its third year, The Asian World Film Festival is held at the Arclight in Culver City. While still dealing with growing pains, especially finding its audience, it still hosts a great community of film lovers and filmmakers. My wish is that next year it will reach farther to the Asian filmmaking community in L.A. and to the ethnic communities of L.A. who would love to see the works of their homeland filmmakers which are making their way toward Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Films.

Awff Jury President Lisa Lu

The winner this year of multiple prizes was the South Korean submission A Taxi Driver. This funny and very serious film is so important today, and with the best publicist for the Academy Awards, Pogodin & Associattes, it
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Asian World Film Festival Broadens Already-Wide Embrace

Georges Chamchoum has a simple mission: He wants to share the rich and varied offerings from Asian filmmakers with Hollywood players and beyond.

A cultural counter force to Washington isolationism, he has lined up a wide array of screenings, panels and tributes for the third annual Asian World Film Festival. The eight-day event kicks off Oct. 25 in Culver City and concludes Nov. 2, sponsored in part by Variety.

This year’s installment is the broadest yet in scope. Movies range from “Dearest Sister,” the first film from Laos submitted for a foreign-language Oscar, and

Little Gandhi,” Syria’s first entry in that category, to pioneering Hollywood drama “Joy Luck Club,” part of a beefed-up Asian-American focus.

Opening-night movie “Ayla: The Daughter of War” sets the tone. Directed by Can Ulkay, it centers on an orphan and a Turkish soldier during the Korean War and is Turkey’s official foreign-language submission in the Academy Awards.

Chamchoum considers
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'The Winter', 'Trespass Against Us' triumph at inaugural Macau fest

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Emiliano Torres’ The Winter [pictured] was named best film at the first edition of the International Film Festival and Awards Macao (Iffam).

Emiliano Torres’ The Winter [pictured] was named best film at the first edition of the International Film Festival and Awards Macao (Iffam), while Saint George (Sao Jorge) won best director for Marco Martins and best actor for Nuno Lopes.

British film Trespass Against Us also received two awards, best actress for Lyndsey Marshal and a jury prize.

Jennifer Yu won best newcomer for Macanese director Tracy Choi’s debut feature Sisterhood, which also received the Macao Audience Choice Award.

Best screenplay went to UK director Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump for Free Fire, while Brazilian drama Elon Doesn’t Believe In Death received the best technical contribution award for its original music and sound design.

The new festival was co-organised by the Macao Government Tourism Office (Mgto) and Macau Films & Television Productions and Culture Association (Mftpa).

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One-Eyed Jacks

Marlon Brando put his all into this impassioned, expertly acted and crafted VistaVision western spectacle. Has it been overlooked because of the scarcity of quality presentations? Karl Malden, Katy Jurado, Pina Pellicer, Ben Johnson and Slim Pickens are unforgettable, as are the Big Sur locations. One-Eyed Jacks Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 844 1961 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 141 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date November 22, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Katy Jurado, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens, Pina Pellicer, Larry Duran, Sam Gilman, Míriam Colón, Timothy Carey, Margarita Cordova, Elisha Cook Jr., Rodolfo Acosta, Joan Petrone, Joe Dominguez, Tom Webb, Ray Teal, John Dierkes, Philip Ahn, Hank Worden, Clem Harvey, William Forrest, Mina Martinez. Cinematography Charles Lang. Jr. Film Editor Archie Marshek Original Music Hugo Friedhofer Written by Guy Trosper, Calder Willingham from the novel The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones by Charles Neider Produced by Frank P. Rosenberg Directed by Marlon Brando
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40 Ti Lung Movies To Enjoy Part 2/2 – Part 1

Ti Lung is known for his awesome catalogue of movies, over the years he was a leading star at The Shaw Brothers Studio and appeared in well over a 100 movies. I have put together a list of movies, which i have enjoyed over the years. *This is not a Top 40 list.

21.Anonymous Heroes (1971)

Cast:David Chiang, Cheng Li, Cheng Miu, Wong Chung

Director:Chang Cheh

Fight Choreographer:Lau Kar Leung, Tong Gaai

22.All Men Are Brothers (1975)

Cast:Chen Kuan Tai, David Chiang, Wong Chung, Bolo Yeung, Danny Lee, Ku Feng

Director:Chang Cheh, Wu Ma

Fight Choreographer:Tong Gaai, Lau Kar Leung, Lau Kar Wing, Chan Chuen

23.Clans Of Intrigue (1977)

Cast:Yueh Hua, Li Ching, Nora Miao, Ku Feng

Director:Chu Yuan

Fight Choreographer:Wong Pau Gei, Tong Gaai

24.Heroic Ones (1970)

Cast:David Chiang, Lily Li, Chan Sing, Chan Chuen, Ku Feng, Bolo Yeung

Director:Chang Cheh

Fight Choreographer:Lau Kar Wing,
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‘The Awards Pundits’ on ‘The Revenant,’ Alicia Vikander and the Post-Globes Oscar Landscape

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

This is the 12th installment of what will be an ongoing dialogue, throughout the awards season, between THR‘s awards analyst Scott Feinberg and executive editor, features Stephen Galloway.

Galloway Scott, let me throw this out: With its big wins at the Golden Globes, The Revenant becomes the new frontrunner for the Oscars. True or false?

Feinberg You might be right about it being the new frontrunner, but not because it did well at the Globes — they’re voted on by 82 L.A.-based journalists for foreign outlets, and there’s almost no overlap with the 6,200 Academy voters who actually work in the movies. (Only one person, actress-turned-journalist Lisa Lu, votes with both groups.) The point is that the Globes are their own animal and it’s dangerous to read too much into those results.

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Golden Globes: Fox’s ‘Revenant,’ ‘Martian’ and ‘Joy’ Dominate — But Oscar’s Still Up for Grabs (Analysis)

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

It’s hard to know what to make of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s picks for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards. The Revenant for best picture and Alejandro G. Inarritu for best director? Joy‘s Jennifer Lawrence for best actress (musical/comedy)? Steve JobsKate Winslet for best supporting actress? Steve Jobs for best screenplay? And nothing — not a single award — for Carol (which landed more Golden Globes noms than any other film), Spotlight (which was the Oscar frontrunner coming into the night),Mad Max: Fury Road (which could win more Oscar noms than any film) or The Big Short (which some thought was posed to become the new Oscar frontrunner), among other top Oscar hopefuls?

The reality is that those of us who have our eyes on the big prize, the Oscar, shouldn’t dwell on them much at all. Why? Because
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Golden Globe Noms: Feinberg’s Picks for the Film Categories (Analysis)

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

On Thursday morning, 24 hours after the announcement of SAG Award nominations, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will weigh in with its nominees for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.

While the former reflected the preferences of some 2,250 actors (a handful of whom are members of the Academy’s acting branch), the latter will reveal the tastes of 82 Los Angeles-based journalists for foreign media outlets (only one of whom also is a member of the Academy, 88-year-old actress-turned-journalist Lisa Lu). There are other major differences between the two groups. For one, the former tends to reward actors’ actors, while the latter gravitates more toward big names. And unlike SAG-aftra voters, HFPA members get to honor films and people in not just one category, but two — namely, drama and musical or comedy.

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Beijing Festival Opens Big, Arnold Schwarzenegger Says He’ll Be Back

Beijing Festival Opens Big, Arnold Schwarzenegger Says He’ll Be Back
Size and scale were the recurring themes of the opening ceremony of the fifth Beijing International Film Festival, held Thursday outside the Chinese capital. As such, celebrity guest, action star and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger played his part perfectly.

Schwarzenegger praised China’s ability to get things done, something he said he had witnessed on multiple, diverse visits to the country over a period of 30 years, since an early trip with “Conan The Barbarian.” His two-fold mission on this trip comprised taking part at an environmental protection ceremony Wednesday, and promotion of the “Terminator” series of movies. “And I can really say, ‘I’ll be back,’ in three months for the promotion of ‘Terminator: Genisys.'”

The festival ceremony was held at the huge new International Convention and Exhibition Center used for an Apec conference last year, at Yangqi Lake, near Huairou, Hubei Province. That was only
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DVD Review: Rider on a Dead Horse

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Cinelinx tips a hat to the new Rider on a Dead Horse DVD from Warner Archive!

This Warner Archive release is a Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVD, and can be ordered directly from

The Set-up

Double-crosses, greed, and murder follow the discovery of gold in the western wilderness, setting two men against each other in a race to get the gold first. Stars John Vivyan, Bruce Gordon, Kevin Hagen, and Lisa Lu.

Directed by: Herbert L. Strock

The Delivery

One of my favorite classic films is the Humphrey Bogart adventure Treasure of the Sierra Madre. It's a tale of the lust for gold and the depths men will sink to. Rider on a Dead Horse can best be described as a remake of that film, but this 1962 Phoenix Films western put some entertaining twists on the original formula. Plus, it has Dr. Baker from Little House on the Prairie as
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DVD Review: Dangerous Liaisons (2012): Hur Jin-ho, Zhang Ziyi

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  Dangerous Liaisons (2012) DVD Review, a movie directed by Hur Jin-ho and starring Zhang Ziyi,  Jang Dong-Gun, Cecilia Cheung, Shawn Dou, Lisa Lu, and Candy Wang. Release Date: February 12, 2013 Film Review The timeless tale of seduction and betrayal gets a modern update here moving it from pre-revolutionary France to Shanghai in unrest and on the verge of [...]

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Us Trailer And Poster For Chinese Dangerous Liaisons Remake

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Chinese/South Korean co-production based on the classic French novel ‘Les Liaisons dangereuses’ by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos gets the official Us release trailer as well as teaser poster.

Director Jin-ho Hur’s adaptation of the 1782 French romance novel is not a remake of the 1988 Glenn Close-John Malkovich film, which is certainly the most popular adaptation.

The romance blockbuster which is pretty close to the book stars stunning Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,) as Du Fenyu – an update on virtuous Madame de Tourvel, with Jang Dong-gun (Tae Guk Gi, The Warrior’s Way) as Xie Yifan.

Also featuring Hong Kong actress Cecilia Chung, who plays the seductress, with Shawn Dou and Lisa Lu, the film, which takes place in 1930s Shanghai, is expected to open in limited release on November 9th, 2012.

Check out the trailer, poster and images from Chinese Dangerous Liaisons project shown during the main
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Watch: Official Us Trailer for Chinese 'Dangerous Liaisons' Remake

Another day, another remake (or a re-adaptation). "I said I truly love you." This one comes from China, a remake of the 1988 movie Dangerous Liaisons, which was an adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos's 1782 French romance novel of the same name (Les Liaisons dangereuses). Starring in this is the stunning Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Horsemen, The Grandmasters) as Madame de Tourvel, with Jang Dong-gun (Tae Guk Gi, The Warrior's Way) as Xie Yifan, also featuring Cecilia Chung, Shawn Dou and Lisa Lu. It actually looks surprisingly tense, and seductive, give this a watch. Watch the official Us release trailer for Jin-ho Hur's Dangerous Liaisons, in high def from Apple: 1930s Shanghai: the glamorous, tumultuous "Paris of the East" whose salons, streets and bedrooms frame this Chinese adaptation of the French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Aging socialite Mo Jieyu (Cecilia Cheung) still
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Cannes 2012. Directors' Fortnight Lineup

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Edouard Waintrop, Artistic Director of Directors' Fortnight, has presented the lineup for this year's edition, running from May 17 through 27.


Merzak Allouache's El Taaib. Evene claims it's an angry film aimed at the malaise of Algerian society.

Rodney Ascher's Room 237. A documentary about the plethora of theories that have sprung up over the years regarding just what Stanley Kubrick was up to when he made The Shining (1980). More here. IFC Midnight picked up North American rights just yesterday.

Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner's Ernest et Célestine. From the makers of A Town Called Panic, this is an animated adaptation of a series of books about a little mouse who doesn't want to become a dentist and a big bear who doesn't want to become a notary. Site.

Benjamin Ávila's Infancia clandestina. From the San Sebastian Film Festival: "Juan lives in clandestinity. Just like his mum,
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Berlin film festival offers a Gift Shop of outstanding movies

Films by Roman Polanski and Martin Scorsese may be the headline-grabbers at the festival this year, but the real gems, such as Banksy's new creation, are to be found elsewhere

The star of this year's 60th anniversary Berlin film festival was crowned in his (inevitable) absence: Banksy, the British street artist, situationist, anarchist and all-round genius, presented us with his movie Exit Through the Gift Shop. The man himself only appeared in darkness, with his voice distorted. This was both tricksy self-portrait and cheeky docu-scam, satirising contemporary art craziness.

Blanked-out tongue somewhere in his pixelated cheek, Banksy tells us the story of his supposed relationship with a hyperactive French videographer, one Thierry Guetta, who has, it seems, been following him around – Boswell to Banksy's Johnson. A few years back, allegedly encouraged by Banksy, this man apparently suddenly stopped being an amateur cameraman and suddenly turned into a self-taught street artist called Mr Brainwash,
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Berlinale. "Apart Together" Review + Roundup

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Updated through 2/12.

Traditionally, films that open festivals have a certain event quality about them - a few stars to sprinkle the red carpet with (Martin Scorsese and the Rolling Stones, say, for Shine a Light in 2008) or a pitch for the home team (Tom Tykwer's The International last year) - but far too often they turn out to be all too easily forgotten once the festival truly begins in earnest. Celebrating its 60th edition, the Berlin International Film Festival has turned that tradition on its head.

If director Wang Quanan is known outside of China at all, it's most likely for Tuya's Marriage, which won the Golden Bear here in 2006 and was indeed one of the better entries in the sudden wavelet of yurt movies a couple of years back. The biggest name in his new feature, Tuan Yuan (Apart Together), is Lisa Lu. Granted, the 83-year-old actress has had a stellar career,
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Wang Quan’an’s Apart Together Opens Berlin 2010

The 2010 Berlin Film Festival opened Thursday evening with Wang Quan’an’s Apart Together, the tale of a couple separated for decades by both the Taiwan Strait and Chinese politics. Wang, whose Tuya’s Marriage won the Golden Bear in 2007, said his drama focuses on "people who are caught up in the flow of history," adding that "reunification is something people in China really yearn for. It’s tragic that our country is divided." Inspired by real-life individuals, Apart Together tells the story of a former anti-communist Kuomintang soldier (Ling Feng) who, fifty years after leaving mainland China, returns to Shanghai to find his first love (Lisa Lu). He had left the country during the 1949 civil war that separated Taiwan from [...]
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What's Old is New Again

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This week sees a couple of golden oldies trotted out alongside the customary summertime family fun, docs on science both good and bad, and another lesson from the Tony Scott school of flash-bang filmmaking.

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"Betty Blue: The Director's Cut"

Having inspired everything from ardent film student party chatter to the pure cinematic showmanship of Luc Besson, Jean-Jacques Beineix's 1986 Oscar-nominated romantic drama has a legacy that reaches far and wide. This new print of Beineix's definitive 1991 cut of his oh so artsy tale of an aspiring writer Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade), his wild, volatile muse Betty (Béatrice Dalle) and her gradual descent into self-destruction contains more than an hour of additional footage that stretches out Betty's madness and embellishes it with such antics as Zorg's cross-dressing crime spree. In French with subtitles.

Opens in New York.
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