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A Poet of Spatiality and Structure: Curator Shelly Kraicer on Johnnie To

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A prominent commercial filmmaker in Hong Kong since the mid-80s, the career path and status of Johnnie To is distinctive from contemporaries such as John Woo, Tsui Hark, and Wong Kar-wai. Solely committed to his national cinema, he made a point of never venturing to Hollywood and even formed his own production company, Milkyway Image, in 1996. Only in the mid-2000s when films like Breaking News (2005) and Election (2006) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival was Johnnie To given auteur consideration by Western critics and audiences. Even then, it was only his crime and action genre work, characterized by their elegant style and directorial control, that found critical success and was seen as commercially viable for international markets. With over 50 features under his belt, Johnnie To has a massive oeuvre not bound to any single mode and while he is one of contemporary cinema’s greatest formalist filmmakers, his fluency in visual storytelling transcends genre.
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7 Classic Anime That Hollywood Should Remake After ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (And One That They Really Need to Leave Alone)

7 Classic Anime That Hollywood Should Remake After ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (And One That They Really Need to Leave Alone)
It was always only a matter of time until modern Hollywood resigned itself to remaking anime. Which isn’t to suggest that the uniquely Japanese medium is somehow unworthy of being used as fodder for Western blockbusters — on the contrary, anime has provided some of the most progressive, adventurous, and visionary filmmaking of the last 30 years — but rather to acknowledge the palpable whiff of inevitability with which Paramount is releasing “Ghost in the Shell.”

It’s not like studio executives are obsessive fans of the franchise, it’s not like former Paramount CEO Brad Grey bought every new DVD of “Stand Alone Complex” as it was released in the United States and can walk you through every detail of the Laughing Man case, it’s not like the people in power were just patiently waiting for the entertainment climate to warm up to the idea of a star-studded Major Kusanagi
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Iffam: Macao Festival Jury Looking for Asian Qualities

Iffam: Macao Festival Jury Looking for Asian Qualities
Jury members of the inaugural edition of the International Film Festival & Awards Macao said bringing Asian perspectives to a global audience will be among their top priorities besides debating which titles will win the top awards.

The five-member jury led by jury president Shekhar Kapur met the media yesterday at the Macau Cultural Centre ahead of the opening of the festival later in the evening. The “Elizabeth” director said that, despite his career in the West, he was excited about taking part in a new film festival in Asia.

“Storytelling in Asia has its own perspective,” said Kapur. “Many Asian films don’t get distributed. Theatrical distribution is difficult, but with a changing distribution model and availability of Ott platforms, we are open to more international perspectives.”

Joining Kapur on jury duty are Korean actor Jung Woo-sung, Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan, Japanese actress and writer Makiko Watanabe, and Giovanna Fulvi,
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Sammo Hung: The Man, The Legend

Sammo Hung is regarded as one of the greatest Kung Fu performers of his generation. His high tempo, hard htting fight sequences have captured audiences all over the world. Future generations will look back and watch in amazement, witnessing one of the very best in world cinema.

Peking Opera Days

The Peking Opera school was run from a small theatre by Master Yu Jim Yuen, this was where Sammo Hung would begin his journey. In them days, the stundents would normally enroll for around 10 years, each day performing gruelling tasks for up to 18 hours a day which included training in the Martial Arts, weapons training, acrobatics, acting and singing. The Peking opera of course brought together Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah, Corey Yuen, Yuen Tak and Yuen Mo, who would eventually be known as the 7 Little Fortunes. They took the first name “Yuen” in a sign of
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House of Flying Daggers (2004) – Andy Lau – Hong Kong Movie Review

House of Flying Daggers (2004) - Andy Lau - Hong Kong Movie ReviewStory88%Cinematography91%Action70%2016-01-2683%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (6 Votes)94%

House Of Flying Daggers

Shi Mian Mai Fu (original title)

Date of release– 2004

Run time : 119 minutes

Cast–

Takeshi Kaneshiro as Jin

Andy Lau as Leo

Ziyi Zhang as Xiao Mei (as Zhang Ziyi)

Dandan Song as Yee

Director Yimou Zhang

Writers Bin Wang, Yimou Zhang, Feng Li

Nominated for an Academy Award- Best Cinematography (Zhao Xiaoding)

At first look…

The title of the movie sounds like one large can of Whoop-Hash. Just the phrase “house of flying daggers” sounds like a Chinese translation for filling a “room full of uppercuts.” However, House of Flying Daggers is not a bar room brawl threat, but the name of a group of people who are waving their middle daggers at the government. The movie goes like this…

The year is 859 and things
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40 Ti Lung Movies To Enjoy Part 2/2

http://asianmoviepulse.com/2016/01/40-ti-lung-movies-enjoy-part-12/2/ – 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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100 Great Kung Fu Movies – Part 5 (20-1)

When it comes to making features like this one, i love the idea of coming up with my own personal “100 Great Kung Fu Movies” of all time. It is tough choosing just 100 because you know there are many more great Kung Fu movies that are not on the list.

I understand everyone will have their own personal favorites and some may not agree with my list and that’s fine because it’s nice to have different opinions on this genre which keeps it fresh and alive when having good debates.

Anyway, thank you for taking time to have a look at my 100 Great Kung Fu movie list and feel free to add any movies in the comment box if they don’t make my list (I have probably forgotten many movies).

Number 1 is based on the choreography and overall movie which to me is a prime example of of
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5 Awesome End Fight Scenes – Part 4

What we lack more and more these days are epic fight scenes in the final part of kung Fu/Martial Art movies. We have seen less and less one on one fight scenes in the final battle over the past 15-20 years, which is a shame but we have seen recently a few flicks bringing that winning formula back.

I want to name a few of my favorite end fight scenes and please feel free to comment below, your favorite fight scenes and maybe they will be added to the future features. I only add fight scenes which i can find the clips for on youtube, so some classics might not be added to the lists.

1.Drunken Master 2 (1994)

Cast:Jackie Chan, Lau Kar Leung, Ti Lung, Anita Mui, Ken Lo, Andy Lau, Mark Houghton

Fight Choreographer: Lau Kar Leung, Jackie Chan

2.Ong Bak 2 (2008)

Cast:Tony Jaa, Nirut Sirichanya, Sorapong Chatree,
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List of 10 Kung Fu movies You Need To Have Watched – part 8

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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The 31 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now

When you're in the mood for an action movie, Netflix has plenty to stream. Great, except that so many of their action titles are no-name, forgettable schlock. So we've done some of the heavy lifting by highlighting the best of the best currently available in the genre. Who do you want to see duke it out? Take your pick, from gangsters to gladiators, robots to ninjas, schoolkids to superheroes.

Cue that suiting-up pre-battle montage and start streaming, because here are some of the best action movies Netflix has to offer. (Availability subject to change.)

1. "13 Assassins" (2010) R

From director Takashi Miike ("Audition," "Ichi the Killer") comes this action-packed, samurai spectacular about 13 assassins on a suicide mission. Dig that 45-minute battle scene!

2. "48 Hrs."(1982) R

A cop (Nick Nolte) and a criminal (Eddie Murphy) have 48 hours to round up two cop-killers in this fast-paced action comedy classic.

3. "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976) R

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

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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‘The Legend of Drunken Master’ is an exuberant display of Jackie Chan’s physical and comedic chops

The Legend of Drunken Master (aka Drunken Master II)

Written by Eric Tsang, Edward Tang and Barbie Tung

Directed by Lau Kar-leung

Hong Kong, 1994

Unofficially a sequel to the 1978 hit Drunken Master, The Legend of Drunken Master (the original Cantonese title being Drunken Master II even though the film does not follow up on the storyline of the first one) opens in mainland China at the turn of the 20th century. Wong Fei Hung (Jackie Chan), one of the great proponents of the misunderstood drunken boxing, returns home via train with his renowned doctor father Wong Kei Ying (Ti Lung) and family servant (Cheung Chi-Gwong). Whilst trying to smuggle himself into the first-class compartment, Fei Hung notices a man, a former army colonel named Master Fu Wen-Chi (director Lau Kar-leung), stealing a precious box, prompting Fei Hung to give chase. When his skirmish with the elder man concludes and Fei
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Gone But Not Forgotten: 1

Anita Mui 1963-2003

Anita Mui had a fantastic screen presence, an actress and a musician, she also did lots of work for charity. In the 80′s she became a household name within the music world and was dubbed the “Madonna of Asia”. She had a series of shows entitled the “Anita Classic Moment Live Concert” that consisted of eight shows at the Hong Kong Coliseum from 6 to 11 November and 14 to 15 November 2003, which were to be her last concerts before her death.

Anita made some great movies and was always surrounded by a great cast. Some movies you should check out are Behind the Yellow Line, Rouge, The Heroic Trio, Drunken Master 2, Miracles, Saviour of the Soul, Moon Warriors and many more.

Mui was originally cast in Zhang Yimou’s House of Flying Daggers (2004), but she resigned only two weeks before her death. Zhang had reserved her scenes to be shot
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King Of Kung Fu: My Top 25 Golden Harvest Movies (10 – 1)

This is the top 10, a list i found really hard to decide has i love them all. Number 1 was chosen for a few reasons, it’s the movie that really got me into Kung Fu flicks, i have probably watched it more than any other movie and enjoy it every time, so that deserves to be my number 1.

10:Once Upon A Time In China 2

Cast:Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Rosamund Kwan, David Chiang, Max Mok

9:Knockabout

Cast:Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Leung Kar Yan, Lau Kar Wing

8:Dragons Forever

Cast:Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Benny The Jet, Yuen Wah, Billy Chow

7:Drunken Master 2

Cast:Jackie Chan, Ken Lo, Ti Lung, Andy Lau, Anita Mui

6:Fist Of Fury

Cast:Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, Tien Feng, Riki Hashimoto, Robert Baker

5:Warriors Two

Cast:Sammo Hung, Leung Kar Yan, Fung Hak On, Lau Kar Wing, Lee Hoi San,
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King Of Kung Fu: My Top 25 Golden Harvest Movies (10 – 1)

This is the top 10, a list i found really hard to decide has i love them all. Number 1 was chosen for a few reasons, it’s the movie that really got me into Kung Fu flicks, i have probably watched it more than any other movie and enjoy it every time, so that deserves to be my number 1.

10:Once Upon A Time In China 2

Cast:Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Rosamund Kwan, David Chiang, Max Mok

9:Knockabout

Cast:Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Leung Kar Yan, Lau Kar Wing

8:Dragons Forever

Cast:Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Benny The Jet, Yuen Wah, Billy Chow

7:Drunken Master 2

Cast:Jackie Chan, Ken Lo, Ti Lung, Andy Lau, Anita Mui

6:Fist Of Fury

Cast:Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, Tien Feng, Riki Hashimoto, Robert Baker

5:Warriors Two

Cast:Sammo Hung, Leung Kar Yan, Fung Hak On, Lau Kar Wing, Lee Hoi San,
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The 5th Annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival Announces Full Line-Up

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
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Shanghai, Shanghai Review (1990)

Cast:

Sammo Hung

Yuen Biao

Anita Mui

George Lam

Director: Teddy Robin Kwan

Action Director: Deon Lam Dik On, Corey Yuen Kwai, Yuen Tak

Shanghai, Shanghai stars two of kung fu cinemas best, Sammo hung and Yuen Biao. Not the best movie they have starred in, but it does have it’s moments.

Plot

Little Tiger (Yuen Biao) left his hometown and went to Shanghai staying with his elder brother, Big Tiger (George Lam), who is a police officer. However, he accidentally got involved in robbing the National Salvation Funds. He also met Pao (Sandy Lam), a member of an acrobatic troupe, in this incident. Little Tiger was later invited to work for the triad society due to his outstanding fighting skills and swiftness.

Big Tiger was order to protect Mary Sung (Anita Mui), the goddaughter of a Shanghai celebrity Mr. Chin (Sammo Hung) and his ex-girlfriend, who came back from America recently.
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See Three Hong Kong Classics For Free in DC!

Attention East-Coasters! It is a rare enough experience to see anything from Hong Kong's golden era of cinemas on a big screen anywhere, but thanks to those fine people at The Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art in Washington DC, three undisputed masterpieces - currently unavailable to watch on any format in the USA - will be screening absolutely free!Stanley Kwan's ghostly melodrama Rouge, starring Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui, Mabel Cheung's classic romance An Autumn Tale, featuring Chow Yun Fat and Cherie Chung, and Chor Yuen's swordplay classic Killer Clans will each be screening twice at the Freer Gallery in the Meyer Auditorium across the next three weekends, as part of the 17th Annual Made In Hong Kong Film Festival. Admission is free and seats will be assigned...
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Hkiff 2012: an interview with Peter Chan Ho-sun (Filmmaker in Focus)

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Bangkok, Peter Chan Ho-sun studied cinema in the United States at the UCLA film school before coming back to his native country in the early 80's.  He started work in the film industry as an assistant to John Woo ("Heroes Shed No Tears") and Jackie Chan ("Project A II", "Armour of God") before moving to the production field in 1989 (Samson Chiu's "News Attacks"). Two years later he made his directorial debut with the drama "Alan & Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye". He later co-founded U.F.O. (United Filmmakers Organisation) and produced around 20 movies within five years, including his own successful "He's a Woman, She's a Man" (1994) starring Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui. In 1997, his movie...
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Watch David Tsui's Heartfelt Short These Three Years

There are some advertisement commercials that are...well, for lack of a better word, too commercialized but there are a few rare examples that tells a compelling story and entails the audience long after its over. Solvil et Titus falls under the latter with These Three Years, the latest wrist watch ad from its "Time is Love" campaign.  Its directed by David Tsui who famously worked on memorable commercials featuring Chow Yun-fat and Anita Mui for this brand.  Sometimes the most effective approach in persuading costumers to open their pocket money is to touch their hearts.You'll find These Three Years embedded below.  Also, you find other great Solvil et Titus commercials too....
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