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Filmart: Malaysian director Ryon Lee making 'House Of Happiness'

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Filmart: Malaysian director Ryon Lee making 'House Of Happiness'
The feelgood comedy will feature veteran Hong Kong actor Richard Ng.

Malaysia’s prolific writer-director Ryon Lee is directing House Of Happiness as the first feature film project of local Chinese-language radio station 988.

The feelgood comedy, which started production in early March, is scheduled for a 2018 Chinese New Year release. The cast includes veteran Hong Kong actor Richard Ng, Malaysian actor Steve Yap and various popular 988 DJs such as Chan Fong.

Lee is co-directing with his assistant director Jy Teng. The film is produced by Lomo Pictures, a new Malaysia-based company founded by Lee and producer Aron Koh.

Lomo is also bringing to Filmart another two new projects directed by Lee: drama The Dream and horror Haunted Road 2, both of which are co-produced with China’s Zhejiang Hewen TV & Film.

Lee made his name as a writer of box-office hits such as The Journey and Nasi Lemak 2.0 before turning to directing. He has directed
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Indies, Newcomers Dominate Hong Kong Film Award Nominations

Indies, Newcomers Dominate Hong Kong Film Award Nominations
Movies with the strongest local themes dominated the nominations for the Hong Kong Film Awards, with first feature “Soul Mate” by actor director Derek Tsang (aka Tsang Kwok-cheung) emerging on top.

Nominations were announced Tuesday ahead of a ceremony set for April 9, shortly before the beginning of the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival. Last year the best film was “Ten Years,” a futuristic imagining of Hong Kong under increasing Chinese influence was the controversial winner.

“Soul Mate” garnered 12 nominations (including best film, best director and best new director for Tsang). Hong Kong crime thriller “Cold War 2” claimed ten nominations.

Behind it, “The Mermaid,” Stephen Chow’s eco fantasy which a year ago broke box office records in mainland China and Hong Kong, earned eight nominations. That put it on a par with Hong Kong indie films “Weeds on Fire” and “Mad World” also with eight nominations. “Trivisa,” which boasts three aspiring directors,
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Interview: Sophia Wong Boccio of Asian Pop-Up Cinema on Closing-Night Gala on May 20, 2016

Chicago – One of the gems of the Chicago film scene began last year, and is successfully finishing its second season. The Asian Pop-Up Film Festival is the invention of its founder, Sophia Wong Boccio, a Hong Kong native who has lived all over the world, but never forgot her background in film, rooted from her parents. With that passion, she began the festival to share her vast knowledge of films from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, and expand access to them in Chicago.

The final film of the second season will be a North American premiere, “The Mobfathers” – on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 – from Hong Kong director Herman Yau, followed by a Closing Night Gala the following evening on May 20th. Director Yau will be in attendance at both events, and Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com will moderate a Q&A with the director at the Gala. For more
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Benny Chan war epic casts up

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Benny Chan war epic casts up
Exclusive: Sean Lau Ching-wan, Louis Koo and Eddie Peng will head the cast of Benny Chan’s epic action film The Deadly Reclaim, which is being launched at Filmart by Universe Films Distribution.

Set in 1914 following the collapse of the Qing dynasty, the $32m project tells the story of a group of villagers standing up to a cruel young warlord.

Production is scheduled to start in April for delivery at the end of the year.

Universe has also added Oxide Pang’s comedy Detective Gui and Vincent Kok’s comedy House Of Wolves to its Filmart slate.

Currently in production Detective Gui, about a talented female investigator, stars Luodan Wang (The Continent), Vic Chou, Simon Yam and Nina Paw Hee-ching, while House Of Wolves, about three conmen who have a change of heart, stars Francis Ng, Ronald Cheng and Jiang Shuying.
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Film Review: ‘Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal’

Film Review: ‘Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal’
A 3D fantasy adventure about a demon slayer who becomes smitten with, erm, a demon, “Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal” comes up with a splashy, game-influenced visual look new to this popular Chinese genre. However, the decision to binge on CGI action setpieces overwhelms the romantic spark of the central characters, played by impossibly beautiful leads Lee Bingbing and Aloys Chen Kun, while the film’s themes of class division, human desire and hypocrisy find darker, more riveting expression only toward the end. Co-helmed by Hong Kong lenser Peter Pau and mainland director Zhao Tianyu, the film came in third among eight domestic films released for Chinese New Year, grossing $10.8 million in two days. With the clout of its overseas co-producers Village Roadshow Asia and Warner Bros., it could generate reasonably more international buzz than other Asian genre fare; a North American 3D release kicks off Friday.

For a
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Insanity: Lau Ching Wan & Huang Xiaoming Get Crazy In First Trailer & Stills

Distribution Workshop just dropped a cache of marketing materials for Insanity, the Derek Yee-produced psychological thriller written and directed by David Lee Kuan Yew. We first reported on the project when it was announced back in October 2013. Lee apparently spent five years developing the script to meet his producer's expectations, which pits Huang Xiaoming's hotshot psychiatrist against Lau Ching Wan's intelligent psychopath. Nina Paw, Alex Fong, Michelle Ye and Michelle Wai also star and the film is slated for an April 2015 domestic release, which places it as a likely target to premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival in March. Below you can find the film's poster, together with a selection of stills portraying the principals - Paw in particular - embodying the...

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Blind Massage sweeps Golden Horse awards

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Blind Massage sweeps Golden Horse awards
Lou Ye’s Blind Massage was the big winner at this year’s Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, scooping six prizes including best film and best new performer for Zhang Lei.Scroll down for full list of winners

The mainland China production also won best adapted screenplay (Ma Yingli), best cinematography (Zeng Jian), best film editing (Kong Jinlei, Jolin Zhu) and best sound effects (Fu Kang).

Ann Hui won best director for historical biopic The Golden Era, while best original screenplay went to Yee Chih-yen for Meeting Dr Sun.

Chen Jianbin won best new director and best actor for A Fool, along with best supporting actor for Paradise In Service, which also took the best supporting actress prize for Regina Wan’s performance. Chen Hsiang-chi took best actress for Exit.

Fruit Chan’s The Midnight After won best visual effects and Liu Qiang was awarded best art direction for Black Coal, Thin Ice. Brotherhood
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Juno Mak's Rigor Mortis is a Visual Marvel: A Movie Review

*full disclosure: a Blu-ray screener of this film was provided by Well Go USA. Director: Juno Mak. Producers: Takashi Shimizu and Juno Mak. Cast: Chin Siu-ho, Nina Paw Hee-ching, Anthony Chan, Kara Wai, Richard Ng and Chung Fat. Rigor Mortis is a Chinese film from Hong Kong. The film was developed by filmmaker Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge) and inexperienced director Juno Mak. A true visual marvel, Rigor Mortis offers lots of horror elements. Though, the film's story is fractured by a number of sideplots. Still, Rigor Mortis offers lots of action in its short runtime. This film viewer enjoyed the many practical effects and Mak's experimentation with the camera. The story begins with a reluctant hero. Siu-ho (Siu-ho Chin) is a former actor and he has been kicked out of his home, by his wife. He chooses suicide as an escape from his pain, but a neighbour intervenes. Tung (Richard Ng
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Film Review: ‘Rigor Mortis’

Film Review: ‘Rigor Mortis’
The cause of death would appear to be visual-effects overkill in the case of “Rigor Mortis,” a flashy, incoherent and virtually scare-free Hong Kong horror exercise that marks the directing debut of actor, singer, record producer and fashion maven Juno Mak. Set in a gloomy apartment building where a washed-up actor has come to die, only to find himself and other residents staring down an infestation of computer-generated supernatural baddies, this busy, blood-spattered thriller seeks to reanimate the popular “hopping vampires” movies from the 1980s and early ’90s, and will indeed prove largely impenetrable for audiences not already steeped in knowledge of that particular niche. The result has pulled in strong B.O. at home since last fall, but only Asian genre completists are likely to lick their fangs over it in limited Stateside release.

Winding its way backward from a grim prologue that reveals little but promises a high body count,
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In a Nutshell: Rigor Mortis

Juno Mak's directorial debut Rigor Mortis is a lot of things. Some of it sticks and some of it doesn't. First and foremost though, Rigor Mortis is a love letter to 80s vampire classic Mr. Vampire. Starring original cast members Chin Siu Ho, Anthony Chan, Richard Ng, Billy Lau and Chung Fa, as well as veteran actors Paw Hee Ching and Kara Hui, Juno Mak is clearly not afraid to take chances. Japanese horror master Shimizu Takashi acts as producer, which probably explains why Rigor Mortis is an uneven blend of vampire folklore and Japanese-style ghost story. On a visual level it can't be faulted, with Juno Mak introducing himself to the filmmaking world in ballsy fashion. There is, after all, a very good reason why it was nominated for three 2013 Golden Horse awards, including Best New Director and Best Makeup & Costume Design. Action star Siu Ho (Chin Siu Ho
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Grandmaster, Snowpiercer lead Afa noms

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Grandmaster, Snowpiercer lead Afa noms
Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster scooped the most nominations for this year’s Asian Film Awards with 11 nods, followed by Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer with five.

Nominations for The Grandmaster included best film, best director, best actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), best actress (Zhang Ziyi), best screenwriter and best cinemtographer (see full list below). Snowpiercer’s nominations included best film, best director, best screenwriter, best production designer and best costume designer.

Also nominated for best film are Chinese director Ning Hao’s No Man’s Land, which is screening at the Berlin film festival, The Great Passage from Japan, The Lunchbox from India and Taiwan’s Stray Dogs.

Rounding out the best director category are Stray Dogs director Tsai Ming-liang, Singapore’s Anthony Chen for Ilo Ilo and Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda for Like Father, Like Son.

Multiple nominees also included No Man’s Land, Stray Dogs, Cold Eyes and Rigor Mortis which each picked up four
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The 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards – Nominations

The 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards is expected to be a hell of a show with some great films going head to head. Leading the way with nominations is The Grand Master with 14, followed by Unbeatable (Dante Lam).

There were complaints last year, that the show didn’t live up to expectations, mainly due to the fact the movie Cold Wars, won nearly every award. Best actor award see the likes of these guys going head to head, Tony Leung (The Grandmaster), Louis Koo (The White Storm) and also Anthony Wong (Ip Man: The Final Fight).

Take a look at the list and comment who you think will win. The winners will be announced on April 13.

Best Film:

- The Grandmaster

- Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

- The Way We Dance

- The White Storm

- Unbeatable

Best Director:

- Wong Kar Wai (The Grandmaster)

- Johnnie To
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On The Set Of Juno Mak's Rigor Mortis

Way back in the summer of 2012, Twitch was gifted the rare opportunity to visit the set of Juno Mak's homage to classic Chinese vampire movies, Rigor Mortis. Now that Mak's film has completed a hugely successful fesitval run and has opened here in Hong Kong, we can share some of these fantastic images with our readership.Boasting an all-star cast of Hong Kong veterans, including Chin Siu Ho, Anthony Chan Yau, Nina Paw Hee Ching, Cheung Fat, Kara Hui, Richard Ng and Lo Hoi Pang - many of whom were present during our visit - Rigor Mortis is a delightfully atmospheric chiller that promises a successful career ahead for Mak if he continues to direct.Photos © Stefan IrvineYou can find even more images over at Irvine's Flickr...

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Rigor Mortis (2013) Movie Trailer: Juno Mak’s Chinese Vampire Film

Rigor Mortis Trailer. Juno Mak‘s Rigor Mortis (2013) movie trailer stars Kara Hui, Siu-hou Chin, Richard Ng, and Hee Ching Paw. Juno Mak‘s plot synopsis: “Rigor Mortis stars action movie veteran Chin Siu-ho (Siu-ho) as a former vampire hunting actor who now finds himself reaching the end of the line as a washed-up [...]

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Contest: Win Wu Dang on Blu-ray

Contest: Win Wu Dang on Blu-ray
Well Go USA is releasing Wu Dang on Blu-ray and DVD December 4. Wenzhuo Zhao, Mini Yang, and Siu-Wong Fan star in director Patrick Leung's martial arts epic about a man determined to find hidden treasure in a mysterious Chinese mountain. We have a contest lined up where fans can take home this Blu-ray for their own collection. read on for details on how you can win this exciting action drama.

Winners Receive:

Wu Dang Blu-ray

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There is a rumor: secret treasures hide in Wu Dang mountain. In the early days of Republican China, an American man - greedy for gold and hungry for riches - brings his daughter,
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Floating City (2012) Movie Review

It’s always good to keep an eye on the progressing careers of 1980s Hong Kong New Wave directors, and so “Floating City”, the 13th outing from helmer Yim Ho is likely to be of immediate interest for fans. Having been responsible for a number of highly regarded films, in particular “Homecoming” and “Red Dust”, Yim Ho returns to the kind of personal historical and social drama he became known for with a true life tale of an ethnic minority, mixed race fisherman who rises to the top of the British East India Company in Hong Kong during the end of the colonial period. Taking on the challenging, decade spanning lead role is popular actor Aaron Kwok (“Murderer”), with support from actresses Charlie Young (who worked with Kwok on the award winning “After This Our Exile”), Annie Liu (“Exodus”), Josie Ho (“Dream Home”), and veteran Paw Hee Ching (“The Way
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New Batch of Gruesome Nsfw Dream Home Stills Sees Topless Hottie Get Staked!

Hong Kong's first slasher film 'Dream Home' (Aka 'Wai dor lei ah yut ho'), is certainly high on the radar lately. Pang Ho-Cheung's new blood-thirsty feature is looking more and more awesome day by day. A massive batch of new stills from the movie have been released and are particulary gruesome. Take note that these baby's are not safe for work (Nsfw) and do include the sight of a hot topless Asian chick with a large bit of wood being inserted in her (oo-er!). 'Dream Home' stars Josie Ho, Michelle Ye, Lawrence Chou, Eason Chan, Kwok Cheung Tsang, Norman Chu, Hee Ching Paw and Lap-Man Sin. Check out the stills below....
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Pang Ho-Cheungs Dream Home Gets A New International One-Sheet

Pang Ho-Cheung's 'Dream Home' (Aka 'Wai dor lei ah yut ho'), not to be confused with Jim Sheridan's new mystery thriller 'Dream House' starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts, is coming to VOD. And to celebrate this fact a new international one-sheet has popped up featuring a nasty looking set of keys. Josie Ho, Michelle Ye, Lawrence Chou, Eason Chan, Kwok Cheung Tsang, Norman Chu, Hee Ching Paw, Lap-Man Sin all star in the slasher flick. Check out the new one-sheet below....
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Watch the trailer for 'Reign of Assassins' with Michelle Yeoh

Reign of Assassins, coming this fall to theaters, is a martial arts action flick featuring Michelle Yeoh as a deadly woman on a dangerous mission.

Directed by Chao-Bin Su and John Woo based on Chao-Bin Su's script, Reign of Assassins falls under that category of awesome recent innovative martial arts films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in which women possess deadly powers and are never to be underestimated. There's also a fantastical setting to the story - mythical historical China, which is filled with monks, warriors, religion, kings, and romance.

The official synopsis: A skilled assassin finds herself on a quest to carry the mystical remnants of a Buddhist monk through China. A team of deadly assassins follow her, placing her in a fight for her life as she attempts to put the power-wielding secret of the monk to rest.

Apparently, Michelle Yeoh's character is retired and is
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To Live and Die in Mongkok (2009) Movie Review

With its familiar sounding title and ex-con trying to go straight premise, “To Live and Die in Mongkok” is not immediately a particularly appealing prospect. However, the impeccably acclaimed cast should certainly arouse the interest, given that it includes Nick Cheung and Paw Hee Ching, winners of Best Actor and Best Actress at the 2009 Hong Kong Film Awards, not to mention Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress winners Liu Kai Chi and Chan Lai Wan. Although the presence of Wong Jing in the director’s chair, which he shares with frequent partner in crime Billy Chung, may give some cause for scepticism, it should be remembered that the Hong Kong shlockmeister has proved himself more than capable of turning serious when it suits, as seen in other quality triad dramas such as “Colour of the Truth”, and the recent “I Corrupt all Cops” and “Hong Kong Bronx”. The film
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