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852 Films Serves First Teaser For Derek Kwok's Badminton Flick Full Strike

The first teaser for Full Strike has just hit online, showing off the impressive line-up of talent in director Derek Kwok's upcoming badminton tournament flick. Produced by Josie Ho's 852 Films, the film sees the actress star alongside Ekin Cheng, Susan Shaw, Ronald Cheng, Gardner Tse, Edmond Leung, Wilfred Lau, Andrew Lam, Wang Lin and Bao Chunlai.Josie plays a former badminton champ who, 10 years after being expelled from the sport, reluctantly agrees to coach Ekin and his rag-tag gang of reformed criminals in an amateur competition.The tone of this brief trailer seems to suggest a comedy, which will put the Gallants director back in more comfortable territory following last year's As The Lights Go Out - a star-studded and financially successful firefighter drama that...

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Film Review: ‘Tales From the Dark Part 1’

The first installment of a Hong Kong horror anthology based on writings by popular Chinese author Lilian Lee (“Farewell My Concubine”), “Tales From the Dark Part 1″ features three ghost stories by three different directors. Simon Yam entry presents a cautionary tale about messing with the deceased; Lee Chi-Ngai delivers an object lesson in the psychology of ghost appeasement; an Fruit Chan, in the standout third tale, serves up a bang-up spectral revenge drama. Having opened the New York Asian Film Festival in advance of its July 11 release in China (“Part 2″ will bow Aug. 8), this somewhat uneven but engrossing mini-triptych should please fans of Asian horror without necessarily scaring their pants off.

The first story, “Stolen Body,” veers more toward socioeconomic than supernatural horror, set in a Hong Kong with no room for the poor — living or dead. Vet actor Yam, making his directorial debut here, also stars as an angry,
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DVD Review: Gallants

Gallants

Stars: Teddy Robin, Wong You Nam, Jia Xiao Chen, Mc Jin, Li Hai Tao, Law Wing Cheong, Leung Siu Lung, Chan Koon Tai, Susan Shaw, Chan Wai Man, Li Ka, Turbo Law | Directed by Derek Kwok, Clement Cheng

When legendary kung fu master Law Sun (Teddy Robin) unexpectedly awakes from a 30-year coma he discovers that his once celebrated martial arts school has become a teahouse and is now under threat from a takeover bid by his former rival. Aided by his now middle-aged apprentices, Dragon (Chan Koon Tai) and Tiger (Leung Siu Lung), and an unlikely hero in the form of the nerdy estate agent tasked with progressing the takeover, Master Law sets about training a rag-tag band of fighters to compete in a forthcoming martial arts tournament. Winning the prize could safeguard all their futures, but anything less would mean a certain end for the both the
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Gallants, Nicholas Tse, Carina Lau: Hong Kong Film Awards 2011 Winners

Derek Kwok, Clement Cheng's Gallants Best film: Gallants Best Asian film: Confessions (Japan) Best director: Tsui Hark, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Best actor: Nicholas Tse, The Stool Pigeon Best actress: Carina Lau, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Best supporting actor: Teddy Robin, Gallants Best supporting actress: Susan Shaw, Gallants Best new performer: Hanjin Tan, Bruce Lee, My Brother Best screenplay: Pang Ho-cheung and Heiward Mak, Love in a Puff Best cinematography: Peter Pau, Confucius Best film editing: Cheung Ka-fai, Ip Man 2 Best original film score: Teddy Robin and Tommy Wai, Gallants Best original film song: Here to Stay, music, lyrics and performed by Jun Kung Best art direction: James Choo, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Best costume and make-up design: Bruce Yu, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Best action choreography: Sammo Hung,
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Hong Kong Film Awards 2011: Winners: Gallants, Confucius, IP Man 2

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Gallants, Confucius, Ip Man 2, and the other winners of the 2011 Hong Kong Film Awards have been announced. The 30th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards, “founded in 1982, are the most prestigious film awards in Hong Kong and among the most respected in mainland China and Taiwan. Award ceremonies are held annually, typically in April. The Awards recognize achievement in all aspects of filmmaking, such as directing, screenwriting, acting and cinematography. The awards are the Hong Kong equivalent to the American Oscars and the British Baftas.” The awards were handed out on April 17, 2011 at the Hong Kong Cultural Center. “The ceremony was hosted by Teresa Mo, Vincent Kuk, and Lawrence Cheng.” The full listing of the 2011 Hong Kong Film Award winners is below.

Best Film

(Gallants), produced by Lam Ka Tung

Best Director

Tsui Hark, (Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame)

Best Screenplay

Pang Ho Cheung & Heiward Mak, (Love
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Gallants Wins Best Movie At Hong Kong Film Awards

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Gallants Wins Best Movie At Hong Kong Film Awards
Action film Gallants has triumphed at the 2011 Hong Kong Film Awards, picking up the top movie prize.

The film, about a kung fu master who agrees to train four students after waking from a coma, also landed co-stars Teddy Robin and Susan Shaw Best Supporting Actor and Actress honours.

Robin also picked up the Best Score prize for his work on the film's soundtrack.

Another big winner at Sunday's film awards ceremony was Hong Kong director Tsui Hark's fantasy epic Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.

Hark claimed the Best Director prize, while his leading lady, Carina Lau, was named Best Actress.

The film also picked up awards for art direction, costume and make-up, sound design and visual effects.

Other big winners included Nicholas Tse, who took home the Best Actor honour for his portrayal of a police informant in The Stool Pigeon and Oscar-winning cinematographer Peter Pau, who landed the Best Cinematography prize for his work on the biopic of ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius.

Jackie Chan's longtime agent Willie Chan was also honoured for Professional Achievement. Chan and Hong Kong pop star Jacky Cheung, another famous client, were among the stars who paid tribute to the industry mogul.

Gallants wins Best Film at Hk Film Awards, Detective Dee scoops six.

Low budget martial arts comedy Gallants was the surprise Best Picture winner at tonight's 30th Hong Kong Film Awards, also garnering Best Supporting gongs for Teddy Robin and Susan Shaw, as well as Best Score. In a rare display of good taste, the awards jury showered love upon Derek Kwok and Clement Cheng's love letter to classic kung-fu, as well as handing the Best Screenplay award to Pang Ho Cheung and Heiward Mak for Love In A Puff and favouring Tetsuya Nakashima's Confessions over Feng Xiao Gang's earthquake weepie Aftershock as Best Asian Movie of the year. The biggest winner of the evening, however, was Tsui Hark's superb medieval adventure Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame, with 6 awards, including Best Director and...
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Clement Cheng: The 'Gallants' Interview (Part 1)

"Gallants", which opens in Hong Kong today and China tomorrow, is probably the most enjoyable kung-fu comedy made in Hong Kong since "Shaolin Soccer". First movie produced by actor Gordon Lam Ka-tung ("Infernal Affairs", "Election", "Vengeance") for Focus Films Limited (a film production, investment, acquisition, and distribution company founded in 2002 by superstar Andy Lau), "Gallants" stars veteran actors from the 70's such as Chen Kuan-tai ("Boxer From Shangtung"), Michael Chai Wai-man  ("The Club"), Bruce Leung ("Kung-fu Hustle"), Teddy Robin Kwan ("Mad Mission"), Susan Shaw ("Big Bad Sis") and Lo Meng ("5 Deadly Venoms").

It also stars younger talents like  Wong Yau-Nam ("Just One Look", "Ip Man"), Jj Jia ("Isabella") and the rapper Mc Jin. Third movie directed by Derek Kwok after "The Pye-Dog" and "The Moss", "Gallants" is also the first movie that he co-directed with his long-time friend Clement Cheng, who makes his director debut with "Gallants". Enjoy the first
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