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‘The Adventurers’ Review

Stars: Jean Reno, Qi Shu, Andy Lau, Tony Yang, Jingchu Zhang, Eric Tsang, Karel Dobry, Gen Seto, David Bowles, Yi Sha, Tianyi You | Written by Chi Kwong Cheung, Stephen Fung, Steve Ha, Andy Lo | Directed by Stephen Fung

Infamous and charismatic thief Cheung Tan (Andy Lau) has recently been released from prison. Cheung immediately plots a heist with his former partner in crime, Po (Tony Yang), and beautiful chameleon Red (Qi Shu), in order to pull off the heist of a lifetime – and steal precious jewels in Europe. Meanwhile, French detective Pierre (Jean Reno) has been hot on Cheung’s trails for many years. This time, he decides to capture Cheung and his gang of thieves for good… which means Cheung and co. will have to take their game to the next level.

Who doesn’t love a good heist movie? When the genre is done right you get fantastic and intriguing films like Flypaper,
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Contemporary Chinese Cinema: The Year So Far

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Contemporary Chinese Cinema is a column devoted to exploring contemporary Chinese-language cinema primarily as it is revealed to us at North American multiplexes.Over the last few years it has become increasingly easy to see mainstream Asian films in North America at the same time they are released in their home countries. Thanks to partnerships with small, international distributors, the major multiplex chains (AMC, Cinemark, Regal) have devoted a handful of screens in major markets to showing new releases from India, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Most of these titles fall under the radar of both critics and audiences outside the diasporic communities to which they are targeted. They play for a week or two and then disappear, outside of a handful of breakout titles. Last year Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid made headlines for its high per-screen averages in North America as it shattered domestic box office records in China.
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China’s ‘Wolf Warriors 2’ Continues to Dominate International Box Office With $84 Million

China’s ‘Wolf Warriors 2’ Continues to Dominate International Box Office With $84 Million
Annabelle: Creation” opened solidly abroad in addition to leading the charts in North America this weekend, but China’s “Wolf Warriors 2” still holds a vise grip on the overseas charts.

The action-packed sequel to 2015’s “Wolf Warriors” — directed by Wu Jing and starring Jing, Celina Jade, Frank Grillo, and Hans Zhang — is tracking to earn $83.6 million for this frame. Its global cume now stands at a staggering $687.5 million, making it China’s highest-grossing film of all time.

That’s the only real threat to Warner Bros.’ and New Line’s latest entry in the “Conjuring Universe,” which should pick up $35 million from 39 international markets. Combined with its identical domestic debut, the movie is tracking to make $70 million this weekend. Mark the “Annabelle” sequel as the latest horror movie to over-perform on a low budget — in this case, about $15 million.


Film Review: ‘Annabelle: Creation

Another Chinese film, “Guilty of Mind,” looks
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Andy Lau in New Us Trailer for Chinese Heist Movie 'The Adventurers'

"The operation is compromised." Well Go USA has debuted an official Us trailer for the Chinese action heist movie called The Adventurers, from director Stephen Fung. The action-packed film is about three of the world's top thieves, played by Andy Lau, Tony Yang, and Shu Qi, who band together to pull off the "heist of a lifetime." But hot on their trailer is a French detective, played Jean Reno of course, who chases them all over Europe. The full cast Jingchu Zhang, Eric Tsang, Tony Yo-ning Yang, David Bowles, and Yi Sha. This definitely looks slick, kind of like a Hollywood action heist movie with some cool set pieces and locations, but I hope it's actually good. Seems like it's going to be super cheesy, a little too much Hollywood. Here's the official Us trailer (+ international poster) for Stephen Fung's The Adventurers, from YouTube: In this slick, high-stakes action-adventure,
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Watch: Trailer For Andy Lau’s Action Caper ‘The Adventurers’

After a six-month break forced by a serious horse-riding injury, Andy Lau is back with the treasure-hunt action drama The Adventurers, set to release in China on August 11. Directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero, House of Fury), the film boasts of an international star cast of Shu Qi (The Assassin), Zhang Jingchu (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), Tony Yang (Where the Wind Settles), Eric Tsang (Ip Man: The Final Fight) and Jean Reno.

The Adventurers (2017) (Source: maactioncinema.com)

Loosely based on the 1991 John Woo action comedy Once a Thief, the film follows a trio of thieves led by Lau’s Cheung Tan, who hatch a plot to steal precious jewels in Europe. Reno is the very imaginatively named French detective Pierre, who has been hot on Cheung Tan’s trail for many years. Thrown into the mix are a criminal mastermind played by Tsang and Cheung Tan’s scorned ex-girlfriend played by Jingchu,
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Terence Chang’s Lucida Boards Yun Woo Ping’s Martial Arts Thriller ‘Invisible Guard’

Lucida Entertainment, the multifaceted film company headed by veteran producer Terence Chang, celebrated its first anniversary by boarding “The Invisible Guard.” The film is to be directed by Yuen Woo Ping, the celebrated action choreographer of “The Grandmaster” and “Kill Bill” and director of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.”

The film is to be a live action adaptation of one of the hottest animated properties in China, a Tang Dynasty-set martial arts action series which in two seasons has amassed more than 6.6 billion views across all of China’s major online video platforms. Chang is set as executive producer.

The project, unveiled on the margins of the Shanghai International Film Festival, adds to a five-film slate announced this time last year when the company launched. Three of the five are now in advanced stages of production, including “The Adventurers,” starring France’s Jean Reno, Hong Kong’s Andy Lau
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French outfit Marco Polo nabs Emilia Clarke, Jason Flemyng, John Travolta titles

The films will skip cinemas and instead launch on digital platforms.

Paris-based Marco Polo Production has acquired Jason Flemyng’s vampire black comedy Eat Local for its 2017 slate of films aimed at French digital and broadcast distribution.

Other new acquisitions include Gerard Butler-starrer A Family Man (aka The Headhunter’s Calling); the upcoming biopic Speed Kills starring John Travolta as murdered speed-boat maverick Donald Aronow, and Tuscany-set gothic mystery Voice From The Stone [pictured], starring Emilia Clarke.

The company invests around $4m each year in the acquisitions of 15 to 20 mainly action films and genre pictures often with name cast attached.

Flemyng’s directorial debut, reuniting the actor with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels cast members Dexter Fletcher and Nick Moran and also starring Charlie Cox and Freema Agyeman, is sold by London-based sales outfit Gfm evolution.

“It’s a lot of fun, very English and the Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels connection is a good
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Review: "Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back" Wreaks Havoc in Heaven

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Hot off the success of last year’s box office record-setting smash The Mermaid, Stephen Chow brought us a sequel this Lunar New Year to his 2013 film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. While it set an opening day record in China, and was initially released in North America on roughly twice as many screens, it has thus far failed to match The Mermaid’s financial success. I have no idea why that is, anyone who claims to understand what makes the difference between a hit and a super-hit is a liar or a fool, but I can theorize that the film’s somewhat mixed critical response is a response to its weird hybrid nature. Not just in the ways Chow situates a sincere appreciation for religion within a goofy pop context, but in the film’s dual authorship between Chow, who co-wrote and produced, and Tsui Hark, who directed.
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You Won't Want To Leave The Village Of No Return. Check The Trailer For The Martial Arts Comedy!

Shu Qi, Wang Qianyuan and Eric Tsang anchor the cast of Chen Yu-Hsun's upcoming Taiwanese martial arts comedy The Village Of No Return and based on the sheer quality and charm of the international trailer this is one village you may never want to leave. Chen's film puts a wuxia / martial arts spin on the premise of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind with a monk promising to relive a small village's inhabitants of their unpleasant memories through the use of a special machine. This, of course, has unintended - or are they? - consequences. It is an unusual day for the remote and isolated Desire Village. A mysterious Taoist priest brings a magical equipment that can erase one’s memory. Since then, all the...

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Old Man Yells at Cloud: Ringo Lam’s "Sky on Fire"

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One of the year’s most anticipated films opened this week in a handful of theatres across North America: Hong Kong director Ringo Lam’s Sky on Fire. After his promisingly solid return to directing after more than a decade in retirement with last year’s Wild City, hopes were high for the new film, if only because it shares the title formulation of some of his greatest works: City on Fire, School on Fire and the two Prison on Fire films. With Daniel Wu starring in a story of greed and corruption in the medical industry, it promised to be a worthy addition to the career of one of Hong Kong’s most distinguished directors, a man whose bleak tales of institutional collapse provided some of the most viscerally kinetic and apocalyptic visions of the colony in the years between the 1984 Joint Declaration and the 1997 Handover. Instead, it’s a mess,
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AFM: ‘Adventurers’ Heads Im Global’s Expanded China Sales Slate

Having recently enjoyed a substantial injection of Chinese capital, Im Global is upping its Chinese film sales credentials.

The company has picked up global rights to Chinese romantic comedy adventure film “The Adventurers” and is unveiling it for sales at the American Film Market.

The film stars Jean Reno, Andy Lau, and “The Assassin” star Shu Qi under the direction of Shu’s husband, Stephen Fung.

Currently in post-production after shooting in Asia and Europe, the film tells the story of a thief (Lau) who steals two pieces of valuable jewelry during the Cannes Film Festival. Shu’s character is used as bait by detective (Reno) to lure the thief to Macau.

It is produced by Terence Chang, who spent over a decade in Hollywood as John Woo’s production partner, with Gravity Pictures, a production and distribution company that is on of the portfolio companies of Li Ruigang’s China Media Capital.
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The Adventurers: Andy Lau, Shu Qi And Jean Reno Offer High Stakes Heist Action In Stephen Fung's Latest

After a foray into Us television as a producer and second unit director on Badlands following his massive 2012 two part Tai Chi Hero epic, director Stephen Fung returns to the big screen with upciming effort The Adventurers and - true to form - the first teaser for the summer 2017 blockbuster promises high octane action. Hong Kong megastar Andy Lau - hopefully on a bit of a comeback trailer after recent years of dodgy decisions - anchors a cast that includes Shu Qi and French star Jean Reno in a slick, glossy heist thriller. And while the initial teaser is just a brief one there's a Lot in there. You want guns. cars, motorcycles, explosions and questionable English? This has got it all! Check...

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Afm: Im Global takes on 'The Adventurers'

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Afm: Im Global takes on 'The Adventurers'
Exclusive: Andy Lau, Shu Qi and Jean Reno [pictured] star in the story of a jewelry heist at the Cannes Film Festival.

Im Global has acquired worldwide rights to Chinese romantic thriller The Adventurers, one of the first productions from Flagship Entertainment, Warner Bros’ joint venture with China Media Capital (Cmc).

Currently in post-production, the film is directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) and stars Andy Lau, Shu Qi and Jean Reno. Flagship produced with Cmc division Gravity Pictures and acclaimed producer Terence Chang (Red Cliff, Face/Off). Im Global, which has worldwide rights excluding China, Thailand, Singapore and Philippines, is launching sales on the film here at Afm.

Written by Fung, Chi Kwong Cheung, Andy Lo and Steve Ha, the film revolves around a thief (Lau) who steals two priceless pieces of jewelry during the Cannes Film Festival. Reno plays a detective on his trail who is using the thief’s ex (Shu Qi) as bait
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Shu Qi Stars in Taiwanese Action-Comedy Film The Village of No Return

Award-winning director Chen Yu-Hsun teams up with Taiwanese star Shu Qi to tickle your funny bone with the upcoming comedy film The Village of No Return.

Since his first feature Tropical Fish in 1995, this $9M feature is Chen’s sixth film foray in the comedy genre.

From his hilarious TV commercials to memorable shorts (Middle-Aged Juliet, Hippocamp Hair Salon), well received features like Love Go Go and Zone Pro Site: The Movable Feast, Chen takes the director’s seat again with this period action comedy flick.

The film is set sometime during the end of the Qing dynasty, a very strange event take place and turns a sleepy rural village’s life upside down–all while waiting for a railway to come.

The Village of No Return also reunites Chen with producers Yeh Jufeng, Lee Lieh, and Warner Brothers (Taiwan), following their breakout hit Zone Pro Site.

The Taiwanese comedy
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China Box Office: ‘Time Raiders’ Runs Away With $65 Million Weekend

China Box Office: ‘Time Raiders’ Runs Away With $65 Million Weekend
Suspense, fantasy adventure film “Time Raiders” grabbed the top spot at the Chinese box office with a smashing $64.8 million opening weekend. That was more than double the score for “The Secret Life of Pets” which opened earlier in the week. And it relegated last week’s chart topper “League of Gods” to seventh place.

Directed by Hong Kong’s Daniel Lee and distributed by Le Vision Pictures, the releasing arm of Chinese online and technology group Le Eco, “Time Raiders” features an uncle and his nephew poking around ancient tombs. That puts it in the same territory as last December’s “Mojin: The Lost Legend” and required an (English-language) title change from “The Lost Tomb.” It similarly features a large cast of popular stars including Jing Boran (“Monster Hunt”,) Lu Han, Ma Sichun and Wang Jingchun.

With over 85,000 screenings per day “Time Raiders” had by far the largest circuit of theaters in the country.
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Hey Australia! Win Tickets to See Line Walker and My Best Friend's Wedding in Cinemas!

Line Walker is a new crime thriller that stars Francis Ng, Louis Koo, Nicky Cheung and Charmaine Sheh, while My Best Friend’s Wedding is a romantic comedy starring Shu Qi that is based on Julia Roberts’ 1997 romantic comedy of the same title. Both films are opening in Australian cinemas next week. Thanks to Magnum Films, we have double passes for both films to give away to our readers. Each winner will get a double pass for each of the two films. 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 to me at: hugo[at]screenanarchy.com Line Walker will...

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Win The Assassin on Blu-ray

To mark the release of The Assassin, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. The magnetic Shu Qi (Millennium Mambo, The Transporter) continues her regular collaboration with Hou to play Nie Yinniang, the eponymous ‘Assassin’ of the story, adapted from a traditional Chinese folk tale of a young girl raised as a […]

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Jean Reno-Starrer ‘The Adventurers’ to Shoot in Czech Republic

Jean Reno-Starrer ‘The Adventurers’ to Shoot in Czech Republic
Stephen Fung’s Hong Kong production “The Adventurers,” starring Jean Reno and Andy Lau, is set to shoot in the Czech Republic.

One of a dozen projects announced in March by Flagship Entertainment — the joint venture between Warner Bros., China Media Capital and broadcaster Tvb — “The Adventurers” is a treasure hunt actioner set in France and the Czech Republic. Taiwanese actress Shu Qi also stars.

Terence Chang’s Mannix Pictures is producing the film, with Prague-based Milk and Honey Pictures co-producing. The pic will shoot this summer at Prague Studios and in and around the Czech capital, Karlovy Vary, Lednice, Bouzov and other locations through September.

The production will spend at least Czk 200 million ($8.2 million) in the country, according to the Czech State Cinematography Fund.

Reno, who is attending this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival to accept the Festival President’s Award, has shot a number of projects in the Czech Republic,
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Shanghai Festival Puts on Starry Opening

Shanghai Festival Puts on Starry Opening
Hollywood talent including Bradley Cooper and Ian McKellen and directors Ang Lee and Renny Harlin were on hand Saturday night to fete the opening of the Shanghai International Film Festival (June 11-19, 2016).

Top Chinese talent on the red carpet included superstars Fan Bingbing, Shu Qi and Jackie Chan.

The growing overseas star-power at the event reflects the exponential expansion of the Chinese film industry and its ripple effect across the global movie business. The opening night took place as the Chinese-financed, Legendary Entertainment-produced “Warcraft” surpassed $140 million on its fourth day of release in China.

Emir Kusturica was on stage as jury president, along with Canadian director Atom Egoyan, Korean producer and main competition juror Jonathan Kim.

Other execs and VIPs in attendance included Tang Media executive Janet Yang, Emperor Motion Pictures CEO Albert Lee, Hong Kong director Derek Yee, China Film Co’s La Peikang, ace producer Bill Kong, Bona Film Group boss Yu Dong, the Mpa’s Mike Ellis and China representative William Feng and IMAX Pictures’ Greg Foster.

Next week the Chinese megacity will also play host to more stars and executives for the opening Thursday (June 16) of the Shanghai Disney Resort.
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