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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010) Movie Review No. 2

12 December 2010 8:46 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

One of the great things about being a Donnie Yen fan is the fact that he makes so many films, punching and kicking his way through several productions a year. “Legend of The Fist – The Return of Chen Zhen” is his latest, with him taking on the role of the Chinese folk hero, famously portrayed back in 1972 by Bruce Lee in “Fist of Fury”, and in 1994 by Jet li in Gordon Chan’s remake “Fist of Legend”. Having already starred in a TV version himself back in 1995, this time around Yen aims for something different, as he and writer producer Chan and director Andrew Lau (“Infernal Affairs”) take up Chen Zhen’s continuing story as a secret agent fighting the Japanese in the 1920s. The film is an all star blockbuster affair, with lavish production values and an impressive supporting cast headed by Shu Qi, Anthony Wong and Huang Bo. »

- James Mudge

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The Child’s Eye 3D (2010) Movie Review

8 December 2010 6:43 PM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

“The Child’s Eye” is the latest entry in the Pang Brothers’ “Eye” horror series, one that began in fine fashion with 2002’s highly effective “The Eye” (starring Angelica Lee), before repeating itself with “The Eye 2” two years later (with Qi Shu this time seeing ghosts), and the curiously named “The Eye 10” three years after that. “The Child’s Eye” boasts the Pangs working in the 3D format, and indeed, much of the film’s selling points seem to be those “look out, it’s coming right at you!” 3D elements. As to the film itself? Well let’s just say this: “The Child’s Eye” should have been sold as a comedy, because I laughed more times than I cringed in fear. Unfortunately, I think everyone involved in the film were going for scares. 2002’s “The Eye” was so good that it spawned a Hollywood remake starring Jessica Alba, »

- Nix

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This week's new films

3 December 2010 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Of Gods And Men (15)

(Xavier Beauvois, 2010, Fra) Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale. 122 mins.

The spiritualism is far from abstract in this powerful, resonant drama, based on a story of French Cistercian monks in 1990s north Africa. When their harmonious village life is threatened by violent Islamic fundamentalists, they're given a real test of faith. Should they stay or go? Do they belong there anyway? Are they ready for martydom?

Megamind (PG)

(Tom McGrath, 2010, Us) Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey. 96 mins.

Smart, polished animation with Ferrell's blue meanie vanquishing his nemesis, but then wanting to be good.

Monsters (12A)

(Gareth Edwards, 2010, UK/Us) Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able. 94 mins.

Low-budget sci-fi plus indie date movie equals alternative credentials, as a couple trek through a futuristic Mexico infested with aliens and metaphors.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (15)

(Jalmari Helander, 2010, Fin) Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Rauno Juvonen. 83 mins.

This deadpan Finnish treat reimagines Santa as an evil child-snatcher. »

- The guide

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City Under Siege (2010) Movie Review

14 November 2010 6:29 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

With top action director Benny Chan at the helm, and a premise revolving around super mutants attacking Hong Kong, “City Under Siege” has been one of the more exciting prospects of the year. Boasting plenty of special effects and explosive set pieces, the film’s blockbuster credentials are furthered by a top notch cast headlined by Aaron Kwok, with support from the eternally popular Shu Qi, current martial arts darling Wu Jing (“Spl”), Zhang Jingchu (recently in Feng Xiaogang’s “Aftershock”), and Colin Chou (“Flash Point”). Kwok stars as Sunny, a dim-witted though friendly circus clown, who harbours hopes of following in his famous knife throwing father’s footsteps. Whilst on tour in Malaysia, he tags along with the unpleasant Cheung (Colin Chou) and his cronies when they try to loot a cave containing Japanese World War 2 gold. Unfortunately for them, the cave also housed a secret laboratory dedicated to biological experiments, »

- James Mudge

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Shu Qi is ready for her extreme close-up, Mr. deMille!

24 October 2010 12:19 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Some will say she's one of the most beautiful women in the world, some will say she looks like an alien salamander. Either way her looks are stunning.

Me, I fall more into the first camp while, granted, the part in me which agrees with the second camp only makes her all the more fascinating. Hearing her name attached to a production always makes me perk up a bit.

Moving swiftly as a teen from sports into modeling (also of, you know, That kind), into Category III territory, out of it again, becoming a muse of sorts for famous director Hou Hsiao-Hsien and even turning up in Western mainstream films, the athletic beauty's career has been nothing if not fascinating. Acting-wise history has shown Shu Qi can be very effective when used correctly and by now she has a nice array of acting awards to prove it.

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Sitges 2010: Legend Of The Fist Review

11 October 2010 8:08 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

[Our thanks to Guillem Rosset for the following review.]

When a movie has behind it such big names as Andrew Lau, Gordon Chan and Donnie Yen behind it, you'd probably start to feel a little bit curious about it. If such movie happens to be a follow up of a television series which was based on a character made famous by Bruce Lee on 1972's Fist of Legend, it'd surely catch your attention. Well, if you're into that kind of cinema anyway.

So here comes Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, the latest blockbuster from superstar director Andrew Lau and Donnie Yen reprising his role as Chen Zhen, the kung fu master who tirelessly fights against the Japanese occupation in Shanghai during the 30's. The film opens with a group of Chinese laborers who helped the French soldiers against the German troopers during the First World War. And let me tell you: this opening sequence is »

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Fantastic Fest 2010: Legend of the Fist review

5 October 2010 5:59 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

If the Chinese army had the skills that Donnie Yen shows at kicking ass as a lowly workman for the English in WW2, they would have ruled the world by now. Fortunately for us they don't seem to possess the superhuman abilities that he has in this film.

Taking place after the events in portrayed originally in "Fist of Fury", "Fist of Legend" and the TV series this film is based on we follow the character of Chen Zhen after coming home from the war torn battle fields of Europe to a city that has been sectioned down to territories ruled over by the allies and the Japanese. Posing as a suave playboy he fronts a revolutionary group that is determent to push back the Japanese army and get authority back in to the hands of the Chinese people. But things are not that simple because local gangsters see no »

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Tiff 2010: Legend of the Fist: Return of Chen Zhen review

17 September 2010 12:07 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

(This is cross-posted from GradyHendrix.com where I blog about temp jobs and bad movies. Well, some good movies. But mostly bad.)

Watching Legend Of The Fist: Return Of Chen Zhen is like watching Donnie Yen masturbate to photos of Bruce Lee while staring at himself in a mirror. Rarely has a movie this racist, this gory, this self-satisfied and with this many close-ups of Shu Qi been so boring, but Legend Of The Fist: Return Of Chen Zhen is so packed with cliches, so stuffed with under-rendered digital effects and so clogged with half-baked plotlines that it induces yawns where it wants to provoke fist-pumping nationalism. »

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Tiff 2010. Day 1

10 September 2010 1:23 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

0101 Viva Riva! (Djo Tunda Wa Munga, Democratic Republic of the Congo)

“Oh my god, this is a Tony Scott film,” said a friend, during one of the many times we leaned towards one another over the empty seat between us during this, our first screening.  The hushed conferences continued as if we needed mutual verification not just of the gratuitous torturing violence and sweaty, ass-oriented sex scenes we were watching, but above all for the expertly excited genre work continually, expressively surprising us.  If it weren’t for a psychologically blank, feckless-slick playboy in the lead, the film may be perfect, an efficient and fluidly caricatured crime story where money is the focus of all desire and movement, be it of plot or cinema.  Starting with a glorious opening montage dissolving between wads of cash, a central city square energized by a population hungry for scarce automobile gas, and shots »

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Tiff 2010: Legend Of The Fist, The Return Of Chen Zhen Review

9 September 2010 4:07 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Andrew Lau's Legend of the Fist: The Return Of Chen Zhen fits very neatly into the current wave of Chinese language films that trade largely on nationalist sentiment to achieve popular success. Recent entries such as Bodyguards And Assassins, Founding Of A Republic and the Ip Man pictures are all prime example of the phenomenon, all of them being films make Chinese nationalism and pride a principal element. The Ip Man pictures have demonstrated that it is quite possible to play this card while also doing a solid job on characterization and narrative to create a solid, entertaining picture. Legend of the Fist, however, seems to have little beyond the patriotism card in its deck.

Donnie Yen plays Chen Zhen, the popular figure famously portrayed by both Bruce Lee (Fist of Fury) and Jet Li (Fist of Legend), a figure famous for resisting the Japanese occupation of Shanghai. Both »

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John Carpenter's The Ward Anchors The Next Wave Of Sitges Programming

3 September 2010 8:26 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The 2010 edition of the Sitges International Film Festival has just announced their next wave of programming, a wave anchored by a number of big names - none of them bigger than John Carpenter. Here's the full announcement.

Sitges 2010 - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia confirms new films in the Festival´s Official Selection.

John Carpenter's latest film, The Ward, joins the Sitges 2010 Official Selection in its European premiere. Carpenter is back with a supernatural horror thriller set in a psychiatric hospital and starring Amber Heard, the new muse of fantastic cinema.

Two of the new incorporations are Spanish productions; Secuestrados (Kidnapped), European premiere, and Carne de Neón (Neon Flesh), world premiere. The first explains, in real time, the terrifying nightmare of a family held hostage in their home by a group of psychopaths. Miguel Ángel Vivas, renowned short film director, makes his second feature-length movie produced by the »

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Venice Film Festival 2010 Starts Today

1 September 2010 7:04 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

And finally it started! The 67th Venice Film Festival, one of the most prestigious, and, by the way, the oldest film festival in the world, kicked off tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Palazzo del Cinema featuring impressive Opening ceremony, hosted by the Italian actress Isabella Ragonese.

Black Swan made its world premiere as the opening film, bringing the American director Darren Aronofsky back to the Lido, where he won the top Golden Lion prize with The Wrestler (2008).

Of course, we already have some interesting reviews to share with you, for example this one (that comes from Variety):

“A wicked, sexy and ultimately devastating study of a young dancer’s all-consuming ambition, “Black Swan” serves as a fascinating complement to Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler,” trading the grungy world of a broken-down fighter for the more upscale but no less brutal sphere of professional ballet.”

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- Fiona

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Tiff 2010: Third Teaser for Legend Of The Fist: The Return Of Chen Zhen

27 August 2010 7:59 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Media Asia has debuted the third teaser trailer to Andrew Lau-directed/Gordon Chan-produced martial arts film Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen. Whether it's on the mean streets of Shanghai overrun by the mafia or in a dojo full of Karate combatants, Donnie Yen as iconic culture hero Chen Zhen, is an one-man wrecking machine, leaving a path of utter destruction in his wake. Even on the war torn battlefield, he's an unstoppable force capable of dodging a hail of bullets. Here's how Tiff describes it: Chen Zhen, first brought to life by Bruce Lee in Fist of Fury, is not only a cultural hero and symbol of Chinese strength and pride, but a character who redefined Chinese martial arts cinema, propelling it to its Golden Age. Donnie Yen, one of the finest martial artists of his generation, first portrayed Chen in a 1995 television series »

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More Images and New Teaser Trailer for Donnie Yen’s The Legend of Chen Zhen

18 August 2010 9:25 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Or as it’s now being called, “Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen”. Regardless of what title it’s going by, it’s essentially Donnie Yen stepping into the shoes of Bruce Lee in a sequel to the kung fu master’s “Fist of Fury”. New images from the film via Tiff. Also added a new English-subtitled teaser trailer showing Yen in full Bruce Lee, Japanese-asskicking mode. Presumed dead after single-handedly defeating all the Japanese fighters at the Hongkou Dojo to avenge his master, Chen Zhen joins the Labour Corps during the First World War. Deciding to return home to defend his country, he arrives in Shanghai disguised as a wealthy businessman named Qi. He quickly befriends the notorious mafia boss Mr. Liu (Anthony Wong), owner of the nightclub Casablanca, and Kiki (Shu Qi), the club’s star hostess. With the rapid expansion of Japanese influence in China, »

- Nix

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Action Trailer for Benny Chan’s City Under Siege

2 August 2010 1:27 PM, PDT | Affenheimtheater | See recent Affenheimtheater news »

[See post to watch Flash video]

Synopsis

Sunny (Aaron Kwok) is a clown in a circus act but he aspires to be a top performer just like his dad, The King of Flying Knife. While in Malaysia, Sunny and a few of his circus performer friends go for a treasure hunt, stumbling upon barrels of bio-chemicals left from the war. Upon returning, some of the members are mutating due to inhaling the bio-chemicals but Sunny seems fine from the exposure. They gain extraordinary superhuman powers. The leader of the entertainment outfit Chang Tai Chu (Colin Chou) decides to use this newfound strength to do evil. As there is an increase of crime in the city, the media and the police get involved. Kungfu master Suan Hou (Wu Jing) and policewoman Xin Hua (Zhang Jin Chu) enter the fray, while Angel (Shu Qi), a reporter who is recently demoted, also pursues the case in hopes of rescuing her flagging career. »

- Ulrik

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67th Venice Film Festival Out-of-Competition List Includes The Town, I’m Still Here, and Machete

29 July 2010 10:34 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Along with the list of films playing in-competition, the Venice Film Festival has announced which films are playing out-of-competition this year.  The movies include Ben Affleck’s The Town, Casey Affleck’s Joaquin Phoenix documentary I’m Still Here, Martin Scorsese’s Elia Kazan documentary A Letter to Elia, John Turturro’s Passione, Julie Taymor’s The Tempest as the closing night film, and Robert RodriguezMachete as the opening night film.  It’s an eclectic bunch of flicks and they’re just a small sampling of the movies playing out-of-competition.  Hit the jump to check out the full list.

The 67th Venice Film Festival will run from September 1 – 11th.

Ben AffleckThe Town

USA, 120′

Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively

Casey Affleck – I’M Still Here

USA, 108′ (documentary)

Joaquin Phoenix

Marco Bellocchio – Sorelle Mai

Italy, 110′

Alba Rohrwacher, Donatella Finocchiaro, Elena Bellocchio, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio

Piergiorgio Gay »

- Matt Goldberg

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'Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen' In Hong Kong's Theatres on Sept. 23

28 July 2010 4:28 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

According to the poster of Donnie Yen's next film, Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, the film will come out in Hong Kong and also mainland China on September 23, 2010.

The film's story, which takes place in the 1930s, can be described like this according to IMDb.com:

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious stranger (Donnie Yen) arrives from overseas and befriends a local mafia boss. That man is a disguised Chen Zhen, who intends to infiltrate the mob when they form an alliance with the Japanese. Disguising himself as a caped fighter by night, Chen intends to take out everyone involved as well as get his hands on an assassination list prepared by the Japanese.The film also stars Shu Qi, Anthony Wong, Yasuaki Kurata, »

- anhkhoido@hotmail.com (Anh Khoi Do)

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"i will be your preacher teacher, any link you have in mind"

9 July 2010 8:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

crazy people

Radar Online Mel Gibson's lost his marbles again. His angry angry marbles.

NatashaVC explains the ridiculousness that is Lindsay Lohan's absences from her alcohol classes

BlogStage speaking of crazy... albeit a more entertaining more benevolent kind. Lea Michele seems to think she could film Glee by day and take on the ghost of Barbra Streisand at night in Broadway's Funny Girl. This is, in a word, insane.

People Bruce Willis now has his own cologne. I love celebrities. They are so shameless. Smell like me!

linkage

My New Plaid Pants "Do it, Jake"... Mnpp always makes me lol.

Self Styled Siren This is wonderful. The Siren interviews Mary Astor's daughter. A must for you classic movie fans. I'm glad that Siren opens with Meet Me in St. Louis because Astor is just wonderful in that picture (my review).

Cinematical Some enchanted evening, someone decided to remake South Pacific. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Trailer for Benny Chan’s City Under Siege

6 July 2010 12:47 PM, PDT | Affenheimtheater | See recent Affenheimtheater news »

Synopsis

Sunny (Aaron Kwok) is a clown in a circus act but he aspires to be a top performer just like his dad, The King of Flying Knife. While in Malaysia, Sunny and a few of his circus performer friends go for a treasure hunt, stumbling upon barrels of bio-chemicals left from the war. Upon returning, some of the members are mutating due to inhaling the bio-chemicals but Sunny seems fine from the exposure. They gain extraordinary superhuman powers. The leader of the entertainment outfit Chang Tai Chu (Colin Chou) decides to use this newfound strength to do evil. As there is an increase of crime in the city, the media and the police get involved. Kungfu master Suan Hou (Wu Jing) and policewoman Xin Hua (Zhang Jin Chu) enter the fray, while Angel (Shu Qi), a reporter who is recently demoted, also pursues the case in hopes of rescuing her flagging career. »

- Ulrik

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English Trailer, Poster for Benny Chan’s Mutant Actioner City Under Siege

6 July 2010 9:04 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Whenever someone uses the phrase “city under siege” around me, the first thing I think of is the “Police Academy” sequel of the same name. Yes, I’m pathetic. Benny Chan’s “City Under Siege”, on the other hand, is a far cry from this shoddy follow-up to one of the goofiest American comedy franchises ever created, which is most definitely a good thing. The film — an action-packed tale of bank-robbing mutants — is beyond crazy, which is precisely what I’m excited. Granted, I’m not a big supporter of Chan’s work, but this one just looks too insane to pass up. The icing on this potentially delicious cinematic cake: Shu Qi. The film is scheduled to invade Hong Kong theaters on August 12th, so make sure to plan your holidays accordingly. Many thanks to Twitch for the trailer. »

- Todd Rigney

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