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First Look: Bruce Willis Trains Chinese Troops in WWII Drama 'The Bombing' (Exclusive Image)

First Look: Bruce Willis Trains Chinese Troops in WWII Drama 'The Bombing' (Exclusive Image)
Bruce Willis is leading the troops in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive first look at The Bombing.

The action-drama is based on the infamous attacks on Chongqing during WWII, which included a total of 268 air raids from 1938 to 1943. Willis stars as U.S. Air Force Commander Jack Johnson, who trains the Chinese people under harrowing conditions to battle against the Japanese and leads his own aviation squadron against the trained Japanese Air Force.

Fan Bingbing and Nicholas Tse are also among the cast of the movie from director Xiao Feng. Currently in postproduction, it features a script by Ping Chen and...
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Film News Roundup: Helen Mirren’s ‘Winchester’ Moved Up Three Weeks, Retitled

Film News Roundup: Helen Mirren’s ‘Winchester’ Moved Up Three Weeks, Retitled
In today’s film news roundup, Helen Mirren’s haunted house movie has been moved to Super Bowl weekend, Paul Allen’s Vulcan is backing a dance documentary, and Blue Box has picked up rights to Bruce Willis’ Chinese war drama “The Bombing.”

Date Change

Lionsgate and CBS Films have moved up Helen Mirren’s haunted house movie by three weeks to Feb. 2 and retitled the film, which had been “Winchester,” as “Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built.”

Mirren stars as firearms heiress Sarah Winchester along with Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, and Angus Sampson. Siblings Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig are directing from their own script. Producers are Tim McGahan and Brett Tomberlin.

Winchester was convinced that she was haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester Repeating Rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep
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Cine-Sunday: ‘Shaolin’ Review

Stars: Andy Lau, Nicolas Tse, Jackie Chan, Wu Jing, Fan Bingbing, Yu Hai, Xiong Xinxin | Written by Alan Yuen | Action Director Corey Yuen | Directed by Benny Chan

Review by Baron Fortnightly

China’s last imperial Dynasty has fallen and a ruthless warlord (Andy Lau) amasses a vast fortune through the violent subjugation of his people. Faced with a brutal betrayal, he runs for his life, seeking redemption in the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, he must stand with his new brothers and fight his lifes greatest battle…

Shaolin, also known as The New Shaolin Temple, is a 2011 film directed by Benny Chan (New Police Story, Gen X Cops) and an updated version of the 1982 classic and Jet Li’s film debut, The Shaolin Temple. I’ve seen a lot of films recently that whilst watchable have been lacking that certain something that makes them really enjoyable
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China Box Office: ‘xXx: Xander Cage’ Drives to $60 Million Weekend Win

China Box Office: ‘xXx: Xander Cage’ Drives to $60 Million Weekend Win
Released on Friday, Vin Diesel-starring action movie ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ sped off to a blistering start at the Chinese box office and never needed to look in the rear-view mirror.

In three days of release it grossed $60.2 million, according to data from local tracking service Ent Group. Paramount reported the figure at an estimated $61.9 million.

With an opening $20.6 million on Friday, followed by $23.2 million on Saturday, it had driven past the North American total of $41.6 million inside two days. On Sunday it enjoyed a further $16.4 million. The film played a total of some 85,000 screenings per day, more than double the second placed picture, “Kung Fu Yoga.”

Within the film’s three day haul, IMAX screens amassed $6 million, the second biggest February opening in China behind the recent “The Monkey King 2.” IMAX reports that 8 of the film’s top 10 locations were IMAX theaters.

(Prior to this weekend,
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Hey Australia! Win Tickets to See Cook Up A Storm in Cinemas!

Cook Up A Storm is a new Chinese film about ‘the ultimate culinary competition between a Cantonese street cook and a French-trained Michelin-starred chef’. It stars Nicholas Tse, Cn-Blue's Jung Yong-Hwa, Tiffany Tang, Michelle Bai and Ge You. Thanks to Magnum Films, we have Five double passes for the film to give away to our readers. 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 Cook Up A Storm will open in Australian cinemas on February 14 and this competition will close at 3pm on February 13. Good luck!...

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Cine-Sunday: ‘Invisible Target’ Review

Stars: Nicholas Tse, Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Wu Jing | Written by Benny Chan, Melody Lui, Rams Ling | Directed by Benny Chan

The paths of a renegade cop (Tse), a rookie police officer (Chan) and a veteran detective (Yue) converge with explosive results, as they each take on their most deadly assignment to date: the arrest of Hong Kong’s most lethal mercenary gang and their ruthless leader, played by Kung Fu impresario Wu Jing. The city becomes a battleground, as both sides break all the rules to defy each other in the ultimate fight for survival, justice and revenge!

Director Benny Chan has made some of the best action-packed police dramas in modern Eastern cinema – Man Wanted, Big Bullet, Gen-x Cops, and the superb New Police Story. With Invisible Target he re-teams with Nicholas Tse for what may be his most gloriously over-the-top, action-filled extravangza ever! And like New Police Story,
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Singapore’s Clover to Release Seven Asian Movies Over Holidays

Singaporean independent distributor Clover Films is to celebrate its seventh anniversary this month. It will do so with the release of seven Asian films over the festive period that stretches from Christmas to Chinese New Year.

Leading off (on Dec. 15) is martial arts epic “Sword Master,” directed by Derek Yee and produced by Tsui Hark. That is followed by “10,000 Miles” starring Taiwanese singing sensation and actor Jay Chou (“The Green Hornet”.)

Clover’s past success with Jackie Chan movies is to be followed by the release of two more in a month. Chinese-Indian co-venture “Kung Fu Yoga” will release on Dec. 29. Directed by Stanley Tong, the film also stars India’s Sonu Sood. “Railroad Tigers,” Chan’s nationalistic tale of Chinese immigrant workers fighting against the Japanese army, is currently undated, but aimed at the Lunar New Year holidays.

Releasing at a similar moment is food comedy “Cook Up A Storm,
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China Box Office: ‘Mechanic’ Muscular as ‘Jack Reacher’ Flops

China Box Office: ‘Mechanic’ Muscular as ‘Jack Reacher’ Flops
Jason Statham-starring action film “Mechanic: Resurrection” comfortably opened in top position at the Chinese box office. Its score was three times greater than Tom Cruise-starring “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.”

Mechanic 2” took $24.3 million in three days, ahead of Hong Kong-made Nicholas Tse-starring crime drama “Heartfall Arises,” which opened a day earlier on Thursday. According to data from Ent Group, “Heartfall” scored $12.0 million in four days, and $8.86 million over the Friday to Sunday period.

The strength for “Mechanic” can be written down to the action star power of Statham, who has enjoyed past success in China with “Fast & Furious,” “The Expendables” and “The Transporter.”

“Operation Mekong” Bona Film Group’s actioner, which topped the charts for the past two weeks, added a further $8.26 million. That took its cumulative after 24 days to a handsome $159 million.

Jack Reacher 2” tagged along in fourth place on each day of release
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Nicholas Tse and Sean Lau Star in Crime Thriller “Heartfall Arises”

Ahead of its premiere on the 20th October 2016 in cinemas nationwide, a press conference was held in Chengdu with its ‘HeartFall Arises’ leading actors Nicholas Tse and Sean Lau in attendance to speak with members of the media and fans.

A China-Hong Kong collaborative project, the crime psychological thriller stars Nicholas Tse as a tough as nails detective who pits his wits against a criminal psychologist, played by veteran actor Sean Lau.

Speaking at the press conference, Nicholas Tse expressed delight at starring alongside Sean Lau again, saying that he feels “comfortable” working with the fellow thespian, “You don’t have to worry that he hasn’t done his due diligence, or will mess up his lines; working with him has been great”. Sean Lau, in turn, praised his co-star saying that Tse has “matured greatly over the years and his acting has improved tremendously; he regularly has discussions with
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Asian Films Looking to Cast More Hollywood Names

Asian Films Looking to Cast More Hollywood Names
As China is eager to export its soft power to the world, more Hollywood faces have been cast in Chinese blockbusters in the hope of scoring global releases and winning the hearts of international audiences.

Despite China’s box office slowing down by 21% in the first half of 2016, the country’s film market saw a staggering rise over the past five years on its way to challenge the North America’s position as the world’s No. 1 movie market.

Chinese money is also set to reshape Hollywood through various acquisitions, such as Dalian Wanda Group’s 2012 buy of the AMC theater chain and purchase of Legendary Entertainment in January.

But there is only so much that money can buy. Chinese productions earned little recognition abroad in recent years. The only Chinese-language film that has ever won a foreign-language Oscar was 2000’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” but the Ang Lee film
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Andy Lau Is Ruthless in Benny Chan’s ‘Shaolin’, but Is It Any Good?

Shaolin is set in Dengfeng, Henan, during the warlord era of early Republican China. The warlord Hou Jie (Andy Lau) defeats a rival named Huo Long and seizes control of Dengfeng. Huo flees to Shaolin Temple to hide but Hou appears and shoots him. Hou ridicules the Shaolin monks before leaving.

Song Hu, Hou sets a trap for Song in a restaurant, under the guise of agreeing to his daughter’s engagement to Song’s son.

This leads to a violent sequence of events ending with Hou having to flee to the Shaolin temple for help.

The Good

The first hour is very impressive stuff indeed. Very nicely paced; the film flows beautifully between scenes. The first hour is very much carried by the developing relationship and interplay between Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse. Big credit needs to go to Tse , he expertly balances his role of villain perfectly.

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Here Are Some Hidden Asian Movie Gems To Rent On Google Play

If your weekends are anything like mine, most times they are filled with movie and drama marathons. While I do enjoy the occasional interaction with other human units, I mostly prefer to shed the stress of the previous work week by relaxing at home.

However, when watching movies is your go-to activity, selections can quickly become depleted. Luckily for me, I have become quite good at finding hidden gems throughout various technology sources. They usually feel like a sweet reward during droughts of fresh material. One source that has been quite rich with great finds is Google Play. I found the following two-day movie rentals on Google Play for just a few bucks.

Monk Comes Down the Mountain

The first treasure is a star-studded martial arts action film directed by Chen Kaige. Monk Comes Down the Mountain is a story about a monk who finds himself unexpectedly forced out of
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Shi Jianxiang Resigns From ‘Ip Man 3’ Investor ShiFang

Shi Jianxiang, Chinese businessman and producer of upcoming Bruce Willis film “The Bombing,” has resigned as executive chairman of ShiFang Holdings. The listed Hong Kong company is linked to recent box office and securities industries incidents in mainland China.

Shi had more than two and a half years to run on his three-year contract as chairman. ShiFang offered no explanation for Shi’s departure, but said that it would seek a replacement.

Shi and Hong Kong producer-director Tsui Siuming took control of the shell company between the end of 2016 and the first months of 2016, turning it into the beginnings of an entertainment and finance conglomerate. Through a company its owns, ShiFang has a contract which gives it 55% of the net theatrical box office in mainland China from the Hong Kong martial arts film “Ip Man 3.”

The film starring Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson was released in China on Feb. 29 and
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Unpaid Investors Seek Redress From Firm Connected to ‘Ip Man 3’ Backer

Unpaid Investors Seek Redress From Firm Connected to ‘Ip Man 3’ Backer
Over 100 private investors Thursday descended on the Shanghai offices of a Chinese securities firm, which has connections to the release of “Ip Man 3” in China and to at least one of the film’s backers.

Chinese media and international news agencies, including Reuters and Bloomberg, reported that angry investors Thursday visited Jinlu Financial Advisors demanding their money back from investments, including some tied to “Ip Man 3.”

The martial arts film starring Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson was released in China on Feb. 29 and registered a first week box office score of $72 million. However, China’s film industry regulator quickly penalized the distributor Max Screen, ticketing agencies and a number of cinemas for inflating the film’s performance. They distorted the figures by buying $8.66 million (RMB56 million) of tickets to their own movie, creating fake screenings and setting artificially high ticket prices.

Bloomberg reports that the wealth management products were created
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Hong Kong, China Trio Seek Stock Market Explosion With ShiFang Investment

Hong Kong, China Trio Seek Stock Market Explosion With ShiFang Investment
Three old-guard filmmakers from Hong Kong and China have given themselves a new stock market-listed vehicle with which they plan to ride the bubble in Chinese entertainment investment.

China’s Shi Jianxing has teamed with Hong Kong’s Ng See Yuen and Tsui Siuming (aka Hsu Hsiao-ming) to take control of money-losing shell company ShiFang Holding.

The Hong Kong-listed company is planning to reverse itself into Shanghai Hehe Film, a company which owns 55% of the net theatrical revenues in mainland Chinese from martial arts sequel “Ip Man 3.” The film starring Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson was released in Hong Kong shortly before Christmas and scored a stellar Hk$60.5 million (Us$7.84 million).

The old ShiFang was a bombed-out newspaper and magazine publisher that had struggled to shift to an online business model. In the first half of 2015 the company lost Hk$55 million (Us$7.10 million) on revenues of Hk$41.7 million (Us$5.38 million).

Despite a Jan.
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Police Story: ranking the movies in order of quality

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Police Story might just be the greatest action franchise of all time. But which movies are the best in the series?

After his disappointing experience in America filming The Protector, Jackie Chan returned to Hong Kong determined to make his own cop film his own way. The result - Police Story - kickstarted perhaps the greatest action franchise of all time; a series of films that still deliver thrills of a near-religious magnitude for genre fans.

Aside from the two reboots, the Police Stories revolve around Jackie's maverick Hong Kong cop Ka-Kui Chan (or Kevin Chan, in the English dubs) with frequent appearances from his lovably inept superior 'Uncle Bill' (Bill Tung) and his long-suffering girlfriend May (Maggie Cheung). The story continuity is a little ropey but instead each instalment offers a new, and usually more improbable, case for Ka-Kui to crack.

There's a blend of comedy,
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Fun Video: Little Shaolin Monk Shows Jackie Chan The Right Moves

I am of the belief that kids can teach us adults so much, and it looks like Jackie Chan would agree. A video has surfaced on the internet showing the actor humbly learning some kung fu techniques from a cute little Shaolin monk. Reportedly taken during the filming of the 2011 film Shaolin (starring Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, Wu Jing) from director Benny Chan, you can see in the video the monk showing Chan step by step some martial arts moves. The boy is certainly not shy when it comes to correcting the superstar's mistakes but Jackie seems to be enjoying his lesson a lot nevertheless....

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Mel Gibson to serve as creative adviser on World War II film The Bombing

Variety is reporting that Mel Gibson has signed on to serve as a creative adviser on the upcoming big-budget Chinese World War II epic The Bombing, which is set to star Bruce Willis.

“Mel is interested in what happened during that period of time, and provided relevant suggestions on how to make the movie,” said Shi Jianxiang, founder and CEO of Kuailu, during a press conference announcing Gibson’s role. “He is very insightful.”

The Bombing revolves around Japan’s bombardment of the Chinese city of Chongqing, with Willis playing a United States Air Force pilot who volunteers to help defend the people of the city. The $65 million budgeted film is being directed by Xiao Feng (Hushed Roar), and also features Asian actors Song Seung-heon, Nicholas Tse, William Chen and Liu Ye.
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Mel Gibson Confirmed as Art Director of China’s ‘The Bombing’

Mel Gibson Confirmed as Art Director of China’s ‘The Bombing’
Mel Gibson has been confirmed as joining big-budget Chinese film “The Bombing” as art director. Bruce Willis is part of the cast of the 3D WWII movie.

Gibson’s role was announced at a press event held by Shanghai Kuailu Investment Group at the movie’s Xiangshan production base on July 7.

“Mel is interested in what happened during that period of time, and provided relevant suggestions on how to make the movie,” said Shi Jianxiang, founder and CEO of Kuailu. “He is very insightful.”

The film is directed by Xiao Feng, who previously shot another war actioner, “Hushed Roar,” in 2012.

Korean actor Song Seung-heon, Hong Kong star Nicholas Tse, and leading Chinese character actor Liu Ye also star.

The producers pegged the film’s production budget at $65 million. Previous reports had put it at $90 million.

The story focuses on the World War II bombing of the city of Chongquing by Japanese forces.
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Mel Gibson Now Art Director On "Bombing"

Mel Gibson has been confirmed to be serving as art director on the $65 million budget, 3D Chinese film "The Bombing" for Shanghai Kuailu Investment Group.

Xiao Feng ("Hushed Road") helms the film which focuses on the World War II bombing of the city of Chongquing by Japanese forces. The city served as the provisional capital of forces commanded by Chiang Kai-Shek.

Song Seung-heon, Nicholas Tse and Liu Ye star in the film which also has a role for Bruce Willis. Production will take place in Xiangshan.

Source: Variety
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