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Filmart: How the 'Flying Guillotine' Influenced Everyone from Tarantino to 'Street Fighter'

Filmart: How the 'Flying Guillotine' Influenced Everyone from Tarantino to 'Street Fighter'
What wuxia fan can forget the first time they saw the red cap land on an unsuspecting victim’s head, drop a net, latch razor sharp blades around his neck and pop off said head like a Ken doll with the tug of a chain? Not many, and thus was born one of cinema’s most memorably bonkers weapons ever. Equal part ludicrous and glorious, writer-director-star Jimmy Wang Yu’s 1976 Master of the Flying Guillotine may be a late entry in Hong Kong’s martial arts glory years, but its shadow looms large nonetheless.

Shot in Taiwan, MotFG is the sequel to Wang’s One...
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Quentin Tarantino Reveals Project Concerning the Cinema of 1970

Quentin Tarantino‘s brand of fetishism — the non-foot kind, I mean — is, in some part, an exploration of the cinema on a genre-by-genre basis, and so his filmography has, to my mind, been missing a certain something without a documentary. While he’ll claim there are (maybe) only two features left in him, there’s a chance that one will take that path — or at least have a documentary-like reserve of research behind it.

The subject? 1970. No, not the cinema of the 1970s, a medium-specific topic that’s been covered as much as any, but 1970, a time Quentin Tarantino considers the takeover point for New Hollywood — and it’s fascinated him so much that he’s been poring over and pondering material for four years. So he revealed during a recent masterclass held at Lyon’s Lumière Festival, where the “work in progress” was given this noncommital classification: “Am I going to write a book?
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Exclusive: Action-Packed Trailer For 6th Old School Kung Fu Fest Coming To New York's Metrograph Cinema

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While this weekend's "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" showed what action looks like when it costs hundreds of million of dollars and is aided by a lot of CGI, back in the day, martial-arts stars did even more with a lot less. And if you're in New York City, an upcoming film festival will allow you to feast on a terrific platter of golden-age kung-fu flicks on the big screen. Read More: Get In The Ring: 10 Underdog Combat Sports Movies New York City's Metrograph will host the 6th annual Old School Kung Fu Fest. This year, the focus will be on Hong Kong's Golden Harvest studio, which had the cream of the action crop through the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Bruce Lee, John Woo, Michael Hui, Stanley Kwan, Jimmy Wang Yu, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Angela Mao were some of the big-name talents that came through its doors,
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Martial Arts Action On DVD & Blu-ray For February From Severin

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Martial Arts Action On DVD & Blu-ray For February From Severin

Get ready for the most hard-kicking, face-smashing, snake-fisting trailer collection of them all! From the golden age of kung fu cinema comes this insane tsunami of masters, mobsters, furious vengeance and incredible fighting styles, starring Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Lo Lieh, Sammo Hung, Angela Mao, Chuck Norris, Jimmy Wang Yu and Wu Tang, too. These ...

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The Man from Hong Kong rewatched – chopsocky fun at a cracking pace

During the filming of Australia’s first martial arts movie, director Brian Trenchard-Smith set himself on fire to prove a point. Starring Jimmy Wang Yu and George Lazenby, the Man from Hong Kong holds up well

The song jazzing up the opening credits of the director Brian Trenchard-Smith’s highly energetic 1975 action movie The Man from Hong Kong is British pop group Jigsaw’s disco tune Sky High. The chorus crescendos with the words “you’ve blown it all sky high,” which might as well be an anthem for the film-maker’s colourful career – forged in the fire of SFX-laden genre pics of the ’70s and ’80s, including Turkey Shoot, Dead End Drive-In and Stunt Rock.

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Steve Oedekerk is working on a Kung Pow: Enter the Fist sequel

It looks like Kung Pow 2: Tongue of Fury could become a reality, with comedian Steve Oedekerk revealing that he’s starting developing a sequel to 2002’s cult martial arts spoof Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.

Oedekerk announced the news last week at the Dragonfest Convention in Burbank, California, although he also stressed that as yet he is unsure as to what the plot will entail.

The original film saw Oedekerk digitally inserting himself over footage of Jimmy Wang Yu in 1977’s Tiger and Crane Fist, with redubbed voices and additional scenes. It was hammered by critics and failed to make much of an impact at the box office, but has since developed a cult following.
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The Raymond Chow And Golden Harvest Era (Part 1)

Golden Harvest started in 1970, after Raymond Chow had left Shaw Brothers studios along with producer Leonard Ho and decided to start there own company and go up against the dominance of Shaw Brothers.

Shaw Brothers had been the leading studio for many years, showcasing legendary Directors, Actors and Marital Artists. Raymond Chow and Leonard Ho knew they had to come with something big and make a huge noise in the world of cinema and indeed they did just that. They made a few movies in 1971 such as The Angry River, Lady Whirlwind and One Armed Boxer. But one Actor stood out over the rest, showcasing his incredible talent for the first time in a big movie and his name was Bruce Lee. When the Big Boss premiered in Hong Kong, the audience cheered and mobbed Bruce after the movie had ended.

Raymond Chow and Bruce Lee

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Terracotta Is Bringing Chang Cheh's Shanghai 13 To DVD In UK!

Terracotta Distribution is bringing Chang Cheh's 1985 kung fu flick Shanghai 13 to DVD on February 9th to the UK. Chang Cheh was arguably one of the greatest martial arts film directors of his time (all time). He directed classics like The Five Deadly Venoms and One Armed Swordsman was backed by a serious cast of talent this time around as well. Joining a young Andy Lau were kung fu legends like Jimmy Wang Yu, Chen Kuan Tai, and Ti Lung! Throw in Danny Lee (John Woo's The Killer) and you had a potent mix of talent all around that camera during those days of shooting the film. Thirteen deadly warriors versus an entire army.During the Sino-Japanese war, a Chinese patriot steals damning evidence that exposes traitorous intentions within...

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NYC Happenings: The New York Korean Film Festival 2014 Makes a Welcome Return

The great folks at Subway Cinema, besides bringing us the New York Asian Film Festival each summer, do a great job showcasing the best of classic and contemporary Asian cinemas throughout the year, from special screenings of new films and an old-school kung-fu film festival, to giving fans the chance to meet such living legends as Jackie Chan and, most recently, Jimmy Wang Yu of One-Armed Swordsman fame.Case in point: Subway Cinema has joined forces with BAMcinématek and the Korea Society to revive the New York Korean Film Festival, an essential showcase of the best in contemporary Korean cinema, encompassing both blockbusters and indie films. The festival has been defunct for a few years, albeit with substitutions and other iterations of the event filling the...

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Hey, New York! Win An Awesome Nyaff Prize Pack!

Hey, New York! The always amazing New York Asian Film Festival kicks off today and they want you to have free stuff! Lots of free stuff! Yes, that's right, merely presenting a massive stack of fantastic films isn't enough for these people, they also want to give one lucky Twitch reader a prize pack including:One Nyaff shoulder bag from Manhattan PortageA selection of Asian films on BluRay from festival sponsors Radius-twc, WellGo USA, Mpi Media Group and Ram ReleasingTwo tickets to see The Chinese Boxer on July 6th with writer / director / star Jimmy Wang Yu in person This is an all or nothing sort of prize with the whole bundle needing to be picked up at the theater prior to the July 6th...

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The Guillotines DVD Review

Director: Andrew Lau

Starring: Xiaoming Huang, Ethan Juan, Purba Rgyal, Tian Gao, Yi Wei Zhou, Boran Jing, Peng Guo, Yuchun Li, Yu Wang,

Running Time: 108 Minutes

Certificate: 15

The director of the phenomenal Infernal Affairs brings us The Guillotines, a kind of true story which mixes action, unbearable conflict, and social commentary. Actually scratch that, it doesn’t so much mix them as it does just clump it all together in a frustratingly uneven film that continuously changes pace and purpose.

The Guillotines tells the tale of the eponymous assassins controlled by the emperor. With times a changing the group are sent on a mission, only to find themselves the prey for greater hunters once they are betrayed by those they once trusted. It’s the usual story of betrayal, and it’s something that could have actually been quite powerful, were it not for the fact that characters are indistinguishable from one another.
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Fumi Nikaido in Screen Nyaff honour

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Fumi Nikaido will receive the inaugural Screen International Rising Star Award at the 13th New York Asian Film Festival (Nyaff), set to run from June 27-July 14.

The festival will open with the international premiere of Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s crime thriller Overheard 3 and close with the North American premiere of Park Chan-kyong’s documentary Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits.

The previously announced North American premiere of Umin Boya’s period baseball epic Kano is the Centerpiece Presentation.

Taiwan’s Jimmy Wong Yu will collect the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, while the Star Asia Award will go to Hong Kong’s Sandra Ng and South Korea’s Sol Kyung-gu.

The roster features a spotlight on local Hong Kong cinema called Hong Kong Forever!, a Sir Run Run Shaw Tribute and a focus on South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae.

Overall the Nyaff will present 60 features, among them Lou Ye’s Blind Massage, Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man
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Screen to honour Fumi Nikaido at Nyaff

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Fumi Nikaido will receive the inaugural Screen International Rising Star Award at the 13th New York Asian Film Festival (Nyaff), set to run from June 27-July 14.

The festival will open with the international premiere of Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s crime thriller Overheard 3 and close with the North American premiere of Park Chan-kyong’s documentary Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits.

The previously announced North American premiere of Umin Boya’s period baseball epic Kano is the Centerpiece Presentation.

Taiwan’s Jimmy Wong Yu will collect the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, while the Star Asia Award will go to Hong Kong’s Sandra Ng and South Korea’s Sol Kyung-gu.

The roster features a spotlight on local Hong Kong cinema called Hong Kong Forever!, a Sir Run Run Shaw Tribute and a focus on South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae.

Overall the Nyaff will present 60 features, among them Lou Ye’s Blind Massage, Kazuaki Kumakiri
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Hong Kong Thriller 'Overheard 3' to Open the 13th New York Asian Film Festival; Full Lineup Announced

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Hong Kong Thriller 'Overheard 3' to Open the 13th New York Asian Film Festival; Full Lineup Announced
The Film Society of Lincoln Center, in collaboration with Subway Cinema and the Japan Society, have announced the full lineup for the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival (Nyaff). The Hong Kong thriller "Overheard 3," directed by Alex Mak and Felix Chong will open the festival.  The festival will show 60 feature films, including one international premiere, 20 North American premieres, six U.S. premieres. Eleven more films will make their New York debuts.  Some of the highlights to look forward to include the mystical "Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits," directed by Park Chan-kyung, Umin Boya's sports drama "Kano," Lou Ye's Berlinale Golden Bear contender "Blind Massage" and Kazuaki Kumakiri's "My Man."  In addition to the films, Nyaff will honor Jimmy Wong Yu, a Taiwanese actor who is considered a major player in establishing what we know as the modern kung-fu movie genre, with their Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award. Other awards will go out.
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Angela Mao Ying DVD Collection

Shout! Factory has announced that they will release a special DVD collection dedicated to Angela Mao Ying, one of the most well known martial art actress.

Angela Mao Ying was born in 1950 in Taiwan and during her career she had trained in hapkido, wushu, taekwondo and other forms of martial arts. She debuted in 1969 but it wasn’t until the mid seventies that she started to get international recognition. She started in more than 35 films and became one of the most celebrated martial art heroines of Hong Kong cinema.

The 3 disc collection with widescreen format, contain six of the most well know films started by Ying. The films included are: When Taekwondo Strikes (1973), Stoner (1974), The Tournament (1974), Queen´s Ransom (1976), The Himalayan (1976) and Broken Oath (1977).

This kick ass must-have DVD collection will be in stores everywhere on June 17 (2014), but you can make a pre-order on ShoutFactory.com or into Amazon.com
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Ilo Ilo wins top Golden Horse award

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Ilo Ilo wins top Golden Horse award
The Grandmaster wins six awards in Taipei.Scroll down for full list of winners

Celebrating the 50th Taipei Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-speaking film industry was out in full force Saturday night (Nov 23) at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei.

Anthony Chen’s debut film Ilo Ilo took Best Feature with a cash prize of $16,900 (Nt$500,000).

“Singapore is a very little country and we did this on a very little budget and never had we thought of winning Best Feature Film,” said Chen, who thanked jury president Ang Lee and the other nominees in the category, whose works he said he had all studied in film school.

About a Singaporean family and their newly arrived Filipino maid around the time of the Asian Financial Crisis, Ilo Ilo also won Best Original Screenplay, Best New Director, and Best Supporting Actress for Yeo Yann-Yann.

Yeo, who played a beleaguered working mother, thanked the director
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Ilo Ilo wins best feature at Golden Horse awards

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Ilo Ilo wins best feature at Golden Horse awards
The Grandmaster wins six awards in Taipei.

Celebrating the 50th Taipei Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-speaking film industry was out in full force Saturday night (Nov 23) at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei.

Anthony Chen’s debut film Ilo Ilo took Best Feature with a cash prize of $16,900 (Nt$500,000).

“Singapore is a very little country and we did this on a very little budget and never had we thought of winning Best Feature Film,” said Chen, who thanked jury president Ang Lee and the other nominees in the category, whose works he said he had all studied in film school.

About a Singaporean family and their newly arrived Filipino maid around the time of the Asian Financial Crisis, Ilo Ilo also won Best Original Screenplay, Best New Director, and Best Supporting Actress for Yeo Yann-Yann.

Yeo, who played a beleaguered working mother, thanked the director who is said to have altered the story to reflect her actual
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Quentin Tarantino and Bong Joon Ho in conversation

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Quentin Tarantino and Bong Joon Ho in conversation
Two of the world’s biggest genre geeks, Quentin Tarantino and Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho, discussed Asian cinema, casting and creative independence at the Busan film festival on Friday.

Tarantino said he was at an awards show in Macau when he heard his casting director on Inglourious Basterds, Jenny Jue, was going to hang with Bong in Busan and decided to tag along. The two directors have spent a few days eating, drinking and shooting the breeze and, much to Tarantino’s excitement, went to see the restored version of One-Armed Swordsman, starring Jimmy Wang Yu, at the festival last night. They met the crowds in a special Open Talk session at Busan on Friday afternoon.

“I saw The Host when it was released in Us theatres and was blown away,” said Tarantino, referring to Bong’s 2006 creature feature. “Of all the filmmakers I’ve seen out there, he has that thing that ‘70s Spielberg had – he
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Grandmaster leads Golden Horse nominations

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Grandmaster leads Golden Horse nominations
Wong Kar Wai’s martial arts film picks up 11 nominations; A Touch of Sin and Ilo Ilo nominated in six categories apiece.

Taiwan’s 50th Golden Horse Awards has announced its nominees with Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster leading the race with 11 nominations including for best feature film and best director.

Hong Kong’s entry to the upcoming Oscars best foreign-language film category, the martial arts film also scored nominations in categories including best leading actor for Tony Leung Chiu Wai, best leading actress for Zhang Ziyi and best cinematography for Philippe Le Sourd.

Celebrating a half century of high-profile awards, Golden Horse covers entries from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and other Chinese speaking territories.

With Ang Lee as president of the jury this year, the winners will be announced at a ceremony on Nov 23.

The four other best feature film nominees are Jia Zhang-ke’s A Touch Of Sin, which picked
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Taiwan Selects ‘Soul’ For Oscar Contention

Taiwan Selects ‘Soul’ For Oscar Contention
Hong Kong – Taiwan has selected spiritual horror thriller “Soul” as its contender for the foreign-language Academy Awards race.

Directed by Chung Mong-hong, the film premiered in June’s Taipei Film Festival and recently played in Toronto. More festival dates are planned with the film next traveling to the Vancouver, Busan and Tokyo events.

The selection was announced by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture on Monday. It said “The director, with his precise mise-en-scene, examines the mental state of people in an isolated village. The film creates a fascinating and chilling world of violence and the fragility of the living soul in a cinematic way.”

The film stars veteran martial arts icon Jimmy Wang Yu and Joseph Chang and was produced by Yeh Jufeng and Tzeng Shiao-Chien. It was released in Taiwan on August 30, through ifilm Co, which is also handling international sales.
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