3 items from 2015
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Shootouts, unlike any other type of action scenes, put death in the forefront of the audience’s mind. Whereas a car chase draws the attention onto the race, or a fight scene onto the pursuit of victory, shootouts test the mortality of our protagonists and anti-heroes. It’s more than just a hail of bullets that matters on screen, it’s who those bullets are clipping down or propping up. Legends can be made in a flurry of lead. The last man standing after the fray isn’t always the best or »
- Shane Ramirez
Ann Hui and her biographical drama “The Golden Era” were the big winners at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night. Hui collected five awards including best film and best director.
The expensive, three-hour picture has been a regular winner on the Asian awards and festival circuit, but it flopped badly at the box office in both China and Hong Kong. Its continuing awards tally may reflect Hui’s efforts to make a large-scale art-house film at a time in Chinese cinema history that is often described as a ‘golden era,’ for growing commerciality and the huge expansion of the mainland Chinese box office.
Other significant wins on the night included singer turned actress Ivana Wong’s double win »
- Patrick Frater
Hong Kong's leading comedienne Sandra Ng re-teams with Golden Chicken writer-turned-director Matt Chow for the Lunar New Year comedy 12 Golden Ducks. Money and gold are always associated with this auspicious festival, while duck is Cantonese slang for male prostitute (just as chicken is for their female colleagues). So, it's business as usual, with Ng again setting her sights on the city's industrious and entrepreneurial sex industry, only this time Sandra is one of the boys. Just check out her golden abs in the poster below!Featuring an all-star cast including Louis Koo, Nicholas Tse, Simon Yam, Joey Yung, Chrissie Chau, Anthony Wong, Zhao Wei and pretty much everyone else currently working in Hong Kong, 12 Golden Ducks opens on 19 February and is a surefire...
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3 items from 2015
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