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China Box Office: 'Wolf Warrior 2' Becomes Second-Biggest Single-Market Film Ever After 'Force Awakens'

Wolf Warrior 2 devoured the competition for a fourth consecutive weekend at the Chinese box office.

The runaway action phenomenon, starring and directed by Wu Jing, added $35.7 million, lifting its local total to an astonishing $768.5 million after 25 days. The blockbuster also climbed higher in the all-time record books, nudging aside Avatar ($760.5 million) to become the second-biggest film ever in a single market. Only Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned more from one territory (($936.7 million, North America).

Hong Kong-Chinese genre vehicle Paradox — the third film in Wilson Yip's Spl action franchise — came closest to unseating Wolf Warriors to date,...
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Review: Paradox Scores Another Hit for the Spl Franchise

Louis Koo plays a vengeful cop rampaging through Thailand in Paradox, the third instalment of Hong Kong's Spl action franchise. Director Wilson Yip returns to the helm, as does action choreographer Sammo Hung, while Koo is joined in front of the camera by a roster of top tier talent, including Wu Yue, Gordon Lam, Chris Collins and Tony Jaa.   Sharing more in common with its 2015 predecessor than the series opener from 2005, Paradox is again anchored by a crucial father-daughter relationship, while diving once more into the murky world of illegal organ trafficking. Unfolding entirely in and around the Thai beach resort of Pattaya, the film also features dirty cops, vulnerable hookers and high-level political shenanigans, as well as showcasing a number of bone-crunching fight...

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'Paradox': Film Review

Power, corruption and lies are at the heart of Paradox, Ip Man director Wilson Yip’s brutal, bloody action thriller that (maybe) rounds out the extremely loose cops-and-robbers trilogy he started with Spl in 2005 and handed over to Cheang Pou-Soi (here a producer) for Spl 2: A Time for Consequences in 2015. Reuniting with the legendary actor and action choreographer Sammo Hung, alter ego Louis Koo (as tanned and impeccably coiffed as ever) and acrobatic Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa, Wilson whips up an efficiently sleek actioner that knows where its comfort zone is and doesn’t stray from it....
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Tony Jaa in William Yip’s ‘Paradox’ To Premiere At Hk Cine Fan

After the success of the Ip Man trilogy, the Wilson YipSammo Hung combination is back to the hugely successful Cantonese-language Spl franchise with the action thriller Paradox. Several months after the trailer whetted their appetite, action fans across the world can rejoice at the news that the film starring Louis Koo, Tony Jaa and Wu Yue will be releasing as the Opening Film at Hong Kong’s Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival on August 15, 2017. Wider theatrical release in Hong Kong is scheduled for August 25. The director and the main cast will be present at the festival screening.

Louis Koo in Paradox (2017)

Koo stars as a police negotiator who travels to Bangkok in search of his missing teenage daughter, where he is helped by local detectives played by Tony Jaa and Wu Yue. In Thailand, he encounters an organ trafficking gang headed by an American gangster (Chris Collins), who
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Paradox World Premiere to Open Hong Kong Summer Film Fest

Wilson Yip's much-anticipated action thriller Paradox will have its world premiere on 15 August as the Opening Film of this year's Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival, organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society.   Paradox is the third installment is the hugely successful Spl franchise, and stars Louis Koo, Tony Jaa, Gordon Lam, Wu Yue and Chris Collins. Koo plays a Hong Kong police officer who heads to Thailand in search of his missing daughter, where he is assisted by local law enforcers Tony Jaa and Wu Yue.    Koo and Jaa both appeared in SPL2, directed by Soi Cheang, but here play new characters. Yip returns to the director's chair after making a splash with the original Spl in 2005, seen as...

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Singapore's Clover Films unveils 2017 slate including Jackie Chan's 'The Foreigner'

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Singapore's Clover Films unveils 2017 slate including Jackie Chan's 'The Foreigner'
Line-up also includes Chan vehicle Bleeding Steel and Cannes title The Villainess.

Singapore’s Clover Films has unveiled a slate of 18 mostly Asian releases for 2017, including Stx Entertainment’s The Foreigner and six Korean movies.

The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, is scheduled for Singapore release on September 28. Clover also has Singapore rights for Jackie Chan vehicle Bleeding Steel, which it will release on December 22.

Buoyed by its success with Train To Busan, which grossed $3.9m in Singapore last year, Clover has also been stocking up on Korean titles. The Villainess, which recently premiered in Cannes Midnight screenings, is scheduled for July 13 and will be followed by war drama The Battleship Island (August 17), horror thriller The Mimic (August 31), supernatural drama Soul Mate (September 21), action film The Fortress (October) and thriller Golden Slumber (December).

Other Hong Kong-Chinese titles on Clover’s slate include Wilson Yip’s Paradox, starring Tony Jaa, Louis Koo and [link
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Shekhar Kapur to Direct Authorized Bruce Lee Biopic ‘Little Dragon’

Shekhar Kapur to Direct Authorized Bruce Lee Biopic ‘Little Dragon’
Shekhar Kapur is to direct “Little Dragon,” an authorized biopic of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

The story is a contemporary dramatization of the 1950s Hong Kong social and political forces that shaped Bruce Lee into both the most famous martial arts star of all time and a significant modern day philosopher. Themes include family disappointment, young love, true friendship, betrayal, racism, deep poverty and an inner fire that threatened to unravel his destiny

Production is by Bruce Lee Entertainment, a company operated by Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, along with Los Angeles-based Convergence Entertainment.

Shannon Lee conducted significant new research into her father’s youth and formative years, a subject which has previously been tangentially explored in numerous moves including Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” and the rival “Ip Man” franchise movies respectively directed by Wilson Yip and Herman Yau. Kapur, who also serves as executive producer, co-wrote the
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Ip Man 4 teaser poster released, filming set for 2018

Back in October of last year martial arts superstar Donnie Yen confirmed that he’ll be reuniting with director Wilson Yip for Ip Man 4, and now Yen has taken to social media to reveal that production on the film will get underway 2018. To whet our appetites, here’s the very first teaser poster…

Yen is coming off the back of three box office hits in Ip Man 3, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and xXx: Return of Xander Cage, and has also recently signed on for the lead role in the video game adaptation Sleeping Dogs.
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Filmart: Sunny Luk, Jacob Cheung, Vincent Kok films lead Sun slate

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Production and distribution outfit reveals strong slate of titles at Hong Kong market.

Hong Kong-based Sun Entertainment Culture (Sunec) has unveiled a string of titles at Filmart, including crime suspense thriller Schemer from filmmaker Sunny Luk (who won best director at the 2012 Hong Kong Film Awards for Cold War [pictured]); the big-screen adaptation of Louis Cha’s wuxia novel The Book And The Sword from veteran director Jacob Cheung and writer James Yuen; and Chinese New Year action comedy Keep Calm And Be A Superstar by director Vincent Kok.

Also on Sun’s slate are The Neighbour, a remake of German horror The Good Neighbour that will be directed by Stanley Liu and produced by Pang Ho Cheung.

Pang is also the producer of new TV series Women Who Flirt, based on his big-screen romantic comedy of the same name and directed by TV drama director Sammy Ko, and DoP Jason Kwan’s directorial debut A Nail Clipper
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Louis Koo And Tony Jaa Throw Down In Wilson Yip's Paradox

It was back in 2005 that Hong Kong based director Wilson Yip blew martial arts fans minds worldwide with the release of Spl. The dark contemporary crime drama featured amazing fight work from stars Donnie Yen, Wu Jing and Sammo Hung - the latter of whom also choreographed the film - and kickstarted the current career resurgance of Donnie Yen while on the path to becoming an international hit. And while Yip has continued to work in martial arts film since - his continued work with Yen on the Ip Man series of films has been fantastic - he has only done so in a contemporary setting once since, with 2007 effort Flash Point. That changes with the upcoming Paradox. Reuniting with fight director Sammo...

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Sammo Hung And The Lucky Star Gang Set To Return

Legendary Actor and Film-Maker Sammo Hung is back with a bang, teaming up with Kickboxer Actor Dennis Chan to form a new film company “Sammo Hung films“. This is very exciting news with many Projects already being planned such as To Catch a Killer, Back to School, Operation: Ground Zero, Silk Road, I-Ching Warriors, The Detrimental Protectors and the big one The Return of Lucky Stars.

Excited?

The Return of Lucky Stars will bring together the old “Lucky Stars Gang”, reuniting Sammo Hung with Richard Ng, Eric Tsang and John Sham. I’m a very big fan of the Lucky Star Movies from the hard hitting Wheels On Meals to the Hilarious Winners And Sinners, i am sure The Return of Lucky Stars will be another hit for the gang. I am more confident now, we could get the Three Dragons back together for one last time, Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao.
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The 24 hottest projects at this year's Hong Kong Filmart

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There is a thrilling selection of Chinese-language titles at Filmart this year. Liz Shackleton picks out some of the most promising.

With very few Hong Kong or mainland Chinese sellers making the journey to this year’s European Film Market in Berlin, Filmart offers a chance for buyers to catch up with the Chinese-language titles that will be rolled out in the region for the rest of the year.

After serving up the biggest film of the Chinese New Year holiday — Kung Fu Yoga, starring Jackie Chan and directed by Stanley Tong — China’s Sparkle Roll Media has launched a Hong Kong-based sales arm that is selling Ding Sheng’s reboot of the A Better Tomorrow series.

Other high-profile action titles new to market include Distribution Workshop’s Extraordinary Mission, from the creative teams behind the Infernal Affairs and Overheard series, and Huayi Brothers’ crime drama Explosion, starring Duan Yihong.

Previously announced
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Filmart: Wilson Yip martial arts zombie mash-up leads Mei Ah slate

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Dragon Gate Zombie Inn is being produced by The Monkey King producer Soi Cheang.

Hong Kong’s Mei Ah Entertainment is launching its slate at Filmart headed by Dragon Gate Zombie Inn, a mash-up of the martial arts and zombie thriller genres from Ip Man [pictured] director Wilson Yip.

Currently in pre-production, the film is set in the desert in the fortress-like Dragon Inn, which becomes ground zero for a zombie invasion. It will be produced by Soi Cheang, who is currently directing Filmko Entertainment’s big-budget fantasy sequel, The Monkey King 3.

Wilson Yip and Soi Cheang will then switch roles on Mei Ah’s sci-fi action title Marauder, which Yip will produce with Cheang directing. The story follows an alien who accidentally lands on Earth and is hunted by humans, while trying to get his spaceship off the ground.

Mei Ah is also selling Philip Yung’s Theory Of Ambitions, his first feature
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Cine-Sunday: ‘Ip Man 2′ Review

Stars: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Darren Shahlavi, Huang Xiaming | Action direction by Sammo Hung | Directed by Wilson Yip

Review by Baron Fortnightly

Ip Man 2, from Cine Asia, is a semi-biographical martial arts film loosely based on the life of Wing Chun grandmaster, Ip Man. The film was directed by Wilson Yip and Sammo Hung, produced by Raymond Wong, written by Edmond Wong, and stars martial arts legend, Donnie Yen, who reprises the leading role.

This sequel continues on from events in the first Ip Man film, and covers Ip Man’s life in Hong Kong, which was at the time under British colonial rule, and recovering from the Japanese invasion of China. Ip Man’s main hurdles are his reduced circumstances, British oppression, and rivalry from other martial arts practitioners, including the local Hung Ga master Hung Chun-nam, as played by Sammo Hung.

“Continuing from where the first film ended,
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Exclusive Star Wars Rogue One Interview: Donnie Yen

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Author: Jon Lyus

Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Imwe is one of the most important new characters in the Star Wars universe. His personal and spiritual journey in Rogue One, from the Jedi pilgrim planet of Jedha to the Imperial base on Scarif, makes for an emotional part of the grander story at play.

While Gareth Edwards has taken pains to reinforce the fact that this will be the first Star Wars film without the Jedi, Yen’s character is the closest we come to someone led by the power of the force. It’s hard to go into more detail without spoiling that part of the movie, however the mysticism of Yen’s character is a thoroughly engaging presence in the film.

Our glowing review of Rogue One can be found here.

Related: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ World Premiere Photo Gallery

Stefan Pape sat down with the actor and director,
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Louis Koo, Tony Jaa and Sammo Hung filming “Paradox” in Thailand

Filming has begun in Thailand for Sammo Hung’s latest movie , “Paradox” (formerly “Fate“).

Louis Koo and Tony Jaa is starring in the upcoming action flick. The lineup also includes Wu Yue, Gordon Lam, and American actor Chris Collins. It will be directed by Wilson Yip, with fight scenes choreographed by the renowned Sammo Hung.

Louis Koo’s character is a negotiator who is looking for his missing 16-year-old daughter while on a trip to Thailand. He is assisted by local detectives played by Tony Jaa and Wu Yue, and have to navigate his way around an organ trafficker played by Chris Collins.

Sun Entertainment Culture Ltd posted pictures of the traditional commencement ceremony on Oct 29th:

Tony Jaa also recently posted a picture on Facebook, announcing that his part of the movie recently wrapped up.

No release date has been set so far, but keep your eyes peeled for
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Ip Man 4 Is Happening with Donnie Yen

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Ip Man 4 Is Happening with Donnie Yen
If ain't broke, don't fix it! That seems to be the theory with the very popular martial arts franchise Ip Man at this point, anyway. Star Donnie Yen recently announced that he is indeed planning on returning for Ip Man 4 after the very successful third entry was released earlier this year.

The modern day martial arts legend took to his Instagram to make the announcement that IP Man 4 is happening. While there was a pretty significant gap of nearly five years between the release of Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster and Ip Man 3, it seems like Donnie Yen is wasting no time in getting Ip Man 4 off the ground. Here is what he had to say about the movie in his Instagram post.

"I want to share this very excited news with you all, my good friend Wilson Yip, who had directed all of my last three Ip man series,
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Donnie Yen announces Ip Man 4

Following his adventure in the galaxy far, far away in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Donnie Yen will be returning to the role of Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Man, with the martial arts superstar announcing on Instagram that he’ll be reuniting with director Wilson Yip for Ip Man 4.

The first Ip Man was released in 2008 and was followed by Ip Man 2 in 2010 and Ip Man 3 in 2015. Yen previously suggested that given his age, Ip Man 3 may have been his last kung fu movie, but later stated that he’d be open to another instalment if the third movie performed well enough and the script was right.

Yen will next be seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which opens on December 16th.
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Donnie Yen announces Ip Man 4

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For those of you who enjoy your martial arts, IP Man, Donnie Yen, or all of the above, we have some good news for you! Donnie Yen took to Instagram to announce that he and director Wilson Yip will embark on another adventure together - IP Man 4! You can check out the Instagram picture below, as well as a few words from Mr. Yen. I want to share this very excited news with you all, my good friend... Read More...
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Fate: Wilson Yip to Direct Tony Jaa in New Thriller

Tony Jaa's dance card is steadily filling up. Having been recently attached to the Chinese version of The Expendables called Makeshift Squad yesterday we found out he is joining another project.  News from our friends over at Film Combat Syndicate is that Jaa will star in a new thriller called Fate. It gets better. The film will be directed by Wilson Yip (Spl, Flash Point, Ip Man), a director whom I feel guided China/Hk through the dark times of post golden era Hk cinema. On top of that the action will be choreographed by Sammo Hung.  Details about the plot are being kept under wraps. Production is expected to begin next month. ...

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