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With China‘s National Day holiday week still in swing, the box office got an extra boost this frame thanks to the timely release of Breakup Buddies, a sort of follow-up to 2012’s smash hit Lost In Thailand. Playing on half the screens in the massive market, the film grossed just under $38M in China this weekend, sending its cume since release on September 30 to about $93M. (It also went out in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand at the weekend.) The original film was arguably responsible for a reversal in China’s fortunes in December 2012, when box office share was lagging behind that of U.S. films. That year ended with Hollywood out front but Lost In Thailand made global headlines and bolstered the unofficial practice of blackout periods when no foreign studio movies are released, allowing high-profile local titles to goose box office in the People’s Republic. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Production is by Ann An, whose Desen Media was among the producers of “Tiny Times,” and the “Ip Man” features, and which is currently preparing a wartime epic “Moon Flower of Flying Tigers,” with Hollywood’s Paula Wagner.
“Queens,” currently in post-production, arrives at the Busan market handled by Easternlight, the specialty Asian arm of Australian-u.S. sales and production finance group Arclight Films.
The story involves three cosmopolitan women – an actress, a PR specialist and a gallery manager – wrestling with the ups and downs of their romantic lives. Along the way they manipulate friends, embarrass their »
- Patrick Frater
You may recall that last year the Golden Horse celebrated its 50th year so it was a big big deal. All the stars of Chinese language cinema were out with all the living winners of the lead acting prizes prominently displayed on stage. Zhang Ziyi finally took home Best Actress for The Grand Master, a prize that had continually eluded her. This year, the 51st, is bound to be a let down in comparison but it's still worth noting since we like to see how the Oscar submissions from various Asian countries fare. So let's just hit that straightaway...
Tang Wei stars in The Golden Era, a 30s era biopic of an important Chinese writer
The Golden Era (Ann Hui) - Hong Kong's Oscar submission
This historical bio of a famous female writer finds Lust Caution's then-novice star Tang Wei headlining another acclaimed 3 hour period epic. It's nominated for 5 awards »
- NATHANIEL R
Over the centuries relations between neighbors Korea and China have often been strained, but the entertainment industry is putting history and politics behind them.
A sequel to Korean hit “My Sassy Girl,” which began lensing last week, is set to be the first official treaty co-production between South Korea and China. That follows the long-awaited signing of a bilateral trade agreement between the two countries in July.
But producers from both sides of the Yellow Sea have not waited for their governments to catch up with reality, and a steady trickle of Korean-Chinese movies over the past decade has already turned into a fast-flowing stream in the past two years.
Recent cross-border co-ventures have included “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” starring Zhang Ziyi and the original “Sassy Girl” Gianna Jun (previously known as Jun Ji-hyun); CGI-heavy family pic “Mr. Go,” which made money for the Chinese partner Huayi Bros. »
- Patrick Frater
It centres around three couples caught up in the 1949 sinking of the Taiping steamer.
The ship was crammed well over capacity with refugees fleeing China to Taiwan after the Civil War, leading to over 1,500 deaths after it collided with a cargo boat.
The Crossing: Part One will arrive in China in December. It is yet to announce a western release. »
Five years after director John Woo's two-part epic Red Cliff hit theaters, fans have their first look at the filmmaker's next project with an international trailer and a poster for his two-part drama, The Crossing.
The plot is based on the true story of a steamer ship dubbed Taiping, which sunk between China and Taiwan during the Chinese Revolution in 1949, claiming the lives of over 1,500 people. The story follows a number of intertwining love stories, including a couple played by Chinese superstars Ziyi Zhang and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Take a look at the first footage below, along with the first three photos and a poster, then read on for more information.
The Crossing doesn't have a domestic release date set at this time, but the drama is set to debut on December 2, 2014 in China, with The Crossing 2 set for release in May 2015. It isn't known if the two-part project »
A love story, a war film and all around epic-sized endeavor, John Woo's upcoming "The Crossing" might be his most ambitious film ever. And while we wonder if he'll find space to cram in some carefully choreographed flying doves, a new teaser has arrived for the movie, promising a story that's aiming straight for the heart. Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiamoing and Song Hye-kyo are among the more well known names in the two-part film, which tracks three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai, that will involve the tragic 1949 sinking of the ship Taiping. “Lust, Caution” screenwriter Wang Hui-ling penned the script, and with the story set to play out in 3D and IMAX, this is going to be a heckuva spectacle. However, there's no word yet on when or if U.S. audiences will get a chance to check it out. Part 1 of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If you’ve been wondering what action maestro John Woo has been up to in the five years since his last movie, 2009’s Red Cliff II, here is the answer in the form of the international trailer for The Crossing – perhaps the most ambitious Chinese film of all time. brightcove.createExperiences();Based on the true story of the steamer ship Taiping, which sank between China and Taiwan during the Chinese Revolution of 1949 and claimed the lives of 1,500 passengers and crew, Woo’s latest is already being billed as the Chinese Titanic.Even if that event is only hinted at at the end of this trailer, there’s still plenty here, from epic battle scenes to the seeds of the yearning, intertwining love stories, featuring Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro, that propel the plot, to suggest that Woo is planning to up the ante established by Red Cliff. And while there’s plenty of slow-motion, »
With John Woo's The Crossing opening later this year in China, Woo and his cast held a press conference in Beijing today where they revealed the first trailer for the film. Starring Zhang Ziyi and Kaneshiro Takeshi, the two-part love story follows three couples fleeing China for Taiwan on a steamer during the 1949 revolution, and it's based on a true story. Earlier this year Woo talked about why he wanted to make the film and said, “I’ve wanted to make this movie for a long time, because people always see me as an action director, but they don’t realize that I can make romantic love stories, too. I wanted to make a film that showed a turbulent period in modern history, to show how love can survive and overcome all difficulties.” Hit the jump to watch The Crossing teaser trailer and for photos from today's Beijing press conference. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
While better known internationally as an orchestrator of high-end violence and mayhem, Hong Kong director John Woo can also handle melodrama. Case in point, his upcoming two-part romantic epic The Crossing.Zhang Ziyi, Kaneshiro Takeshi, Song Hyekyo and Huang Xiaoming star in a tale about three couples whose fates coincided on the Taiwan bound Taiping steamer, which sank in the crossing from China in 1949, leaving many to call it the "Chinese Titanic". The first part will be released theatrically in China on December 2nd while the second part will be released sometime in early 2015. You'll find the first promo video, a sort of trailer Mc'd by Woo himself, embedded below....
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Ever since 2003’s awful “Paycheck,” John Woo has stayed away from Hollywood, returning to China to helm the two-part historical epic “Red Cliff” and co-directing the 2010 wuxia film “Reign of Assassins.” Later this year, he’s set to drop the first half of his latest sweeping period film “The Crossing,” and the film’s first featurette/trailer has arrived online. Starring Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiamoing and Song Hye-kyo among many others, the two-part film was written by “Lust, Caution” screenwriter Wang Hui-ling and centers on three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai and will involve the tragic 1949 sinking of the ship Taiping and warfare. So, John Woo's "Titanic"? Lasting under three-and-a-half minutes, the trailer features a lot of impressive footage —war scenes, sinking boats, swooning scenes between lovers— from the two-part film cut alongside an Epk-style interview with Woo »
- Cain Rodriguez
Woo also confirmed that the movie was delayed in 2012 by his diagnosis of cancer. He first heard the story of the ill-fated Taiping liner from scriptwriter Wang Huiling in 2008 and was moved to make an historical romantic drama that would portray events during a tumultuous time in China’s history.
“While I was receiving treatment in the States, I saw a bad film and I thought to myself, I could not just die like that. I can’t just go away without making a film which I think is perfect,” said Woo.
The Crossing is produced by Beijing Galloping Horse, Le Vision »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
The second part will be released at an undetermined date in early 2015.
Scripted by Wang Huiling (“Lust, Caution”), the 1949-set picture includes overlapping stories of several couples who find themselves on the ocean liner “Taiping,” which sinks during the crossing between mainland China and Taipei. Its features an ensemble cast including Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tong Dawei.
Woo confirmed that the production was initially delayed, in 2012, by his fight with throat cancer. “While I was receiving treatment in the States, I saw a bad film and I thought to myself, I could not just die like that. I can’t just go away without making a film which I think is perfect,” John Woo said.
Woo likens the story to »
- Patrick Frater
Six years in the planning and three years in the making, The Grandmaster is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man.....And it’s finally getting the UK theatrical release it rightly deserves! Nominated for two Academy Awards, for Cinematography and Costume Design, The Grandmaster features virtuoso performances from those at the film's heart: Wong regular, Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House Of Flying Daggers, Hero) and Chang Chen (Happy Together, 2046). The Grandmaster portrays both the Chinese martial arts and the world of the martial artists with unprecedented authenticity: the fight scenes were choreographed by Yuen Wo Ping, and the trio of lead actors completed several years of rigorous and challenging kung fu training for their roles. We can go on and on with the superlatives, but suffice to say it’s a stunning piece of »
Metrodome to release Wong Kar Wai’s martial arts epic in November.
The film debuted in China in January 2013 and received its international premiere at the Berlinale the following month.
The action feature, inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master Ip Man, has since travelled the festival circuit and been released in countries around the world.
It was nominated for two Oscars for cinematography and costume design.
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Did you feel that Wong Kar-Wai's elegant, graceful, and exciting The Grandmaster was too ... oh, what's the word ... two-dimensional? The director has come up with a solution. He is adding a third dimension to the biographical action movie, which will be released in 3D in October, according to Variety. The 3D edition will receive a wide release in China, and everyone will be able to examine Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Zhang Ziyi in the glory of the third dimension. And don't worry: Wong himself has been working on the project and ... "We had originally planned to film The Grandmaster in 3D not only for the cinematic sensation, but also for the subtlety of the expression of this beautiful story," said Wong. "We now have...
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Hong Kong — Iconic Hong Kong-based director Wong Kar Wai has set mid-October as the release date for a 3D version of “The Grandmaster,” his Oscar-nominated biopic of Ip Man, the martial arts maestro who mentored Bruce Lee.
The 3D version will be given a wide release by its Chinese distributor and co-producer Bona Film Group, some 21 months after it took out the original in conventional 2D and Imax formats. Starring Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung Chiu-wai, the film earned Academy Awards nominations for costume and cinematography.
Conversion is being handled by Vancouver, Canada-based Gener8 Media, which previously handled stereoscopic work on “300: Rise of an Empire,” “Godzilla,” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” The conversion is being paid for by Bona.
Wong, known for his painstaking working methods, is reported to be “100% present and hands on.”
“We had originally planned to film ‘The Grandmaster’ in 3D not only for the cinematic sensation, »
- Patrick Frater
Tom Hiddleston after his challengeI know it's for a good cause but we're definitely reaching saturation point for the Als Ice Bucket Challenge. Soon, like maybe in 5 minutes, it will be over. But Als is enjoying huge fundraising numbers so good on them for dreaming it up. I hope all these celebrates dousing themselves with freezing water are donating a dollar for every viewing of their videos and vines.
I've avoided sharing any because how would you choose? I mean other than skipping my beloved childhood idol Olivia Newton-John who kind of misses the point, filling her thimble "bucket" of ice with undoubtedly warm pool water before trickling it over her gorgeous blonde head. Let's just say Her Chills Weren't Multiplying. She Was Not Losing Control.
So why am I posting this? To note that this ice bucket madness which was mostly music stars at first has gone global. Here's »
- NATHANIEL R
The stars have aligned in an ominous sign, and as a legion of malevolent monsters descends upon New York City to wage war against humanity, the only thing that stands between humankind and certain destruction are four wisecracking turtles with a flair for martial arts and a hearty appetite for pizza. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's "heroes in a half-shell" return to defend the world against an interstellar threat that comes just once every 3,000 years in a computer-animated action comedy that marked the final film role of Japanese screen legend Mako -- here providing the voice of the eternally wise Master Splinter. Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar lends her voice to the role of the turtles' technical-services worker, April; Fantastic Four's Chris Evans assumes the role of hockey-loving crimefighter Casey Jones; Memoirs of a Geisha star Zhang Ziyi steps in as villainous Foot Ninjas leader »
The story centers on four martial arts masters, Silent Wolf, Yu Shu-lien, Tie-Fang and Snow Vase, who band together to stop the villainous Hades Dai from obtaining a legendary sword known as the Green Destiny. We reported in April that Donnie Yen is portraying Silent Wolf, with Michelle Yeoh reprising her role from the original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as Yu Shu-lien. Harry Shum Jr. is portraying Tie-Fang. We also reported last August that Ziyi Zhang is returning as Jen Yu from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in flashback sequences.
Legendary director and fight choreographer Woo-ping Yuen is directing from from a script by John Fusco, which is set 20 years after the events portrayed in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Production is slated to begin this week, »
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