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Film Review: ‘The Crossing II’

1 August 2015 1:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like passengers who overpaid for tickets to escape war-ravaged Shanghai on the Taiwan-bound liner Taiping in 1949, only to end up on a sinking ship, audiences get a pretty lousy deal with John Woo’s “The Crossing II,” an inert follow-up that doesn’t deliver enough visual or emotional payoff in its overdue yet short-lived shipwreck climax. Released eight months after the first film opened in December, the pic features no intriguing new turns and has nothing meaningful to say, indisputably proving that the production would have been better off trimmed and presented as one film. Considering how “The Crossing” tanked at the box office worldwide, it’s unrealistic to expect a huge B.O. turnaround here, though an older demographic may still give it a chance.

Originally written by Wang Hui-ling (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Lust, Caution”) and later doctored by Su Chao-pin, Chen Ching-hui and Woo (all credited »

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Watch the trailer For John Woo’s Epic ‘The Crossing 2′

6 July 2015 3:02 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Veteran filmmaker John Woo, best known as a master stylist specializing in ultra-violent gangster films and thrillers (Hard Boiled, The Killer) is about to release the second half of his two-part passion project, The Crossing. Billed in local media as the “Chinese Titanic,” the two-part period epic chronicles three couples whose lives are affected by the sinking of the steamer Taiping, which led to the deaths of over 1,500 passengers and crew during the Chinese Civil War.

Anyone who’s seen the first part will tell you that The Crossing has the DNA of several Best Picture Oscar winning films, only shoved into one massive blockbuster. There’s romance, tragedy, war and many reasons for viewers to keep a box of kleenex nearby.

The Crossing 2 opens on July 30th. Watch the trailer below.

Synopsis: During the Chinese Revolution in 1949, three couples flee from China to the island of Taiwan. Gen. »

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Watch: Trailer For John Woo's Epic 'The Crossing 2' Starring Zhang Ziyi

6 July 2015 12:53 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You might be asking yourself, " 'The Crossing 2?' Was there a 'The Crossing 1?'" Yes, there was! Over Christmas, John Woo released the first part of his epic drama in China, and now part two is gearing up for release, promising action and tears.  Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiamoing and Song Hye-kyo star in the movie that chronicles three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai, centered around the 1949 sinking of Taiping, which caused the deaths of over 1500 people who were trying to flee following the Chinese Civil War. Evidently, Woo was inspired by some big screen dramas of yore. Read More: John Woo's WWII Epic 'Flying Tigers' To Arrive As Feature Film & Extended, 6 Hour Miniseries "I have always been a big fan of David Lean’s 'Dr. Zhivago,' and wanted to make an epic love story myself," the director told Deadline. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Full Trailer for John Woo's New Two-Part Epic 'The Crossing'

6 July 2015 12:12 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Somebody help me..." Second part? But we haven't even seen the first! Indeed, true. Eventually one day it will get a Us release. John Woo has been in China directing a massive two-part epic called The Crossing, billed as the "Chinese Titanic" - you will see why with this trailer. There are some shots right out of James Cameron's Titanic in this. The film is set during the Chinese Civil War in the 1940s, following three couples from different backgrounds whose are affected by the sinking of the steamer Taiping, which was traveling to Taiwan and led to the deaths of over 1,500 people. Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Song Hye-kyo, and Huang Xiaoming star. It looks like Woo went all out, hopefully for the best. I'm curious to check this out. Here's the new official trailer for John Woo's The Crossing, found on Deadline's YouTube: The Crossing is a »

- Alex Billington

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China Lion takes Im Global trio

22 June 2015 9:32 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

China Lion Film Distribution has acquired rights for North America, Australia and New Zealand to three titles handled by Im GlobalOnly You, The Wasted Times and Mr Six.

Only You, starring Tang Wei and Liao Fan, is a remake of the 1994 romantic comedy of the same name starring Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey, Jr.

Directed by Zhang Hao and produced by Feng Xiaogang for Huayi Brothers, the film follows a woman who skips out on her wedding to track down the man she believes she was truly meant to wed.

The film will be released theatrically in North America on July 24, day-and-date with mainland China, and a day earlier in Australia and New Zealand. 

Cheng Er’s The Wasted Times, starring Zhang Ziyi, Ge You and Asano Tadanobu, is a revenge thriller set in 1930s Shanghai, revolving around a Japanese spy hunting down his former friend for murdering his family. The film is »

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China Lion Bringing Only You, The Wasted Times And Mr. Six To N.America & Australia

22 June 2015 9:30 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Great news for fans of mainstream cinema from the Chinese mainland, as China Lion Film Distribution has announced the acquisition of a trio of upcoming films featuring a host of A-list talent. Tang Wei (Lust, Caution, Blackhat) and Liao Fan (Silver Bear winner for Black Coal, Thin Ice) star in Only You, a remake of the 1994 romantic comedy starring Robert Downey, Jr and Marisa Tomei. Zhang Ziyi and Asano Tadanobu lead an international all-star cast in the noirish period thriller The Wasted Times, while Mr. Six sees director Feng Xiaogang (The Banquet, Aftershock) move in front of the camera to play an ageing thug who returns to the fray when his son (Li Yifeng) falls in with a rival gang. Guan Hu (Cow) directs.In North...

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The Wasted Times: Er Cheng Offers Up A Trippy Noir Gallery Of Stars In Trailer For His Next

8 June 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Mainland Chinese director Er Cheng offers up what looks to be a super stylish and deliberately off kilter take on classic film noir with his upcoming effort The Wasted Times, a period set offering that boasts a who's who of pan-Asian stars including Zhang Ziyi, Asano Tadonobu, Ge You, and Gillian Chung.Backed by Chinese production giant The Huayi Brothers, this is slick and compelling stuff, as evidenced by the English subtitled trailer below. And with China Lion already planning an October release, audiences this side of the ocean won't have long to wait to see it, either....

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'I Am Somebody' to open Shanghai fest

3 June 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Derek Yee’s I Am Somebody will open this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (Siff, June 13-21), while China-Russian co-production Ballet In The Flames Of War will close the event.

Directed by China’s Yachun Dong and Russia’s Nikita Mikhalkov, Ballet In The Flames Of War is a romance set during the Second World War and opened the Chinese Film Festival in Mosow last month.

Meanwhile, Mikhalkov’s Sunstroke is one of nine films selected for the Golden Goblet Awards, along with Daniel Barnz’s Cake and Taiwanese director Tung Wang’s Where The Wind Settles (see list below). Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) heads the jury for the awards.

Films nominated for the Asian New Talent Award include Japanese director Momoko Ando’s 0.5mm, Iranian filmmaker Hooman Seyedi’s 13 and Labour Of Love from India’s Aditya Vikram Sengupta.

Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home is also nominated in this section, but for the »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Swordfights

27 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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.    

Sword fights, like one-on-one fights, target the emotion and power of each individual fighter, but are amplified by the extension of their weapon. Whereas one-on-one fights test the might and bronze of our competitors, sword fights add an extra element of intelligence and skill. A fighter can scrape by through luck in a brawl of fists, but a sword (and knife) fight exposes the true strengths and weaknesses of its opponents.

 

10. Rob Roy (1995) – No quarter asked, no quarter given

Roger Ebert called the final duel between Rob Roy (Liam Neeson, in a »

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Im Global picks up 'Hollywood Adventures'

15 May 2015 5:05 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Im Global has picked up international rights outside the Us and South-East Asia to Chinese action comedy Hollywood Adventures, produced by Justin Lin.

Directed by Timothy Kendall, the Chinese and English-language film was mostly shot in Los Angeles and stars Huang Xiaoming, Tong Dawei and Vicky Zhao Wei. It was backed by Beijing-based Enlight Pictures and Bruno Wu’s Seven Stars Entertainment. A wide Chinese release has been scheduled for June 26.

In addition to Lin, producers on the film include Anne Clements, John Pierson and Lin’s partner in Perfect Storm Entertainment, Troy Craig Poon.

Im Global is also selling Wuershan’s big-budget adventure The Ghouls, co-produced by Wanda Pictures, Huayi Brothers and Enlight Pictures, at Cannes. “We’re seeing more of these big Chinese movies that in terms of production values and visual sophistication can compete with anything out there,” said Im Global chief Stuart Ford.

Under its output deal with Huayi Brothers, Im Global is also »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Korean-Chinese Co-Productions Boost Both Industries

14 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Relations between South Korea and Mainland China have long been uneasy, but showbiz has gradually eased the tension.

The two countries’ range of collaboration has evolved a lot from location and talent loans, such as Zhang Ziyi starring in 2001 Korean film “Musa the Warrior,” which was the earliest and most common way of co-production, to investment and special effects service.

Recent joint productions include CGI-heavy sports drama “Mr. Go,” a Korean film conceived with Chinese elements and involving Chinese investment, and Cj Entertainment-initiated Chinese hits “A Wedding Invitation” (pictured) and “20 Once Again” that are set in China, directed in Chinese either by Korean or Chinese directors and star Chinese talent.

Korean dramas and K-pop music are enjoying huge popularity in China and are affecting every part of its entertainment industry. Producers from both countries are keen to make the best use of the cultural wave. Almost all K-pop bands boast at least one Chinese member, »

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Have kung fu films lost their punch?

28 April 2015 12:57 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Since its heyday, kung fu seems to be giving way to other action genres, but could it be making a comeback?

There was a time when everyone was indeed kung fu fighting. Films belonging to the genre, made popular in the 1970s by the late Bruce Lee, helped to boost Hong Kong cinema, not to mention the careers of various Chinese actors such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Jet Li. However, in recent years, it seems that the kung fu film is losing the raw bad-assery that fans have grown up watching. As martial arts films are now evolving to feature more computer animation and culture rather than pure, unadulterated violence, has kung fu lost its touch?

The first kung fu film dates back to the late 1930s, when folk heroes and famed martial artists Fong Sai-Yuk and Wong Fei-Hung were immortalised for the first time (they would »

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“The Baby from Universe” Films with Zhang Ziyi and Exo’s Lay

16 April 2015 12:34 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Since rocketing to worldwide fame after starring in the highly-acclaimed “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Zhang Ziyi has steadily filled her portfolio not only with multi-awarded acting roles–the most memorable perhaps being Mei (“House of Flying Daggers”) and Sakamoto Chiyo (“Memoirs of a Geisha”)–but also some magnificent producer credits.

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Zhang’s first produced film, “Sophie’s Revenge,” may have gotten mixed reviews from critics but went on to bag a handful of awards, including Best New Director from China Film Media Awards and Next Generation Director Awards, Best Supporting Actress from China Hua Ding Film Awards, and Most Popular Actress from China Student Film Awards for Zhang herself.

This year, Zhang Ziyi continues to explore the cinematic field as a producer with the movie “The Baby from Universe.”

Juicy Details of the Much-Anticipated “The Baby from Universe”

Otherwise known as “Oh My God” (从天儿降/Cóng Tiān Er »

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Stewart 'in Talks' to Be Featured in Subversive Iraq War Homefront Satire

4 April 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »

- Andre Soares

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AFCI: China’s Wanda Touts Qingdao Mega-Studios To Production Managers

5 March 2015 8:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dalian Wanda, China’s giant property to entertainment group, today took the wraps off its now-under construction studio complex in Eastern China.

The Wanda Qingdao Studios, which are set to open their doors in April 2017, made their bow as the only Chinese exhibitor at the Afci Locations Show in Los Angeles (March 5-7, 2015).

Targeting international and local productions, Wanda said the 200 hectare (494 acre) site will be the world’s largest film production facility.

“Upon completion, the development will house 30 purpose-built production stages, China’s most advanced temperature-controlled underwater stage, and the country’s largest exterior water tank, a combination of natural scenery and custom-built locations, in addition to world-class facilities for post-production,” Wanda said in an updated description of the complex.

“Such state-of-art facilities will allow Wsq to serve both the Chinese and overseas markets as a world class production base with offerings spanning the entire film and television industry. »

- Patrick Frater

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Zhang Ziyi Is Engaged and Her Fiancé Proposed by Delivering Diamond Ring on a Drone

9 February 2015 10:03 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Nothing says romance life a flying robot! Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, best known for her role in the hit 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, got engaged over the weekend and the way her fiancé popped the question was so 2015. Ziyi's boyfriend, musician Wang Feng, proposed with a drone carrying Ziyi's diamond engagement ring. The whole thing reportedly went down during Ziyi's 36th birthday party, according to BBC. Following the drone delivery, Feng got down on one knee and Ziyi "said 'yes' amid tears and applause from a crowd of onlookers." BBC also reports that Ziyi took to social media after the even to share a picture of fireworks with the caption "I »

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Crouching Tiger Star Zhang Ziyi Says 'Yes' When Engagement Ring Is Delivered by Drone

9 February 2015 6:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It might be the most epic proposal so far in 2015. Actress Zhang Ziyi, known for her role in the 2000 international hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, accepted a marriage proposal that was delivered by a drone on Saturday, while she was celebrating her 36th birthday, according to the BBC, citing Chinese media reports datelined Beijing. Her now husband-to-be, rock star Wang Feng, 43, sent her a white drone carrying a diamond ring before getting down on one knee to ask her to marry him, which reportedly brought tears and applause from those who witnessed the scene. Neither did Ziyi contain her excitement about the big news. »

- Caitlin Keating, @caitkeating

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Crouching Tiger Star Zhang Ziyi Says 'Yes' When Engagement Ring Is Delivered by Drone

9 February 2015 6:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It might be the most epic proposal so far in 2015. Actress Zhang Ziyi, known for her role in the 2000 international hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, accepted a marriage proposal that was delivered by a drone on Saturday, while she was celebrating her 36th birthday, according to the BBC, citing Chinese media reports datelined Beijing. Her now husband-to-be, rock star Wang Feng, 43, sent her a white drone carrying a diamond ring before getting down on one knee to ask her to marry him, which reportedly brought tears and applause from those who witnessed the scene. Neither did Ziyi contain her excitement about the big news. »

- Caitlin Keating, @caitkeating

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Vanity Fair's 'Hollywood' cover has been emphasizing diversity problem for 20 years

3 February 2015 11:35 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When it comes to diversity in Hollywood, it seems they’re playing by the “two steps forward, one step back” rule. Never is this lack of representation more prevalent than when Vanity Fair puts out the cover of their 'Hollywood Issue' each March. And sadly, 2015 is no exception. Photo Credit: Vanity Fair At first glance, you might think “Well, the Oscars are super white this year so obviously the cover would be too,” but look again. Oscar Isaac was granted a spot for his turn in “A Most Violent Year,” which received a grand total of zero nominations. So being on the Academy list was not necessarily a criteria. This cover is especially perplexing since last year Vanity Fair seemed to have  grasped that we’re living in the 21st century with its most racially diverse 'Hollywood Issue' cover yet. A solid Half the actors in the picture were black. »

- Donna Dickens

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'Ghost in the Shell' casts Scarlett Johansson as their lead, what were they thinking?

5 January 2015 12:27 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I admit it: I love cyber-punk. Mostly of a Shadowrun flavor. But like many geeks who came of age in the early millennium, I also cut my teeth on the burgeoning American fascination with anime. “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” “Akira,” "Battle Angel Alita," "Armitage III," and of course, “Ghost in the Shell.” So when rumor had it that Hollywood wanted to bring Motoko Kusanagi, the Puppet Master, and their world of New Port City to life, I was cautious. After all, this was the same town that tried to make “Akira” with Michael Fassbender and Andrew Garfield until George Takei stepped in to point out whitewashing is not okay. And we shall not talk about the "Dragonball" movie. It is stricken from the record. Turns out my caution was well founded. As of today, Scarlett Johansson is officially signed on to play the lead in the live action “Ghost in the Shell. »

- Donna Dickens

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