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Prior to his venture into the world of Hollywood, John Woo was arguably one of the greatest directors in the world. In addition to launching the career of one Chow Yun-Fat, he crafted some truly breathtaking set-pieces (both Hard Boiled and The Killer standout) without compromising story or mood in the process. Unfortunately, the lure of American cinema proved too much, and he spent a long time there, working with such actors as Nicolas Cage and Jean Claude Van-Damme.
Despite the potential of this bold move, each film seemed worst than the preceding one. Eventually, he moved back east and in the relatively short time period since, has already rediscovered is immeasurable skill, recently in his two-part Red Cliff. It seems the once unparalleled filmmaker is back in business.
So it now brings me pleasure rather than apprehension to announce that he has plans to commence shooting on his new film this January. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Keanu Reeves‘ debut directorial effort Man of Tai Chi has landed its female lead. According to Twitch/Mtime, Chinese actress Karen Mok has been cast in the role of a police officer in this modern day kung fu film. Mok beat out a number of Chinese actresses, including Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi, as part of the months’ long casting process. Mok has previously been featured in Shaolin Soccer, Black Mask, and Around the World in 80 Days.
The male lead will be played by Tiger Chen, who coached Reeves in martial arts for his role in The Matrix trilogy. According to THR, Chen will play “a young martial artist whose fighting skills brings him to a realm of vast opportunities, and painful choices.” Reeves, in addition to his role behind the camera, will also be playing the part of the movie’s villain.
Principle photography for the film, which is being co-produced by Universal, »
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According to Mtime.com, Hong Kong singer/actress Karen Mok (So Close, Around the World in 80 Days) has landed the female lead role in Keanu Reeves' directorial debut Man of Tai Chi. Mok will play a police officer in the modern Kung fu flick. Among the Chinese actresses supposedly considered for the part during the months-long casting process in China were Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Liu Yifei, Josie Ho and Huang Shengyi (aka Eva Huang). As reported before, stunt/martial arts trainer Tiger Chen who coached Reeves in The Matrix trilogy will play the lead role while Reeves will play the main villain. China Film Group, Village Roadshow Asia, Wanda Media and Universal Pictures will co-produce the film. Universal Pictures will also handle the North America »
From The Vaults
“Wo Hu Cang Long”, also known as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, is director Ang Lee’s greatest crowning achievement. It came out in 2000 to receive critical acclaim from all four corners of the globe. It managed to snag an impressive total of 4 out of 10 Academy Awards including Best Foreign Film, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. It’s a “must-own” that any serious cinephile should have in their prized collection.
The story begins when our hero, Li Mu Bai, pays a visit to an old travelling companion, Yu Shu Lien (played by the ageless Michelle Yeoh). Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) is the owner of a priceless sword called The Green Destiny. Mu Bai has been able to make just use of such a weapon for most of his life. But in doing so, he had to sacrifice passion in exchange for meditation and ultimately, love for friendship. »
The first Chinese AIDS themed film arrives with “Love for Life”, directed by cinematographer Gu Changwei, who previously helmed the acclaimed “And the Spring Comes” and “Peacock”, here handing over camera duties to the always interesting Christopher Doyle. Tackling what was previously a taboo subject, the film boasts an impressive all star cast, headlined by Zhang Ziyi and Aaron Kwok as an AIDS infected rural couple, and with support from Jiang Wenli (“Farewell My Concubine”), Pu Cunxin (“Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon”), and Wang Baoqiang (“Mr. Tree”), plus an appearance from director Jiang Wen (Feng Xiaogang and Lu Chuan apparently also shot cameos which failed to make the final cut). The film is set in the 1990s in a rural Chinese village, many of whose inhabitants have tragically been infected with HIV after selling their blood on the black market to shady entrepreneur Qiquan (Pu Cunxin). Ignorant of »
- James Mudge
The latest project with Donnie yen attached to it is the classic 1989 movie “The Iceman Cometh” which starred kung fu legend Yuen Biao and the beautiful Maggie Cheung. When i first heard about this, i wasn’t sure how to take it as im a big fan of the original and thought Yuen Biao and Maggie Cheung did a fantastic job.
The movie will once again be shot in 3D, why? im not to sure, it seems this is the way they want to make movies from now on, but i feel it only works on big blockbuster movies and this movie doesn’t need it. Raymond Yip and Christopher Sun will both co-direct the movie with Stephen Shiu returning once again as the producer of the movie.
Plot – from the original movie
Yuen Biao plays a Ming Dynasty guardsman who is sent to take down a notorious murderer and rapist, »
Shi Mian Mai Fu (original title)
Date of release- 2004
Run time : 119 minutes
Takeshi Kaneshiro as Jin
Andy Lau as Leo
Dandan Song as Yee
Director Yimou Zhang
Nominated for an Academy Award- Best Cinematography (Zhao Xiaoding)
At first look…
The title of the movie sounds like one large can of Whoop-Hash. Just the phrase “house of flying daggers” sounds like a Chinese translation for filling a “room full of uppercuts.” However, House of Flying Daggers is not a bar room brawl threat, but the name of a group of people who are waving their middle daggers at the government. The movie goes like this…
The year is 859 and things are not going so well between the government and a group of rebels known as the House of Flying Daggers. »
- Roundhouse Reviewer
Every girl dreams of dressing up as a princess! Zhang Ziyi had her moment at the premiere of her new film "Love for Life" last night in a crave-worthy Christian Dior ballgown. We're so jealous! The bodice and full skirt was exquisitely embellished with crystals and set off by a pale blue belt. Pearl drop earrings completed the look. Pour over the photos below: The Chinese star isn't the only actress to wear Dior couture in Italy. Andrea Risebourough wore a beautiful Dior ballgown to the premiere of "W.E." in August. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
“Wu Xia” or “Swordsmen” is an alluring prospect. It features two of China’s current greats: Donnie Yen (who was a spear-wielding demon in “Hero”) & Takeshi Kaneshiro (whose archery prowess kept the beautiful Zhang Ziyi safe in “House Of Flying Daggers”). There’s also a lot of firepower behind the camera thanks to Peter Chan, director of 2005′s “Perhaps Love” and 2007′s “The Warlords”. He also recently produced Teddy Chen’s “Bodyguards and Assassins”. All that being said, does it live up to expectations?
Donnie Yen is Liu Jinxi. He and his family are living an idyllic life in a sky blue and lush green countryside. He’s the operator of a paper mill but he’s, in fact, much more than that. So when two deadbeat criminals try to rob said paper mill, it’s too much to bear for our paper-maker. He fights them off, they drop dead. »
With world luminaries hitting the red carpet from here until, oh, late February, it's time for the high season of Red Carpet Convos. Once again I'm chatting with Jose from Movies Kick Ass. This week we travel to Venice with a brief layover in China.
Nathaniel: Shall we start with Madonna or the "Pierces"?
Jose: As you wish. I was just so happy to see Madge in a pretty dress that all the awful things people have been saying about "W.E" slipped my mind.
Nathaniel: Then that's where we start.
Madonna, Valeria, Abbie, Asia, and Marisa
Nathaniel: Of all the things people could fault her for, I hope this look isn't one of them. Every thing about it is working. It's memorable. The glasses are a fun diva choice.
Jose: They so are. She looks so happy.
Nathaniel: If this look were a single I'd say it's definitely "Take »
- NATHANIEL R
Bonus points to anyone who can find me a good photo of this historic moment. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon's fantastic four Chang Chen, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun Fat and Zhang Ziyi posed for this photo- op at China's Huabiao Awards a few days ago. But all the Asian websites I peruse have apparently stopped believing in hi-res photos, just fuzzy small ones. Nooooo!
Without Hi-res Photo I May Ddiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
- NATHANIEL R
There's a lot of Martix going on in this butt kicking trailer for Wong Kar Wai's Ip Man movie, Grandmasters. I'm particularly thinking of the scene where Neo takes on a hundred Agent Smith's (and no, it's not because I think all Asian's look alike so stow it).
Yep, this is another film about Ip Man, the famous master who trained Bruce Lee. I know it seems weird to mention The Matrix when Asian films were in fact an influence on it first, but sometimes things double back and I'm wondering if that's going on here.
Of course it also features martial arts choreography by the legendary Yuen Woo-Ping, who also did The Matrix so there's that.
You might like: Ip Man (Collector's Edition) »
Filed under: Trailers and Clips, Movie News
Wong Kar Wai may be best known to Western cinemagoers for his moody dramas and romances ('Chungking Express,' 'In the Mood for Love,' 'My Blueberry Nights') but the director has also done his share of martial arts and crime sagas, including 'Ashes of Time' and 'Fallen Angels.' His latest actioner, 'The Grandmasters,' is actually a biopic of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee. The film stars Tony Leung as Ip Man, co-stars Zhang Ziyi, and features martial arts choreography by the legendary Yuen Woo-Ping. The first teaser trailer for the film, which will be released in 2012, has hit the Internet, and it's stunning. Check it out (sans subtitles):
(Tip o' the hat to SlashFilm)
- Harley W. Lond
Here it is, finally! The first full trailer for Wong Kar Wai's take on Ip Man, The Grandmasters! The film stars Tony Leung as Ip Man, Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Julian Cheun Chi-lam and Mma fighter Cung Le. It also features martial arts choreography by the legendary Yuen Woo-Ping. That's all you need to know! »
Everyone in the film world may be focusing on trailers for films like The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers, all of which are, in their own right, quite entertaining and intrigue-building. That said, Wong Kar-Wai has thankfully given the world its first look at his new film, and is making those films look a bit limp.
Vlicious has the first trailer for the film (via The Playlist), and while it’s short on length and light on plot, the trailer is one of the more visually striking pieces of promotional material we’ve seen in quite some time.
The film stars Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi, and follows the story of Yip Man, one of the most iconic martial arts masters, even being the man to train Bruce Lee. The clip itself, as mentioned above, doesn’t have the most dense of narrative, but it does look stunning. I »
- Joshua Brunsting
The teaser trailer for Wong Kar Wai's 代宗師 (The Grand Masters), a biopic of sorts about Ip Man, a famous martial arts teacher who taught Bruce Lee among others has arrived renewing interest in the movie. It's been an easy movie to forget about since the gestation period has been so long. (And, yes, there's already been a competitive movie on the same topic that's already opened and closed.) I can't remember when they started filming but you may recall that one of our favorite movie stars on the entire planet, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai broke his arm early on in the production and we sent lustful sympathies. Here he is in training again after recovery.
Several websites are speculating about when this will be finished and open (late 2011 fest circuit? cannes 2012?) but we're guessing not until 2012. Since it reunites the acclaimed and very long-absent director with his longtime muse, »
- NATHANIEL R
Check out your second look at some rockin’ new footage from Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmasters”, which features Tony Leung Chiu Wai (“Lust, Caution”) as Ip Man fighting a gazilion guys in the rain. There is voiceover narration talking about kung fu, but it’s in Chinese. That’s over pretty quick, and then it’s just the action. Wong Kar-wai hasn’t done action since “Ashes of Time” in the ’80s, and it looks like he’s been saving up all that kung fu-ness for now, with the help of action choreographer extraordinaire Yuen Woo-ping. Welcome back, Wong! In martial arts there is no right or wrong, only the last man standing. The film co-stars Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang, Cung Le, Hye-kyo Song, Siu-Lung Leung, Julian Cheung, Benshan Zhao, and Qingxiang Wang. Originally slated for 2011, the film has now been pushed back to either late 2011 or early 2012. Who knows with Wong, »
In Martial Arts there is no right or wrong, only the last man standing. Oh yes, Wong Kar Wai making a martial arts film? Bring it on. The Playlist has found the first official teaser trailer for Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters, his upcoming martial arts project about Ip Man, the legendary martial arts grand master who trained Bruce Lee, played in this film by Tony Leung Chiu Wai. Not that we haven't seen similar to this before, it's just beautiful fight choreography. Even at barely over a minute it's exhilarating to watch, I can't wait to see more. The cast also includes Zhang Ziyi somewhere in there. Martial arts fans need to catch this! Watch the first teaser trailer for Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters from YouTube: The story of martial arts grand master Ip Man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), the man who trained Bruce Lee. The »
- Alex Billington
While we finally got "The Dark Knight Rises" official teaser trailer earlier today and with spots for "The Avengers" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" due this week, it looks like Wong Kar-Wai has come out of nowhere and kicked all kinds of superhero ass. Just like that, a teaser trailer for his long-gestating and oft-delayed "The Grandmasters" has hit the web and it doesn't hold back the sizzle. The picture, starring Tony Leung (who looks fantastic) and Zhang Ziyi, is a biopic of Yip Man, the first martial artist to teach Wing Chun, and the man who trained Bruce Lee, among… »
Here's the first live action trailer for Wong Kar-wai's long-term project on Bruce Lee’s master, Ip Man (played by Tony Leung) 'The Grandmasters.' The film also stars Chiu-wai, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Song Hye-kyo, Xiao Shenyang and Wang Qingxiang.
With martial arts getting more popular in the Thirties, more people seek to learn them via the professionals at Foshan in Southern China. Some of the experienced masters like to challenge their counterparts and undergoing battles. To have their whole concentration, it is their practice to lock up the venues and no one is allowed to leave during battles. No food and no rest before reaching any results.
Ip Man is a young rich man extremely talented in martial arts, but he chooses to keep a low profile. Yet this doesn't keep him out of these troubles ahead. One day he is trapped in this battleground »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Flicks News)
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