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The first season of Chinese TV drama All Quiet in Peking wrapped up a historic run on local video-on-demand sites, scoring a cumulative 400 million views from its debut on Oct. 6 to its finale on Nov. 30. The period drama is set in the tumultuous year of 1948, during China's civil war—a rarity for local television programming, given the era's political sensitivity among Chinese authorities. Writer Liu Heping adapted the show from his own popular novel of the same name. It was co-directed by Kong Sheng and Li Xue and stars popular actors Liu Ye (Beijing, New
- Patrick Brzeski
Produced by Beijing-based Desen International Media, the romantic comedy also stars Korean actress Song Hye Kyo and Chinese actress Vivian Wu. Chinese release is scheduled for November 7.
The film follows three cosmopolitan women, an actress, a PR specialist and a gallery manager, all wrestling with the ups and downs of their romantic lives. “We want to present the mystery, desires, sorrows and pain in urban relationships”” said Desen’s Ann An. “The motto for women from the film is ‘Don’t be a slave, and don’t be a queen, just be yourself’. The characters go through the transformation from ‘being a queen’ to purely ‘being themselves’.”
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Well Go USA Entertainment has announced that they will release “The Chef, The Actor and the Scoundrel” an action-comedy film directed by Hu Guan. The film stars Liu Ye (Curse of the Golden Flower), Zhang Han Yu (Special ID, Back to 1942) and Huang Bo (Lost in Thailand). This comedy/history/action movie is set in China during the Second Sino Japanese War.
The movie will be available on May 24th on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital formats but you can make your Pre-Order reservation on May 20th. Bonus material also includes a Blooper Reel and a Behind-The-Scenes video with the cast of the film.
For more information please visit the next link: www.wellgousa.com
The Chef, The Actor and the Scoundrel
Director: Hu Guan
Photography: Jie Du
Music: Peng Dou
Production: China | 2013
Original Title: Chu zi Xi zi Pi zi »
- Sebastian Nadilo
The thought of Jackie Chan returning to the Police Story series after a nine year hiatus will have left many viewers in a temporary state of anxiety. The Police Story movies - particularly parts one, two and three - are hugely inventive action comedies starring Jackie at the top of his game. Action hero Chan first appeared as Inspector Chan Ka Kui in 1985, before returning to the series as Senior Inspector Chan Kwok-Wing in an unrelated - mostly worthwhile - 2004 entry. Jackie is getting on a bit now, so it would be unfair to expect the death-defying stunts we've become accustomed to over the years. Instead we get a dark and moody offering from director Sheng Ding, a far cry from their previous collaboration, the quirky action comedy Little Big Soldier. Inside an Industrial factory-turned-nightclub on a busy city street, all the patrons are being held hostage. Among them are »
The past few months have seen a constant flow of deals and announcements that look like an imminent convergence between Hollywood and China, which is already the world’s second largest film territory and continues to rise. But the reality is tougher.
“Everyone is talking about co-productions between China and the U.S. But as I’ve discovered, it is so much harder that you can imagine,” said Kathy “Rain” Li, who is in the final stages of completing her film “Beijing, New York.”
“Every element the U.S. wants in the film and the way the story is told, the Chinese don’t like. Everything the Chinese want, the U.S. parties want to drop.”
Li’s story on the surface seems a natural fit for a co-production. It involves a Chinese woman who travels to New York to live out her American dream, but finds herself torn between men, »
- Patrick Frater
Though there’s always at least a bit of excitement at the release of any new Jackie Chan film, the announcement of “Police Story 2013” came as a particularly big piece of news, being the sixth instalment in the classic stunt filled series. With Chan having obviously aged since his early days of hanging off buses and it having been some 10 years since “New Police Story”, the film unsurprisingly takes a different direction, director Ding Cheng (“The Underdog Knight”) aiming to mix in more drama and emotion with the action. With support from Liu Ye (“The Last Supper”) and Jing Tian (“Special ID”), the film was a Hong Kong-China production, and like most of Chan’s recent outings has more of a Mainland influence and appeal than his early works. Chan plays Police officer Zhong Wen, who’s in town to meet up with his estranged rebellious daughter Miao (Jiang Tian »
- James Mudge
Asian supermodel Lin Chiling stars in “Beijing, New York,” an East-West love triangle story that is the directorial debut of cinematographer Rain Li.
Easternlight, the Asian affiliate of Arclight Films, is handling international sales.
The story involves a Chinese woman who travels to New York to live out her American dream, but finds herself torn between men, cities and cultural traditions.
“ ‘Beijing, New York’ is a truthful and thrilling look into the journey to find true happiness and the joy, pain and adventure that ensues when one is »
- Patrick Frater
A hostage action-drama so sedate it suggests a remake of “Die Hard” by Yoji Yamada, “Police Story 2013″ feels as old and tired as the character played by its leading man, Jackie Chan. As a self-martyring Beijing cop up against a cold-blooded kidnapper with sister issues, Chan makes a dull departure from his former kickass shenanigans, and Ding Sheng (“Little Big Soldier,” also toplined by Chan), a mainland helmer-scribe of only moderate talent, can neither build nor sustain tension and emotional heft over the course of a faulty, circuitous plot. While this rickety star vehicle grossed well over $86 million in China, overseas prospects look less optimistic.
Although it borrows its title from “Police Story,” one of Chan’s feistiest stunt extravaganzas, and its three sequels (released between 1985 and 1996), this mainland production is a completely unrelated affair in terms of plot and spirit; nor does it have anything to do with “New »
- Maggie Lee
New York, Jan 2: Jackie Chan's new flick 'Police Story 2013' has topped the year-end box office in China, which has the world's second biggest film market.
The action film scored a 45-million-dollar take during the past week, unseating Feng Xiaogang's comedy 'Personal Tailor' as the year's top movie, Contactmusic reported.
The Ding Sheng movie, which also features Liu Ye and Jing Tian, took in almost 21 million dollars in its first weekend on release last month. (Ani) »
- Anita Agarwal
9 items from 2014
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