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Iffam: Hong Kong's One Cool Group launches international sales arm

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Exclusive: Local talents shine at inaugural Macao fest.

Hong Kong-based One Cool Group has branched out into international sales, with Tracy Choi’s first feature Sisterhood on its debut slate. The new sales division, One Cool Pictures, is headed by former Distribution Workshop executive Christy Choi.

The film, which is set to make its world premiere in competition at the inaugural International Film Festival and Awards Macao (Iffam) on Dec 12, revolves around the friendship of two young girls who work in a massage parlour before the 1999 Macau handover.

The cast includes Gigi Leung, Fish Liew, Jennifer Yu and Taiwan actor Lee Lee Ren. The majority of the filming took place in Macao, with a couple of scenes shot in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Based on Choi’s original story idea, the screenplay is written by long-time Milkyway Image’s writer Au Kin Yee who most recently won the Golden Horse for best original screenplay for Life Without
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Tiff 2013 Review: ‘Cold Eyes’ (Gam si ja deul)

Stars: Hyo-ju Han, Woo-sung Jung, Jun-Ho Lee, Kyung-gu Sol, Simon Yam | Written by Kin-Yee Au, Ui-seok Jo, Nai-Hoi Yau | Directed by Ui-seok Jo, Byung-seo Kim

Review by Scott Clark of Cinehouse

One of the most accomplished and stand-out features at Toronto International Film festival this year is the slick, fierce, and ingenious Korean thriller Cold Eyes.

A bank robbery and the induction of a fresh faced operative to a shadowy police surveillance team, I’m a sucker for a concise, fast-paced opening and Cold Eyes has a great one in the vein of Heat and The Dark Knight… Actually Cold Eyes emulates a hundred films like these in its consistently thrilling flow of events, its use of characters who are at the top of their game, and its beautifully shot sprawling urban space. The film flits from point to point pulling at the quickly unravelling thread of a ensemble of
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DVD Round Up, Sept. 29, 2009: ‘Deadgirl,’ ‘Nightwatching,’ ‘Next Day Air’

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Chicago – Horror, action, drama, and comedy - HollywoodChicago.com’s DVD Round-Up has it all. Where else can you read about the latest from internationally acclaimed auteur Peter Greenaway and the newest Mos Def comedy in one column? These are the recently released titles that you might have missed when you last updated your Netflix queue. See if any of them grab you enough to deal with “Very Long Wait”.

All four titles - “Deadgirl,” “Next Day Air,” “Nightwatching,” and “Triangle” - were released on September 15th, 2009.

Deadgirl

Photo credit: Mpi Synopsis: “Daringly original and genre-busting, Deadgirl is an odyssey into the soul of our alienated youth that takes the conventions of the horror and coming-of-age movies and turns them on their heads.

When high school misfits Rickie and Jt decide to ditch school and find themselves lost in the crumbling facility of a nearby abandoned hospital, they come face-to-face
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Nyaff 09: Review of Wai Ka-fai's Written By

Year: 2009

Directors: Wai Ka-fai

Writers: Wai Ka-fai / Kin-Yee Au

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Trailer: link

Review by: agentorange

Rating: 6.3 out of 10

Written By is the sinuous story of a family who lose their father in a car accident and write a novel as a way to grieve. In this novel, they die in the crash and their dad lives on in the story where he writes his own novel in which he dies and they live on. All these narratives manage to co-exist and sometimes even overlap in a loopy, sometimes incomprehensible fable about life, love, death and recovery.

Despite utilizing one of the most interesting narrative framing devices I've seen in a film in years, Written By is a surprisingly flatlined viewing experience that is hampered by some poor pacing, and a tone that treads a little too close to kids fantasy for my taste. It's too bad too, because Written
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'PTU' wins six Golden Bauhinia nods

HONG KONG -- It was almost a clean sweep for director Johnnie To's dark and brooding police drama PTU at the 8th annual Golden Bauhinia Awards on Sunday. The film, about a police team's quest to find a colleague's missing gun over the course of one night, brushed aside stiff competition from Infernal Affairs II and Infernal Affairs III to win six out of eight awards up for grabs. PTU was named best film, To picked up the honors for best director, and the film's star, Simon Yam, recently seen as the villain in Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life, beat frontrunner Andy Lau for the best actor award. Yam and Lau will also be battling it out Sunday at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Meanwhile PTU's Lam Suet and Maggie Siu were named best supporting actor and supporting actress, respectively. Writers Yau Nai-hoi and Au Kin-yi took home the trophy for best screenplay.

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