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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Hits The Front Cover Of Empire Magazine, Faces Mixed Response In China

18 August 2016 1:27 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Rogue One: A Star Wars story is a film that certainly has quite the task ahead of it. Though the stakes aren't quite as high as they were with last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the film does have to accomplish a couple of key things. First, it has to be of a certain quality so that it doesn't make The Force Awakens look like a complete fluke, and second, it has to firmly establish itself as a unique beast from the main saga so that mainstream audiences will know what to expect from future anthology films.

With the mostly-positive response to the recent trailers, they seem to be on their way, but not all audiences are convinced, namely the Chinese audience. According to THR, Rogue One is currently facing a mixed response from the Chinese, mainly in regards to the casting of Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen. While »

- Joseph Medina

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Young Live debuts with 'Game Changer', 'Kungfu'

14 March 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Hong Kong-based start-up Young Live Entertainment (Yle) is introducing its debut slate at Filmart, including action titles The Game Changer, starring Huang Zitao and Peter Ho, and Kungfu Is Not Fighting, directed by Marco Mak.

Directed by Xixi Gao, The Game Changer is a period action title about gang wars in Shanghai.

Currently in pre-production, the film also stars Wang Xueqi (Helios, Iron Man 3). Gao previously directed top-rating TV dramas including Legend Of Chu And Han, Three Kingdoms and Shanghai Bund.

Also in pre-production, Kungfu Is Not Fighting is produced by veteran director-producer Jeffrey Lau. Mak’s directing credits include Naked Soldier and Colour Of The Truth.

A subsidiary of China’s Yongle Group, Yle aims to develop and finance Hong Kong stories as well as cherry-pick mainland Chinese titles for international distribution.

Former Star Alliance executive Angus Chan heads the Hong Kong-based operation.

Hong Kong titles on the company’s slate include action thriller »

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