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The Game Changer Arrives On DVD/Blu-Ray From October 3

The Chinese action-packed gangster drama The Game Changer will be available on Digital, Blu-ray & DVD from October 3 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The adaptation of the TV series “Shanghai Bund”, which was set during the gang wars of 1930’s Shanghai, stars Peter Ho (Sword Master) and Huang Zitao (Railroad Tigers) as brothers united to bring down a powerful gangster (Wang Xueqi, Iron Man 3).

The Game Changer (2017) (Source: Well Go USA)

The Game Changer features Peter Ho in the role of Lin Zihao and Huang Zitao in the role of Fang Jie as two escaped prisoners who join one of the most powerful gangs in Shanghai, the Green Gang, as the right-hand men of Wang’s Tang Hexuan – the head boss. When Mr. Tang tries to gain total control over business dealings in Shanghai with the conspiracy in which Lin Zihao is the most important part, he discovers his closest
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Afm: Well Go USA picks up rights to 'The Game Changer'

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Afm: Well Go USA picks up rights to 'The Game Changer'
Exclusive: Texas-based distributor acquires rights for Us, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Well Go USA has picked up rights for North America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand to Gao Xixi’s The Game Changer.

The period action title, which stars Huang Zitao (You Are My Sunshine), Peter Ho (The Monkey King) and Wang Xueqi (Iron Man 3), has also gone to Cdc United Network for Latin America.

Hong Kong-based Young Live Entertainment is selling the film, which revolves around a trio of gangsters battling each other and rival mobsters in 1930s Shanghai.

Young Live has also added two titles to its Afm slate - Pang Chun Chan’s Binding Souls, a horror film starring Kara Wai (Mrs K), and Run For Love, a romantic omnibus film with segments directed by leading Chinese directors including Zhang Yibai, Guan Hu, Zhang Meng, Teng Huatao and Gao Qunshu.
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Reign Of Assassins and The Lost Bladesman Debut on Digital and DVD November 1st

Two exciting, action-packed Martial Arts movie debut on DVD this week from Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company: Reign Of Assassins and The Lost Bladesman.

“‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ relocate to ancient China in the dazzling martial-arts epic “Reign Of Assassins

–The Hollywood Reporter

Reign Of Assassins is an epic Mma Battle Produced by John Woo & Directed by Su Chao-Pin and Starring Michelle Yeoh. It arrives on DVD, Digital HD & On Demand November 1

Michelle Yeoh (Babylon A.D., Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend), Jung Woo-Sung (The Good, The Bad, The Weird; A Moment to Remember, The Warrior) and Xueqi Wang (Iron Man 3, Bodyguards and Assassins, Warriors of Heaven and Earth) star in Reign of Assassins, the exciting martial arts thriller produced by the legendary John Woo (Mission Impossible: II, Face/Off, The Killer), arriving on Digital HD & On Demand and on DVD from
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Hits The Front Cover Of Empire Magazine, Faces Mixed Response In China

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

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Young Live debuts with 'Game Changer', 'Kungfu'
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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Film Review: ‘Monk Comes Down the Mountain’

Film Review: ‘Monk Comes Down the Mountain’
Tracing a Taoist priest’s foray from his hermit-like existence into the secular world, Chen Kaige’s “Monk Comes Down the Mountain” is an uncharacteristically lightweight martial-arts caper with a touch of Zen (and sin). Told in the old-school tradition of wuxia serial novels, the film’s simple fable of good and evil unfolds with wondrous visuals that recall the stylistic chutzpah of Chen’s “The Promise,” but absent that pic’s kitschiness. The feast of fighting styles on display will easily woo core Asian genre fans and conquer ancillary markets, and despite the gloomy fates of equally virtuoso martial-arts movies like “Wuxia” and “Reign of Assassins” in China, domestic B.O. looks encouraging; “Monk” took in $7 million on opening day.

Based on a widely read martial-arts novel by author-helmer-scribe Xu Haofeng (“The Sword Identity,” “Judge Archer”), who co-wrote Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster,” the film is set in Hangzhou during the turbulent 1930s.
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Helios – (Trailer) In Cinemas April 30th

Cast:

Jacky Cheung

Nick Cheung

Chang Chen

Shawn Yue

Wang Xueqi

Helios is the upcoming movie directed by Leung Lok-Man/Sunny Luk and stars Jacky Cheung, Nick Cheung and Chang Chen. Helios is a Action/Thriller about a wanted criminal who has weapons of mass destruction.

The action choreographer for the movie is veteran Chin Kar Lok, who has worked on many movies over the years (In-front and behind the camera), such as Millionaire’s Express, Dragons Forever, Eastern Condors, Operation Scorpio and many more. Helios has a Hk$200 million budget and is being released by many companies, one being Media Asia Films.

Plot:

Number one wanted criminal “Helios” (Chang Chen) and his assistant (Janice Man) stole a quantity of uranium and plan to produce weapons of mass destruction. They are planning to trade with a terrorist organization in Hong Kong. Chief Inspector Lee Yin-ming (Nick Cheung) and Inspector Fan
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The growing influence of China on blockbuster cinema

As Hollywood looks east, China's influence on blockbuster cinema is growing all the time, Simon writes...

For movie studios with big blockbusters to sell, it would be fair to say that market saturation has become something of a problem. Films, particularly English language films, are a global business, with simultaneous release dates around the globe now very much the exception rather than the norm. Furthermore, declines in American box office takings have been comfortably offset in recent times by burgeoning receipts outside the Us.

Take, for instance, Sony's Spider-Man films. Since the release of Sam Raimi's original movie in 2002, each of the subsequent webslinger adventures has taken less and less at the American box office. The takings outside of the States? The general trend has been more positive than that.

However, in the era where a $1bn-grossing worldwide blockbuster is no longer a novelty - it was only back
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Oliver Stone slams co-pros at Beijing

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Oliver Stone slams co-pros at Beijing
Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.

Speaking at the Sino-Foreign Film Co-production Forum, Stone said, “most international co-productions are bullshit”, due to their bad acting and casting, as expecting actors to use a second language usually doesn’t work.

“The international ballgame has gotten bigger and bigger with films like Iron Man 3 and Transformers,” Stone said, referring to the trend of incorporating Chinese elements into studio pictures. “I hope they use China well. But using Chinese actors in the background because you want money is not an artistic approach.”

Stone also said he’s “run into a wall” three times trying to make films in China about Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural Revolution and a documentary around the Beijing Olympics. “Three times I’ve made real efforts to coproduce and come up short
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Bjiff: Oliver Stone slams co-productions

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Bjiff: Oliver Stone slams co-productions
Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.

Speaking at the Sino-Foreign Film Co-production Forum, Stone said, “most international co-productions are bullshit”, due to their bad acting and casting, as expecting actors to use a second language usually doesn’t work.

“The international ballgame has gotten bigger and bigger with films like Iron Man 3 and Transformers,” Stone said, referring to the trend of incorporating Chinese elements into studio pictures. “I hope they use China well. But using Chinese actors in the background because you want money is not an artistic approach.”

Stone also said he’s “run into a wall” three times trying to make films in China about Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural Revolution and a documentary around the Beijing Olympics. “Three times I’ve made real efforts to coproduce and come up short
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The Monk: Aaron Kwok, Jaycee Chan, Wang Baoqiang

The Monk is an upcoming 3D Martial Arts movie, which will feature a great cast such as Aaron Kwok, jaycee Chan, Wang Baoqiang, Fan Wei, Wang Xueqi and many more. It also been likened to the old Shaw Brothers classic The Water Margin, so expect a great film.

The Monk tells the story about a very skilled monk who is forced to leave his monastery and fight for himself in the outside world. Aaron Kwok recently filmed a fight scene where he takes on 10 guys in the snow, that scene alone is enough to make me want to watch the whole movie. It is based on the novel by Xu Haofeng’s, titled A Monk Comes Down the Mountain.

Aarom Kwok has made some great movies in the past, such as The Barefoot Kid, Saviour Of The Soul, 2000 Ad, Cold War and the recently release blockbuster The Monkey King.

Sony
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Caught In the Web | Review

Once Upon a Time, in the Digital Age…: Chen’s Latest a Message Heavy Oddity

A critique of the hounding one sidedness of the omnipresent media mixed with a heavy swirl of romance and melodrama dictates Chen Kaige’s latest feature, Caught in the Web, an oddly flat critique of the life and times in which we live, especially considering the controversy courting director’s past work, including his much hailed Farewell, My Concubine (1993). Despite dealing with modern issues of modern technological advances further mutating and bastardizing notions of journalism in a sensational driven news medium, Kaige’s film peculiarly feels out of touch, a generational rift in attitude and communication, or something that thinks it’s a bright critique of “the youth today” in a world still spinning swiftly out of control. While performances and visual aesthetics are engaging, there’s a definite shortage of narrative cohesiveness, and
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‘Caught In the Web’ Review: A Sticky Situation Goes Viral

Chinese director Chen Kaige is a veteran filmmaker and no stranger to U.S. fans of foreign language cinema. He’s been directing features since 1985 and even scored two Oscar nominations for his 1993 film, Farewell My Concubine. His career since has been somewhat eclectic with the standouts being a handful of epic period pieces (The Emperor and the Assassin, The Promise, Sacrifice) filled with martial arts, doomed romance, and gorgeous visuals. The less said about his singular foray into Hollywood the better. His latest film sees a young woman lost in her own issues unknowingly cause an incident that rattles the fragile social mores of those around her. Her transgression goes viral, streaming across the airwaves and internet, and while it marks her as a pariah, it also sets in motion a chain of events in the lives of several other people. A single act, a multitude of ramifications. Caught In the Web races into the present
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Caught in the Web Stumbles to Find a Point

Caught in the Web Stumbles to Find a Point
Striking an awkward balance between cornball message-making melodrama and kooky mistaken-circumstance comedy, Caught in the Web finds director Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, The Emperor and the Assassin) vainly stumbling about in search of a tone or point.

In this increasingly muddled tale, secretary Ye (Gao Yuanyuan) learns that she has fatal (albeit asymptomatic) cancer, which leads her to grumpily refuse to vacate a city bus seat for an elderly passenger. This incident is caught on cell phone camera by a fledgling reporter (Wang Luodan), thereby turning Ye into a viral video villain and sparking all sorts of complications involving her corporate-bigwig boss Shen (Wang Xueqi), his wife (Chen Hong), a TV news producer (Yao Chen), and a jaded reporter (M...
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The Rooftop (2013) Movie Review

Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou returns with “The Rooftop”, his second outing as director following his successful and surprisingly accomplished 2007 debut “Secret”. A long while in development, the film is an ambitious affair, a musical filled with songs, dancing, romance, martial arts and more, with the actor-singer not only starring and directing, but having written the script and composed the soundtrack. Although Chou takes the lead, the film is an ensemble piece of sorts, and also stars newcomer Li Xin Ai as his love interest, along with Alan Kuo, Darren Chiu, and veterans Eric Tsang, Wang Xueqi and Kenny Bee. The film revolves around Jay Chou as Wax, who along with his gang of goodhearted roustabouts hangs around the titular rooftop overlooking the city of Galilee, doing odd jobs for Chinese medicine shop owner Bo (Eric Tsang). Catching the eye of local gang leader Rango (Wang Xueqi), they get involved in collecting rent and debts,
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'Jurassic Park 3D' wins global box office thanks to China

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Steven Spielberg is once again king of the box office, but in a very unexpected way. While "Lee Daniels' The Butler" may have taken the top spot for the weekend domestically, "Jurassic Park 3D" was the number one film around the world.

The movie's 3D release was able to take in $30 million in ticket sales over the weekend, almost entirely due to its debut in China, which raked in $28.8 million. The country is becoming more of a power in the film world, as the audience grows bigger and embraces new 3D and projecting technology.

People in China were even treated to a special cut of "Iron Man 3" in May, with extra scenes filmed specifically for a release in the country. The movie's additional scenes featured Chinese actors Wang Xueqi and Fan Bingbing.

The $30 million weekend brings "Jurassic Park 3D" to a worldwide gross of $89.9 million. Even with that success,
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Summer Movies in Review: Lone Rangers and Game Changers

Summer Movies in Review: Lone Rangers and Game Changers
Scott Foundas: And so another summer movie season comes to an end, with both a bang (in terms of record-breaking box office) and the collective whimpers of ousted executives and even an entire studio placed on and off the chopping block by hedge fund managers. Indeed, the behind-the-scenes drama at Sony — complete with third-act cameo by George Clooney in Norma Rae mode — would have made for a better movie called “Paranoia” than the one that will already have vacated multiplexes by the time you’re reading this.

Certainly, in terms of original ideas at the movies, this summer was more of a winter of discontent, with so many sequels, remakes and reboots that, on any number of weeks, fully half of the films in the box-office top 10 had some kind of number in their titles. This isn’t always a bad thing: two of my favorite movies of the season,
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The Week in Spandex - Kick-Ass 2, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Batman vs. Superman, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Chronicle 2 and more

Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Kick-Ass 2, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Iron Man 3, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Super Buddies, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, Chronicle 2, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, The Flash, Aquaman, Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go!, Super Pets and more...

Well, the year's fourth big superhero movie is now here, with Universal's Kick-Ass 2 pulling in an estimated $1.3 million midnight debut in the States on Thursday and looks to be heading for a domestic weekend of around $20 million, battling it out against Lee Daniels' The Butler for first place at the box office. With a production budget of just $28 million, the sequel to Matthew Vaughn's 2010 cult hit looks to be a surefire success and should be in the black
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"Iron Man 3": Chinese Footage

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Sneak Peek deleted footage from the international release of Marvel Studios' "Iron Man 3", specifically geared to a Chinese domestic audience, starring actress Bingbing Fan and actor Xueqi Wang, plus a bizarre Chinese "Iron Man 3" trailer.

According to Marvel, "...the Chinese version of the film will feature a special appearance of China’s top actress, Bingbing Fan and will offer specially prepared bonus footage made exclusively for the Chinese audience..."

The actress was touted as playing a major role in the movie after attending a press conference April 2012, announcing a team effort between Marvel, Disney and China's Dmg.

China has restrictions on the number of imported movies that can be shown in the country's cinemas, with the government requiring joint ventures to contain "...significant Chinese cultural elements'..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the Chinese scenes from "Iron Man 3" including a Chinese domestic trailer...
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levelFilm launches with Kaige

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levelFilm launches with Kaige
Former THINKFilm executives David Hudakoc and Michael Baker have launched the Toronto-based distributor, one of several new players that are expected to arrive in the wake of the eOne-Alliance merger.

The goal is for levelFilm to release 10-12 “quality independent films” a years starting with Chen Kaige’s Caught In The Web.

The plan will balance platform theatrical releases with day-and-date digital.

Baker [pictured at right] and Hudakoc [pictured at left] will handle acquisitions together while Baker will oversee content development and Hudakoc will supervise distribution and marketing.

Caught In The Web will open in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto in October and expand into 15-20 major markets.

The contemporary ensemble drama centres on the story of a young woman with a terminal illness who becomes the victim of a viral internet campaign after she is caught on video mistreating an elderly bus passenger.

Yuanyuan Gao stars alongside Chen Yao, Mark Chao, Hong Chen and Xueqi Wang. Kaige co-wrote
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