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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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New trailer for Dragon Blade starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody

Following the release of a poster earlier in the week, a new U.S. trailer has arrived online for the upcoming historic action epic Dragon Blade starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody. Check it out below…

Set in China during the Han dynasty (206-220 Ad), Dragon Blade follows Huo An (Chan), an official framed and enslaved for a crime he didn’t commit. Soon thereafter, however, he meets Roman soldier in Cusack’s Lucius and the pair begin to form an unlikely alliance.

Dragon Blade will open in the States on September 4th, with a cast that also includes Peng Lin (Fen Shou Da Ren), Si Won Choi (Athena: Goddess of War), Lorie Pester (Gates of the Sun) Vanness Wu (Gui Mi) and Sharni Vinson (You’re Next).
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New poster for Dragon Blade starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody

With a U.S. release slated for October, a new poster has arrived online for Dragon Blade, the historical epic from director Daniel Lee (Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon), which stars Jackie Chan (Rush Hour), John Cusack (Maps to the Stars) and Adrien Brody (The Grand Budapest Hotel)…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Dragon Blade here

Set in China during the Han dynasty (206-220 Ad), Dragon Blade follows Huo An (Chan), an official framed and enslaved for a crime he didn’t commit. Soon thereafter, however, he meets Roman soldier in Cusack’s Lucius and the pair begin to form an unlikely alliance.

Dragon Blade will open in the States this October, with a cast that also includes Peng Lin (Fen Shou Da Ren), Si Won Choi (Athena: Goddess of War), Lorie Pester (Gates of the Sun) Vanness Wu (Gui Mi) and Sharni Vinson (You’re Next).
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Columbia Pictures, China Film Co ready ‘Wedding’ remake

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Columbia Pictures, China Film Co ready ‘Wedding’ remake
The partners are moving ahead on their local-language co-production and Chinese remake of the rom-com in a move that will resonate with the global vision of new Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tom Rothman.

My Best Friend’s Wedding is scheduled to open in China on Valentine’s Day 2016 and stars Shu Qi, Feng Shaofeng, Song Qian aka Chinese singer and actress Victoria Song (pictured) and Ye Qing.

Alexi Tan of Blood Brothers and Color Me Love fame will direct and produce with his company Play Productions.

Principal photography is scheduled to commence in late July on location in London, Italy and Beijing.

My Best Friend’s Wedding centres on a journalist who sets off to London to visit her lifelong best friend and win his heart after he announces he is to be married to a wealthy Chinese girl.

Hong Jiu, Fu Linran and Tan co-wrote the screenplay.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with Columbia Pictures on this
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Sony Sets ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ Chinese Remake

Sony Pictures and China Film Co. Ltd. are developing a Chinese remake of the romantic comedy “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and setting it for release in China on Valentine’s Day 2016.

The film will star Shu Qi (“Gone With The Bullets”), Feng Shaofeng (“Wolf Totem”), Song Qian (“My New Sassy Girl”) and Ye Qing (“Man of Tai Chi”). Alexi Tan (“Blood Brothers”) will direct and produce with his company, Play Productions.

Shooting is set to begin in late July in London, Italy and Beijing.

Sony’s original 1997 film starred Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett. It was a major hit with worldwide grosses of $300 million.

The remake will center on a pair of journalists — male and female — who have grown up together as best friends. The man falls in love with a wealthy Chinese girl who has been studying in the U.K, and asks his
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Film Review: ‘Dragon Blade’

Film Review: ‘Dragon Blade’
A sumptuously realized war epic about Romans getting embroiled in Chinese military and architectural shenanigans on the Silk Road, “Dragon Blade” plays as recklessly with classical history as “300” did, but is far less butch and bloody, treating East-West friction with as much ambassadorial goodwill as an Unesco fund-raising ball. Toplined by Jackie Chan, with John Cusack and Adrien Brody chipping in substantial screen time, the $65 million megahit flexes China’s Brobdingnagian filmmaking muscle and sees Hong Kong helmer-scribe Daniel Lee stepping up from a uneven portfolio to execute a colossal entertainment with solid technique and terrific storytelling smarts. Already slated for a U.S. release, the pic grossed $54.8 million domestically in four days, making it champion of the Chinese New Year blockbuster coliseum. International play may be less impressive, but the film will still be profitable on ancillary.

Touted as the first Chinese film to feature Romans as its main topic,
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New trailer for Dragon Blade starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody

A new trailer for the historial epic Dragon Blade has arrived online, which you can check out below…

Directed by Daniel Lee (Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon), the film centres on a Roman general who teams up with a former military commander enslaved for a crime he didn’t commit as they attempt to protect a trade route from China to the West.

Dragon Blade sees Jackie Chan (Rush Hour), John Cusack (Maps to the Stars), Adrien Brody (The Grand Budapest Hotel) leading a cast that also includes Peng Lin (Fen Shou Da Ren), Si Won Choi (Athena: Goddess of War), Lorie Pester (Gates of the Sun) Vanness Wu (Gui Mi) and Sharni Vinson (You’re Next).

Dragon Blade is set for release in China on February 18th, with a U.S. and U.K. date yet to be revealed.

The post New trailer for Dragon Blade starring Jackie Chan,
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First Trailer for the Hong Kong Horror Flick Night Mare Goes for Broke

Almost every single second of the trailer for the upcoming Hong Kong genre endeavor “Night Mare” contains some sort of spooky shenanigan, and the result is nothing short of dizzying. Since I don’t have a proper synopsis to offer up as of this writing, I’m a little confused as to what, exactly, the film is supposed to be about. Regardless, the clip has made me curious for more, though my secret adoration for films featuring ghosts with long black hair may have something to do with this. It honestly looks like more of the same, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’re a fan of this sort of cinematic nonsense. I’m sure there’s still someone of you out there. Somewhere. “Night Mare”, which stars Gillian Chung, Vanness Wu, Weide Huang, and Xianxin Zhou, opens in Hong Kong on November 18th, 2011. The trailer,
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The Haunting Lover (2010) Movie Review

The Haunting Lover” sees popular Taiwanese boy band F4 member Vanness Wu taking his first stab at horror, again teaming with Ken Yip, who recently directed him in “Kung Fu Fighter” and “Kung Fu Chefs”. As suggested by the title, the film is a romantically themed supernatural affair about tragic loss, with Wu in a love triangle of sorts with Jacqueline Li (also in “Blood Brothers”) and former Japanese girl group Morning Musume member Kago Ai (who previously starred with him in “Kung Fu Chefs”). Adding a touch of genre respectability is the one and only Law Lan, instantly recognisable to Hong Kong horror fans for her countless appearances in creepy granny roles, as well as playing the immortal Mrs. Bud in pretty much all of the later instalments in the never ending “Troublesome Night” series. Set in Guangzhou back in the 1940s, the film sees Wu as Leung Kwong,
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