15 items from 2017
Historical drama is one of eight titles announced for Siff’s Golden Goblets competition.
At a Cannes reception yesterday (May 18), Siff also announced seven other competition titles: Yasuo Furuhat’s Reminiscence (Japan), Dave McCary’s Brigsby Bear (Us), Cătălin Saizescu’s Fault Condition (Romania), Maciej Pieprzyca’s I’m A Killer (Poland), Ivan Bolotnikov’s Kharms (Russia), Robert Mullan’s Mad To Be Normal (UK) and Markus Goller’s My Brother Simple (Germany).
As previously announced, Romanian director Christian Mungiu will head the Golden Goblet Awards jury, which also includes Chinese director Cao Baoping, Chinese screenwriter Li Qiang, Us/Macedonian filmmaker Milcho Manchevski, Japanese director »
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For action film buffs, Christmas has come early when members of an international task force seek justice against the leader of an Asian drug cartel and his murderous henchmen in the action-packed thriller Operation Mekong. Inspired by a true story, acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Dante Lam (Stool Pigeon,Unbeatable) brings his “shoot first, ask questions later” cinematic approach to this violent crime thriller, which stars Zhang Hanyu (The Taking of Tiger Mountain), Eddie Peng (Tai Chi Hero), Chen Baoguo (Moment in Peking), Sun Chun (1911), Feng Wenjuan (Helios), Wu Xudong (The Taking of Tiger Mountain) and Carl Ng (The Viral Factor). Bonus materials include the 6-part “Making-of” featurette that illustrates the craft that went into making the film. Operation Mekong blasts onto digital May 2 and explodes on Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack and DVD June 6 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
The critics are blown away by Operation Mekong:
“… one of the »
- Tom Stockman
There is a thrilling selection of Chinese-language titles at Filmart this year. Liz Shackleton picks out some of the most promising.
With very few Hong Kong or mainland Chinese sellers making the journey to this year’s European Film Market in Berlin, Filmart offers a chance for buyers to catch up with the Chinese-language titles that will be rolled out in the region for the rest of the year.
After serving up the biggest film of the Chinese New Year holiday — Kung Fu Yoga, starring Jackie Chan and directed by Stanley Tong — China’s Sparkle Roll Media has launched a Hong Kong-based sales arm that is selling Ding Sheng’s reboot of the A Better Tomorrow series.
Other high-profile action titles new to market include Distribution Workshop’s Extraordinary Mission, from the creative teams behind the Infernal Affairs and Overheard series, and Huayi Brothers’ crime drama Explosion, starring Duan Yihong.
Previously announced »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Set during the Northern Song Dynasty, the film follows a band of martial arts warriors who secretly protect the human race from evil outer space creatures. Producer Nansun Shi described the film as “a completely fresh approach at telling a story which combines traditional martial arts with science and aliens.”
Currently in post-production for tentative release in October, the film is produced by Le Vision Pictures, Acme Image Film Cultural Co and Film Can Production.
The film heads a busy slate for Distribution Workshop, which »
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Well Go USA released the long awaited sequel, Cold War 2, on Blu-ray and DVD March 7, 2017. It is one of the best good versus bad flicks that I have seen in a while. Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung, Eddie Peng and Chow Yun Fat play for blood in the dirty world of politics.
They’re conniving, ruthless and intelligent; and that’s just the good guys!
Aaron Kwok returns again as Sean Lau, now promoted to the role of Commissioner of Police. When his wife becomes a pawn in the ongoing fight, Lau makes a decision that opens the flood gates of hell, giving his enemies all the ammo they need to take him out.
To their surprise, Lau isn’t an easy target. He is brilliant and strategic, even using their own players again them. Counter move after move leaves them shook. When Chow Yun Fat graces the screen, his charisma is on full blast. »
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The Great Wall, 2016.
Directed by Yimou Zhang.
European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.
Don’t buy a ticket with great expectations coming into The Great Wall. Yimou Zhang is certainly a gifted director (most known for Hero and House of Flying Daggers) now making his English-speaking film debut, but he’s unfortunately working with a highly generic and cliché story. Will dishonorable mercenary William (Matt Damon in one of his weakest and little defined roles ever) change his selfish ways and begin fighting for honor over greed? Will Willem Dafoe’s completely superfluous and useless character betray everyone at some point? Will the beastly »
- Robert Kojder
“The Great Wall,” which opens on Feb. 17, 2017 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Junkai Wang, Zheng Kai, Cheney Chen, Xuan Huang and Andy Lau from director Yimou Zhang and writers Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro.
To win your free passes to “The Great Wall” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The biggest surprise about “Duckweed,” the sophomore feature written and directed by China’s superstar writer-blogger Han Han, is its absolute predictability. A dramedy in which a car racer time-travels to the late ’90s and becomes his estranged father’s partner-in-crime, the film features plot turns and emotional arcs that are all easy to anticipate. What the movie does reflect is how China is moving ahead so fast that millennials are already glancing at the not-so-distant past and its values with jaded amusement and nostalgia. More relaxed and carefree than any of the Lunar New Year blockbusters jostling for the holiday crowd, the film is sprinkled with witty grace notes and is crowd-pleasing without being too ingratiating or idiotic.
Those who admire Han’s pithy prose or the sublime poetry of his debut feature “The Continent” may feel he’s punching below his weight here, but the absence of intellectual »
- Maggie Lee
Between courage and fear. Between monsters and men. A wall stands that must never fall.
Academy Award® winner Matt Damon (The Martian, The Bourne franchise) leads humanity’s greatest fight for survival in The Great Wall, from Legendary and Universal Pictures. When a mercenary warrior (Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world.
As wave after wave of marauding beasts, intent on devouring the world, besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.
Directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero, House of Flying Daggers), the action-fantasy marks his first English-language production and the largest film ever shot entirely in China.
To create The Great Wall, »
- Movie Geeks
The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, xenophobic fervor, it's comforting to know that the United States and China, their relationship mercurial and wary, can work together and, in the spirit of cooperation and unity, make a terrible movie. A co-production between Legendary East (the Chinese arm of Burbank, California-based, Legendary Entertainment) and China Film Group, The Great Wall is reportedly the most expensive film ever shot in China, a nation with aspirations to make films that rival Hollywood in their scope and success. Hollywood is willing to help if it ultimately leads to the release of more of its films in the tightly controlled Chinese market, »
- Mark Keizer
Throughout his decorated cinematic career, Matt Damon has uncovered global conspiracies, sabotaged interstellar pursuits, and grown potatoes on Mars – and that’s just scratching the surface. But for his latest gig, it’s fair to say Damon is venturing into uncharted territory with The Great Wall, Zhang Yimou’s wildly ambitious monster movie that’s set to become the most expensive film production in Chinese history. No pressure, then.
With little over three weeks to go until its western release, Empire has unearthed a new, vertigo-inducing image for The Great Wall that sees Matt Damon’s adventurer approach the edge of China’s famous fortification very, very gingerly. Flanked by Willem Dafoe and Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal, Damon’s William Garin and his men are drafted in by Commander Lin Mae (Jing Tian) to help safeguard China and its people from mythical beasts known as the Taotie.
- Michael Briers
The countdown to The Great Wall movie has begun. Legendary Comics released today a prequel graphic novel to the movie, which will reveal important backstory on the secret society of heroes who have been defending the world from within the Great Wall. Before you go out and pick up this graphic novel today, Legendary has given fans a sneak peek, debuting the first three pages of this 128-page hardcover graphic novel, entitled The Great Wall: Last Survivor.
What if an army was created to defend our world from an enemy so dangerous, its very existence must be kept a secret? Built to keep out the ferocious Tao Tei, The Great Wall is the most powerful defensive structure ever built; but it is the heroes within that make the wall great: The Nameless Order. Set sixty years prior to the film, in the mysterious lands of ancient China, tragedy forces »
Ahead of its release next month, Universal Pictures have debuted three new behind the scenes featurettes for Zhang Yimou’s upcoming fantasy epic The Great Wall which you can watch below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Watch the Nycc trailer for The Great Wall here
When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.
The Great Wall is set for release on February 17th, and sees Zhang Yimou directing a cast that includes Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Lin Gengxin, Chen Xuedong, Ryan Zheng, »
- Amie Cranswick
Eddie Peng and Deng Chao star in Duckweed, which is a vigilante comedy heading to theaters on January 28. A new trailer looks quite slick. That description comes via our editor Todd Brown, and it's justified by the mix of action, comedy and drama in the full trailer. Interestingly, the first trailer, released recently, presents the movie, accompanied by a melodramatic song, as a lush romance of some sort. Both trailers come courtesy of Hong Kong Cinema. More information comes from A Virtual Voyage, which says that the alternate English title is Ride the Winds Break the Waves. Here is their description of the film: Deng Chao plays a racing driver and his profession is not understood by his father (Eddie Peng). In order to...
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From traditional martial arts arse-kicking, to fast and furious swordplay, with wire work which does Not look fake and is used sparingly to emphasise the films fight scenes rather than be the centre of attention – unlike Crouching Tiger for example – Call of Heroes is a modern-day wuxia classic. And that’s even with it’s use of CGI (which does look a little out of place but it’s fleeting and forgivable).
Set in 1914 after the collapse of China’s Qing dynasty, Call of Heroes sees Yang Kenan (Sean Lau – Mad Detective) appointed as guardian to defend the rural village of Pucheng. When a lone man enters the village and takes innocents lives, Yang makes the decision that he must be sentenced to death. It emerges that this man is Cao Shaolun (Louis Koo – Flash Point), son of a sadistic warlord, »
- Phil Wheat
15 items from 2017
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