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Eddie Peng is quickly making a name for himself as a bona fide action hero in Chinese Cinema. After impressive turns from the Taiwanese actor in films such as Jump Ashin! and Dante Lam's Unbeatable, Peng will next be seen as the revered martial arts legend Wong Fei Hung in Roy Chow Hin Yeung's upcoming Rise Of The Legend, which reintroduces the character made famous by Jet Li in Tsui Hark's Once Upon A Time In China series. Chow previously helmed Aaron Kwok horror flick Murderer and Nick Cheung/Simon Yam thriller Nightfall. At a press conference yesterday, the first official post for the film was unveiled by the actor and director, and you can check it out below....
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Sports movies were flavor of the day Wednesday at the Hong Kong FilMart, where producers unveiled details of “Full Strike” and “To the Fore.”
“Full Strike” (pictured), directed by Hong Kong’s Derek Kwok, tells the story of a hot-tempered, former badminton player whose encounter with four ex-gangsters inspires her to make a return to her favorite sport.
The budget is Hk$30 million ($3.9 million), put together by 852 Films, Why Entertainment, Big Honor Entertainment, In Look Media, Star Chinese Movies, Xamax Development and StArt Entertainment and Production.
Meanwhile, Emperor Motion Picture is backing action-romance “To the Fore,” directed by Dante Lam, who is best-known as a crime and action specialist. Targeted at a younger audience, the film’s plot revolves around four young cyclists, their friendship and their individual love stories.
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Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures (Emp) unveiled Dante Lam’s next directorial project, action romance To The Fore, at Filmart today.
Starring Eddie Peng and Ethan Juan, the film is a love story set against the backdrop of the competitive cycling world. Production is scheduled to start in the summer with filming to take place in Taiwan, China, Italy and Korea. The female lead of the film has yet to be cast.
Peng starred in Lam’s Unbeatable, a mixed martial arts-themed drama, which also featured a love story. Lam plans to repeat the combination of action and romance in To The Fore but is aiming for a much younger audience.
Lam’s last film, That Demon Within, premiered at the Berlin film festival and is screening as the closing film of the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Emp also »
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‘Unbeatable’ is the name of the new film by director Dante Lam, a departure from his thrilleresque ways and into the well established ‘underdog-in-a-tournament’ martial arts sub-genre. Specifically, an Mma contest, this time around. You know the drill: a wannabe (or a has-been) is pushed to face the impossible odds of winning a dangerous tournament into which he manages to enter despite his lackluster (or washed out) pro fighting record, with a lady (or a kid) in distress, three main fights and a couple of training montages. Well, not in this case, though; ‘Unbeatable’ is set to break your expectations and brings to you a wannabe and a has-been, a lady and a kid in distress, four main fights and, at least (I actually lost »
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The 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards is expected to be a hell of a show with some great films going head to head. Leading the way with nominations is The Grand Master with 14, followed by Unbeatable (Dante Lam).
There were complaints last year, that the show didn’t live up to expectations, mainly due to the fact the movie Cold Wars, won nearly every award. Best actor award see the likes of these guys going head to head, Tony Leung (The Grandmaster), Louis Koo (The White Storm) and also Anthony Wong (Ip Man: The Final Fight).
Take a look at the list and comment who you think will win. The winners will be announced on April 13.
- Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
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The awards journey of Wong Kar Wai's long-gestating martial arts history epic continues. Though The Grandmaster didn't win a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination, it nevertheless became one of those rare subtitled pictures to become a multiple Oscar nominee even without that honor. Though it's not likely to win either of its Oscar nominations, more trophies might be coming its way. It lost the Golden Horse for Best Picture, Asia's most prestigious film trophy, but now it leads the Hong Kong Film Award nominations with 14 nominations. Its nearest rival is Unbeatable, a fight tournament movie with 11 nominations which is really much closer to a Hollywood style inspirational sports drama like Warrior. (I reviewed the latter at Tiff last year.)
For those who, like me, are confused at the amount of different film awards for the Chinese film industry, I have asked »
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Dante Lam is currently one of the most reliable directors in Hong Kong and Unbeatable, his new Mma action blockbuster, is another worthy addition to his striking C.V. Nick Cheung and Eddie Peng are on top form in this energetic fighting drama, with the former taking home Best Actor at the Shanghai Film Festival's Golden Goblet Awards. Ten-year-old Malaysian child star Crystal Lee also won Best Actress, and it's not hard to see why. Ching Fai (Nick Cheung) was once a champion boxer, but he sold himself out for the chance of fast cash and quick fixes. Fai now spends most of his time gambling and is forced to flee to Macau when loan sharks track him down. In Macau, Fai meets his apprentice Qi (Eddie Peng), who wants to build bridges with his father, a stubborn man who has resented him since their family business went bust. Throw »
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