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Busan: Chinese blockbuster producers reveal success tips

6 October 2015 5:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

At Busan’s Asian Film Market, producers of Chinese blockbusters shared their secrets to success such as walking their own paths and not trying to emulate Hollywood, Japan or Korea’s systems, even in co-productions.

Fang Li, producer at Laurel Films Company, Ltd. whose credits include Fan Bing Bing starrer Ever Since We Loved and Han Han’s The Continent, said, “I don’t make films for box office hits, I make them to get viewers emotional, to impress and to inspire. Art is the more important thing. Emotions and impressions are your biggest weapon.”

The panelists agreed that Chinese audiences have grown cinema savvy enough that they don’t necessarily go for star vehicles.

Du Yang, general manager at Beijing Skywheel Entertainment Co., Ltd., whose credits include Ning Hao’s Breakup Buddies and Zhang Ziyi starrer Sophie’s Revenge, said, “If you get many good reviews and audiences hear good word-of-mouth, they choose »

- (Jean Noh)

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Cameras Roll On Dante Lam's Operation Mekong

14 September 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Distribution Workshop announced today the start of shooting on Dante Lam's latest action drama. Kicking off in Thailand, Operation Mekong reunites the director once more with Taiwanese leading man Eddie Peng, whom he has previously worked with on box office smash Unbeatable and this summer's cycling drama To The Fore.Peng will play opposite mainland star Zhang Hanyu, who was seen recently as the lead in Tsui Hark's The Taking of Tiger Mountain, as well as in a key supporting role in Venice closer Mr. Six alongside Feng Xiaogang. Actress Feng Wenjuan also stars.Operation Mekong tells the story of a merchant vessel operating in the Mekong River Delta that was attacked by bandits in 2011, in a blood bath that left 13 people dead. When investigators...

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Film Review: ‘To the Fore’

6 August 2015 5:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

More propulsive than many a car chase and as bone-crunching as any chopsocky fistfight, the pro-cycling races that drive Dante Lam’s “To the Fore” rep a feat of action choreography and virtuoso lensing seldom seen in a Hong Kong sports movie. Shot in locations all over Taiwan and Asia, the film merges diverse cycling styles with the stunning terrain to evoke the raw excitement of a live sports program. Plot and character, however, are stiffly shoehorned into a plethora of setpieces, and for all the film’s upbeat, motivational feel, the three protags’ conflict between camaraderie and personal glory comes off as formulaic. Still, the film is dynamic and entertaining enough to pedal its way to great B.O. gains in Chinese-speaking markets.

The Cantonese title, “Por Fung” (which unintentionally translates as “breaking wind” in English), refers to the cyclist’s need to push aside the air in front of him. »

- Maggie Lee

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The Deadly Reclaim – Action By Sammo Hung

1 August 2015 8:50 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The Deadly Reclaim is the latest project to have legendary Kung Fu star Sammo Hung attached as the Action Director. The movie will be Directed by Benny Chan and will feature Louis Koo, Eddie Peng,Sean Lau, Yuan Quan, Jiang Shuying, Liu Kai-chi and a special apprearance by Wu Jing.


Set in 1914 following the collapse of the Qing dynasty, the film tells the story of a group of villagers standing up to a cruel young warlord.

Louis Koo will play the an evil warlord hell bent on killing anyone in his way and Eddie peng will play the wanderer. Sean Lau has not made a martial arts movie for over 20 years so it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on in this movie.

The Deadly Reclaim will be released in 2016, a movie i am very much looking forward too and from the promo below, the action looks great. »

- kingofkungfu

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Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See To The Fore In Cinemas!

29 July 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Dante Lam's latest film To The Fore is coming to Australian cinemas next week! The Unbeatable director reteams with popular star Eddie Peng for another exciting sports drama, this time about the competitive world of cycling.  Thanks to its distributor in Australia, Magnum Films, we have Five double passes to give away to our readers.For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:1) Like the Magnum Films Facebook page, and2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]twitchfilm.netTo The Fore will open in Australian cinemas on August 6, and this competition will close at 3pm on August 4. -- Good luck!On the official Magnum Films website, you can find out more about this and their other releases,...

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Film Review: ‘Monster Hunt’

28 July 2015 6:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “Monster Hunt,” the protagonists are greenish ogres with mushy hearts — not surprisingly, since this jolly live-action/animated Chinese period fantasy is helmed by Raman Hui, the Hong Kong-born animation supervisor who was involved with the genesis of the “Shrek” franchise. Although this yarn about a humans-vs.-monsters struggle to capture a monster princeling will seem too gooey and elementary for fans of more brain-teasing family fare like “Inside Out,” its technical wizardry and zippy, Hollywood-influenced storytelling smarts dwarf any brand of tyke-skewing entertainment China has ever come up with. Small wonder that domestic B.O. has been monstrous: To date, it’s earned more than $217 million, making it the biggest Chinese hit ever.

One of the most costly undertakings by Hong Kong’s Edko Films (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Lust, Caution”), the production hit a major snag last year when Taiwanese male lead Kai Ko (“You Are the Apple of My Eye, »

- Maggie Lee

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Celestial Tiger Renews Trio of Output Deals

28 July 2015 7:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Celestial Tiger Entertainment, the Asian TV group backed by Saban Capital and Lionsgate, has renewed a trio of output deals giving it rights in South East Asian markets to a stream of top Hong Kong movies.

The agreements are with Emperor Motion Pictures, Mega-Vision Project Workshop Limited and Universe Entertainment. The deals secure first and exclusive pay TV rights, as well as pay-per-view (PPV), video-on-demand (VOD) and over-the-top (Ott) rights to each studio’s upcoming slate of movies for Cte’s flagship channel, Celestial Movies, in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.

Upcoming features from Mega-Vision include “From Vegas to Macau III” (aka “The Man From Macau III”) with Andy Lau, Chow Yun-fat and Nick Cheung. The Emperor slate is headed by “Kill Time,” a suspense thriller starring idols Ethan Ruan and Angelababy, and directed by Fruit Chan. Universe is readying action movie “The Deadly Reclaim,” by blockbuster director Benny Chan and action director Sammo Hung, »

- Patrick Frater

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Cte renews output deals with Hong Kong studios

28 July 2015 6:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hong Kong-based Celestial Tiger Entertainment (Cte) has renewed its exclusive, multi-year output deals with Hong Kong studios Emperor Motion Pictures (Emp), Mega-Vision Project Workshop (Mvpw) and Universe Entertainment.

Under the terms of the deals, Cte has secured first and exclusive pay-tv rights, as well as pay-per-view (PPV), video-on-demand (VOD) and over-the-top (Ott) rights, to each studio’s upcoming slate of movies for Cte’s Celestial Movies channel in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.

Upcoming Emp productions include Heaven In The Dark, a drama reuniting Jacky Cheung and Karena Lam who both starred in July Rhapsody in 2002; Fruit Chan’s suspense thriller Kill Time, starring Ethan Ruan and Angelababy; and The Mobfathers, starring Anthony Wong and Chapman To.

Mvpw’s slate includes the third installment of blockbuster franchise From Vegas To Macau, which will star Andy Lau in addition to Chow Yun Fat and Nick Cheung. Mvpw is also in pre-production on The Invincible 12, which marks the 100th film from »

- (Liz Shackleton)

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Chinese Superhero Movie ‘Pancake Man’ Heads For U.S. Release (Exclusive)

10 July 2015 8:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chinese superhero comedy “Pancake Man” (“Jian Bing Man”), which features cameos from Jean-Claude van Damme, is set to get a North American release on July 24.

“Pancake” and Hong Kong-made sports action picture “To the Fore” will both be distributed by Milt Barlow’s specialty company Asia Releasing on behalf of rights holder Magnum Films.

Jian Bing Man,” which is a Wanda Pictures release in China, is the tale of a street pancake vendor who gains superpowers from the breakfast dishes he serves. It is directed by Da Peng and stars Chinese actors Ada Liu (“Badges of Fury”) and Yuan Shanshan (“One Day”) and includes Hong Kong comedy favorites Eric Tsang and Sandra Ng.

“To the Fore,” backed by Emperor Motion Pictures, represents a shift in tone for well-known genre and thriller director Dante Lam. The cast includes Eddie Peng, Shawn Dou, and Siwon as competing cyclists, with Hong Kong’s »

- Patrick Frater

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Siff opens with stars, controversy

14 June 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stars including Mike Tyson, Donnie Yen and Jackie Chan walked the red carpet at the opening of the Shanghai International Film Festival (Siff) last night, along with three Korean jury members who are attending the festival despite the controversy surrounding Mers.

Many Koreans cancelled their trip to Shanghai earlier this week after the festival sent out letters advising them to stay away due to concerns over the Mers (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus that has hit South Korea. Cj Entertainment, Showbox and Finecut are among the companies that decided not to show, along with Busan International Film Festival (Biff) director Lee Yong-kwan.

However the three Korean jury members – Kim Hee-jae (Golden Goblet competition), Kim Han-min (Asian New Talent) and Kim Dong-won (Documentary) – attended the opening ceremony, as did Korean actor Song Seung-heon who is shooting The Bombing, also starring Bruce Willis, Liu Ye and Nicholas Tse, in China.

Yen and Tyson put in an appearance to promote »

- (Liz Shackleton)

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Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mike Tyson on Hand to Open Shanghai Festival

13 June 2015 6:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mike Tyson and Jeffrey Katzenberg were among the foreign celebrities on hand Saturday at the opening ceremony of the Shanghai International Film Festival. Jackie Chan and Fan Bingbing were among the biggest local names.

Tyson has a guest appearance in upcoming Chinese martial arts biopic “Ip Man 3,” while Katzenberg is a regular visitor to the city and has a local business joint venture in Oriental DreamWorks.

The 18th edition of the festival runs June 13-21 at a festival center controlled by Shanghai Media Group, the adjoining Crowne Plaza hotel, and at venues around Shanghai, China’s business capital. The opening ceremony was held at the Lyric Theater, downtown.

Organizers promised 400 stars on parade. Chinese and regional talent on the walkway included Aaron Kwok, Donnie Yen, Eddie Peng, Simon Yam and Thailand’s Tony Jaa. Directors present included Chen Kaige, Raymond Wong, Dante Lam, Japan’s Shunji Iwai and Derek Yee, »

- Patrick Frater

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“The Great Wall” Rises with Matt Damon and Andy Lau

2 May 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The Great Wall of China has long been the object of many a man’s admiration. However, if you think you know the reason behind this ancient wonder’s creation, then you ought to prepare for your mind to be blown.

Behind “The Great Wall

This year, a movie of epic proportions has started production, and it boasts not only of an ambitious concept but also a star-studded cast comprising of some of the most prominent figures from both Hollywood and the Chinese cinema.

Revolving around the majestic Great Wall, the film mashes elements from science fiction and history as it sets up its characters in 15th century China. Where’s the sci-fi in that, you ask? Well, apparently, the “real” reason the Wall was erected is a large-scale, unrecorded invasion of giant mythical creatures—aliens, perhaps? In this grievous battle against the supernatural, humankind opted to fortify its defenses »

- Mary Ann Simuangco

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"The Great Wall" Begins Production

15 April 2015 6:36 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Production has begun on Zhang Yimou's first English-language film "The Great Wall," a project that also marks the first effort of Legendary Entertainment's Chinese offshoot Legendary East.

The period supernatural blockbuster follows an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. Filming will take place at the China Film Group Studios at Huairou, near Beijing, and the coastal city of Qingdao.

Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Zhang Hanyu and Eddie Peng star in the film which will continue shooting until July.

Crew members include cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh, costume designer Mayes Rubeo, production designer John Myhre, VFX supervisor Phil Brennan and film editor Craig Wood. The film is currently slated for a global release on November 23rd 2016.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Zhang Yimou’s ‘Great Wall’ Now Shooting For Legendary East

15 April 2015 3:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Production has begun on “The Great Wall,” Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s first English-language film. The movie is also the first for Legendary East, the ambitious Chinese offshoot of Hollywood super-producer Legendary Entertainment.

The film stars Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe alongside Chinese stars including Andy Lau, Zhang Hanyu and Eddie Peng. Production started March 30 and will run till July.

Legendary describes the story as “an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.” Locations include the China Film Group Studios at Huairou, near Beijing, and the coastal city of Qingdao.

A topnotch crew includes cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh (“The Piano,” “Once Were Warriors,” “Boardwalk Empire,”); costume designer Mayes Rubeo (“Avatar,” “Apocalypto”); production designer John Myhre (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Nine”); VFX supervisor Phil Brennan (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Wolverine”); and film editor Craig Wood (“Pirates of the Caribbean, »

- Patrick Frater

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Hk FilMart: Emperor Sets 15 Titles for 2015 Slate

23 March 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emperor Motion Pictures used FilMart in its Hong Kong home town to launch a bumper production and distribution slate of 15 film titles – marking 2015 and the company’s 15th year.

The lineup spans mainstream features to be co-produced with mainland Chinese partners, arthouse titles and more indie-style pictures aimed at narrower Hong Kong audiences.

Dante Lam, an Emp regular, directs anticipated blockbuster “To the Fore,” a sports drama set in the high-stakes world of competitive cycling. It will star Eddie Peng, currently one of the hottest stars in Asia, and Siwon Choi.

Two Thumbs Up” gives the Hong Kong cops-and-robbers formula a new twist with gangsters posing as cops confronted by a rival gang of murderers. The director is Lau Ho-leung, and Soi Cheang produced. A typically Hong Kong cast is headed by Simon Yam, Francis Ng and Leo Ku.

Fruit Chan, who returned to form last year with “The Midnight After, »

- Patrick Frater

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Benny Chan war epic casts up

22 March 2015 8:50 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sean Lau Ching-wan, Louis Koo and Eddie Peng will head the cast of Benny Chan’s epic action film The Deadly Reclaim, which is being launched at Filmart by Universe Films Distribution.

Set in 1914 following the collapse of the Qing dynasty, the $32m project tells the story of a group of villagers standing up to a cruel young warlord.

Production is scheduled to start in April for delivery at the end of the year.

Universe has also added Oxide Pang’s comedy Detective Gui and Vincent Kok’s comedy House Of Wolves to its Filmart slate.

Currently in production Detective Gui, about a talented female investigator, stars Luodan Wang (The Continent), Vic Chou, Simon Yam and Nina Paw Hee-ching, while House Of Wolves, about three conmen who have a change of heart, stars Francis Ng, Ronald Cheng and Jiang Shuying. »

- (Liz Shackleton)

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Rise of the Legend: Wong Fei Hung Returns

13 March 2015 6:16 PM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

I just had the opportunity to check out Rise of the Legend, the latest in the pantheon of Wong Fei Hung movies that fans (like me) have enjoyed over the years. From Kwan Tak Hing, to Liu Chia Hui, to Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Zhao Wen Zho, Chin Kar Lok; Fei Hung was even played by a girl in one of my favorite films, Iron Monkey (‘93.) Angie Tsang played a young Wong Fei Hung in one of my favorite (actually) depictions of the character in that film. My personal favorite Wong Fei Hung was Jet Li, but this new kid might just have the goods, so to speak, Eddie Peng brings a youth and grittiness to the character that I honestly haven’t seen before. You may know Eddie Peng as perhaps the most interesting part of the Kung Fu Hero/Zero series, playing the villain Fang Zi Jing. I have to say, »

- Robert Jefferson

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Full Cast For "The Great Wall" Revealed

12 March 2015 8:18 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Legendary Pictures has revealed the full supporting cast for Zhang Yimou's upcoming fantasy epic "The Great Wall," the largest film ever shot completely in China.

The film's confirmed leads are Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal and Willem Dafoe whilst Chinese stars for the film include Andy Lau ("Infernal Affairs"), Tian Jing ("New Police Story"), Hanyu Zhang ("Taking Tiger Mountain"), Eddie Peng ("Fleet of Time"), Lu Han ("Miss Granny"), Gengxin Lin ("Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon"), Zheng Kai ("Fleet of Time"), Chen Xuedong ("Tiny Times 3"), Xuan Huang ("The Golden Era"), pop star Wang Junkai in his film debut, and newcomers Yu Xintian and Liu Qiong.

Set in the 15th Century, the story follows soldiers who go out in search of gunpowder and come across the construction of The Great Wall of China. They learn that the Chinese are not only building the Wall to keep out invading Mongolian forces, »

- Garth Franklin

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Matt Damon Confirmed To Lead Chinese Monster Movie The Great Wall

12 March 2015 8:07 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Legendary has assembled its final shooting cast for the forthcoming historical epic The Great Wall, which promises to be the largest movie production ever to shoot entirely within China. Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe and Game Of ThronesPedro Pascal are all locked in to star alongside a raft of Chinese actors attached to smaller supporting roles.

The Great Wall hails from Zhang Yimou, notable for his standout works House Of Flying Daggers and Hero, who will employ a range of old and new faces for the title. In addition to its leading English-speaking trio, Andy Lau, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Lin Gengxin, Zheng Kai, Chen Xuedong, Huang Xuan and Wang Junkai are set to appear. Newbies Yu Xintian and Liu Qiong will similarly fall in line for a tale of mythic proportions.

The film takes place in 15th century China and revolves around the formation of the titular wall, »

- Gem Seddon

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