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Afm: Bloom Poised to Pick up Zhang Yimou’s ‘Shadow’

Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s Bloom is in advanced talks to pick up international sales rights to “Shadow,” the upcoming historical adventure from leading Chinese director Zhang Yimou (“Hero,” “The Great Wall”).

The film, set in the Three Kingdoms era, began filming in March and wrapped in July. It is the tentpole release for 2018 from Perfect Village Entertainment, the merged company set up in June by Perfect World Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Endeavor. It was co-produced by Le Vision Pictures.

Scripted by Zhang and Wei Li, the film stars Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai, Guan Xiaotong, Wang Qianyuan, Wu Lei, Hu Jun and Wang Jingchu. Production is by Ellen Eliasoph and Catherine Pang.

Endeavor, previously known as Wme | Img, was a minority equity investor in Perfect Village. In August it bought a majority stake in Bloom.

Related storiesWME-img Buys Majority Stake in Film Sales-Finance Company Bloom'Great Wall' Director Zhang Yimou Starts
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Perfect World, Village Roadshow, WME Launch China Production Venture

Perfect World, Village Roadshow, WME Launch China Production Venture
Village Roadshow Entertainment, China’s Perfect World Entertainment and talent agency WME | IMG are jointly launching a Chinese film and TV production venture, Perfect Village Entertainment.

The new company, whose creation was announced Tuesday at the Shanghai Film Festival, will have offices in Beijing and Hong Kong and be headed by Ellen Eliasoph. Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, which she currently heads, will be folded into the new company.

Perfect Village will be involved in development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of a slate of feature films, animation and premium online series. These will be filmed primarily in Chinese and intended for distribution throughout Greater China and around the world, the company said.

Wme | Img China will provide local support across its network of brands and licensing relationships, global packaging, and sales and distribution infrastructure.

The new venture’s initial slate of films includes two 2017 releases: sci-fi action picture “Bleeding Steel,
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First look at Zhang Yimou's 'Shadow'

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First look at Zhang Yimou's 'Shadow'
Sneak peek was unveiled at Shanghai International Film Festival today [June 19].

Village Roadshow Pictures Asia (Vrpa) have released four first look images of Zhang Yimou’s Shadow.

The movie, which started shooting in March, is his follow-up to the $135m monster movie The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon.

Source: Village Roadshow Pictures Asia

Vrpa and Le Vision Pictures are co-producing the film.

The visually striking images feature four of the film’s stars, Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai and Guan Xiaotong, with only Qianyuan Wang not featured.

Source: Village Roadshow Pictures Asia

Vrpa gave Shanghai International Film Festival attendees a sneak peek of Shadow today [June 19].

Not much is known about the plot but, according to local media, it is set during China’s Three Kingdom’s era of Ad 220-280, with the film written by Zhang and Wei Li and will be told entirely in Mandarin.

Source: Village Roadshow Pictures Asia
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Shanghai First Look: Zhang Yimou's Martial Arts Drama 'Shadow'

Shanghai First Look: Zhang Yimou's Martial Arts Drama 'Shadow'
After the costly, and ultimately disappointing, monster-packed Hollywood tentpole The Great Wall, Chinese cinema legend Zhang Yimou appears to be returning to more tried and tested material — beautifully crafted martial arts period drama.

Village Roadshow Pictures Asia offered Asian film fans a sneak peek of Zhang's much anticipated next project, Shadow, at the Shanghai International Film Festival on Monday.

The images released feature four of the film's stars, Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai, Guan Xiaotong, engaged in moments of poignant drama and artful combat (Qianyuan Wang, not pictured, is also attached to the project).

Little is officially known...
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Hey Australia! Win Tickets to See What A Wonderful Family in Cinemas!

What A Wonderful Family is a Chinese remake of Yamada Yoji’s comedy hit of the same title. It tells the story of “a long-married couple who sends their supposedly happy family into turmoil when the wife asks for a divorce for her upcoming birthday”. Huang Lei directs and stars in the film alongside his wife Sun Li. The cast also includes Hai-Qing, Xun Wang and Lichun Lee. Thanks to Magnum Films, we have Five double passes for the film 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 Film Facebook page, and 2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]screenanarchy.com...

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China's Edko to Remake Yamada Yoji's 'What a Wonderful Family!'

Yoji Yamada's hit Japanese comedy What a Wonderful Family! (Kazoku wa Tsuraiyo) is getting a Chinese remake. 

Bill Kong's Edko and Shanghai Yiyantang Entertainment will produce the Chinese version of the film, with Huang Lei directing and his wife, Sun Li, set to star, according to Chinese media reports.

What a Wonderful Family! was released by Shochiku in Japan in March this year and took around $13 million at the local box office.

The dramedy follows a couple, married for 50 years. When the husband asks his wife what she wants for her upcoming birthday, she replies: "a divorce," sending...
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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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Film Review: ‘Devil and Angel’

Film Review: ‘Devil and Angel’
An irascible thug and a dweeby doormat make socko debt collectors in “Devil and Angel,” a mainland Chinese comedy that leans heavily on the chemistry and star wattage of husband-and-wife leads Deng Chao and Betty Sun Li. Although it treats viewers as if they’re kids with Add, this sophomore feature by actor-turned-helmer Deng and playwright Yu Baimei is more competently directed and scripted than their trashy big-screen debut, “The Breakup Guru,” and possesses a sliver of heart beneath all the brash slapstick and tacky gags. After a roaring weekend opening, the pic has ascended to B.O. heaven, having grossed about $97 million in 13 days.

Deng and Yu are taking aim at the same crowd who flocked to see their 2014 debut with a similar opposites-attract concept: Here, Deng’s roughneck protag is less of a scoundrel than his professional Lothario in “The Breakup Guru,” while Sun, who’s hugely popular
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100 Great Kung Fu Movies – Part 4 (39-21)

When it comes to making features like this one, i love the idea of coming up with my own personal “100 Great Kung Fu Movies” of all time. It is tough choosing just 100 because you know there are many more great Kung Fu movies that are not on the list.

I have decided that to make the list, a movie must have a few hand to hand moments during fight scenes in the movies chosen. If for example its mainly sword play with one fight scene hand to hand it won’t make the list. Its old school “style” Kung Fu movies, not modern day settings.

I understand everyone will have their own personal favorites and some may not agree with my list and that’s fine because it’s nice to have different opinions on this genre which keeps it fresh and alive when having good debates.

Anyway, thank you
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Film Review: ‘The Breakup Guru’

Film Review: ‘The Breakup Guru’
Breaking up is hard to do — unless you hire someone else to do it for you. So goes the premise of “The Breakup Guru,” a helming debut for mainland star Deng Chao and theater director Yu Baimei, who have claimed that they’re pushing the envelope of Chinese comedy but have in fact merely pushed the genre to a new low in terms of racist and homophobic humor. Rather than cultivating the chemistry between its two leads, a masterful seducer and a girl who’s unswervingly loyal to her lover, the film turns into a one-man show for Deng. Nevertheless, marketing hype and a lack of local competition propelled opening-weekend box office to $20.6 million from Chinese and Stateside theaters.

After collaborating on a student comedy at the Central Academy of Dramatic Arts, Yu and Deng were reunited professionally when Deng took the lead in “The Breakup Guru,” a play Yu directed.
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Peter Chan Starts Chinese Kidnap Drama ‘Children’

Peter Chan Starts Chinese Kidnap Drama ‘Children’
Hong Kong – Director Peter Chan Ho-sun will reteam with Tong Dawei and Zhang Ji, his star and screenwriter from hit “American Dreams In China,” for a new dramatic film about parents who have been separated from their children.

The film has an impressive cast of younger generation stars including Zhao Wei (“Red Cliff”,) Huang Bo “(Lost In Thailand”,) Hao Lei (“Summer Palace”,) and Zhang Yi “(Beijing Love Story”).

It has no official English title yet, though its Chinese title (親愛的小孩) translates as “Dear Children.” Production starts from this week (April 4).

Chan’s “American Dreams” was an aspirational story about language teaching, self- improvement and the limits of friendship that was typical of a wave of low-budget, audience-friendly Chinese features that became break-out hits last year.

After a couple of bigger budget misfires and the $95 million Chinese gross of “American Dreams,” Chan (pictured) promised to return to making simpler, more relevant films for Chinese audiences.
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List Of 10 Kung Fu Movies You Need To Have Watched – Part 1

Like millions of you around the world, i love Kung Fu movies. It is the only real genre that keeps me going back for more and that is why i will always love Kung Fu movies.

I know many of you have probably seen many of the movies i will post about, but this is also for anyone new to the genre of Kung Fu and even Swordplay and looking for other movies to enjoy. I hope you enjoy the movies i have listed and please feel free to comment about any of the movies.

Avenging Eagle (1978)

Studio: Shaw Brothers

Director: Sun Chung

Cast: Ti Lung, Fu Sheng, Ku Feng, Johnny Wang, Dick Wei

Action Director(s): Tong Gaai, Wong Pau Gei

 

The Magnificent Butcher (1979)

Studio: Golden Harvest

Director: Yuen Woo Ping

Cast: Sammo Hung, Lee Hoi San, Yuen Biao, Fung Hak On, Lam Ching Ying, Chung Fat, Kwan
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King Of Kung Fu: Top 10 Jet Li Movies

From time to time i like to do features about my favorite top 10 movies for certain actors, this time it’s kung fu legend Jet Li. I hope you enjoy my top 10 list and remember, these are only my choices everyone will have a different top 10.

Here is the run down for my top 10 Jet Li movies.

10:Fong Sai Yuk (1993)

Director:Corey Yuen

Cast:Michelle Reis, Vincent Chiu, Josephine Siao, Peer Chan, Adam Cheng, Sibelle Hu

9:The Warlords (2007)

Director:Peter Chan

Cast:Andy Lau, Kaneshiro Takeshi

8:Kiss Of The Dragon (2001)

Director:Chris Nahon

Cast:Bridget Fonda, Sam Wong Shum

7:Once Upon A Time In China II (1993)

Director:Tsui Hark

Cast:Donnie Yen, Rosamund Kwan, David Chiang, Hung Yan Yan, Max Mok

6:Last Hero In China (1993)

Director:Wong Jing

Cast:Gordon Liu, Leung Kar Yan, Nat Chan, Chung Fat

5:Once Upon A Time In China (1991)

Director:Tsui Hark

Cast:Yuen Biao,
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'Mrs. Biggs' Sheridan Smith, director Jj Abrams up for International Emmys

The nominations for the 41st International Emmy Awards have been announced.

19 countries are represented this year, with the ceremony taking place on November 25 in New York City. Mrs. Biggs actress Sheridan Smith is nominated, while famed director Jj Abrams will receive the 'Founders Award'.

Sky sitcom Moone Boy is up for 'Best Comedy' and Sean Bean could win the acting award for Accused.

"Every year, the global television community competes for an Emmy, the most prestigious of all media awards, and we congratulate the 2013 Nominees for their outstanding programmes and performances." said Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The full list of 36 nominees in 9 categories are below:

Arts Programming

Hello?! Orchestra

Mbc / San Media

South Korea

Soundtrack

Geronimo Bvba

Belgium

Multiple Views — La Maquina Loca (The Crazy Machine)

TV Unam/El Caiman Films/Alebrije

Mexico

Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender

Emp
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International Emmys Announce Nominees

International Emmys Announce Nominees
Some 19 countries are represented this year in the International Emmy nominations, announced by the Intl. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at Mipcom Oct. 7.

The awards will be given out Nov. 25 in New York City along with special kudos to multihyphenate J.J. Abrams, who will be receiving the Intl. Emmy Founders Award, and Anke Schaerferkordt, co-ceo of Rtl Group and CEO of Rtl Germany, who will get the Intl. Emmy Directorate Award.

The nine categories include first-time nominees from Angola and Uruguay.

A full list of nominees follows:

Arts Programming

Hello?! Orchestra”

Mbc / San Media

South Korea

“Soundtrack”

Geronimo Bvba

Belgium

“Multiple Views — La Maquina Loca (The Crazy Machine)”

TV Unam/El Caiman Films/Alebrije

Mexico

Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender

Emp / Mercury Songs co-production for Eagle Rock Entertainment

U.K.

Performance by an Actor

Shinichi Tsutsumi, “Yasu — A Single Father’s Story”

Nhk

Japan

Sean Bean, “Accused

Rsj Films

U.
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Mipcom: Sean Bean, France’s ‘The Returned’ Among International Emmy Nominees

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Shows and talent from 19 countries make up the roster of nominees for this year’s International Emmy Awards, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said today at Mipcom. The 41st annual event takes place on November 25th in New York where J.J. Abrams will receive the 2013 Founders Award and Rtl’s Anke Schäferkordt will receive the 2013 Directorate Award. Among the nominees are Sean Bean as Best Actor for the BBC’s Accused; Sheridan Smith as Best Actress for ITV’s Mrs Biggs; last year’s Oscar nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras; and France’s drama series Les Revenants which is getting a U.S. redo courtesy of A+E Studios and FremantleMedia North America. For a full list of nominees, turn the page: Arts Programming Hello?! Orchestra Mbc / San Media South Korea Soundtrack Geronimo Bvba Belgium Multiple Views – La Máquina Loca (The Crazy Machine) TV Unam / El Caiman Films / Alebrije
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"A Separation" Wins Big at the Asian Film Awards

Congralutations to Andy Lau (representing Hong Kong's Oscar submission A Simple Life) and Eugene Domingo (the star of The Philippine's Oscar submission Woman in a Septic Tank) who won the People's Choice Award for Actor and Actress at the 6th Annual Asian Film Awards.

 

They look so happy. The Oscars are long over but somehow it's comforting to know that people hold new trophies every day of the year for something or other and not all of them are dreaming of Oscar. And not all awards bodies are concerned with whether or not Oscar voters are watching.

It was a big night for A Separation (which we were just talking about) which took home the top prize and three others. The craft categories were mostly split between Wu Xia and The Flying Swords of Dragon Gale, neither of which have come to Us cinemas.

The acting awards were all over
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A Separation wins four Asian Film Awards including Best Film

A Separation wins four Asian Film Awards including Best Film
Still from A Separation

Asghar Farhadi’s Nader and Simin, A Separation added to its long list of accolades after it scooped up four awards at the 6th Asian Film Awards (Afa) in Hong Kong. It won the Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter and Best Editor.

Donny Damara won the Best Actor for Lovely Man (Indonesia) while Deanie IP won the Best Actress for A Simple Life (Hong Kong).

The 6th Afa that took place on March 19 is one of the opening events of Entertainment Expo Hong Kong and takes place with two other flagship events of the Hkiffs: the 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff), and the 10th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (Haf).

The winners of the 6th Afa are:

Best Film

• Nader And Simin, A Separation (Iran)

Best Director

Asghar Farhadi ― Nader And Simin, A Separation (Iran)

Best Actor

Donny DamaraLovely Man (Indonesia
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Asian Film Awards Nominations 2012

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Nominations for the 6th annual Asian Film Awards were announced in Hong Kong today:

Best Film

A Separation (Iran) Postcard (Japan) The Flowers of War (Mainland China) Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Hong Kong/Mainland China) Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Taiwan) You Don’t Get Life a Second Time (India)

Best Director

Asghar Farhadi, A Separation Teddy Soeriaatmadja, Lovely Man Sono Sion, Guilty of Romance Tsui Hark, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Wei Te-sheng, Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale Zhang Yimou, The Flowers of War

Best Actor

Chen Kun, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Donny Damara, Lovely Man Andy Lau, A Simple Life Park Hae Il, War of the Arrows Yakusho Koji, Chronicle of My Mother

Best Actress

Vidya Balan, The Dirty Picture Michelle Chen, You Are the Apple of My Eye Eugene Domingo, The Woman in the Septic Tank Leila Hatami, A Separation Deanie Ip,
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Asian Film Awards 2012: Nominations: The Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate and the other nominations for the 2012 Asian Film Awards have been announced. The 6th Annual Asian Film Awards was presented by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (Hkiffs) “to recognize excellence of film professionals in the film industries of Asian cinema.” This year’s award ceremony will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 19, 2012.

The full listing of the 2012 Asian Film Awards nominations have been announced.

Best Film

A Separation (Iran)

Postcard (Japan)

The Flowers of War (Mainland China)

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Hong Kong/Mainland China)

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Taiwan)

You Don’t Get Life a Second Time (India)

Best Director

Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

Teddy Soeriaatmadja, Lovely Man

Sono Sion, Guilty of Romance

Tsui Hark, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Wei Te-sheng, Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

Zhang Yimou, The
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