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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. »
- Maggie Lee
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.
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. »
- Patrick Frater
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
Action Director(s): Tong Gaai, Wong Pau Gei
The Magnificent Butcher (1979)
Studio: Golden Harvest
Director: Yuen Woo Ping
3 items from 2014
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