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This coming Monday sees the DVD and Blu-ray release of The King Of Fighters, a live action adaptation of the popular video game of the same name. The film stars Maggie Q, Sean Faris and Ray Park, and centres around a fighting tournament held in another dimension. As such, Thn thought it would be good clean fun to look back on some of the finest fight scenes cinema has offered us over the years…
“So you essentially turned a man into a dog.”
As a film on its own merit, Unleashed is pretty darn good. Jet Li often doesn’t seem to be given an opportunity to do anything other than beat up everyone in the room, but here, his sympathetic portrayal of childlike death machine Danny is enough to allow him to flex his acting chops (as well as beating everyone up). In amongst all the tenderheartedness are »
- Ben McCann
If you thought the last two trailers for Yueh-Hsun Tsai's Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault (痞子英雄首部曲：全面開戰) were highly explosive, wait till you watch the main trailer where the stakes has just been raised. In this action-packed film, Taiwan is under a nuclear crisis unless a hero cop played by Mark Chao (Monga) and a small-time gangster played by Huang Bo can prevent the terrorist threat. Among the climatic danger they face is a hijacked airplane hurling towards a skyrise building! Gezz, talk about shit hitting the fan. The fight choreographer is Cyril Raffaelli (District 13, Die Hard 4) and Nicky Chung-Chi Li (Shaolin, New Police Story).A mad cop, who believes in justice and is willing to do everything in his own »
This past Sunday, "Mad Men" joined the ranks of "The West Wing," "L.A. Law," and "Hill Street Blues" as the only four-time winners of the Emmy for Best Drama Series. But, despite 18 nominations, its only other win was at the Creative Arts awards where it claimed the hairstyling Emmy for the fourth year running as well. When "The West Wing" won its fourth Emmy in 2003, it only claimed the Directing prize as well. And when "Law & Order" finally won Best Drama Series in 1997 after five unsuccessful bids, it too only won one other Emmy (Cinematography). However, surprising as it seems, there is plenty of precedent for a series to take the top prize but not win any other Primetime -- acting, writing, directing -- or Creative Emmys. For its first breakout season, "ER" won Best Drama Series in 1996 but lost all 15 of its other bids. "Police Story" won this award »
It's time to belt up and belt out a song as Clip joint climbs into the driving seat to pick our favourite singing in the car clips
There is nothing more liberating than being in a car, hearing a song you love, cranking up the radio and singing your heart out. Something about that combination of open road and closed-off environment let's us sing without inhibition – nailing those high notes in our own mobile performance booth.
In the movies placing an actor behind the wheel mid-sing-song bumps the story into fifth gear, speeding us on the fast track to the heart of a character. What they are singing, how they sing it and who they're singing with – it's a film-maker's moment to unfold the narrative map and say "Hey! this is where we're at, and this is where we're heading next." For the audience it's also a moment of recognition. »
Everyone is familiar with Jackie Chan’s mad martial arts skills, but fewer people are probably aware that he has directed himself many a time in the past - including in Police Story, Operation Condor, and The Legend of Drunken Master - and is doing it again this year, with the Chinese period war drama, 1911, Chan’s 100th film.
A trailer has been released for 1911, which Chan co-helmed with cinematographer Li Zhang (The Banquet, Red Cliff). The film looks to provide the acrobatic actor with another opportunity to show off his pure acting abilities - and not just impress people with his elaborate fighting choreography or incredible stunt performances.
Most U.S. moviegoers have only seen Chan continue to do his (often, comedic) martial arts action shtick recently, ...
Click to continue reading ’1911′ Trailer: Jackie Chan Goes To War In 20th Century China
- Sandy Schaefer
Shaolin (Xin shao lin si), 2011.
Directed by Benny Chan.
A brutal warlord is double crossed by his deputy and seeks refuge among the peace-loving monks at the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, the former warlord must stand with his new brothers to protect the Temple and complete his redemption…
Glancing briefly at the cover for Benny Chan’s Shaolin - a loose remake of Jet Li’s 1982 feature film debut, Shaolin Temple – I rather hastily made two presumptions, both of which proved to be inaccurate. The first was that Shaolin was the latest in a seemingly never-ending line of ‘historical martial arts epics’ set the in period of the Three Kingdoms and secondly, that the ‘special appearance’ by martial arts superstar Jackie Chan would »
[With Shaolin hitting Us cinemas this weekend, here's another chance to read my earlier review.]For his first full Mainland production, veteran director Benny Chan (Moment Of Romance, New Police Story, Invisible Target) delivers a grand martial arts spectacular, brimming with action, redemption and a generous helping of Zen Buddhism. Evolving out of the 1981 Jet Li starrer The Shaolin Temple, Chan takes the basic conceit - a man hiding out in a shaolin temple is converted to Buddhism and becomes a hero - and turns it into a full blown period epic, with largely satisfying results. Set during the tumultuous Warlord era of the early 20th Century, Andy Lau plays Hao Jie, a ruthless warlord, whose overwhelming victories and amassed personal wealth and success have come »
This is a pretty big week for DVD releases with plenty of titles worth buying and renting as well as a couple worth skipping completely. There’s no real common thread here aside from almost half of titles featured below being TV shows on DVD. The best of the bunch include the second and third seasons, respectively, of Community and Parks & Recreation, but other TV releases include the classic seventies series Police Story, the trippy Sigmund & the Sea Monsters, the piss poor Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and more. But there are some great releases for film fans too including Hanna and X-Men First Class. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Rebirth The events of 9/11 affected all Americans in one way or another, but for many people the nightmare struck very close to home. Jim Whitaker’s documentary was almost a decade in the making and follows five of »
- Rob Hunter
Police Story could have easily been just another cop show. From the cover, it looks like police in swanky seventies cars chasing dow . But there's a reason that this series won the 1976 Primetime Emmy for Best Drama Series -- several reasons in fact.
Police Story (not to be confused with the Jackie Chan flick of the same name) distinguishes itself from most cop shows with a single conceit: each episode features an entirely new cast of characters. That's right -- from episode to episode, new cops are featured chasing new criminals. Police Story isn't as much of a series as an anthology, and that's what keeps it fresh.
There's another aspect of the series that might not seem so special now, but made it an innovator in the genre: the cops are all complex and flawed themselves. Instead of being wisecracking do-gooders, these cops have serious issues, which are surprisingly »
- Sam McPherson
“China’s last imperial Dynasty has fallen and a ruthless warlord (Andy Lau, House of the Flying Daggers, Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame) amasses a vast fortune through the violent subjugation of his people. Faced with a brutal betrayal, he runs for his life, seeking redemption in the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, he must stand with his new brothers and fight his life’s greatest battle…”
Shaolin, also known as The New Shaolin Temple, is a 2011 film directed by Benny Chan (New Police Story, Gen X Cops) and an updated version of the 1982 classic and Jet Li’s film debut, The Shaolin Temple. I’ve seen a lot of films recently that whilst watchable have »
- Baron Fornightly
Historical martial arts epic Shaolin arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on September 12th, and to celebrate Flickering Myth have two copies of the film to give away to our lovely readers courtesy of the fine folk at Cine-Asia.
Read on for the synopsis, trailer and full details of how to enter...
China's last imperial dynasty has fallen and a ruthless warlord (Andy Lau - House of Flying Daggers, Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame) amasses a vast fortune through the violent subjugation of his people. Faced with a brutal betrayal he runs for his life, seeking redemption in the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, he must stand with his new brothers and fight his life's greatest battle.
In last week's poll, Jackie Chan squared off against himself in a situation not unlike the Jackie Chan movie Twin Dragons. Although it was a hard fought battle, in the end The Legend of the Drunken Master (aka Drunken Master II) came out on top, just barely sneaking past Jackie Chan's first major hit in the U.S., Rumble in the Bronx, to claim the title of Best Jackie Chan Movie. The other movies in the top 5 were Rush Hour, Drunken Master and Police Story respectively, and while there were all fairly close, a noticeable gap separated them from the remaining choices. Pulling up the rear was Project A, an earlier Jackie Chan flick that hardcore fans seem to love, but I suspect that it hasn't been very widely seen. Are you happy with these results? 1. The Legend of the Drunken Master -- 19.1% 2. Rumble in the Bronx -- 18.4% 3. Rush Hour »
Historical martial arts epic The Founding of a Republic arrives on DVD on August 29th, and to celebrate Flickering Myth have three copies of the film to give away to our lovely readers courtesy of the fine folk at Metrodome.
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The Second World War is over but the fight for China has just begun. In 1945, Mao, a renegade activist, and his band of revolutionaries begin an arduous and bloody bid for power against the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai–shek.
The Founding of a Republic brings together three of the greatest martial arts superstars of all-time - Jackie Chan (Police Story, Armour of God, Rush Hour), Jet Li (Once Upon a Time in China, Fearless, The Expendables) and Donnie Yen (Iron Monkey, Hero, Ip Man) - and weaves a tale of political turmoil set against a backdrop of raging Civil War. »
It's a bit hard to believe that with so many martial arts movies involving Shaolin monks over the years, there has never been one that is called simply Shaolin (at least, not in North America, anyway). So now, in the year 2011, here it is! Shaolin is a period action film set in the warlord era of early Republican China. Andy Lau plays a warlord who is eventually forced to take refuge within a Shaolin Temple after his family is murdered. He decides to become a monk himself but he puts the monkhood at risk when his enemies eventually track him down and mount an attack on the Temple. Nicolas Tse (New Police Story, The Promise) also co-stars, along with Jackie Chan who plays Wudao, the monk cook. It's a bit unclear if Jackie Chan really takes part in much of the action, but I suppose having his name on the »
In addition to Jackie Chan's success in Hollywood, the martial arts actor has continued to make movies in his native Hong Kong, and his latest, Shaolin, is a reunion with his New Police Story co-star Nicholas Tse and director Benny Chan.
Set during the early era of the Republic of China, Shaolin follows an arrogant warlord (Andy Lau) who conquers the township of Dengfeng, only to be betrayed by his sworn brother (Lau) and seeks refuge in a Shaolin temple he once denounced. Chan plays a monk in the temple.
After opening at the top of the box office in Hong Kong in January, Shaolin will finally see release in the U.S. this September from Well Go USA Entertainment, who have released a new, action-packed trailer for the movie.
Next Showing: Shaolin opens September 9
Link | Posted 8/3/2011 by Ryan
- Ryan Gowland
Although Chan makes a prominent appearance in the Shaolin trailer, the real star of the film is Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs) as the Chinese warlord General Hou. All the same, it’s another good move on Chan’s part after his appearance in last year’s Karate Kid remake and his upcoming role in the historical drama 1911 (we’ll pretend The Spy Next Door never happened).
Shaolin (a.k.a. The New Shaolin Temple) is actually an “updated” version (remake?) of Jet Li’s 1982 film debut, The Shaolin Temple. Benny Chan (New Police Story, Robin-b-Hood) served as director on Shaolin, which takes place during the Warlord Era (1916-1928) of early Republican China.
Here is the official synopsis for Shaolin:
As feuding ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Protect the Temple! Well Go USA & Variance Films have debuted the official Us trailer for Shaolin, a kung fu action drama from director Benny Chan (New Police Story, Robin-b-Hood) starring quite a kick ass cast: Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, Fan Bingbing and even Jackie Chan. The rather expansive story follows a ruthless General Hou (Lau) who must take shelter at a Shaolin temple, then begins to learn their ways, but of course the past inevitably always catches up. I honestly hadn't heard of this before, but it kicks ass and I really want to see it! Just looks like an awesome film with some great action, I need to see it! Check this out. Watch the official Us trailer for Benny Chan's Shaolin, also available in HD over on Apple: In a land torn by strife, the righteous Shaolin monks stand as a beacon of hope for the oppressed masses. »
- Alex Billington
While the South Korean remake is already available in high definition for some time now, Kam & Ronson finally decided to release all three parts of John Woo and Tsui Hark’s Hk classic A Better Tomorrow series on Blu-ray Disc. All three films will be released in Hong Kong on August 5th and will probably be locked to Region A.
[The 10th annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas opens today, and the official opening night film is Benny Chan's Shaolin, presented by Well Go USA. We are reprinting our original review by James Marsh for the occasion. Shaolin screens tonight at Landmark's Magnolia Theater at 7Pm]For his first full Mainland production, veteran director Benny Chan (Moment Of Romance, New Police Story, Invisible Target) delivers a grand martial arts spectacular, brimming with action, redemption and a generous helping of Zen Buddhism. Evolving out of the 1981 Jet Li starrer The Shaolin Temple, Chan takes the basic conceit - a man hiding out in a shaolin temple is converted to Buddhism and becomes a hero - and turns it into a full blown period epic, with largely »
As his advancing years have robbed his body of some of its elasticity, Jackie Chan has necessarily put behind him the bonkers, stunt-infused, heroic pieces like Project A, Wheels on Meals, Operation Condor, Armour of God and the Police Story franchise that characterised his work in the 1980′s and early 90′s. Lately, he’s alternated kiddie-friendly fare such as The Medallion, The Spy Next Door and Kung Fu Panda with comedy outings like Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon and Around the World in 80 Days.
Now, Chan seems to be trying his hand at something different again, with the epic-looking 1911. It is hard to glean too much from this first teaser trailer, however Chan looks altogether serious and given that it looks to have all the trappings of a full-blown propaganda piece about the 1911 Chinese Revolution, that comes as no surprise. The release date is scheduled to coincide with the 100th »
- Dave Roper
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