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From Hard Boiled to Soft Boiled: Why John Woo’s masterpiece will never be matched again

22 May 2017 6:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe revisits John Woo’s action masterpiece Hard Boiled

John Woo had already made quite a name for himself in China, thanks to hit action classics such as A Better Tomorrow and The Killer. In 1992 he released the film which would see him transition from Hong Kong director, to Hollywood. The film was Hard Boiled a tale of two cops (one deep undercover within a criminal organisation) who come together explosively and join forces to take down a deranged crime lord who has monopolised the criminal underworld.

At this point the action genre was at its pinnacle for pure spectacle. We’d had the 80’s, full of classics such as Die Hard, the Indiana Jones franchise, and then came Terminator 2: Judgement Day (and the aforementioned Woo films). Jackie Chan too was rising to prominence in Hong Kong, known for the intricacy of his ground breaking fight sequences (and »

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The Long Arm of the Law Series 1984 - 1990

17 May 2017 4:40 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Long Arm of the Law – 1984 Coming a number of years before gritty action thrillers A Better Tomorrow (1986), City on Fire (1987) and Organised Crime and Triad Bureau (1993) to name a few. Long Arm of the Law (1984) would bring a more realistic view of criminal life to Hong Kong cinema screens and pave the way for celebrated filmmakers like Ringo Lam, John Woo and Kirk Wong. The plot focuses on a gang of mainland thieves who have taken up temporary residence in Hong Kong to plot a robbery on a jewellery store. Each one of them plans on taking their ill gotten gains back to the mainland and living the life of rich men. The majority of the cast is mainly...

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The 24 hottest projects at this year's Hong Kong Filmart

13 March 2017 3:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

There is a thrilling selection of Chinese-language titles at Filmart this year. Liz Shackleton picks out some of the most promising.

With very few Hong Kong or mainland Chinese sellers making the journey to this year’s European Film Market in Berlin, Filmart offers a chance for buyers to catch up with the Chinese-language titles that will be rolled out in the region for the rest of the year.

After serving up the biggest film of the Chinese New Year holiday — Kung Fu Yoga, starring Jackie Chan and directed by Stanley Tong — China’s Sparkle Roll Media has launched a Hong Kong-based sales arm that is selling Ding Sheng’s reboot of the A Better Tomorrow series.

Other high-profile action titles new to market include Distribution Workshop’s Extraordinary Mission, from the creative teams behind the Infernal Affairs and Overheard series, and Huayi Brothers’ crime drama Explosion, starring Duan Yihong.

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Filmart: Jackie Chan's Sparkle Roll Media launches int'l sales arm

12 March 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hong Kong-based company launches with Feng Xiaogang’s Bloom Of Youth.

Jackie Chan’s Sparkle Roll Media has launched a Hong Kong-based international sales arm, which is selling Feng Xiaogang’s drama Bloom Of Youth (Fang Hua) and Ding Sheng’s reboot of the A Better Tomorrow series.

Produced by Feng’s Zhejiang Dongyang Mayla Media, Bloom Of Youth revolves around a Military Cultural Troupe in China in the 1970s. The cast includes Huang Xuan (The Great Wall), Miao Miao, Zhong Chuxi and Yang Caiyu.

Ding’s A Better Tomorrow 4 resurrects the classic ‘heroic bloodshed’ series, directed by John Woo in the 1980s. Starring Wang Kai, Ray Ma and Talu Wang, the film follows the conflict between two brothers on opposite sides of the law. The film is produced by Beijing Jingxi Culture & Tourism Co.

Sparkle Roll is also selling Sun Lin’s feature-length documentary, Jackie Chan: Down To Earth, which it produced »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Filmart: Jackie Chan's Sparkle Roll Media launches international sales arm

12 March 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Hong Kong-based company launches with Feng Xiaogang’s Bloom Of Youth.

Jackie Chan’s Sparkle Roll Media has launched a Hong Kong-based international sales arm, which is selling Feng Xiaogang’s drama Bloom Of Youth (Fang Hua) and Ding Sheng’s reboot of the A Better Tomorrow series.

Produced by Feng’s Zhejiang Dongyang Mayla Media, Bloom Of Youth revolves around a Military Cultural Troupe in China in the 1970s. The cast includes Huang Xuan (The Great Wall), Miao Miao, Zhong Chuxi and Yang Caiyu.

Ding’s A Better Tomorrow 4 resurrects the classic ‘heroic bloodshed’ series, directed by John Woo in the 1980s. Starring Wang Kai, Ray Ma and Talu Wang, the film follows the conflict between two brothers on opposite sides of the law. The film is produced by Beijing Jingxi Culture & Tourism Co.

Sparkle Roll is also selling Sun Lin’s feature-length documentary, Jackie Chan: Down To Earth, which it produced »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Tsui Hark to be honoured at Asian Film Awards

27 February 2017 11:54 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Journey To The West director is one of China’s most bankable filmmakers.

This year’s Asian Film Awards (Afa) will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to iconic Hong Kong director, producer and screenwriter Tsui Hark.

Tsui most recently directed Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back, produced by fellow Hong Kong filmmaker Stephen Chow, which was one of the top-grossing releases in mainland China over the Chinese New Year holiday period. His other recent China blockbusters include Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon (2013) and The Taking Of Tiger Mountain (2014).

Starting with his 2011 hit Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate, Tsui has made all his films as a director in 3D and has become one of the region’s most effective filmmakers in the use of 3D technology.

Although currently one of China’s most bankable filmmakers, Tsui’s career stretches back some 40 years. In 1984, he founded Film Workshop with Nansun Shi, through which he »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Berlin’s Drama Series Days Expands as TV’s Prestige Grows

12 February 2017 11:07 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Looking to co-produce or buy the next high-end TV series that can punch its weight alongside the likes of “Game of Thrones” or “The Night Manager”?

Or perhaps you’re a producer aiming to identify that final piece of financing for a high-concept thriller commissioners have said encouraging things about.

Then look no further than Drama Series Days, unspooling for the third consecutive year at the Berlin Film Festival, Feb. 13-15.

A third day has been added to the program for 2017 that aims to build on the success of the two previous years. For the first time, Drama Series Days is being held at Berlin’s fabled Zoo Palast cinema to enable more people to attend.

The event brings together filmmakers, buyers, distributors, producers, editors, and financiers of tentpole TV drama series. The idea is for the participants to pool their knowledge and, with luck, do some serious business.

A key part of the initiative is a »

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Berlinale: Hong Kong’s Nansun Shi Receives Festival Honor

10 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi on Friday received the Berlinale Camera, the Berlin festival’s honorary award given to film personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted.

The award was presented by festival director Dieter Kosslick, Efm director Matthijs Wouter Knol and Efm president Beki Probst at a ceremony in the Martin Gropius Bau. Media Asia executive Fred Tsui gave a speech in her honor.

Shi, who has credits including “A Better Tomorrow” and “Infernal Affairs,” was a member of Berlin’s 2007 main competition jury. She returned to the festival with Kim Tae-Yong’s “Late Autumn,” and with Tsui Hark’s out of competition title “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate.”

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‘Journey to the West’ Sequel Dominates Foreign Box Office With $85 Million

29 January 2017 1:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back” rang in Chinese New Year on a high note. The fantasy sequel topped the foreign box office, bringing in a massive $85 million. It is the follow-up to the 2013 smash “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons.” Stephen Chow, the director of the first film, wrote the screenplay, but handed the filmmaking calls over to Tsui Hark (“A Better Tomorrow”). The first film was one of the highest-grossing Chinese releases in history, earning $215 million.

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back” had the biggest day ever for a local Chinese title, earning $52.5 million on its opening day, topping the record established last year by “The Mermaid.” It also did particularly well in Imax, making $7.4 million across 390 of the premium theater company’s screens. Imax set a new record for best opening day ever for a local language title.

Two other Chinese-backed films, »

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24 Political Protest Songs to Put on Repeat Today

20 January 2017 8:25 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and Black Lives Matter: political protest goes hand in hand with powerful music. The American songbook is rife with political messages, from antiwar rock songs of the 1960s to hip-hop anthems calling for racial equality. In recent years, we've seen political-message songs touching on everything from marriage equality to abortion rights. This 24-song playlist spans causes and decades, and every track has a message and lyrics that we can learn from. If the outcome of the 2016 election is inspiring you to take action, allow this playlist to serve as your soundtrack. "Fight the Power," Public Enemy Relevant lyric: "Our freedom of speech is freedom or death / We got to fight the powers that be." "What's Going On," Marvin Gaye Relevant lyric: "You see, war is not the answer / For only love can conquer hate." "Fortunate Son," Creedence Clearwater Revival Relevant lyric: "Some folks are born, »

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'Misfits' director among seven to present new TV dramas in Berlin

18 January 2017 6:55 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Seven high-end European and Us drama series will participate in the 2017 edition of the Efm’s TV co-pro event.

Seven projects will participate in the co-production strand of the Berlin market’s TV programme Drama Series Days.

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The seven projects on show are all high-end TV drama series that are seeking co-production and financing partners.

These include Cognition, a crime thriller concept from director Alex Garcia Lopez (Misfits, Utopia), which is being produced by UK outfit Catalyst Global Media and Us company A Better Tomorrow Films.

Also being presented will be French historical thriller series Metro, about the first efforts to construct the Paris metro system, which comes from the producers of sci-fi thriller series Trepalium.

Further projects include a Belgian crime series, a Bulgarian mystery horror set on a high-rise estate, and a German-Austrian serial killer drama.

One further series will be presented in co-operation with Paris-based series festival and co-production forum Series »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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