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There have been scads of books and movies and essays written about truly knowing and understanding people in the modern world, walking a mile in their shoes, etc. Chen Kaige, the critically acclaimed director of "Farewell My Concubine," weighs in on this topic in the gaudy melodrama "Caught In The Web" as such: you can't really know anyone in the modern world. More specifically, you can't know Ye (Yuanyuan Gao), an office worker who receives news that is beyond unfortunate from her doctor: she has thirty days to live before succumbing to cancer. What Ye does next is either understandable, contrived or maddening, depending on whom you ask. While riding the bus, she refuses to give up her seat to an elderly man. When he asks to set himself down, lost in her thoughts, she rudely rebuffs him. As an American, the cultural exchange seems a bit unusual: this happens on our trains every day. »
- Gabe Toro
Chinese director Chen Kaige is a veteran filmmaker and no stranger to U.S. fans of foreign language cinema. He’s been directing features since 1985 and even scored two Oscar nominations for his 1993 film, Farewell My Concubine. His career since has been somewhat eclectic with the standouts being a handful of epic period pieces (The Emperor and the Assassin, The Promise, Sacrifice) filled with martial arts, doomed romance, and gorgeous visuals. The less said about his singular foray into Hollywood the better. His latest film sees a young woman lost in her own issues unknowingly cause an incident that rattles the fragile social mores of those around her. Her transgression goes viral, streaming across the airwaves and internet, and while it marks her as a pariah, it also sets in motion a chain of events in the lives of several other people. A single act, a multitude of ramifications. Caught In the Web races into the present »
- Rob Hunter
For thirty years, director Chen Kaige has exposed the ills and societal unrest left behind by China's Cultural Revolution in films like Yellow Earth and the Oscar-nominated Farewell My Concubine. With his latest film, Caught in the Web, the story of a young woman's momentary slip gone viral on the internet, Chen tackles the more modern threat of cyber-bullying, invasion of privacy and media manipulation.The Lady Miz Diva: Can you please tell us what inspired Caught In The Web?Chen Kaige: Well, you know that China has probably hundreds of millions of website users, so it's well-developed. What happens on websites sometimes you can consider very positive; people using websites to disclose corruption. People always say that it's a great thing to do that work on...
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Striking an awkward balance between cornball message-making melodrama and kooky mistaken-circumstance comedy, Caught in the Web finds director Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, The Emperor and the Assassin) vainly stumbling about in search of a tone or point.
In this increasingly muddled tale, secretary Ye (Gao Yuanyuan) learns that she has fatal (albeit asymptomatic) cancer, which leads her to grumpily refuse to vacate a city bus seat for an elderly passenger. This incident is caught on cell phone camera by a fledgling reporter (Wang Luodan), thereby turning Ye into a viral video villain and sparking all sorts of complications involving her corporate-bigwig boss Shen (Wang Xueqi), his wife (Chen Hong), a TV news producer (Yao Chen), and a jaded reporter (M »
After the critical and commercial success of his excellent period thriller, Sacrifice, in 2010, which marked a perceived comeback for the Farewell My Concubine director, Chen Kaige turns his attention once again to the lives of modern Chinese citizens and examines how shifts in national culture affect the individual. In Caught in the Web, it is the media, and more specifically China's savage netizen culture, that is placed under the microscope. The film focuses on two ambitious young women struggling to get ahead in Beijing's ultra modern, ultra competitive business world, and how the anonymous unforgiving masses of the online community threaten to destroy both their lives. Attractive, successful and good-natured, executive secretary Ye Lanqiu (Gao Yuanyuan) discovers at a routine medical checkup that she...
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A hot on the festival circuits back in 2012, Chen Kaige’s (‘Farewell My Concubine,’ ‘The Emperor and the Assassin’) contemporary Chinese story - inspired by today's digital world - Caught in the Web is set for a theatrical release in La next month. Alas its only going to be one city, but if you’re in the area its looks well worth a watch. Caught in the Web opens in Los Angeles, December 6, 2013. Synopsis: The story begins when a young woman, who after learning of a terminal illness, is caught on video mistreating an elderly bus passenger. The video sparks intense debate on and off the Internet. Personal information and backlash goes viral and her life, and the lives of everyone around her, slip into chaos and media scrutiny. Faced with the choice of exposing her truth, or finding sanctuary in hiding, the balance between privacy and feeding a »
You know, about five years ago, you would look at a movie like Chen Kaige’s “Caught in the Web” and think, “Man, that could never happen in real life! What a crazy idea for a movie!” Nowadays, all it really takes is one major website to pimp a story, and it goes viral faster than you can snap your fingers. (Okay, maybe not that fast. In a day or so, anyway.) Forget about truth, or context. Pick a viral video, slap on your spin, and voila, a million people will fall right in line propagating your spin. It’s no wonder that half of these stories end up being hoaxes, they’re That easy to fake. “Caught in the Web” looks and feels like an odd offering from director Chen Kaige. This is the guy who gave us martial arts epics like “The Emperor and the Assassin”, “The Promise »
Lavish martial arts epic joins race after being submitted by producers' association in Hong Kong
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Wong Kar-wai's period martial arts epic The Grandmaster has become the latest film to be put forward for the Academy awards best foreign language long list, as it received the nod from Hong Kong's Federation of Motion Film Producers.
Starring Lust, Caution's Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Crouching Tiger's Zhang Ziyi, The Grandmaster is a study of the life of kung fu legend Ip Man, and was released in Hong Kong and China to considerable commercial success, with a reported $48m in box office takings. It was also picked as the opening film at the Berlin film festival in February, before a short Us release in the summer which took over $6m, by some distance Wong's best Us result.
The Grandmaster joins the likes of Gloria (from »
- Andrew Pulver
The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has announced its line-up with six world premieres in the Competition section including Hospitalité director Koji Fukada’s Au revoir l’été, Jun Robles Lana’s previous Haf project Barber’s Tales and the Kim Ki-duk-produced Red Family.
Those that are not world premieres are all Asian premieres including Aaron Fernandez’s San Sebastian entry The Empty Hours.
Chen Kaige, the Chinese director behind Farewell My Concubine, will head the competition jury. He will be joined by Korean actress Moon So-ri (Oasis), Australian producer Chris Brown (Daybreakers), Us director-writer-producer Chris Weitz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon), and Japanese actress Shinobu Terajima (Caterpillar).
Tiff is set to run Oct 17-25 with new festival head Yasushi Shiina putting an emphasis on showcasing homegrown productions and discovering Asian talent.
The newly launched »
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Mediumrare Entertainment continue their trend of releasing some of the weirdest cult films and TV shows with four films that are making their UK DVD debuts – and two are also getting the Blu-ray treatment too! Check out all the details below. I know I’ll be snapping these up, will you?
Operation Condor: Armour Of God II (1991)
Global adventurer Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) comes to Europe in search of the ‘Armour of God’, a magical relic from the Crusades. He hopes he can use it to bargain for the freedom of his girlfriend from a deadly cult. With his trusty companion (Andy Tam) by his side, his quest takes him from one perilous adventure to another. Directed by Jackie Chain himself, who performed all his own stunts, it was regarded as one of the most expensive films at the time. The third instalment of the Armour of God adventures, »
- Phil Wheat
Farewell My Concubine director named jury president of the 2013 edition.
The Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has named Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige as jury president for its international competition at the 26th edition (Oct 17-25).
Farewell My Concubine, his most acclaimed film and the first Chinese film to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993, was shown in the special screening section at the 6th Tiff.
In 2008, he was awarded with the Akira Kurosawa Award for the most talented director at the 21st Tiff.
His other features include The Emperor and the Assassin (1999), Golden Globe-nominated The Promise (2005) and Golden Bear-nominated Forever Enthralled (2008) as well as Temptress Moon (1996), Together (2002), Killing Me Softly (2002), To Each His Own Cinema (2007), Sacrifice (2010), and his most recent work, Caught in the Web (2012).
He has served as a judge for the Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals as well as several other film festivals in China, Japan and Italy »
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Tokyo — Chinese director Chen Kaige will head the competition jury at the
26th Tokyo Intl. Film Festival, set to unspool Oct. 22-24.
Chen’s association with the festival goes back to its sixth edition in 1993, when his Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Farewell My Concubine” was screened out of competition. In 2008 he was on hand to receive the Akira Kurosawa Award for lifetime achievement in directing.
One of China’s best known directors since his 1985 international breakthrough “Yellow Earth,” Chen has accumulated a long list of festival invites and overseas honors, including two Academy Award nominations for “Concubine” and a Golden Globe nod for the 2005 fantasy epic “The Promise.” He also collected a Cannes Technical Grand Prize for his 1999 period epic “The
Emperor and the Assassin.”
The Tokyo festival will announce the complete line-up of its 26th edition on Sept. 19. »
- Mark Schilling
Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster," now being officially presented by Martin Scorsese, is getting an ambitious release from the Weinstein Company, taking the chance that subtitles won't be a barrier in reaching a wider audience. Moviegoers have not had much access to high-budget prestige martial arts films since Ang Lee's spectacular 2000 success with "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." With all the recent major hits from the Weinstein Company (while French, silent "The Artist" was less foreign), one area that that hasn't quite replicated earlier Miramax success is subtitled films. In its heyday in the 1990s, the company transformed the normally limited market for foreign language pictures, starting with "Cinema Paradiso" in 1990 and then later "Il Postino," which both grossed over $10 million (a rare achievement today, even with higher ticket prices), and prestige successes like "Farewell My Concubine" and Kieslowski's "Three Colors" series. Miramax peaked with Roberto Begnini's »
- Tom Brueggemann
The first installment of a Hong Kong horror anthology based on writings by popular Chinese author Lilian Lee (“Farewell My Concubine”), “Tales From the Dark Part 1″ features three ghost stories by three different directors. Simon Yam entry presents a cautionary tale about messing with the deceased; Lee Chi-Ngai delivers an object lesson in the psychology of ghost appeasement; an Fruit Chan, in the standout third tale, serves up a bang-up spectral revenge drama. Having opened the New York Asian Film Festival in advance of its July 11 release in China (“Part 2″ will bow Aug. 8), this somewhat uneven but engrossing mini-triptych should please fans of Asian horror without necessarily scaring their pants off.
The first story, “Stolen Body,” veers more toward socioeconomic than supernatural horror, set in a Hong Kong with no room for the poor — living or dead. Vet actor Yam, making his directorial debut here, also stars as an angry, »
- Ronnie Scheib
Palme d'Or-winning film ineligible for award as it will be released too late in native France
The winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, Blue Is the Warmest Colour, will be ineligible for nomination for this year's best foreign language film Oscar, it has emerged.
Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, Blue was expected to follow in the footsteps of the previous year's Palme winner, Michael Haneke's Amour, and feature strongly at the Academy awards.
However, one of the regulations states that a film must have opened in its home country by the end of September to be put forward for nomination. Blue is due to be released in France on 9 October, thereby missing the deadline, and its French distributors Wild Bunch are not willing to give up the prime spot in the domestic release schedule.
- Andrew Pulver
In the first of a two-part film project, three short stories from acclaimed Hong Kong horror writer Lilian Lee are adapted for the big screen in this star-studded horror anthology. Results vary from the good to the tedious, however, with the various socio-political messages lost in tired genre trappings. Lilian Lee is one of Hong Kong's most successful authors, who has published hundreds of novels, many of which have been adapted for the big screen. Stanley Kwan's Rouge, Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine and Tsui Hark's Green Snake were all originally penned by Lee, and so the prospect of six diverse filmmakers adapting half a dozen of her short stories into an ambitious anthology project was understandably an enticing concept. Tales From The Dark 1,...
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Steven Spielberg and his jury have made their preferences known!
Three Palms! Léa + Abdellatif + Adele
Blue is the Warmest Color (also known as La Vie A'Dele - Chapitre 1 & 2) by Abdellatif Kechiche
In an unusual move the actresses Léa Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos are apparently sharing the Palme D'Or with the director so they all three have matching scrolls.
Update: Some people will call this a historic win because it's a gay-themed film but arguably other Palme D'Or winners have had at least some degree of gay subtext or gay elements (like Elephant or Farewell My Concubine).
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Prix Du Jury (Jury Prize):
Screenplay (Prix Du Scenario):
A Touch of Sin (Tian Zhu Ding) by Jia Zhangke
Camera D’Or (Best First Feature):
Ilo Ilo by »
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Shanghai, April 30 (Reuters) - When superhero film "Iron Man 3" makes its Chinese debut, it will include top Chinese actress Fan Bingbing and some footage shot inside China - additions aimed at tapping into the country's lucrative and booming cinema market.
Co-producer Dmg Entertainment, a Chinese firm, and the Walt Disney-owned Marvel Studios also hope the changes will help ease the film's way past China's strict censors and the draconian, and often confusing, rules for Western films.
"There is no law of film in China, and so no specific standard. The members on the committee censor films totally by their own judgment," said Zhu Dake, an outspoken Chinese film critic based in Shanghai.
Every movie in China is censored by the Film Censorship Committee, made up of 37 members including officials, academics, film magazine editors and directors. They vet nudity, violence and politically sensitive scenes.
Western films must in addition meet »
Only one female director has ever won Cannes' Palme d'Or: Jane Campion in 1993 for The Piano, a plaudit she shared that year with Chen Kaige for Farewell My Concubine. The chances of a woman taking home the festival's top honor this year are slim to say the least. Photos: Cannes Awards 2012: Michael Haneke, Mads Mikkelsen and 'Beyond the Hills' Of the 19 features in the Competition lineup for the top award, only one is directed by a woman: Un Chateau en Italie (A Castle in Italy), from Italy-born filmmaker Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi. It's the third feature from
- Stuart Kemp , Scott Roxborough
Hong Kong — Almost 2 million origami made by fans in memory of singer-actor Leslie Cheung are being displayed in Hong Kong at an exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of his death.
The "Miss You Much Leslie Exhibition" at the Times Square shopping mall is one of many memorial events in his hometown.
Many fans discovered Cheung after his passing. "I really miss him, and I regret that I did not get to know him until 2009," said Kang Lizhen, a mainland Chinese who was born in 1990.
Those who discovered him after his death feel like they lost a friend, said one such fan, Marie A. Jost. "There will be no new works, no new events, no news of Leslie ... It really does feel that we've lost a dear, dear friend," said Jost.
Cheung killed himself by jumping off the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in central Hong Kong on April 1, 2003. His death came at »
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