11 items from 2010
Here's the latest undubbed on lethal trailer for IP Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster. This may be one of the most buzzed about movies from the East since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or Iron Monkey. IP Man 2 is slated for release on January 28th, 2011. IP Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster is directed by Wilson Yip and stars Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, and Lynn Hung. About IP Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster: International megastar Donnie Yen reprises his iconic role as the real-life kung fu grandmaster Ip Man in this martial arts spectacular. After escaping the Japanese occupation of his hometown of Foshan, China, Ip Man and his family have arrived in Hong Kong, which is living under the iron fist of British colonial rule. Ip wants to support his family by opening up a martial arts academy to teach his unique Wing Chun style. But »
- Terry Boyden
Even if you don’t recognize the name, if you are a fan of kung fu films, you have probably seen a number of Yuen Woo-Ping’s influential fight choreography. His resume includes recent hits like The Matrix trilogy, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, both Kill Bill films, and a string of other praised martial arts films. Yuen has worked with nearly every major kung fu star, including Jet Li (Fearless and The Forbidden Kingdom), Jackie Chan (Drunken Master), Donnie Yen (Iron Monkey), and a number of others. When Fantastic Fest announced that Yuen would be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to premiering Yuen’s upcoming True Legend (my review here), I jumped at the opportunity to interview the legend. Hit the jump to see my chat with Yuen as we discuss who he wants to work with in the future, his influences in directing, how he creates the fight choreography, »
- Bill Graham
"I'm going to say some things that probably can't be translated," said Tim League before handing the mic over to the Drafthouse's resident kung fu expert Lars Nilsen. "This guy has done some batshit crazy stuff."
Of course, he was referring to Saturday night's guest of honor Yuen Woo Ping, the master fight choreographer behind such films as "The Matrix" and "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon," who was at Fantastic Fest to unveil the North American premiere of his latest directorial effort, "True Legend," the origin story of one of his most famous films "Drunken Master." Instead of Jackie Chan, we get Chiu Man Cheuk as Su Can, a decorated warrior who retires from the army to become a Wushu instructor and spend more time with his wife and child, passing on the governorship that's been offered to him to his brother-in-arms Yuan (Andy On). For reasons that I never entirely understood, »
- Stephen Saito
Had we put together this list two or three years ago, it would have been a different story. Death Proof, his half of the Grindhouse collaboration with Robert Rodriguez, was a flop, and it looked as if Quentin Tarantino, 48, was on the slide. But Hollywood loves a good comeback, and last year's -Inglourious Basterds was a major smash. His most profitable film to date, it picked up eight Oscar nominations, and suddenly Tarantino no longer looked like a dead weight from some hipster past. It would have been a sad way to go, for no single film-maker has had more impact on contemporary cinema, intellectually speaking, than Tarantino. His 1992 debut, Reservoir Dogs, was an icon of instant movie cool, enshrining, and to a great extent instigating, the modern habit of recycling and »
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"Tsui Hark, who directed about half of the best films of Hong Kong's golden age (Peking Opera Blues, Once Upon a Time in China, Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain) and produced most of the other half (A Better Tomorrow, A Chinese Ghost Story, Iron Monkey), returns in fabulous form with this gorgeous action picture about the intrigue attending the rise of history's first female emperor," writes Time's Richard Corliss. "Detective Dee is the first China-Hong Kong coproduction since Hero to make good on the grand promise of epic entertainment." »
Yuen Woo-Ping has carved a name for himself in the mainstream conciousness as the fight choreographer and martial arts advisor on films such as The Matrix and Kill Bill, however Yuen Woo-Ping is also a world reknown director – helming such classic films as Drunken Master, The Magnificent Butcher, and Tai Chi Master. Ping has finally returned to the directors chair for True Legend (aka The Legend of Beggar Su), his first feature film since 1996’s Iron Monkey 2.
True Legend is the extraordinary journey of a man, a martial arts hero, whose greatest dream is to create a unique school of martial arts. All his life, Su Can has been pursuing the summit of martial arts. There are two things he holds dearest to his heart: the dream of creating a unique kind of martial art that will pass on to generations; and his beloved wife. Su has a happy family »
Another great announcement regarding Fantastic Fest next month. Fantastic Fest will honor director and master fight choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the world premiere of his new martial arts fantasy True Legend (seen above), starring Vincent Zhao (Dragon Gets Angry), Zhou Xun (The Emperor and the Assassin) with Michelle Yeoh (Babylon A.D.) and the late David Carradine (Kill Bill). We actually featured a trailer for True Legend late last year, which you can still watch right here. That movie will play as part of a double feature with Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, Woo-Ping's directorial debut. Besides the numerous films he's directed, Yuen Woo-Ping is also known as one of the greatest martial arts choreographers of all-time who has choreographed many of the unforgettable fights in films like The Matrix trilogy, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Iron Monkey, Drunken Master, Once Upon »
- Alex Billington
Shanghai -- Harvey Weinstein drew tough criticism at the Shanghai International Film Festival forum on Sunday from popular Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, who accused him of promising financial backing then backing away.
"Harvey is a cheater in the eyes of many Chinese moviemakers," said Feng, whose credits in the region include "Dream Factory" and "If You Are the One." The director, whose films are not as well known in the West, did not offer any specific charges.
Weinstein didn't exactly invite goodwill at the discussion by making a brief appearance there himself, only to leave abruptly, shake Feng's hand and excuse himself to catch a plane.
"Let me talk about Harvey, now that he's gone," Feng teased the crowd of a few hundred, mostly-Chinese industry observers gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
The attack, in absentia, proved lively and finally led to a broader discussion of Sino-Hollywood cooperation, hitting issues »
- By Jonathan Landreth
Remember the Hk martial arts films from the early 90s? Well, they're back. The first time I picked up some really obvious signs was when watching Tracing Shadows, but with 14 Blades I think the verdict is definitive. The year 1993 is here again and has returned with a vengeance.
For me personally, '93 is the glory year of Hong Kong martial arts cinema. Titles as Iron Monkey, Green Snake, Fong Sai-Yuk and Tai-Chi Master all belong to my absolute favorites in the genre. 14 Blades revives plenty of that former glory, mixing it with more recent period piece styling. Watching 14 Blades, it's easy to recognize influences from Lee's previous film Three Kingdoms just as much as from the classics.
14 Blades also reinforces (once again) the comeback of Donnie Yen. It's funny how he slipped from the scene just when it started to collapse down on itself, only to return when the Hk »
Summary: A rollercoaster-style treasure hunt for the legendary Fritton’s Gold ensues as the feisty and ever-resourceful schoolgirls of St Trinian’s face their most fearsome establishment rivals yet - the villainous Pomfrey and his sidekicks from the women-hating secret society known as AD1.
Analysis: While it didn't travel much beyond the UK, 2007's reboot of the "St Trinian's" franchise nearly doubled its £7 million production budget in sales in the UK alone - making it one of the top grossing independent British films of the past decade. Reviews were decidedly mixed but generally pretty weak at the time, so the greenlighting of a sequel surprised quite a few.
Despite a critical drubbing, the core audience of young British teenage girls seemed to be satisfied by »
- Garth Franklin
Martial arts fantasy True Legend is an upcoming film I’m very much looking forward to and a new trailer for it has appeared online.
The film is directed by Yuen Woo-Ping who is most famously known for his extensive work as the martial arts choreographer for such films as The Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Once Upon a Time in China. However, Master Yuen Woo-Ping is also a very capable film director having made numerous fantastic martial arts films like Iron Monkey, Jet Li’s Twin Warriors, and of course the Jackie Chan classic Drunken Master.
Written by To Chi-Long, who also wrote Jet Li’s Fearless, True Legend marks Yuen Woo-Ping’s return to directing feature-length films as he has not done so since 1996 with Iron Monkey 2. Watch the new trailer for True Legend below.
The film is a psychological mystery drama set in Hong Kong, the »
- Andrew Peters
11 items from 2010
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