11 items from 2014
Chungking Express, 1994.
Directed by Wong Kar Wai.
Two stories reveal the love lives of two different policemen who struggle to find love in Hong Kong.
Considered one of the greatest films of the 2000’s, Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love is a romantic and sensual cinematic masterpiece. Chungking Express, released six years prior, still holds the sensitivity and patience of In the Mood for Love but enjoys a more playful, youthful tone. Both are playing at the BFI Southbank as part of the A Century of Chinese Cinema season throughout September and October. Akin to Kar Wai’s 2000 delight, Chungking Express frames dual narratives (of love and cops) within the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. A set of moody, tender stories, Chungking Express demonstrates how, behind their stern exterior, men of the law can hold deeply fragile hearts. »
- Simon Columb
Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-Wai is one of the world’s most visionary stylists and storytellers. However, despite making Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love – two titles that are pretty much admired universally by film fans – he has made some lackluster films as of late.
2013′s long-delayed The Grandmaster received a mixed reaction from critics and audiences (including We Got This Covered’s Sam Woolf), although it did impress enough people to earn Oscar nominations for costume design and cinematography. However, those who missed Wong’s latest title in theaters and on DVD are in luck, as the director wants to re-release the title in 3D for Chinese audiences – and a run in North American cinemas may not be far behind.
The Grandmaster, a biopic of influential martial arts mentor Ip Man, will see a release in China in mid-October. Kar-Wai had reportedly wanted to release his film in 3D originally, »
- Jordan Adler
Themes of love, loss and the despotic force of time permeate Wong Kar-wai’s films and whole landscapes of emotion are suggested without words. This anomalous approach to storytelling works against the grain of Hong Kong cinema as well as Western narrative convention, and is perhaps best exemplified in his 2000 masterpiece, In the Mood for Love: an enigmatic melodrama where falling in love is anything but a panacea.
Set in 60s Hong Kong, the story chronicles the tentative relationship between a married man and a married woman (played by Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung), both of whom discover, after moving into neighbouring flats, that their respective spouses are having an affair. Drawn by their mutual cuckolded status, Su Li-zhen and Chow Mo-Wan soon fall for each other but, stifled by propriety and moral restraint, never act on their impulses. Instead, their relationship comprises wry smiles, furtive conversations and even »
- Will Roberts
Another interesting project on the slate in 2015. The next project from filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai has been confirmed and kinda/sorta announced, with some actual specific information about what it is. The Chinese filmmaker last brought us the beautiful martial arts epic The Grandmaster, but he hasn't made much else since My Blueberry Nights in 2007. Now he's getting ready to direct another romance, to follow up many in his career (like 2046, In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express). This one is an adaptation of Zhang Jiajia's short story Ferryman, as this will be titled, from the collection I Belonged to You sold in China. Read on. Last week news was reported that we would see Wong Kar-Wai's next movie in 2015, a romance. After many more years of waiting, I'm glad to finally hear he's at it again. But it was finally Film Business Asia (via The Film Stage) that landed confirmation, »
- Alex Billington
The new film from the In the Mood for Love director took 12 prizes at the event, including Best Film.
"I remember it was 1994 when I was last here," he said as he accepted his prize (via The Hollywood Reporter).
"It was a short walk from the podium to the stage, but it took me 20 years to come back to this spot."
The Grandmaster also won Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Costume and Make-up Design, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Design, Best Original Film Score and Best Action Choreography.
The film »
Hong Kong -- The Grandmaster swept the Hong Kong Film Awards with 12 wins, including best film, best director for Wong Kar Wai, best actress for Zhang Ziyi and best supporting actor for Zhang Jin. It was Wong's third best director win at the Hong Kong Film Awards, after his Days of Being Wild (1990) and Chungking Express (1994). "I remember it was 1994 when I was last here. It was a short walk from the podium to the stage, but it took me 20 years to come back to this spot," said Wong when he accepted the award. Best actress
- Karen Chu
Having been called “The Most Powerful Artist in the World” and “China’s Most Dangerous Man,” Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei has made much of an impact in the world of art, and some of his most notable pieces have been in the art of cinema. Now he teams up with writer/director Jason Wishnow (the filmmaker behind "Ted Talks") and Christopher Doyle (Dp of "In the Mood for Love," "Chungking Express," "Hero") to star in the upcoming low-fi sci-fi film entitled "The Sand Storm." Having already wrapped principal photography, the film is currently trying to raise $33,000 on Kickstarter for the post-production phase. Though the film score has been composed, "The Sand Storm," which depicts a dim and gritty not-too-distant dystopian future in which there is no water, still needs money for sound design, color correction and of course visual effects. The film, which is only 10 minutes long, was made »
- Ziyad Saadi
The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16) has named Us producer and writer James Schamus as president of the international jury, whose members will decide the winners of the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2014 Berlinale Competition.
In his work with Ang Lee, Schamus has won awards as a screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain). He was also the chief executive of Focus Features - the company he co-founded - before it merged with FilmDistrict.
The strong line-up of filmmakers and actors that make up the rest of the jury including Barbara Broccoli (Us), Trine Dyrholm (Denmark), Mitra Farahani (Iran), Greta Gerwig (Us), Michel Gondry (France), Tony Leung (China) and Christoph Waltz (Austria).
Broccoli is best known for co-producing the James Bond films while Danish actor Dyrholm recently »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press
Hong Kong (AP) - Run Run Shaw built a Hong Kong movie and TV empire that nurtured rising talents like actor Chow Yun-fat and director John Woo, inspired Hollywood filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and produced the 1982 sci-fi classic "Blade Runner."
Shaw's prolific studio helped bring kung fu films to the world but he also passed on the chance to sign one of the biggest names in that genre: the young Bruce Lee.
The missed opportunity was a rare misstep for Shaw, who died Tuesday, according to a statement from Television Broadcasts Limited (Tvb), which he helped found in 1967. No cause of death was given.
His studio gave his age as 107, but his age according to the Western counting method may have been 106 because Chinese traditionally consider a child to be 1 at birth. Tvb said he was born in 1907, but would not provide his birth date. »
- The Associated Press
The man behind the incredibly inspirational studio known as The Shaw Brothers, Run Run Shaw, has passed on at the glorious age of 107 years old. While he never worked directly within the horror genre, we'd be remiss if we didn't take a moment to honor this true legend of cinema.
From the Official Release
No cause of death was given in a statement from Television Broadcasts Limited (Tvb), which Shaw helped found in 1967.
His Shaw Brothers Studios, once among the world's largest, helped launch the careers of powerhouses including director John Woo and churned out nearly 1,000 movies. His television empire helped actors including Chow Yun-fat rise to fame. He also produced a handful of U.S. films, including the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. »
- Uncle Creepy
He was 107.
His Shaw Brothers Studios, once among the world’s largest, helped launch the careers of powerhouses including director John Woo and his television empire helped actors including Chow Yun-fat rise to fame.
Other stars rose to fame through Shaw’s television station Tvb, which remains a dominant force in Hong Kong. Wong Kar-wai, the director behind critically acclaimed art-house movies like “Chungking Express” and “In the Mood for Love,” got his start through a Tvb training course and worked at the station briefly as a production assistant.
Ironically, one actor who slipped through Shaw’s grasp, Bruce Lee, went on to become the world’s biggest kung fu star.
On December 3, 2013, BAFTA presented a Special Award to Sir Run Run Shaw Cbe, »
- Michelle McCue
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