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Shanghai — Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Warner Bros. Pictures are to co-finance and co-produce 3-D Chinese fantasy film “Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal.”
The film is now in production and is produced by Desen International Media. It is set for release in Feb. 2015 in time for a major Chinese New Year outing.
Directed by Zhao Tianyu (“The Law of Attraction”), “Snow Girl” stars Chen Kun (“The Painted Skin,” “Bends”), Li Bingbing (“Transformers 4”,) Winston Chao (“Eat Drink Man Woman,” “The Wedding Banquet”,) Yang Zishan (“So Young”,) Bao Bei-er (“So Young”,) and Jike Junyi (“Outcast”).
The story sees legendary anti-hero Zhong Kui as a young man endowed with mysterious powers, forced into a battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in order to save his countrymen and the woman he loves.
- Patrick Frater
No one succumbs to a shrimp allergy or suffers violent gastrointestinal distress in “Tasting Menu,” but everyone assembled for this relentlessly mediocre ensemble dramedy seems to be having a fairly wretched time all the same, the audience not least of all. Bringing together some of the least compelling dinner guests in recent memory at a world-class restaurant that’s about to permanently close its doors, this blandly seriocomic misfire from Spanish co-writer/director Roger Gual is too lazy to rise to the level of farce, too banal and insincere to work as drama. Truly neither fish nor fowl, it’s unlikely to tempt any but the most undiscerningly middlebrow of arthouse audiences in limited theatrical release.
Gual and Javier Calvo’s script draws an unsubtle parallel between Chakula, the Catalonian coastal restaurant where the film is almost entirely set, and El Bulli, the real-life molecular gastronomy powerhouse that closed its »
- Justin Chang
East met east Thursday night in New York as directors Ang Lee and Zhang Yimou took to the stage for an intimate dialogue about their lives and careers, organized by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Beijing-based online video portal LeTV, whose movie arm LeVision Pictures produced Zhang’s latest film, “Coming Home.”
It was a fascinating meeting of the minds between Zhang (pictured), who began his career as the oft-banned enfant terrible of the “fifth generation” of mainland Chinese filmmakers before going on to direct the international blockbuster “Hero” as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics; and the Taiwan-born Lee, himself an Nyu-Tisch grad, who started out in the American indie cinema of the early 1990s and has since climbed the Hollywood A-list with his double Oscar wins for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi.”
Although the 75-minute, Mandarin-language event »
- Scott Foundas
Between its two weekends, CAAMFest adheres to a civilized program of evening screenings that begin at 6 pm or later and encourage you to see one or two movies an evening -- civilized, except for the fact that driving over the bridge from the East Bay in order to arrive in Japantown by showtime required an hour. I planned to leave earlier in order to savor a bowl of freshly-made noodles at the delightful Suzu Noodle House right next door to the Kabuki, as well as cut down on the actual drive time, but that never happened. I was lucky enough to grab a package of gyoza from the takeout area of the excellent Nijiya Market, halfway in-between the Kabuki and the New People Cinema. And I needed it for Monday's first film, Ang Lee's 1994 "Eat Drink Man Woman," charmingly introduced by Ted Hope -- erstwhile Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society, »
- Meredith Brody
Foodies who feasted on “Big Night,” “Babette’s Feast” and “Eat Drink Man Woman” may flock to “Chef,” a lightweight but high-calorie confection in which the actors often run the risk of being upstaged by all manner of scrumptious-looking cuisine. Written and directed by Jon Favreau, who also stars as a professionally frustrated chef who earns a second helping of happiness while operating a food truck, this amiably rambling dramedy will play best with audiences primed to go with the flow of its leisurely pacing while enjoying the cross-country ride. And, of course, savoring the views of that tempting grub.
The slightly longish setup establishes Carl Casper (Favreau) as a stressed-for-success master chef in a trendy Los Angeles restaurant where he is absolute master of his kitchen — as long as he pleases the establishment’s demanding owner (Dustin Hoffman). When an even more demanding restaurant blogger (Oliver Platt) pans Casper »
- Joe Leydon
Despite the obvious mafia connections, The Capones is at its heart a show about a family restaurant. Of course, food and family have always gone together, so in honor of its premiere we decided to count down the seven best movies about family and food ever made.
Family, Food, and Lots of Fighting
Returning with new episodes in March
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- Sean Gandert
6 items from 2014
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