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When it comes to screen actresses, Maggie Cheung is right up there with the best so it was sad news to hear she has retired from movies.
The first time i seen Maggie in a movie was back in the 90′s when i watched Iceman Cometh and i thought she was great, could act in comedy and turn to serious with ease and also she is beautiful. I was hoping she would make one more appearance in a future Police Story movie, but i wish her all the luck in the world moving forward into music and editing.
This is what she recently said about her retirement and her future plans.
“I no longer have that dream and don’t want to act in anything anymore,” Maggie at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.
“It is only nowadays, in my everyday life, that I feel I am beginning to be a good person, »
Plot76% Acting79% Directing73% Music71%Some very interesting segments, both action-wise and story-wise.Never quite reaches its full potential. 75%Overall Score Reader Rating: (4 Votes)91%Horizontal Vs Vertical
“The Grandmaster” ( or “The Grandmasters” depending on your location ) is director Kar Wai Wong‘s first attempt at the kung-fu genre. His most notable successes have mostly been about the pain of lost romance ( “My Blueberry Nights“, “2046” and “In The Mood For Love” instantly come to mind ) so it’s no surprise that “Yi Dai Zong Shi” is a mixed bag of good and bad.
The story spans a few decades, starting in the early 1930′s. The premise of the movie is simple enough:Gong Yutian ( Qingxiang Wang ), a renowned master of China’s Southern and Northern styles of martial arts, comes to town to celebrate his eventual retirement. It’s at the Golden Pavilion, the number one brothel in the region, that he decides to make the big announcement. »
Chicago – In a situation that has happened in many U.S. households over the last ten years, the new film “The Girls on Liberty Street” explores the days leading up to a family shipping on of their own to the Army. The twist is that the potential soldier is female, and the reaction to this in the story is rich and nuanced. The film was produced, written and directed by John A. Rangel, and produced by David Rokos.
Brianna Zepeda is Leaving Home in ‘The Girls on Liberty Street’
Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival
The film was entered in the new directors competition, remarkable for a local (Aurora, Illinois) filmmaker and a micro budget film. There are so many personal commonalities in the film as to the reaction to the girl, portrayed by Brianna Zepeda, and the story offers a unique insight into the variety of human souls who »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
This is the fourth and final dispatch on some of the goods offered by the 57th London Film Festival’s ‘Experimenta’ section.
Is it problematic to name a film festival’s programme strand to denote some kind of aesthetic experimentation? Surely, the argument goes, all works of art operate and evolve within and along what Mark Cousins has defined as a “schema + variation” trajectory. Even the most formulaic film contains a tension between familiarity and originality. Those mainstream films we customarily understand to be genre pieces work within established parameters (aesthetic, narrative) and are often interpreted accordingly, in relation to how they fit within certain tropes.
To consciously programme a number of works under the umbrella term of ‘Experimenta’ may actually marginalize the films rather than draw new audiences to them. Great for those already inclined toward such works—those who’ll seek out films precisely because they’re unlikely »
- Michael Pattison
Valentine's Day is a few months away and your movie programming is gearing up with a remake of Brooke Shields' Endless Love starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde. In the mood for love, watch the new sexy preview to the updated love story.
Based on the book by Scott Spencer, Endless Love was first adapted in 1981 with Brooke Shields starring as the love struck teen. Gabrielle Wilde (Carrie, The Three Musketeers) is the young girl in this version starring as the privilege teen whose attraction to a boy (Alex Pettyfer) from the wrong side of the tracks leads to all sorts of problems when the parents interfere with their love affair.
This is one hot and heavy love story starring the handsome Alex Pettyfer and newcomer Gabrielle Wilde with the tagline, "This Valentine’s
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As one monthly theme begins, another ends. The former is, of course, Sound on Sight’s monthlong dedication to all films that scare, terrify, or spook us in conjunction with October being the scariest month of the year. (That’s a scientific fact, folks.) The latter is our look at the works of Wong Kar-Wai, inspired by his latest film, The Grandmaster. Though September’s just now ended, a handful of your intrepid Sound on Sight contributors, as well as our benevolent editor-in-chief/overlord, came together to vote on Wong Kar-Wai’s best films, his worst, and everything in between. What follows are capsule reviews of each of his films, listed in order based on the Sound on Sight’s staffwide vote. What’s our favorite Wong Kar-Wai film? Well, read on through the entire list, and you’ll find out. Enjoy!
Stylistically at odds with itself, »
- Josh Spiegel
Wong Kar Wai’s latest film, The Grandmaster, stars Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang and kicks into retail on November 26, 2013 for an Srp of $29.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $24.98 for the DVD. Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of The Grandmaster from writer and director Wong Kar Wai (Happy Together, In The Mood For Love And My Blueberry Nights). Presented by Martin Scorsese, The Grandmaster was recently selected as Hong Kong's submission in the best foreign language film category at the 86th Academy Awards®. From acclaimed director/writer Wong Kar Wai comes an epic tale inspired by the life of the warrior hero who taught Bruce Lee. Asian superstar Tony Leung (In The Mood For Love) portrays legendary Kung Fu master Ip Man, who survived »
- Pietro Filipponi
Everyone loves a romantic movie, right? Here's what the Guardian and Observer's critics think are the 10 most romantic movies of all time. Let us know what you think in the comments below
Peter Bradshaw on romantic movies
Movies such as Gone With the Wind and Doctor Zhivago lent something grand and epic to romantic love, but it was perhaps the much-loved weepie An Affair to Remember that did the most to introduce us to the more domestic idea of the chick flick or the date movie – the romantic film adored by women and tolerated by their husbands and boyfriends.
Hong Kong – Director Wong Kar Wai's martial arts epic The Grandmaster has been selected to be Hong Kong's representative in the best foreign language film category at the 86th Academy Awards, the Federation of Motion Film Producers announced on Monday. Starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai (Infernal Affairs, Lust, Caution) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; My Lucky Star), The Grandmaster was screened in Los Angeles during a special salute to Wong -- whose other credits include Happy Together, In the Mood for Love and My Blueberry Nights -- by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on July 22. Photos: 100 Oscars
- Karen Chu
Directed by Wong Kar Wai
2046 was the first movie I had seen from director Wong Kar Wai. It was gorgeously shot, epic in it’s scope and turned me into a fan right away. His next movie, My Blueberry Nights, a much smaller film than 2046, wasn’t that great. But it was then that I went back and saw his back catalogue of films like Chunking Express and In the Mood for Love, etc. Those films only reiterated why I liked Kai and his style so much. But I have to admit, when I started seeing trailers for his newest movie The Grandmaster, I wasn’t exactly pumped for what I might see. Maybe it was, for whatever odd reason, I felt the trailers looked too much like a mash up between The Matrix and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, but I hesitant… »
- Craig Dietz
This week we've got a crazy theory about Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster that we'd like to float by you, after David watched the original cut, hated it, then watched the American cut (now opening in theaters) and really hated it, then decided the original cut was a masterpiece. How did this happen? Is the new movie from the director of In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express worth your time? Find out as we review The Grandmaster, and also pick your answers to our lightning round question about the best thing you did this summer. To listen to Tuesday's main episode click here. Take a listen below and find your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can follow the show (@opkino), Da7e (@da7e), David (@davidehrlich or @CriterionCorner), Patches (@misterpatches) and Katey (@kateyrich) on Twitter. We also welcome your feedback--and there are lots of »
Chicago – The saga of Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” is already pretty well-known in the circles of those who would be drawn to the latest work from one of our best living directors. The man behind works like “Chunking Express,” “Happy Together,” and “In the Mood For Love” demands attention every time.
And this time he got some from the notorious Harvey Weinstein, a man who brought Wong’s latest work stateside but in a very different form than it is playing in any other market. Numerous articles have already been written that break down the differences between “The Chinese Cut” and the American one, and many of the changes seem inherent to significant problems that I had with the only version I’ve seen. I like enough of what remains after Harvey’s scissoring to recommend you see “The Grandmaster,” if only to have a point of comparison once »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Written by Wong Kar-Wai
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai
Hong Kong and China, 2013
It’s almost impossible to consider the U.S. cut of The Grandmaster without wondering what’s been lost, to the point of regretting that either Harvey Weinstein or director Wong Kar-Wai (depending on which story you read) doesn’t trust American audiences to pick up on simple nuances, character titles and motivations, and historical context. One character, late in the film, discusses the idea of regrets, and that life wouldn’t be worth living without harboring a few. Perhaps, then, it’s fitting that The Grandmaster, or the shortened version being released this weekend in North America, may be a beautiful elegy to the past that never stops letting its audience know that a fuller cut exists, giving them their own regret to harbor.
Based on a true story, The Grandmaster focuses on Ip Man »
- Josh Spiegel
Vin Diesel has been teasing a role in an upcoming Marvel movie for a long time now. Just today, he all-but-confirmed to EW the rumors that he was voicing a character in one of the superhero-studio’s movies — probably Guardians of the Galaxy, probably Groot. This may be surprising, but it’s actually simply the next phase in an ongoing evolutionary process that dates back to the dawn of the new century. You see, way back in 2000 2001, Vin Diesel headlined The Fast and the Furious, a movie about fast cars and the furious people who drive fastly. Diesel left; in respone, »
- Darren Franich
Before Bruce Lee, there was his instructor, the Kung fu Grandmaster Ip Man. The tale of this incredible non-fictional character is presented in The Grandmaster, the latest film from perfectionist director Wong Kar Wai. Tony Leung stars as the title character, and is at the center of the film’s numerous wondrous sequences of Kung fu, as choreographed by Woo-ping Yuen, who previously worked on Twin Dragons and Kill Bill: Vol. 2. Leung stars opposite Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Ziyi Zhang.
Leung is an Asian superstar actor, and has starred in a bundle of acclaimed Asian films from notable directors like John Woo, Yimou Zhang, Ang Lee, and certainly Wong Kar Wai. Such films include In the Mood for Love, Happy Together, 2046, Hero, Infernal Affairs, Lust, Caution, and Red Cliff. While he has reportedly expressed great interest in working with filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, he still hasn’t worked in a Hollywood production. »
- Nick Allen
As a British colony until 1997 and Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong has created a popular culture completely unique to East Asian metropolitan living. This is demonstrated, in part, by the rich cinema tradition that has been continually exported from Hong Kong since the late 1970s, which bore films that distinctively combined East and West. While the region has produced some of the most memorable martial arts and action films of the late 20th century, the “Hong Kong New Wave” also witnessed the emergence of several great dramatists including Stanley Kwan, Yim Ho, Ann Hui and, of course, Wong Kar-Wai. For someone unfamiliar with Hong Kong firsthand, Wong’s films provide a resonant, bewitching, perhaps even definitive portrait of the city. In his international breakthrough Chunking Express, the densely populated metropolis’s kinetic movement and globalized circuits are accentuated by the film’s restless camera and Cranberries-infused soundtrack. In the Mood for Love stages several intimate »
- Landon Palmer
This week's openings didn't reach the heights of the strongest mid-summer specialized releases, but two did solid initial business. Weinstein's "The Grandmaster" and Cinedigm's "Short Term 12" both have a ways to go before they're hits, but each grabbed decent sampling and critical heft to boost them in upcoming weeks, when there will be less competition among new films until late September when the fall glut begins. Opening "The Grandmaster" (Weinstein) - Criticwire: B-; Metacritic: 73; Festivals include: Berlin 2013, Karlovy Vary 2013 $132,300 in 7 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $18,900 Wong Kar-wai, one of Asia's most acclaimed directors (his 2001 "In the Mood for Love" was the highest-ranked Chinese region film on last year's Sight and Sound's once-a-decade all-time best film list), has had an uneven output over the past decade as his films have reached higher budgets and aimed at broader Asian audiences. "The Grandmaster" is not a typical art-film. Despite its showcasing at. »
- Tom Brueggemann
"The Grandmaster" -- already Wong Kar-wai's highest grossing film at the Chinese box office -- hit U.S. theaters this weekend care of Mr. Harvey Weinstein (in a version 22 minutes shorter than what China got), and got off to a very respectable start. In 7 theaters, the film grossed $132,259 for a $18,894 average -- the highest average of any film in release, wide or limited. The film is Wong's first release since his 2007 English language film "My Blueberry Nights," which The Weinstein Company also released. That film averaged a so-so $12,357 from 6 theaters (especially given it wasn't in a foreign language and starred the somewhat marketable likes of Norah Jones, Jude Law and Natalie Portman) and ended up with $867,275. That was below 2001's "In The Mood For Love" ($2,738,980) and 2004's "2046" ($1,444,588). The opening of "The Grandmaster" is promising enough to suggest it could end up with a gross at least in between those two films. »
- Peter Knegt
Everybody is kung fu fighting in this historical epic from director Wong Kar Wai (2046, In the Mood for Love). Tony Leung stars as Ip Man, a master of the real-life Wing Chun style of kung fu and the legendary teacher of Bruce Lee. In mid-1930s China, Ip Man is selected as the successor to aging Grandmaster Gong Baosen (Wang Qingxiang). The only person who can best Ip is the old master's daughter, Gong Er (Ziyi Zhang), but being a woman, she can't assume the mantle. Instead, Gong Er and Ip Man end up sharing an unconsummated romance that spans decades. Ready for some fighting and flirting? Chop, kick and punch your way through these fun facts: 1. Pain & Gain (& Rain): Tony Leung, a frequent player in Wong Kar »
Wong Kar-Wai has made multiple legitimate masterpieces, from breakthrough films in the early 90s like Chungking Express to the heartbreaking romance In The Mood For Love to the futuristic sci-fi saga 2046. Any new movie he releases is therefore a major event, which is why we're so excited to see The Grandmaster coming to theaters this weekend. Wong reunites with Tony Leung, who starred in In the Mood and 2046 as well as familiar films like Lust, Caution and Infernal Affairs, for a wide-ranging, sort-of biopic about Ip Man, the legendary kung fu master who taught Bruce Lee. But if you think The Grandmaster is a typical biopic you obviously don't know Wong, who in the film infuses even the most average moment-- a button placed on a table, for example-- with stunning beauty. You have to see The Grandmaster for yourself to really understand it, but to get an idea of »
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