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China Lions' The Warring States is freshly on DVD and they want you to have a copy of your very own. Heck, they even want to throw in a copy of Feng Xiaogeng's Aftershock! Two brothers, played by veteran actors Sun Hong-Lei (The Road Home, Mongol) and Francis Ng (Exiled, Infernal Affairs II), are locked in battle during one of China's bloodiest and most brutal periods of war in this action-packed historical epic.Sun Bin (Sun Hong-Lei, Mongol), purported descendant of the Art of War author Sun Tzu, is a brilliant military strategist steadily advancing in the ranks of war during China's Warring States Period (fifth to third centuries BC). He's believed to have the knowledge to defeat any opponent in battle. Not to be »
Chinese film producer and director Zhang Yimou will be the 2011 recipient of the Fiapf Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film in the Asia-Pacific region. It was announced by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Apsa) and Fiapf-International Federation of Film Producers Associations announced on Tuesday.
The awards will be given at the fifth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony on Australia’s Gold Coast on November 24.
As the recipient of the Fiapf Award, Zhang Yimou will be inducted into the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, joining fellow Fifth Generation filmmakers Tian Zhuangzhuang and Chen Kaige.
Zhang Yimou began his filmmaking career with Red Sorghum, starring legendary Chinese actress Gong Li in her first leading role. It won a Golden Bear for Best Picture at the 38th Berlin International Film Festival in 1988. In 1990, Zhang’s film Ju Dou became China’s first Academy Awards nomination in the Best Foreign Film category. »
Zhang Yimou continues his genre-hopping career reinvention by following up his western remake “A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop” with “Under the Hawthorn Tree”. Based on a novel by Ai Mi, the film is a romantic drama set during the Cultural Revolution, focusing on the pure love and misfortunes of a young couple played by Shawn Dou and the gorgeous Zhou Dongyu. With both stars making their debuts, the film sees Zhang returning to the humanist territory of his earlier films “The Road Home” and “Not one Less”, taking a simple story and enhancing it with genuine warmth, a keen eye for period detail and plenty of misty eyed emotion and nostalgia. The film follows Zhou Dongyu as Jing Qiu, a high school senior who is sent to the countryside as part of the Cultural Revolution re-education movement to live and work with a family in a mountain village. »
- James Mudge
3 items from 2011
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