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The surprise box office hits of 2016

6 September 2016 12:33 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Sep 8, 2016

Lots of films struggled at the box office this summer - but 2016 has not been short of surprise box office hits. This lot, in fact...

Much of the box office analysis of 2016 – especially summer 2016 – has focused on the collection of films that have fallen short of expected revenues. Be they Star Trek Beyond, Ghostbusters, Independence Day: Resurgence, X-Men: Apocalypse or Ice Age: Collision Course, there’s been no shortage of stories of box office troubles.

But what about the films that have genuinely surprised, and that have found a larger audience than people had been expecting? Turns out that there have been quite a few…

Bad Moms

In a summer where the likes of Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates and Bad Neighbours 2 failed to really take off, Bad Moms has proven to be an R-rated comedy treat. Not helped at first by being sold as from the writers of The Hangover, »

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Vicky Zhao, Leon Dai Under Fire From China Nationalists

8 July 2016 3:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nationalist forces have turned on Zhao Wei, one of China’s most popular actresses and leading directors, due to the inclusion of Taiwan’s Leon Dai in her upcoming film.

The Communist Youth League has used its own website and social media to criticize Zhao (aka Vicky Zhao) over Dai’s alleged support for Taiwanese independence. Its posting on Weibo appears to call for an online boycott of the Zhao-directed “No Other Love” and other films involving Dai.

No Other Love” is now in post-production. It is partly-backed by Alibaba Pictures Group, the film making arm of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba. Other companies credited as producers include China Film Group, Cheerland Entertainment and Pulin Production.

With lengthy text and multiple pictures, the Youth League accuses the veteran Dai (“The Assassin,” “Betelnut Beauty”) has shown his support for Taiwan’s ‘Sunflower’ movement, for universal suffrage and for the Occupy Central »

- Patrick Frater

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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Far from Vietnam,’ Warren Oates, Ken Jacobs & More

30 June 2016 8:23 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

It’s a French New Wave take on America’s worst era — what else could you want? The great Far from Vietnam plays as part of “Welcome to Metrograph: A-z” on Saturday, along with Varda‘s Lion’s Love and Tsai‘s The Hole.

“Summer In the City” brings Dog Day Afternoon and Spike Lee »

- Nick Newman

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Netflix UK: 25 underappreciated comedies to watch now

29 June 2016 11:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Jul 1, 2016

Need a laugh? Here's our guide to 25 comedies that are on Netflix UK now, and are well worth your time...

Putting aside all of the chunter about VPNs and rising subscription costs for a moment, there are more hidden gems to be discovered on Netflix UK than you might expect, and we've been combing through the streaming site's current catalogue to find some of the most underappreciated comedies on offer.

We've come up with this fairly broad selection of films that varies on several fronts. We've picked out a mix of belly laughers and dark comedies, with a couple of dramedies thrown in for good measure. They're not all big Hollywood comedies, but neither are they all films that you're hearing about for the first time, though we've tried to order them according to how well known they may or may not be. What they all have »

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Hey London! The Chinese Visual Festival Showcases The Best Of Contemporary Chinese Cinema

18 April 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

With China fast-becoming the world’s largest film market, Chinese Cinema has never been more relevant or in need of intelligent curatorship. With around 400 films released in China every year, it can be difficult to know where to begin, short of gravitating towards big-name populist masters like Zhang Yimou and Feng Xiaogang.   Curious cineastes in London will be rewarded next month with the Chinese Visual Festival showcasing a fantastic range of contemporary Chinese language cinema, from the mainland, as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong and other indigenous regions like Tibet. A selection of this year’s line-up will be judged by an incredible jury that includes Hong Kong screenwriter Fung Chih-Chiang (Shaolin Soccer, Mermaid), Asian Film expert Jasper Sharp and industry professional Swani Yip.  ...

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T.O.P., Cecilia Cheung Star in Germany-Set Thriller ‘Out of Control’

12 April 2016 3:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Korean pop sensation T.O.P. and Hong Kong star Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi star with “The Vampire Diaries’” Michael Trevino in big-budget German-Chinese co-production “Out of Control.” The film recently began two months of production in Germany.

The story involves a Chinese film and martial arts star (Cheung) who is ensnared by a dangerous plot while visiting the Berlin Film Festival. Her survival and the success of a major rescue mission depend on a Korean secret agent (T.O.P.), who is also her ex-fiance.

T.O.P. (real name Choi Seug-hyun) is part of the Yg Entertainment-produced Big Bang group which have been fixtures across Asia since 2007. T.O.P. has a budding career as an actor with credits including “Tazza: The Hidden Card” and “71: Into the Fire,” and “Out of Control” marks his first movie from China, where Korean bands are massively popular. He remains part of the group, »

- Patrick Frater

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The Mermaid (Mei ren yu) movie review: the biggest movie on the planet you haven’t heard of

11 March 2016 11:59 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A wacky fantasy lark, half screwball comedy, half Looney Tunes. Chinese audiences have thrown half a billion dollars at it. Prepare for Hollywood imitators. I’m “biast” (pro): have enjoyed Stephen Chow’s other movies

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

What are the biggest movies on the planet right now? If you said 1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens and 2) Deadpool, you’d be correct. But you may have trouble guessing No 3, because it has barely made a blip in North America or the U.K. The Mermaid has, however, just passed the half-a-billion (in U.S. dollars) mark at the Chinese box office, after less than a month in release; it’s the first film ever to take in so much across any length of time there, and it’s waaay more than Star Wars has earned there. (Deadpool »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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25 great action films that are 90 minutes or under

10 March 2016 8:29 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Want a quality action film, but you only have an hour and a half? Step this way...

Looking back over the genre, action films definitely haven’t suffered from the trend to make everything longer. They’ve always been pretty long, regularly clocking in at over two hours. Perhaps because of all the slo-mo? But while the sweet spot for action classics seems to be the 100-110 minute mark, there are those that have cut the genre right down to basics, and succeeded all the more for it.

Below is my pick of 25 great action films 90 minutes or under. Even more so than other genres, action crosses many other films - picking a pure ‘action’ flick is all but impossible. So below I’ve chosen films that retain action sequences as their main narrative device, and keep the action at the heart of the movie, rather than as a extra. »

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Chicken and Fish Talk: Stephen Chow's "The Mermaid"

25 February 2016 4:42 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

With an engaging mix of goofy comedy, charming romance and a heartfelt, if somewhat trite, message of ecological sanity, Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid has achieved massive financial success. After less than two weeks in release, it has become the highest-grossing Chinese language film in history, soaring past last summer’s Monster Hunt. The story of a mermaid sent by her people to assassinate the real estate developer who has been trashing their home waters, but who instead falls in love with the guy and leads him to a new ecological awareness, the film lacks much of the anarchic edge or verbal dexterity of Chow’s early mo lei tau comedies, or the transcendent martial arts climaxes of his Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle. It is nonetheless packed to the gills with the kind of moment-to-moment weirdness that characterizes Hong Kong cinema in general and the films of Stephen Chow in particular, »

- Sean Gilman

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The Mermaid review: comedy making huge splash in China has sting in tail

19 February 2016 8:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stephen Chow’s record-breaking aqua-romp is lols all the way – until a sudden last-reel massacre that references The Cove

Currently obliterating box-office records in China, this live-action cartoon finds Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer) elevating a Disneyish set-up – ruthless developer is mollified by the mermaid inhabiting the lagoon he’s plundering – with more of his usual good-to-inspired sight gags. (Much amusement is derived from an attempt to describe a hybrid form to a police sketch artist.)

Happily, Chow’s eye for funny faces and presences remains undimmed: with her wonky lipstick and penguin waddle, Jelly Lin’s heroine could halt even the most intensive construction work, though she can’t quite top the prologue’s bearded, pot-bellied mock-merman, who rises from a bathtub like Ricky Tomlinson in Ken

Loach’s Riff-Raff.

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Im Global nets Stephen Chow’s 'The Mermaid'

10 February 2016 11:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Stephen Chow’s comedy grossed a record $41m on its opening day in China, a record for a domestic title.

Im Global has picked up international rights to Stephen Chow’s comedy The Mermaid, which grossed a record $41m on its opening day (Feb 8) in China.

Through its fast-growing Anthem division, Im Global has also picked up Zao Wang’s The Precipice Game, produced by Shanghai-based Fundamental Films.

Released on the first day of the Chinese New Year holiday, The Mermaid’s opening day box office is the biggest ever for a Chinese title and second only to Furious 7’s $63m opening day haul. Sony Pictures will release the film in the Us on February 19. Im Global has international rights outside of North America, UK, Aus/Nz and Asia.

Kept under wraps during much of its shoot, the zany comedy stars Deng Chao as a young tycoon whose plans to drive marine wildlife away from »

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This Chinese mermaid comedy is destroying the box office

10 February 2016 4:03 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

China kicked off the Year of the Monkey by breaking box office records. The country’s movie theaters pulled in $100.5 million (660 million yuan) on Lunar New Year’s Day — a single day record. A comedy about mermaids is largely to thank for the big turnout at the movies on Monday. A massive $40.9 million of that total came from this comedy, simply titled The Mermaid, on the film’s opening day. So why is mermaid craze sweeping across China? Here’s what we know about the hit new movie: What’s the story? The Mermaid tells the tale of a mermaid who falls for the evil business tycoon she’s been sent to seduce and assassinate. Who’s the big name in this? The name selling a lot of tickets here is director Stephen Chow, a Hong Kong-born actor/director/screenwriter who’s known in China for such hits as Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer. »

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Full Trailer For Stephen Chow's The Mermaid Is Weirdly Serious ... And Not Very Good.

1 February 2016 9:30 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Whenever Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle director Stephen Chow releases a new film it's something of an event. One of the most beloved entertainers on the face of the planet, Chow has an enviable selection of truly great films on his resume and his fan base is massive and global as a result. Though, that being said, Chow is also no stranger to perplexing decisions and bad CGI as well. And both of those elements are very much on display in the full trailer for his upcoming effort The Mermaid. After releasing a pair of charming and very funny - even in translation - teasers for his latest picture the full trailer for The Mermaid has just arrived and it's ... well ... it's...

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Zhao Wei Set to Direct Animated Film Reboot of ‘My Fair Princess ‘

27 January 2016 7:55 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

 

Zhao Wei. Photograph by Chinese Aladdin distributed under a Cc- By-sa 3.0

Zhao Wei and My Fair Princess fans, rejoice! The hit TV series will be brought to life on the big screen with the reboot of the beloved show under the helm of Zhao Wei on the directorial seat.

The animated film is a departure from convention as the new version of ‘My Fair Princess’ will be made to appeal to a new generation of audience and will be produced by Alibaba Pictures under the Alibaba Group.

Zhao Wei first appeared on the limelight as Xiao Yan Zi, the brash, clever, and fearless orphan and lead character in My Fair Princess along with then-newcomers and future superstars Ruby Lin, Fan Bingbing, Alex Su, and Zhao Jie.

The series was created by Taiwan-based Chiung Yao and enjoyed high ratings during its initial release in mainland China and Taiwan in 1998. It held »

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Vicky Zhao To Direct Animated Version Of My Fair Princess

26 January 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Variety reported yesterday that Chinese actress Vicky Zhao will be directing an animated version of, My Fair Princess, a very popular television drama she starred in back in the 90s (pictured left). Zhao was a star of the program about an orphan girl and her unexpected rise to royalty. For Zhao, star of Twitchfilm faves like Shaolin Soccer and John Woo's Red Cliff films, this marks a continuing trend into directing after her debut Mei You Bie De Ai (So Young) in 2013.The pic will produced through Alibaba Pictures Group, a production company of which Zhao and her husband are stakeholders. ...

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Vicky Zhao to Direct Animated ‘My Fair Princess’ for Alibaba Pictures

25 January 2016 1:19 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leading Chinese actress and director Vicky Zhao Wei is to direct an animated feature film version of “My Fair Princess,” the show that made her a star. Production will be through Alibaba Pictures Group, the film production and investment arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

Zhao was the star of the 1990s period drama show that is arguably one of the most commercially-successful Chinese-produced TV series of all time. The show in which an orphaned girl unexpectedly rises to become royalty, was widely exported within Asia.

The show propelled Zhao and co-star Fan Bingbing to celebrity. It was jointly produced by Taiwan’s Yi Ren Communications and China’s Hunan Broadcasting, a production which helped Hunan to become one of China’s biggest TV groups.

Alibaba Pictures confirmed the information in emails to Variety.

Zhao who was star of “Shaolin Soccer,” Red Cliff,” and “Painted Skin,” switched tack and in »

- Patrick Frater

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First Teaser For ‘The Mermaid,’ From ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ Director Stephen Chow

16 January 2016 3:46 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Stephen Chow’s last film was the fantastic  Journey to the West a little under 2 years ago.

Well now Mr Chow is back in ‘ The Mermaid‘.

Stephen Chow is famous for some of the best action comedies of all time (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle) and the way he blands special effects to create truly stunning visual movies is second to known.

The Mermaid looks to continue the trend of unique Chow slipstick comedy mixed with vibrant special effects.

Check out the trailer below

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Expected Release : February 2016 (Hong Kong / China )

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Character Posters And A New Teaser For Stephen Chow's The Mermaid!

13 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The Octopus Man cometh in the new teaser for Stephen Chow's The Mermaid! Chao Deng, Lin Yun, Kitty Zhang, Show Lo, Shangzheng Li, Zhang Wen, Zhang Meie, Ke Bai and Lianshun Kong star in the latest from the director of Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle and the general level of insanity appears to be right about where you would expect from Chow.Along with a new teaser comes a quartet of character posters for the film, check them all out below!...

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