19 items from 2012
Siu-Tung Ching is a skilled martial artist, stunt coordinator and fight choreographer who has helped shaped such spectacular cinema as Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer, John Woo's The Killer, and Yimou Zhang's Hero. But he's also a prolific filmmaker in his own right, with 27 titles to his credit. Though none of his films have yet to make a major impact Stateside, there may be a change coming as his latest action-packed fantasy epic The Sorcerer and The White Snake is set to make its U.S. debut early next year. The film, which features international action star Jet Li, is based on an old Chinese legend about a man who falls in love with a beautiful woman, only to discover she's in fact a deceptive and magical thousand-year-old White Snake. Li plays the titular sorcerer who must battle this bad beast to save the love-struck man's soul. But »
If you weren’t lucky enough to catch Stephen Feng’s Steampunk/kung-fu mash Tai Chi Zero when it hit U.S theatres, your chance will soon be here as it’s heading for Us DVD and Blu next month! TC0 is just one of a load of great; Asian, cult and horror movies heading to DVD, in the new year. Keep an eye on site next week; as we’ll be doing a run down of some of some of the best releases. Synopsis: From the creators of Detective Dee and Shaolin Soccer, featuring martial arts choreography by the legendary Sammo Hung, and Jet Li Tai Chi 0 tells the story of Yang Luchan, a young genius who, tired of being picked on, travels to Chen Village to learn the art of Tai Chi. Luchan finds out the hard way that it is forbidden for a villager to teach an outsider when the villagers, »
With RZA’s kung-fu homage, The Man with the Iron Fists, set to debut on November 2nd, we thought we’d take a look at some iconic weaponry used in martial arts films over the years. After all, RZA’s character, the Blacksmith, makes a bunch of weapons for the warriors in the movie, but nothing stands out quite like his own iron fists. So we’ve put together some clips of iconic weapons used in martial arts movies: some you know, some you may have heard of and some you’ve never seen before. The Man with the Iron Fists, also starring Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Cung Le, Jamie Chung and Dave Bautista, opens November 2nd. Hit the jump to check out the weaponry! I’ll be upfront and say that I’ve dabbled in a number of martial arts disciplines over the years and have studied armed and unarmed combat alike. »
- Dave Trumbore
It's time to learn about overcoming yin with yang.
In a new exclusive clip from the upcoming Chinese movie "Tai Chi Zero," we see some very well equipped villagers beating up an array of soldiers with the help of vegetables. It's clear from the get-go that this isn’t our average martial arts movie, but the flick looks ridiculous and fantastic nonetheless.
This isn't quite at the "Shaolin Soccer" level of comedy, but "Tai Chi Zero" is much closer in tone to that movie than it is to something like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." The martial arts shown in this clip are pretty impressive, even if they're used in a somewhat joking manner. We're probably going to be thinking about this clip the next time we walk down the vegetable aisle in our neighborhood grocery story.
Directed by Stephen Fung, this film follows the gifted Yang Luchan. Yang as a »
- Terri Schwartz
A little behind the rest of the pack, Frankie Chan’s remake (this version is based on the 1972 martial arts classic ‘The 14 Amazons’) Legendary Amazons is finally set to debut in America, via Well Go USA. Cecilia Cheung (Shaolin Soccer), Cheng Pei-Pei (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) and Liu Ziaoqing (Plastic Flowers) star as widowed wives who must lead the other widows into battle when the last of a long line of Song generals are killed. Richie Ren (Life Without Principle, Accident) also stars as Yang Zongbao, the last of the Song generals to fall. Bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes featurette and a new, optional (the only option for that in our book, is the Off position) English dub. Legendary Amazons debuts on U.S Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital....October 16th Synopsis: Yang Zongbao is the last man standing in the Yang clan, a family of generals who have dedicated »
The Toronto International Film Festival preview train rolls on! So far we've covered The Big Launches and The Fantastic Side of Things. Now we turn our attention to some of the notable Asian cinema at the fest. Tai Chi 0 Actor/filmmaker Stephen Fung (writer of Shaolin Soccer) directs an all-star cast including uber-hottie Shu Qi, Daniel Wu, and Tony Leung Ka Fai in this lighthearted steam punk kung fu tale. Trailer | Teaser Land Of Hope Love him or hate him, Sion Sono has made some of the most interesting cinema to come out of Japan in recent years. His latest is a response to the nuclear disaster about an affected rural family. Trailer | Teaser Dangerous Liaisons It's been a few years since »
★★★☆☆ Directed by Stephen Fung, choreographed by Sammo Hung and starring a whole host of Kung Fu legends, Tai Chi 0 (2012) is a kinetic frenzy of a movie, whose giddy inventiveness will be far too much for some, but a giggle for anyone who enjoys the frenetic quality of filmed martial arts. Those grasping for comparison pieces would be best off visualising a heady blend of Shaolin Soccer (2001) and Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) - without the insipid irritant that is Michael Cera.
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- CineVue UK
You may want to grab a pair of clean underwear before perusing all of the goodies you see towards the bottom of the page. They’re really freaking cool. In fact, I’m not really going to spend a whole lot of time talking about them. After all, what else could I possibly say about Stephen Fung’s upcoming steampunk martial arts flick “Tai Chi 0″ that I haven’t said before. I mean, the flick even features Peter Stormare, for crying out loud! I can’t say anything else! I can’t! Onto the synopsis: From the creators of Detective Dee and Shaolin Soccer, featuring martial arts choreography by the legendary Sammo Hung, and Jet Li Tai Chi 0 tells the story of Yang Luchan, a young genius who, tired of being picked on, travels to Chen Village to learn the art of Tai Chi. Luchan finds out the »
- Todd Rigney
This week's clip joint rifles through the record collection to find the best scenes with characters forced to face the music
This week's Clip joint is by James Kipping, a freelance floor runner for film and television. Think you can do better? Email your idea for a future Clip joint to firstname.lastname@example.org
Diegetic music in film is often heard in clubs scenes or car radios, creating atmosphere but rarely having the power to affect characters. So going for the most despondent Clip joint award, here are a selection of films that feature recurring songs that haunt our characters, songs that bring either painful memories or strike fear in others that hear them. The positive note being that I like to think these characters enjoyed the songs at some point in their lives…
1. Three Colours: Blue (Song for the Unification of Europe)
After Juliette Binoche's composer »
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A screen legend, a veteran film producer and talented fresh gems of Hong Kong film making, all brought together in London for the highly anticipated ‘Hong Kong 15 Film Festival’ from 2nd – 14th July 2012.
The Festival is thrilled to introduce new emerging talent, first-time and established filmmakers reflecting the vibrancy and energy of Hong Kong cinema. For this special occasion, world renowned star Jimmy Wang Yu and producer Roger Lee will be appearing in their respective film screenings, along with acclaimed directors Fung Chih Chiang and Jessey Tsang.
Famed in both Hong Kong and international film circles, Jimmy Wang Yu is widely credited as being the first Hong Kong Kung Fu star and this veteran of over 80 films has been a vital part of the evolution of Hong Kong action films since he joined Shaw Brothers studio in 1963.
He is still actively acting four decades later and ‘Hong Kong 15 Film Festival »
After a successful decade writing for the likes of Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, CJ7), Johnnie To (Sparrow) and Law Wing Cheong (Hooked On You, Punished), screenwriter Fung Chih Chiang finally takes a swing at directing with this light-hearted crime caper based on his own script. The increasingly ever-present Chapman To stars as low level Guangzhou bounty hunter, Cho, who will track down anything from criminals to missing pets in order to eke out a living. When his agent, Boss Tony (Wen Chao), sends him to a remote Hong Kong island in search of a ruthless thief wanted for assaulting a young bride, Cho soon finds himself caught up in the antics of eccentric hotelier Suen (Alex Man) and his oddball daughter, Linda (Fiona Sit).Nothing could »
Do you need some good martial arts-related news this evening? Well, here you go: Director Stephen Fung’s steampunk kung fu flick “Tai Chi 0″ is getting a theatrical run here in the States this fall. However, since the movie probably won’t play in a theater near me (yes, I’m bitter), I’m hoping the film will enjoy a day-and-date release on VOD. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed until the bones snap in half. Not really. Please don’t call Adult Protective Services. Once again, here’s the synopsis: From the creators of Detective Dee and Shaolin Soccer, featuring martial arts choreography by the legendary Sammo Hung, and Jet Li Tai Chi 0 tells the story of Yang Luchan, a young genius who, tired of being picked on, travels to Chen Village to learn the art of Tai Chi. Luchan finds out the hard way »
- Todd Rigney
Though Fung Chi Chiang may be a fresh face as a director, he's certainly not new to the film industry. As a writer Fung has some enormous titles on his resume, including Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer and CJ7 and Johnnie To's Sparrow. And now, after writing for some of the giants of the industry, Fung is stepping behind the camera to direct himself.The film is titled The Bounty - an action comedy starring Chapman To and Fiona Sit, with To playing an unemployed and not particularly competent bounty hunter.The trailer promises great fun, check it out below. »
Well kids, it looks like the U.S is the place to this autumn if your kettle of fish is martial arts mayhem mashed up with liberal dose steam punk visuals. Well Go USA and Variance Films have teamed up to drop Tai Chi 0 on the United States and Canada as quickly as possible....so on October 26th it will be unleashed on an unsuspecting continent, and we have to say it looks all kinds of (and we don’t use this word often) Awesome! Synopsis: From the creators of Detective Dee and Shaolin Soccer, featuring martial arts choreography by the legendary Sammo Hung, and Jet Li Tai Chi 0 tells the story of Yang Luchan, a young genius who, tired of being picked on, travels to Chen Village to learn the art of Tai Chi. Luchan finds out the hard way that it is forbidden for a villager »
Directed by Matt Piedmont
As I've been diving into some older westerns lately, I looked forward to the idea of Will Ferrell creating a spoof of those films in Casa de mi Padre. However, it's a comedy done in a foreign language; I don't know about you, but I've always struggled with comedies when having to read subtitles. Which is tough, because I absolutely love foreign films.
For example, Father and Guns was a good, entertaining foreign movie; I could see where the humor was, but having to use subtitles to deliver that humor made it challenging to actually find it funny (of course, there are exceptions, such as Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, where I couldn't stop laughing). Unfortunately, that's about half the humor in Casa de mi Padre; the other half was the »
- Josh Baldwin
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently streaming on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to This Means War, The Secret World of Arrietty and Undefeated.
Tomorrow in theaters it’s spy versus spy when two secret agents become romantic rivals, a scrappy underdog team fights their way to football glory and a teeny teen discovers a grand new world. But if you want more action-romance-comedies, more heartwarming sports tales, and more spirited adventures with pint-sized protagonists , we’ve got you covered with the best titles Now Streaming.
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Deluxe Entertainment Services Group has acquired Hong Kong-based post-production and VFX house, Centro Digital Pictures.
Deluxe Australia managing director Alaric McAusland said it had enjoyed a close working relationship with Centro (and Centro's former owner Disney) and.had been eyeing up an entry into the high-growth region for some time.
"More and more studio customers are looking to partner into that area and are looking for a safe and trusted pair of hands to execute their creative endavours," he said.
The acquisition will also provide a gateway for Deluxe's international customers looking to partner with Hong Kong and Chinese filmmakers while also providing access for regional content producers looking to finish and deliver high-quality content into North American and European markets.
Centro's feature film credits include Storm Riders, »
- Brendan Swift
From animation to epic sci-fi to intimate dramas, here’s our pick of the 50 finest foreign language films of the past ten years…
It is quite clear that mainstream cinema no longer applies just to Hollywood blockbusters, or the odd British comedy. With the advent of mass home cinema in the last decade, and the increasing availability of pretty much anything and everything on DVD, Blu-ray, or streaming services like Netflix, world cinema has finally crossed the divide of being the preserve of the connoisseur, or the type of thing you’d stumble on late at night on TV.
In the last ten years, world cinema has made a massive impact on film-of-the-year lists, and many people’s personal favourites. Starting from 2002 and ending here in 2012, it’s safe to say that you’ll have seen many of the films below, and enjoyed them simply as great pieces of filmmaking, »
There have been a number of attempts to bring the short life of martial arts legend Bruce Lee to the screen. In the years following his untimely death in 1973 Bruceploitation was born, a whole new genre created to continue Lee’s legacy starring lookalike actors with names such as Bruce Li and Bruce Le in films either emulating Lee’s style and re-hashing his previous films or taking the biopic route and telling fantastical, mythical interpretations of Lee’s life. As new stars began to emerge from the martial arts scene the genre was thankfully short lived, despite this the desire to tell a definitive version of the Bruce Lee story never faded.
In 1993 director Rob Cohen made a valiant effort at bringing Lee’s story to life with Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. Starring Jason Scott Lee (no relation) in the leading role the film had all the elements »
- Chris Wright
19 items from 2012
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