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Hk FilMart: Andy Lau, Liu Ye Head True Crime Drama ‘Saving Mr. Wu’

Hk FilMart: Andy Lau, Liu Ye Head True Crime Drama ‘Saving Mr. Wu’
Asian superstar Andy Lau and Liu Ye (“Lan Yu,” “The Last Supper”) star in “Saving Mr. Wu,” a true crime story about the kidnapping of a film star.

The picture is directed by action specialist Ding Sheng, who previously directed Jackie Chan vehicles “Police Story 2013” and “Little Big Soldier,” and thrillers “Underdog Knight” parts 1 and 2.

The real story was one that gripped Hong Kong and China for 21 hours in real time. The movie realization is understood to bring to light new details of the police investigation, the cruelty of the kidnappers and the bravery of the kidnapped star.

Other cast includes Wang Qianyuan, Wu Ruofu and Lam Suet.

Production is the first under Ding’s own Beijing Going Zoom Media banner, with co-financiers including mainland China’s Shanghai New Media Group.

International sales are by Hong Kong’s Golden Network, which recently handled smash hit “Dragon Blade” with Jackie Chan,
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A Beautiful Life (2011) Movie Review

“A Beautiful Life” is the latest outing from “Infernal Affairs” helmer Andrew Lau, and sees rather a change of pace for the Hong Kong director after his recent Donnie Yen vehicle “Legend of the Fist: the Return of Chen Zhen”. This time around he swaps martial arts and explosive action for realistic romantic drama, headlined by stars Shu Qi (“If You Are the One”) and Liu Ye (“Lan Yu”) as a tortured couple struggling to find love in the face of suffering. The interesting supporting cast includes former Olympic diver Tian Liang (also in “The Fantastic Water Babies”), Andrew Lin (“Beginning of the Great Revival” and upcoming actress Feng Danying, and despite being a Mainland production, the film also features the one and only Anthony Wong. The plot follows Shi Qi as Li Peiru, an estate agent who relocates to Beijing from Hong Kong, hoping to make money to support her family back home.
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Chinese Art-House Auteur to Do Sci-Fi?

He’s recognized the world over for art house dramas and romances starring the brightest stars of Hong Kong. But for his next project, director Stanley Kwan is trying his hand at science fiction.

The Canadian Press reports Kwan’s new film, which is currently shooting in Shanghai, will revolve around a troupe of acrobats from 1930’s China who travel to the present day, where they befriend a group of modern youths. It will be his first movie in four years, after the 2005 romance Everlasting Regret made a splash on the festival circuit.

Kwan described the new film, which has the Chinese title Dancing with Your Heart, as "The Matrix meets song and dance." It will show off the talents of acting and music students Kwan met while developing a Chinese musical.

"Very few of the graduates of Chinese performing arts schools have the chance to start a career in performing arts,
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H.K.'s Media Asia sets four films

H.K.'s Media Asia sets four films
HONG KONG -- Major Hong Kong production and distribution entity Media Asia Films is ready to roll out a slate of four films in the first half of 2003. Up next for the production outfit after the release of its forthcoming English-language actioner Naked Weapon and cop thriller Infernal Affairs in November and December, respectively, is a Chinese New Year offering tentatively titled Cat & Mouse. The period comedy, starring Canto-pop heartthrob Andy Lau and award-winning actress Cecelia Cheung, is to be directed by Gordon Chan, who recently directed Emperor Multimedia Group's Jackie Chan action- thriller Highbinders. Also in preparation is an untitled project by award-winning director Stanley Kwan, who recently created waves with his underground gay-themed Lan Yu. The romantic comedy will star Hong Kong boxoffice queen Sammi Cheng and singer Leon Lai.

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