17 items from 2011
Men love swords. Why men love swords is a topic that is often debated in A Level psychology classes and usually involves a link to our very own short swords that we carry around. But regardless, men really do love swords. We can’t get enough of them. Swords are up there with fast cars and women.
If I was given the choice between an authentic katana, forged by a master swordsmith in rural Japan or a nice house, I would probably end up single because I would choose the sword.
Well for all of you sword lovers out there – here is my personal top 10 swords in film.
10. Claymore – Braveheart (1995)
The Claymore was a Scottish variant of the English Longsword, slightly smaller in size yet, still a very large two handed sword. Claymores were used extensively during border fights with the English. What makes this sword special however, is how »
- Ed Moorhouse
True Legend aka Su Qi-Er
Directed by Woo-ping Yuen
Written by Chi-long To
(2010) Hong Kong
Beggar Su is the old man who trains Wong-Fei Hung (Jackie Chan) in the drunken fist style in the first Drunken Master, not coincidentally also directed by Woo-ping Yuen, so this film acts as a prequel to the Drunken Master films, explaining how Beggar Su came to be a drunk.
The film starts with Su Qi-Er as a successful and respected general alongside his two best friends Ma (Xiaodong Guo) and his blood-brother Yuan Lie (Andy On). After a thrilling rescue of a kidnapped Imperial prince, Yu is offered a position as governor and advised to send the erratic Yuan into exile. Instead, Yu gives his sword to Ma, retires from the army and ensures that Yuan gets the post as governor.
Yu Qi-Er’s problem is that True Legend is not just a prequel to Drunken Master, »
- Michael Ryan
The Sorcerer and the White Snake, previously known as, It’s Love and Madame White Snake is the upcoming film directed by Ching Siu-tung and starring Jet Li. The film is based on the Chinese Legend of the White Snake and was shot in 3-D.
Director Ching began as an actor and martial arts instructor working in Hong Kong action cinema in the 1960s and 1970s. His father, Ching Gong, was a Shaw Brothers Studio director, and Ching Siu-tung had been trained in Peking opera as a child, and made his directorial debut in 1982 with the ground-breaking wuxia classic Duel to the Death. He’s widely regarded as one of the best choreographers in Hong Kong working on Tsui Hark 1987′s A Chinese Ghost Story, and other high-profile international successes like Shaolin Soccer, Hero, and House of Flying Daggers.
San Diego Comic-Con has released its full schedule for Friday. We have pulled out all of the movie, TV, and DVD-related activities for both nights below. If you want the full schedule with all the comic-book related activities, you can clickHere
Friday, July 23
10:00-11:00 Lego Star Wars
A behind-the-brick look with the Lego Star Wars team at how the epic Star Wars story comes together with the creativity and imagination of the Lego brand. Additionally, be among the first to hear about a special Lego Star Wars entertainment event, and meet Emmy award-winning writer Michael Price. Also includes Q&A time. Room 7Ab
10:00-11:00 Torchwood: Miracle Day
John Barrowman (Doctor Who) and Eve Myles (Doctor Who) join cast members Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman (Independence Day), Alexa Havins (All My Children), and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), along with writer Jane Espenson (Battlestar Galactica), to discuss the »
See the trailer as well as images from Bodyguards & Assassins starring Donnie Yen! Also in the cast of the Teddy Chen action film are Leon Lai, Wang Xueqi, Tony Ka-fai Leung, Nicholas Tse, Simon Yam and Cung Le of Pandorum. Donnie Yen, known for films like IP Man and IP Man 2 as well as Blade II and Hero and Mma fighter Cung Le star in this gripping martial arts blockbuster set in the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong in 1905. The revolutionary movement has spread throughout China, but the corrupt Qing dynasty will do anything to hold on to its power. As Sun Yat-Sen prepares for a historic meeting that will shape the future of the country, a motley crew of men and women are entrusted to protect him from a group of deadly assassins who will stop at nothing to kill him. Winner of eight Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Film, »
Detective Dee – Mystery Of The Phantom Flame
“When a series of mysterious murders prevents the inauguration of China’s first Empress, Detective Dee, the greatest investigative mind and Kung Fu Master of his generation, is brought back from exile to embark on a manhunt that will forever change the course of history! With a matchless performance from leading-man Andy Lau (Warlords and House of the Flying Daggers) and breathtaking action from the martial arts director of Ip Man and Ip Man 2, Detective Dee is non-stop, heart-racing entertainment in the highest traditions of Asian Action Cinema.”
Detective Dee – Mystery of the Phantom Flame is a 2010 Chinese martial arts/whodunit movie based on the Chinese folk hero and celebrated Tang Dynasty official Di Renjie, otherwise known as »
- Baron Fornightly
The average American moviegoer has a very limited exposure to Chinese cinema which often consists of the visually splendorous stunts like those found in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or the sweeping opera of color like that of Hero. If they have any exposure beyond that it probably involves Jet Li or Jackie Chan, and again it’s typically a film centered around astounding fight choreography and stunt work. Empire of Silver (Baiyin Diguo) will require a bit of branching out for American audiences, but the experience will prove mixed as it’s a film of beauty derived from slow and calculated moments of ancient Chinese life but with heavy handed melodrama where American audiences expect grandiose action to be.
China is poised to become the world's second largest film market. But does it want to watch Hollywood films, or its own?
Po, the Kung Fu Panda, may look like an innocuous, chubby animal, but he could turn out to be the most devastating double agent on the world stage since Mata Hari shimmied her way to infamy in the first world war. Last week, the sequel to the Chinese-themed, Us-made animation broke box-office records in China, taking 125m yuan (£11m) in its opening weekend. It's great news for its creators at DreamWorks, mildly irritating news for Chinese animators and intriguing news for the rest of the cinemagoing world, coming just as a newly confident China squares up to the original moviemaking superpower.
In Hollywood, movies that borrow far-eastern exoticism to entertain western audiences are as old as Mann's Chinese Theatre – and usually as authentically Chinese. Kung fu movies have »
(And there are pics to prove it!) Director Tony Ching Siu-Tung is currently finishing the martial arts fantasy "The Sorcerer and the White Snake", an ancient Chinese fairytale in which a young man falls in love with a beautiful woman, not knowing she is in fact a White Demon Snake in disguise. A monk tries to save him by battling the Snake. So far, so "Chinese Ghost Story". But this production has a few aces up its sleeves: Tony Ching Siu-Tung is one of the best choreographer and stunt directors in the business, having worked on productions as diverse as "Hero", "Dororo" and "Shaolin Soccer". And while we're namedropping: the monk will be played by Jet Li and the demon ladies by Vivian Hsu, »
DVD Playhouse: May 2011
Blow Out (Criterion) Brian De Palma’s greatest Hitchcock homage, with a dash of Antonioni thrown in for good measure. John Travolta gives one of his best turns as a sound-effects engineer who unwittingly records a political assassination, then finds himself hunted by a ruthless hitman (John Lithgow, a memorably creepy psycho) after saving the life of the kindly, albeit dim-witted call girl (Nancy Allen, excellent) who was with the deceased. Terrific blend of suspense and very black humor, perhaps De Palma’s finest hour as an auteur. Beautifully shot by Vilmos Zsigmond. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with De Palma, Allen, cameraman Garrett Brown; Photo gallery; De Palma’s 1967 feature Murder a la Mod; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 2.0 surround.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
If you're going to make a martial arts film and you don't have the budget of a grandiose Chinese epic like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon or Hero to take advantage of, there's a way to make up for it: get silly. It worked for Jackie Chan more than a few times, and it looks like it's going to work for Muay Thai Giant as well. The story of a seven foot man who goes into a Hulk-like martial arts rage when he eats the spicy Thai food "somtum", Muay Thai Fighter is too ridiculous not to enjoy. With that said, you're in luck, because we're giving away a copy to one lucky reader. Hit the jump to find out how you can win.
Here's the official synopsis:
While on holiday in Pattaya seven foot gentle giant Barney Emerald is drugged and robbed of all his personal possessions including his passport. »
- Lex Walker
Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart star in Greg Mottola’s Adventureland (2009) Billie Bob Thornton is naughty in Terry Zwigoff’s Bad Santa: Unrated Director’s Cut (2003) French cult classic Betty Blue: Original Theatrical Release (1986) Val Kilmer stars in Blood Out (2011) John Travolta stars in Brian de Palma’s Blow Out: Criterion Collection (1981) D.A Pennebaker’s documentary Bob Dylan: Don’T Look Back (2010) Matt Damon & Heath Ledger star in terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm (2005) Ben Affleck stars in Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy (1997) Korean horror director Shin Jung-Won’s Chawz (2011) Renee Zellweger & Catherine Zeta-Jones star in Rob Marshall’s Chicago (2002) Kevin Smith’s Clerks: 15th Anniversary Edition (1994) Sylvester Stallone & Viggo Mortenson star in Daylight (1996) Francis Ford Coppola’s Dementia 13: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack (1963) Jeffrey Obrow’s The Dorm That Dripped Blood: »
- Travis Keune
A trailer for Yuen Woo Ping’s True Legend is finally online. The film opened last year in Asia and in the UK, but hasn’t yet been released anywhere in North America. For anyone unfamiliar, Yuen Woo-ping is renowned as one of the most successful and influential figures in the world of Hong Kong action cinema. He began directing in 1978 with Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, starring Jackie Chan, followed quickly by Drunken Master launching Jackie Chan as a major film-star. He has worked with the biggest stars in Hong Kong and in some of the biggest movies, including with Sammo Hung in Magnificent Butcher (1979), Yuen Biao in Dreadnaught, Donnie Yen in Iron Monkey, and Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh in Tai Chi Master and Wing Chun.
Yuen’s works, particularly his action choreography on Fist of Legend (propably the greatest martial arts movie ever made), attracted the attention of the Wachowski brothers, »
- Kyle Reese
The True Legend Movie Trailer has premiered. Yuen Woo-ping‘s True Legend (2010) stars Vincent Zhao, Man Cheuk Chiu, Michelle Yeoh, Xiaogang Feng, and David Carradine. True Legend‘s plot synopsis: “Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolution, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Hero) brings you True Legend, a heart pounding epic about the timeless battle between good and evil. Su Can’s (Vincent Zhao) respectable life is obliterated when his vengeful brother, Yuan (Andy On), returns from war armed with the deadly Five Venom Fists. Weakened but not destroyed, Su Can learns a never-before-seen form of martial arts: the Drunken Fist. Armed with this new power, he returns home to honor his family through retribution by taking on his brother in a battle to become the ultimate warrior. Packed with distinct fighting styles–including Mma, knife combat and sweeping aerial »
Demon Empire, 2006.
A demon slayer finds himself in the place between our world and Heaven where, reunited with his lost love, he attempts to stop the leader of an unholy army from shattering the gates to the human realm.
Under the rule of a corrupt royal family, the Royal Demon Slayers, called the ‘Chuyongdae’ carried out an unsuccessful rebellion to try to save the people. With most of their fighters wiped out, the desperate people began offering the living as a sacrifice to the demons. During this time of chaos, a mysterious young man rescues a woman bound to a post and kills the demons that came to claim her. »
The Guardian wonderful piece on AMPAS membership. This had me in stitches
Now 72, Mother Dolores still retains her Academy membership and every year receives copies of the latest Oscar-nominated films from Ampas, thus making her the only fully ordained nun to adjudicate on the oeuvre of Quentin Tarantino.
Low Resolution Joe hands out his 2010 Movie Awards. Fun
Scott Feinberg examines the pitches of nominated performances. All the Oscar narratives have been done before.
- NATHANIEL R
Foreign language remakes of American films aren’t necessarily rare, but they are pretty uncommon. One of the more interesting ones to come out in the past year is a remake of the Coen Brothers’ first film, Blood Simple. The film is modern day noir and filled with great actors, fantastic imagery, and a blackly comedic sense of humor. So naturally Yimou Zhang, the Chinese director of Hero and House Of Flying Daggers, chose to remake it as a broadly comic and extremely colorful romp. A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop hit DVD this week, and Sony is offering up a copy for one lucky winner. How do you enter? Simple… come up with a remake title in the vein of this one. Pick a Us film and then imagine the three-nouned title of a foreign remake. (Think Yogi Bear remade as A Bear, A Cub And A Restraining Order.) Does »
- Rob Hunter
17 items from 2011
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