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Sammo Hung's 'My Beloved Bodyguard' - A Huge Disappointment !Action45%Story43%2016-05-2744%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (2 Votes)69%
Right, let me first prefix this by saying that I am and always will be a big fan of Sammo Hung.
But I’m also a fan of quality movies and If I come across a movie that really leaves a bad taste in the mouth then there is no way I can sugar-coat how bad it is ! ( I did the same with Jackie Chan’s incredibly poor ‘Chinese Zodiac’ ) , and let me tell you this My Beloved Bodyguard is bad. !
My Beloved Bodyguard aka ‘The Bodyguard’ is the latest film from one of the most pivotal figures in Martial Arts / Action Cinema.
- The Tiger
In “Inside Men,” a smashing political revenge thriller with more double-crossings than “Infernal Affairs,” a prosecutor allies himself with a gangster to topple the corrupt cabal formed by a congressman, a tycoon and a media pundit. South Korean writer-director Woo Min-ho (“The Spies”) has crafted a deliberately paced yarn packed with shrewd political insight and gripping procedural detail. An instant domestic hit, the film enjoyed a second wind when a three-hour director’s cut was released a month later, pushing its B.O. total to about $62.95 million. It should be no outsider to major Asian markets and genre circles.
Though they’ve been a staple in Korean cinema, the last few years have seen a steep rise in political thrillers that lambast unholy alliances between state departments, politicians, chaebols (conglomerates) and the mafia. Comparable with Ryu Seung-wan’s “The Unjust” in its canny grasp of how the country’s venal social hierarchy thrives, »
- Maggie Lee
Superhero franchise movie “Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice” slumped at the Chinese box office as it entered its second week of release.
On Friday (April 1) the film earned $2.57 million (RMB16.7 million) and slipped from first place to fourth in the Chinese box office rankings. That score represents a drop of 85% compared with the previous Friday (March 25,) when it opened in China with $18.4 million as part of a globally coordinated day-and-date release.
“Batman v Superman” has seen its box office scores reduce on a daily basis through the week following its Saturday (March 26) peak of $22.3 million. With a host of new Chinese-language releases ahead of the local holiday — Tomb Sweeping Festival (Qingming) — that meant that exhibitors slashed the number of screens available to “Batman V Superman.”
- Patrick Frater
The third part in the commerciually successful franchise (combined $4,6 million in Hong Kong) directed by Jingle Ma, after “Tokyo Raiders” and “Seoul Raiders” will star Tony Leung Chiu-wai (Infernal Affairs, Hero, In the Mood for Love, 2046) amd Kris Wu, the former member of the K-pop band Exo and protagonist of “The Mermaid”, China’s most succesful film of all time.
Production will start next month in Italy,Austria Shanghai and Japan, headed by Wong Kar-wai’s Jet Tone Films who has implemented a budget of $26 million for the film, with the release being set for 2017.
Kriw Wu, who has already secured international status, is currently filming Luc Besson’s “Valerian” and “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage”, in Hollywood.
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- Panos Kotzathanasis
Let’s talk remakes. Our series continues with a remake that was so good it won four Oscars, including Best Picture. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Departed (2006).
This week’s film is a rare occasion where the remake has won more awards, been on more Best Film lists and has received more overall acclaim than the original. That’s quite an impressive feat when you consider how good the original film was. Infernal Affairs (2002) is a great film from Hong Kong that won a whole cluster of cinematic honors internationally and is at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s 2006 American remake, the Departed, seems to get onto even more “Top 10” lists and also won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Academy Awards. It has a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 86% on Metacritic.
The original Hong Kong film, which was the first film of a trilogy, was done »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Exclusive: Martial arts epic also sold to Germany and several Asian territories.
Well Go has also taken UK rights to the $32m martial arts epic in partnership with the UK’s Trinity Film.
Germany’s Splendid Film has acquired rights for German-speaking territories and Benelux.
Call Of Heroes, which revolves around a plucky group of villagers standing up to a cruel young general, has also sold to a raft of Asian territories including Singapore (Clover Films), Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam (Gsc Movies), Taiwan (Sky Films Entertainment) and Indonesia (Pt Teguh Bakti Mandiri).
Universe is also teaming with Bona Film Group to co-produce Herman Yau’s Shock Wave, starring [link=nm »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
The gangster movie occupies a pretty traditional place in the cinematic lexicon. In terms of story, there’s not a vast amount of air between Goodfellas and the Godfather, between Mean Streets and Miller’s Crossing – and Infernal Affairs and The Departed are practically the same film.
Now, these genre touchstones may well be in place for a reason. They’re the mise en scène of these movies, the plot points, archetypes and grace notes that provide a shorthand to tell the story and a shortcut for audiences to become invested in those stories. But after watching dozens and dozens of films with the same imagery, the same symbolism, the same stereotypes and the same damaged, violent protagonists, any kind of a change is a welcome one.
That’s why it’s heartening when you come across a film that takes those well worn tropes and stabs them in the eyes, »
- Ben Cooke
Over the past 20 years, there have been more remakes than Hollywood has seen before. Sometimes they turn out fantastic like The Departed (a remake of Infernal Affairs) or True Grit (a remake of the John Wayne western of the same name). But it seems more often there have been duds such as Len Wiseman’s […]
The post Votd: A Side-by-Side Comparison of Movies and Their Remakes appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Originally a remake of acclaimed Hong Kong crime-thriller Infernal Affairs, Scorsese’s star-studded thriller earned the director his long overdue Best Director gong at the 2007 Oscars, and since then, there have been mooted reports that both he and screenwriter William Monahan – who also took home an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay that year – were working on a potential sequel. Remember, Infernal Affairs spawned an entire trilogy.
Almost a decade after hitting theaters, however, the future of The Departed looks to be tethered to television, with Lee confirming to Collider that a new series is in the early stages of development and will shift the drama to a different city.
“The Departed as a concept is amazing. That’s what attracted me to the story, »
- Michael Briers
"The Departed as a concept is amazing. That's what attracted me to the story, the two moles working on either side of the law, and translating that idea into other settings with new characters, like how Fargo has taken the feel of the Coen Brother's film. We were having discussions about making Infernal Affairs a television series. A different city, so it's not anything like The Departed, but essentially The Departed as a TV series."
Lee says the focus is on determining if this should be a network show or cable series. "Departed" scribe William Monahan floated the »
- Garth Franklin
With every passing day, the trend of adapting cop-based films into TV series seems to grow ever-more prevalent. Just in the recent few months there's been news about Rush Hour, Lethal Weapon, Training Day, and now The Departed. That's right, producer Roy Lee (who is also currently working on getting a number of other properties off the ground, including Stephen King's The Stand) is working on getting a TV series going based on that acclaimed movie.
Well before we get into the TV idea, we should first answer a question some of you may be asking, which is why there wasn't an honest sequel to the 2006 film, The Departed, which starred Leonard DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson, and was directed by Martin Scorsese. After all, it was based on the Chinese film Infernal Affairs, and that film had sequels, didn't it? Roy Lee had the following to say »
- Joseph Medina
A disaffected celebrity incurs the wrath of a menacing drifter in Mojave, a rote psycho thriller that wears its Shakespearian influences on its tattered sleeves before clumsily morphing into Come at Me Bro: The Movie as each of the two determined adversaries engage in a relentless battle of wills. The sophomore directorial effort from Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed), this beige, low-budget indie isn’t likely to be remembered as more than a curious foot note in the filmography of rising star Oscar Isaac as roles in A Most Violent Year, Ex-Machina, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens thrust the charismatic leading man ever further up the Hollywood A-list.
In his screenplay for The Departed, Monahan used the foundation of Andrew Lau’s Infernal Affairs to weave a masterful tapestry of fear and paranoia in the South Boston criminal underworld. Their motives cloaked in mystery as they navigated »
- Jason Buchanan
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