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The Great Wall movie review: not to be torn down

17 February 2017 3:21 AM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Plain pure fun. At its best, it’s Lord of the Rings meets Aliens, with incredible imaginative grandeur and genuinely breathtaking 3D depth. I’m “biast” (pro): love a good fantasy action movie

I’m “biast” (con): was worried about the apparent whitewashing

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

The Great Wall, set somewhere around a thousand years ago, opens with a rather incongruous zoom in from orbit down onto that impressive structure. Nobody was watching from up there back then, but it’s kind of a joke, I guess, a reference to the not-true “fact” that the wall is the only human-made object visible from space.

Also not true: Matt Damon’s whiteness blinds the viewer to the Chinese-ness of The Great Wall.

On the scale of how badly it could have gone, what we ended up with is fairly inoffensive. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Great Wall review

16 February 2017 9:32 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Matt Damon stars in the hugely expensive The Great Wall, an American and Chinese co-production that fails to really impress.

While it's arguably insensitive to release a movie about a big wall given the current news cycle, this hasn't deterred Universal. The Great Wall, whose title and very being invites accusations of hubris, is as big, daft, paper-thin and transparently China-chasing as you expected it to be, but on the plus side it might make you feel like 3D’s finally had its day.

It takes a certain type of Western arrogance to make a play for the Chinese market through a fantasy reimagining of its greatest landmark’s history, but hey, this is Hollywood, baby. Consider the implications of a Chinese blockbuster pitched aggressively at American theatres, telling how Mount Rushmore was attacked by aliens but only survived because Michelle Yeoh defended it. But then: this is a Us-Chinese co-production, »

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Berlinale: Hong Kong’s Nansun Shi Receives Festival Honor

10 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi on Friday received the Berlinale Camera, the Berlin festival’s honorary award given to film personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted.

The award was presented by festival director Dieter Kosslick, Efm director Matthijs Wouter Knol and Efm president Beki Probst at a ceremony in the Martin Gropius Bau. Media Asia executive Fred Tsui gave a speech in her honor.

Shi, who has credits including “A Better Tomorrow” and “Infernal Affairs,” was a member of Berlin’s 2007 main competition jury. She returned to the festival with Kim Tae-Yong’s “Late Autumn,” and with Tsui Hark’s out of competition title “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate.”

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- Patrick Frater

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Jackie Chan’s Kung Fu Yoga – Review

27 January 2017 3:17 PM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Jackie Chan and Stanley-Tong’s Sixth Film Together

Kung Fu Yoga marks the sixth film that Jackie Chan has made together with director Stanley Tong ( Police Story 3Rumble in the Bronx, Police Story 4, The Myth and Chinese Zodiac (writing credits) ) .

Kung Fu Yoga is a multi-lingual Chinese-Hindi action adventure comedy, co-produced by Taihe Entertainment (India) and Shinework Pictures (China).  It’s the first Indian-Chinese co-produced film with the hope that it sets the trend for future projects together for these two countries.

The film also stars Indian actors Sonu Sood, Disha Patani and Amyra Dastur, as well as Aarif Rahmen aka Aarif Lee ( Bruce Lee, My Brother and L.O.R.D).

Hong Kong star Eric Tsang (Infernal Affairs) also makes a relatively brief but equality important appearance. (Eric Tsang also featured in Jackie Chan’s SkipTrace, Accidental Spy, the Lucky Stars series, and the infamous Armour of God… »

- The Tiger

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Andy Lau Injured on Set After Falling From Horse

18 January 2017 4:29 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Andy Lau, star of “Infernal Affairs” and the recent “The Great Wall,” has been injured while filming in Thailand.

“Mr Andy Lau was shooting a commercial in Thailand on Jan. 17, 2017 when he had a little accident and fell off a horse, resulting in a pelvic laceration. A medical team took care of him and and everything is fine now Please do worry,” said a statement from Topman Global, one of Lau’s companies.

Hong Kong media first reported the story and have identified different degrees of injury. The South China Morning Post said that a horse that Lau (aka (Lau Tak-wah) had been riding, took fright, threw him and stepped on his back. The same paper also reported that Lau is to be flown back to Hong Kong Wednesday on a medical flight.

Lau is one of Hong Kong’s most successful actors and singers. HIs film credits include  Wong Kar-wai »

- Patrick Frater

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