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Black Coal, Thin Ice, 2014.
Directed by Yi’nan Diao.
An ex cop and his ex partner decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murders begin again.
Winner of this year’s coveted Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Black Coal, Thin Ice comes upon a huge wave of both expectation and critical acclaim. Lauded with such positivity increases the pressure on the film to truly deliver, but despite its technical brilliance and flashes of greatness, Black Coal is ultimately a huge disappointment.
Beginning in 1999 in the Chinese suburbs, Black Coal follows Zhang Zhili (Silver Bear winner Fan Liao) a young police detective who is thrust into a case against a serial killer who is a fan of decapitating his victims and then dumping the parts into coalmines. »
- Scott Davis
A team of dedicated Hong Kong fire-fighters battle an out-of-control blaze that threatens to plunge the city into catastrophic darkness! Yes, As Light Goes Out is blazing (ehem) onto Us Blu-ray and DVD. Written and directed by Derek Kwok (Journey to the West), the action-packed suspense disaster flick stars Nicholas Tse (Shaolin, The Stool Pigeon), Shawn Yue (The Guillotines, Infernal Affairs trilogy), Simon Yam (Ip Man, Election), Hu Jun (Firestorm, Let the Bullets Fly), William Chan (Triad), Bai Bing (The Viral Factor, Shaolin), Andy On (Special ID, White Vengeance) and a cameo by the legendary Jackie Chan (Rush Hour franchise). As The Light Goes Out goes; digital, DVD and Blu...Nov. 18, from Well Go USA Entertainment. Synopsis: It's Christmas Eve in Hong Kong, and while the residents prepare to celebrate, a dedicated band of brothers - the fire-fighters of Pillar Point Division (Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue, Andy On) – are dispatched to a warehouse fire. »
“There’s a storm coming detective, and I don’t know of any umbrellas that will keep this city dry,” says the protagonist of “The Revenge Of The Green Dragons” at one point. It’s spoken with a sincerity that had us scratching our heads in bewilderment, a statement that’s not exactly directed at this ludicrous, over-the-top mess of a movie, but at Martin Scorsese, who will have his name forever attached to it. Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo team up for directing duties (Lau’s “Infernal Affairs” gives you hope) with Scorsese executive producing. On paper, the film looked like it could be a boatload of extravagant, gun-toting fun. Little did we know that, in reality, reading “Martin Scorsese Presents” in the opening credits would be the closest this movie comes to being great. Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) are two Chinese-American brothers, who grew up in late-80s Queens, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
More than any festival outside the Asian region, Toronto serves up the widest range of contemporary Asian cinema each year.
The festival can perhaps thank the city’s multi-cultural makeup: Toronto has significant Indian and East Asian populations. And the festival can be grateful for its large scale, which allows it more room to cover the diversity of the world’s most prolific filmmaking region than smaller events.
of Indian films.
Bailey has been credited with popularizing the term “Hindie,” short for “Hindi indie.” It reflects the trend for internationally aware and financially savvy Indian filmmakers to break ranks with the country’s traditional film financing sources (and some Bollywood stereotypes), and instead use co-productions and private »
- Patrick Frater
"There's a storm coming, and I don't know of any umbrella that can keep the city dry." This is an actual quote from Revenge of the Green Dragons, an awful movie if I've ever seen one and a baffling one at that as Martin Scorsese has attached his name to the picture as an executive producer, presumably as a nod to co-writer and co-director Andy Lau going back to when Scorsese adapted Infernal Affairs into the Oscar winner The Departed. Fair enough, but Lau makes more than enough films and Scorsese didn't need to come within a mile of this one and tarnish his reputation. Then again, perhaps this 94-minute cut isn't the only cut of the film out there. The trailer certainly includes shots that aren't in the film and the characters are so poorly established there has to be more than what I saw. Of course, that won't »
- Brad Brevet
Stars: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa, Carlo Rota, Andreas Apergis, Richard Zeman, Robert Maillet, Bruce Ramsay | Written by Luc Besson, Bibi Naceri | Directed by Camille Delamarre
Hollywood remaking a foreign film is far from a new phenomenon, and adaption in this manner has yielded some truly great films. We have seen such successes like Seven Samurai transformed into The Magnificent Seven, and Infernal Affairs altered into The Departed.
On the other hand, there are movies like Brick Mansions. This remake of the Luc Besson / Pierre Morel French parkour action fest District B13 has much in common with the original including plot structure, action sequences, and even shares one of the co-leads. What it lacks is energy, craftsmanship, and originality. Fans of the original have little reason to examine this new take, and those coming in fresh will also find it difficult enjoy this tired dud of an action movie. »
- Dan Clark
The film is also intended to chronicle Singapore’s history since independence. And the action takes place in a single hotel room with six connected stories each one decade apart.
Nansun Shi, one of Asia’s leading producers (“Infernal Affairs”), is set as a producer alongside Khoo’s own Zhao Wei Films company. The story comes from Shi, while the screenplay was written by Khoo and theatre director Jonathan Lim.
The $$1 million ($800,000) picture is predominantly financed by Distribution Workshop, the Hong Kong sales company which has world rights.
- Patrick Frater
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
A24 has released the first poster and trailer for the Martin Scorsese-produced Revenge of the Green Dragons, which is directed by Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Andrew Loo (It Had to Be You!) and stars Ray Liotta (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Justin Chon (Twilight), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee), Kevin Wu (Hang Loose), Jin Auyeung (The Man with the Iron Fists) and Eugenia Yuan (Memoirs of a Geisha). Take a look…
In the vein of crime classics like Mean Streets and Infernal Affairs, Revenge Of The Green Dragons follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang “The Green Dragons”. The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops. After an ill- fated love affair pits Sonny against his own brother, he sets out »
- Gary Collinson
Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) is back in familiar territory with his latest movie, an American crossover that - judging from the intense trailer - could be one of the films of the year. Justin Chon (The Twilight Saga) and Kevin Wu (Rock Jocks) take centre stage, along with the almighty, all conquering Ray Liotta, whose always at his best in this genre of filmmaking. Us fans get to see this in September, you can check out the trailer at the link below. Synopsis: Revenge of the Green Dragons follows two immigrant brothers, Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu), who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang "The Green Dragons". The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops. After an ill- fated love affair pits Sonny against his own brother, he sets out for revenge on »
I love the fact that the director of the American-Chinese crime drama “Revenge of the Green Dragons” doesn’t even get his name mentioned on the movie’s poster, but Martin Scorsese, who apparently “executive produced” the movie (whatever that means) gets the primo marquee spot. I guess that makes sense from an advertising point of view. Heck, they might even manage to fool a couple of dummies into thinking Scorsese actually directed this movie and not Andrew Lau, the guy who originally directed the “Infernal Affairs” series before it was remade by Scorsese into “The Departed.” Anyways, check out a trailer and poster for Lau’s “Revenge of the Green Dragons,” which is just a terrible title for a crime drama. It sounds like a movie about flying wuxia masters and not a gangland flick. A true immigrant story set against the vibrant backdrop of Flushing, N.Y. in the 1980s and 1990s. »
Revenge of the Green Dragons is based on Frederick Dannen's New Yorker article that told the story of the underworld of Asian-American gang life in 80's and 90's New York City.
Here's the film's official synopsis:
In the vein of crime classics like Mean Streets and Infernal Affairs, Revenge Of The Green Dragons follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survive the impoverished despair »
- Laura Frances
Martin Scorsese is serving as executive producer on the movie, something which isn’t a huge surprise in some ways as it was The Wolf of Wall Street director who helmed a remake of Infernal Affairs with 2006′s The Departed.
Revenge of the Green Dragons focuses on two immigrant brothers who join a Chinatown gang known as “The Green Dragons” in order to survive the poverty of 1980s New York. It’s based on a true story, and interestingly it appears as if the concept of the American Dream will form the movie’s backdrop.
- Josh Wilding
A24 Films and DirecTV have released the first trailer and poster for Revenge of the Green Dragons, which will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. DirecTV subscribers will get to see the action-thriller first, with an exclusive 30-day window starting September 11, with a theatrical release in October to follow from A24 Films. Check out the first footage and one-sheet, then read on for more details about this true-story adaptation starring Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr. and Ray Liotta, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese.
Revenge of the Green Dragons will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. DirecTV will immediately follow with an exclusive 30-day window beginning September 11, followed by an A24 theatrical release in October. »
Here’s a first look at the brand new poster and trailer for the film.
In the vein of crime classics like Mean Streets and Infernal Affairs, Revenge Of The Green Dragons follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang “The Green Dragons”. The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops.
After an ill- fated love affair pits Sonny against his own brother, he sets out for revenge on the very gang who made him who he is. From acclaimed Director Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, and legendary Executive Producer Martin Scorsese comes a brilliant mix between a Hong Kong action »
- Michelle McCue
It would appear that the relationship struck between Martin Scorsese and Andrew Lau when Scorsese directed The Departed - an adaptation of Lau's Infernal Affairs - continues to bear fruit. Scorsese is now serving as executive producer on Lau's latest film, this one a violent crime drama set amongst the Chinese immigrant population in 1989 New York City titled Revenge Of The Green Dragons.In the vein of crime classics like Mean Streets and Infernal Affairs, Revenge Of The Green Dragons follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang "The Green Dragons". The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops. After...
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Ray Liotta, Justin Chon (Twilight), and Harry Shum, Jr. (Glee) star in the 1990s NYC-set action crime drama that’s executive produced by Martin Scorsese and set to debut next month at the Toronto Film Festival. Revenge of the Green Dragons is helmed by Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo and was inspired by Frederick Dannen’s New Yorker article chronicling Asian-American gang life in Queens, NY. It’s a reunion of sorts for Lau and Scorsese after the latter remade Lau’s Hong Kong crime pic Infernal Affairs into his own Oscar-winning 2006 film The Departed. Pic tracks immigrant siblings Sonny (Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who join Chinatown’s Green Dragons in pursuit of their own American Dream, only to find themselves at odds when Sonny turns against his brother and the organization.
- Jen Yamato
Director Martin Scorsese turned the Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs into the Best Picture winning The Departed, and now he's producing another film in the same vein called Revenge of the Green Dragons. The film will have its world premiere at Tiff next month and it's just been announced that DirecTV subscribers will be able to watch it immediately afterwards over a 30-day window starting September 11th before A24 sends it to theaters in October. Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo co-direct the film following two best friends as they rise through the ranks of New York’s Chinese underworld in the 1980s. And now here's the first trailer with Ray Liotta, Justin Chon, Harry Shum Jr. & more. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo's Revenge of the Green Dragons from A24: And here's the first poster for the film produced by the legendary Martin Scorsese »
- Ethan Anderton
A24 Films has released the first Revenge of the Green Dragons trailer and poster for directors Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Andrew Loo’s upcoming crime drama. Based on a true story, the film revolves around two immigrant brothers (played by Justin Chon and Kevin Wu) who survive the poverty of 1980s New York by joining the Chinatown gang “The Green Dragons”, where they quickly rise up the ranks and draw the attention of the city cops. Martin Scorsese—who remade Infernal Affairs with 2006’s The Departed—lends his name to the film as an executive producer, and it’s not hard to see why. The trailer highlights a unique story with heavy stakes, told against the backdrop of the American Dream. It looks to be an altogether promising feature, and one I’m curious to check out. Hit the jump to check out the Revenge of the Green Dragons trailer and poster. »
- Adam Chitwood
The first trailer and poster for directors Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo’s Revenge Of The Green Dragons have landed and you should definitely check them out. Martin Scorsese lends his executive producing power to the film which is directly inspired by tales of ’80s and ’90s Asian-American gangs in New York. Scorsese finally got his long overdue Best Director Oscar when he adapted Lau’s Infernal Affairs into The Departed; so it’s nice to see them »
- Graham McMorrow
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