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Interview with Yuhang Ho: We wanted the fights to be realistic and nothing too flashy

Yuhang Ho was trained as an engineer but went into film-making due to his love for vintage films. He began his career by shooting commercials in the mid 1990’s. In 2000, he co-directed a Malaysian documentary “Semangat Insan: Masters of Tradition” highlighting the need to preserve Malaysia’s traditional art forms. He then made his feature film directorial debut in the 2003 film “Min”.He went to receive international recognition for his film “Rain Dogs”, won the New Talent Award at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2006 and also named best director at the Festival of the Three Continents in 2006.

His 2009 revenge drama “At The End of Daybreak” revived the career of the veteran actress Kara Hui, who was an action star of the Shaw Brothers era. “Daybreak” earned her seven best actress awards. She has since gone on to star in “Wu Xia,” “Rigor Mortis,” and “The Midnight After.”

On the
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'The Raid 2' (2014) Movie Review

2012's The Raid came with a flurry of fanfare following a series of festival screenings touting it as a masterpiece of action cinema. Written and directed by Gareth Evans the film no doubt featured some impressive action choreography, but the story was non-existent to the point of boredom. That said, to say my expectations for The Raid 2 were limited is an understatement. When I saw it runs two-and-a-half hours my interest dwindled even more, expecting to see it, if ever, on Blu-ray. Well, I did and I'm very glad I did, proving expectations can sometimes cause you to miss something great. The immediate comparison here is to say The Raid 2 is to The Raid what Infernal Affairs 2 is to Infernal Affairs, but that's to give The Raid too much credit. The comparison to Infernal Affairs 2 alone, however, is apt. The two films follow somewhat similar storylines,
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16 Sequels that Were Better than the First Movie

In today's world of studio movie making, let's face it, it's all about franchising. It's all about the sequels. In fact, this weekend we have two sequels hitting theaters in 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2. The first is a comedy sequel and it's receiving great reviews, despite the fact comedies rarely have good sequels. The second has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of the summer and perhaps the biggest animated movie of 2014. Whyc Sequels sell and if they're good they sell even more. That said, last week I started considering the sequels that were actually better than the original film in any given franchise. This isn't a question of what are the best sequelsc (I've already made that list.) Instead, what sequels managed to exceed the quality and entertainment of the film(s) that came before them. In this sense I have
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Schedule Announced for the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival

The 11th annual New York Asian Film Festival (June 29 through July 15) has announced its full schedule, which will showcase over 50 feature films and three programs of short films from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the USA, and Vietnam.

Presented in partnership between Subway Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center with programming support from Japan Society, America’s biggest festival of popular Asian film is opening with Vulgaria: Described as “astonishingly filthy,” “outrageous,” and “displaying a reckless abandon in mentioning genitals” Pang Ho-cheung’s show business satire pushes good taste as far as it can go, and then it keeps on going. What’s most astonishing about this lewd, crude, and hilariously dirty film is that it achieves all its shocking effects with nothing more than dialogue.

In addition, Doomsday Book and Guns And Roses make their North American premieres as the Centerpiece Selections.
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Screenwriter William Monahan Reveals Story Idea for ‘The Departed’ Sequel

Screenwriter William Monahan Reveals Story Idea for ‘The Departed’ Sequel
[1] Reports of a possible sequel to Martin Scorsese's The Departed have been floating around pretty much since its release, but we haven't heard any solid news about a follow-up in quite some time. In a recent interview, however, screenwriter William Monahan re-ignited the conversation by revealing his thoughts on a possible storyline for the sequel -- though he was also careful to warn that he thinks it may never happen. Read more after the jump. Monahan recently sat down with Collider [2] for a long interview that covered everything from Kingdom of Heaven and the screenwriting process to Monahan's directorial debut London Boulevard, which hits theaters next month. The conversation also touched upon the potential for a The Departed 2. (Note: Major Spoilers follow for the ending of The Departed; I strongly advise that you skip the next paragraph if you haven't seen the film.) Fans of the first film will
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Film-inspired holidays: The Hong Kong Kung Fu Holiday

Act as cannon fodder for the next Jackie Chan, or take the Star Ferry to Kowloon for some neon glamour and play spot-the-film-location

If you've watched a lot of Hong Kong films but haven't visited the territory, you may be disappointed to find that there aren't gangs of nunchuck-wielding triads on every corner. Or cops bouncing up walls. Or goalies in yellow tracksuits flying 50ft up into the air to save goals.

But it is an undeniably filmic experience. Jump in a cab on the streets of Mong Kok, squint a bit and you could be in one of Wong Kar-wai's blurry arthouse puzzles. Hop on the open-top 15C bus as it bombs down the narrow, winding road from the Peak to Central and it's easy to imagine you're in one of Jackie Chan's inventive chases. Take the Star Ferry to Kowloon and relive the romance of The World of Suzie Wong.
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Top Ten Movie Sequels

Top Ten Movie Sequels With The Dark Knight now firmly set as the second largest grossing film of all-time with I felt there was no time better than right now to take a look at the all-time greatest sequels in film history. Not an easy task and many factors must be considering when devising such a list. First off, I didn't consider any of the James Bond films or the Man with No Name films (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, For a Few Dollars More, A Fistful of Dollars) as sequels. To me pulling out one James Bond film is pretty much impossible. I have my personal favorite (The Living Daylights) and perhaps I will do a list of James Bond films when Quantum of Solace releases, but for now this list is without a Bond film. I also didn't add any of the films from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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Mandarin decries fake 'Dragon'

Mandarin decries fake 'Dragon'
HONG KONG -- Fake DVDs touted as copies of Mandarin Films' $10 million-dollar comic book adaptation Dragon Tiger Gate have been found circulating in the southern mainland Chinese province of Guangdong. The videos are of a mystery action film called Shanghai Bund -- Dragon, Tiger, Leopard starring an actor named Lam Wai, but the DVD cover features promotional pictures of Dragon Tiger Gate, which stars actor and choreographer Donnie Yen (Hero, Seven Swords) and Shawn Yue (Infernal Affairs 2). "We watched the film and found it a completely different film. Essentially that is fraud because these two stars aren't in the movie at all," Mandarin Films chairman Raymond Wong said. "We don't rule out taking legal action."

'PTU' wins six Golden Bauhinia nods

HONG KONG -- It was almost a clean sweep for director Johnnie To's dark and brooding police drama PTU at the 8th annual Golden Bauhinia Awards on Sunday. The film, about a police team's quest to find a colleague's missing gun over the course of one night, brushed aside stiff competition from Infernal Affairs II and Infernal Affairs III to win six out of eight awards up for grabs. PTU was named best film, To picked up the honors for best director, and the film's star, Simon Yam, recently seen as the villain in Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life, beat frontrunner Andy Lau for the best actor award. Yam and Lau will also be battling it out Sunday at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Meanwhile PTU's Lam Suet and Maggie Siu were named best supporting actor and supporting actress, respectively. Writers Yau Nai-hoi and Au Kin-yi took home the trophy for best screenplay.

'Karma' big at H.K. Film noms

'Karma' big at H.K. Film noms
HONG KONG -- China Star's Running on Karma and Media Asia's Infernal Affairs II will slug it out for top honors at the 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards. Karma, directed by Johnnie To and Ka-fai Wai, goes into the final round of voting with 13 nominations, including best film and best director. Stars Andy Lau and Cecilia Cheung were nominated for best actor and best actress, respectively. Cheung was also nominated for her role in Tung-shing Yee's romantic drama Lost in Time. Cheung will be up against Kar-yan Lam (Floating Landscape), Carina Lau (Infernal Affairs II) and Sandra Ng Kwan Yue (Golden Chicken 2). Media Asia's Infernal Affairs II, the follow-up to 2002's boxoffice hit Infernal Affairs, received 12 nominations, including best film, best director, best actor for Francis Ng and best supporting actors for Man-chat To and Kai Chi Liu.

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