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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: In honor of the bone-crunching “Atomic Blonde,” what is the greatest movie fight scene?
I’ve got a soft spot for wuxia so the “best fight scene” immediately evokes Zhang Yimou in my mind. I could list every fight in “Hero,” sequences so spellbindingly beautiful and graceful you forget you’re watching violence. The bamboo forest battle from “House of Flying Daggers” is another all-timer, a mesmerizing fight that almost entirely takes place in the air. And the bone-crunching, table-smashing »
- David Ehrlich
Chinese media were abuzz Thursday over the record number of Chinese filmmakers and actors who have been invited to become new members of the Academy, with some commentators saying that it could boost the country’s chances of winning an Oscar.
But others said that the Academy’s decision to include more Chinese and Asian faces was an effort to boost diversity rather than a bow by Hollywood to China, and that the new Chinese additions would have a negligible impact on Chinese films’ Oscar prospects.
Fourteen industry heavyweights from mainland China and Hong Kong are among the 774 new invited members. The news made headlines throughout Greater China.
“China raves over record number of Chinese filmmakers to join the Academy,” one headline declared.
- Vivienne Chow
Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Once Upon A Time, the 3D fantasy romance from China’s Alibaba Pictures that Im Global acquired to handle worldwide sales at Cannes this year. The film will get an August 11 U.S. theatrical bow this summer in the original 3D format, in Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles. A digital and home video release will follow. Co-directed by Anthony Molinara and House Of Flying Daggers' cinematographer Zhao… »
The time is almost here! Godzilla: King of Monsters is shooting soon, and in the past few months, the movie has been collecting quite the ensemble of talented cast members. The latest addition is quite exciting, with acclaimed actress Zhang Ziyi signing on for a key role. She's not just appearing in Godzilla 2, but she will also be a key player in future Monsterverse movies to come.
Legendary announced this week that they've closed a deal for Zhang Ziyi to join Legendary and Warner Bros.' cinematic Monsterverse. Though her character has not yet been revealed, she will be featured in a major franchise role, beginning with the next Godzilla film opposite Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford and Ken Watanabe. The film is set several years after the events of the 2014 Godzilla, and the character is a significant figure within the covert Monarch organization established in that film. »
Zhang Ziyi is set join Legendary’s Monsterverse in a major franchise role, beginning with the next “Godzilla” film, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” The Beijing-born actress will star opposite Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, and Ken Watanabe.
The film is set several years after the events of the 2014 “Godzilla,” and her character is a significant figure within the covert Monarch organization established in that film.
Alex Garcia will oversee the tentpole for Legendary. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” hits theaters on March 22, 2019, with the monster mash-up “Godzilla vs. Kong” slated to bow the following year on May 22, 2020.
- Justin Kroll
Chinese superstar to play ‘significant figure’ within shadowy Monarch organisation.
Zhang Ziyi has signed a deal to join the Legendary and Warner Bros Monsterverse in a major franchise role.
The action will take place several years after events of the 2014 film and it is understood Ziyi’s character will be a significant figure within the covert Monarch organisation established in that film.
Ziyi earned Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild nominations for her role in Memoirs Of A Geisha.
She broke out to international audiences in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and has also starred in House Of Flying Daggers, Hero, 2046, andThe Grandmaster. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
To mark the release of The Great Wall on 12th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most celebrated visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. When a mercenary warrior (Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.
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Sky Limit Entertainment, the Vr company co-founded by critically-acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (“House of Flying Daggers”) is joining forces with MK2, one of Europe’s leading film groups, to launch SoReal, a venture aimed at licensing each other’s Vr contents and hardware solutions.
As part of the deal, Sky Limit Entertainment will open its first Vr venue in Paris in September under the brand SoReal. The venue will play Sky Limit’s Vr technology and contents, as well as Vr space exploration, shooting games and adventure experiences.
SoReal will be the first distributor to license titles from MK2’s international sales banner, MK2 Films & Vr. Those titles will then be showcased at Sky Limit Entertainment’s new Vr-theme park in Wang Fu Jing (Beijing).
“SoReal and MK2 will continue to share their cultural legacies and technical prowess in order to bring Vr technology both in China and France »
- Elsa Keslassy
Im Global's Anthem label has added a host of Asian titles ahead of next week's Cannes. In addition to Huayi Brothers' action fantasy Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings and drama Youth, the company will handle worldwide sales on four Enlight Pictures titles as part of their exclusive output deal. Anthem is also taking on sales of Alibaba Pictures' fantasy romance Once Upon A Time, co-directed by Anthony Molinara and House Of Flying Daggers' Dp Zhao Xiaoding, and action… »
Anthem, the specialist arm of sales and finance company Im Global, has added six Asian titles to its Cannes sales lineup. Four are sourced from China’s Enlight Pictures.
New Enlight movies include animated adventure “The Guardian” (aka “Da Hu Fa”,) directed by Fan Bu Si. The fantasy quest, aimed at both adults and children, is told using a mix of Chinese ink painting and original hand-drawn animation. Enlight’s documentary “Return to the Wolves,” directed by Yi Feng, recounts the story of a painter, Li Weiyi, who lived in the wild for nine months in order to save an orphaned wolf cub in the grasslands of Sichuan.
They join two previously announced Enlight titles: romantic drama “All About Secrets,” directed by Lien Yi-chi and adapted from Rao Xueman’s bestseller of the same title, about a family and friends whose secrets threaten to overwhelm them; and comedy drama “City of Rock, »
- Patrick Frater
Starring Liu Yifei (White Vengeance) and Yang Yang (I Belonged To You), the film is based on best-selling fantasy novel To The Sky Kingdom and is the first Alibaba Pictures title handled by Im Global.
Zhao is an Oscar-nominated DoP with credits including Zhang Yimou’s House Of Flying Daggers, The Flowers Of War and The Great Wall. Molinara is a VFX supervisor who won an Oscar for his work on Spider-Man 2.
Im Global has also picked up South Korean action thriller Real, directed by Love Lee and starring Kim Soo Hyun (The Thieves), Sung Dong II (The Accidental Detective), Lee Sung Min (A Violent Prosecutor) and Choi Jin Ri (Fashion King).
Produced by Cove Pictures, Real follows »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
The adventure beyond The Great Wall awaits you. The legendary Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall—starring Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), Willem Dafoe, and Andy Lau—is coming to Digital HD on May 9th and Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K on May 23rd from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
From Amazon: "Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world's most iconic structure. Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau also star in this sweeping epic.
Digital Copy of The Great Wall (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.) Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.) Deleted and extended scenes Matt Damon in China »
- Tamika Jones
The big-budget epic The Great Wall was billed as the largest ever co-production between the U.S. and China, with Legendary Pictures and its distribution partner Universal Pictures equally financing the $150 million movie with Chinese-based companies China Film Group and Le Vision Pictures. It seems that The Great Wall may also be the last U.S.-China co-production, with the film tanking at the domestic box office with just $34.8 million from just two weeks in theaters. A new report claims that Legendary will lose $75 million from the film, with Universal losing $10 million as well, putting the future of U.S. and China co-productions at risk.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that, while Legendary, Universal, China Film Group and Le Vision Pictures each financed 25% of the film, Universal was solely responsible for the global marketing budget, which is, "conservatively estimated at $80 million-plus." The big-budget action thriller opened first in China back in December, »
Chinese/American co-production, The Great Wall, is the most expensive movie shot in China, and even just watching the opening 20 minutes of Zhang Yimou’s (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) it’s easy to see why. The titular land mark stretches out as far as the eye can see, as legions of coloured armoured soldiers pirouette off the top while in battle with CGI monsters. To say this movie looks pretty is an understatement, but unfortunately, what it has in style eclipses anything resembling substance. The story thrusts us back in time to medieval China, where Europeans William (Matt Damon affecting an accent that flits between Irish, English, and Scottish at the drop of a hat) and Tovar (Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal) have travelled in search of fabled ‘black powder’. Falling foul to a travelling horde of bandits, the pair are soon taken in by the Nameless Order, an »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
After easily conquering highly-anticipated sequels Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick 2, Warner Bros.' animated spin-off Lego Batman Movie faced three newcomers in its second weekend at the box office. The animated spin-off will go up against Universal's big budget action epic The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, Warner Bros.' comedy Fist Fight starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day and 20th Century Fox's A Cure For Wellness starring Dane DeHaan. As expected, The Lego Batman Movie retained its spot atop the box office with a better than expected $34.2 million
While there are certainly many factors that lead to The Lego Batman Movie staying on top of the box office, one of these factors is that it is still playing in hundreds of more theaters than any of these newcomers. The Lego Batman Movie debuted in 4,088 theaters last weekend, which, according to Box Office Mojo, remained unchanged this weekend. reporting »
To celebrate the release of epic adventure The Great Wall, which is out now in UK cinemas, we have five sets of film merchandise to give away including the official art of the film book and a novelisation of the story.
Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.
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- Gary Collinson
Matt Damon has earned his action bona fides with The Martian and the Bourne films; veteran Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers), doing his first film in English, is a world-class master. (It's hard to forget his 2008 staging of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics.) So it's exciting just to think of the two teaming up. Reality, sad to say, is a bitch. This co-production between the U.S. and China, the two leading spots on the map for mining gold at box office, »
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
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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.
On the scale of how badly it could have gone, what we ended up with is fairly inoffensive. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Author: Emily Breen
There are precious few things in this world which cannot be improved by a measure of silliness – and Zhang Yimou’s not entirely historically accurate story of a legendary alien battle at The Great Wall of China is no exception. In combining his trademark gravity defying fight sequences with thousands of green blooded CGI monsters, Zhang has contrarily crafted a very beautiful and wildly expensive B-Movie.
William (Matt Damon) and Tovar (Pedro Pascal) are soldiers for hire, wandering the wilds of China in search of a source of black powder – gunpowder – to sell to the highest bidder upon their return to the west. When their group is ambushed late one night William’s mercenary training ensures the pair’s safety and grants them a gory and unusual get-out-of-certain-death-free card as they stumble across a secret army preparing for the fight of their lives.
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- Emily Breen
The Great Wall review
There’s no escaping the PC uproar over Matt Damon’s casting in The Great Wall. It’s been the basis for a sea of unending jokes based around whitewashing. Although whitewashing has been a serious issue for years in Hollywood, Damon’s casting is actually progressive. Being a Chinese/USA co-production that employs a lot of Chinese talent; there are fewer Chinese films with non-Chinese leads, than there are Hollywood films with non-white leads. So let’s celebrate rather than moan. It’s certainly not the same as Tom Cruise taking a lead in The Last Samurai or Tilda Swinton’s divisive casting in Doctor Strange. It’s merely a big budget Chinese/USA co-production that wants to get that Western dollar. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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