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Benny Chan’s Connected hits UK DVD

One of Hong Kong cinemas most prolific action movie directors…Benny Chan’s (Invisible Target; New Police Story) Connected - his spectacular, and in our opinion superior remake of the 2004 thriller, ‘Cellular’ directed by David R. Ellis - is up for pre-order on UK DVD. Louis Koo, Nick Cheung and Louis Fan provide the on screen octane, in a story based on an original story by Larry Cohen. The film will be available as a two-disc Ultimate Edition DVD, featuring extensive selection of extras including behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes and interviews with Benny Chan and the film’s stars. Connected goes on sale September 20th. Highly recommend you check it out. Synopsis: On his way to the airport to see his young son off on a trip to Australia, single father Bob (Koo) receives a random phone call from a terrified woman called Grace Wong who claims to be a
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Benny Chan’s Connected hits UK DVD

One of Hong Kong cinemas most prolific action movie directors…Benny Chan’s (Invisible Target; New Police Story) Connected - his spectacular, and in our opinion superior remake of the 2004 thriller, ‘Cellular’ directed by David R. Ellis - is up for pre-order on UK DVD. Louis Koo, Nick Cheung and Louis Fan provide the on screen octane, in a story based on an original story by Larry Cohen. The film will be available as a two-disc Ultimate Edition DVD, featuring extensive selection of extras including behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes and interviews with Benny Chan and the film’s stars. Connected goes on sale September 20th. Highly recommend you check it out. Synopsis: On his way to the airport to see his young son off on a trip to Australia, single father Bob (Koo) receives a random phone call from a terrified woman called Grace Wong who claims to be a
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DVD Review: Invisible Target

Invisible Target

Stars: Nicholas Tse, Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Wu Jing | Written by Benny Chan, Melody Lui, Rams Ling | Directed by Benny Chan

The paths of a renegade cop (Tse), a rookie police officer (Chan) and a veteran detective (Yue) converge with explosive results, as they each take on their most deadly assignment to date: the arrest of Hong Kong’s most lethal mercenary gang and their ruthless leader, played by Kung Fu impresario Wu Jing. The city becomes a battleground, as both sides break all the rules to defy each other in the ultimate fight for survival, justice and revenge!

Director Benny Chan has made some of the best action-packed police dramas in modern Eastern cinema – Man Wanted, Big Bullet, Gen-x Cops, and the superb New Police Story. With Invisible Target he re-teams with Nicholas Tse for what may be his most gloriously over-the-top, action-filled extravangza ever! And like New Police Story,
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Comic book fantasy whirls into action in The Storm Warriors

Award-winning sword and sorcery action whirls on to DVD and Blu-ray today, July 12, in The Storm Warriors.

Released in cinemas in Hong Kong and Australia back in December, it's the first Chinese language film to be made using bluescreen technology.

Based on the popular comic book series Fung Wan, by writer, illustrator and publisher Ma Wing-Shing (Black Leopard; Chinese Hero), The Storm Warriors is directed by the Pang brothers (Bangkok Dangerous; The Eye trilogy), Oxide and Danny.

The movie takes its visual cues from Zack Snyder's adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel 300 and is a sequel to Andrew Lau's 1998 action-fantasy film The Storm Riders.

It sees Asian stars Ekin Cheng (Kamui; Divergence) and Aaron Kwok (The Detective; Divergence) reprising their roles as Wind and Cloud, two legendary warriors with the power to control the elements.

The Storm Warriors was winner of the Best Visual Effects Award at
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The Spy Next Door Review

Short Version: If you have pre-teen kids, they’ll probably have a great time watching the action and humor in The Spy Next Door – and it’s enjoyable enough for parents, too.

Screen Rant’s Paul Young reviews The Spy Next Door

My expectations weren’t very high going into the theater to watch The Spy Next Door – but since my 7 year old daughter seemed excited to watch it, I figured I’d take her and go tough it out. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the movie is actually pretty good. Sure it has a ridiculous plot, over-the-top bad guys with bumbling henchmen and second rate secondary characters played by former country singing, mullet wearing, fathers of a pre-teen Disney show – but it also manages to stay on task by keeping the story consistent and coherent enough for children to follow.

The movie opens with a great montage
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This Week on DVD: Funny People, Angels & Demons, Gomorrah

Tom Hanks is back as the almighty all-knowing symbologist Robert Langdon this week as Ron Howard's Angels & Demons hits DVD and Blu-ray, along with Judd Apatow's underperforming Funny People and the Robert Rodriguez family adventure flick Shorts. Also this week, Criterion releases the acclaimed mafia film Gomorrah, Uwe Boll's Far Cry video game adaptation goes direct to DVD, and Spike Lee's Kobe Bryant doc Kobe: Doin' Work finally hits stores. On Blu-ray we have Fred Dekker's The Monster Squad, Jackie Chan's New Police Story, and the first season of The Sopranos. What will you be renting or buying this week? Angels & Demons [1] (DVD, Blu-ray [2]) Four Christmases [3] (DVD, Blu-ray [4]) Funny People [5] (DVD, Blu-ray [6]) Shorts [7] (DVD, Blu-ray [8]) Gomorrah: Criterion Collection [9] (DVD, Blu-ray [10]) The Golden Age of Television: Criterion Collection [11] Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [12] Far Cry [13] Three Monkeys [14] Santa Buddies [15] (DVD, Blu-ray [16]) Taking Chances [17] National
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Vactor’s Blu-ray Bulletin for November 24, 2009

November 24, 2009 Air America (Lionsgate) Angel Heart (Lionsgate) Angels & Demons (Sony) Angels & Demons Gift Set (Sony) Blood: The Last Vampire (2000) (Manga) Cujo: 25th Anniversary Edition (Lionsgate) Four Christmases (New Line Cinema) Frailty (Lionsgate) Funny People (Universal) Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (Manga) Gomorrah (Criterion Collection) Megafault (The Asylum) The Monster Squad: 20th Anniversary Edition (Lionsgate) My Bloody Valentine: Special Edition (Lionsgate) My Brilliant Career (Blue Underground) New Police Story (Lionsgate) Santa Buddies (Walt Disney) Shorts (Warner Brothers) The Sopranos: The Complete First Season (HBO) The Way of the Gun (Lionsgate) Vactor’s Picks of The Week: Tags: 2009 Blu-ray Releases, Blu-ray Bulletin

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Jackie Chan Headlining a Remake of Shaolin Temple in China

More cheesy kung fu "chopsocky" humor, but this time since it's actually coming from China, it won't be as bad as the Hollywood-produced crap like The Spy Next Door. Jackie Chan will star in a remake of the 1982 movie Shaolin Temple alongside of Andy Lau (The Warlords), Nicholas Tse (The Storm Warriors), and actress Fan Bingbing (Shinjuku Incident). The film is a $29 million Chinese production directed by Hong Kong's Benny Chan, who made New Police Story and Rob-b-Hood. This will also feature martial arts star Wu Jing, Yu Shaoqun and "thousands of Shaolin disciples from the temple", which just sounds awesome. The temple, built in 495 A.D., is widely regarded as the birthplace of Shaolin kung fu. "We felt that it was important not to rush into a film project just for the sake of making another film. It has taken us a long time to find the right ...
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Jackie Chan to Star in Shaolin Temple Remake

Jackie Chan will star in a $29 million Chinese-language remake of 1982's The Shaolin Temple with Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse and Fan Bingbing. The film will be about China's famed shrine of martial arts, a 1,500-year old temple whose famous fighting monks have featured in films by stars such as Bruce Lee and Jet Li, and in the 1970s TV series "Kung Fu" with David Carradine. In the original, Jet Li played a boy adopted and trained by Shaolin monks who seeks to avenge the death of his father. The production, said to boast 1,000 real fighting monks and a grand scene in which the temple burns down, will start shooting later this year for release in late 2010. Hong Kong filmmaker Benny Chan, who worked with Chan on New Police Story and Rob-b-Hood , will direct and Cory...
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Andy Lau and Jackie Chan Enlist in the Shaolin Temple

Can’t get enough epic martial arts movies? Well neither can the Chinese, with China continuing to roll out the big-budget kung fu movies at a fast clip. The latest is “Shaolin Temple”, which boasts a $29 million budget and stars Jackie Chan, Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse. Also joining them will be Fan Bingbing, rising asskicker Wu Jing, Yu Shaoqun, and a couple of thousand actual Shaolin monks. No, really. Actual, honest to goodness Shaolin monks will be co-starring in the movie. Who says you gotta go to Hollywood to be in the movies? “Shaolin Temple” will be directed by Benny Chan, who has directed a number of high-profile movies starring Jackie Chan (no relation), including “New Police Story” and “Rob-b-Hood”. Variety says the movie is apparently a remake of a 1980s kung fu movie of the same name, but since “Shaolin” shows up in about a trillion Chinese martial arts titles in the ’80s,
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Lionsgate Blu-ray Action in Nov: Air America and New Police Story

Rounding out Lionsgate's big catalog Blu-ray party on November 24 (see the horror and thriller announcements) are a pair of action titles: Air America with Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr., and New Police Story with Jackie Chan. Remastered 1080p transfers and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio are in the cards for both releases, as are a selection of bonus features broken out by title below. Air America

Audio commentary with Writer/Co-Producer John Eskrow Pre-Flight: The Storyboards of Air America Return Flight: Revisiting Air America and more... New Police Story

The Making of New Police Story English dubbing featurette Select scene commentary with Jackie Chan Expect a $19.99 Srp with actual retail pricing coming in around $15. Pre-order links should become available soon and will be shared when they arrive.
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Why Asian Directors Fail in Hollywood: Jackie Chan

As stated in my introductory post [1] for Killer Imports [2], I wanted to write some posts other than reviews. This post addresses a topic that I’ve always wondered about. I was tempted to add the word "always" to the title of this article, because I can’t think of a single Asian director who has succeeded in Hollywood. When I say Asian, I should qualify that I mean directors who were not born on American soil. And when I say succeed, I mean in both critical and financial terms, and more often than not, these two ways of judging movies don’t go hand in hand. And of course, I’m generalizing. I admit I am also comparing their Hollywood films with the films they have made on their own soil. In a sense, this article is probably being unfair. In some cases, these Asian directors are hired to recreate
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Chan wins top actor at Golden Rooster nods

BEIJING -- Kung fu comic superstar Jackie Chan has become the first Hong Kong artist to win best leading actor at China's top annual film event, the Golden Rooster and Hundred Flower Film Festival, the Xinhua news agency reported Saturday. On the occasion of 100th anniversary of Chinese cinema, organizers of the 25th edition of the festival invited participation for the first time from Hong Kong and Macao, both former colonies, as well as Taiwan, which Beijing considers a province of the mainland. Chan, who won for his unusual role as a tragic hero in New Police Story, thanked the jury at the festival site in Sanya, a beach resort on the south China island province of Hainan.

China Film announces Golden Rooster noms

China Film announces Golden Rooster noms
BEIJING -- The nominees for China's best films and filmmakers of the year for the first time include movies made in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, and even one made by an American living in China, the China Film Assn. has announced. New Police Story from Hong Kong was nominated for best feature film at next month's 25th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival, as was its lead actor, Jackie Chan. As China celebrates 100 years of cinema, pressure for greater industry cooperation with filmmakers outside China has grown in hopes of spurring domestic development. Foreign filmmakers currently enjoy only limited market access in China due to government restrictions.

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