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To those who are Hong Kong cinema aficionados, Donnie Yen is an actor that needs no introduction. He starred in his first movie, 1984's Drunken Tai Chi, at the age of 19 after being discovered by director and The Matrix fight choreographer Woo-ping Yuen. He has gone on to star in some of Hong Kong's biggest hits such as Once Upon A Time In China II, Iron Monkey, Hero, Kill Zone, Ip Man, and Ip Man 2.
The action legend returns in director Peter Ho-Sun Chan's Dragon, currently available on VOD formats and playing in limited theaters. Donnie Yen, who also serves as the action director, choreographing all the fight scenes, stars as Lui Jin-xi, a humble paper maker who surprisingly subdues two thugs, an act that leaves hints about his mysterious past. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Donnie Yen over »
This is the best news that fans of martial arts movies will hear all day. How would you like to see Tony Jaa, Sammo Hung, and Wu Jing team up for a single ass-kicking film extravaganza? Yeah, I like the sound of that, too. Word came down from Hong Kong that the three genre icons will collaborate on a sequel to 2005’s “Spl: Sha Po Lang” (“Kill Zone” in the Us). That is a whole lot of badass in one place at one time. Kind of like a martial arts “Expendables” but without the cheesy one-liners. All and all this isn’t a bad deal, but some of you may still be on the fence (for some unknown reason), so lets sweeten the pot a little bit. What would you think if Donnie Yen joined the cast? That part isn’t set in stone yet, but the “Ip Man” star was in the first film, »
- Brent McKnight
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. »
- The Woman In Black
3 items from 2012
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