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Huayi Brothers to produce unfilmed Akira Kurosawa script

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Huayi Brothers to produce unfilmed Akira Kurosawa script
Japanese director wrote The Masque Of The Black Death before his death in 1998.

China’s Huayi Brothers Media has unveiled an ambitious slate of new projects, including The Masque Of The Black Death, based on an unfilmed script written by Japan’s most influential filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa.

Kurosawa started writing the script in 1975 after directing Dersu Uzala as an adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe short story, The Masque Of The Red Death. He completed the script before his death in 1998, but it never went into production.

The Poe short story follows a prince and his noblemen attempting to hide from a deadly epidemic behind the walls of a castle. The courtiers hold an elaborate masquerade, as a distraction from the devastation outside, but the Red Death itself turns up as a guest.

Huayi Brothers is collaborating on the project with Chen Kuo-fu’s Ckf Pictures. Speaking a press conference in Beijing, Chen and Huayi
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Cine-Sunday: ‘Detective Dee – Mystery of the Phantom Flame’ Review

Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Catrina Lau, Lee Bingbing, Deng Chao | Written by Chen Kuofu & Lin Qianya | Action Director: Sammo Hung | Directed by Tsui Hark

Review by Baron Fortnightly

“When a series of mysterious murders prevents the inauguration of China’s first Empress, Detective Dee, the greatest investigative mind and Kung Fu Master of his generation, is brought back from exile to embark on a manhunt that will forever change the course of history! With a matchless performance from leading-man Andy Lau (Warlords and House of the Flying Daggers) and breathtaking action from the martial arts director of Ip Man and Ip Man 2, Detective Dee is non-stop, heart-racing entertainment in the highest traditions of Asian Action Cinema.”

Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame is a 2010 Chinese martial arts/whodunit movie based on the Chinese folk hero and celebrated Tang Dynasty official Di Renjie, otherwise known as Judge Dee
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Giveaway – Win Call of Heroes on Blu-ray

To celebrate Cine Asia’s grand return with Call Of Heroes – Available from Monday 2nd January 2017 on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD, we have a Blu-Ray copy to give away courtesy of Cine Asia.

Blistering, epic-scale action from director Benny Chan (New Police Story, Shaolin), with action director Sammo Hung (IP Man, Detective Dee: Mystery Of The Phantom Flame).

Call of Heroes thrills throughout in its tale of skilled martial artists, who take a stand to protect their village against a ruthless army. In 1914, after the collapse of China’s Qing dynasty, Yang Kenan (Sean Lau Mad Detective) is appointed as guardian to defend the rural village of Pucheng. After Yang arrests the son of a sadistic warlord, Cao Shaolun (Louis Koo Flash Point), the warlord’s army threatens to bring death and destruction. As the odds for peace lessen and the pressure mounts for Yang to release the murderous captive,
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Competition: Win ‘Call of Heroes’ on Blu-ray

To celebrate Cine Asia’s grand return with Call Of Heroes – available from Monday 2nd January 2017 on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD – we have a Blu-Ray copy to give away courtesy of Cine Asia.

Synopsis:

Blistering, epic-scale action from director Benny Chan (New Police Story, Shaolin), with action director Sammo Hung (Ip Man, Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame).

Call of Heroes thrills throughout in its tale of skilled martial artists, who take a stand to protect their village against a ruthless army. In 1914, after the collapse of China’s Qing dynasty, Yang Kenan (Sean Lau – Mad Detective) is appointed as guardian to defend the rural village of Pucheng. After Yang arrests the son of a sadistic warlord, Cao Shaolun (Louis Koo – Flash Point), the warlord’s army threatens to bring death and destruction. As the odds for peace lessen and the pressure mounts for Yang to release the murderous captive,
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Cine Asia Presents: Call of Heroes

The Classic Asian Action Film Label Comes Back Fighting

Directed By: Benny Chan (New Police Story, Shaolin)

Action Direction By: Sammo Hung (IP Man 1 & 2)

Cast: Sean Lau, Eddie Peng, Louis Koo and Wu Jing

Cine Asia makes a grand return with their first new release since 2012 – Call Of Heroes. A martial arts epic set in the warlords era of China, in which a small village fights to defend itself against an overwhelming onslaught.

Blistering, epic-scale action from director Benny Chan (New Police Story, Shaolin), with action director Sammo Hung (IP Man, Detective Dee: Mystery Of The Phantom Flame). Call of Heroes thrills throughout in its tale of skilled martial artists, who take a stand to protect their village againsta ruthless army.

Plot

In 1914, after the collapse of China’s Qing dynasty, Yang Kenan (Sean Lau – Mad Detective) is appointed as guardian to defend the rural village of Pucheng. When a
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Stephen Chow’s Record Breaking Film ‘The Mermaid’ Finally Comes To Blu Ray / DVD July 5th

Press Release – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

From visionary director Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle) comes the comedic action phenomenon The Mermaid, debuting on digital May 17 and on Blu-ray ™ and DVD July 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. China’s highest

grossing film of all time made a splash domestically, scoring the biggest U.S. opening day and weekend box office ever by a limited release Chinese-language film.

This unique tale follows a beautiful mermaid (newcomer Jelly Lin) who falls for a greedy developer (Deng Chao, Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame) who threatens her species’ ecosystem. The unique action romance also stars Show Lo (Journey to the West), Yuqi Zhang (Lost in the Pacific) and Pierre Bourdaud (Chinese Zodiac).

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The Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of The Mermaid includes “The Making of The Mermaid”; a behind-the- scenes featurette where the cast and crew celebrate director
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Darclight to sell Li Bingbing starrer 'Nest'

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Darclight to sell Li Bingbing starrer 'Nest'
The 3D sci-fi thriller reunites the Arclight team with the star of their $80m Chinese smash Zhongkui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal.

Darclight holds worldwide sales rights to what it called the most expensive Australia-China co-production and said pre-production was underway on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Arclight chief Gary Hamilton produces with Ying Ye, Mark Lazarus, Serena Deng and Li Bingbing. Executive producers include Mike Gabrawy and Elliot Tong.

Li Bingbing, whose credits include Transformers: Age Of Extinction and Detective Dee: Mystery Of The Phantom Flame, will star and produce.

Nest follows a team of exploratory scientists who must work their way through a labyrinth of man-eating spiders to uncover the discovery of the century.

The project has investment funding from Screen Australia and Film Queensland and is produced in partnership with Loongs United Investment Company Ltd. X-Men: Days Of Future Past effects house Rising Sun Pictures is also on board.

“We are excited
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Notebook Reviews: Tsui Hark's "The Taking of Tiger Mountain"

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The opening title card improbably, surprisingly reads “New York 2015,” and within seconds we are immersed in a expatriate Chinese holiday party for a friend about to leave for a new job. The images come fast and contextless; CGI renderings of New York, quick interiors, and critically, a glimmer of analogue past. An old Chinese film starts accidentally on the group’s karaoke machine, prompting groans and rolling eyes. Quickly (inevitably), the same footage is played on a cell phone, in the back of a cab. A lone man, pulled by nostalgia and memory, is lured into the image and an impromptu journey to his home town.

Tsui Hark’s The Taking of Tiger Mountain 3D is the latest in the director’s career-long exploration/re-interpretation of key Chinese myths, events, narratives and texts, and we find our subject here as young party guests accidentally cue up Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy,
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Politics Aside, S. Korea, China Find Plenty of Reasons to Work Together in Film Business

Politics Aside, S. Korea, China Find Plenty of Reasons to Work Together in Film Business
Over the centuries relations between neighbors Korea and China have often been strained, but the entertainment industry is putting history and politics behind them.

A sequel to Korean hit “My Sassy Girl,” which began lensing last week, is set to be the first official treaty co-production between South Korea and China. That follows the long-awaited signing of a bilateral trade agreement between the two countries in July.

But producers from both sides of the Yellow Sea have not waited for their governments to catch up with reality, and a steady trickle of Korean-Chinese movies over the past decade has already turned into a fast-flowing stream in the past two years.

Recent cross-border co-ventures have included “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” starring Zhang Ziyi and the original “Sassy Girl” Gianna Jun (previously known as Jun Ji-hyun); CGI-heavy family pic “Mr. Go,” which made money for the Chinese partner Huayi Bros.
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Locarno to honour Nansun Shi

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Locarno to honour Nansun Shi
Hong Kong producer to be the recipient of the Best Independent Producer Award.

The 67th Locarno Film Festival (August 6-16) is to pay tribute to Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi, as the recipient of the Premio Raimondo Rezzonico for Best Independent Producer.

A key player on the Asian film scene for more than three decades, Nansun Shi has contributed to the international success of Hong Kong cinema through her work with the Cinema City studio and subsequently with the Film Workshop, which she co-founded with producer and director Tsui Hark in 1984.

“Following Margaret Ménégoz, we are delighted to pay tribute to the career of another female producer, an independent, persistent and courageous personality,” said Carlo Chatrian, the festival’s artistic director.

Nansun Shi had the ability to shepherd the careers of a wide range of directors, and to pursue a personal trajectory within the constantly changing world of Hong Kong cinema.”

The most significant
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Hong Kong Producer Nansun Shi to Receive Locarno Honor

Hong Kong Producer Nansun Shi to Receive Locarno Honor
Rome — Celebrated Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi is to be given the Raimondo Rezzonico Prize by the Locarno Film Festival in August this year.

The festival (Aug 6-16, 2014) described Shi as a “key player on the Asian film scene for over three decades” and said that it will play a selection of her films.

Her best-known credits include the “Once Upon a Time in China” (1991-1997) series, John Woo’s “A Better Tomorrow” (1986), “Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame” (2010) “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” (2011)– both with husband Tsui Hark (pictured right) — and the “Infernal Affairs” trilogy.

Nansun Shi has made a decisive contribution to the international success of Hong Kong cinema through her work with the Cinema City studio and subsequently with the Film Workshop, which she co-founded with producer and director Tsui Hark in 1984,” the festival said.

Unusually, Shi has also sat on both the Cannes and Berlin main competition juries.
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Bryan Singer headlines Sundance Film Festival juries

Bryan Singer headlines Sundance Film Festival juries
X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump.
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Rome Film Fest to Honor Hong Kong's Tsui Hark With 'Maverick' Award

Rome Film Fest to Honor Hong Kong's Tsui Hark With 'Maverick' Award
Rome – Hong Kong-based director, producer, and screenwriter Tsui Hark will receive the Rome Film Festival's Maverick Director Award, while the festival will host the first screening outside of Asia of Tsui's second Detective Dee film. Organizers said Di Renjie zhi shendu longwang 3D (Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon 3D) would premiere at the Nov. 8-17 festival. Tsui's first film in the series, Di Renjie zhi tongtian diguo (Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame), premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2010, when the event was headed by current Rome artistic director

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A new trailer for Resident Evil: Retribution

British writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson and his other half Milla Jovovich reteam once again this September to churn out the latest installment in the Resident Evil feature film series, Resident Evil: Retribution, which sees Jovovich's Alice continue her (seemingly never-ending) fight against the dastardly Umbrella Corporation.

Joining Jovovich for the fifth outing are Resi veterans Sienna Guillory (Jill Valentine), Michelle Rodriguez (Rain Ocampo), Boris Kodjoe (Luther West), Colin Salmon (James 'One' Shade), Oded Fehr (Carlos Olivera) and Shawn Roberts (Albert Wesker), while newcomers to the franchise include Johann Urb (2012) as Leon Kennedy, Li Bingbing (Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame) as Ada Wong and Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as Barry Burton.

"Synopsis: The Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race's last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most
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If Sherlock Holmes Can Come Back, Why Not Charlie Chan?

Warner Bros/courtesy Everett C Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, from left: Noomi Rapace, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”

The next new “Sherlock Holmes” movie is out, and if you loved the first film, it’s more of what you loved — more slam-bang Victorian action, more whimsically anachronistic dialogue, more sly homoerotic innuendo and of course, more Robert Downey Jr. doing what he does best, which is to say, upend every convention
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Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Blu-ray Review

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Directed by: Tsui Hark Written by: Kuo-fu Chen, Lin Qianyu (story), Jialu Zhang (screenplay) Starring: Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Li Bingbing, Chao Deng, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Jean-Michel Casanova If you thought Guy Ritchie was the only one capable of taking a well-known detective and turning him into an over-the-top action hero, well, then you haven't seen Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame. Directed by Hong Kong veteran Tsui Hark, the movie is inspired by a real-life historical figure from the Zhou Dynasty named Di Renjie, who served as chancellor to Wu Zetian, the first and only female Emperor of China. Prior to that he had been a magistrate and judge, which was the basis for the 18th century novel The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee. This new big budget wuxia film re-imagines him as not only a crime-solving super sleuth,
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Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame and Hiring a Villain: A Movie Review

Director: Tsui Hark.

Writers: Kuo-fu Chen, Lin Qianyu (original story) and Jialu Zhang (screenplay).

When Chinese producer, director and writer Tsui Hark is heavily involved in a production, he often leaves a huge cinematic stamp on it and the international world pays attention. The last film he directly worked on was Seven Swords (2005), which borrowed on some ideas from Akira Kurosawa's Shichinin no Samurai (Seven Samurai). But these days, his most recent work that’s getting noticed is Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.

Although Hark is not involved in the writing of this detective mystery thriller, his trademark for phantasmagorical storytelling and gorgeously framed visuals is certainly consistent throughout. The only shame is the larger dependence on CGI in modern Hong Kong Cinema to recreate the sprawling cityscape around Daming Palace, which is the backdrop for most of this film. Also, not all of the
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Chinese Director Tsui Hark on His Decades-Long Journey to Make ‘Detective Dee’

Chinese Director Tsui Hark on His Decades-Long Journey to Make ‘Detective Dee’
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Tsui Hark has been trying to make a movie about the historical Tang Dynasty official Di Renjie since the mid-1980s. After two decades worth of research and working on other films, he finally began writing his script in 2000 only to find that his colleague Chen Kuofu was also working on a Di Renjie film. Roughly five year ago, Koufu asked Hark to come aboard his project and their collaboration has resulted in “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame,
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Tsui Hark Chats About Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame

[During this summer's Nyaff, Diva Velez sat down with Hong Kong legend Tsui Hark to talk about his latest, the Wuxia spectacle Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame. This is being cross-published at The Diva Review.] The Lady Miz Diva:  What inspired you to make Detective Dee and The Phantom Flame?   Tsui Hark:  Detective Dee's real name is Di Renjie.  He was a judge.  He never did any detective things in history, but he was a very famous prime minister in the 7th century for the only woman king in China called Empress Wu.  For that reason, he became very legendary in a way because he was also a very famous and efficient judge.  Wu and Di together became such a...
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DVD Review: Shaolin

Shaolin

Stars: Andy Lau, Nicolas Tse, Jackie Chan, Wu Jing, Fan Bingbing, Yu Hai, Xiong Xinxin | Written by Alan Yuen | Action Director Corey Yuen | Directed by Benny Chan

“China’s last imperial Dynasty has fallen and a ruthless warlord (Andy Lau, House of the Flying Daggers, Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame) amasses a vast fortune through the violent subjugation of his people. Faced with a brutal betrayal, he runs for his life, seeking redemption in the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, he must stand with his new brothers and fight his life’s greatest battle…”

Shaolin, also known as The New Shaolin Temple, is a 2011 film directed by Benny Chan (New Police Story, Gen X Cops) and an updated version of the 1982 classic and Jet Li’s film debut, The Shaolin Temple. I’ve seen a lot of films recently that whilst watchable have
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