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You Deserve To Be Single review

2 August 2010 7:13 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

There's the ghost of a fairly good film in Cai Xin's You Deserve To Be Single, but it's flailing desperately under the sheer volume of trite, saccharine clichés and hysterically overt product placement piled up on top of it. The cast eke a surprising amount of dramatic mileage from what initially seems like merely one more tired mainland Chinese romantic comedy, but the director and screenwriter never pause for long enough to really let the characters or the story breathe, and You Deserve To Be Single ends up frustratingly bland and largely forgettable as a result.

Li Zheng (Mike He, Love At Seventh Sight) and Li Ying (Elsie Gao) are a brother and sister who run a successful dating agency in downtown Shanghai. She's the smiling public face chairing the agency's regular speed dating nights, but they offer more services than that. If a client feels concerned about the viability »

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Fantasia 2010: Sophie's Revenge (2009)

27 July 2010 7:28 PM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

This is the tenth film review in the coverage of Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival. There certainly was a time when filmmakers from mainland China didn't dabble too much in making blockbusters. Obviously, Sophie's Revenge looks like score of other romantic comedies you've seen. However, it's a rather entertaining film.

Sophie (Zhang Ziyi), a comic book artist/writer, has been in relation with Jeff (Ji-seob So), a surgeon, for two years. While they were supposed to get married, Jeff falls for Joanna (Bingbing Fan), a movie star, after he had operated her. Obviously, Sophie is devastated and she doesn't want to face her mom who organized the mariage. With two months left before the day, Sophie will try to win Jeff back with the help of her two best friends, Lucy (Ruby Lin) and Lilly (Chen Yao).

Sophie also intends to publish a comic book targetting women. With this book, »

- anhkhoido@hotmail.com (Anh Khoi Do)

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Wow! Montreal's FanTasia 2010 is showcase of women-directed sci-fi, fantasy, and horror!

11 July 2010 5:20 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

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Montreal's FanTasia Film Festival 2010 has their most female-director-friendly lineup Ever, with literally dozens of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy shorts and features directed by women.

Highlights include Maude Michaud's Snuff and Hollywood Skin, Nicola Tomassini's État d'humains, Hélène Tremblay's H5N1, Charlotte Beaudoin Pelletier's Le septième écart, Hélène Florent's Léger problème, Caroline Mailloux's Motel Pluton, Jelena Girlin and Mari-Liis Bassovskaja's Oranus, Mai Tominaga's Rinco's Restaurant, and Eva Jin's Sophie's Revenge.

But seriously, there's way too many to list here. Check it out at The FanTasia site.

Watch the trailer for Mai Tominaga's fantastical Rinco's Restaurant:

Watch the trailer for Eva Jin's Sophie's Revenge:

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- Superheidi

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Fantasia 2010 Bringing The Best (And Wildest) Of Asia!

29 June 2010 10:03 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Fantasia has a proud tradition of showcasing the best and strangest of Asian cinema and 2010 will be no different!

The Asian film selection brought forth by Fantasia 2010 will allow spectators to experience a variety of Asian cultures, all while enjoying a wide range of cinematic genres that will inspire every possible emotion. From musicals to thrillers to war films and horror flicks, Asian filmmakers often use genre cinema as means of painting a portrait of their nation, highlighting certain social preoccupations, or examining historical events that have impacted that corner of the globe. This reality is strongly represented in the Asian film selection at this year's Fantasia Film Festival.

In order to paint an accurate picture of the national cinemas presented in our program, attention will also be given to certain key works that have helped shape the contemporary cinematic landscape of these countries. Therefore, Fantasia will offer an excellent selection of classic films, »

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Nyaff 2010: Sophie's Revenge Review

27 June 2010 4:30 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

[Thanks goes to Alexander Thebez for this review.]

Yimeng Jin's Sophie's Revenge is a gleeful, well-polished Chinese rom-com with a lot of slapstick humor and snippy banter. The film follows the story of Sophie (Zhang Ziyi), a cartoonist who is trying to win back her ex-boyfriend from a famous movie star, Joanna (Bingbing Fan).  Racing against time, Sophie, with the help of the handsome, mysterious Gordon (Peter Ho) employs questionable "scientific methods" to reclaim hunky Jeff (So Ji-sub).

First of all, if you are looking for a heart-wrenching, profound drama, Sophie's Revenge will definitely sink your boat. The official Nyaff 2010 website describes a little conspiracy between American movie distributors and the CIA from 20 years ago. It was decided that the only movies from China allowed in the States are the ones that depict China as a really crappy place to live. Aside from being Zhang Ziyi's debut as a producer, Sophie's Revenge is also a movie »

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Asia's Bona, CJ to co-produce movies

14 June 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Shanghai -- Asian media powerhouses Bona Entertainment and CJ Entertainment have signed an agreement to co-produce movies for the pan-Asian audience.

On the sidelines at the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival, CJ CEO Katherine Kim and Bona CEO Yu Dong said their work together on the 2009 Chinese boxoffice hit "Sophie's Revenge" led them to expand their cooperation.

"We're looking for films in all genres, as long as they will work as co-productions and work first in our home market," Kim said.

The companies have agreed initially to make at least two films a year with pan-Asian themes.

Beijing-based Bona, historically a distribution leader in China and a newcomer to film production with just two years under its belt, will handle distribution for all Chinese-speaking territories.

Cj, Korea's largest entertainment company, will handle distribution in Korea and Japan. The partners will decide how to carve up distribution to the rest of »

- By Jonathan Landreth

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New York Asian Film Festival 2010: Midnight Movies!

25 May 2010 8:21 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Subway Cinemas has updated their New York Asian Film Festival 2010 blog with details on their Friday and Saturday midnight screenings at the IFC. Head on over to their blog to see the full descriptions of the films and check out some of the trailers, and keep an eye out for further announcements about the  complete times and dates.

IFC @Midnight Lineup

Death Kappa (Japan, 2010, World Premiere)

L.A. Streetfighters (U.S.A., 1985)

Pink Power Strikes Back: Japanese Wife Next Door, 2, Groper Train: School Uniform Hunter

Power Kids (2009)

Hong Kong Films

Bodyguards and Assassins (2009, New York Premiere)

Development Hell (2010, North American Premiere)

Eastern Condors (1987)

Echoes of the Rainbow (2010, North American Premiere)

Gallants (2010, North American Premiere)

Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man 2 (2010, North American Premiere)

Kung Fu Chefs (2009, North American Premiere)

Little Big Soldier (2010, New York Premiere)

Red Cliff Uncut (2008/2009)

The Storm Warriors (2009, Us Premiere)

Mainland Chinese Films

Cow (2009, North American Premiere)

Crazy Racer »

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New York Asian Film Festival 2010 Lineup: Hong Kong and Mainland China

24 May 2010 9:32 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Subway Cinemas has updated their New York Asian Film Festival 2010 blog with details on the full roster from Hong Kong and mainland China. Head on over to their blog to see the full descriptions of the films and check out some of the trailers, and keep an eye out for further announcements about the  complete times and dates as well as special screenings and events.

Hong Kong Films

Bodyguards and Assassins (2009, New York Premiere)

Development Hell (2010, North American Premiere)

Eastern Condors (1987)

Echoes of the Rainbow (2010, North American Premiere)

Gallants (2010, North American Premiere)

Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man 2 (2010, North American Premiere)

Kung Fu Chefs (2009, North American Premiere)

Little Big Soldier (2010, New York Premiere)

Red Cliff Uncut (2008/2009)

The Storm Warriors (2009, Us Premiere)

Mainland Chinese Films

Cow (2009, North American Premiere)

Crazy Racer (2009, North American Premiere)

Sophie's Revenge (2009, New York Premiere)

Tian An Men (2009, International Premiere)

 

Japanese Films

8000 Miles (2009, North American Premiere)

8000 Miles 2: Girl »

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The full lineup for the New York Asian Film Festival!

21 May 2010 10:34 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

And the winner for film I most want to see is Gô Shibata's Doman Senman which I hear is incredibly weird. This is the same guy who did the serial killer with cerebral palsy flick Late Bloomer (Osoi Hito).

Other notable films include Merantau, the world premier of Alien vs Ninja, Mutant Girls Squad and Hitoshi Matsumoto's Symbol which I'm also dying to see.

The festival runs from June 25th to July 8th, and you can hit the Nyaff website right here.

Full lineup after the break.

Official Opening Night Film

IP Man 2 (Hong Kong, 2010, North American Premiere) - Sammo Hung and Donnie

Yen throw down in this lavish martial arts flick that blew the Hong Kong box

office wide open and beat Iron Man 2 like a redheaded stepchild.

***The movie's star and action choreographer, Sammo Hung, will be present.

Centerpiece Presentation

Confessions (Japan, 2010, International Premiere) - »

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Go Lala Go! review

18 May 2010 1:25 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Go Lala Go sees mainland actress Xu Jinglei return behind the camera as well as in front of it for the first time since her increasingly prominent supporting roles in a trio of powerhouse Asian blockbusters (Confession of Pain (2006), The Warlords (2007) and Jackie Chan's The Shinjuku Incident (2009)).

Though she's enjoyed domestic success for some years now her previous projects as director and star have always been on a surprisingly intimate scale, whether the confessional melodrama of My Father And I (2003), the period tragedy of Letter From An Unknown Woman (2004) or the chamber duologue of What Dreams May Come (2006).

Go Lala Go is different. It's a glossy rom-com, basically. Though it flirts with a number of subtexts and is directed with a graceful, picture-perfect style that belies how flimsy the material is, it's still a story of girl meets boy, where the two protagonists wonder if they can ever make »

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Far East Film Festival announces film lineup... drool.

14 April 2010 7:08 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

One of Europe's standout festivals for Asian cinema lovers has to be the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. This year's edition is no exception pulling excellent films from all corners of East Asia. 

72 titles;24 International Festival Premieres;

7 European Premieres;

9 countries from the Far East (China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam);

2 Opening Movies: Sophie's Revenge with Zhang Ziyi and the World Premiere Dream Home by Pang Ho-cheung;

2 retrospectives: [Nudes! Guns! Ghosts! The Sensational Films Of Shintoho] + [The Reformer: Patrick Lung Kong And His Cinema]

1 Workshop "Eave Ties That Bind", first edition of the International Workshop dedicated to the co-production between Asia and Europe;

 

...and more:Johnnie To returns to Italy thanks to Far East Film and Fandango: the great director of the Hong Kong cinema will greet the public in Udine on 22nd April (pre-opening Feff 12) and in Rome on 23rd April during the premieres of his movie Vengeance.

And our own Kurt Halfyard will be in attendance this »

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