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The story of the legendary Chinese General Yang gets another twist in Well Go USA’s Saving General Yang. Set in the early Song Dynasty 986 A.D., the epic follows the seven sons of the Yang family’s battle to rescue their father from the clutches of the Khitan army. Under the leadership [...]
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- Romney J. Baldwin
The Rooftop is out on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital this December 10th from Well Go USA Entertainment. Taiwanese pop sensation, actor, writer and director Jay Chou has created a fantasy playground of martial arts, music, moves, and magic all wrapped up into one movie The Rooftop which is an action comedy that pays homage to the wondrous musicals of the past. It represents a genre that’s difficult to categorize and something that’s never seen before in Asia. New York Times’ Daniel M. Gold described it as “…frenzied, funny and knowing, drenched in lavish, often surreal, imagery.”
This is Jay Chou’s second feature film and in addition to writing, directing and starring in it, he also wrote 11 original musical tunes for this musical. The Rooftop also stars Alan Ko (Goodbye May), Eric Tsang (Ip Man: The Final Fight), Wang Xue Qi (Iron Man 3, Reign of Assassins), Fan Xu (Saving General Yang, »
- Nermina Kulovic
Plot66% Acting64% Directing54% Music71%The music blends surprisingly well with the action. And there's plenty of action.The directing and editing jobs are very poor. 64%Overall Score Reader Rating: (2 Votes)75%Seven Sons Will Leave, Six Will Return
“Saving General Yang” tells the story of the house of Yang and the house of Pan ( nope, not that Pan ), two rich and noble families at each others’ throats following the accidental death of General Pan’s son at the hands of General Yang’s 7th son. Both men were fighting in a sparring match over a woman, Princess Chai, while invading enemy hordes, the Khitan, were closing in. Sounds familiar? Yep, sounds familiar to me too…
I, personally, am not a big fan of the “supreme-ruler-acts-like-a-tool-but everyone-just-smiles-and-bows” formula. So when the Pan family goes on to plead for the execution of the entire Yang family, a whopping five minutes into the movie, »
Saving General Yang had its world premiere at the 2013 Hong Kong International Film Festival and since then it has made an international box office hit. It’s directed by Ronny Yu (The Bride With White Hair, Fearless, Bride of Chucky, Freddy vs. Jason) and stars Adam Cheng, Ekin Cheng, Yu Bo, Vic Chau, Li Chen, Raymond Lam, Wu Chun, Fu Xin Bo, Xu Fan and Ady An. Bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of Ip Man: The Final Fight,” plus interviews with the cast and crew.
The film is based on an ancient Chinese folklore about seven brothers who fought against all odds to save their legendary warrior father. It is an epic tale about the renowned Song Dynasty’s »
- Nermina Kulovic
Hong Kong — Star Chinese Movies has launched a South East Asian feed catering to audiences in the sub-region which has a fast-growing pay-tv population.
The launch gives the Fox International Channels-backed Scm five standard definition and three HD feeds which are available in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S.
“Recognizing that viewers’ tastes in Chinese entertainment differ in different countries across Asia, Fox International Channels invested in launching Scm’s Sea feed to further customize content and scheduling to suit viewers in these 2 important markets,” Fic said in a statement.
Its current line-up includes blockbusters such as “Saving General Yang,” (pictured) “Ah Boys to Men 1 & 2” and “The Wedding Diary 2,” which Scm co-produced. These films will be subtitled in Chinese and English as well as Bahasa Indonesia and Thai.
“The launch of Scm’s new feed for Southeast Asia marks another milestone for Fic’s ambitious goals to »
- Patrick Frater
With a promise to be back next year, bigger and better, the final day of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival presented by Reliance Entertainment and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (Mami) unfolded.
After a week of celebrating cinema, the final few films screened today included Red Wedding directed by Guillaume Suon and Lida Chan, Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton, Saving General Yang directed by Ronny Yu, Hiroshi Toda’s Seventh Cat, Five Years by Stefan Schaller, Costa Gavras’s Amen and the much acclaimed Z, A Few Days More by Om Prakash Srivastava among others.
The last of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival’s master classes was conducted by the legendary director Bruce Beresford, on Preparation by the Director. “I thought I would talk about the necessity of story boarding. These days, with tight budgets and short schedules, if you don’t plan them, you’ll »
- Pooja Rao
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Well Go USA
The battle begins in Saving General Yang.
The 2013 Chinese action drama film Saving General Yang is based on the ancient Chinese folklore of the seven brothers who fought against all odds to rescue their legendary warrior father.
The year is 986 in Northeast China during the early Northern Song dynasty when the Khitan army takes its revenge for a past massacre, abducting General Yang Ye (Adam Cheng) and leaving his wife and seven sons to rescue him. Led by the first son (Ekin Cheng), the seven set out with a small band of fighters to face an army of thousands, brave the treacherous Wolf Mountain, face the nemesis of their shared history, and then find the way back alive—all to bring their father home.
Well Go USA has officially announced its plans to distribute director Ronnie Yu’s Saving General Yang (2013) on Blu-ray and DVD beginning December 10, 2013. Yu’s project retells the popular Song Dynasty Chinese legend about seven brothers who unite to defend their father from a foreign enemy. The film stars Adam [...]
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- Romney J. Baldwin
The festival, organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (Mami) and backed by Reliance Entertainment, today unveiled a selection of some 200 films, and cash prizes worth $220,000.
The structure includes an international competition for first films, a new section on experimental titles and works by artists from other sectors, as well as returning segments dedicated to French cinema and two different Indian film strands. Other sidebars will celebrate Spanish film, spotlight Cambodian cinema and a growing film-making trend in Afghanistan.
The competition showcases 13 titles including those debut efforts that have already made an impression on the international festival circuit Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo” (winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes), Kim Mordaunt’s “The Rocket” (Laos-set drama that won top prizes in Tribeca and Berlin) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s controversial “Don Jon. »
- Patrick Frater
Directed by Ronny Yu
Hong Kong, 2013
*The following review is included in the Saturday Shaw Brothers column for its familiarity with several iconic Shaw epics. In fact it is actually another spin on a famous tale which Shaw Bros did tackle more than once in their history.
Ronny Yu’s journey as a director of feature films is eerily reminiscent of that experienced by John Woo. After early success in their native land, Yu and Woo, albeit at different times in their careers, ventured into the Hollywood system with mixed results at best. Action movie legend John Woo returned to Hong Kong and made an extraordinarily grand scale period piece in the mainland, Red Cliff. After Bride of Chucky and Freddy vs Jason, Yu headed back home and made one of Jet Li’s greatest films, Fearless. Now, after a seven-year wait, »
- Edgar Chaput
Based on a Chinese legend from the Song dynasty about seven brothers who fought Khitan invaders to rescue their father, “Saving General Yang” reps a curious cross between brawny machismo and sexy eye-candy. Veteran Hong Kong helmer Ronny Yu (“Fearless,” “The Bride With White Hair”) delivers reliably robust action but shows little concern for emotional finesse. Nevertheless, the shrewd casting of pan-Chinese pop idols alongside veteran actors lends a hip spin to an old-fashioned tale of chivalry. Pic did middling biz in China, which is showing signs of war-epic fatigue, but sales to Europe and Asia have reportedly been satisfactory.
The historical saga of the Yang family, whose members dedicated their lives to defending the Chinese border from invasions by the Khitan people (nomads from Mongolia and Manchuria), has been recounted in serial novels and opera for centuries, and has also spawned several films and TV series. However, the Yang »
- Maggie Lee
Fantasia 2013 has announced the second wave of titles screening this year. If the first wave, along with the announcements of special guests wasn’t enough to get you excited, this surely will.
009 Re: Cyborg
Japan Dir: Kenji Kamiyama
Mechanized mayhem, mysticism and moral ambiguity meet when the influential ’60s manga/anime property 009 Cyborg gets a dark, postmodern makeover care of the mighty Production I.G, in the spirit of the iconic Ghost In The Shell films. Anime fans won’t want to miss this one. North American Premiere.
Spain Dir: Marçal Forés
Evocative of both Donnie Darko and Leolo with a touch of Charles Burns, Animals taps into a volatile whirlpool of adolescent anxieties and identity issues, addressing complex themes through a wealth of unconventional approaches. A heavy trip, but an entertaining and fantastical one. Winner: Best First Feature, Sant Jordi de Cinematografia 2013, Official Selection: Sitges 2012, Miami International Film Festival 2013. Quebec Premiere. »
The full Fantasia 2013 lineup will be announced next Tuesday, July 9th, but in the meantime we have the second wave of titles to share, and per usual, it's a doozy!
From the Press Release:
Following last week’s first wave of programming announcements, the Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to unveil several additional highlights to warm you up for our July 9th Press Conference, where we’ll be unveiling of our full 120+ film lineup. The festival runs from July 18 to August 6.
Official Opening Night Film – Takashi Miike’s Shield Of Straw (North American Premiere)
Hot off its screening in official completion at the Cannes Film Festival, Takashi Miike’s riveting crime thriller Shield Of Straw will be kicking off Fantasia’s 2013 edition with its first screening on the North American continent. Shield Of Straw stars Takao Osawa, Nanako Matsushima, and Tatsuya Fujiwara. Fantasia’s 1997 screening of Fudoh marked the »
- The Woman In Black
Marks the second consecutive year a Takashi Miike film has opened Montreal’s genre film festival.
Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw, which screened in competition at Cannes, is to open the 17th edition of Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival (July 18 - August 6).
Miike’s crime thriller receives its North American premiere at Fantasia and continues the long relationship between the director and festival.
Last year, Fantasia opened with Miike’s For Love’s Sake and the festival’s 1997 screening of Fudoh marked the first time a film by the director had ever been shown in North America.
The festival will also host the world premiere of 24 Exposures, from mumblecore director Joe Swanberg. The film stars Adam Wingard as a fetish photographer whose models begin to turn up dead while Simon Barrett plays a cop tasked with investigating him.
Wingard and Barrett are the director-screenwriter duo behind You’re Next and A Horrible Way To Die. Fantasia »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Saving General Yang Trailer 2. Ronny Yu‘s Saving General Yang (2013) movie trailer 2 stars Adam Cheng, Ekin Cheng, Fan Xu, Raymond Lam, and Chun Wu. Saving General Yang‘s plot synopsis: “The story of the Yang’s has been eulogized for hundreds of years in the Chinese society. It details the exploits of the [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Based on a classic series of beloved books and plays, Ronny Yu's Saving General Yang is an old school wartime epic, starring veteran Hong Kong actor Adam Cheng as the titular General, and Ekin Cheng as the elest of his seven loyal sons who swear to rescue him.It looks to be a good year for Yu, who was recently named as the first choice to direct Silver Vase, Iron Knight, The Weinstein Company's sequel to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Before all that, however, he must deliver this large scale period drama, which will most likely debut at next month's Hong Kong International Film Festival. A new trailer has surfaced out of Taiwan, and while it is unsubtitled, readers should have no difficulty in gleaning a...
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16 items from 2013
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