Yang jia jiang (2013)
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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,
“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
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
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
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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.
Directed by veteran Ronny Yu (The Bride With White Hair, Fearless, Bride of Chucky
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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.
Written by Ronny Yu and Edmond Wong
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,
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
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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.
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
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
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