11 items from 2012
Writer / director / star / producer Xu Zheng has just set the bar phenomenally high for himself, absolutely shattering a literal handful of Chinese box office records with his debut directorial effort Lost In Thailand. Best known to fans in the west for his roles in Ning Hao's Crazy Stone and Crazy Racer and Pang Ho Cheung's Love In The Buff the wild success of Lost In Thailand has easily eclipsed any of those films and established Xu as a legitimate force in his own right.Lost in Thailand is the story of two rival business managers, Xu (Xu Zheng) and Bo (Huang Bo), who are fighting over a revolutionary new in-house technology for control of their company. If Xu wins, his future will be »
Director: Pang Ho-cheung. Review: Stan Glick. Vulgaria, a fabulous Hong Kong comedy by Pang Ho-cheung (Love in a Puff, 2010, Love in the Buff, 2012, and others), will be released at select theaters in North America on Friday, September 28, 2012. (The list of cities and theaters where Vulgaria is to be shown can be found at this post on my blog AsianCineFest.) The film had its North American premiere as the opening night presentation at the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival this past June. I had previously watched and reviewed a screener of it, but I wanted to attend that showing just to see what the audience response would be. Well, the audience roared with laughter, over-and-over-and-over again, and there were empathetic responses to some of the tender and touching scenes involving the main character's young daughter. These scenes served as beautifully measured counterpoints to the raunchy vulgarity that dominates the film. On »
Directed by Pang Ho-Cheung
Hong Kong, 2012
One of the few films to be presented in 35mm at this year’s festival, Love in the Buff (which, in the film’s title card, really really looks like Love in the Butt) is a sequel which reunites the two main lovers of the first instalment, Jimmy (Shaun Yue) and Cherrie (Merriam Yeung), whose relationship is on the rocks. Early on the in the film Cherrie, who finds Jimmy’s slow maturation process into adulthood insufferable, decides to call it quits. A new job takes her from Hong Kong to Beijing, where new opportunities of love await. Things get sticky, after having met someone, when Jimmy is also relocated to Beijing for employment. Even though each has found a new companion, fate sees that they stumble upon each other, and old feelings rear their heads… »
- Edgar Chaput
[After bagging the Netpac Award at PiFan last week, and enjoying weekend previews in Hong Kong ahead of its theatrical release next Thursday, now seems the perfect time to revisit my review from Hkiff back in March] Not content with having secured the opening night slot and a probable box office hit with his new rom-com sequel, Love In The Buff, writer-director Pang Ho Cheung has completed another uproarious comedy that will also debut at this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival. Vulgaria stars Chapman To as a frustrated local movie producer, struggling not only with financing his next project but also with the collapse of his marriage. During a staged interview before an audiatorium of film students, second tier producer To Wai Cheung (Chapman To) »
Hong Kong writer director Carol Lai returns with “The Second Woman”, a suspense drama revolving around the ever popular theme of sinister twins. The film receives a real boost from having popular and award winning actress Shu Qi (“Love”) in the two lead roles, with Shawn Yue (“Love in the Buff”) on hand as her understandably confused beau, plus support from Chen Shu, Zhang Nai Tian and Niu Meng Meng. Shu Qi plays Huibao, an understudy actress rehearsing for a new performance of the play “The Legend of Lady Plum Blossom” with her boyfriend Nan (Shawn Yue). When she is struck down by illness, her twin sister Huixiang (also Shu Qi) takes over in her place, delivering a superb performance and surprising everyone. This puts a great deal of tension on the relationship between the sisters, not least since Huibao starts to suspect that Huixiang might be making eyes at Nan behind her back. »
- James Mudge
An adolescent’s sixteenth birthday marks a turning point in life when maturation occurs at a much more rapid pace and the teenager begins to be faced with difficult and important decisions that will shape their future. The same can be said of Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, set to kick off its sixteenth edition tomorrow: its Super Sweet Sixteen promises to be nothing if not interesting. That’s not to say that the main focus of North America’s largest genre film festival is changing; in fact, between prolific director Takashi Miike’s festival opener For Love’s Sake – fresh from Cannes and having its North American premiere – and the Canadian premiere of animation studio Laika’s Paranorman, which closes the fest three weeks later, filmgoers will have a whopping 160 films from around the world to choose from. Sitges eat your heart out.
Where Fantasia seems to be »
- Jason Widgington
Director Pang Ho-Cheung has over the years established himself as one of the most interesting directors working in the Hong Kong film industry today. His varied filmography is a testament to his amazing talent, and comedy is clearly one of his favorite genres. From his directorial debut You Shoot, I Shoot to his first box office hit Men Suddenly In Black to his most recent and successful Love in a Puff and the sequel Love in the Buff, he has never stopped impressing audiences with his unique and often dark sense of humor. But his latest, Vulgaria, which as you can see from the trailer, is filled with dirty dialogue and sexual references, and may just be the funniest of them all. Check it out »
A near full five days into the madness that is the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival and we've got an interview for you. It comes from our correspondent The Lady Miz Diva. She was fortunate enough to sit down with Pang Ho-Cheung, the director of the uproarious, head-turning Hk comedy Vulgaria, which had its North American premiere last Friday to a packed house. His sequel to the smash hit Love in a Puff, Love in the Buff also screened this past Sunday at Nyaff. This interview is being cross-published on Diva's own website, The Diva Review. The Lady Miz Diva: How did you get away with Vulgaria? It's so raunchy and outrageous. Did you have any trouble getting it through censorship boards? Pang »
Thanks to our friends at Dream Movie Australia, we have Five double passes for the new Hong Kong film Motorway to give away to our Australian readers! This is the much anticipated new film from producer Johnnie To and director Soi Cheang (Accident, Dog Bite Dog, Shamo) that stars Shawn Yue (Love in the Buff, Reign of Assassins) and Anthony Wong (Infernal Affairs trilogy, The Mission). How to win: It's really simple. All you have to do is to tell us the title of the other film Soi Cheang is directing that is due for cinema release in 2012/13. (Hint: It stars Donnie Yen.) You can email your answer, together with your name and postal address (in case you win!) to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition »
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
As local director Pang Ho Cheung is gearing up to premiere two new films at this month's Hong Kong International Film Festival, international distributor China Lion has announced that it already has one of them scheduled for release in North America at the end of the month. Love In The Buff, which is the official opening film of the 36th Hkiff on 21 March, will open in selected North American cities on 30 March. A sequel to Pang's incredibly well-received romantic comedy Love In A Puff, this second helping sees Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue reconnect in Beijing, after the economic downturn sends them north of the border looking for work.China Lion is also expanding its release of Dante Lam's The Viral Factor into 10 »
11 items from 2012
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