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Buyers like Media Asia's Wrath

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Hong Kong’s Media Asia has sold martial arts drama Wrath Of Vajra to India’s Zoom Entertainment Network and Taiwan’s Sky Films following a private screening in Toronto.

The $12m film also went to to Cambodia’s Westec Media and Myanmar’s Golden Yellow Tree. It was previously pre-sold to Well Go USA for North America, Korea’s Sonamu Pictures and Germany’s Splendid.

Directed by Law Wing-cheong, The Wrath Of Vajra is a martial arts drama about a young boy trained by a Japanese death cult who grows up to fight for the Chinese. It is tentatively scheduled for release in China in late September.

Produced by Kylin Network and Ningxia Movie Group (Painted Skin: The Resurrection ), the film stars Shi Yanneng , Kurata Yasuaki,Ikeuchi Hiroyuki, Tony Liu and Jiang Baocheng.
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Where Is The Next 'Crouching Tiger'?

Where Is The Next 'Crouching Tiger'?
Hong Kong — The surprise hit in Chinese theaters last year was a low-budget, wacky road-trip comedy that even beat out global blockbuster "Avatar" to become the country's highest-grossing film ever. But "Lost in Thailand" found just a paltry $57,000 during its U.S. theatrical release.

The film that earned 1.26 billion yuan ($200 million) in China joins other homegrown hits that have flopped internationally, and is the latest sign that while the country has become a box-office superpower, it faces a harder task fulfilling its leaders' hopes that its studios will be able to rival Hollywood for global influence.

Action-comedy "Let the Bullets Fly," starring Chow Yun-fat, grossed $111 million at home but $63,000 in the United States, while action-fantasy "Painted Skin: The Resurrection," starring Donnie Yen, earned $113 million domestically but $50,400 in the U.S., according to

Chinese movies' overseas box office receipts fell 48 percent last year, alarming regulators, who also worried about
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Tai Chi Hero (2012) Movie Review

For anyone who hasn’t seen “Tai Chi 0”, there are spoilers in the following review. Stephen Fung’s steampunk-martial arts epic “Tai Chi” continues with “Tai Chi Hero”, released hot on the heels of “Tai Chi 0”, with the third instalment apparently not due until 2014. Again directed by Fung and written and produced by Chen Kuo Fu (“Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame”, “Aftershock”), the film was shot in 3D back to back with the first outing, and continues the tale of Lu Chan (aka ‘The Freak’) as he tries to learn the Chen village Tai Chi and control his explosive inner strength. All of the original cast return, with real life Olympic gold medal-winning wushu champion Yuan Xiaochao, Angelababy (“First Time”), Fang Zijing (Eddie Peng, “Love”) and veteran favourite (Tony Leung Ka Fai, “Election”) again headlining, joined by newcomers William Feng (“Painted Skin: The Resurrection
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Wu Dang On DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download Now

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Wu Dang On DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download Now
You’ve seen ShockYa’s review of Patrick Leung’s intense martial arts adventure film “Wu Dang,” and now it’s available to own on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download from Well Go USA Entertainment. Wenzhuo Zhao (“Sacrifice,” “True Legend”), Mi Yang (“Painted Skin: The Resurrection”) and Siu-Wong Fan (“Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”) star in this new take on “wire-fu” martial arts films. The film, also choreographed by Corey Yuen (“Shaolin”) the first film to talk about the art of Wu Dang Kung Fu and the mysticism behind Ying Yang. The bonus features you can look for with the release include a behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted/extended scenes. “There is a rumor: secret treasures [ Read More ]

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Painted Skin: Resurrection - U.S. DVD Review #2

Director: Wuershan. Review: Chris Sawin. "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" is a sequel to the 2008 film "Painted Skin" and reunites stars Chen Kun, Zhao Wei, and Zhou Xun. Unfortunately, the sequel doesn't bring back Donnie Yen and viewing the original wasn't really in the cards before viewing this. This review will approach "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" as if it were a stand-alone film. Xiaowei (Zhou Xun) is an ancient fox spirit who has just been set free after being imprisoned in ice for 500 years. The vengeful Xiaowei, along with the help of her sister Que'er (Yang Mi), feeds on the hearts of men to stay looking as elegant as she does. If Xiaowei was ever offered a heart willingly, she would become human and would finally be able to experience all the joys of being human. Xiaowei becomes attached to the slightly disfigured Princess Jing (Zhao Wei) who has had an
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DVD Playhouse--November 2012

By Allen Gardner

Pier Paolo Pasolini’S Trilogy Of Life (Criterion) Pier Paolo Pasolini was Italy’s last Neo-Realist, a product of post-ww II Europe who was fervently Catholic, openly gay, defiantly Marxist, and one of the most original voices of the 20th century’s second half. Before his brutal murder in 1975 (after the premiere of his still-controversial swan song, “Salo”), Pasolini directed a trilogy of films based on masterpieces of medieval literature: Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” and “The Thousand and One Nights (also known as “The Arabian Nights”). The three films celebrate the uninhibited, earthy, raw carnal nature of the original texts, leaving little to the imagination, but also offering Pasolini’s own very unique and pointed views on modern society, consumerism, religious and sexual mores (and hypocrisies), and an unexpurgated celebration of the human body, both male and female. Extraordinary production design by Dante Ferretti and another evocative,
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Painted Skin: The Resurrection - U.S. DVD Review

Director: Wuershan. Review: Stan Glick. The Chinese supernatural, fantasy box-office hit Painted Skin: The Resurrection is available tomorrow in the U.S. on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital (the later meaning, I assume, digital download). This review is of the single disc DVD version. Long ago, a demon fox spirit named Xiaowei (Zhou Xun, who reprises her role from the original Paintd Skin of 2008), fell in love with a human. When she saved him, she violated the laws of demons. This back-story is a very brief synopsis of the original film, which I must acknowledge I haven’t seen. This is no handicap, however, as The Resurrection is a most-satisfying stand-alone tale. As the film begins, Xiaowei has been imprisoned in ice for five hundred years for her transgression. But Quer (Mini Yang), a bird demon, has been attracted by her face and sets Xiaowei free by pecking at the ice.
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Blu-ray Review: Painted Skin: The Resurrection (Well Go USA)

Wuershan's romantic fantasy epic, Painted Skin: The Resurrection is ambitious, I have to give it that. Apart from being a bit overlong and repetitive, it's really pretty enjoyable as well. I think that if it has any major obstacles to overcome it is the expectation that many westerners will have that this is a big action film, when that couldn't be further from the truth. This film is more of a straight forward romance with a fantasy backdrop as opposed to a sweeping fantasy epic with romantic inclinations, and I think it works for the most part.According to the opening voiceover a fox demon who has been imprisoned in ice has escaped and is determined to find a human's body to possess so as to...
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‘Wu Dang’ (starring Wenzhuo Zhao) Hitting Blu-Ray and DVD on December 4th

Debuting on Blu-Ray and DVD this 4th of December is “Wu Dang”, a new enthralling kung-fu action-adventure from Patrick Leung, filmmaker behind “Blade of Kings”. Any type of kung-fu is, let’s face it, kick-ass and legitimately is kick-ass; but Leung’s “Wu Dang” makes it even better as he fleshes out for the first time in cinema, the art of Wu Dang kung-fu, and the mysticism of Yin and Yang. The movie’s tense and kick-ass martial arts sequences are crafted by action choreographer Corey Yuen from “Shaolin”, anything less than Yuen would be disappointing. And if you’re smart, when Yuen is choreographing, you know you’re in for some good stuff.

Wu Dang” follows a greedy American man who brings his prodigal martial artist daughter to enter a kung-fu championship he sponsored himself. You have seen it coming, his hidden agenda: to steal the Wu Dang treasures
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Jet Li back on the small screen – Flying Swords of Dragon Gate – Win a copy of the first ever Wuxia 3D film!

Film Icon Jet Li Stars in Director Hark Tsui’s Visually-Stunning Epic

An explosive mix of warriors, fugitives and assassins converge in the desert for a deadly showdown in Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate, the multi-award winning, martial arts epic reuniting genre master Tsui Hark (Once Upon a Time in China series, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame) with legendary action icon Jet Li (The Expendables, Lethal Weapon IV, The Forbidden Kingdom) in an action-packed, visually-breathtaking cinematic experience debuting on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and Digital October 2nd from Indomina Releasing.

The tale continues the saga of the Dragon Inn three years after it was left in ruins. A new gang has taken control of the inn as they secretly search for the entrance to the lost city of gold that legend says is hidden within. Their furtive mission is interrupted by the arrival of a beautiful
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The U.S gets some Painted Skin: Resurrection

Extras wise it’s much the same as its UK counterpart, but for its Stateside release Well Go USA have scored a load of extra brownie points for not dicking around with its title - Wuershan’s eye poppingly glorious Painted Skin: The Resurrection is heading for U.S DVD and Blu and the date to look out for is November 13th. Synopsis: According to ancient lore, if a human freely offers their heart to a demon, that monster can become mortal, experiencing the true pains and passions of existence. Xiaowei, a millennia-old fox spirit, is freed from her frozen prison and transforms into a dangerous seductress. To maintain her youthful beauty she is forced to consume living hearts as she searches for her chance to become human. Meanwhile, Princess Jing, hiding her marred beauty behind a golden mask, flees an unknown threat to her kingdom by pursuing the only
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U.S. Trailer for Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection, Arriving Stateside This August

It looks like director Wuershan’s “Painted Skin: The Resurrection” is headed to U.S. theaters sooner than expected, courtesy of Well Go USA. Usually it takes a Chinese film a few years to finally reach Stateside theaters, but the producers have already released a U.S. trailer for the film, which is due in August. Obviously you’re looking at a limited release here. The new trailer is nothing you haven’t seen before in previously released trailers, but the subtitles are a lot more prominent, so there’s that. This is a pseudo sequel to the 2008 movie starring Donnie Yen. With the exception of Yen, a lot of the first movie’s cast is back for the sequel, though in completely different roles. Why? No idea. I guess the first movie made money, so they decided to do a sequel, but didn’t want to be tied to the first film.
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Sweet Sixteen: Fantasia Becoming the Cannes of Genre Film Fests

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
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Ted sees strong pre-release weekend of $4m

A new film by the creator of animated TV series Family Guy has opened strongly in a pre-release weekend at the box office.

The film Ted, about a 30-something named John and his life-long companion Ted, a foul-mouthed teddy bear, was written and directed by Seth MacFarlane.

The film, distributed by Universal, made $4.383m at the box office in a pre-release weekend taking an impressive $18,000 screen average across 243 screens.

Melbourne-based VFX company Iloura delivered over 500 shots for the film which animated the bear off of captured movements from MacFarlane who also voiced the character.

Glenn Melenhorst, VFX supervisor at Iloura said: “Seth has had a long career in animation and he understands it intricately. He also understood Ted’s character perfectly and clearly communicated his vision to the Iloura team. He was really encouraging of our work and he trusted us and gave us latitude in the staging of the
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A Pair of Trailers, Posters, and Images for Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection

The last time we posted anything about director Wuershan’s “Painted Skin: The Resurrection”, the sequel to the Donnie Yen-fronted “Painted Skin” from 2008, all we had was a promo poster and a promo trailer featuring some concept artwork from the movie. Well, here are two trailers, a handful of character posters, and some mighty enticing images from the film to peek your curiosity. The movie is already scheduled to open in Chinese cinemas June 28, 2012, which is quite the shocker, as I didn’t know that until I stumbled across these assets. From the looks of it, they’ve doubled down on the demon seduction and CGI kung fu, though the lack of Donnie Yen will surely be a hindrance. On the other hand, gorgeous ladies Vicki Zhao and Xun Zhou are back, so that’s a plus. According to demon lore, it takes hundreds of years to attain human form.
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