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In the past two years, Zhejiang Huace has emerged as one of the most important new forces not only on the Chinese film and TV scene, but also on the international one.
Founded only 10 years ago by Zhao Yifang, the company — with roots in the independent TV business — had the backing of the provincial government of Zhejiang and the municipal government of Hangzhou, the same home town as e-commerce giant Alibaba.
These days the company stretches from TV production to feature film, and from artist management in China to theatrical distribution in South Korea. It has its own stock market listing, but also counts the backing of Baidu, the online giant built around China’s largest search engine and which also owns iQIYI.
Huace describes its strengths as being primarily in developing screenplays and distribution, rather than in production. That distribution capacity was recently highlighted when Huace boarded Hou Hsiao »
- Patrick Frater
The 28th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival took place from the 22th until the 31th of October in the great city of Tokyo. This ten day event is the only Japanese film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (Fiapf). It started in 1985 and since then it became one of the most important festival in the world. The festival offers the audience a great chance to see the very best film from around the world and bring them the best national productions.
Tokyo Grand Prix
Nise – O Coração da Loucura (Nise – The Heart of Madness) by Roberto Berliner – Brazil | 2015 – 109 min.
Special Jury Prize
Nous Trois ou Rien (All Three of Us) by Kheiron – France | 2015 – 102 min.
Award for Best Director
Mustafa Kara for his film Kalandar Soğuğu (Cold of Kalandar) Turkey, Hungary | 2015 – 139 min.
Award for Best Actress
Gloria Pires for the film Nise – O »
- Sebastian Nadilo
John Woo’s first film(s) in several years, The Crossing, failed to make much of any impact when either part hit China between December of last year and this past July. Whether or not the non-existent international notices have played some role in his latest career decisions, it could nevertheless be said that they recall the artist international audiences came to love decades ago – and rather explicitly, in one (potential) case. According to Screen Daily, his next outing, Manhunt, “should recall the hard-boiled action of the director’s earlier years” by adapting Juko Nishimura‘s novel about a cop attempting to prove himself innocent of the rape and murder others have accused him of.
That project was announced in March, so perhaps it’s old news to the Woo faithful. The prospect of it, supposing he’s still up to snuff, remains as appealing as ever. What’s been »
- Nick Newman
One project that has been kicked around for years has been remake of John Woo's "The Killer," produced by the filmmaker himself. South Korean helmer John H. Lee was once attached to direct but has since moved on, while John Travolta tossed his name in the ring to reteam with his "Face/Off" and "Broken Arrow" director on a redo. But not much has been heard about the movie in years, but Woo reveals he still has it on his plate. Following this two-part epic "The Crossing," the director is gearing up to helm the Japan-set "Manhunt," which is based on the novel by Juko Nishimura, and was already made into a film in 1976. And according to Woo, "The Killer" will follow. "... after 'Manhunt,' I probably will go back to Hollywood to make another action thriller. I’m going to make 'The Killer' in an American version, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hong Kong-based John Woo is one of the few directors from Asia to effectively generate multiple Hollywood studio hits, from "Face-Off" and "Broken Arrow" to "Mission: Impossible II." But lately he's been financing and releasing his films in Asia; the spectacular 2008 historic epic "Red Cliff" was released stateside. He also went historical with the two-part 1949 disaster drama "The Crossing" series, which opened in Taiwan, Singapore and China. Read More: How John Woo shot Spectacular Epic 'Red Cliff' Now the famed action director is returning to his roots, he told Screen at the Tokyo International Film Festival, where he is getting the Samurai Award. First up is a remake of the 1976 Takakura Ken thriller "Manhunt" in Japan later this year; Woo has always wanted to make a film in Japan. It's the second adaptation of Juko Nishimura's Japanese novel "Kimi Yo Fundo No Kawa No »
- Anne Thompson
So would he ever consider a return to Hollywood?
“I have never left. I still enjoy working with Hollywood. I still have a couple of projects developing in Hollywood,” the legendary Hong Kong action director told ScreenDaily at the Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct 22-31).
There has long been talk of an English-language remake of The Killer, the 1989 Hong Kong assassin flick that raised Woo’s profile globally as a director of hard-boiled action films and helped launch his move »
Huace Group, one of China’s leading studios, has struck a pact with Los Angeles- and Sydney-based Arclight Films to produce a slate of films through a new joint venture company.
Arclight and Huace are to set up Aurora Alliance Films, which will develop, finance and produce a slate of “high concept” international co-productions and deliver three films per year. The companies said that the first pictures under the new banner have all secured Hollywood directing talent.
James McTeigue is in advanced talks to direct an untitled Chinese co-production being produced by Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road (“Gods of Egypt”). The film is an international action thriller that will shoot in Australia and China, and which Arclight says will be one of the biggest budgeted Chinese productions ever mounted.
Huace and Arclight are also working on “Safecracker, »
- Patrick Frater
The top films in the Chinese box office chart remained unchanged for the fourth successive weekend. Locally-made films “Monster Hunt,” “Pancake Man” and animation “Monkey King: Hero is Back” all saw their weekly scores decline, but not enough for any of a string of newcomers to get near the top spot.
“Monster Hunt” added $39.4 million, a week-on-week drop of 43%, for a cumulative score of $330 million after 25 days, according to data from Entgroup. That makes it the biggest Chinese film of all time and the second biggest film ever released in Chinese cinemas (behind “Fast & Furious 7”). It is expected to remain on release until mid-September, giving it the possibility of challenging the all-comers record at $391 million.
Behind it “Pancake Man” (aka “Jianbin Man”) dropped 47%, but added $12.9 million for a total of $177 million after 24 days. It is now the fifth biggest Chinese film of all time.
“Monkey King” was down 35%, adding »
- Patrick Frater
A slew of new local film releases could do nothing to dislodge the record breaking trio of local movies at the top of the Chinese box office.
For the third week “Monster Hunt” topped the chart ahead of “Pancake Man” and “Monkey King: Hero is Born.” The summer blackout period, when Hollywood titles are prevented from releasing, was still in operation.
The live action-visual effects fantasy “Monster Hunt” earned $68.3 million a drop of 40% in its third week, for an 18 day total of $291 million. Dropping more severely, but still in second place, “Pancake Man” was down 65% with $24.3 million for the week. Its cumulative after 17 days stands at a huge $164 million.
Third place in its fourth week, animation “Monkey King: Hero Is Born” dropped 47% week on-week, but still grossed $17.5 million for a 24 day total of $126 million.
Top-ranking new entrant, “Lady of the Dynasty” a period romance, entered the chart in fourth spot with $14.8 million in four days. »
- Patrick Frater
Like passengers who overpaid for tickets to escape war-ravaged Shanghai on the Taiwan-bound liner Taiping in 1949, only to end up on a sinking ship, audiences get a pretty lousy deal with John Woo’s “The Crossing II,” an inert follow-up that doesn’t deliver enough visual or emotional payoff in its overdue yet short-lived shipwreck climax. Released eight months after the first film opened in December, the pic features no intriguing new turns and has nothing meaningful to say, indisputably proving that the production would have been better off trimmed and presented as one film. Considering how “The Crossing” tanked at the box office worldwide, it’s unrealistic to expect a huge B.O. turnaround here, though an older demographic may still give it a chance.
- Maggie Lee
Local sources confirmed that “Terminator: Genisys” will open in China on Aug. 23, and “Minions” on Sept. 13.
After 2D and 3D opening day records were set last week, by “Pancake Man” and “Monster Hunt” respectively, as well as a new cumulative high for a Chinese-made animation (“Monkey King: Hero Is Back”), the box office chart is likely to remain dominated by Chinese-made titles for the near term.
Chinese regulators are currently operating one of the country’s seasonal blackout periods in which new releases of major Hollywood titles are excluded.
While Cumberbatch is considered a big star in China, »
- Patrick Frater
Veteran filmmaker John Woo, best known as a master stylist specializing in ultra-violent gangster films and thrillers (Hard Boiled, The Killer) is about to release the second half of his two-part passion project, The Crossing. Billed in local media as the “Chinese Titanic,” the two-part period epic chronicles three couples whose lives are affected by the sinking of the steamer Taiping, which led to the deaths of over 1,500 passengers and crew during the Chinese Civil War.
Anyone who’s seen the first part will tell you that The Crossing has the DNA of several Best Picture Oscar winning films, only shoved into one massive blockbuster. There’s romance, tragedy, war and many reasons for viewers to keep a box of kleenex nearby.
The Crossing 2 opens on July 30th. Watch the trailer below.
Synopsis: During the Chinese Revolution in 1949, three couples flee from China to the island of Taiwan. Gen. »
You might be asking yourself, " 'The Crossing 2?' Was there a 'The Crossing 1?'" Yes, there was! Over Christmas, John Woo released the first part of his epic drama in China, and now part two is gearing up for release, promising action and tears. Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiamoing and Song Hye-kyo star in the movie that chronicles three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai, centered around the 1949 sinking of Taiping, which caused the deaths of over 1500 people who were trying to flee following the Chinese Civil War. Evidently, Woo was inspired by some big screen dramas of yore. Read More: John Woo's WWII Epic 'Flying Tigers' To Arrive As Feature Film & Extended, 6 Hour Miniseries "I have always been a big fan of David Lean’s 'Dr. Zhivago,' and wanted to make an epic love story myself," the director told Deadline. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Somebody help me..." Second part? But we haven't even seen the first! Indeed, true. Eventually one day it will get a Us release. John Woo has been in China directing a massive two-part epic called The Crossing, billed as the "Chinese Titanic" - you will see why with this trailer. There are some shots right out of James Cameron's Titanic in this. The film is set during the Chinese Civil War in the 1940s, following three couples from different backgrounds whose are affected by the sinking of the steamer Taiping, which was traveling to Taiwan and led to the deaths of over 1,500 people. Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Song Hye-kyo, and Huang Xiaoming star. It looks like Woo went all out, hopefully for the best. I'm curious to check this out. Here's the new official trailer for John Woo's The Crossing, found on Deadline's YouTube: The Crossing is a »
- Alex Billington
Veteran filmmaker John Woo is the helmer of such iconic movies as 1989’s The Killer, 1992’s Hard Boiled and later Face/Off (have John Travolta or Nicolas Cage ever been better?), Mission: Impossible 2 and the Red Cliff movies. He’s about to see the second part of his passion project, The Crossing, released in China later this month. Billed in local media as the “Chinese Titanic,” the two-part period epic is set during the Chinese Civil War and revolves around three… »
While we're still waiting to see John Woo's epic The Crossing here in the United States, the filmmaker is getting ready to plan his next project. ScreenDaily reports the director of Face/Off, Red Cliff and Hard Target has set his sights on Manhunt, a new adaptation of the Japanese novel Kimi Yo Funnu No Kawa O Watare by Juko Nishimura. The book was first adapted back in 1976 and just so happens to be the first foreign film released in China after the Cultural Revolution. But it sounds like the film might be a more prominent release overseas with Media Asia Films, based out of Hong Kong, behind the project. Read on! The story follows a prosecutor who is framed for robbery and rape and sets out on a one-man mission to clear his name. Sounds like your standard action thriller, which we know Woo can do well most of the time. »
- Ethan Anderton
John Woo has spent the last few years of his directorial career focusing more on epic histories such as the Red Cliff films and more intimate dramas like The Crossing. And while he hasn’t eschewed action elements all together, he’s had his attention elsewhere. But it appears he’s ready to get back into the thriller game with Manhunt.Based on Japanese author Juko Nishimura’s novel, Manhunt was originally adapted into a film in 1976, and became the first foreign film released in China following the Cultural Revolution. It tracks a prosecutor who is framed for robbery and rape and must head out on a mission to clear his name while taking down those who are trying to ruin it.Woo’s interest in the movie was sparked by his love for Japanese actor Ken Takakura, who took the lead and worked solidly until his death last year. »
The project, produced by Hong Kong’s Media Asia, sees a prosecutor framed for robbery, rape and multiple murders. He sets out on a strenuous solo mission to clear his name.
The book “Kimi yo Funnu no Kawa o Watare” (aka “Hot Pursuit”) by Juko Nishimura was previously adapted as a movie in Japan in 1976, directed by Junya Sato, and starring Ken Takakura (“Black Rain”) as the prosecutor. In 1978 it was the first foreign film released in China after the end of China’s ‘Cultural Revolution,’ and became a massive hit.
Media Asia confirmed that the film will start shooting in 2015, which makes it Woo’s next film after he completes two part wartime epic “The Crossing.” Woo was previously attached to an ambitious aerial project “Flying Tigers” focused on how Chinese and U. »
- Patrick Frater
South Korean drama “My Brilliant Life” is to get a wide release in China from Friday (March 13).
The picture, directed by E J-yong, is based on a novel by Kim Ae Ran about a couple with a son who suffers from an accelerated aging syndrome known as progeria.
The film is to be distributed by China Film Group, China’s leading state-owned film enterprise, with Shanghai Film Group as co-distributor. The film is expected to open on some 5,000 screens – a far wider release than it received in Korea in September, where it was handled by Cj Entertainment.
It stars Gang Dong-won and Song Hye-kyo (“Hwang Jin Yi”), a Korean actress who is building a significant place in the Chinese industry. She has starred in Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” and John Woo’s two part epic “The Crossing.”
“My Brilliant Life” has also been released in other parts of Greater China, »
- Patrick Frater
With the world’s most prestigious film festival just around the corner, cineastes have been lasciviously salivating about what’s going to show up at Cannes, with wish lists appearing almost immediately after Berlin (a fest that had one of their most impressive line-ups ever) announced their awards. The remainder of the 2015 fest circuit looks to be a plentiful, diverse porridge, with many of the world’s most renowned auteurs’ sporting brand new titles. While many prognosticators will be sharing the same lists, more or less, hopes are incredibly high for a handful of sure bets, and a gaggle of hopefuls. The main competition always seems easier to postulate, though Thierry Fremaux always throws a few curves, (After the Battle in 2012, The Hunt in 2013 or last year’s Timbuktu, which won the Cesar for Best Picture recently, are a couple ready examples of under-the-radar titles).
Italy seems primed for saturation at the fest. »
- Nicholas Bell
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