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5 Romantic Comedies You Should Watch This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. So, for all you lovebirds out there who just want a staycation date, grab a bowl of popcorn and watch these Asian romantic comedies this weekend that will give you all the feels.

Secret (2007)

Secret stars Jay Chou as piano major student Ye Xianglu and Gwei Lun-mei as time traveling heroine Lu Xiaoyu.

My Girlfriend is a Cyborg aka Cyborg She (2008)

Kwak Jae-yong, director of My Sassy Girl, had a comeback in this mix of romance, comedy, and science fiction. My Girlfriend is a Cyborg stars Keisuke Koide as Jiro Kitamura, a lonely man from Tokyo, while Haruka Ayase plays the Cyborg he falls in love with. The Cyborg was created by an older Jiro after a girl he met in his past and sent her to the past to protect him after a devastating earthquake in Tokyo.

What Women Want (2011)

What Women Want
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Emp launches sales on 'Heaven In The Dark'

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Emp launches sales on 'Heaven In The Dark'
Exclusive: Hong Kong Film Awards-nominated drama stars Karena Lam and Jacky Cheung.

Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures (Emp) is launching sales on sexual harrassment drama Heaven In The Dark, starring Karena Lam and Jacky Cheung.

Adapted from the play French Kiss by Candace Chong, the film tells the story of a woman who shares a kiss with a pastor and then files sexual harrassment charges against him. The pastor ends up losing his faith as a consequence of her actions, while the woman tries to find salvation in religion.

The film, which is scheduled for a Hong Kong release on March 24, marks the directorial debut of Lam’s husband Yuen Kim-wai, an established commercials and music video director.

Although not yet released, the film has already picked up best actress (Lam) and best actor (Cheung) nominations at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards, which take place on April 3. It has also been selected as the
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Film Review: ‘From Vegas to Macau III’

Featuring a table-tennis game and a low-tech robot smash-up as its highlights, Wong Jing and Andrew Lau’s “From Vegas to Macau III” is a gambling caper with model “Chinese Socialist characteristics,” meaning there’s hardly any gambling or any other naughty fun at all. Single-handedly killing a once internationally beloved, one-of-a-kind Hong Kong genre that Wong himself invented, the filmmakers have so mangled their material to suit mainland criteria that they’re left with a string of moronic gags barely held together by cheapskate production values. That “III” snagged the biggest household names in Hong Kong cinema only testifies to the irresistible lure of Chinese coin. If the second film’s boffo B.O. was an indication that bad taste rules, this third movie’s guaranteed success will prove there’s no bottom in such a market.

When the original “From Vegas to Macau” (2014) debuted with its burst of kickass chopsocky,
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Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See From Vegas To MacAu 3 In Cinemas!

Hong Kong director Wong Jing has teamed up with Chow Yun Fat, Andy Lau and Charles Heung from the original God Of Gamblers movies for the latest film in his popular From Vegas To Macau franchise. Jacky Cheung, Nick Cheung and Carina Lau are also part of the all-star cast.Thanks to Australian distributor Magnum Films, we have Five double passes for the film to give away to our readers. For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]twitchfilm.netFrom Vegas To Macau 3 will open in Australian cinemas on February 5, and this competition will close at 3pm on February 4. -- Good...

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Chow Yun-Fat Returns in ‘From Vegas to Macau III’

Everything is set for the return of an all-star cast with the release of the third installment of the action-comedy film ‘From Vegas to Macau III’ next week. Fans will once again see Chow Yun-fat, Nick Cheung, Carina Lau, and other Hong Kong superstars reunited on the big screen with the return of the hit movie.

‘From Vegas to Macau’ will not only reunite the brightest stars from Hong Kong, but also long-time film collaborators Andrew Lau and Wong Jing who have acted either as producers, directors, or writers for the three movie installments. Nick Cheung and Carina Lau will also reprise their roles as Mark and Molly respectively.

South Korean popstar Psy is set to make a special cameo as seen from the film’s teaser trailer via Youtube. His wacky and surprising appearance on the film will surely delight many film and music fans.

Andy Lau will make an appearance as Michael Chan,
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Cte renews output deals with Hong Kong studios

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Cte renews output deals with Hong Kong studios
Hong Kong-based Celestial Tiger Entertainment (Cte) has renewed its exclusive, multi-year output deals with Hong Kong studios Emperor Motion Pictures (Emp), Mega-Vision Project Workshop (Mvpw) and Universe Entertainment.

Under the terms of the deals, Cte has secured first and exclusive pay-tv rights, as well as pay-per-view (PPV), video-on-demand (VOD) and over-the-top (Ott) rights, to each studio’s upcoming slate of movies for Cte’s Celestial Movies channel in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.

Upcoming Emp productions include Heaven In The Dark, a drama reuniting Jacky Cheung and Karena Lam who both starred in July Rhapsody in 2002; Fruit Chan’s suspense thriller Kill Time, starring Ethan Ruan and Angelababy; and The Mobfathers, starring Anthony Wong and Chapman To.

Mvpw’s slate includes the third installment of blockbuster franchise From Vegas To Macau, which will star Andy Lau in addition to Chow Yun Fat and Nick Cheung. Mvpw is also in pre-production on The Invincible 12, which marks the 100th film from
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100 Great Kung Fu Movies – Part 4 (39-21)

When it comes to making features like this one, i love the idea of coming up with my own personal “100 Great Kung Fu Movies” of all time. It is tough choosing just 100 because you know there are many more great Kung Fu movies that are not on the list.

I have decided that to make the list, a movie must have a few hand to hand moments during fight scenes in the movies chosen. If for example its mainly sword play with one fight scene hand to hand it won’t make the list. Its old school “style” Kung Fu movies, not modern day settings.

I understand everyone will have their own personal favorites and some may not agree with my list and that’s fine because it’s nice to have different opinions on this genre which keeps it fresh and alive when having good debates.

Anyway, thank you
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Film Review: ‘Helios’

When a doomsday device is up for grabs in Hong Kong, the city becomes a potential Ground Zero in “Helios,” a spy action-thriller that reps a savvy model of Hong Kong-Chinese co-production. The writing-directing duo of Longman Leung and Sunny Luk impressively up their game from their major 2012 hit, “Cold War,” orchestrating a stellar pan-Asian cast and making prudent use of an $18 million budget to field a war of arms and ideologies with a teasing cliffhanger ending. Like a Boeing 747 on autopilot, the production is superbly tooled on a technical level yet remains somewhat mechanical and bloodless in its plotting and characterization. Primed for explosive B.O. in China and Hong Kong, this blockbuster could sell like uranium in Asian genre ancillary.

According to the filmmakers, the Chinese title, which translates as “Equator,” suggests that their characters have to take a lot of heat, while a sense of impending doom
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Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See Helios In Cinemas!

Helios is the new film from Sunny Luk and Longmond Leung, the directing duo behind Cold War (Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka Fai), which was the top grossing local film at the Hong Kong box office in 2012. It is a high-octane thriller that stars Jacky Cheung and Nick Cheung, and has a support cast that includes actors from Hong Kong, China and Korea. Thanks to its distributor Magnum Films, we have Five double passes to give away to our readers. For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps: 1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and 2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]twitchfilm.net Helios will open in Australian cinemas on April 30,...

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Helios – (Trailer) In Cinemas April 30th

Cast:

Jacky Cheung

Nick Cheung

Chang Chen

Shawn Yue

Wang Xueqi

Helios is the upcoming movie directed by Leung Lok-Man/Sunny Luk and stars Jacky Cheung, Nick Cheung and Chang Chen. Helios is a Action/Thriller about a wanted criminal who has weapons of mass destruction.

The action choreographer for the movie is veteran Chin Kar Lok, who has worked on many movies over the years (In-front and behind the camera), such as Millionaire’s Express, Dragons Forever, Eastern Condors, Operation Scorpio and many more. Helios has a Hk$200 million budget and is being released by many companies, one being Media Asia Films.

Plot:

Number one wanted criminal “Helios” (Chang Chen) and his assistant (Janice Man) stole a quantity of uranium and plan to produce weapons of mass destruction. They are planning to trade with a terrorist organization in Hong Kong. Chief Inspector Lee Yin-ming (Nick Cheung) and Inspector Fan
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List Of 30 Yuen Biao Movies To Enjoy

Yuen Biao is one of the greatest screen performers of all time. He exploded onto our screens when Sammo Hung cast him in the amazing movie Knockabout and he has never looked back since.

This list will be familiar with most fans around the world, but this list is also for people who are new to this genre and want to check out some great flicks. I have added a few movies, which are a bit low budget but does contain some nice action.

I know there are still many Yuen Biao movies i could have named in this list, some i shall give a mention to at the bottom of the feature. So i hope you like the movies i have listed, if your new to Yuen Biao please check out some of these great flicks.

1.Dreadnaught (1981)

Directed By: Yuen Woo Ping

Cast: Kwan Tak Hing, Leung Kar Yan,
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Upcoming Movies To Watch Out For In 2015 – Part 1

First of all, we would like to say Happy New Year to all our readers at Asian Movie Pulse. many thanks for the years of continuous support and we hope 2015 is a great year for you all.

This is part 1 for upcoming movies in 2015 to watch out for, if you feel a movie deserves to make part 2, please comment at bottom of the page.

Dragon Blade

Cast: Jackie Chan, Adrien Brody, John Cusack, Choi Siwon, Lin Peng

Director: Daniel Lee

The Bodyguard

Cast: Sammo Hung, Andy Lau, Deng Chao, Wang Xuebing, Tian Liang

Director: Sammo Hung

Sha Po Lang 2

Cast: Tony Jaa, Wu Jing, Simon Yam, Zhang Jin, Louis Koo

Director: Cheang Pou-soi

The Challenge Letter

Cast: Robert Chen, Nobuaki Shimamoto, Ingrid Yin Hu

Director: Robert Chen, Nathan Colquhoun

Skintrade

Cast: Tony Jaa, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Jai White, Ron Perlman

Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham

Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island

Cast: Kim Myung Min,
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Asian Filmmaker of the Year Ann Hui: A Critical Appreciation

Asian Filmmaker of the Year Ann Hui: A Critical Appreciation
Ann Hui first came to international prominence in the early ’80s with “Boat People,” an intensely harrowing drama about the horrors of life under communism in post-liberation Vietnam. Screened as a surprise entry at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival (after being pulled from competition by order of the French government), the picture sparked immediate controversy and was angrily dismissed in some quarters as a work of Chinese-backed propaganda. The debate grew so fierce that Hui felt spurred to insist, not for the last time, that she was an ideologically neutral filmmaker, and that “Boat People,” whatever else it might be, was above all an appeal to the personal over the political.

It’s hard not to wonder if the next 30 years or so of Hui’s remarkably varied career have been a sort of collective response to that provocative milestone, born of some private determination that she would never again allow
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South Korea to remake Drug War

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South Korea to remake Drug War
Media Asia Films has signed a deal with South Korea’s Jong Film to remake Johnnie To’s Drug War into a Korean-language feature.

The Hong Kong-based studio has also sold Korean rights to action thriller Helios to Pan Cinema, following a bidding war among Korean buyers.

Released in Hong Kong and China in 2012, Drug War tells the story of a drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid and coerced into betraying his former accomplices in an undercover operation. Louis Koo and Sun Honglei head the cast.

Media Asia is also in talks to sell the English-language remake rights to Drug War, and expects to close a deal soon.

Co-directed by Sunny Luk and Longman Leung (Cold War), Helios revolves around a criminal who uses uranium stolen from Korea to make a nuclear bomb, which is scheduled to change hands in Hong Kong. The cast includes Hong Kong’s Jacky Cheung and Nick Cheung and Korea
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Media Asia strikes Drug War remake deal

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Media Asia strikes Drug War remake deal
Media Asia Films has signed a deal with South Korea’s Jong Film to remake Johnnie To’s Drug War into a Korean-language feature.

The Hong Kong-based studio has also sold Korean rights to action thriller Helios to Pan Cinema, following a bidding war among Korean buyers.

Released in Hong Kong and China in 2012, Drug War tells the story of a drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid and coerced into betraying his former accomplices in an undercover operation. Louis Koo and Sun Honglei head the cast.

Media Asia is also in talks to sell the English-language remake rights to Drug War, and expects to close a deal soon.

Co-directed by Sunny Luk and Longman Leung (Cold War), Helios revolves around a criminal who uses uranium stolen from Korea to make a nuclear bomb, which is scheduled to change hands in Hong Kong. The cast includes Hong Kong’s Jacky Cheung and Nick Cheung and Korea
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Media Asia sells trio to North America

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Media Asia sells trio to North America
Hong Kong’s Media Asia has sold Johnnie To’s romantic comedy Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 to Magnum Films for North America.

Starring Louis Koo, Miriam Yeung and Gao Yuanyuan, the film is a sequel to To’s 2011 hit Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. Magnum also picked up two other Media Asia titles as part of a package – To’s Romancing In Thin Air and Gary Mak’s Sdu: Sex Duties Unit.

Media Asia has also sold animated feature Monkey King Reloaded to Turkey’s Saran Media and Myanmar’s Golden Yellow Tree, which also acquired action thriller Helios.

Directed by Sunny Lok and Longman Leung, Helios stars a pan-Asian cast including Jacky Cheung, Nick Cheng and Korea’s Ji Jin-hee and Choi Si-won. Media Asia has already received several offers from Korea for the film and expects to close a deal during Cannes.
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Temporary Family moves into Edko slate

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Temporary Family moves into Edko slate
Edko Films will be launching sales on Cheuk Wan Chi’s Temporary Family, a romantic comedy starring Nick Cheung, Sammi Cheng and Angelababy, at the upcoming Filmart content market in Hong Kong.

Produced by Hong Kong’s Irresistible Films, the film takes a sly dig at Hong Kong’s over-heated property market, through the story of a real estate agent and three investors in a luxury penthouse apartment who end up living together in the property when their plans to make a fast profit go awry.

Cheung plays the agent while Cheng plays a recent divorcee in need of a new place to live and Angelababy plays the agent’s stepdaughter. The cast also includes Oho Ou as a mainland rich kid. The young singer became an idol in China after appearing on a Hunan satellite TV talent show.

The film will also feature cameos from actors and directors such as Jacky Cheung, Ivana Wong and [link
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List Of 10 Kung Fu Movies You Need To Have Watched – Part 3

Like millions of you around the world, i love Kung Fu movies. It is the only real genre that keeps me going back for more and that is why i will always love Kung Fu movies.

I know many of you have probably seen many of the movies i will post about, but this is also for anyone new to the genre of Kung Fu and even Swordplay and looking for other movies to enjoy. I hope you enjoy the movies i have listed and please feel free to comment about any of the movies.

36th Chamber Of Shaolin (1978)

Studio: Shaw Brothers

Director: Lau Kar Leung

Cast: Gordon Liu, Lau Kar Wing, Lo Lieh, Wilson Tong, Lee Hoi San

Action Director(s): Lau Kar Leung

Invincible Armour (1977)

Studio: Lai Wah Film Company

Director: Ng See Yuen

Cast:John Liu, Hwang Jang Lee, Philip Ko, Tino Wong, Yuen Biao

Action Director(s): Corey Yuen,
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Ranking the Films of Wong Kar-Wai

As one monthly theme begins, another ends. The former is, of course, Sound on Sight’s monthlong dedication to all films that scare, terrify, or spook us in conjunction with October being the scariest month of the year. (That’s a scientific fact, folks.) The latter is our look at the works of Wong Kar-Wai, inspired by his latest film, The Grandmaster. Though September’s just now ended, a handful of your intrepid Sound on Sight contributors, as well as our benevolent editor-in-chief/overlord, came together to vote on Wong Kar-Wai’s best films, his worst, and everything in between. What follows are capsule reviews of each of his films, listed in order based on the Sound on Sight’s staffwide vote. What’s our favorite Wong Kar-Wai film? Well, read on through the entire list, and you’ll find out. Enjoy!

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10. My Blueberry Nights

Stylistically at odds with itself,
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Record-Breaking Origami Exhibit Pays Tribute To Hong Kong Legend

Record-Breaking Origami Exhibit Pays Tribute To Hong Kong Legend
Hong Kong — Almost 2 million origami made by fans in memory of singer-actor Leslie Cheung are being displayed in Hong Kong at an exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of his death.

The "Miss You Much Leslie Exhibition" at the Times Square shopping mall is one of many memorial events in his hometown.

Many fans discovered Cheung after his passing. "I really miss him, and I regret that I did not get to know him until 2009," said Kang Lizhen, a mainland Chinese who was born in 1990.

Those who discovered him after his death feel like they lost a friend, said one such fan, Marie A. Jost. "There will be no new works, no new events, no news of Leslie ... It really does feel that we've lost a dear, dear friend," said Jost.

Cheung killed himself by jumping off the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in central Hong Kong on April 1, 2003. His death came at
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