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Filmart: Mega-Vision launches Donnie Yen, Louis Koo action titles (exclusive)

Hong Kong company is launching Enter The Fat Dragon and Master Of Ransom at the market.

Hong Kong’s Mega-Vision Project Workshop is launching two new high-profile action titles at Filmart: Kenji Tanigaki’s Enter The Fat Dragon, starring Donnie Yen, and Master Of Ransom with Tony Leung Ka-fai, Louis Koo, Gordon Lam and Simon Yam.

Yen plays a cop escorting a convict to Japan in Enter The Fat Dragon, which the star is also producing along with Wong Jing and Connie Wong. Currently shooting in Hong Kong, China and Japan, the film is produced by Bona Film Group, Mega-Vision,
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Giveaway – Win The Shanghai Job starring Orlando Bloom

To celebrate the home entertainment release of The Shanghai Job, available now on digital download and on DVD from 5th February 2018, we have a copy of the DVD up for grabs, courtesy of Signature Entertainment!

“Failure is something I could never live with again – how’s that for assurance?”

Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings superstar Orlando Bloom proves himself a knockout action hero in this dazzling Shanghai-set feature debut from Charles Martin (director of Skins and gripping TV crime drama Marcella), from the team behind Mechanic Resurrection, Welcome To The Punch and Iron Man 3.

Bloom lights up the screen as the charismatic and not-to-be-messed-with Danny Stratton – a cross between Matthew Bourne and The Transporter. Entrusted with taking the ultra-valuable Zodiac Vase – ‘the soul of China’ – from Shanghai to London, Stratton’s hi-tech crew are hijacked on their way to the airport in a nerve-shredding chase
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Competition: Win ‘The Shanghai Job’ on DVD

To celebrate the home entertainment release of The Shanghai Job, available now on digital download and on DVD from 5th February 2018, we have a copy of the DVD up for grabs, courtesy of Signature Entertainment!

“Failure is something I could never live with again – how’s that for assurance?”

Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings superstar Orlando Bloom proves himself a knockout action hero in this dazzling Shanghai-set feature debut from Charles Martin (director of Skins and gripping TV crime drama Marcella), from the team behind Mechanic Resurrection, Welcome To The Punch and Iron Man 3.

Bloom lights up the screen as the charismatic and not-to-be-messed-with Danny Stratton – a cross between Matthew Bourne and The Transporter. Entrusted with taking the ultra-valuable Zodiac Vase – ‘the soul of China’ – from Shanghai to London, Stratton’s hi-tech crew are hijacked on their way to the airport in a nerve-shredding chase
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Spl 3: Paradox (2017) by Wilson Yip

Paradox” is the newest entry on the famous Spl saga, which began in 2005 with the cult action film “Kill Zone” starring Sammo Hung, Simon Yam and Donnie Yen. “Paradox” is the third installment, again directed by Wilson Yip, who directed the first installment (Cheang Pou-Soi was in charge of the second one, here attached as producer). “Paradox,” which plotwise has nothing to do with the others, stars Louis Koo, Wu Yue, Tony Jaa, Chris Collins, Gordon Lam, Michelle Saram, Ken Lo, Tang Stephy, Hanna Chan and Vithaya Pansringarm among others.

Louis Koo plays a Hong Kong policeman named Lee Chung Chi, who has a daughter of which he feels very protective. It goes to the point that he makes decisions for her and he does not let her live to his liking. Due to the little freedom she has at home, the daughter (played by Hanna Chan) makes a trip
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‘The Shanghai Job’ Review

Stars: Orlando Bloom, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung, Xing Yu, Hannah Quinlivan, Thomas Price, Lei Wu, Jing Liang, Da Ying, Rong Chang, Lyon Zhang, Ruoxi Wang | Written by Kevin Bernhardt | Directed by Charles Martin

Hey everybody, its Britain’s sweetheart Orlando Bloom… You remember Orlando Bloom, the bow and arrow fella from The Lord of the Rings or the lovable simpleton boxer from The Calcium Kid. No?. I’m just Kidding! I know we all know who Orlando Bloom is but I can assure you we have not seen him like this before.

An ultra badass..!

That’s right Orlando Bloom has completely reinvented himself as a punchy, kicky, ready for business, bonafide action star! Sure we have seen him firing arrows or swinging swords but The Shanghai Job sees him swinging fists and sweeping legs in director Charles Martin’s (Skins, Marcella) debut feature, set in the stunning locales of Shanghai.
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Tell-All Weinstein Documentary Is Coming from BBC Two

Tell-All Weinstein Documentary Is Coming from BBC Two
BBC Two today announced a special feature-length documentary to tell the definitive story of Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein (w/t), will bring fresh insights and revelations to the epic story of Weinstein's rise and fall as well as revealing one of the most far-reaching scandals in Hollywood's history, one which is still developing. The 90-minute film will be directed by award-winning director Ursula Macfarlane (One Deadly Weekend in America, Charlie Hebdo: Three Days that Shook Paris) and will be produced by Lightbox, the company founded by Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man) and Emmy Award-winning Jonathan Chinn (La 92, Fantastic Lies).

The film will use the Weinstein scandal as a prism through which to explore the history of Hollywood and delve into the complex mix of money, power, exploitation and abuse that developed with the emergence of the studio system in the 1930s. Weinstein will
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Fizzy Opening Ceremony Marks Second Edition of Macao Festival & Awards

Fizzy Opening Ceremony Marks Second Edition of Macao Festival & Awards
Jeremy Renner and Hong Kong star Myriam Yeung were on hand Friday to add a touch of glamour to the opening of the 2nd International Film Festival and Awards.

The festival is an ambitious attempt to put Macau, a former Portuguese colony, now a Special Administrative Area belonging to China and renown for its casinos, on the cultural map.

Under the artistic direction of Mike Goodridge, a former journalist and film executive, the festival is a carefully-balanced mix of accessible, audience-friendly features along with art-house titles that have stood out on the festival circuit in the last few months. Its modest 48-film selection keeps the event on a human scale and allows guests to quickly mingle.

The ceremony had the great virtue of addressing all the traditional Asian touch points of a festival – prominence for local officials, a formal gong ceremony, and a parade of celebrities – but also keeping things moving swiftly without lengthy speeches. Renner, sporting
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Contemporary Chinese Cinema: The Year So Far

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Contemporary Chinese Cinema is a column devoted to exploring contemporary Chinese-language cinema primarily as it is revealed to us at North American multiplexes.Over the last few years it has become increasingly easy to see mainstream Asian films in North America at the same time they are released in their home countries. Thanks to partnerships with small, international distributors, the major multiplex chains (AMC, Cinemark, Regal) have devoted a handful of screens in major markets to showing new releases from India, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Most of these titles fall under the radar of both critics and audiences outside the diasporic communities to which they are targeted. They play for a week or two and then disappear, outside of a handful of breakout titles. Last year Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid made headlines for its high per-screen averages in North America as it shattered domestic box office records in China.
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Exclusive Clip From Orlando Bloom Actioner ‘The Shanghai Job’

Coming to digital at the end of January and then DVD in early February 2018 is the Orlando Bloom action film The Shanghai Job, and we have an exclusive clip from it to share.

Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings superstar Orlando Bloom stars in this Shanghai-set feature debut from Charles Martin (director of Skins and gripping TV crime drama Marcella), from the team behind Mechanic Resurrection, Welcome To The Punch and Iron Man 3.

Bloom lights up the screen as the charismatic and not-to-be-messed-with Danny Stratton – a cross between Jason Bourne and The Transporter. Entrusted with taking the ultra-valuable Zodiac Vase – ‘the soul of China’ – from Shanghai to London, Stratton’s hi-tech crew are hijacked on their way to the airport in a nerve-shredding chase sequence – by the same gang who hit Stratton a year before and left his career in tatters. Bloom is brilliant as a
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The Shanghai Job trailer, starring Orlando Bloom

Joseph Baxter Nov 24, 2017

Orlando Bloom stars in action movie The Shanghai Job, protecting Chinese antiquities and rescuing his kidnapped love.

The Shanghai Job is a British-Chinese produced action flick, starring Orlando Bloom, that was initially released in China in September as S.M.A.R.T. Chase. However, since its upcoming UK and Us. release clearly demands a snappier title than that, a title change occurred.

Now, the trailer for said release has arrived, showing Bloom channeling what’s left of his Legolas-like reflexes in some street skirmishes and high-speed car chases.

Video of The Shanghai Job - UK Trailer - starring Orlando Bloom and Simon Yam - Song "Roulette" by Katy Perry

The Shanghai Job trailer centres on British bodyguard Danny Stratton (Bloom), who sports a good amount of snark, since his current gigs pale in comparison to his former glory as a private security agent, which ended after a serious mistake. However,
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Exclusive trailer for The Shanghai Job starring Orlando Bloom

Thanks to the folks at Signature Entertainment, we’ve got an exclusive trailer for you in The Shanghai Job, the upcoming action thriller from first time feature director Charles Martin (Skins, Marcella), which sees superstar Orlando Bloom leading a cast that also includes Ip Man veterans Lynn Xiong, Simon Yam and Xing Yu. Take a look at the poster, synopsis and trailer below…

Washed-up private security agent Danny Stratton has been reduced to low level bodyguarding operations, after a botched job when a Van Gogh painting in his care was stolen. He gets a chance to restore his reputation when he’s given the rare opportunity to escort a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai. In the course of the mission he is ambushed, and, with the safety of the woman he loves in jeopardy, Danny has to work with his team of experts to save her, whilst also outsmarting
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China Box Office: ‘Thor’ Opens With $54 Million Weekend

China Box Office: ‘Thor’ Opens With $54 Million Weekend
Thor: Ragnarok” opened in Chinese theaters with a hefty $54 million over the weekend. It accounted for 69% of nationwide revenues.

The Disney/Marvel picture opened wide on Friday in a day-and-date release coordinated with its outing in North America, and earned $15.9 million on its first day, according to Chinese data tracker Ent Group. It powered on to $21.8 million on Saturday, and a further $14.9 million on Sunday. The film had access to most theaters in the country, playing 113,000 dates on Friday and expanding to a maximum of 120,000 on Saturday.

Within the total there was a strong $6M from 446 screens. IMAX reports “Thor Ragnarok” as having the second best IMAX Fri-Sat-Sun November opening after “Doctor Strange.”

Opening in second place on Friday was war drama “Eternal Wave,” starring Hong Kong’s Simon Yam and superstar Aaron Kwok. The film managed $7.26 million for the three day weekend and placed third behind holdover “Geostorm.”

“Geostorm” earned $7.55 million from 33,000 screenings per day. That
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‘Angels Wear White’ to Open Singapore Film Festival

‘Angels Wear White’ to Open Singapore Film Festival
Chinese drama, “Angels Wear White” has been set as the opening title of the Singapore International Film Festival.

The film kicks off with an apparent assault on two school girls by a public official in a hotel. What follows is a tale of corruption, collusion and compromise, set in a decaying seaside town.

“Angels” is the second film directed by Vivian Qu, who previously shot “Trap Street.” It had its premiere in Venice earlier this year, and has since played in Toronto and London festivals. It has since been nominated for three prizes at the upcoming Golden Horse Awards.

Vivian Qu has made a name for herself as one of the few female filmmakers and producers in China and has been a strong advocate for independent cinema. ‘Angels Wear White’ showcases her prolific cinematic style in telling a hard-hitting story of the society’s marginalized through the camera lens and brings to fore a rare female perspective
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Katy Perry’s ‘Roulette’ Will Be Featured in Orlando Bloom’s ‘S.M.A.R.T. Chase’ Movie

Katy Perry’s ‘Roulette’ Will Be Featured in Orlando Bloom’s ‘S.M.A.R.T. Chase’ Movie
Katy Perry’s single “Roulette” will be featured in the upcoming action film “S.M.A.R.T. Chase.”

The song, from her latest album “Witness,” was inspired by Perry’s time visiting Shanghai, the city where “S.M.A.R.T. Chase” is set. “Roulette” will complement the fast-paced and adrenaline-revving scenes.

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Directed by Charles Martin, the British-Chinese thriller stars Orlando Bloom, Lei Wu, Simon Yam, Hannah Quinlivan, and Lynn Hung. The film follows Danny Stratton (Bloom), who is a washed-up private security agent. When he’s given the rare opportunity to escort a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai, he finds himself ambushed. With the safety of the woman he loves in jeopardy, Danny has to work with his team of experts to save her, while also outsmarting the ultimate mastermind behind the mission.

S.M.A.R.T. Chase” is produced by Bliss Media, which will be releasing the film in China on
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Pimpaka Towira Appointed Program Director at Singapore Festival

Well-known Thai director and producer, Pimpaka Towira has been appointed as program director of the Singapore International Film Festival. She replaces Zhang Wenjie, who stepped down at the end of last year.

As well as making films “Mae Nak” and “One Night Husband,” Towira has previous experience of organizing film festivals. She was program director at the Bangkok International Film Festival in 2001, 2008 and 2009, and program director at the Bangkok Asean festival from 2015 to 2017. Towira begins operation in Singapore immediately ahead of a 28th edition that kicks off in late November (Nov. 23 – Dec. 3, 2017).

“My role is to develop the program and to demonstrate the festival’s commitment to South East Asia,” Towira told Variety. “I’ve always wanted to contribute as both a film maker and a festival organizer.” Towira expects to be involved across the range of the festival’s strands. These include the Silver Screen Awards competition, the Se Asian Film Lab, the
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Interview with Yuhang Ho: We wanted the fights to be realistic and nothing too flashy

Yuhang Ho was trained as an engineer but went into film-making due to his love for vintage films. He began his career by shooting commercials in the mid 1990’s. In 2000, he co-directed a Malaysian documentary “Semangat Insan: Masters of Tradition” highlighting the need to preserve Malaysia’s traditional art forms. He then made his feature film directorial debut in the 2003 film “Min”.He went to receive international recognition for his film “Rain Dogs”, won the New Talent Award at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2006 and also named best director at the Festival of the Three Continents in 2006.

His 2009 revenge drama “At The End of Daybreak” revived the career of the veteran actress Kara Hui, who was an action star of the Shaw Brothers era. “Daybreak” earned her seven best actress awards. She has since gone on to star in “Wu Xia,” “Rigor Mortis,” and “The Midnight After.”

On the
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“Mrs K” proves that Kara Hui still got it

Yuhang Ho had a very difficult task in his hands from the beginning: to shoot an action martial arts film where all of his protagonists are (almost) over 50. The result, however, was more than impressive, as he worked over the particular reef by limiting the action and adding many thriller elements.

Mrs K” will screen at Art Film Fest Kosice, that will be on June 16-24

Mrs K is a housewife, happily married with a gynecologist, and mother to a teenage girl who is also a martial artist. However, underneath the calm, happy and motherly figure resides something else, as Mrs K used to be part of a crime ring. As her former comrades are being killed one by one, a rather unpleasant former police officer visits her house and confronts her about the past. Furthermore, another man, who seems to know her quite well, resurfaces, and along with his henchman,
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Film Review: ‘Mrs K’

Film Review: ‘Mrs K’
Doing for Hong Kong screen veteran Kara Wai roughly what Tarantino did for Pam Grier in “Jackie Brown” (albeit with a lot less talking), Malaysian writer-director Ho Yuhang’s “Mrs K” is a stylish action movie whose light touch persuades us to accept still-lethal potential of a nearly 60-year-old heroine. Equal parts “Taken”-style thriller and old-school marital-arts/triad-meller homage, it’s expertly crafted good fun that should appeal to genre fans across many borders.

Wai (Aka Kara Hui and Wai Ying Hung) was still a teenager when she found fame via a slew of Shaw Brothers kung-fu epics starting in 1976. Since then she’s gone on to play a wide range of roles on the big and small screens, including an award-winning turn as an alcoholic divorcée in Ho’s own 2009 “At the End of Daybreak.” As the titular figure here, she gets to straddle both a dignified latter-day
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Filmart: Emperor unveils action trio and rom-com

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Filmart: Emperor unveils action trio and rom-com
Company boards Wai Ka-fai and Derek Kwok projects.

Emperor Motion Pictures (Emp) has unveiled a trio of high-profile action pictures, headed by Cold Detective, which reteams frequent Johnnie To collaborator Wai Ka-fai with star Sean Lau Ching-wan.

The suspense action drama is a loose follow-up to award-winning 2007 crime thriller Mad Detective [pictured], which starred Lau and was co-directed by Wai and To. The story revolves around the race between two rival sleuths to uncover the identity of an assassin before he strikes again.

Emp is also reteaming with As The Light Goes Out director Derek Kwok on mystery thriller Schemes In Antiques. The Beijing-set film revolves around the search for a Ming Dynasty Buddha relic.

Also new on Emp’s slate is the company’s first collaboration with Jeff Cheung Ka-kit – scriptwriter on Johnnie To’s Life Without Principle. Cheung will direct Dirty On Duty, starring idols Alex Fong and Carlos Chan. The Macau-set
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Cine-Sunday: ‘Ip Man 2′ Review

Stars: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Darren Shahlavi, Huang Xiaming | Action direction by Sammo Hung | Directed by Wilson Yip

Review by Baron Fortnightly

Ip Man 2, from Cine Asia, is a semi-biographical martial arts film loosely based on the life of Wing Chun grandmaster, Ip Man. The film was directed by Wilson Yip and Sammo Hung, produced by Raymond Wong, written by Edmond Wong, and stars martial arts legend, Donnie Yen, who reprises the leading role.

This sequel continues on from events in the first Ip Man film, and covers Ip Man’s life in Hong Kong, which was at the time under British colonial rule, and recovering from the Japanese invasion of China. Ip Man’s main hurdles are his reduced circumstances, British oppression, and rivalry from other martial arts practitioners, including the local Hung Ga master Hung Chun-nam, as played by Sammo Hung.

“Continuing from where the first film ended,
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