Xuan Zang 2016: Trailer

Xuan Zang (2016)

Historical Drama

Xuan Zang is an Chinese-Indian historical adventure, Directed by “Huo Jianqi” and produced by “Wong Kar-wai“. The movie is based on Xuanzang’s seventeen-year journey to India during the Tang dynasty in the 7th Century.

Xuan Zang was a Chinese Buddhist monk, traveller, scholar and a translator, who described how China and India got in together, in the early Tang dynasty. Xuanzang’s book, “The Great Tang Records on the Western Regions”, is the longest and most detailed account of the countries of Central and South Asia. It also provided the inspiration for the novel “Journey to the West” written by Wu Cheng’en during the Ming dynasty, around nine centuries after Xuanzang’s death.

Xuan Zang stars Huang Xiaoming, Purba Rgyal, Kent Tong, Luo Jin, Xu Zheng and many more. Filming took place in many locations including, Turpan region, Changji, Altay, Aksu, Kashi and many areas of Gansu,
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The Guillotines DVD Review

Director: Andrew Lau

Starring: Xiaoming Huang, Ethan Juan, Purba Rgyal, Tian Gao, Yi Wei Zhou, Boran Jing, Peng Guo, Yuchun Li, Yu Wang,

Running Time: 108 Minutes

Certificate: 15

The director of the phenomenal Infernal Affairs brings us The Guillotines, a kind of true story which mixes action, unbearable conflict, and social commentary. Actually scratch that, it doesn’t so much mix them as it does just clump it all together in a frustratingly uneven film that continuously changes pace and purpose.

The Guillotines tells the tale of the eponymous assassins controlled by the emperor. With times a changing the group are sent on a mission, only to find themselves the prey for greater hunters once they are betrayed by those they once trusted. It’s the usual story of betrayal, and it’s something that could have actually been quite powerful, were it not for the fact that characters are indistinguishable from one another.
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Exclusive: The Guillotines 'Cannons' Clip

Exclusive: The Guillotines 'Cannons' Clip
A secret brotherhood of assassins, The Guillotines, once favored by the Emperor, are now a force of terror and oppression under a new regime. Exiled to a remote village and hunted by a squad of fighters with firearms that challenge their cold steel, The Guillotines must now outwit and outfight enemies from both sides. Take a look at our exclusive clip, which finds armies coming together from all-sides to unleash their cannon ball fury on the The Guillotines, in select theaters this Friday, June 14th.

The Guillotines - Exclusive "Cannons"

The Guillotines was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Xiaoming Huang, Ching-Tien Juan, Purba Rgyal, Tian Gao, Yi Wei Zhou, Boran Jing, Peng Guo, Yuchun Li. The film is directed by Wai-keung Lau.
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Exclusive: The Guillotines Poster

An incredibly unique sword is put on display in our exclusive poster for Well Go USA's The Guillotines, the latest from legendary Hong Kong filmmaker Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs). Xiaoming Huang, Ching-Tien Juan, and Purba Rgyal star in this period drama centering on an elite crime-fighting unit who protect the Chinese emperor from those who wish him harm. Check out this one-sheet that you won't find anywhere else, before this action-thriller debuts on iTunes and VOD formats May 14, ahead of its theatrical premiere on June 14.

The Guillotines comes to theaters June 14th, 2013 and stars Xiaoming Huang, Ching-Tien Juan, Purba Rgyal, Tian Gao, Yi Wei Zhou, Boran Jing, Peng Guo, Yuchun Li. The film is directed by Wai-keung Lau.
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Prince of the Himalayas

Prince of the Himalayas
Shanghai Film Studios/Hus Entertainment

Prince of the Himalayas is that rara avis in the world of cinema -- a film that is genuinely new and different.

Shanghai-born director and co-writer Sherwood Hu has adapted Shakespeare's Hamlet to the rugged highlands of ancient Tibet. A cast composed entirely of Tibetan actors, speaking in their own tongue -- a movie first as far as anybody can tell -- gives this exhilarating epic in an authenticity even if the antique world depicted largely is one of the imagination.

Prince was made almost simultaneously with The Banquet (2006), in which one of China's most commercial directors, Feng Xiaogang, adapted the dark tale of the Prince of Denmark to A.D. 907 China. That film was all pomp and flash with an inert story at its core. Hu's version, though, is a vigorous and muscular entertainment that played to enthusiastic sold-out audiences at the recently wrapped AFI Fest. The film certainly plays to American audiences if Hu can hook up with an adventurous distributor.

Unique among Hamlet interpreters, Hu offers a sympathetic portrait of the king's killer, his brother (Dobrgyal), and Hamlet's mother (Zomskyid), who are seen as victims rather than villains. The prince, too, has undergone a major shift in that his quest turns out to be less to determine the killer and seek revenge than a search for his own identity. Purba Rgyal, trained as a singer and dancer but not an actor, attacks the role of the prince with such energy and abandon that he overcomes his lack of experience.

Cinematographers Cheng Yuanhai and Shao Dan move the camera constantly, as if so in awe of the savage landscape and all the gold jewelry and costumes of animal skins and exotic fabrics that it can't stop searching for new wonders. At times, the film overflows with its heated rhetoric and emotions running amok, but Hu's strong emphasis on spirituality breathes life anew into a magnificent old war horse.

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