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The Great Wall Interview: Zhang Yimou on Its Meaning and Misconceptions

When the man who gave us such critically acclaimed, award-winning epics as Red Sorghum, Hero, and Raise the Red Lantern makes a self-described “popcorn flick,” it’s a pretty big deal. Director Zhang Yimou had a brief chat with me about some of the misconceptions and challenges of his internationally-produced “monster flick,” The Great Wall, and what it was like to make a film that his teenage sons could finally enjoy. The Lady Miz Diva: After A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop, I believe this is the second time you are working from a story written by Americans. As those characters in that film were transformed into Chinese, was there any discussion with The Great Wall to have William and Tovar be Asian,...

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'The Great Wall' Review: Matt Damon Battles Monsters, Blockbuster-Audience Boredom

Matt Damon has earned his action bona fides with The Martian and the Bourne films; veteran Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers), doing his first film in English, is a world-class master. (It's hard to forget his 2008 staging of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics.) So it's exciting just to think of the two teaming up. Reality, sad to say, is a bitch. This co-production between the U.S. and China, the two leading spots on the map for mining gold at box office,
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Why The Lego Batman Will Likely Beat Matt Damon and Ice Cube at the Box Office

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Why The Lego Batman Will Likely Beat Matt Damon and Ice Cube at the Box Office
With Presidents’ Day, “The Great Wall” (Universal), “Fist Fight” (Universal), and “A Cure For Wellness” (20th Century Fox) each have the luxury of a four-day weekend. However, even with this advantage they could fall short of last weekend’s successful debuts.

Read More: ‘Lego’ Leads at the Box Office, But ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ and ‘John Wick 2’ Are the Big Winners

Last week saw a trifecta of new releases gross over $30 million. And it’s likely that we’ll see the winner, “The Lego Batman Movie” (Warner Bros.), in the top spot once more. A forty percent drop would place it at $32 million over three days, more than enough to dominate a group of titles that are each likely to struggle to pass $20 million.

Among the new releases, two very different entries could be in a close race to reach the upper teens.

The edge goes to “Fist Fight,” a
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The Weekend Warrior 2/17/17: Fist Fight, The Great Wall, A Cure for Wellness

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

The Lego Batman Movie won the weekend as expected, but not with nearly as much money as I had predicted, not besting the opening of The Lego Movie as expected, but instead ending up with a reasonable and not so bad $53 million. Fifty Shades Darker proved that the audience for movies based on the popular books was still great enough for it to win Friday with $21 million (to Lego Batman’s $15 million) and end up second for the weekend with a strong $46.6 million. That was still almost $40 million less than the opening of the previous movie Fifty Shades of Grey, but the sequel also didn’t have the benefits of Valentine’s Day and a four-day holiday. Coming in
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Great Wall In St. Louis

Between courage and fear. Between monsters and men. A wall stands that must never fall.

Academy Award® winner Matt Damon (The Martian, The Bourne franchise) leads humanity’s greatest fight for survival in The Great Wall, from Legendary and Universal Pictures. When a mercenary warrior (Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world.

As wave after wave of marauding beasts, intent on devouring the world, besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.

Directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero, House of Flying Daggers), the action-fantasy marks his first English-language production and the largest film ever shot entirely in China.

To create The Great Wall,
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Zhang-Damon Collaboration: Globalization the Unfortunate Big Loser

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, xenophobic fervor, it's comforting to know that the United States and China, their relationship mercurial and wary, can work together and, in the spirit of cooperation and unity, make a terrible movie. A co-production between Legendary East (the Chinese arm of Burbank, California-based, Legendary Entertainment) and China Film Group, The Great Wall is reportedly the most expensive film ever shot in China, a nation with aspirations to make films that rival Hollywood in their scope and success. Hollywood is willing to help if it ultimately leads to the release of more of its films in the tightly controlled Chinese market,
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Constance Wu Takes on ‘The Great Wall’: Casting Matt Damon Perpetuates a ‘Racist Myth’

Constance Wu Takes on ‘The Great Wall’: Casting Matt Damon Perpetuates a ‘Racist Myth’
If you saw the trailer for Zhang Yimou’s “The Great Wall” and couldn’t help wondering why Matt Damon has such a prominent role in the Chinese army, you’re not alone. “Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu took issue with the upcoming war epic on Twitter, posting a screenshot of a statement that begins, “We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that a only white man can save the world. It’s not based in actual fact.”

Read More: ‘The Great Wall’ Trailer: Matt Damon Takes On Marauding Beasts In Zhang Yimou’s Fantasy Film

Doctor Strange,” “Ghost in the Shell” and other upcoming films have received similar whitewashing criticism, including from Wu herself. “Think only a huge movie star can sell a movie? That that has Never been a total guarantee,” her statement (which can be read in its entirety here) continued. “Why not Try to be better?
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Matt Damon Saves China in Monster Movie The Great Wall [Trailer]

Zhang Yimou is back in a very big way. The director of Raise the Red Lantern, Hero and House of Flying Daggers among many others, is taking on his second biggest project to date (pretty sure nothing will beat the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics): a good old monster movie called The Great Wall. Starring none other than Jason Bourne. Because... who better to protect China from a monster?

Yeah, that's right. Matt Damon is top billing in what is being toted as the most expensive Chinese movie ever made (estimated budget is somewhere between [Continued ...]
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Coming Distractions: Matt Damon saves China from monsters in The Great Wall teaser trailer

Uh-oh, looks like China’s in trouble. They were able to build the Great Wall, but now that it’s time to defend it, this ancient civilization finds itself overwhelmed by the enormity of—Shit, Are Those Monsters? On man, where’s an anachronistically familiar white face when you need it? Cue Matt Damon, looking like he just got back from the Renaissance Faire. What a relief.

That’s the actual premise of the Raise The Red Lantern and Hero director Zhang Yimou’s new historical epic The Great Wall. Playing like a Chinese analogue to the similarly Game Of Thrones-esque Dracula Untold, the teaser trailer for the film combines high production value and goofy fantasy/horror elements for a sweeping historical epic that would make the hybrid-genre enthusiasts at The Asylum sick with envy. (World War Z’s Max Brooks co-wrote the screenplay, which explains a lot.) Kudos
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Blu-ray Review: Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine From The BFI

For many mainstream filmgoers, Farewell My Concubine is perhaps the best-known Chinese language film of the 1990s, helped in no end by its success at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Chen Kaige (Yellow Earth, Temptress Moon), the film traces the troubled friendship between two Peking Opera performers during 50 years of war-ravaged Chinese history. Leslie Cheung (A Better Tomorrow, Days Of Being Wild) and Zhang Fengyi (The Emperor And The Assassin, Red Cliff) play the central duo Dieyi and Xiaolou, while Gong Li (Red Sorghum, Raise The Red Lantern) portrays Jiuxian, the former prostitute who drives them apart.    Beginning in 1924, Farewell My Concubine follows a country in turmoil, from the Japanese occupation, through the resistance movement by the Kuomintang and ultimately the...

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5 Award Winning Asian Film Classics You Can Stream Right Now

There’s no need to look hard for your favorite Asian movies online these days. The rise of streaming services is a boon to movie-lovers worldwide, especially for those who love hard-to-find Asian art-house films.

You’ll find these gems and more at sites such as Archive.org, Mubi.com, and Fandor.com among others, here’s a list of some of our favourite award winning movies you can watch online right now.

Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

This Zhang Yimou film is one of the director’s many collaboration with the lovely Gong Li. Based on the novel Wives and Concubines by Su Tong, it tells the story of a young woman who agreed to be a wealthy man’s fourth wife. Complications ensue as bitter rivalries rise between the man’s four wives. Gong Li’s acting in this movie is superb and the movie captures the atmosphere of 1920s China.
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny review – sequel doesn't have the chops

With a script seemingly written by algorithm, this dour follow-up to Ang Lee’s dazzling original film comes across like a poor episode of Game of Thrones

Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was, at its release in late 2000, one of those rare moments in moviegoing when everyone seemed to agree. From the director of Sense and Sensibility, this international co-production seemed like a film for the so-called prestige audience, in the vein of Ju Dou or Raise the Red Lantern. But at the 15-minute mark it cut loose with dreamlike martial arts action to rouse even the most jaded of kung fu VHS traders. With its nuanced characters, epic mythology, gorgeous cinematography, breathless action, iconic score (I can go on! It’s terrific!) word of mouth was unstoppable. The film advanced to suburban multiplexes, shattering (and still holding) box office records for a foreign language film in the United States.
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Video of the Day: Watch a new compilation video of First and Final frames in films

The way a film starts and the way it ends can tell a lot about a movie, as well as the particular style of the director behind the project. Numerous films throughout history have had memorable opening and closing shots that have elevated the feature in question, while also taking on a life of their own as iconic moments in cinema.

Following his first exploration of first and final frames in film, vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has revisited the topic in a new video, looking at 70 new films and how their opening and closing mirror each other. Swinney had this to say in the episode description.

After numerous requests, I finally decided to create a sequel to “First and Final Frames”. Part II plays the opening and closing shots of 70 films side-by-side. Like the first video, some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while
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Foreign Oscar Race Gives Voters Bold Options

Foreign Oscar Race Gives Voters Bold Options
Not long ago, it was far easier to predict which foreign-language films wouldn’t feature in the Oscar race than it is today. Year after year, titles that had racked up festival awards and critical plaudits could handily be discounted even after they’d passed the hurdle of being submitted by their country: if they were too thematically abrasive or too formally avant-garde, they weren’t getting a look-in.

The Academy had a particular comfort zone in the best foreign language film category, one that was largely unaccommodating to iconoclastic auteur works: so it is that Dogme 95 milestone “The Celebration” and Romanian New Wave flag-bearer “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” failed even to crack the shortlist in their respective years. Even those that got nominated often fell to less consequential entertainments: “Black and White in Color” over “Seven Beauties,” or “Mediterraneo” over “Raise the Red Lantern.”

Yet things change. As imperfect
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Hong Kong Selects ‘To The Fore’ as Oscar Contender

Hong Kong Selects ‘To The Fore’ as Oscar Contender
Hong Kong has selected sports action drama “To The Fore” as its contender for the foreign-language Academy Awards race.

The picture was directed Dante Lam, better known as a director of crime thrillers. It stars Eddie Choi, Shawn Dou and Wang Luo Dan.

The section was made by the selection committee of the Hong Kong Film Producers’ Association. The organisation said that it had also shortlisted Ringo Lam’s “Wild City”, Mabel Cheung’s Three Cities” and Lau Ho-leung’s “Two Thumbs Up.”

Despite the territory’s major role in Asian and global film history no Hong Kong film has ever won in the foreign-language category. Wearing the Hong Kong banner, two films by mainland Chinese directors — Zhang Yimou’s “Raise The Red Lantern” and Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine” — received Oscar nominations. More recently Won Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” made it to the January shortlist, but was not subsequently nominated.
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Coming Home Is a Moving Reunion Between Zhang Yimou and Gong Li

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Coming Home Is a Moving Reunion Between Zhang Yimou and Gong Li
Once upon a time, the filmmaker Zhang Yimou and his then-muse Gong Li collaborated on some of the most momentous works of new Chinese cinema. The films they made were diverse. They included lush, ruthless period dramas like Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern, as well as a neo-neorealist tale of bureaucracy gone haywire, The Story of Qiu Ju. Though ostensibly apolitical, these films nevertheless painted vivid portraits of a society where the status quo — whether it consisted of the traditionalist mores of the past, or the state machinery of the present — was forever stifling. (Their masterful 1994 collaboration To Live actually got Zhang banned from filmmaking for two years by China’s state censors.) The pair — also romantically linked for a while — eventually went their separate ways, though both continued to grow in stature. Zhang became a state-approved filmmaker of (admittedly still pretty great) historical epics like Hero and The House of Flying Daggers,
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Coming Home | Review

Things Not Forgotten: Zhimou Returns to Period Tragedy with Middling Results

Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou, known recently for elaborate adventure films like House of Flying Daggers (2004) or Hero (2002) returns to the graceful vein of his earlier character driven classics, like 1991’s Raise the Red Lantern with Coming Home. Based on a novel by Yan Geling, who penned the source material for his last film, the 2011 WWII drama The Flowers of War, starring Christian Bale, theFifth Generation filmmaker isn’t able to attain the same sense of masterful melodrama here, with a scenario that’s sometimes emotionally potent but never quite convincing. Using this particular bout of misery to cast criticism on the aggressively untoward policies of the country’s troubled past, even these political underpinnings seem underutilized with this conservatively administered tale of familial woe.

In early 1970s China, the Cultural Revolution has begun to fade, but perhaps not quickly enough.
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Watch new trailer for Zhang Yimou’s romantic historical drama ‘Coming Home’

American romantic dramas could take a lesson or two from foreign films. A new trailer for Zhang Yimou’s (House of Flying Daggers, Raise the Red Lantern) latest film was released by Sony Pictures Classics. Here’s the synopsis:

Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband’s return. A stranger alone in the heart of his broken family, Lu Yanshi determines to resurrect their past together and reawaken his wife’s memory.

Based on the book by Geling Yan, Coming Home
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Watch The Trailer For Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home

Sony Pictures Classics has released the exquisite first trailer for Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home, opening in New York and Los Angeles September 9th.

Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband’s return.

A stranger alone in the heart of his broken family, Lu Yanshi determines to resurrect their past

together and reawaken his wife’s memory

The film was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2014 and the Toronto International Film Festival 2014.

One of the most important and influential filmmakers in China,
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‘Coming Home’ Trailer: Zhang Yimou Serves Up an Historical Romance

‘Coming Home’ Trailer: Zhang Yimou Serves Up an Historical Romance
Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the new trailer for Coming Home, the historical romance from director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero). Based on the novel by Geling Yan, Coming Home centers on a married couple, Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li), who are separated when the former is sent to a labor […]

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