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Willie Chan, Jackie Chan’s Former Manager, Dies at 76

Willie Chan, Jackie Chan’s Former Manager, Dies at 76
Willie Chan, film producer and long-time manager of Jackie Chan, has died. He was 76.

Sources tell Variety that he died in his sleep, between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, local time.

Born in Malaysia as Chan Chi-keung, and educated partly in Hawaii, Chan moved to Hong Kong in 1970. That was just as Bruce Lee mania was at its peak, and was propelling the Hong Kong film industry, which is made up of many exiles from Greater China, into a production boom.

Chan quickly met Jackie Chan through actor Charlie Chin. Jackie Chan was working as a stunt man. With Hong Kong looking for a new male action hero following Lee’s untimely death, Willie Chan found Jackie Chan his first starring role in Lo Wei’s 1976 film “New Fist of Fury.”

Their 38-year relationship weathered the ups and downs of Jackie Chan’s early career, including self-imposed exile in Australia, and an unsuccessful
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Stanley Kwan Readies Biopic of Literary Star Sanmao

Stanley Kwan Readies Biopic of Literary Star Sanmao
Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan is planning a film on late Taiwanese author Sanmao, with production intended to take place in 2018.

Kwan revealed the plan to Variety while serving jury duty at the inaugural International Film Festival & Awards Macao, which runs until December 13. The director is one of the five-member international jury to assess the 12 films competing for nine awards in the former Portuguese colony.

“When I was in Taiwan for the Golden Horse Film Awards in 1989, some investors asked me if I wanted to meet Sanmao because they wanted to make a film about her. But I felt that it wasn’t the right time, and I wasn’t ready to do the project back then,” said Kwan. His previous credits include “Center Stage” and “Rouge”.

“It was not possible to do this 10 or even 20 years ago. But now the timing is right. The market is one reason. The
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Movie Poster of the Week: Maggie Cheung in Movie Posters

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Above: Japanese poster for In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong, 2000). It’s no secret that Mubi—the site you are on right now—owes its existence partly to Maggie Cheung. In an oft-told story, its founder Efe Çakarel was killing time in a cafe in Tokyo in 2007 when he sensed that he was in the mood for Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love. Finding that there was no way to stream that movie right there and then, he resolved to start his own global arthouse movie streaming service, and thus Mubi, or The Auteurs as it was initially known, was born. Now I’m not saying that Maggie Cheung herself was the main reason Efe wanted to watch In the Mood for Love, but she is such a major part of the allure of that film that I am giving her the credit, especially on
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The Raymond Chow And Golden Harvest Era (Part 2)

(1981-1989 – The Three Dragons)

After the early 1980’s, Golden Harvest started to branch out into the modern-day world leaving behind the Kung Fu cinema age and progressing into something massive. From 1981 onwards, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao (The Three Dragons) were about to embark on a sensational journey, progressing from there Kung Fu genre into modern-day Martial Arts and stunt work, something Shaw Brothers were left behind and Golden Harvest was to be the new global company.

Jackie Chan back then headed to the United states to try to break into the international market, but the movies he appeared in didn’t really take off and Jackie was also disappointed with the filming of The Big Brawl. Jackie felt he never had chance to show off his action choreography and wasn’t given the space to add his world of experience to the movie. Although it was Directed
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Richard Corliss, Venerable Time Film Critic, Dies at 71

Richard Corliss, for 35 years the witty, incisive and compassionate voice on film and culture at Time magazine, died Thursday after a stroke, the magazine announced Friday.

Time editor Nancy Gibbs messaged her staff with the news, expressing her “great sorrow” at the death of a man who she said “had to write, like the rest of us breathe and eat and sleep.”

“It’s not clear that Richard ever slept, for the sheer expanse of his knowledge and writing defies the normal contours of professional life,” Gibbs added.

Corliss, 71, suffered the stroke a week earlier, according to an obituary on Time’s website. He died in New York City and his magazine declared that it, “along with all lovers of film and great critical writing, will have a hard time recovering.”

The critic reviewed films tirelessly—more than 1,000 of them, while also authoring four books and writing sweeping narratives on
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Haf unveils line-up of 29 projects

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Haf unveils line-up of 29 projects
The Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (Haf) has unveiled this year’s line-up of 29 projects, including two from the Philippines’ Brillante Mendoza.

The line-up includes four projects under the third annual Haf/Fox Chinese Film Development Award, which aims to support scripts from up-and-coming Chinese filmmakers (see full line-up below).

Mendoza is bringing feature film project The Embroiderer, about undying love, along with documentary Gay Messiah, which questions religion and belief. The Philippines’ Jun Robles Lana also returns to Haf this year with his project Our Father, after winning the 2013 Haf award for Barber’s Tales.

Hong Kong filmmakers are also strongly represented in the line-up, with five projects, including comedian Lam Tze-chung’s Game and actress-turned-director Carrie Ng’s Angel Whispers.

Hong Kong projects also include Jason Kwan’s A Nail Clipper Romance, produced by acclaimed director Pang Ho-cheung; Philip Yung’s The Sea, produced by Jia Zhang-ke’s regular producer Chow Keung; and Simon Chung
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Golden Horse unveils line-up

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The 50th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival has announced its line-up with six Chinese-language world premieres including Wan jen’s It Takes Two To Tango and a new series of Q&A events titled Encounters With The Masters.

The festival, with an emphasis on Chinese-language cinema, will run from Nov 8-28 in the Taiwanese capital.

The festival’s world premieres include:

Taiwanese New Wave director Wan Jen’s It Takes Two To Tango;

rising Taiwanese director Lien Yi-chi’s police thriller black comedy Sweet Alibis;

Raye’s documentary on stray dogs in Taiwan, The Twelve Nights;

Wei Te-sheng-produced documentary Pusu Qyuni, directed by Tang Hsiang-chu;

Hong Kong director Ho Hong’s debut feature Doomsday・Party;

Malaysian director Yeo Joon-han’s second psychological thriller In the Dark, starring young Taiwanese actor Wang Po-Chieh.

Encounters With The Masters features nine high-profile directors from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China who have been invited to screen key films accompanied by Q&As
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So Young (2013) Movie Review

So Young” sees Chinese actress Zhao Wei stepping behind the camera to make her directorial debut, backed by veteran producer Stanley Kwan (“Rouge”, “Centre Stage”). For her first outing as helmer, the popular “Red Cliff” and “Painted Skin: The Resurrection” star chose to adapt a novel by Xin Yiwu, which follows a collection of friends as they experience love and loss at college and then again in later life. A surprise smash hit at the domestic box office (and recently having been chosen to screen at the 2013 London Film Festival), the film has a top ensemble cast of appropriately youthful talent, headed by Yang Zishan (“In Case of Love”), Mark Chao (“Caught in the Web”) and singer Han Geng (“My Kingdom”). The film begins in the mid-1990s, with Yang Zishan as Zheng Wei, a small town girl who heads to a big city university with hopes of reuniting with
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Shadows of Love (aka Repeat I Love You, 2012) Movie Review

“Hi, Fidelity” writer director Calvin Poon returns with pan-Asian romantic comedy “Shadows of Love”, this time backed by acclaimed film maker Stanley Kwan (“Rouge”, “Centre Stage”) lending his talents as producer. The film features a high profile lead pairing in Kwon Sang Woo, one of Korea’s top stars, known for his roles in a variety of hit television series such as “Lady President” and “Cinderella Man”, as well as big screens outings “Pain” and “71 – Into the Fire”, and popular Chinese actress Cecilia Cheung (“Legendary Amazons”), continuing her career comeback. The Chinese production (Kwon’s first Chinese language outing) also boasts a supporting cast of up and coming Mainland and Taiwanese talents, including Singer Angela Chang (“10+10”), Jing Boran (“Love in Space”), Jing Tian (“The Warring States”) and male model Sphinx Ting, with all-time favourite Hong Kong character actor Richard Ng (“My Lucky Stars”) on hand in a small but very welcome appearance.
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Chinese Art-House Auteur to Do Sci-Fi?

He’s recognized the world over for art house dramas and romances starring the brightest stars of Hong Kong. But for his next project, director Stanley Kwan is trying his hand at science fiction.

The Canadian Press reports Kwan’s new film, which is currently shooting in Shanghai, will revolve around a troupe of acrobats from 1930’s China who travel to the present day, where they befriend a group of modern youths. It will be his first movie in four years, after the 2005 romance Everlasting Regret made a splash on the festival circuit.

Kwan described the new film, which has the Chinese title Dancing with Your Heart, as "The Matrix meets song and dance." It will show off the talents of acting and music students Kwan met while developing a Chinese musical.

"Very few of the graduates of Chinese performing arts schools have the chance to start a career in performing arts,
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