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Kung Fu Masters Fight in Official Trailer for Comedy 'Kung Fu League'

Can this Kung Fu League help save the day? Chinese distributor United Entertainment Partners released this Hong Kong action comedy last fall. This is not a new trailer, but we never featured it whenever it first appeared last year. So why not now...! (Thanks to a tip from Rob.) It looks crazy fun, and super cheesy, and perhaps some renewed interest in this will help it get an international release. Kung Fu League is a big-hearted comedy about a comic book artist nerd who "summons four legendary Kung Fu masters to learn the highest level of martial arts" so he can win the heart of a girl at his office. It's the latest film from Kung Fu Hustle director Jeffrey Lau, and already opened in theaters in China last year. Starring Ashin as Fei Ying Xiong, Kwok-Kwan Chan, Jay Chou, Madina Memet, Andy On, Yu-Hang To, and Vincent Zhao. The
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Film Review: Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2018) by Yuen Woo-ping Screening at Fantasia 2019

Ever since his fight against Ip Man, former martial arts master Cheung Tin Chi (Max Zhang) lives a quiet life with his son owning a small grocery store. However, as he defends a girl against the gang of Tso Sai Kit (Kevin Cheng) this life is no longer an option for him and his son, as they are now in the middle of an internal fight of a Chinese crime syndicate for power over the city. Led by Tso Ngan Kwan (Michelle Yeoh), the majority of the triads aim to become legalized while a small fraction led by her brother Tso Sai Kit aims to strike deals with the British invaders, securing wider control and profit for them.

When this alliance threatens their lives and the local community, Cheung Tin has to use his skills to defend his friends. However, as he will soon find out, the enemy is much
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Contemporary Chinese Cinema: "The New King of Comedy" and "Hidden Man"

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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.When I reviewed this year’s crop of Lunar New Year releases a couple of months ago, there was one title that was conspicuously missing from the group of films that were released in North America for the holiday season: Stephen Chow’s The New King of Comedy. I don’t know why it didn’t get a release here. It could be because its production was too rapid for the international distribution system to absorb it. It might have something to do with the involvement of Herman Yau, an outspoken proponent of democracy in Hong Kong and thus an unwelcome presence on the Mainland. Or, it may have just been overlooked in the mad rush to book The Wandering Earth on as many screens as possible
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Rushes: Lynch and FlyLo, Chinese Women Filmmakers, Robert Altman

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSTerrence Malick's A Hidden Life.The various lineups for Cannes 2019 have been announced: the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival, and the separate but simultaneous events, the Directors' Fortnight, Critics' Week, and Acid.Stephen Chow has confirmed that he will be directing the follow-up to his 2004 film Kung Fu Hustle, in which he also starred as the lead character. Recommended Viewinga tense and harrowing trailer for Ava Duvernay's When They See Us, a miniseries that follows the plight of the Central Park Five, five boys falsely accused of brutally raping a jogger. The series, which spans from 1989 to 2014, also marks another collaboration between Duvernay and cinematographer Bradford Young.Flying Lotus and David Lynch come together for the song "Fire is Coming," off of Flying Lotus's new album Flamagra. The music video, which
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Pop Culture Imports: ‘Shoplifters,’ ‘A Separation,’ ‘Kung Fu Hustle,’ and More

Pop Culture Imports: ‘Shoplifters,’ ‘A Separation,’ ‘Kung Fu Hustle,’ and More
(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) One of the best movies of 2018 is streaming now, and it’s got good company in this week’s jam-packed Pop Culture Imports. I’ll admit that I occasionally struggle to populate this column, but not so this week. First, […]

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The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in March 2019

March can be a long month, and that’s especially true for cinephiles. Wedged between the Oscars and the start of the summer movie season (which now begins sometime in April), the tail-end of winter can feel like the deepest of doldrums on the annual movie calendar. Fortunately, Netflix is doing what it can to sustain its subscribers from now until spring.

This month’s new additions to the company’s streaming library offer a little something for everyone, from the soaring acrobatics of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” to the chilled mysteries of Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone,” and the heartbreaking drama of Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation.” March’s Netflix Originals include Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, Lukas Dhont’s controversial “Girl,” and the star-studded beefcake spectacle of “Triple Frontier.” “Music and Lyrics” and “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” join the internet’s deepest stable of 21st century rom-coms,
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Movies New to Netflix in March: ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘Wet Hot American Summer’

Movies New to Netflix in March: ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘Wet Hot American Summer’
By March 1, the Oscars will be over, and we can finally stop pulling our hair over the fact that Rami Malek’s dentures beat out Ethan Hawke’s bottle of drain cleaner. When that day comes, Netflix will be able to offer an eclectic mix of reliably quality fare to cleanse our palates of what will surely go down in history as one of the oddest Oscar seasons ever. The streaming giant could also very well have earned its first Best Picture statue by then, but its users won’t be able to hear the champagne bottles popping over the hum of their preferred watching device.

Damien Chazelle’s finely crafted Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” may have been snubbed in almost every major category, but audiences looking to revisit the original space tearjerker can countdown with “Apollo 13,” which hits Netflix at the beginning of the month. ’90s babies
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Stephen Chow confirms Kung Fu Hustle sequel

Actor and director Stephen Chow has reportedly confirmed to Martial Arts Action Cinema that a sequel to the acclaimed martial arts comedy Kung Fu Hustle is in the works.

Written, produced, directed and starring Chow, Kung Fu Hustle took place in 1940s Shanghai and followed a wannabe gangster who aspires to join the notorious ‘Axe Gang’. The 2014 movie was a critical and commercial success, grossing $102 million worldwide.

There’s been talk of a sequel ever since the release of the original movie, but it seems this new version won’t be a direct follow-up to the film, but rather a spiritual successor set in modern times. Chow plans on directing the movie, as well as potentially making a cameo appearance.

As yet, there’s no word as to when we can expect Kung Fu Hustle 2, with Chow next moving on to another sequel with a follow up to his 2016 hit The Mermaid.
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Sequel of Stephen Chow 2005’s Hit “Kung Fu Hustle” Confirmed by the Director

Shortly after releasing the sequel of one of his beloved movies, 1999’s “King of Comedy”, director, actor and producer Stephen Chow wowed his fans again, officially confirming the rumors of a long awaited follow-up of his 2004’s cult movie “Kung Fu Hustle”.

Chow broke the news while promoting his latest film The “New King Of Comedy” at an audience Q&A in Guangzhou, Hong Kong. Submerged by questions about it, Chow revealed only few details like that it will be set in a foreign country and in modern times. He added that it would not be a proper sequel but something similar. When asked is he will act in the film too, Chow remained vague revealing that he will definitely not play the lead role, but maybe a cameo.

14 years ago the original movie grossed $102 million against a $20 million budget, earning six Hong Kong Film Awards and five Golden Horse Awards.
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Sequel Bits: ‘Kung Fu Hustle’, ‘Ghostbusters 3’, ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Ratatouille’, ‘Halloween’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Alita’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

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Sequel Bits: ‘Kung Fu Hustle’, ‘Ghostbusters 3’, ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Ratatouille’, ‘Halloween’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Alita’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’
In this edition of Sequel Bits: Kung Fu Hustle 2 is currently being developed. Some updates on the mysterious Ghostbusters 3. There’s still a chance we’ll see a “U.S.S. Callister” follow-up, but it won’t be in Black Mirror season 5. Brad Bird and Patton Oswalt make a disgusting joke about the fictional Ratatouille 2. Jason Blum wants 10 […]

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Stephen Chow Confirms a Kung Fu Hustle Follow-Up Film is in Development

I loved Stephen Chow’s 2004 martial arts action-comedy Kung Fu Hustle! It was a ridiculously fun flick and I’m excited to report that there is a follow-up film in development!

The news comes from Chow and he explains that the movie will be more of a “spiritual successor” than a sequel, but it’s still exciting news for the fans of the first film!

During a recent Q&A via Coconuts, Chow was asked if there would be a sequel to Kung Fu Hustle, and he replied:

“Yes! Actually, it won’t be so much a Kung Fu Hustle 2; it would be a modern-day kung fu story set in a foreign country and have its own standalone story, but it will have a similar direction and concept as Kung Fu Hustle.”

Sounds good! There aren’t any other details on the project, but I’m definitely looking forward to
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Asian Distributor Tangren Cultural Film Turns 20

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So far in its short history, Tangren Cultural Film is little known outside the specialty film corner of its Australian home base. But splashy branding, useful give-aways, and an events program at the American Film Market in Santa Monica are aimed at quickly raising its profile.

That is in keeping with the leap to another level that Tangren is already engineering in Australasia and which it is planning next to take to North America.

The company was established last year in Australia, and initially operated as a marketing partner on Chinese movies acquired and released by other companies. Tangren’s unique selling point was its connection between advertisers and the diaspora populations of ethnic Chinese in Australian cities.

After getting its feet on the ground, Tangren took the decision to acquire rights on its own account and — after Madman Entertainment handled its first two titles — to operate as a distributor in its own right.
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Film Review: Gallants (2010) by Derek Kwok and Clement Cheng

This modern day Hong Kong action comedy was very well received when released. It won Best Movie at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2011 and nested its lead actor Teddy Robin, the Best Actor award at the 17th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards. Gordon Lam Ka-tung, who produced the movie, had gone on to eventually win Best Actor himself for crime drama “Trivisa” in 2016. However, full credits must also go to Andy Lau, who green lighted the making of this movie.

“Gallants” is about a young real estate man who is sent to a small town outside Hong Kong to investigate a housing dispute. Apparently, a rival school is bullying some old folks to selling their old teahouse which used to be a martial arts training center run by Master Law, who, unfortunately, is in a coma. It’s during this troubled time that he wakes up suddenly,
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Stephen Chow Developing Epic ‘Monkey King’ With Pearl Studio

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Stephen Chow Developing Epic ‘Monkey King’ With Pearl Studio
Annecy, France — Legendary Chinese director Stephen Chow, the man behind 2004’s dark-horse hit “Kung Fu Hustle,” is in development on ‘The Monkey King’ with Pearl Studio, the Shanghai-based animation company announced Thursday at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival.

The studio also unveiled that young actor Albert Tsai, Tensing Norgay Trainor, the grandson of Tensing Norgay, the first man to reach the summit of Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary, and Tsai Chin will be joining “Agents of Shield’s” Chloe Bennet in its upcoming feature “Abominable.”

The announcements came as Pearl detailed its upcoming slate of animated feature productions, backstory and ambitions, straight from the mouths of animation legends Jill Culton and Glen Keane.

The Monkey King” is penned by animated-animal feature experts Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich, whose past credits include “Brother Bear” and “Chicken Little.” The film is an effort to bring to the world, a character described
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China’s Pearl Studio Teams With Stephen Chow For Animated ‘Monkey King’, Cast Set For ‘Abominable’

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China’s Pearl Studio Teams With Stephen Chow For Animated ‘Monkey King’, Cast Set For ‘Abominable’
Shanghai-based Pearl Studio, formerly Oriental DreamWorks, is teaming up with Kung Fu Hustle and The Mermaid director Stephen Chow to develop an animated feature version of Chinese box office smash The Monkey King ‘for a worldwide audience’.

Chow’s involvement was announced today at animation festival Annecy in France and represents an exciting collaboration for Pearl, which previously co-produced Kung Fu Panda 3. Chow has not been set as director.

The animation update, adapted from the classic Monkey King legend about a monkey who gains supernatural powers, is being written by Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich, whose credits include Brother Bear and Chicken Little.

Multi-hyphenate Chow’s directing credits include The Mermaid and Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons, both of which shattered Middle Kingdom box office records, as well as action-comedy Kung Fu Hustle, which grossed more than $100M worldwide as well as BAFTA and Golden Globe noms.

“Stephen
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Stephen Chow developing 'The Monkey King' animation for Pearl Studio

Stephen Chow developing 'The Monkey King' animation for Pearl Studio
Abominable, Over The Moon also on Chinese company’s slate.

Stephen Chow is developing an epic animated adventure based on The Monkey King myth for China’s Pearl Studio, it emerged at Annecy International Animated Film Festival on Thursday (June 14).

Chow, whose credits include Chinese box office smashes The Mermaid and Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons as well as global hit Kung Fu Hustle, is collaborating with Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich, who were among the writing teams on Brother Bear and Chicken Little.

“Stephen Chow is the perfect creative partner to develop The Monkey King with Pearl Studio,
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Film review: From Beijing with Love (1994) by Lee Lik-Chi and Stephen Chow

Swapping gun with a huge butcher knife, Stephen Chow debuts as a director and together with Lee Lik-Chi, they bring us this Chinese version of “Get Smart” and a spoof of James Bond movies in which they mix laughs and violence to great effect.

In China, a dinosaur skull is stolen, leading to a dumb, incompetent, but a charming secret agent sent to Hong Kong to investigate and retrieve it. A female spy who is supposed to help him is in fact a double-agent ordered by their government to have him killed.

As this is a send- up of James Bond films, Stephen Chow is the secret agent Ling Ling Chat, which sounds very much like 007 but it’s loosely translated as ‘drenching in paint’ as written in Chinese. The film starts off with some John Woo style of gun-fu action in a warehouse where a secret
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Jackie Chan, China’s BaseFX Making ‘Wish Dragon’ for Sony Animation

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Jackie Chan, China’s BaseFX Making ‘Wish Dragon’ for Sony Animation
Production is now under way on “Wish Dragon,” a major animated feature being made in China for Sony’s Columbia Pictures Film Production.

The film is a first feature for Base Animation, the new animation studio that is part of Beijing-based VFX firm BaseFX, and for Chinese super star Jackie Chan. Chan’s Sparkle Roll Media is a producer and co-investor, and Chan will voice characters in both the Chinese- and English-language versions of the finished picture.

The family-oriented film is being directed by Chris Appelhans (illustrator on “Coraline”) from his own original screenplay. The modern-day fairy tale picks up the moral challenges that emerge from the encounter between a boy and a dragon who is able to make wishes come true. Production is focused at Base’s new animation studio in Xiamen, southern China. The movie is targeting a 2019 theatrical release in China.

The U.S. voice cast includes
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Kung Fu Panda

It was hard to know what to think about Kung Fu Panda at first. The heroic Po wasn’t much to look at and the chance to hear Jack Black after he’d been getting a little too much for a lot of people in films wasn’t all that exciting. But then people saw the film and found out that having to listen to Jack Black was sometimes a lot more fun than watching his regular movies. Kung Fu Panda is all about Po’s desire to learn Kung Fu and the supposedly accidental nature of how he comes to be accepted as

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Kung Fu Panda
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Ghost Dog 2 Happening with Rza, Forest Whitaker and Jim Jarmusch

Ghost Dog 2 Happening with Rza, Forest Whitaker and Jim Jarmusch
There's a huge difference between cult hit and underground cult oddity. The second of which you love but most, or none of your friends have seen. Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai definitely falls into that later catagory. And while you've long dreamed of a sequel, no one else really knows what you're talking about. Well, perhaps they'll soon understand, as Ghost Dog 2 is happening nearly 10 years after the first movie arrived.

Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai hit the indie circuit in 2000 and made a little bit of noise amongst genre fans. It starred Forest Whitaker, who didn't necessarily scream silent warrior at the time, and still doesn't, though Rogue One helps his street cred. The movie was directed by Jim Jarmusch who hasn't ever made a mainstream movie his entire life. Now, the pair are back, thanks to Wu Tang rapper RZA. He is writing the sequel to Ghost Dog,
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