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October 5, 2012

Cold War (Screen Daily review)

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Cold War
October, 2012
By Jason Bechervaise

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Opening this year’s Busan Film Festival, Cold War is a refreshing Hong Kong crime thriller that provides enough enjoyment that should help secure a wider-audience, but suffers from an overly convoluted plot.

The film’s appeal is further expanded owing to the film’s local stars: Tony Leung Ka-fai (2005’s Election) and Aaron Kwok (Divergence, 2005), which should help drive sales across the Asian region and possibly further afield, but neither is able to deliver the necessary performances to make them stand out.

The film follows two Deputy Chiefs, Lau and Lee who are both seeking the top position on the Hong Kong police force. After five police officers are taken hostage, it’s left to Lau and Lee to solve the case, but they both have different approaches, which ultimately leads to failure. What ensures is a realization that they have become pawns in a more treacherous game.

After building a strong reputation for their contributions on a number of films, debut directors Longman Leung (credits include Vengeance, 2009) and Sunny Luk (who worked as an assistant director on 2006 film Isabella 2006) are keen to exploit their visual talents, which is evident throughout the duration. The film includes a number of well-executed set-pieces, but lacks a fine polish in places due to some rather poor CGI. Nevertheless, its strong and vibrant aesthetic does make up for some of the film’s flaws.

Produced by internationally renowned Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), it has real potential to perform well in Asian markets, but its sloppy storytelling may hinder its success in some other territories.

Production Companies: Edko Films Limited, Stars Shine Blue Sea Productions Limited

World Sales: Edko Films Limited, info@edkofilm.com.hk

Producers: Bill Kong, Dai Song, Ryuhei Chiba, Hugh Simon.

Editor: Chi-Leung Kwong

Music: Peter Kam

Main Cast: : Tony Leung Ka-fai, Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok, Eddie Peng, Aarif Rahman, Charlie Young & Ka Tung Lam
ScreenDaily

May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Release Date of “To Forgive” Announced

“To Forgive” is a story about a doctor, portrayed by Yu Xiaowei, who loses consciousness after a car accident and wakes up on a remote island.

Following the film’s screening at the 19th Beijing College Student Film Festival (BCSFF), “To Forgive” will be shown at the Festival de Cannes which opens at the end of May.

“To Forgive” poster

Law Kar-Ying joked that due to his facial paralysis he acted with only half his face.

The film is about how several senior citizens try to escape from a retirement home and pursue their dreams.

“Old people also have their own dreams,” said Zhang Huaxun, who is also the director’s father. “Not only should they live happily, but live with dreams.”

Due to the strong performance of Hollywood blockbusters, local flicks screening in the same time slots hardly survived in boxoffice market.

Audiences can expect brutal torture scenes in Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer”

Lam Suet on the receiving end

Lau Ching-Wan investigates

Wang Baoqiang - the torturer (Sina)

Stills from Yim Ho’s “Floating City”

Charlie Young

Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok

Aaron Kwok

Paw Hee-Ching, Aaron Kwok

Annie Liu, Aaron Kwok (Sina)

MV: Angelababy sings the theme song for “The First Time”, co-starring Mark Chao

Song composed by Jay Chou

Last night, Huang Yi sang “Wings” at an event commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Youth League

Anthony Wong with his mother, who suffered a stroke earlier this year (Sina)

More celebrity sightings at last night’s Lady GaGa concert

Richie Jen

Carol “Dodo” Cheng

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting

Kenny Bee, Qi Qi, Simon Yam

Fans (Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Is love in the air for Edison Chen?

MSN: Are Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung getting back together?

April 29, 2012

April 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Tsui Hark to Shoot 3-D “Tracks in the Snow Forest”

Based on the novel of the same name, the film will tell the legendary story about a hero named Yang Zirong who outwits a group of gangsters in northeastern China in 1946. Yu said he expected famous actor/director Jiang Wen to play the lead role.

CF: Character Posters of “The Expendables 2″ Released

Jet Li (Sina)

Jet Li  recently celebrated his 49th birthday on the 26th

Jet Li with wife Nina Li and two daughters (Sina)

CF: Shooting begins for “Sha Jie”

“Ni Ni is an elegant actress,” Liu Ye said regarding his opinion on Ni Ni. “Our collaboration is worthy of the anticipation.”

CF: Shooting Begins on Lu Chuan’s First Micro Film (Sina)

Lu told the media the movie was inspirited by the classic American film “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman. It revolves around a young woman who must decide between two men before marrying one of them.

CF: The 19th Beijing College Student Film Festival Wraps up

The Most Popular Actor and Actress awards went to Wen Zhang and Yan Ni. Gu Changwei clinched the award for Best Director for feature film, “Love For Life”. The coveted Best Film award was bagged by low-budget film, “Mr. Tree”.

CF: ”11 Flowers” Postpones Release Date

CF:  Chinese Actress Ju Ju Leads Peter Fudakowski’s “Secret Sharer”

CF: LeTV Pictures Announces 10 Film Projects for 2012

LeTV Pictures’ other big-budget films include director Gordon Chan’s war suspense epic “The Dark Meteors” and director Law Chi-Leung’s “The Ghost Bullets.” 

Directed by Guan Hu, the movie features renowned actors Huang Bo and Simon Yam as leading characters. It will hit the national screens on April 28.

Director Guan Hu, Liang Jing, Huang Bo, Simon Yam, Alec Su (Sina-slideshow)

Huang Yi attended the press conference in Beijing for the wrap of Johnnie To’s “Drug War”

Huang Yi

Sun Honglei, Huang Yi, Johnnie To, Louis Koo (Sina) (Sina-gallery)

Aaron Kwok and Charlie Young play husband and wife in Yim Ho’s biopic “Floating City”

(Sina)

CF: Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” Releases First Poster

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Show Luo’s foot fetish, Edison Chen at Coachella

CNA: Chapman To stops work to recuperate from rare nerve disease

A1: Shu Qi: My lips are sealed

A1: Karen Mok joins Mandarin Oriental’s celebrity fan campaign

The campaign, “He’s a Fan/She’s a Fan”, is designed to raise the hotel group’s brand awareness by globally connecting ‘the fan’ with international celebrities who regularly stay at its hotels.

April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA:  East Meets West review

Parodistic, pop-culture romp finds director Jeff Lau on good but not consistent form.

CF: Guns N’ Roses” Premieres in Beijing

The theme song of the movie, “The Lost Season”, composed by Chinese rock star Cui Jian was also unveiled during the event.

CF: Wu Ershan Creates New Language for “Painted Skin 2″

CF: ”An Inaccurate Memoir” Premieres

Waise Lee in cameo appearance (Sina)

CF: First Poster of “Design of Death” Released

Simon Yam, Huang Bo (Sina)

CF: Zhang Ziyi Promotes Her New Film

Zhang Ziyi plays a student

(Sina)2

CF: Jiang Wen’s New Project to Begin Filming Later This Year

The movie is not a sequel to “Let the Bullets Fly”, as previous rumors had suggested. It has been said that Jiang’s latest project will have more female roles compared to his action comedy hit of 2010.

However, there will be obvious similarities in style, as Ma confirmed that, “The first draft has been written by Guo Junli, one of the main screenwriters for ‘Let the Bullets Fly.”

Francis Ng

Koni Lui, Francis Ng

Appearing at a shoe brand event in Sha Tin, Francis Ng revealed that he has joined the cast of “Once Upon a Time in Shanghai”/”The Last Tycoon” starring Chow Yun-Fat. TVB has accommodated him by delaying the start of filming the series Triumph in the Skies 2. (Sina-gallery)

CF: Ni Ni, Yang Mi are Stepping Up

Ni Ni in Jingle Ma’s “Best Actor”, Yang Mi to play Mulan  to be directed by Barbara Wong. (Sina)

Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer” opens May 11, starring Lau Ching-Wan and Wang Baoqiang

Lau Ching-Wan

Wang Baoqiang, Lau Ching-Wan (Sina)2

Poster for Yim Ho’s “Floating City” features Aaron Kwok

Charlie Young plays Aaron’s wife (Sina)2

FBA: Huayi boards Showbox’s Mr Go

The Showbox-backed Mr Go is the story of a Chinese girl and her baseball playing gorilla, who is recruited to play in the professional leagues in Korea. It features young Chinese actress Josie XU (Xu Jiao), who started her career in CJ7 (2008) and recently headlined in Starry Starry Night.

A courtroom drama, Christmas Rose stars Aaron Kwok and Xia Yu as lawyers fighting over the fate of a victim portrayed by Gwei Lun-mei.

It was also accidentally leaked that Andy Lau will make an appearance in the film.  (Sina)

Qin Hailu, Guei Lun-Mei, Tsui Hark, Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok

Charlie Young

Aaron Kwok, Guei Lun-Mei

Wan Qian

Liu Kai-Chi, Wan Qian

Liu Kai-Chi, Qin Hailu, Guei Lun-Mei, Tsui Hark, Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok, Xia Yu

Aaron Kwok, Charlie Young (Sina-gallery)23

FBA: Anticipated films lock China dates

Wong Kar-Wai’s martial arts drama The Grandmasters will open on 18 Dec.

Jackie Chan, along with other cast members, will attend the Cannes International Film Festival this May.

He attributed this to film investors’ aversion to risk and the lack of perseverance among younger filmmakers and artistes.

“This gap in the Hong Kong film industry is very obvious both in front of [the camera] and behind the scenes.”

Miriam Yeung, said, “I am about to give birth, and this will be my last movie before I do so. Of course it’s better to go to the movies than staring at the monitor at home. Watching a movie with friends and popcorn is much better. I have many single friends who immediately have dates after watching this movie, you have to believe it.”

She added smilingly, “If you go a few more times I guarantee you will be a parent!”

Fan Bingbing attended the press conference as a guest. But do not be surprised if she is also cast in Iron Man 3.

MSN: Is Jaycee Chan romancing a 17-year-old?

Jaycee Chan, 29, was recently spotted leaving a club with a new beau called Nesha, who is believed to be a 17-year-old model of Paraguay descent.

A1: Actress Jun Ji-hyun ties the knot (CNA)

Taiwanese singer Wang Lee-hom is believed to have invited Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Chinese American girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, to his concert at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing last Saturday night

SGYahoo: Grandson of Shaw cinema mogul charged for sex with underaged callgirl

Howard is the grandson of Runme Shaw, co-founder of cinema operator Shaw Organisation.

SGYahoo: Who is the real Howard Shaw?

November 29, 2010

November 29, 2010

Poster for Jordan Chan’s horror film Mysterious Island (lit. Panic Island) (Sina)

Latest poster for the martial arts comedy Just Call Me Nobody features Xiao Shenyang, Zhao Benshan and Kelly Lin (Sina)

New Midnight Beating poster (21cn)

Aarif Lee: ‘I don’t look like Bruce Lee’ (CNNGo)

Charlie Young attending a jewelry brand promotion in Shanghai said that her script for Christmas Rose is completed and she would begin shooting early next year.

(Sina)2(Sina-slide show)(Xinhua-gallery)

I’m the best for Simon

Last December, when the Hong Kong paparazzi alleged that actor Simon Yam had a night of illicit sex with an unknown girl in a hotel in Hangzhou, China, ex-supermodel Qiqi rubbished the reports immediately.

MSN: Li Yapeng to retire from acting

Li shared that they are still in the midst of ironing out the final details for Faye and their daughter Dou Jingtong’s (otherwise known as Tong Tong) first collaboration as voiceovers for the Chinese version of Mamma Mia!.

Night and Day - Channel NewsAsia

Point Of Entry” revolves around the action-filled cases taken on by an elite team of Immigration And Checkpoints Authority (ICA) special agents who protect Singapore’s borders from smuggling and illegal immigration.

The son of Hong Kong comedian Richard Ng, Carl bears the constant burden of carving out a career outside of his famous father’s shadow.

October 7, 2010

October 7, 2010

Variety: Under the Hawthorn Tree 2

CRI:  Zhang Yimou Promotes “Hawthorn Tree” in S. Korea

AP: Zhang calls new film a back-to-basics romance

Shawn Dou Xiao, Zhang Yimou, Zhou Dongyu

Zhang Yimou’s Under the Hawthorn Tree opened the 15th Pusan International Film Festival

(Sina)

Maggie Cheung returns in Ten Thousand Waves (UK)

Isaac Julien on Ten Thousand Waves (UK)

APA: Vancouver International Film Festival 2010: Capsule reviews (Part 1)

Winter Vacation, The High Life, Seven Days in Heaven, Cold Fish, Crossing the Mountain, Pinoy Sunday, Red Dragonflies, The Drunkard, R U There?

APA: Vancouver International Film Festival 2010: Capsule reviews (Part 2)

The Fourth Portrait, I Wish I Knew, Sandcastle, Single Man, et al

FBA: Buddha Mountain joins Tokyo competition

Buddha reunites Li with Lost’s leading actress Fan Bingbing, starring alongside Sylvia Chang and Berlin Chen.

CRI: Nominees Announced for the 47th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

The Taiwan film “When Love Comes,” directed by Chang Tso-chi, stands out in the film list with 14 nominations, including Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best New Performer, and Best Original Screenplay to name a few.

APA: Street Fighter for the Fans: interview with producer Jennifer Zhang

Jennifer Zhang is the producer of the YouTube film Street Fighter High and the recently-released sequel, Street Fighter High: The Musical.

Karen Mok, at a recent promotional event, said she would like to reprise her Skeleton Demon role in Stephen Chow’s New Journey to the West. (Sina)

CRI: Edison Chen Releases New Album

And if you see him, be sure to wish Edison a happy birthday!

(Xinhua-gallery)

Charlene Choi

Charlene plays an OL (office lady) in her latest music MV (Xinhua)

Gillian Chung at an event at Times Square wearing a skirt that looks like a Tiffany’s lamp shade (Sina-slide show)

Neck injury forces HK actress Gillian Chung to stop work

(Oct. 5) Charlie Young attending a reception to raise funds for the Hong Kong Cancer Fund

(Sina-slide show)

Karen Mok with Astrid Chan and Daniel Chan on UNICEF goodwill tour (Sept.30)

Travelling to the hinterlands in Chengdu for UNICEF, Karen Mok reveals an essential “magic portable toilet”. :D

Jennifer Tse

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting kicks off a ‘Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF’ campaign at Harbour City.

The kids look sceptical :D

(Sina)(HunanTV)

SG: Cecilia Cheung makes comeback in Lunar New Year flick

My love life isn’t traumatic, says Rainie Yang

It was the Taiwanese pop star’s difficult love life that landed her a plum role in the latest Pang brother’s horror flick.

August 13, 2010

August 13, 2010

CRI: Cut Clips of “Aftershock” Unveiled

The cut clips of the hit film “Aftershock” have been released to the public, revealing the twisted fate of the main characters.

Some cast members, including Zhang Jingchu and Chen Daoming, also expressed regret for the editing of the film, which they said severely shortened their performances.

CRI: Kwai Lun-Mei’s Image Shake-Up in New Movie

Kwai’s squeaky clean, girl-next-door image goes out the door in this action film, in which she plays the member of a gang and girlfriend of the gang’s leader caught up in a love triangle.

CRI: Barbie Hsu, Richie Ren Promote New Comedy in Guangzhou

Parodies of such popular films as “The Message” (”Feng Sheng”), “God of Gamblers” (”Du Shen”) and “The Eagle Shooting Heroes” (”Dong Cheng Xi Jiu”) have been publicized as the selling points of the film.

FBA: Dream Home takes up dual residence in UK

The film will premiere on 28 August at FrightFest in London’s Empire Leicester Square.

Poster for Love in Disguise meet-and-greet with cast in Beijing (Sina)

Charlie Young and Xia Yu play lovers on the run in Wind Blast

(Sina)

Leon Dai featured in new stills released for Reign of Assassins

The world premiere will be in Venice on September 3 (Sina)

Gu Xuan in High School Musical

(Sina)

Karen Mok appeard on a Hong Kong radio station to promote her new single.

(Xinhua-slide show)(Sina)

Veronica Yip, visiting her mother in Hong Kong, supported models Chrissie Chau and Angelababy and said Anthony Wong was a bit extreme. Veronica and family have been flying on her husband’s private jet are heading next to Vietnam. (Xinhua)

June 19, 2010

June 19, 2010

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Charlie Young presents award to Jiang Wenli

Jury member Charlie Young

CF: ‘Lan’ Wins Big at Asian New Talent Awards

“Lan” is a heart-felt drama about a young girl named Lan, who lives with her grandfather and dreams of becoming a gymnast. Jiang has said the film is a tribute to her childhood and her late grandfather.

CF: Here Comes Will Smith!

Will Smith and his son Jaden promote “The Karate Kid” at the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival.

Hong Kong Film Archive presents “Look Back at Memories” tracing Hong Kong cinema in 1980s and 1990s

No ‘fight for fight’s sake’

John Woo on Reign of Assassins, Tigers and supporting young directors

In the Yao Po attack case, actress Li Xiaoran implies in her blog that the 10 arrestees are not the true culprits.

“I only want the murderers arrested as soon as possible! Evil with evil, if not reported, I will hold you in hell had used a knife waiting for you! Remember, my gravestone will be covered with flowers, and your tombstone will be stained with people revile your saliva! Remember!” A friend of Li Xiaoran said the actress is living in fear and hiding the whereabouts of her location. The friend posted photos of her dining out but the next afternoon another friend of  Li phoned on her behalf and asked her to delete the name of the restaurant for fear of being tracked. So she deleted the photos and the complete post entry. (Xinhua)

Cantopop singer George Lam caught dating another woman

Sammi Cheng and Shawn Yue rumoured to be dating

Edison Chen and family

Edison’s family and friends helped open a new Causeway Bay shop to mark the 6th anniversary of his CLOT brand. Earlier in the week, (Edison’s parents are divorced) his father brought a male friend resembling Frankie Lam to a family lunch feeding longstanding speculation about his sexuality. Edison described him as an old family friend while the press characterized him as a ‘boyfriend’. I’m just saying…

Longtime girlfriend Vincy Yeung was absent, Edison explained that she was overseas but lending spiritual support.

Vivian Chow

Vivian Chow attended an event to promote a TV program about cats.

(Xinhua)

(Yakov Smirnoff voice): “In America, they make movies called Star Wars. In China, they make lightsabers.”

Working ‘lightsaber’ can set fire to your skin from Wicked Lasers.

June 14, 2010

June 14, 2010

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Ten arrested after Chinese film director Yan Po attacked, stabbed with knife

Li Xiaoran - Beijing airport

Li Xiaoran returned to Beijing yesterday afternoon and wrote that director Yan Po had regained consciousness after surgery for his wounds. Posting on her blog, she thanked Lu Chuan, Yao Chen, Zhang Yang, Liu Ye, Chen Kun, Gao Yuanyuan and others for their support. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Variety: Dream Home

Cutthroat real-estate prices ask for bloody countermeasures in “Dream Home,” Pang Ho-cheung’s deliciously dark take on the dog-eat-dog Hong Kong housing market. High-concept splatter pic is another slickly produced, femme-driven item from local multihyphenate Pang (aka Edmond Pang), with its intricate editing and dash of capitalist critique adding some gloss and a hint of topicality to the blood-soaked proceedings.  http://hkmdb.com/news/?p=5595

CRI: The ‘Shanghai’ Glamor

Gong Li and John Cusack promotes the WWII thriller “Shanghai” during the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival.

CRI: John Cusack Amiable and Talented, Says Gong Li

“CJ7″ Releases Its 2nd Trailer

“Love In A Puff” To Be Shown on Chinese Mainland

Actress-director Charlie Young, jury member of the Asian New Talent Awards

CRI: Asian New Talent Awards Jury Debuts

THR: China’s young directors in spotlight at SIFF

Panel reveals difference of opinion on working with newbies

“Young Chinese directors are very lucky now,” said hit-making producer Bill Kong (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), mentor to many a young director and backer of a few of the biggest Chinese films ever to sell overseas. “You can rest assured that there will always be a market at home that is highly diversified.”

Wen Zhang, Jet Li, Xue Xiaolu, Guei Lun-Mei (Ocean Heaven)

Huang Xiaoming, Zhang Jingchu

Law Kar-Ying

CRI: Shanghai Film Fest Opening Red Carpet (photo gallery)Kick off

Huang Xiaoming

Zhang Jingchu

Huang Xiaoming and Zhang Jingchu met with college student and promoted Flirting Scholar 2 at a nearby university in Shanghai (Xinhua)

Wang Qianyuan

Wang Qianyuan, Qin Hailu promote Steel Piano (Steel Guitar) in Shanghai

Qin Hailu, director Zhang Meng, Wang Qianyuan (Sina)2

Behind the Shanghai scenes: Donnie Yen vs Jet Li? It’s being reported that Donnie Yen’s earlier press conference for Fist of Legend was cancelled to accommodate Jet Li and the Ocean Heaven press conference. Both sides’ reps denied it, saying it was the work of the organizing committee. Jet’s peeps defended him saying how could he be jealous of Donnie Yen and also reminded the press of his charitable works. Perhaps it was a case of resentment. In 2007, the two refused to appear together in a ‘Kung Fu Stars’ program. Later, Donnie Yen had criticized Jet Li’s Fearless at Beijing University and one implied that the other was a ‘clown’ [unclear which was which]. (Xinhua)

In January, we reported on Hong Kong’s subway pole dancer. Now, Nanjing’s Subway Steel Pole Sister has surfaced, and has subsequently been arrested after three performances. (ESWN)

October 30, 2009

October 30, 2009

True Legend

Andy On plays the villain possessed by the devil

Guo Xiaodong first time doing martial arts - grades out an ‘80′

Michelle Yeoh plays a hermit in seclusion living in the mountain

(Sina)

True Legend (Beggar So) HD slides (5) (Sina)

Mulan

Jaycee declined using a stunt double

Latest stills show Zhao Wei and Jaycee Chan fighting (Sina)

Four Marshals

Charlie Young

Duan Yihong, one of the marshals

(Sina)

Xiao Shenyang (Sina)

Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns HD slide show (4) (Sina)

THR: ‘Blood Simple’ remake set for December

CRI: “Ip Man 2″ Shifts Focus to Life

He Ping’s Wheat accused of plagiarising The Robbers/Tang Dynasty Brothers. He Ping was chairman of the jury at the 2007 Shanghai International Film Festival when The Robbers was awarded as having the most market potential. He Ping and director Yang Peng had discussed the script, Bitter Bamboo Grove, at the time. (Sina)

Wang Kuirong in Wang Xiaoshuai’s Mosaic tries to capture old Chongqing (Sina)

Wang Xueqi and Qin Hao also costar (ifeng)

Jackie Chan: The Centurion

The action star celebrates his 100th film

Variety: Blue Mansions (Singapore)

It’s been a long time between drinks for Singapore helmer Glen Goei, whose 1999 debut pic, “Forever Fever,” a contagious local riff on “Saturday Night Fever,” promised to expand the island republic’s filmmaking horizons beyond local comedies and festival navel-gazers.

Though the least “Hong Kong” of the series — with the usual local in-jokes and linguistic wordplay virtually absent — this is the most marketable of the four to date, as well as a timely commentary on the onetime Brit colony’s cultural relationship with the mainland.

Yonfan’s overly self-conscious ‘Prince of Tears’ treats the White Terror period with a glib sentimentality that can best be described as political terror as soap opera

Old Fish (千鈞一髮)

An unusual Chinese police drama, to say the least. A Harbin cop is forced — and able — to defuse a time bomb thanks to his engineering background, only to find that more and more explosives are being planted in the area, and his superiors want him to keep doing the dirty work. Is Dennis Hopper on the loose? Ma Guowei (馬國偉) plays “Old Fish,” the put-upon policeman, in an award-winning turn. Directed by Gao Qunshu (高群書), who co-directed The Message (風聲), which is currently on release.

Plastic City (蕩寇)

A Chinese crook (Anthony Wong, 黃秋生) and his cooler-than-cool adopted Japanese son struggle to keep their enterprise afloat in Sao Paulo, Brazil, when rivals and the authorities turn on them, including a Taiwanese entrepreneur. Critics said the fascinating idea behind the film and its visual distinctiveness were undercut by avoidable technical problems (dubbing, for starters) and a stereotypically art house divergence from coherent narrative — not to mention stylistic lapses that verge on the silly.

Vengeance (復仇)

Johnnie To (杜琪峰) is a Hong Kong director who has kept pumping out solid action flicks over the years. He probably doesn’t have as much international exposure as he should, but this film may help to change that. The lead actor is legendary French singer Johnny Hallyday, who arrives in Macau after his daughter is nearly killed in a triad hit (the rest of her family is wiped out). Hallyday, now a chef, must draw on his unsavory past to accomplish his vengeful mission — but that past is disappearing as an old injury accelerates his amnesia. Co-stars include the formidable Anthony Wong (黃秋生) as a criminal (again) and Simon Yam (任達華) as a triad boss.

Screen Daily: Far East festivals compete for market attention

US and European buyers were scarce at both events. “There were some US companies in Tokyo but they were looking for remake material, not doing acquisitions,” says Tadayuki Okubo of Japanese studio Toei.

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