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September 27, 2010

September 27, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 12:37 pm

THR: ‘Legend of the Fist’ and ‘Ip Man 2′ get North American release

The companies are also bringing the popular Asian action pic “Ip Man” to select theaters starting Oct. 1, with an exclusive run at New York City’s Cinema Village theater, to be followed by a combination of traditional one-week runs and special one-off screenings for fans.

WSJ: Hong Kong Legend Yuen Woo Ping’s ‘Fantastic’ Past, Future

After four decades choreographing and directing some of the best-known martial arts films in contemporary Hong Kong cinema, Yuen Woo Ping is making the first American film festival appearance of his career.

Variety: Red Nights2

The funky pleasure of femme-vs.-femme intrigue, assassins and dragon ladies is undone by an ersatz fusion of giallo and John Woo-ish Hong Kong gunplay in “Red Nights.” Glossy, dumb item offers evidence that Gallic co-directors Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtland are fans of the genres in question, but their handling is utterly ham-fisted. Too many lethargic passages undermine the pic’s deep-midnight S&M weirdness and star Carrie Ng’s over-the-top camp appeal.

FBA: Under the Hawthorn Tree (山楂樹之戀) (8/10)

A striking change of pace for director Zhang Yimou, with a sensitive love story during the Cultural Revolution.

THR: China takes first stake in Hollywood firm

It’s finally happened: a Chinese entertainment company has bought a piece of Hollywood.

FBA: Chinese conglomerate makes Hollywood foray

FBA: TVB the centre of acquisition talk

CRI: ’Assassins’ Premieres ahead of Sept. 28 Release

Zhang Ziyi and Aaron Kwok in Life is a Miracle (Xinhua)

CRI: Zhang Ziyi Mixes Happy and Sad in ‘Tale of Magic’

Tony Leung Ka-Fai as Bruce Lee’s father Lee Hoi-Chuen (Sina)

My Ex-Wife’s Wedding poster

The rom-com directed by Lee Kung-Lok features Chen Kun, Lu Yi and Yuan Quan, opens Oct.22 (Sina)

Francis Ng, Li Nian

Francis Ng

Simon Yam

A passionate love scene in Midnight Pulse between Francis Ng and Li Nian may be cut. In addition, an ambiguous scene with Simon Yam and Yang Yuyu who play brother and sister may also be cut. No exact release date has been announced yet for Midnight Pulse but a November timeframe is expected. (Xinhua)23

Chow Yun-Fat and Aaron Kwok have been reported to be signed on for Filmko’s 3D version of The Monkey King. Chow will play the Jade Emperor and Aaron Kwok the evil Bull King Demon. Donnie Yen was previously announced in the role of the Monkey King.  (Xinhua)

CRI: Faye Wong Practices for Upcoming Concert

Previous reports suggest that besides Beijing and Shanghai, the concert will also be taken to various cities including Taipei in January of next year.

Simon Yam and Qi Qi donated a limited edition photo book for charity in Shanghai (Xinhua)

Getting an early look

Zhang Jingchu will be attending the Bally 2011 Spring Preview in Milan for Fashion Week in October. (Xinhua)

Angelababy - Cosmo photo shoot

(Sina-slide show)

Kelly Chen at a recent fashion event in Shanghai

(Sina-slide show)

Chrissie Chau has no worries about her safety when she goes to Japan next month despite recent Sino-Japanese tensions. (Sina)

Liu Yifei’s graduation photo

(Xinhua)

Red Nights (Variety review)

Filed under: Reprints — Tags: , — dleedlee @ 9:43 am

Red Nights
Les Nuits rouges du Bourreau de Jade

(Hong Kong-France) A French Connection/Red East Pictures production, in co-production with Artemis Productions and Cine. (International sales: Films Distribution, Paris.) Produced by Ada Wu, Alexis Dantec. Co-producers, Philippe Carcassonne, Patrick Quinet. Directed, written by Julien Carbon, Laurent Courtland.

With: Frederique Bel, Carrie Ng, Carole Brana, Stephen Wong, Jack Kao. (French, Cantonese, Mandarin dialogue)

By ROBERT KOEHLER
The funky pleasure of femme-vs.-femme intrigue, assassins and dragon ladies is undone by an ersatz fusion of giallo and John Woo-ish Hong Kong gunplay in “Red Nights.” Glossy, dumb item offers evidence that Gallic co-directors Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtland are fans of the genres in question, but their handling is utterly ham-fisted. Too many lethargic passages undermine the pic’s deep-midnight S&M weirdness and star Carrie Ng’s over-the-top camp appeal, restricting specialty item to DVD shelves.

Opening 10 minutes establish Ng’s evil Carrie as a connoisseur of sadism, taking a gal pal to a lavishly designed lair, encasing her naked body in latex and killing her with giant claw-like fingernails. A silly plot ensues involving a valuable jade object, dating back to China’s first emperor, that Carrie wants and French femme fatale Catherine (Frederique Bel) has. Once Carrie gets her way, more sadism is delivered in pic’s only memorable scene, involving a perfectly mixed martini and a gruesomely tortured victim care of those killer claws. Ng Man-ching’s lensing in dramatic Hong Kong locations and Horace Ma’s lush production design dress up this empty exercise.

Camera (color, HD), Ng Man-ching; editor, Sebastien Prangere; music, Seppuku Paradigm; production designer, Horace Ma; costume designers, William Fung, Claire Fraisse. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Midnight Madness), Sept. 15, 2010. Running time: 98 MIN.
Variety

September 19, 2010

September 19, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 3:00 pm
Let the Bullets Fly posters released last week
And special moon cakes for the crew with the film title stamped on (21cn), 2
Don Quixote poster featuring Wang Gang as Don Quixote’s servant (Sina)
Shu Qi, Huo Siyan
Legend of the Fist opens in Hong Kong on Sept. 20 (Sina)
Wu Jing - Wind Blast stills
Under the Hawthorn Tree? No, it’s Under the Strawberry Tree!
Fan parodies Zhang Yimou latest film (English Sina)
Elsewhere, Zhang Yimou’s Under the Hawthorn Tree is already available online for downloading by pirates. (Xinhua)
Canadian writer Zhang Ling wrote the 2006 novel that Aftershock was based on.

Zimbio: Aftershock TIFF Premiere
Zhang Ling: Writing has never been so meaningful (CRI)
Toronto 2010: ‘Aftershock’ hits TIFF (LATimes)
Xinhua: Chinese movie “Aftershock” touches Toronto fans to heart

Intro to screening by Zhang Ling at TIFF, you may want to jump ahead 1:56 (Thanks, to Brian)

TIFF: Red Nights description
Red Nights also boasts the long-overdue return of Hong Kong starlet Carrie Ng, famous for her sexy and deadly presence in such films as Naked Killer and Sex and Zen. Here she revels in her role as the jade-clawed Dragon Lady, equal parts seductress and psycho-sexual killer… A bittersweet fortune cookie of murder and deceit, Red Nights inhabits a mysterious realm where Italian giallo and espionage thrillers coexist with the exoticism of the Far East. [Carrie Ng deserves better than this!]

[Previously on 4.8.2009]
Carrie Ng

Zimbio: Red Carpet photos of Carrie Ng

Here’s the Q&A (in two parts) from RED NIGHTS, with the directors and Carrie Ng. (Thanks, Brian)

[The videos are quite dark, so you'll have to imagine what Carrie Ng looks like but she sounds fine. :D]

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