35mm prints of lost HK actioners unspool in the Alamo’s Asian Invasion series
Portrayed in film by Anthony Wong in “Ordinary Heroes” (1999).
Director Dante Lam is on the highway to becoming Hong Kong’s next action auteur. Expect more gunfire in his hard-hitting latest, The Viral Factor
Jay Chou was willing to risk life and limb while filming his latest movie, The Viral Factor, all because of “face”.
Wei, one of Taiwan’s most commercially and critically successful directors, received the news in the middle of the Asian night. He was unsure why Warriors had made the shortlist while the rest of East Asia is staying home. Asian films played no part in any major category last year.
The film stars Cecilia Cheung, Sang-woo Kwon, Angela Chang and Jing Boran
“The Great Magician” debuted with $11.55 million over four days and managed to wrestle the first place from the highest-grossing hit of the year 2011″The Flowers of War”. “Magician”is the latest film directed by Derek Yee, who is good at balancing commercial success with artistic integrity very successfully.
Smaller films made big splash
Over the past year, three small-budget movies, Eternal Moment, The Piano in a Factory and Love is Not Blind, flexed their competitive muscle by attracting audiences and critical praise.
According to Chen Shan, professor at the Beijing Film Academy, the allure of small-budget films in the era of big-budget blockbusters is their ingenuity.
“Because their original cost is much lower, they can be more flexible with their themes. They dare to try something different from the mainstream, while blockbusters have to be more cautious,” he said to the Global Times.
Singapore director Jack Neo is evidently sticking to his winning formula - fresh-faced teen actors, heart-breaking family drama and a healthy dose of social commentary in his latest directorial offering, We Not Naughty.
Famous comedian Zhao Benshan will not perform on this year’s “CCTV Spring Festival Gala” because of health problems.
Johnnie To’s “Romancing in Thin Air” launches, with a bang, on Feb. 9
Guest stars in “The Great Magician” include Tsui Hark, Benz Kong, Jamie Luk, Vincent Kok, writer Lau Ho-Lueng and dubbing director Chiang Siu-Leung.
Eight military governors (Sina)
Stills from “All’s Well Ends Well 2012″
Louis Koo, Kelly Chen
Sandra Ng, Donnie Yen
Chapman To, Lynn Hung
Lynn Hung, Chapman To (Sina)
Donnie Yen, Vincent Zhao, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Yang Kun attended the Beijing launch of a new Clarence Fok film (Chinese title, Special Status). Donnie Yen will action direct as well as produce. Peter Pau is the cinematographer for the film.
Vincent Zhao, Donnie Yen (Sina)
Photos from Dubai where “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” is filming. The film stars Andy Lau, Chen Kun and Zhang Jingchu.
Lin Chi-ling tries on a prop
Filming on a closed road
The crew prepares for a scene
Director Sun Jianjun (r)
Two British bandits (Sina-gallery)
“Harpoon” poster featuring Hu Bing (Sina)
Jay, Hannah, Nic, Viral Factor, Wang Lee-Hom, Kanye West
“We didn’t plan for a Dragon baby,” says 38-year-old Michele Lee, who is expecting her second child, a girl, in April.
“It was exciting when we first found out the news but very soon that excitement turned into worry about whether we’ll get a place in hospital.”