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Trailer for Soi Cheang’s Motorway

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Johnnie To‘s never ending stream of production awesomeness hits again with the driving action film Motorway from Accident Director, Soi Chang. Starring Shawn Yue, Anthony Wong, Guo Xiaodong, Barbie Hsu and Josie Ho.

A driver for an elite undercover police squad called The Stealth Riders, comes up against underworld racers and cons on the run. His task is to bring down the legendary getaway driver who hasn’t been heard of for fifteen years.

The film is released in Hong Kong cinemas on the 21st of June, so it’ll be a few months before it surfaces on Blu-ray. In the meantime, check out the trailer:
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Review: Punished (2011)

PunishedI have just gotten around to watching Punished, the Johnnie To produced kidnap thriller starring Anthony Wong, Richie Jen and Maggie Cheung.

A top notch cast show their chops with this gritty tale of a kidnap and ransom gone wrong. Wong shows that he is still box office draw with a great performance as a real estate developer Wong Ho Chiu, whose wayward daughter is kidnapped for a hefty HKD$50 Million pay off. Chiu entrusts his loyal bodyguard Yiu Kai Chor (Richie Jen) to track down and take out each of the perpetrators involved in the botched kidnapping but he has to live with his decisions as Yiu keeps him appraised every step of the way.
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Andy Lau – Switch – Official International Trailer

Switch

Switch, the latest Andy Lau effort takes from James Bond and Ethan Hunt and by the looks of the trailer, it’s going to be a fantastic action romp.

Directed by Jay Sun and also starring Zhang Jingchu, Lin Chi-ling and Tong Dawei. Not much more information to offer as it’s just had the trailer premier at Cannes, which you can see in full HD below.
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Review: Chinatown Kid (1977)

Set first in Hong Kong and then in San Francisco Chinatown, this Shaw Brothers classic pits studio favourite Alexander Fu Sheng against the Venom Mob.

Fu Sheng plays Tan Tung, an illegal immigrant to Hong Kong where is tries to find work to help his Grandfather. His unlucky streak starts after he saves a young girl from a prostitution ring and ends up fighting the local gangs. The gang leader frames him on a drugs charge and he has to flee Hong Kong for San Francisco. Here his luck carries on as he ends up fighting the local gangs again.

One of the better contemporary films to come out of Shaw Brothers Studios. Although the seventies look to the film has its moments. There’s a great scene where Tan Tung gazes longingly at a digital watch in a jeweller’s window, which is to become a theme through the movie . where if you own a digital watch then you’ve somehow ‘made it’.
The comedy still holds up to a certain extent and the fight scenes are of a typically good standard, although they are quite bloody and violent depending on which version of the film you watch. The added gun play (unusual for a Shaw Brothers film) adds to the Americanisation of the film but doesn’t detract from it’s genre roots.
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The Killer

John Woo’s ‘The Killer’ To Be Remade

The Killer

In what seems to be a never ending flow of remakes, John Woo‘s 1989 Action flick The Killer is to be remade by Seven Stars Film Studios.
Seven Stars Film Studios is a new Chinese/American studio backed by Bruno Wu and will oversee the Lion Rock Productions much anticipated remake. The man in the Director’s chair is to be John H. Lee (A Moment to Remember, Sayonara Itsuka, 71: Into the Fire) and he will be working with Josh Campbell‘s screenplay.
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Jackie Chan Announces Retirement + China Zodiac Teaser Trailer

Jackie waves to fans whilst filming in Latvia

With the news today from Cannes that Jackie Chan is retiring from Action Films, his latest epic, Chinese Zodiac (aka CZ12), will be his last – we can at least rejoice that it is a sequel to the much loved 1991 caper Armour of God II – Operation Condor.
Jackie reprises his role as Asian Hawk as he battles to bring back bronze statue heads of the twelve zodiac animals.

“This is my last action film,” he said. “I tell you, I’m not young any more. I’m really, really tired. And the world is too violent right now. It’s a dilemma – I like action but I don’t like violence.”

Jackie is in Cannes for the yearly film festival to promote the upcoming film, and also to showcase his 1983 Masterpiece Project A, which is being screened at the Cinéma de la Plage tonight (18 May).

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That Bruce Lee Question

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Bruce Lee websites are not exactly few and far between, but one thing that they all have is the LIST. That list usually has every screen appearance of the Master of Jeet Kune Do, however, if you’re someone that doesn’t want to waste time on watching an episode of Ironside for just a quick glimpse — well the list should be a proper one. It should be a list that contains only the projects that he was an integral part of the production, or in other words, “What films was he the star in?”

Lee starred in six major motion pictures, however of those six he was really only a ‘proper’ participant in four. Game of Death was in production when he received the call for Enter the Dragon, and because of the nature of the production, he chose to put his own project on the back-burner to concentrate on it. Hollywood was pumping an unprecedented amount of money into a martial arts film, which was only going to benefit him and future martial arts films in the coming decades.

Nearly two hours of footage was shot for the original production of Game of Death before it was put on hold, most of which was lost from the Golden Harvest editing rooms. The small amount of footage that still exists is now a forty minute film entitled Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, and can be found on various incarnations of DVD and Blu-ray as an extra feature. For a full movie to be released, this footage was put together and scenes added by Enter the Dragon director Robert Clouse. Stand-ins were used in alternating scenes, as well as footage taken from earlier in Bruce Lee’s career and Game of Death was released posthumously in 1978.

Although Game of Death II is billed as a sequel, it has no link to its predecessor other than its title and Bruce Lee‘s character’s name, Billy Lo. It was a pieced together by Ng See-yuen (Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, Drunken Master, No Retreat, No Surrender, Once Upon a Time in China franchise), most of the footage coming from cut scenes of Enter the Dragon. The film was released in 1981, eight years after Bruce Lee‘s death.

So, without further ado, here’s the LIST:

  • 1971 The Big Boss (aka Fists of Fury)
  • 1972 Fist of Fury (aka The Chinese Connection)
  • 1972 The Way of the Dragon (aka Return of the Dragon)
  • 1973 Enter the Dragon*
  • 1978 Game of Death*
  • 1981 Game of Death II* **

* released after his death
** stock footage from Enter the Dragon utilised

If you want a full list of all Bruce Lee appearances, then you can’t get any better than his IMDB page.

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Coming Soon: Anthony Wong in Punished

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Cult favourite and hardest working man in the Hong Kong film industry Anthony Wong, is donning our screens again, this time in the Johnnie To produced kidnap thriller Punished. Directed by Law Wing Cheong (Tactical Unit: Comrades in Arms), the film centres around Wong’s character, Wong Ho Chiu, a property developer, as his rebellious drug addled daughter is kidnapped for ransom. Chiu tasks his bodyguard, played by Richie Jen to hunt down the perpetrators.

Audience reaction from its cinema release was nothing but positive, so if you like your thrillers with a bit of an edge, then look no further than this.

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Andy Lau – Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame [DVD & Blu-ray]

Back in June I posted the trailer for the latest Andy Lau flick – Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame. Well the time flew and it’s now available to pick up from Yes Asia in both DVD and Blu-ray formats.

Lau plays Detective Dee (actually Judge Dee), the Chinese equivalent to Sherlock Holmes. He is brought in to solve the mystery behind a string of murders involving spontaneous combustion. A tricky puzzle indeed, especially if he is to find the answer before the coronation of Empress Wu (Carina Lau).
Directed by one of the kings of Hong Kong film, Tsui Hark along with action choreography by the master Sammo Hung, this is one of the stand out films for 2010.

Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)

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Donnie Yen – Legend of the Fist [DVD & Blu-ray]

In 1972 Bruce Lee starred in the classic ‘Fist of Fury‘, playing the lead role of Chen Zhen. This role was then taken up by Jet Li in the 1994 remake of this film and was then picked up by Donnie Yen a year later in 1995 when he starred as Chen Zhen in the made for TV series ‘Legend of the Fist‘.
Now, 15 years later, Yen goes back to this role under the watchful eye of Director Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) in a continuation from the TV show, ‘Legend of the Fist – The Return of Chen Zhen‘.

During the First World War, Chen Zhen has disappeared and is presumed dead, however, he has actually joined the allied forces in Europe. When he returns to China seven years later it is to infiltrate Club Casablanca where owner and tycoon – Liu (Anthony Wong) is under suspicion of colluding with the Japanese. Before Chen Zhen can prove anything, a Japanese General – Chikaraishi (Kohata Ryu) – arrives with an assassination squad to bring Shanghai under his control. So it’s down to Chen Zhen to once again don his mask and intervene to protect the Chinese from the feared Japanese Death Squad.

The movie is available now in DVD and Blu-ray formats from Yes Asia:

Legend Of The Fist – The Return Of Chen Zhen (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Legend Of The Fist – The Return Of Chen Zhen (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)


Jackie Chan’s Little Big Soldier

Jackie Chan is back and in top form in his latest flick – Little Big Soldier.

This period action/comedy/drama is set during the feudal of ancient China and sees Chan starring as a Liang soldier, who has inadvertently captures a general (Leehom Wang of Lust, Caution fame) of rival kingdom Wei. Thinking that he could trade the general for his discharge from the army, he takes his captive back to his home town. Their journey is beset with tribulations in the form of bandits and refugees and whilst they begin as enemies their encounters bring them closer together and they form a tight bond.

Taking in a whopping RMB150 million gross in China alone, this is a real crowd pleaser and one not to be missed. YesAsia have the movie in both Blu-ray and DVD, with the DVD being available in several incarnations, including a 2 disc special edition – floating the boat of every Jackie Chan fan out there…

Little Big Soldier (DVD) (China Version)
Little Big Soldier (DVD-9) (DTS Version) (China Version)
Little Big Soldier (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong)
Little Big Soldier (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)

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Little Big Soldier

Donnie Yen’s 14 Blades

In the final years of Ming dynasty, the Jinyiwei has come under the control of power-hungry eunuch Jia Jingzhong. Secretly conspiring with an exiled prince (Sammu Hung) to rebel against the emperor, the corrupt eunuch frames the Jinyiwei captain Qinglong (Donnie Yen) for treason and orders his death. With his fellow Jinyiwei agents, and the deadly assassin Tuotuo (Kate Tsui) after him, the beleaguered fugitive fights his way out and is joined on his run by Qiao Hua (Vicki Zhao), the daughter of a security agency leader. Together, they set out to stop Jia’s conspiracy with help from a powerful bandit king (Wu Chun).

14 Blades (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
14 Blades (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)

Review: The Shinjuku Incident

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I think what has impressed me most about Jackie Chan‘s latest efforts (and I’m talking those films made outside of Hollywood – because we all know that they’re pretty dire…), is the way he’s been able to turn his hand to actual acting. Case-in-point, The Shinjuku Incident.
I picked up the Special Edition, which is also uncut, when I was in Hong Kong just recently. I didn’t get a chance to watch it until last night but I have to say that I enjoyed immensely.

Derek Yee (One Nite in Mongkok), directs a movie following the life of an illegal immigrant – Steelhead (Chan) – from China to Japan, looking for his fiancée Xiu Xiu (Xu Jing Lei). During his time there he manages to bring together the Chinese migrants, establishing a community that should help fend off the oppression of their Japanese hosts. Things progress to a stage where this community starts to be it’s own law and gang fights start to breakout across the Shinjuku district. Meanwhile, Steelhead discovers that Xiu Xiu is now married to Yakuza boss Eguchi (Kato Masaya), and this eventually turns sour as the Chinese and Yakuza come to blows…

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Review: The Sniper

sniper-posterDante Lam (Jiang Hu, The Beast Stalker) is back with a rippling action thriller that starts with a bang and keeps you at it for the full 90 minutes.

Whilst I absolutely adore Hong Kong action flicks, this one had me chuckling at a few points, which it really shouldn’t have done. With the recent events in Edison Chen’s life involving those sex pics, this film was held back from release until the hubbub died down some. And you’d think that maybe the scenes that show him in a somewhat ‘sexy’ light might have been ‘edited’ a little, but instead he’s there in all his ripped glory, alongside his fellow actors all greased up and nowhere to go, in ultra-slow motion, running through the rough grounds of the HK Police’s sniper training grounds. I don’t think I would have taken much notice of all this if it wasn’t for the scandal, that I’ve refrained from blogging about as I don’t see it as newsworthy. What people get up to in their private life is down to them and is none of our business, and no, I don’t think that as they’re celebrities or in the public eye that we have a right to do the things that people seem to get away with. /Rant.

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Another Remake…

…This time, it’s Hong Kong’s turn to swipe the idea from Hollywood – Good on ‘em!!

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Connected
Invisible Target Director, Benny Chan’s latest is ‘Connected‘, which borrows from the 2004 Kim Basinger film, ‘Cellular’.
As with the original, the female lead played by Barbie Xu (Meteor Garden), is kidnapped and dumped in an old storage shed. An old broken analogue phone is all that’s available to her but she manages to fix it temporarily and is able to make a call to Louis Koo’s (Rob-B-Hood) character Bob, a debt collector who is on his way to the airport to see off his son. He tells a nearby traffic cop, played by Nick Cheung (Election & Election 2), who believes it to be a prank. However Bob thinks that there’s more to it than meets the eye and goes off in search of the woman’s daughter, who he witnesses being kidnapped too. Thus he is thrown into a battle against the kidnappers and the time his mobile phone’s battery has left…

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First Come, First Served

How many times to you see this? Too often, right? Well, the phrase popped up again today in an E-mail I received via the Jackie Chan Store from Screen Power (Jackie Chan Magazine) in partnership with Jade Screen Magazine, they had this to say:

If you want to kick off the Spring Season with some high-octane Hong Kong Action Cinema then we have great news! Now is your chance to watch some of the best of Hong Kong Cinema on the BIG screen. In conjunction with Screen Power & Jade Screen Magazine a 3-movie London screening will be staged on a Saturday (10am-5pm) in early/mid March 2009.

Sounds cool eh? Well the upshot is this: The 3 films will be shown in a small theatre, probably a screening room – max 60 seats or so, in or around the movie district in London. The films will be: ‘The Prodigal Son‘, ‘Police Story‘ and ‘Police Story 2‘.
So, I replied to the E-mail, as I usually do when these sorts of offers come up, with no hope of hearing anything back unless it was the standard, ‘Better luck next time…’ shpeel. But!
An hour or so later, I got another email that I had indeed been successful in my application and I can have 3 tickets to the screening!! How awesome is that?
One worrying thing though, the E-mail I received was addressed to Laura, so it looks like I’ll be wearing a skirt on the day… the irony…

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Screen Power | Jade Screen

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Andy Lau for Host 2 ??

Sources close to the director, Ning Hao (Crazy Stone, Silver Medallist), confirm that he is interested in casting Andy Lau in one of the sequels to the 2006 Korean hit – ‘The Host‘.
The beast from the original movie has moved to mainland China where Lau’s (proposed) character is taking a holiday.
Lau was a producer on Ning Hao’s Crazy Stone and the two have become good friends. In a recent interview he said:

Correct, I’m indeed collaborating with the Korean film company to shoot this monster film. I’ve [the] intention of casting Andy Lau in this film, but currently it’s still early [although] if he wishes to take part in this project, I’ll be delighted. As we’re still in the initial stage for this film, I can’t reveal any more details.

There are 2 sequels planned that will be filmed back-to-back. One set in China, the other in Korea.

Review: Triangle

If you like Asian Cinema then this is a no-brainer. Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam, and Johnnie To combine their efforts to make one of the best Hong Kong flicks in the last few years. The story is split into three equal parts, each directed by a different one of the trio. They each brought their own production crew with them in on the project and ended up with a beautifully dark, stormy and engaging film.
As with most popular Hong Kong films, this one is about getting money in an unorthodox manner. The original idea is to hold up a jewellers in cahoots with the local triad gang. This plan goes south quick and a deeper story of betrayal, infidelity, insanity and violence erupts.
A stellar cast including Louis Koo, Simon Yam, Sun Honglei, Gordon Lam and an amazingly eerie portrayal of a mentally disturbed wife carried out by Kelly Lin.
At the time of writing this, YesAsia are offering the 2 disc DVD which comes with a desk calendar for only £8.92 – an absolute bargain for a piece or masterful film making.


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