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Trailer for upcoming Chinese film ‘Keep Calm and Be a Superstar’

Hong Kong star Eason Chan (Office, Dream Home) is delivering kung fu slapstick with ‘Keep Calm and Be a Superstar’, a fun-filled comedy from director Vincent Kok (Gorgeous). The film has obvious references to Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master and Police Story and centers around a cop who goes undercover on an action movie to try and stop a drug trafficking ring. Alongside Easton Chan the cast includes Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, Li Yitong, and Danny Chan Kwok-Kwan.
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10 awesome martial arts fights in the snow

Craig Lines Dec 6, 2017

Christmas and martial arts movies? They rarely crossover. But amazing fights in the snow? Now we're in business...

I love martial arts movies and I love Christmas so I'm kinda sad that the two have never really come together (Kung Fu Panda Holiday doesn't count). I'd hoped to find at least one good example to write about, as we move into the festive period, but I guess since most martial arts films come from Buddhist countries and Christmas is a Christian holiday, I was destined for disappointment.

I did briefly consider making one up with the aid of Photoshop, but wasn't sure I could get away with it so, alas, The 25th Advent Chamber Of Shaolin is not to be. For what it's worth, I'd got as far as an apprentice monk named Ho, fighting his way through 25 'doors' of a giant temple designed to resemble an advent calendar.
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Willie Chan, Jackie Chan’s Former Manager, Dies at 76

Willie Chan, Jackie Chan’s Former Manager, Dies at 76
Willie Chan, film producer and long-time manager of Jackie Chan, has died. He was 76.

Sources tell Variety that he died in his sleep, between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, local time.

Born in Malaysia as Chan Chi-keung, and educated partly in Hawaii, Chan moved to Hong Kong in 1970. That was just as Bruce Lee mania was at its peak, and was propelling the Hong Kong film industry, which is made up of many exiles from Greater China, into a production boom.

Chan quickly met Jackie Chan through actor Charlie Chin. Jackie Chan was working as a stunt man. With Hong Kong looking for a new male action hero following Lee’s untimely death, Willie Chan found Jackie Chan his first starring role in Lo Wei’s 1976 film “New Fist of Fury.”

Their 38-year relationship weathered the ups and downs of Jackie Chan’s early career, including self-imposed exile in Australia, and an unsuccessful
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'The Foreigner' Review: Jackie Chan Goes the 'Taken' Route in Revenge Thriller

'The Foreigner' Review: Jackie Chan Goes the 'Taken' Route in Revenge Thriller
Legend is a much abused word in the movie business – but Jackie Chan really is a legend. The undisputed king of martial-arts movies kicked up a notch with slapstick and jaw-dropping stunts, the star is acrobatic poetry in motion. American audiences know him best from his three Rush Hour action comedies with Chris Tucker (No. 4 is on the drawing board), but true aficionados rightly point to Chan's death-defying Hong Kong cinema epics – see Drunken Master, Police Story and Armor of God – as pinnacles of the form. The lifetime achievement Oscar
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Top 5 Films Without Repeating a Language or Country

by Sebastian Nebel

Name your Top 5 films without repeating a language or country of origin.

That was the challenge I posed on Twitter last month. It's tricky enough to limit your favorites to a specific number, and I was interested in seeing what kind of responses this added degree of difficulty would garner.

Turns out Twitter loves making lists! I got a ton of replies – way too many to collect all of them here, unfortunately. But I've rounded up a handful of them after the jump including lists by The Film Experience contributors, film critics and film makers...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo)

2001: A Space Odyssey

Police Story (警察故事)

Delicatessen

Santa Sangre (Holy Blood)

— August 28, 2017
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Ridiculous Movie Stunts: The Landmark Moments

Author: Rob Keeling

With Fast and the Furious 8 due out in cinemas this week, it seems only right that we look back at some of the landmark moments in the proud history of ridiculous stunts. The Fast and the Furious movie franchise is one which has firmly embraced the “more is more” approach to set pieces and stunts and while in its infancy it made do with garish cars racing quickly, it now parachutes them out of planes and drives them from building to building.

Since the early days of cinema though, filmmakers have been going to great lengths to make their action sequences really impress:

Safety Last! (1923) – The clock face

In this aptly titled silent comedy, star Harold Lloyd was playing an employee climbing the outside of his work’s building as part of a publicity stunt. How did they make this feat look so realistic with 1920s technology?
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Vital Life Lessons You Can Learn From Action Movies

Whosoever said that only teachers, lecturers and professors can teach us the real meaning of life, didn’t know about the existence of action movies. Wondering why we say so? Well, skills like hanging from a helicopter, holding to our composure even the enemy tries to demean you and taking violent adventures and escapades head on are a few skills only action movies can teach us. From the likes of Stallone, Lundgren, James Bond to Seagal and Schwarzenegger, these pantheon of great action stars can teach us many great things about life. They are:

You do not need to resort to violence to blow your enemy away: Taking cue from the body of work of the lovably dangerous Jackie Chan, resorting to Ak-47s to blow your enemy away isn’t how life works. Just a little bit of martial arts mixed with some heart-stopping stunts and the weakness of
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Cine-Sunday: ‘Shaolin’ Review

Stars: Andy Lau, Nicolas Tse, Jackie Chan, Wu Jing, Fan Bingbing, Yu Hai, Xiong Xinxin | Written by Alan Yuen | Action Director Corey Yuen | Directed by Benny Chan

Review by Baron Fortnightly

China’s last imperial Dynasty has fallen and a ruthless warlord (Andy Lau) amasses a vast fortune through the violent subjugation of his people. Faced with a brutal betrayal, he runs for his life, seeking redemption in the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, he must stand with his new brothers and fight his lifes greatest battle…

Shaolin, also known as The New Shaolin Temple, is a 2011 film directed by Benny Chan (New Police Story, Gen X Cops) and an updated version of the 1982 classic and Jet Li’s film debut, The Shaolin Temple. I’ve seen a lot of films recently that whilst watchable have been lacking that certain something that makes them really enjoyable
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Hong Kong goes West - When Hong Kong film makers attempt to break the Western market - part 1

Throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Hong Kong cinema produced many films that to this day are considered to be the best action films ever made. Films like Police Story (1985), The Killer (1989), Once Upon a Time in China (1991), Hard Boiled (1992) and Full Contact (1992) are still impressing new audiences to this day and it is no surprise that Hollywood producers began to take notice of the popularity of such films. It was only a matter of time before film makers like John Woo, Tsui Hark and Ringo Lam would be brought to Hollywood and attempt to incorporate their skills into a Hollywood production. Unfortunately a number of these films never lived up to the directors Hong Kong work, with Hollywood studios...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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When Jackie Chan was reunited with his stunt team

Simon Brew Feb 16, 2017

If you're not seen it yet, this video of Jackie Chan being reunited with the Jackie Chan Stunt Team is really something...

We’re a little late to this one, and many of you will already have seen it. But this video is quite something.

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Jackie Chan, in the 1970s, came together with a bunch of actors and stunt performers, and formed The Jackie Chan Stunt Team. They worked on some of Chan’s most famous and beloved movies, such as Police Story, and Chan made sure that they were looked after as his fame grew.

Chan recently appeared on a Chinese TV show called The Negotiator, and it’s a segment about his team that you’re about to see in the following video. Assuming you click on the video, natch. We
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Four Rising Stars of Chinese Cinema

Four Rising Stars of Chinese Cinema
Jing Tian (pictured)

The 28-year-old actress is the rising star of China. A graduate of Beijing Dance Academy and Beijing Film Academy, she has appeared in big productions such as costume epic “The Warring States” (2011), and acted alongside Donnie Yen in “Special ID” (2013) and Jackie Chan in “Police Story 2013” (2013). She has signed on three films with Legendary Pictures, including a prominent role in Zhang Yimou’s “The Great Wall” (2016) and joined the cast of “Kong: Skull Island” (2017) and “Pacific Rim: Uprising” (2018).

Liu Jian

Born in 1969, Liu Jian was trained as a painter at Nanjing University of the Arts, but he embarked on a career in animation in 2001 with a three-minute short featured in Feng Xiaogang’s comedy “Big Shot’s Funeral.” He made his debut with animated feature with “Piercing I.” The film was dubbed China’s first independent animated feature and won critical acclaim. His second animated feature, “Have
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Jackie Chan’s Kung Fu Yoga – Review

Jackie Chan and Stanley-Tong’s Sixth Film Together

Kung Fu Yoga marks the sixth film that Jackie Chan has made together with director Stanley Tong ( Police Story 3, Rumble in the Bronx, Police Story 4, The Myth and Chinese Zodiac (writing credits) ) .

Kung Fu Yoga is a multi-lingual Chinese-Hindi action adventure comedy, co-produced by Taihe Entertainment (India) and Shinework Pictures (China). It’s the first Indian-Chinese co-produced film with the hope that it sets the trend for future projects together for these two countries.

The film also stars Indian actors Sonu Sood, Disha Patani and Amyra Dastur, as well as Aarif Rahmen aka Aarif Lee ( Bruce Lee, My Brother and L.O.R.D).

Hong Kong star Eric Tsang (Infernal Affairs) also makes a relatively brief but equality important appearance. (Eric Tsang also featured in Jackie Chan’s SkipTrace, Accidental Spy, the Lucky Stars series, and the infamous Armour of God…
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Cine-Sunday: ‘Invisible Target’ Review

Stars: Nicholas Tse, Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Wu Jing | Written by Benny Chan, Melody Lui, Rams Ling | Directed by Benny Chan

The paths of a renegade cop (Tse), a rookie police officer (Chan) and a veteran detective (Yue) converge with explosive results, as they each take on their most deadly assignment to date: the arrest of Hong Kong’s most lethal mercenary gang and their ruthless leader, played by Kung Fu impresario Wu Jing. The city becomes a battleground, as both sides break all the rules to defy each other in the ultimate fight for survival, justice and revenge!

Director Benny Chan has made some of the best action-packed police dramas in modern Eastern cinema – Man Wanted, Big Bullet, Gen-x Cops, and the superb New Police Story. With Invisible Target he re-teams with Nicholas Tse for what may be his most gloriously over-the-top, action-filled extravangza ever! And like New Police Story,
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'Railroad Tigers' unseats 'See You Tomorrow' at China box office

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'Railroad Tigers' unseats 'See You Tomorrow' at China box office
Jackie Chan back on top, Great Wall nears $150m.

Jackie Chan’s Railroad Tigers roared at the last week of 2016’s Chinese box office (Dec 26 – Jan 1, 2017), taking the top crown with $39.43m for $70.62m after 10 days.

The 1940s action comedy, about a railroad worker who leads a team of freedom fighters against the invading Japanese, opened only in third place two weeks ago, after The Great Wall and See You Tomorrow. Director Ding Sheng has collaborated with Chan previously on Little Big Soldier and Police Story 2013.

Zhang Yimou’s action fantasy epic The Great Wall fell to second spot with $27.96m after topping the charts for two weeks. It crossed the RMB1 billion threshold on New Year Day (Jan 1) and earned $148.02m after 17 days, surpassing Kung Fu Panda 3 as the top grossing Sino-us co-production.

New local romantic comedy Some Like It Hot opened in third place with $24.65m from its three-day opening weekend. Starring Yan Ni
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Jackie Chan Presents: Amnesia on DVD January 3rd

From the awe-inspiring martial arts legend comes another pulse-pounding feature, Jackie Chan Presents: Amnesia, arriving on DVD and Digital HD on January 3, 2017 from Lionsgate. In a race against time and memory, Chan delivers an action-packed remake to his 1998 thriller Who Am I?. Starring Ken Lo, Xingtong Yao, and Rongguang Yu, the Jackie Chan Presents: Amnesia DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Check out this exciting trailer:

Martial-arts legend Jackie Chan presents this pulse-pounding update to his own classic thriller. Finding himself at a murder scene, bike courier Li Ziwei tries to escape, but the culprits force him off a bridge. The amnesia from his head injuries means he can’t recognize the faces of his enemies, who have framed him for the crime. Now, carrying the parcel that’s his only clue, and with the help of sassy hitchhiker Tong Xin, Li Ziwei must outrun killers
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'Railroad Tigers' ('Tie Dao Fei Hu'): Film Review

'Railroad Tigers' ('Tie Dao Fei Hu'): Film Review
"Talk less": That's what Jackie Chan's character says in Railroad Tigers when his fellow fighters ask him for a stirring speech prior to their final assault on their Japanese enemies. More than just the rugged renegade's advice about actions speaking louder than words, the motto is perhaps director-screenwriter Ding Sheng's conclusion as to what works best for his veteran Hong Kong star these days.

In their third collaboration in six years, the director and star have left behind the morals and moral dilemmas anchoring their 2010 swordsman comedy Little Big Soldier and the more somber Police Story 2013. Revolving around a...
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Giveaway – Win Call of Heroes on Blu-ray

To celebrate Cine Asia’s grand return with Call Of Heroes – Available from Monday 2nd January 2017 on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD, we have a Blu-Ray copy to give away courtesy of Cine Asia.

Blistering, epic-scale action from director Benny Chan (New Police Story, Shaolin), with action director Sammo Hung (IP Man, Detective Dee: Mystery Of The Phantom Flame).

Call of Heroes thrills throughout in its tale of skilled martial artists, who take a stand to protect their village against a ruthless army. In 1914, after the collapse of China’s Qing dynasty, Yang Kenan (Sean Lau Mad Detective) is appointed as guardian to defend the rural village of Pucheng. After Yang arrests the son of a sadistic warlord, Cao Shaolun (Louis Koo Flash Point), the warlord’s army threatens to bring death and destruction. As the odds for peace lessen and the pressure mounts for Yang to release the murderous captive,
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Competition: Win ‘Call of Heroes’ on Blu-ray

To celebrate Cine Asia’s grand return with Call Of Heroes – available from Monday 2nd January 2017 on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD – we have a Blu-Ray copy to give away courtesy of Cine Asia.

Synopsis:

Blistering, epic-scale action from director Benny Chan (New Police Story, Shaolin), with action director Sammo Hung (Ip Man, Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame).

Call of Heroes thrills throughout in its tale of skilled martial artists, who take a stand to protect their village against a ruthless army. In 1914, after the collapse of China’s Qing dynasty, Yang Kenan (Sean Lau – Mad Detective) is appointed as guardian to defend the rural village of Pucheng. After Yang arrests the son of a sadistic warlord, Cao Shaolun (Louis Koo – Flash Point), the warlord’s army threatens to bring death and destruction. As the odds for peace lessen and the pressure mounts for Yang to release the murderous captive,
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NYC Weekend Watch: Maggie Cheung, ‘Leviathan,’ Busby Berkeley, Dennis Hopper & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

The great Maggie Cheung is celebrated in a 20-film retrospective, with two Wong Kar–wai features screening this Friday and Saturday and the Police Story trilogy showing on Sunday.

Programs featuring the early works of Todd Haynes et al. play on Friday; two John Ford classics and The Boxtrolls play on Saturday.

Film Society
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Movie Poster of the Week: Maggie Cheung in Movie Posters

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Above: Japanese poster for In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong, 2000). It’s no secret that Mubi—the site you are on right now—owes its existence partly to Maggie Cheung. In an oft-told story, its founder Efe Çakarel was killing time in a cafe in Tokyo in 2007 when he sensed that he was in the mood for Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love. Finding that there was no way to stream that movie right there and then, he resolved to start his own global arthouse movie streaming service, and thus Mubi, or The Auteurs as it was initially known, was born. Now I’m not saying that Maggie Cheung herself was the main reason Efe wanted to watch In the Mood for Love, but she is such a major part of the allure of that film that I am giving her the credit, especially on
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