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Wolf Warrior 2 breaks all-time China Box Office record with $571 million!

  • JoBlo
Congratulations are in order for director Jing Wu, whose war-time action thriller Wolf Warrior 2 just broke the all-time Chinese Box Office record with an astounding $571 million earned within the first 14 days of its release! An impressive achievement for certain, the record had previously been held by Stephen Chow's fantasy comedy The Mermaid. When the Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer... Read More...
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8 Great Foreign Action Films Streaming on Netflix

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8 Great Foreign Action Films Streaming on Netflix
Subscription streaming services require digging to discover their full value. For example, while I’ve been prepping for IndieWire’s Best Action Films of the 21st Century (coming later this week), I was pleasantly surprised to find how many quality action films were available on Netflix — including works by a number of non-American auteurs. From martial arts to gangster shoot ’em ups to comedy-action films, here are eight highly original, well crafted, director-driven pieces of entertainment that could serve as a welcome alternative this summer when your local cineplex feels like a boring rerun.

Shaolin Soccer” (2001)

Stephen Chow’s films (“Kung Fu Hustle”) are a wonderful and loony mix of comedy and action that have an infectious spirit. For this film the actor/writer/director adds a sports movie to the mix, which might sound bizarre, but once seeing it you’ll wonder why no one has made a martial arts soccer film before.
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Talent Is Key to Universe Entertainment’s Longevity

The entire cinematic landscape has been reshaped in the years since Universe Entertainment Ltd. set up business three decades ago.

Back then, founder Daneil Lam’s idea was that video distribution was the way forward — and at that time, it must have pretty much looked like a safe bet that the Hong Kong film industry would continue to thrive, and continue to release around 300 titles per year.

How times have changed. The Hong Kong industry has slowed, topping out at around 50 releases a year while being eclipsed by its neighbor in China. Video, meanwhile, has gone the way of the dodo.

Among the keys to Universe’s success throughout the entertainment business’ radical changes has been Lam and his team’s ability to adapt to market needs, and to find the right talent to work with. That has been evidenced since the early days of Universe’s involvement in feature
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Universe Entertainment Ltd. Celebrates 30 Years of Success

At the 30th anniversary dinner of Universe Entertainment Ltd. in January, founder Daneil Lam expressed heartfelt gratitude toward his colleagues, comrades and industry friends for their support. The low-profile Lam rarely made public appearances, but when he showed up, he made sure that his presence would be meaningful to his audience, regardless who they were.

“I’m very grateful. Without your support, tonight could never happen,” he said. Rounds of applause came from not only his staff but also the Hong Kong industry heavyweights, including Albert Yeung, the boss of Emperor Entertainment Group, director Johnnie To, kung- fu star Sammo Hung and multiple award-winning actor Anthony Wong Chau-sang.

Lam’s thank-you speech might have been succinct, but he meant every word of it.

“Lam is a passionate producer, and the staff at Universe all look up to him,” says Alvin Lam, his brother and general manager of Universe.

“As the
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Handover Hangover: Hong Kong’s Film Industry Faces an Uncertain Future

Handover Hangover: Hong Kong’s Film Industry Faces an Uncertain Future
When China took over Hong Kong’s sovereignty from Britain in 1997, the former British colony was promised “50 years unchanged” under the framework of “one country, two systems.”

Twenty years on, a lot has changed, including Hong Kong cinema.

At the turn of the 20th anniversary of the handover, Hong Kong cinema is at a crossroad. Filmmakers are facing questions concerning the future of the city’s film industry, which was once known to the world as “Hollywood East.”

“We must think about how Hong Kong cinema should position itself in order to find our way to the future,” says Wong Chun, the 28-year-old director of Hong Kong drama “Mad World,” which won the new director prize at last year’s Golden Horse Film awards in Taiwan and Hong Kong Film Awards this year. “What is our strength, as compared to films from other Asian countries? It’s time to reflect on this.
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Hkiff to celebrate 20 years of post-handover Hong Kong cinema

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Hkiff to celebrate 20 years of post-handover Hong Kong cinema
Event will programme a section of Hong Kong films from the last 20 years, including Infernal Affairs, Election and Shaolin Soccer.

This year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff) will mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain to China with a special focus on major Hong Kong movies of the past 20 years.

The section, ‘Paradigm Shift: Post-97 Hong Kong Cinema’, kicks off with films such as Fruit Chan’s Made In Hong Kong and Ringo Lam’s Full Alert from the period immediately after the handover, when local cinema was under pressure with box office declining and the mainland market starting to grow.

It then moves on to landmark titles such as Stephen Chow’s Shaolin Soccer (2001), Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s Infernal Affairs [pictured] (2002) and Johnnie To’s Election (2005), which all defined Hong Kong cinema in their own way.

The series of 20 titles ends with Pang Ho-cheung’s Love In A Puff
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Hong Kong Film Festival to mark 20th anniversary of UK handover

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Hong Kong Film Festival to mark 20th anniversary of UK handover
Event will programme a section of Hong Kong films from the last 20 years, including Infernal Affairs, Election and Shaolin Soccer.

This year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff) will mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain to China with a special focus on major Hong Kong movies of the past 20 years.

The section, ‘Paradigm Shift: Post-97 Hong Kong Cinema’, kicks off with films such as Fruit Chan’s Made In Hong Kong and Ringo Lam’s Full Alert from the period immediately after the handover, when local cinema was under pressure with box office declining and the mainland market starting to grow.

It then moves on to landmark titles such as Stephen Chow’s Shaolin Soccer (2001), Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s Infernal Affairs [pictured] (2002) and Johnnie To’s Election (2005), which all defined Hong Kong cinema in their own way.

The series of 20 titles ends with Pang Ho-cheung’s Love In A Puff
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Review: "Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back" Wreaks Havoc in Heaven

  • MUBI
Hot off the success of last year’s box office record-setting smash The Mermaid, Stephen Chow brought us a sequel this Lunar New Year to his 2013 film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. While it set an opening day record in China, and was initially released in North America on roughly twice as many screens, it has thus far failed to match The Mermaid’s financial success. I have no idea why that is, anyone who claims to understand what makes the difference between a hit and a super-hit is a liar or a fool, but I can theorize that the film’s somewhat mixed critical response is a response to its weird hybrid nature. Not just in the ways Chow situates a sincere appreciation for religion within a goofy pop context, but in the film’s dual authorship between Chow, who co-wrote and produced, and Tsui Hark, who directed.
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Sony Takes Rights to Stephen Chow’s ‘Journey to the West 2’

Sony Takes Rights to Stephen Chow’s ‘Journey to the West 2’
Sony has picked up North American and multi-territory rights to hugely anticipated Chinese movie “Journey to the West: Demon Chapter.” The film is a rare collaboration between action comedy-king Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer,” “Kung Fu Hustle”) as producer, and fantasy specialist Tsui Hark (“The Black Mast,” “Once Upon a Time in China”) as director.

English-language territories covered by the deal include the U.S. and Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. The studio also gains rights in much of Asia outside China. They include Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

The film is a sequel to the Chow-directed “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons,” which was released in 2013 and grossed a global $215 million. It was a loose fantasy comedy reinterpretation of the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West.”

Confirmation of the deal was announced at the CineAsia convention in Hong Kong by Stephen O’Dell,
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Step Up 6 Is Being Tailor-Made for Chinese Audiences

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Step Up 6 Is Being Tailor-Made for Chinese Audiences
Lionsgate is taking their lucrative Step Up franchise overseas, with a new Chinese sequel Step Up 6. This new movie will bring in an all new Chinese cast, although no cast members have been announced at this time. Production is already set to begin December 9, with filming taking place in both Beijing, China and Los Angeles. This new sequel will add another twist to the franchise as well, incorporating martial arts into the story. Lionsgate has also released the first poster, which you can check out below.

Deadline broke the news about this dance sequel, which "celebrates the underdog, bringing characters from different worlds together through dance." No details were given about how martial arts will fit into the story, but the film will be directed by Ron Yuan, a longtime stuntman, actor and fight choreographer. Here's what Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman Patrick Wachsberger and Motion Picture Group Co-President Erik Feig
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Chinese-Language ‘Step Up 6’ in the Works at Lionsgate

Chinese-Language ‘Step Up 6’ in the Works at Lionsgate
Lionsgate is developing dance drama “Step Up 6” as a Chinese-language movie, partnering with Infinity Pictures/Cmc and Yue Hua Entertainment Culture Communication.

The first five “Step Up” films grossed more than $600 million at the global box office. The new film will only be distributed in a Chinese-language version.

Step Up 6,” directed by Ron Yuan, will begin shooting with an all-Chinese cast in Beijing and Los Angeles on Dec. 9, with a release slated for next year. Yuan has a martial arts background as an action choreographer, stunt coordinator, and second unit director.

Step Up 6” is produced by Dede Nickerson (“Kill Bill Vol. I & II,” “Shaolin Soccer”) and Du Hua.

“The ‘Step Up’ franchise is celebrating its 10th anniversary stronger than ever,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Patrick Wachsberger and Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig. “We’re proud to partner with Infinity and Yue Hua Entertainment on the next exciting
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Chinese ‘Step Up’ Sequel in Motion at Lionsgate

  • The Wrap
Chinese ‘Step Up’ Sequel in Motion at Lionsgate
Lionsgate is finalizing plans to join forces with Chinese companies Infinity Pictures/Cmc and Yue Hua Entertainment Culture Communications to shoot a Chinese-language version of “Step Up,” its hit dance flick franchise, TheWrap has learned. Ron Yuan, an action choreographer with a martial arts background, is directing “Step Up 6,” which will start shooting in Beijing and Los Angeles on Dec. 9. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters next year. Dede Nickerson, who produced “Kill Bill Vol. I and II” and “Shaolin Soccer,” and Du Hua are producing the film. Also Read: NBC Orders Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum Dance Competition Series The.
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Lionsgate, partners plot Chinese-language 'Step Up 6'

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Lionsgate, partners plot Chinese-language 'Step Up 6'
The studio has partnered with Infinity Pictures/Cmc and Yue Hua Entertainment Culture Communications as it redirects its $600m-plus global franchise to capitalise on a strong Asian following and step away from diminishing North American theatrical revenues.

Production on Step Up 6 is scheduled to commence on December 9 in Beijing and Los Angeles in time for a 2017 release. It is understood the Chinese-language version will be the only version released.

Lionsgate sources said previous entries in the franchise had performed well in China. Executives will also be aware that the series’ appeal in North America is flagging: the last episode, 2014’s Step Up All In, generated $14.9m – the lowest by far in the franchise.

The companies unveiled the first concept poster for Chinese audiences on Wednesday. Director Ron Yuan will direct an all-Chinese cast and plans to marry martial arts with dance in the film.

Infinity Pictures CEO Dede Nickerson, who served as associate producer on Kill Bill Vol. I
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Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 2 – Teaser Trailer Unleashed!

The much awaited film “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 2” is hitting theaters on January 28, 2017. Last week, fans were treated to the first teaser trailer of the film.

The first installment “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons” was released last 2013 and set several records at the Chinese box-office. The film was a critical and commercial success, garnering 94% from film review aggregator RottenTomatoes as well as grossing over $215 million worldwide.

It’s no surprise that the fans are eagerly awaiting for this sequel. Leading the cast is Kris Wu as Tang Zeng Monk, a monk who must work with his disciples to become a demon-exorcising mega team. Superstars Lin Gengxin, Yao Chen, Lin Yun, Bao Bei’er, Da Peng, Wang Likun, Wang Duo, Zhang Mei’er and former basketball player Mengke Bateer are also in the cast. China.org reports that this action-adventure comedy based on the ancient Chinese
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The surprise box office hits of 2016

Simon Brew Sep 8, 2016

Lots of films struggled at the box office this summer - but 2016 has not been short of surprise box office hits. This lot, in fact...

Much of the box office analysis of 2016 – especially summer 2016 – has focused on the collection of films that have fallen short of expected revenues. Be they Star Trek Beyond, Ghostbusters, Independence Day: Resurgence, X-Men: Apocalypse or Ice Age: Collision Course, there’s been no shortage of stories of box office troubles.

But what about the films that have genuinely surprised, and that have found a larger audience than people had been expecting? Turns out that there have been quite a few…

Bad Moms

In a summer where the likes of Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates and Bad Neighbours 2 failed to really take off, Bad Moms has proven to be an R-rated comedy treat. Not helped at first by being sold as from the writers of The Hangover,
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Vicky Zhao, Leon Dai Under Fire From China Nationalists

Vicky Zhao, Leon Dai Under Fire From China Nationalists
Nationalist forces have turned on Zhao Wei, one of China’s most popular actresses and leading directors, due to the inclusion of Taiwan’s Leon Dai in her upcoming film.

The Communist Youth League has used its own website and social media to criticize Zhao (aka Vicky Zhao) over Dai’s alleged support for Taiwanese independence. Its posting on Weibo appears to call for an online boycott of the Zhao-directed “No Other Love” and other films involving Dai.

No Other Love” is now in post-production. It is partly-backed by Alibaba Pictures Group, the film making arm of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba. Other companies credited as producers include China Film Group, Cheerland Entertainment and Pulin Production.

With lengthy text and multiple pictures, the Youth League accuses the veteran Dai (“The Assassin,” “Betelnut Beauty”) has shown his support for Taiwan’s ‘Sunflower’ movement, for universal suffrage and for the Occupy Central
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Far from Vietnam,’ Warren Oates, Ken Jacobs & More

Since any New York 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

It’s a French New Wave take on America’s worst era — what else could you want? The great Far from Vietnam plays as part of “Welcome to Metrograph: A-z” on Saturday, along with Varda‘s Lion’s Love and Tsai‘s The Hole.

“Summer In the City” brings Dog Day Afternoon and Spike Lee
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Netflix UK: 25 underappreciated comedies to watch now

Mark Harrison Jul 1, 2016

Need a laugh? Here's our guide to 25 comedies that are on Netflix UK now, and are well worth your time...

Putting aside all of the chunter about VPNs and rising subscription costs for a moment, there are more hidden gems to be discovered on Netflix UK than you might expect, and we've been combing through the streaming site's current catalogue to find some of the most underappreciated comedies on offer.

We've come up with this fairly broad selection of films that varies on several fronts. We've picked out a mix of belly laughers and dark comedies, with a couple of dramedies thrown in for good measure. They're not all big Hollywood comedies, but neither are they all films that you're hearing about for the first time, though we've tried to order them according to how well known they may or may not be. What they all have
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Hey London! The Chinese Visual Festival Showcases The Best Of Contemporary Chinese Cinema

With China fast-becoming the world’s largest film market, Chinese Cinema has never been more relevant or in need of intelligent curatorship. With around 400 films released in China every year, it can be difficult to know where to begin, short of gravitating towards big-name populist masters like Zhang Yimou and Feng Xiaogang. Curious cineastes in London will be rewarded next month with the Chinese Visual Festival showcasing a fantastic range of contemporary Chinese language cinema, from the mainland, as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong and other indigenous regions like Tibet. A selection of this year’s line-up will be judged by an incredible jury that includes Hong Kong screenwriter Fung Chih-Chiang (Shaolin Soccer, Mermaid), Asian Film expert Jasper Sharp and industry professional Swani Yip. ...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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T.O.P., Cecilia Cheung Star in Germany-Set Thriller ‘Out of Control’

T.O.P., Cecilia Cheung Star in Germany-Set Thriller ‘Out of Control’
Korean pop sensation T.O.P. and Hong Kong star Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi star with “The Vampire Diaries’” Michael Trevino in big-budget German-Chinese co-production “Out of Control.” The film recently began two months of production in Germany.

The story involves a Chinese film and martial arts star (Cheung) who is ensnared by a dangerous plot while visiting the Berlin Film Festival. Her survival and the success of a major rescue mission depend on a Korean secret agent (T.O.P.), who is also her ex-fiance.

T.O.P. (real name Choi Seug-hyun) is part of the Yg Entertainment-produced Big Bang group which have been fixtures across Asia since 2007. T.O.P. has a budding career as an actor with credits including “Tazza: The Hidden Card” and “71: Into the Fire,” and “Out of Control” marks his first movie from China, where Korean bands are massively popular. He remains part of the group,
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