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Contemporary Chinese Cinema: The Year So Far

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Contemporary Chinese Cinema is a column devoted to exploring contemporary Chinese-language cinema primarily as it is revealed to us at North American multiplexes.Over the last few years it has become increasingly easy to see mainstream Asian films in North America at the same time they are released in their home countries. Thanks to partnerships with small, international distributors, the major multiplex chains (AMC, Cinemark, Regal) have devoted a handful of screens in major markets to showing new releases from India, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Most of these titles fall under the radar of both critics and audiences outside the diasporic communities to which they are targeted. They play for a week or two and then disappear, outside of a handful of breakout titles. Last year Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid made headlines for its high per-screen averages in North America as it shattered domestic box office records in China.
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Hey Australia! Win Tickets to See Love Off The Cuff in Cinemas!

The love story between Cherie and Jimmy, which started in Love In A Puff (2010) and continued in Love In The Buff (2012), now comes to a new chapter in Love Off The Cuff.   Hong Kong director Pang Ho Cheung reteams with stars Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue for the third part of this popular film series.    Thanks to Magnum Films, we have Five double passes for the film to give away to our readers.    For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:   1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and   2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]screenanarchy.com   Love Off The Cuff will open in Australian cinemas...

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Film Review: ‘Love Off the Cuff’

Film Review: ‘Love Off the Cuff’
The dialogue is dirtier than ever, and the gags outrageous, and yet, like the two central characters and the seven-year relationship they labor to keep alive, “Love Off the Cuff” shows signs of fatigue as Hong Kong auteur Pang Ho-cheung runs out of anything stunningly new to say in the third film in his urban rom-com series. Even so, the movie packs Pang’s trademark smart-ass humor, plenty of colloquial Cantonese wordplay, and a stream of cameos by dishy starlets — all of which should guarantee a robust box office in Hong Kong, but a meh reaction in China.

Pang, who started out as a whiz kid making off-color indie comedies, shot “Love in a Puff” in 2010 as a snarky rejoinder to a new anti-smoking law in Hong Kong. The protagonists, Sephora-lady Cherie (Miriam Yeung) and ad-man Jimmy (Shawn Yue) were chainsmokers who meet cute huddling over a garbage-can. The film became a sleeper hit,
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'Love Off the Cuff': Film Review | Hong Kong 2017

Writer-director Pang Ho-cheung perhaps didn’t set out to make Hong Kong’s own version of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, but he’s done just that with the third and (soft maybe) last installment of his own film series, following two young professionals struggling with romance. Starting with the social reorganization brought on by the city’s smoking ban in 2010’s Love in a Puff, and then economic realignment in Love in the Buff (set in Beijing) in 2012, Love Off the Cuff picks up five years later, with a new set of hurdles for the central lovers to clear. Based on the enthusiastic...
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The 24 hottest projects at this year's Hong Kong Filmart

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There is a thrilling selection of Chinese-language titles at Filmart this year. Liz Shackleton picks out some of the most promising.

With very few Hong Kong or mainland Chinese sellers making the journey to this year’s European Film Market in Berlin, Filmart offers a chance for buyers to catch up with the Chinese-language titles that will be rolled out in the region for the rest of the year.

After serving up the biggest film of the Chinese New Year holiday — Kung Fu Yoga, starring Jackie Chan and directed by Stanley Tong — China’s Sparkle Roll Media has launched a Hong Kong-based sales arm that is selling Ding Sheng’s reboot of the A Better Tomorrow series.

Other high-profile action titles new to market include Distribution Workshop’s Extraordinary Mission, from the creative teams behind the Infernal Affairs and Overheard series, and Huayi Brothers’ crime drama Explosion, starring Duan Yihong.

Previously announced
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Film Festival Roundup: Hot Docs Announces Forum Titles, Wisconsin Film Festival Unveils Lineup and More

Film Festival Roundup: Hot Docs Announces Forum Titles, Wisconsin Film Festival Unveils Lineup and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The Wisconsin Film Festival returns to Madison, running March 30 – April 6. Highlights of the program include James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,” Terence Davies’ “A Quiet Passion,” Alex Ross Perry’s “Golden Exits,” Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper,” Geremy Jasper’s “Patti Cake$” and a section dedicated to new women directors. Find out more information at their official site.

– The Denver Film Society has announced its full festival program and schedule for the 7th Women+Film Festival on International Women’s Day. The Festival will take place at the Sie FilmCenter April 4 – 9 and individual tickets and all-access passes are on sale now. The Women+Film Festival shines a spotlight on stories by and about women with a high profile, female-centric mix of documentaries, feature presentations and short films.
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‘Love Off the Cuff’ To Open Hong Kong Festival

Pang Ho-Cheung’s “Love Off The Cuff” has been set as the opening film of the 41st edition of the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

The film is the third instalment in an offbeat romantic comedy series that began with “Love in a Puff” in 2010 and continued in 2012 with “Love in the Buff.” The central couple, played by returning stars Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue, find their relationship further strained by external circumstances.

After previous episodes were situated in Hong Kong and then Beijing, the setting this time is transposed to Taiwan. “I always thing a good relationship can cross borders and stand the test of time,” said Pang in a statement.

The festival will this year be held April 11-25. It has already revealed that programming strands include: a section of restored classics by Mike de Leon and Robert Bresson; a 10th anniversary tribute to the late Edward Yang
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'Love Off The Cuff' to open Hong Kong film festival

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Pang Ho-cheung’s romantic comedy will have its world premiere at the event.

Pang Ho-cheung’s Love Off The Cuff, the third installment in the Hong Kong filmmaker’s romantic comedy series, will receive its world premiere as the opening film of this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff).

Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue are resuming their roles as star-crossed lovers Cherie and Jimmy in the film, which follows Love In A Puff (2010) and Love In The Buff (2012). In this third episode, set in Hong Kong and Taipei, the couple’s relationship is tested when Jimmy’s childhood friend asks him to donate sperm for her artificial insemination.

Hkiff also recently announced that it will screen all seven of late Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang’s films in a section entitled ‘Edward Yang, 10-year Commemoration’.

The festival will also present digitally restored versions of four classics directed by French auteur Robert Bresson and three from Filipino
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'Love Off the Cuff' to Open Hong Kong Film Festival

Love off the Cuff, the third installment of Media Asia's popular romantic comedy series directed by Pang Ho-cheung, will open the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff) on April 11.

Love off the Cuff follows in the footsteps of Love in a Puff (2010), and Love in the Buff (2012), and tells the story about a couple who met when indoor smoking was banned in Hong Kong.

While the first film took place in Hong Kong, the second film relocated to Beijing, China, and now the third film is set in Taipei, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The second film of...
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Afm: Media Asia launches 'Love Off The Cuff' sales

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Afm: Media Asia launches 'Love Off The Cuff' sales
Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue star in third entry in Pang Ho-cheung’s film series.

Hong Kong stars Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue are reuniting for Love Off The Cuff, the third installment in Pang Ho-cheung’s hit series about a star-crossed couple.

Pang and Subi Liang’s Making Film Productions is again producing for Media Asia, which is launching sales on the film here at Afm.

The first two films in the series won awards and were hits across Asia. Love In A Puff (2010) introduced the couple Cherie and Jimmy who meet over a cigarette in the street after Hong Kong has banned indoor smoking. The follow-up, Love In The Buff (2012, pictured), sees the couple break up and reunite in Beijing.

The third installment follows the couple to Taiwan and sees their relationship tested when Jimmy’s childhood friend asks him to donate sperm for her artificial insemination. Paul Chun Pui also stars as Cherie’s estranged
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The hot summer 2016 TV quiz

How well do you know your Fleabags, Sons of a Bitch and Crazy Ex-Girlfriends? Find out with our goggle-eyed multiple-choice quiz

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Which culturally redundant celebrity was removed from the Celebrity Big Brother house this year?

Bob Carolgees

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Christopher Biggins

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What is Channel 4’s new nude dating show called?

Bare Necessities

Naked Attraction

Love in the Buff

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Dragons

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Happy Valley

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Film Review: ‘Little Big Master’

A fact-based portrait of a Hong Kong headmistress who moved mountains to run a kindergarten for her five underprivileged pupils, “Little Big Master” has a humongous heart. So true is helmer Adrian Kwan to his subjects and his own moral convictions that he makes no attempt to rein in overflowing emotions or downplay the melodrama, allowing his protag’s remarkable deeds and an adorable young cast weave a perfectly charming spell. For local audiences bombarded by blockbusters catering to the mainland market, this humble ode to ordinary heroes is more than a breath of fresh air — it’s a clarion call to address the city’s galvanizing class divide. The result has every chance of becoming a domestic sleeper, with special attraction for family channels in Asia.

Abject poverty is not usually associated with Hong Kong’s freewheeling economy and rampant materialism, yet the screenplay by Kwan and psychiatric counselor
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Review: Women Who Flirt Sees Pang Score North Of The Border

After dipping his toe into China with his 2012 sequel Love In The Buff, Hong Kong auteur Pang Ho Cheung embraces the inevitable and presents his first full-blown mainland production, Women Who Flirt. Zhou Xun and Huang Xiaoming play the longtime friends and colleagues whose til-now platonic relationship is jeopardised by Taiwanese dolly bird Sui Tang, forcing Zhou to step up and show she's got what it takes to win the guy she's always loved.Based on the dating "toolbook" Everyone Loves Tender Women by Loverman, Women Who Flirt is hardly venturing into uncharted territory. Angie (Zhou Xun) and Marco (Huang Xiaoming) have been friends so long he no longer sees her as dating material, even going so far as to refer to her as a...

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‘The Imitation Game’ Will Stuff Theaters This Holiday Weekend – Specialty Box Office Preview

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‘The Imitation Game’ Will Stuff Theaters This Holiday Weekend – Specialty Box Office Preview
The Weinstein Company’s The Imitation Game is the big kid on the block among this holiday weekend’s batch of newcomers. The title is following in the footsteps of past TWC heavyweights The King’s Speech and The Artist, both of which opened to solid box office numbers and eventually scored Oscars for Best Picture. The distributor is expecting good numbers for Imitation Game over the Thanksgiving frame. IFC Films’ horror pic The Babadook has some good buzz heading into the weekend, though it might show its biggest heft via VOD with its day-and-date rollout. Remote Area Medical is one of those films one hopes everyone will see. Timed perfectly for this time of the year’s focus on thanks and giving, the documentary shows the underbelly of America’s healthcare crisis by way of people who provide free medical services to needy people in pop-up clinics around the country.
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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘The Congress’, ‘Kelly & Cal’, ‘Frontera’, ‘Memphis’, More

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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘The Congress’, ‘Kelly & Cal’, ‘Frontera’, ‘Memphis’, More
As the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway with North American and World debuts of films that will hit Awards Season and beyond,a good number of seasoned films that have traveled the festival circuit are finally making their way into the Specialty Box Office. Drafthouse Films will open Cannes ’13 title The Congress starring Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel in a dozen locations this weekend, while SXSW’s Juliette Lewis starrer Kelly & Cal will open exclusively in NYC. Sundance’s Last Days In Vietnam will have a theatrical run before heading to PBS next fall and the Guadalajara Film Festival’s Frontera is taking advantage of a timely topic in the U.S. Venice financed its 2013 premiere Memphis, opening exclusively this weekend in NYC. And China Lion hopes to take a successful template for romantic dramas and apply that to But Always.

The Congress

Director-writer: Ari Folman

Writer: Stanislaw Lem (novel)

Cast: Robin Wright,
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Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See Love In A Puff Director Pang Ho Cheung's Aberdeen In Cinemas!

Pang Ho Cheung is easily one of Hong Kong's most interesting directors. His recent films Love In A Puff, Love In The Buff and Vulgaria have all been critical and commercial successes. His latest film, Aberdeen, was one of the two opening films at this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival, and on-line tickets for its screening were sold out within 8 minutes! Starring Louis Koo, Miriam Yeung, Gigi Leung, Eric Tsang, Ng Man Tat and Carrie Ng, this is one of the must-see Hong Kong films of 2014. Now thanks to Magnum Films, we have Five double passes for Aberdeen to give away to our Australian readers. For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:1) Like the Magnum...

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Hong Kong Filmmaker Pang Ho-cheung Isn’t Afraid of a Twisted Plot

Hong Kong Filmmaker Pang Ho-cheung Isn’t Afraid of a Twisted Plot
Pang Ho-cheung is an unlikely hero. Nerdy and not flashy, he could be overlooked in a crowd. But to look past him would be to miss his self-assuredness and inner drive.

His films are technically polished, but often too raw for auds to be entirely comfortable with them. They are peppered with Cantonese profanities and sometimes ludicrous situations — like filmmakers who must have sex with a mule to get their movie financed in “Vulgaria”; or a quartet of deadbeat Hong Kong cops who travel in disguise to Macau to get intel on hookers in the recent “Sex Duties Unit,” which Pang produced (he also wrote the novel on which the script was based).

And while the 40-year-old multihyphenate is justifiably held up as one of the brightest next-gen talents in Hong Kong, it’s a low-margin industry that hasn’t seen many fresh faces since Wong Kar Wai, Johnnie To and Stephen Chow.
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Ar takes Aberdeen for North America

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Ar takes Aberdeen for North America
Milt Barlow’s Asia Releasing (Ar) will handle the theatrical release of Pang Ho Cheung’s Aberdeen in North America.

Ar is handling the film on behalf of Australian/New Zealand distributor and rights holder Magnum Films. The North America release is scheduled for May 8. Magnum will handle the Australia/Nz release.

“I am delighted that Jason Lau, CEO of Magnum, has entrusted this wonderful picture to Asia Releasing,” said Barlow.

“I was heavily involved in Pang Ho-cheung’s previous films Vulgaria and Love In The Buff with China Lion so it is a great personal delight to have been given the honour again. We will release day-and-date with China, Hong Kong and Australia & New Zealand.”

Magnum Films CEO Jason Lau said: “Milt has a terrific depth of knowledge and relationships in North America with Chinese films and we are delighted to be partnering with Asia Releasing for this important release. Milt will also
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Ar to release Aberdeen in North America

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Ar to release Aberdeen in North America
Milt Barlow’s Asia Releasing (Ar) will handle the theatrical release of Pang Ho Cheung’s Aberdeen in North America.

Ar is handling the film on behalf of Australian/New Zealand distributor and rights holder Magnum Films. The North America release is scheduled for May 8. Magnum will handle the Australia/Nz release.

“I am delighted that Jason Lau, CEO of Magnum, has entrusted this wonderful picture to Asia Releasing. I was heavily involved in Pang Ho-cheung’s previous films Vulgaria and Love In The Buff with China Lion so it is a great personal delight to have been given the honour again. We will release day-and-date with China, Hong Kong and Australia & New Zealand,” said Barlow.

Magnum Films CEO Jason Lau said: “Milt has a terrific depth of knowledge and relationships in North America with Chinese films and we are delighted to be partnering with Asia Releasing for this important release. Milt will also
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Hong Kong Film Review: ‘Aberdeen’

Hong Kong Film Review: ‘Aberdeen’
The fundamental human need for love and reassurance is the driving force of “Aberdeen,” a finely observed dramedy about an extended middle-class Hong Kong family. Impeccably performed by a topnotch cast and with a sharp eye for small moments that make big differences in people’s lives, the pic marks another feather in the cap of Hong Kong hitmaker Pang Ho-cheung (“Love in the Buff”). This elegantly assembled slice of life should be warmly embraced by upscale auds seeking sophisticated entertainment, and ought to perform strongly on its planned May release in Hong Kong and China. Further fest travel and limited commercial distribution outside Asia are also in the cards.

From the gleeful gross-out comedy of his previous feature, “Vulgaria” (2012), Pang has spun the dial in the opposite direction. Though it contains delightful comic touches and some arresting fantasy sequences, “Aberdeen” is played in a quiet and thoughtful key; it
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