Tag: china

Locarno 2017 Review: DRAGONFLY EYES Experiment Fabricates Narrative Out of Authentic Found Footage

The feature debut by Chinese artist Xu Bing, Dragonfly Eyes, carved out ot 10 000 of authentic and freely-circulated found footage possess equal degree of being disturbing as being fascinating contributing to the advancing aesthetics of post-humanism.

Locarno 2017 Review: MRS. FANG Waits for Death in Wang Bing's Contemplative, Uneasy Offering

The chronicler and filmmaker Wang Bing introduces yet another invaluable volume into the annals of contemporary Chinese society notwhistanding the great matter of death grasped with dignity albeit without compromising its importance.

Sadly Overlooked: The Career of Hong Kong actor Ng Man Tat

Probably best known in the west as comedy superstar Stephen Chow’s regular sidekick, it is easy to overlook the major accomplishments that Ng Man-tat has made throughout his acting career, a career that has now spanned the better part of...

New BIRTH OF THE DRAGON U.S. Trailer Makes Bruce Lee the Star In New Cut

UPDATE: The film's U.S. publicist has reached out to inform us: "The version shown at TIFF was unfinished and it has been recut. The character played by Billy is a minor character - not the lead - in this cut,...

Exclusive Trailer: KUNG FU YOGA, Jackie Chan's Very Fun Indian Adventure

"Master Chan still has a trick or two up his sleeve." That's how I concluded my review of Jackie Chan's Kung Fu Yoga, which opened in theaters in January of this year. Chan plays an archaeology professor who heads to...

Review: GOD OF WAR Eventually Shows its Strengths

Vincent Zhao stars as the eponymous military tactician in Gordon Chan’s sweeping action epic, following the efforts of the Ming army to keep a fleet of fearsome Japanese pirates at bay in 16th century China. Sammo Hung, Wan Qian and...

Exclusive Clip: Stongholds Fall in Gordon Chan's GOD OF WAR

God of War, the epic new period adventure from Hong Kong filmmaker Gordon Chan (Fist of Legend, The Four) stars Vincent Zhao (True Legend), as General Qi, a master military tactician in an ongoing war against marauding Japanese pirates in...

OPERATION RED SEA: In Production Video Gives First Look at Dante Lam's Next Film

Variety had the first look at Dante Lam's follow up to last year's Operation Mekong, titled Operation Red Sea. It is a mix of footage from Mekong and behind the scenes and new footage for Red Sea which is still...

THE GREAT WALL Interview: Zhang Yimou on Its Meaning and Misconceptions

When the man who gave us such critically acclaimed, award-winning epics as Red Sorghum, Hero, and Raise the Red Lantern makes a self-described “popcorn flick,” it’s a pretty big deal. Director Zhang Yimou had a brief chat with me about...

Berlinale 2017 Review: Liu Jian Triumphs With HAVE A NICE DAY

Animated movies for adults are painfully undervalued, both at a festival level and as an art form, but Liu Jian's Have A Nice Day is a title that could smash through those barriers. Certainly one of the more interesting features...

Review: In Zhang Yimou's THE GREAT WALL, Matt Damon Saves the World

I've seen sillier attempts at blockbuster fantasy films than Zhang Yimou's latest, The Great Wall, but I must admit it's been a while. The director, one of China's most respected visual artists after his stunning work on crossover hit wu...

HAVE A NICE DAY: Watch A Clip From The Berlin Selected, Chinese Noir Animation

Fans of international animation will do well to keep a close eye on Berlin this week, where Chinese director Liu Jian's animated neo-noir Have A Nice Day is slated to have its premiere February 17th. A hard rain is about...

Review: In KUNG FU YOGA, Jackie Chan Heads to India on an Adventure

Once it gets rolling, the exceedingly silly Kung Fu Yoga made me very happy. Jackie Chan stars as an archaeology professor, and if that puts you in mind of Chan's role as a globe-trotting treasure hunter in Armor of God...

Wu Jing Has A Message For Frank Grillo In First WOLF WARRIOR 2 Trailer

I think it's fair to say that 2015 action effort Wolf Warrior was an unexpected hit. The Wu Jing / Scott Adkins team up was - and I seriously say this with immense affection - dumb as a bag of...

Sundance 2017: PLASTIC CHINA Trailer Debut

There are a ton of great docus making their world and US debuts at Sundance this next week (here's our preview in fact) and one that looks to be quite interesting is Jiu-Liang Wang's IDFA-premiering Plastic China. The film takes...

Chinese DUCKWEED Features Eddie Peng, Deng Chao in New Trailer

Eddie Peng and Deng Chao star in Duckweed, which is a vigilante comedy heading to theaters on January 28. A new trailer looks quite slick. That description comes via our editor Todd Brown, and it's justified by the mix of...

Review: RAILROAD TIGERS, Jackie Chan vs. Japanese Invaders

Jackie Chan last found success in Hollywood by mentoring young Jaden Smith in a remake of the surprisingly decent The Karate Kid. That was more than six years ago. Since then, Chan has rarely been seen in North American theaters....

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Confirmed for China

China imposes a strict limit of 34 titles per year on imported movies, so even big-budget Hollywood productions featuring Chinese stars are not guaranteed a release in the country's valued theaters. Disney, however, has now confirmed that Rogue One: A...

THE WASTED TIMES, Cheng Er's Shanghai Noir Finally Arrives With New Trailer

It was a solid year and a half ago when we shared the first trailer fo Cheng Er's period noir The Wasted Times, but the announced October 2015 release date came and went without any sign of the film, neither...

Watch First MONSTER HUNT 2 Teaser

Last week we heard that Tony Leung Chiu-wai had joined the cast of Monster Hunt 2 and now we have visual proof, via a new poster and the first teaser for the film. Running just 39 seconds, it features returning...