Tag: china

Hot Docs 2022: ETERNAL SPRING Trailer, Survival and a Battle

Jason Loftus' animated documentary Eternal Spring just won multiple awards at the recently-concluded Hot Docs 2022, where it made its North American premiere. "Combining present-day footage with 3D animation inspired by Daxiong's art, Eternal Spring," according to the official verbiage,...

Review: BLACKLIGHT, Grandpa Fixer

Liam Neeson and Aidan Quinn star in an action-thriller, directed by Mark Williams.

Review: THE 355, Super-Spy Team-Up Wastes Top-Tier Talent

Jessica Chastain leads fierce females in an international espionage thriller, directed by Simon Kinberg.

ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT? Trailer Asks the Right, Troubling Question

Heading for release in Asia on January 20, a new trailer for Are You Lonesome Tonight? (original title: Re dai wang shi) paints a properly bleak and moody atmosphere for a Chinese film described as a crime thriller. Directed by...

STRIDING INTO THE WIND Trailer: Auteur Aspirations

I'm all about mood and atmosphere this morning, and Swirling Into the Wind strikes me as just right for a cool December day. Accompanied by a gently twanging stringed instrument, the trailer, as good as it is, tells me nothing...

Opening This Week: THE NOVICE Intensity, FORTRESS Fun, SCHEMES IN ANTIQUES Soars

Also: 'Last Words,' 'Nightmare Alley' and 'Spider-Man: No Way Home.'

Friday One Sheet: SCHEMES IN ANTIQUES 古董局中局

Orange & Teal comes to China by way of this key art for Schemes in Antiques. A focus on the highly strategic and deceptively simple game of Go, and a repeating unit ("Go-Ception"? "Go-Fractal"?) is at the heart of artist...

Blu-ray Review: ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA: THE COMPLETE FILMS, Essential Entertainment

Tsui Hark's magnificent reinvention of Wong Fei-hung, starting with Donnie Yen, gets a deluxe treatment as The Criterion Collection scores a knockout with its box set.

SHOCK WAVE 2 Trailer: Delightfully Bonkers Cop Action

Earlier this year, our own James Marsh described Herman Yau's Shock Wave 2 as a "delightfully bonkers cop actioner...not to be missed." The film will be premiering on November 2 to North American audiences, via various On Demand platforms, and...

Friday One Sheet: SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE

This minimalist key art for Jia Zhang-Ke's latest documentary on Chinese culture, Swimming Out Till The Sea Turns Blue, has almost a screen-printed look and feel to it.  Although it may look to be a prosaic respresntation of the lengthy...

Now Streaming: IP MAN: KUNG FU MASTER, Teacher As Police

Dennis To stars as the legendary martials arts teacher during a rocky time fighting corruption, directed by Li Liming and now streaming on Hulu.

Review: THE ROOKIES, Absurdist Action-Comedy Confounds, Disappoints, Underuses Star

“Truth in advertising” awards are few and far between. Assuming someone somewhere is still giving out “truth in advertising” awards, The Rookies (Su ren te gong), an international co-production co-written and directed by Alan Yuen (Monster Hunt, Firestorm, New Police...

CLIFF WALKERS Trailer: Spy Versus Spy

Circle April 30 on your print calendar. (Or mark it on your on-line calendar.) Go ahead, I'll wait. Zhang Yimou's Cliff Walkers arrives in theaters worldwide on April 30, 2021. I hope that you are in a position (and feel...

Now Streaming: RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN, Intrigue, Drama, Action

Directed by King Hu, the late 70s drama ('Kong shan ling yu') features royal intrigue, Buddhist philosophy, and beautiful action; now streaming on The Criterion Channel.

Zhang Yimou's Spy Film CLIFF WALKERS Running Soon to Theaters Everywhere

Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou continues his assault upon genre film with his first foray into the spy field: Cliff Walkers, which is running toward theaters across North America and internationally on April 30, courtesy of CMC Pictures. Gadzooks! That's only...

Chinese Crime Thriller SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD Heading for UK Release

In recent days, we've reported on how the heavy hand of the mainland Chinese government has affected the Hong Kong film industry, notably with the incendiary short doc Do Not Split and the dramatic feature Better Days. Good films from...

Review: OVER THE MOON, Taking Flight With the Greatest of Ease

A young girl builds a rocket to the moon in a wildly entertaining family comedy (with songs), written by Audrey Wells and directed by Glen Keane. It lands October 23 on Netflix.

New York 2020 Review: Jia Zhangke's SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE Presents a History of Literature

Director Jia Zhangke's documentary tells the story of changing times, migration and coming home. And his love for literature.

IRON MASK Trailer: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan, Finally

We first heard about the sequel to Oleg Stepchenko's Russian ghost story Viy many years ago -- actually, it was early 2016 when our own Todd Brown wrote about the director's plans, noting the casting of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie...

LEAP Scores Big in China: Watch Trailer With Coach Gong Li

How much do you love volleyball? That is a question asked in the Leap (Chinese title Duo Guan) trailer, and it was answered over the weekend in China, where Variety reports that it topped the box office, exceeding the opening...