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Behind the scene / CHASING THE DRAGON - making of
« on: October 10, 2017, 06:23:21 am »
We have some images of Donnie Yen from making the movie CHASING THE DRAGON.

Chasing the Dragon marks the first film collaboration between Donnie Yen and Andy Lau. A remake of 1991’s To Be Number One, Andy portrays corrupt police officer Lee Rock while Donnie plays drug lord Crippled Ho. Despite never having worked together, Andy and Donnie have followed each other’s career.

Andy said Donnie has a breakthrough role in the film, “I think Donnie really has a chance to win the Best Actor award. I’ve actually talked about this at my company many times already. During this production, I trust that everyone was able to see Donnie’s changes and his dedication. That alone is enough for both a nomination and the actual award.”

Besides Donnie, who dropped his Ip-Man image to take on the challenges of playing a drug lor, director Wong Jing is also hoping to make a breakthrough with Chasing the Dragon. Known for his crass and over-the-top films, Wong Jing’s last film From Vegas to Macau 3 was criticized for its weak script despite the star-studded cast.

Behind the scene / Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson fight scene
« on: May 10, 2017, 08:23:52 am »
This earlier short video shows Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson filming a fight scene for the movie Ip Man 3

Watch video: here

In the Making / The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (2017) 奇門遁甲
« on: March 24, 2017, 10:44:32 am »
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (奇門遁甲) is an upcoming 2017 Chinese fantasy-wuxia film starring Aarif Lee, Ni Ni, Zhou Dongyu and Da Peng. The film is based on the ancient legends of Qi Men Dun Jia. It is directed by by Yuen Woo-ping and the script for the movie was developed by Tsui Hark. The film is scheduled to be released 1 October 1 2017.

The film is a remake of the 1982 movie 'Miracle Fighters' which was also directed by Yuen Woo Ping. The original story:

During the Qing Dynasty, Han Chinese and Manchu people were not allowed to marry each other. The Emperor commands Ko Hung (Eddy Ko) to kill his wife. However he refuses, and he has to see his wife die and engages in a battle with the Sorcerer Bat (Yuen Shun-yee). To escape, he also takes the infant prince with him. Ko Hung later accidentally kills the prince. However, he then finds an infant under a tree whom he adopts and names him "Shu-kan", which is literally translated as "Tree Root". To cover up what he has done, he puts the prince's jade on Shu-kan. Over a decade later, the Sorcerer Bat tries to kill Ko and tries to kidnap Shu-kan and pass him off as the prince. Ko becomes heavily injured, and Shu-kan (Yuen Yat-cho) goes to find medicine to heal him where he meets two elderly Taoist priests, Kei-moon (Bryan Leung) and Tun-kap (Yuen Cheung-yan). Kei-moon and Tun-kap are disciples of the same master (Yuen Siu-tien), and are always quarreling with each other. There the two teach Shu-kan their martial arts and magic skills. The Sorcerer Bat tries hard to get rid of the two to get Shu-kan, but later he manages to kill Tun-kap. Kei-moon then tells Shu-kan to enter a competition to obtain the Supreme Command. Shu-kan, using the skills he learned, enters the competition where he goes through many different obstacles before he faces off with the Sorcerer Bat. He eventually kills the Sorcerer Bat, wins the competition and brings the supreme command with him. As he returns, he and Kei-moon discover that Tun-kap actually faked her death to fool them to obtain the Supreme Command. The two elders then quarrel again over the Supreme Command. They then decide who will take it in a game of Rock-paper-scissors. First, they both hand gesture "rock", then "paper" but Shu-kan gestures "scissor" and beats them both. With the Supreme Command, Shu-kan commands them to stop quarreling.

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In the Making / Yuen Woo Ping to direct Ip Man 3 spin-off
« on: March 23, 2017, 04:36:09 pm »
At this year's Cannes Film Festival legendary martial arts fight choreographer and film director Yuen Woo Ping announced that he is teaming up with Tony Jaa, Michelle Yeoh, and Max Zhang as leading man to direct a new spin-off movie from Ip Man 3. The movie will focus on and develop Cheung Tin-Chi, the character played by Max Zhang in Ip Man 3. Yuen Woo Ping is currently working with Director Tsui Hark on a new movie 'The Thousand Faces of Dunjia' which is also planned to be released this year.

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New Releases / The Great Wall fails at US market
« on: March 01, 2017, 06:31:23 am »
Despite an all-star cast, the biggest budget for any movie shot in China and the ambitious goal to prove that China can produce blockbusters that will be well-received in the US, The Great Wall opened to a paltry box office amount of $18.1 million in the US during the President's Day weekend. The Zhang Yimou-directed fantasy movie starring Matt Damon was well-received in China, where it has made more than $170 million since its December release, but as of Tuesday it has made $21.7 million in the US. It was third at the weekend box office, trailing The Lego Batman Movie and Fifty Shades Darker, two movies that opened the prior week.

Interviews / Interview with Donnie Yen working with Yuen Woo Ping
« on: February 27, 2017, 11:30:30 am »
An earlier interview with Donnie Yen on how his career began, how he started to work with Hong Kong legends Yuen Woo Ping and later Tsui Hark in the movie Iron Monkey.

Click here to watch

Sony Pictures has acquired the distribution of the movie for US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most of Asia outside of mainland China. If you are looking to see this movie but not available in theaters in your area look for DVD or Blu-ray in a few weeks.

New Releases / Breaking another record
« on: February 05, 2017, 01:20:05 pm »
The movie opened January 28, 2017, and grossed over 345–360 million yuan ($50–52 million USD) on its opening day. Data from research group Entgroup showed that the movie had 103,065 screenings and registered 8.7 million admissions Saturday, the busiest day ever at the Chinese box office. This broke the record for the biggest single/opening day for a local film in China, dethroning The Mermaid's former record of 270 million yuan in 2016 while Furious 7's 391 million yuan record remains intact. Journey to the West 2 currently ranks #12 highest grossing movie in China, ranking even higher than Avatar by James Cameron.

More trailers:

New Trailer: watch here

Extended Trailer: watch here

Behind the scene / Sword Master 三少爺的劍 2016
« on: December 28, 2016, 09:12:45 am »
This short video (in Chinese) shows the making of the movie Sword Master.
Director: Derek Yee
Peoducer: Tsui Hark
Release date: 2 December 2016

Watch video (in Chinese): here

Behind the scene footage and interviews with actors from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny  臥虎藏龍:青冥寶劍, the recently released Netflix movie. The clip features Interviews with Donnie Yen, Michele Yeoh and other actors as well as the producers. The movie was released in Hong Kong on 18th of Feb, in China the 19th of Feb and in the United States 26th of February 2016.

Behind the scene video: here

Behind the scene / Ip Man 3
« on: December 28, 2016, 09:01:48 am »
A short peek into how the movie Ip Man 3 was made, with Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson in this movie it became a big hit all around the world. This footage also shows during filming the fight scenes between Mike Tyson and Donnie Yen Tyson nearly knocking out Donnie! Only a swift move from Donnie saved him from being knocked out by Tyson.

Watch video: here

Behind the scene / Flying Swords of Dragon Gate with Jet Li
« on: December 28, 2016, 08:58:14 am »
Video of Jet Li behind the scene as working on the movie Flying Swords of Dragon Gate in 2011. Originally the role he played in the movie was offered to Donnie Yen but Donnie Yen turned it down stating he didn't wish to be in sequels or remakes.

Watch video: here

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