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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 others 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 lord, 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.

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.

Interviews / Seven Swords: an interview with Donnie Yen
« on: December 28, 2016, 07:03:05 am »
In this interview Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen talks about his experiences working with film director Tsui Hark on the movie Seven Swords in 2005.

Seven Swords interview: Watch here

Interviews / Interview with Donnie Yen on Flash Point 导火线
« on: December 28, 2016, 06:58:38 am »
Donnie talks about his experiences working on the movie Flash Point 导火线 in 2007 and many of the hardships came with making this movie such as planning to filming in Macao but the government rejecting them.

Interview coming soon ...

In this interview Donnie talks about his experiences working on the movie 'Iron Monkey 少年黄飞鸿之铁马骝' in 1993.

Interview coming soon ...

Interviews / Cynthia Rothrock Interview
« on: December 28, 2016, 06:48:56 am »
In this interview actress and martial arts expert Cynthia Rothrock discussing her experiences in acting in films in Hong Kong. Interview also includes scenes from the movie 'Yes, Madam' from 1985.

Interview: Coming soon ...

New Releases / The Great Wall 长城 (2016/2017)
« on: December 26, 2016, 02:38:47 pm »
The Great Wall 长城 is an American/Chinese 2016 epic historical fiction action-adventure film directed by Zhang Yimou and written by Tony Gilroy, Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, Max Brooks, Edward Zwick, and Marshall Herskovitz, staring Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, and Andy Lau.

During the Song dynasty, a few miles north of the Great Wall, William, Tovar, and three other survivors from a European mercenary group are pursued by Khitan bandits. Upon escaping they seek refuge in a cave, but are attacked by a shadowy monster, leaving only William and Tovar alive, the former having slashed off the monster's hand. The next day, they stumble upon the Great Wall and are taken prisoner by Chinese soldiers, who are led by General Shao, General Lin, and Strategist Wang. The officers have been preparing for a monster invasion which happens once every sixty years. However, they are frightened upon seeing the monster's hand, identified as a member of the Taotie species, as they believed the invasion was still weeks away. Suddenly, a wave of monsters attack the Great Wall, and the soldiers respond with archery, ballistas, and catapaults which throw burning rocks. Lin leads a company of female solders who jump off the Wall and are pulled back with elastic cords. The monsters are more intelligent and numerous than the soldiers' expectations, but are repelled with William and Tovar's assistance, which earns the soldiers' respect. Later, William and Tovar meet Sir Ballard, a European who, like them, had ventured east twenty-two years ago in search of gun-powder, which might be sold for a fortune back in Europe. However, Ballard was also taken prisoner, and has been serving as an English and Latin teacher. The three men discuss plans to steal gunpowder from the store-room and flee while the soldiers are occupied by battle.

Official releases:
China: 15 December 2016
USA: 17 February 2017

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New Releases / Sword Master 三少爺的劍 2016
« on: December 15, 2016, 02:04:56 pm »
Sword Master is a 3D Chinese martial arts movie directed by Derek Yee and produced by Tsui Hark.

In this beautifully shot wuxia epic, a powerful swordsman is haunted by the destructive impact his deadly talents have on others. Weary of the bloodshed and violence from the martial arts world, he banishes himself to the humble life a vagrant, wandering the fringes of society. But his violent past refuses to let him go quietly. The master swordsman must regain the ability to wield his sword and fight those disrupting the peace he so desperately craves.

Trailer 2 on Facebook: Trailer 2

Release date (China): 2 December 2016

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News & Media / Jackie Chan receives Oscar
« on: November 15, 2016, 01:55:02 pm »
The 62-year-old action star was awarded an honorary Oscar at the Eighth Annual Governors Awards at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

Tom Hanks, Michelle Yeoh and Chris Tucker presented Chan with the award. Hanks compared Chan to the likes of John Wayne and Buster Keaton. Chan accepted his award, calling it a “dream” and shared his memories growing up and watching the Oscars with his parents. The actor recalled watching the ceremony with his parents and his father always asking him why he didn't have Hollywood's top accolade despite having made so many movies.

We congratulate Jackie and wish him more success in his career and life!

In the Making / Jean-Claude Van Damme - Full Love
« on: November 15, 2016, 01:24:50 pm »
Jean-Claude Van Damme has launched his project in 2008 to film his current movie 'Full Love' - also known as 'Eagle Path' and 'Soldiers'. Filming was completed in Thailand and the first edits were shown out of competition on the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 with additional scenes filmed in 2012. The movie, however, was never completed or officially released in any form. According to Van Damme the reason he also turned down Stallone's offer for the role in the original Expendables is because he was working on editing his movie.

Written, directed, produced by JCVD while he also plays the main role as 'Frenchy'.

Will he ever complete this movie? It's yet to be seen ...

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