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January 6, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
Hong Kong film magnate Run Run Shaw, who built the Shaw Bros. studio into the largest in Asia in the 1960s and '70s, popularized the kung fu genre around the world and later became a major philanthropist, died Tuesday at 106. Shaw's studio - which he ran with his brother, Runme - churned out more than 1,000 films over more than five decades, from romances and musicals to action pictures. He even co-produced American films, including Ridley Scott's “Blade Runner.” The legacy of Shaw Bros.
December 20, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The Motion Picture Academy on Friday released the shortlist of nine foreign-language films that will pass to the next round of the race, and it contained the category's characteristic mix of favorites and surprises. While some of the films making the cut were on many forecasters' lists--they include Hong Kong's "The Grandmaster" directed by Wong Kar Wai, Denmark's "The Hunt" directed by Thomas Vinterberg and Italy's "The Great Beauty" directed by Paolo Sorrentino--the list omitted Iran's "The Past," from filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who previously won the category with "A Separation.
November 13, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
BEIJING -- Financial markets, economists and even one amateur limerick writer gave the thumbs down to the new Chinese Communist Party leadership's long-awaited platform on economic reform. Although a communiqué issued Tuesday night at the close of the four-day party plenum hailed the “decisive” role played by markets, the financial markets didn't return the compliment. From Hong Kong to Shanghai to Seoul, Asia benchmark indexes slumped on disappointment that the plenum had failed to live up to its advance billing of ushering in market-oriented reforms.
October 31, 2013 | By Robert Abele
The "Bill & Ted's"-style flop-mop that martial artist Tiger Chen sports in "Man of Tai Chi" isn't the only reminder of Keanu Reeves in this directorial debut from the "Matrix" star. There's Reeves himself, using his lower surfer-register for the forces of evil as a Hong Kong businessman who corrupts Chen's idealistic, working class tai chi disciple by turning him into an underground fight club star. But what's most cosmically appropriate about this no-nonsense yet all-nonsense action flick is how Reeves' greatest strength as a star - his fluid, imposing physicality - is also his best asset as a director.
October 31, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer and Bill Dwyre
Jockey Ryan Moore might be overqualified if he ever wants to be a contestant on the TV series "The Amazing Race," based on his travel itinerary for the next two months. He was in Toronto on Sunday riding Joshua Tree to victory in the Canadian International. On Friday and Saturday, he'll be at Santa Anita riding six European-trained horses in the Breeders' Cup World Championships. He has a flight booked on Saturday night to Australia, where he'll be riding in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
October 17, 2013 | By Martin Tsai
"Lost for Words" is an unlikely romance set in Hong Kong between an American on an information-technology assignment and a Chinese ballerina newly arrived to join a dance company. Michael (Sean Faris of "Never Back Down") is an ex-Marine who is emotionally preoccupied because of a separation. The virginal Anna (Grace Huang of "The Man With the Iron Fists") is the product of a strict Catholic upbringing. Even in this megalopolis, the two manage to cross paths three times before their formal introduction.
October 17, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
A man attacked director Michael Bay with an air conditioner on the Hong Kong set of "Transformers: The Age of Extinction" on Thursday. A statement the studio released described "a bizarre encounter with a man allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance. " "The man, who had earlier accosted several other crew members, rushed onto the set in Quarry Bay and swung the air conditioning unit directly at Bay's head," the statement said. "The director ducked and wrested the air conditioner from his attacker, preventing what could have been a serious accident.  The company's security team quickly stepped in and subdued the assault.
October 13, 2013 | By Noel Murray
A Hijacking Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98 Available on VOD beginning Oct. 15 The Tom Hanks hijacking-at-sea thriller "Captain Phillips" is sure to be one of the year's most talked-about films, but cinephiles also should check out director Tobias Lindholm's tense drama "A Hijacking," starring Soren Malling as a ruthless Danish shipping magnate who discovers the limits of his negotiating power when one of his freighters is seized by...
September 22, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
Dennie Gordon, who has directed U.S. films such as "What a Girl Wants" (2003) and "New York Minute" (2004) and numerous American TV shows, including "Burn Notice" and "30 Rock," recently helmed her first movie in China, "My Lucky Star. " A romantic comedy with a dash of James Bond-y adventure, it stars Ziyi Zhang of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" fame and Leehom Wang, a Taiwanese American singer and actor. In "My Lucky Star," Zhang plays Sophie, an aspiring cartoonist who wins a trip to Singapore and crosses paths with a dashing secret agent (Wang)
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