December 4, 2010 |
A master swordsman leaves his homeland of warring clans for the Wild West in the bloody wuxia/shoot-em-up hybrid "The Warrior's Way. " But South Korean filmmaker Sngmoo Lee's debut feature is less a genre-spanning romp than a tiresome lab experiment in computer-generated tropes and green-screen oppressiveness. The human part involves quietly dashing Korean star Jang Dong-Gun as the stoic, blade-wielding nomad Yang, who brings his waylaid enemies' lone survivor, a baby girl he can't bring himself to kill, to an American frontier outpost made up mostly of circus workers led by a welcoming ringmaster named Eightball (the always appealing Tony Cox)
January 16, 2009 |
Everywhere in these tough times, people are trimming the excess from their lives. The Indian martial arts comedy "Chandni Chowk to China," however, which stars Akshay Kumar as a hapless food-stall worker who goes from chopping vegetables to hand-chopping bad guys, approaches entertainment with a more-is-more ethos.
June 28, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See below for details. Village Roadshow Entertainment, the production and finance company behind such film franchises as "Sherlock Holmes"and "Happy Feet," has raised $380 million in new capital. The money will allow the production outfit to expand the number of movies it makes with longtime studio partner Warner Bros.as well as grow a new China-based venture. The equity, which comes from investment firm Trinity Opportunities Limited and was arranged with Hong Kong's Shikumen Capital Management, will give Village Roadshow the ability to access more of a $1-billion debt facility that it set up last year.
April 25, 2005 |
The absence of any strong new draw for the youth market made plenty of room at the top of the nation's box office for Sydney Pollack's "The Interpreter," and females dominated the audience for the three newest movies, as they have for the past two weekends. The film, which stars Nicole Kidman as an interpreter who overhears a conversation about an assassination plot at the U.N. and Sean Penn as the Secret Service agent assigned to investigate and protect her, took in an estimated $22.
April 18, 2005 |
There appears to be money in ghosts, or at least in movies about ghosts -- even in tales told twice, thrice or more. MGM's "The Amityville Horror" scared up an estimated $23.3 million over the weekend to take the lead in box office receipts, the studio reported Sunday.
January 1, 2014 |
BEIJING - China's movie box office topped $3.6 billion in 2013, up about 27% over 2012, with home-grown fare drawing particularly large crowds and driving down Hollywood's share of the market. Seven of the 10 highest-grossing films were Chinese, data from box office analysis firms Artisan Gateway and EntGroup showed Tuesday. In first place was Stephen Chow's action-comedy "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons," which took in about $207 million. Three Hollywood films made the top 10. "Iron Man 3," also the top box-office performer in the U.S., made $124 million for second place.
April 2, 2013 |
Village Roadshow Pictures Asia released its first Chinese-language film with no certainty the modestly budgeted movie would succeed with audiences in the world's most populous country. But "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons," a comedic take on a well-known 16th century Chinese fantasy novel, had a February opening-week gross of $93.5 million - the biggest ever in China. It already has made $200.5 million, and it could go on to gross more at China's box office than any other Chinese-made film in history.
July 22, 2010 |
Just as some movies are impervious to bad reviews, there are films that debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego whose fates simply cannot be doomed. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" won't likely suffer if Warner Bros. does nothing more than hold up one of star Daniel Radcliffe's dirty socks before thousands of the movie's fans. Any number of other films — particularly those flying just below the pop culture radar — face a more perilous test at the annual gathering of comic book, fantasy and sci-fi fans running Thursday through Sunday.
May 31, 1995 |
Screening at the Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival Thursday at 7 p.m. in UCLA's Melnitz Theater is Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho's amazing "Letter for an Angel," a vivid evocation of the often brutal quality of life in adjoining villages on a small, idyllic island. As the film moves from one vignette of daily life to the next, punctuated by awesomely beautiful sunsets, it centers on a bright, feisty 9-year-old whose camera, a modern intrusion in a primitive society, precipitates havoc.