October 26, 2007 |
HONG KONG -- "Lust, Caution" was rejected from Academy Award consideration as best foreign-language film and now it has failed to qualify for the top categories at the Hong Kong Film Awards, a major honor in Chinese-language cinema. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had turned down the movie as Taiwan's entry in the foreign film competition because even though director Ang Lee hails from Taiwan, not enough other Taiwanese took part in making it.
January 14, 2003 |
Director Zhang Yimou's martial arts epic "Hero," about China's legendary first emperor, has become the country's highest-grossing domestic film after just a month in theaters, its distributor said Monday. "Hero" has raked in $24 million at the box office, said Qin Lixin, deputy general manager of Beijing New Picture Film Co. Ltd. The movie, which opened in mid-December, depicts Emperor Qin Shihuang's campaign to unify China more than 2,000 years ago.
August 24, 2007 |
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's erotic espionage thriller, "Lust, Caution," has been given an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Assn. of America, signaling to parents that the film may be inappropriate for audiences 17 and under, and restricting admission to only those 18 and older. The film earned the MPAA's strict rating because of "some explicit sexuality."
October 31, 1997 |
The title of Wong Kar-Wai's wrenching, jagged "Happy Together," taken from the popular song, is decidedly ironic. Shot alternately in high-contrast black and white and rich color, it has a harsh charcoal-sketch look in either mode as it charts the coming apart of a gay love affair. Photographed by Wong's usual collaborator, the award-winning Christopher Doyle, "Happy Together" is as fragmented in style as the relationship it depicts with relentless emotional honesty.
December 7, 2004 |
Boasting sleek, metallic surfaces and saturated neon highlights that belie the shadowy souls of its symbiotic protagonists, "Infernal Affairs" glides along like a buffed-out muscle car, a glistening machine with a steady rumble under the hood. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Andy Lau star as two men who internalize the good-cop, bad-cop ethos to unhealthy extents amid the Hong Kong underworld and fall deeper into identities that are no longer their own.
October 4, 1991 |
The whimsical and lively "A Chinese Ghost Story III" (at the Sing Lee, 649 N. Spring St., Chinatown, and the State, 770 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena) finds the dreaded Tree Demon awakening from a century's sleep and ready to stir up big trouble for anyone who enters the haunted Orchid Temple. This latest chapter has much of the charm and humor of the first two films in the series, but its mix of incessant chatter and martial arts derring-do amid spectacular special effects tends to become weary.
July 16, 2004 |
"Zhou Yu's Train" is something of a rarity in Chinese cinema, the all-stops-out romantic movie. It stars Gong Li, master director Zhang Yimou's former longtime muse. Since their personal and professional breakup with "Shanghai Triad" (1995), Gong has been largely absent from overseas screens, but she returns here as beautiful and accomplished as ever.
January 31, 1993
I would agree with Dacy up to a point, that it's the star performances that make Hong Kong films popular. But who creates many of those star performances? Until he was cast in a John Woo film, Chow Yun-Fat's "undeniable personal charisma" didn't find much of an audience. Woo's ability to bring out the best in actors and to give them a previously unimaginable weight and depth has in the past revived the failing career of Ti Lung, made a serious actor of pop star Leslie Cheung and made Chow Yun-Fat a mega-star in Asia.
December 20, 1993 |
The second annual Festival Hong Kong continues at the Monica 4-Plex with Johnny To's "The Heroic Trio" (Tuesday at 5:15 and 9:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.), the kind of martial arts fantasy only the Hong Kong film industry could pull off.
March 8, 1996 |
Wong Kar-Wai's "Chungking Express" is as fresh as falling rain, a pair of love stories full of pain and humor. Shot fast and sometimes furiously on crowded Hong Kong streets, it speaks in its own highly personal shorthand, expressed through the most fluid of cameras and punctuated with bold whooshes of color and potent bursts of American pop music.