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 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.
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.
April 15, 2013 |
The cop thriller "Cold War" was the big winner Saturday evening in Hong Kong at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards, taking home nine trophies including best film, best actor for Tony Leung Ka Fai, best director and screenplay for the team of Longman Leung and Sunny Luk Kim Ching, and best newcomer for Alex Tsui. Presented by the Hong Kong Film Awards Assn., the Hong Kong Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars and the BAFTAs. Miriam Yeung won the best actress award for the romantic comedy "Love in the Buff.
April 25, 2013 |
There's more swooping, boisterous stylization to be had in Stephen Fung's "Tai Chi Hero," the picking-up-where-we-left-off follow-up to last year's epic silliness, "Tai Chi Zero. " Having saved peaceful Chen village from mechanized, Western-influenced invaders, gifted martial artist Lu Chan (Jayden Yuan) is still trying to ingratiate himself with the locals, who tell him their legendary brand of tai-chi-centric kung fu is off-limits to outsiders. When the prodigal son (Feng Shaofeng)
September 21, 2013 |
HONG KONG - There is a scene near the beginning of Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster" in which the main character, the martial arts expert Ip Man, expounds on the ethos of his practice. "Kung fu: two words. One horizontal, one vertical - if you're wrong, you'll be left lying down. If you're right, you're left standing - and only the ones who stand have the right to talk. " Lately it seems filmmakers can't talk enough about Ip Man. Born in southern China in 1893, he was notable for having taught the iconic Bruce Lee and popularizing the Wing Chun school of kung fu. Though he died in poverty and exile in Hong Kong in 1972, Ip has become an almost mythical figure featuring in multiple films in recent years.
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.
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.