Posted 16 May 2005 - 01:29 AM
And yeah, the cast is a big draw. The best Liu Ye performance I've seen was in The Floating Landscape which was a good movie but not spectacular. Dang Jong-Kun and Nicholas Tse should also make this quite an affair. I'm hoping that it manages to be a better and more commercial version of The Emporer and the Assassin, while not stooping to the lows of terrible CG usage ie The Storm Riders. (Also a Cecilia Cheung flick.)
For whatever it's worth, the bc magazine review of 2 Young was a little less flattering. (Scroll down)
Posted 16 May 2005 - 09:39 PM
Posted 18 May 2005 - 02:33 AM
Wong Kar Wai blames audiences for HK slump.
More 'Promise-ing' hype. Here's an interesting excerpt:
Jet Li almost gave up movies for Buddhism.
Edited by theoddone33, 18 May 2005 - 02:35 AM.
Posted 21 May 2005 - 10:33 PM
Harvey Weinstein, the president of Weinstein Company, attended a screening of a 12-minute synopsis of The Promise at Cannes, along with 120 other distributors.
He confirmed Chen Kaige's status as a master of cinema and regards this film to be a top Academy Award prospect for the Weinstein Company.
The 35 million US dollar film is the most expensive Chinese film ever made and features an international cast drawn from Japan, Korea Hong Kong, and mainland China.
The Promise is currently on track for release in China this coming December.
Posted 22 May 2005 - 01:28 AM
Edited by opus, 22 May 2005 - 01:29 AM.
Posted 24 May 2005 - 12:07 PM
Posted 24 May 2005 - 11:16 PM
Great interview. His new film frankly doesn't sound very interesting. I'm used to Ki-Duk films being about death or multilation or prostitution or all three, but I believe he can make anything interesting.
Some of the most interesting quotes in the interview were his statement about endless longing being beautiful and the final paragraph where he talks about his filming methods.
Posted 29 May 2005 - 01:56 AM
Also, Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine was chosen as Hong Kong's favorite Chinese film, according to a recent poll. The rest of the top five films were, respectively, Days of Being Wild, A Better Tomorrow, Infernal Affairs and Happy Together. If you know anything about those films it might not surprise you that Leslie Cheung was the most popular actor, according to the poll. Another unsurprising result was Maggie Cheung taking the most popular actress category. I'm surprised and pleased with Fancis Ng's 3rd place finish for the "favorite actor" question.
Posted 30 May 2005 - 11:54 PM
Opus, I know that you just saw A Tale of Two Sisters, which is one I rented from Blockbuster, but the English subtitles did not work. I saw about three total minutes of the film. How did you see it? Is it worth tracking down again? I was so bummed out, because I am always on the hunt for a great ghost story... I feel like I've seen many ghost stories, but never a great one.
Posted 31 May 2005 - 12:00 AM
Posted 31 May 2005 - 02:18 AM
I'm very sad that they're not playing Memories of Murder, which I still regard as the best Korean film I've seen and which gives similar movies such as Se7en and Silence of the Lambs a run for their money. Also missing is My Sassy Girl which I regard to be the best romantic comedy ever filmed (granted the competition is not very... competitive), but I suppose that most people have seen this by now.
It's nice to see places doing things like this, though.
Edit: Oops I misread the page... I guess they're not actually showing all those I recommended.
Edited by theoddone33, 31 May 2005 - 02:27 AM.
Posted 31 May 2005 - 12:31 PM
I picked up a copy at some Chinatown shop when I was in Toronto last year. I know there are several Region 3 releases floating around, and there are a couple Region 1 releases (including an "Uncut" version). HKFlix seems to have them all in stock.
I enjoyed the film quite a bit, though as I said in the review, I think it relies on a few too many twists in the final act. There's one point where, if it had ended, would've made the film much more affecting, IMHO. That being said, it's a gorgeous film, visually-speaking. The country home in which the film takes place is beautifully lensed, and is so full of gorgeous textures and whatnot that I spent a lot of the film just looking at the space around the characters.
Although there are plenty of "cheap thrills" in the film, it's not at all like the other, more popular Asian horror films (i.e. Ringu). In fact, I was surprised at how un-supernatural the events seem to be, and how much the film calls into question whether there are really ghosts, if it's all in a character's mind, or some combination thereof. The film is a little ambiguous there, I thought, thanks to the extra twists.
I really need to watch Conduct Zero again. I bought it after reading some stuff comparing it to Shaolin Soccer, which is way off. Sure, there are a couple of over the top, CGI-enhanced fights, but the film is much more a nostalgic high school romance. The aforementioned fights all took place in the rumors and tall tales that are told concerning the main character's fighting prowess. As such, my expectations were way off, and I remember feeling very disappointed by the film. I have a feeling I'll like it much more the second time around, as I had a very similar experience to Ping Pong, which now I simple love.
Fighter In The Wind is one I've been meaning to check out, though my DVD spending needs to be a little curbed right now thanks to the new house purchase. Arahan is a lot of fun, probably much more fun than it has any right to be. I love, love, love the fight when the main character finally lets loose in the restaurant, taking on the thugs that humiliated him, and the ways in which the film tries to posit traditional martial arts into modern society was fairly clever, I thought.
Speaking of Tale Of Two Sisters and Arahan, the next films from their two directors - A Bittersweet Life and Crying Fist - both look solid, and should be out on DVD by summer's end.
Edited by opus, 31 May 2005 - 12:42 PM.
Posted 02 June 2005 - 09:30 AM
Posted 02 June 2005 - 09:47 AM
Posted 03 June 2005 - 12:36 AM
Zhang Ziyi and Jia Zhangke (A celebrated indie/underground director in China) are high on a recent list of Mainland 'Youth Pioneers.' Qualities judged on were influence in their fields and presenting a positive image of China to the West.
Shooting recently began on a Kung Fu Hustle television spinoff, starring some of the original cast. This... probably won't make it to the U.S.
There's a nice article about actor Lau Ching-Wan's place in HK cinema, specifically his role in Lost in Time, which should definitely be in your Netflix queue if you haven't seen it. Lau is considered one of the most underrated actors working in Hong Kong today.
Posted 03 June 2005 - 01:42 AM
Heh, that's funny... I saw Jia Zhangke's The World in Toronto last year (my review). At the screening, we were told that it was his fourth feature, and the first that hadn't been banned in China. And even then, it wasn't exactly a glorifying tribute to the mainland. IIRC, one of the film's themes is the alienation in modern Chinese culture, especially as it seeks to become more modern and open to the West.
Posted 03 June 2005 - 10:45 PM
Posted 04 June 2005 - 02:42 PM
The Criterion Collection will be releasing Masaki Kobayashi's Harakiri later this year. I saw this a few years ago and was just blown away by it (here'smy review). It's a criminally overlooked samurai film starring Tatsuya Nakadai (aside from Toshiro Mifune, Japan's most famous samurai actor) that takes a dark look at bushido and samurai code of honor. A very dark and grim film, though not as dark and grim as, say, Sword Of Doom, but very powerful and gripping, due in large part to Nakadai's performance.
Posted 11 June 2005 - 03:58 PM
I believe I read somewhere that this is the highest grossing movie in Korea last year. With all the buzz around Korean film right now, one would think this would have found distribution here in the states.
Edited by stef, 11 June 2005 - 04:00 PM.
Posted 11 June 2005 - 06:32 PM
If I remember right, this was either the director's debut or his second film. Either way, I'm floored every time I watch it. And yeah, it's based on the first serial kilings in Korea... and follows truth, as I've read, fairly closely. Perhaps the parts about the