Monday, February 21, 2011

2.21.2011 - News

Director of new China's first film with kissing scene dies at 90
Huang Zumo, director of the classic Chinese movie, Romance on Lushan Mountain, died Saturday night in Shanghai.
1981 - Huang Zumo, Zhang Yu, screenwriter Bi Bicheng

A Woman, A Gun, and A Noodle Shop - Coen remake released on DVD
On Blu, the visuals and soundscapes are stunning. On DVD, they are good. Both formats share an exhaustive documentary that, at 119 minutes, runs 29 minutes longer than the brisk feature. You see Yimou's exacting filmmaking techniques. His bravado is even more impressive because you see he was in pre-production while concurrently planning the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Chen Bo-Lin, Li Yu, Mavis Fan, Fan Bingbing, Fei Long

Mavis Fan, Fan Bingbing

Journalist-turned filmmaker Yan Ran will make his directorial debut with "Sweet Journey" and "Together"

A tasty Hong Kong cops and robbers movie marred by a cliched plot and over-melodramatic backstory

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman poster, opening Mar.17
Ning Hao in guest appearance

Ning Hao's aptly-named and ill-fated No Man's Land has seen its release delayed again. Rescheduled for a tentative April release, the film was once again postponed. The film began shooting in May 2009 and originally slated for a December 2009 release. After criticisms from the film review board for having no good characters and too many bad guys, the film has struggled to find approval for its release. Meanwhile, Ning Hao has begun work on a new film for 2011 audiences. (Sina), 2

Poster for the thriller Fatal Invitations (Deadly Invitations) based on a best-selling Japanese novel
The film stars Cheung Tat-Ming and opens Mar.4 (Sina)

Poster for Lock Destination, formerly J-10's Sortie
Huang Yi

Huang Yi costars in the film, a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the mainland's Air Force

Dragon Pearl poster
Dragon Pearl is a Chinese-Australian co-production and will be released on Mar. 11
Jordan Chan costars in the archeological action film. Mario Adreacchio directs Sam Neill and Heidi Wang Ji in the leads.(Sina), (Xinhua)
[Update]Two thousand years earlier, to defend his kingdom, the dragon lent an emperor his all powerful pearl. Instead of being returned the pearl was buried with the emperor beneath his palace, and helpless without its source of power the dragon has remained entombed ever since.
Jordan Chan  (Official website)

Cherie Chung appearing in Beijing for jewellry brand Chaumet (Feb.19)

"Shangdown: The Way of the Spur" is an independent kung-fu spaghetti western, and the cowboy is Christian Bachini, a 25-year-old Italian actor who came to Shanghai to become an action star.


Glenn, kenixfan said...

Did you watch the US DVD of the Zhang Yimou? I heard the singing-and-dancing ending was cut? The documentary sounds interesting.

Cherie! I just watched something in anticipation of my 2nd Cherie Chung Week -- sometime in March or April. She turned 51 (!) last week.

dleedlee said...

Glenn, I haven't seen it. I vaguely recall the US theatrical release was edited. So, you may be correct.
DVD Talk has another review

Happy Birthday,Hung Goo!

dleedlee said...

Just another thought, I think Netflix carries Noodle, so maybe you can avail yourself for a nominal investment, if you have any interest.