Monday, August 19, 2013

8.19.2013 [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)

"The Palace" poster

According to news reports, "The Palace" features S&M, 'forbidden/ambiguous love', and Zhou Dongyu's most challenging role to date.

THR: China's Wanda Pushing Film Credentials With 'The Palace'
The movie is a love story set during the Qing Dynasty and features Zhou Dongyu, who made a big splash for her role in Zhang Yimou’s Under The Hawthorn Tree, and also features Lu Yi, Zhao Liying and Chen Xiao.

Zhao Liying and Zhou Dongyu develop "feelings" for each other
More publicity stills at HKMDB

On the back of ongoing movie theater building in China, Wang's Dalian Wanda Group bought North America's AMC Entertainment last year for $2.6 billion, making it the largest exhibitor in the world.

"Tiny Times" posters

Touted as the Chinese Sex and the City, the glitzy chick flick, which broke China’s opening-day records, follows four best friends in Shanghai as they totter around on Manolo Blahniks pursuing love and career success. [And what brand were Brigitte Lin's heels, so lovingly polished by Takeshi Kaneshiro, in "Chungking Express"? Yep, Manolo Blahnik.]

"Chungking Express"

NYT: A Kung Fu That Maims and Romances - Wong Kar-wai on His New Film, ‘The Grandmaster’
The American edit, with his approval, adds explanatory titles, character names and some different footage and hews to a more linear chronology.

Additional details on Roy Chow's upcoming Wong Fei-hung film
THR: Hong Kong's Edko Films Unveils Kung-Fu Project 'Rise of the Legend'
While the actor playing the lead role of Wong Fei-hung is not yet unannounced, the film will star Sammo Hung (Ip Man 2) as the kung fu master's mentor, as well as Jing Boran (The Bullet Vanishes), and martial arts champion-turned-actorZhang Jin (The Grandmaster).

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