Hu Ge, Wan Qian reunite in director Diao Yinan’s new film

L-R: Liao Fan, executive producer, Gwei Lunmei, Diao Yinan, Hu Ge Game of Hunting costars Hu Ge and Wan Qian have been cast in A Gathering at Southern Railway Station 南方车站聚会 (lit.), the latest project from art film director Diao Yinan. The movie will focus on one man’s redemption … Continue reading

Chloé Zhao lands new Amazon film, in talks to direct Black Widow solo film

Some updates on director Chloé Zhao, who is still writing fan-fiction online and paying off her student loans as of last month. Don’t forget to support her by watching The Rider in theaters now! Amazon has picked up her upcoming film … Continue reading

Aaron Kwok Finds Happiness In Women’s Kingdom

Aaron Kwok Finds Happiness In Women’s Kingdom

Aaron Kwok (郭富城) is once again leading the Lunar New Year movie marathons with his new film The Monkey King 3 <西遊記·女兒國>, which premiered on the new year. The film, which also stars William Feng (馮紹峰), Zanilia Zhao (趙麗穎), Xiaoshenyang (小瀋陽), and Him Law (羅仲謙), is a based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West <西遊記>, and follows Sun Wukong and his journey into the Women’s Kingdom.

This is Aaron’s second time portraying the iconic Sun Wukong. To go days on end wearing heavy makeup was not easy for the actor-singer, but upon receiving the script of The Monkey King 3, Aaron decided to go for it again, perhaps one last time.

“It’s been two years since I did the last one,” he said. “When I got the script [of The Monkey King 3], I saw that there was something very different here compared to the last one. To be able to portray a complicated character like Sun Wukong, and not just his playful side, definitely benefits me as an actor. You would want to do a role that helps you develop.”

Asking if he would like to play Sun Wukong for another sequel, he said, “Just the makeup itself took five hours, every single day. So when you’re sweating, you can’t wipe it off. It would give you this feeling of dread. After two years, I forgot about it, but on the first day on set for this film, that feeling came back to me. But it’s too late to take it back. I already agreed to do the role, and I received a lot of encouragement from my agency. The director is also very understanding. That pain is hard to deal with.”

Superstars like Stephen Chow (周星馳) and Donnie Yen (甄子丹) have took on the role of Sun Wukong before, and when asked if he was worried about viewers comparing him to them, he said, “That is something I won’t be able to prevent, but I’m not worried. I’m very confident with my own performance. (In your opinion, what qualities do you have that makes your performance stand out over theirs?) Sun Wukong is a very flexible fighter, and I come from a dancing background. I think that helped me deal with a lot of the character’s body language. It’s my style. (Who is the most handsome Sun Wukong?) I don’t want to rate that. (Maybe you?) Not worthy to be!”

After a whirlwind promotional tour to promote the film in Mainland China, Aaron’s last stop was Hong Kong, where he also spent the New Year’s. Now a new father, Aaron was asked about how he dealt with his new identity.

In bright smiles, Aaron said, “I’m still serious about my career and when I go home, I get to take care of my family. I think this moment is the most important. (What will you be doing differently this New Year holiday?) Taking care of my daughter! It’s the happiest time now. I get to focus on my career and also have a happy family. This is something I never got to experience before.”

Aaron is currently preparing for his upcoming film, which will be shot in New York. He shared, “There’s going to be a lot of preparation for it. I’ll be speaking some English.” Asking if he’ll decrease his workload for his family, he said, “Not necessarily. Because now I have a family, I have to work even harder for them.”

At the end of the year, Aaron will be holding a 50-date concert tour, with the last performance in Hong Kong. He promised fans that he’ll be in his fittest shape for the concert.

Source: Mingpao

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Tony Leung forms an alliance with Kris Wu, Tang Yan in Europe Raiders

When films list Jingle Ma (The Butterfly Lovers, Mulan, Speed Angels) as director, it’s usually a sign for me to stay right away from the very beginning, because his movies always turn out to be so very boring. I’ve heard some good things about the other two Raiders movies though, so let’s hope he doesn’t turn an action flick into a snooze fest.

ony Leung) and Miss Wang (Tang Yan) are a pair of agents employed by the CSI to help track down ‘God’s Right Hand’, which was stolen by a mysterious woman (Du Juan). However, they discover that things are not as simple as they seem after saving genius hacker Luo Qi (Kris Wu).

The action comedy film is scheduled for a late 2018 release.

Tang Yan should always play bad-ass characters:


Review: Detective Chinatown

Easily one of the best mysteries and best comedies of the past few years, Detective Chinatown is a sure crowd pleaser.

A belated review for one of my favorite films of 2016 to get ready for the sequel. Detective Chinatown 2 will be distributed by Warner Bros in the U.S. and will open in 48 markets (biggest in a long time for a Chinese film).

A clean and twist-filled mystery embellished with well-executed humor and splashes of romance kept me on the edge of my seats  for Detective Chinatown 唐人街探案. The buddy cop flick from actor-turned-director Chen Sicheng  proves that he continues to be one of China’s best young commercial directors.

When the reserved mystery novel nerd Qin Feng (Liu Haoran) is sent to spend the summer with his uncle, ne’er-do-well  Bangkok Chinatown P.I. Tang Ren (Wang Baoqiang), the two immediately clash and Qin Feng is ready to leave. Yet before Qin Feng can leave,   Tang Ren is framed for a murder, and Qin Feng is baited into helping him clear his name.

Despite mostly being sold as a comedy, the series has one of the most well-made crime plots among recent Chinese films. While other mystery films often feel either too pretentious with insights into human nature or too sophomoric with amateur directing/editing, Detective Chinatown felt like a polished mystery film fitting for a blockbuster. The mystery-solving is filled with unexpected twists, well-motivated suspects, and plenty of humor and chase scenes to make it exciting.

The comedy is sharper and more varied than the typical Wang Baoqiang comedy, although some of the misogynistic raunchiness remains. There are also notably a few comedic fights that’s a callback to older martial arts comedies of Hong Kong. Liu Haoran works well as the reserved nerd, while Zhang Zifeng shines as Snow, a seemingly normal student with secrets of her own.


Jaywalk Studio Buys “The Journey of Flower” Movie Rights, Dilireba to Star?

Jaywalk Studio Buys “The Journey of Flower” Movie Rights, Dilireba to Star?

Tied to a 15-year contract with Yang Mi’s (杨幂) Jaywalk Studio, one can bet that Dilireba (迪丽热巴) will be taking the lead in the studio’s major projects.

According to a recent report, the Chinese production studio and agency Jaywalk Studio, created by Yang Mi, has just purchased the rights to produce a film version of the 2015 hit series The Journey of Flower <花千骨>, which starred Zanilia Zhao Liying (赵丽颖) and Wallace Huo (霍建華). It’s been reported that the studio purchased the show’s movie rights for at least 1 billion yuan.

When the movie version for the hit drama was confirmed last year, it was assumed that Zanilia and Wallace would reprise their popular roles. Zanilia, however, had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. At the time, it was rumored that Angelababy would replace her.

With Jaywalk Studio’s new involvement in the movie, it is speculated that the lead role Hua Qiangu could go to Dilireba, Jaywalk Studio’s top artiste.

Dilireba’s possible casting is met with mixed reviews. Many fans pointed out that Yang Mi would be a more suitable candidate to play the lead role, as her 2017 hit Eternal Love <三生三世十里桃花> has already been compared to The Journey of Flower.


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Mark Chao Bears Harsh Winters for “Till the End of the World”

Mark Chao Bears Harsh Winters for “Till the End of the World”

Starring Mark Chao (趙又廷) and Yang Zishan (杨子珊), the winter romance film Till the End of the World <南极之恋> premiered in China on February 2, 2018. The film is based on the novel written by Wu Youyin (吴有音), who also directed the film. The movie focuses focuses on the love story between a young millionaire and a scientist who get stranded in Antarctica for 75 days.

The film was shot on location in Antarctica for one month, a first for a Chinese film. “The approval process took a long time,” shared Mark. “We came across a few tour groups when we went there, and they were only allowed to be on land for about one to two hours. We were with the seals, the penguins… to be able to experience Antarctica like how we did is a rare opportunity.”

When recalling his experience filming in Antarctica, Mark said he had conflicted feelings of homesickness. “When we were there, we all missed home, but after leaving it, we missed Antarctica. It’s not easy to get there, but if given the chance, I would love to go back. Hopefully next time I’ll get to bring my family and friends.”

Mark: Antarctica was “Beyond Our Imaginations”

It was a warmer season in Antarctica when the film crew of Till the End of the World arrived to shoot the film. Mark shared, “It was about -10 to -20 degrees Celsius at the time. It wasn’t even as cold as the winters in the Northeast [of China], but it was really beyond our imaginations. The winds were heavy and there would be sudden blizzards. We weren’t allowed to film outdoors during those times.”

Mark recalled a time when the film crew experienced a sudden strong wind gust when they were shooting on top of a hill. “We felt like we would get blown away. It was scary! You feel so small and insignificant living here.”

In wide-screen shots or scenes where Mark had to walk off-camera, the actor said he would see nothing but whiteness and snow. “You suddenly don’t feel like you’re in the real world or filming. It’s like you entered another reality. You don’t know what’s going to happen to you, you don’t know where you are. You’re like a little rock on the side of the road. You’re not important. That feeling is horrible.”


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