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  • "LOVE IN THE BUFF" (after screening feat. Pang Ho-cheung, Shawn Yue, Wong Jing, Aaron Kwok...)

    Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 1:06AM / Video / Hong Kong Cinema

    I basically shot that right after the end of the screening of Pang Ho-cheung's "Love in the Buff" which opened the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) on March 21st, 2012 (almost 9 minutes feat. Shawn Yue, Peter Kam, Pang Ho-cheung, Subi Liang, Sabrina Baracetti, Wong Jing, Aaron Kwok, Grace Huang, Desmond So...). Enjoy. Music by my friend Michael Lopinto.


    Subi Liang  and Pang Ho-cheung



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  • Producer Stephen Shiu Jr. Talks Donnie Yen's ICEMAN COMETH and 4D SEX & ZEN (FILMART 2012)

    Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 5:24PM / News / Hong Kong Cinema

    Exactly one year ago at the Hong Kong International Film & Television Market (FILMART), Hong Kong producer Stephen Shiu Jr. was starting to sell the erotic movie "3D Sex & Zen" which at that time had not been released in local theaters. The movie beat "Avatar" at the Hong Kong box-office on its opening day, which created worldwide buzz. This year, Stephen Shiu Jr. is back at FILMART with his film company China 3D and six new movies.



    Last year, would you have expected "3D Sex & Zen" to be such a success?


    I knew it. It's a little bit better than my expectations, honestly. But not far away from expectation.

    What new movies are you presenting at FILMART this year?

    We have a variety of movies compared with last year, of course. We have two erotic movies; one is "4D Sex and Zen" with the D-Box system, which will be a new experience. The other one, "Dong Guan Wood",  is from the most popular novel on the internet in Hong Kong.  It's like the Asian version of "American Pie". It's a really funny, sexy comedy.




    We also have two love comedies, one, "Natural Born Lovers",  made by the most popular love comedy director of Hong Kong, Patrick Kong. And the other one, "Together", is an amazing story with the young couple who acted in "You are the Apple of My Eye". Donnie Yen is also in it, and Angelababy Yeung.





    We also have two modern action martial arts movies. One is "Iceman Cometh" which will be directed by and starring Donnie Yen, and the other is "3D Bauhinia Heroine". We have full confidence in these two movies. Like "Sex and Zen", "Iceman Cometh" is based on a successful film.  The original was made 20 years ago with Yuen Biao. Concerning "3D Bauhinia Heroine", the main character is based on a real hero. An everyday hero. These six films are an amazing line up for us. Only two of our movies cannot reach the Chinese market: the erotic ones. The other four will be coproduced with China or released in China.



    How did you get the idea to cast Donnie Yen in "Iceman Cometh"?

    I was always thinking, "if I had Donnie Yen, what kind of movie would I shoot?" So I thought of "Iceman Cometh".  It's a very interesting story about a royal guard from the Ming dynasty who goes to a snowy mountain, freezes himself and then wakes up four hundreds years later. Compared to Donnie Yen's other projects, I can say it's funnier. There will be some comedy elements but also huge, action packed, entertaining scenes. It will be different from what he's done before.

    Is Yuen Biao involved in this remake?

    Yes, he promised to act in the movie. This is the most exiting part, I think, because two generations of Icemen Cometh will fight in the same movie.



    Is it big budget?


    Yes, 20 million US dollars. The shooting will start in July and finish three months later.  We expect to release it in 2013 on China's National Day.

    Will "4D Sex & Zen" have a bigger budget than "3D"?

    No. It will be the same: 3 to 4 million US dollars.  It will be released after "Iceman Cometh", maybe in 2014 because I'm waiting for the D-box system to be ready. So at the moment we're just planning, promoting and thinking about the script of "4D Sex & Zen".

    Interview conducted by Frédéric Ambroisine on March 20th, 2012 at FILMART. Edited by Sylvia Rorem.Cross-published on Twitch.


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  • HONG KONG STARS HAVE "NO TIME FOR FOREIGN PRESS" (FILMART 2012)

    Friday, Mar 23, 2012 12:58AM / Information / Hong Kong Cinema

    The meaning of “FILMART” is “Hong Kong International Film & TV Market”. It is supposed to be an international event, not a local one. Yet many of the interesting events announced in the overseas press media program are useless for a journalist who does not speak Mandarin or Cantonese.



    Two days ago (on March 20th, 2012), a press conference was held for "The Bullet Vanishes". Stars Lau Ching-wan, Nicolas Tse and Liu Ka-chi, producer Derek Yee and director Law Chi-Leung were there to present the trailer to the press. To the local press I should say, since the entire conference was conducted in Chinese with no translation.


    The lady host with Law Chi-leung, Lau Ching-wan, Nicolas Tse, Liu Ka-chi and Derek Yee, presenting "The Bullet Vanishes".


    Lau Ching-wan, Nicolas Tse & Liu Ka-chi posing for the photographers.

    The only way for a journalist to gain any clue about “The Bullet Vanishes” was the one-minute trailer that was screened during this 2 ½ hour press conference. Chinese and local journalists were free to interview the above named people. When I asked the interview arrangement staff if I might talk to Lau Ching-wan or another actor, they made me wait until finally telling me that they had no time, even though they clearly had not asked any actor.


    Nicolas Tse interviewed by the local press.

    All I could do was take photos, watch a one minute trailer (“The Bullet Vanishes” is apparently a mystery action thriller in the vein of "Sherlock Holmes"), and record some Chinese answers by Lau Chi-wan when I crashed another journalist’s interview.


    Lau Ching-wan interviewed by the local press.

    The day before, Corey Yuen’s press conference for his new movie "Wu Dang" also had no English translation and no interviews available for foreign press.

    It seems this might be the case from now on for every Chinese or Hong Kong movie press conference presented at FILMART.


    Lau Ching-wan and Lau Chi-leung interviewed by the Chinese medias.

    Would it kill their budget to hire just one translator to spend 10 or 15 minutes explaining to the foreign press what the movie is about? We’d like to have a bit of material to write about.


    Lau Ching-wan is thinking about something.

    If the FILMART press conferences are only for local press, why can't they hold those conferences somewhere other than FILMART, which is supposed to be an international event?

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  • 6th Asian Film Awards Let the Bullets Fly takes 2011’s Top Grossing Asian Film

    Friday, Mar 9, 2012 6:40PM / Information / Asian Cinema

    (Press release) Hong Kong, 8 March 2012 – The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) today (8 March 2012) announced that Mainland director JIANG Wen’s critically acclaimed, larger than life action comedy "Let the Bullets Fly" will receive the special award as 2011’s Top Grossing Asian Film at the 6th Asian Film Awards (AFA) ceremony on 19 March 2012 in Hong Kong.


    Chow Yun-fat & Jiang Wen in "Let the Bullets Fly"

    Directed, written by and starring JIANG Wen as the desperado Pockmark Zhang, the film also stars CHOW Yun-fat, GE You and Carina LAU. "Let the Bullets Fly" has broken records – not only for the biggest box office of any Asian film of 2011, but as the highest grossing Chinese-language film of all time. In a little over a month, the film took 730 million yuan (approximately US$115 million).


    Carina Lau in "Let the Bullets Fly"

    "Let the Bullets Fly", a cowboy story set in the warlord era of China in the 1920s, has not only won popular acclaim but critical plaudits for its complexity, pace and intelligence.


    Chow Yun-fat, Jiang Wen & Ge You in "Let the Bullets Fly"

    A tale of bandits, train robberies, conmen and six-gun shootouts, Bullets struck the perfect balance between popcorn spectacle and ingenious plot – and audiences responded in droves, making JIANG’s fourth feature as director the second highest grossing film ever released in China (behind the international mega-hit Avatar), and packing out cinemas around the world thanks to phenomenal word of mouth.


    Chow Yun-fat (right) in "Let the Bullets Fly"

    “I love "Let the Bullets Fly",” says LI Cheuk-to, Artistic Director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, the organising body of the AFA. “And I love the fact that it has been so astonishingly successful.


    Ge You & Chow Yun-fat  in "Let the Bullets Fly"

    It’s a fitting reward for a film that so effectively showcases the depth of talent that exists in Asian cinema. It’s proof that you can have spectacle, you can have laughs, you can have complexity and meaning too, all in one film, and have box-office success. It is a significant artistic and commercial achievement.”



    For more information about the Asian Film Awards, please visit: www.asianfilmawards.asia.

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  • Video: MAGIC SHOW by Hong Kong Magician Mr Louis Yan

    Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 7:14PM / Video / Show


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  • Frederic Ambroisine is a Hong Kong cinema expert and documentary director who has made over 140 DVD bonus features for film distribution companies in France, the UK, the USA and Germany...

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