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The Rescue arrives in UK cinemas nationwide on January 25

The Rescue is one of the most anticipated Chinese release of the year, and the latest action thriller from legendary director Dante Lam, whose films Operation Mekong and Operation Red Sea were stellar box office hits in China and internationally. Released in time for Chinese New Year through Cmc, distributor of global phenomenon The Wandering Earth, the film hits cinemas across the UK day and date with China on 25 January.

The first Chinese film to focus on China’s Coast Guard rescue organisation, The Rescue has an all-star cast of top Chinese talent including Eddie Peng (Operation Mekong), Wang Yanlin (Operation Red Sea), Xin Zhilei (Brotherhood of Blades) and Lan Yingying (Pacific Rim Uprising).

The film is one of the biggest Chinese productions of recent years, with a budget of over 700 million Rmb, shot on location in China and with underwater scenes shot at the world-famous Baja Studios in Mexico,
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Film Review: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) by Ang Lee

With Oscar season approaching and Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ garnering the Oscar buzz usually unseen amongst foreign language films, it prompted me to look back through the years to examine which non-English films, apart from last year’s “Roma” managed to garner such Oscar buzz. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon released nineteen years ago. At the time, it was the highest-grossing overseas film in the Us. It captured the attention of fans as well as the Academy. Along with Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma”, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” remains the most nominated (10) and awarded foreign film (4) at the Oscars.

Director Ang Lee’s movie is a wuxia set in the Qing dynasty. It is the story of warriors Li Mu Bai and Yu Shu Lien, and the Green Destiny. Li Mu Bai is a renowned warrior who wishes to pass on his sword- The Green Destiny. The one regret
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The Wacky Existentialism of Jeffrey Lau's "A Chinese Odyssey"

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Jeffrey Lau's A Chinese Odyssey - Part One: Pandora's Box and A Chinese Odyssey - Part Two: Cinderella (2015) are showing August and September on Mubi in the United States.During the last Golden Age of Hong Kong cinema, the period between the 1984 Joint Declaration and the 1997 Handover, generic cycles moved with lightning rapidity. The speed and sheer volume of production, combined with the relatively small group of creative professionals, meant that a genre could be born, reach its peak, and die out within a few short years. The Heroic Bloodshed cycle, for example, can be said to have started in 1986 with A Better Tomorrow, reached its peak with The Killer and A Better Tomorrow III in 1989, and had its last gonzo gasps in 1992 with Hard-Boiled and Full Contact. By the time of the genre’s decline, Chow Yun-fat’s stardom in the colony had been eclipsed by Stephen Chow,
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Dante Lam’s Chinese Action Film ‘The Rescue’ Completes Production

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Dante Lam’s Chinese Action Film ‘The Rescue’ Completes Production
Director Dante Lam and star Eddie Peng celebrated the completion of shooting on “The Rescue” with an underwater dive in Mexico and a couple of bottles of sparkling wine.

Made without prominent guns or martial arts, the film is an upbeat and intense action film that features China’s Coast Guard Services in airborne, marine and mountain rescues. It used the Baja Studios facilities in Mexico for extensive under water scenes.

Post-production will last for the remainder of 2019, ahead of an anticipated release at Chinese New Year time in 2020.

At the Cannes Film Festival, rights to the movie are being sold by China Modern Film and Television Development (Hk). Hong Kong studio Emperor Motion Pictures is handling distribution in selected territories in Asia.

Lam and producer Candy Leung assembled a multinational crew including Martin Laing and cinematographer Peter Pau.

The story focuses on five characters who form the nucleus of a rescue team.
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Cannes: Dante Lam’s ‘The Rescue’ to be Handled by China Modern

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Cannes: Dante Lam’s ‘The Rescue’ to be Handled by China Modern
China Modern Film and Television Development (Hk) is to handle international sales of “The Rescue.” The film is a big-budget Chinese action thriller, by smash hit director Dante Lam with the bankable Eddie Peng in the lead role.

The Hong Kong-based company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Modern Film and Television Development, one of the producers of the $90 million picture. It will represent the film for most international territories. At FilMart in March it was announced that Hong Kong studio Emperor Motion Pictures would be handling distribution in selected territories in Asia.

Now in the final stages of production, the film is a spectacular feast of action – without prominent guns or martial arts – featuring China’s Coast Guard Services in airborne, marine and mountain rescues. Locations included China and Baja, Mexico. The film is set for release at Chinese New Year season in early 2020.

Lam and producer Candy Leung
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Why Dante Lam’s ‘Rescue’ May Be a Lifeline for the Chinese Movie Industry (Exclusive)

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Why Dante Lam’s ‘Rescue’ May Be a Lifeline for the Chinese Movie Industry (Exclusive)
How do you follow “Operation Mekong” and “Operation Red Sea,” two of China’s biggest hit films in recent years?

For Dante Lam, who directed those two movies, it’s not by further cranking up the body count or delivering yet more on-screen patriotism. Instead, he and producer Candy Leung are now working on one of the costliest films in Chinese history, “The Rescue,” a thriller with four massive action sequences that each could drive a movie like “Deepwater Horizon” or “xXx.” The film focuses on an emergency rescue operative and his pilot girlfriend, whose team find courage and camaraderie in adversity.

The $90 million budget is more than double the $38 million cost of “Operation Red Sea,” at a time when the Chinese industry is currently undergoing a painful slowdown. But with Lam’s last two films clocking up a combined $750 million at the Chinese box office, the project has been
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Dante Lam Flies to ‘The Rescue’ With China’s Biggest Action Project (Exclusive)

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Dante Lam Flies to ‘The Rescue’ With China’s Biggest Action Project (Exclusive)
Ace Hong Kong director Dante Lam has begun work on “The Rescue,” which is set to be the biggest-budget Chinese film made this year. The $90 million action-adventure picture has already claimed a coveted Chinese New Year release slot in 2020.

Lam was recently responsible for two of mainland China’s highest-grossing films: “Operation Mekong” and last year’s “Operation Red Sea,” which raked in a combined $750 million in their target home market. Both were drenched in blood and Chinese patriotism, which failed to connect with audiences overseas.

For the long-gestating “Rescue,” Lam – whose track record includes upscale Hong Kong thrillers “The Viral Factor” and “The Stool Pigeon,” as well as sports dramas “Unbeatable” and “To the Fore” – has changed direction again. “There are no guns or martial-arts things,” he told Variety. “‘The Rescue’ is focused on courage, which I show through action. This has the energy of song and dance, or
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Good Guys Finish First: Don Mancini’S Durably Deranged Killer Doll Returns In Cult Of Chucky

Let’s talk memorable movie killers for a second. Since Mrs. Bates first slashed her way through the shower curtain in Room 1 of that roadside motel in Psycho (1960), franchise-minded murderers have had a hard time of it in the consistency department, regardless of how strong they may have lunged out of the gate. Established classics of the genre, like Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street have all given birth to an array of sequels, remakes and reboots that may have extended their nasty protagonists’ shelf life, but none could approach their origins in terms of frights or filmmaking quality.

The exception to this rule of inconsistency and ever-diminishing returns in serial killer movie franchises seems to be the maniac who may have been the most unlikely to succeed, or certainly to endure, to begin with. He would be Charles Lee Ray (played with customary intensity
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Netflix Original Films: Coming Soon to a Theater Near You?

The future of the streaming giant might not be streaming.

When streaming companies like Netlfix and Amazon got into the business of making original feature films, the industry was poised for a major change. Because these weren’t B-movies the companies were making, they weren’t the kind of low-brow fodder that gets released directly for home viewing every week, they were full-on, talent-backed, major motion pictures. Netflix had an amazing critical run (and some would say an Oscar snub or two) with Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation, and Amazon last year produced a slew of significant films from significant directors, including Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, and most notably, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, which did manage to snag a handful of Oscar noms and even walked away with a pair of wins, one for Lonergan for Best Original Screenplay, and
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'Trivisa', 'Mad World' score at Hong Kong Film Awards

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'Trivisa', 'Mad World' score at Hong Kong Film Awards
Trivisa scoops five awards including best film, while Mad World takes best new ditrector prize.Scroll Down For Full List Of Winners

Hong Kong’s new wave of filmmakers scored big at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night, where films from first-time directors walked off with most of the major prizes.

Johnnie To-produced crime drama Trivisa (pictured) was the big winner of the night, scooping five awards including best film and best director for its three first-time co-directors - Jevons Au, Frank Hui and Vicky Wong. The film, about a trio of notorious gangsters, also won best actor for Gordon Lam’s performance, best screenplay and best editing.

Wong Chun’s Mad World, also a first-time effort, picked up three awards, including best new director, best supporting actor for Eric Tsang’s performance and best supporting actress for Elaine Jin. The film tells the story of a former stockbroker living with his father (Tsang
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Witness the Evolution of Cinematography with Compilation of Oscar Winners

This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards

Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by
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Oscars 2017 How the Election Will Impact Craft Nominations

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Oscars 2017 How the Election Will Impact Craft Nominations
Faced with the reality of a Trump presidency, the Academy is doubling down on its Diversity Initiative. Already, the film industry is supplying more than the usual number of Oscar contenders boasting women and people of color, including the crafts.

Will voters be in the mood to send a post-Election inclusion message? You bet. The biggest impact could occur in the cinematography race, where only one person of African descent has ever been nominated (British-born Remi Adefarasin for “Elizabeth”), and no women. Cinematographer James Wong Howe, nominated seven times, won two Oscars, and Peter Pau one (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), while 10 other Asians have been nominated in that category. The last four cinematography winners are Latino, including Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi”) and three-time winner Emmanuel Lubezki (“Gravity,” “Birdman,” “The Revenant”).

After being overlooked for “Selma,” Bradford Young has a second opportunity to become the first African-American nominee for his poetic imagery in “Arrival,
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Blu-ray Review – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000.

Directed by Ang Lee

Starring Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Chen Chang, Sihung Lung, Cheng Pei Pei, Ziyi Zhang


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has been on Blu-ray before, but this new release serves up some deleted scenes and a new series of retrospective interviews with director Ang Lee, writer/producer James Schamus, and editor Tim Squyres. This disc doesn’t include everything from the previous Blu-ray release, so you may want to hang onto your old copy.

I remember seeing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with a friend in the theater in 2000 and being blown away by what unspooled on the big screen in front of us. In the hands of a lesser director, a movie that features acrobatic sword battles in which the combatants fly through the air might come across as hokey, but Ang Lee strikes the right balance of wonder and hard-edged realism.

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A record number of Asians invited this year by the Academy

Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks by 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization. Forty-six percent of new invitees are female and 41 percent ethnic minorities, the Academy said, adding that the roster boasts 28 Oscar winners and 98 nominees. The youngest invitee is 24 and the oldest 91. Here is the list of the Asians included.


Kim Daniel-dae  S. Korea

Lee Byung-hun  S. Korea

Tatsuya Nakadai Japan


Peter Pau China

Poon Hang-Sang China

Nelson Yu Lik-Wai China

Zhao Fei  China


Yoshihito Akatsuka Japan


Hou Hsiao-Hsien China

Naomi Kawase Japan

Kim So-yong  S. Jorea

Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japan

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand

Park Chan-wook S. Korea


Kazuo Hara JApan

Emiko Omori Japan

Trinh T. Minh-ha Vietnam

Jean Tsien Taiwan

Wang Bing China


Shigeru Umebayashi Japan


Albert Lee China

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Watch: Celebrate the Greatest Cinematography of All-Time With New Video Essay

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then there will never be a definitive list of the greatest cinematography, but for our money, one of the finest polls has been recently conducted on the matter. Our friend Scout Tafoya polled over 60 critics on Fandor, including some of us here, and the results can be found in a fantastic video essay below. Rather than the various wordless supercuts that crowd Vimeo, Tafoya wrestles with his thoughts on cinematography as we see the beautiful images overlaid from the top 12 choices.

“I’ve been thinking of the world cinematographically since high school,” Scout says. “Sometime around tenth grade I started looking out windows, at crowds of my peers, at the girls I had crushes on, and imagining the best way to film them. Lowlight, mini-dv or 35mm? Curious and washed out like the way Emmanuel Lubezki shot Y Tu Mamá También,
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Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival – Asian Film Presence

Thirty four Asian films will be screen during the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival here is the complete list.

Created in 1983 the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (Bifff) focus on horror, thriller, and science fiction films. This year the festival will take place from March 29th until April 10th in the city of Brussels (Belgium). This year thirty four Asian movies will be presented during the festival. This year South Korean movies are predominant as there will be thirteen Korean films. Some of the highlights are Baahubali: The Beginning (S.S. Rajamouli), Veteran (Seung-wan Ryoo), Memories of the Sword (Park Heung-sik), Tag (Sion Sono), The Deal (Son Yong-Ho) and The Priests (Jae-hyun Jang).

Asian Movies

Arahan by Ryoo Seung-Wan – South Korea | 2004

Assassination Classroom by Eiichiro Hasumi – Japan | 2015

Assassination Classroom: The Graduation by Eiichiro Hasumi – Japan | 2016

Attack on the Lederhosen Zombies by Dominik Hartl – Australia | 2016

Baahubali: The Beginning by S.S. Rajamouli – India
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The South-East Asian Individuals that won an Oscar

After the films from the area that won an Oscar, it is time to present the individual awards. As you will see, the winners are many since they have begun netting the golden statue since 1954.

Haing S. Ngor from Cambodia won in 1984 the Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role, for “The Killing Fields

Miyoshi Umeki from Japan won in 1957 the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role, for “Sayonara”.

Ang Lee from Taiwan won twice the Oscar for Best Director, in 2005 for “Brokeback Mountain” and in 2012 for Life of Pi. He was the first Asian to win in this particular category.

Peter Pau from Hong Kong won in 2000 the Oscar for Best Cinematography, for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.

Timmy Yip from Hong Kong won in 2000 the Oscar for Best Art Direction, for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.

Sanjo Wada from Japan won in 1954 the Oscar for Best Costume Design, for
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‘Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal’ squanders promise through a poor script and visual effects

Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal

Written by Junli Guo, Raymond Lei Jin, and Huanhuan Zhang

Directed by Peter Pau and Zhao Tianyu

Hong Kong, 2015

In recent years the Chinese and Hong Kong film scene has grown exponentially more important with respect its movie output and the lucrative potential that has Hollywood studios salivating, chasing cross-national picture deals which secure distribution rights on the island and mainland. As American, big budget productions have found ways to co-produce projects with the Chinese producers and film on their soil, so too have Chinese and Hong Kong production companies upped their game in an attempt to showcase their own blockbuster inclinations. Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, is another in a long line of Chinese fantasy action movies that offer spectacle and a sweeping story that attempts to rival the best that Hollywood has to offer.

Set many centuries ago in a fictional,
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Fantasia to close with 'Attack on Titan'

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Fantasia to close with 'Attack on Titan'
Montreal’s genre film festival to showcase 135 features and almost 300 shorts across its three-week run from July 14-Aug 4.Scroll down for line-up

Fantasia International Film Festival has unveiled its full line-up for its upcoming 19th edition which kicks off next Tuesday [July 14].

Over its three-week run, the Montreal-based genre film festival will showcase 135 features, including 22 world, 13 international premieres and 21 North American premieres, and almost 300 short films.

Shinji Higuchi’s Attack on Titan will receive its Canadian premiere as the closing film of this year’s edition on Aug 4. The live-action film is based on Hajime Isyama’s steampunk fantasy war opera manga series.

Additional highlights of the final wave of titles include the world premieres of Malik Bader’s thriller Cash Only and Ken Ochiai’s Ninja the Monster, as well as the Canadian premiere of Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion’s horror comedy Cooties starring Elijah Wood.

A trio of Sion Sono films will also be shown at this
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‘Attack on Titan’, Sion Sono, ‘Cop Car’ among full Fantasia ’15 lineup

The 19th Annual Fantasia Film Festival is only a week away, beginning July 14 and running through August 4. And as promised for today, they’ve revealed their full line-up of films screening at 2015’s festival in Montreal.

This year’s line-up boasts 22 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, and 21 North American Premieres. Both Marvel’s Ant-Man and the animated Miss Hokusai were previously announced, but now they’ve added the much anticipated Attack on Titan movie as their closing night film. Other highlights include the Sundance darlings Cooties, starring Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson, Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by the upcoming Spider-man director Jon Watts, and a trio of films from horror auteur Sion Sono.

See the full line-up announcement of films below via Fantasia’s Facebook page, and be sure to check out their website at for additional information.


Fantasia 2015:

36 Countries, 135 Features, and Nearly 300 Short Films

- Including 22 World Premieres,
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