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Anthony Wong and the many faces of Yip Man
In the review for The Legend Is Born: Ip Man, I mentioned how the character of Yip Man seems to be turning into the new Wong Fei-Hung. Here's a real-life historical figure who's suddenly become an idealized version of the rea... read feature

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J - A - C... See you real soon!
During an event in Beijing, Jackie Chan said he's interested in creating his own theme park in Yizhuang. According to the Malaysia Times, the park will be called JC World. The two square kilometer park will be comprised of fi... read feature

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Chinese PLA officer claims Pacific Rim is propaganda


USA! USA! USA! Oh and Australia, China, Russia, and technically Mexico
Sep 03
According to a statement in People's Liberation Army Daily, Zhang Jieli (a PLA officer), wrote that Hollywood uses movies as a way to convey American propaganda to the world. Sure big Hollywood films could have big 'Meri... read
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The flawed US cut hints at a masterpiece on the meaning of the martial arts
While Donnie Yen kicked off the Ip Man craze back in 2008, you could argue that Wong Kar Wai was partially responsible. Wong had announced his own Ip Man film prior to the Yen picture even being conceived, but it took ages to... read feature

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Yet another case of Harvey Weinstein's scissorhands
Wong Kar Wai's long-in-the-making Ip Man film The Grandmaster finally hits the US next week, and it will be about 20 minutes shorter than the Hong Kong version of the film. Wong was in attendance at a special screening of The... read feature

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Pacific Rim opens well in China, sequel more likely


Aug 01
While Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim has been a bit of a bust at the box office domestically, it's been doing quite well overseas. In fact, Pacific Rim had a record-setting opening day in China on Wednesday, grossing $... read
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This movie looks tough as hell
Martial arts superstar Donnie Yen has been keeping busy. He's got The Monkey King and Iceman 3D coming out soonish, there's the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel shooting next year, and there's still talk about Ip M... read feature

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An attempt to understand some Chinese art house pretension
Whenever News Editor Hubert Vigilla and I see a film together, we follow it up with a discussion about what we just saw, what we thought, what it means, whatever. Sometimes, those discussions play out in miniature with our sy... read feature

Bullet Vanishes Review photo
The intrigue of the improbable and the false step of the impossible
There's an observation in This Is Spinal Tap that sums up the dilemma of many detective stories: there's a fine line between clever and stupid. Successful detective stories provide satisfying solutions to mysteries, no matter... read feature

Tales from Dark 1 Review photo
Film #1 = GRR! GHOSTS! Film #2 = G-g-g-g-ghosts?! Film #3 = Ghosts *sniffle*
Tales from the Dark Part 1 had its world premiere last Friday at the New York Asian Film Festival. It's an anthology horror movie containing three shorts films, all of which are adaptations of stories by Lilian Lee. Think les... read feature

Ip Man Legend Born Review photo
Is Yip Man becoming the new Wong Fei-Hung?
Ip Man starring Donnie Yen and directed by Wilson Yip is one of the best martial arts films of the last 10 years. It cemented Yen's reputation as a major star, and it began a craze for Yip Man films. Wong Kar-Wai has bee... read feature

High Tech Low Life Review photo
The tale of two citizen journalists in China
The semantic distinction some people make between "journalist" and "blogger" is pretty amusing. Many cling to one term or the other to describe themselves, as if there's no crossover between the two, or as if the functions of... read feature

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Trailer: Iceman 3D


Donnie Yen gets thawed out in this remake of a Yuen Biao film
May 22
Donnie Yen is going to have a crowded 2013, with three films coming out this year: the big-budget fantasy movie The Monkey King, the crime/martial arts yarn Special Identity, and Iceman 3D, a remake of the enjoyable 1989 fil... read
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Check out new photos for Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster


They are full of martial artistry, lol
May 21
Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster has had a long and bumpy road to production, but it's finally coming to US theaters this summer. While opinions have been relatively lackluster about the film since it's international debut at t... read
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Chinese actors cut from Iron Man 3 to be in short film


May 10
Small potential spoilers depending on how picky you are. So have a small warning of caution people. For those who didn’t like that Wang Xueqi (Dr. Wu) had a small performance in Iron Man 3, don’t worry! He and oth... read
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Trailer: The Grandmaster


It's in English this time!
Apr 23
Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster has been stuck in production and post-production h-e-double-hockey-sticks for about three years now. While we can hardly say at this point whether or not the movie will be worth the wait, we ca... read
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Transformers 4 to have a reality show in China


China still cool
Apr 18
Hollywood so wants China to love it, but China isn't sure if Hollywood is really cool yet. Hot off the heels of announcing that Transformers 4 would be a co-production with China, Paramount Pictures has revealed that the... read
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Check out Gordon Liu, Lau Kar-wing, and a secret screening at Anthology Film Archives
If you live in New York and are a fan of old school kung fu movies, you need to head to Anthology Film Archives next weekend. From April 19-21, the team behind the New York Asian Film Festival is putting on the Old School Kun... read feature

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World War Z being changed to appease Chinese censors


Just the latest bit of news in the not-very-close adaptation of World War Z
Apr 02
Our report yesterday about the PG-13 World War Z barely having blood in it was not a joke. And neither is this: The Wrap reports that Paramount will be changing some story elements in World War Z in order to get past the Chin... read
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China to get its own version of Iron Man 3


Mar 29
China is big effing business to the movie industry right now, so it should come as little surprise that Iron Man 3 will be getting its own, Chinese-friendly version to play in the country. The Chinese version will featur... read
Xmas Without China Review photo
US/China relations through consumerism and cultural identity
[From March 9th - 17th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX. Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!] I remember seeing an... read feature

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The Marvel/Disney partnership is taking it to the next level and moving in together overseas. Hong Kong Disneyland will create an area of their park dedicated to Marvel superheroes. During his 2013-2014 budget speech, Hong Ko... read feature

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The old cop movie cliches run into a different kind of car chase picture
[For the next week we'll be looking at some of the movies playing at the Film Comment Selects series, featuring films hand selected by the editors of Film Comment magazine. For tickets and more information on the series, go h... read feature

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Wong Kar-wai may do sequel to The Grandmasters


Star Tony Leung would not return; film cut by 15 minutes for international release
Feb 05
After two years of development, three years in production, and some release delays, Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmasters finally opened in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore last month. It's the director's biggest hit by far ... read
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Stephen Chow's latest film looks goofy as hell in the best possible way
Of the two Monkey King movies coming out this year, I think I'm looking forward to Stephen Chow's Journey to the West more than the one starring Donnie Yen. (It might be because of my love of all things Stephen Chow and my o... read feature

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Cloud Atlas gets heavily cut by Chinese censors


Jan 23
Apparently Cloud Atlas was not the easiest film to understand depending on who you talk to. Some people in the general masses thought the same thing when Inception came out, talking about a convoluted plot and whatnot. Good n... read
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Wong Kar-wai rushing to finish The Grandmasters


The film screens for Chinese censors and press on January 5th
Jan 04
Roughly five years in the making and oft-delayed, Wong Kar-wai's Yip Man biopic The Grandmasters is almost done. Almost. The Hollywood Reporter says that Wong is doing last-minute post-production right now. How last minute? T... read
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Behind the scenes of Stephen Chow's Journey to the West


Stephen Chow and Shu Qi get zany
Dec 31
Donnie Yen's The Monkey King isn't the only adaptation of the novel Journey to the West slated for 2013. Stephen Chow is working on his own film. Alternately titled both Journey to the West and Odyssey, it looks like it... read
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Jackie Chan's Chinese Zodiac hits US spring/summer 2013


Dec 27
There's finally word on the US release of Jackie Chan's Chinese Zodiac, his 101st movie and his last balls-to-the-walls action flick. Ramy Choi (director of distribution and acquisition at Chan's Jackie & JJ Internationa... read
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Trailer: The Assassins


Chow Yun-fat stars in Zhao Yiyang period epic
Dec 27
There's a certain kind of sumptuousness to Chinese period epics, like John Woo's Red Cliff or the films of Chen Kaige. Zhao Yiyang's The Assassins has a pretty good vibe going here in this trailer, and I'm interested to chec... read
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Trailer: Chinese Zodiac (Hong Kong)


A new trailer for Jackie Chan's 101st film
Dec 17
Jackie Chan's Chinese Zodiac (CZ12) hits Asian theaters this week, and this Hong Kong trailer for the film gives a good sense of the film's scope and story. Again, it looks like a possible return to form for Chan, whose best... read
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Trailer: The Sorcerer and the White Snake


Like a sorcerer Jet Li was born to walk alone
Dec 10
Ching Siu-tung (aka Tony Ching) has directed a number of notable films over the years, including Duel to the Death, A Chinese Ghost Story, and Swordsman II. He's also done some great action direction on Shaolin Soccer, Hero,... read






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