Video: Director Ang Lee on the Making of “Lust, Caution” 色,戒

In December 2007, Asia Society interviewed Ang Lee and Tang Wei, the famous director and lead actress, respectively, of the erotic espionage thriller “Lust, Caution” which won Best Film at the Chinese-language Golden Horse Awards as well as the Venice Film Festival. [Click to see] – Read also previous news The Most Misread Person of […]

Video: Chinese Films: Why so Unique?

A National Geographic documentary on the Chinese film industry has been made available via YouTube. The doc deals with China’s usual mainstream suspects–Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, et al–but also introduces a few...

The Big Ang – China Daily

From China Daily via Some directors dazzle us with films that are slick, cool and stylish. Ang Lee‘s are none of those things especially but instead reveal the wisdom of a truly great storyteller. Who would imagine that a Chinese-language kungfu film would conquer the heart of mainstream America as well as sweep up […]

Chairman of Chinese State-run Movie Company Calls for Patriotic Movies – AP

AP reports that “some Chinese filmmakers say Beijing still views movies as a propaganda tool ” not an entertainment product.” This time, China Film Group called for patriotic movies and “pointed to Will Smith’s ‘The Pursuit of Happyness‘ as an example.” From IHT: Han added nationalism was also common in U.S. movies, saying they often […]

Zhang Ziyi to Play Supporting Role in “Mei Lanfang” Film – Xinhua

From CRIEnglish via Xinhua: World famous Chinese actor Zhang Ziyi is expected to play a supporting role in a film about Peking Opera legend Mei Lanfang. Zhang Ziyi will play the role of Meng Xiaodong, a female friend and rumoured lover of Mei Lanfang. Whilst the films director Chen Kaige has met with the actress […]

Chinese Epic Loses the Plot as Actors Quit £40m Project РJustin McCurry

From Guardian Unlimited: It is a film with as many twists and turns as any thriller. But the plot of The Battle of Red Cliff (˵§Â£Å‰πãÊàò), John Woo‘s (Âê¥ÂÆáÊ£Æ) multimillion-dollar Chinese epic, started to unravel as soon as the director snapped shut his clapperboard. …Tony Leung Chiu-wai, who won best actor at Cannes in 2000 […]

Jackie Chan, Jet Li Unite to Remake Classic Characters – CRIENGLISH

From CRIENGLISH via Xinhua: Chinese action stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li will team up for the first time to star a new film inspired by legendary classical Chinese novel “Journey to the West (Ë•øÊ∏∏ËÆ∞)” written during the Ming Dynasty. According to investor Huayi Brothers Company, Jet Li and Jackie Chan will play two famous […]

Ever wonder what it would be like to be Jackie Chan? – Onemanbandwidth

From Onemanbandwidth: He says he wakes up daily feeling pain in his waist, knees and shoulders. Not bad for a guy‚Äìwho should be a spokesperson for some 24-hour Emergency-care chain‚Äìwho has broken every bone in his 5‚Ä≤6‚Ä≥ body. He banged up his chest on the set of the China smash hit “Rob-B-Hood,”and then reinjured it […]

Camera obscured – Jonathan Watts

From Guardian Unlimited: For a director who has just been slapped with a five-year film-making ban, Lou Ye(®ÑÁÉ®) appears remarkably unperturbed as he describes how he was hauled before the Chinese censors last Friday for a dressing-down that made headlines around the world. “I thought there would be some trouble, though not this bad,” he […]

Chinawood recreates history, and makes some – Raymond Zhou

From Raymond Zhou blog: Hengdian(Ê®™Â∫ó), Zhejiang Province: When Hollywood built a full-scale film set of a 1930s geisha district on a field in a Los Angeles suburb, Xu Yong’an thought it could have been done in his hometown in East China’s Zhejiang Province. The story of “Memoirs of a Geisha” is set in Japan, but […]



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