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Jumpcut 49 on Chinese Language Cinemas [Apr. 19th, 2007|10:00 pm]
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Hi --

This community's been quiet lately, but I just wanted to give everyone a head's up on the latest issue of Jump Cut (no. 49, spring 2007), which is largely about Chinese language cinemas. It's available online at http://www.ejumpcut.org/currentissue/index.html

China and China diaspora film -- a new stageCollapse )
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(no subject) [Feb. 26th, 2007|11:06 pm]
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hello, new member here >_< & i need your help!! i was on vacation in china back in 2004 & while at my grannies house i really enjoyed this tv series that i want to watch again because it brings back a lot of memories. so i was wondering if any of you could help me find the name of the tv series.

it's about a cop, i *think* the setting was in hk since the whole thing was in cantonese. it's a comedy & he's really really clumsy. he also has this cargo trench jacket thing on & i believe the title has something 'mystery' or mysteries' in it.

any help would be appreciated in finding the name of the series. thanks in advance..
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Stephen Chow The Richest Actor in Hong Kong? o_O [Jan. 7th, 2007|05:57 pm]
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Chow hot property

Friday, January 05, 2007

Who is likely to be named the richest actor in Hong Kong? While stars Jackie Chan Kong-sang and Chow Yun-fat come to mind for their multimillion dollar movie deals, for Stephen Chow, also known as Stephen Chiau Sing-chi, it has taken more than moviemaking to make it to the top.

Argua= bly the most successful comedian in Hong Kong movie history, Chow is reported to hold a property portfolio valued at more than HK$1.5 billion.

These include No10 Pollock's Path, The Peak, which Chow bought in 2004 for HK$320 million and a redeveloped shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui with an estimated market value of HK$310 million.


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Confession of Pain [Dec. 18th, 2006|12:04 am]
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I am so fascinated by the upcoming Hong-Kong movie "Confession of pain". It is directed by Andrew Lau, the director of "Infernal Affairs" and the two main leads are Tony Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro.

Information, discussion and promotional pictures of "Confession of Pain", Here, in my LJ
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To Live [Nov. 29th, 2006|10:22 am]
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[Current Mood |working]

I have assigning 3 films in my Intro to Chinese lanuguage and culture course (a college level January term course), the first of which is To Live (活着). I am trying to come up with an few questions to have the students think about while watching the movie that will hopefully help spark in-class discussion. (students will have the question on a hand-out and be required to write a short paragraph for each, and be ready to discuss it in the next class period.) I would really love any help or suggestions. Thank you.

(x-posted to chinesemovies and asianstudies)
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Thoughts on Infernal Affairs [Nov. 29th, 2006|01:37 pm]
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"Infernal Affairs" is the film I watched more then once and still want to watch again. I am very happy about the fact that the recent remake, "The Departed", was made skillfully by Martin Scorsese and is proven to be extremely successful all over the world. I am so glad about the fact that ideas and influence don't seem to go only in the direction from West to East anymore. If anything, especially as concerning Hollywood, the recent direction of ideas seems to be from East to West.

"Infernal Affairs" is a sleek, clever and stylish police story. But is it simply that? Like all of the best films or other works of fiction, "Infernal Affairs" goes onto the much deeper level.

Freedom. What is freedom? Where does it lie? Is it a set of circumstances around us or is it something we grow and carry inside? Full text of review and icons here
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Kung Fu Hustle Sequence [Aug. 1st, 2006|01:22 am]
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Stephen Chow offers 'A Hope'

The 'Kung Fu Hustle' writer-director-star is set to tackle the sci-fi genre with his next flick.
profile Chris Tilly | Jul 18 2006

Stephen Chow has postponed the 'Kung Fu Hustle' sequel to work on a $20million sci-fi flick.
Tentatively titled 'A Hope', the film will star Chow as an astronaut who crash lands on a mysterious planet where he befriends a robot who can communicate with aliens.

Up-and-coming actress Zhang Yuqi will star as the android in question, while Chow's 'Shaolin Soccer' and 'Kung Fu Hustle' alumni Yuen Qiu
, Danny Kwok-kwan Chan and Tin Kai-man will also feature.

According to Screen Daily, 'A Hope' will shoot in China in August, giving Chow more time to work on the script for the eagerly anticipated 'Kung Fu Hustle 2'

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The Newest Jackie Chan's Film;ROB-B-HOOD ...Trailer [Jun. 30th, 2006|03:48 pm]
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[Current Mood |excitedexcited]

Hey you guys check out the newest Jackie Chan's film...

The movie it's called ROB-B-HOOD


Here is the trailer...Enjoy it~


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Jet Li DVD Feraless [Jun. 20th, 2006|10:37 am]
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Does anyone has an idea where can I buy the Jet Li DVD Fearless, on region 1 format?
I looked at YesAsia.com but only found region 3 in it.
Greatly appreciated will be any reply.
Thankies in advance~
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Happy Together (1997) [May. 27th, 2006|10:19 pm]
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Director: Wong Kar Wai
Duration: 96 Minutes

When it comes to the cinematic world of Wong Kar Wai I am still a novice. I watched his film Chungking Express for the first time almost three years ago and have watched it with various friends since then three or four times, but for his other films, In the Mood for Love, Days of Being Wild and even 2046 I have yet to watch them. However, after viewing Tony Leung Chiu Wai’s excellent performance in Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung’s Cyclo, I wanted to see more of this actor’s work. Also, of course, I was familiar with the actor Leslie Cheung and his suicide, but as for his acting I had only viewed Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine. So having coming across Happy Together at my local DVD shop, I figured that I would give it a chance, and, as I felt after watching the films of many other directors that I kept on the backburner, I had to ask myself, Why did I wait so long to watch this film?

Happy Together tells the story of Lai Yiu Fai and Ho Po Wing’s on again and off again relationship. Much more serious and steadier than his lover, Lai Yiu Fai loves Ho Po Wing dearly, and even though the other man cheats on him, Lai Yiu Fai always takes Ho Po Wing back when the latter says “Let’s start over.” Hoping to rekindle their relationship, Fai and Po Wing travel to Argentina, however, while looking for waterfall called Iguazu, the couple becomes lost and Po Wing breaks off their relationship. Being completely broke, both Yiu Fai and Po Wing stay in Buenos Aires with the former working at a tango bar as a doorman and the latter earning his way through his way through his rich beneficiaries. Knowing that Yiu Fai still has feelings for him, Po Wing often flaunts himself with his multitudes of lovers and even calls Yiu Fai a couple of times to engage in more intimate activities, however, Yiu Fai, with the aid of strong alcohol, tries to keep himself from becoming ensnared by Po Wing once again. Yet when Po Wing comes to Yiu Fai one day with his face and hands bloodied, Yiu Fai finds himself once again in Po Wing’s grasp.

One of the things that I like the most about Happy Together is that while the lead couple is homosexual little is made of this. This is not a film that is trying one way or another to make an issue of gay relationships, all it is trying to do is display a relationship between two individuals and how it comes apart. Tony Leung does an extraordinary job of portraying someone who loves deeply and whose displays of affection are displayed quietly. Moments such as when Yiu Fai checks on Po Wing while he is sleeping are truly touching and the scene in which he “talks” into his friend Chang’s tape recorder is nearly heartbreaking. Combine these elements with an awesome soundtrack and some truly gorgeous cinematography by Christopher Doyle make Happy Together a truly wonderful film.
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