Fantasia XXV Canadian Premiere: RAGING FIRE, An Electrifying Closure To Director Benny Chan’s Legacy
Originally published 8.16.21: From a professional standpoint, the last seventeen months were quite hectic for me. Briefly, the translation business was not slowed down in the least by the pandemic, quite the contrary. Amongst other things, I am very grateful for the work – a regular income proved to be one less worry. Work not only kept me busy and paying the bills, it contributed to keeping me sane (long daily walks also helped). The pandemic ensured my disconnection from most people, including friends and acquaintances and the interests/hobbies we share. This year, Fantasia is also part of the general disconnect. As such, I had no idea the film festival’s 25th edition would feature the Canadian Premiere of Hong Kong Director Benny Chan’s (Chan Muk-sing, October 7, 1961 – August 23, 2020) very last film, Raging Fire. Usually, I keep track of these things as martial arts and films still fascinate me in the autumn of my life. My interest with film started at a very young age with my mother Yvette introducing me to black and white films featuring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, James Cagney, the Marx Brothers, Deanna Durbin, movies we would watch on television. In my early teens, my father Georges and I were patrons of the local cinemas and watched double bills featuring the celluloid exploits of Bruce Lee, Angela Mao Ying and Jimmy Wang Yu. In my later teens and early adult years, I was drawn to films such as The Other Side of Midnight, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Logan’s Run, and The Serpent’s Egg. !
NYAFF XX Review: Benny Chan’s RAGING FIRE, A White-Knuckle Cop Thriller With Posthumous Deference
The past two decades or so proved to be a pretty interesting era in Asian movies. Specifically, new blood entered the arena by the late nineties to carry onward the legacy and momentum of Hong Kong cinema following its latest crossovers of Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh, placing younger stars like actor Nicholas Tse firmly in the spotlight as the terrain shifted. The result has seen the trajectory expanded on significantly more prospective terms as, namely speaking, Yen’s pursuits saw him traveling the world for productions on both sides of the lens, while the likes of Tse and his Gen-X Cops helmer Benny Chan – director of Yen’s 1995 incarnation of Fist Of Fury – would eventually see the two collaborate several times over from 2004 through 2011.
RAGING FIRE Unleashes Between Donnie Yen And Nicholas Tse In The First Teaser
Right up until his untimely passing in August, late director Benny Chan served as one of the most memorable and remarkable filmmakers of his field. He now leaves his fanbase around the world with his final posthumous film credit, Raging Fire, rejoining his Fist Of Fury TV series star Donnie Yen, and Shaolin and Invisible Target star Nicholas Tse for a brand new thriller going into 2021.
RIP Benny Chan
Reports are coming in that filmmaker Benny Chan has passed away due to nasopharyngeal cancer at the age of 58.
Benny Chan’s GEN-X COPS Cast Announces Third Installment To The Franchise
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RAGING FIRE: Donnie Yen/Nicholas Tse Cop Actioner Announced At FilMart
Emperor Motion Pictures made it official this week with the announcement of Raging Fire. Thought to be a new rendition of last year’s announced Crossfire project joining Benny Chan and action star Donnie Yen, THR reports that Raging Fire is an entirely different film altogether that will also star Nicholas Tse.
Benny Chan’s CROSSFIRE Lines Up Donnie Yen Action Thriller For EMP
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Actor and action star Donnie Yen is maintaining his high profile at Filmart in Hong Kong, including a pair of titles currently being sold under Hong Kong’s Mega-Vision Project Workshop that list Kam Ka-Wai’s Big Brother and Tanigaki Kenji’s Enter The Fat Dragon. Both have made headlines quite a bit in the past year in addition to several others that are also being shopped at Filmart while the latest is just breaking out of Asia by way of Emperor Motion Pictures.
For this, we turn to a recent teaser poster circulating ahead of production for Call Of Heroes helmer Benny Chan action thriller, Crossfire. The project is being hailed as a big budget spectacle that will star Yen as a former police inspector who travels to South America to rescue his kidnapped wife. The title stand among a bustling raft of films hosted by EMP with Dante Lam getting first billing for another spectacular military action spectacle to follow up his previous successes in Operation Mekong (2016), and Operation Red Sea (2018).
Chan and Yen are also producing this one as indicated in the poster just below via Sina Weibo.
Well Go USA’s CALL OF HEROES Lands Its Official U.S. Trailer
It’s high time Benny Chan’s period action adventure, Call Of Heroes, got a release date here in the states, and its numerous upward reviews since releasing this kate make it all the more rewarding. ScreenAnarchy debuted the U.S. trailer on Monday for the film’s VoD and DVD/Blu-Ray releases on November 8 and December 6, respectively, as well as the box art which you can also view just beneath.
Multiple Award-Winning Director Benny Chan (BIG BULLET, CONNECTED, THE WHITE STORM) directs a star-studded lineup of action stars in CALL OF HEROES, starring Louis Koo (DRUG WAR), Eddie Peng (COLD WAR 2), and Wu Jing (SHAOLIN), with Sammo Hung as action director.
Koo stars as Cao, the spoiled son of a powerful General who has grown into a vicious and depraved warlord. Although Cao is accused of triple murder, his father will destroy the town if his son is convicted and sentenced to death. But injustice cannot go unanswered, and the villagers prepare for the repercussions of punishing a guilty man.
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