SHOCK WAVE 2: HONG KONG DESTRUCTION Review: Façades Come Off For An Even Darker, Explosive Andy Lau Thriller
Filmmaker Herman Yau returning to the director’s chair for a sequel to his 2017 thriller, Shock Wave, was the smart thing to do, particularly if the intent was to do something different with the same actor getting top billing. For fans of actor Andy Lau in this case, there shouldn’t be too many complaints – by the time he shot this movie, he’d been an entertainer for close to two-thirds of his life, and at 59 years young, he’s still killin’ it.
SHOCK WAVE 2 Lands Andy Lau On The Run In The Official Trailer
Finally slating a December release, Shock Wave 2 will mark the latest pairing for respective actor/director duo Andy Lau and Herman Yau who worked together on the inaugural 2017 crime thriller, which boasts earnings of up to $63 million dollars at the China box office.
SHOCK WAVE 2: Andy Lau, Amnesiac And On The Run In The Official Trailer
Director Herman Yau clearly has every intention to turn the page from his 2017 hostage thriller, Shock Wave. With its sequel now in route, the first official trailer is making the rounds and you can bet what you see happens to actor Andy Lau’s character is only a smidget of the upheaval and danger that awaits.
Review: Neo-Western Crime Drama, SAVAGE, Paints By Numbers With Ample Chills And Suspense
If rural crime pics are your thing, you can expect plenty of this in writer and director Cui Siwei’s debut outing, Savage, produced by former John Woo cohort Terence Chang. Scenic mountainous views and wintry landscapes are the backdrop for key performances from a cast led by Chang Chen, and an otherwise taut and stylish feature endeavor.
SAVAGE: Cui Siwei’s New Chilling New Heist Thriller Nabs A U.S. May 3 Release
With Shadow in tow, Zhang Yimou’s wuxia epic won’t be the only title ready to command audiences as Cui Siwei’s neo-western crime thriller, Savage, stakes its claim for Well Go USA also on May 3. The wintery action crime thriller is led by co-star of Warner Bros.’s upcoming Dune, actor Chang Chen and also stars actress Ni Ni, and actors Liao Fan, Huang Jue, Liu Hua, Zhang Yicong and Li Guangjie.
The Official Trailer For SAVAGE Teases A Cold-Blooded Heist Thriller
Director Cui Siwei – screenwriter of Huang Bo’s The Island and Leo Zhang’s Jackie Chan sci-fi, Bleeding Steel – stirred a fair bit of attention with his latest scintillating and brutal heist thriller, Savage, after screening in Busan last year. It’s getting an April 26 release in China and for this, it’s got a great official trailer packed with chilling, pulsating neo-western flair to boot.
Mandarin Drama Epic, THE RISE OF PHOENIXES, Premieres On September 14
Netflix Asia unveiled a gorgeous new trailer on Thursday for Mandarin drama series, The Rise Of Phoenixes. Upcoming The Weary Poet actor Chen Kun and actress Ni Ni headline the new show, clocked in at 70 episodes all loosely based on Huang Quan, a novel by Tianxia Guiyuan.
Review: THE THOUSAND FACES OF DUNJIA Masks Bad CG In The Veneer Of Feasible Light-Hearted Fantasy Adventure
Most cinephiles crow at the idea of any filmmaker reapproaching a film with the idea of remaking or rebooting it in some capacity. There’s no arguing, however, that there are definitely times when it serves the masses well and there are certainly some examples in that regard. For this, folks who’ve seen Yuen Woo-Ping’s Miracle Fighters can best judge for themselves how his latest, The Thousand Faces Of Dunjia, bodes for its current delivery.
The movie is definitely not the remake it was initially reported to be in earlier updates as much as both are their own films, although the two play in the same millieu with respect to wuxia and sorcery. It was Yuen who himself stated he aimed at redefining wuxia with this particular project along with the help of longtime cohort Tsui Hark producing and writing. Rather, it is worth suggesting the film settles for slightly less expectations despite such ambitions, as there’s only so much you can achieve with continually questionable visual effects on film.
Still, the film largely achieves imagineable, albeit thrilling family-friendly entertainment for the most part. Aarif Lee stars as Dao, a hapless yet physically fit and able-bodied constable who gets swept into the throes of a longstanding feud between supernatural forces of evil, and the Wuyin clan – unit of studious, vigilant warriors sworn to protect mankind from them. And the crux of this rivalry: The search for several pieces to an ancient puzzle that can construct ultimate power – an orb known as Qimen, a device known as Dunjia, an object known as The Destroyer Of Worlds, and a young girl with know memory of her past or identity, save for a circular mark on her arm that can ultimately determine the fate of the Wuyin clan, or its annihilation along with the rest of mankind.
The film itself is full of comedic jest with some moments of poignancy featuring lead actress Ni Ni and actor Da Peng leading much of the banter as Dragonfly and Zheng, the two of several senior members of Wuyin next to Big Brother, played by Taiwan’s own Wu Bai. Much is ado with rules pertaining to inhibiting expressions of affection with slaps in the face as penalty for violating the rule, truly lending the film its “slap” characteristics of slapstick fervor when applied. The alluring Zhou Dongyu charms as the young and coy Circle, found in a dungeon clinic during Zheng’s search for Wuyin’s prophetic leader. Opposite the film’s remaining human cast are several discernible creatures per the film’s narrative: A man-eating fish and a winged alien named Red Eye who frees a power-hungry creature long imprisoned underground named White Tiger.
Say what you will about the visuals from there. It’s something that can’t be helped unless some serious technical aspects are improved apart from some of the other set pieces which look perpetually amazing in comparison along with key background shots and costumes. Emotive drive runs amply nearing the third act in the scenes featuring our Wuyin heroes as they battle superpowered clan leaders under White Tiger’s influence.
Intrigue, spectacle are healthily served in Hark’s script with some delightful twists and turns and high energy performances, and a dose of extra levity in mid-credits to bookend this segmented fantasy wuxia offering from Yuen and the crew. Sequel potential is worth circulating should box office success ensue and if filmmakers are willing while noting The Thousand Faces Of Dunjia is not for everyone who happens to be a Yuen fan, unless you’re a collectivist or even open-minded in which case, have at it!
ENTER THE WARRIOR’S DENTIST: A Word With Filmmaker Matthias Hoene
Matthias Hoene: I had a very relaxing start into the year and am excited to share the movie with the world.
Watch The Official U.S. Trailer For Matthias Hoene’s ENTER THE WARRIOR’S GATE
Epic fantasy-adventure meets martial arts action in this thrilling film written by Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen. After a mysterious chest opens a gateway through time, teen gamer Jack (Uriah Shelton) is transported to an ancient empire terrorized by a cruel barbarian king (former WWE superstar Dave Bautista). Jack will need all of his gaming skills as he battles to defeat the barbarian, protect a beautiful princess, and somehow find his way back home.
Derek Kwok’s WU KONG Sees Eddie Peng Speaking Softly And Carrying A Big Stick In The First Teaser
It’s been over a year since intial news broke on the production Derek Kwok’s latest, Wu Kong. Kwok’s previous work with Stephen Chow on the 2013 hit, Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons, surely makes him a well suited pick to sit in the director’s chair in this particular category of folklore, adding to the freshness even further with actor Eddie Peng given his revitalizing performance as Wong Fei-Hung in the revitalizing Rise Of The Legend.
Here, he claims the title role for Kwok’s take inspired by pen named author Jin Zehai’s 2000 novel joining Peng with Invisible Target and Wild City co-star Shawn Yue’s role as fellow mythical mainstay, Erlang Shen, and actresses Ni Ni and Zheng Shuang. The film’s first teaser is here ahead of its July 13, 2017 release in China and right off the bat, you can already tell this will be a much more tonally different take than what we’ve seen based on the late Wu Cheng’en’s original literature in recent memory. This looks darker, slicker and pretty cool so far.
Wukong, born in Huaguo Mountain, has a heart of stone. Ji Hua, a powerful general from the heaven was going to terminate him. But Wukong was rescued by Bodhi and became his pupil. Jian Yang, was given an opportunity to become a strong god, but he needs to kill Zixia, the daughter of the Heaven Emperor’s rival, who he is in love with. Tianpeng, Ji Hua’s bodyguard, was given the secret order to investigate Wukong. All three of them entered the Heaven school together, and their lives are about to change.
Check out the teaser below!
Fantasy Comes To Life In The Latest Trailer For Matthias Hoene’s THE WARRIOR'S GATE
From the creator of Lucy, Taken Trilogy and Transporter Trilogy. Jack is magically transported into a land of monsters, creatures, magic and evil knights. He must use his video game martial art skills to save the whole kingdom.
Besson And Hoene Head For WARRIOR'S GATE Next Month!
Within the last few years following Luc Besson’s co-production partnering of EuropaCorp with Shanghai-based Fundemental Films for a slate of English-language films, its package also included a fantasy martial arts film titled Warrior’s Gate. Scant info has been granted for the latter, but thankfully things are about to change as production finally begins next month in lieu of current events at this year’s Beijing International Film Festival.
THR reports that helmer Matthias Hoene is directing this, his second feature since winning acclaim with the 2012 action horror romp, Cockneys Vs Zombies. Rising star Uriah Shelton, Flowers Of War actress Ni Ni and Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao (Black And White 1 & 2) are joining the $48 million dollar French-Chinese co-production with a script by Besson and Robert Mark Karmen which centers on teenager who gets magically transported to China where he ultimately trains in kung fu in order to save a princess from danger.
Sure, it’s a plot that sounds awfully familiar for anyone who still feels like The Forbidden Kingdom and Warriors Of Virtue just came out yesterday. Hopefully there’s some redeeming value in this project as new as it is, and who would say no to another kung fu movie at that? I wouldn’t.
Check back for more info.
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