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Terminator: Genisys makes bank in China

Currently we can blame China for a lot of crappiness what with their destroying of the world economy in full swing at the moment. On top of this they're probably going to be responsible for a sequel to Terminator: Genisys being made as...

 
 
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The estate of Bruce Lee doesn't want him in Ip Man 3

Just last week we reported that production on Ip Man 3 is underway, featuring Mike Tyson and a CG Bruce Lee. While Iron Mike is a lock, it seems that the Donnie Yen sequel has hit a snag with CG Bruce Lee (aka Marshall Law from Tekken). Tur...

 
 
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Ip Man 3 will feature Mike Tyson and a CG Bruce Lee

Ip Man 3 (or Ip Man 3D) has been in the works for a while, but the Donnie Yen sequel started shooting today in Shanghai. With the start of production comes news of some really bizarre stunt casting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mike...

 
 
 
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NYAFF Review: Silent Witness

Before the screening of Silent Witness, it was introduced as an example of what mainstream Chinese filmmaking is like in the modern era. Many of the films that play at the New York Asian Film Festival fit into some sort of niche, meaning we...

 
 
 
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NYAFF Review: As the Light Goes Out

There’s something uniquely fascinating about firefighters. When they arrive on a scene, they aren’t armed to the teeth and ready to take down some villain; they are there to save lives. That’s pretty much their entire job....

 
 
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NYCFF Review: So Young

I'm still young. Young enough that I can understand and generally relate to the characters in So Young, but also old enough to see just how silly they actually are. It's an odd place to be, and it leaves me wishing I was a few years older. ...

 
 
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Watch out for the 2013 New York Chinese Film Festival

[Just a reminder that this is going on! I was hoping to have my review of So Young up by now to act as a reminder, but I have been at the AMC Empire all day and it's made writing kind of hard. Am still there, actually, and will continu...

 
 
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Review: CZ12 (Chinese Zodiac)

When the first promo/trailer hit for CZ12 (aka Chinese Zodiac), I bought into the hype and the possibility of the film. When news landed that CZ12 was going to be Jackie Chan's last big action movie, I was eager to see how he'd cap his care...

 
 
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Interview: Jia Zhangke & Zhao Tao (A Touch of Sin)

Jia Zhangke has been called one of the most important filmmakers in the world by Richard Brody of The New Yorker and John Powers of NPR. This isn't just because his films are well made. Jia occupies an interesting place in contemporary Chin...

 
 
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Review: A Touch of Sin

It's remarkable what a little context can do. My initial impressions about A Touch of Sin were generally positive but also ambivalent. I wasn't sure of what to make of the four loosely connected vignettes, each a mix of righteous anger and ...

 
 
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Review: Ip Man: The Final Fight

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 real-life historic...

 
 
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Jackie Chan planning a theme park called JC World

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 five different se...

 
 
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Chinese PLA officer claims Pacific Rim is propaganda

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 'Merican undertones,...

 
 
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Review: The Grandmaster

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 finally comple...

 
 
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Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster cut by 20 mins for US

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 Grandmaster at...

 
 
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Pacific Rim opens well in China, sequel more likely

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 $9 million. This...

 
 
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Brutal, badass first trailer for Donnie Yen's Special ID

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 Man 3D. On top o...

 
 
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Flixist Discusses Review: Double Xposure

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 system of reviews...

 
 
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NYAFF Review: The Bullet Vanishes

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 how improbable...

 
 
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NYAFF Review: Tales from the Dark Part 1

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 less The ABCs of D...

 
 
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NYAFF Review: The Legend Is Born: Ip Man

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 been trying to mak...

 
 
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Review: High Tech, Low Life

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 the journalist...

 
 
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Trailer: Iceman 3D

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 film The Iceman Co...

 
 
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Check out new photos for Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster

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 the Berlin Film ...

 
 
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Chinese actors cut from Iron Man 3 to be in short film

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 other local actors...

 
 
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Trailer: The Grandmaster

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 can at least be e...

 
 
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Transformers 4 to have a reality show in China

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 they'll be running...

 
 
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NYC: Old School Kung Fu Fest, April 19-21

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 Kung Fu Fest. The ...

 
 
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World War Z being changed to appease Chinese censors

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 Chinese film board ...

 
 
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China to get its own version of Iron Man 3

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 feature all the Chine...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Xmas Without China

[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 MTV news segme...

 
 
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Hong Kong Disneyland to open Marvel superhero area

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 Kong Financial Se...

 
 
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Film Comment Selects Review: Motorway

[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 here or visit Fi...

 
 
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Wong Kar-wai may do sequel to The Grandmasters

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 and the film's ...

 
 
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Trailer: Journey to the West

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 over-a-decade-lo...

 
 
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Cloud Atlas gets heavily cut by Chinese censors

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 news to those pe...

 
 
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Wong Kar-wai rushing to finish The Grandmasters

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? The film is goin...

 
 




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Iron Sky: The Coming Race"Bigger budget, older jokes"

 

Stuber"The Lyft of buddy cop Uber movies "

 

Crawl"Small spaces"

 

The Farewell"Sad, funny, but most importantly honest"

 

The Lion King"Play it again, Simba"

 

Darlin'"Feral and tender"

 

Midsommar"Sumer is Icumen in"

 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6 Episode 7 - "Toldja""Everyone is here (and lacking common sense)!"

 

Ophelia"Hamlet 2.0"

 

Maiden"Girls to the front, go rock the boat"

 

Yesterday"Nowhere man"

 

Spider-Man: Far from Home"EuroTrip except with superhero violence instead of sex"

 

The Third Wife"Fate has the upper hand."

 

Toy Story 4"An existential nightmare (for kids!)"

 

Jessica Jones Season 3"What is your truth?"

 

Men in Black: "Oh, they have crap overseas too!"

 

The Dead Don't Die"Shambling wreck or full of brains?"

 

Shaft"Shut cho mouth!"

 

Diamantino"Ignorance is bliss"

 

The Fall of the American Empire"Big ideas, bad ideas, muddled ideas"

 
 
 
 
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