In what can only be regarded as “Hollywood with Chinese Characteristics,” 38 minutes of Cloud Atlas, a sci-fi drama starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, have been deemed unfit for Chinese audiences. In America the movie suffered from lukewarm reviews; in China, it suffered from mass excision, notably love scenes involving both straight and gay couples.
Jeremy Lin caused us to launch prematurely. We had a date in mind for Beijing Cream’s debut — February 21, for reasons that now elude me — but Lin began tearing it up in New York earlier in the month, and I just couldn’t sit on Linsanity. Who could? Five of the first seven posts... Read more »
Just watch this trailer.
An upcoming documentary about love in modern China. Directed & shot by Nathan Mauger / Produced by Connie Young & Joe Xu / Executive Producer Tomas Etzler / Written & edited by Joe Xu & Nathan Mauger / Music by Philipp Mandelartz
One of the producers of the movie, Joe Xu, wrote about some of his experiences on chinaSMACK,
Proving that success can come from unexpected places, the most commercially successful Chinese film to date isn’t a high-production martial arts flick, doesn’t star Jackie Chan, ignores themes of republic-building, and isn’t even set in China. Reports AP: Chinese state media say the wacky road movie “Lost in Thailand” has grossed more than 1 billion yuan... Read more »
Los Angeles filmmaker Long Cuu Phan has lived in Beijing for the last four years, and for at least the last two of them, he’s been working on a script that’s “near and dear” to his heart. Set in modern-day Beijing, Youth is about a college student whose world unravels when she discovers her father’s new wife... Read more »
“The expat love story gets a film treatment in Lao Wai, a film about East-meets-West love,” writes Global Times. That’s not supposed to be an endorsement. Lao Wai tells the story of a French IT engineer in Shanghai who falls in love with a local girl, Mei, and together they test “the limits of love in... Read more »
The newly released trailer is above, by Robert Ingi Douglas. If there’s not at least one bloody beatdown between ravenous drunks in this film, dubbed with Benny Hill music, these guys are doing it wrong. Here was the first trailer, from last month:
Hollywood Reporter calls the image a “photo leak” — though it’s as likely to have been planted by a publicist — and explains: It is not clear whether Robert Downey Jr is in that armor – the Chinese blogosphere have been abuzz with speculation about his presence on set ever since filming in Beijing began... Read more »
The Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, inaugurated in 1962, is the oldest and arguably most prestigious of China’s four major film awards (the mainland’s Hundred Flowers Award was also founded in 1962, but it was suspended from 1964 to 1979, for obvious reasons). On Saturday, in its 49th annual show, director Gao Qunshu’s Beijing Blues... Read more »
I remember Jackie Chan’s Hollywood breakthrough film, Rumble in the Bronx (1995), as somewhat of a novelty. I was young then, and in no position to appreciate his previous work, so I bought the film industry’s characterization of him as a glorified stuntman. I chuckled at the anecdotes about production delays due to sprained ankles (he... Read more »