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Archive for September, 2007

Magnolia Pictures Launches Magnet Label

New Label to Specialize in Films from the Vanguard of Horror, Action, Comedy and Asian Cinema

Magnolia Pictures announced the launch of Magnet , a new division of the unique and expanding film distribution business co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban. Specializing in the wild, unquantifiable and uncompromised, Magnet will provide an outlet for a different strand of films, which had previously been released alongside Magnolia’s traditional specialties: independent dramatic features and award-winning documentaries. Check out Magnet promo reel here.

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The Legend of Bruce Lee – TV Series

A 40-part series is being made by Chinese state television about the life of late martial arts star Bruce Lee. The Legend of Bruce Lee is being filmed in southern China and stars actor Chan Kwok-kwan (“Goalie” in Shaolin Soccer, “Axe Gang Leader” in Kung Fu Hustle), who said he was “nervous and also excited” about the role. Also starring Ray Park (“Darth Maul” in The Phantom Menance).

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Tony Leung Ka Fai tells his “Career As a Teacher”

Hong Kong veteran actor Tony Leung Ka-Fai took off his urbanite image to pass as a village teacher in Zheng Kehong’s film “My Career As a Teacher,” which hit Chinese theaters on Tuesday. The three-time Hong Kong Film Awards’ best actor, challenged a role spanning 40 years, portraying the diligent countryside teacher from his early 20s into his retired years. Many viewers gave Leung high praise for his affectionate portrait, saying he turned the film to a tear-drawing story. The film earned Leung the “Most Popular Hong Kong Actor” award at April’s Beijing Student Film Festival. It also stars mainland actress Qin Hailu, who plays Leung’s wife. Screening of the film is to pay tribute to the upcoming Chinese Teachers’ Day on Sept. 10.

Source : CRIEnglish.com

Ang Lee Wins Second Golden Lion

Chinese director Ang Lee Saturday picked up the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion for best picture for his spy thriller “Lust, Caution,” just two years after taking the same award for “Brokeback Mountain.” This is the third consecutive year that a Chinese director has won the Golden Lion. Last year’s best picture award went to Jia Zhangke for “Still Life.”

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Flash Point DVD – Preorder Now!

 

It’s up for preorder at YesAsia, expected to release on September 28, 2007. In Flash Point, Donnie Yen utilizes Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to portray Inspector Ma’s powerful fighting prowess. Yen pulls out a full arsenal of fighting techniques, from kung-fu to Muay Thai to jujitsu, especially during the film’s climactic mano-a-mano duel between Yen and Collin Chou, which should astound even the most jaded screen fighting fan.

2 disc Standard Edition | 2 disc Limited Edition