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Archive for September, 2007

Johnnie To’s Mad Detective at TIFF 2007


Production Company: Milkyway Image (HK) Ltd.
Executive Producer: Charles Heung
Director: Johnnie To, Wai Ka-fai
Producer: Johnnie To, Wai Ka-fai
Screenplay: Wai Ka-fai, Au Kin Yee
Cinematographer: Cheng Siu Keung
Editor: Tina Baz
Production Designer: Raymond Chan
Sound: Martin Chappell
Music: Xavier Jamaux
Cast: Lau Ching-wan, Andy On, Lee Kwon Lun, Lam Ka Tung

Film Description 
Back together at the helm of Mad Detective, Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai have set incendiary cinematic material ablaze to create a fiery action drama. This film is both a thrilling adventure exposing the dark side of Hong Kong’s police force and a fascinating journey into the meanderings of a contorted mind. In one of his best performances to date, Lau Ching-wan plays the multi-dimensional role of Bun, an outcast detective whose psychotic personality and unorthodox investigative methods have cost him his job – even though he has always solved the cases entrusted to him.

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Premier Asia’s The City Of Violence UK R2 DVD

The two disc Special Collector’s Edition of The City Of Violence (UK Region 2 / Cert. 18) will be released on DVD (£19.99) by Premier Asia on 1st October 2007. Click here for the trailer.

Disc One
Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
Korean Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 Audio
Optional English Subtitles
Further Attractions

Disc Two
The Making of The City of Violence
Promotional Gallery (Ori. Trailer; Ori. Teaser; UK Theatrical Trailer)
Masters of Mayhem: Cast Interviews
High School Days: Crew Interviews and Storyboards
Deleted Scenes (x9)
Lights, Camera, Action
The Rules of Engagement: The Art of Fight Choreography
Action Commentaries with Jun Doo-hung
Seoul Action School

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Mongol (2007)

Director : Sergei Bodrov
Producers : Sergei Selyanov, Anton Melnik, Bulat Galimgereyev
Writers : Arif Aliyev, Sergei Bodrov
Cast :  Tadanobu Asano, Sun Honglei  

Official Websites : Mongol (Russia) | Mongol (US)
Release Date : Fall 2007 / TBA 2008

The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world including Russia in 1206.

Teaser Trailer #1 | Trailer 2

JC Kicks off Production Scheme with Super Girl’s “Diary”


The inspiring teenpic “Air Dairy”, which premiered on Sunday, boasts two dazzling titles: the virgin silver screen show of the 2006 Super Girl singer Xu Fei, and the first production of Jackie Chan’s filming plan named “Chinese New Movie Supporting Scheme”.

In the semi-autobiographical movie, Xu Fei, who’s now a senior music major at university, plays a college music graduate and pub singer. After her band is signed with a record company, she finds it hard to live in the showbiz industry, and chooses to leave the world of music. But she is finally led back again by her pals.

Actor Huang Jue co-stars in the movie and “Crazy Stone” star Huang Bo guest-stars in several impressive comical scenes, as a vagrant musician.

As the producer of the film, Jackie Chan attended the premiere, promoting his “Chinese New Movie Supporting Scheme”.

“I hewed out my career by playing real Kung Fu for more than 20 years. However, with the development of high tech, everyone can be made into a super man nowadays. The most striking Chinese films may be surpassed by others in a short time,” Chan said.

“Thus, I hope this scheme can help to scout the most talented new directors and actors. I can find investments. They just need to hand in a good production.”

Chan also confessed he hadn’t been so helpful to new people in the past. “When I was young, I actively supported only actresses, because they posed no threat to me.”

The movie will roll out in Chinese theatres in September 6.

Source : CRIEnglish.com

Kantoku Banzai! on DVD

Takeshi Kitano’s latest flick, Kantoku Banzai (aka Glory to the Filmmaker) on English Subtitled DVD!

DVD : Kantoku Banzai! (Japan Version)
Trailer : YouTube

Glory to the Filmmaker! stars Kitano Takeshi as a director named Kitano Takeshi who is known for his violent films. The character Kitano announces that he will no longer make violent films, and instead hopes to make a romance, a sci-fi, a ninja film, and even an Ozu Yasujiro-type drama, but his plans are frustrated at every step. The seven movies that the character Kitano works on in the film are all based on director Kitano’s actual ideas for possible films.