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The Assembly Wows Pusan Film Festival


Chinese veteran director Feng Xiaogang’s war epic film “Assembly” received an overwhelming welcome when it premiers at the 12th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) on October 4.

China’s portal website Sina reported that all 7,000 tickets to the screening were sold out in 17 minutes when put on sale.

Being the opening presentation of PIFF, the film was highly spoken of by both movie critics and ordinary viewers.

The film is set against the backdrop of the Chinese civil war in the late 1940s, but viewers can glimpse humanity among the ruthless battles, sina quoted a Pusan-based newspaper as saying.

Although it is a typical Chinese film featuring Chinese actors and featuring Chinese history, it can still touch people, a movie critic from the professional magazine CINE21 commented.

The movie’s official website will open on October 8 and director Feng Xiaogang will share his experiences at the film festival with Chinese Netizens on the site.

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Run Run Shaw Turns 100


Hong Kong entertainment guru Run Run Shaw became a centenarian on Thursday.

His 100th birthday will be celebrated with a ceremony on Thursday evening in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Hong Kong Television Broadcasts Limited, better known as TVB, which is a dominant producer of long-running Cantonese TV dramas.

Shaw, who still serves as TVB’s executive chairman, co-founded the empire in November, 1967.

He also co-founded another company, Shaw Brothers, in 1930. Since then it has contributed enormously to the Hong Kong martial-arts film industry. Its well-known productions include One-Armed Swordsman (1967), Five Fingers of Death (1972), and Five Deadly Venoms (1978).

The film and television tycoon is also a generous philanthropist, financing several schools in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. Many universities have buildings named after him.

He also set up the Shaw Prize, which has been dubbed the “Asian Nobel Prize.”

Run Run Shaw attributes his longevity to regular exercise and his media career.

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Dragon Dynasty’s Dog Bite Dog (2 Disc) R1 DVD

Soi Cheang’s Dog Bite Dog will be released on DVD by Dragon Dynasty on October 23.

Special Features:
- Feature Length Audio Commentary By Edison Chen And Hong Kong Cinema Expert Bey Logan
- Biting The Bullet: A Featurette With Director Cheang Pou-Soi
- Top Dog: A Featurette With Leading Man Edison Chen
- Unleashed: A Featurette With Star Sam Lee
- Every Dog Has His Day: A Featurette With Co-Star Lam Suet
- Dog Bite Dog Explored: A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Making Of The Movie
- US Promotional Trailer

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Stephen Chow’s CJ7 – More Stills

More stills from the much anticipated sci-fi comedy flick by Stephen Chow. Expected to hit the big screen in January 2008. Continue reading

Trio Promotes “Triangle” in Beijing


Three popular Hong Kong directors play pass-the-parcel in the film “Triangle”. The trio of cultural icons- Ringo Lam, Tsui Hark and Johnnie To- on Friday attended the film premiere in Beijing.

The crime thriller consists of three difference segments. The segments feature the same cast — including Simon Yam, Louis Koo, and Kelly Lin. Each director helms a segment of the film. Tsui Hark begins by throwing down the gauntlet, establishing characters and a basic narrative drive to things. Lam then carries the story through the main body of the film. To steps in to wrap things up.

The directors have been friends for more than 30 years. Tsui Hark says that they developed the idea to shoot a film together to make sure that they would have a topic to discuss with each other in another 30 years.

Tsui suggests that it was a challenging job for the directors as well as for the actors. “Triangle” is their first and perhaps their final joint project.

“I don’t know when we will collaborate again, maybe it’s the last time.” Tsui says about their future cooperation.

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