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Kinta 1881 (MALAYSIA 2007)

Director : CL Hor
Executive Producer : Adrian Wong & Wong Chee Meng
Producer : Jean Liang, Andy Lee & Andrew Lee
Photography : Jacky Tang
Scriptwriter : Chow Kam Leong
Music : Chow Kam Leong
Screenplay : Chow Lam Leong & CL Hor
Art Director : Ben Hor
Stunts Director : Chin Kar Lok

Synopsis
The movie is set in the Kinta Valley in the 1880s, when tin ore was discovered in the area and Chinese immigrants flooded the valley in the hope of making their fortune.

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As Malaysia’s First Martial Arts Film, Kinta 1881 would be one interesting flick to catch this year. Directed by CL Hor (3rd Generation) and the action sequences will be choreographed by Hong Kong’s actor/stuntman – Chin Kar Lok.

Official Website
http://www.kinta1881.com

Release Date
November 2007 (Malaysia)

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Ong Bak (THAI 2003)

Director : Prachya Pinkaew
Cast : Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Suchao Pongwilai, Wannakit Sirioput and Chumphorn Tepphithak

Synopsis
Booting lives in a small and peaceful village. One day a sacred Buddha statuette called Ong Bak is stolen from the village by a immoral businessman who sells it for exorbitant profits. It soon becomes the task of a young man, Ting to track the thief down to Bangkok voluntarily and reclaim the religious treasure.

Review
by Edward Tang

Tony Jaa. He’s a guy who has already reached acclaim with his first film, just like Bruce Lee did, what 35 years ago? Jaa’s skills outweighs his charisma as he is presented in his first feature film, Ong-Bak. It’s hard to live up to the hype this film has on it’s back, but it delivers every single moment of such. From the moment I saw Tony Jaa fight, I was awe struck on how well done these fights were, especially considering the idea of good action films hadn’t hit me in the land of Thailand. But what story was there is this film?

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Ang Lee’s ‘Lust, Caution’ Gets Adult Rating

The erotic spy thriller “Lust, Caution,” the latest from director Ang Lee, has drawn an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.

The movie, starring Tony Leung and newcomer Tang Wei, will screen during the Toronto International Film Festival before opening in New York Sept. 28 and expanding to more U.S. markets Oct. 5.

Focus Features, the film’s distributor, was said to have accepted the MPAA rating without a fuss, Variety reported Thursday.

“As with so many of his previous films, Oscar-winning director Ang Lee has crafted a masterpiece about and for grown-ups,” said Focus Chief Executive Officer James Schamus, who co-wrote “Lust, Caution” with Wang Hui Ling.

The Mandarin-language, sexually explicit film is based on Eileen Chang’s short story about a shy Chinese drama student drawn into an assassination plot against a Japanese collaborator during World War II.

The MPAA created the NC-17 rating in 1990 as an attempt to remove the stigma of an X rating.

Lee’s last film, the provocative “Brokeback Mountain,” earned him the Academy Award in the director’s category.

Source : UPI

Blood Brothers (CHINA 2007)

Director : Alexi Tan
Producer : John Woo & Terrence Chang
Cast : Daniel Wu, Shu Qi, Liu Ye, Chang Chen, Tony Yang.

Synopsis
Blood Brothers (aka Gateway to Heaven) tells the story of 3 youngsters from the countryside who arrives in decadent, dangerous 1930s Shanghai where they find life is the big city isn’t quite the paradise they hope for. As time goes by each is forced into a life of crime, taking a different path in life. The days of innocence have passed for them and the three men must grow up quickly and make hard choices.

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Produced by John Woo and Terrence Chang and directed by newcomer Alexi Tan, Blood Brothers is a stylish and elegant gang flick. Inspired by John Woo’s classic -Bullet in the Head (1990), Blood Brothers shares similar story where three youngsters arrives in Shanghai to find fame and fortune. There are some beautiful moments in the movie but overall Brood Brothers still lack of depth and never satisfy as a gangland epic.

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New LoveAsianFilm.com !

 

LoveAsianFilm.com has been going slow for the past few months as I was busy with my career and work. Recently, i’ve decided to revamp the entire website into another design and publishing platform. After weeks of development, voila!… here is the new look and website of LoveAsianFilm.com. At the moment, i’m still migrating the contents to the new platform so please bear with me.

I hope you all will like it and thanks alot for the support throughout the years.

Any suggestions, comments, bugs/errors, please feel free to drop me a email at : webmaster [at] loveasianfilm.com

Again, thanks alot!

Regards,
Gary Cheah