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    Hong Kong International Film Festival

    I've never seen The Kid, The Orphan or The Thunderstorm. This is the first time I've even heard of Thunderstorm.
    HKIFF celebrates Bruce Lee's 70th birthday
    Festival spotlights martial arts master starting Mar. 30
    By Jonathan Landreth
    March 26, 2010, 07:56 AM ET

    BEIJING -- Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Bruce Lee, the 2010 Hong Kong International Film Festival will shine a spotlight on the martial arts master's influence on global cinema with a program beginning Mar. 30.

    The festival's Bruce Lee 7010 tribute will include nine of his best movies, from "The Kid" (1950) -- when Lee was just 10 years old -- through to his lead role in "The Orphan" (1960) at 20, allowing the audience the rare chance to watch him grow up on screen.

    The program also will include a few Cantonese films, such as "The Thunderstorm" (1957), and the kung fu classics, such as "Enter The Dragon" (1973), the film that made Lee a global superstar.

    "Bruce Lee's legacy continues to inspire filmmakers and audiences around the world," said Shaw Soo-wei, executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, organizer of the festival and Bruce Lee celebration going on until Apr. 6.

    Lee's work continues to drive worldwide interest in Hong Kong action cinema. His films have influenced all areas of popular culture including fitness, music, sport, dance and video games and drove the martial arts film industry into the mainstream, putting Hong Kong cinema on the world map.

    "The HKIFF is proudly committed to supporting Hong Kong film talent of the past and present who pave the way for new filmmakers to establish themselves globally," Shaw said in a statement.

    To better celebrate the films, this weekend, Mar. 25-28 from 7PM, the W Hong Kong, the official film festival hotel, will host Bruce Lee Hours, serving complimentary popcorn during film screenings in the hotel's Living Room ****tail bar.

    In partnership with Bruce Lee Enterprises and sponsored by Tiger Beer, the exhibition and tribute will be open officially opened at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on Mar. 30 by Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee Keasler, and Linda Lee Cadwell, wife of the late Bruce Lee.

    Also as a part of the tribute, on Apr. 4, Hong Kong Film Archive programmer, Sam Ho will lead a group seminar on Bruce Lee films in Cantonese with simultaneous English interpretation at the Hong Kong Science Museum.

    In addition to the film retrospective, the tribute will launch "Bruce Lee Lives," a special HKIFFS publication of new articles by critics Sek Kei, Bryan Chang, Bono Lee and Po Fung, offering insight into Lee's life and the impact he had on those who met him and the audiences whose lives he touched.

    Free to the public, the exhibition will display some of Lee's personal belongings, including costumes, his kung fu practice helmet, family and behind-the-scenes photographs, his own hand drawings and sketches of his martial arts techniques, letters to friends and family and contracts with film studios.
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    Bruce's 70th

    Seems like just yesterday when we were celebrating Bruce's 60th.
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    Bruce Lee's wife, daughter open Hong Kong exhibit
    By MIN LEE (AP) – 3 hours ago

    HONG KONG — Bruce Lee's wife and daughter on Tuesday unveiled an exhibition of the late kung fu star's personal items, photos and movie posters in Hong Kong.

    The exhibit, which includes a boxing head guard and a pair of sunglasses used by Lee, is part of a tribute to the late actor at the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival. The festival is also hosting a seminar on his work this Sunday and screening nine of his movies in honor of what would have been his 70th birthday later this year.

    "I think that he would be thrilled to know that his legacy has gone on and on for as long as it has and that it will continue to go on and inspire people for many, many more years to come," said Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee Keasler, who attended the opening ceremony with her mother, Linda Lee Cadwell.

    Lee became a chest-thumping source of Chinese pride by portraying characters that defended the Chinese and the working class from oppressors in films like "Return of the Dragon." He died in Hong Kong in 1973 at age 32 from swelling of the brain.

    "I think my father continues to be really influential because he was so unique. There hasn't really been anyone like him," Lee Keasler said.

    Lee's daughter said earlier that plans to convert her father's old house in Hong Kong — now used as an hourly love motel — into a museum and to build a new museum in Seattle, where Lee studied and taught martial arts, are in the fundraising stage.
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    Will this be the first of many 70th observances?

    Shannon is working it. Good on her.
    * March 30, 2010, 4:00 PM ET
    Bruce Lee Legacy Lives On Through Film Retrospective, Brand Awareness
    By Dean Napolitano

    Bruce Lee’s family kicked off a celebration in Hong Kong Tuesday night honoring the legendary kung-fu star, as interest in his movies continues to grow nearly 37 years after his death in 1973.

    Lee’s wife, Linda Lee Cadwell, 65, and daughter, Shannon Lee, 40, presided over the opening of an exhibit at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre featuring costumes, movie posters and other memorabilia from his life and career. The show coincides with a retrospective of Lee’s movies at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, which runs through April 6.

    Since buying back the rights to her father’s image from General Electric Co.’s Universal Studios in 2008, Shannon Lee has been working to develop her father into a major global brand and spread awareness of his life to new generations.

    “He was a man of great depth,” Linda Lee Cadwell said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “He read all the Chinese philosophers. … He read both Eastern and Western philosophy.”

    Part of that philosophy is on display at the exhibit, where the script for planned — but unmade — film titled “The Silent Flute” reveals a passage of Lee’s writing: “True mastery transcends any particular art. It stems from mastery of oneself — the ability, developed through self-discipline, to be calm, fully aware, and completely in tune with oneself and the surroundings,” it reads in part.

    “Bruce Lee always said that a person must know themselves and not follow others blindly,” Linda Lee Cadwell said. He took action in his own life, her daughter said, by breaking social and racial barriers.

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of Lee’s birth, and his popularity endures: Broadway is preparing a musical based on his life for the 2010-11 theater season, and his former home in Hong Kong — now a “love hotel” — is being transformed into a museum.

    Shannon Lee said she wants to recreate the look of the house as it was when she lived there as a child. “It’s a unique opportunity to capture that point in time.”
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    Next thing you know, Bruce will be on magazine covers again...

    ...whoops! Too late.

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    Tribute to kung fu legend
    2010/04/06

    THE daughter of late kung fu legend Bruce Lee said last week she was thrilled his fame had endured four decades after his untimely death, and hoped Hong Kong would soon have a museum in his memory.

    Shannon Lee Keasler was visiting Hong Kong with her mother, Linda Lee Cadwell, to launch an exhibition dedicated to the Enter the Dragon star, who died of brain swelling at the peak of his film career in 1973 aged just 32.

    “We are absolutely thrilled that so many people continue to be inspired by him and find so much value in his life and work,” Lee said , adding that she would be in Tokyo next month to launch another exhibition in honour of her father.

    Keasler, an actress in the US, said some of the exhibits were from the family’s collection, including a pair of sunglasses, boxing headgear, film costumes and samples of her father’s handwriting. The exhibition, which ends tomorrow, is part of a series of events to pay tribute to Lee during this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival. The future martial arts hero was raised in Hong Kong before moving to the United States in his late teens.

    Keasler said they were raising funds for a US museum, and hoped a government plan to transform Lee’s former home in Hong Kong’s Kowloon Tong district – now a seedy love hotel that rents out rooms by the hour – would begin soon.

    “We hope there will be some sort of symbiotic relationship between the museums in Hong Kong and the US, so that the two museums can share some of the exhibits.” The Hong Kong museum’s final look, building costs, and the project’s completion date have yet to be determined. — Sapa-AFP
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    Another Bruce Lee tribute. They are also showing Bodyguards & Assassins.
    BRUCE LEE, CULTURAL ICON: 70th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
    The Film Festival is pleased to collaborate with Bruce Lee Enterprises to observe the 70th birthday of martial arts legend and Asian American cultural icon Bruce Lee.

    THE CHINESE CONNECTION
    (FREE Outdoor Screening)
    THE work that introduced Bruce Lee to young urban and Asian American audiences (contains action violence and brief nudity; parental guidance suggested).
    Friday, April 30, sundown, Madang the Courtyard (FREE Parking)
    621 S. Western Ave. (one block north of Wilshire Blvd.),
    Los Angeles Koreatown

    ENTER THE DRAGON
    Plus PANEL DISCUSSION w/ Lee Family & Special Guests
    A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover. Includes a special post-screening panel with Linda Lee, Shannon Lee, Directors Reggie Hudlin and Diana Lee Inosanto, moderated by Phil Yu of angryasianman.com.
    Saturday, May 1, 12:00 p.m., Laemmle’s Sunset 5
    8000 W. Sunset Blvd. (one block west of the DGA), West Hollywood
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    New York Asian Film Festival

    If Gallants doesn't lure you in, what would?

    Festival Moves to Fancier Base but Keeps Its Genre-Bending Fare
    Film Society of Lincoln Center
    By MIKE HALE
    Published: June 24, 2010

    The New York Asian Film Festival has been waving the fan-boy flag proudly since 2002. Glossy crime dramas and horror shows, martial-arts spectaculars, machine-gun-wielding schoolgirls — “the kind of crazed, populist blockbusters that we were born to show,” in the words of Grady Hendrix, one of the festival’s founders — have led the way, as the series, which started with just 11 movies at the Anthology Film Archives, has grown to 45 films and moved to the uptown precincts of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.

    That habit of gorging on genre fare continues in this year’s festival, the ninth, which officially opens Friday night with the Hong Kong martial-arts hit “Ip Man 2” and closes July 8 with the Korean swordplay period piece “Blades of Blood.” It has driven ticket sales (the opening night screening is sold out) and drawn attention, resulting in this year’s partnership between Subway Cinema, the four-man cooperative that has run the festival since its inception, and the decidedly mainstream Film Society of Lincoln Center. But the event has always made room for many other kinds of films, including the art-house exercises its organizers claim to abhor. Movies like “Kung Fu Chefs” and “Mutant Girls Squad” will find their own audiences; presented here is a sampling of some other sides of the festival’s schedule.

    A film with a foot in both the genre and art-house camps in Tetsuya Nakashima’s “Confessions,” which, in a nice piece of timing, has been the No. 1 box-office hit in Japan for three weeks running, holding off “Iron Man 2” and “Sex and the City 2.” Based on a novel by Kanae Minato and being shown for the first time outside Japan, it’s an elaborate revenge fantasy with a twist: the protagonist is an adult who exacts vengeance, in a clinical and psychologically sadistic way, on a pair of children.

    The bright palette and amped-up, music-video style Mr. Nakashima exhibited in “Memories of Matsuko” (winner of the audience award at the 2007 festival) are both toned down in “Confessions,” which is shot in dark blues and grays and moves with a grim stateliness. One recurring motif is school milk cartons flying through the air in slow motion. The thematic territory of nihilistic Japanese teenagers and their frantic, career-obsessed parents is awfully familiar — Natsuo Kirino’s novel “Real World” is a close analogue — but Mr. Nakashima gives it an operatic intensity, especially in the film’s first half-hour, an inventive and eerie piece of stage setting.

    (“Confessions” is one of eight films being presented in conjunction with Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film. Some of those will be screened at both the Japan Society and the Walter Reade; “Confessions” will be shown only at the Japan Society, where it opens Japan Cuts on Thursday night.)

    Miwa Nishikawa’s “Dear Doctor,” a pastoral tale about a village doctor who may not be what he seems, is in a radically different style. Like Mr. Nakashima’s movie, however, it partakes in the critique of soulless modernity that is implicit in so many Japanese films. The commentary on change and tradition is double-edged: the village loses something because of its doctor’s less-than-sterling qualifications, but it also gains something from his old-fashioned personal touch and his willingness to listen. In some cases the idea of a doctor is more important to his patients’ peace of mind than the reality, but not in every case, and that dichotomy spurs Ms. Nishikawa’s low-key thriller plot.

    Nostalgia, a subject of some debate in “Dear Doctor,” is unabashedly the ruling emotion in “Echoes of the Rainbow,” another Hong Kong hit. Alex Law’s sweeping family melodrama about the two sons of a poor shoemaker growing up in the 1960s is set to treacly pop songs, in both Cantonese and English (the Monkees’ “I Wanna Be Free,” Gordon Lightfoot’s “*****willows, Cat-tails”). It feels like a musical shot on a giant soundstage, even though its a drama shot on an actual Hong Kong street. Simon Yam, who has helped define the role of the quiet but simmering gangster, here plays the downtrodden father; his fans may be alarmed to see his undyed gray hair.

    Taking Hong Kong nostalgia in a lighter direction is “Gallants,” which is a kung fu film but with a minimum of kung fu. In comedy from Clement Cheng and Derek Kwok a cast of onetime martial-arts stars, including Bruce Leung, Chen Kuan-tai and Teddy Robin, play onetime martial-arts heroes now slouching toward senility in a run-down teahouse. Challenged by the upstarts who want to take over the property for redevelopment, they leap to their feet in the traditional style to proclaim their identities: “I am the day shift doorman!” “I am the delivery person of ‘Curry in a Hurry’!”

    China supplies a rougher style of comedy in “Crazy Racer,” a wildly complicated farce filmed in the coastal city of Xiamen that begins and ends with bicycle pursuits. Many of the gangsters, drug dealers, frauds and cheats who populate the film end up dead, but in every case accidentally: frozen in a refrigerator truck, impaled in a high-speed scooter chase. Yet another variety of Chinese comedy is on display in “Sophie’s Revenge,” an almost perfect knockoff of a so-so American romantic comedy (crossed with “Amélie”) starring Ziyi Zhang in the Jennifer Aniston-Jennifer Garner-Renee Zellwegger role.

    A South Korean take on some of the issues of alienation and identity raised by “Confessions” and “Dear Doctor” can be seen in Lee Hae-jun’s “Castaway on the Moon,” whose Korean title translates literally as “Kim’s Island.” Responding to the humiliations of debt and being dumped by his girlfriend, a Seoul office worker tries to kill himself by jumping into the Han River, only to wash ashore on a deserted island in the middle of the city (an actual place, maintained as a nature preserve), where he takes up residence. This urban castaway magically goes unnoticed except by an agoraphobic woman in an apartment building on the shore, who begins communicating with him via messages in bottles.

    Two of the more adventurous films in the festival are deceptively simple essays on the nature of movie magic. E J-yong’s “Actresses” is in the tired genre of the mock documentary, but it’s enlivened by the six South Korean women who play themselves, supposedly gathered on Christmas Eve for a Vogue magazine photo shoot. They bring charm and humor to the fairly predictable scenario (air kisses, catfights, obsessing about age and weight) and surprising frankness, especially Ko Hyun-jung, star of “Woman on the Beach,” who portrays herself — hilariously — as hard-drinking, insecure and rabidly competitive.

    An entirely different segment of the film industry is the subject of the Japanese director Tetsuaki Matsue’s “Annyong Yumika” (“Hello Yumika” in Korean), an actual documentary that functions as a mash note to the porn star Yumika Hayashi, who died in 2005. Using an obscure Korean-Japanese soft-core film called “Junko: The Tokyo Housewife” as his starting point (and including a number of scenes from it, none of them particularly explicit), Mr. Matsue tracks down men who worked with, exploited and loved Ms. Hayashi, and even travels to South Korea to find the director of “Junko.” In a final coup he persuades the director and the film’s male stars to film a scene that was dropped from the original movie.

    “Annyong Yumika,” made in a distinctly Japanese mode of jokey earnestness, is a lark of a film with a serious, and moving, undercurrent, one that builds as Mr. Matsue single-mindedly burrows into Ms. Hayashi’s life. It’s about Korean perceptions of Japanese women and about the price of being a free spirit in Japanese society, at the same time that it celebrates a profoundly Japanese idea: the rippling effects, through many lives, of something as ephemeral, and even perhaps ugly, as “Junko: The Tokyo Housewife.”

    The New York Asian Film Festival runs from Friday through July 8 with screenings at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, Lincoln Center, (212) 875-5601, and the Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, Manhattan, (212) 715-1258; and midnight shows at the IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas, at Third Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 924-7771. Information: subwaycinema.com.
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    More on Gallants. Now I'm interested...

    Hong Kong kung fu "legend" wins award at Fantasia Film Festival

    Hong Kong (HKSAR) - The "Legendary Kung Fu Star" Award was presented on Saturday (July 10, Montreal time) at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival to Hong Kong actor Bruce Leung Siu-lung in recognition of his contribution to martial art films in the past few decades. The presentation was held during the Canadian premiere of the retro-70s Hong Kong film "Gallants", which was a highlight of the 14th Fantasia Festival. The film was screened at Concordia University's Hall Theatre to a capacity audience.

    Bruce Leung and the film's director Clement Cheng attended a jam-packed autograph session after the screening. "Gallants" was screened earlier at the Marche du Film in Cannes and at the New York Asian Film Festival. It was described as "a kung fu comedy reminiscent of old Hong Kong martial arts cinema", "fun, fun stuff" and "definitely one of the most entertaining films of the year." The Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) in Canada, Ms Maureen Siu, said at the presentation ceremony that after the commercial and critical success of "Ip Man" - the story of Bruce Lee's kung fu master - in 2008, the martial arts genre saw a resurgence.She thanked the organisers for presenting the Canadian premiere of "Gallants" and giving the award to a kung fu film "legend" of Hong Kong.

    "The film 'Gallants' reflects the well-known spirit of Hong Kong people to never give up," added Ms Siu. "The award to Bruce Leung is especially meaningful because this year marks the 70th birthday of Bruce Lee, one of the most influential icons in martial arts films, who left us with another legend in the movie world," she said. Having appeared in many blockbusters, Leung at one time ranked close to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan in the hearts of Hong Kong film fans.

    Born in 1948 in Hong Kong, Leung learned martial arts from his father at the Cantonese opera. He is a well-known action star and kung fu choreographer. Between the 1970s and 1980s, Leung performed in more than 70 movies.

    The HKETO sponsored the Hong Kong Panorama section of this year's Fantasia, which includes some of Hong Kong's latest film productions - "Gallants", "Ip Man 2","Bodyguards and Assassins", "Dream Home", "Little Big Soldier", "Love in a Puff", "Overheard", "Written by" and "Accident".Five of them are Canadian premieres. Begun in 1996, the Fantasia International Film Festival is a popular summer tradition in Montreal, Canada's City of Culture.
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    9th Annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas
    July 23-29, 2010

    Asian Film Festival of Dallas 2010 Trailer

    IP MAN 2 is headlining.

    9500 LIBERTY (2009), Dir: Eric Byler/Annabel Park
    A FROZEN FLOWER (2009), Dir: Yoo Ha
    A MILLION (2009), Dir: Cho Min-Ho (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    ACCIDENT (2009), Dir: Cheang Pou-Soi (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    AGRARIAN UTOPIA (2009), Dir: Uruphong Raksasad (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    AT THE END OF DAYBREAK (2009), Dir: Ho Yuhang (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    Opening Night Film: AU REVOIR TAIPEI (2010), Dir: Arvin Chen (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    BAY RONG (CLASH), (2009), Dir: Le Thanh Son (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    BEIJING TAXI (2010), Dir: Miao Wang
    BREATHLESS (2009), Dir: Yang Ik-Joon
    CHAW (2009), Dir: Shin Jeong-won (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    EMPIRE OF SILVER (2009), Dir: Christina Yao (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    I CORRUPT ALL COPS (2009), Dir: Jing Wong (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
    Centerpiece Presentation: IP MAN 2 (2010), Dir: Wilson Yip (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    IRON CROWS (2009), Dir: Bong-Nam Park
    KAMUI (2009), Dir: Yoichi Sai (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    KUNG FU DUNK (2008), Dir: Yen Ping-Chu (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
    LET'S FALL IN LOVE (2009), Dir: Wuna Wu (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
    LIKE YOU KNOW IT ALL (2009), Dir: Hong Sang-soo (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    MAO'S LAST DANCER, (2009), Dir: Bruce Beresford
    NIGHT & FOG (2009), Dir: Ann Hui (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
    NO MORE CRY!!! (2009), Dir: Nobuo Mizuta (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
    PHOBIA 2 (2009), Dir: P.Purijitpanya/V.Poolvoralaks/S.Sugmakanan/P.Wongpoom/B.Pisanthanakun (U.S. PREMIERE)
    ROBOGEISHA (2009), Dir: Noboru Iguchi
    RUNNING TURTLE (2009), Dir: Lee Yeon-Woo (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    SEVEN 2 ONE (2009), Dir: Danny Pang (U.S. PREMIERE)
    SPARROW (2008), Dir: Johnnie To
    SUMMER WARS (2009), Dir: Mamoru Hosoda (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    SYMBOL (2009), Dir: Hitoshi Matsumoto
    TALENTIME (2009), Dir: Yasmin Ahmad (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    Closing Night Fim: THE PEOPLE I'VE SLEPT WITH (2009), Dir: Quentin Lee (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
    THE TALE OF ULULU'S WONDERFUL FOREST (2009), Dir: Makoto Naganuma (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
    TOAD'S OIL (2009), Dir: Koji Yakusho (U.S. PREMIERE)
    VISAGE (2009), Dir: Tsai Ming-Liang (SOUTHWEST PREMIERE)
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    Tokyo fest to feature Bruce Lee retrospective
    TIFF to screen "Enter the Dragon," others
    By Gavin J. Blair
    August 26, 2010, 12:06 AM ET

    TOKYO – To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the birth of Hong Kong kung fu flick legend Bruce Lee, Tokyo International Film Festival will screen some of his classic films, including a rare Japanese print of “Game of Death” during the fest in October.

    The "The 70th Anniversary: Bruce LEE to the Future" tribute will be part of the Winds of Asia Middle-East section and also include "Enter the Dragon” and Hong Kong kung-fu comedy “Gallants” (2010), as well as “The Legend is Alive” (2008) from Vietnam, to show Lee’s continuing influence on Asian cinema.

    “We are now negotiating over the screening of two or three more Bruce Lee movies and hope to make an announcement in the next few weeks,” said Winds of Asia-Middle East programming director, Kenji Ishizaka.

    Lee’s short film career – “Enter the Dragon” was released after his death in 1973 – helped spark a worldwide boom in martial arts.

    The 23rd edition of TIFF will run October 23-31 at Roppongi Hills and other central Tokyo locations.
    Another tribute to Lee's 70th.
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    I didn't put any coverage of the Venice Film Festival here but it appeared on different threads: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, Reign of Assassins (Jianyu Jianghu) & Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame were showcased.

    I'm thinking as Chollywood rises, every film festival is having a stronger Chinese showing now, so it's not just about Asian Film Festivals anymore, as the current title of this thread states. Maybe I'll change that.

    Chinese language films promote diversity at TIFF
    English.news.cn 2010-09-16 05:42:47
    by Tony King

    TORONTO, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 20 exciting Chinese language films from Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and around the world have been presented at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which was open on Thursday night in Canada' s largest city.

    In the next coming days, Toronto has rolled out the red carpets to welcome super stars like Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Robert De Niro, Helen Mirren, Kevin Spacey and Bill Gates.

    However, true film lovers also have had opportunities to enjoy the beauties and mysteries in the films from across the sea, exploring a different world and life style that they may not be familiar with.

    The long term TIFF's "most favorite" Chinese film maker Jia Zhangke has brought his "I Wish I Knew" to Toronto for its north American premiere. Jia was honored by TIFF as "one of the youngest masters of cinema" early this year.

    In his newest feature documentary production commissioned to commemorate the 2010 World Expo, Jia was trying to portray a chapter of modern Chinese history through interviews and scenic views of Shanghai, the largest city in China and Far East, in its continuous evolution.

    Chinese Director Feng Xiaogang's "Aftershock" was mentioned as "the most successful Chinese movie of all time"at TIFF. The film sweeps across three crucial decades in recent Chinese history and explores the resilience of a family devastated by the 1976 Tangshan earthquake.

    "All About Love" by Hong Kong's Ann Hui takes a rare look at the lives of Queer women in Hong Kong, as well as the challenges of creating a family. The TIFF mentioned this film as "expertly balances the serious themes of motherhood, sexuality and discrimination, rarely addressed in Hong Kong films, with wit, humor and compassion."

    "Break Up Club"directed by Hong Kong's Barbara Wong captures the mood of Hong Kong's young generation and delivers an ultra- modern romantic comedy about the end of one's innocence and the understanding that love is ultimately about the sacrifices one must take.

    "The Fourth Portrait"by Taiwan's Chung Mong-Hong casts a sobering look at the troubling issues of domestic violence, and the difficult family dynamics that are born of marriages of convenience.

    Other Chinese movies that will be presented at Toronto Film Festival include "The Legend of the Fist, The Return of Chen Zhen" ,"The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman","Fire of Conscience", "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame","The Piano in a Factory", and"Pinoy Sunday"

    Toronto International Film Festival, known as the largest of its kind in North America, was held from Sept. 9 to 19 in celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

    The festival will be screening some 340 films selected from 3, 526 submissions from 59 countries and regions like U.S., England, China, Finland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and many places in between.

    Total length of the screened movies are around 27,000 minutes. The organizer expects some half million people will be in attendance at this year's 10-day festival.
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    29th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, March 10-20, 2011

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    Beijing International Film Festival

    Beijing unveils ambassadors, first titles
    Beijing unveils ambassadors, first titles
    By Patrick Frater
    Wed, 16 March 2011, 13:58 PM (HKT)



    Jackie Chan (成龍) and Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) have been selected as "image ambassadors" for the inaugural edition of the Beijing International Film Festival (北京國際電影季, 23-28 April).

    Festival organisers also named four recent Oscar contenders — The Social Network, Black Swan, True Grit and 127 Hours — as highlights of its 100-strong lineup of foreign films.

    It also named South Korean film Mother (마더), India's Three Idiots and South Africa's White Wedding.

    The festival said in a statement that Chan and Zhang had been chosen after several rounds of selection and public participation. It said that selectors had received over 420 submissions from 50 countries.

    Some 60 Chinese films are also expected to be named at a later date. The festival will play out at 20 theatres, mostly in Beijing's central business district.
    Here's the official site: Beijing International Movie Festival
    Wait now...is it BIMF or BIFF?
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    Asian Film Awards 2011

    Lifetime Achievement for Raymond Chow!

    Kung fu film producer Chow gets Hong Kong tribute
    CBC News
    Posted: Mar 18, 2011 1:12 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 18, 2011 1:12 PM ET

    Raymond Chow, the Hong Kong film producer who brought martial arts stars such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to the screen, is to be honoured at the Asian Film Awards.

    The Asian film community will pay tribute to Chow, 83, with a lifetime achievement award on Monday at the awards gala in Hong Kong.

    Chow founded Golden Harvest studios in Hong Kong in 1970 and one his first films, Fists of Fury, introduced Lee to international audiences. He had lured the kung fu legend from Shaw Brothers studios, where Chow began his career.

    Golden Harvest was a box office leader in Hong Kong throughout the 1970s and 1980s, releasing films such as Enter the Dragon, The Man from Hong Kong and Hand of Death. Chow produced dozens of movies and gave the green-light to projects from directors such as John Woo, Sammo Hung and Robert Clouse.

    In 1979, he signed Jackie Chan and introduced him to international audiences with 1981's Cannonball Run. Chan also directed films such as Police Story for Chow.

    Golden Harvest also made the Once Upon a Time in China series for whichJet Li is renowned.

    Chow was "instrumental in making Asian cinema the global cinematic and box office force it is today," awards ceremony organizers said in a statement.
    Award for Pusan fest founder

    The awards gala will also honour Kim Dong-Ho, founder of South Korea'sPusan International Film Festival, which he established in 1996. He will receive an award for outstanding contribution to film.

    A former vice-minister of culture in South Korea, Kim also helped establish initiatives to foster Asian talent, including workshops, a cinema fund and the New Currents Competition.

    Asian Film Award-nominated titles such as Sacrifice, Moss, The Unjust and Madame X had premieres in Hong Kong this month, so the public could see them ahead of the awards ceremony.
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    Pretty cool!
    Although Chow and director Robert Clouse actually introduced Jackie to Western audiences a year earlier, in 1980, in Battle Creek Brawl (a.k.a., The Big Brawl).

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