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    Asian Film Awards

    Grandmaster is also leading HKFA nominations and has two noms for the Oscars.

    Grandmaster leads 8th AFA nominations
    By Kevin Ma
    Tue, 11 February 2014, 23:59 PM (HKT)
    Awards News



    Nominations for the 8th Asian Film Awards (27 Mar 2014) were announced in Hong Kong this afternoon.

    Continuing its success this awards season, WONG Kar-wai 王家衛's The Grandmaster 一代宗師 is nominated in 11 out of 14 categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

    BONG Joon-ho 봉준호 | 奉俊昊's Snowpiercer 설국열차 was in distant second-place in recognition at the awards with five nominations: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Production Designer and Best Costume Designer.

    A total of 28 films from ten countries and regions are nominated this year from over a thousand eligible films. Hong Kong films have the most nominations with a total of 19 shared between The Grandmaster (11 nominations), Rigor Mortis 殭屍 (4 nominations), Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon 狄仁杰之神都龍王 (3 nominations) and The Way We Dance 狂舞派 (1 nomination).

    Films from South Korea and Japan are tied at 14 nominations each. In addition to the 5 recognitions for Snowpiercer, the nominated South Korean films are Cold Eyes 감시자들 (4 nominations), The Attorney 변호인 (3 nominations), Mr. Go 미스터 고 (1 nomination) and The Face Reader 관상 (1 nomination).

    The 14 nominations for films from Japan are shared between The Great Passage 舟を編む (3 nominations), Like Father, Like Son そして父になる (3 nominations), Why Don't You Play in Hell? 地獄でなぜ悪い (3 nominations), Tokyo Family 東京家族 (2 nominations), Backwater 共喰い (1 nomination) and The Ravine of Goodbye さよなら渓谷 (1 nomination).

    After being organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited 香港國際電影節協會 for the past seven years, this year's award is being organised by the new Asian Film Awards Academy, a combined effort between the Hong Kong International Film Festival 香港國際電影節, the Busan International Film Festival 부산국제영화제 and the Tokyo International Film Festival 東京国際映画祭.

    HKIFF's chairman Wilfred WONG 王英偉 serves as the Chairman of the AFAA committee, which also includes BIFF's LEE Yong-kwan 이용관 | 李庸觀 and TIFF's SHIINA Yasushi 椎名保.

    Also for the first time this year, the award ceremony has been moved to a venue outside of Hong Kong, to a casino resort in neighbouring Macau. While the ceremony is traditionally held on the first day of the Hong Kong FilMart, this year's ceremony will be held on 27 Mar, the final day of this year's film market.

    Director Peter CHAN 陳可辛 is serving as this year's jury president, with Donnie YEN 甄子丹 joining as a "celebrity jury" member. The two are joined by the Philippines' Ronald ARGUELLES, Indonesia's John BADALU, Japan's ISHIZAKA Kenji 石坂健治, France's Christian JEUNE, Singapore's Eric KHOO 邱金海, South Korea's Lee Yong-kwan, Thailand's Kong RITHDEE ก้อง ฤทธิ์ดี, Taiwan's WEN Tien-hsiang 聞天祥, as well as Hong Kong's Jacob WONG 王慶鏘 and Patricia CHENG 莊麗真.

    "Each industry, although successful commercially, is becoming more and more localised, catering to the taste of local audiences. As a result there are fewer channels for crossover distribution outside local markets. I think AFA is not only important in its celebration of Asian film and filmmakers, but an event that can bring Asian films together," says Chan.


    ASIAN FILM AWARDS – PARTIAL LIST OF NOMINEES

    BEST FILM
    The Grandmaster
    The Great Passage
    The Lunchbox
    No Man's Land 無人區
    Snowpiercer
    Stray Dogs 郊遊

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Bong Joon-ho; Snowpiercer
    Anthony CHEN 陳哲藝; Ilo Ilo 爸媽不在家
    KORE-EDA Hirokazu 是枝裕和; Like Father, Like Son
    TSAI Ming-liang 蔡明亮; Stray Dogs
    Wong Kar-wai; The Grandmaster

    BEST ACTOR
    FUKUYAMA Masaharu 福山雅治; Like Father, Like Son
    Irrfan KHAN; The Lunchbox
    LEE Kang-sheng 李康生; Stray Dogs
    Tony LEUNG Chiu-wai 梁朝偉; The Grandmaster
    SONG Gang-ho 송강호 | 宋康昊; The Attorney

    BEST ACTRESS
    Eugene DOMINGO; Barber's Tales Mga kuwentong barbero
    HAN Hyo-ju 한효주 | 韓孝珠; Cold Eyes
    Nina PAW 鮑起靜; Rigor Mortis
    MAKI Yoko 真木よう子; The Ravine of Goodbye
    ZHANG Ziyi 章子怡; The Grandmaster

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Mark CHAO 趙又廷; So Young 致我們終將逝去的青春
    HUANG Bo 黃渤; No Man's Land
    JEONG U-seong 정우성 | 鄭雨成; Cold Eyes
    Joe ODAGIRI オダギリジョー; The Great Passage
    TSUMABUKI Satoshi 妻夫木聡; Tokyo Family

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    AOI Yu 蒼井優; Tokyo Family
    Mavis FAN 范曉萱; Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? 明天記得愛上我
    KIM Yeong-ae 김영애; The Attorney
    NIKAIDO Fumi 二階堂ふみ; Why Don't You Play in Hell?
    YEO Yann Yann 楊雁雁; Ilo Ilo

    BEST SCREENPLAY
    Ritesh BATRA; The Lunchbox
    Bong Joon-ho, Kelly MASTERSON; Snowpiercer
    LIU Qiang 劉強; So Young
    WATANABE Kensaku 渡辺謙作; The Great Passage
    Wong Kar-wai, ZOU Jingzhi 鄒靜之, XU Haofeng 徐浩峰; The Grandmaster

    BEST NEWCOMER
    BabyJohn CHOI 蔡瀚億; The Way We Dance
    IM Shi-wan 임시완; The Attorney
    Maggie JIANG 江疏影; So Young
    KINO****A Misaki 木下美咲; Backwater
    NINOMIYA Keita 二宮慶多; Like Father, Like Son
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    And the winner is...

    ....The Grandmaster.

    Grandmaster wins 7 at Asian Film Awards

    By Kevin Ma
    Fri, 28 March 2014, 13:30 PM (HKT)
    Awards News

    The Grandmaster 一代宗師 dominated last night's 8th Asian Film Awards. It had eleven nominations. It set a new record for the most prizes given to a single film in the event's history.

    WONG Kar-wai 王家衛's martial arts epic won Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (ZHANG Ziyi 章子怡), Best Cinematography (Philippe LE SOURD), Best Production Designer (William CHANG 張叔平, Alfred YAU 邱偉明), Best Costume Designer (Chang) and Best Composer (UMEBAYASHI Shigeru 梅林茂, Nathaniel MÉCHALY).

    The only other film to win more than one award this year is India's The Lunchbox, with Irrfan KHAN winning Best Actor and director Ritesh BATRA winning Best Screenwriter.

    After two consecutive years with no awards, South Korean films finally returned to the stage this year with two technical prizes: Best Visual Effects for Mr. Go 미스터 고 and Best Editor for Cold Eyes 감시자들. However, BONG Joon-ho 봉준호 | 奉俊昊, whose Mother 마더 (2009) and The Host 괴물 (2006) were major winners at previous editions, did not win a single award for Snowpiercer 설국열차.

    Despite receiving 14 nominations, Japanese films left empty-handed.

    Maggie JIANG 江疏影 won Best Newcomer for So Young 致我們終將逝去的青春; HUANG Bo 黃渤 won Best Supporting Actor for No Man's Land 無人區; YEO Yann Yann 楊雁雁 won Best Supporting Actress for Ilo Ilo 爸媽不在家.

    Taiwan's HOU Hsiao-hsien 侯孝賢 received the Lifetime Achievement award. Hou said, "I didn't want to win this award so early because I still have many films I want to make. I'll take this award as encouragement to make better films."

    This year's award ceremony was held in Macau for the first time as a joint project of the Hong Kong International Film Festival 香港國際電影節, the Busan International Film Festival 부산국제영화제 and the Tokyo International Fantastic Film Festival.
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    Huading awards

    Halle Berry Named ‘Best Global Icon’ at China’s Version of The Oscars
    Jun 2, 14 by EURPublisher01


    Actress Halle Berry accepts the Global Movie Icon Award at the 2014 Huading Film Awards at The Montalban Theatre on June 1, 2014 in Los Angeles

    *Halle Berry was among the honorees in attendance at China’s equivalent of the Oscars, the Huading Awards, held for the first time in the U.S. at the Montalban theater in Hollywood on Sunday night.
    The live telecast reached more than 800 million viewers in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, where 80 million fans voted for the best in the film industry, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
    Berry was named best global icon at the ceremony. Though she didn’t talk to the press, Berry did say a few words upon receiving her award, calling to mind her visit to Shanghai a few years ago and the warm welcome she received from Chinese fans.
    “I felt like I was an original Beatle when I got off that airplane,” Berry said. “I hope that I will continue to be able to make movies and entertain the Chinese audience and I’m so glad that we get to have an interpersonal relationship with all of you.”


    Actress Lucy Liu (L) walks actress Halle Berry offstage after presenting Berry with the Global Movie Icon Award at the 2014 Huading Film Awards at The Montalban Theatre on June 1, 2014 in Los Angeles

    Orlando Bloom won for best global actor icon, and filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro received the best global director award.
    Bradley Cooper was voted as best global actor and actors Jordana Brewster and Tyrese Gibson accepted the best global movie award for “Fast & Furious 6” in memory of Paul Walker.
    Zoe Saldana was recognized as best global supporting actress and Jeremy Renner was awarded best global supporting actor.
    DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg accepted the best global animated film award for “The Croods.”
    Composer Hans Zimmer was presented with the lifetime achievement award for his motion picture scores.
    Hosted by actress Lucy Liu and Chinese television personality Olivia Xu, the show featured performances from Jabbawockeez (winners of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew), the Shaolin Warriors, The Voice China winner Summer Jikejunyi, and magician Master Zhao.
    While the Oscars this year rose to 43.7 million viewers, the Huading awards reaches one of the largest audiences celebrating the achievements of many prominent American entertainers with an additional 400 million watching online.
    My coach, Shi Yantuo, was part of this Shaolin Warriors troupe. He got a nice pic with Lucy Liu. Shaolin Warriors promoter Sal Redner invited Tiger Claw, but unfortunately, it was a last minute invite and both Jonny and I were already booked.

    China’s Huading Awards Make Hollywood Debut

    JUNE 2, 2014 | 12:26PM PT
    Andrea Seikaly
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    The Huading Film Awards, China’s No. 1 entertainment kudos fest, took place in the U.S. for the first time on Sunday evening at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood.

    International film stars including Lucy Liu, Halle Berry and Orlando Bloom were among the honorees in attendance at the bilingual event, which reached over one billion viewers via broadcast as well as another 400 million viewers online. The award recipients were determined based on the votes of 80 million fans, allowing the Chinese public to celebrate their favorite films and thesps.

    Don Mischer, the ceremony’s exec producer, is no stranger to the awards show scene, having produced both the Oscars and Emmys in past years. Though bringing the awards to Hollywood posed some challenges, Mischer said this was only the beginning and he looks forward to future collaborations between the world’s two top film markets.

    “I view this whole thing as kind of a first step – almost like a baby step,” Mischer said, adding, “There’s much more of a cooperative exchange going on now between the cinematic communities in China and those in the United States… This thing could catch on and it could really build into something more significant because you’ve got the two largest movie markets in the world here.”

    Following an introduction by co-hosts Liu and Olivia Xu (who translated the English portions of the ceremony into Chinese), “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam took the stage and was the first to be decorated with a golden sash as he received the best global emerging actor award.

    Hunnam said he’d love to shoot a sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” and also explained that, though he’s currently filming the final season of “Sons of Anarchy,” “I really don’t know how it’s all going to play out.”

    Del Toro was also recognized with the award for best global director and recalled visiting Hong Kong for the first time when he was 22.

    “I thought, ‘One day I’ll put it in a movie,’” del Toro said of his experience in China. The helmer also expressed his interest in maintaining a cinematic partnership with China.

    “As long as our partnership is one where we find common ground and we admire and learn from our differences, I think it could be incredibly enriching,” he said.

    Del Toro also expressed his gratitude to the “vast and loving” Chinese audience, saying, “A film for a filmmaker is like a child. So it’s 80 million people saying they like my child.”

    DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg was on hand to accept the best global animated film honors on behalf of “The Croods,” and discussed the studio’s entertainment complex to be built in Shanghai as well as the third installment of the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise, slated to premiere in December 2015.

    Though she didn’t talk to the press, Berry did say a few words upon receiving her global icon award, calling to mind her visit to Shanghai a few years ago and the warm welcome she received from Chinese fans.

    “I felt like I was an original Beatle when I got off that airplane,” Berry said. “I hope that I will continue to be able to make movies and entertain the Chinese audience and I’m so glad that we get to have an interpersonal relationship with all of you.”

    Lifetime achievement honoree and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer also kept his comments brief, but suggested, “Let’s call it the getting started award” when discussing his prize.

    Orlando Bloom was honored with the global actor icon award and the British thesp expressed how “humbled” he felt, explaining, “I never thought I’d make films all over the world.”

    Jeremy Renner was voted best global supporting actor, but thanked his Chinese fans via video message as he was unable to attend.

    Jordana Brewster and Tyrese Gibson accepted the final award on behalf of Universal’s “Fast and Furious 6,” voted best global movie of the year. Both actors noted a change in the atmosphere on the set of the franchise’s seventh film following the death of co-star Paul Walker.

    “It’s really hard for all of us to genuinely celebrate on the level that we all should be expected to because we didn’t do any of this without our brother and friend Paul Walker,” Gibson said. “Moments like this become bittersweet.”

    The evening also featured three exclusive performances by “America’s Best Dance Crew” winners Jabbawockeez, martial artists the Shaolin Warriors and Summer Jikejunyi, winner of “The Voice” China.
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    14th Chinese Film Media Awards

    Drug War tops China Media Awards



    By Kevin Ma
    Mon, 13 October 2014, 11:30 AM (HKT)
    Awards News

    Johnnie TO 杜琪峯's Drug War 毒戰 (2012), WONG Kar-wai 王家衛's The Grandmaster 一代宗師 and Anthony CHEN 陳哲藝's Ilo Ilo 爸媽不在家 were the top winners of the 14th Chinese Film Media Awards, each winning two awards. This year's ceremony was held in Beijing.

    Nominated for a total of four prizes, Drug War picked up Best Film and Best Director for To. This is his third Best Director award, following PTU PTU (2003) and Life Without Principle 奪命金 (2011).

    Chen's Ilo Ilo won the Best Screenplay award and the Best Supporting Actress award for YEO Yann Yann 楊雁雁. Yeo also won the Best Supporting Actress prize at last year's Golden Horse Awards 金馬獎 for her performance in the domestic drama.

    Wong's The Grandmaster, which tied Ilo Ilo with six nominations, received two acting awards: Best Actress for ZHANG Ziyi 章子怡 and Best Supporting Actor for WANG Qingxiang 王慶祥. This is Zhang's 12th Best Actress award for the film.

    Nick CHEUNG 張家輝 won the Best Actor award for Unbeatable 激戰. HAO Jie 郝潔 won the Best New Director award for The Love Songs of Tiedan 美姐 (2012). KUO Shu-yao 郭書瑤 won Best New Actor for Step Back to Glory 志氣.

    Finding Mr. Right 北京遇上西雅圖 won the Audience Prize for Best Film. The five nominees in the category – also including American Dreams in China 中國合伙人, So Young 致我們終將逝去的青春, Tiny Times 1 小時代 and Firestorm 風暴 – were not nominated for Best Film in the main competition.

    Organised by Southern Metropolis Daily, the Chinese Film Media Awards considers any Chinese-language film that received theatrical distribution in Mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan between 1 Jan and 31 Dec the previous year.

    The members of this year's jury were not announced.


    14TH CHINESE FILM MEDIA AWARDS

    Best Film: Drug War
    Best Director: Johnnie To; Drug War
    Best New Director: Hao Jie; The Love Songs of Tiedan
    Best Screenplay: Anthony Chen; Ilo Ilo
    Best Actor: Nick Cheung; Unbeatable
    Best Actress: Zhang Ziyi; The Grandmaster
    Best Supporting Actor: Wang Qingxiang; The Grandmaster
    Best Supporting Actress: Yeo Yann Yann; Ilo Ilo
    Best New Actor: Kuo Shu-yao; Step Back to Glory
    Audience Prize, Most Popular Film: Finding Mr. Right
    Audience Prize, Most Popular Actor: HUANG Bo 黃渤; Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 西游 降魔篇
    Audience Prize, Most Popular Actress: YAO Chen 姚晨; Firestorm
    Audience Prize, Most Popular Performance: Aarif LEE 李治廷; One Night Surprise 一夜驚喜
    Media Tribute Award for Film of the Year: No Man's Land 無人區
    Media Tribute Award for Film Professional of the Year: Bill KONG 江志強
    Here's our related threads:
    Grandmaster
    Unbeatable-激戰
    Stephan-Chow-s-Journey-to-the-West-Conquering-Demons


    We don't have a Drug War thread, but here are my thoughts on that flick:
    If you haven't tuned into director Johnny To, he's like the John Woo for this decade. He's the new master of Chinese gangster flicks. Only instead of balletic gunplay and ****erotic undertones, To is more about visceral firefights and gritty sociopaths. DW is his latest, a tale of undercover narcs, meth makers and stool pigeons (heavy emphasis on stool as there is an inordinate amount of defecating in this film). It captures the seedy side of Mainland China, and Louis Koo is particularly oily. The plot moves along briskly and sustains a fair level of tension, but it's really all about the gunplay. There are two big firefights, one in the middle and the finale, and that's the payout. The final battle is very satisfying.
    However, Drug War is no Exiled (2006). That's To's gangster masterpiece. The first scene is brilliant filmmaking in every way - the tension, the mood set by the environment, the interaction/introduction of the characters and the way it explodes when the time comes. And Exiled maintains that artistic and storytelling integrity through the whole film. It's truly a great film - one of the best Triad films ever.
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    Jimmy Wang Yu to receive Lifetime Achievement Award today!

    Jimmy Wang Yu to receive Lifetime Achievement Award today!

    Congratulations to Wang Yu!

    http://www.stickgrappler.net/2014/11...-lifetime.html

    Made my first animated GIF set from Master of the Flying Guillotine in honor of Jimmy Wang Yu receiving the Award later today. Count ‘em … 10 GIFs! More GIF Sets to come.





    Enjoy 7 more GIFs here:

    http://www.stickgrappler.net/2014/11...gif-set-1.html

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    Asian Film Awards

    China dominates Asian Film Awards



    By Kevin Ma

    Thu, 26 March 2015, 09:15 AM (HKT)
    Awards News

    China was the star of this year's Asian Film Awards 亞洲電影大獎, winning ten out of fourteen categories, including Best Picture for LOU Ye 婁燁's Blind Massage 推拿.

    JIANG Wen 姜文's Gone with the Bullets 一步之遙 took the most awards of the evening, with wins in three of the four categories for which it was nominated.

    Blind Massage (pictured), DIAO Yi'nan 刁亦男's Black Coal, Thin Ice 白日焰火 and Ann HUI 許鞍華's The Golden Era 黃金時代 each won two prizes.

    Also the winner of Best Picture at November's Golden Horse Awards 金馬獎 in Taipei, Blind Massage also took its second Asian Film Award for ZENG Jian 曾劍's cinematography.

    Two years ago, Lou's Mystery 浮城謎事 (2012) won Best Picture and Best Screenwriter awards at the Asian Film Awards.

    Also echoing the results of the Golden Horse Awards, Hui won the Best Director award for biographical drama The Golden Era. WANG Zhiwen 王志文 also won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of writer Lu Xun in the film.

    Nominees from other nations largely went home empty-handed, as Japan, South Korea, India and Indonesia won just one award each.

    In arguably the night's most competitive category, South Korea's BAE Du-na 배두나 | 裵斗娜 won Best Actress for drama A Girl at My Door 도희야. It was Bae's second AFA nomination.

    The Best Supporting Actress prize went to IKEWAKI Chizuru 池脇千鶴 for gritty romance drama The Light Shines Only There そこのみにて光輝く.

    As previously announced, Japanese actress NAKATANI Miki 中谷美紀 received the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award and IM Kwon-taek 임권택 | 林權澤 received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    This is the second year that the AFA has been held in Macau. This year's ceremony was moved from the City of Dreams Resort to the Venetian Theatre in the Venetian Macao, just across the street.

    Last year, the award became part of the Asian Film Awards Academy, a joint project between the Hong Kong International Film Festival 香港國際電影節, Busan International Film Festival 부산국제영화제 and Tokyo International Film Festival 東京国際映画祭.


    2015 ASIAN FILM AWARDS

    Best Film: Blind Massage [China]
    Best Director: Ann Hui – The Golden Era [Hong Kong/China]
    Best Actor: Liao Fan – Black Coal, Thin Ice [Hong Kong/China]
    Best Actress: Bae Du-na – A Girl at My Door [South Korea]
    Best Newcomer: ZHANG Huiwen 張慧雯 – Coming Home 歸來 [China]
    Best Supporting Actor: Wang Zhiwen – The Golden Era [Hong Kong/China]
    Best Supporting Actress: Ikewaki Chizuru – The Light Shines Only There [Japan]
    Best Screenwriter: Diao Yi'nan – Black Coal, Thin Ice [China]
    Best Cinematographer: Zeng Jian – Blind Massage [China]
    Best Production Designer: LIU Qing 柳青 — Gone With the Bullets [China]
    Best Composer: Mikey McCleary — Margarita, With a Straw [India]
    Best Editor: Gareth EVANS – The Raid 2 The Raid 2: Berandal [Indonesia]
    Best Visual Effects – Rick SANDER, Christoph ZOLLINGER – Gone with the Bullets [China]
    Best Costume Designer: William CHANG 張叔平 — Gone With the Bullets [China]

    I think we only discussed two of these films here: Gone With the Bullets & The Raid 2: Berandal
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    18th Shanghai International Film Festival

    That's a weird pick of Donnie and Iron Mike. Makes me think they should have been cast for the Rush Hour TV series.

    Jackie Chan, Mike Tyson help kick off Shanghai Film Festival
    18th Shanghai International Film Festival - Opening Ceremony & Red Carpet


    Mike Tyson, left, and Donnie Yen pose for a picture on the red carpet at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival on June 13, 2015, in Shanghai. (Kevin Lee / Getty Images)

    By Julie Makinen

    A disease outbreak in South Korea and a film removed by censors dampen opening of Shanghai film festival

    Jackie Chan, Mike Tyson and Fan Bingbing walked the red carpet Saturday night as a somewhat subdued Shanghai International Film Festival got underway in China’s bustling commercial capital.


    Chinese actress Fan Bingbing poses on the red carpet during the opening ceremony of the Shanghai International Film Festival in Shanghai on June 13, 2015. (Johannes Eisele / AFP/Getty Images)

    Concerns about the outbreak of MERS in South Korea and the removal of a Japanese film at the behest of Chinese government censors put a bit of a damper on the 18th annual event, which for years was the only substantial film festival in China until Beijing launched its own festival in 2011. Both events are under government control, but authorities seem to be pouring significant resources into raising the profile of the Beijing affair, which is held in April.

    Festival organizers sent emails to some expected participants from South Korea, suggesting that they stay home; at the registration desk, South Korean attendees were asked to fill out a health history form.

    In the lobby of Shanghai Movie City, a movie complex that is one of the central film venues, large printed screening schedules still carried the title “Attack on Titan,” but ticket sellers said the animated Japanese film had indeed been pulled from the lineup and replaced with another Japanese movie. The film was among 38 foreign animated properties deemed excessively violent or pornographic earlier this week by China’s Ministry of Culture.

    Unlike last year, when “Transformers: Age of Extinction” closed out the Shanghai festival, this year’s lineup includes no Hollywood blockbusters, though Antoine Fuqua’s long-in-the-works boxing drama “Southpaw,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is having its world premiere at the festival.


    Jackie Chan poses on the red carpet during the opening ceremony of the Shanghai International Film Festival in Shanghai on June 13, 2015. (Johannes Eisele / AFP/Getty Images)

    The film, which is competing for the Golden Goblet award, centers on a lefthanded junior-middleweight champ (Gyllenhaal) whose is sent into a spiral by a tragic accident. With the help of a washed-up former boxer (Forest Whitaker), he starts to fight his way back to personal and professional redemption.

    The opening film was the somewhat saccharine "I Am Somebody," directed by Derek Tung-Sing Yee, about Chinese movie extras trying to make a go of it on the studio lots in Hengdian, a major movie film center not far from Shanghai.

    The closing night film on June 21 will be the China-Russia co-production "Ballet in the Flames of War," directed by China's Yachun Dong and Russia's Nikita Mikhalkov. Organizers said the movie “highlights the friendship between China and Russia through a love story unfolding in the midst of World War II.”

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, known in China as the War to Resist Japanese Aggression, and the festival has programmed a special section of films devoted to this theme, including “Casablanca,” German director Volker Schlondorff’s “The Tin Drum” and Andre Singer’s Holocaust documentary “Night Will Fall.”

    The Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, whose “Leviathan” was nominated for the foreign language Oscar this year, is heading up this year’s jury for the Golden Goblet award.

    The festival offers cinema-goers the chance to see a number of American films that were never imported into theaters in China, which restricts the number of foreign films that can enter the market each year. Among some of the U.S. films screening are “Whiplash” and “Birdman.” Former boxer Mike Tyson is attending the festival not because he has an American film in the festival but because he has a guest part in the upcoming Chinese movie “Ip Man 3.” DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg also attended the event.

    This year, the Shanghai fest will offer fans the chance to see all six films in the “Star Wars” series, a first for the mainland. “Jackie Chan Action Movie Week” is expected to draw a number of international filmmakers, including Renny Harlin and Brett Ratner for a series of forums and screenings that organizers said “will leverage the prestige of Jackie Chan in the world of action movies, highlight Chinese culture reflected in action movies, and pool together worldwide resources in support of the globalization of Chinese films and culture.”
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    Because it was pulled rom the lineup, I now really want to see "Attack on Titan". IMO, the reasons they pull non-Chinese movies or 'edit' them for content is ridiculous. It creates an environment of movies with no edgy content.

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    Asian Film Awards

    It's still all about the Assassin there, with a nod to Ip Man 3.

    Asian Film Awards: 'The Assassin' leads with Nine Nominations


    'The Assassin'
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    by Karen Chu 2/3/2016 4:43am PST
    'Mountains May Depart, 'Veteran' and 'Mr. Six' each received four nominations.

    While it may have missed out on an Oscar foreign-language nomination, The Assassin has emerged as frontrunner at the Asian Film Awards. Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien's martial-arts film picked up nine nominations, followed by Mountains May Depart, Veteran and Mr. Six, each with four.

    The Assassin was nominated in the best film, director, actress, supporting actress, cinematography, original music, costume design, production design, and sound categories. The film bowed in competition at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

    The best film race consists of The Assassin, Chinese co-production Mountains May Depart, India's Bajirao Mastani, Japan's Three Stories of Love, China's Mr. Six, and South Korea's Veteran.

    Donnie Yen of Hong Kong box office hit Ip Man 3 is nominated for a best actor gong, with Nagase Masatoshi of Japan's An, Feng Xiaogang of China's Mr. Six, Lee Byung-Hun of South Korea's Inside Men, and John Arcilla of The Philippine's Heneral Luna also in contention.

    The best actress category is a contest between Zhao Tao of Mountains May Depart, Shu Qi of The Assassin, Ayase Haruka of Japan's Our Little Sister, Kim Hye-soo of South Korea's Coin Locker Girl, and Karena Lam of Taiwan's Zinnia Flower.

    The nominations included thirty-six films from nine countries. Twenty-two films from China or Chinese co-productions were nominated for awards in fifteen categories, followed by sixteen from Japan.

    A new category, best sound, was introduced this year.

    The fifteen-member jury will be presided by Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To this year, with jury members including Hong Kong actor Sean Lau and Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan.

    Marking the tenth edition of the Asian Film Awards, organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy, the awards ceremony will be held on March 17 at the Venetian Theater in Macau.



    Asian Film Awards Nominations

    Best Film

    Mountains May Depart (France, Japan, China)

    The Assassin (Hong Kong, China, Taiwan)

    Bajirao Mastani (India)

    Three Stories of Love (Japan)

    Mr. Six (China)

    Veteran (South Korea)



    Best Director

    Jia Zhang-Ke, Mountains May Depart

    Hou Hsiao-Hsien, The Assassin

    Kore-Eda Hirokazu, Our Little Sister

    Guan Hu, Mr. Six

    Ryoo Seung-wan, Veteran



    Best Actor

    Donnie Yen, Ip Man 3

    Nagase Masatoshi, An

    Feng Xiao-gang, Mr. Six

    Lee Byung-Hun, Inside Men

    John Arcilla, Heneral Luna



    Best Actress

    Zhao Tao, Mountains May Depart

    Shu Qi, The Assassin

    Ayase Haruka, Our Little Sister

    Kim Hye-soo, Coin Locker Girl

    Karena Lam, Zinnia Flower



    Best Supporting Actor

    Max Zhang, Ip Man 3

    Michael Ning, Port of Call

    Asano Tadanobu, Journey to the Shore

    Oh Dal-soo, Assassination

    Cheng Jen Shuo, Thanatos, Drunk



    Best Supporting Actress

    Zhuo Yun, The Assassin

    Tsuchiya Anna, Gonin Saga

    Cherry Ngan, Mojin – The Lost Legend

    Ueno Juri, The Beauty Inside

    Park So-dam, The Priests
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    40th Hong Kong International Film Festival

    The way that caption is positioned, it makes Chuck look like he is William Shakespeare...

    William Shakespeare, Bruce Lee to Be Honored at Hong Kong Festival
    Variety By Patrick Frater
    February 5, 2016 7:03 AM


    William Shakespeare and Bruce Lee are both to be honored at the upcoming Hong Kong International Film Festival (March 21-April 4, 2016).

    Marking the festival’s 40th edition and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the HKIFF will program three vastly different film interpretations of Shakespeare’s stage play “Macbeth.” The trio are Akira Kurosawa’s “Throne of Blood,” Roman Polanski’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and last year’s “Macbeth” by star Australian director Justin Kurzel.

    “’Macbeth’ has challenged filmmakers around the world as they have reimagined the interplay of fate and magic, human motivations and soul-wrenching questions of loyalty and destiny. Yet, the violence at the heart of the play, with battles, beheadings and assassinations, also imposes demands on actors and audiences as powerful as the poetry of the Bard’s composition,” the festival said in a note.

    The festival will also present additional films based on Shakespeare’s plays in its off-season Cine Fan April/May program.

    (Separately, it was announced that the Shanghai International Film festival in June will also pay tribute to Shakespeare. It did not divulge its lineup, though it said that British actor Ian McKellen will attend.)

    Reviving a local legend, the HKIFF will also present restored, digital versions of four Bruce Lee-starring films. It will screen Lee’s 1971 Hong Kong homecoming “The Big Boss”; nunchaku-wielding 1972 epic “The Fist of Fury”; “The Way of the Dragon,” which Lee also directed; and “The Game of Death,” the 1978 movie assembled and released five years after Lee’s death.
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    HKIFF honors Bruce

    When Bruce Lee Left Hollywood to Become 'The Big Boss'
    8:33 AM PDT 3/14/2016 by Patrick Brzeski


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    Exactly why Hong Kong has declined to tap Lee’s enduring star power to serve as one of the city’s icons is still the subject of some debate.

    For decades, Hong Kong movie buffs have been perplexed by their city’s neglect of its most famous native son: Bruce Lee.

    Hong Kong has no Bruce Lee museum, no Bruce Lee Boulevard, not even a proper Bruce Lee memorial. The city’s Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong’s version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, features a lone statue of the star, but its erection was the result of a global fan initiative, not the local government’s largesse.

    In 2011, the owner of Lee’s former mansion in Kowloon Tong offered to donate the home to the city so that it could be made into a commemorative museum, but the project fizzled within the city bureaucracy.

    Exactly why Hong Kong has declined to tap Lee’s enduring star power to serve as one of the city’s icons is still the subject of some debate — most suggest that the local elders never viewed Lee as a true native, given that he was born to Chinese immigrants in San Francisco, USA (even though he returned to Hong Kong when he was three months old and grew up there until he returned to California at age 18).

    But this year, for its part, HKIFF is taking steps to right the oversight. The 40th edition of the fest is honoring Lee with screenings of restored, digital versions of four classic Bruce Lee kung fu flicks, beginning with The Big Boss, the film that brought him back to Hong Kong and launched him into superstardom.

    In 1971, having grown frustrated with the side parts and choreography work he was getting in Los Angeles, Lee returned to Hong Kong on the advice of producer Fred Weintraub to make a feature film that would showcase his skills for executives in Hollywood. After signing a two-picture deal with Golden Harvest, Lee played his first leading role in director Lo Wei’s The Big Boss opposite James Tien, already a big star in Hong Kong.

    Lee’s charisma and fighting style made the film a phenomenon, and it soon became the highest-grossing picture in Hong Kong history, not to be surpassed until the release of Lee’s second Golden Harvest vehicle, Fist of Fury (1972).

    The global success of these movies had the intended effect: in 1972, Warner Brothers offered Lee the lead role in Enter the Dragon, the first Chinese film to be produced by a major Hollywood studio. Tragically, this artistic and entertainment industry milestone would be Lee’s last onscreen appearance before his mysterious and untimely death on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32.
    Finally. Took them long enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    Finally. Took them long enough.
    Gene, I suspect that it may have to do with the city of HK possibly being ashamed that the most famous person from HK was a MAist. In my observation, if BL had been a famous pianist, violinist, conductor, business mogul, etc., he most likely would have been recognized decades ago. "Kung Fu" or MA is probably considered too coarse or lowly a pursuit to receive a high honor by HK's bureaucrats.
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    Asian Film Awards

    Still all about the Assassin...

    Asian Film Awards: 'The Assassin' Dominates with Eight Awards
    7:30 PM PDT 3/17/2016 by Karen Chu


    'The Assassin'
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    The Hou Hsiao-hsien-directed film won the biggest prizes including best film, best director, best actress for Shu Qi and best supporting actress for Zhou Yun.

    Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin dominated the 10th Asian Film Awards on Thursday, winning eight out of 15 categories.

    The period thriller took top honors for film, director, actress (Shu Qi), supporting actress (Zhou Yun), cinematography, original music, production design and sound.

    Hou was not at the award ceremony to accept the accolades in person; the best film and director awards were accepted by cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing on the helmer's behalf.

    South Korea's Lee Byung-hun was named best actor for his role of a political henchman in Inside Men, while Japan's Asano Tadanobu took home the best supporting actor prize for his work in Journey to the Shore.

    The best newcomer award went to Jessie Li of Port of Call, the Hong Kong film that also earned best editing honors.

    The Asian Film Awards, held at the Venetian Macao in Macau, gave out two lifetime achievement awards: one to Japan veteran actress Kiki Kirin (Chronicles of My Mother, An) and another to Hong Kong master of action choreography Yuen Woo-ping (The Matrix Trilogy, The Grandmaster).

    Full list of winners:

    Best film: The Assassin
    Best director: Hou Hsiao-hsien, The Assassin
    Best actor: Lee Byung-hun, Inside Men
    Best actress: Shu Qi, The Assassin
    Best supporting actor: Asano Tadanobu, Journey to the Shore
    Best supporting actress: Zhou Yun, The Assassin
    Best newcomer: Jessie Li, Port of Call
    Best screenplay: Jia Zhangke, Mountains May Depart
    Best editing: Port of Call
    Best cinematography: The Assassin
    Best original music: The Assassin
    Best costume design: The Throne
    Best production design: The Assassin
    Best visual effects: Bajirao Mastani
    Best sound: The Assassin
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    Ratner at BIFF

    Brett Ratner to Chair Beijing Film Festival Competition Jury
    7:18 PM PDT 4/6/2016 by Patrick Brzeski


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    Joining Ratner on the jury are Hong Kong director Teddy Chan, Germany's Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Japanese filmmaker Yojiro Takita.

    Producer-director Brett Ratner will head the competition jury of the 6th Beijing International Film Festival, set to run April 16-23 in the Chinese capital.

    The Revenant, which Ratner produced and co-financed via his RatPac Entertainment production company, is currently taking its final victory lap in the mainland Chinese market, where it has grossed nearly $60 million, far exceeding early expectations.

    Joining Ratner on the jury, which awards the festival's Tiantan Awards across 10 categories, will be Hong Kong director Teddy Chan (Bodyguards and Assassins), German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others), Romanian helmer Corneliu Porumboiu (The Treasure), Japanese director Yojiro Takita (Departures), Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land) and Chinese actress Xu Qing (Mr. Six).

    According to the fest's organizing committee, 15 out of 433 films from 42 countries and regions have been shortlisted this year for the main competition section.

    As previously announced, Natalie Portman will be the highest-profile Hollywood attendee at the event this year. The actress will attend the red-carpet opening ceremony on April 17, followed by her participation in a forum on co-producing films in China and a special screening of her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, at the China Film Archive.

    The fest will open with the world premiere of Beijing Meets Seattle II: Book of Love, directed by Xue Xiaolu and starring Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo.
    I'm skeptical of Ratner, especially since he took on the 5 Finger remake.
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