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    Confucius the Movie starring Chow Yun Fat (with photo)

    Here is a photo of Chow Yun Fat as Confucius: the movie
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    Confucious say...

    This got mentioned on our Dragonball thread. I guess it deserved it's own thread after all...

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    Zhou Runfa develops "Kong Zi" attains approves has the imposing manner (Sing Tao Daily report) Zhou Runfa acts the leading role movie "Kong Zi", its stage photo and propaganda preview in the day before yesterday's Kang Cheng film preview to make public. Piece Fang Chu provides outside 5 stage photos, but also manufactures section of 2 minute previews specially, pointed out according to the scene news, although is only the guiding advance notification, but the overall imposing manner pound 讛, presents the rich Chinese ancient customs. Saw fortunately preview the public figure indicated that many film executives are also moved by Zhou Runfa's single Kong Zi stage photo, has the overseas media person after to watching the preview indicated: “Zhou Runfa's modelling is very successful, in our concept's Confucius should be this, he this time performance both has the prestige imposing manner for the human, and including 覑 East's mystical wisdom, believed that had his brilliant performance, this piece certainly will have the amazing performance in the international market! ” Also some senior industry in personnel indicated that the Baud light's performance has been too brilliant, his lens inspiration, should be comes from the traditional Chinese painting black and white unreliable imaginary, the picture seems is harmonious and the rich charm may read the ancient Eastern culture the mysticalness. Moreover, Cheng Long and Wang Lihong acts the leading role the movie "Main strength Young fellow" and Fang Lishen, Zheng Zhongji and so on acts the leading role "Machine Variant" playbill also Yu Kang city to make public.
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    January 19, 2010, 1:36 pm
    Confucius Shoves ‘Avatar’ Aside
    By MELENA RYZIK

    “Avatar” may be racking up awards and nominations — the latest come from the Visual Effects Society, whose members gave it nods in categories like, “Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture” — it is not so popular with Chinese authorities. Sharon LaFraniere reports that the film, the most commercially successful of in history there, will be pulled from 2-D theaters to make room for a biopic about Confucius that stars Chow-Yun Fat. (Which, by the way, the Bagger would also pay to see.)

    After a report in the Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, Ben Fritz and David Pierson of The Los Angeles Times write that “the move was made at the urging of propaganda officials who are concerned that ‘Avatar’ is taking too much market share from Chinese films and drawing unwanted attention to the sensitive issue of forced evictions.”

    But a media consultant based in Beijing added that the decision to remove the movie also had to do with the coming Chinese New Year holiday, when the state likes its citizens to see home-grown films, and said it was routine (foreign movies typically play for only 10 days in China).

    But the Chinese appetite for James Cameron’s epic remains enormous. “So many people are dying to see it, including me,” Cui Weiping, a film critic and a professor at the Beijing Film Academy, told Ms. LaFraniere. “‘Avatar’ is driving people crazy right now. The government makes these decisions whenever it wants to, with no consideration for the market or the desires of the audience.”

    Fans worried for the economic health of “Avatar” the underdog can rest easy: the movie will continue to play in 3-D theaters across China.
    "Confucius" sweeps cinemas across China
    2010-01-24 14:36 BJT

    The big premiere of the highly anticipated biopic "Confucius" has been held in Qufu in East China's Shandong Province, hometown of the ancient philosopher. "Confucius" is now sweeping cinemas across China.

    The two-hour film traces the transformation of Confucius from an ordinary book-keeper to a philosopher and sage. It reflects his life from the age of 51 to his death at 73, featuring some major events during the sage's enlightened journey. These include his efforts to weaken the power of aristocrats to strengthening the dignity of the King of the East Zhou Dynasty; international tours to spread his philosophy, and his continuing teaching and tutoring despite being besieged by enemies.

    Vision, talent, and meticulous attention to detail are needed to produce a film on such an influential man. Chow Yun-Fat, who plays the title role, says he made great efforts practicing Guqin, an ancient musical instrument, and polite behavior, a major part of the sage's moral standard. Hong Kong music queen Faye Wong sings the film's theme song. It marks her comeback after a five-year hiatus from the pop scene.

    The movie has been created to celebrate Confucius' two thousand five hundred and sixtieth birthday. Director Hu Mei says it has been a tough job catering to the tastes of modern day audiences while chronicling the ups and downs of the ancient thinker.

    Whether "Confucius" has what it takes to win big at its box office still remains to be seen. Director Hu Mei says she holds the utmost respect for the history, and has tried her best to depict historical figures the way they actually were.

    In the face of criticism that films dealing with such subject matters aren't popular in the overseas market, Hu says she's confident she's struck a balance between cultural and commercial interests.

    Some Confucius experts, having seen the film, say the biopic will generate heated debates about the philosopher among historians and researchers. It also offers an alternative for cinema-goers, who may be tired of sci-fi thrillers and Kung Fu flicks.
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    Sure, this is really about Avatar

    But we're all going to see Avatar. Who here will see Confucius? Only a few of us probably. Poor Confucius needed a little ttt bump.
    * January 27, 2010, 9:51 AM ET
    Avatar Survives on Chinese Screens

    Just a week after Chinese authorities moved to curtail 2D screenings of Avatar to make room for a domestic film about Confucius, the James Cameron blockbuster appears to be staging a comeback of sorts.

    On Jan. 19, Chinese cinemas reported receiving a notice from China Film Group, the government distributor in charge of most releases, ordering theaters to stop showing the 2D version of Avatar (3D and Imax versions were not affected). The move drew a chorus of boos on the Internet, where some even called for a boycott of the Confucius film, and fueled speculation of censorship as a possible motive, given interpretations of the film that have compared the Na’vi to dispossessed homeowners and Tibetans. (A senior official denied reports of the order as a rumor and said the decision to pull Avatar was purely commercial).

    But an informal survey of movie houses across China reveals that the 2D version of Avatar is still alive and well.

    In Shandong province, the Yantai Yidongying cinema has never stopped showing the 2D version of Avatar, said a person who answered the phone at the cinema. She said the theater had planned to pull Avatar in accordance with the Jan. 19 notice, but later received another notice allowing theaters without 3D facilities to continue showing the 2D version.

    In Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, an employee of the Xingang International Cinema said her theater has been showing Avatar continuously on 2D and 3D screens since Jan. 4, with no plans to end screenings in the near future.

    Some theaters have cut back, but not cancelled, show times for the 2D version. At the Luzhou Big World theater in Luzhou, a small city in Sichuan province, 2D Avatar screenings were halted for just one day, Jan. 22, before resuming, though it’s playing on two screens now, compared to five previously. Similarly, in Beijing, the Sanlitun Meijia Huanle Cinema has reduced the number of 2D screenings, while also offering the 3D version.

    Meanwhile, even with its heavy official support (boosted by promotions and ticket giveaways), the Confucius movie is battling at the box office. The film, which premiered on 2,500 screens (a record for a domestic film), grossed 38 million yuan in its first three days, or about a third of Avatar’s take on its opening weekend. Critically, reviews have been mixed. On the cultural Web site douban.com, users gave Confucius an average rating of 4.3, while Avatar scored an average of 9.2.

    More help is on the horizon for China’s film industry. Acutely aware that, on their own, Chinese films rarely enjoy the outsize popularity of Hollywood’s offerings, this week Beijing unveiled a new series of measures to boost the development of the domestic industry.

    –Sky Canaves, with contributions from Kersten Zhang and Sue Feng
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    i want to see it, the last movie i saw chow yun fat in was bullet proof monk. sure it was entertaining, but......confucius will be....redeeming lol

    im assuming ill have to wait till i can get it on dvd though, im guessing it wont be at a theatre near me soon, unless i get lucky and it shows up at one of the indy/foreign theatre around town.
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    this might actually get a big relaease

    considering that confucius funny enough is a popular culture icon at least in name... while people dont know much of any about him in the west...they do know the name. and is one of the most recognizable philosophical figures. people would probably recognize his name over someone like virgil...anyhow match with chow yun fat. who while his once promising star may have lustered still remains a name.

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    good points. im hoping at least a limited release that will show in my area.
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    Enter the sweepstakes. You could win Confucius on DVD. Contest ends 6:00 p.m. PST on 10/14/2010.
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    Our Confucius winners have been announced.
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    ‘Confucius’ leads Chinese film fest
    By: Examiner Staff
    November 10, 2010

    [IMG]http://media.sfexaminer.com/images/250*157/confucius.jpg[/IMG]
    Chow Yun-fat stars in “Confucius,” a new movie screening at the Chinese Film Festival at the Four Star Theatre. (Courtesy photo)

    SAN FRANCISCO — Known as Confucius the philosopher in the West, China’s K’ung-tzu is represented as a romantic action figure in the eponymous film made 2,500 years after his birth.

    Directed by Mei Hu, the controversial big-budget movie is part of the 2010 Chinese American Film Festival, which runs Nov. 17 through Nov. 23 at the Four Star Theatre.

    Hong Kong’s Cantonese-speaking star Chow Yun-fat in the title role of a Mandarin-dialect film upset many, and a descendant of Confucius sued, claiming misrepresentation of “inappropriate action and romance.”

    Ten films comprise the festival, and each movie screens multiple times.

    They include “A Tibetan Love Song” about the romance between a Chinese soldier and a Tibetan slave girl; Donnie Yen’s martial-art showcase “Ip Man 2”; contemporary psychological profiles in “Cool Young”; the office romance “Go LaLa Go”; the adventure story “The Treasure Hunter”; the kung fu-slapstick comedy “Royal Tattoo”; the road romance “Love at 7th Sight”; the family drama “My Father and I”; and the biopic of composer Xinghai Xi “The Star and the Sea.”

    IF YOU GO
    Chinese Film Festival

    Where: Four Star Theatre, 2200 Clement St., San Francisco
    When: Nov. 17 through 23
    Tickets: $7 to $9 per screening; $15 to $18 day pass; $35 festival pass
    Contact: (415) 666-3488, www.lntsf.com
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    First review by a forum member!

    Chow Yun Fat in the lead, rocking a serious Daoist beard. It's a big period epic, with lots of huge sets, CGI battles, and even some swordfights. There's lots of beautiful expansive scenery and gorgeous costumes. I didn't realize Imperial China was so lavish in 5th century BCE. Zhou Xun is in it, second billing, as a notorious concubine who seduces her way into power, a perfect part for her and those spacey seductive monstrous eyes of her. Her role is teased in the beginning, and then she appears much later in the film (it's 2+ hours) and has a bewitching scene with Chow that is the centerpiece of the flick, and then exits promptly, leaving any viewer to say '2nd billing for that?' Chow is cool, but most of his lines come off like 'Confucius say' fortune-cookie wisdom, way to patriotic and fawning over China's greatest philosopher.

    This film didn't need a sword fight. There were plenty of sword fights. What it needed was Chow in a white suit shooting up stuff with pistols.
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    Just watched on Netflix the other night, great movie. And yes, total babe rating: https://www.google.com/search?q=zhou...ml%3B495%3B700
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