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Tsui Hark’s Next Film: Popular War Tale in 3D [ / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in China, Jet Li 李连杰, Jiang Wen 姜文, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Tsui Hark 徐克, Zhao Benshan 赵本山, Zhou Xun 周迅 on August 25, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Along with his 3-D filmmaking crew, director Tsui Hark is now planning to bring a household Chinese tale of war to the big screen.


Web Editor: Xie Tingting

Sources from Polybona Films have revealed that Tsui is set to embark on an adaptation of the novel “Lin Hai Xue Yuan” for his new project.

Polybona Films co-produced Tsui’s latest film, “The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”, a martial-arts flick starring Jet Li, Zhou Xun and Kwai Lun-mei. Tsui shot the film using 3-D cameras, and was reportedly the first Chinese filmmaker to do so. This film is slated for release in December.

As for his next project, the original “Lin Hai Xue Yuan” novel is set in 1946 during the Chinese Civil War, and tells the story of a battle of wits between a bandit chief nicknamed Zuoshandiao, and the hero Yang Zirong. The novel’s hero, Yang, manages to infiltrate Zuoshandiao’s gang in an effort to exterminate it.

Casting for Tsui’s film has yet to begin, though rumors have already started to swirl, with word that the director wants to have Jiang Wen and Zhao Benshan on board.

Filming is to start later this year, with the release slated for 2012.

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Stills of Jet Li in “The Sorcerer and the White Snake” (aka “It’s Love”) released; behind-the-scenes trailer / 《白蛇传说》曝光新剧照 [ / / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Jet Li 李连杰, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Zhang Yimou 张艺谋 on July 1, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

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Trailer from 1/2011 (which doesn’t show any stars, just a backstage view of filming):

“Jet Li Plays Sorcerer in ‘White Snake'”

2011-07-01 / / Web Editor: Xie Tingting

What will Jet Li look like as the scrupulous monk Fahai in the Chinese Legend of the White Snake?

A still photo [see link at top of post] has been released to give audiences a glimpse of him in the new film, “The Sorcerer and the White Snake”. The picture shows Li donning a white gown, with prayer beads around his neck and in his hand. He is accompanied by actor Wen Zhang, who plays Fahai’s disciple, Nengren.

This is the second cooperation between Jet Li and Wen Zhang, after they portrayed a touching father-son relationship in last year’s film, “Ocean Heaven”.

“The Sorcerer and the White Snake” is inspired by the Legend of the White Snake which praises a brave love between the snake spirit, Bai Suzhen, and her human husband, Xu Xian.

The sorcerer Fahai is portrayed in the tale as a monk who believes every demon is evil. His belief leads him to destroy the family of Bai Suzhen and Xu Xian.

In the film, Huang Shengyi [Eva Huang] plays the white snake, while Raymond Lam plays Xu Xian.

Charlene Choi plays the green snake, the white snake’s confidante.

Other stills highlight the romance between the green snake and Nengren, whose body constantly changes between devil and human.

“The Sorcerer and the White Snake” is directed by Ching Siu-tung, who is known as the action choreographer for Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” and “Curse of the Golden Flower”.

“White Snake” is currently in its post-production stages, with a release scheduled for the end of this year [in China it’s currently slated for September release].

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Latest Poster of “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” [ / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in China, Jet Li 李连杰, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Tsui Hark 徐克 on May 14, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

May 12, 2011

Director Tsui Hark’s newest Kung Fu movie, “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D,” revealed its poster for the 64th Cannes International Film Festival.  The movie is a revision of 1992’s classic “New Dragon Inn.”  The leading character played by Jet Li [is] seen on the poster. [Photo:]

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Action star Jet Li pays tribute to Tai Chi master – PHOTO [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Jet Li 李连杰, Martial Arts, Sweet & Sour Cinema on April 16, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

April 11, 2011

Jet Li (R, front), an action star, takes part in the memorial ceremony for Yang Luchan, a Tai Chi master, in Yongnian County, north China’s Hebei Province, April 10, 2011. Jet Li appeared in the new site of Yang Luchan’s cemetery in Guangfu ancient City of Yongnian County, to attend the "The Memorial Ceremony for the Founder of Yang Style Tai Chi – Yang Luchan", on Sunday. It is said that Jet Li, who has once studied the Yang style Tai Chi, will play the role of Yang Luchan in the movie of "Tai Chi" produced by Huayi Bros. Media Group, 2011. (Xinhua/Wang Jiuzhong)

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Tsui Hark Plans ‘Detective Dee’ Prequel [ / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Andy Lau 刘德华, Jet Li 李连杰, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Tsui Hark 徐克 on February 26, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

February 26, 2011

Director Tsui Hark says his Golden Lion-nominated film "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" doesn’t tell enough personal history of the legendary detective, and so he is propelled [sic] to make a prequel.

A film provisionally named "Detective Dee: The Prequel" has been in production, the director told on Thursday, February 24, 2011.

"The new film, like the first one, will also focus on a mysterious crime that is designed to show how Detective Dee impressed his fellows and started to build his reputation," said Hark.

Detective Dee, known in China as Di Renjie, was a legendary detective and official who lived under the reign of Empress Wu Zetian (624-705 AD).

In Hark’s first film on Dee, Andy Lau plays the detective who appears already having a reputation for solving difficult cases.

Hark says Lau is unlikely to continue the role, although casting for the prequel is yet to begin.

The director is looking to shoot the film in 3-D.  He has recently finished filming "The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate", a martial-arts film that was shot with 3-D cameras.

"Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" was released in China on September 29, 2010…  The film was nominated for a Golden Lion, the top honor of the 2010 Venice Film Festival.

"Detective Dee: The Prequel" is among the ten films announced by Huayi Brothers for the entertainment company’s 2011 filmmaking plan. Other projects announced include a martial-arts film to be starred and produced by Jet Li, and another action film to be directed by Jackie Chan.

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Jet Li to Show Tai-Chi, but Not with Feng Xiaogang [People’s Daily / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Feng Xiaogang 冯小刚, Jet Li 李连杰, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Yuen Wo Ping 袁和平 on February 23, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

February 23, 2011


A scene in the 1993 film "Tai-Chi Master" ("Taiji Zhang Sanfeng") starring Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh. [File Photo:]

Jet Li has been confirmed to focus his new movie on the Chinese martial arts of Tai-Chi, but Feng Xiaogang won’t be the director.

Production company Huayi Brothers announced the film on Monday, February 21, 2011.  With the working title, "Tai-Chi", the film will star Jet Li as a legendary Tai-Chi master.

Li built one of his most successful roles with his portrayal of Tai-Chi master Zhang Sanfeng in Yuen Woo-Ping’s 1993 film "Tai-Chi Master" ("Taiji Zhang Sanfeng").  Huayi Brothers didn’t elaborate on Li’s new character, but said it won’t reprise Zhang Sanfeng.

Jet Li will be the executive producer of the film with Chen Kuo-Fu.

The kung-fu star has been dedicated to promoting Tai-Chi. He announced in August, 2010 that he was working to help Tai-Chi push-hands (a two-person training routine) become an official Olympic sport.

As for the director of "Tai-Chi", Huayi Brothers didn’t announce a specific candidate, but denied previous rumors that Feng Xiaogang would direct the film.

Feng, who made such bankable films as "Aftershock" and the "If You Are the One" series, is preparing for his own project that "will involve heavy investment," according to Huayi Brothers.

Previous reports suggest Feng’s upcoming film will be about the bombing of Chongqing, a five-year-long military operation conducted by the invading Japanese troops on China’s wartime capital during WWII.


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Jet Li’s One Foundation turns into independent public fund-raising organization [Xinhua]

Posted in China, Jet Li 李连杰, Kung Fu, Reform and opening up, Shenzhen on January 22, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Xinhua writers Wu Chen and Wu Caixia

SHENZHEN, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) — The One Foundation, begun by Kung Fu star Jet Li, has ended its cooperation with the Red Cross Society of China and announced the establishment of an independent public fund-raising foundation here on Tuesday.

This is the first case that a non-governmental foundation affiliated with a government-run organization has successfully been transformed into a public fund-raising organization.

Experts say this is a great step forward in China’s social organizations management system reform and shows the support of the Chinese government in the development of NGOs.

The Jet Li One Foundation had been operating as a special program under the Red Cross Society of China, since China does not have laws or regulations which allow the establishment of non-governmental public fund-raising foundations.

Wang Rupeng, spokesman for the Red Cross Society of China, says the One Foundation, under his organization, raised more than 190 million yuan (nearly 29 million U.S. dollars) in the past three years and distributed some 140 million yuan to different philanthropic projects.

Actually, many individuals or NGOs choose to cooperate with foundations or organizations run, or partly run, by the government, in order to receive permission to raise money from the public. For example, more than 40 “foundations” are currently under the organizational umbrella of the Chinese Red Cross Foundation.

However, Jet Li complained that the One Foundation had little say in deciding on the use of money it had raised. According to his plan, his foundation sought to focus more on supporting domestic grass-roots NGOs, which lack both money and professionals, while the Red Cross Society of China is an organization paying more attention to disaster relief.

Li has been trying hard to apply to establish an independent public-raising foundation.

And this is a common problem faced by Chinese NGOs when establishing public fund-raising foundations. Further, a lack of transparency by NGOs is another concern of the government.

In recent years, especially after the devastating Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008, Chinese NGOs have been developing rapidly, in terms of both quantity and quality, according to Wang Zhenyao, director of the Beijing Normal University One Foundation Philanthropy Research Institute.

The government has seen this development and has started to encourage the expansion of NGOs, says Wang Zhenyao, who is also a retired official from the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

China started a trial project in Shenzhen, China’s first special economic zone, to advance the reform of the civil affairs system in July 2009, which allowed the city’s authorities to approve the creation of public fund-raising foundations. In the past, only the Ministry of Civil Affairs had this authority.

Liu Runhua, director of the Shenzhen Civil Affairs Bureau, says they invited the One Foundation to register in Shenzhen while knowing the obstacles it has been confronted by.

Finally, the Shenzhen One Foundation successfully registered on Dec. 3, 2010.

Besides Jet Li, most of the 11 members on the council of the Shenzhen One Foundation are top Chinese entrepreneurs, including Tencent CEO Ma Huateng and Alibaba Group CEO Ma Yun. Economist Zhou Qiren was selected as director of the council and Vanke Chairman Wang Shi is acting as the executive director.

Wang Rupeng says, at the request by One Foundation, the Red Cross Society of China will audit One Foundation’s financial records and the rest of the fund and ongoing projects will be transferred to the Shenzhen One Foundation.

Wang Shi noted that the newly established foundation will continue its original projects, including philanthropic funding to grass-roots NGOs, training professionals and assisting with disaster relief.

It will also develop new projects according to the demands of the public.

“A development strategy in the upcoming three years will be discussed at the next council meeting, which will be held no later than early March,” said Wang Shi during an exclusive interview with Xinhua.

Wang Zhenyao says the establishment of the Shenzhen One Foundation is a milestone for the development of China’s NGOs.

“It is a breakthrough in the system and can be copied by other organizations,” Wang Zhenyao says.

Ma Hong, director of the Shenzhen NGO administration bureau, says the door to registering public fund-raising foundations is now open to all NGOs.

However, it does not mean many of them will be approved in the short term, she says.

“We have to evaluate them properly and make approvals when they meet the standards,” Ma says, adding that credibility and transparency are critical for the development of NGOs.

Wang Shi says the successful experience of the establishment of the Shenzhen One Foundation includes transparency, professionalism and following rules and regulations.

“Other NGOs may learn from it,” he says.

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