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Tsui Hark to Shoot 3-D "Tracks in the Snow Forest" [CRIEnglish.com / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Jiang Wen 姜文, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Tsui Hark 徐克 on July 6, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

2012-4-28

Film Production company Bona Film Group’s new project lineup for this year will include a "wuxia drama with guns" directed by Tsui Hark, Mtime.com reports.

Yu Dong, CEO of Bona Film Group told Sina.com prior to the company’s official release of its film lineup for this year that it would produce a 3D version of "Tracks in the Snow Forest."  Based on the novel of the same name, the film will tell the legendary story about a hero named Yang Zirong who outwits a group of gangsters in northeasternChina in 1946.  Yu said he expected famous actor/director Jiang Wen to play the lead role.

Bona Film Group’s other new films for 2012 include "Overheard 3," which will be co-directed by Siu Fai Mak and Felix Chong, Wong Jing’s "The Last Tycoon" starring Chou Yun-Fat, and an untitled crime thriller directed by Dante Lam.

Bona Film Group is the highest revenue-grossing private film company and the most frequently nominated producer of films considered for awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

The company produced Tsui Hark’s successful, 3D wuxia blockbuster "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate," which has earned more than 500 million yuan (US$79.2 million) since it was released last December 15.

Article link here

Referenced Mtime.com article, in Chinese:  “2012年三大档期华语片展望 明年大制作初露峥嵘

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Tsui Hark’s Next Film: Popular War Tale in 3D [CRIEnglish.com / 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.

2011-08-03

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.

Article link: http://english.cri.cn/6666/2011/08/03/1261s651702.htm

"The Lost Bladesman" Reveals First Trailer (with English subtitles); Donnie Yen & Jiang Wen will face off – UPDATED April 2011 with FBA review / 《关云长》曝首支预告 甄子丹姜文双雄争锋 [Mtime.com / Film Business Asia / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Donnie Yen 甄子丹, Jiang Wen 姜文, Sweet & Sour Cinema on February 15, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

UPDATE  April 30, 2011:   Film Business Asia review of “The Lost Bladesman”

by Derek Elley

21 April 2011

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Rated 6 out of 10

Serviceable costume action drama that’s just about held together by its starpower.

Set eight years before the events in Red Cliff (赤壁) and featuring some of the same characters, The Lost Bladesman (關雲長) is a serviceable costume action drama that just about gets by on the combined star power of Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen (甄子丹) but doesn’t stand up to much serious examination on either historical or cinematic levels.  Writing-directing duo Alan Mak (麥兆輝) and Felix Chong (莊文強), whose most successful collaboration as directors remains police surveillance drama Overheard (竊聽風雲, 2009), have tried for an ambitious combination of personal-ethical drama (individualism vs state discipline, heroism vs pragmatism) and straightforward costume action, with Yen as a real-life Han dynasty general whose name is a byword even today for righteousness and the demands of sworn brotherhood and Jiang as the equally legendary general Cao Cao for whom the greater good of peace and stability was always worth a political manoeuvre or three…

…Revered to this day by everyone from triad groups and policemen to Taoists and Buddhists, and his exploits best known in their fictionalised form in the classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the Guan of Lost Bladesman is hardly the towering, fierce giant he’s immortalised as — and was so memorably played by Basenzhabu (巴森扎布) in Red Cliff.   Yen looks suitably righteous in a scholarly moustache and beard but lacks a special physical presence in the fight scenes.   Jiang, too, though always conveying a threat of violence behind his ever-present smile, is hardly an imposing Cao Cao in the footsteps of Zhang Fengyi’s (張豐毅) masterly portrayal in Red Cliff.

…Viewed as a Donnie Yen vehicle, Lost Bladesman is more on the level of 14 Blades (錦衣衛) than that of Ip Man (葉問), partly because Yen is overshadowed by Jiang whenever the two are on screen.  When Jiang is absent — as he is for most of the middle section — Yen doesn’t have much of a character to play with…

Full review here

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February 15, 2011

Mtime.com trailer link here; has English subtitles but they’re rather small, I recommend enlarging the video.

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from CRIEnglish.com’s article “”The Lost Bladesman” Releases First Trailer”:

The historical action movie “The Lost Bladesman” (Guan Yunchang), starring Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen, releases its first trailer online…mtime.com reports.

“The Lost Bladesman” is a biopic based on the real life story of a famous Chinese general, Guan Yu, also known as Guan Yunchang.  It tells the story when Guan Yu tries to escape from warlord Cao Cao’s territory to rejoin Liu Bei, another powerful warlord in the Three Kingdoms period.

Donnie Yen stars as Guan Yu and also works as the action director. Veteran Chinese actor, Jiang Wen, acts as Cao Cao, a famous politician and military strategist in Chinese history.  Jiang’s self-directed movie, “Let The Bullet[s] Fly” (Rang Zidan Fei), hit theater screens on Dec. 16 and [is] ranked as the No. 3 of China’s all-time best-selling [sic] movies.

Jiang and Yen’s collaboration makes the film more highly-anticipated.

Other actors in the cast include: Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Sun Li and Wang Xuebing.

The film will be in [Chinese mainland] theaters on April 28.