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Tsui Hark to Shoot 3-D "Tracks in the Snow Forest" [ / 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


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

Yu Dong, CEO of Bona Film Group told 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.

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

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.


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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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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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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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“Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” – Sweet & Sour Cinema’s exclusive review [Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Andy Lau 刘德华, Jet Li 李连杰, Li Bingbing 李冰冰, Sweet & Sour Cinema exclusive flim review, Tsui Hark 徐克 on November 7, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Zuo Shou 左手

November 7, 2010

Andy Lau as Detective Dee and Li Bingbing in "Detective Dee & the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" (Photo: Film Business Asia)

Tsui Hark, the Hong Kong “New Wave” action auteur of the Film Workshop studio who’d been in a decline for at least a decade, finally stages his comeback with the intriguing “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame”, which proved to be the most popular film release on the Chinese mainland during the competitive 2010 October 1 “National Day” holiday period.

The good news is that with “Detective Dee” Hark approaches, while not perhaps fully reclaiming, the heights of his own ’80s-’90s peak when he was producing and directing classic Hong Kong action films that repeatedly set new standards for the genre, especially that of wuxia.

It also seems like with “Detective Dee” he’s finally been provided with the production resources to realize his protean, inimitably Asian imagination.  While Hong Kong action/fantasy buffs have long been enchanted by his creative visions, a constant hindrance to more universal success was the obvious limits in his production’s quality set by a mix of small budgets, Hark’s own prolificness and typical on-the-fly directorial style.  Here everything looks as it should for audiences used to glossy CGI surfaces, with the only nitpick being some video/digital fuzziness in the outlines of some spinning figures in action scenes.

The plot involves the presumptive Empress Wu Zetian [Carina Lau], a historical character here presiding over a fantastical Tang dynasty who frees the titular political prisoner and problem-fixer Dee [Andy Lau] and restores a previous stripped judicial rank (“Imperial Commissioner”) to help her solve the case of some spontaneous human combustions in her court.  The deaths seem linked to the construction of a skyscraper-high statue of the monarch herself in female Buddha (Guanyin) guise, the completion of which is being rushed to coordinate with her official assumption of the Imperial Throne and which seems to be creating a lot of stress among both the court and many subjects unhappy with the Empress’ somewhat dubious claim to supreme authority.  Indeed, Detective Dee has his own issues with her; it was his opposition to the Empress years ago that resulted in his being stripped of office and imprisoned…

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Li, Tsui reunite for new Dragon picture [Film Business Asia / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Jet Li 李连杰, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Tsui Hark 徐克, Zhou Xun 周迅 on October 22, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Patrick Frater

10 October 2010

Production News

Production got underway today on Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (龍門飛甲), a stereoscopic 3-D film which reunites action star Jet Li (李連杰, pictured second from right) and Chinese director Tsui Hark (徐克, third from left).

Tsui and Li’s collaborated on the first three episodes of the hit Once Upon a Time in China (黃飛鴻) series in the early 1990s that grossed HK$87.6 million ($11.3 million) in Hong Kong alone.

Flying Swords is budgeted at $35 million, with investment from Bona International Film Group (博納國際影業集團), China Film Group (中國電影集團公司), Shanghai Media Group (SMG, 上海東方傳媒集團), Shineshow (北京華影盛世文化傳播公司) and Liangzi Group (北京良子集團公司).

The starry cast also includes Zhou Xun (周迅), Aloys Chen (陳坤) and Guey Lun-mei (桂綸鎂). The film’s martial arts director is Yuen Bun (元彬) [worked with Tsui Hark and Jet Li before in Swordsman II, also with Tsui Hark in Green Snake and The Blade – Zuo Shou 左手].

"I was very interested to work again with Tsui Hark, in whom I have complete confidence," said Li in a statement. "I also took the because this is a full 3-D film and the first 3-D film in the martial arts world."

Hong Kong-based Distribution Workshop (發行工作室) will handle all sales rights outside China.

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Final trailer of “Detective Dee” released (with English subs), plus review / 《狄仁杰之通天帝国》最后的预告 [ / Sweet & Sour Cinema]

Posted in Andy Lau 刘德华, Li Bingbing 李冰冰, Sweet & Sour Cinema, Tsui Hark 徐克, 李冰冰 on October 3, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Trailer link here; you will need to click on the small movie camera “Video” icon in the center of the linked page to view the trailer.

From the site:

“Director Tsui Hark’s latest work, “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame”, is slated for public [Chinese mainland] release on September 29…
 A final trailer of the movie has been released by its producer, Huayi Brothers.

The final trailer reveals more information about the five lead characters. According to a survey by a consultation company in Beijing, the suspense film is the most anticipated film release during the [first week of October] National Day holiday period.  They interviewed 1,664 audience members from the cinemas nationwide for the survey.”

The literal English translation of the film’s title is “Imperial Commissioner Di Ren-jie”.
The film is given a rating of “7 out of 10” in a review in Film Business Asia, a “Variety”-type of media outlet.  The review accords with my own opinions, which were formed from viewing several of the film’s trailers.  Public scoring is also hovering around 7 out of 10 on the Chinese film website – Zuo Shou / 左手