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'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: Awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, […]


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'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?



'Beginning of the Great Revival': Chinese Communist Propaganda Movie Premiered

Huang Jianxin and Han Sanping's Beginning of the Great Revival Political propaganda has always been a movie staple, from Rupert Julian's The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin, made during World War I, and Leni Riefenstahl's Nazi-glorifying Triumph of the Will to Leo McCarey's anti-Red My Son John and Huang Jianxin […]


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'Beginning of the Great Revival': Chinese Communist Propaganda Movie Premiered



Michelle Yeoh Martial Arts Fighting, Zack Snyder Directing 'Superman' Reboot

Michelle Yeoh gets some martial arts practice in 'Reign of Assassins.' Michelle Yeoh martial arts skills displayed in 'Reign of Assassins' Chao-Bin Su's upcoming Reign of Assassins marks the return of Michelle Yeoh, 48, to the martial arts genre. Yeoh hadn't kicked, fought, and flown on screen since her ferocious […]


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Michelle Yeoh Martial Arts Fighting, Zack Snyder Directing 'Superman' Reboot



'Bodyguards and Assassins' Tops Hong Kong Film Awards

Wai Ying-Hong (a.k.a. Kara Hui), Chui Tien You in Ho Yuhang's At the End of Daybreak Teddy Chen's Bodyguards and Assassins was the big winner at the 2010 Hong Kong Film Awards, held on Sunday. Set in the early years of the 20th century, the action thriller with political undertones […]


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'Bodyguards and Assassins' Tops Hong Kong Film Awards



Golden Horse Awards: Spanish-Titled Social Drama Tops

Screenwriter-director Leon Dai's Taiwanese black-and-white social-cum-family drama No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (above), Taiwan's submission for the 2010 best foreign language film Academy Award, was the top winner at the 2009 Golden Horse Awards ceremony held Saturday evening in Taipei. The real-life inspired tale of a poor single father who […]


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Golden Horse Awards: Spanish-Titled Social Drama Tops



Insect Sounds Documentary Tops European Film Awards + Oscar Foreign Language Film Entries

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Brutal French prison & Nazis-in-the-making among contenders Sixty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards®, Academy President Tom Sherak announced today. The 2009 submissions are: Albania, “Alive!,” Artan Minarolli, director; Argentina, “El Secreto de Sus […]


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Insect Sounds Documentary Tops European Film Awards + Oscar Foreign Language Film Entries



German 'Schindler's List' Tops Lola Awards + Bruce Lee Biopic Tops Hong Kong Film Awards

Ulrich Tukur in John Rabe. Inspired by real-life events, the World War II drama John Rabe won the 2009 German Film Academy's Lola for best film. Directed by Florian Gallenberger, John Rabe tells the story of a German businessman (best actor winner Ulrich Tukur) credited with saving more than 200,000 […]


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German 'Schindler's List' Tops Lola Awards + Bruce Lee Biopic Tops Hong Kong Film Awards



European Film Awards: Toni Servillo & Camorra Drama Are Big Winners + Judi Dench & Golden Horse Awards

Toni Servillo, Best Actor at the European Film Awards. The Italian performer has been featured in about 15 movies since the early 1990s, among them One Man Up (2001), The Consequences of Love (2004), and The Girl by the Lake (2007), all three of which earned him Best Actor nominations […]


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European Film Awards: Toni Servillo & Camorra Drama Are Big Winners + Judi Dench & Golden Horse Awards



David di Donatello Awards: Nanni Moretti & Kim Rossi Stuart

2008 David di Donatello Awards The 2008 David di Donatello: films released between April 27, 2007, and March 7, 2008. 2008 David di Donatello nominations: March 20, 2008. 2008 David di Donatello winners: April 18, 2008. best film / miglior film Caos calmo, produced by Domenico Procacci, directed by Antonello […]


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David di Donatello Awards: Nanni Moretti & Kim Rossi Stuart



Tokyo & Rome Film Festival Awards + Golden Horse Winners

Eran Kolirin at the Tokyo Film Festival. 2007 Tokyo Film Festival Awards 2007 Tokyo Film Festival: October 20-28, 2007 Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit, about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small Israeli town, was the top winner at the 2007 edition of the Tokyo Film Festival. The Band's […]


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Tokyo & Rome Film Festival Awards + Golden Horse Winners



'Lust, Caution' 'Explicit Sex' Controversy in Venice + Edinburgh Film Festival Awards

Based on a semi-autobiographical short story by Eileen Chang, the two-and-half-hour Se, jie / Lust, Caution, Ang Lee's first Chinese-language film since the 2000 martial-arts epic Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, stars Tony Leung as a powerful politician who is seduced by a young woman (newcomer Tang Wei) involved with a […]


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'Lust, Caution' 'Explicit Sex' Controversy in Venice + Edinburgh Film Festival Awards



Venice Film Festival Awards: (Quasi) Sexually Explicit Ang Lee Drama Tops

Yesterday, surprising many prognosticators, the controversial spy thriller Se, Ji / Lust, Caution (above) earned Ang Lee (left) his second Venice Film Festival Golden Lion for best film. Lee, whose Brokeback Mountain won the Golden Lion in 2005, remarked that his accepting the award “in the shadow of the passing […]


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Venice Film Festival Awards: (Quasi) Sexually Explicit Ang Lee Drama Tops



Sundance Winners: Human Trafficking & Brazil Violence + Oscar Shorts & Hong Kong Film Critics' Winners

The 2007 Sundance Film Festival winners have been announced. The best U.S. narrative feature was Christopher Zalla's Padre Nuestro / Sangre de Mi Sangre (top photo), about a young Mexican who hops on a truck transporting illegal immigrants from Mexico to New York City, where the young man's father supposedly […]


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Sundance Winners: Human Trafficking & Brazil Violence + Oscar Shorts & Hong Kong Film Critics' Winners



'Curse of the Golden Flower' with Gong Li: AFI FEST World Premiere

'Curse of the Golden Flower': Gong Li 'comeback' to have AFI FEST 2006 World Premiere (image: Gong Li in Zhang Yimou's 'Curse of the Golden Flower') The 2006 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival a.k.a. AFI FEST 2006, to be held in Hollywood between November 1-12, will present the World […]


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'Curse of the Golden Flower' with Gong Li: AFI FEST World Premiere



Hong Kong Film Awards: Johnnie To & Tony Leung Winners

25th Hong Kong Film Awards - 2005 The 25th Hong Kong Film Award winners were announced on February 9, 2006. The 25th Hong Kong Film Award winners were announced on April 8, 2006. Johnnie To's well-received Election revolves around a power struggle within Hong Kongs organized crime during their own election time. […]


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Hong Kong Film Awards: Johnnie To & Tony Leung Winners



David Cronenberg & Reese Witherspoon + Johnnie To & Marthe Keller: More Film Award Winners

The 9th Online Film Critics Society award winners were announced on Jan. 16, '06. ("*" denotes the winner in each category) Best Film Brokeback Mountain Crash Good Night, and Good Luck. * A History of Violence by David Cronenberg Munich Best Foreign-Language Film Hidden Kung Fu Hustle Oldboy 2046 * […]


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David Cronenberg & Reese Witherspoon + Johnnie To & Marthe Keller: More Film Award Winners



Bafta Scotland & Golden Horse Awards: Swimming Across English Channel + Kung Fu

The 2005 BAFTA Scotland (or Scottish Bafta) award winners were announced at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Glasgow on Nov. 13, '05. ("*" denotes the winner in each category) In Gaby Dellal's On a Clear Day, a suddenly unemployed middle-aged man (Peter Mullan) whose young son had died from drowning […]


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Bafta Scotland & Golden Horse Awards: Swimming Across English Channel + Kung Fu



'Kung Fu Hustle': Stephen Chow Actioner Tops Hong Kong Film Awards

'Kung Fu Hustle' poster with Stephen Chow 'Kung Fu Hustle' tops 2005 Hong Kong Film Awards Actor-director Stephen Chow's blockbuster comedy-actioner Kung Fu Hustle was the Best Film winner at the 2005 Hong Kong Film Awards held on March 27. Set in 1930s Shanghai, Kung Fu Hustle follows a low-level […]


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'Kung Fu Hustle': Stephen Chow Actioner Tops Hong Kong Film Awards



Golden Horse Awards: Surprising Environmentally Conscious Winner + Wong Kar-Wai Drama Bypassed

Kekexili: Mountain Patrol: Golden Horse Awards' Best Film. Surprisingly, Lu Chuan's relatively little-known, environmentally conscious Tibet-set “Western” Kekexili: Mountain Patrol beat Wong Kar-Wai's star-studded international hit 2046. Kekexili ended up winning only one other Golden Horse Award, Best Cinematography for Cao Yu. Top Golden Horse Award goes to surprising winner: […]


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Golden Horse Awards: Surprising Environmentally Conscious Winner + Wong Kar-Wai Drama Bypassed