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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, xenophobic fervor, it's comforting to know that the United States and China, their relationship mercurial and wary, can work together and, in the spirit of cooperation and unity, make a terrible movie. A co-production between Legendary East (the Chinese arm of Burbank, California-based, Legendary Entertainment) and China Film Group, The Great Wall is reportedly the most expensive film ever shot in China, a nation with aspirations to make films that […]


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



Joseph Losey 'Galileo,' Zhang Yimou 'Hero': bfi Southbank

Topol in Joseph Losey's Galileo (top); Ziyi Zhang in Zhang Yimou's Hero (middle); Jean-Pierre Cargol, François Truffaut in Truffaut's L'Enfant sauvage / The Wild Child (bottom) According to London's bfi Southbank site, filmmaker Joseph Losey, a victim of the Red Scare who settled in England in the '50s, had already directed Bertold Brecht's play Galileo in 1947 in Los Angeles. In the 1974 film version to be screened on Friday, June 18, Academy Award nominee Topol (for Fiddler on the Roof, 1971) replaces Charles Laughton in the title role. The bfi site adds that Galileo was made for the American Film Theater, thus retaining “much of its Brechtian theatricality, including a revolving set and Hanns Eisler's music, to underscore the […]


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Joseph Losey 'Galileo,' Zhang Yimou 'Hero': bfi Southbank



Bong Joon-ho 'Mother' Tops Asian Film Awards

Kim Hye-ja in Mother Bong Joon-ho's unusual drama-thriller Mother received top honors at the 2010 Asian Film Awards. Hosted by model and veejay Lisa S., the event took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center on Monday evening. Mother, the tale of a devoted mother who'll stop at nothing to prove her mentally handicapped son is innocent of a heinous crime, was chosen as the Best Picture of 2009. In the title role, South Korean superstar Kim Hye-ja was voted Best Actress, while Bong and Park Eun-kyo took home the award for Best Screenplay. The Best Director was Lu Chuan for the historical Chinese drama City of Life and Death, about the Nanjing Massacre of 1937 during which […]


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Bong Joon-ho 'Mother' Tops Asian Film Awards