Hong Kong / Chinese Cinema: Articles


'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, […]


'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 […]


Michelle Yeoh Martial Arts Fighting & 'True Grit' Trailer + 'Blue Valentine' Sex Excess?

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 […]


Sibel Kekilli & Eric Elmosnino Win Tribeca + 'Bodyguards and Assassins' Tops Hong Kong Film Awards

Sibel Kekilli in Feo Aladag's When We Leave. Feo Aladag's Turkish-German drama Die Fremde / When We Leave, which recently received six Lola nominations, was voted best narrative film at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. In When We Leave, Sibel Kekilli, the star of Fatih Akin's 2004 European Film Award […]


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 […]


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, “The Secret in Their […]


Bruce Lee Biopic & German 'Schindler's List' + World War I Disaster & Mafia Thugs: Award Winners

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


Danish Film Critics & Japanese Academy Award Winners

Henrik Ruben Genz's Terribly Happy, about a Copenhagen cop (Jakob Cedergren) transferred to a Danish village where locals have their own ideas about right and wrong, was the big winner at the Danish Film Critics Association's 2009 Bodil Awards. In addition to its best film win, Terribly Happy also received […]


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 […]


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 […]


Band Movie Tops Tokyo Festival But Disqualified for Academy Awards

“Band movie” filmmaker Eran Kolirin: The Band's Visit was the Best Film winner at this year's Tokyo Film Festival. Israeli 'band movie' tops Tokyo Film Festival 2007 Tokyo Film Festival: Oct. 20–28. Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit, about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small Israeli town, was the top […]


'Lust Caution' Sex Doesn't Vex Venice + Edinburgh & Sarajevo Winners

Lust Caution: Sex scenes fail to offend Venice Film Festival jury. Yesterday, surprising many prognosticators, the controversial, near-sexually explicit spy thriller Se, Ji / Lust, Caution earned Ang Lee his second Venice Film Festival Golden Lion for Best Film. Lee, whose Brokeback Mountain won the Golden Lion in 2005, remarked […]