- This week in cinemas: 'Firestorm' (3D, Hong Kong)
- Interview: Director Anthony Chen on 'Ilo Ilo'
- 'The Raid 2: Berandal' (Indonesia) teaser released
- Japanese Film Fest: Full Syd/Mel program
- This week in cinemas: 'The Act of Killing'
- This week in cinemas: 'Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon' (China)
- This week in cinemas: 'Out of Inferno' (Hong Kong, China)
- International Chinese Film Festival 2013 (Sydney, Melbourne)
- This week in cinemas: 'My Lucky Star' (China)
- Japanese Film Festival 2013
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Opening on 12 December (the same day as its release in China, and a week before its HK release!) in cinemas across Australia is hard-boiled, firepower-heavy Hong Kong police film Firestorm. It’s even being shown in 3D, though it sounds like it’s a post-production conversion rather than something they shot for from the get-go.
The film is the directorial debut for Alan Yuen from his own screenplay, and it stars HK megastar Andy Lau, along with Gordon Lam, Hu … (read more)
There’s one more film opening this week that it would be remiss of me to leave out, and that’s this confronting, international documentary. The Act of Killing is a documentary centered on a collection of Indonesian paramilitary fighters that fought in death squads in the 1960s, participating in the torturing and murder of more than a million people — Communists, intellectuals and ethnic Chinese.
Since they’ve been treated as heroes of a sort and never punished for their deeds, they’re … (read more)
Also in cinemas this week is director Tsui Hark’s prequel to 2010′s fun Andy Lau-starring period detective film Detective Dee, which we here at HC rather enjoyed.
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon turns the clock back to the start of Dee Renjie’s career and swaps Andy Lau (who probably couldn’t play the youngster, despite his enviable apparent immunity to aging!) for Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao in the lead. Also appearing in the film are Feng Shaofeng, … (read more)
Opening this week in Oz cinemas is the newest film from Hong Kong directors Danny and Oxide Pang, one that looks like it will take full advantage of the specialisation in special effects and CGI they have developed over the years.
Out of Inferno is a disaster movie that pits a group of heroic firefighters against a building engulfed in flames, perhaps a little reminiscent of Hollywood’s Backdraft from 1991.
The film stars Louis Koo, Sean Lau, Lee Sinje, Cheung … (read more)
Coming to cinemas this Thursday September 19 is Chinese comedy My Lucky Star, starring two actors who should need no introduction — Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, The Grandmaster, you know her well!) and Wang Leehom (Lust, Caution). Interestingly, it’s helmed by Hollywood director Dennie Gordon, who’s worked in American TV since the mid-90s, as well as directing New York Minute, What a Girl Wants and Joe Dirt.
Though it’s described in various … (read more)
I almost missed this movie’s appearance on our shores! Hong Kong film fans who’ve enjoyed the last few exploitation films to come over here (following the trail blazed by Pang Ho-cheung’s Vulgaria) might be interested in Hardcore Comedy, from first-time HK directors Henri Wong, Chong Siu-wing and Law Yiu-fai.
It’s an omnibus comedy: three stories rolled into one film that looks like it goes for some lowest-common-denominator cheesy silliness… complete with enough nudity, violence and drug use to … (read more)
A press release came in on the wire today from our friends at Madman, announcing their acquisition of The Wind Rises (風立ちぬ, Kaze Tachinu), which famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has said will be his final film.
The story follows an aircraft engineer in pre-war Japan, loosely based on Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Zero fighter plane used in WWII. It’s an interesting choice of subject matter for the staunchly pacifist director, who has recently spoken out against … (read more)
If you go to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, and you ask it for the earliest version of Heroic Cinema they have on file (Nov 3, 1999), you’ll find that we used to have a tagline on the front page: “Hong Kong movies are the best movies.”