Category Archives: Cinema Screenings

This week in cinemas: ‘Gangnam Blues’ (South Korea)

Gangnam Blues

Arriving in Australian cinemas this week is South Korean gangster film Gangnam Blues (Korean title: 강남 1970).

Set amidst the social upheaval of South Korea in the 1970s, the film is an action noir focusing on corruption and organised crime’s involvement in the early development of Seoul’s Gangnam district. (From what I can see on the Web this sounds reminiscent of recent HK flick Overhead 3, actually).

It’s directed by Yoo Ha (A Dirty Carnival, A (read more)

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Myths & Legends programme at GoMA

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It’s always worth checking out the new three-monthly programmes at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art cinema, and the January to March line up presents a few pearls of Asian cinema that you may want to catch on the big screen, even if you have seen them before (because I don’t know about you, but any opportunity to see Seven Samurai at the cinema is to be taken, as far as I’m concerned):

  • Kuroneko (1968, dir. Kaneto Shindou) – Sat 31
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This week in cinemas: ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2′ (HK/China)

Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 (Poster)

Hong Kong director (and HC favourite) Johnnie To’s tick-tock film output has flipped back over to rom-com after hard-boiled crime film Drug War and crime/rom-com hybrid Blind Detective, and this week in Australian cinemas we have his follow-up to his 2011 film: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2.

Returning for more romantic hijinks are Louis Koo, Gao Yuanyuan and Daniel Wu, and they’re joined in this film by Miriam Yeung and Vic Chou. Variety have a review up(read more)

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This week in cinemas: “Brotherhood of Blades” (China)

Brotherhood of Blades

Yesterday a great-looking wuxia film from China arrived in Australian cinemas. Brotherhood of Blades (绣春刀) comes from Beijing-based director Lu Yang (his third film after My Spectacular Theatre, 2010 and A Motor Home Adventure, 2012) and it looks like they got an awful lot out of US$5M in budget and a 67-day shoot.

The film stars Taiwanese actor Chang Chen (who played The Razor in Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster) and Chinese actress Liu Shishi (TV drama … (read more)

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Already in cinemas: ‘Kung Fu Jungle’ (HK/China)

Kung Fu Jungle

I’m late on this one — many thanks to Jerome for picking it up and letting us know on our Facebook page!

In Australian cinemas from October 30 (last week) is brand-new Donnie Yen action film Kung Fu Jungle, directed by Hong Kong director Teddy Chen (Bodyguards and Assassins) and starring Donnie and Wang Baoqiang (who has been doing action flicks lately, such as Iceman and Unbeatable).

Donnie Yen plays Ha, an older martial arts … (read more)

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This week in cinemas: ‘The Golden Era’ (China/HK)

The Golden Era

Distributor China Lion have announced on their Facebook page that Ann Hui’s new film The Golden Era will be arriving in Australian cinemas this week, on October 16. This drama from the prominent Hong Kong New Wave director closed the Venice Film Festival this year and it has been selected as HK’s entrant for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars as well.

The film follows the life of progressive Chinese writer Xiao Hong (played here by Tang Wei, from Lust, (read more)

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This month in cinemas: The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase (Japan)

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If you’re a Studio Ghibli fan, or you follow Aussie distributor Madman’s news, you can’t have escaped the fact that they’re bringing some of Studio Ghibli’s best-loved and brand-new films to cinemas across Oz over the next couple of months.

But just in case… here’s Madman’s announcement of The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase — Celebrating the Genius of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata!

What it boils down to is four films, two from each director, and two documentaries:… (read more)

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This week in cinemas: ‘Flirting in the Air’ (Hong Kong)

Flirting in the Air

Hong Kong low-brow comedy super-producer Wong Jing has a new film in Aussie cinemas on October 9.

Flirting in the Air, which stars Chapman To and Dada Chen (both from 2012’s popular, and Cat III-rated, Vulgaria). This time, however, To plays a womanizing pilot who is transported back to Ming Dynasty China, where he and his co-pilots can indulge in period-era womanizing. Like I said, a Wong Jing film — though he’s handed directorial duties over to Aman … (read more)

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