- This week in cinemas: 'The Wind Rises' (Japan, anime)
- More King Hu screening in Canberra
- This week in cinemas: 'From Vegas to Macau' (Hong Kong)
- Giveaway: Tickets to see 'The Wind Rises' in cinemas! (closed)
- This week in cinemas: 'The Monkey King' (3D, China)
- Melbourne Cinémathèque: Opening Night 2014 is 'A Touch of Zen'
- More Shaws HK Classics on iTunes (and finally easier to find!)
- Run Run Shaw has died
- This week in cinemas: 'Personal Tailor' (China)
- Fairytales and Fables at GoMA
Reviews by Country
Melbourne fans of Chinese cinema, listen up! The folks at ACMI have announced that King Hu’s 1971 classic A Touch of Zen will be the opening film in this season’s Cinémathèque, screening in glorious 35mm.
Zen is a hugely influential film, combining Hu’s mastery of the wuxia genre and typically beautiful cinematography with a sprawling three-hour-plus story and a healthy dose of symbolism. It’s had significant critical acclaim over the years, starting with a Technical Grand Prize at the 1975 … (read more)
Space Dandy opens with a diatribe about boobs.
I know. Classy, right? Well, I guess there’s no arguing that boobs get your attention. Just the word is kind of distracting. Boobs. You’re distracted, right? I’m using them to distract you from realising this review isn’t nearly as loftily intellectual as I’d like it to be, and Shinichiro Watanabe is possibly using them to distract you from noticing that Space Dandy isn’t nearly as instantly fantastic as his other shows were.… (read more)
Following up on my post from late last year noting that the Celestial releases of the classic Shaw Brothers films from Hong Kong had started appearing on iTunes, I just thought I would note that they have finally organised a way for fans to find all of the Shaws films available there.
According to a recent Facebook update from Celestial, this link should work for all of the countries where they’ve released their films:
It’ll open in iTunes on … (read more)
On Tuesday 7 January, one of the most important figures in Hong Kong movie history, Sir Run Run Shaw, passed away at home at the age of 107.
Shaw co-founded movie studio Shaw Brothers (in 1958) and television broadcaster TVB (in 1967), both of which have contributed so much to Hong Kong’s cinema and television output over the years. I’ve seen his name flash by in the opening credits of Shaws films for years — the studio he built defined … (read more)
I’m late on this one! This past Thursday (19 December), the new film from prominent Chinese director Feng Xiaogang (Big Shot’s Funeral, A World Without Thieves, Aftershock) arrived in cinemas, just in time to distract us from Christmas.
This film, Personal Tailor, is a comedy about a service that purports to make fantasies come true — however briefly — for their clients. It’s a sequel of sorts to Feng’s 1997 film Dream Factory, and … (read more)
Cold Eyes is the Korean remake of the popular Hong Kong cops-and-robbers thriller Eye in the Sky from 2007. Although it is harsher and quicker paced, comparisons between the two versions are inevitable, as the remake offers many resemblances to the original version, with quite a few scenes reshot only slightly differently (and not to mention a Simon Yam cameo appearance).
The story follows an elite police taskforce in Seoul which uses surveillance and undercover tactics as its modus operandi … (read more)
The night I saw Firestorm, I was surprised that there were no posters or advertising material on display in the theatre for this new big-budget Hong Kong film. And I was even more surprised to see at the main entrance of the Century City multiplex an over-sized poster for Feng Xiaogang’s new movie Personal Tailor – which has yet to be released! Two hours later, I had a much better understanding of why there was a lack of advertising for … (read more)
Ooooh! Relevant to our interests, the Cinematheque at GoMA comes through for Brissie fans again, with several Asian films as part of their just released program, Fairytales and Fables, running from January 10 until March 30.
The more than awesome programme (pretty sure I’ll be doing some extracurricular viewing this time too) includes Kim Jee-Woon’s A Tale of Two Sisters, Bong Man-Dae’s Cinderella, Yim Pil-Sung’s Hansel and Gretel, Studio Ghibli’s delightful Ponyo, and Richard … (read more)