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Pulsating and potent 'Drug War'
A great script usually promises half the success of a movie, and "Drug War" delivers just that. Director Johnnie To Kei-Fung (杜琪峰) works with frequent collaborator, scriptwriter and co-director Wai Ka-Fai (韋家輝), producing yet another enthralling cop-versus-robber chase. As the movie opens, To literally cuts to the chase as the story unfolds with a chase scene.
 
'Parker' is rather perfunctory
"Parker" plays like the bloodiest promotional video ever made for Palm Beach tourism. Stabbings, explosions and furniture-smashing brawls occur at some of the ritziest (and name-checked) locations within the sun-splashed, pastel-soaked slab of Florida opulence. Kinda gives a whole new meaning to the idea of The Breakers.
 
Fans feel the need – the need for Cruise
To promote their latest project, "Oblivion," Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko and Director Joseph Kosinski visited Taipei on April 6, folding dumplings in the day and destroying ice statues in the evening.
 
Everybody must die, almost
From the beautiful faces of the charming cast posing dashingly in the movie posters, it seems that "Saving General Yang's" marketing strengths might be selling its brawns rather than its brains.
 
Insight in the making
With unforgettable works from "The Bride with White Hair" to "Fearless," Director Ronny Yu (于仁泰) is finally back in the spotlight after seven year of silence with "Saving General Yang," a historical war movie set in the Northern Song Dynasty (A.D. 960-1127).
 
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
If a big, dumb action movie knows it's a big, dumb action movie and revels in that fact, is that preferable to a big, dumb action movie making the mistake of thinking it's significant, relevant art?
 
A lively, detailed 'Giant Slayer'
A big-budget, effects-laden, 3D retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk legend may seem like the unlikeliest pairing yet of director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie, but "Jack the Giant Slayer" ends up being smart, thrilling and a whole lot of fun.
 
The making of a grandmaster
"The Grandmaster" (一代宗師), the long anticipated epic martial arts film by Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai (王家衛) is finally hitting local theaters next week. The film portrays Chinese martial arts culture in Wing Chun master Yip Man's (葉問) era, featuring Wong's frequent cast members Tony Leung Chiu-wai (梁朝偉), Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) and Chang Chen (張震), as martial arts masters of different schools.
 
Elegant 'Grandmaster'
In the world of martial arts, what does it take to be a grandmaster? Champion kung fu (功夫) skills, unyielding perseverance to pass on the torch, or relentless efforts to protect the family discipline? The beginning of "The Grandmaster" (一代宗師) says it all, in a philosophical fashion.
 
'Grandmaster' full of martial arts philosophy
Some movies take days to make, others take years.Hong Kong film auteur Wong Kar-wai (王家衛) is known for the latter. After years of research and at least three years shooting it, his newest film, "The Grandmaster" (一代宗師), finally had its world premiere in Beijing earlier this month. The movie, which hits local cinemas today, will open the Berlin Film Festival next month.
 
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