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.
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).
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 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 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.
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.
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.
An R-rated horror action comedy fairytale -- how's that for genre bending? "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" is more Gatling guns and grenades than The Brothers Grimm. It takes the kidnapped kiddies into adulthood, where they've parlayed their fame at cooking a witch's goose into a business. Got a witch problem? Call H & G -- the extermination experts.
The idea of watching a movie in which a sniper methodically crafts his own bullets, practices weekly at a gun range, then waits quietly in an empty parking garage before shooting five people dead may not sound like the most appealing form of entertainment during these tragic days.
"Everything has its season, everything has its time," goes a famous song from the musical "Pippin." Well, maybe, but for the many fans of that '70s Stephen Schwartz hit, a return to Broadway has been overdue for years.