Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame is set just before Wu ZeTian (Carina Lau) formally ascends the throne in 689 CE, when she established the Second Zhou Dynasty (周朝, More »
Tai Chi 2: The Hero Rises (太極Ⅱ：英雄崛起) will be screened in IMAX3D format at mainland China theaters beginning October 25th. The 2D/3D format will be scheduled for released on November 11th. The second installment of the Tai Chi trilogy continues the journey of Yang Luchan (楊露禪), a gifted child with a fleshy growth on his forehead, who helped save a village from a frightening army of steam-punk soldiers bearing strange machines.
The Assassins (铜雀台), previously known as Bronze Sparrow Terrace or Bronze Sparrow Platform (铜雀台), starring Chow Yun Fat (周潤發) and actress Crystal Liu YiFei (刘亦菲) will be released on September 28 worldwide. The film is the first installment of a planned trilogy. The plot follows a pair of young lovers Mu Shun (Hiroshi Tamaki) and Ling Ju (Liu YiFei), who undergo training in a prisoner-of-war camp to become assassins. The pair later undertake a secret mission against famous strategist Cao Cao (Chow Yun Fat) who is rumored to plan to overthrow the Emperor. Liu YiFei will also be taking dual role in the Assassins as Ling Ju’s mother.
Joe Ma’s (馬偉豪) the Lion Roar 2 (河东狮吼) is set to release on August 17th. The film is the sequel of 2002 comedy the Lion Roar (我家有一只河东狮). Lion Roar 2 stars Cecilia Cheung (張栢芝) and mainland actors Xiao ShenYang (小沈阳). The story of the movie is set during China’s Three Kingdoms period (三國時代), where in a respected father despairs of his sassy unmarried daughter Ying Ying and persuades her to marry within a year. Her match is China’s greatest military strategist of the time, Zhuge Liang (诸葛亮). Zhuge Liang has had trouble finding a woman who is both attractive, clever and strong willed. Ying Ying and Zhuge Liang agree for a trial marriage for a year.
The Last Supper (王的盛宴) is scheduled for release at 37th Toronto Film Festival after the State Administrator of Radio, Film, and Television denied its original July’s premiere plan. “Last Supper” is a new adaptation of the famous story “Banquet at HongMen (鴻門宴)” from the “Records of the Grand Historian (史記).” After Xiang Yu (項羽) wins a few battles against the State of Qin (秦朝), he hosts a banquet as part of a plot to kill his ally, Liu Bang (劉邦), at HongMen (鴻門) , but the plan ends in failure. Toronto Film Festival is running from September 6th to 16th.
Huayi Brothers film, Tai Chi 0 (太極), has released character posters for the upcoming released of the movie, which is scheduled for September 28th in Mainland China. The second part of the trilogy, Tai Chi 2: The Hero Rises (太極Ⅱ：英雄崛起) will be released on October 26th while the 3rd film is currently in production. Tai Chi 0 is directed by Stephen Fung (馮德倫) and produced by Chen Kuo Fu (陳國富). The movie features Tony Leung Ka Fai (梁家輝), Angelababy ((楊穎) , Eddie Peng (彭于晏), Shu Qi (舒淇), and Daniel Wu (吳彥祖) with supporting actors Taiwanese newcomer Guai Ka (怪咖) and Nikky Hsieh (謝欣穎).
Lionsgate will release The Sword Identity (倭寇的踪迹) DVD on August 14. The film is directed and choreographed by Xu FaoFeng (徐浩峰 ) and was released world wide during the Venice Film Festival last September. The Sword Identity is starring Yu ChengHui (于承惠), Song Yang (宋洋) and Zhao YuanYuan (赵媛媛), which is now currently being screened at New York Asian Film Festival.
Left to Their Own Sadness by Bobby Chen (陈升) is the sub-theme of Mainland China’s wuxia comedy Just Call Me Nobody (把悲伤留给自己). It’s a classic mandarin song released in 1991. Eric Tsang (曾志偉), Kelly Lin (林熙蕾), Xiao ShenYang (小瀋陽), and producer Zhao BenShan (趙本山)are among the cast of this comedy.