New 2nd Trailer Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Tsui Hark’s latest Wuxia genre film has a new poster and 2nd teaser trailer. Although, it’s not official announced, it’s been publicly known that the producer, Chen Kuo Fu, has finished  the screenplay for Detective Dee Sequel.

Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame is competing at Venice Film Festival, held from September 1st  to 11th, and it will be premiered to the general public on Sept 29, 2010.

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The Storm Warriors

The long awaited sequel of The Storm Riders began as power hungry warlord named Lord Godless (Simon Yam) and his son, Heart (Nicholas Tse), set their sight upon conquering the world of martial arts and the Central Plain. The duo imprisoned a number of Wulin’s martial art practitioners including Striding Cloud (Aaron Kwok), Muse (Tiffany Tang) and the legendary swordsman Nameless (Kenny Ho) using the old poisoning ruse. He had also held the Emperor as his prisoner as well. Lord Godless gave the martial artists an ultimatum either to support his cause or they would be executed. Continue reading “The Storm Warriors”

Heaven Sword Dragon Saber 2009 English Subtitle DVD

Zhang JiZhong’s latest Jin Yong’s Heaven Sword Dragon Saber adaptation will be available with English subtitle on August 6th, 2010. This Wen Zhou TV’s production first aired back in October 23, 2009. It’s a 40 episodes TV series known as the last of the Trilogy of the Condor Heroes.

Official Synopsis:

The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre story takes place in the 14th Century China during the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty, roughly 100 years following the events of Return of the Condor Heroes. After decades of struggles, famine, and bitterness which the Han citizens blamed on the Yuan Dynasty’s misgovernment, the Martial Arts sects have begun to rebel. Prince Ruyang asks Cheng Kun, a ShaoLin monk with an ulterior motive, for a plan on how to deal with the rebels. Continue reading “Heaven Sword Dragon Saber 2009 English Subtitle DVD”

Grand Feast of the King Will Begin Production

Director Lu Chuan just received a shooting permit to start filming in October, 2010 for his $14.7 million costume war epic project. The film, tentatively titled Grand Feast of The King, will be Lu’s fourth feature but his first historic drama. The project is planned to finish production by February, 2011 with schedule for release to the public in the middle of 2011.

The film will be set at the end of Qin Dynasty (206 BCE) as several Kings battled against each other to become the new emperor of a new dynasty. It will include a recreation of the famous Feast at Hong Gate or “Banquet at HongMen”, which led to the Han Dynasty being established. Continue reading “Grand Feast of the King Will Begin Production”

The Dragon and Phoenix Inn Released Date

The Dragon and Phoenix Inn, a new costume period comedy from director Chung Shu Kai will be released on August 19, 2010. The cast includes Richie Ren, Barbie Hsu, Law Kar Ying, Bruce Leung, Miu Miu (Gong Xinliang), and Huo Siyan. The movie is adapted from modern drama Andy Lau’s Look at Star that was released in 2009.

The movie was created as a part of Jimmy Heung’s 5510 Great Film Project, a joint Hong Kong-Mainland effort that aims to produce 10 blockbuster films over 5 years.
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Ip Man

The movie is a loosely adaption from the life story of Ip Man (Donnie Yen), the grandmaster of Wing Chun style of Chinese martial art. It focused on events in Ip Man’s life that took place in the city of Foshan, China during the mid 1930’s. Founded by Ng Mui, Wing Chun had a history of a little over 200 years at the time and it prospered with Ip Man. The city of Foshan thrived as the hub of variety of martial art schools where they actively recruited disciples and sometimes they competed against one another in a friendly tussle.

While Ip Man was the most skilled martial artist in Foshan, he did not accept any disciples or opened a martial art school. As an independently wealthy man, Ip Man kept himself a low and private profile living a blissful life with his wife, Cheung Wing Sing (Lynn Hung) and a son, Ip Chun (Li Ze). Continue reading “Ip Man”

Zhao’s Orphan

Zhao’s Orphan is now in post production. The upcoming release of period drama movie is directed by Chen Kaige with A-list China’s actors, Ge You and Huang XiaoMing, starring the lead roles.

Ge You will taken on the role as Cheng Ying, the rural doctor who sacrificed his own son to save the newborn baby of Zhao Dun, the chancellor of the Jin Kingdom (679 BCE – 403 BCE) whose whole family is executed because of political slander. Rising star Huang XiaoMing will play the grown-up orphan of Zhao, who seeks revenge from the rival family behind the killings of his family.

Fan BingBing, who replaced South Korean star Song Hye-kyo a month after the initial production, will play the leading female role as Lady Zhuang.

The Water Dragon’s Hum

Here is the translation of the poem “The Water Dragon’s Hum” (水龙吟) by a Northern Song era poet, Zhu DunRu (朱敦儒, 1081-1159 CE) where in chapter 13 of the Legend of the Condor Heroes, Huang Rong sang the first section to Guo Jing when the both of them where sightseeing at Lake Tai. The second section was sang by Lu ChengFeng. The poem is describing Zhu DunRu’s flight when the Jin army invaded Northern Song.

The Water Dragon’s Hum

Rolling waves usher a boat far away, with little care for the splendor of Mount Wu.
Water gathered its strength, tossing waves at the Goddess’ whim.
Flowing eastward through myriad rivers.
The northern guest wafted slightly.
Though his noble aspirations meted with sympathy, his year had waned.
Reminiscing old days in Yi and Song, old friends Chao and Yu.
Musing the journey hastened somewhat.

Turning his head, vile not subsided.
As he pleaded: “Where art thou, heroes?”
Patriotic strategies, though abound, are useless, swept away as dust.
Stalemate market the river, yet proud junks coursed through.
This Sun Lang cried.
But as worry troubled the wooden vessel, so sang the traveler in despair.
Tears flowed like rain.


Painted Skin 2 Starts Filming

A sequel to director Gordon Chen’s romantic fantasy story “Painted Skin” recently started shooting in Dalian city, northeastern China’s Liaoning province.

Donnie Yen, Zhao Wei, Zhou Xun and Sun Li will join the film again, and mainland actor Huang Xiaoming will replace Chen Kun to play the male lead.

Adopted from Chinese novelist Pu Songling’s famous work “Erotic Ghost Story” or “Liao Zhai Zhi Yi”, the sequel will be an adventure story more than a love tale. It tells of when the couple’s son grows up and makes a journey to the west to seek the source of eternal youth for his parents. During the trip, he conquers many difficulties which are given to him by some powerful demons.

The Treasure Hunter

The adventure began in the northwest desert where a group of mysterious secretive guardians have kept a location of buried treasures within a tomb. Legend had it that these unbelievable riches were accumulated over thousands of years through the flourished and fallen of countless prosperous kingdoms. For generations ever since the 11th century, the location of this tomb was guarded and kept a secret. Back then the location was actually guarded by hundreds of ancient warriors and a century later the location was only known by a map which the guardians handed down through generations. The leader of these mysterious guardians is called Eagle of the Desert. Every two decades a new Eagle of the Desert is selected through a martial art duel. The victor became or retained the Eagle of the Desert title and the loser must abandon the desert.
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