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17 items from 2011

Top 10 Swords In Film History

2 August 2011 3:19 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Men love swords. Why men love swords is a topic that is often debated in A Level psychology classes and usually involves a link to our very own short swords that we carry around. But regardless, men really do love swords. We can’t get enough of them. Swords are up there with fast cars and women.

If I was given the choice between an authentic katana, forged by a master swordsmith in rural Japan or a nice house, I would probably end up single because I would choose the sword.

Well for all of you sword lovers out there – here is my personal top 10 swords in film.

10. Claymore – Braveheart (1995)

The Claymore was a Scottish variant of the English Longsword, slightly smaller in size yet, still a very large two handed sword. Claymores were used extensively during border fights with the English. What makes this sword special however, is how »

- Ed Moorhouse

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Fantasia 2011: ‘True Legend’ is a step above most forgettable Kung-Fu films

24 July 2011 11:54 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

True Legend aka Su Qi-Er

Directed by Woo-ping Yuen

Written by Chi-long To

(2010) Hong Kong

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Beggar Su is the old man who trains Wong-Fei Hung (Jackie Chan) in the drunken fist style in the first Drunken Master, not coincidentally also directed by Woo-ping Yuen, so this film acts as a prequel to the Drunken Master films, explaining how Beggar Su came to be a drunk.

The film starts with Su Qi-Er as a successful and respected general alongside his two best friends Ma (Xiaodong Guo) and his blood-brother Yuan Lie (Andy On). After a thrilling rescue of a kidnapped Imperial prince, Yu is offered a position as governor and advised to send the erratic Yuan into exile. Instead, Yu gives his sword to Ma, retires from the army and ensures that Yuan gets the post as governor.

Yu Qi-Er’s problem is that True Legend is not just a prequel to Drunken Master, »

- Michael Ryan

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Trailer: ‘The Sorcerer And The White Snake’ Starring Jet Li

19 July 2011 11:18 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Sorcerer and the White Snake, previously known as, It’s Love and Madame White Snake is the upcoming film directed by Ching Siu-tung and starring Jet Li. The film is based on the Chinese Legend of the White Snake and was shot in 3-D.

Director Ching began as an actor and martial arts instructor working in Hong Kong action cinema in the 1960s and 1970s. His father, Ching Gong, was a Shaw Brothers Studio director, and Ching Siu-tung had been trained in Peking opera as a child, and made his directorial debut in 1982 with the ground-breaking wuxia classic Duel to the Death. He’s widely regarded as one of the best choreographers in Hong Kong working on Tsui Hark 1987′s A Chinese Ghost Story, and other high-profile international successes like Shaolin Soccer, Hero, and House of Flying Daggers.



- Ricky

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Sdcc 2011: Friday Comic-Con Schedule

8 July 2011 3:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

San Diego Comic-Con has released its full schedule for Friday. We have pulled out all of the movie, TV, and DVD-related activities for both nights below. If you want the full schedule with all the comic-book related activities, you can clickHere

Friday, July 23

10:00-11:00 Lego Star Wars

A behind-the-brick look with the Lego Star Wars team at how the epic Star Wars story comes together with the creativity and imagination of the Lego brand. Additionally, be among the first to hear about a special Lego Star Wars entertainment event, and meet Emmy award-winning writer Michael Price. Also includes Q&A time. Room 7Ab

10:00-11:00 Torchwood: Miracle Day

John Barrowman (Doctor Who) and Eve Myles (Doctor Who) join cast members Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman (Independence Day), Alexa Havins (All My Children), and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), along with writer Jane Espenson (Battlestar Galactica), to discuss the »

- MovieWeb

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Bodyguards & Assassins movie trailer and images

27 June 2011 7:18 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See the trailer as well as images from Bodyguards & Assassins starring Donnie Yen! Also in the cast of the Teddy Chen action film are Leon Lai, Wang Xueqi, Tony Ka-fai Leung, Nicholas Tse, Simon Yam and Cung Le of Pandorum. Donnie Yen, known for films like IP Man and IP Man 2 as well as Blade II and Hero and Mma fighter Cung Le star in this gripping martial arts blockbuster set in the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong in 1905. The revolutionary movement has spread throughout China, but the corrupt Qing dynasty will do anything to hold on to its power. As Sun Yat-Sen prepares for a historic meeting that will shape the future of the country, a motley crew of men and women are entrusted to protect him from a group of deadly assassins who will stop at nothing to kill him. Winner of eight Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Film, »

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DVD Review: Detective Dee – Mystery of the Phantom Flame

19 June 2011 8:13 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Detective Dee – Mystery Of The Phantom Flame

Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Catrina Lau, Lee Bingbing, Deng Chao | Written by Chen Kuofu & Lin Qianya | Action Director: Sammo Hung | Directed by Tsui Hark

“When a series of mysterious murders prevents the inauguration of China’s first Empress, Detective Dee, the greatest investigative mind and Kung Fu Master of his generation, is brought back from exile to embark on a manhunt that will forever change the course of history! With a matchless performance from leading-man Andy Lau (Warlords and House of the Flying Daggers) and breathtaking action from the martial arts director of Ip Man and Ip Man 2, Detective Dee is non-stop, heart-racing entertainment in the highest traditions of Asian Action Cinema.”

Detective Dee – Mystery of the Phantom Flame is a 2010 Chinese martial arts/whodunit movie based on the Chinese folk hero and celebrated Tang Dynasty official Di Renjie, otherwise known as »

- Baron Fornightly

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Empire of Silver

10 June 2011 3:48 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

The average American moviegoer has a very limited exposure to Chinese cinema which often consists of the visually splendorous stunts like those found in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or the sweeping opera of color like that of Hero. If they have any exposure beyond that it probably involves Jet Li or Jackie Chan, and again it’s typically a film centered around astounding fight choreography and stunt work. Empire of Silver (Baiyin Diguo) will require a bit of branching out for American audiences, but the experience will prove mixed as it’s a film of beauty derived from slow and calculated moments of ancient Chinese life but with heavy handed melodrama where American audiences expect grandiose action to be.



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Can Hollywood serve China's one billion film-goers?

10 June 2011 3:12 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

China is poised to become the world's second largest film market. But does it want to watch Hollywood films, or its own?

Po, the Kung Fu Panda, may look like an innocuous, chubby animal, but he could turn out to be the most devastating double agent on the world stage since Mata Hari shimmied her way to infamy in the first world war. Last week, the sequel to the Chinese-themed, Us-made animation broke box-office records in China, taking 125m yuan (£11m) in its opening weekend. It's great news for its creators at DreamWorks, mildly irritating news for Chinese animators and intriguing news for the rest of the cinemagoing world, coming just as a newly confident China squares up to the original moviemaking superpower.

In Hollywood, movies that borrow far-eastern exoticism to entertain western audiences are as old as Mann's Chinese Theatre – and usually as authentically Chinese. Kung fu movies have »

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Jet Li battles demon ladies in The Sorcerer And The White Snake

11 May 2011 6:31 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

(And there are pics to prove it!) Director Tony Ching Siu-Tung is currently finishing the martial arts fantasy "The Sorcerer and the White Snake", an ancient Chinese fairytale in which a young man falls in love with a beautiful woman, not knowing she is in fact a White Demon Snake in disguise. A monk tries to save him by battling the Snake. So far, so "Chinese Ghost Story". But this production has a few aces up its sleeves: Tony Ching Siu-Tung is one of the best choreographer and stunt directors in the business, having worked on productions as diverse as "Hero", "Dororo" and "Shaolin Soccer". And while we're namedropping: the monk will be played by Jet Li and the demon ladies by Vivian Hsu, »

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DVD Playhouse--May 2011

9 May 2011 12:13 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse: May 2011


Allen Gardner

Blow Out (Criterion) Brian De Palma’s greatest Hitchcock homage, with a dash of Antonioni thrown in for good measure. John Travolta gives one of his best turns as a sound-effects engineer who unwittingly records a political assassination, then finds himself hunted by a ruthless hitman (John Lithgow, a memorably creepy psycho) after saving the life of the kindly, albeit dim-witted call girl (Nancy Allen, excellent) who was with the deceased. Terrific blend of suspense and very black humor, perhaps De Palma’s finest hour as an auteur. Beautifully shot by Vilmos Zsigmond. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with De Palma, Allen, cameraman Garrett Brown; Photo gallery; De Palma’s 1967 feature Murder a la Mod; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 2.0 surround.

Kes (Criterion) Ken Loach’s landmark 1970 film is both a heart-rending portrait of adolescence, and a pointed socio-political commentary on life in the North of England. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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The 'Muay Thai Giant' Giveaway

26 April 2011 11:55 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

If you're going to make a martial arts film and you don't have the budget of a grandiose Chinese epic like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon or Hero to take advantage of, there's a way to make up for it: get silly. It worked for Jackie Chan more than a few times, and it looks like it's going to work for Muay Thai Giant as well. The story of a seven foot man who goes into a Hulk-like martial arts rage when he eats the spicy Thai food "somtum", Muay Thai Fighter is too ridiculous not to enjoy. With that said, you're in luck, because we're giving away a copy to one lucky reader. Hit the jump to find out how you can win.

Here's the  official synopsis:

While on holiday in Pattaya seven foot gentle giant Barney Emerald is drugged and robbed of all his personal possessions including his passport. »

- Lex Walker

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Blu Monday: April 26, 2011

24 April 2011 10:59 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart star in Greg Mottola’s Adventureland (2009) Billie Bob Thornton is naughty in Terry Zwigoff’s Bad Santa: Unrated Director’s Cut (2003) French cult classic Betty Blue: Original Theatrical Release (1986) Val Kilmer stars in Blood Out (2011) John Travolta stars in Brian de Palma’s Blow Out: Criterion Collection (1981) D.A Pennebaker’s documentary Bob Dylan: Don’T Look Back (2010) Matt Damon & Heath Ledger star in terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm (2005) Ben Affleck stars in Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy (1997) Korean horror director Shin Jung-Won’s Chawz (2011) Renee Zellweger & Catherine Zeta-Jones star in Rob Marshall’s Chicago (2002) Kevin Smith’s Clerks: 15th Anniversary Edition (1994) Sylvester Stallone & Viggo Mortenson star in Daylight (1996) Francis Ford Coppola’s Dementia 13: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack (1963) Jeffrey Obrow’s The Dorm That Dripped Blood: »

- Travis Keune

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International Trailer & A New Clip for Yuen Woo Ping’s ‘True Legend’

30 March 2011 10:33 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A trailer for Yuen Woo Ping’s True Legend is finally online. The film opened last year in Asia and in the UK, but hasn’t yet been released anywhere in North America. For anyone unfamiliar, Yuen Woo-ping is renowned as one of the most successful and influential figures in the world of Hong Kong action cinema. He began directing in 1978 with Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, starring Jackie Chan, followed quickly by Drunken Master launching Jackie Chan as a major film-star. He has worked with the biggest stars in Hong Kong and in some of the biggest movies, including with Sammo Hung in Magnificent Butcher (1979), Yuen Biao in Dreadnaught, Donnie Yen in Iron Monkey, and Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh in Tai Chi Master and Wing Chun.

Yuen’s works, particularly his action choreography on Fist of Legend (propably the greatest martial arts movie ever made), attracted the attention of the Wachowski brothers, »

- Kyle Reese

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True Legend (2010) Movie Trailer: Yuen Woo-ping, Vincent Zhao

29 March 2011 4:01 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The True Legend Movie Trailer has premiered. Yuen Woo-ping‘s True Legend (2010) stars Vincent Zhao, Man Cheuk ChiuMichelle YeohXiaogang Feng, and David Carradine. True Legend‘s plot synopsis: “Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolution, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Hero) brings you True Legend, a heart pounding epic about the timeless battle between good and evil. Su Can’s (Vincent Zhao) respectable life is obliterated when his vengeful brother, Yuan (Andy On), returns from war armed with the deadly Five Venom Fists. Weakened but not destroyed, Su Can learns a never-before-seen form of martial arts: the Drunken Fist. Armed with this new power, he returns home to honor his family through retribution by taking on his brother in a battle to become the ultimate warrior. Packed with distinct fighting styles–including Mma, knife combat and sweeping aerial »

- filmbook

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DVD Review - Demon Empire (2006)

25 March 2011 12:42 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Demon Empire, 2006.

Directed by Dong-oh Jo & Dong-oh Cho.

Starring Woo-sung Jung, Jun-ho Heo, Tae-hee Kim, Kwang-il Kim, Jeong-hak Park, Sang-wook Park and Ha-jun Yu.


A demon slayer finds himself in the place between our world and Heaven where, reunited with his lost love, he attempts to stop the leader of an unholy army from shattering the gates to the human realm.

First-time directors and co-writers Dong-oh Jo and Dong-oh Cho bring us the magical martial arts romance Demon Empire.

Under the rule of a corrupt royal family, the Royal Demon Slayers, called the ‘Chuyongdae’ carried out an unsuccessful rebellion to try to save the people. With most of their fighters wiped out, the desperate people began offering the living as a sacrifice to the demons. During this time of chaos, a mysterious young man rescues a woman bound to a post and kills the demons that came to claim her. »

- flickeringmyth

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Oh My Link

25 February 2011 5:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Kenneth in the (212) spends an evening with Lisa Kudrow to discuss The Comeback. Jealous!

The Guardian wonderful piece on AMPAS membership. This had me in stitches

Now 72, Mother Dolores still retains her Academy membership and every year receives copies of the latest Oscar-nominated films from Ampas, thus making her the only fully ordained nun to adjudicate on the oeuvre of Quentin Tarantino.

Low Resolution Joe hands out his 2010 Movie Awards. Fun

Movie|Line Stu bravely predicts Annette Bening And Jacki Weaver to win. My god, I'd be so happy... but doesn't he know about Oscar's ageism?

Scott Feinberg examines the pitches of nominated performances. All the Oscar narratives have been done before.

The Fug Girls fall hard for Brenda Song (of The Social Network)

Hero Complex James McAvoy talks about the bromance between Magneto and Professor X in X-Men First Class

Movie Morlocks revisits Vincente Minnelli's On A Clear Day You Can See Forever »


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A Remake Related Giveaway! Win ‘A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop’ On DVD

2 February 2011 8:38 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Foreign language remakes of American films aren’t necessarily rare, but they are pretty uncommon. One of the more interesting ones to come out in the past year is a remake of the Coen Brothers’ first film, Blood Simple. The film is modern day noir and filled with great actors, fantastic imagery, and a blackly comedic sense of humor. So naturally Yimou Zhang, the Chinese director of Hero and House Of Flying Daggers, chose to remake it as a broadly comic and extremely colorful romp. A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop hit DVD this week, and Sony is offering up a copy for one lucky winner. How do you enter? Simple… come up with a remake title in the vein of this one. Pick a Us film and then imagine the three-nouned title of a foreign remake. (Think Yogi Bear remade as A Bear, A Cub And A Restraining Order.) Does »

- Rob Hunter

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