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Trailer, poster and images for drama Coffee

Uncork’d Entertainment has released a trailer, poster and images for Coffee, a new drama from director Cristiano Bortone, which tells of three stories set in three different worlds, three destinies that intertwine expressing the uncertainty of our confused times. Check them out here…

Belgium: A pawnshop owner has his precious coffee pot stolen during a violent street riot. He decides to seek revenge, only to become a victim. Italy: A passionate coffee sommelier is trying to make this a proper profession but his past is fighting him. China: A successful young manager marries the boss’s daughter and all seems perfect until his job requires him to move back to his birthplace.

Coffee is set for release on VOD on February 9th and on DVD on May 15th, and features a cast that includes Miriam Dalmazio, Dario Aita, Tong Sheng Han, Yuqi Zhang, Qi Xi, Xiaodong Guo, Koen De Bouw,
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‘Lost in the Pacific’ Review

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Stars: Brandon Routh, Russell Wong, Yuqi Zhang, Bernice Liu, Sunny Wang, Mengjie Jiang, Xiangyu Dai, Vincent M. Ward, Kaiwi Lyman, Bobby Tonelli, Yonglin Yu, Siyu Lu, Tim Parrish, Natasha Lloyd, Tazito Garcia | Written by Vincent Zhou, Peter Cameron | Directed by Vincent Zhou

When one of the first lines in the film is “if anything goes wrong this could be the next Titanic” you know you’re in for the next Titanic… Whether thats a disaster within the film, or the disaster of a film, depends entirely on your penchant for the genre and gloriously over the top productions which feature an international cast hamming it up in 70s disaster movie fashion!

An English-language, Malaysian-filmed sci-fi thriller, Lost in the Pacific sees group of VIP elite passengers (the types of which wouldn’t be out of place in the likes of Airport ’77 or The Poseidon Adventure: a pop star, a former boxer,
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Stills from “The Legend of the Demon Cat” Released

Based on the popular Japanese novel ‘Shamon Kuukai’, Chinese-Japanese collaborative film “The Legend of the Demon Cat” has released gorgeous stills of the fantasy movie set in the Tang Dynasty era.

This latest offering from acclaimed Chinese director Chen Kaige (best known for “The Emperor and the Assassin” (1998), and “Farewell My Concubine” (1993)) stars young Japanese actor Shota Sometani, Liu Haoran, Kitty Zhang, Huang Xuan and Zhang Rongrong. The supernatural film tells the tale of the mysterious killings that take place in the capital city of Chang’an after the appearance of a talking cat. Shortly after, a monk and a poet decide to work together to unearth the truth that leads tozhang a shocking revelation.

In the movie stills released by the film’s production company Emperor Motion Pictures, the major characters are revealed, together with the impressive backdrop of scenery and props that were painstakingly customised for the movie.
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Stephen Chow’s Record Breaking Film ‘The Mermaid’ Finally Comes To Blu Ray / DVD July 5th

Press Release – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

From visionary director Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle) comes the comedic action phenomenon The Mermaid, debuting on digital May 17 and on Blu-ray ™ and DVD July 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. China’s highest

grossing film of all time made a splash domestically, scoring the biggest U.S. opening day and weekend box office ever by a limited release Chinese-language film.

This unique tale follows a beautiful mermaid (newcomer Jelly Lin) who falls for a greedy developer (Deng Chao, Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame) who threatens her species’ ecosystem. The unique action romance also stars Show Lo (Journey to the West), Yuqi Zhang (Lost in the Pacific) and Pierre Bourdaud (Chinese Zodiac).

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The Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of The Mermaid includes “The Making of The Mermaid”; a behind-the- scenes featurette where the cast and crew celebrate director
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[Review] The Mermaid

Stephen Chow is the rightful successor to David Zucker and Mel Brooks. He doesn’t possess the same mainstream cachet, but the Chinese auteur has built a career on films that, at their best, work as story-driven slapstick. Chow’s films find the liminal space between madcap Looney Tunes cartoons and Eastern-indebted melodramas. As much an apostle of Douglas Sirk in his penchant for languid romance as a yuk-crazy prankster like Brooks, he knows how to mine the heart of relationships as often as he can find the natural (or unnatural) intersection of comedy and drama.

Chow’s latest, The Mermaid, is an anomaly in a few respects. Coming just months after the previous record-breaker in China, Monster Hunt, The Mermaid is now the highest-grossing film in the country’s history. It’s disappointing, then, that it trickled out with minimal fanfare into a few dozen specialty theaters in the U.
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"Mermaid" Breaks Chinese Box-Office Records

As of Friday and just twelve days since its debut, Stephen Chow's "The Mermaid" has become the highest-grossing movie ever in China.

The Mandarin-language film broke records for first-day gross and so far has amassed $382 million in box-office so far and is expected to pass $400 million by this weekend.

Deng Chao, Jelly Lin, Kitty Zhang, Show Lo and Tsui Hark star in the film about a mermaid who falls for the evil business tycoon she's been sent to seduce and assassinate.

Sony Pictures released the film in the U.S. yesterday and is expected to give it an international rollout later this year.

Source: Deadline
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Im Global nets Stephen Chow’s 'The Mermaid'

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Exclusive: Stephen Chow’s comedy grossed a record $41m on its opening day in China, a record for a domestic title.

Im Global has picked up international rights to Stephen Chow’s comedy The Mermaid, which grossed a record $41m on its opening day (Feb 8) in China.

Through its fast-growing Anthem division, Im Global has also picked up Zao Wang’s The Precipice Game, produced by Shanghai-based Fundamental Films.

Released on the first day of the Chinese New Year holiday, The Mermaid’s opening day box office is the biggest ever for a Chinese title and second only to Furious 7’s $63m opening day haul. Sony Pictures will release the film in the Us on February 19. Im Global has international rights outside of North America, UK, Aus/Nz and Asia.

Kept under wraps during much of its shoot, the zany comedy stars Deng Chao as a young tycoon whose plans to drive marine wildlife away from
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Character Posters And A New Teaser For Stephen Chow's The Mermaid!

The Octopus Man cometh in the new teaser for Stephen Chow's The Mermaid! Chao Deng, Lin Yun, Kitty Zhang, Show Lo, Shangzheng Li, Zhang Wen, Zhang Meie, Ke Bai and Lianshun Kong star in the latest from the director of Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle and the general level of insanity appears to be right about where you would expect from Chow.Along with a new teaser comes a quartet of character posters for the film, check them all out below!...

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China’s First English-Speaking Sci-Fi Film 'Lost in the the Pacific' Garners International Pre-Sales

Worldwide Sales Agent, Arclight Films, has been racking up pre-sales with theatrical release intentions for "Lost in the Pacific" the first Chinese 3D Sci-Fi action adventure film in English. The film is currently in its final postproduction phase and Arclight Films anticipates a worldwide release by the end of 2015.

Starring Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns") and Chinese actress Yuqi Zhang ("White Deer Plain"), "Lost in the Pacific" is a 3D Sci-Fi action adventure film helmed by Chinese director Vincent Zhou ("Last Flight"). The story sets in 2020 when a group of international elite passengers embark on an inaugural luxury and transoceanic flight that later gets into a seemingly unexplainable catastrophe.

"Lost in the Pacific" is making major headway to become a top international Chinese film, utilizing far-reaching first-rate global resources, including a multi-award-winning team in front of and behind the camera. Filmed at Malaysia’s Pinewood Studios in the spring of 2015, the film is now finishing its visual effects by UFO Internationals. The film’s sound editing is supervised by Oscar-nominated Kami Asgar and Sean McCormack. Oscar-winner Mark Paterson ("Les Miserables") did the final sound mixing for the film.

During filming, "Lost in the Pacific’s" international cast and its universal themes attracted industry attention across the global film market. Arclight Films, which is handling all rights outside China, started the first round of sales in May during the Cannes Film Market when the film was still in production. Since then, the film has secured a number of deals, including Ram Indo in Vietnam, Viswaas in India, Aqua Pinema in Turkey, Pioneer in Philippines and Pt Prima in Indonesia. Arclight Films will be presenting the film to buyers with never before seen footage at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).

Releasing a film in China, the United States and across the world can be ambitious for any Chinese film, but Arclight Films is confident in "Lost in the Pacific." Although China’s movies have found their niche market in Mandarin-speaking communities in cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Seattle as more Mainland Chinese films getting released in United States, "Lost in the Pacific" is different from other Chinese films. The film is not only aiming to release in major cities around the world, it’s perfectly positioned for a wider release as it is an English-speaking film and lacks a significant amount of language and cultural barriers than many other Chinese films to date. Having represented many Chinese films including "Special ID," "Wolf Warrior," and "Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal," Clay Epstein, Svp of Sales and Acquisitions for Arclight Films remarked, “'Lost in the Pacific' is extremely marketable and holds significant commercial value due to its international casting, story telling and the quality of production.”

“China’s film industry is witnessing increasing box office sales both at home and overseas,” said Elliot Tong, Head of Asian Sales and Acquisitions for Arclight Films. “A film like 'Lost in the Pacific' has all the makings of an international success story on a global scale.”

Director Vincent Zhou also hopes the film will be able to reach more audience worldwide. “It will be an extraordinary visual and acoustical experience with a unique adventure story for the global audience without language barriers,” he said.

“ Distributors have a wonderful opportunity to offer audiences something fresh and exciting,” continued Tong. “Buyers from all territories see enormous potential in 'Lost in the Pacific.' There’s not only fierce competition between Chinese films and American films but also between different Chinese films with the goal of being released to the American marketplace, and I firmly believe in Vincent Zhou and the his international team highly-acclaimed professional collaborators.”

Arclight Films will be showcasing the film further at the American Film Market in November. 'Lost in the Pacific' could very well be the first Chinese independent Sci-Fi film to receive a same-day release worldwide.
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The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman

There’s a real satisfaction that comes with sweet surprises – for a critic, it disarms them momentarily, as they breathe a sign of relief with the realization that the film they’re committing the time to watch and write on isn’t a waste of time. Seventeen minutes into The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman, I was ready to throw in the towel, watching the grotesquely comical Chopper (Liu Xiaoye), a local butcher in love with a high-class prostitute named Madam Mei (Kitty Zhang), beaten to the punch by giant homeless man and sword expert Big Beard (Senggerenqin). Director Wuershan, making his debut here, falls into a trap early on of supersizing everything – we know he’s making a farce with a mix of slapstick and martial arts, but he wants us to know this fact intimately. Enter hyperactive editing, an eclectic sound mix and a variety of camera tricks that rarely feel inspired.
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The Butcher, The Chef & The Swordsman are coming

China Lion Films has announced that it will be bringing the Chinese martial arts comedy mashup The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman to theater screens in the Us, Canada, Australia and New Zealand on the same day it hits screens in China: March 17th. Directed by newcomer Wuershan and starring Kitty Zhang, Masanobu Ando, Lu Xiaoye and Swanson Han, the movie premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, where it was the first Chinese film to be a part of their Midnight Madness sidebar.
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Curse of the Deserted (2010) Movie Review

Law Chi Leung, once thought of as one of Hong Kong’s most promising directors after the likes of “Inner Senses”, “Koma” and “Kidnap”, returns for his first film since 2007 with “Curse of the Deserted”. The film itself is somewhat noteworthy for being a rare Mainland Chinese excursion into the horror genre, based upon a novel by Cai Jun, whose “The Deserted Inn” and “Naraka 19” have previously been adapted for the screen, albeit with varying results. The film stars the incredibly hard working Shawn Yue (“Love in a Puff”), marking his sixth big screen appearance in 2010, with support from the gorgeous Kitty Zhang (“Jump”) as the female lead. Without wishing to give too much away since the film is a vaguely twisty affair, Yue plays a novelist called Guo Jing in Beijing, who has recently published a popular romantic ghost story called ‘The Village’. The yarn proves popular, and a
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Curse Of The Deserted on English subbed DVD

Since we’ve covered news on ‘Inner Senses’ and ‘Koma’ director Law Chi Leung’s latest macabre tale - Curse of the Deserted - since day one, we thought we’d round things off by letting all you good people you its just dropped on English subtitled DVD. Starring Shawn Yue (‘Invisible Target’) opposite actress Kitty Zhang (‘Shaolin Girl’) in the horror thriller based on the novel of the same title by Cai Jun. About….yes you guessed it….an ancient curse. Synopsis: In his new book “The Deserted Village”, young writer Guo (Yue) wrote about the titular curse….It began 500 years ago in the Ming Dynasty, when one of the villagers died of terminal illness. The widow Yanzi vowed to stay with her husband forever. When the man suddenly returned to life, his horrified neighbours believed him to be a monster. They burned him to death and torched his mansion.
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Curse Of The Deserted on English subbed DVD

Since we’ve covered news on ‘Inner Senses’ and ‘Koma’ director Law Chi Leung’s latest macabre tale - Curse of the Deserted - since day one, we thought we’d round things off by letting all you good people you its just dropped on English subtitled DVD. Starring Shawn Yue (‘Invisible Target’) opposite actress Kitty Zhang (‘Shaolin Girl’) in the horror thriller based on the novel of the same title by Cai Jun. About….yes you guessed it….an ancient curse. Synopsis: In his new book “The Deserted Village”, young writer Guo (Yue) wrote about the titular curse….It began 500 years ago in the Ming Dynasty, when one of the villagers died of terminal illness. The widow Yanzi vowed to stay with her husband forever. When the man suddenly returned to life, his horrified neighbours believed him to be a monster. They burned him to death and torched his mansion.
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Chinese Trailer for Midnight Madness Film The Butcher, The Chef & The Swordsman

The quality isn’t the greatest, but here’s a Chinese trailer for Wu Ershan’s The Butcher, The Chef & The Swordsman, aka Legend of the Kitchen Knife. The martial-arts comedy stars Ando Masanobu, Ben Chang You and Kitty Zhang, and was one of three Midnight Madness films announced on Twitter tonight by programmer Colin Geddes. The other 2 films are Guy Moshe’s Bunkaru (Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson) and James Gunn’s Super (Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler). The remaining Mm lineup (which will likely include James Wan’s Insidious, Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud’s >Red Nights and John Carpenter’s The Ward) will be announced at 11am Tuesday.
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Midnight Madness Teaser Selections: Gunn's Super, Moshe's Bunraku and Carpenter's The Ward

Tiff Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes naturally used the twitter and 12 midnight combo to announce a handful of titles that are the make up of this year's section. Among the titles we have Wu Ershan's The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman stars Ando Masanobu, BenChang You and Kitty Zhang. After taking a long break from directing, John Carpenter will preem The Ward - the horror pic stars a panicked Amber Heard (check out the production diary below). Next we have Guy Moshe's Bunraku - with Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore and Ron Perlman in an original universe a la "Sin City" and draws from a mixed bag of genres, including puppets, origami, comic books, video games and German expressionism. Finally we have a Ted Hope produced high profile indie action comedy Super - the James Gunn film stars Rainn Wilson, Liv Tyler, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon, Nathan Fillion and Linda Cardellini.
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Release date set for Hk chiller Curse Of The Deserted

Finally, news we’ve been waiting for. Chi-Leung Law’s (‘Inner Senses,’ ‘Koma’) latest horror chiller - starring Kitty Zhang and Shawn Yue - Curse of the Deserted has just been given a release (and a nicely macabre poster to boot) date, and its heading for Hong Kong theatres on August 13th. Still no sign of a full trailer, but there’s a promo trailer to watch in the mean time, whilst we keep em peeled for a more. Synopsis: In his new book “The Deserted Village”, young writer Guo (Yue) wrote about the titular curse….It began 500 years ago in the Ming Dynasty, when one of the villagers died of terminal illness. The widow Yanzi vowed to stay with her husband forever. When the man suddenly returned to life, his horrified neighbours believed him to be a monster. They burned him to death and torched his mansion. The devastated
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Hong Kong horror Curse Of The Deserted teases

It was March last year that we first reported that ‘Inner Senses,’ ‘Koma’ director Chi-Leung Law was heading back to horror with his latest scare flick Curse of the Deserted, starring Kitty Zhang and Shawn Yue. Since then it’s been more than a little quiet and - a year being a long time in Hong Kong movie production - we were starting to think the production had hit the rails. But now out of the blue an impressive (if short) teaser trailer has appeared. One reason it may be taking its time is the need for a long post production. We’ve also turned up an FX reel for the film, which shows some pretty complex CG works is being done. They’ve spent some real coin on this one. The teaser trail is bordering on being not work safe. Its not overly gory, but your boss might not
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Hong Kong horror Curse Of The Deserted teases

It was March last year that we first reported that ‘Inner Senses,’ ‘Koma’ director Chi-Leung Law was heading back to horror with his latest scare flick Curse of the Deserted, starring Kitty Zhang and Shawn Yue. Since then it’s been more than a little quiet and - a year being a long time in Hong Kong movie production - we were starting to think the production had hit the rails. But now out of the blue an impressive (if short) teaser trailer has appeared. One reason it may be taking its time is the need for a long post production. We’ve also turned up an FX reel for the film, which shows some pretty complex CG work is being done. It definitely looks like they’ve spent some real coin on this one. A small word of warning. The teaser trail is bordering on not work safe. Its not overly gory or violent,
See full article at 24FramesPerSecond »

Eight Clips for Hip-Hop Dance flick Jump

With exactly a week left to go before Stephen Chow-produced/Stephen Fung-directed dance flick Jump hits the theaters all across Asia, Sony Pictures has release a total of eight clips to give us a little taste on whats instore.  The comedy film marks Kitty Zhang first leading role and I thinks she really shines through in these clips playing the underdog that eventually realized her full potential.  I especially got a kick (no pun intended) out of seeing the clips in "She Shines" and "Dinner with Dad" with Yuen Cheung-Yan for the Kung-Fu action because well, we all know adding Kung-Fu to just about anything will most likely increase the level of awesomeness everytime.   

Jump is a film about courage and passion. Full of humor and exciting dance sequences the film features a young village girl from a sheltered background named Phoenix who loves dancing. Brought up by her father,
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