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Examiner: Don the Dragon Wilson Interview

He was the hero of the 80s-90s. He starred in tons of movies that you probably never saw. If you did, you may or may not have liked them. Before that, he was a kickboxing champ. This is him today. (Examiner – Don the Dragon)



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Two Short Film Reviews for ACV National Tour

Wrote a couple of reviews for the ACV National Tour. I thought these were perhaps the best among a series of shorts. My Spiritual Medicine by Liang Cheng and Comrades by Paolo Bitanga. They’re here.



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Top 10 Chinese Films?

I’ve seen most of the films on this list, and what strikes me the most is how not one filmmaker can have two films in it. I’d think Zhang Yimou could easily have more than a single film in it, same with Chen Kaige and since it’s dipping into Hong Kong, how about another Wong Kar Wei film? Although they take on another tone, not one John Woo film which revolutionized action films? Drunken Master? Once Upon a Time in China? The list is ambitious in idea, but overall, this should just be a top 20, or don’t bother including Hong Kong and Taiwan. They could easily have their own lists. (whatsonxiamen – Top 10)



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The Last Single Screen Theater Seodaemun Art Hall Closes

The last film they showed was the classic 1948 film, The Bicycle Thief. A great tribute to cinema and the owner of the house took is personally.

“After the movie ended, Kim Eun-ju, the theater operator, had her head shaved before moviegoers and reporters packing the theater hall. Several volunteer theater workers cried and embraced Kim after most of her hair was gone, shouting, “Stop it! Stop it!”” (The Republic – Kim Eun-ju)

The theater is scheduled to become a hotel.



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NY Asian Film Festival Round Up (VV)

A round up of the NYAFF in the Village Voice. Their special guest? Donnie Yen. This is how film fests should be!



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Park Chan Wook at GR

Interviewed Park Chan Wook years ago during the Old Boy era. What’s he doing now? He’s making movies. Cool dude.

 

The dude in the middle is his producer Wonjo Jeong and their current picture is Stoker.

 



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From Jackie Chan! “Unretiring”

Hello all my friends and fans,

Yesterday in my press conference in Cannes for Chinese 12 Zodiac I said that this movie was my last big action movie.

Today I was shocked when I woke up to read all the news coverage that I was retiring from doing Action movies.

I just want to let everyone know that I am not retiring from doing action movies. What I meant to say is that I need to do less of the life risking stunts on my movies. After all these years of doing so many stunts and breaking so many bones, I need to take better care of my body so I can keep working.

I will continue to do international action movies.

And I will keep improving my English :-)

I love all of you!

Jackie



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Ironman 3 Co Production with

Yes, it’s now a co-production with someone in China. Hollywood is just reaching so hard to China, it’s getting strange. China is now the second largest film nation… so, yes, it’s obvious that chasing the money is what’s going on. (Reuters – China)



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Youku.com to Stream Hollywood Movies

It’s legit. Perhaps this will break down the bootlegging by offering movies online. Why buy the tons of $1 bootleg DVDs when you can just pay a fee and watch it all? It’s the Netflix model in a way. Right now, it’s with Lionsgate films, but tomorrow, it could be every studio signing up. It’s sort of how music has worked it in the age of pirating. Why not earn a few dollars rather than noooothing… (Bradenton – Youku)

 



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Ashok Armitraj Producer

Catch up with Ashok Armitraj. This man is a producing machine. From sort of bad movies in the beginning to large budgeted Hollywood movies, he’s now a huge mogul in the business. Some of the article is in his own words and some are written. (Hindu Times – Ashok)



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The Next Sex and Zen Movie to be in 4D

4D movies? Leave it to creative producers to figure out how to use the term. What does it mean? Your seats will vibrate! In 4D Sex and Zen: Slayer of a Thousand from the Mysterious East – that’s what they are promising. When an orgasmic scene happens, you will feel it and hopefully it won’t arouse anything else. The best quote for it, since some said the sex scenes weren’t racy enough, “This time we will be paying more attention to that, and will be enlisting the aid of experts from Japan to direct these scenes,” Japan? Yes, that’s exactly what they need, the sexperts in racy cinema. (Channelnewsasia – Sex and Zen 4D)

 



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Akira: 30th Anniversary Jacket

It’s 2012 and no progress yet on the live-action adaptation of the Akira anime. Rest assured, Bandai is releasing a replica of Kaneda’s jacket in the mean time. The jacket is to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Otomo Katsuhiro’s manga and it’s yours for the low, low price of 69,800 yen. You can purchase it here on Bandai’s Namco page or the official website for the anniversary.



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Taiwan Cinema Renaissance on the Way – Seediq Bale

With a name that no one can pronounce? Is it like See Dick Bale? This is a not a joking matter except for when we tell it. This is the largest movie made funded by both John Woo and the Government – yes they’re becoming synonymous these days – at least by the movies he’s making. It’s epic at 24 million dollars and tells the aboriginal tale of a Taiwanese historical figure who fights against… that drum roll… the Japanese! Does he win? Just look up history and you’ll find out.

According to Montreal Gazette – “Taiwanese cinema is in the midst of a renaissance,” says Peggy Chiao, Taiwanese film critic, professor and commercial producer. “It’s a question of national identity. For 20 years, Taiwan has been searching for its own distinctive identity. People want to see films that reflect who they are,” she says.

The article does go on to explain more about Taiwan cinema, and how some of the actors are being favored in China thanks for their better Mandarin command than the Hong Kong actors. Will Seediq Bale provide any kind of cross over across the seas or across borders? Perhaps not, but it’s a start to yet another industry of entertainment aside from the internationally known films of Hou Hsiao Hsien. (Canada.com – Taiwan Movies)



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Ten Things in 2011

This isn’t a Top Ten list like “Best Concert, Best Movie, or Best Toy”. It’s a list that’s as important and there are highlights in them all, but by no means is it a Top Ten of anything. They’re just important as everything else – family, friends, and so on. Maybe I’ll try and turn out a list that’s more like that…

 

 We painted the mural on the wall. That alone was an 11 hour project. 

 

Zen Garage – The year started off great with the Zen Garage art opening just a few days before the new year. Yet, the actual New Year’s Day kicked off with the Oshogatsu program at JANM. It was motor vehicles including the Giant Robot Scion Car I designed but also custom motorcycles and the now vintage David Choe Scion. Thanks to Len Higa and Shinya Kimura for jumping on board. The year began with a GR show in a museum – it’s a great start with you get to do a project with friends, new friends, and a place like JANM. Collaboration can be more fun than doing something alone.

 

 It’s great when artists install their own work. 

 

James Jean Art Show – Aside from it being one of the greater or even greatest art shows of the year, it also indelibly marked the night that the earthquake struck Japan. I recall, it was at the after party, the twitter messages were beginning. An 8.9 quake? The thought of a giant quake was one thing, yes there would be lives lost and yes a lot of damage, but less than an hour later, the Tsunami hit the shores and that’s when the things got real, it became internet news for days straight.

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Run Run Shaw – Shaw Brothers Retiring at 104

At 104, it’s time to retire from TVB, his station and creation. He’s well known as a media mogul, however the indelible name of Shaw is synonymous with the 1000 movies many of which were exported in the 70s as Kung Fu flicks. He was knighted in 1977 if that gives you any idea of who he is as a Chinese man working in entertainment. His career has spanned and his legend will always continue. (Irish Times – Run Run Shaw)



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More Than Half Way There

We interviewed the filmmakers, Megumi Nishikura and Lara Perez Takagi, for the Hafu Documentary back in July. Since then, they completed their last shoot for the project and commenced a fundraising campaign to finance their post-production phase. As of right now, they surpassed their goal of 10,000$ USD. More about the documentary’s progress is soon to come.

(Update): Megumi and Lara have posted a video expressing their gratitude towards those who have helped them reach their goal. They’re still accepting donations until December 11th, 2011. Any contribution will help make the documentary all the more greater.



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Netflix to Show CJ Entertainment Movies

 

Netflix Streaming is known to have a variety of crappy films. It’s where filmmakers who’s films are either too low budget, didn’t make it to the big screen, or just flew under the radar actually succeed. Some movies are just older than old and this is their last gasp of air. Streaming also gives you TV shows super late, but it’s better than renting DVDs one by one. Many Asian films live on Netflix. Now CJ Entertainment, the power moguls of cinema in Korea are putting some of their pictures on Netflix Streaming. Here’s some titles.

“Included in the deal are blockbusters from iconic Korean director Kang Woo-Suk including his recent mystery thriller hit Moss, and Silmido, a riveting restaging of a 1973 plot against the President; lighter fare such as The Servant, a racy period comedy, and I’m A Cyborg But That’s Ok, an offbeat romantic comedy from celebrated director Park Chan-Wook starring Rain. Other titles include Arahan; Fish Story; Castaway on the Moon; Going by the Book; Good Morning President; Harmony; Killer Virgin Road; King and the Clown; Love, in Between; Murder, Take One; No Mercy; Rikidozan; Sayonara Itsuka; Secret; Sophie’s Revenge; and The Unjust.” (Fandom Post – CJ)



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Anna May Wong

A nice tribute to Anna May Wong, actress from the early period of cinema. It’s from a site called Clothes on Film, but really, it’s not about clothing, it’s really a bio of Anna May Wong. The photos collected look great, and the article really is timely because of the influx of Asian themes in high fashion of late. She’s one to remember since she was a pioneer and didn’t hold back on the glamor she brought to the industry. (Clothes on Film – Anna May Wong)

 



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Unknown Asian Actress Sues Amazon IMDB for Revealing Age

Who is the Asian actress from Texas who is suing Amazon IMDB (yes IMDB is owned by Amazon) for revealing her age? Probably near 40, is mad, is from Texas. Her profile began in 2003, so there’s a few clues. The woman pixelated above is not her, but if the plaintiff wins, she’ll get a cool million.



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Giant Robot Links: “Sixteen Ways”

Vivian Girls – Sixteen Ways from Gerry Maravilla on Vimeo.

Gerry Maravilla, An American filmmaker currently based in El Salvador, recently directed an produced an unofficial music video for the Vivian Girls featuring their song, “Sixteen Ways.” Some of his previous projects include Donna and Vision. Watch the video(s) and tell us what you think.



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