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Forget the Panda, Here’s Controversial Kung-fu Rabbit!

Everybody is not kung-fu fighting over “Legend of a Rabbit”, but some of them are scratching their heads and mumbling “rip-off” under their breath. That’s because the similarities between this big 3D animation production, China’s first, and those movies about a certain clumsy, wise-cracking panda are said to be striking. In fact, the goal of the rabbit hero’s quest for kung-fu greatness is to exact revenge upon an evil kung-fu fighter that happens to be….a panda. The film was released in Shanghai on July 11, and some audience reactions are calling the movie shanzhai, the Chinese word for copy or fake. Producer and director Jun Lijun is unfazed by this, and has publicly pointed out that “Rabbit” has been picked...

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Giant Robot Newsbot June 1, 2011

Takashi Miike to Direct Film Based on Nintendo DS game – Phoenix Wright Miike’s next film following his 13 Assassins and Ninja Kids… This man keeps busy, and it’s striking that anyone will make a film based on a DS game. That’s how strong DS is in Japan. “In a typical “Ace Attorney” game, you’d hunt for clues in various locations and talk to persons of interest who might info on a case. Then, like a “Law & Order” episode, the action shifts to a courtroom where you put witnesses on the stand and whip out evidence that shatters their alibis.” (IFC - Miike Phoenix Wright) After the Quake: Sake Returns! Takahiro Hirai says, “I thought the fermentation had gone too far...

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