The plot description is impossible to read on paper. The 3D is flawed at times and I’m not sure how it will look on a full-on IMAX screen. But goddamn. I was blown away in the screening room and, for me, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is a perfect movie.
The Hong Kong Motion Pictures Industry Association (MPIA) is urging the world’s largest video-sharing website, YouTube, to enforce international copyright infringement measures after finding footage from some of its blockbuster box-office hits like Love in the Buff and some 200 other films available for free online. This week, the HK association blamed YouTube for estimated losses of $308 million, adding that YouTube was slow to remove the illegally uploaded version of Love in the Buff, even after Media Asia, the film’s producers, filed a formal complaint. HK filmmakers say a recent search found some of their most popular hits available on the Google-owned YouTube servers, including Hong Kong Film Awards winners: A Simple Life, The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, Echoes of the Rainbow, and Shaolin Soccer. Blockbuster Ip Man and its sequel were split into 107 video files, while the pirated YouTube videos of clubbing drama Lan Kwai Fong and Jet Li’s Fearless received 1.8 million and 1.4 million hits, respectively. A classic fight scene from Bruce Lee’s Way of the Dragon was viewed 4.8 million times. (The Hollywood Reporter – HK Piracy)Continue reading
One day… we’ll attend this festival. This is the premier Fantastic Film Festival in North America. July 14-August 7. It’s takes place in Montreal and this is the 15th year! As usual, anything out of control, interesting, and weird will be here. Oh, it should be Asian. New film by Takashi Miike – Ninja Kids, Sion Sono – Cold Fish, Jet Li – Ocean Heaven, and more. Seriously what’s missing? At times, the films are super over the top ridiculous. B or C movie if it were made here with American bad actors, but then again, sometimes they’re not. (Twitch film – FantAsia 2011) Check out the Ocean Heaven trailer… you expect to see Jet Li start throwing punches. [youtube]EJemRXBaO80[/youtube] Miike’s Ninja Kids looks ridiculous [youtube]HVjoh-jG36o[/youtube]Continue reading