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Tai Chi 0 grosses 100 million yuan

By on October 8th, 2012 | Chinese Entertainment, Mainland Chinese Movies

Tai Chi 0

From September 30 to October 7th, Tai Chi zero grossed 100 million yuan. The 3D wuxia film directed by Stephen Fung, cost 220 million to produce. Looks like the movie is off to a great start, though production companies were expecting higher revenue with the National Day holiday going on.


Jeon Ji-hyun to star opposite Zhang Ziyi in new English movie adapted from bestseller

By on January 8th, 2010 | Korean Entertainment, Mainland Chinese Movies, newsfeed

After a dismal Hollywood debut with Blood: The Last Vampire, Korean actress Jeon Ji-hyun (also known by her English moniker Gianna Jun) will act once again thread the English language in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, alongside Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi. Ji-hyun’s management company, Sidus HQ, confirmed her latest role two days ago.

Ji-hyun’s manager revealed that the 28-year-old is currently on location shooting in China. Directed by Wayne Wang (Joy Luck Club), the movie is an adaption of the bestselling Chinese novel by Lisa See. Set in China during the 1800s, the plot centres around the lifelong friendship between two isolated women, Lily and Snow Flower, and how they form a connection by the same painful foot-binding experience.

Hong Kong actress Shu Qi was originally slated to take on the role of Snow Flower, but rejected the role due to a nude scene in the movie….

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Trailer for Donnie Yen’s new 14 Blades movie

By on January 4th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, Mainland Chinese Movies

The latest full length trailer for upcoming Chinese movie “14 Blades” <<錦衣衛>> starring Donnie Yen, Vicki Zhao Wei, Wu Chun, Kate Tsui, and Sammo Hung. Wu Chun looks like the Asian version of Jack Sparrow here.


John Woo’s Red Cliff Gets Full House On Opening Day

By on July 12th, 2008 | Mainland Chinese Movies

Red Cliffs poster 2

The highly anticipated epic war movie adapted from China’s classical “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” finally opened in Asian theaters on July 10th and did exceedingly well in box offices. John Woo’s “Red Cliff” boasts a star-studded cast, including Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhao Wei, Lin Chi-ling, Chang Chen, and Hu Ge. The film is part one of two and is reportedly the most expensive – some US $70 million – Chinese movie ever made.

“Red Cliff” tells of the famous and crucial battle at Red Cliffs where the overwhelming army of Cao Cao attacks the formed alliance of Sun Quan and Liu Bei.  Some divergence from the original source material has been noted:

1) Zhao Wei’s character as Sun Quan’s tomboyish sister Sun Shangxiang doesn’t exist in the novel but she is a playable character in the PlayStation 2 Dynasty Warriors video games.

2) Cao Cao is alluded to fight this war to acquire a woman, naming Xiao Qiao, who is Zhou Yu’s wife (what BS!). In the novel,  Zhuge Liang comments that Cao Cao lusted over the Qiao sisters just to provoke Zhou Yu to convince his lord Sun Quan to fight the war but Cao Cao’s ambitions and lust for power (and not women) were no doubt his reasons.

3) Takeshi Kaneshiro’s version of Zhuge Liang does not seem to be the supremely confident adviser but is depicted as having a more youthful and playful side.



Red Cliff Sneak Peak Trailer

By on February 2nd, 2008 | Mainland Chinese Movies

It’s here! It’s here! The teaser trailer for John Woo’s much anticipated epic historical film from the story of “Three Kingdoms” is revealed. Takeshi Kaneshiro looks best casted in his role as Zhuge Liang while war scenes look very promising!