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Why Asia Could Be a Dark Horse in Oscar’s Foreign-Language Race

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Why Asia Could Be a Dark Horse in Oscar’s Foreign-Language Race
The early money might be on Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” (Mexico) and Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” (Poland), but Asia appears to have a real shot at the Oscar foreign-language category, with a mixture of heavy-hitters and dark horses from an eclectic line-up.

The continent’s frontrunner is easily Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters.” The film follows a family of petty thieves and the repercussions that ensue after they take in a waif. Moving, eloquent, and with an emphasis on the family unit, this is a film that could sway even the most cynical. The film will also benefit from its Magnolia Pictures’ release in the U.S.

From South Korea, Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning,” winner of the Fipresci Prize at Cannes, is mesmerising. Beginning as a frustrated youth drama, it gradually moves into missing-person thriller territory, culminating in a cathartic finale. The film is
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Tony Gilroy shines light on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reshoots

Tony Gilroy has teased the state Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was in when he came in to direct the reshoots.

Today, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story holds a high place in the pantheon of Star Wars films for many a fan, with the movie giving a fascinating look into the pivotal mission to steal the first Death Star plans.

The film wasn’t always looking like a winner, however, as Tony Gilroy was drafted in to fix parts of the film during reshoots. Speaking at a Montclair State University event (via NorthJesery.com), Gilroy said about the characters:

“When things pass through many hands and there’s a great deal of confusion … and there’s all kinds of accessories and jewelleries and bootstraps and zippers, and all the rest of the stuff. The purity for the characters, if it’s not there to begin with, it just
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Trailer for Chinese film “Hidden Man” by Jiang Wen

Love him or hate him, Jiang Wen is a director you cannot ignore. In 2018, he completes his Republican Era gangster trilogy, which started in 2010 with “Let the Bullets Fly” and also includes 2014’s “Gone with the Bullets”, with the Eddie Peng starring “Hidden Man

Synopsis

On the cusp of the Second Sino-Japanese War, a spy returns to China set on revenge, but finds himself plunged into a high-stakes game of intrigue, love, and scheming. Young Li Tianren escapes to America after his master is killed by the power-hungry Zhu Qianlong and his Japanese sidekick Nemoto. 15 years later, the boy, now called Bruce, returns to Beijing as a spy for the Americans but has bloody revenge on his mind.

Loosely based on Zhang Beihei’s wuxia novel “Xia Yin”, “Hidden Man” stars Taiwanese heartthrob Eddie Peng as Bruce, Liao Fan as Zhu Qianlong as well as Jiang Wen himself. The film
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Film Review: ‘Hidden Man’

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Film Review: ‘Hidden Man’
If the delicacy of the English title, “Hidden Man,” makes you think that Chinese actor-director Jiang Wen (last seen by Western audiences in “Rogue One”) might have come over uncharacteristically restrained for the final installment of his action trilogy after 2010’s “Let the Bullets Fly” and 2014’s “Gone with the Bullets,” the seriocomic, gory beheadings and eviscerations that happen in the film’s first few minutes should disavow you. And if not that, perhaps the small boy running from the scene while burning alive? The sheer excess of this exuberant but also exhausting period blockbuster is much more accurately conveyed by its grandiose Chinese title, which roughly translates to “Evil Does Not Prevail Against Righteousness.” If it were “Evil Does Not Prevail Against Righteousness But It Takes a Very Long Time Not to Prevail,” it would be perfect.

The aforementioned burning boy survives the gory attack that opens the film
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Off Set 2018 Tiff Portrait Series: Hidden Man

We first discovered Jiang Wen in Zhang Yimou’s Red Sorghum (1988), and so it was with a certain delight when Tiff announced that Yimou’s Shadow and Wen’s Hidden Man would make their preem entries in Toronto. The Sixth Generation filmmaker pulls double duty once again with this sixth future which receive a Gala Presentation at the fest and will surely appease fans of his previous two entries in 2010’s Let the Bullets Fly (review) and Gone with the Bullets (2014).…
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Rushes. New Trailers, "Suspirium" by Thom Yorke, "The Other Side of the Wind"

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSWe are deeply saddened by the news that Village Voice, home to an abundance of film criticism over the past six decades, "is suspending all editorial content and will lay off half its staff effective immediately." For the Criterion Collection, David Hudson has provided a spotlight of the Voice's foremost critical voices, including Bilge Ebiri, whose last review for the publication is on the "communal consciousness" of Robert Greene's Bisbee '17. Recommended Viewinga gorgeous trailer for photographer RaMell Ross's directorial debut Hale County This Morning, This Evening, the tale of "two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years."The official trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite, currently in competition at the 75th Venice International Film Festival, provides a closer look into its evidently wicked sense of humor,
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Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie helped re-write Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Chris Weitz, Christopher McQuarrie, and a number of others all helped to re-write Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

It’s been common knowledge that Rogue One wasn’t written by a single person, that a number of scriptwriters had a go at the screenplay. But the extent of the re-writes and just how many people had a crack at Rogue One has now been revealed in full by Chris Weitz.

Speaking to the Happy Sad Confused podcast (via ComicBook.com), Weitz talked about how he, Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie, and a number of others worked on the screenplay:

Gary Whitta did the first draft and then I came in and did a couple of drafts and then after me came Tony Gilroy, Christopher McQuarrie, Scott Burns, I believe David Arndt had some notes on it, and then Tony Gilroy came back on again. And it’s astonishing to me that,
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15 Great Asian Westerns

Evidently, not the most famous category of films coming out of Asia, since the genre has been associated with Italy and Hollywood almost completely. However, in the vast plethora of movies coming out of the continent, there were bound to be some productions in the genre, which, as we are about to see, come from a number of different countries. Manchuria has always been a place to shoot these films for the Japanese and the Koreans, but lately the Indonesia landscape has been also used, for a couple of films. India and Thailand also have their share of films in the genre.

Evidently, the category stretches the term a bit, and goes beyond the basic elements of guns and desert settings.  Here are 15 of the finest samples, in chronological order

1. Yojimbo

2. The Drifting Avenger

3. Break Up The Chain

4. Shanghai Express

5. Majestic Lion 

6. East Meets
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An opening crawl was originally planned for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Disney launches its Star Wars Anthology films back in 2016 with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which did away with several Saga traditions, including the Episode title numbering, the John Williams score, and the opening crawl.

However, original screenwriter Gary Whitta has revealed to ThatHashtagShow that an opening crawl was initially planned, although he was in favour of the decision to drop it it:

“I did write a crawl, and I remember thinking it was neat that it was the same number of words as the one in A New Hope. This was before the (correct) decision not to have opening crawls for the standalones.”

Do you agree with Whitta that it was the correct decision for Rogue One not to have an opening crawl, or is this something you’d have liked to have seen on all Star Wars movies? Let us know your thoughts in the comments…

See
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story writer originally pitched Darth Vader “slaughtering” Rebels on Scarif

Gary Whitta, one of the writers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has revealed that his original pitch was for Darth Vader’s big scene to be located on Scarif.

There is no denying that Darth Vader’s corridor scene where he mows his way through Rebels in an attempt to retrieve the stolen Death Star plans is one of the film’s most memorable sequences.

But this fan-favourite moment wasn’t what Rogue One writer Gary Whitta originally had in mind. Taking to Twitter, Whitta has revealed that he originally pitched a scene where Vader arrived on the ground at Scarif and engaged in an action-packed scene where he battled Rebels.

“The version I pitched (but never wrote) had Vader on the Scarif beach single-handedly slaughtering his way through a Rebel blockade at the base of the Imperial tower. The version in the Raddus hallway works much better because it’s so contained,
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New York Asian 2018 Interview: Star Asia Winner Jiang Wu and Director Xin Yukun Talk Wrath Of Silence

From his early days in films like Zhang Yimou’s To Live, to titles like Shower, Let the Bullets Fly, and A Touch of Sin, Jiang Wu has risen to become one of China’s greatest actors. At the New York Asian Film Festival to receive the Star Asia award, Jiang and Director Xin Yukun spoke with Lmd about their thriller, Wrath of Silence. The Lady Miz Diva: Congratulations on the Star Asia award. How does it feel to receive it here in front of your New York Fans? Jiang Wu: I like New York a lot. I’ve been collaborating with American filmmakers pretty often. I’ve received three or four awards already in America; the first one was in Hawaii, and then I went to...

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China box office: 'Dying To Survive' stays top, big-budget fantasy 'Asura' flops

China box office: 'Dying To Survive' stays top, big-budget fantasy 'Asura' flops
The comedy drama held off challengers including ‘Hidden Man’.

Dying To Survive continued to thrive at the Chinese box office in the period of Jul 9-15, as new opener Hidden Man failed to take it down from the top.

Dying To Survive maintained an astounding momentum in its second week and added $159.7m for $350.2m after 11 days. It has fast become the third highest grossing film of 2018, after Operation Red Sea and Detective Chinatown 2. It has also outpaced Monster Hunt and Fast And Furious 7 to become the sixth highest grossing film of all time in the territory.

But it
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China box office: 'Dying To Survive' stays top with $160m second week

China box office: 'Dying To Survive' stays top with $160m second week
The comedy drama held off challengers including ‘Hidden Man’.

Dying To Survive continued to thrive at the Chinese box office in the period of Jul 9-15, as new opener Hidden Man failed to take it down from the top.

Dying To Survive maintained an astounding momentum in its second week and added $159.7m for $350.2m after 11 days. It has fast become the third highest grossing film of 2018, after Operation Red Sea and Detective Chinatown 2. It has also outpaced Monster Hunt and Fast And Furious 7 to become the sixth highest grossing film of all time in the territory.

But it
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Warner Boards Jiang Wen’s ‘Hidden Man’

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Warner Bros. in China has boarded the upcoming “Hidden Man,” by cult director Jiang Wen.

Jiang has had a career that lurched from being banned for his “Devils on the Doorstep” directorial effort, through to today being one of China’s most celebrated actor-directors. He recently starred in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

The film is produced by Gravity Pictures, one of the production and distribution companies within Li Ruigang’s China Media Capital group. Warner’s investment comes through Flagship Entertainment, the Beijing and Hong Kong joint venture between Warner and Cmc. It is currently unclear what rights the studio obtains in exchange for its investment.

The film is pitched as the third element in a loose trilogy that stared with “Let The Bullets Fly” and continued with “Gone With The Bullets.” Both mix up old time gangsters, decadent high life, and power grabs, throwing up political analogies
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Tony Gilroy on solving the “mess” of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

When Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Ron Howard would be replacing Chris Miller and Phil Lord as director of Solo: A Star Wars Story, fans of the blockbuster franchise felt a certain sense of deja vu.

A similar – although not quite as extreme – situation happened on the previous Anthology movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with Lucasfilm bringing in Oscar-nominated filmmaker Tony Gilroy to work alongside Gareth Edwards, overseeing extensive reshoots and the post-production process.

Speaking to The Moment with Brian Koppelman podcast (via THR), Gilroy has now spoken for the first time about his work on the movie, and his efforts to salvage the “mess” that Lucasfilm had found themselves in.

“It was just a mess and fear that they gotten themselves in,” said Gilroy. “I’ve never been interested in Star Wars ever, so I have no reverence for it whatsoever. I was unafraid of that. And
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Rest on Your Shoulder (2011) Movie Review

“Rest on your Shoulder” is the latest outing from Hong Kong director Jacob Cheung, which sees him shifting from the character driven drama of “Cageman” and “Ticket” to something on a much bigger scale. Adapted from a popular internet novel, the film is a very different affair indeed, being a special effects heavy tale that combines a variety of genres and themes into an ambitious tale of life, love and talking insects. The film certainly has a high profile cast, headlined by Aloys Chen (“Let the Bullets Fly”), Gigi Leung (“Just Another Pandora’s Box”), Jiang Yi Yan (“City of Life and Death”) and Guey Lun Mei (“Taipei Exchanges”). The film takes place in an unspecified near future, with the planet apparently ravaged by pollution and the population under constant threat of disease. Aloys Chen plays Yan Guo, a botanist living on the eco-paradise Moon Island, working to try and
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13 films you can still see at the London Film Festival

The London Film Festival’s now in full swing, so Michael’s provided a handy guide to what you can still get to see over the next few days...

The 55th London Film Festival is now underway, boasting a programme that includes top-flight flicks like George Clooney’s The Ides Of March, Lynne Ramsey’s We Need To Talk About Kevin, and 360, directed by Fernando Meirelles. However, unless you’re a BFI member, a quick-off-the-mark cinephile, or an industry bigwig, it’s highly likely that you missed the small window of chance for getting tickets for these bigger films.

No need to worry, though, as many of the festival’s 300+ films haven’t yet sold out. Here are just a few notable or geek-friendly deep cuts that, at time of writing, still have tickets on sale.

Anonymous

Despite being one of the festival’s Gala films, two of Anonymous’ screenings still have spare seats going.
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Band Baaja Baaraat nominated for Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Band Baaja Baaraat nominated for Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Band Baaja Baaraat, the debut film of Maneesh Sharma produced by Aditya Chopra has been nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Apsa).

Apsa 2011 International Jury President, Hong Kong film producer Nansun Shi announced at the Busan International Film Festival that 37 films from 19 countries and areas have been nominated for this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Best Feature Film nominees in the 2011 APSAs are Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (A Separation, Islamic Republic of Iran), Rang zidan fei (Let the Bullets Fly, People’s Republic of China – Mainland China / Hong Kong), Bé Omid É Didar (Goodbye, Islamic Republic of Iran), Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Band Baaja Baaraat (Wedding Planners, India).

A Separation by Asghar Farhadi and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia written and directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan has each received four Apsa nominations. Both films are the
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'A Separation,' 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' Top Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominations

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'A Separation,' 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' Top Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominations
Two entries in the Academy's Best Foreign-Language Film category are among the five Best Feature Film nominees at the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, which announced its nominees on Monday. Iran's "A Separation" (left) and Turkey's "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," both Oscar entrants, were nominated for the Apsa's top prize. Other nominees include another Iranian film, "Be Omid E Didar" ("Goodbye"), China's "Rang zidan fei" ("Let the Bullets Fly") and India's "Band Baaja Baaraat" ("Wedding Planners"). Overall, nominations went to 37 of the 240 films entered into the competition. Asghar Farhadi's
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Daily Briefing. La Rebellion and Golden Horses

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Here's how John Patterson opens a terrific piece in the La Weekly: "A priceless cinematic time capsule of the African-American experience in post-Watts Los Angeles; a kaleidoscope of the multiple mindsets of a community in profound flux; a sustained rebuke and a consciously developed alternative to the plantation economics and racist narratives of the then-current 'blaxploitation' boom; exemplary first steps along a filmmaking road finally not taken — (but oh, the possibilities glimpsed herein!): L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema is all of these and more. This collection of the highlights of the legendary but only partially understood African-American film explosion at UCLA in the 70s and early 80s is a priceless work of excavation and restoration, and as an La-specific filmic event it's unlikely to be surpassed in the near future." Part of Pacific Standard Time, the series opens today and runs through December 17.

"Now in its fifth year,
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