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Review: A Better Tomorrow 2018

A Better Tomorrow 2018 is a bold visual and auditory delight and a boatload of fun.

From some of the boldest music choices to drastic switches in tone of cinematography to one of the most interesting shootout scenes in a while,   A Better Tomorrow 2018英雄本色 2018 felt like a firework so  bursting with life that  it left me too busy savoring every minute details of brilliance to think about its flaws. You can just feel how much love and thought director Ding Sheng and the cast put into every scene.  Even all the jokes avoid lazy one-liners but instead are all carefully set-up earlier to land perfectly.

Spoiler level: little more than what you would know from the trailers

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U.S./Canada CNY Film Releases

Chinese New Year is coming up, and that means some of the year’s biggest blockbusters will be coming. Watch out for a post on all the films premiering, but for those of you in U.S./Canada, here’s a list of films you might catch near you. I’m pretty sure all of these will also show in Australia, and a few in the U.K.     Go on the distributer’s sites to find more about whether they’re playing at a theater near you.

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A Better Tomorrow 2018 英雄本色2018 –  Jan 19

  • Director: Ding Sheng
  • Starring: Wang Kai, Wang Dalu, Ma Tianyu

Monster Hunt 2 捉妖记2 – Feb 18

  • Director: Raman Hui
  • Starring: Tony Leung Chiu-wai Bai Baihe, Jing Boran, Li Yuchun

China Lion Film

The Ex-File 3: The Return of the Exes 前任攻略3:再见前任- now 

  • Director: Tian Yusheng
  • Cast: Han Geng, Zheng Kai


Youth 芳华 – now

  • Director: Feng Xiaogang
  • Cast: Miao Miao, Huang Xuan, Zhong Chuxi, Yang Caiyu

Till the End of the World 南极绝恋   – Feb 2

  • Director: Wu Youyin
  • Cast: Mark Zhao, Yang Zishan

I’m going to guess that they’re also going to pick up Chinatown Detectives 2 唐人街探案2 as well, but there has been no official announcements.

Well Go USA:

Goldbuster 妖铃铃 -now

  • Director: Sandra Ng
  • Cast: Sandra Ng, Francis Ng, etc. 

The Monkey King 3 西游记之女儿国   – TBD

  • Director: Cheang Pou-soi
  • Cast:Feng Shaofeng, Zhao Liying

Operation Red Sea 红海行动  – TBD

  • Director: Dante Lam
  • Cast: Zhang Yi, Du Jiang, Huang Jingyu, Hai Qing and Prince Mak

A Better Tomorrow 2018 to screen in U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand

This movie has already won for having some of the prettiest posters yet (ignore the 0119).

Known for his action flicks that often reminds one of the golden days of Hong Kong cinema, director Ding Sheng pays tribute to a Hong Kong classic in A Better Tomorrow 2018 英雄本色 2018.  The film will be shown in select theaters in  North America (US and Canada) beginning January19th and in Australia and New Zealand beginning the 24th.

If you’re one of the rare Cfensi readers who live in Asia,  the film will screen  in mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, India and other unnamed parts of South Asia.  

Synopsis –   Zhou Kai (Wang Kai) is a reformed smuggler trying to make amends with his up-and-rising police star brother (Ma Tianyu). While he struggles  between his love for his little brother and loyalty to his former partner-in-crime Ma Ke (Darren Wang), the three all become entangled in a smuggling plot by the new leader of Zhou Kai  and Ma Ke’s old gang.

Teaser 1; Teaser 2 ; Teaser 3 ; song by Wang Leehom ; only good song; song by Wang Kai

A Bite of China Season 3 to air during CNY

“Taste life through food, taste China through film.  A Bite of China returns.”   – Season 3 slogan

Season three of the documentary series that tells the story of China and its people through their food, A Bite of China 舌尖上的中国, has released a trailer. The series will air during the 2018 Chinese New Year to maximize the number of ugly cries they get from those of us who are away from our families.

After a four-year hiatus, the series was revived under a new producer. Like the previous seasons, it’ll feature eight themed episodes, each directed by a different director. Based on the trailer, the most interesting food so far is the fried chrysanthem. Hopefully the new season will live up to the previous two.

Jony J to perform in NYC

Jony J finally getting the spotlight is almost worth every other  Chinese artists getting cornrows after The Rap of China.

 Nanjing-based rapper and The Rap of China star Jony J, will be in New York City on January 28, 2017.  Known for being one of the few Chinese rappers whose lyrics are actually good,  Jony J was one of the most highly regarded Chinese rappers even before the show, and remains one of the best.   Tickets here.

Jony J’s latest song, a promo for film Youth  with Tizzy T 

 

Forever Young finally sets a date

Reasons why Zhang Ziyi is still a queen.  Also, #BestCinematography

My most anticipated film since forever, Forever Young 无问西东 has finally set a release date for January 14th! I really hope someone picks it for a NA release.

Starring Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Chang Chen, Wang Leehom, and Chen Chusheng, director Li Fangfang’s  ode  to Tsinghua University focuses on the coming-of-age of the school and the nation as depicted through five of its students through the year.

The movie’s had three trailers and all of them are extremely gorgeous, but I still have no idea what the plot is.

Forever Love trailer:

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Jane Zhang, Li Ronghao forsake the world for Land of Beauty

It’s been so long since I’ve loved one of Jane Zhang’s theme songs, and this one is a work of genius.

The theme song to the eponymous film Land of Beauty 西游记女儿国 combines probably the two most beautiful love poems depicting the conflict between earthly love and eternal salvation, one told from the woman and one from the monk’s perspective, to create this beautiful duet.

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Dilraba is a Princess

It has come to my attention that China has yet to adapt Aladdin, and Dilraba would be perfect as Princess Badroulbadour.

I was again stricken by how gorgeous Dilraba  is in this Dolce and Gabbana dress, and since I’m been in a Disney princess mood, I thought about how she could’ve been a decent  Princess Jasmine.

Until I find enough money to produce a Chinese Aladdin, watch Dilraba in  upcoming film Namiya in major cities in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Also, here are some Princessy photoshoots of Dilraba.

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