Operation Mekong’s director returns with new action film

Operation Mekong 湄公河行动 was a critical and commercial hit when it premiered, and this year director Dante Lam has returned with Operation Red Sea 红海行动, another military action film that focuses on members of the Navy, played by Zhang Yi (Brotherhood of Blades II), Huang Jingyu (Demon Girl), Du Jiang (The Wasted Times) and Hai Qing (Midnight Diner).

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Hollywood is using Chinese actors to promote films without casting them and it’s disgusting

Hollywood wants a piece of the Chinese cake and be racist, too. 

Imagine the outrage in the West  if  instead of having minority characters, films hire minority actors as spokespeople to promote films about white men.   That’s what they’re doing to the Chinese audience and it’s disgusting. 

From Lu Han’s Star Wars promo to Li Yifeng’s Batman vs Superman to PG-One’s Spiderman: Homecoming and most recently to Wang Kai’s Blade Runner 2049,  China’s biggest rising stars have been hired as “film ambassadors” or “spokespeople”  in Hollywood films they will never be able to even be considered for.

Or if you’re Fan Bingbing, you get to be in one scene that only airs in China so Iron Man 3 can promote it as if it has a Chinese person in it. We’ll just cut you from every other version of the movie because god forbid the rest of the world have to  see a Chinese actress on the screen.

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Aaron Kwok, Zhao Liying’s republican spy film gears up for premiere

Eternal Wave 密战 is the movie remake of the 1958 action spy film of the same name (Chinese title: 永不消失的电波). In 1930s Shanghai, an anonymous telegraph leads the puppet government to an important underground meeting point and the death of a skilled Communist agent. Aaron Kwok (Peace Breaker) infiltrates the Kuomintang as a businessman from Chongqing to find the betrayer.

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Review: Once Upon a Time

When designer Lawrence Xu puked rainbow unicorns over Liu Yifei and Yang Yang.

Liu Yifei is pretty much the definition of fairylike for me, and so I was so excited when she announced she’ll be playing a fox immortal in Once Upon a Time三生三世十里桃花.  Unfortunately, even her and Yang Yang’s face could not savage the film’s undeveloped characters, zero chemistry, poor acting, and atrocious aesthetics. 

The film opens as Bai Qian (Liu Yifei), a fox fairy that is 30,000-years-old, runs through the forest like fairies do and then enters a giant jellyfish carriage to attend a wedding.    There we find out that the immortals have terrible taste in fashion, and Bai Qian  finds a wandering child  who speaks like Siri.    Soon we learn that Bai Qian looks just like the child’s mother, and the child’s father is her betrothed (Yang Yang) . What a small world!

It’s hard to criticize this face, but it’s about the only thing going for the film.

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Feng Xiaogang takes viewers back to the 1970s in upcoming film Youth

Directed by Feng Xiaogang (I Am Not Madame Bovary)Youth follows the story of Liu Feng, played by Huang Xuan (Extraordinary Mission), as he goes from popular dancer in the art troupe to a soldier on the real battlefield.

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Review: Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield

Promotional theme song: Deep love is as subdued as you by Zhou Shen (still on repeat in my playlist)

Aptly titled The Infernal Battlefield, the second instalment of the Brotherhood of Blades film series brings together a talented cast of actors in one of the best wuxia epics in recent years. The story formula hasn’t really changed since the first movie, but it’s worth watching for the cinematography and action choreography alone. Minor spoilers ahead.

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Aaron Kwok, Wang Qianyuan, Liu Tao star in upcoming crime thriller

Peacebreaker 破·局 is an adaption of South Korean crime action thriller A Hard Day, and stars Aaron Kwok (One Night Only) as a police officer who tries to cover his tracks after committing a crime. Wang Qianyuan (Lost in the Moonlight) costars as the mysterious man who knows his secret, and Liu Tao (The Advisors Alliance) makes an appearance as Kwok’s wife.

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