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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Conformist 冰之下 is an upcoming crime movie set in a small town on the China-Russia border, and stars Huang Bo(Battle of Memories) as Wang Haibo, a lumber mill worker turned police informant. Continue reading →
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.
A new trailer has been released for Manhunt 追捕, a remake of the 1979 Japanese film of the same name. The film stars Zhang Hanyu(Operation Mekong) as Du Qiu, an upright prosecutor who has to clear his name after being framed for a crime.
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.
Guilty of Mind心理罪 is based on the first book in Lei Mi’s crime thriller novel series, and stars Li Yifeng(Noble Aspirations) and Liao Fan (Only You) as an unlikely student-detective duo who are tasked with solving a serial murder case.