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
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.
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
In my honest opinion, the new trailer for the much-anticipated sequel to Monster Hunt looks like an underwhelming mess, though I do hope I can eat my words when it premieres on February 16th.
Tony Leung plays an unlucky gambler who travels the realms with Benben, and the two find a new companion in Huba, who had left the demon world to look for its parents Jing Boran and Bai Baihe.
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:
Liu Yifei (Once Upon A Time) and Feng Shaofeng (The Starry Night, The Starry Sea 2) played Yu Ji and Xiang Yu respectively in White Vengeance, and will be starring opposite each other again in fantasy rom-com Hanson and the Beast 二代妖精.
Upcoming fantasy mystery film Legend of the Demon Cat stars Huang Xuan (Extraordinary Mission) as a poet who often dreams he is living in the era of Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (Zhang Luyi). Shota Sometani costars as a monk, and the two work together to unravel the truth behind a series of strange events that all lead back to the death of the emperor’s favourite concubine Yang Yuhuan (Sandrine Pinna).
Tentatively titled She Killed 她杀, the upcoming mystery thriller is the second film in Cao Baoping’s Burning Hearts 灼心 series, and stars Fan Bingbing (Sky Hunter) as a mysterious woman with a load of secrets. Huang Xuan (Tribes and Empires, Youth) costars as a man who holds the key to the truth.
It’s a vague synopsis, but the director does have a track record of producing solid thrillers – The Equation of Love and Death gave us one of Zhou Xun’s best performances to date, and The Dead End managed to deliver a gripping story despite the strict censorship laws.
She Killed is scheduled for a late 2018 / early 2019 premiere.
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia 奇门遁甲 is an upcoming wuxia comedy set in a chaotic fantasy world overrun with demons and spirits, and will follow the exciting adventures of a group of young martial artists, played by Dapeng (Dong Chengpeng), Ni Ni, Aarif Rahman Lee and Zhou Dongyu.
English-subbed teasers and BTS (playlist):
The Dreaming Man 假如王子睡着了 is Disney’s first Chinese co-production, and stars Jelly Lin Yun (Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back) as a modern-day Cinderella who gets entangled in a love triangle with two brothers, played by Chen Bolin (Surprise) and Zhang Yunlong (Mr. Pride vs Miss Prejudice).
Is it just me, or does he look like older Tony Leung Ka-fai here?
Theory of Ambitions 风再起时 (lit. When the Wind Blows Again) is the latest project from Phillip Yung, the writer-director behind acclaimed 2015 crime thriller Port of Call 踏雪寻梅.