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11:38 AM 12/11/2013 by Senh Duong
When I last interviewed Any On regarding Special ID and asked him about Once Upon A Time in Shanghai, he tells me action fans will be in for a "big surprise.” Well, after watching the recently released trailer for the film, I agree. It looks pretty awesome.
2:31 PM 11/25/2013 by Senh Duong
Like I said in a previous article, if you're a fan of martial arts cinema, you were looking forward to three films earlier in the year: "Special ID" with Donnie Yen, "Tom Yum Goong 2" (aka "The Protector 2") with Tony Jaa, and "The Raid 2: Berandal" with Iko Uwais, each film featuring a different form of fighting technique (Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, and Silat, respectively).
10:23 AM 11/1/2013 by Senh Duong
“Thor: The Dark World” (aka “Thor 2”) won’t open until next Friday, but it already has 35 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. And so far, they’re pretty good. 85% good. If the Tomatometer stays in the 80s, then that’s an improvement over the first film’s 77%, which is rare for a sequel.
11:06 AM 10/31/2013 by Senh Duong
The weekend box office numbers for Thailand are finally available, and it doesn’t look good for Tony Jaa’s comeback film “Tom Yum Goong 2.” Based on just its opening day figure, I thought the film would do ok. Not so anymore.
11:59 AM 10/29/2013 by Senh Duong
Remember last year in Cannes when Jackie Chan proclaims that “CZ12” (aka “Chinese Zodiac”) will be his last go-for-broke action movie? Well, he lied. Of course, I knew it was a lie because before his announcement, he had already signed on to “Police Story 2013,” a second reboot of his most successful and longest running action franchise.
4:39 PM 10/28/2013 by Senh Duong
In my previous box office report for the Chinese market late last week, I noted that with the numbers available then for the “The Wolverine,” it should have already passed the $400M mark. Now that those figures are included in BoxOfficeMojo.com, it has an official worldwide gross of $405M.
9:54 AM 10/28/2013 by Senh Duong
Because of Tony Jaa’s spat with Sahamongkol Film International -- the studio behind his comeback film “Tom Yum Goong 2” (aka “The Protector 2”) -- over his contract, Jaa has decided to give the company an elbow to face by not doing any kind of promotion for the expensive sequel. Many were wondering how the film would perform without Jaa’s participation in their marketing efforts.
11:34 AM 10/25/2013 by Senh Duong
If you’re a fan of martial arts cinema, then there are three films you were probably looking forward to earlier in the year: Donnie Yen’s Mixed Martial Arts cop thriller “Special ID,” Tony Jaa’s comeback film “Tom Yum Goong 2” (aka “The Protector 2”), and Iko Uwais’ “The Raid” sequel “Berendal.”
9:20 AM 10/25/2013 by Senh Duong
When I was prognosticating the score for “The Counselor” on Rotten Tomatoes a couple days ago, I was thinking it would score well, especially with the talents involved; it’s directed by Ridley Scott, written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy, and stars Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, and Brad Pitt.
Chinese Box Office: "The Last Stand" Opens with Weak $1M, "Special ID" at $17.4M, "The Wolverine" at $25.7M
11:25 AM 10/24/2013 by Senh Duong
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first solo effort since leaving office in California was Korean director Jee-Woon Kim’s “The Last Stand.” It opened in the U.S. in January of this year with a weak $6.3M and finished its run with just $12M, about a fourth of its $45M budget. Worldwide, it has taken in $37M so far.