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Thursday Evening Box Office: "The Transporter Refueled" Moves Modest $365K

10:32 AM 9/4/2015 by Senh Duong
The Transporter Refueled
Last night, “The Transporter Refueled” received a modest $365K from action fans, according to Variety. Whenever these evening screening figures are less than a million, it’s nothing to write home about. The trade publication uses another Luc Besson production, “3 Days to Kill,” as a comparison. The Kevin Costner vehicle pulled in $325K in evening screenings and ended up with a weekend sum of $12M, a respectable opening for Costner nowadays.

"The Transporter Refueled" Still Running Low on Rotten Tomatoes

9:24 AM 9/4/2015 by Senh Duong
Ed Skrein in "The Transporter Refueled"
Critics, who were divided on “The Transporter” franchise, are united on their reviews of the reboot. The gauge on Rotten Tomatoes for “The Transporter Refueled” is at a near-empty 16%. The consensus on the reviews site reads, “The Transporter Refueled has little to offer beyond a handful of decent action sequences, leaving this reboot's title feeling more like wishful thinking than a restatement of purpose.”

"The Transporter Refueled" Review: Ed Skrein is solid; so is the film (until the silly climax)

11:15 AM 9/3/2015 by Senh Duong
The Transporter Refueled
I wasn’t expecting much from “The Transporter Refueled.” What’s a “Transporter” movie without Jason Statham? Not much, I thought. I was biased because I like Statham in those films. Although after three of them, I wasn’t asking for another one, but still, if he cranks out more of them, I wouldn’t mind watching. Apparently, “The Transporter Refueled” is a reboot.

Nu Image Eyes Ben Stiller and Jack Nicholson for Remake of Hong Kong Comedy "Delete My Love"

3:05 PM 5/8/2014 by Senh Duong
Michael Hui and Wong Cho-Lam in "Delete My Love"
While I was in Hong Kong during the Hong Kong International Film Festival, I saw posters for Patrick Kong’s comedy “Delete My Love” (Wong Cho-Lam, Michael Hui) all over the city. Apparently, the comedy was being shopped to foreign distributions at the Filmart, and Nu Image had expressed interest.

China Box Office: "My Old Classmate" $35M, "The Great Hypnotist" $22M, "The Iceman 3D" $11M, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" $10M

10:51 AM 5/7/2014 by Senh Duong
My Old Classmate
Business for local films exploded during China’s Labour Day holiday, which started last Thursday (May 1st) and ended on Saturday (May 3rd). Sunday was reserved for the debut of Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” For the entire week of April 28th to May 4th, YA romance “My Old Classmate” soured to $34.6M, upping its total to a staggering $52.3M after just ten days.

Stephen Fung Wants "Kickboxer" Remake to be "Gritty" and "Brutal"

9:33 AM 5/5/2014 by Senh Duong
Jean Claude Van Damme in "Kickboxer"
While in Hong Kong during the Hong Kong International Film Festival, I read an interview that Stephen Fung did with Time Out Hong Kong, a magazine that was lying in my hotel room.

China Box Office: Donnie Yen's "Iceman 3D" Upstaged By "My Old Classmate"

3:21 PM 4/30/2014 by Senh Duong
Donnie Yen in "The Iceman 3D"
Another troubled Donnie Yen production hit theaters in China last week. A remake of Yuen Biao’s 1989 minor hit “The Iceman Cometh,” the $33M update, retitled “The Iceman 3D,” went way over budget and had to be split up into two films in order to recoup its investment.

Super Belated HKIFF Wrapup: "That Demon Within," "No Man's Land," "Particle Fever," and Much More

9:33 AM 4/30/2014 by Senh Duong
Daniel Wu and Nick Cheung in "That Demon Within"
The 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival ended about three weeks ago … and I’m still recovering from it. Like Cannes, it’s difficult to find a good balance between watching films, writing about them, and absorbing the culture from another country in just a few weeks.

"The Raid," Zombies, Boobies: Join the "Zombie Fight Club"

5:35 AM 4/6/2014 by Senh Duong
"Zombie Fight Club"
Situated just a block away from the “Kung Fu Jungle” (aka “Kung Fu Killer”) booth in the Filmart was a booth for a film intriguingly titled “Zombie Fight Club.” How can I not be interested enough to at least take a peek?

Simon Yam and "The Grandmaster"'s Max Zhang Join Tony Jaa and Wu Jing in "SPL 2"

12:35 AM 4/2/2014 by Senh Duong
Simon Yam and Max Zhang in "SPL 2"
Last week, while walking around the Filmart, I picked up a promotional flyer for SPL II, a sequel to Donnie Yen’s cop thriller known for its Mixed Martial Arts infused fight choreography. It’s the first collaboration between director Wilson Yip, Sammo Hung, and Donnie Yen that would eventually lead to Ip Man. SPL wasn’t a box office hit locally, grossing a measly HK $7.4M ($1M US), but it gained a following with action fans worldwide through film festivals and home video.
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