Fist of Fury News
Action cinema, especially if it involves an elbow to the head.
3:05 PM 5/8/2014 by Senh Duong
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
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.
9:33 AM 5/5/2014 by Senh Duong
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.
3:21 PM 4/30/2014 by Senh Duong
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.
9:33 AM 4/30/2014 by Senh Duong
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.
5:35 AM 4/6/2014 by Senh Duong
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?
12:35 AM 4/2/2014 by Senh Duong
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.
12:13 AM 3/28/2014 by Senh Duong
A couple of days ago, I briefly stepped into the Filmart section of the Convention Center in Hong Kong during the Hong Kong International Film Festival. The Filmart is where Asian film studios try to sell the foreign rights to their movies.
9:45 PM 3/25/2014 by Senh Duong
Fruit Chan’s The Midnight After is the second opening film in the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Starring the ubiquitous Simon Yam, Johnny To vet Lam Suet, and Janice Man, it’s a comedy, horror, and sci-fi mix similar to Seth Rogen’s This is the End.
9:17 PM 3/25/2014 by popcorn
There are movie fanboys, celebrity obsessed fans, and then there are people like me who love a great movie and the wonderful actors in them, yet lack the enthusiasm to enjoy the rare one on one encounter with a high profile celebrity. I have chatted with them, walked next to them, sat next to them, stood by them, and never took advantage of the opportunity to ask for an autograph or a photograph.