Fist of Fury News
Action cinema, especially if it involves an elbow to the head.
5:43 PM 12/30/2013 by Senh Duong
When director Sheng Ding last worked with Jackie Chan, he dared to take martial arts out of the Chan equation. The result was Little Big Soldier, a road comedy where the Kung Fu icon plays a soldier who lacks the skill set he is known for worldwide. To the surprise of many, it became a hit at the box office in China, grossing $16M in its first eight days of release in 2010.
12:59 PM 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.
Chinese Box Office: "The Last Stand" Opens with Weak $1M, "Special ID" at $17.4M, "The Wolverine" at $25.7M
12:25 PM 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.
11:37 AM 10/2/2013 by Senh Duong
“CZ12,” Jackie Chan’s supposedly last go-for-broke action movie, is finally coming to the States. A trailer for the U.S. release debuted on the web yesterday, but you probably didn’t notice because you were busy watching the one for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The U.S. version looks practically the same as the Chinese one, except it’s just a bit tighter and has a few more action clips.
8:04 PM 8/24/2013 by Senh Duong
I’m sure you’ve heard by now, if you’re not too busy ranting about Ben Affleck as the new Batman, that Thai action star Tony Jaa will make his American debut in Jame Wan’s “Fast & Furious 7.” That’s great news to action fans. We’ll get to see him in his prime in a huge Hollywood production -- unlike Jackie Chan and Jet Li, both of whom had already done a gazillion films and broken every bone in their bodies before taking on Hollywood.
11:08 AM 8/20/2013 by Senh Duong
According to Jaynestars.com, the new Wong Fei-Hung will be Eddie Peng. I’m still wrapping my head around this casting choice, but my initial reaction is disappointment. The producers have chosen a teen idol type actor with no martial arts background to play the most popular kung fu master of all time.
Chinese Box Office: "Mr. Right" Scores Again; "Scoundrel" Continues Huang Bo's Hot Streak; "Drug War" Has Solid Debut
2:31 PM 4/11/2013 by Senh Duong
"Finding Mr. Right" has turned into a mega blockbuster in China. It's the top film there for the past three weeks. Last week (4/1 - 4/7), it took in another $23.4M, upping its total to a staggering $62.5M. The Tang Wei starring film is now the second highest grossing romance in China.
2:35 PM 4/3/2013 by Senh Duong
"Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons" was a surprise hit in China when it opened a couple months ago on Chinese New Year. Sure, it was a big-budget New Year's film that has Stephen Chow's name attached. He is a name brand and is a proven draw at the box office in China - "CJ7" and "Kung Fu Hustle" did $26M and $20M respectively during years when those figures were considered blockbusters.
9:57 AM 3/14/2013 by Senh Duong
In my previous Chinese box office report, I wrote that Stephen Chow's "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons" would get close, but not beat "Lost in Thailand" for the record of highest-grossing Chinese film of all time. Huayi Brothers, the company behind "Journey to the West," apparently agrees with me.
At 58, Jackie Chan Still Kicks Ass at the Box Office: "Chinese Zodiac" Takes in Massive $34.6M After Four Days in China
3:49 PM 12/28/2012 by Senh Duong
It won’t be released in the States until next Spring or Summer, but Jackie Chan’s latest action comedy “Chinese Zodiac” (a.k.a. CZ12) has already become his highest grossing film ever in China, taking in $34.6M in just four days, according to EntGroup. His previous best were “Shaolin” and “The Forbidden Kingdom,” which made $33.8M and $27M, respectively, in their entire theatrical runs.