Fist of Fury News
Action cinema, especially if it involves an elbow to the head.
9:22 PM 11/28/2012 by Senh Duong
Twitch put up the poster for Jackie Chan’s “Chinese Zodiac” (a.k.a. “CZ12”), and I have to agree with them that it looks like crap. You’d think with a budget of $37M, they can hire a decent poster designer.
5:34 PM 11/8/2012 by Senh Duong
It was just last year when China surpassed India and became the third largest film market in the world with $2B in annual box office revenue.
3:56 PM 9/17/2012 by Senh Duong
I’ve seen “The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” on Bluray and loved it. I read about how awesome the 3D was, so I wanted to see for myself. There was a screening at Cannes in May, but I couldn’t catch it.
3:23 PM 8/15/2012 by Senh Duong
When Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables” was released in 2010, it got 41% on the Tomatometer. That didn’t deter action fans from making it a sleeper hit at the box office, where it grossed $103M. It was one of Lionsgate’s biggest hits at the time. In this newer outing, Stallone is only starring in the film, handing the director’s chair to action vet Simon West (“Con Air”).
5:03 PM 7/27/2012 by Senh Duong
After 25 days in release, “Painted Skin II: Resurrection” has broken the all-time box office record for a Chinese film with $109M. The previous record holder is “Let the Bullets Fly” (Chow Yun-Fat) at $103M.
5:06 PM 7/10/2012 by Senh Duong
I think we can hand the all-time Chinese box office crown to “Painted Skin II: Resurrection” sometime this week. After taking in a record-breaking $47.1M in its first week in China, it topped the charts for a consecutive week with $36.3M. Its total now stands at an otherworldly $83.7M after just eleven days. The all-time box office champ in China is “Let the Bullets Fly,” which shattered box office records in 2010 with $103M.
4:07 PM 7/10/2012 by Senh Duong
Jaycee Chan’s foray into action comedy, a genre his dad Jackie Chan has had huge success in, is turning into a complete and utter dud. In China, “Double Trouble” squeaked out $0.7M before dropping off the top ten. In the U.S., it has grossed $45K in a dozen theaters after a couple of weeks in release.
10:37 AM 7/3/2012 by Senh Duong
The first “Painted Skin” stars Donnie Yen as a demon fighter. His demon fighting skills are requested when a demon, who has taken on the form of a human, falls in love with a general and kills whoever stands between them. It’s a supernatural thriller with action, romance, comedy and pretty good special effects - yeah, basically, a big budget hong kong movie with actors from both the Hong Kong and Chinese film industry.
3:51 PM 6/18/2012 by Senh Duong
The main market for “Double Trouble,” an action comedy starring Jaycee Chan (Jackie Chan’s son) released on June 8th, is probably Hong Kong, but I can’t find any numbers there yet. In China, it barely cracked the top 10 with just $0.7M after three days. In the U.S., it has grossed $30K from twelve theaters.
4:33 PM 5/29/2012 by Senh Duong
Sahamongkol Film, the makers of "Tom Yum Goong 2" (a.k.a "The Protector 2"), had a booth at their usual spot in the Film Market at Cannes. At least, that’s what I remembered when I was there several years ago when they were promoting “Ong Bak 2.” They had a clip of an animated feature playing in rotation on their big screen TV - not exactly what I was looking for.