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Aaron Kwok Joins Chen Kaige's "The Monk"

5:46 PM 3/20/2014 by Senh Duong
Aaron Kwok in "The Monk"
Aaron Kwok, fresh off the success of The Monkey King, will join Wang Baoqiang (Lost in Thailand) in Chen Kaige’s martial arts epic The Monk. Adapted from a best-selling novel by Xu Haofeng, Wang will play a monk who re-enters society and discovers an extraordinary martial arts book coveted by other masters. Kwok will play a kung fu master, but I’m not sure if he’ll be one of those looking to steal the book.

Tony Jaa Resumes Production on "Fast and Furious 7"

5:09 PM 3/20/2014 by Senh Duong
Vin Diesel and Tony Jaa in "Fast and Furious 7"
According to an interview with Action Elite, international action star Tony Jaa will rejoin the cast in June to finish his scenes for Fast and Furious 7. He had already shot some scenes with the late Paul Walker, and those scenes will apparently be kept in the film -- looks like the producers will try to preserve as much footage with Walker as they can to celebrate and honor him.

Asia News Round-Up: Donnie Yen's "Iceman 3D" & "Kung Fu Killer"; Chen Kaige's "The Monk"

4:02 PM 3/14/2014 by Senh Duong
Donnie Yen in "Kung Fu Killer"
Now that the Winter season in China have came and gone, it’s time for Spring, which means it’s time for yet another Donnie Yen movie (Yup, he has a movie for every season). Opening in April, The Iceman 3D is a remake of a minor 80s action-comedy that starred Yuen Biao.

Donnie Yen and Chow Yun-Fat Not Committed to "The Monkey King 2"

12:49 PM 3/13/2014 by Senh Duong
Chow Yun-Fat, Aaron Kwok, and Donnie Yen in "The Monkey King"
Chow Yun-Fat originally said he would return for a sequel to the $65M budgeted The Monkey King if it makes $150M at the box office in China, which is its breakeven mark.

Jackie Chan and Mel Gibson Team Up for "Dragon Blade"

10:30 AM 3/12/2014 by Senh Duong
Mel Gibson and Jackie Chan
According to Impact Online, Jackie Chan and Mel Gibson are partnering up for a martial arts epic called Dragon Blade. Gibson's character is the leader of a Roman army, and Chan's is a Chinese hero. The two join forces to save the world. Production will begin at the end of March for a 2015 release. This is the first time I've heard of this, and Impact Online's the only site reporting on it, so I'm not sure how legit this news is.

Van Damme Wants Role in Expendables 4 and to Work with Tony Jaa

4:16 PM 3/11/2014 by Senh Duong
Jean Claude Van Damme in "The Expendables 2"
Jean Claude Van Damme wrote The Expendables fansite ExpendablesPremiere.com to, pretty much, beg Sylvester Stallone to write him back into the franchise with The Expendables 4.

Robocop's Worldwide Box Office Reaches $31.5M

2:12 PM 2/13/2014 by Senh Duong
Joel Kinnaman in "Robocop"
Robocop opened a couple weeks ago in Asia to take advantage of the Chinese New Year holidays and took in a solid $5.5M from three small territories. I can see why after a press screening. One of the key locations in the film is China, although I think Hollywood needs to think just a bit harder than rice paddies to represent the country.

John Woo Tries to Sell $50M Romance "The Crossing" in Berlin

11:45 AM 2/7/2014 by Senh Duong
John Woo's "The Crossing"
Will distributors want to buy a romance from John Woo in the Berlin Film Festival? Described as a Chinese Titanic, The Crossing is John Woo’s second most expensive Chinese production to date -- the film cost $50M.

China Box Office: "The Monkey King" Tops Worldwide Chart with Record-Breaking $50M

11:21 AM 2/3/2014 by Senh Duong
Donnie Yen in "The Monkey King"
Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King, starring Donnie Yen, Chow Yun Fat, and Aaron Kwok, did even better than initially estimated at the box office. The latest adaptation of Journey to the West opened last Friday in China with an estimated $17M. Turns out the estimate was $3M short. The actual figure is $20M, which makes it the biggest opening day gross of all time, but with an asterix.

China Box Office: "The Monkey King" Breaks Opening Day Record with $17M

10:35 AM 1/31/2014 by Senh Duong
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In my previous article, I wrote that in order for the $65M budgeted The Monkey King to break even, it would have to reach $150M at the box office in China; and the first thing it must do is break the opening day record.
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