September 13, 2006
Yeoh Joins "True North" and "Babylon A.D."
When we last saw Michelle Yeoh on the big screen, she was teaching Zhang Ziyi the finer points of how to stop a man in his tracks with a blink of the eyes in "Memoirs of a Geisha." According to Variety, Yeoh has signed on to appear in "True North" and "Babylon A.D."
September 13, 2006
TORONTO: Zhang Ziyi, Yuen Woo-Ping's Latest "Banquet" Not Very Fulfilling
Zhang Ziyi and action director Yuen Woo-Ping last worked together in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," a movie which helped change audience perception that martial arts movies can be artful and open the door for similar movies such as "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers." Their latest collaboration, "The Banquet," looks just as good as "Crouching Tiger," but the film is undermined by a story element that's over-used in recent wuxia epics from China. More on that later.
September 5, 2006
Solid Cast for John Woo's New "Battle"
John Woo is settling in on the early stages of his next moviie, "The Battle of Red Cliff," an epic story based on the beloved Chinese novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms." And he's got a pretty solid cast so far!
June 6, 2006
Weinsteins to Mount a Live-Action "Mulan"
Like most of us, The Brothers Weinstein are deeply in love with Asian actress Zhang Ziyi. But unlike the rest of us, they have the money to hire the gal for a three-picture deal ... two of which will be: A remake of "The Seven Samurai" and a live-action adaptation of "Mulan."
May 22, 2006
Official Trailer & Website for Ziyi Zhang's "Banquet"
In Cannes, producers Huayi Brothers and Media Asia released an official English trailer for "The Banquet," which features the lovely Ziyi Zhang and much of the Oscar-winning talent behind "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Going only by the trailer, it looks like a worthy successor to that great film.
March 10, 2006
Crouching Prequels, Hidden Broadway
Variety brings word that the Weinstein boys have picked up the rights to the whole series of books of which "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is Part 4. The plan is to ramp up production on a new series of movies ... while CTHD makes the leap from silver screen to Broadway stage.
February 2, 2006
Jet Li's "Fearless" Hits Big in Asian Box Office
According to the official Hong Kong website for "Fearless", the latest offering from Jet Li, directed by Ronny Yu and choregraphed by Yuen Wo Ping, has scored a big box office take in it's first weekend of release.
September 6, 2005
Zhang Ziyi Gets to Work On the Over-Budget "Banquet"
Described as as "Asian version of Hamlet," Feng Xiaogang's "Banquet" begins shooting this month in Beijing, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, at a cost of $20 million ... its already $5mill over-budget!
August 24, 2005
Danny Boyle's "Sun" Begins to Shine
Thanks to ComingSoon.net for sharing a press release from Fox Searchlight regarding Danny Boyle's "Sunshine" -- and the fact that it began shooting yesterday.
July 7, 2005
Chow Down for "Pirates" Part 3
Admired actor / action star Chow Yun Fat ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") has signed on for villain duty in Disney's as-yet-untitled second sequel to "Pirates of the Caribbean." He'll play Captain Sao Feng, although details on this character are, of course, being kept under wraps.
June 10, 2005
Searchlight Moving Forward With Boyle's "Sunshine"
Variety reports some great news for all you Danny Boyle fans out there. Production will get underway on "Sunshine" this summer, and the unpredictable director already has three cast members pretty much locked up...
May 18, 2005
John Woo Makes a "Stranglehold" On Video Game Property
The Hollywood Reporter brings news of an upcoming non-movie project for acclaimed director John Woo ("The Killer," "Face/Off"). It was announced at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo that Mr. Woo will be developing a next-generation platform game entitled "Stranglehold." The game will be "a third-person, action-adventure game set in Hong Kong and Chicago that stars international action film star Chow Yun-Fat ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") in his video game debut.