I didn’t zoom like XDramasX told us to when she posted this, but this poster for the upcoming Return of the Condor Heroes series is like a hundred stabs to the heart of Guo Xiang fans.
Wuxia lord and savior Jin Yong, may he rest in peace, is finally getting a big screen revival recently, with at least six Hong Kong films in pre-production right now. In addition, at least three upcoming dramas are currently or will soon be filmed. Hey producers, while you’re at it, I’m still waiting for someone to pick-up the cyberpunk wuxia version of Laughing in the Wind.
- Legend of the Condor Heroes, a film directed by Gordon Chan (Painted Skin) that may be in pre-production limbo. source
- Return of the Condor Heroes, a trilogy directed by Hark Tsui ( Swordsman) to begin production June 2019. source
- Legend Of The Heaven Sword And Dragon Saber, a film directed and produced by Wong Jing (Royal Tramp) to begin production late 2019. source
- Deer and the Cauldron, a trilogy directed by Pang Ho-Cheung (Love in a Puff ) to begin production mid-2019. source
- The Book and the Sword , written by James Yuen (The Warlords) and directed by Jacob Cheung (Cageman). source
- undisclosed project – 835 films. source
With giant mechas, alien invasions, and a planet to save, will Warriors of Future be a milestone for Hong Kong sci-fi?
When a meteor strikes the Earth in 2055, an alien biological plant is rapidly growing, killing all other life along with its spread. The fate of the Earth depends on a team of elite forces who must battle both alien and homegrown attacks.
An ambitious launch for Hong Kong-based special effects firm 天下一 One Cool, science-fiction disaster film Warriors of Future 明日战记 released its first official trailer (on top of a previous teaser trailer) recently. Directed by award-winning visual efects supervisor Ng Yuen Fai (Tai Chi Zero, Painted Skin), the film stars Louis Koo, Sean Lau, Carina Lau, Nick Cheung Ka-fai, and Tse Kwan-ho.
Photoshoot for the film by Zhong Ling
Coming-of-age story about “a schoolgirl’s rite of passage as a rookie smuggler”, The Crossing 过春天 will be screening in the usual overseas spots this week.
The directorial debut of Bai Xue is the produced by veteran director Tian Zhuanzhuang. I don’t know what it is, but the trailer looks very different from all the other Chinese films. It reminds me a bit of the best Thai coming-of-age films. Newcomers Huang Yao, Sun Yang join Carmen Soup to star in the film.
Reviews: Hollywood Reporter ; Screen Daily
Theme songs by Tan Weiwei and Liu Xijun. Trailer below:
“Only by traveling through the night can one reach dawn.” – tagline
Soul Ferry director Ju Xingmao has began work on another supernatural mystery series. Titled The Journey Across the Night 我在香港遇见他 (literally translation : In Hong Kong, I met him), the series stars Zeng Shunxi (Heavenly Sword and Dragon Slaying Saber), Cherry Ngan (Original Sin), Huang Yao (The Crossing) and Zhou Cheng’ao ( My Huckleberry Friends). Synopsis below.
After both his mother and his brother were diagnosed with schizophrenia when they were twenty-four, young Li Jia ( Zeng Shunxi) goes to Hong Kong for his graduate studies to study hereditary mental illness in hopes that he will be able to save himself before time runs out. There, he and fellow student Shi Cheng are sent to apartments all across Hong Kong by their housing agent Zhang XX (Cherry Ngan), where the trio meets a series of mysterious strangers and neighbors…
I hope one day he’ll send me a picture, no matter how old, because I’ll still remember his face. And I would know he didn’t die, that he was still alive.”
Award-winning actress Kara Hui said in an interview last year that she’s still trying to find her first love, an American soldier deployed in Hong Kong during the Vietnam War. This reminds me of the story of actor Anthony Wong, who was able to find his Australian half-brothers online earlier this year thanks to a BBC report. Hey BBC, time to step up again.
“From ages 3 to 11, this girl ( you see here) lived in the red light district. I’ve seen every tragedy and joy of life. He was the first one to ask me how to say I love you in Cantonese. For a young girl, I think it was like a first love. It’s a bit tragic because he left Hong Kong the next day to Vietnam, maybe he got killed the day he arrived.” Hui said.
According to the Wen Wei Po, Louis Cha, journalist, historian, educator, and the writer most well-known as Jin Yong, passed away at the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital on the afternoon of October 30, 2018. Cha was born in Haining, Zhejiang, on February 6, 1924 .
With each of his fourteen novels inspiring dozens of adaptations, Cha is the most popular wuxia writer of all times, if not the most popular modern Chinese writer. If you have a favorite actor who acted before this decade, there’s a 90% chance they have played a Jin Yong character. Just this year, there are at least four adaptations in the works (The Return of the Condor Heroes drama and film, Dragon Saber and Heavenly Sword, and Semi-Gods and Demi-Devils) . Continue reading
Is it just me, or does he look like older Tony Leung Ka-fai here?
Theory of Ambitions 风再起时 (lit. When the Wind Blows Again) is the latest project from Phillip Yung, the writer-director behind acclaimed 2015 crime thriller Port of Call 踏雪寻梅.
Wong Kar-wai, the quintessential auteur of Hong Kong cinema, has been confirmed as the director of upcoming crime drama Tong Wars 堂斗, which will be created by Paul Attanasio (House) and streamed internationally on Amazon.
I can’t make heads or tails of what’s going on.
The Legend of Jade Sword 莽荒纪 has released a trailer. Starring Hawick Lau and Wang Ou, those interested can check it out.
It’s been a while since I have sat down and watched a good action drama…
The Legend of Jade Sword 莽荒纪 has released more. Starring Hawick Lau and Wang Ou, those looking for a drama with more action can check this out.
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