Looking forward to Upcoming Chinese films in 2014

Ge You and Jiang Wen as showmasters in the movie, Gone With the Bullets.
Ge You and Jiang Wen as show masters in the upcoming movie, Gone With the Bullets.

The year is almost a quarter over (I know!), but 2014 is a really exciting year for Chinese film and it would be a waste not to take a look at all the great stuff that’s going to be released soon. This year, as some have noted, will be the year of big director comebacks, from Red Cliff’s John Woo to Zhang Yimou and many others. (Thanks to Mookie for everything about this post, I’m just here to spread the word.)

(Also, you’ll soon realize that Huang Xiao Ming does not rest… I believe he has at least 4 films this year alone, excluding dramas!!)

This list is in no way exhaustive. (more…)

Feng Shaofeng, Shawn Dou cast for “Wolf Totem”

Guess who?
Guess who?

Academy Award winning director Jean-Jacques Annaud will be heading the French-Chinese co-production of the award-winning book  Wolf Totem, with Feng Shaofeng cast as the narrator and “main character.” a student who explores the lives of the wolves while sent to Inner Mongolia during the cultural revolution.

“My interest in the relationship between humans and animals is magnificently described by this book,” said Annaud to AFP. “It’s the story of a young man who discovers a civilisation.”

According to Sina, the film begun training the wolves since two years ago, and Feng Shaofeng will have to go through a series of training for the film, whose filming will last over nine months. He has just finished filming director Ann Hui‘s bioepic on author Xiao Hong, played by  Tang Wei. I am in general just really surprised at how well he’s been doing in all these vastly different roles in all these movies. I never would’ve thought when I was watching him in Gong that he would be such a versatile actor.

The film is produced by China Film Group, Beijing Forbidden City Pictures, Edko Film, and four other companies.  Also featured in with be actor Shawn Dou Xiao.