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Trailer For 'Saving General Yang' on December 20, 2012

The trailer has been released for Saving General Yang, an upcoming Chinese historical epic directed by Ronny Yu. The film is based on the Chinese legend of the Yang clan, in which seven brothers battled to save their father’s life. The cast includes Ekin Cheng, Adam Cheng, Xu Fan and Raymond Lam.

Synopsis

The story of the Yangs has been eulogized for hundreds of years in Chinese society. It details the exploits of the Yang military family, recounting the unflinching loyalty of the Yang family heirs. 'Saving General Yang' places the focus on how the seven sons of the Yang family combined their efforts to rescue their father...

Saving General Yang is due for release across Hong Kong in the first quarter of 2013.

[FarEastFilms]

New Trailer: 'Shanghai Calling' on December 19, 2012

And the Chinese-themed plots continue...

SHANGHAI CALLING - U.S. trailer from Shanghai Calling on Vimeo.

 

BOX OFFICE: Yearly Total Hits $2.3 Billion; Imports Jump 90.4 Percent Year/Year on December 19, 2012

The impact of Hollywood films in China this year has been immense.

Nie Chenxi, deputy head of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), released some revealing statistics at a meeting on Tuesday:

During the first six months of 2012, Chinese films accounted for only 2.8 billion yuan out of a total box office of 8 billion yuan, down by 4.3 percent year on year. Imports (read: mostly Hollywood films) accounted for the remaining 5.2 billion yuan--a 90.4 percent increase over the same time period in 2011.

Chinese films accounted for only 35 percent of the box office from January to June, compared to 53.6 percent in 2011.

The Chinese box office hit a total of $2.3 billion from January to November. That's an impressive tally considering that 2011's total from January-December was $2.1 billion. Major films such as Life of Pi, Back to 1942 and Lost in Thailand will help China's yearly total breeze past $2.6 billion. 

[China Daily/Xinhua]

 

Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Snags Opening Spot At Berlin Film Fest on December 19, 2012

Chinese director Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster will open the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival on February 7. Since the director is also the president of the festival jury this year, his new film will screen out of competition.

The Grandmaster is "a martial arts epic set against 1930s China, about Bruce Lee's mentor Ip Man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai)." Ziyi Zhang, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Xiao Shengyang and Song Hye Kyo all have supporting roles in the film.

[ScreenDaily]

 

Jackie Chan Confirms 'Expendables 3' Involvement on December 17, 2012

Jackie Chan confirmed that he'll be starring opposite Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables 3 at a press conference for Chinese Zodiac 12, his latest film. 

"Sly had invited me to be in Expendables 2 but I was too busy filming CZ12 and couldn't make a commitment to the film. But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes," says Chan.

The Expendables 2 grossed more than $53 million in China. The addition of Chan should help Part 3 improve on that total. 

[Cinema Online]


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