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The Assassin Trailer


The Assassin directed by Hou Hsiao- Hsien is a deeply transporting film that follows the journey of Nie Yinniang who has been trained to kill. When she was younger her family betrayed her and as a result she has been raised by a nun. The film which is set in seventh century China is a piece of beautiful cinema that uses techniques to show the astonishing views that the country has to offer which has a pro founding effect on you.

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New York, I Love You Review


Very Good
There are 11 captivating short films in this anthology, the second in the Cities of Love series by producers Benbihy and Grasic. But this collection isn't quite as varied or engaging as Paris Je T'Aime.

All of these stories take place in Manhattan, with only one or two brief forays into other boroughs, and they all centre around relatively well-off people, mainly white or Asian. They're also quite serious and emotional, with only brief moments of humour dotted here and there, although some make us smile more than others. Each is about a male-female relationship--marriages, brief encounters, possibilities, life-long companionship. Most have a somewhat gimmicky twist, and a few are intriguingly oblique.

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2009 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 12 - 'Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky' - Premiere

Shu Qi and Asia Argento - Shu Qi, Robin Wright Penn, Hanif Kureishi, Lee Chang-Dong, Asia Argento, Sharmila Tagore, Isabelle Huppert, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and James Gray Cannes, France - 2009 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 12 - 'Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky' - Premiere Sunday 24th May 2009

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2009 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 9 - AmfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2009 Cocktail Party Held At The Hotel Du Cap - Arrivals

Shu Qi Thursday 21st May 2009 2009 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 9 - amfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2009 cocktail party held at the Hotel du Cap - Arrivals Cannes, France

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2009 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 1

Shu Qi Tuesday 13th May 2008 2009 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 1 Cannes, France

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The 2009 Cannes Film Festival - Day 1

Shu Qi - Wednesday 13th May 2009 at Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France

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Blood Brothers Review


Good
John Woo turns up as a producer of Blood Brothers, and it's not too surprising since the film is a reimagining of an earlier Woo effort, Bullet in the Head, which has a similar setup and plot points. Both films track the adventures of three friends from the boonies who seek to make it in the big and dangerous outside world but get much more excitement than they bargained for.

While Bullet in the Head is set in Vietnam during the war, Blood Brothers takes us back to the glamorous nightclubs of Shanghai in the '30s. Feng (Daniel Wu), Kang (Liu Ye), and Kang's brother Hu (Tony Yang) decide to leave their poor village and venture into town to see what they can make of themselves. It's rough going at first, with the guys taking on menial and humiliating jobs such as rickshaw pulling, but Hu lucks out by landing work as a waiter at the gorgeous Paradise Club, where all of haute Shanghai comes to party and to pay homage to the crime bosses who run it. The star of the show: Lulu (Shi Qi), who's the plaything of the big boss but is secretly in love with Mark (Chang Chen), one of his bodyguards.

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Berlin Film Festival 2008 (Berlinale)

Shu Qi and Diane Kruger - Shu Qi, Diane Kruger Elegy premiere Berlin, Germany - Berlin Film Festival 2008 (Berlinale) Sunday 10th February 2008

The Monster (2005) Review


Very Good
In Hong Kong they don't have enough room for haunted houses, so they have haunted luxury high-rise apartment blocks instead. It's into one such complex that yuppie couple May (Qi Shu) and Ray (Alex Fong) move with their utterly adorable five-year-old son Chi Lo (Tam Chun Ho). That's the setup for The Monster, and even before the happy family finishes lugging all their boxes into the elevator, there's trouble. Little Chi Lo sees something -- or someone -- lurking in the elevator shaft.

May is a skittish and high-strung mom, a worrier. She has trouble mixing with the other yuppie housewives and looks to a birthday party for her neighbor's daughter as a way to break the ice. Fat chance. At the rooftop party, she watches Chi Lo disappear over the parapet. The weird thing: He doesn't fall. He is grabbed and pulled. When the police look for a splattered corpse at ground level they find nothing.

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Three Times Review


Extraordinary
Isn't it funny how people remember things? Rashomon aside, the way the human brain remembers things is absolutely astonishing. Taiwanese mainstay Hou Hsiao-hsien says he thought up the first section of his latest masterpiece, Three Times, after having a dream of being a young adult in a pool hall with the Platters' classic "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Like his leading Asian rival Wong Kar-wai and American heavyweight Martin Scorcese, Hsiao-hsien's use of music and imagery punctuates his stories with vivid evocation, using the same two actors to breathe deep emotions into three separate time periods.

The first section, titled "A Time for Love," concerns Chen (Chang Chen), a soldier who silently plays pool on leave and writes love letters to pool-hall girls while he is away. When he returns from leave, he finds that the last girl has been replaced by May (Shu Qi), a breathtaking woman in a flower dress. They say very few words, but he promises to write her while away. When he returns and she has been replaced, he searches through several small towns just to spend one night next to her.

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Beijing Rocks Review


Very Good
If you're still harboring images of China as a sooty sullen place where countless millions in Mao suits ride bicycles down broad avenues, Beijing Rocks should serve as a nice loud wake-up call. Just a few minutes in we're treated to the punk rock stylings of the charismatic Road (Le Geng), who's all flowing long hair and leather pants, and his band of hard rockers, including his girlfriend, go-go dancer Yang Yin (Qi Shu).

Catching the tale end of their performance and the inevitable bar brawl that ensues is Michael (Daniel Yu), a poor little rich kid and well-known pop star from Hong Kong who's in town to learn Mandarin and hide out from the Hong Kong press, which wants to learn more about pending criminal charges against him.

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Millennium Mambo Review


OK
What's a girl to do? Nothing seems to be going right for the young and beautiful Vicky (Qi Shu) as she makes her way around noisy and chaotic Taipei looking for ways to get her life heading in the right direction. Hsaio-Shien Hou's Millennium Mambo is a grim and ultimately unrewarding slice of Vicky's life that slowly -- very slowly -- tries to move from point A to point B but never really arrives.

Vicky's biggest problem: her no-good boyfriend Hao-Hao (Chun-Hao Tuan). Unemployed, strung out on drinks, drugs, and an endless supply of cigarettes (this may be the ultimate smoker's movie), Hao-Hao spends most of his time in the couple's tiny apartment practicing to be a DJ and working himself up into jealous rages. When Vicky arrives home after a night on the town with the girls, he smells her neck and then goes through her handbag looking for receipts and phone cards that might implicate her in some kind of deception. A female narrator tells us that Vicky leaves Hao-Hao all the time, but she always comes back "as if hypnotized."

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So Close Review


Very Good
They're beautiful sisters. They're high-heeled hackers. They're ruthless assassins. What more do you need to know? In So Close, Lynn (Qi Shu) and Sue (Vicki Zhao) kick serious ass all over Hong Kong while the equally gorgeous (though somewhat mannish) cop Hong (Karen Mok) tries to track them down before they strike again. Whether they're bringing down a global network of banking computers, shooting two dozen black-suited security goons, or poisoning a corrupt CEO with a pair of cyanide-emitting sunglasses, Lynn and Sue are big trouble. Either one of them could easily dispatch all three of Charlie's Angels before breakfast.

Artfully orchestrating the action is legendary Hong Kong director Cory Yuen, who shows no signs of tiring with this, his 34th directing job in 21 years (in addition to his 32 gigs as an action choreographer). Yuen, whose credits include most of Jet Li's best films, including High Risk and The Enforcer, has more recently entertained Western audiences with The Transporter (also starring Qi Shu). A genius in his cinematic genre, Yuen knows how to make screen action look fantastic, with just the right pacing and skillful editing. His films are visual feasts, even if the plots sometimes fall by the wayside.

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The Transporter Review


Good
With the goofiest title of the year so far - The Transporter is a prime example of pure and unadulterated popcorn trash cinema.

The plot of The Transporter never extends beyond the borders of a video game story. Basically, if you need something - or someone - transported from one place to another, you drop a call to Ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin (Jason Statham) and his "tricked-out" BMW to deliver the goods. But, remember - before you hire Mr. Frank for one of your mysterious and sometimes dangerous tasks - you must remember his three golden rules.

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The Transporter Review


Good

Adrenaline-fueled and mirthfully over-the-top, "The Transporter" is the kind of action movie that winks at the audience in a "we know this is stupid, just have fun" way that big, dumb stunts-and-guns summer blockbusters like "XXX" are sorely lacking.

In "XXX," star Vin Diesel seems to think he's genuinely cooler than cool and director Rob Cohen treats his video-game-fodder plot with laughable seriousness.

But in this kaplewy-and-kung-fu fun-ride, equally tough but tongue-in-cheek star Jason Statham ("Snatch," "The One") and martial arts choreographer-turned director Cory Yuen so clearly revel in their picture's excesses that you can imagine Yuen hollering "Cut," and Statham smiling back at him like a kid on a roller coaster, saying "Let's do that again!"

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The Assassin Trailer

The Assassin Trailer

The Assassin directed by Hou Hsiao- Hsien is a deeply transporting film that follows the...

New York, I Love You Movie Review

New York, I Love You Movie Review

There are 11 captivating short films in this anthology, the second in the Cities of...

Blood Brothers Movie Review

Blood Brothers Movie Review

John Woo turns up as a producer of Blood Brothers, and it's not too surprising...

The Monster (2005) Movie Review

The Monster (2005) Movie Review

In Hong Kong they don't have enough room for haunted houses, so they have haunted...

Beijing Rocks Movie Review

Beijing Rocks Movie Review

If you're still harboring images of China as a sooty sullen place where countless millions...

Millennium Mambo Movie Review

Millennium Mambo Movie Review

What's a girl to do? Nothing seems to be going right for the young and...

So Close Movie Review

So Close Movie Review

They're beautiful sisters. They're high-heeled hackers. They're ruthless assassins. What more do you need to...

The Transporter Movie Review

The Transporter Movie Review

With the goofiest title of the year so far - The Transporter is a prime...

The Transporter Movie Review

The Transporter Movie Review

Adrenaline-fueled and mirthfully over-the-top, "The Transporter" is the kind of action movie that winks at...

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