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Chinese Films Beating Hollywood Films At China's Box Office

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Despite the relaxation of controls over the import of foreign films into China, movies made in China itself accounted for 69 percent of the mainland box office in the first quarter of this year. Total ticket sales came to nearly $600 million with six films passing 100 million yuan ($16.2 million), China's state-run Xinhua news service reported today (Wednesday), citing statistics from the State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. However, the biggest hit was director Stephen Chow's comedy Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, which collected $196.7 million in China -- a record. Among foreign films, Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were the only films to hit $50 million. In the first quarter of 2012, foreign films accounted for 56 percent of the Chinese market.

Film About China's Founding Breaks Records

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The Founding of a Republic , a movie about the victory of Mao Tse-Tung's Communist forces over Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalist army 60 years ago, has broken the box-office record for a Chinese film, according to theXinhua News Agency. The film has earned about $59 million, putting it third on the all-time list in China, behind Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and Titanic. Several major Hong Kong and mainland film stars reportedly worked without compensation in the movie, including Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Stephen Chow and Zhang Ziyi. In reporting on the film's success, the Hollywood Reporter pointed out that the movie "has enjoyed release on the largest number of screens in Chinese film history, no competition from Hollywood product, an extended national holiday period and massive promotion, including a trailer for the film running before every movie in the country prior to its release."

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Dragonball Evolution Review

As a director, James Wong has made some interesting films. He was part of the original X-Files team and cut his teeth on the Chris Carter serial killer series Millennium before heading up such genre favorites as Final Destination and The One. Now, he's been burdened with bringing one of manga's most popular titles and characters to life. Already an incredibly popular anime series, Dragonball is a dense, complex universe consisting of 519 individual chapters and more than 42 volumes. Naturally, any movie made of this material would have to concentrate on a single storyline -- in this case, the "Z" mythos. Alas, anyone hoping that Wong could keep this very Asian entry from being "westernized" by Hollywood was sadly mistaken. Instead of something new and unique, we have just another dull teen action film.

On his 18th birthday, Goku (Justin Chatwin) is given a sacred dragonball by his grandfather. Told that with the other orbs in the set, a single perfect wish will be granted, a tragedy sends our hero out to find Master Roshi (Chow Yun-Fat), an old family friend who is the key to unlocking the object's secrets. Along the way, Goku picks up Bulma Briefs (Emmy Rossum), who agrees to help him. With Roshi and desert bandit Yamcha (Joon Park) in tow, he prepares to take on alien invader Piccolo (James Marsters), who along with his assistant Mai (Eriko Tamura) is bent on summoning the dragon Shen Long and ruling the Earth. As the impending solar eclipse signals the moment of reckoning, our group must train to overcome centuries of evil and transform into the ultimate fighting force in the universe.

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Michel Gondry To Bring Visual Flair To Green Hornet

By on 25 February 2009

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French director Michel Gondry has been signed to bring the tale of masked superhero The Green Hornet to the screen, it has been announced.

Based on the 30s radio serial and 60s TV show, the film tells of the titular millionaire Playboy who fights crime by night with his sidekick Kato.

Knocked Up star Seth Rogen has recently lost around 30 pounds and embarked on a punishing exercise routine to play the Green Hornet but the film was in danger of being scrapped afer Stephen Chow - who is still attached to play Kato - pulled out of directing the action adventure.

But after Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Gondry put together a visual presentation for Sony executives, he has been signed to direct The Green Hornet in line for a June 25th, 2010 release.

Renowned for his singular visual style, Gondry's last release was Jack Black comedy Be Kind Rewind and he recently directed an episode of the second season of acclaimed HBO comedy Flight of the Conchords.

In what will be the most overtly commercial release of his career, the 46-year-old will shoot a script co-written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg and produced by Neal Moritz.

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Chow Quits As Green Hornet Director

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Revered Hong Kong funnyman/filmmaker Stephen Chow has quit as the director of comic book movie adaptation THE GREEN HORNET.

Chow's role as the Hornet's sidekick Kato is now in doubt.

The Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle star reveals he wants to concentrate his efforts on making a new comedy about a superhero, starring Jack Black.

Chow says, "If I direct The Green Hornet, the superhero comedy will have to be delayed for two years.“

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Cj7 Review

Stephen Chow, as a director anyways, has a pension for genre-jumping though his cinema is based almost solely on the idea of frenzy. Admittedly, my knowledge of this peculiar Chinese director-writer-actor is relegated to his American-released, pictures but I'm calling it as I see it. Chow's most relevant hit, 2004's Kung Fu Hustle, gained notoriety based completely on the fact that it was, pound-for-pound, the craziest action film to come along in years. In a more minor way, the same can be said for his Shaolin Soccer: Even the most careless of Disney sports outings hasn't resulted in something as playful as Chow's concoction. The man's prowess comes from being half-animated and mostly insane.

For these reasons and a few more, CJ7, Chow's excursion into child-friendly filmmaking, comes off as beleaguered, if not irrefutably adorable. Ti (Chow) works as a construction worker in Hong Kong and spends his nights rooting around in garbage piles for things he can fix for his son Dicky (played by actress Xu Jiao). It's under one particular heap of broken televisions and discarded clothing that Ti finds a UFO that quickly zooms away after expelling a little green ball with a small circle on the top.

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Kung Fu Hustle And Lost Stars Triumph At Asian Excellence Awards

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Kung Fu Hustle and Korean-born LOST stars Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim were the big winners at last night's (19JAN06) Asian Excellence Awards held in Los Angeles.

Kung Fu Hustle was named Outstanding Film, and the movie's writer/director/star Stephen Chow won the Outstanding Film Performance Award.

Yunjin Kim and Daniel Dae Kim were named Outstanding Male and Female TV Performers for their performances in Jj Abrams' addictive show.

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The Promise Breaks Chinese Box Office Records

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Martial arts movie THE PROMISE has broken Chinese box office records after taking $9 million (GBP5.1 million) in its first four days on release.

The previous record was held by Stephen Chow's internationally acclaimed Kung Fu Hustle.

The Promise, directed by Chen Kaige, reportedly had a budget of $42 million (GBP23.7 million) and has been nominated for a Golden Globe as well as being China's Oscars entry for Best Foreign Film.

Kung Fu Hustle Leads The Way At Golden Horse Awards

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Martial arts extravaganza Kung Fu Hustle was the big name winner at Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards on Saturday (12NOV05).

Actor/film-maker Stephen Chow was named Best Director for his smash hit comedy/action movie at the Chinese-speaking world's premier film award ceremony.

Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou was named Best New Performer for his turn as a racing driver in INITIAL D, while the Best Actor gong went to Aaron Kwok for his portrayal of a troubled policeman in DIVERGENCE.

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Chow Once Refused Entry To Canada For Triad 'Links'

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Martial arts actor Stephen Chow thought his global ambitions were over when he was denied entry to Canada in 1995 - because of suspected links to gangsters.

The KUNG FU HUSTLE star is southeast Asia's most celebrated actor but was once hired by a Triad-related film company and was then deemed too high a risk by the Canadian immigration department.

Chow says, "A long time ago I was an actor, hired by a film company, and I was only interested in trying to work as an actor on a movie. I did not care what the company background was or who it had links with. That was not my concern.

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Cj7 Movie Review

Cj7 Movie Review

Stephen Chow, as a director anyways, has a pension for genre-jumping though his cinema is...

Shaolin Soccer Movie Review

Shaolin Soccer Movie Review

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