Biographical Films

The grandest epic of them all still looks fantastic

The grandest epic of them all still looks fantastic

"Was this well done of your lady?" Roman general Agrippa barks at a servant after discovering the sumptuously attired body of Egyptian queen Cleopatra, who had taken her own life by poison. "Extremely well, as befitting the last of so many noble rulers," she replies.

Monday, 10 September, 2012, 9:45am


When Robert Guediguian unleashed his latest film, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, at the Cannes Film Festival last month, critics were quick to describe it as the veteran French filmmaker's return to his roots.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Happy haunting

When Wilson Yip Wai-shun turned up at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday, he was greeted like royalty. With his two Ip Man films - the latter for which he earned a best director nomination - he became one of the few Hong Kong filmmakers to have generated nine-digit returns at the mainland box office.

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Ip salvo on top job 'a response to public wishes'

A growing public desire to see candidates besides Henry Tang Ying-yen and Leung Chun-ying vying to become the next chief executive has encouraged others like Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee to fancy their chances, observers say.

31 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Craftsman's care

As the Dutchman behind The American, Anton Corbijn is more than just the latest director hired to make George Clooney look good. With a CV that sounds like most people's CD collections, he's shot music videos, styled album covers and designed stage sets for everyone from Depeche Mode to Nirvana and Coldplay.

28 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Ned Kelly's Last Stand

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25 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

The Legend is Born - Ip Man

Starring: Dennis To Yu-hang, Betty Huang Yi, Louis Fan Siu-wong, Rose Chan Ka-wun, Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung Kam-bo Director: Herman Yau Lai-to Category: IIA (Cantonese)

Two semi-biographical blockbusters in the past 18 months have propelled martial arts master Ip Man from a name familiar only to kung fu fans to the status of popular legend.

24 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Yen gets a kick out of his wax likeness

Action star and martial artist Donnie Yen Ji-dan is the latest of the city's big names to be immortalised in wax. Yen, who can also be seen wielding his fists as Master Ip in his latest movie Ip Man 2, joined his wax counterpart for the unveiling at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

3 May 2010 - 12:00am

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19 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

In the City of Sylvia

In the City of Sylvia Xavier Lafitte, Pilar Lopez de Ayala Director: Jose Luis Guerin

When he's not making films - and he has only made six features since his debut, Berta's Motives, in1985 - Jose Luis Guerin teaches at University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

19 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Double casting crisis hits 'Master' movie before filming starts

Before filming even starts on Wong Kar-wai's new film The Grand Master, which is his version of kung fu teacher Ip Man's story, lead actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai (pictured) has already sustained a project-related injury. During practising sessions on some wing chun moves with five martial-arts trainers on Monday, Leung, 47, broke his left forearm when one of the trainers' kicks connected.

15 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Coco Before Chanel

Starring: Audrey Tautou, Benoit Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola, Emmanuelle Devos

Director: Anne Fontaine

Category: IIA (French)

11 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Intense Leung rattles in-law

Tony Leung Chiu-wai's new wing chun regimen startled his mother-in-law recently. Leung, 46, who married actress Carina Lau Ka-ling last July, has been training hard to prepare for his role as wing chun master Yip Man in Wong Kar-wai's new biopic.

14 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Ip Man set to fight again after film's success

After defeating all opponents at the holiday box office, Ip Man will return to fight again. Mandarin Films has announced it will fast-track a sequel on Bruce Lee's martial arts master after the Donnie Yen Ji-dan vehicle topped the box-office tally in Hong Kong, Singapore and, most significantly, on the mainland.

9 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Kung fu master's son gives two thumbs up to biopic

Ip Chun (right) gives two thumbs up to the movie Ip Man. The eldest son of the wing chun master who trained Bruce Lee was emotional after viewing a trailer of the eponymous biopic - starring Donnie Yen Ji-dan (left) and due out on December 19 - at a press conference for the Mandarin Films production on Friday. 'I have seen some raw footage of the film,' Ip Chun, who lives in Kwun Tong, said.

24 Nov 2008 - 12:00am