Film reveals Chinese dream for Hong Kong's financial community

Director Peter Chan (second right) and his cast members attend a launch event for the movie "American Dreams in China" in Hangzhou. Photo: Xinhua

Many would have noticed that in China the main government slogan is not about "building a harmonious society" any more. It's now about achieving the "Chinese dream" - the concept new leader Xi Jinping has been promoting since he took office.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 10:17am 2 comments

Censors plan to back off on brazen Bollywood

The film The Dirty Picture had to be cut 60 times before it was deemed suitable for television screens. Photo: AFP

India's all-powerful censor board is planning a lighter approach to Bollywood after decades chopping tens of thousands of film scenes, from onscreen kisses to violent endings.

Set up by British rulers in the 1920s to block American movies with anti-colonial sentiment, the board went on to cut Indian films as much for their supposedly racy content as for their political overtones.

6 May 2013 - 4:06am

Chinese movie triumphs fail to lift studio's spirits

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, the first film for which Huayi Brothers is solely a distributor, saw a box office of 1.24 billion yuan. Photo: Bingo Movie Development

Chinese filmgoers' appetite for movies drove up box-office takings last year but was unable to lift the optimism of Huayi Brothers, the mainland's leading studio.

Behind the silver screen, the company is seeking to position itself as a big film distributor providing a stage for local films and film stars to shine.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:57am

Film financing: profit versus art

Left to right: Echoes of the Rainbow, Cold War, McDull Kung Fu Ding Ding Dong and A Simple Life.

March is the most exciting month in Hong Kong's cinematic calendar. Avid film buffs look forward to discovering rare reels at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, directors and investors seize the chance to explore new projects at industry jamborees, and prominent regional stars gather to collect accolades at various awards ceremonies.

26 Mar 2013 - 10:05am

Dutch movie uses cinemagoers' smartphones to view extra footage

Dutch thriller APP, about a mysterious personal assistant application that takes over mobile phones, requires viewers for the first time to look at their smartphones in the cinema to view extra footage.

15 Mar 2013 - 3:35am

Mainland hopes to win American hearts and minds through cinema

Comedy Lost in Thailand

When The Avengers hit theatres in China last May, the same weekend it opened in the US, moviegoers there were bombarded with advertisements featuring Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk. Chinese audiences packed cinemas, buying some US$90 million worth of tickets and helping make the superhero movie the top-grossing film worldwide in 2012.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:52am

Film review: Hotel Deluxe

Hotel Deluxe

There are no two ways about it: there are a lot of familiar faces in Hotel Deluxe. The latest Lunar New Year comedy from director Vincent Kok Tak-chiu and producer-actor Raymond Wong Pak-min has a cast that includes three thespians from last year's Vulgaria along with a comic trio who appeared in the first All's Well, Ends Well in 1992.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:56am

Film review: Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

We've come to accept Woody Allen movies without Woody Allen. But Stephen Chow Sing-chi comedies without Chow really aren't the same. The performance of the king of mo lei tau is so integral to the humour, it defines it. The jokes are just not the same without the joker.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:55am

Steve Jobs film is wrong, says Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs.

"We never had such interaction and roles," Wozniak, who quit Apple in 1987 after 12 years, told tech blog Gizmodo after a clip from the movie was posted online ahead of its premiere. "I'm not even sure what it's getting at," he said, adding that the "personalities are very wrong - although mine is closer."

27 Jan 2013 - 5:08am

State media slams censors after Skyfall cuts

Berenice Marlohe stars opposite Daniel Craig in the thriller Skyfall.

Xinhua has published a rare admonishment of government censors for cutting and manipulating scenes in the latest James Bond movie, which hit mainland cinemas this week.

23 Jan 2013 - 10:20am 1 comment

Twilight Saga sequel dominates Golden Raspberry nominations

Popular Twilight Saga set for big flop at Razzies. Photo: SCMP

It may have earned more than US$800 million at the box office, but The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 dominated nominations for this year's Golden Raspberry Awards for "the worst accomplishments in film".

11 Jan 2013 - 6:37am

Film review: Young and Dangerous: Reloaded

Young and Dangerous: Reloaded

Back in 1996, the filmmaking trio of Andrew Lau Wai-keung, Manfred Wong Man-jun and Wong Jing struck cinematic gold with movie adaptations of Cow Man (Ngau Lo)'s Rascals comic books. So popular were the Young and Dangerous films that four were made in that year alone - all featured a then 28-year-old Ekin Cheng Yi-kin in the lead role of "young rascal" Chan Ho-nam.

14 Jan 2013 - 5:35pm

Film review: The Impossible

The Impossible

There are not many new lessons to be gleamed from The Impossible, a harrowing, detailed re-creation of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Basically, you learn tidal waves are bad and you don't want your family to be caught in one, especially on holiday. Other than that, director Juan Antonio Bayona doesn't have much new to say about the trauma.

14 Jan 2013 - 5:36pm

China plot twists behind the big screen

After spending 18 years fighting bureaucrats and censors, mainland director Feng Xiaogang has finally brought 1942 to the screen. Photo: AFP

Movies say a lot about politics and the state of the world, though often not in ways the filmmakers have intended. Consider two new films: Red Dawn and 1942.

Both movies say something about China and the world today, though perhaps inadvertently.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:20am 10 comments

Postcard: Tehran

Ghazal Shakeri (left) and Shayesteh Irani in Facing Mirrors.

At a 2007 appearance at Columbia University in New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated that "in Iran, we don't have homosexuals".

25 Nov 2012 - 5:27pm