Matt Glasby

Matt Glasby

Matt Glasby is a UK-based critic and author. His latest work, The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film, is an in-depth, illustrated guide to the scariest movies ever made.

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Why China – not Jackie Chan, nor even Jaden Smith – is the real star of 2010 co-production The Karate Kid

‘A magical land,’ Dre Parker’s mother Sherry calls China in The Karate Kid remake, and the movie does it best to bear that out, from the Forbidden City to the Wudang mountains. Even the traffic jams look orderly.

‘A magical land,’ Dre Parker’s mother Sherry calls China in The Karate Kid remake, and the movie does it best to bear that out, from the Forbidden City to the Wudang mountains. Even the traffic jams look orderly.

Why China – not Jackie Chan, nor even Jaden Smith – is the real star of 2010 co-production The Karate Kid
5 Nov 2021 - 6:45PM
US-China co-production Transformers: Age of Extinction, with its Hong Kong scenes and Chinese character, made more money in China than in the US

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) was panned by American critics but became the highest grossing film in China. That was no surprise – it set out to appeal to the millions of Chinese Transformers fans.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) was panned by American critics but became the highest grossing film in China. That was no surprise – it set out to appeal to the millions of Chinese Transformers fans.

US-China co-production Transformers: Age of Extinction, with its Hong Kong scenes and Chinese character, made more money in China than in the US
8 Oct 2021 - 11:25PM
How 2012 time-travel thriller Looper rewrote the future of Chinese-American co-productions

When Looper became one of the first major Hollywood films to be granted Chinese co-production status, all kinds of possibilities suddenly opened up.

When Looper became one of the first major Hollywood films to be granted Chinese co-production status, all kinds of possibilities suddenly opened up.

How 2012 time-travel thriller Looper rewrote the future of Chinese-American co-productions
10 Sep 2021 - 6:15PM
How Chinese movie fans made Warcraft the most successful video game adaptation of all time

The 2016 movie, co-produced by Chinese company Legendary Pictures, was a flop in the US but broke box office records in China thanks the popularity there of the World of Warcraft game franchise on which it is based.

The 2016 movie, co-produced by Chinese company Legendary Pictures, was a flop in the US but broke box office records in China thanks the popularity there of the World of Warcraft game franchise on which it is based.

How Chinese movie fans made Warcraft the most successful video game adaptation of all time
6 Aug 2021 - 3:15PM
Keanu Reeves’ martial arts movie Man of Tai Chi marked a high point for China-US co-productions – yet bombed at the box office

Keanu Reeves made his directorial debut with this bilingual martial arts movie, which was a Chinese-American co-production. Tiger Chen plays a tai chi expert who sells his soul.

Keanu Reeves made his directorial debut with this bilingual martial arts movie, which was a Chinese-American co-production. Tiger Chen plays a tai chi expert who sells his soul.

Keanu Reeves’ martial arts movie Man of Tai Chi marked a high point for China-US co-productions – yet bombed at the box office
2 Jul 2021 - 8:15PM
Zhang Yimou’s fantasy movie The Great Wall with Matt Damon – a great fail for the China-US co-production model

Designed to echo the success of popular fantasies such as Lord of the Rings and starring Matt Damon, The Great Wall was simply too unwieldy to succeed.

Designed to echo the success of popular fantasies such as Lord of the Rings and starring Matt Damon, The Great Wall was simply too unwieldy to succeed.

Zhang Yimou’s fantasy movie The Great Wall with Matt Damon – a great fail for the China-US co-production model
5 Jun 2021 - 8:06PM
How giant shark movie The Meg, starring Li Bingbing and Jason Statham, became the highest grossing China-US co-production in history

Despite negative reviews, giant shark movie The Meg, starring Jason Statham and Li Bingbing, made US$530 million to become the highest-grossing Chinese-American co-production yet. So what is its secret sauce?

Despite negative reviews, giant shark movie The Meg, starring Jason Statham and Li Bingbing, made US$530 million to become the highest-grossing Chinese-American co-production yet. So what is its secret sauce?

How giant shark movie The Meg, starring Li Bingbing and Jason Statham, became the highest grossing China-US co-production in history
8 May 2021 - 5:20PM
How legendary Hong Kong action film director Ringo Lam broke into Hollywood but reserved his best for home

Hong Kong film director Ringo Lam often looked abroad to America, making three Jean-Claude Van Damme movies there, but his biggest successes, like City on Fire, all came at home.

Hong Kong film director Ringo Lam often looked abroad to America, making three Jean-Claude Van Damme movies there, but his biggest successes, like City on Fire, all came at home.

How legendary Hong Kong action film director Ringo Lam broke into Hollywood but reserved his best for home
4 Dec 2020 - 8:21PM
Jun Ji-hyun vs Sandra Bullock: Il Mare and The Lake House Hollywood remake, compared

How does Korean time-slip romance Il Mare compare to The Lake House? Sandra Bullock’s inferior Hollywood remake comes in a distant second to Jun Ji-hyun’s original.

How does Korean time-slip romance Il Mare compare to The Lake House? Sandra Bullock’s inferior Hollywood remake comes in a distant second to Jun Ji-hyun’s original.

Jun Ji-hyun vs Sandra Bullock: Il Mare and The Lake House Hollywood remake, compared
7 Nov 2020 - 1:25AM
How Ju-On: The Grudge creator Takashi Shimizu turned one scary premise into a horror franchise that’s spanned decades

Takashi Shimizu, Japanese screenwriter and film director, will be remembered for just one thing – the Ju-On horror franchise that spans decades and comprises not just movies, but a TV show, books and a video game.

Takashi Shimizu, Japanese screenwriter and film director, will be remembered for just one thing – the Ju-On horror franchise that spans decades and comprises not just movies, but a TV show, books and a video game.

How Ju-On: The Grudge creator Takashi Shimizu turned one scary premise into a horror franchise that’s spanned decades
5 Oct 2020 - 9:50PM
Bangkok Dangerous: why Hollywood remake starring Nicolas Cage was beyond saving by Hong Kong’s Pang Brothers

The Pang Brothers’ 1999 debut, although flawed and hyperactive, has plenty of character and feels like it was written by Bangkok insiders. Their 2008 Hollywood remake starring Nicolas Cage is smoother, but lacks the personality.

The Pang Brothers’ 1999 debut, although flawed and hyperactive, has plenty of character and feels like it was written by Bangkok insiders. Their 2008 Hollywood remake starring Nicolas Cage is smoother, but lacks the personality.

Bangkok Dangerous: why Hollywood remake starring Nicolas Cage was beyond saving by Hong Kong’s Pang Brothers
29 Aug 2020 - 3:30AM
Five top lockdown movies, from an amazing take on the zombie genre to 2020 Zoom-call horror movie Host

These films overcome the extraordinary limitations of their production, from ultra-low-budget One Cut of the Dead to documentary For Sama, shot amid Syria’s civil war.

These films overcome the extraordinary limitations of their production, from ultra-low-budget One Cut of the Dead to documentary For Sama, shot amid Syria’s civil war.

Five top lockdown movies, from an amazing take on the zombie genre to 2020 Zoom-call horror movie Host
19 Aug 2020 - 10:00PM
From The Shining to Meet the Parents, five top movies for lockdown about being stuck with your family – you’ll appreciate yours more after

Is lockdown with your family getting you down? From The Shining to Meet the Parents, these five films about fictional families in horrible situations will make you feel better about your own.

Is lockdown with your family getting you down? From The Shining to Meet the Parents, these five films about fictional families in horrible situations will make you feel better about your own.

From The Shining to Meet the Parents, five top movies for lockdown about being stuck with your family – you’ll appreciate yours more after
13 Aug 2020 - 1:11AM
Five top films to take you far away from the Covid-19-ridden world outside

Take your mind off the never-ending Covid-19 crisis with these films set in other worlds, from the lush Pandora of Avatar, to the head-spinning layers of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, to the enduring joys of the Land of Oz.

Take your mind off the never-ending Covid-19 crisis with these films set in other worlds, from the lush Pandora of Avatar, to the head-spinning layers of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, to the enduring joys of the Land of Oz.

Five top films to take you far away from the Covid-19-ridden world outside
5 Aug 2020 - 9:34PM
Five top movies about escapes to take your mind off Covid-19 lockdown

If lockdown is starting to feel like a prison sentence, why not take your mind off it with an escape movie? From Snowpiercer to The Shawshank Redemption, these films will set you free.

If lockdown is starting to feel like a prison sentence, why not take your mind off it with an escape movie? From Snowpiercer to The Shawshank Redemption, these films will set you free.

Five top movies about escapes to take your mind off Covid-19 lockdown
29 Jul 2020 - 8:30PM
How Oldboy director Park Chan-wook brings Korean cinema to the world with his brutal yet elegant films

Park Chan-wook makes violent, baroque tales of vengeance like Oldboy that juxtapose human ugliness with cinematic elegance. But what is the thinking behind his unique and distinctive style?

Park Chan-wook makes violent, baroque tales of vengeance like Oldboy that juxtapose human ugliness with cinematic elegance. But what is the thinking behind his unique and distinctive style?

How Oldboy director Park Chan-wook brings Korean cinema to the world with his brutal yet elegant films
24 Jul 2020 - 9:01PM
Five top movies about spending too much time online – just like you’re doing during Covid-19 lockdown

Think you’re spending too much time online amid Covid-19 lockdown? From The Matrix to The Social Network, five films about people who enjoy being on their computers a little too much.

Think you’re spending too much time online amid Covid-19 lockdown? From The Matrix to The Social Network, five films about people who enjoy being on their computers a little too much.

Five top movies about spending too much time online – just like you’re doing during Covid-19 lockdown
23 Jul 2020 - 3:00AM
Five great films about being stuck in the house that might relieve your Covid-19 lockdown blues

With cinemas closed once again, here are five films to watch about being stuck inside a house, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window to the more lighthearted Home Alone by John Hughes.

With cinemas closed once again, here are five films to watch about being stuck inside a house, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window to the more lighthearted Home Alone by John Hughes.

Five great films about being stuck in the house that might relieve your Covid-19 lockdown blues
16 Jul 2020 - 4:02AM
Liu Yifei to Fan Bingbing, five top Chinese actresses in Hollywood films and what they say about their careers

From a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo by Fan Bingbing in X-Men: Days of Future Past, to Liu Yifei playing the title role in Disney’s live-action Mulan, we look at the careers of the top five Chinese actresses working in Hollywood today.

From a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo by Fan Bingbing in X-Men: Days of Future Past, to Liu Yifei playing the title role in Disney’s live-action Mulan, we look at the careers of the top five Chinese actresses working in Hollywood today.

Liu Yifei to Fan Bingbing, five top Chinese actresses in Hollywood films and what they say about their careers
9 Jul 2020 - 6:39AM
Leonardo DiCaprio vs Tony Leung: Infernal Affairs and The Departed, Hollywood remake, compared

Story of a cop undercover in a crime gang and a gang member planted in the police, first told in 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs, was transplanted to Boston in Martin Scorsese’s Hollywood version.

Story of a cop undercover in a crime gang and a gang member planted in the police, first told in 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs, was transplanted to Boston in Martin Scorsese’s Hollywood version.

Leonardo DiCaprio vs Tony Leung: Infernal Affairs and The Departed, Hollywood remake, compared
19 Jun 2020 - 5:05AM
How iconic director John Woo reinvented action movies in Hong Kong and Hollywood

Director John Woo turns 74 on Friday and can rightly be called the godfather of the modern action movie after reinventing the genre in Hong Kong and Hollywood with films like The Killer and Hard Boiled. Here’s a look back at his career.

Director John Woo turns 74 on Friday and can rightly be called the godfather of the modern action movie after reinventing the genre in Hong Kong and Hollywood with films like The Killer and Hard Boiled. Here’s a look back at his career.

How iconic director John Woo reinvented action movies in Hong Kong and Hollywood
30 Apr 2020 - 7:02PM
No cinema, no problem: five films that are better watched at home during coronavirus lockdown

Haunted house horrors, a haunting love story, a slacker comedy and an extraordinary family drama – these films will keep you riveted to your sofa. Have a significant other close at hand to cling to, and a box of tissues.

Haunted house horrors, a haunting love story, a slacker comedy and an extraordinary family drama – these films will keep you riveted to your sofa. Have a significant other close at hand to cling to, and a box of tissues.

No cinema, no problem: five films that are better watched at home during coronavirus lockdown
29 Apr 2020 - 8:01PM
Five great long films that’ll really kill Covid-19 lockdown time

The Irishman, Magnolia, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and more – these excellent three-hour-plus, extra-long films should help make coronavirus lockdown time pass a little easier.

The Irishman, Magnolia, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and more – these excellent three-hour-plus, extra-long films should help make coronavirus lockdown time pass a little easier.

Five great long films that’ll really kill Covid-19 lockdown time
22 Apr 2020 - 8:59PM
If coronavirus outbreak feels like the end of the world, these five films make the apocalypse look fun

Zombies and Woody Harrelson in Zombieland, Cillian Murphy flying a nuclear bomb to the sun to end a future ice age, Sandra Oh and David Cronenberg living out their last six hours – has the end of the world ever been more fun to watch?

Zombies and Woody Harrelson in Zombieland, Cillian Murphy flying a nuclear bomb to the sun to end a future ice age, Sandra Oh and David Cronenberg living out their last six hours – has the end of the world ever been more fun to watch?

If coronavirus outbreak feels like the end of the world, these five films make the apocalypse look fun
15 Apr 2020 - 8:12PM
Five disturbing films even bleaker than coronavirus news, from Requiem for a Dream to The Road

Real-world news getting you down? Find comfort in films where people are much worse off, from Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream to Lu Chuan’s City of Life and Death.

Real-world news getting you down? Find comfort in films where people are much worse off, from Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream to Lu Chuan’s City of Life and Death.

Five disturbing films even bleaker than coronavirus news, from Requiem for a Dream to The Road
8 Apr 2020 - 8:00PM
Five films to lift your spirits amid coronavirus outbreak, from Paddington to It’s a Wonderful Life

A Frank Capra classic, the ultimate fantasy romance, the adventures of a bungling Peruvian bear in London – see our pick of feelgood films to bring a smile to your face if the coronavirus crisis is getting you down.

A Frank Capra classic, the ultimate fantasy romance, the adventures of a bungling Peruvian bear in London – see our pick of feelgood films to bring a smile to your face if the coronavirus crisis is getting you down.

Five films to lift your spirits amid coronavirus outbreak, from Paddington to It’s a Wonderful Life
1 Apr 2020 - 8:00PM
Shock vs dread: how J-horror classic Ring (1998) compares to its 2002 Hollywood remake

The Ring introduced Japanese horror to audiences in the West. The low-budget, dread-filled claustrophobic classic was given a Hollywood makeover four years later. We compare the Asian and Western versions.

The Ring introduced Japanese horror to audiences in the West. The low-budget, dread-filled claustrophobic classic was given a Hollywood makeover four years later. We compare the Asian and Western versions.

Shock vs dread: how J-horror classic Ring (1998) compares to its 2002 Hollywood remake
28 Mar 2020 - 8:06PM
How Ang Lee, Taiwanese filmmaker, gambled on switching genres to prove himself in Hollywood

In the first of a series about how Asian filmmakers have fared in Hollywood, we look at the stellar career of Ang Lee, who has garnered nine Oscar nominations and three wins by not being afraid to take chances.

In the first of a series about how Asian filmmakers have fared in Hollywood, we look at the stellar career of Ang Lee, who has garnered nine Oscar nominations and three wins by not being afraid to take chances.

How Ang Lee, Taiwanese filmmaker, gambled on switching genres to prove himself in Hollywood
19 May 2020 - 12:18PM
Classic American films: The Wizard of Oz – the 10 best quotes from 1939 musical fantasy

The Wizard of Oz, with Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Wicked Witch and, of course, Toto the dog, is a classic from another era. Some of its quotes have made it into common use and here is a selection.

The Wizard of Oz, with Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Wicked Witch and, of course, Toto the dog, is a classic from another era. Some of its quotes have made it into common use and here is a selection.

Classic American films: The Wizard of Oz – the 10 best quotes from 1939 musical fantasy
3 Aug 2019 - 4:00AM
Classic American films: Inside Out – Pixar’s take on the human mind remains one of the studio’s best efforts

Released to great acclaim in 2015, Inside Out is a beautifully put together film that, like Toy Story and Up, is about praising the power of imagination.

Released to great acclaim in 2015, Inside Out is a beautifully put together film that, like Toy Story and Up, is about praising the power of imagination.

Classic American films: Inside Out – Pixar’s take on the human mind remains one of the studio’s best efforts
20 Jul 2019 - 4:40AM