Thursday, January 18, 2007

Chinese movies coming out in 2007

From Monkey Peaches. (Well there are a couple of movies that aren't Chinese, but star Chinese actors or is directed by a Chinese director.) In purple are the titles that I'm interested in...

The Age of Tattoo (literal) – Jia Zhangke’s project about a group of teenage gangsters in the 1970s China.

Air / Going Home – A farmer promises to bring the body his dead friend home. But, the home is thousands miles away and he gets no penny in his pocket. From Zhang Yang (Sunflower, Shower)

The Assembly – Feng Xiaogang’s drama set in the bloody Chinese civil war (1946 – 1949), his answer to Saving Private Ryan.

The Battle of Red Cliff – The battle will begin this year! Finally! According to John Woo and Chow Yun-Fat…

Blood Brothers – Peter Chan’s remake of Chang Cheh’s Ci Ma with Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaeshiro.

Blood, Brothers – A remake of John Woo’s Bullet in the Head.

Bruce Lee Biopic – not sure it will be good and not sure it will happen this year.

The Children of Huang Shi – a real story inspired drama about a British journalist saving 60 children in the war torn China.

City without Mercy (aka. Po Jun) – Donnie Yen and Wilson Yip work together for the third time.

Dark Matter – Liu Ye plays a talent Chinese student reacts violently to American campus politics.

The Door – horror movies from the mainland China usually suck. But this one is from Li Shaohong, the director of Stolen Life, grand winner of Tribecca 2005.

Dragon Tiger Gate 2 – people have started talking about it. Just talking.

Eye in the Sky – Directorial debut by Yau Nai-Hoi, who wrote many Johnnie To movies.

The First Day of Spring (literal) – Gu Changwei’s project following up Peacock, about several ordinary people’s stories in the 1980s, the first decade during which China made its transform to a capitalist society.

Five Deadly Venoms / Flying Guillotine – Two Shaw Bros. classics will be remade.

The Great Wall – Yuen Wo-Ping directed historical drama starring Jet Li. Will it happen?

Hannibal Rising: Gong Li teaches Hannibal how to eat people!

Horsemen: Zhang Ziyi leads in the psychological thriller.

The Jackie Chan / Jet Li project – Two best screen fighters work together for the first time, in a Hollywood made kid movie.

Kung Fu Hustle 2 – Will Stephen Chow decide to make it in 2007? Wait! Will Stephen Chow decide to write it in 2007?

The Iron Triangle /
Triangle – Three master director, Johnnie To, Tsui Hark and Ringo Lam, to tell a story in rally. Interesting! (The title is "Triangle" according to Variety. Thanks to "Mary".)

The Lady from Shanghai – script known, story unknown, production date unknown… We only know it is a Wong Kar-Wai / Nichole Kidman project. Worth to wait? Yes.

Left Right – Wang Xiaoshuai’s story of a divorced to have a baby together just to save of life of their daughter.

Long River 7 – Stephen Chow’s latest! This one is really! It has wrapped up!

Lust, Caution – Ang Lee’s tells a story of twisted love between a young school trained as an agent and a married man working for the Japanese aggressors…

My Blueberry Night – Wong Kar-Wai’s English language debut, starring Norah Jones, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Tim Roth, Ed Harris…

My Life as a Teacher (literal) – Leung Ka-Fai plays a teacher spent his whole life in a mountain school.
Nie Yin Niang – Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s first martial-art film. Really?!

Orsay – Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s first project outside Asia, about the adventure of a boy, his babysitter and a red balloon.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – Chow Yun-Fat as a pirate. Ha! Ha! Ha! Just wait for the jokes.

The Postmodern Life of My Aunt – Retired aunt picks up some romance with Chow Yun-Fat.

Protege – Yee Tung-Shing and Peter Chan tell the entire life cycle of heroin.

PTU 2 – If you like PTU, Johnnie To prepares more for you. (Note: this one might be a mini series. Thanks to "Mary".)

Rape of Nanking / Nanjing! Nanjing! / The Dairy – The ambitious projects to retell the Nanjing Massacre.

Rogue – Jet Li plays a cold-blooded killer! Again? The initial reaction is very promising…

Rush Hour 3 – The first one is good, the second one is so so, and the third one is… Jackie Chan is not really exited about it but it is still a Jackie Chan movie.

Seven Swords 2 – Will Tsui Hark continue the story of the seven swords men, who said they would go to Beijing to get the emperor?

Sha Po Lang 2 – Sammo Hung will do the sequel personally.

Slam Dunk – Jay Chou will play a talented basketball player.

The Sun Also Rises – A four act road movie, by talented Jiang Wen and starring Anthony Wong, Jaycee Chan and Jiang Wen himself.

Sunshine / True North – Michelle Yeoh is in both.

Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon – Andy Lau plays a handsome general in the period drama.

Wu Qingyuan / The Go Master – Tian Zhuangzhuang’s biopic of Wu Qingyuan, a master player of Wei Qi / Go.

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