Maid in Hong Kong

If you liked “Maid in Manhattan,” then watch “Wan Chai Baby.”

Tess arrives in Hong Kong as a maid to support her son and family back in the Philippines.

It’s 1997, and as Hong Kong prepares for its handover to China, Tess’ life changes in ways she could not imagine.

‘Transformers 4′ Confirmed to Shoot in China

Michael Bay’s, “Transformers” robots are gearing up for a fourth film. China Movie Channel and Paramount Pictures have arranged for the fourth movie to be filmed in China.

China Movie Channel is run by the Chinese government, and will assist with filming locations, theatrical promotions, and post-production work. The organization will also help out with casting Chinese actors in the film.

The movie will star Mark Wahlberg, and is due out June 2014.

‘Django Unchained’ is Tarantino’s First Movie to Debut in China

The latest Tarantino film is heading overseas. The director is preparing to launch his famed movie in China on April 11. ‘Django Unchained’ has brought in $402 million worldwide thus far.

Sony Pictures made the announcement about the film’s release in the People’s Republic of China late last week. ‘Django’ has earned $80 million more than Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds.’

It is unknown how long the violent western will be permitted to be shown by the Chinese government, but most films normally receive a one-month engagement.

 

Brad Pitt Joins China’s Sina Weibo With Cryptic Tweet

Brad Pitt has joined Sina Weibo, China’s hybrid version of Twitter and Facebook, with a mysterious first tweet hinting at a trip to the country ultimately causing an internet flurry of chatter and speculation.

His post simply said, “It is the truth. Yup, I’m coming.”

The real surprise here, if you didn’t already know, is that Pitt has allegedly been banned from China, thanks in major part to his role in the 1997 film ‘Seven Years In Tibet’.  Pitt is well known for his political, humanitarian, and philanthropical efforts that have included criticizing the Chinese government’s controversial rule (lightly put) in Tibet.

In 1997, a statement from the powers that be in China wrote that Hollywood could never be forgiven for their film “Seven Years in Tibet”.

I can just imagine the security, pandemonium, and political ramifications of his visit.

 

‘Looper’ Finds a Box Office Loophole

Source: universitytimes.ie

The publicity firm for “Looper” told the world a little lie this weekend. On Sunday, the firm announced that the film was apparently “killing it” in China, taking home close to “$25 million.”

It turned out that the reported “$25 million” was about $20 million off. The film blamed the mishap on an accounting error while converting from yuan to dollars.

While the film was busy taking home between $5-7 million in China, it raked in $20 million back home for its opening weekend.

Trailer: Tarantino and RZA Combine Kung-Fu and Hip-Hop in ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’

‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ is produced by Quentin Tarantino and will be Wu-Tang member RZA’s directorial debut. Over the course of two years RZA and Eli Roth (‘Hostel’) worked on the screenplay together, talking through every aspect of the story, down to the detail of every weapon. The story, set in 19th century China, follows a blacksmith (RZA) who makes elaborate weapons for a small village and is forced to unite with warriors and assassins to protect the village and defeat a traitor who threatens to destroy them all.

It’s got a fantastic cast that includes Russell Crowe, David Bautista, Byron Mann, Jamie Chung, Rick Yune, Pam Grier, Lucy Liu, Cung Le, and of course, RZA.

Check out the Red Band Trailer here and tell us if you’re just as pumped as we are!

Happy Birthday, Jet Li!

Jet Li was born Li Lian Jie on April 26th, 1963, in Beijing, China.

Here’s a sweet Jet Li film montage for you. Sit back and watch him kick some serious…


Jet Li started training at the Beijing Wushu Academy at age 8 (Wushu is China’s national sport and a performance version of martial arts). He won five gold medals in the Chinese championships, his first when he was only 11. In his teenage years, he was already a national coach, and before he was 20 he had starred in his first Chinese film ‘Shao Lin tzu’ (1979), or ‘Shaolin Temple’. The movie influenced the beginning of the 1980s Kung-Fu boom in China. He then relocated to Hong Kong, where he was already the biggest Chinese star of the early 1990s.

Off to Hollywood.

Li’s first appearance in a Hollywood film was ‘Lethal Weapon 4′ (1998). For agreeing to play the part of the villain in LW4, Li was promised his first leading role in ‘Romeo Must Die’ (2000). He has gone on to star in many Hollywood action films, including ‘Kiss of the Dragon’ and ‘Unleashed’. He co-starred in ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’ (2008) with Jackie Chan, ‘The Expendables’ (2010) with Sylvester Stallone, as the title character villain in ‘The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor’ (2008) opposite Brendan Fraser, and many more.

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100 Years Later and Titanic Steers Past $2 Billion

James Cameron is proud to announce that the 3D version of the film set “Titanic” over the $2 billion mark.

Despite its domestic sinking at the box office, “Titanic 3D” was a big hit overseas. The re-release of the film took home $88.2 million from several international markets – China being responsible for $58 million of this total.

Titanic proved to be “unsinkable” overseas, while it is still struggling to stay afloat in the United States. The centennial of the ship’s sinking did not seem to have an impact on ticket sales domestically.

Cameron will now be competing with himself to top “Avatar,” the only other film to pass the $2 billion point. It’s smooth sailing ahead for James, as the first release of “Titanic” made a cool $1.84 billion in ticket sales. Is it safe to call Cameron, “King of the Worldwide Box Office?”