Monday, September 30, 2013

Taiwan Box Office - September 29, 2013 - 台灣票房榜


Weekend of September 29, 2013
Rank Film Title Weeks
1 風起 (The Wind Rises) 2
2 Jobs (賈伯斯) 1
3 被偷走的那五年 (The Stolen Years) 3
4 Rush (決戰終點線) 3
5 總舖師 (Zone Pro Site) 7
6 5月天諾亞方舟3D電影 (MayDay Nowhere 3D) 2
7 Paranoia (決勝機密) 1
8 About Time (真愛每一天) 2
9 Don Jon (超急情聖) 1
10 Redemption (夜刑者) 1
11 2 Guns (2槍斃命) 2
12 激戰:勇者不敗 (Unbeatable) 2
13 拔一條河 (Bridge Over Troubled Water) 4
14 Museum Hours (美術館時光) 1
15 對面的女孩殺過來 (Apolitical Romance) 1
16 跨樂心天堂:火熱告別曲 (Rockin' on Heaven's Door) 1
17 Matterhorn (約他去看絕世雪) 2
18 Oh Boy (噢!柏林男孩) 3
19 The Big Bad Wolf (3隻小豬之冏狼傳奇) 1
20 We're the Millers (全家就是米家) 5

Source: Yahoo! Movies Taiwan - retrieved September 30, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Last Tycoon - 大上海



The Last Tycoon (大上海) is an 2012 film out of Hong Kong. The movie stars Chow Yun-Fat, Sammo Hung, Francis Ng, and Huang Xiaoming. The gals in the film include Yuan Quan, Monica Mok, Tong Fei, Yuan Li, and Feng Wenjuan. The movie is based on the high life of Shanghai-ers from the fall of the Qing Dynasty to its occupation by the Japanese.



Chow is the man in charge in Shanghai, outside of the military, no one else has more influence. We flashback to his country bumpkin days played by Huang Xiaoming. We also see that he has a crush on his neighbor sweetheart who will end up as one of the most famous opera performers in Zhong Guo. We see the tycoon, how he earned his strips and how he maintains his power. Along the way, there are women that enter their lives and it comes to a hedge on the heels of the Japanese's war into the Shanghai area.



This movie was long and sort of boring. It's like a drama of how Chow's character of Cheng Daqi rise to power from country bumpkin to the most powerful man in Shanghai. A Godfather take if you will. However, the women in the movie take up a lot of time, but you need the eye candy is my guess. Or its the presentation that the men are there due to their influence. Why try to be the most powerful man in Shanghai? Because you want to become so powerful that you can protect your woman?

Movie wise, it was well made. But the story lacked the heart that made me care for the individuals.



Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Wolverine - 金鋼狼:武士之戰



The Wolverine (金鋼狼:武士之戰) is an 2013 film. The movies Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine. The supporting cast include Tao Okamoto, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, and Famke Janssen. The film is loosly based on the 1982 limited series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.



Logan is having trouble being around people. Hiding out in the woods somewhere, Logan relives having to take Jean Grey's life during X-Men: The Last Stand. Unable to sleep well, he dreams of Jean and accidentally stabbing her to death with his claws. Yukio travels to the US in search of Logan to bring back to Japan for her benefactor and employer, Yashida. Yashida was saved by the bomb blast during World War II when Logan used his body as a human shield. Yashida parlayed his life into transforming a company named after himself into one of the biggest conglomerates in Japan. Yashida wants to relieve Logan of his immortality. But Logan refues and Yashida dies. At the funeral, Yashida's granddaughter Mariko is named the heir to his empire. The yakuza kidnap her, but Logan rescue's her and they both go on the run since they are not sure who they can trust. Can Logan figure out how to save Mariko from those that want her dead and also save himself?



This movie was light years better than 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This story was well written, featured plenty of mystery, and had some good looking Asian people. Asian Americans Will Yun Lee and Brian Tee take a turn being Japanese with their faux Nippon accents. Both move the story along. The movie itself was pretty tense and moved quite fast due to having to cover so much. Tao Okamoto (Target's Phillip Lim collection commerical) is striking as the "damsel in distress" role.



The action was pretty well done although some things were a little absurd like ninja clan back story and the Silver Samarai with the energized swords made of adamantium. What?! Isn't it too easy to just cut adamantium?



In general, a good movie with good action, a mystery plot line, and lots of eye candy.




Friday, September 27, 2013

Hong Kong Box Office - September 22, 2013 - 香港票房榜

Hong Kong Box Office - Week Ending: September 22, 2013


Weekend of September 22, 2013
Rank Film Title
1 被偷走的那五年 (The Stolen Years)
2 We're the Millers (名瞞戅族)
3 Paranoia (無間暗戰)
4 Jobs (喬布斯)
5 激戰 (Unbeatable/Ji Zhan)
6 貞子2:鬼胎輪迴 (Sadako 2 3D)
7 狂舞派 (The Way We Dance)
8 第一次不是你 (The Secret Between Us)
9 超級經理人 (Midas Touch)
10 3096 Days (3096驚世拐帶)
... ...
33 一夜惊喜 (One Night Surprise)

Source: Box Office Mojo and WMOOV - retrieved September 25, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

PBS POV - High Tech, Low Life



During the summer, PBS's POV series broadcast "High Tech, Low Life" (follow links from YouTube Video). It was an interesting look at how two people are dealing with censorship in their country. You have one older and one younger. Two different generations. Two different lives. Brought up in different locations, in different circumstances.

I was saddened and hopeful during the presentation. The video was free and online for a few weeks after its initial broadcast. It has gone dark on youtube now, only viewable through a purchase.

I would recommend it. But not sure I can recommend it as a purchase.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Zhong Guo Box Office - September 22, 2013 - 中国票房榜

Zhong Guo Box Office - Week Ending: September 22, 2013


Weekend of September 22, 2013
Rank Film Title
1 非常幸运 (My Lucky Star)
2 全民目击 (Silent Witness)
3 Turbo (极速蜗牛)
4 The Smurfs 2 (蓝精灵2)
5 Elysium (极乐空间)
6 5月天诺亚方舟 (Mayday Nowhere 3D)
7 The Great Gatsby (了不起的盖茨比)
8 Avgust. Vosmogo (穿越火线)
9 一座城池 (The Ideal City)
10 被偷走的那五年 (The Stolen Years)

Source: Ent Group - retrieved September 24, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon - 狄仁傑之神都龍王 - Upcoming



Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (狄仁傑之神都龍王) is being released this weekend in both the USA and Zhong Guo. With a Taipei release the weekend after. The trailers are out and it looks like an AMC Theatres distro. Interesting to say the least. The Wanda Group getting into int'l releases? This movie is a prequel to Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame starring Andy Lau.

Mark Chao continues his accent into leading man status with the lead in this film by replacing Andy Lau as the younger Dee. The trailer starts with Mark's voice and it's on. Angelababy takes up leading lady status for this film. With the mystery set on high, we'll see if they can make these prequels a franchise. I for one hope it does.



Monday, September 23, 2013

Taiwan Box Office - September 22, 2013 - 台灣票房榜


Weekend of September 22, 2013
Rank Film Title Weeks
1 被偷走的那五年 (The Stolen Years) 2
2 風起 (The Wind Rises) 1
3 總舖師 (Zone Pro Site) 6
4 Rush (決戰終點線) 2
5 2 Guns (2槍斃命) 1
6 5月天諾亞方舟3D電影 (MayDay Nowhere 3D) 1
7 About Time (真愛每一天) 1
8 激戰:勇者不敗 (Unbeatable) 1
9 Riddick (超世紀戰警:闇黑對決) 3
10 We're the Millers (全家就是米家) 4
11 拔一條河 (Bridge Over Troubled Water) 3
12 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (天使聖物:骸骨之城) 4
13 The Frozen Ground (驚天凍地) 2
14 Oh Boy (噢!柏林男孩) 2
15 圖書館戰爭 (Library Wars) 2
16 Matterhorn (約他去看絕世雪) 1
17 Grown Ups 2 (亞當等大人2) 3
18 Pacific Rim (環太平洋) 11
19 L'écume des jours (泡沫人生) 3
20 科學小飛俠 (Gatchaman) 2

Source: Yahoo! Movies Taiwan - retrieved September 23, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

西門町 - Westgate Tango



西門町 (Westgate Tango) is an 2012 film out of Taiwan. The movie stars Dylan Kuo, Anthony Wong, and Amber An. The film takes place almost entirely in Taipei's Ximending.

Amber An takes to the shops of the infamous Ximending of Taipei. There she finds a shop owner that takes in all sorts of pretty gals to help hawk all the crazy stuff you find there. Dylan Kuo is a shop runner and fortune teller in training. When their world's collide, Amber takes to Kuo right away. When the bad guys come running in to take some real estate properties, the life and death sakes of living in Ximending are escalated. Will the two be able to break on through to the other side, especially with Dylan's mysterious background.

The movie was slow, mysterious, and a hard watch. I liked the way the movie was shot as it did highlight Ximending I've not seen in other variety shows. As the premiere counter culture area of Taiwan, it attracts tourist, locals, and other Taiwanese to the area. In the movie, the various people land there and make a living there due to a past they are running away from. Others are just trying to make a living. This movie was a brief look into the lives of those that make it run.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Natural Born Lovers - 天生愛情狂



Natural Born Lovers (天生愛情狂) is an 2012 film out of Hong Kong. The movie stars Julian Cheung and Annie Liu. The large supporting cast include Anna Kay, Ciwi Lam, Jinny Ng, and Kathy Yuen.



Julian plays a famous bakery chef with a child star past. One day, he bumps into Annie Liu being rejected by her lover. The bump heads later and she remembers how he didn't help her before. Thus begins the chase to woo Annie. The go to elevators, dates, and they break up. Because Annie is crazy when she gets in love. The kinda of love that suffocates a relationship. Can these two love birds make it work?

The movie was just ok. There was a lot of eye candy to keep one interested. But it's not enough when the story doesn't help it out. Annie and Anna/Mabel do make it hard to take your eyes of the scene. But there's just so much other stuff to distract and make us lose interest. Julian himself seems really old for the role he's in. Playing a late 20s guy didn't seem to fit him. And than there's the story telling. All over the place, but not very clear. Trying to set up moments and character traits seemed to drag. However, I didn't turn it off and watched to the end. Maybe it was the eye candy. Maybe it was loyalty to Julian. Maybe I was just lazy to stop too.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Hong Kong Box Office - September 15, 2013 - 香港票房榜

Hong Kong Box Office - Week Ending: September 15, 2013


Weekend of September 15, 2013
Rank Film Title
1 激戰 (Unbeatable/Ji Zhan)
2 被偷走的那五年 (The Stolen Years)
3 2 Guns (孖Gun雙雄)
4 超級經理人 (Midas Touch)
5 狂舞派 (The Way We Dance)
6 第一次不是你 (The Secret Between Us)
7 Red 2 (猛火爆 2)
8 The Conjuring (詭屋驚凶實錄)
9 Scary Movie 5 (搞乜鬼奪命雜作5)
10 The Internship (翻生求職黨)
... ...
26 一夜惊喜 (One Night Surprise)
... ...
32 重口味 (Hardcore Comedy)

Source: Box Office Mojo and WMOOV - retrieved September 18, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Kenichi Ebina Wins America's Got Talent



Kenichi Ebina, the amazing dance-ish-er, wins America's Got Talent Season 8 - 2013. Kenichi has had an amazing ride. From the look of befuddlement when he first walked onstage, this Japanese husband and father, takes America by storm with his amazing dance and performance arts skillz. The performances he gave at each stage seemed to improve on his first Matrix inspired performance.

My personal favorite was Cami Bradley after her amazing cover of Cher's "Believe".

Again, congratulations to Kenichi for the win!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Zhong Guo Box Office - September 15, 2013 - 中国票房榜

Zhong Guo Box Office - Week Ending: September 15, 2013


Weekend of September 15, 2013
Rank Film Title
1 The Smurfs 2 (蓝精灵2)
2 Elysium (极乐空间)
3 全民目击 (Silent Witness)
4 被偷走的那五年 (The Stolen Years)
5 The Great Gatsby (了不起的盖茨比)
6 超级经纪人 (The Midas Touch)
7 Avgust. Vosmogo (穿越火线)
8 Jurassic Park 3D (侏罗纪公园3D)
9 Monsters University (怪兽大学)
10 The Impossible (海啸奇迹)

Source: Ent Group - retrieved September 17, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

2013 Summer Top Dozen At The Box Office

Summer isn't officially over until September 22. But the summer movie season ends with the Labor Day weekend. Let's take a look at the dirty dozen that made it.

#1 - Iron Man 3 (鋼鐵人3)


#2 Despicable Me 2 (神偷奶爸2)

#3 - Man of Steel (超人:鋼鐵英雄)


#4 Monsters University (怪獸大學)

#5 - Fast and Furious 6 (玩命關頭6)


#6 - Star Trek Into Darkness (闇黑無界:星際爭霸戰)


#7 - World War Z (末日之戰)


#8 The Heat (麻辣嬌鋒)

#9 - The Great Gatsby 2013 (大亨小傳)


#10 The Conjuring (厲陰宅)

#11 - Grown Ups 2 (亞當等大人2)


#12 - The Wolverine (金鋼狼:武士之戰)


Retrieved from Box Office Mojo on September 12, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Taiwan Box Office - September 15, 2013 - 台灣票房榜


Weekend of September 15, 2013
Rank Film Title Weeks
1 總舖師 (Zone Pro Site) 5
2 被偷走的那五年 (The Stolen Years) 1
3 Riddick (超世紀戰警:闇黑對決) 2
4 We're the Millers (全家就是米家) 3
5 Rush (決戰終點線) 1
6 The Frozen Ground (驚天凍地) 1
7 拔一條河 (Bridge Over Troubled Water) 2
8 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (天使聖物:骸骨之城) 3
9 5月天諾亞方舟3D電影 (MayDay Nowhere 3D) 1
10 Grown Ups 2 (亞當等大人2) 2
11 Pain And Gain (不勞而禍) 2
12 阿罩霧風雲 (Attabu) 2
13 圖書館戰爭 (Library Wars) 1
14 科學小飛俠 (Gatchaman) 1
15 Oh Boy (噢!柏林男孩) 1
16 Passion (激情) 1
17 Almost Perfect (30拉緊抱) 1
18 L'écume des jours (泡沫人生) 2
19 Song for Marion (為老婆唱首歌) 1
20 Kick-Ass 2 (特攻聯盟2) 4

Source: Yahoo! Movies Taiwan - retrieved September 16, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

被偷走的那五年 - The Stolen Years - Upcoming



被偷走的那五年 (The Stolen Years) is an 2013 film out of Zhong Guo. It was released a couple of weeks ago in Zhong Guo, a week ago in Hong Kong, and this weekend in Taipei. Directed by Barbara Wong, it stars a mostly Taiwanese cast. The movie stars Bai Baihe and Joseph Chang. Amber An, Christine Fan, and 阿Ken round out the supporting cast. The movie trailer looked like a Taiwanese movie with the majority of the people. However, whenever Bai opens her mouth, you know she straight outta Zhong Guo. Which just seems weird given the context. However, its about the story, not the origins of its stars.

The movie is about a couple that was previously married. The wife in the story has an accident and loses memory of the last 5 years of her life. Believing herself to still be married to the husband in the story. Without the current life to fall to, she must now reconnect with her life from 5 years ago. Including the man she divorced not long ago.

Interesting story as it a simi retake or re-telling of the story from the The Vow. But it also looks to seek out why our lives change so much in a mere 5 years. Thus, the Stolen 5 years.

I can't wait to watch this one.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Grandmaster - 一代宗師



The Grandmaster (一代宗師) is an 2013 film out of Hong Kong. The movie is directed and written by the acclaimed Wong Kar-Wai. The film stars Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi. The supporting cast include Chang Chen, Song Hye-kyo, Wang Qingxiang, Zhang Jin, and Zhao Benshan. Cung Le makes a brief cameo in a fight under the rain. There are three version of the film. I have seen the Hong Kong and US versions.



Ip Man is in Foshan in 1936. A northern master has come south to retire and handing the reigns to his disciple Ma San. However, Ma San goes overboard and hurts combatants. Ip Man is to represent the Southern masters in one last duel with the Northern master. The two come to a non-physical duel. The duel is of ideals for martial arts. Ip Man wins by his philosophical ideal of expanding martials arts beyond the border of northern and southern Zhong Guo. Gong Er is the daughter of the defeated Northern master. Gong Er and Ip Man duel to pretty much a stand still before a Ip Man breaks a step. The terms of the duel were that nothing would be broken by the winner. Gong Er and Ip Man are than separated and long to reunite for another duel. Do the emotions they have for each go beyond their reverence for martial arts? The Sino-Japanese war lands in Foshan and Ip Man is forced to live in poverty for much of the remainder of his life. 1950 is here and Ip Man relocates to Hong Kong and sets up shop to spread Wing Chun.



This movie was not an action film. It was a Wong Kar-wai film. If you paused the film, it would look like a photograph you might hang on a wall. It was a beautiful film. The way Wong gets his films to look the way they do is amazing. 6 years was way too long from his last film, My Blueberry Nights.



The Hong Kong and US versions of the film were like watching two different films. The Hong Kong version was clocked at 130 minutes and the US one at 108. Another international version shown at the Berlin film fest was 123 minutes. I think only the HK and US version will be available to the general masses.



I liked the Hong Kong version better. It was classic Wong. The scenes were filled with flashbacks to an earlier times in the beginning moments. The non liner presentation made me long to know what was next. All along, I was pressed into the current scene and the grand emotions there. The dialogue was also pretty amazing. The Hong Kong version I watched was completely in Mandarin, I didn't have subtitles to distract me. I was able to focus on the faces, the scenery, the movie! Zhang Ziyi is still a beauty. During the Golden Palace scenes, she was plain and seemed to be without make up. While the other women all around her were made up and had fancy clothes on. BUT Zhang Ziyi was still heads above more beautiful than the rest of them. A testament to her natural beauty. The teahouse scene in Hong Kong between Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung still resonances. From their philosophical chat and to Zhang's utter look of being defeated by life.

The US version was more linear and tried to tell a story from start the finish. Leaving out whole sub plots and inserting some scenes not in the HK version. I also enjoyed it and I recommend it to my US based friends as well. It's more digestible for the folks on this side of the pond. Marketed as a film about Bruce Lee's master, it left out the two main fight scene from Chang Chen's baji style.

In both films, the way Chang Chen's story was only a little of adding how the martial arts world had moved to HK was a disappointment. Knowing that rumors of an original 4 hour cut was around, I would have been very happy if Wong split the films into two!



Friday, September 13, 2013

Hong Kong Box Office - September 8, 2013 - 香港票房榜

Hong Kong Box Office - Week Ending: September 8, 2013


Weekend of September 8, 2013
Rank Film Title
1 激戰 (Unbeatable/Ji Zhan)
2 超級經理人 (Midas Touch)
3 Red 2 (猛火爆 2)
4 Riddick (星獸浩劫)
5 The Conjuring (詭屋驚凶實錄)
6 The Internship (翻生求職黨)
7 Before Midnight (情約半生)
8 狂舞派 (The Way We Dance)
9 Grown Ups 2
10 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (魔都獵人:骸骨之城)
... ...
15 重口味 (Hardcore Comedy)

Source: Box Office Mojo and WMOOV - retrieved September 12, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Intouchables - 逆轉人生



The Intouchables (逆轉人生) is an 2011 film out of France. The movie stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy. The supporting cast include Audrey Fleurot and Anne Le Ny. The is based on a true story. It has done very well for itself at the box office, both in its domestic country of France and worldwide. As of this writing, it is the highest grossing non-English speaking film worldwide.

Philippe, a wealthy quadriplegic, looks for a replacement for a daily caretaker. Driss, an unemployed candidate, applies, but doesn't want to get hired. Instead, Driss only wants the signature of why they decided not to hire him. Phillipe ask for Driss to come back the day after. Going against the grain and of what was expected of him in society. The staff around Philippe are taken aback by the "crude" nature of Driss. Philippe likes the honest approach of his caretaker. The strike up a bond that is "intouchable".

The movie was good. I wouldn't want to watch again. I had a hard time having to follow subtitles. And sometimes what I felt from the emotions of the scene didn't translate well via the subtitles. The movie was well made. Told a very interest odd couple type pairing. The story does go heavy on the melodrama at the end. I also do not understand the cultural make up of France. Was Driss's background suppose to translate to that of "ghetto". Was I suppose to assume that there was this rags to riches moment for Driss? However, it did so well internationally that it seems stereotypes do cross borders.



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Zhong Guo Box Office - September 8, 2013 - 中国票房榜

Zhong Guo Box Office - Week Ending: September 8, 2013


Weekend of September 8, 2013
Rank Film Title
1 Elysium (极乐空间)
2 被偷走的那五年 (The Stolen Years)
3 The Great Gatsby (了不起的盖茨比)
4 Jurassic Park 3D (侏罗纪公园3D)
5 Monsters University (怪兽大学)
6 The Impossible (海啸奇迹)
7 超级经纪人 (The Midas Touch)
8 古镇凶灵之巫咒缠身 (Dead Sign)
9 摩登年代 (Fake Fiction)
10 时光恋人 (Time-travel Love)

Source: Ent Group - retrieved September 10, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

一九四二 - Back To 1942



一九四二 (Back To 1942) is an 2012 film out of Zhong Guo. The movie stars Zhang Guoli. The supporting cast include Chen Daoming, Li Xuejian, Zhang Han-Yu, Zhang Mo, Wang Ziwen, Xu Fan, Tim Robbins, and Adrien Brody. There were many more, but the ensemble cast is too numerous to name. The movie is based on a book recollecting the famine of Henan in 1942.

Zhang plays Fan, a wealthy business man in the Henan countryside. When the famine hits, that part of Henan becomes a lawless arena of who can get the most grain. Fan's family decides to head towards the Xianxi border to "wait out" the times. Along the way, he starts to lose his fortune, grain, and family. All the while, the government is helpless to help. Brody plays Theodore H. White, a journalist for Life magazine. Seeing the famine first hand, he summits an article of the true face of the family, gov't neglect. Along the way, the refugees get no breaks from their countrymen and the Japanese bombers.

This movie was very hard to watch. I don't like to see so much suffering. Yet, someone had to make a film about it. Which is good for historical purposes, but it may not be the most entertaining in value. I didn't feel very good when watching the movie. I was sad for the victims, that history could play out in a similar way, and hatred for those in power that didn't do more. The corruption that played out in the film seems to reflect even the human nature of today. When you're in a position of power, how will it be used? The movie portrays the corruption as part of life.



Monday, September 9, 2013

Taiwan Box Office - September 8, 2013 - 台灣票房榜


Weekend of September 8, 2013
Rank Film Title Weeks
1 總舖師 (Zone Pro Site) 4
2 Riddick (超世紀戰警:闇黑對決) 1
3 We're the Millers (全家就是米家) 2
4 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (天使聖物:骸骨之城) 2
5 Grown Ups 2 (亞當等大人2) 1
6 Pain And Gain (不勞而禍) 1
7 拔一條河 (Bridge Over Troubled Water) 1
8 阿罩霧風雲 (Attabu) 1
9 Kick-Ass 2 (特攻聯盟2) 3
10 小時代:青木時代 (小時代2/Tiny Times 2) 2
11 鬼夜 (Tales from the Dark) 2
12 The Smurfs 2 (藍色小精靈2) 3
13 L'écume des jours (泡沫人生) 1
14 銀魂完結篇:永遠的萬事屋 (Gintama: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya) 4
15 Elysium (極樂世界) 5
16 Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters (波西傑克森:妖魔之海) 4
17 失魂 (Soul) 2
18 Pacific Rim (環太平洋) 9
19 戀戀海灣 (As the Winds Blow) 1
20 The Conjuring (厲陰宅) 6

Source: Yahoo! Movies Taiwan - retrieved September 9, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

2013 September Offbeat Movie Guide

September's Blockbusters may get all the attention, but there also are those that dare to walk the path less traveled. You might be one of them. Here's a few "offbeat" movies for you to chew on. This list is based on USA release dates.

Ip Man: The Final Fight (葉問:終極一戰) - March 2013 release in Asia, September 20, 2013 release in USA



非常幸運 (My Lucky Star)



Adore



Bounty Killer



Touchy Feely



And While We Were Here



Blue Caprice



A Single Shot



The Colony



Enough Said



Thanks for Sharing



Metallica: Through the Never

Saturday, September 7, 2013

戀戀海灣 - As The Winds Blow - Upcoming



戀戀海灣 (As The Winds Blow) was released in Taipei this weekend. From the trailer, it looks like a romantic comedy. The two main stars meet at at the beach, start to get close, the gal neglects to mention a boyfriend, the boyfriend visits, the boy is hurt and leaves the country! WTH. Drama in movie form. With no commercials and less waiting for resolutions.

The movie is also highly influenced by the bodacious body of its main female star. Showing a bit here and there in trailer to tease you.

Seems like a straight forward rom-com I am down to watch.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hong Kong Box Office - September 1, 2013 - 香港票房榜

Hong Kong Box Office - Week Ending: September 1, 2013


Weekend of September 1, 2013
Rank Film Title
1 激戰 (Unbeatable/Ji Zhan)
2 The Conjuring (詭屋驚凶實錄)
3 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (魔都獵人:骸骨之城)
4 The Internship (翻生求職黨)
5 Planes (飛機總動員)
6 White House Down (白宮末日)
7 狂舞派 (The Way We Dance)
8 重口味 (Hardcore Comedy)
9 My Awkward Sexual Adventure (取「西」經)
10 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (波西傑克森:妖魔之海)
... ...
30 飛虎出征 (SDU: Sex Duties Unit)
... ...
32 奇幻夜 (Tales from the Dark Part 2)

Source: Box Office Mojo and WMOOV - retrieved September 6, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Thieves - 神偷大劫案 - 盜賊門 - 盜賊同盟



The Thieves (神偷大劫案/盜賊門/盜賊同盟) is an 2012 film out of Korea. The large ensemble cast include Kim Yoon-seok,Lee Jung-jae, Kim Hye-soo, Jeon Ji-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun, Kim Hae-sook, Oh Dal-soo, Simon Yam, Angelica Lee, and Derek Tsang. The movie is currently the 2nd highest grossing film in Korean cinema. I saw this movie in a local AMC Theaters last fall.



A group of thieves out of Korea rob a wealthy family. A group of thieves in Hong Kong rob a jewelry store. The two groups are now on the run and settle on stealing a diamond from a wealthy lady visiting Macau. The teams have both shown they've got skillz robbing the wealthy family in Korea and the jewelry store in Hong Kong. When they are brought together, the heist goes pretty well until something goes wrong with some of the crew. They get the diamond, but there are casualties and the group now tries to get rid of the diamond. But there's a whole other story after the diamond heist between two members of the Korea crew. Back in Korea, the Korean crew of thieves try to figure it out.



This movie was really really well made. It could rival other heist films like Italian Job, Contrabad, or even Fast Five. However, with the additional storyline after the diamond heist, I lost interest and the movie got boring. I think it adds another 1/3 to the movie and moves into mob story territory. The first 2/3 could stand on its own as a heist movie.



The movie was well made. The set up of the characters and how they relate to each other keep us loving the cast and cry when something bad happens to them. There was both fun, serious, and character driven parts to this film. It was also a big cast to keep track, especially what their skillz are and what their role was in the film. But if they pulled it off with Oceans Eleven, you can pull it off here too. The cast included grizzly veterans of the industry, along with some eye candy for the younger folks.

Even though I was disappointed with the last 1/3 of the movie, it is a well made film and I am looking forward to watching it again.