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Bruce Lee Returns to Blu-ray in June

This is as exciting as is gets for fans of martial arts movies. Marketing Interactive reports that Fortune Star, which owns the copyrights to a library of over 600 movies (mostly from Hong Kong), has struck a deal with Hong Kong based distributor Kam & Ronson to release a number of titles on Blu-ray.


More Bruce Lee coming to Blu-ray!

First on the release calendar are four beloved Bruce Lee movies: The Big Boss, The Way of the Dragon, Enter the Dragon and Fist of Fury. These titles are scheduled for a mid-June release and based on Kam & Ronson’s track record on Blu-ray so far, should have English subtitles.

We’re especially excited to hear that this seems to be a long-term arrangement that should help fuel the release of many more catalogue Hong Kong titles fans have been clamoring for. We’ve added the four new Blu-rays to our Release Dates section.

Source: Marketing Interactive



28th Hong Kong Film Awards Nominations; 10 Available on Blu-ray

Nominations for the upcoming 28th annual Hong Kong Film Awards have been announced. Leading the way with most nomiations are Red Cliff with 15, Ip Man with 12, and Painted Skin with 12.

Notable nominees include Sammo Hung, who is up for not one but two Best Action Director awards for his work on Ip Man and The Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of The Dragon. It was also a breakthrough year for actor Donnie Yen, who was nominated for the first time for Best Actor for his role in Ip Man.

As always, most notable to us at AsianSpin is how well the Blu-ray format is represented. A total of ten films being nominated are currently available on Blu-ray disc.

The Hong Kong Film Awards will take place on April 19th. Here is a complete list of the nominations:

Best Film:
THE WAY WE ARE
RED CLIFF
CJ7
PAINTED SKIN
IP MAN

Best Director:
Ann Hui (THE WAY WE ARE)
Johnnie To (SPARROW)
Benny Chan (CONNECTED)
Wilson Yip (IP MAN)

Best Scriptwriter:
Susan Chan, Sylvia Chang, Mathias Woo (RUN PAPA RUN)
Lui Hee-ching (THE WAY WE ARE)
Gordon Chan, Lau Ho-leung, Abe Kwong (PAINTED SKIN)
Ng Wai-lun, Dante Lam (THE BEAST STALKER)
Ivy Ho (CLAUSTRAPHOBIA)

Best Actor:
Louis Koo (RUN PAPA RUN)
Simon Yam (SPARROW)
Tony Leung (RED CLIFF)
Nick Cheung (WITNESS)
Donnie Yen (IP MAN)

Best Actress:
Paw Hee-ching (THE WAY WE ARE)
Lau Mei-huan (TRUE WOMEN FOR SALE)
Barbie Hsu (CONNECTED)
Zhou Xun (PAINTED SKIN)
Lam Kar-yan (CLAUSTRAPHOBIA)

Best Supporting Actor:
Zhang Fengyi (RED CLIFF)
Stephen Chow (CJ7)
Liu Kai-chi (THE BEAST STALKER)
Lam Ka-tung (IP MAN)
Fan Siu-wong (IP MAN)

Best Supporting Actress:
Nora Miao (RUN PAPA RUN)
Chan Lai-wun (THE WAY WE ARE)
Vicki Zhao (RED CLIFF)
Race Wong (TRUE WOMEN FOR SALE)
Sun Li (PAINTED SKIN)

Best New Actor:
Monica Mok (OCEAN FLAME)
Zhang Yuqi (ALL ABOUT WOMEN)
Leung Chun-lung (THE WAY WE ARE)
Lin Chi-ling (RED CLIFF)
Xu Jiao (CJ7)

Best Cinematography:
Cheung Tung-leung (THE THREE KINGDOMS: RESURRECTION OF THE DRAGON)
Cheng Siu-keung (SPARROW)
Lu Yue, Zhang Li (RED CLIFF)
Arthur Wong (PAINTED SKIN)
O Sing-pui (IP MAN)

Best Editing:
David Richardson (SPARROW)
Angie Lam, Robert A. Ferretti, Yang Hongyu (RED CLIFF)
Yau Chi-wai (CONNECTED)
Chan Ki-hop (THE BEAST STALKER)
Cheung Ka-fai (IP MAN)

Best Art Direction:
Daniel Lee, Ma Gwong-wing (THE THREE KINGDOMS: RESURRECTION OF THE DRAGON)
Yee Chung-man, Lau Man-hung (AN EMPRESS AND THE WARRIORS)
Tim Yip (RED CLIFF)
Bill Liu (PAINTED SKIN)
Kenneth Mak (IP MAN)

Best Costume Design:
Thomas Chong, Wong Ming-ha (THE THREE KINGDOMS: RESURRECTION OF THE DRAGON)
William Chang (ALL ABOUT WOMEN)
Yee Chung-man, Dora Ng (AN EMPRESS AND THE WARRIORS)
Tim Yip (RED CLIFF)
Ng Po-ling (PAINTED SKIN)

Best Action Director:
Sammo Hung (THE THREE KINGDOMS: RESURRECTION OF THE DRAGON)
Corey Yuen (RED CLIFF)
Li Chi-chung (CONNECTED)
Stephen Tung (PAINTED SKIN)
Sammo Hung (IP MAN)

Best Sound Effects:
Wu Jiang, Roger Savage (RED CLIFF)
Kinson Tsang, Lai Chi-hong (PAINTED SKIN)
Cheng Wing-yuen, Nip Kei-wing, Wong Tai-wai (THE BEAST STALKER)
Kinson Tsang (IP MAN)

Best Visual Effects:
Heather Abels (RED CLIFF)
Eddy Wong, Victor Wong, Ken Law (CJ7)
Ho Siu-lun (MISSING)
Ng Yuen-fai, Chau Chi-shing, Tam Kai-kwan (PAINTED SKIN)
Henri Wong (IP MAN)

Best Original Film Score:
Henry Lai (THE THREE KINGDOMS: RESURRECTION OF THE DRAGON)
Fred Avril, Xavier Jamaux (SPARROW)
Taro Iwashiro (RED CLIFF)
Ikuro Fujiwara (PAINTED SKIN)
Kenji Kawai (IP MAN)

Best Original Film Song:
“Follow Your Dream” (AN EMPRESS AND THE WARRIORS)
“Breaking up is Ruthless” (L FOR LOVE, L FOR LIES)
“Heart War” (RED CLIFF)
“Ten Thousand Years Prelude” (MISSING)
“Painted Heart” (PAINTED SKIN)

Best New Director:
Kwok Chi-kin (THE MOSS)
Heiward Mak (HIGH NOON)
Ivy Ho (CLAUSTRAPHOBIA)

Best Asian Film:
IF YOU ARE THE ONE (China / Hong Kong)
CAPE NO. 7 (Taiwan)
SUSPECT X (Japan)
FOREVER ENTHRALLED (China / Hong Kong)
ASSEMBLY (China / Hong Kong)



Happy Lunar New Year!

As we embark on the 4707th year of the Chinese lunar calendar, we want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous year of the Ox and thank you for your support. The Ox is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work and we are hopeful it will be a year of progress and peace in these trying economic times. Gong hai fat choi!



The State of Blu: Steady Wave of Hong Kong Distributors Join Blu-ray

2008 was an exciting year for Asian film fans who owned a Blu-ray player. We saw many good titles come out from a range of Hong Kong distributors, but perhaps just as importantly, the majority of the discs put out had terrific audio and picture quality. Distributors who made the jump last year included Universe Laser (Sparrow), Edko Films (Secret, Lust Caution, and Fearless), Mei Ah (An Empress and The Warriors, Mad Detective, PTU, La Lingerie, Butterfly Lovers, and Red Cliff), and Tai Seng (Dragon Tiger Gate, House of Fury). And while some may lament the lack of quantity, I for one was quite encouraged by the consistent quality of the releases.


It was a banner year for Asian Blu-ray movies,
and Red Cliff was a shinning star among them.

Now, just a couple of weeks into 2009, two new distributors have already entered the Blu-ray fray: Panorama Entertainment (Painted Skin, Danny the Dog) and Joy Sales (Connected). These two new players in the high definition domain not only represent a significant bump in the number of active Blu-ray distributors, they also increase the possibility of a large number of Asian movies whose rights belong to these companies to see life in 1080p.

Panorama, for example, owns the rights to the DVD releases of Johnny To’s Election and Election 2, whereas Joy Sales owns an extensive library of catalogue DVD titles including Jackie Chan movies like The Myth, Rob B Hood, and New Police Story (just to name a few).

While we cannot confirm that the Blu-ray rights to the aforementioned movies are locked in with either Panorama or Joy Sales, it can only be encouraging to see companies like these make the investment in Blu-ray. As they say: “if you build it, they will come.” Let’s hope they keep building.



Chinese Officials Seize Fake Blu-rays in AVCHD Format

This past Monday, authorities in China, with the help of a tip provided by the Motion Picture Association (MPA), raided a shop and a warehouse in Futian and seized 30,700 pirated optical discs including 800 in the AVCHD format. AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) is a high-definition and standard-definition recording format for use in digital tapeless camcorders and can be played on some Blu-ray disc players. This was the largest ever seizure of the format in China.

The International Federation Against Copyright Theft – Greater China (IFACT-GC), who conducted the raid, said that “consumers should not be fooled by these fake Blu-ray discs.” He added that “price is a good guideline to quality – you get what you pay for and if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Consumers are advised to shop for genuine products in reputable retailers.”

Source: businessofcinema.com



45th Golden Horse Awards Nominations; 7 Available on Blu-ray

The 45th Annual Golden Horse nominees were just announced today. Peter Chan’s period war epic The Warlords leads the list of nominations for Taiwan’s premiere movie awards.

The Warlords received 12 nominations including best feature film, best director and best leading actor for star Jet Li. John Woo’s $80 million epic Red Cliff garnered four nominations in the supporting actor, visual effects, art direction and make-up/costume-design categories but none in the major categories.
 
Most notable to us at AsianSpin is the fact that out of the 21 films nominated, 7 are currently out on Blu-ray. Not bad for a new format just coming off a 2-year format war. The nominees currently available on Blu-ray are: The Warlords, Sparrow, Red Cliff, Assembly, Missing, CJ7, and An Empress and the Warriors.
 
45th Golden Horse Film Award Nominees
 
Best Feature Film
“Cape No.7″
“Orz Boyz”
Assembly”
“Ocean Flame”
“The Warlords”

Best Director
Wei Te-sheng, “Cape No.7″
Pang Ho-cheung, “Trivial Matters”
Peter Chan Ho-sun, “The Warlords”
Sylvia Chang Ai-jia, “Run Papa Run”
 
Best Leading Actress
Prudence Liew, “True Women for Sale”
Monica Mok, “Ocean Flame”
Karena Lam, “Claustrophobia”
Chang Yung-yung, “Miao Miao”
 
Best Original Screenplay
“Orz Boys”
“Winds of September”
“The Warlords”
“Claustrophobia”
 
Best Leading Actor
Zhang Han-yu, “Assembly”
Liao Fan, “Ocean Flame”
Jet Li Lian-jie, “The Warlords”
Louis Koo, “Run Papa Run”
 
Best Supporting Actor
Ma Ju-long, “Cape No. 7″
Eason Chan, “Trivial Matters”
Hu Jun, “Red Cliff”
Dai Li-ren, “Parking”
 
Best Supporting Actress
Mei Fang, “Orz Boyz”
Lai Ming, “Money No Enough 2″
Wu Liqi, “Qi lu Tian Tang”
Nora Miao, “Run Papa Run”
 
Best New Performer
Chie Tanaka, “Cape No.7″
Lin Tsung-hui, “Cape No.7″
Pang Chin-yu, “Orz Boyz”
Jiang Su-min, “Tiao Ge Zi”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“Trivial Matters”
“Assembly”

Best Cinematography
“Cape No.7″
“Ocean Flame”
“The Warlords”
“Sparrow”

Best Visual Effects
“Assembly”
“The Warlords”
“Red Cliff”
“CJ7″

Best Art Direction
“Ocean Flame”
“The Warlords”
“Parking”
“Red Cliff”

Best Make-up and Costume Design
“Trivial Matters”
“Candy Rain”
“The Warlords”
“Red Cliff”

Best Action Choreography
“Assembly”
“Connected”
“The Warlords”
“An Empress and the Warriors”

Best Original Film Score
“Cape No.7″
“The Warlords”
“Sparrow”
“12 Lotus”

Best Film Editing
“Winds of September”
“Connected”
“The Warlords”
“Claustrophobia”

Best Sound Effects
“Cape No.7″
“Assembly”
“The Warlords”
“Missing”

Outstanding Taiwanese Film of the Year
“Cape No.7″
“Winds of September”
“Parking”

Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year
Wei Te-Sheng
Takeshi Kanashiro
Li Long-yu

Lifetime Achievement Award
Chang Feng

Special Contribution Award
Huang Hui