Shanghai trailer

Many years ago, Mikael Håfström (1408Escape Plan) made Shanghai, a ’40s-set mystery with a splashy international cast that included his 1408 star John Cusack along with Chow Yun-fat, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Franka Potente, Gong Li, David Morse and Ken Watanabe. The film saw release in many countries, but sat on the shelf in the US after being purchased by — you guessed it — The Weinstein Company.

Now the film is finally poised for what amounts to a too little/too late release in the US, where it will ultimately end up as a Tuesday night Netflix watch for many audiences. But there’s a new domestic Shanghai trailer to show it off, which you can see below.  Read More »


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Coming Home trailer

Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the new trailer for Coming Home, the historical romance from director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero). Based on the novel by Geling Yan, Coming Home centers on a married couple, Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li), who are separated when the former is sent to a labor camp.

He returns years later to discover that she, having suffered a head injury, no longer recognizes him. Determined to get his life back, he sets out to resurrect his relationship with his wife. Newcomer Zhang Huiwen plays their daughter. Watch the Coming Home trailer after the jump. Read More »

Coming Home trailer

You can always count on the Cannes Film Festival to showcase the most intriguing releases from around the world. This year, that includes Coming Home, the latest from director Zhang Yimou.

Gong Li (Raise the Red Lantern) and Chen Daoming (Hero) lead the sweeping romantic drama, which has already been scooped up by Sony Pictures Classics for U.S. distribution. Watch the gorgeous first Coming Home trailer after the jump.

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After making a name for himself with lush, visually oriented fantasies like The Fall and March’s Mirror, Mirror, Tarsem Singh could be getting a little more grounded with his newest project. The filmmaker is preparing to direct a historical drama about the explorer Marco Polo. While the iconic figure has yet to be cast, the English-language film has found its first star in the form of Chinese actress Gong Li. More details after the jump.

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Movie Trailer: Shanghai


You’d think an epic WWII espionage thriller set in Shanghai, starring John Cusack and directed by Mikael1408Håfström would be an easy sell. But maybe not, if it’s really just a trip to dullsville. Shanghai was pushed around on the Weinstein Company schedule for a while last year before being pushed off indefinitely. We’ve seen stills for the film, but now there’s an international trailer. If this clips is anything to judge the film by, no wonder TWC didn’t want to spend money to advertise and release it. Read More »


It’s been quite a while since Walter Hill directed a film that could be called a total success, but I never stop pulling for the guy who directed The Warriors, 48 Hrs. and Streets of Fire. (Even if he also directed Another 48 Hrs. — nasty stuff.) So I’ll take any shred of positive news about his upcoming work, and this news is seriously positive. Hill is working on a film called St. Vincent that will reunite him with his Johnny Handsome star Mickey Rourke. Now he’s added another Johnny Handsome alum, Forest Whitaker, and some other great cast members that should push the film up  on my watch list. Read More »

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Hannibal Rising Movie Review

Hannibal Rising

When I first saw the advertisements for Hannibal Rising, I feared the worst. The marketing people have decided to sell the movie as a teen slasher film. While the movie certainly doesn’t measure up to The Silence of the Lambs (or even it’s subsequent sequels), I’m happy to report that Hannibal Rising is watch-able (although I’m not sure I’d recommend it).
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