It’s almost a great, hopefully not sad cosmic joke that Bob and Harvey Weinstein, so famous for buying and then either recutting or shelving Hong Kong films, will distribute John Woo‘s latest made-in-China effort, Reign of Assassins. The Weinstein Company announced today that it has pre-bought North and South American rights to the film, which was produced by John Woo and longtime partner Terence Chang, and co-directed by Woo and Su Chao-Pin, who also wrote. Read More »
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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Leaving Hollywood was the best thing John Woo ever did for his career. After a string of action films of steadily declining quality, Woo made the Chinese epic Red Cliff, which landed on several critics top 10 lists of 2009. Now comes Reign of Assassins, a new film that Woo produced with longtime partner Terence Chang. We have the promo reel (via Twitch) after the jump. Assassins is written and directed by Su Chao-Pin, but the promo reel says that Woo “co-directed” it. Hit the jump to check out the reel and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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