The Great Wall

Everyone’s familiar with the Great Wall of China, but far fewer people know why it was built in the first place. Fortunately, the new The Great Wall trailer is here to tell us. Forget everything you’ve read in your history books about trade and invasions and whatnot — In Zhang Yimou‘s upcoming fantasy epic, Matt Damon discovers the real reason it exists is to keep out the monsters. Not “monsters” as in bad people; actual, literal monsters like you might see in Godzilla or Pacific Rim. Watch The Great Wall trailer below.  Read More »

This edition of Sequel Bits is all about the movie stars. After the jump:

  • Steve Carell thinks small for Brick in Anchorman 2
  • Hiccup and Toothless find a villain in Kit Harington
  • Andy Lau‘s kid makes him drop out of Iron Man 3
  • Jeff Daniels still wants to do Dumb and Dumber 2

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Three sequels, two threequels, and a TV show spinoff feature in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Mandy Moore talks about Tangled 2 and Tron: Uprising
  • A German screening of Men in Black 3 breaks a world record
  • Fan Bingbing and Yang Mi join Andy Lau in Iron Man 3
  • Robert Rodriguez drops hints on Machete Kills and Sin City 2

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Hong Kong action legend Tsui Hark‘s new film, Detective Dee And The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame, opens next week in New York and Los Angeles and to promote the adventure epic, artist Pale Horse has created an eye-catching piece of poster art that we’re proud to exclusive premiere.

Detective Dee stars Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, House of Flying Daggers) as the title character, hired by China’s most powerful woman to investigate seven mysterious deaths. Blending the kind of high-flying, martial arts action you’ve comes to expect from Tsui Hark and a mystery in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, but with a distinct steampunk twist, Detective Dee is definitely a film to keep on your radar when it opens near you. Which will most likely be soon. After the jump, check out the full poster, find out when it’s opening and even watch a clip or two. Read More »

Must Watch: Trailer for Tsui Hark’s Detective Dee


It has been a while since Tsui Hark was on top of the Hong Kong film scene. But for anyone who was knee deep in HK flicks through the ’80s and ’90s, the name should still be enough to pique some interest.

If you didn’t have the good fortune to live through that fantastic movie boom, or if the name isn’t enough, just check out the trailer for his latest film, Detective Dee. This is a mad collection of great images, and if the film is even half as visually exciting, it could be a real return to form for Hark. Read More »

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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The Warlords is a two-year old Chinese mini-epic starring Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro in a tale based on The Assassination of Ma, a story from China’s mid-1800s civil war period. The film cleaned up at the 2008 Hong Kong Film Awards and is finally hitting the states courtesy of Magnet’s Six-Shooter Film Series. Trailers have been around for some time, but Magnet has dropped a new one for their release, and you can check it out after the break. Read More »