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mikomiДата: Понедельник, 22.06.2009, 18:54 | Сообщение # 31
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Samanosuke, very funny site))))))) thoough I have no ide how does it work
But I had fun with dummies biggrin



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SamanosukeДата: Среда, 24.06.2009, 04:28 | Сообщение # 32
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You can click on the robot, too, to get to the works section. I seriously wanna try both teas. They do sound tasty.

VIZ Pictures Inc. will be releasing K-20 next year.

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Pre-order K-20 (Hong Kong version) on VCD now, if you wish. Release date is expected to be July 9th.

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mikomiДата: Среда, 24.06.2009, 08:45 | Сообщение # 33
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Samanosuke, yeah)))))) I am looking forward for this film

and the tea - I wish it was sold here in Ukraine <_<



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SamanosukeДата: Среда, 08.07.2009, 06:20 | Сообщение # 34
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When I come back from visiting relatives, that and Red Cliff II will be bought.

Why hello there. aaa BIOTHERM HOMME contract renewed.

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mikomiДата: Среда, 08.07.2009, 11:35 | Сообщение # 35
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Samanosuke, wow))))) that is cool and the piccies are awesome. Though not much as the previous time.

I have made a news entry and some research
http://tkfanclub.do.am/publ/2-1-0-9
that is an article I have found

and that is a nesw entry
http://tkfanclub.do.am/news/2009-07-08-49



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SamanosukeДата: Среда, 08.07.2009, 21:10 | Сообщение # 36
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Considering how news surrounding him has been rather quiet for a time, seeing him with BIOTHERM HOMME's new additions is great. biggrin And I mean work related news.
 
mikomiДата: Среда, 08.07.2009, 21:42 | Сообщение # 37
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Samanosuke, totally agree)))))))))I am glad I could find something too))))
though translation was a real pain......it took me a day to do it biggrin



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mikomiДата: Понедельник, 20.07.2009, 17:19 | Сообщение # 38
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NYAsian Film Festival about K-20

Source: http://www.cinemastrikesback.com/?cat=259

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K-20: Legend of the Mask
AKA: K-20: Kaijin niju menso den
Dir. Shimako Sato (Japan 2008)
Rating: 2 ½ out of 4 Stars (above average)
Capsule Review by: David Austin

K-20: LEGEND OF THE MASK PLAYS AT THE IFC CENTER ON JUNE 20 AT 8:15 PM AND ON JUNE 30 AT 1:45 PM. SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

K-20 is silly fun; an old-fashioned matinee crowd-pleaser in the vein of The Rocketeer or the Indiana Jones films. Set in an alternate universe where World War II never happened and Japan has retained its Victorian-era stratification of society, the film pits a dashing hero against a cartoon villain – master thief Kaijin 20: The Fiend with 20 Faces - before a steampunk backdrop. It’s definitely kids’ stuff, the sort of film that might star Brendan Fraser if made in the US, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t get a kick out of the showmanship, starting with K-20’s first appearance – ripping off a rubber face at a press conference to reveal a serial villain’s mask and fedora, along with a catchy maniacal cackle. Today’s more serious superhero opuses, with their angst and extreme violence, rarely find time for the lighthearted fun that powers most of K-20.

Takeshi Kaneshiro, whose boyish good looks have matured since his turns in Wong Kar-wai’s earlier films, stars as Heikichi Endo, lower-class circus athlete (shades of Robin’s origin). The mysterious K-20 frames Endo in order to distract ace detective Kogoro Akechi (stone-faced Toru Nakamura) from his plan to capture an electrical doomsday machine created by Nikola Tesla, forcing Endo to adopt an identity as a cat burglar. Meanwhile, Takako Matsu makes for a fun heroine as Duchess Yoko Hashiba – while no Karen Allen or Margot Kidder, she’s spunky and having more fun than anyone else in the movie. For Endo, having to hide from the authorities is cause to bemoan his fate. For Yoko, it is an excuse to break free from the bonds that have stifled her all her life.

K-20 is packed with fun pop culture references and slick special effects. Sato creates a credible world, where police zeppelins co-exist with gyrocopters in a city still caught in the throes of the art deco movement. While not quite on the level of Hollywood’s filmic Gothams, K-20’s Teito, capital of this alternate universe Japan, has great visual appeal and provides enjoyable stomping grounds for the film’s numerous parkour-inspired action scenes. Similarly, K-20’s take on Edogawa Rampo’s Detective Kogoro Akechi, the great Sherlock Holmes figure of Japanese literature, is an interesting one. The film’s Akechi is a cold, removed aristocrat, who first reaction to his fiancée’s attempt at seduction is to suspect a plot.

The plot is full of holes and clichés but, even at over two hours, director Shimako Sato provides K-20 with enough momentum to help viewers endure the occasional slower and sillier stretches, with a few exceptions. The worst offenders are the scenes featuring orphans – these are pure treacle, clumsily illustrating the miseries of the underclass and even going so far as to use the gratuitous and tonally inappropriate death of a child to hammer its point home. However, I’m willing to overlook a certain amount of crap from any director who works in a sly homage to Empire Strikes Back.

and the Warlords

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AKA: Tau ming chong
Country and Year: China (2007)
Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Starring: Andy Lau, Jet Li, Takeshi Kaneshiro

Review By: David Austin
Rating: 3 out of 4 stars (good)

WARLORDS PLAYS AT THE IFC CENTER ON JUNE 19 AT 6:30 PM AND ON JUNE 23 AT 7:15 PM. SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

Warlords is an interesting example of how the same tale can be filmed very differently. The true story that forms the basis for the film – the rise of an ambitious Chinese general during the Taiping Rebellion of the late 1800s and his eventual assassination – was previously told by legendary martial arts director Chang Cheh in Blood Brothers, one of his absolute best movies. Peter Chan’s 2007 remake follows the same outlines, but makes significant changes while taking advantage of a far larger budget and a far grander scale. However, though the artistry of the recent film is far superior, and though Warlords has aspirations to be a manly tearjerker of the highest quality, Blood Brothers remains the more emotionally resonant and successful film. While filming Blood Brothers, Chang was at the top of his game and recorded some of the best performances of his career – Warlords, on the other hand, hits all the expected notes and hits them well, but never quite catches fire.

Both versions put the focus on a love triangle (really a love quadrangle, given the deep currents of platonic homoeroticism). In Warlords, as in Blood Brothers, the fulcrum around which the plot turns is the historical figure of General Ma – called Pang in Chan’s version and essayed by Jet Li. Warlords opens with the slaughter of Li’s army by the Taiping – a slaughter from which Li emerges despondent and disgraced. Excoriating himself for the loss of his honor and his men, Li falls into the arms of Lian (Jinglei Xu), a sympathetic peasant woman. Later, Li joins up with a group of bandits headed by a nearly unrecognizable Andy Lau (oddly, this fierce bandit chieftain is a bigger transformation for the actor than even his muscle-suit turn in Running on Karma) and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Forging a bond of camaraderie with the two men, Li sets about molding the bandits into a serious fighting force with which to challenge the Taiping and regain his former position. Complicating matters are Li’s own self-loathing and his vague desire to do help the common people through his actions, Imperial power politics, Lau’s disagreements with Li’s methods and, of course, the fact that Lian happens to be Li’s wife.

Chang’s version is similarly star-studded, featuring Ti Lung in the role of General Ma, Chen Kuan-tai in the Andy Lau role, and David Chiang in the Takeshi Kaneshiro role. However, shockingly for a Chang Cheh film, the Lian role is far more interesting in Blood Brothers. Though I love his work, Chang is not normally known for his plots and characters, and roles for women in his films are generally negligible, leading to frequent charges of misogyny. After all, Chang is the guy who practically turned Cheng Pei-Pei’s Golden Swallow into a guest star in his sequel to Come Drink with Me. Chan, on the other hand, has directed female-friendly movies like Comrades: Almost a Love Story and Perhaps Love.

However, as played by Ching Li (veteran of so many Chu Yuan wu xias, a director who usually had far more interest in female roles), the character is far more of a driver of the plot. She is attracted by Ma’s energy and ambition as much as she is turned off by Chen Kuan-tai’s lack of the same. Though cast in the femme fatale role of driving a wedge between the sworn brothers, her actions are understandable and her agony at the resulting tragedy is palpable. Jinglei Xu’s version of the role, by contrast, is more of a cipher – it is far from clear what attracts her to Jet Li (pity?) or why she would turn on her husband, portrayed by Andy Lau as a far more noble and heroic figure (a case of casting dictating character?) than Chen’s buffoonish brawler. As we are given little insight into her motivations, the infidelity aspect of the plot almost feels tacked on, instead of essential.

Similarly, Jet Li’s Pang, though one of his better performances, pales next to Ti Lung’s starkly ambitious and charismatic Ma. It was a rare villainous turn for Ti (an actor who gained renewed attention from John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow series) and a real showcase of his talents as an actor and martial artist. Ma’s near complete amorality was a more original approach than Li’s tortured “ends justify the means” philosophy. By amorality, I do not mean the sort of gratuitous wrongdoing that usually passes for evil in cinema – I mean that Ma simply does not take morality into account at all because he is almost exclusively interested in his own advancement. Personally, I have never been that fond of Jet Li as an actor (as opposed to a martial artist). That said, perhaps contrary to popular opinion, I think he does his best work in more lighthearted roles in films like Swordsman II and Kung Fu Cult Master than when forced to act dour. Li’s role here calls for a lot of glowering while ensconced in increasingly baroque sets of heavy armor, and, frankly, it is less than engaging.

Warlords does far outshine its predecessor in its epically choreographed battle scenes and the stunning production design. Blood Brothers was a product of its times and the cash-conscious Shaw Brothers studio, which tended to recycle the same costumes, sets, stuntmen and locations in its films. By contrast, Chan appears to have spared no expense, and the scale of the melees on display is stupendous. Rather than kung fu fights featuring 30-50 padded stuntmen and interminable (and unintentionally comic) scenes of people rolling down hills, Warlords features a cast of thousands duking it out in bone-crunching, limb-hacking battles that rival those of Braveheart. The proceedings are all insanely gory in that uniquely over-the-top Hong Kong fashion and highly entertaining if you enjoy that sort of thing (which I do).

Sadly, both versions give short shrift to the Taiping Rebellion, an appallingly bloody but fascinatingly bizarre incident in Chinese history. As well-chronicled in Jonathan Spence’s God’s Chinese Son, the Taiping were a quasi-Christian movement fomented among the southern Hakka minority by a total nut and failed official exam-taker who declared himself to be Jesus’s younger brother and whose followers refused to cut their hair into the queue hairstyle required by the ruling Manchurians. Crazy though they were, the Taiping were phenomenally successful as a military organization (at least initially) and won a number of important military victories against the doddering Qin (Manchu) dynasty, and eventually (as touched on in Warlords) controlled the key city of Nanking. At least one of the key incidents in the downfall of the Taiping is reflected in Warlords – the slaughter of the surrendered Taiping.

Recommended? Warlords is solid period piece with an excellent cast and tons of bloody action. Definitely work checking out, but make sure your next move is to see Chang Cheh’s masterful Blood Brothers.

If you like this, you might like: Assembly, Blood Brothers, Musa, Vengeance

© David Austin




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SamanosukeДата: Понедельник, 02.11.2009, 22:04 | Сообщение # 39
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Actor Takeshi Kaneshiro heading to Hollywood?

TAIPEI : Actor Takeshi Kaneshiro, one of Asian cinema's biggest superstars, could soon be following in the footsteps of fellow Asian stars Rain, Jay Chou and Lee Byung-hun and heading to Hollywood.

The 33-year-old was recently spotted by fans in Los Angeles, fuelling speculation that the Taiwan-based actor is in talks to star in a Hollywood film.

While Kaneshiro's agency has confirmed that the actor is indeed in Los Angeles, it said he is actually there on vacation to visit friends.

The actor has always been cautious about taking on foreign films. In 1998, he starred in "Too Tired To Die" with Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino but has kept his distance since, and even turned down a role in "The Last Samurai" starring Tom Cruise.

In recent years, the actor has once again caught Hollywood's attention after starring in 2004's "House of Flying Daggers" with Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi and Hong Kong director John Woo's war epic "Red Cliff".

His agency said that while the star has received several Hollywood offers, it will not reveal any details until he has signed on the dotted line.

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Aww!! happy

 
mikomiДата: Понедельник, 02.11.2009, 22:14 | Сообщение # 40
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Samanosuke, oh, that is a great news - I hope one day I can really post it in the front page as oficcial, can I use it as the addition to the last one?


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SamanosukeДата: Понедельник, 02.11.2009, 22:33 | Сообщение # 41
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Be my guest.

News on him is kinda coming fast again.

And do have a great time with your friends, kind sir!! biggrin

 
mikomiДата: Понедельник, 02.11.2009, 23:07 | Сообщение # 42
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Samanosuke, thank you so much for that))))))))))))))))))
here are changes in English
and
Russian news))))



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SamanosukeДата: Понедельник, 02.11.2009, 23:12 | Сообщение # 43
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They only said that he could make movies in Hollywood BECAUSE he's there. Just because he's in L.A. doesn't automatically translate that he's doing/will be doing a Hollywood movie, you know? He's entitled to take vacations and meet friends. x)

Reports just love phrasing their articles like that.

Of course, only time will tell.

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mikomiДата: Понедельник, 02.11.2009, 23:15 | Сообщение # 44
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Samanosuke, well...I thought I wrote it just the way you say it. Mean did I write it as opposite to the article?
I really told that he is in LA but he is not going to be shooting in movies there - just friends)))))



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SamanosukeДата: Понедельник, 02.11.2009, 23:28 | Сообщение # 45
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The way the article words it at first is that he'll be doing movies there BECAUSE he's L.A., so that's what they automatically assume and want us to assume. Once one reads the whole article, that's not what they mean at all. x)
 
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