The White Countess (2005)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/China/USA, 2005.  Merchant Ivory Productions, Sony Pictures Classics, Shanghai Film Group, VIP 3 Medienfonds, Global Cinema Group, Rising Star, China Film Co-Production Corporation. Screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro. Cinematography by Christopher Doyle. Produced by Ismail Merchant, Zhonglun Ren. Music by Richard Robbins. Production Design by Andrew Sanders….

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Zhou Yu’s Train (2002)

ZHOU SUN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Zhou yu De Huo Che China/Hong Kong, 2002.  China Film Co-Production Corporation, China Film Group, Glory Top Properties, Media Asia Films, Senjiu Film.  Screenplay by Zhou Sun, Mei Zhang, based on the novel by Cun Bei.  Cinematography by Yu Wang.  Produced by Jianxin Huang, William Kong, Zhou Sun.  Music by Shigeru Umebayashi.  Production Design by…

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The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

ROB MINKOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/China/Australia/South Korea, 2008.  Casey Silver Productions, China Film Co-Production Corporation, Huayi Brothers Media, Relativity Media.  Screenplay by John Fusco.  Cinematography by Peter Pau.  Produced by Casey Silver.  Music by David Buckley.  Production Design by Bill Brzeski.  Costume Design by Shirley Chan.  Film Editing by Eric Strand.   Yet another Hollywood invasion into the world of Asian Martial…

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Eighteen Springs

BBB (out of 5) Original title:  Ban sheng yuan Sumptuous Chinese epic about two sisters in 1930s Shanghai who live with the greatest of hope but must eventually succumb to tragedy. The one, a clerk working a regular business job, has fallen mutually in love with a co-worker and plans on marrying him. The other sister…

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The Kite Runner (2007)

MARC FORSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  DreamWorks, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Participant Media, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, China Film Co-Production Corporation, Beijing Happy Pictures Cultural Communications Co., Kite Runner Holdings.  Screenplay by David Benioff, based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini.  Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer.  Produced by William Horberg, E. Bennett Walsh, Rebecca Yeldham.  Music by Alberto Iglesias.  Production Design by…

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The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor (2008)

ROB COHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  Germany/USA, 2008.  Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, The Sommers Company, Alphaville Films, Beijing Happy Pictures, China Film Co-Production Corporation, Giant Studios, Internationale Filmproduktion Blackbird Dritte, Mel’s Cite du Cinema, Nowita Pictures, Sean Daniel Company, Shanghai Film Group.  Screenplay by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, based on the 1932 screenplay by John L….

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Kung Fu Hustle

BBB (out of 5) Original title:  Kung Fu Silly, fun action film about a poor neighbourhood that secretly harbours martial arts experts. When a couple of low-lives enter the area and pretend to be members of a powerful criminal syndicate, it brings the real gang into the borough and starts all manner of trouble. After killing…

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The Emperor And The Assassin (1998)

KAIGE CHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Jing Ke Ci Qin Wang France/Japan/China, 1998.   Shin Corporation, Canal+, New Wave Company, Beijing Film Studio, Nippon Film Development and Finance, China Film Co-Production Corporation, Pricel.   Screenplay by Kaige Chen, Peigong Wang.   Cinematography by Fei Zhao.   Produced by Kaige Chen, Satoru Iseki, Shirley Kao.   Music by Jiping…

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Farewell, My Concubine (1993)

KAIGE CHEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Ba Wang Bie Ji China/Hong Kong, 1993.   Beijing Film Studio, China Film Co-Production Corporation, Maverick Picture Company, Tomson Films.   Screenplay by Pik Wah Lee, Wei Lu, based on the novel by Pik Wah Lee.   Cinematography by Changwei Gu.   Produced by Feng Hsu.   Music by Jiping Zhao.   Production…

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

ANG LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Wo Hu Cang Long Taiwan/Hong Kong/USA/China, 2000.  Asia Union Film & Entertainment Ltd., China Film Co-Production Corporation, Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia, Edko Films, Good Machine, Sony Pictures Classics, United China Vision, Zoom Hunt International Productions.  Screenplay by James Schamus, Hui-ling Wang, Kuo Jung Tsai, based on the novel…

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House Of Flying Daggers

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Original title:  Shi Mian Mai Fu Another stunning martial arts epic from director Zhang Yimou, master of period classics (Raise The Red Lantern) and gritty modern dramas (The Story Of Qiu Ju). Ziyi Zhang stars as a blind assassin who is a covert member of the House Of Flying Daggers, a group…

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Hero

BBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Ying xiong Gorgeous martial arts film stars the enigmatic Jet Li as the nameless warrior in Chinese legend who was a key player in creating the unified China. He appears in the court of the King of the Qin dynasty to tell him that he has taken care of the three…

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