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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Battle Of Chinese Movie Titans



This coming December 2013 will see three high-profile Chinese movie blockbusters battling against each other at the box office. Check out each of the previews below:



THE WHITE STORM 掃毒 (DEC 5)


WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo and Nick Cheung headlines as a Hong Kong narcotic team in an operation against the drug lord in Thailand known as Eight-Faced Buddha (Lo Hoi-Pang).

WHY DOES IT MATTERS?

Three of among Hong Kong's most sought-after superstars -- Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo and Nick Cheung -- are more than enough to get you interested. Plus, it has the ever-reliable director Benny Chan (BIG BULLET, NEW POLICE STORY, SHAOLIN) as well. Not only that, THE WHITE STORM looks set to be his biggest action-movie blockbuster ever made... well, at least judging by the trailers shown in the internet so far.

COULD IT BE SUCCESS OR FLOP?

Mostly probably a success. Benny Chan has stated in the interview he inspired THE WHITE STORM from his favorite movie, A BETTER TOMORROW, which ironically centers on the theme of brotherhood and the once-popular "heroic bloodshed" genre. Judging by the trailers so far, the action looks epic and spectacular. And the three actors display some intensity as well.




FIRESTORM 風暴 (DEC 12)


WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

Andy Lau plays Senior Inspector Lui, who is in charge to take down a crew of notorious criminals led by Cho Nam (Hu Jun).

WHY DOES IT MATTERS?

Four words: Andy Lau in action!. Plus, he is supported by veteran actors including Hu Jun, Gordon Lam and Ray Lui. The action looks intense, especially the gunfight at the broad daylight in the street of Hong Kong. Somehow, FIRESTORM strikes me like an action movie directed by Dante Lam (THE VIRAL FACTOR, UNBEATABLE).

COULD IT BE SUCCESS OR FLOP?

Most probably a success. While Alan Yuen is hardly known as a director, he's actually a well-known screenwriter who wrote plenty of Hong Kong action-movie blockbusters including NEW POLICE STORY, ROB-B-HOOD and CONNECTED.




POLICE STORY 2013 警察故事2013 (DEC 24)


WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

Jackie Chan plays Mainland police officer Zhong Wen, who gets involved in a kidnapping case lead by Wu Jiang (Liu Ye).

WHY DOES IT MATTERS?

Jackie Chan and POLICE STORY series. While his previous five POLICE STORY series had its ups and downs, they remained hard to ignore. In this sixth installment, it only bares the brand name and the story is a completely stand-alone. It's also interesting to see Jackie Chan returns to his gritty cop role (remember CRIME STORY back in 1993?). Furthermore, his last collaboration with director Ding Sheng in LITTLE BIG SOLDIER was a success.

COULD IT BE SUCCESS OR FLOP?

Hard to say at the moment. Frankly, all the trailers so far doesn't impress me much like all the previous POLICE STORY series. Sure, the action and the tone looks edgy. But bear in mind, it's also a Mainland production, which worries me the most. After all, how many Mainland-produced modern action movie actually worth watching for?


So which movies will emerge as the most successful Chinese movie blockbuster? Only time will tell.

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