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Monday, May 16, 2011

Cannes Goes Kung-Fu: "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D", "The Monkey King 3D", "The Sorcerer and the White Snake" & "Wu Xia"

Truly fantastic poster for Tsui Hark's 3D spectacle "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate"

The new bright red poster for the latest Tsui Hark - Jet Li collaboration "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D", was unveiled at this year's Cannes Film Festival. It features Jet Li wielding his sword while hanging onto a chain. The Chinese calligraphy in the poster was written by none other than Tsui Hark himself. (via Twitch)

Shot in 3D, "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate" follows a Ming Dynasty commander as he confronts a power-hungry eunuch at a deserted inn called Dragon Gate. It's a remake of Hark’s 1992 movie “Dragon Inn”.


Absolutely mesmerizing poster for Soi Cheang's upcoming 3D blockbuster "The Monkey King"

Designed by William Chang for 2011 Cannes Film Festival, this magically beautiful poster contains a hidden secret about the film's plot. One interpretation is that Donnie Yen and Chow Yun-Fat will battle to the death.

Inspired by the classic epic novel "Journey to the West", the upcoming 3D martial arts fantasy starring Donnie Yen and Chow Yun-fat tells of the Monkey King's several adventures before he embarks on the journey escorting monk Xuanzang to the west. The film is scheduled for release in summer 2012.


Three jaw-droppingly beautiful posters for
Ching Siu-Tung's cinematic extravaganza
"The Sorcerer and the White Snake"

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The three stunning Cannes posters for Tony Ching Siu-Tung's "The Sorcerer and the White Snake" reflect the theme that love is a disaster, sometimes very violent. The star-heavy cast includes Jet Li, Charlene Choi, Miriam Yeung, Huang Shengyi, Vivian Hsu and Raymond Lam.


Sensational teaser trailer for Peter Chan's martial arts epic "Wu Xia"

Peter Chan's "Wu Xia", starring Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tang Wei, premiered on May 14 at the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival (watch the amazing trailer below).

Set in the late Qing Dynasty, "Wu Xia" tells the story of Liu, who is a papermaker, leading a simple life with his wife Ayu and their two sons. Into their remote village comes Detective Xu, who is investigating the deaths of two bandits during a robbery. Xu quickly realizes that the incident in question was no ordinary botched robbery - and his dogged inquiry threatens to dredge up the dark secrets of Liu's buried past, threatening not only Liu and his family, but the entire village.


Unknown said...

These posters look absolutely stunning and the movies all sound fascinating. It's great to see so many martial arts films at Cannes.

Jet Li and Chow Yun-fat are two actors I really look forward to watching.

Great article. Hope you had a wonderful weekend, hon. :)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Mel, they do! :) I'm excited about all four of them, including Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmasters", which I didn't mention in the post.

Jet Li and Chow Yun-fat are both amazing. I would add Donnie Yen to the list too. :)

I had a wonderful weekend, thanks for asking, hon. How about you? :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They all sound awesome!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, they do! I hope they'll be as awesome as they sound :)

LoneIslander said...

I always wanted to see the Monkey King.

FilmMattic said...

Awesome post! Glad to see you're excited for Cannes as well. There is solid representation across many genres. It's good to see the Kung Fu staple getting its due place in the festival. I'm going to be all over the Sorcerer and the White Snake. Amazing posters.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

LoneIslander, so do I, but we should wait another year, as its release date is set for summer 2012. Can't wait for the first trailer!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Thanks, Matty. Glad you liked it. Yep, Cannes covers various different genres this year. The festival's diversity makes it one of the most popular film events ever, along with Toronto International Film Festival, and of course Comic Con. I'm most excited for the Sorcerer and the White Snake too.