Tag Archives: Chinese

The Wandering Earth Settles Into Familiar Territory

27 Feb

Image result for the wandering earthBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

  • Coming Soon to Netflix

The Wandering Earth is China’s choice of hailing in the Lunar New Year and for some, the celebration is still ongoing. Technically, the two-week celebration is over, but I do not want to take down the decorations. It serves to remind me what’s good about life, and know the future is bright. I gotta wear shades because the idea behind this film is cool.

The science behind setting the planet loose to be adrift in the cosmos is bang on. More than half of the citizens are dead or in accidental cryonic suspension when it came time. The reason for leaving the solar system is that the life cycle of the sun includes becoming a red giant. when that day comes, mankind better have a plan to escape; the government’s idea is to mount nuclear-powered thrusters on one side of the planet and turn it into a spaceship. To help navigate the dangers of space, the ISS gets a major redesign and co-pilots the planet. It houses humanity’s greatest minds to deal with course corrections and be the safe house for Plan B if there is one.

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Can Fate be Changed with Iceman 2: Time Traveller?

17 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Following up on the events of the last film, The Iceman 2: The Time Traveller (冰封侠: 时空行者) proves He-Ying is a tough nut to crack. His loyalty is never questioned, but yet his brothers-in-arms are easily corruptible. This Chinese production is coming to North America courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment with a video release on Feb 19th, 2019.

This film originally released in November 2018 to lacklustre box office results. When a lot of action-adventure Asian films are out to create that blockbuster experience ala Marvel Entertainment, director Raymond Yip tries his best and gives audiences Quantum Leap instead of Doctor Who. The lead is played by Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen (甄子丹).

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Dead Pigs is Not Your Typical Chinese New Year Movie

7 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dead Pigs
may sound like an unusual title for a movie to kick off Chinese New Year on its Victoria Film Festival screening Feb 4th, but it’s a well-meaning work which looks at the idiosyncrasies behind a dysfunctional family trying to survive in a modern China. In Shanghai, Candy Wang (Vivian Wu) and her elder “Old Man Wang” brother (Yang Haoyu) do not see eye to eye over their old family home. It is destined to be torn down because everything else in the old neighbourhood is gone. The Golden Happiness Project claim to improve the lives of everyone, including the impoverished, for the better is falling on a lot of deaf ears–but at what cost? Money cannot buy everything, especially when concerning preserving memories.

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