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Donnie Yen is Big Brother!

20 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date: May 21, 2019
Well Go USA Entertainment

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Donnie Yen is more than an action hero, he’s a role model more than ever not only to his fans but also to those he’s trying to inspire in Big Brother (大師兄). He plays Henry Chen, a well-meaning ex-soldier turned teacher who believes in second chances. He shows life is not necessarily over to those kids who feel like they have been cast aside. The class he is assigned to handle are all considered delinquents and the problems they have are not necessarily their fault.

While viewers do not understand why Chen is trying to play hero, the story unfolds quickly enough to elevate this character to a superstar. Not even the kids he’s supposed to teach get it. Alice Cooper can sing the praises of school’s out forever, but a lingering question should be asked: what kind of impact does middle school make to anyone who is unsure in what to do next after graduation?

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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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