Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Clover Films Upcoming Local and Regional Movies

Attended Clover Films' Bloggers Event on last weekend, which we had a chance to get a sneak peek of upcoming movie release till 1st quarter of 2015 by Clover Films.





BLACK & WHITE : THE DAWN OF JUSTICE
痞子英雄:黎明再起
Release Date: 9 Oct 2014
Starring: Mark Chao 赵又廷, Lin Gengxin 林更新
Directed By: Tsai Yueh-hsun 蔡岳勳
Genre: Action



Synopsis:
Panic spreads the whole city as a series of bomb explosions happen within hours and this is just the beginning of a tight-knit conspiracy. Righteous and impulsive, Wu Ying-Xiong (Mark Chao) is paired up with the intelligent but arrogant loner Chen Zhen (Lin Genxin) to track down the mastermind behind the bombing incidents. Stolen military missiles are now aimed at the Harbour City; and a deadly virus is about to breakout, which is highly contagious that it can devour the whole world in 14 days. Wu and Chen discover that the bombings are just the prelude to a massive destruction, planned by the Nightwalkers…


What's enticing?
* USD 15M production with top-notch international crew.
* Stunning visuals and adrenaline-pumping actions in 3D!
* Heartthrob Mark Chao, despite him already married.
* Participation of local artiste, Christopher Lee.

Read here for the movie review.


HAEMOO 海雾
Release Date: 16 oct 2014
Starring: Kim Yun-Seok, Park Yoo-Chun, Han Ye-Ri, Moon Sung-Geun, Kim Sang-Ho
Directed By: Shim Sung-Bo
Genre: Drama



Synopsis:
HAEMOO is about a group of fishermen who are driven into madness when their attempt to smuggle illegal migrants ends in a horrible tragedy. Six crew members – led by the captain, together with ‘Wan-ho’(Moon Sung-geun) who had an eventful life and lives hidden on the boat were together on the ship. To the naive and youngest crew member ‘Dong-shik’(Park Yoochun) who just started working aboard the ship recently– begin their dream of having their boat with a full load of fish. However on the open sea, they are transporting something, it is not meat but human beings!  An unknown ‘sea fog’ to which they cannot see what’s in front of themselves comes down and they become swept into an uncontrollable accident…


What's enticing?
* The script is based on true life story.
* JYJ pop group member - Park Yoochun, who is a singer, songwriter, actor, dancer and model at
    the same time.
* Veteran actors that will bring you through their struggles to survival.
* Selected as the Korea entry for the 87th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film


THE GOLDEN ERA 黄金时代
Release Date: 16 Oct 2014
Starring: Tang Wei 湯 唯, Feng Shao Feng 馮紹峰
Directed By: Ann Hui
Genre: Drama



Synopsis:
Born into a land-owning family in Manchuria, Xiao Hong's mother died when she was young. Her estrangement from her tyrannical father sparked a long quest for an independent and emotionally satisfying life. Rescued from destitution by hard-drinking fellow writer Xiao Jun, their fraught and competitive relationship brought her more heartache than joy...


What's enticing?
* Art film directed by award winning Director, Ann Hui
* 71st Venice Film Festival Closing Film
* Toronto International Film Festival 2014 Masters Selection *Busan International Film Festival 2014 Gala Presentation
* Selected as the Hong Kong entry for the 87th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film


KUNGFU JUNGLE 一个人的武林
Release Date: 30 Oct 2014
Starring: Donnie Yen 甄子丹, Wang Bao Qiang 王宝强, Charlie Yeung 杨采妮
Directed By: Teddy chan
Genre: Action



Synopsis:
Martial arts instructor (Donnie Yen) working at a police academy gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer (Wang Baoqiang) starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in exchange of his freedom.


What's enticing?
* A tribute to the martial arts masters
* Loads of fighting scenes with demonstrations of different forms of martial arts
* BFI London Film Festival 2014 Official Selection


DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART 2 单身男女 2
Release Date: 13 Nov 2014
Starring: Miriam Yeung 杨千嬅, Louis Koo 古天乐, Gao Yuan Yuan 高圆圆, Vic Chou 周渝民, Daniel Wu 吴彦祖
Directed by: Johnnie Teo
Genre: Romance



Synopsis:
As soon as Shen Ran loses his ingénue of a girlfriend Zixin to an architect, he revert to his usual womanizer self with a vengeance. He starts hitting on every pretty girl that crosses his path until he met the stock market maverick Yang Yang, whom is as gorgeous as she is talented…

What's enticing?
* Heartthrob Daniel Woo and Louis Koo with the addition of Vic Chou.


MY GEEKY NERDY BUDDIES 大宅男
Release Date: 30 Oct 2014
Starring: Jam Hsiao 萧敬腾, Maggie Jiang 江疏影, Xie Na 谢娜, Da Peng 大鹏
Directed By: Chu Yen-Ping
Genre: Comedy / Romance


Synopsis:
Otaku (Jam Hsiao) and his roommate Mr. Cheap (Da Peng) are known as the ultimate geeks of their university. Like any other guys, their goal is to fall in love with their girls of their dreams. To get close to their goddess, Mr. Cheap pretends to be a spoiled rich kid, appearing everywhere Mei (Xie Na) goes. Meanwhile, Otaku tries to create a chance to talk to class beauty Ling (Maggie Jiang) by running into her in the hallway, only to have his plan fail awkwardly.

The school’s legendary couples party is fast approaching, and the only person to show up without a date will be etched on the “pillar of shame” and be mocked forever. To avoid this catastrophic fate, Otaku and Mr. Cheap decide to put away lame disguises and try winning their goddesses over by being sincere and earnest, and a fierce battle for love is about to kick off...."

What's enticing?
* Funny gags that chase your blues away, great stress reliever.
* A different aspect of Jam Hsiao with a nerdy look, apart from his usual rock prince in his singing career.


THE EYES DIARY
Release Date: 11 Dec 2014
Starring: Focus Jirakul, Chonnikan Netjui, Kittisak Patomburana
Directed By: Chookiat Sakveerakul
Genre: Horror


Synopsis:
It has been three months since Nott (Punjan) lost his beloved girlfriend, Pla (Focus) in the motorcycle accident. Full of guilt, he tries to find a way to find back Pla’s soul and decides to join the emergency crew volunteer which he secretly picked up the belongings of the dead ones, hoping that he will be able to find back Pla’s soul, but things are not that simple. His friend, John (Jack) warns him against seeing spirits lightly, however, Nott continues to confront the haunting spirits hoping that they will lead him to Pla.  Never did he expected that everything that is happening is actually under Pla’s watchful eyes...

What's enticing?
* Horror thrills that drives you down the spine.


BRING BACK THE DEAD 招魂
Release Date: Jan 2015
Starring: Jesseca Liu 刘芷绚, Jacko Chiang 蒋伟文, Liu Ling Ling 刘玲玲, Eelyn Kok 郭蕙雯
Directed By: Lee Thean-Jeen
Genre: Horror



Synopsis:
Jia En (Jesseca Liu), a grieving mother, seeks the help of her former caregiver, Mdm Seetoh (Liu Ling Ling), to bring back his soul of her seven-year-old son who died in a tragic road accident. However, after several strange and deadly occurrences in the house, she begins to suspect that there is something amiss with the soul she has brought back. As she unravels the truth, she realized that the horrifying truth that may cost her her life and the lives of those around her...


What's enticing?
* Jesseca's great acting skills gonna brings you through the journey of a grieving mom to a horrified mom


KING OF MAHJONG 麻雀王
Release Date: 1st Quarter 2015
Starring: Chapman To 杜汶泽 , Mark Lee 李国煌, Michelle Ye 叶璇
Directed By: Adrian Teh
Genre: Comedy



Synopsis:
“King of Mahjong” centers on the decade-long feud and eventual reunion of Huang Tian Ba (Mark Lee) and Ah Fatt (Chapman To), two top disciples of legendary mahjong guru, Master Ru. 20 years later, Huang Tian Ba, becomes a world-acclaimed mahjong magnate and shows up in Ipoh to challenge Fatt to The International Mahjong King Competition. Determined and contented to lead the life of a commoner, Fatt declines to join the competition. In a bid to force Fatt into the showdown, Huang abducts Fatt’s wife, Lei Meng Na (Michelle Ye), Fatt has no choice but to join the competition. On the mahjong table, Fatt and Huang compete as the finalists; Ru Wu Chang’s secret mahjong technique and the truth comes to light as the winner emerges...

What's enticing?
* A great mix of Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong artistes, of different demographics.
* Expect a good show put up by the many veteran artistes.
* Expect great laughs with veteran comedians - Chapman To and Mark Lee.

Among the above listed movies, which are your must see list?  Pls do share with me.
I personally am looking forward to BLACK & WHITE : THE DAWN OF JUSTICE 痞子英雄:黎明再起, KUNGFU JUNGLE 一个人的武林, and BRING BACK THE DEAD 招魂.
Although I had not watched the sequel 1 of BLACK & WHITE, however, the stories aren't much related.  I'm really looking forward to the visual effects with the strong production team, the trailer tells all!  Gosh, Donnie Yen's martial arts are great admired by all, and what interest me is that, KUNGFU JUNGLE 一个人的武林 is a tribute to all the martial masters and you get to watch the different forms of martial arts through out the movie! Jesseca Liu's acting skills has improved much over these years and I have no doubt in her leading the audience through the emotions of her character in BRING BACK THE DEAD 招魂.

If I must say, there's another movie that I'm looking foward to, which is Clover Films' acquired movie - Second Chance 逆轉勝,  starring the guitarist of Mayday 五月天 - Wen Shang-Yi 溫尚翊 (nickname: Monster 怪獸), Jason Wang 王識賢, Jasper Liu 劉以豪 and Peijia Huang 黃姵嘉.  In fact, I have been hearing many Mayday fans hoping that the movie will be brought in to Singapore.

Last but not least, thanks Clover Films and William for extending the invitation.

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