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The Golden Rock - November 2nd, 2007 Edition

- Variety Asia, after their “10 actors to watch out for” feature, now has a “10 cinematographers to watch for” feature. While three of them are Asian, none of them work in Asian films.

Rain Li
Tetsuo Nagata
Larry Fong

- It’s reviews time! Jason Gray has a review of Takashi Miike’s box office hit Crows: Episode Zero, which he seemed to have enjoyed. Meanwhile, Variety has a few reviews for films from the Tokyo International Film Festival: Russell Edward’s reviews for Bloody Snake Under the Sun and Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge. Working busier than ever, there’s also Edwards’ review for festival winner United Red Army.

- After making a failed attempt into Hollywood (considering it’s been done forever, was finished by its star, and still hasn’t seen a release date in North America, The Flock is a failure already), Andrew Lau manages to continue conning Media Asia into giving his a ton of money for a movie. This time he will direct the first of a trilogy of films based on the famed Chinese novel The Water Margin, with him producing the second film, to be directed by Johnnie To (Andrew Lau producing for Johnnie To?). Maybe I’m being really cynical about this, but it’s really hard for me to get excited about a big-budget Andrew Lau film.

- In more Lust, Caution news, the Mainland Chinese version, cut by Ang Lee himself and took 6 revisions before it passed, finally opened in China. EastSouthWestNorth has a translation of a Mainland Chinese article that discusses the difference between the two, despite a rumored mandate from the Central Publicity Department to not discuss the differences.

- Lastly (to save news for the rest of the weekend), there’s a third and probably final trailer for Peter Chan Ho-Sun’s The Warlords, which currently seems to be the only Chinese film in the Hong Kong market for Christmas. As expensive and star-packed as it seems, I can’t get myself excited for this one either for some reason.

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