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Dragon (Wu Xia) Upodcast Review

When we come back, we come back kicking ass!

For our return after our hiatus from podcasting, we are taking on Donnie Yen – Takeshi Kaneshiro’ Draong (Wu Xia) just released in the UK! Part Martial Arts western, Part a re-imagining of Cronenberg’s A History Of Violence.

Here is a short Synopsis:

Liu Jin-xi (Yen) is a village craftsman whose quiet life is irrevocably shattered by the arrival of two notorious gangsters in the local general store. When Liu single-handedly saves the shopkeeper’s life, he comes under investigation by detective Xu Bai-jiu (Kaneshiro). Convinced that Liu’s martial arts mastery belies a hidden history of training by one of the region’s vicious clans, Xu doggedly pursues the shy hero—and draws the attention of China’s criminal underworld in the process.

Cast:                                        Donnie YEN, Takeshi KANESHIRO, TANG Wei, Jimmy WANG Yu, Kara HUI
Screenplay by:                         Oi Wah Lam
Directed by:                            Peter Ho-Sun CHAN
Produced by:                           Peter Ho-Sun CHAN, Jojo HUI
Martin was lucky enough to see Dragon back in April and wrote up his review here.

For everyone else, you can download/ stream our UPodcast below!

Dragon is playing in UK theaters now!

@asimburney

The Flowers of War Trailer

Remember last year when Christian Bale almost got arrested in China for visiting blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, who had been under house arrest for more than 15 months in his village at that time? Well he was actually in China at that moment shooting The Flowers of War for director Zhang Yimou. The movie was released last year in some countries and festivals and has garnered some acclaim and is now finally seeing a UK Release (probably timed with that other Bale release)

Shot beautifully but dealing with a really horrific chapter of history, we’ll get to see another side of Bale.

The story is according to imdb:

“A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan’s rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety”

The trailer looks like the movie is shot on a really grand scale but you’ll need guts to probably finish the movie as it deals with some real horror and although some might hope Bale will just suit up and solve problems with batarangs, I don’t think it will be happening. (actually just reading up about The Rape of Nanking on wikipedia, I’m feeling bad making jokes about it)

The movie releases exclusively in Empire Cinemas in theaters 3 August and surprisingly releases on DVD only 3 days after that on the 6th.

The Flowers Of War is showing exclusively at Empire Cinemas from August 3rd 2012. For information and to book tickets visit www.EmpireCinemas.co.uk or call 08 714 714 714.

@asimburney

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iPed: Knock Off iPad

China reclaims it’s position of Knock off champion of the known galaxy. Whilst geeks worldwide are going gaga over the latest must-have gadget from Apple, the iPad.( I admit even salivating a little)

The glorious Republic of China has decided to come out with it’s own product which looks eerily similar, check out the video after the jump!

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