In the late Qing Dynasty, LIU Jin-xi is a papermaker and father of two sons who lives a seemingly normal life with his family in a remote village. However, the arrival of a detective soon threatens to tear them apart. –Cannes Film Festival
Chan was born in Hong Kong to Chinese parents. He spent his teens in and studied in Thailand, He then moved to the United States, where he attended film school at UCLA. He returned to Hong Kong in 1983 and started working in the film industry. He served as a second assistant director and producer to Basil Lee on Heroes Are Not Fat, which was set in Thailand. He also was a location manager on three Jackie Chan films, Wheels on Meals, The Protector and Armour of God.
His directorial debut, Alan and Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye, was crowned best film at the Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild in 1991. It also won best actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Eric Tsang, who would become a frequent collaborator with Chan.
Chan was a co-founder of United Filmmakers Organization (UFO) in the early 1990s, which produced a number of box-office and critical hits in Hong Kong, including his own: He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Father. Other critical and commercial successes followed, including… read more
Great martial arts action scenes and compelling characters here. The dynamic between Detective Xu Bai-Jiu (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and mild mannered family man with a secret, Liu Jin-Xi (Donnie Yen) alone make it worth a watch. Treads territory similar to "A History of Violence" and "Out of the Past" but more as different examination of the same questions than imitation. Can a bad man become a good man? everyone wonders.
Fantastic picture from Peter Chan that delivers both dramatically and as a wu xia action picture. Donnie Yen gives one of his best performances here as a former vicious clan member who for ten years as been living a quiet life under a new identity with a young family. Forced to defend himself he finds himself the quarry of a wry investigator that winds up bringing the clan back into his life as well. Fully delivers.
A genre-bending, glossy mash-up of martial arts, detective story, period film, parental-domestic drama, and philosophical inquiry.
Tsui Hark’s Flying Swords of Dragon Gate leads with seven, followed by Flowers of War and Seediq Bale, with six each.
Lurking in the periphery of prestige at Cannes along with other ignominiously mainstream studio films like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger
Updated through 5/20. Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, which opened the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, already has its own entry, of course
DIRECTOR PETER CHAN
STARS: DONNIE YEN, TAKESHI KANESHIRO,TANG WEI, JIMMY WANG YU
Donnie yen stars in Peter Chan’s modern take on an old classic infusing Sherlock Holmes and The One Armed… read review