East Screen West Screen #95 – Magical History Tour

Episode 95 of the East Screen West Screen podcast.  Talking films from Hong Kong to Hollywood and lots of stuff in between.

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Busy times abound in the week before Chinese New Year, but we still manage to throw together a quick episode to talk about THE GREAT MAGICIAN [大魔術師] and some upcoming video releases.

Running Time (57:27)

 

 


 

 

 

 

NEWS:

 

EAST SCREEN:

  • THE GREAT MAGICIAN [大魔術師]

 

WEST SCREEN:

  • None this week

 

VIDEO PICK:

  • Upcoming releases

 

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9 thoughts on “East Screen West Screen #95 – Magical History Tour”

  1. Happy New Year! Speaking of which, what exactly happened to Stephen Chow? I know he’s working on another Chinese Odyssey movie… but seriously, two starting roles in the last decade?

  2. Stephen Chow’s been focusing on directing as well as acting and as director, there is a ton of shit for him to prep for. And that takes up most of his time. His next Journey to the West adventure is said to be co-directed along with one of the guys who did “Gallants” (the name escapes me) and there was mention that Stephen Chow doesn’t even have a huge role in it either.

    1. I guess my unspoken point is that his recent output, what little there is, has also been less than noteworthy (e.g., from writing, directing and acting in Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle to producing Dragonball Evolution and Jump).

      1. Give the man a break! The guy used to make like a dozen movies per year. It’s also been well noted that Stephen Chow’s a changed man now compared to how he was in the 90s. That and his perfectionist ways have kept peers away from him.

        1. “Give the man a break!”

          I’m not condemning, just curious… because:

          “The guy used to make like a dozen movies per year.”

          Which makes it even more strange that he’s basically vanished off the face of the Earth.

          “It’s also been well noted that Stephen Chow’s a changed man now compared to how he was in the 90s. That and his perfectionist ways have kept peers away from him.”

          Not everyone follows the ins and outs of Hong Kong filmmaking on a daily basis, hence the question. 🙂

  3. In unrelated news, I went out and watched “The Viral Factor” playing at AMC Theatres in Toronto last Friday. While it’s not as deep or dark as Dante Lam’s past films have been in the last few years, it did provide a “thrill-a-minute” excitement for viewers. So much that it didn’t even feel like I’ve been watching this for 2 hours. It’s just explosion after explosion without any dull moments, just as a good popcorn action flick should be. The final battle scene sure felt like that PS3 game “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune”. Liu Kai-Chi is excellent as usual but his appearances are quite limited. The same goes for Elaine Jin just fresh off the hype from her role in the controversial TVB series “When Heaven Burns”.

    It’s too bad “The Great Magician” isn’t playing in Toronto but next week, I will get to check out the latest “All’s Well Ends Well” coming to theatres in North America next Friday. I’m not sure if I’m willing to fork out $13.50 to watch this. Never been a fan of Chinese New Year comedies.

    1. haha…beats me~!
      all i know is, Donnie Yen does alot of dancing in this new AWEW. He even “desi’d” up and does the bhangra.

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