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Some people don't want others to have nice things in life. That seems to be the rule here with news forwarded by THR that 20th Century Fox's upcoming Marvel superhero thriller, Deadpool, has been denied a release in China.
The news comes from sources close to China Film Group that State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) banned the film from showing in the country due to its graphic violence, nudity and offensive language. China normally works with Hollywood studios to provide edits to approve viewing in the region, and reportedly there was no way for Fox and China censors to approve a decent, cleaner cut of the film without ruining the overall plot of the film.
Thanks to an unyielding push by lead actor Ryan Reynolds and fans far and wide along with a leaked test video from Blur Studios, the film has been confirmed an R rating by the MPAA as of last April. Reynolds and Fox have since begun a heavy-handed campaign to promote the film, now with a slate of TV spots following a glorious red-band trailer in December.
What sucks here is that China is the second biggest market for superhero movies with results boding well for its previous showings of last year's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Peyton Reed's Ant-Man. It's also one of the biggest areas in the world where piracy runs rampant and has proven quite problematic for Hollywood studios. That said, there's no telling if or when the ban will get an about-face in some form or another, but unless this happens, pirates are going to do what they do.
I don't condone piracy, but this the reality we're faced with until China does away with its up/down state censors. Like the old Chinese saying goes... “if you want to attract a bird, first build a nest,”. Well, it's high time they did that...or maybe Reynolds can find a way to broker the deal himself in costume, which would be terrific publicity in my opinion should it work. Probably not but...one can dream.
Directed by Tim Miller, Deadpool releases to bird lovers everywhere else except China on February 12.
Word has it that actor Lin Gengxin is a possible front runner to lead famed Hong Kong director Tsui Hark's newly confirmed adaptation of classic literary, Return Of The Condor Heroes. The story is inspired by Jin Yong's 1959 publication, the second installation of the Condor Trilogy which began in 1957 and has seen numerous film and TV adaptations, as well as its expansion into books and video games.
Hark reportedly aims to adapt the book into a trilogy of its own while fans are expecting to hear of Lin's attachment as Yang Guo, whose taboo romance with his sifu, martial arts master Little Dragon Girl, and their adventures in the martial arts world is central to the story. Lin has worked with Hark on several occassions with credits together including Young Detective Dee: Rise Of the Sea Dragon (2013), The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2014), Derek Yee's Sword Master (2016) which Hark produced, and this year's sequel hit, Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back whi…
Much has happened this year for actor and martial artist Jose Manuel. Interviewing him back in April was something of a milestone achievement, and no less for a rising star who himself has contributed years of sharpening talent and unmitigated resolve toward growing into the headlining action star he strives to be to date since making history in 2012 with Puerto Rican martial arts action feature, El Testigo (The Witness).
His recent 'Best' wins for the Short Film Competition and Blood Sweat And Bones categories at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo on November 10 are also doing plusses for him this month. Retribution won the latter of the two and you can currently catch that one via YouTube. The other, Uncompromised, still stands plenty to gain with Manuel taking the lead next year following his current endeavors in Nepal.
For this, we bring you The Man From Kathmandu, hailing from Nakim Uddin - head of Nepal's largest theatrical exhibitor, QFX Cinemas, and marking anothe…
2013 saw the genesis of an ambitious and original new endeavor from Canadian martial arts film and stunt troupe, Team 2X. That project, from industry stuntman and coordinator James Mark (Wolves), hails this week from Raven Banner with forthcoming release, Kill Order, aiming to spark a new wave of feature length martial arts movie fandom with stuntman and martial artist Chris Mark (Scott Pilgrim VS. The World) setting the stage for his own feature acting debut. When David, a troubled high school student who appears to suffer from mental illness, finds himself in a situation where he is about to be taken captive for reasons unknown, a dark power takes over his body opening the doors to a world of superhuman abilities and a past kept secret.Also starring are Dan Park, Denis Akiyama and Jessica Clement along with the mind-blowing feats of Team 2X for its November 24 premiere at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival. Raven Banner will then follow suit with a U.S./Canada release on F…