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Tsui Hark’s Detective Dee – trailer

Coming attractions for the latest Fant-Asia effort from Tsui Hark, the man behind such classics of the form as A CHINESE GHOST STORY and the SWORDSMAN trilogy. The film is also known as D-PROJECT and DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME.
 
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Sense of Wonder: Shedding a Tear for the Death of the Bad Guy

Sense of Wonder: Shedding a Tear for the Death of the Bad Guy

In horror, fantasy, and science fiction, sometimes even the worst of the worst garner a moment of sympathy.

The Last Airbender French trailer

Why post the French trailer? Well, since we call ourselves Cinefantasitque, it seemed appropriate!
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The Last Airbender TV spot

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The Last Airbender now playing

The Last Airbender now playing

Paramount Picutres releases writer-director M. Night Shymalan’s live-action feature-film adaptation of the Emmy-winning animated series AVATAR (no, it has nothing to do with the James Cameron film). Planned as the opening chapter in a trilogy, THE LAST AIRBENDER, focuses on Aang (Noah Ringer), the titular “last airbender,” who can control one of the four natural [...]

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)

For those of you who came in late, powerful forces are converging on the streets of Bangkok in preparation for the ultimate battle, a war between terror and beauty, light versus dark, yin versus yang, and good versus evil.   The terror, the dark yang side, is led by Bison (Neal McDonough), who is not [...]

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Does Downey hit a “Holmes” run as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective? Comparing the original Victorian Holmes with the new DARK KNIGHT-inspired Holmes portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. in the SHERLOCK HOLMES is like contrasting the early Dr. Who portrayals by William Hartnell and Tom Baker (1963-1981) to the subsequent new millennium Dr. Who incarnations embodied by Christopher Eccleston, David Tenant, and now Matt Smith.

2009 San Diego Asian Film Festival – Fant-Asia & Asian Extreme – Freakeh

2009 San Diego Asian Film Festival – Fant-Asia & Asian Extreme – Freakeh

Talk about being disarmed: one of the fantastically far-out and freaky frightening films at this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival.

Dragonball: Evolution - DVD Review

Dragonball: Evolution – DVD Review

This film offers further proof, as if any were needed, that Western filmmakers cannot do justice to their Easter counterparts when it comes to retooling anime and/or Fant-Asia for Occidental consumption. DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION is loaded with special effects and stunts that look good in the trailer, but when stitched together they do not add up [...]

Hero - Blu-ray Review

Hero – Blu-ray Review

Zhang Yimou’s HERO (2002) is the centerpiece of Miramax’s new Ultimate Force of Four martial arts Blu-Ray box set (which also includes the American re-edit of DRUNKEN MASTER II, IRON MONKEY, and Takeshi Kitano’s remake of ZATOICHI) and is probably the best known of the films to Western audiences. The internationally acclaimed film was famously [...]