Friday, August 24, 2012

SPECTACULAR TRAILER FOR CHINESE STEAM PUNK FANTASY EPIC "TAI CHI"! BBC2 ADAPTING HILARY MANTEL'S "WOLF HALL" INTO TV SERIES ON HENRY VIII ERA

We've just had the amazing epic series THE HOLLOW CROWN over at BBC with Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Ben Whishaw and Patrick Stewart, but British television is ready to bring us more medieval history already. According to "Digital Spy" BBC 2 is preparing a six-part television adaptation of best seller WOLF HALL. Written by Hilary Mantel, the book has been a huge hit and won the famous Man Booker Prize. Based in the 1520s, England is facing civil war if Henry VIII dies without a male heir. Thomas Cromwell (he was played by James Frain in THE TUDORS) is stepping into the gap left by the King and is prepared to break the rules, wanting to reshape England to his own and Henry VIII's desires. Mmmm, love it, hope they will cast some of the brilliant British actors for the series!

TAI CHI O TRAILER
Earlier this year, I've introduced you to amazing Chinese steam punk epic TAI CHI and now I have the English trailer for you, for the film which will hit cinemas this Fall and will also appear at Toronto Film Festival.  TAI CHI O  mixes fantasy,
adventure, and steam punk which looks rather interesting in an Asian movie. The film by Stephen Fung, which will be released in USA in early 2013, follows an uncommonly gifted Yang Luchan who has a fleshy abnormality that holds tremendous power growing on his forehead. However, being teased as the town fool, Yang travels to the distant Chen Village to learn TAI CHI. At this legendary village everyone practices TAI CHI and uses TAI CHI in every aspect of their lives. Nevertheless, it is forbidden for a villager to disclose TAI CHI to an outsider, which Yang learns the hard way. Upon arriving at  village,
 locals discourage Yang by challenging him with fights. From the strong men to old ladies to children, everyone defeats Yang with their TAI CHI moves. After facing the toughest battle and being defeated by Master Chen’s beautiful daughter Yuniang, Yang is determined to master the art of TAI CHI and goes in search of Master Chen. Little does Yang know,
the poor strange man who he befriended is in fact Master Chen who had saved him from the duel with Yuniang. Master Chen realizes Yang’s genius and disguises himself to secretly guide Yang to his self realization of TAI CHI. One day, a frightening steam-powered machine comes to
the village, lead by Fang Zijing, a childhood friend of Yuniang. He has bribed government officials to permit him to build a railway that will run straight through the village. Yang decides to join forces with Yuniang to defeat Fang Zijing and destroy the machine. This brave act may just win him the hearts of the villagers… PS don't forget to click on the pics, to see all the wonderful detail on them.

32 comments:

  1. Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay!!! A Wolf Hall mini-series.

    Hilary Mantel is one of my favorite writers ever. Just finished reading her sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, which I hope they adapt as well. :)))

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    1. I've Googled her today, that lady has the strangest teeth :) Seems like an interesting read, darling. You know I adore such series and books. Although I tend to be reserved when ladies write about history since they tend to romanticise it too much (like that Phillipa Gregory woman).

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    2. No, she's not like Phillipa Gregory (and I can't believe you say that about women writers!!). She very masterfully puts you inside the mind of Cromwell so that you know all his darkest thoughts. Fantastic writer.

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    3. not all women writer's, Luanne, that's just my experience with female writers who write historical books. They often tend to portray some of the real characters in an overly romantic way, even biased way. Another typical example would be Sherry Jones with her book THE JEWEL OF MEDINA. And Jeanne Kalogridis too.

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  2. The description was worrying me but the trailer sold me though!

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  3. Tai Chi O sounds and looks really cool! I really enjoy steampunk :)

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    1. they mixed it real nice into the film

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  4. Tai chi scare me Dezz (the movie) lol

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  5. Tai Chi O looks awesome. I love steampunk and all the spectacular visuals.

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    1. I know you like some steampunk, Lynda

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  6. This looks fantastic! I hope it hits a theater near me so I can catch it without waiting for DVD. And you know I am all about historical BBC epics

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    1. PAINTED SKIN is currently in your cinemas, and I think this one should hit cinemas early next year.

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  7. i believe that Thomas Cromwel could very well replace Heath Ledger as The Joker... with much thought behind it... the trailer looks awesome... awesome i tell you, but you all ready know.

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    1. glad you like the trailer, Zombie!

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  8. I had to watch the Tai Chi O trailer about a million times. I'm in love!

    Tai Chi might be well known as being an exercise, but a real master can actually fight with Tai Chi. It's VERY rare, but there are a handful of people that can kick some ass with Tai Chi.

    I've been studying Tai Chi, but only to help with flexiblity and core strenghtening.

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    1. he he I know you're a steampunk lover, Jay :)

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  9. the Tai Chi O trailer certainly looks interesting

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  10. I think we established that I love me some Steampunk last week...Tai Chi O looks I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E!

    You rock!

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    1. I prefer to pop, but I guess I can rock too, but never rap....

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    2. "You pop" just doesn't have the same emphasis, you know?? =D

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    3. well, at least it's not a double O between the Ps :)

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