|As an Actor||(Unclassified)||3||$17,800,219||$174,310,688||$192,110,907|
|In Technical Roles||Director||4||$17,818,277||$382,220,612||$400,038,889|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 4 films, with $400,038,889 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #327)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Xi you xiang mo pian (Director), Xi you xiang mo pian (Screenwriter), Xi you xiang mo pian (Producer), Xi you xiang mo pian (Executive Producer), CJ7 (Director)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Sing (Kung Fu Hustle), Mighty Steel Leg Sing (Shaolin Soccer), Ti (CJ7)|
|Most productive collaborators: Shu Qi, Wang Zhonglei, Wen Zhang, Huang Bo, Lee Sheung-ching|
May 26th, 2014
While summer time is a great time for theatrical releases, it is a terrible time on the home market. This week, there are nearly no first-run releases, and the one that came out, Endless Love, earned terrible reviews and failed to find an audience in theaters. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of other releases to make up for the lack of first-run releases. There are some catalog releases, like The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, which is coming out on Blu-ray. There are also some summer shows coming out on DVD ahead of the premiere of the latest season, like Suits: Season Three. There's not much in the way of contenders for Pick of the Week. Cheap Thrills is one such contender, but I'm still waiting for the DVD or the Blu-ray screener to arrive. This leaves Journey to the West on Blu-ray as the only choice for Pick of the Week.
May 25th, 2014
Stephen Chow wrote, directed, and starred in Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, which are two amazing movies. When I heard he was making another movie, I was super excited. When Journey to the West was released last year, the film made $200 million internationally, which helped lift expectations. (It made less than $20,000 here, but it was playing on Video on Demand as well as in theaters, so this isn't surprising.) Is the film as good as its predecessors? And is the Blu-ray worth picking up?
March 7th, 2014
This week the list of limited releases includes The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is earning amazing buzz and arguably better reviews. It will likely dominate the per theater chart so much so that the rest of the films might suffer as as result. This would be too bad, because there are several other films that deserve to find an audience. Grand Piano and In Fear are both earning great reviews, but as horror films playing on Video on Demand, their box office numbers will be nothing more than an afterthought. There are also a couple of comedies I'm interested in seeing, Journey To The West and No Clue, although the latter is only playing in Canada.
|4/8/2005||Kung Fu Hustle||Sing||$17,104,669||$84,929,435||$102,034,104|
|4/2/2004||Shaolin Soccer||Mighty Steel Leg Sing||$488,872||$42,287,160||$42,776,032|
|3/7/2014||Xi you xiang mo pian||Screenwriter,|
|4/8/2005||Kung Fu Hustle||Director||$17,104,669||$84,929,435||$102,034,104|