Resident Evil: Retribution opens September 14

Screen Gems releases the fifth installment in the zombie apocalypse franchise, produced by Constantin Films and Davids Films/Impact Pictures. This first trailer, an amusing parody of commercials plugging the globalization aspects of information technology, suggests that writer-director Paul W. S. Anderson has upped the ante, shooting for something on the epic scale of James Cameron’s AVATAR. In fact, even if you are not a fan of the previous films inspired by the popular shoot-em-up video game, you may find yourself feeling a twinge of anticipation. Milla Jovavich returns as Alice. Also in the cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Kevin Durand, Sienna Guillory, Eded Fehr, Bingbing Li.
Release date: September 14, 2012.

Tsui Hark on Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame: Fantasy Film Podcast

Standing for Justice: Andy Lau confronts the intangible in DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME.
Standing for Justice: Andy Lau confronts the intangible in DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME.

Cause for celebration, indeed: Hong Kong director Tsui Hark is back, and if anything, his vision has gotten more crazily energetic and eye-dazzling in his latest effort. In DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME, Andy Lau plays actual historical figure Dee Renjie, a disgraced judge who’s compelled to confront the undeniably fantastic when he’s sprung from prison by embattled Empress Wu to find out who is exterminating her entourage by having them burst spontaneously into flame. As can be expected from Hark, the film is a treasure trove of dizzyingly exquisite fight sequences, backed up by a witty and intelligent story line that has Dee on the one hand deploying science against the forces of superstition and on the other sees him in conflict with an empress ruthlessly determined to maintain her power. It’s got action, it’s got spectacle, it’s got a deer who can kick ass. What else could you ask for?
Click on the player to hear my interview with Hark.

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