May 11, 2006


...huh? wha?!? oh, sorry. I fell asleep after writing that headline and just woke up. Apparently THE PROMISE peeing in the pool didn't stop the kids from partying, and yet another big budget, Chinese, martial arts movie has been greenlit. This time around it's INFERNAL AFFAIRS director Andrew Lau who's getting his wu xia on with an untitled project based on a Taiwanese comic book and written by Thirteen Chan.

I think I speak for the entire population of the world (or at the very least the entire population of the inside of my head) when I say with complete and utter certainty that no one cares. But I would like to be named Thirteen.

(Thanks to the sharp-eyed reader who ruined my day with this news)

May 11, 2006 at 01:23 AM in News | Permalink


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Ooh, horrid news indeed! No more big budget Chinese martial arts movies, please! And no more J-horror from any corner of the world! And no more boring movies where nothing happens!

Let's see, what other types of movies can we sigh disdainfully over?

Posted by: Peter Martin | May 11, 2006 8:32:09 AM

I'd find more movies to sigh disdainfuly over, but I'm too busy reading news sites that go through the trouble of posting news, but then say no one cares about that news, making me wonder why they bothered to post that news in the first place.

(No seriously. As a joke, it's funny once a month or so, but when you do it multiple times a week it makes people wonder why you don't get a real job, or get laid, or something.)

Besides, hasn't Andrew Lau been making movies like this for years? Like Stormriders and The Duel? Or was that another guy with a similar name?

Posted by: scopi | May 11, 2006 11:03:05 AM

Can't say I'm tired of Martial Arts Epics just yet Grady. I enjoy the genre quite a bit and always look forward to a new entry (though I have yet to the The Promise).

Sorry you can't seem to summon the kind of enthusiasm for martial arts fantasy that you do for seeminly EVERY new film Bollywood poops out, but you could at least rachet down the sarcasm a notch. This is, after all, exactly the kind of news people visit this site to read about.

I think you're a good guy Grady. I thought you handled yourself extremely well on TV during the whole "Valley of the Wolves" thing. But you are sounding more and more like you're losing your perspective. Would you actually have a negative, or even apathetic response if Mr. Lau were to create an excellent film just because its a "Big Budget Martial Arts Epic?" Maybe you just need a vacation.

Anyway, count me in a looking forward to this new film, "Master of the Golden Armor" and "The Banquet" among (hopefully) many others to come.

I can't really explain why, but Thirteen is kind of a cool name.

Posted by: David Mears | May 11, 2006 2:51:46 PM

I'm happy with the way Grady writes. It is his opinion after all. We are presented with the information and the related link so I don't see a reason to complain.

And I laughed while reading it (even though I don't agree with him - despite the fact that I have seen The Promise!)

Posted by: eliza bennet | May 12, 2006 12:37:27 AM

Who cares? I do. I care very much. Just because it's a trend, doesn't mean it's all bad. And just because the films have been rather "hit or miss", doesn't mean that directors should abandon the genre. In my opinion, the only thing not to care about in this bit of news is that the director is Andrew Lau whose previous efforts in this area have seemed more like star vehicles than celebrations - or explorations - of the genre.

Posted by: yawningtiger | May 12, 2006 5:47:19 AM

In regards to "scopi's" comment: I think that Grady is actually doing the "right thing" by saying what he really thinks about the movies, and whether he is sarcastic, ingratiating, hating, ass-kissing, or plain evil when discussing the movies, is his prerogative. If Grady were to "rachet down the sarcasm a notch", that would make his blog someone elses blog - like "scopi's" blog perhaps, and not his own unique property. And contrary to what "scopi" says,"This is, after all, exactly the kind of news people visit this site to read about.", is complete, utter, "BullSh*t". People can find entertainment news anywhere, but they go to Grady's site because it's Grady - not "Entertainment Tonight". Grady - please don't go ET on us, and be yourself.

Posted by: razz | May 12, 2006 10:24:37 PM

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