October 25, 2006


The Takeshi Kaneshiro/Tony Leung Chiu-wai flick CONFESSION OF PAIN has a release date...and it's going toe-to-toe with Zhang Yimou's CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER this December.

CURSE is a juggernaut with Chow Yun-fat and Gong Li in the lead roles, a massive budget, and it's been getting good word of mouth (for once). But it's an old timey time martial movie, a trend that has been wearing out its welcome of late (see: THE PROMISE, Chen Kaige's disastrous bomb).

CONFESSION OF PAIN is a twisty urban thriller from the team that brought INFERNAL AFFAIRS to the screen and they've got an unbeatable string of hits under their belts (the three IA movies and INITIAL D).

So who'll win the battle of the Christmas box office? Modern day movies? Pretty as a picture period films from China? There can be only one!

October 25, 2006 at 08:48 AM in News | Permalink


The fact that The Promise was a "disastrous bomb" has little to do with the fact that it's part of a genre that's "wearing out its welcome" and more to do with the fact that The Promise was....well...a "disastrous bomb".


Posted by: the running man | Oct 26, 2006 7:41:57 AM

I'm betting on the modern, especially since its from the IA team et al. Finally I'll have another thriller to put on my "must see" list come next Spring. Does anyone categorize THE BANQUET being in the same league of "costumed" catastrophes at the boxoffice?

Posted by: TheDoug | Oct 26, 2006 8:33:11 AM

Five costume epics by the big Chinese directors, and some are complaining that it's one too many. And how many hundreds of gangster and horror flicks have been done to death by HK directors?

Posted by: oj | Oct 27, 2006 8:23:32 PM

Who's distributing Confession of Pain here if anyone? Is someone doing PR for it yet?

Posted by: simon abrams | Oct 29, 2006 8:29:02 AM

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