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Best known for his breakout performance in You're The Apple Of My Eye, Taiwanese actor Kai Ko is not sitting on his laurels - he's moved on to star in China's latest mega-blockbuster hit, Tiny Times. In the film, he plays Gu-Yuan, the wealthy boyfriend of Amber Kuo's wealthy ice princess Gu Li.

Kai Ko speaks exclusively to F*** about his challenges in playing a character very different from himself - and getting to know his fellow cast members in Tiny Times.

It isn`t often that a Japanese movie receives its world premiere in Singapore. But that`s exactly what happened in the last weekend of July, when the director and three lead actors of The After-Dinner Mysteries arrived on our little island to speak to the press and meet their fans.

By Jedd Jong

Filmmakers and moviegoers know just when they`ve struck gold with an onscreen pairing, and the double act of Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng is one of those that really seems to work. Together with director Johnnie To, the three have become known as the “Iron Trio: Their first collaboration, 2000`s Needing You, was a smash hit at a time when the Hong Kong film industry was at a low ebb.

Lau and Cheng were in town to promote their latest film with director To, the comedy-crime thriller Blind Detective. The pair fielded questions at a press conference at the Equarius Hotel, before meeting a 3000-strong throng of delighted fans at Plaza Singapura shopping mall and attending a red-carpet premiere of the movie at the Festive Grand Theatre in Resorts World Sentosa.

Director GORE VERBINSKI tells F*** about Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, and putting the actors through cowboy boot camp in his whole new take on the epic adventure, THE LONE RANGER.

Academy Awardwinning director Gore Verbinski (“Rango, “Pirates of the Caribbean) reteams with both producer Jerry Bruckheimer and actor Johnny Depp to helm the triumvirate`s newest adventure. The idea to make “The Lone Ranger germinated several years ago but Verbinski didn`t get excited about it until he saw Johnny Depp`s take on Tonto. “Johnny showed me a picture of himself dressed up as Tonto with a bird on his head that he had taken at some point, recalls Verbinski. “He asked me if I wanted to come back and work on this project. It was a really great image, so I began to think about doing it for real.

Book your calendar from 15-26 May for a delightful sojourn in Europe! Unfortunately, we can`t actually take you to Europe but the films in the 23rd European Union Film Festival can transport you thereâ€

What has veteran actor Edmund Chen been up to recently? He talks to F*** exclusively about his recent projects, including Red Numbers the film that`s returning him to Singapore screens after quite a few years awayâ€

Maybe the real love story here is the one between a man and his director. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Wong Kar-Wai have made seven films together over a period of almost twenty years, and now their seventh film The Grandmaster is battling its way into cinemas. It was a long, arduous shoot, with Leung training for three years before a single frame of footage was even shot. The two men, both acknowledged to be at the very top of their game in their respective careers, talk candidly about their love for kungfu movies, the challenges involved in making a the film, and give us a little insight into a friendship that`s yielded the dreamy, artistic likes of 2046 and In The Mood For Love.

As all of you probably know by now, there was a tragic shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. All of us here at F*** want to offer our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the shooting, and this writer would like to say a few words about this.
Director Marc Webb talks about putting his own stamp on Peter Parker`s story with The Amazing Spider-Man.

By James White

Jumping aboard the latest instalment of a franchise spawning two and a half billion dollars and featuring a legendary, beloved comic book character would be daunting enough on its own, but setting out to make a film grounded in the real world, one featuring a someone who puts the hero back in superhero? That takes real guts.
Rick Baker, who did the alien make-up effects on Men In Black 3, takes us through the process of creating non-human lifeforms.
Leading the Prometheus expedition is the character of Elizabeth Shaw, played by Noomi Rapace. From director Ridley Scott, who delivered the likes of Thelma & Louise and Alien, we can immediately expect a strong character to inhabit Shaw's spacesuit. And at the hands of Rapace, best known for her work in the tremendously-popular Swedish Millennium series, she comes alive as a new action heroine for the 21st Century.
From early films like Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern to recent efforts like Hero and House of Flying Daggers, Zhang Yimou has consistently proved himself as China`s most outstanding director of the past 25 years. Yet even by the high standards he sets himself, his latest project The Flowers of War is remarkable.

Uniting for the first time with British actor Christian Bale, star of The Dark Knight, American Psycho and The New World, Zhang adapts Yan Geling`s novel, the story of an American citizen named John Miller, who arrives in China during the 1937 rape of Nanking, when the city was overrun by invading Japanese troops. Seeking shelter in a nearby cathedral, Miller becomes the unwitting protector of a group of schoolgirls who live in the building, a situation that gets even more complicated when a handful of local prostitutes also desperate to survive arrive at the church.

Below Zhang talks about what drew him to this particularly part of Chinese history, how it felt to helm the most expensive film ever made in his country and what it was like to collaborate with the explosives team that worked on Saving Private Ryan. Zhang is joined in the discussion by his star, Christian Bale, who gives an insight into what it was like to work in China and be accompanied by his own personal bodyguard.

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