This attractively packaged, moderately enjoyable account of China's rags-to-riches history lacks a contempo pulse.
Helmed with musty solemnity by Wong Jing, this expensively furnished production unfolds scene after scene of slow-burning chamber drama, punctuated by potent but never jaw-dropping action.
Heads won't roll in "The Guillotines," an ineptly executed period actioner in which the decapitating blades are hardly ever unsheathed or shown in all their grisly 3D glory.
2016-2017 Oscar Predictions
Wong Jing's period Shanghai gangster pic "The Last Tycoon" will make its worldwide bow as the opening-night film of the ScreenSingapore film fest on Dec. 4, organizers said.
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An emotionally fertile exploration of paternal love and revenge, and a welcome return to form for Chen Kaige.
Hong Kong helmer and producer Peter Chan Ho-sun is unveiling his latest actioner, the Teddy Chen-helmed "The Flying Guillotines," at the European Film Market in Berlin.
A cannily assembled, smoothly made chunk of political filmmaking.
This tale of three sharpshooters locked in an Alpha-male contest delivers enough thrills to hit ancillary targets offshore.
China's most famous TV producer, Zhang Jizhong, is planning a project he hopes will rival "Lord of the Rings" in budget and scope.
Variety surveys buzz titles and the sales companies behind them at this year's Filmart.