Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Update a day late, work continues, of course. At the 16 minute point of the edit, right now. The usual. It's an exhaustive job, particularly with only myself at work here, but it's an ultimately very rewarding one that takes time, work and focus.

It seems unlikely as of right now that the DVD will be available even in March. I want as much time as humanly possible to finish this film and then after that I'm probably gonna move again which will make pressing DVDs very stressful, so June or July 2010 is likely. The reprinted version of Two Short Films has also been post-poned until around that time. Probably going to think of a new special feature or two before that time and most certainly an Easter egg. Also want to give a special belated thanks to King Wei-chu. His family used to own a Shaw Brothers theater and so he has a lot of memorabilia left over from those days that he has kindly donated to this production.

Alison in Wonderland will most likely not be shooting by next summer, I've decided to devote all of 2010 to getting Conversations with T.F. Mou out and about and securing the money for Alison. If I rushed it and made it for very cheap I could get it out, but this film deserves more time and effort put toward it than that. You know, instead of trying to make it happen just so I can have the film done to just show everybody, I'm going to let it happen when the time's right. It will be shooting by summer of 2011 and you'll probably be seeing it on movie screens by early 2012. Witch's Castle will hopefully happen much quicker after that. My website will be updated again in a few more days.
Our gift this week is a lovely still from T.F. Mou's rare kiddie-delight Young Heroes made in 1982. Yes, it's a martial-arts based kids film from the director of Men Behind the Sun! It's a surprisingly good film lushly lensed in beautiful areas of Mainland China. It's hard to find and rough sledding in raw, unsubtitled Mandarin but it's got a nice Brothers Grimm ghoulish fairytale-like quality. The original film Mou delivered was much gorier but the Mainland film authorities had it censored. Apparently it was an absolute box office smash, equaling if not surpassing E.T., made around the same time, in viewership and popularity.

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