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OTHER RELEASES

By Ian Bartholomew  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Legend is Born — Ip Man

It’s back to the beginning of the Ip Man saga with this third installment, a prequel that tells the story of how Ip came to his martial arts prowess. Many of the same performers are back, though the lead role has been taken over from Donnie Yen (甄子丹) by Dennis To

(杜宇航), an award-winning martial artist turned actor who starred as a minor character in the first two Ip Man films. Unfortunately, The Legend Is Born often forsakes realism for fancy wirework, removing the film into a world of outright fantasy. There are many well-choreographed fight sequences, which go a long way to making up for the lack of any real emotional core.

Shanghai

Big-budget period drama that boasts a cross-cultural lineup of stars, including John Cusack, David Morse, Ken Watanabe, Chow Yun-fat (周潤發) and Gong Li

(鞏俐). Cusack is in China on the eve of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese are up to no good, and the Chinese are as inscrutable as ever. With lush costumes, breathy dialogue and complex intrigue, Shanghai plays for maximum exoticism.

My Queen Karo

A story of growing up during the 1970s amid a group of squatters finding their way through a maze of free love, communistic ideals and communal living in an Amsterdam squat. At the center of My Queen Karo is Karo, a little girl of 10 who watches the foibles of her parents and their companions. She gradually comes to realize that this carefree life is actually full of cares, as her mother weeps away her days while daddy sleeps with any young lovely that comes his way. Balancing between an idolized father and a mother she loves as their world falls apart is not that easy.

Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Mermaid Legend

As sequels go, this is something special. It is the 30th Doraemon movie and it celebrates the 40th anniversary of this much-loved Japanese cartoon character. This time around, Nobita Nobi finds himself in an underwater world populated by all kinds of unusual water folk, not all of them friendly. Doraemon’s magical tricks naturally get everyone out of danger and they all live happily until the next big adventure. Strictly for fans of the blue robotic cat.

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