18 de mai de 2006

Stephen Chow Sci-fi Movie



(http://en.chinabroadcast.cn/)Hong Kong actor and director Stephen Chow has laid aside his sequel to Kung Fu Hustle and has recently turned to preparing for a sci-fi movie. The untitled project will involve a lot of kid actors and according to an earlier report, Chow will play an astronaut somehow falls in love with a girl in space. Casting and location scouting have already began for the new project. Recently, Chow went to eastern China's Ningbo to scout for locations and cast children actors. The title and plot of the movie has yet to be revealed, while the shooting is expected to begin this May.


While we´re waiting for Chow´s next film, we can watch on dvd some old sci-fi movies. Thinking about it there isn´t so many good films in the genre, not counting the classics like Star Wars. The sci-fi literature can be brilliant, but the movies about space...


The Fifth Element (USA/FR, 1997, 150 min.)
Directed by Luc Besson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker
In a futuristic planet earth a taxi driver helps an alien babe to save the world. It´s funny, has a beautiful art direction, and stylish clothes by J.P. Gautier).


Red Planet (USA, 2000, 120 min.)
Directed by Antony Hoffman
Starring: Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Carrie-Ann Moss, Benjamin Bratt, Terence Stamp.
In a close future, humans decide to colonize Mars, as a last resourse of salvation to the mankind . They send astronauts in a mission to prepare the land of the red planet for a future mass migration.


Lost in Space (USA)
Directed by Stephen Hopkins
Starring: Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc.
The cult tv series of the 60´s gets a much darker version in this film. It´s a nice homage.


Spaceballs (USA, 1987, 97 min.)
Directed by Mel brooks
Starring: Mel brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga.
Parody of the Star Wars movie. Sometimes I think that this hillarious comedy is best than the original SW.


Total Recall (USA, 1990, 120 min.)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin, Ronny Cox.
A man who´s memories may be false, search for his identity in Mars. The film didn´t grow old well, but the story (original from sci-fi autor Philip K. Dick) is great.

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