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The East Tycoon

The East Tycoon



Set during the Ming dynasty, the battle for freedom between a bunch of brave warriors and the ruthless Tsao Sui Yan is one of the most important Wu Xia Pian realized in the Nineties, praised at Redford’s Sundance Film Festival.

The wonderful idea of an inn placed in the middle of nowhere, perfect theatre for an epic battle in which Good and Evil can fight for dominion. Played by stars like Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung – both awarded years later with the Golden Palm at Cannes - Sun lung moon hak chan (Dragon Inn) celebrates the courage of a producer who never retreated facing challenges. Period, action, drama movies: Nansun SHI and her stunning vision of cinema has changed forever the Hong Kong industry since the late Seventies. Her sense of ethics and a taste which always looked in some way at the international market influenced great directors like for example Tsui Hark - who collaborated with her Film Workshop through amazing art works like Wong Fei Hung (Once Upon a Time in China) and Qi jian (Seven Swords). This production company masterpiece is certainly Ying huang boon sik (A Better Tomorrow) by John woo, the movie that in 1986 vouched for him the trip to Hollywood…

Adriano Ercolani
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