Gini Gani' again at Regal
Gini Gani' (Ice on Fire) the film directed by Prasanna Vithanage
is now being screened at the Regal Cinema Colombo on a limited engagement
basis, the last day being October 16.
film revolves around a successful lawyer who runs for the post of
Mayor of his home town persuaded by his wife whose grandfather too
was a former mayor. Harris Makalanda, the protagonist meets a beautiful
young unmarried woman, Annette at a party and the two fall in love.
They meet later and have a passionate physical affair and Annette
reveals all her past, the men she loved and her opposition to the
institution of marriage. But her ideas have changed since meeting
is provided a house of her own starts to talk about getting married.
Harris declines her suggestion due to several factors- one is he
is married with a mentally retarded child and the campaign for the
post of mayor.
to have her way Annette plans to get friendly with Harris' son.
She meets him at his school and takes him out without the knowledge
of the teacher. Infuriated over this Harris quarrels with Annette.
One day the
child goes missing while on a school outing to a remote village.
It is then revealed that he was last seen with a young woman...
This film won
nine OCIC awards in 1992 including Best Director, Best Actor and
Actress, seven Swarna Sanka Awards including Best Director and two
The film stars
Sanath Gunathilake, Sabeetha Perera, Tony Ranasinghe and Veena Jayakody.
Gani' is edited by Elmo Haliday and the music is directed by Premasiri
Khemadasa. It was written and produced by Sanath Gunathilake.
'Salelu Warama' released
"Salelu Warama" (The Web of Love), Vasantha Obeysekera's
latest film will be released from October 17 on EAP circuit.
a triangular love story of two undergraduates and a divorcee the
film discusses a common issue of failure to control emotions specially
relating to affairs of youthful ages.
depicts the uncontrolled intense feeling which turns to violence
and part of parent at these instances. Sangeetha Weeraratne, Kamal
Addararachchi, Tony Ranasinghe, Pradeep Senanayake, Soumya Liyanage,
Janak Premalal and Nayana Kumari star in this movie.
crew include Elmo Halide as editor, Lal Harendranath as art director
and Nihal Sanjaya as production executive. The musical score is
by Rohana Weerasinghe. To the script and direction of Vasantha Obeysekera,
the film is produced by Soma Edirisinghe.
Touch' & 'Legend Of Zu': Hong Kong Double
Hong Kong film makers have shot back to the limelight
with two mega projects being released this year. Earlier Crouching
Tiger Hidden Dragon took the world cinema by storm, both these two
new movies The Touch and Legend of Zu seem to be following on its
trail specially The Touch already getting recognition among the
Western film critics and the Legend of Zu a much viewed movie among
the oriental movie goers.
The movie is the debut of Peter Pau a globally acclaimed cinematographer
who won an Oscar for his work in the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
and the production is by Michelle Yeogh who also is the leading
star in the movie and again she played the leading female character
in the hit Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
The movie opens
with a spectacular acrobatic show. In her role as an acrobatic performer
Yin in the film, Michelle spends totally 11 minutes in the air.
It is more challenging than the Qinggong (lightening skill) style
"flying" used in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The acrobats
are the key in this movie as the story evolves around the heritage
and the duty of this acrobatic family.
The cast includes
other than Michelle Yeogh, Ben Chaplin, Richard Roxburgh as Karl
the ruthless antique collector and fortune hunter and Brandon Chang
as Tong Yin's brother. The movie goes as in a time of great danger,
the Monks of Dunhuang hid the Sharira a Relic purported to contain
the pure essence of a Holy Man in the Buddhist religion. To protect
this greatest of treasures, it was placed where no ordinary human
being would ever be able to reach. However, it is destined to happen
that someday the Sharira will be recovered. To ensure that it could
be retrieved when such time came, the Monks turned to a family of
acrobats. For hundreds of years this family has trained, passing
on the skills required to perform the ultimate leap to recover when
the time is at hand
And the movie
takes a turn when a man from Yin's past, shows up with a Medallion
- the Heart of Dunhuang - a key to unlock the secrets, a clue to
unveil the legend of the Sharira. Together they embark on a hazardous
journey to rediscover what her ancestors once protected. Following
closely on their trail is Karl, who will stop at nothing to get
his hands on the valuable treasures.
The story is
cited as on the same genre of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon but
it does not contain a multitude of martial arts combat but is more
like an Indiana Jones adventure and special effects which are masterly
crafted and the distinct difference is its setting in modern times.
is a remake of the early eighties movie "Zu Warriors from the
Magic Mountain" dubbed 'The' Kung Fu Fantasy movie ever made
and was released in Hong Kong simultaneously with the release of
Star Wars in the USA.
The new movie
titled the Legend Of Zu is a mesmerizing treat of fantasy, Kung
Fu and special effects. Starring Ekin Cheng, Samo Hung, Zhang Ziyi,
Louis Koo, Cecilia Cheung, Kelly Lin and directed by Tsui Hark and
this remake comes complete with massive amount of state-of-the-art
CGI and kick-ass fight choreography from Yuen Wo Ping, whom most
know from his work on The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The story evolves
around the clans in first world or Heaven fighting an evil monster
and the only mortal character is played by a leading star in the
movie Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Zhang Ziyi.It is basically a
story of a battle between the good and the evil appearing in the
form of a demon called Insomnia. Once you've got that you can sit
back and enjoy the spectacle of one special effect driven battle
after another, each more spectacular than the one preceding it.
King Sky's (Ekin Cheng) character seems to be the central focus
as he battles against his former comrade, the winged Red (Louis
lack of any character or plot development and very few real martial
arts one can find 'the Legend of Zu' a fairly enjoyable experience,
purely because of the stunning special effects that were impressive
and also the film moves along at a fair pace so there is always
something to keep your attention.
The movie is more on the line of Mortal Kombat series and Storm
Riders. This year did not witness the release of any movie with
the Genre of purely martial arts and this will be a treat to all
martial art and fantasy movie fans.
Depicts a father
The mini-play 'Pem-Piya-Wara' revolving around a mother and a young
daughter who had to face innumerable problems due to certain act
of a father is telecast every Friday at 8.35 pm on Rupavahini.
episode teledrama stars Wasanthi Chathurani, Sriyantha Mendis, Paboda
Sandeepani, Meena Kumari, Wasantha Kumarasiri, Elan Silvester, Gamini
Samarakoon, Nilanthi Wijesinghe and Geetha Kanthi Jayakody.
crew consist M. D. Jayantha handling the camera, Umesha Madumali
has written the screen play and music is directed by Suresh Maliyadde.
To the production
of Wasantha Kumarasiri, the telefilm is directed by Vishwanath Migel.