Matthew Upson has emerged as a target for Shanghai Shenhua

Shanghai Shenhua trying to sign Stoke City defender Matthew Upson

Shanghai Shenhua are trying to sign Stoke City defender Matthew Upson, while talks continue about Didier Drogba joining his former Chelsea strike partner Nicolas Anelka at the Chinese club.

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Starring: Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Arlen Escarperta

DVD: Horsemen (18)

It's not so much the four horsemen of the apocalypse as the many shortcomings of the clichéd crime drama, which ride slipshod over The Horsemen's chances of success.

Exclusive Trailer: Award winning Japanese film ‘Departures’

The latest film from acclaimed Japanese director Yojiro Takita beat off stiff competition earlier this year to take the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Ang Lee - Beyond the mild side

Ang Lee was not the most likely director to create a film about Woodstock, and his authentic-looking LSD scene is from imagination not experience, he tells James Mottram

DVD: The Wong Kar-Wai Collection (15)

An assembly of three cinematic masterpieces – Ashes of Time, Happy Together and Chungking Express – by the acclaimed Hong Kong film-maker.

Preview: Festival Of Asian Film, Asia House, London

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The Banquet (15)

Hamelt meets Crouching Tiger in this long, lavish story of royal power-struggles in 10th-century China.

Vaughan targets January for one-day return

The injured England captain, Michael Vaughan, is still hoping to be fit for selection in next year's triangular one-day series against New Zealand and Australia.

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Stars accused of treachery for playing 'prostitutes' as outrage and old hatreds smoulder over Tokyo's wartime atrocities

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Zhang Yimou's moving new film combines violence with dance. Julia Stuart meets China's most feted director

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Dennis Lim previews all the best bits of this year's London Film Festival
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