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April 30, 2009

April 30, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 12:42 pm

An Early ‘Sound of the Wind’
Zhou Xun and Li Bingbing working on location for the upcoming spy thriller “Feng Sheng” (”Sound of the Wind”).

Nanjing! Nanjing! Movie Excellent, Made Me Cry Like A Little Girl

Korea Times: ‘Cyborg She,’ One Man’s Perverse Fantasy

Coweb stills
I Corrupt All Cops - stills

Brigitte Lin
Almost official: On a recent Hunan TV program, Yip Chun said Brigitte Lin has agreed to return to film in Wong Kar-Wai’s Legend of Yip Man.

Jet Tone would not confirm it, however

Forbidden City Cop: Smart Dog - Louis Koo, Barbie Hsu

Sun LiGan Wei
Jeff Lau
Kungfu Cyborg press conference

New Dante Lam film 通缉犯 (’Most Wanted Terrorist’) to feature Nick Cheung, Lau Ching Wan, Anthong Wong and Francis Ng
Foregoing mainland investment to retain greater degree of freedom and Hong Kong characteristics

Zhang Yimou to Shoot ‘Three Guns’

Karen Mok and mother
Karen Mok with mother

Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China Reacts Differently To Jackie Chan’s Comment

Seafaring adventure has sad end - but all safe

Chinese Junk Princess Taiping sunk 30 miles short of destination

Jail looms for Edison sex-pics copier

April 29, 2009

April 29, 2009

Zhang Ziyi, Fan Bingbing
Sophie’s Revenge scheduled for August release

Li Yuchun
Bodyguards and Assassins - Li Yuchun

Supergirl sings theme song and plays Simon Yam’s daughter

Zhang Jingchu
Beijing preview of John Rabe -Zhang Jingchu

Yu NanBa Duo, Wang Shuangbo
Ning Hao film currently in production ‘Uninhabited Region’

Zhang Yimou to shoot ‘Amazing Tales — Three Guns’
Pic to be divided into two parts
Sun Honglei, Xiao Shenyang, Wang Xiaohua, Ni Dahong cast

Lu’s ‘City of Life and Death’ draws raves, death threats
Sympathetic portrayal of Japan angers some viewers

Banned Chinese director enters film at Cannes - Spring Fever
Lou Ye endured previous ban with French festival entry
Le Pacte acquires French rights to Spring Fever

Leon Lai
Leon Lai returns to Hong Kong from Shanghai, avoids questions about Jill Vidal

Daniel Wu - A Vase No More

Russell Wong takes his turn behind the camera

ESWN: What Did Jackie Chan Say? (Roland Soong mix)
The Associated Press transcript gives the impression that Jackie Chan was more cogent and articulate than he actually is. The verbatim transcript makes him much less so. For example, he could not even get the dates of the founding of the People’s Republic of China or the beginning of the reforms right at first. You can also watch the video and you don’t even have to understand Chinese to perceive the clipped nature of his speech. Jackie Chan is not in his milieu when it comes to this kind of subject.

Computer technician who leaked Edison Chen sex photos found guilty, faces jail time

Jail set for computer technician over Chen sex photos

April 28, 2009

April 28, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 12:11 pm

Fan Siu-Wong, Lee Kin-Yan
Liu Yiwei
Fan Siu-Wong
Forbidden City Cop: Smart Dog

Desert storms shuts down Hua Mu Lan

Lu’s City Of Life And Death heats up Chinese cinemas

‘The Horsemen’ could be banned in China

12 Projects Chosen For June 2009 Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Labs
Little Wings/Emily Tang (co-writer/director) and Chow Keung (co-writer), China: The murder of a teenage prostitute, recently emigrated from China to Hong Kong, shakes the lives of her previously indifferent family members across the border.

Born in Sichuan Provence and raised in Beijing, Emily Tang received her Master of Arts in Drama in the Chinese National Institute of the Arts and attended the directing program at the Central Academy of Drama, which paved the way for her career as a director. In 2001, she directed her debut film Conjugation, which had its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival. That same year, she emigrated to Hong Kong, where she now resides.

Born in Hong Kong, Chow Keung studied anthropology, sociology and media studies in Hong Kong and New York. Upon returning to Hong Kong, he worked for the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Hong Kong Film Critics Society before devoting himself full time to filmmaking. In 2003, he co-founded Xstream Pictures with Jia Zhangke and Yu Lik-wai. He has produced 17 independent Chinese feature films, including Still Life (winner, Golden Lion Award, 2006 Venice International Film Festival), Useless Diao Yinan’s Uniform (winner, Dragons and Tigers Award, 2003 Vancouver International Film Festival) and Emily Tang’sPerfect Life (winner, Dragons and Tigers Award, 2008 Vancouver International Film Festival).

Vivian Hsu Plays Mom Role in New Film

George Lam is the real deal
George Lam’s concert was all about creative music arrangements and power-packed vocals.

Edison Chen behaving jittery in Beijing

Woo Seung Yeon Commits Suicide, rookie actress found dead
Young Actress Woo Found Dead
Actress Hangs Herself

Watchdog to Tackle Rights of Female Entertainers

Nina Wang signature a fake, court told

April 27, 2009

April 27, 2009

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Chinese massacre movie reports strong opening - City of Life and Death

Huayi Brothers’ Tracing Shadow (Chasing Shadows) sells across Asia

Jackie Chan
Jackie announces 100th film

Jackie Chan, Stanley Tong to co-direct action adventure - Chinese Zodiac

The Horsemen - A step down for Asian actors?

IT WAS not a good week for Beijing-born actress Zhang Ziyi.

Last Tuesday, the 30-year-old - who called off her plans to marry Israeli billionaire Vivi Nevo last Friday - came under fire from Chinese netizens for her portrayal of an alleged serial killer in the upcoming Hollywood thriller, The Horsemen.

Park’s ‘Thirst’ Is Riveting

Director Bong Promises Hotter Movie With ‘Mother’

Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu plays a mother in Young Xinghai/The Musician

Judge Shu Qi
Shu Qi at a Shanghai promotion event

Shu Qi

Zhang Ziyi attends romantic wedding of Salma Hayek

“Forever Enthralled” Is Students’ Favorite 2008 Film
Beijing University Student Film Festival

Michelle Yeoh, Jean Todt
Michelle Yeoh, no wedding plans

Shu Qi and Chang Chen
I spy: Shu Qi and Chang Chen at Wong Kar-Wai’s Axis Mundi Shanghai opening

Korea’s Internet: Hollywood’s Best Friend or Foe?
Studios are best advised to ride the crest of ‘freeconomics’ that is Korea

More on Jackie Chan: Elaborating on freedom and discipline

April 25, 2009

April 25, 2009

Complete List of Competitors for Cannes Announced

China’s Shu Qi among Cannes Jury

1 Massacre, 2 Films and 3 Perspectives

Zhou Xun lends support at Beijing Student Film Festival

Anthony Wong
Wong Jing
Beijing premiere of I Corrupt All Cops

Tang Wei Regrets over Cut Scenes

Shu QiCarina Lau (Photos:
Andrew LauStanley Kwan
Wong Kar-Wai opened a new company in Shanghai
Guest included Carina Lau, Chang Chen, Shu Qi
Wong Kar-wai launches regional events company

Rosamund Kwan
Rosamund Kwan enjoying retirement, no plans to return to film business

Baby Lucas and mother
The Baby Lucas Tour continues in Taiwan

cfensi: What Jackie Chan Was Really Talking About

Jackie’s interview transcribed

NYT: Software That Copies DVDs Is on Trial

“Nine tailed-fox” swindles, “Crying Game”s unsuspecting netizen

April 24, 2009

April 24, 2009

Tang Wei

With Paw Hee-ChingPaw Hee-Ching, Danny Lee
Tang Wei congratulates Paw Hee-Ching, costar in Crossing Hennessy, on award

Tang Wei delighted to be working again after ban

Spencer Lam (Photo:
ESNW: Whom Did Spencer Lam Play For?
1960 Rome Olympian played soccer under what banner?
Football commentator `Uncle Spencer’ dies

Patience rewarded
Veteran actor Nick Cheung Ka-fai finally gets his due after putting some 20 years into the Hongkong film industry

‘Girlfriend’ Prevails With Small, Tactful Jokes
Shin Tae-ra’s buoyant spy romance “My Girlfriend Isn’t an Agent’’ is a promising asset to the South Korean romantic comedy genre.

Taipei Times: All picture, no story
‘Our Island, Our Dreams’ uses a postcard-worthy location to tell a run-of-the-mill romantic tale

Evokative picks up South Korea’s Daytime Drinking for Canada

I Corrupt All Cops Shanghai premiere, opens April 30th

Feng Sheng/Rumor/Sound of the Wind
Poster for Rumor/Sound of the Wind

Film features Zhou Xun, Li Bingbing, Huang Xiaoming, Alec So, Zhang Hanyu,Wang Zhiwen
Liu Weiwei
First stills, trailer released

NYT: Jackie Chan Strikes a Chinese Nerve

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Suzanne Hsiao absent thrice for community service and risks retraction of probation order

Jill Vidal - Prison break as Wei Si admits heroin charge

Police Fail to Pursue Sex Scandal List - Jang Ja-Yeon case
9 Booked Over Actress Jang Ja-yeon Suicide

Danwei: More free Chinese music from Neocha

April 23, 2009

April 23, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 10:15 am

Spencer Lam
Spencer Lam passed away at age 74

Former soccer player and soccer commentator for 30 years

ESWN: HKFA TVB broadcast - What Was Kept On And What Was Left Off?
In addition, CCTV’s rebroadcast of the awards ‘disappeared’ Tang Wei who presented the Best Newcomer award to Xu Jiao. Her ban by the mainland has still not been lifted yet.

Tang Wei, Xu Jiao

CCTV cut Best Newcomer award due to ‘time constraints’

Nanjing Massacre through the Eyes of Japanese soldier
ChinaSmack: Chinese Netizens Comment On “Nanjing! Nanjing!” Movie

SCMP Video: Ann Hui on Night and Fog

Screen Daily: Distant Horizon picks up South Korea’s The Butcher for North America
With intense and unrelenting visuals, the low-budget film sets up a married couple afflicted by a loan shark and faced with a team of snuff film producers who torture them in a stomach-churningly unpleasant way.

Cannes unveils lineup
Park Chan-wook’s “Thirst” leads a strong Asian presence in Competition. He has joined by more Asian titles: Johnnie To’s “Vengeance,” Brillante Mendoza’s “Kinatay” and “Face,” a French-set extravaganza from the Taiwan-based maverick [,Hou Hsiao-Hsien]. China’s Lou Ye (”Summer Palace”) is back at Cannes with a reportedly torrid young love triangle tale, “Spring Fever.”

John Woo and wife
John Woo and Joe Cheung supported Jackie Chan at Student Film and Television Festival. Gordon Chan thought otherwise.
Jackie Chan chooses to ignore backlash

Patrick Tse: Nicholas Tse merely putting on airs
Concerned about his son’s personal development, Nicholas Tse refused to let his son take on any endorsement jobs. Tse’s father, Tse Yin, on the other hand, said his son is putting on airs.

It was previously reported that little Lucas, Tse’s son, is afraid of his father. In a media interview, grandfather Tse Yin said, “Nicholas is putting on the airs of a father! His wife is very lenient and somewhat silly. She will be happy even with her husband’s back view. I think she’s cute and I really dote on this daughter-in-law of mine.”

The ugly side of Andy Lau?

Diamonds are a girl's best friend
Zhang Ziyi
Zhang Ziyi

China wows with underwater theater

Name Not on Our List? Change It, China Says

April 22, 2009

April 22, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 10:38 am

Jackie Chan
Alan Tam defends Jackie but Taiwan DPP demands replacing him as ambassador to Special Olympics, increasing calls to dismiss him as HKTB spokesman

Jackie Chan’s ‘Freedom’ Talk Sparks Debate
[Solon So] told China Daily Tuesday that the company would hold a press conference on the matter after Chan’s concert in the Bird’s Nest, the main venue of last year’s Beijing Olympics, on May 1.

The ThirstPromotion stills from The Thrist

Kung Fu Confucius
Ang Lee’s Woodstock Film Up for Cannes Competition

The Way We Are
Paw Hee-Ching, Chan Lai-Wai, Ann Hui - Hat trick!

With husband Fong PingDerek Yee, Pau Hee-Ching (photos - Hee-Ching
Paw Hee-Ching ill, goes to hospital after award celebration

Gao Yuanyuan - City of Life and Death
Gao Yuanyuan

City of Life and Death, a Director’s Odyssey

Li Yuchun

Super Girl Li Yuchun practices martial arts for Bodyguards and Assassins

Zhang Jingchu
Zhang Jingchu attends film festival in London

Singer Zhou Hui Coming Back with New Album, and Jackie Chan

Joe Nieh: Miffty Zhang is “God Sister”
Hong Kong reporters received news that Joe Nieh and Miffty Zhang are still privately in contact and he even took the latter as “god sister” without the knowledge of his wife, Vivian Chow.
Apparently, this was a move to silence Zhang, lest she spill the beans on their dirty past.

Little Lucas’ $2 million offer leads to parental dispute
Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung are at war with each other regarding advertisers’ requests to put their son in commercials.
Tse previously expressed that he has turned down a HK$10million (about S$2million) endorsement offer on his son’s behalf to avoid affecting his son’s childhood and healthy growth.

April 21, 2009

April 21, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 10:31 am

Eason Chan - I Corrupt All Cops
I Corrupt All Cops opens this month

Simon Yam and Sandra Ng filming new movie set in ’60s, directed by Mabel Cheung and Alex Law

Photo gallery

TVB Under Fire for Cutting Bao Hei Jing’s (Paw Hee-Ching) Thanks to ATV
TVB criticized for another poor HKFA broadcast
Josephine Siao Fong Fong greeted with silence bewildered TV audience. Wong Kar-Wai told audience, to protect her hearing, to wave glow sticks instead of applauding edited out; Nick Cheung’s thanks to Wong Jing, Johnnie To cut

Fan Bingbing with Teddy Chan, Peter Chan

Bodyguards and Assassins - Fan Bingbing

Hong Kong film festival announces shorter run for 2010

HK Magazine: Fei Mu’s Confucius
David Bordwell on Fei Mu’s Confucius - Confucius reborn

HK Magazine reviews
The Sniper
Shijuku Incident

BC Magazine: Sniping at The Snipers - Dante Lam

BC Magazine: Candy Rain review
BC Magazine: The Sniper
BC Magazine: Shinjuku Incident
BC Magazine: 20th century boys — chapter 2

BC Magazine: 7th Golden Durian Awards

Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan says he was quoted out of context.
Hong Kong Tourism Boards weighs keeping Jackie as travel ambassador
Jackie Chan’s Bird’s Nest concert has over 100 guests

ABC gives Zhang Ziyi the creeps
Improvements have been observed in the English standard of Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi since she started dating Israeli boyfriend Vivi Nevo. However, an entire page of English script brings her nightmares.

The Horsemen, which will be opening in Hong Kong cinemas soon, is Zhang’s third Hollywood film after Rush Hour 2 and Geisha. As opposed to the previous two films in which she acted as Chinese ladies adopted by American families and was not required to speak lengthy English, it is a great challenge for her this time round.

She said, “After all, English is not my mother tongue and I had many lines in this film. I had nightmares almost every night when I practiced with my teacher daily for three months. I suffered from psychasthenia (a psychological disorder characterized by fear, obsession, compulsions and anxiety).”

The Horsemen was shot in Winnipeg, Canada, during the coldest time of the year in the country when temperature was at -35 degrees Celsius.

“It felt like working in a freezer. We had to wear several layers of clothes to keep warm. In the scene where Dennis Quaid (the male lead) was chatting with me in the park, we were so cold that we couldn’t even speak our lines properly. It was also hard to have any facial expressions. When I cried, the teardrops immediately froze to become ice.”

April 20, 2009

April 20, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 9:51 am

Sandy LamJacky Cheung
Guest performers Sandy Lam, Jacky Cheung
HKFA: Guest performers Sandy Lam, Jacky Cheung

Seven Little Fortunes
HKFA: 50th anniversary of the Seven Little Fortunes

Sammo joked that they were short one person because that person said something wrong and we punished him by not letting him come (obviously referring to Jackie Chan and his recent remarks).

Legendary Josephine Siao Fong Fong

Video version

HKFA: New generation of actresses’ style ‘graded’
‘Jing girls’ Liu Yang and Meng Yao (2/5), Alan (3/5), Bei Anke (3/5), Monica Mok (3/5), Lin Chi-Ling (4/5), Chie Tanaka (2/5)

HKFA: What the stars wore on the red carpet

Movie on working-class dominates Hong Kong Awards
Winners at Hong Kong Film Award - photo gallery

Post-Olympics, director Zhang Yimou plans new film

Jackie Chan’s China comments prompt backlash
Jackie Chan made remarks, becomes laughing stock

Jim Chim fired up over battle of the sexes

He is Kong Girl, She is Kong Boy

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