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July 31, 2009

Look For A Star (Variety Review)

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Look for a Star
Yau lung hei fung

(Hong Kong-China) A Media Asia Films (Hong Kong)/Huayi Brothers Media Corp. (China) release and presentation of a Basic Pictures production. (International sales: Media Asia, Hong Kong.) Produced by Andrew Lau. Executive producers, John Chong, Wang Zhongjun. Co-executive producer, Wang Zhonglei. Directed by Andrew Lau. Screenplay, Cindy Tang, James Yuen.

With: Andy Lau, Shu Qi, Zhang Hanyu, Denise Ho, Dominic Lam, Zhang Xinyi, John Chiang, George Lam, Rebecca Pan, Maria Cordero, Cheung Tat-ming, Raymond Cho, Monie Tong, Lo Yuen-yan, Ella Koon, Po Po, Pei Wei-ying, Yao Wenxue, Tony Ho, Gong Xiaoxuan, Terence Yin, Han Yuqin, Pinky Cheung, Kristal Tin, Belinda Hamnett.
(Cantonese, Mandarin dialogue)

By DEREK ELLEY
Hong Kong helmer Andrew Lau finds his feet again, after a series of post-”Infernal Affairs” misfires, with the feel-good modern fairy tale “Look for a Star.” Main story of an incognito billionaire romancing a poor hoofer-cum-croupier is about as deep as a centipede’s hip bath, but a top-class cast (led by Andy Lau and Shu Qi) and an aces tech package combine to make it an effortless date movie. Lunar New Year attraction in Asia, coming on the heels of Shu’s assured perf in record-breaking romantic comedy “If You Are the One,” took a twinkling $15 million in China alone.

Helmer Lau, who’s generally more at home with actioners or action-dramas, last tried a pure romance with the wobbly Maggie Cheung-Leon Lai starrer, “Sausalito” (2000). There’s no sign of that loose, almost improv structure in “Star,” even though the pic is entirely sustained by its in-depth cast and fluid mise-en-scene.

The setting is Macau — given a magical wonderland feel by Ng Man-ching’s lensing — where Sit Mi-lan (Shu) works as a nightclub dancer and croupier. Enter mega-rich, unmarried Sam Ching (Andy Lau) and it’s love at first sight, though she doesn’t realize he’s the millionaire who’s about to redevelop the beloved area she grew up in. Sam secretly lets the deal go for fear of losing her.

Script by Cindy Tang and James Yuen maintains its flow by introducing two other parallel strands — a pair of friendships, one between Sam’s tough-cookie H.K. exec, Jo Kwok (Denise Ho), and a mainlander hotel handyman, Lin Jiu (reliable Zhang Hanyu), and another between Sam’s driver, Ma (vet Dominic Lam), and a mainland woman (Zhang Xinyi) with a young daughter.

All three of the Hong Kongers (Sam, Jo and Ma) can’t seem to get a proper relationship in gear, and end up going on a TV show called “Follow Your Heart” to resolve their problems. The totally manipulative plot would be painfully cliched if it weren’t played with such charm and a fairy-tale edge.

Andy Lau, who’s spent many of the past few years in costume roles, slides easily back into modern duds, while Taiwan-born Shu, now in her early 30s, gives further proof that she’s developing into a classy actress without losing her early freshness.

Camera (color, widescreen), Lau, Ng Man-ching; editor, Azrael Chung; music, Chan Kwong-ming; production designer, Silver Cheung; sound designer (Dolby Digital), Kinson Tsang; assistant director, David Lee. Reviewed on DVD, London, March 30, 2009. Running time: 116 MIN.

http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=print_review&reviewid=VE1117940672&categoryid=31

Crazy Racer/Silver Medalist (Variety Review)

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Crazy Racer
Fengkuangde saiche

(China) A China Film Group, Warner China Film HG Corp. release of a Cina Film Corp Beijing Film Studio, Warner China Film HG, Beijing Guoli Changsheng Music & TV Prod. Co. production. (International sales: Warner China HG, Beijing.) Produced by Han Sanping, Lin Jianyue. Executive producers, Han, Zhang Guoli. Executives in charge of production, Zhao Haicheng, Ma Baohua. Directed by Ning Hao. Screenplay, Cui Siwei, Xing Aina, Wang Hongwei, Wang Yao, Zhou Zhiyong, Yue Xiaojun, Zhang Cheng.

With: Huang Bo, Jiu Kong, Rong Xiang, Jack Kao, Wang Shuangboa, Ba Duo, Wang Xun, Xu Zheng, Ma Shaohua, Worapoj Thuantanon, Liu Gang, Da Gang, Zhao Ben, Dong Lifan, Da Cheng, Zhang Ting.
(Mandarin, Hokkien dialogue, Xiamen dialect)

By DEREK ELLEY
Three years after his low-budget crime comedy “Crazy Stone” rewrote mainland Chinese cinema’s commercial ambitions, helmer Ning Hao returns with an even more turbo-charged mainstream picture that’s likely to be equally ignored by Western crix and fests that lauded his early arthouse efforts, “Incense” and “Mongolian Ping Pong.” A Sino equivalent of the Coen brothers’ exaggerated, visually stylized capers, “Crazy Racer” has already proved a money-spinner locally — reaping 10 times its modest budget of just under $2 million — setting the tone for an industry that, more and more, is now a force unto itself with no interest in Western export.
Though the plotting has the same complex construction as “Crazy Stone,” pic as a whole reps an advance on the prior comedy, with at least four separate groups of characters criss-crossing but the strands remaining clear at all times. The pacing is considerably zippier and, though the color scheme is equally grubby and the visuals have an elaborate storyboarded look, the overall result is more upbeat throughout.

The story’s theme of money madness in contempo China is hardly new, but Ning keeps the pot bubbling with more verbal humor than in the pic’s predecessor. Impossible to replicate in subtitles, the dialogue is a fruity cocktail of dialects and accents found in the coastal city of Xiamen. In the same way he caught the flavor of Chongqing city in “Stone” via landscape and accents, Ning uses Xiamen’s linguistic coloring and musty Old Quarter to evoke the Fujianese port’s special character.

Working-class stiff Geng Hao (Huang Bo, one of several players from “Stone”) narrowly loses a gold medal in a bicycle race and is then disqualified for using a banned substance when he’s duped into sponsoring an energy drink by crooked businessman Li Fala (Jiu Kong). After his coach has a heart attack, Geng becomes obsessed with getting compensation from Li to pay for the coach’s funeral, which leads him unwittingly into a web of dark deeds.

Said web is inhabited by several separate groups, all of whom become dependent on each other as one snafu leads to another. A bunch of Taiwanese hoods (Rong Xiang, plus Hou Hsiao Hsien fave Jack Kao) are in town for a drug deal with a slippery Thai (Worapoj Thuantanon); two penniless crooks become contract killers when Li wants his ugly, fat wife (Dong Lifan) offed; and two confused young cops are permanently on Geng’s tail. Events climax in another bicycle race, which Geng is determined to win this time.

Not all auds will respond to Ning’s widescreen athletics, in which every shot is carefully framed for maximum impact. But the editing is much less frantic than in many classic Hong Kong capers of the past, and the action always coherent. One sequence — of an explosion within a house — is a classic of visual choreography, an awesomely constructed combo of slow-mo, lateral tracking and stuntwork.

Performances are comically exaggerated and grotesque without too much obvious mugging, and the soundtrack makes sly use of Taiwanese ballads to send up the hoods from across the straits. Ning is already in production on another caper epic, “No Man’s Land,” a road movie set in China’s desert outback.

Pic’s DVD title is “Silver Medalist,” though the English title on the print is “Crazy Racer.”

Camera (color, widescreen), Chen Zhiying, Du Jie; editor, Zhang Yifan; music, Dong Dongdong, Ma Shangyou, Evan Chan; art directors, Zhang Xiaobing, Shen Xiaoyong; costume designers, Feng Shasha, Zhang Yanhong; sound (Dolby Digital); special effects, Zhang Rong, Zhou Jingli; visual effects, Wang Jianxiong, Chen Jingmin; action director, Wong Wai-leung; car stunts director, Lee Chiu-kwong. Reviewed on DVD, London, July 14, 2009. Running time: 99 MIN.
http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=print_review&reviewid=VE1117940687&categoryid=31

Chaw (Variety Review)

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Chaw
Chawoo
(South Korea) A Lotte Entertainment release of a Lotte Entertainment, Big House Vantage Holdings presentation of a Soo Jack Film, Big House Vantage Holdings production. (International sales: Fine Cut, Seoul.) Produced by Park Gyeong-deok. Directed, written by Shin Jeong-weon.

With: Eom Tae-woong, Jeong Yu-mi, Jang Hang-seon, Yun Je-mun, Park Hyeok-gweon, Jeong Yun-min, Heo Yeon-hwa, Go Seo-heui, Park Hye-sin.

By DEREK ELLEY
“Razorback” meets “Jaws” in the blackly comic horror outing “Chaw,” in which a giant wild boar dines on humans in the South Korean countryside. This smartly scripted nod to B-movie conventions, which also throws in references to “Predator” for good measure, is a tasty crowdpleaser for auds of all stripes, with midnight fest legs and juicy ancillary potential. Mid-July release has racked up a toothsome 1.25 million admissions locally in its first three weeks, and has already sold to 15 countries.

Title (pronounced “chow”) is supposedly a dialect word for an animal trap used in the central and northwest parts of the country. More conveniently, the English transliteration also evokes that of Spielberg’s shark thriller, as does its general outline — an early kill mistaken for the real thing, a local official worried about the impact on tourism if news of the murders seeps out.

Setting is the small village of Sameri, populated by the usual collection of gruff locals and weirdos — including a madwoman (Go Seo-heui) with a baby doll — and surrounded by a forest where something evil lurks. As the body count gradually rises and a retired hunter’s cute granddaughter (Jang Hang-seon) becomes the latest victim, the preening Det. Shin (Park Hyeok-gweon) arrives from Seoul to investigate. Also in town is short-fused cop Kim (Eom Tae-woong, the main character in “Handphone”), who’s been reassigned from the capital and is staying with his heavily pregnant wife (Heo Yeon-hwa) and crazed mom (Park Hye-jin).

After the hungry hog arrives unannounced at a premature celebration of its death, Cheon, Shin and Kim finally team up with a younger pro hunter (Yun Je-mun), and a young ecologist (Jeong Yu-mi), to hunt the critter down and find Kim’s mom, who’s gone AWOL.

The construction and the characters are knowingly generic, but the protags’ personal quirks and mildly goofy interplay maintain human interest until the monster’s next appearance. Park is good as the shades-wearing Mr. Cool detective who can’t stop pilfering other’s possessions; Yun aces as the arrogant, high-tech hunter who’s the polar opposite of vet stalker Cheon; and a deglammed Jeong likable as the geeky researcher who wants to record everything on her digicam.

Helmer Shin Jeong-weon mines some of the same small-town material he did in his macabre comedy, “To Catch a Virgin Ghost,” but delivers thrills when the occasion demands. Martial score ups the adrenaline at crucial moments, and creature effects, though cheesy, do the job.

The pic was partly shot in California, where Polygon Entertainment also worked on the visual effects.

Camera (color), Kim Yong-cheol; editor, Kim Du-jin; music, Kim Jun-seong; art director, Kim Gyeong-mi; sound (Dolby Digital), Jeong Jin-mo; creature effects supervisor, Erik Jensen; visual effects, Polygon Entertainment, Stareast Digital Lab. Reviewed at Primus 11, Bucheon, South Korea, July 20, 2009. Running time: 122 MIN.
http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=print_review&reviewid=VE1117940755&categoryid=31

Coweb (Variety Review)

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Coweb
Zhan, wu shuang
(Hong Kong-China) A Joy Charm Enterprise (Hong Kong)/Beijing Channel Pictures Co. (China) presentation of a Singing Horse production. (International sales: Easternlight Films, Beverly Hills.) Produced by Wang Guoju, Xiong Xinxin. Executive producers, Joe Ma, Eddie Chan. Directed by Xiong Xinxin. Screenplay, Sunny Chan; story, Xiong.

With: Jiang Luxia, Sam Lee, Eddie Cheung, Kane Kosugi, Chan Kwok-pong, Peggy Zeng, He Zhonglin, Zhang Zuofeng, Mike Moeller, Eskindir Tesfay, Andy Taylor.
(Mandarin dialogue)

By DEREK ELLEY
A Chinese distaff action star is born in “Coweb,” an otherwise by-the-numbers contempo martial-artser that harks back to the exhilarating quickies of ’80s and early ’90s Hong Kong cinema with femme leads like Moon Lee and Cynthia Khan. Befitting the times, the new star is from the mainland, 23-year-old Shaolin wushu champ Jiang Luxia, whose pugnacious energy invigorates this so-so helming debut by well-known martial-arts coordinator-cum-thesp Xiong Xinxin. Pic opened in China in May but is ancillary fodder elsewhere.

With her boyish looks, broken nose and baggy clothing, Jiang has the androgynous appeal of mainland Chinese singer Li Yuchun and the recklessness of onetime action distaffer Sharon Yeung, making her a potential gay icon in the West.

Unfortunately, the pic doesn’t allow her to express any of the humor or character she showed in her own online shorts, which made her a 2007-08 Web hit under the alias “Cat-Eared Baby.” However, as a wushu fireball, she has the wherewithal to blaze a trail alongside other Asian newcomers such as Thailand’s Jeeja Yanin (”Chocolate”) and Japan’s Rina Takeda (”High-Kick Girl!”) in the newly reinvigorated femme action genre.

The plot is simply an excuse for one setpiece after another — on bamboo scaffolding, in water, with nunchucks, and even in a breakdance sequence — as Nie Yiyi (Jiang), after signing up as a bodyguard to a Hong Kong millionaire (Eddie Cheung) and his wife (Peggy Zeng), finds herself participating in an online tournament in which the rich bet vast amounts on her survival.

As in Yanin’s and Takeda’s movies, much effort goes into showing that Jiang does her own stunts (well, most of them, anyway), though the more dangerous ones are wire-assisted. Xiong’s deliberately retro approach fits in with current trends (”Yip Man,” etc.), and Jiang’s final, lengthy standoff with Asian-American martial artist Kane Kosugi (son of vet Sho Kosugi) caps a genuinely impressive and breathless display of the diminutive lead’s abilities.

Though mostly set in Hong Kong, the pic was actually shot in China’s Guangdong province. Sam Lee provides a smidgen of lightness as her childhood friend, and Cheung most of the acting smarts. Tech package is OK, though editing is choppy.

English title is never explained, though could be an abbreviation for “Combat Web.” Chinese title roughly means “Peerless Combat.”

Camera (color), Chan Chor-keung; editor, Lee Ka-wing; music, Brother Hung; art director, Simon So; costume designer, Sukie Yip; sound (Dolby Digital); martial arts director, Xiong. Reviewed on DVD, London, July 28, 2009. Running time: 87 MIN.

http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=print_review&reviewid=VE1117940746&categoryid=31

July 31, 2009



Storm Warriors limited editon posters released at Anime Festival

Ekin Chen, Ma Wing-Shing (original manga illustrator, writer), Aaron Kwok

Variety: Coweb review

Variety: Chaw review

Yu Shaoqun, Liu Yifei Tapped for another ‘Chinese Ghost Story’

bc Magazine: Overheard reviewed

Taipei Times Film Review: ‘Empire of Silver’ short changes audiencesThe world of finance is barren ground for a good story in ‘Empire of Silver,’ a big-budget period drama about the Wall Street of imperial China

Taipei Times Film Review: Sons are for fathers the twice-told tale in How Are You, Dad
Best known for directing Hoklo and Hakka films, Chang Tso-chi shot a movie in Mandarin as a response to his late father’s wishes

Two Chinese Films to Vie for Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival unveils lineup
Hong Kong helmer Yonfan’s “Prince of Tears,” set in Taiwan during the 1950s anti-Communist period known there as “White Terror.
Cheang Pou-Soi’s thriller “Accident,” [previously Assassins] produced by Johnnie To

http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/1/1/302328/1.html
Yonfan’s Prince of Tears to compete at Venice Film Festival
[see May 19 entry for additional background]

‘Taking Woodstock’ Premieres in New York

Premiere photos

From farmer to A-lister: Wang Baoqiang’s unchanged smile
Blind Shaft earned him 1,000 yuan ($146), and a Best New Performer award at the Golden Horse Awards.

Star-studded film to open for 60th anniversary of PRC

Children Of Workers: 24 City

Life in China through a foggy lens


Meng Yao, Nick Cheung and Monica Mok attend launch ceremoney for To Live and Die in Mongkok

Korean stars take their shot at Hollywood
Supporting roles seen as opening door to larger parts

Li Bingbing Denies Rumors of Foreign Boyfriend

Taipei Times: Pop Stop
Eason Chan, A-Mei and so much more

Zhao Wei reported to be marrying Singaporean businessman

Kelly Chen ruffles mother-in-law’s feathers



Shu Qi ambassador and Hou Hsiao-Hsien executive director attend press conference for 2009 Golden Horse awards

Zhou Xun shampoo advertising photos

Zhao Wei


New Zhao Wei pictures

July 30, 2009

July 30, 2009


New Sophie’s Revenge poster


Zhang Ziyi

More stills - Sophie’s Revenge


Tracing Shadow poster

Recent posts from Bey Logan’s blog
Bey Logan: Chow on Fire
Fat Gor tries to change a flat tire/tyre

Bey Logan: Coffee with Gong Li
Gong dominated Chinese cinema to such an extent that, when she proved unavailable for the project, Chen Kaige begrudgingly began his film Temptress Moon with another actress, Iron Monkey’s Jean Wang, before summarily dismissing her when Gong Li did become available (and then, rather unkindly, criticizing Wang in the press.)

Bey Logan: The Man With The Deadly Pen
Ngai Hong (AKA Ni Kuang) (and Vivian Chow’s father-in-law)

Guardian: Can Kung Fu Cyborg kick Transformers’ arse?

Shu Qi performing action stunts on City Under Siege - slide show

Fruit Chan
Chengdu, I Love You
Fruit Chan’s Chengdu, I Love You to close Venice Film Festival


Xiao Shenyang
Sun Honglei
Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns

Li Bingbing was admitted to the hospital with heat stroke and hospitalized for two days but has now returned to the set of Detective Dee
on.cc

Chow Yun-Fat possibly joining the cast of Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly

The woman who changes one man’s destiny - Michelle Reis
“If a woman can change a man’s whole life, that’s an attractive story to me,” the 39-year-old says. “My role encourages a beggar to stand up to hardship and live with dignity and confidence. She makes me believe in love.”

Qin Hailu

Qin Hailu to star in Sun Zhou’s 1949 war drama set in Guangzhou

Kelly Chen

Hong Kong media is reporting that Kelly Chen is not getting along with her mother-in-law

Supposedly clashing over cooking and child care
http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/3/1/301496/1.html


Zhao Wei releasing new album on digital platform via China Mobile (a la Karen Mok) in August

Rumor: Zhao Wei has registered for marriage in Singapore to a businessman
She was spotted with a wealthy merchant outside a marriage registration office in Singapore. To register in Singapore one must be a Singaporean or a permanent resident of Singapore.
If so, can a change in citizenship be far behind? :)
http://www.businesstimes.com.hk/a-20090730-24326/zhaowei12
http://news.sina.com.tw/article/20090730/1976875.html



Liu Ye promoting auto brand

First public appearance since marriage

Pace Wu

Pace Wu in Taipei promoting cosmetics - gallery


Paris Hilton dons a Hello Kitty dress

Group wants to stub out film smoke
Chinese anti-smoking group call for a ban on smoking scenes

Hong Kong gang convicted for piracy
Leader sentenced to 74 months; $1.1 mil in assets seized

July 29, 2009

July 29, 2009


Lau Ching-Wan and wife,Amy KwokLau Ching-Wan, Zhang Jingchu, Alex Fong

Daniel Wu, Louis Koo, Lau Ching-WanDaniel Wu

Anita YuenMichelle Ye

Overheard cast and guests attend Hong Kong premiere
Michael Wong and wife
Michael Wong and wife


“Overheard” Premieres in Hong Kong
Hollywood Reporter: Alan Mak hopes for hit in China

‘Chengdu’ to close Venice festival
Fruit Chan, Cui Jian unveil sci-fi film
Chengdu, I Love You to close Venice Film Festival
[ I wonder, did the third part get cut out because Hur Jin-ho expanded his segment to a full length feature?]
Previously: Hur Jin-ho wraps feature-length Season Of Good Rain
‘Chengdu’ to Close Venice Film Festival

Variety: SPC to distribute Yimou’s ‘Blood’ [Amazing Tales: Three Guns]
Sony Pictures Classics is continuing its relationship with filmmaker Zhang Yimou, agreeing to distribute his planned remake of the Coen brothers’ comedic thriller “Blood Simple” domestically and in several major foreign territories
Screen Daily: Sony Classics on board for Zhang Yimou’s Blood Simple remake

China welcomes ‘Haeundae’ wave
Korean disaster film looks for success onshore in China

Lee Byung-hun Returns With Film ‘G.I. Joe’
Kwon Sang-woo May Make Hollywood Debut
Hollywood’s Korean ninjas
Sandra Ng
Barbie Hsu
Sandra Ng and Barbie Hsu - On His Majesty’s Secret Service

Xu Fan and husband Feng Xiaogang
Chen Daoming, Chen Jin

Does Feng Xiaogang have vitiligo?

Aftershock officially launches production

Ceremony held at Tangshan Earthquake Memorial Square

HK actress Michelle Reis returns to the big screen

Anthony Wong
Anthony Wong, Yin Tao to Lead Epic Tang Drama

Jia Zhangke: In fact it is the President of the World Uighur Congress Kadeer, a documentary film, and invited me to attend the film premiere, it is known that political figures in the film will appear, too political, and I am not sure about the history of Xinjiang, so it is not the time to attend the film festival a good time, so I choose not to participate. ”
Jia Zhangke speaking at the Hong Kong Book Fair

Jet Li’s Singapore citizenship confirmed

Shing Fui-On (file photo)
Shing Fui-On gives a thumbs up

Young Shing Fui-On and Andy Lau
Shing Fui-On’s cancer has spread to his lungs. He entered the hospital last week and only weighs 45kgs (not lost 45kgs as previously reported)


86 year-old Lam Kau enters hospital with foot injury

Nick Cheung
Nick Cheung films a tourism program in Finland


Vivian Chow
Peter Chan
I spy: Vivian Chow secretly meeting with Peter Chan in Shanghai

Sparks rumors of plans for comeback

England: Family made £7m in fake DVD scam

July 28, 2009

July 28, 2009

Jet Li
Still from Sylvester Stallone film The Expendables - Jet Li


SCMP: Daniel Wu discusses new film ‘Overheard’
Zhang Jingchu, Lau Ching-Wan
Overheard takes in 35M yuan in the opening weekend


‘Tracing Shadow’ Premieres


More photos of premiere


Peter Chan wanted to cast Michelle Reis ten years ago when Bodyguards and Assassins was first planned



Additional photos of Michelle Reis on set of Bodyguards and Assassins
More
Andrew Lau received a 1905 HK$10 bill as a reward and commemoration for his efforts
Peter Chan, in a surprise, introduced Andrew Lau on the last of shooting. Lau had been called in to assist due to an unnamed large crisis.
‘Infernal’ Lau joins ‘Bodyguards’

Shing Fui-On
Shing Fui-On suffers recurrence of nasopharyngeal carcinoma

The 54 year-old actor was treated in 2004 with chemo and radiation therapy and he lost 45kg in weight. He also lost his sense of taste and hearing. Nonetheless, Shing was elected village head in Sai Kung and later ran for election to the legislature but was defeated.
Nick Cheung, also a Sai Kung resident, went directly from shooting To Live and Die in Mongkok to visit Shing at the Hong Kong Baptist Hospital. He is due to be released in a couple days.

Prison on Fire
1988 - The Greatest Lover
2001 - ATV series with Japanese beauties
Secret Lover, 1995The Detective, 2007
2003 running for legislative council member


Shing Fui-On continued auto racing even after first being diagnosed in 2004

Zhang Ziyi Interview: From Actress to Producer (Thanks, to duriandave, for pointing it out)

Chinese filmmaker Feng Xiaogang begins shooting earthquake movie
“Aftershocks” tells the story of a seven-year-old girl who survived the quake that killed more than 240,000 people.

Hong Kong filmmaker Lee Kung-lok’s romantic comedy Let’s Fall in Love starts shooting in Beijing on July 24.

MIFF weighs future of Chinese pics
Claustrophobia, Miao Miao also withdrawn

Hollywood Reporter: Haeundae - film review
Bottom Line: Korea’s first disaster movie is slow to reach a crest of excitement but eventually delivers shiploads of action and visual spectacles.
Disaster film a Korean BO success

Comic-Con ‘Thirst’ panel with director Park Chan-Wook

Sassy Girl Returns as a Cyborg (video/photos)
Sassy girl returns as robot in Cyborg She

HK singer Eason Chan’s marriage in trouble?

Donnie Yen’s birthday party
Donnie Yen and wife
Raymond WongLynn XiongCheung Tat-MingVincent Kok
Roy CheungLeon LaiAndrew Lin
Donnie Yen celebrates his 46th birthday with friends

Additional photos

Yasmin Ahmad

  • Touched by her maternal glow
  • Friend to All
  • Tears and tribute

    ESWN: Young Models At The Hong Kong Book Fair


    SCMP: Anti-model activists protest at HK Book Fair


    SCMP: Kobe brings MVP skills to HK

  • July 27, 2009

    July 27, 2009

    Message of ‘Overheard’: Don’t Be Greedy

    McDull’s Big Success at Box Office

    Latest Stills of ‘Bodyguards and Assassins’

    Michelle Reis
    Michelle Reis in costume for Bodyguards and Assassins

    Shaw Bros. returns with trio of films
    Aptly named ‘Turning Point’ [English name for the Laughing Gor film ]to lead new slate, August release

    In addition to “Turning Point,” the studio is now developing three films, two of which will begin production this year. The first is the US$5 million ensemble comedy “House of 73 Tenants,” a sequel-of-sorts to a 1973 Shaw Brother blockbuster, executive produced by Hong Kong multi-hyphenate Eric Tsang and co-directed by Tsang and Riley Yip
    The story revolves around the lessees of a Hong Kong market-styled shopping mall made up of tiny stores. Filming will commence in September at the Shaw Studios for a 2010 Chinese New Year release date.

    Hong Kong film “Overheard” premieres on mainland

    HK indie filmmakers taking the lead
    Three independent Hongkong productions due for release this year

    » Break Up Club (director: Barbara Wong): The director con-tinues to focus on Hongkong’s youth culture, with Jaycee Fong and Fiona Sit starring as young lovers dealing with broken hearts.

    » Dream Home (director: Pang Ho-cheung): Josie Ho plays a local girl who’ll do anything to get the house of her dreams – even murder. With Eason Chan and Anthony Wong.

    » Christmas Rose (director: Charlie Young): The former pop idol’s debut as a director looks at a young man who succumbs to greed and temptation when he enters the world of big business

    Donnie Yen magazine spread


    Aaron Kwok plays a werewolf type character in Benny Chan’s City Under Siege

    Tortured soul - Aaron Kwok’s Murderer



    Jia Zhangke released an English verison of his book Interview with Chinese Workers - 24 Cities at the Hong Kong Book Fair

    Jia to make first big-budget film
    Hong Kong director Johnnie To, known for his stylish action thrillers, is the producer.



    Gillian Chung gets a visit from Joey Yung and Kenny Kwan before rehearsing for upcoming stage musical “I Ought to be in Pictures” - photos

    Screen Daily: Malaysia’s Yasmin Ahmad dies aged 51
    Yasmin Ahmad laid to rest

    A couple of the Sam Hui songs used in Yasmin Ahmad’s Sepet

    Blink and you missed it, the theme from Shanghai Tan/The Bund by Frances Yip

    July 26, 2009

    July 26, 2009

    Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 10:55 am

     

    OBITUARY: Yasmin Ahmad, the film legend
    Yasmin Ahmad laid to rest
    Yasmin will forever remain a film guru

    Film director Yasmin Ahmad dies
    Friends and colleagues pay tribute
    Malaysia director of race-themed films dies at 51
    The Passing of a Legend

    Just a sample of Yasmin’s many wonderful adverts
    Tan Hong Ming was awarded a Gold Medal at Cannes last year.
    Petronas is a multinational oil and gas company owned by the Malaysian government and Yasmin Ahmad has produced numerous adverts for them.

    Yasmin’s death also felt in Singapore
    Her death, caused by a stroke, raised questions on what would happen to ‘Go, Thaddeus’, a film that she was to direct, which is still in its early stages of production.

    Park Chan-wook’s ‘Thirst’ is a vampire film sans cliches


    Karen Mok
    Karen Mok in concert in Tianjin


    Actor Andy Tsang Tak-Wah arrested on sex related charges

    He attempted to rape a secondary school student he met on the interet under the pretext of photographing her in a hotel.
    http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/3/1/299030/1.html
    Even more interesting is that the accompanying photograph looks like it was taken from HKMDB’s own image gallery!
    What do you think?
    The caption credits Hong Kong’s Wen Wei Po newspaper.
    Wen Wei Po article

    Sam Hui will hold a series of concerts in September to celebrate his 61st birthday
    Always low key, Sam did not hold a press conference but simply placed a newspaper advertisement. He will be introducing a new song that pays tribute to Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui and Roman Tam.

    Chang Chen
    Chang Chen was among celebrities who attended the 100th anniversary of Audi brand

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