HKMDB Daily News

August 28, 2009

August 28, 2009


Shing Fui-On passed away last night at 11:45pm at Hong Kong Baptist Hospital


Shing Fui-On passed away last night

Despite his poor condition Shing checked out of the hospital a couple days ago to be home because he did not like the feeling of loneliness at the hospital. Two days later his condition worsened dramatically and Shing returned to the hospital. Nick Cheung, Michael Miu Kiu-Wai, Eric Tsang visited him and others visited him. (Thanks, to Fan)

The fourth of five brothers, Shing quit school and joined his brother at Shaw Brothers at age 15 (some say 13) to work in the props department

Later he joined Golden Harvest but a downturn in the industry forced him to find work in a ballroom as a guard (?).
HK actor Fui-on Shing dies of cancer

Hong Kong Actor Fui-on Shing Dies of Cancer


Big Silly character debuted in 1985 Chase a Fortune

Big Silly (middle) with two cousins
Before he was fierce (center, with two cousins)
Disco era Big SillyFull fierce on
Once claimed in an interview that he joined the triads but later recanted


Xinhuanet coverage


Sina.com’s coverage of Big Silly’s passing



Opening ceremony for Fire Dragon

NY Times: Film on Confucius Resurfacing
Fei Mu’s Confucius being restored

No Kungfu and No Charity for Jet Li in Ocean Paradise

Daughter Cast in Director John Woo’s New Film

Two more sneak into Toronto lineup
The Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday made two last-minute bookings for Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf’s “Green Days” and “The Warrior and the Wolf,” a combat epic from Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang.

Taipei Times: Hear Me review
A love story in silence
Blatant product placement for the Taipei City Government mars an otherwise enjoyable boy-meets-girl tale

Taipei Times - short takes

Let’s Fall in Love (尋情歷險記)
Also making use of Chinese Valentine’s Day is this up-close-and-personal Taiwanese documentary enjoying a proper release with a new promotional campaign. Twenty-odd married couples come under the spotlight with their relationship problems and weaknesses, together with the intriguing matchmaker-counselor whom all of them share. From award-winning director Wuna Wu (吳汰紝), who had to solicit hundreds of small investors to get this film into theaters.

The Forbidden Legend: Sex & Chopsticks 2 (金瓶梅2:愛的奴隸)
Sweaty and kinky sex for its own sake is a rare bird on the Taiwanese big screen these days. We haven’t had a soft porn extravaganza since, well, the original Sex & Chopsticks late last year. Japanese hardcore actresses Hikaru Wakana (with head still shaved), Kaera Uehara, Serina Hayakawa and Yui Morikawa secure another Hong Kong work visa to tell, for the umpteenth time, the misadventures of barely robed courtesans. But tableware fetishists will likely feel misled all over again; the Chinese title (“The Golden Lotus 2: Slaves of Love”) is more faithful to what’s on show.

Rookies: Graduation
And so, back to a movie based on a Japanese manga. A bunch of good-for-nothing punks regain self-respect and team spirit after their charismatic high school teacher shapes them into a formidable baseball team. This is a theatrical follow-up to a TV series based on the popular manga series Rookies. But unless you’re a baseball tragic or swoon at the sight of “bad boys” with trendy shocks of hair and perfect skin, this attempt at inspiration won’t mean a pitcher’s mound of beans. The Bad News Bears it ain’t.

KJ (音樂人生)
The poster for this Hong Kong documentary says it all: a boy sitting alone in an auditorium. The boy is “KJ,” a brilliant pianist with a bright future in store, though the film covers much wider, and occasionally darker, ground, which makes it an ideal companion to Four Minutes. With respected director Ann Hui (�?�) as consultant, this study of individual genius in a society that tends to stifle it has the stamp of quality. Six years in the making, KJ is screening exclusively at the Wonderful Cinemas complex in Taichung.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2009/08/28/2003452150

Yasmin Ahmad tribute

Shawn Yue speaks up for Stephy Tang
Stephy criticized for potentially spreading H1N1 at typhoon fundraiser

The husband of Lee Young-ae publicly speaks about his wife

Felicia Chin breaks down at ongoing rumours of plastic surgery

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Karen Mok

Karen Mok promoting her new digital album


Zhang Ziyi endorsing watch brand



Taiwan actress Yu Ke-Hsin lost Andy Lau to Carol Shu many years ago and suffered depression for some 15 years

Yu Ke-Hsin
Andy’s partner pregnant?
Is Lau’s long-term partner expecting a baby?
The women in Andy Lau’s life - captioned slideshow
[*According to Chinese custom, following the death of a father, the couple must marry within 100 days or wait 3 years. Others say AFTER 100 days otherwise bad luck for the bridegroom. You pick, I guess.]



Vivian Chow paintings selected for exhibition


Josie Ho
Josie Ho shows off a purse she designed featuring a gun

She joked that there are two meaning to the gun, to promote world peace and to keep evildoers away from her husband. Her father, Stanley Ho, remains in the hospital resting and recuperating from surgery.


Photos from Gillian Chung’s stage performance I Ought To Be in Pictures



More photos

Gillian Chung’s stage debut


Li Bingbing opens a flagship store in Ningbo

Michelle Reis slide show

August 27, 2009

August 27, 2009

John Woo and daughter
John Woo and Terence Chang to produce martial arts film costarring Woo’s daughter Angeles Fei-Shai Woo as a female killer

Shooting starts in Shanghai in October. Cast includes Jung Woo-sung, Michelle Yeoh, Barbie Hsu, Shawn Yue, Kelly Lin. Su Zhao-Bin will direct the film, literally ‘River and Lakes Swordwomen’. 30 year-old Angeles has studied martial arts in the US.






Ocean Paradise press conference with Jet Li, Kwai Lun-Mei, director/screenwriter Xue Xiaolu

Jet Li plays the father of an autistic child, due for a 2010 Spring Festival release



More Ocean Paradise cast photos


Wang Jing’s Invisible Killer opens August 28

Film about internet human flesh searches




Eternal Beloved opens September 3



Law Kar-Ying’s scenes in Kung Fu Cyborg mostly deleted

Edited for out pacing, Law quipped that if you yawn you’ll miss me.


Actress Tao Hong attends party for new movie “Death Dowry”

Ethan Ruan gets bashed up for his latest movie, Monga
Monga, depicts Taiwan in the 1980s when it was encroached with mafia and triad gangs.


Cast presents at premiere ceremony of new film “Gasp”

Comic Ge You goes serious for Gasp

Shanzhai! Stop me if you’ve seen this movie before…

Donnie Yen to retire from the big screen in 2013



Karena Lam and Ekin Cheng promote Claustrophobia in South Korea


Airport sighting of Andy and Carol all the rage

More celebs embroiled in Eason Chan marriage drama


Simon Yam
Simon Yam at Hong Kong Disneyland press conference for new Halloween show ‘The Deep Cold Universe’




Shu Qi in Beijing endorsing a watch brand



New Lin Chi-Ling fashion photos

August 26, 2009

August 26, 2009


The Founding of a Republic features 172 stars but no guarantee of box office success



Dada’ Dance - Zhang Yuan

Story parallels Noriko Sakai’s recent drug scandal. [This is also Zhang's first film since his own drug arrest.]
[Update]
Chinese director Zhang Yuan releases first film since drug scandal
[Previous drug arrest reports]
2/1/2008
1/19/2008
1/14/2008
1/10/2008

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The Message opens September 30


Huang Bo
Huang Bo in black comedy ‘Cow’ opens September 11

66TH ANNUAL VENICE FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP (Selective list )[Update]
COMPETITION
“Accident,” Cheang Pou-Soi (China-Hong Kong)
“Tetsuo The Bullet Man,” Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)
“Prince of Tears,” Yonfan (Hong Kong)
OUT OF COMPETITION
“Chengdu, I Love You,” Fruit Chan, Cui Jian (China) - Closing Film
“Yona Yona Penguin,” Rintaro (Japan)
HORIZONS
“Adrift,” Bui Thac Chuyen (Vietnam)
“Cow,” Guan Hu (China)
“1428,” Du Haibin (China)
“Once Upon A Time Proletarian: 12 Tales of a Country,” Guo Xiaolu (China)
http://www.luxuryta.com/italy/venice-film-festival-announces-line-1253





Kelly Lin and Ge You attend premiere of Gasp

Jet Li returns to Chinese film
Due to start shooting ‘Ocean Paradise’ in Chinese
Li will star with Taiwanese actress Kwai Lun-mei, last seen in Tsui Hark’s “All About Women,” in the directorial debut of Chinese screenwriter Xue Xiao-lu, titled “Ocean Paradise” in Chinese. Xue has written for director Chen Kaige, working the script for Chen’s 2002 drama “Together With You.”
Jet Li to star in first non-action drama Ocean Heaven
Christopher Doyle will handle cinematography while Hai Chung-man (Curse Of The Golden Flowers) will serve as art director of the film. The release date is set for spring 2010.

Variety: Blood Pledge (South Korea)
Variety: Missing (South Korea)
Variety: Insadong Scandal: Replicated Strokes (South Korea)
Variety: Macabre (Singapore)

Support for China animation lags
Industry fails to develop despite government backing



Donnie Yen plans to give up acting in 2013.

In an NY Times interview (see Aug 20 post), Yen said he plans to concentrate on behind the lens directing and action choreography after finishing his 2012 obligations.


Sammi Cheng reveals she once had depression

[I think the film they are referring to is Everlasting Regret]


Mike He: I’m being framed again

‘Jewel in the Palace’ star weds in US
Lee Young-ae is also known for her role in the Park Chan-wook film “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.”



Stars attend Dayo Wong’s stage show






Andy Lau and Carol Chu returning to Hong Kong from Malaysia

First public acknowledgment of their relationship
Andy Lau and girlfriend appear together publicly (English)


Yang Lijun
Article recalls the many (rumored) loves in Andy Lau’s life

Danny Poon, Idy Chan, Yue Hoh-Yan, Anita Mui, Rosamund Kwan, Yang Lijun (the crazy fan)
More airport photos, and, still, more

Andy Lau apologized on his blog for creating the chaos at the two airports and thanked fans for their concern



Andy avoided questions from media while leaving his apartment

Carina Lau
Carina Lau at Hong Kong Airport

When questioned about Tony’s injuries, Carina smiled and replied, ‘OK, la’. Article notes her HK$100k handbag, too.


Vivian Chow
Rosemary
Vivian Chow and Rosemary attend fall fashion show

Vivian is described as adopting a dishevelved, wild cat (or is it cougar?) look




Guests at Dorian Ho’s fall fashion show

Universally unimpressed with this year’s Miss Hong Kong contestants
[Reigning Miss Hong Kong Edelweiss Cheung was denied the opportunity to crown the new Miss HK. Instead, Loletta Chu, Miss Hong Kong 1977 and Henry Fok's former daughter-in-law, crowned Sandy Lau]

August 25, 2009

August 25, 2009

Costume design of spy movie “The Message”

Shooting underway for “Tangshan Earthquake”

Jet Li returns to Chinese film after 3 US movies
Jet Li makes a quiet appearance at Cartier for his charity
alivenotedead: Jet Li - Going Green With Tony Blair

‘Haeundae’ Attracts 10 Mil. Audience

Sophie’s Revenge takes in RMB$60M in ten days
Zhang Ziyi abandons tough image, more like a child, perhaps even too vulnerable.

Chen Kun Is A Handsome Bandit in “Let Bullets Fly”
Chen Kun to join Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly
Taking on new tough guy image in film


Poster for TV series The Legend of Yang Guifei

Stars include Anthony Wong, Ruby Lin
Anthony Wong

China’s birthday movie has many seeing red



Stills from Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns


Three Guns will be released on the same day as Bodyguards and Assassins in December

Stephen Chow quietly supporting Red Cross typhoon efforts, denies retirement rumor
Ching Siu-Tung confirmed co-shooting martial arts super-hero comedy with Jack Black and Anne Hathaway


Gillian Chung being wooed for 30-episode CCTV series Legend of White Snake

Director waiting for SARFT approval, Gillian accepting lower fee, Fan Bingbing considered but fee too high

Jackie Chan puckers up to Wang Lee Hom



alivenotdead: Karen Mok - Canon Fireworks Display



Andy “appear” on web to admit his relationship with Zhu family



Charlene Choi shot a new series of photos for fall and winter women’s sportwear

Wuyi Roots
In Wuyi, China, lies Jiangmen, one of Riverside’s Sister Cities. Wuyi is “The Number One Homeland of the Overseas Chinese” who came to California in 1849 to work in the goldfields, on the railroad, and then in Riverside’s citrus industry. The documentary tells their story. “Wuyi Roots” TV documentary was produced in Jiangmen, China (2005) by the Guangdong Provincial Publishing House/Guangdong Petrel.

In the Pearl River Delta of southern China, west of Macao & Hong Kong, is located the beautiful and unique city of Jiangmen, China. The districts of Xinhui,Taishan, Kaiping, and Heshan under its jurisdiction are customarily called “Wuyi”, meaning 5 Counties. Many of the ancestors of today’s Chinese Americans, including those who settled in Riverside, came from Wuyi. Wuyi Roots is their story and the story of Wuyi as it has developed over the past 150 years.


SCMP: Canadian Tourist missing in Hong Kong: Help find Ani Ashekian 1/7
Previously

August 24, 2009

August 24, 2009

21st Century Kato
Jay Chou as Kato

Jay Chou stuffs himself with good ol’ American food

Zhou Xun

Stills from The Message released

Ekin Cheng
Ekin Cheng at launch ceremony for typhoon relief

Asked about making another Young and Dangerous film, Ekin expressed doubt about the continued impact of film culture. He said it was better to do charity work.

Charlie Yeung and daughter in 37
Charlie Yeung in ‘37′

Leon Lai, Vivian Hsu, Richie Ren
Fire Dragon’s Leon Lai, Vivian Hsu, Richie Ren

Vivian unfazed by rumors of Shu Qi and boyfriend Stephen Fung


Michelle Ye
Pinky Cheung
More Fire Dragon cast photos

Leon LaiMichelle Ye
Dante Lam’s Fire Dragon

More photos

Gao Yuanyuan
Heo Jin-Ho’s Season of Good Rain, formerly a segment of Chengdu, I Love You

Tussle over Tony Leung
Carina Lau
Carina Lau philosophical about Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung incident

‘After so many years, we are very much like watching a love story. We do not want it played out quickly, if you want to see it then we have to go on.’

Shooting Stanley Kwan’s Energy Behind the Heart/Dancing With The Heart

Ducked into clothing store until her car arrived

More Carina Lau photos

HK star Shawn Yue is tired of being linked to female celebs

Actress Angelica Lee to wed HK director

Jackie Chan, Tan Jing
Zhang Ziyi
Stars attend solo concert celebrating China’s founding


Zhao Wei
Zhao Wei appointed as VP Chinese Performing Arts Society appears at skin care endorsement event in Shanghai

More photos

Aaron Kwok
Lee San-San
Aaron Kwok finished third in his own charity race in Shanghai

Zhang Ziyi


Vogue magazine spread - Zhang Ziyi (click through)

Andy Lau?
Funeral procession of Andy Lau’s ‘father-in-law’

Obscurred by a sea of white umbrellas, media determines Andy secretly in attendance. Trademark hook nose is the tell.
Photos: Funeral procession, Andy’s secret children?
‘Son-in-Lau’ goes under cover at Chu’s funeral
Last wish of Carol Chu’s dad - to see her wed Lau
Quite a ’scene’ at funeral of Chu’s dad

Lucky number 4

Sandy Lau Crowned Miss Hong Kong 2009

Simon Yam
Judge Simon Yam

Museum of Chinese in America Gets a New Home

August 22, 2009

August 22, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 5:58 pm

Nanjing massacre film director to direct World Expo China pavilion film


A close call and a vinegary scene!

Hong Kong’s 3 Weekly reports about an incident in July, Carina Lau was tipped of hubby Tony Leung secretly meeting Maggie Cheung for tea in Central. Tony was busy recovering in Hong Kong from his arm wounds, Carina was on break from shooting Detective Dee, and Maggie was in town sans Ole Scheeren. While Carina’s car circled the streets looking for the pair, she angrily called Tony on the phone from the car, Maggie quickly departed.

3 Weekly

http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-08/22/content_11924902.htm

Li Bingbing, Tony Blair
Li Bingbing and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair promote environmental protection for Northwest China

Gillian Chung

Gillian Chung takes a break from preparing for her stage play by attending a game promotion in Hong Kong

Li Bingbing slideshow
Vivian Hsu slideshow


Miss Hong Kong 2009 - Sandy Lau Sin-Ting

August 21, 2009

August 21, 2009

Dada's DanceZhang Yuan
“Dada” Will Dance Across China in September


Lau Ching-Wan appears at the Asian Poker Tour in Macau where he is filming Poker King with Louis Koo

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Huayi Bros Threw a Star-Studded Party
Li Bingbing
More photos


Zhang Ziyi Nanjing press conference for Sophie’s Revenge



Zhang Ziyi lost her composure during Nanjing press conference

Falsely blamed by newspapers for travel delays (?)

Vivian Hsu, Pace Wu
Stars raise funds for diaster relief

Andy Lau
Speculation over whether Andy Lau will attend father of Carol Chu’s funeral

Chu’s father passed away of a cerebral hemorrhage on the 18th. Chu’s is the long-rumored secret wife of Andy.
Andy Lau attends funeral of rumoured girlfriend’s father

Taiwanese supermodel Lin Chiling on cover of porn disc

August 20, 2009

August 20, 2009

bc Magazine: When Johnnie Meets Johnny
‘Vengeance’ mixed effort to take Johnnie To global

bc Magazine: Hear Ye, Hear Ye (Michelle Ye)
The female star of Vengeance reveals what it is like in Johnnie To’s boys’ brigade

bc Magazine: Genius in the Madhouse
Jeffrey Lau Chun Wai gets slippery about being typecast

bc Magazine: Vengeance
HK Magazine: Vengeance

bc Magazine: On His Majesty’s Secret Service

bc Magazine: Turning Point

Overheard: Cops cross the line in taut Hong Kong thriller
Hollywood Reporter: Overheard
Bottom Line: A riveting thriller of commercial crime with dark, Faustian overtones.
Korea Times: ‘Sophie’s Revenge’ Satisfies to a Point

Guo Xiaolu doc booked for Toronto
‘Once Upon a Time Proletarian’ will have N. American bow


Film celebrates founding of new China

“The Great Cause of New China’s Foundation” is scheduled for nation-wide release on September 17th
Forty Films Will Commemorate China’s 60th Anniversary

Jet Tone, Fortissimo appeal GIO ruling
Jet Tone Films and Fortissimo Films – the production company and sales agent behind Cheng Hsiao-tse’s Miao Miao, is at the centre of a funding row

Donnie Yen
NY Times: An Action Star Moves to the Lead
Bey Logan: Now and Yen

Taiwanese filmmaker Chung Mong-hong, whose feature debut Parking screened in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard last year, returns with sophomore effort The Fourth Portrait. Hong Kong writer-director Pang Ho-cheung serves as producer on Hong Kong Film Award nominee Heiward Mak’s The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name.
Screen Daily


Eric Tsang and stunt man

Sun Li
Sun Li

Jeff Lau’s Light-Transcending Pandora’s Box
Yuen Biao
More photos

Zhou Xun
Zhou Xun has a new single, a theme for an online game

Lin Chi-Ling
Lin Chi-Ling promoting film on life of Coco Chanel

Miriam Yeung
Miriam Yeung ambassador for eye care

Hong Kong Singers Gather for Fundraising Event
Jet Li: Visiting the Kaoshiung Disaster Area

A*mei joins line-up of F1 Rocks

HK Magazine: Lo Hoi-Pang interview
HKMDB entry

Original advert,  Lo Hoi-Pang send-up
[Credit to Fan for originally bringing the videos to my attention]

Duen Kee Chinese Restaurant
There are some who visit the place solely because it was the location for the shooting of the Anthony Wong horror classic “The Untold Story.”

August 19, 2009

August 19, 2009


Shu Qi

Chang Chen, Chang Kuo-Chu
Father and son are working together again for the first time in 19 years since A Brighter Summer Day
‘Shu Qi should not be Chang Chen’s wife’

Hollywood Reporter: Overheard
Bottom Line: A riveting thriller of commercial crime with dark, Faustian overtones.

Zhang Yimou’s daughter accuses Gong Li of ruining her childhood

Faye Wong to make a comeback as Goddess of Mercy?

No reunion for the Four Heavenly Kings
No comeback for Edison

UK film board stops sale of Japanese horror movie

Screen Sweetheart Gao Yuanyuan

Christy Chung Pregnant with 3rd Child

Michelle Reis
Michelle Reis, one of the Miss Hong Kong judges this year

Simon YamNatalis Chan
Fellow judges, Simon Yam and Natalis Chan

August 18, 2009

August 18, 2009

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

Michelle Reis
Michelle Reis on cover of L’Officiel

Sylvia Chang
Rosamund Kwan donates HK$500,000, Alan Tam, $300,000, Sir Run Run Shaw, $25M
Vivian Chow, Leo Koo

Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng

Karen Mok

Tsai Chin

Aaron Kwok

Karena Lam
Jerry Lam(?), Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan

Eason Chan, Jaycee Chan


Charlene Choi and other stars gathered to raise funds for Taiwan

Karen MokAaron Kwok
Ti Lung, Rosamund Kwan, Tony Leung

More press conference photos

Eric Tsang

Hong Kong Singers Gather for Fundraising Event

Grief-stricken A-mei’s unyielding aid continues in disaster-sricken Taiwan

Edison Chen’s mystery guest appearance cancelled at last minute
Fear of distraction from relief efforts by Hong Kong Performing Artists Guild aborted Edison’s comeback


Showing some 'tude
Gillian Chung shooting new clothing brand advert

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