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November 30, 2009

November 30, 2009a

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Leon Dai

Taiwanese tear-jerker wins “Chinese Oscar”

Taiwan director Leon Dai’s harsh real-life drama “No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti” won best feature on Saturday at the Golden Horse Film Awards

Screen Daily

Variety: Taiwan wins Horse race

THR: Taiwan film wins big at Chinese awards

‘No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti’ leads island wins at annual gathering

Best leading actor: Nick Cheung, “The Beast Stalker;” Huang Bo, “Cow”

Best leading actress: Li Bingbing, “The Message”

Best supporting actor: Wang Xueqi, “Forever Enthralled”

Best supporting actress: Wai Ying-hung, “At the End of Daybreak”

Best original screenplay: Leon Dai, Chen Wen-pin, “No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti”

Best screenplay adaptation: Guan Hu, “Cow”

Best cinematography: Cao Yu, “City of Life and Death”

Best visual effects: Wang Jianxiong, Jimmy Chen, Li Liping, “Crazy Racer”

Best art direction: Lee Tian-jue, Patrick Dechesne, Alain-Pascal Housiaux, “Face”

Best makeup and costume design: Christian Lacroix, Wang Chia-hui, Anne Dunsford, “Face”

Best action choreography: Sammo Hung, “Ip Man”

Best film editing: Cheung King-wai, “KJ: Music and Life”

Best sound effects: Cheung King-wai, “KJ: Music and Life”

Best original film score: Dou Wei, Bi Xiaodi, “The Equation of Love and Death”

Best original film song: Zeng Yan, Tao Hong, Tan Weiwei, “For My Heart”

Best documentary: “KJ: Music and Life”

Lifetime achievement award: Ming Ji

Special contribution award: George Wang

Shu Qi

Golden Horse Awards 2009 - Photo gallery

Best Leading Actress, Li Bingbing - The Message

Gallery: Golden Horse Awards Ceremony

Celebration back in Beijing


Ang Lee, Maggie Cheung

Golden Horse Red Carpet

Nick Cheung, Li Bingbing, Huang Bo

CRI: Mainland Stars, Movies Win Golden Horse Awards

Maggie Cheung, guest presenter

More (Sina)

November 30, 2009

CRI: Character Posters Released for “True Legend”

THR: Shaw readies ‘72 Tenants’

Shaw Studios returns to film, marking 50 years of production

Michelle Yeoh, Jung Woo-Sung

Michelle Yeoh

Barbie Hsu

Stills from John Woo’s The Swordswoman’s World/Rain of Swords (Sina)

Jacky Cheung will not play Sun Yat Sen in “Bodyguards and Assassins”

Nicholas Tse’s younger sister, Jennifer makes her showbiz debut

Tony Leung and Carina Lau shopping for a villa in Suzhou (Sina)

The Collector: Yonfan

CRI: Leon Dai, Kwai Lun-mei’s Relationship Revealed

Kwai Lun-Mei Taiwan Elle slide show (Sina)

Lin Chi-ling heads to London to shoot 2010 calendar

Andy Lau splurged on S$20million love nest for wife

November 25, 2009

November 25, 2009

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New Stills for Bodyguards and Assassins Released

Leon Lai

Tony Leung Kar-Fai

Michelle Reis

Leon Lai

Simon Yam

Fan Bingbing

Zhou Yun

Nic Tse

Wang Xueqi

Eric Tsang


Tony Leung Kar-Fai

Dec.18 release More stills (HunanTV)

Hong Kong director takes on Mulan with real actors

It’s a drag

Legendary heroine

14 Blades is scheduled to be released February 4 (Sina)

Nic Tse, Dante Lam

Nic Tse shaves his head for Stool Pigeon (Sina)


Aaron Kwok, Gong Beibi


Oxide Pang is filming B+ Detective, the sequel to The Detective (lit.C+ Detective) in Thailand.

Eddie Cheung and Sandra Ng

Vivian Chow relaxing on set of Ann Hui’s ‘Leisurely Fried Rice’ (Sina)

CRI: Lin Chiling 2010 Photo Calendar

Edison Chen’s 5th Shanghai store gets $4m investment from lady tycoon

Twins’ Charlene Choi admits to dating Ronald Cheng

Kay Tse furious at online photo featuring a lookalike with another man


Veteran Hong Kong actor Chan Hung Lit dies

November 24, 2009

November 24, 2009

CRI: 3D Monkey King to Hit Screen Next Summer

Triple Tap (Sina)

CRI: “Triple Tap” Finished Filming

THR: Yee looks for next hit with ‘Triple Tap’

“The gunfire would trigger explosions near swamps, so we had to spend more time to find locations. We also had to modify the guns to make them safe for filming,”

Considerations were made to accommodate the Chinese audience and regulators, with “stylized portrayal of violence,” said director Yee, whose previous outing, the Jackie Chan drama “The Shinjuku Incident” was denied release in China even after the script had been approved by the Chinese censors and granted co-production status.

Additional photos (Sina)

Poster for mainland comedy Mars Is OK

The film opened last Friday but along with comedies Panda Express and The Robbers got steamrollered by mega-disaster film ‘2012′ (Sina)

Wong Jing plays a baddie


Bodyguards and Assassins - Sun Yat-Sen

[Looks like Jacky Cheung, to me]

The mystery of who plays Sun Yat-Sen remains. Jacky Cheung is known to have flown to Shanghai to film for  half a day in an important role but it was not revealed what role. Jet Li has also been rumored but Tony Leung Chiu Wai is said to be in the Hong Kong version and Zhang Hanyu in the mainland version hase also been mentioned as possibilities.

Michelle Ye dubbing for Fan Bingbing (Sina)

Michelle Ye has been selected to dub the Cantonese for Fan Bingbing’s character in Bodyguards and Assassins.

Screen Daily: Mo Tzu Yi joins cast of Singaporean comedy Forever

Epic tale of Mulan returns to cinemas


Zhao Wei and Chen Kun bathing scene slide show (Sina)

Updated Swordsman?

Hong Kong media reports that Yuen Wo-Ping is gearing up to make an updated version of Tsui Hark’s Swordsman with Zhou Xun and Takeshi Kaneshiro after the Lunar New Year. (

Chen Hong-Lieh

Chen Hong-Lieh, Shaw Brothers villain and TVB actor recently died of a heart attack. His age was reported to be either 65 or 66. (Sina)

Edison Chen visits three Taiwan nightclubs to promote his own USB products

Andy Lau spends millions for a change of fortune

Twins again, Charlene’s 10 lb birthday cake (Sina)

November 23, 2009

November 23, 2009

Jump Press Conference

Kitty Zhang Yuqi

Yao Wenxue

Leon Jay Williams

Director Stephen Fung

Yao Wenxue, Stephen Fung, Kitty Zhang, Leon Jay Williams

Producer Stephen Chow did not attend the press conference. The film is scheduled for a Dec. 3 release


Bodyguards and Assassins Nic Tse and Zhou Yun

Nic Tse and Zhou Yun play a couple

Zhou Yun

Nic Tse


Bodyguards and Assassins HD slide show (18) (Sina)

CRI: Andy Lau Turns into a Peking Opera Performer

THR: Screen empress Liu returns in ‘37′

Once the most celebrated actress in China, award-winning Chinese screen legend Liu Xiaoqing will return to film in Hong Kong director Dennis Chen’s drama “37,” in a role that rendered her unrecognizable,

Mike He, Alfred Cheung

Mike He and Alfred Cheung promote Love At Seventh Sight at Tuen Mun Town Plaza in Hong Kong. (Sina)

Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng

Aaron and Ekin attend Storm Warriors MV and theme song release Sunday. More photos (Sina)

CRI: Director Gu Changwei Casts Eye on AIDS discrimination

Established director Gu Changwei ['Peacock'] started to shoot a documentary on reducing people’s discrimination toward HIV/AIDS.

November 20, 2009

November 20, 2009

CRI: Li Yuchun Sings for ‘Bodyguards’ (video)

Rising pop singer Li Yuchun, who made her film debut in the new action thriller “Bodyguards and Assassins”, has been chosen to sing the movie’s theme song, “Fen Mo” (”Dust”).

With about 100 action films under his belt, kung-fu king Jackie Chan says he is not proud of all his movies.

Shu Qi turns down Zhang Ziyi film because of nude scene

Shu Qi has turned down a role in Chinese star Zhang Ziyi’s English movie “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”.

Younger sister of Nicholas Tse is the new “Jing Girl”

Jennifer Tse latest Wong Jing protege

Banned director brings romance film to Hong Kong

Forget ‘Twilight: New Moon,’ John Woo’s Chinese epic ‘Red Cliff’ is the biggest film on the planet

John Woo’s ‘Red Cliff’: An Epic Cut Down To Size

John Woo exporting Hollywood values to China

Taiwan director plans Chen Shui-bian assassination movie

Vivian Chow, Sandra Ng two nights ago, shooting Ann Hui’s ‘Leisurely Fried Rice’(literally) in chilly weather. (Sina)

Sandra Ng on breaks from All’s Well Ends Well 2010

The article says that due to newcomers Angelababy and Lynn Xiong there are numerous NGs and extends the shooting day which leads to many cellphone breaks. (Sina)

Sandra Ng, Louis Koo

Sandra Ng and Louis Koo are helping Angelababy along but is wearying for the senior actors like Lee Heung Kam (Sina)

CRI: Fan Bingbing as A Femme Fatale

Fan Bingbing graces the cover of the November 2009 issue of “Madame Figaro” magazine.

‘Wheat’ star Fan Bingbing graces the cover of November’s issue of ‘Madame Figaro’ (MF), China, a special issue themed ‘Femme Fatale.’

Hello Kitty jewellery collectables

Hello Kitty turns 35

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

November 19, 2009

November 19, 2009

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New stills of Zhao Wei in Mulan released. A Nov.27 release is scheduled (HunanTV)

HD (Sina)

Kitty Zhang Yuqi - Jump

Zhang Yuqi stars in Stephen Fung’s story about a simple rural girl in the big city who loves to dance. The original story comes from Stephen Chow. (HunanTV) (Sina)

Nick Cheung is hoping to win a Golden Horse for Best Actor (Beast Stalker) (Sina)

Variety: Overheard

Quality casting down the line and a script that manages some characterization between its twists and turns make for an entertaining package that’s flawed only by a lack of sustained tension in the direction.

Variety: The Robbers

A pair of amoral thieves end up defending a tiny village they initially came to pilfer in “The Robbers,” a rambunctious black comedy in period duds that plays like a Chinese riff on “Seven Samurai.”

CRI: China Expects Most Crowded Spring Festival Film Season

“We will have a headache in February because the Valentine’s Day coincides with the Spring Festival (lunar new year) holiday,” He said. “There are too many films to manage.”

Cecilia Cheung previously suffered two miscarriages

Taiwan’s sexiest woman

Model-turned-actress Lin Chi-ling says reputation takes “a lot of maintenance”.

Fan Bingbing


Fan Bingbing magazine spread in HD (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu Beijing jewelry brand appearance in HD (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu GQ


Zhang Jingchu GQ launch in HD (Sina)

CRI: Michelle Yeoh’s New Role

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” actress Michelle Yeoh raises awareness on road safety.

Andy Lau lookalike is a porn star

More than 400 Taiwanese artistes on tax man’s ‘wanted list’

The Robbers (Variety review)

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The Robbers
Wode tangchao xiongdi

(Mandarin dialogue) A Tempo Films Investment Co., Stellar Mega Films Co., Shanghai Film Group, Infotainment China Media, Beijing Back Light Pictures Co. (International sales: Infotainment, Beijing.) Produced by Wang Tianyun, Yuan Xin. Executive producers, Han Xiaoxi, Qin Hong, Ren Zhonglun, Cindy Lin, Amber Wang. Co-producers, Tao Zi, Hu Jun. Directed, written by Yang Shupeng.

With: Hu Jun, Jiang Wu, Wang Xiao, Li Li-chun, Yu Xiaolei, Yin Lu, Yin Jian, Li Sa, Yang Shupeng.

A pair of amoral thieves end up defending a tiny village they initially came to pilfer in “The Robbers,” a rambunctious black comedy in period duds that plays like a Chinese riff on “Seven Samurai.” More ironic than knockabout in its humor, and packing an earthy punch in its action sequences, this is an intelligent crowdpleaser with some limited commercial potential beyond East Asia, especially if platformed at Western fests.

In his second feature, self-trained filmmaker Yang Shupeng (aka Leon Yang) delivers on the promise shown in his 2007 WWII drama, “The Cold Flame,” especially in his handling of actors and mood. Yang’s offhandedly witty script — whose flavor was not fully reflected in the subtitles on the print caught — is brought vividly to life by leads Hu Jun and Jiang Wu, whose screen chemistry holds the movie together.

Setting is a remote area in central China during the supposedly highly cultured Tang dynasty — referred to in the film’s ironic Chinese title (”My Tang Dynasty Brothers”) and in a witty, straight-faced cameo by helmer Yang himself as a fraudulent wandering poet. (Latter sequence requires careful resubtitling to bring out the humor for general auds.)

When itinerant ruffians Xue Shisun (Hu, dressed like a Japanese ronin) and tubby Chen Liu (Jiang) arrive in Kuzhulin Village, they initially pose as thirsty hunters. But after getting a drink from villager Ma Qi (Li Sa), Xue announces he’s actually a robber and demands Ma’s money. Meanwhile, Chen starts cozying up to Ma’s daughter, Luo Niang (Wang Xiao), who’s engaged to a local.

From then on, the pic becomes a rondo of capture and escape as Xue and Chen are arrested by the village head, talk their way out of things, are arrested again by soldiers who’ve been hunting them for several years, and are then helped to escape by the village’s beautiful (but deadly) female butcher, Ying Ge (striking TV thesp Yu Xiaolei, in her first major film role).

As the to-and-fro continues, a leery bond starts to form between the two amoral reprobates and the dumb-but-not-so-dumb yokels, with the former helping the latter against the corrupt soldiery. Following a cataclysmic finale, the unexpected coda is actually quite moving.

As the two robbers who seem to have no moral compass at all, Hu and Jiang manage to switch from character comedy to serious combat with deceptive ease. Hu, too often cast in woodenly serious roles, looks especially relaxed here, and chimes well with Yu in their disappointingly few “romantic” scenes. Actors playing the villagers are excellent, never tipping into pratfall comedy.

Clever editing manages to pack a lot into the tight running time without any feeling of haste, and an excellent score (part orchestral, part Beijing Opera-like) binds the film’s several moods together. Shooting in an actual (redressed) village in Zhejiang province, helmer Yang gets the most out of the landscape in a down-and-dirty way, as well as plenty of physical oomph in the battles with the soldiery.

Camera (color), Zhou Shuhao; editor, Fang Lei; music, Lu Jiajia, Hou Dudu; art director, Du Changshun; costume designer, Zhang Yuedong; sound (Dolby Digital), Liu Yang; sound designer, An Wei; action director, Wang Jianjun; assistant directors, Wang Xu, Zhou Yingying. Reviewed at Pusan Film Festival (Midnight Passion), Oct. 14, 2009. Running time: 91 MIN.

Overheard (Variety review)

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Sitteng fungwan

(Cantonese dialogue) An Edko Films (in Hong Kong)/Beijing Polybona Film Distribution Co. (in China) release of a Sil-Metropole Organization (Hong Kong)/Bona Entertainment Co., Shanghai EE-Media Co., Xi’an Qujiang Film & TV Investment Group (China)/Neo Studios (Singapore) presentation of a Pop Movies, Film Unlimited production. (International sales: Distribution Workshop, H.K.) Produced by Derek Yee, Henry Fong. Executive producers, Song Dai, Yu Dong, Zhang Yong, Wang Jianjun, Jack Neo. Executive in charge of production, Huang Bin. Directed, written by Alan Mak, Felix Chong.

With: Lau Ching-wan, Louis Koo, Daniel Wu, Zhang Jingchu, Alex Fong, Michael Wong, Lam Kar-wah, Waise Lee, William Chan, Stephen Au, Sharon Luk, Queenie Chu, Henry Fong, Lok Ying-kwan, Yeung Ling, Matt Chow, Yuen Fu-wan, Geoff Wong.

After last year’s wishy-washy “Lady Cop and Papa Crook,” Hong Kong writing-helming duo Alan Mak and Felix Chong — two of the key creatives behind “Infernal Affairs” — power back with the bent-cops crimer “Overheard.” Quality casting down the line and a script that manages some characterization between its twists and turns make for an entertaining package that’s flawed only by a lack of sustained tension in the direction. Summer release did well in both Hong Kong and China, though in Western markets it’s largely an ancillary item.

First seen clandestinely bugging the offices of Fung Wah share-trading company, Leung (Lau Ching-wan), Yeung (Louis Koo) and Lam (Daniel Wu) are members of the Commercial Crime Bureau, currently involved in a big surveillance op monitoring suspected price fixing.

Screenplay rapidly sketches the friendships, tensions and family backgrounds within the surveillance team, housed in a chaotic temporary office, full of tech equipment and clothing, that’s staffed in shifts around the clock. All the main characters are flawed in some way: Lam is about to marry the daughter of a rich guy (actor-producer Henry Fong), with whom he’s not too comfortable, and Yeung has a young son with cancer, putting a strain on his marriage.

Of the three, Leung has seniority, and he’s the only one able to get on with their irascible boss, old pal Lee Kwong (Alex Fong). But unbeknownst to Lee, Leung is seeing his estranged wife, Yam (mainland Chinese thesp Zhang Jingchu), adding a layer of guilt beneath his seemingly easygoing exterior.

When, one night, Lam and Yeung overhear Fung Wah slimeball exec Lo (Waise Lee) giving a shares tip to his secretary (Queenie Chu), they wipe the evidence from the records and decide to make a quick killing themselves. Leung subsequently gets involved, against his better judgment, and the whole affair turns very deadly when China’s Securities Commission investigates the team, and corrupt tycoon Ma (Michael Wong, hammy) wants their heads on a platter.

Pic is strongest during its first act, as the characters swim into focus, eavesdropping for fun on workmates (William Chan, Sharon Luk) with their surveillance equipment, and prove almost as mistrustful of each other as they are of their quarry. Second act, which only makes sense in such a money-obsessed environment as Hong Kong, is less atmospheric, and the finale, though entertaining, is the least original part, relying on pure Hong Kong action devices.

Lau, as the grizzled heart of the movie, impressively shades in his character, but it’s Koo, who’s started to broaden his roles beyond tanned beefcake, who’s the biggest surprise. Tech contributions are pro, without being either glossy or grungy.

Camera (color, Panavision widescreen), Anthony Pun; editors, Kong Chi-leung, Chan Chi-wai; music, Chan Kwong-wing; art director, Man Lim-chung; sound designers (Dolby Digital), Nip Kei-wing, Phyllis Cheng; visual effects supervisors, Lim Hung-fung, Yee Kwok-leung, Lai Man-chun; assistant director, Lanbo [cq] Cheuk. Reviewed on DVD, London, Nov. 6, 2009. (In Hawaii Film Festival — Hong Kong Cinema.) Running time: 101 MIN.

November 18, 2009

November 18, 2009

CRI: Classic Fantasy Film Storms back with Dazzling CG Effects

The sequel to 1998 fantasy/kung fu film ‘The Storm Warriors’ will hit cinemas across Asia on December 10.

CRI: ‘Mulan’ Premieres in Beijing

Three Guns poster features English title of A Simple Noodle Story. The title is reminiscent of the popular internet parody of Chen Kaige’s The Promise, The Bloody Case That Started With a Steamed Bun


CRI: Zhang Yimou’s New Film Is a Tribute to “Zhiqing” Generation

Director Zhang Yimou will begin shooting a heart-wrenching romance set in China in the 1970s.

Adapted from a 2008 bestselling novel “Hawthorn Tree Forever”, the story revolves around a great unfulfilled love in around 1975 between two “zhiqing,” or young, educated urban people sent to the countryside for re-education during China’s decade long “cultural revolution.”

Zhang will embark on a Nanjing massacre-themed film following “Hawthorn Tree,” the report said.

THR: Zhang considers war drama, romance as next project

THR: ‘Chen Zhen’ starts shooting near Shanghai

Leon Lai - Frozen

Leon Lai has begun work on Derek Kwok’s Frozen. The storyline is unknown. (HunanTV) (Sina)

CRI: Jet Li Acknowledges Singaporean Citizenship

Kitty Zhang gives her two cents on mentor Stephen Chow

The demure 23-year-old actress revealed her tendencies to quarrel with Stephen during filming due to their differences in personality. Despite that, she expressed her utmost respect for the latter and shared that she is filled with awe and admiration for him.

Panda Express Premiere

Deng Jiajia

Jane Zhang sang the theme song

Liu Hua

Panda Express Premiere photos (Sina)

Charlene Choi attending a Christmas lighting ceremony at Times Square (Xinhua)

Gillian Chung

Gillian Chung celebrates 15th anniversary of Toughjeans brand


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