HKMDB Daily News

February 3, 2010

February 3, 2010

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Kungfu epic ‘14 Blades’ expected to become blockbuster hit

Film producer says “Avatar” not pulled for “Confucius”

CRI: Stars Attend Premiere Ceremony of “Hot Summer Days” in Beijing

Captured by a fan at the premiere! :)

Maggie Cheung - Hot Summer Days

(Sina)

Tony Leung

Leo Ku

At a ceremony yesterday, Tony Leung was named Hong Kong Entertainment Expo amabassador for the sixth time. And Leo Ku was named Hong Kong Music Fair ambassador. Tony said that he still did not who was going to play his wife in Grand Master or whether Gong Li was still participating. (Xinhua)

THR: Hugh Jackman plucks ‘Flower’

Jackman’s publicist, reached in Los Angeles, countered that “at this point in time he is doing an unbilled cameo.”

Andy Lau

Nic Tse

Andy Lau and Nic Tse arrived in Shanghai where filming of New Shaolin Temple has moved. (Sina)

Jay Chou

(Sina)

Highlight of True Legend is a 20 minute martial arts action scene in 3D (8)(Sina)

Miriam Yeung, Alan Tam, Zhang Yuqi, Chang Chen

Miriam Yeung, Alan Tam

Chang Chen

Kitty Zhang Yuqi (Sina)

Miriam Yeung

Miriam Yeung, Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Alan Tam - Shanghai press conference for Here Comes Fortune (God of Wealth Arrives) (Sina) (2)

Twins

Charlene Choi

Gillian Chung

Twins publicity machine ramps up for their two date concert April 16 and 17 at the Hong Kong Coliseum. (Xinhua) (Sina)

Twins make a comeback

at17

at17, Eman Lam and Ellen Joyce Loo, held the first of a 5 nights of ‘until we meet again’ concerts in Wan Chai to mark 8 years together. They announced that for the next 2 years they would develop individually and regroup in 2012 to mark their 10th anniversary with a concert at Hong Kong Coliseum. Eman Lam will release a CD with her brother Chet Lam while Ellen will record a personal album. Fans did not know beforehand that the duo was separating.  (Sina)

Elton Loo (Law Kwan-Chor) dressed as Paula Tsui to promote his upcoming ‘fake superstars’ concert (Sina)

Jane Zhang

Kitaro and Jane Zhang arrive at the Grammys Awards at Staples Center

(Zimbio) (HD)(Sina)

Fung shui master, Tony Chan, has lost his High Court battle to inherit the estimated HK$100-billion fortune of the late tycoon, Nina Wang. In a judgement of more than 300 pages, Mr Justice Lam ruled that the will he submitted was a forgery. The judge said Mr Chan had lied and was not a credible witness. He awarded the entire estate to the rival claimant, the Chinachem Charitable Foundation, and ordered Mr Chan to pay its court costs…(RTHK)

14 Blades

Filed under: Reprints — Tags: — dleedlee @ 9:52 am

SINGAPORE : Everyone knows that the ingredients in making the perfect wuxia movie for today’s insatiable audiences is made up of three things: Impeccable fight scenes; a multi-faceted story that blends fantastical fiction with historical fact; and Donnie Yen.

Who else can better perform superhuman feats, get seriously injured and yet still fight till the end in a jiang hu (martial arts) world than the broody hot-bod stuntman-turned-actor? Cleverly, director Daniel Lee (”Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon”) enlists the help of Yen (fresh from his success with “Ip Man” and “Bodyguards And Assassins”) with “14 Blades”.

Set in Ming Dynasty China, it tells the story of the jingyi wei (literally meaning brocade-clad guard), the elite Imperial guards/assassins.

Recruited from the street and trained in clandestine combat, these guards devote their entire lives to the service of the Emperor.

Of course, there has to be an evil eunuch plotting to seize power. So, it’s up to Imperial Guards Qing Long (Yen) and Xuanwu (Qi Yu Wu) to steal a list identifying people still loyal to the throne. But Qing Long is betrayed by Xuanwu and becomes a wanted man forced to fight his former comrades to protect the empire and restore the Emperor to power.

While this isn’t Asia’s answer to “The Bourne Identity”, this actioner is a valiant effort. There is enough hard action, longing romance, silly humour and the obligatory life values and morality spiels to engage everyone across the board.

Yet, one would have hoped to see more of the titular weapon and its full use in action, seeing as we’re told in detail at the start how special this tool is (eight blades for torture, five for killing and the last one reserved for suicide upon failure of a mission). But the disappointment of not seeing this fabled weapon and all its intricacies is more than made up for with the relentless and well-choreographed fight sequences in deserts, forests, temples and tea-houses.

Yen manages to make his fights look like a spirited walk in the park as he oozes masculinity and charisma. But his acting still leaves much to be desired, so Vicky Zhao (in yet another period role) amps up the emotion with more than just a “flower vase” thespian turn as feisty love interest Qiao Hua.

Pretty boy Wu Zun surprisingly shines as the leader of the bandits, holding his own with slick moves and a beguiling presence. The same however, cannot be said for Yu Wu. Although he tries courageously hard to play the villain, he fades into the background against his heavyweight counterparts.

It may not be the ultimate wuxia picture, with its occasional cheesy sentimental lapse and gaping plot holes, but “14 Blades” has enough sharp elements to keep fans and non-fans intrigued.
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