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March 31, 2010

March 31, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 4:38 pm

Screen Daily: Hong Kong International Film Festival chooses the High Life

Zhao Dayong’s The High Life picked up both the Silver Digital Award the FIPRESCI prize at the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), while the Golden Digital Award went to Yang Heng’s Sun Spots.

The festival’s Asian Digital Competition encourages young filmmakers in Asia to explore the potential of digital media. Yang previously took the FIPRESCI prize at the 31st HKIFF for Betelnut.

The High Life, which follows a group of lost souls living in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, is Zhao’s feature debut.

Zhao Liang’s Petition took the Humanitarian Award for Documentaries

CRI: Aaron Kwok and Zhang Ziyi to Play AIDS Couple in ‘The Era of Magic’

Chinese director’s film evokes civil war’s cost (Apart Together)

The Chinese director [Wang Quanan] said his next project will be a 100 million yuan ($14.6 million) adaptation of Chen Zhongshi’s 1993 epic novel, “Bailuyuan,” which follows the disputes between rival families in a Chinese village through three generations.

CRI: Tang Wei and Jacky Cheung Shoot Promotional Photos for Crossing Hennessy

Zhang Jingchu gets wired up for Flirting Scholar 2

Dion Lam promises new and innovative ‘drifting’ wire work. (HunanTV)

Lau Ching-Wan and wife, Amy Kwok, promote 3D TV

(Xinhua)

(HunanTV)

Xu Jinglei

Karen Mok

The first press screening of Go Lala Go! in Beijing has received generally positive reviews. Opens Apr.15. (Sina)

CRI: Entertainment Stars Involved in Top Official’s Bribery Case

Zhao Wei and CCTV host Liu Fangfei are allegedly involved in a graft case of a top official of the China Development Bank.

Banker’s bribery trial names two female celebrities

Ronald Cheng believes ex-wife Charlene Choi didn’t stray

ESWN: Apple Daily’s News-In-Motion Travels To America

March 30, 2010

March 30, 2010

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Poster for the thriller Watchman/Watchmen

Suspenseful Thriller “Watchman” Kicks off Shooting

(HunanTV photo gallery)

Richie Jen, Wang Baoqiang, Tan Kai, Leon Lai

Beijing Premiere of Fire of Conscience (HunanTV)

NYT: Heady Days for Hong Kong Women

Tang Yinuo’s Performance Wins Praise from Film Industry Professionals

Mi Cheng” (”Distant Thunder”) recently opened in cinemas on the mainland. It is a horror, mystery and love story that uses special filming techniques to tell the uncanny and thrilling story of happiness and sadness among lower class people.

“Go, LaLa, Go” Aims to be China’s No.1 Fashion Film

Ronald Cheng and Charlene Choi to divorce; possible third party involved

Sources said Charlene, one half of pop group Twins, was the one who strayed. The man in question is the son of a Shanghai tycoon and is about 30 years of age.

Appearing for Twins the following day in Mongkok, the 27-year-old revealed, sounding almost scorned, that she has an idea who ratted on the marriage secret. [According to reports, a Hong Kong newspaper received   a 'whistle-blower' letter in mid-March detailing the Ronald-Charlene marriage/divorce. The informer has been dubbed 'Goldfinger'.] (Xinhua)2

Nicholas Tse’s son Lucas may be a genius

Their first child, Lucas, who since his birth has been referred to as a ‘prime-grade baby’ thanks to his famous, photogenic parents, is now rumoured to be a genius with an IQ above 130.

CRI: Actor Wang Xueqi Files for Divorce

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s ‘Impression Da Hong Pao’ Opens

Zhou Xun, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Visits Africa

March 29, 2010

March 29, 2010

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HK Magazine: Patrick Lung Kong interview

Beauty on Duty will open on Apr.1 as scheduled - no truth to rumor of a delay.

Wong Jing expects to do well at the box office. (Sina)

Future X-Cops publicty tour arrives in Chengdu (Mar.27) (cri)

Gao Qunshu

After participating in the HKIFF press conference for Manhunt, director Gao Qunshu spent his days in Hong Kong scouting for an old-style teahouse to conclude filming of his “Fierce West Wind”. He visited Wan Chai, Kowloon, Stanley and the New Territories. Besides searching in Hong Kong, he visited Macau and may go to Guangzhou and Shenzhen next according to an assistant. (HunanTV)

Beijing - Leon Lai

Wang Baoqiang, Richie Jen, Dante Lam, Leon Lai, Tan Kai

Fire of Conscience - Beijing premiere (Sina)

After 18 years (since Justice, My Foot), Johnnie To and Stephen Chow buried the hatchet. Last year, Manfred Wong and Wong Jing severely criticized Chow. Only Danny Lee supported him. Chow was seen bringing two bottles of wine to a French restaurant where Johnnie To was earlier entered. Is a future collaboration in the works? [Both Johnnie To and Pang Ho-Cheung had expressed interest on making a Brother Sharp film. Stephen Chow would make a fine Brother Sharp, don't you think?] (HunanTV)

CRI: Actress-turned-director Jiang Wenli’s Debut Premieres

[Previously reviewed as "Lan", so I wonder if "San" is correct or new?]

CF:Actor Daniel Wu Had Fun in Acting “Inseparable”

CF: The Founding of the Party” to be Shot in Summer

(UDN)

Edison Chen still a favourite with youths

CRI: Charlene Choi and Ronald Cheng Plan to Divorcemore

Choi commented further on their arrangement at an interview during a Twins meet-the-fans session on Sunday.

“I can afford my own lifestyle and he can afford his”, said Choi. “I can take care of myself.”

Actress Nancy Kwan puts her life on film

`Suzie’ shows how to age gracefully

CRI: A Slower Legacy for Bruce Lee in Chinese Ancestral Town

CRI: Jackie Chan, ‘Karate Kid’ Appear at Choice Awards

March 28, 2010

March 27, 2010

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It’s true!

Marriage certificate.

What’s real cannot be fake, what’s fake cannot be real.

After Apple Daily exposed Ronald Cheng and Charlene Choi’s marriage certificate, the pair held a press conference at 6:30 p.m.

Ronald and Charlene were both emotional and teary while speaking to the media.

Mr. and Mrs. - Ronald Cheng and Charlene Choi admit 2006 LA marriage (Mar.27)

(Sina)2 YouTube video of press conference

Later, Ronald Cheng’s company, Gold Typhoon, issued a statement/transcript of Ronald’s remarks:

1. Thank you for attending the Ronald Cheng and Charlene Choi press conference.

2. Marriage is a fact, in 2006 we are very happy to make this decision. Also the support of both parents in LA. Register a marriage, two people have emotions and attitude toward marriage, unnecessary open because the two sides agreed to approach.

3. Has been speculation on bilateral relations and the constant false reports, so we feel the need to explain.

4. We are very happy the past few years of marriage, after a period of time to grow and deepen our mutual understanding, felt they were breaking up, the future will be better on both sides. Therefore, to announce that we have recently split is a very rational decision, but also a fact. However, there is no third party.

5. Divorce must be the question everyone will ask. We will follow all the legal procedures that we will need to make.

6. Although we make not a husband and wife, but we had a very happy time, even more desire to be eternal friend, hope everyone will give us some space, thank you. (Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat and Lu Chuan collaboration?

Spotted at The Peninsual Hotel coffee shop, spending two hours together discussing a script, likely Banquet at Hongmen [See 3/12, 12/15,12/16 posts]. When Chow’s wife spotted reporters outside, she called him and Chow ducked out the back door. (Xinhua)

Tang Wei

Tang Wei joined cast of Crossing Hennessy for press conference in Shenzhen (Xinhua)

Eddie Peng Yu-Yan, Shu Qi

Shu Qi helped Taiwan idol Eddie Peng shoot his first MV without rumuneration.

(Sina),2

Vivian Chow raising funds to combat AIDS in China

(Sina)

Chrissie Chau passes her driving test with eight (!) minor infractions. This was her second attempt after first failing last year.

Celebrating with boyfriend afterwards (Sina)2

March 26, 2010

March 26, 2010

CCTV: Film “Ip Men II” ready for screening

Fanny Shu [Shu Qi] May Quit “If You Are the One 2″ for Andrew Lau film

Danny Lee and Mimi Chu - Crossing Hennessy

Danny Lee plays a small-time accountant (HunanTV)

Sneak Peek of posters at the HKIFF

Ann Hui’s All About Love

At The End of Daybreak starring Kara Hui

Johnnie To’s Death of a Hostage

King of Jesters with Jim Chim, Wong Cho-Lam, Xu Jiao

Wong Jing’s Naked Soldiers to be directed by Cash Chin Man-Kei features Tang Yifei

The Emerald and The Pearl stars Charlene Choi, Raymond Lam, Ti Lung and Tien Niu (HunanTV)

Zhou Yun - Let the Bullets Fly

Zhou Yun attending HKIFF press conference (Sina)

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Bikini found in room could have caused Charlene-Ronald split

March 25, 2010

Love in a Puff (Screen Daily review)

Filed under: News — Tags: — dleedlee @ 3:30 pm

Love in a Puff
By Mike Goodridge
Dir: Pang Ho-Cheung. Hong Kong. 2010. 95 mins

Pang Ho-Cheung, the man behind Hong Kong festival favourites Isabella and Exodus, returns with an achingly romantic comic two-hander crackling with pithy dialogue and witty observations on contemporary dating. The story of a couple who meet smoking behind the building where they both work and the first week of their burgeoning romance over cigarettes, Love In A Puff is set in a Hong Kong we rarely see: a fiercely modern cosmopolis where twenty and thirtysomethings work and socialise, smoke and drink, flirt and date around the city’s streets, bars and coffee shops.

It is so charming, intelligently executed and universal in its themes that it deserves to score wide arthouse sales.

Reminiscent of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and Before Sunset with doffs of the cap to Woody Allen and Eric Rohmer, the film nevertheless has a unique flavour from its gleefully un-PC focus on smoking to a cheerfully vulgar streak. Opening this weekend (March 25) in Hong Kong after a world premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, it should be a popular local title. And even though many local references and in-jokes will fly over the heads of international audiences (this reviewer included) it is so charming, intelligently executed and universal in its themes that it deserves to score wide arthouse sales.

Any smoker, former or current, will relate to its portrait of young men and woman huddled in alleyways and outside restaurants bonding over their shared addiction for nicotine. The film is set in February 2009, just days before cigarette prices shot through the roof, but two years after the Hong Kong Health Authority imposed a ban on smoking in any inside area.

In one such huddle in an alley behind a cluster of commercial buildings gathers a bunch of smokers including Cherie (Yeung), a young woman who works as a salesgirl in a Sephora branch, and Jimmy (Yue), an advertising executive in his twenties. Although they have never met before, the two bond quickly over tall takes and gossip.

Over the following days, they text and meet each other with increasing frequency as a clear attraction develops between them. Bored at a friend’s birthday party, Cherie, dressed as a 1980s Madonna, texts Jimmy, who is having hot pot with some friends, and the two go for a walk, ending up doing karaoke at a bar. Another night, Jimmy comes to help Cherie comfort a friend who has been stood up by an internet date.

Cherie, it emerges, is in an ailing relationship, while Jimmy is single, getting over being dumped by his former girlfriend for a Frenchman. By day five, Cherie has moved out of her boyfriend’s house but once Jimmy sees how fast it is moving, hesitation sets in.

Pang structures the film as a series of meetings between the two, peppered with some to-camera confessions from the leads and peripheral characters on their romantic experiences. The dialogue between the two leads is effortlessly natural and the two actors have humour and chemistry, especially since Yeung’s Cherie is self-conscious about being older than Jimmy.

Yeung, the queen of Hong Kong comedy from films like Lover Undercover and My Lucky Star, and Yue, a versatile actor whose credits include Infernal Affairs II, both display a winning blend of vulnerability and confidence while smoking more cigarettes than have been seen on screen since the French New Wave.

Production company: Making Film

International sales: Media Asia Distribution

Producers: Pang Ho-Cheung, Subi Liang

Executive producer: John Chong

Screenplay: Pang Ho-Cheung, Howard Mak, from an original story by Pang

Cinematography: Jason Kwan

Production designer: Man Lim Chung (production design consultant), Leung Sze Wan (art director)

Editor: Wenders Li

Music: Alan Wong, Janet Wong

Main cast: Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue, Cheung Tat Ming, Maio Felin, Chui Tien You
Screen Daily

March 25, 2010

Korean films find an audience in AMC theaters throughout the country

THR: One Day (Taiwan)

Bottom Line: A poetic love rhapsody that both mystifies and moves.

Screen Daily: Amphetamine

The third film from experimental Hong Kong filmmaker Scud, Amphetamine is the story of a doomed love affair between a gay man and an emotionally damaged straight man which, while always visually arresting, ultimately rings hollow. The film is certainly flashy – filled throughout with two second flashbacks, dreamlike imagery and fantasy sequences – but its self-conscious artiness dilutes the potential dramatic impact and it plays as more stylistic curio than full-blooded character piece.

THR: 3D sights set on kung fu classics

The tantalizing prospect of 3D re-edits of classic Hong Kong kung fu movies was dangled before the participants at the Asia Visual Effects and Digital Film Making Summit 2010: “Emerging Digital Movie Making in Asia” seminar in Theatre 1 of the Convention Center on Tuesday morning.

The cinema’s facilities were put to good use as speakers showed footage from some of the latest local 3D productions that had the audience applauding after every clip.

Screen Daily: Fire of Conscience

Fire of Conscience grips right from the opening credits sequence, a stunning montage of freeze-framed black-and-white images, which offer clues to the complex crime story to follow. What follows is a frenetic and at times extremely violent crime tale that occasionally veers towards the daft but always manages to be gripping and provocative.

Interview with Lixin Fan, director of “Last Train Home”

Golden Sun sells library for online

Golden Sun’s $15 million remake of “The Chinese Ghost Story,” announced at last year’s Filmart, will commence filming in April 2010 for a late 2010 release. The film is the second installment of the “new oriental fantasy” trilogy after “Painted Skin” and will be followed by the $15 million “The Lantern.” The company is also targeting the Chinese market with the $5 million action comedy “The Swordsman Dream” scheduled for July, and is considering the stereoscopic 3D feasibility for upcoming action adventure “Hidden Strike,” now in development. (THR)

More 3D coming:

Ming Pao reports that Filmko Entertainment Cheang Pou-Soi (Accident) will direct a 3D IMAX version of Havoc in Heaven (the Monkey King story) with Donnie Yen or Jet Li, starting in October. [Last year, another 3D mainland version of Havoc in Heaven was announced for a release this summer but I don't remember seeing any update on that one.]

In addition, Filmko said Tsui Hark will remake New Dragon Inn in 3D sometime next year. No cast announcements. (Sina)

Tsui Hark to Shoot 3D Version of “New Dragon Inn”

3D Movie Technology Seminar Held at HKIFF

Ekin Cheng makes a guest appearance as a dentist in Crossing Hennessy

(HunanTV)

Zhou Yun (actress and Jiang Wen’s wife) met with the media at the HK Film and TV Expo to promote Let The Bullets Fly

(Sina)

March 24, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 2:22 pm

Don Quixote poster

Mirror image poster

Directed by Agan, the 3D film features Guo Tao, Liu Hua, Karena Lam. (HunanTV)

THR: HKIFF puts female helmers in spotlight

Three out of four opening and closing films are by women.

THR: Fire of Conscience

Bottom Line: Loud, gruesome, mindless cop drama lacks Lam’s spirit of action fun.

THR: The High Life (China)

Bottom Line: A too-familiar story but a well-told one about miserable lives in urbanizing China.

THR: Seven Days in Heaven (Taiwan)

Bottom Line: A welcome change in subject matter from Taiwan makes for some refreshing viewing.

THR: Zoom Hunting (Taiwan)

Bottom Line: An interesting, female-centered mystery thriller about voyeurism and obsession.

Media Asia unveils Johnnie To, Gao Qunshu projects

Tentatively titled Manhunt, Gao’s film is a noir thriller based on a classic Japanese novel, which will likely be transposed to a Chinese setting. His last film, The Message, produced by China’s Huayi Brothers, premiered at Pusan and grossed around $29m in mainland China.

To and Wai’s romantic comedy, which has the working title Single Men & Women, follows a group of singletons in Hong Kong and Beijing and is set to star Daniel Wu, Louis Koo and Gao Yuanyuan. Both Manhunt and Single Men & Women are scheduled to start shooting before the end of the year.

Media Asia also unveiled a string of big-budget action titles including Andrew Lau’s Legend Of The Fist: The Return Of Chen Zhen, starring Donnie Yen; Felix Chong’s action comedy Once A Gangster, and Su Chao-pin’s Reign Of Assassins, starring Michelle Yeoh and produced by John Woo. Fortissimo Films is handling Western and some Asian territories on Reign Of Assassins.

Media Asia is also selling Dante Lam’s Fire Of Conscience, which had its gala premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival last night, and thriller Punished, directed by Law Wing-cheong and produced by To, which has Anthony Wong and Richie Jen heading the cast. (Screen Daily)

Mandarin scores North American deal on Ip Man duo

Hong Kong’s Mandarin Films has sold North American rights to Ip Man and its sequel Ip Man 2 to Well Go USA Inc. (Screen Daily)

Ning Hao Lands at Fortissimo

Fortissimo Films has picked up Chinese director Ning Hao’s highly-anticipated road movie No Man’s Land, starring Yu Nan (Tuya’s Marriage) and rising mainland actor Huang Bo.

The deal, negotiated by Fortissimo chairman Michael J. Werner and China Film Group, is for worldwide rights outside Asia but including Japan and Korea. Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures is handling the rest of Asia.

No Man’s Land follows a lawyer who has a series of mishaps when he ends up stranded in the Gobi desert.

Ning Hao is one of mainland China’s most bankable directors following films such as 2006 sleeper hit Crazy Stone and its follow-up Crazy Racer which grossed more than $14.5m (RMB100m) in China. (Screen Daily)

Ann Hui’s All About Love tops Mega-Vision slate

Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Jing’s Mega-Vision Pictures has announced a slate of new projects including All About Love the latest film from director Ann Hui which is a love triangle between a lesbian couple and a heterosexual man.

Mega-Vision is also lining up its first 3D action film King of Jesters starring two Hong Kong comedians Jim Chim and Wong Cho-lam and featuring Shaolin style kung fu.

Also on Mega-Vision’s slate are Hong Kong filmmaker Patrick Kong’s untitled contemporary drama starring Jennifer Tse, and Wong Jing’s Naked Soldier, which is the third film of Wong’s Naked series, after the success ofNaked Killer (1992) and Naked Weapon (2002). (Screen Daily)

Just Cause brings 3D expertise to China

The first projects it has boarded are Yuen Tak’s action drama Mr And Mrs China and an action film produced by action star Sammo Hung.

Mr And Mrs China will be produced by Beijing-based Qilin Pictures and Hong Kong’s Taklung Film, and will be shot entirely in 3D. Just Cause will be providing 3D stereoscopic pre-visualization, motion capture and virtual camera services for the project. Yuen Tak, who directed Sniper (2008) with Edison Chen, The Myth (2005) with Jackie Chan and The Legend (1993) with Jet Li, makes his directing debut on the film.

The film is set in 1920s China and follows a Chinese man trying to win over his Japanese wife through a series of fight contests. Yuen says the film will be full of action and requires a large amount of motion capture technique in the pre-shooting stage in order to more precisely present the action when shot in 3D cameras. (Screen Daily)

CRI: Fan Bingbing Wears a Mustache for Prom Scene in “East Wind, Rain”

CRI: ‘Aftershock’ Trailer Draws Tears

Alex Man and costar (Sina)

HK actor Alex Man announces return to showbiz

Fiona Sit and Jaycee Chan in Barbara Wong’s Break Up Club (Sina)

Nicholas Tse takes a break from showbiz for pregnant wife

Patrick Tse

Gone separate ways

Patrick Tse preparing for a print advert photo shoot. He and long-time girlfriend, Coco, have split. (Sina)2

Donnie Yen and Shu Qi promote Legend of Chen Zhen

Gordon Chan, Andrew Lau, Donnie Yen, Shu Qi, Anthony Wong

Media Asia’s Filmart event - Shu Qi

Shu Qi, Donnie Yen

Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan - GangStarz

Daniel Wu, Gao Yuanyuan, Louis Koo

(Single Men & Women)

(Netease)(Sina)(Xinhua)

March 23, 2010

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THR: Q and A: Andy Lau

His production outfit Focus Films, which made its name with the “Focus: First Cuts” initiative from 2005 that featured debuts of new directors across Asia including Ning Hao’s “Crazy Stone” (2006), now launches the HK$50 million ($6.4 million) six-film initiative “Focus Fight” with Derek Kwok’s “Gallants,” showcased in this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Screen Daily: Monga

Monga is a dynamic and powerfully impressive Taiwanese gangster film set against the stunning backdrop of Taipei of the 1980s as a group of teenagers become men as they fight to survive amongst the gangs that run the old Monga quarter of the city.

Variety: 1428

The title of Du Haibin’s striking documentary refers to the exact time (14:28) on May 12, 2008, when a massive 8.0 earthquake rocked China’s Sichuan province. Pic proceeds with virtually no exposition, except for the words supplied by survivors as they scramble to build a makeshift existence on the ruins. Visiting a devastated village 10 days and then 210 days after the quake, Du depicts, with immediacy and casual artistry, a wide range of human reactions to the natural and political aftershocks. Fascinating, beautifully crafted Venice prizewinner fully warrants an arthouse run.

4th Asian Film Awards 2010: Glitz, glam, and awkward moments

CRI: South Korean Film Named Best Asian Picture

CRI: Snapshots from the 2010 Asian Film Awards

CRI: Jia Zhangke’s Hometown Trilogy in Print Form

Lynn Xiong and Donnie Yen attend press conference for Ip Man 2

Donnie Yen

Lynn Xiong (Xinhua)

WSJ:Bruce Lee’s Mentor Gets Second Biopic (Ip Man 2)

CRI: Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival to Mark the 70th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Birth

China launches official English language film website
The Chinese government has announced that it will launch an official English-language website www.chinesefilms.cn to provide information on Chinese-language films and the Chinese film industry.

The website is co-established by the Film Bureau under State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) and Chinese Radio International (CRI), a state-owned radio broadcast company which broadcasts radio programs globally outside of China.

China Film Promotion International (CFPI), a state-owned promotion and sales company under the China Film Group, and CRI website will be operating the website.

The website offers information such as news, reviews, interviews, industry information on Chinese-language films and Chinese film policies. Most of the industry information is about mainland Chinese companies or institutions while film news covers the greater China region including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. In the future, CFPI also plans to provide online Chinese film screenings, online forum, and a database on the website. (Screen Daily)

Chinesefilms.cn, the first foreign-language website of the Chinese mainland for promoting Chinese films, was officially launched at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center on March 23.


Lan poster

Lan to Debut in April



March 22, 2010

Variety: Hong Kong festival kicks off

The 34th Hong Kong Film Festival kicked off Sunday with the twin bows of Ivy Ho’s comedy “Crossing Hennessy” and Clara Law’s “Like a Dream” at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

Screen Daily: Like A Dream

Clara Law’s beautifully absorbing fable is a lush and at times entrancing moody melodrama that is highlighted by the quite wonderful performance by the enchanting Yolanda Yuan who plays dual roles.

Screen Daily: Crossing Hennessy

Crossing Hennessy is an engagingly fresh and enjoyable dramatic comedy that makes great use of its Hong Kong locations as it delves into the romantic complications of modern urban life.

THR: Chinese presence fuels optimism in Hong Kong

Almost a fifth of this year’s exhibitors — more than 120 — hail from mainland China, as the growing strength and importance of that market continues to show itself.

Jackie Chan and Stanley Tong will produce a 30-part television series about Yuefei, one of China’s most heroic and controversial generals, now that they have secured long-sought Chinese government approval.

The series, “Yuefei,” is about the general of the Southern Song Dynasty in the 12th century A.D., who helped defend central China against invaders, but eventually was imprisoned and executed by the high court at age 39. Yuefei’s name was cleared posthumously and his story is told to Chinese children today to teach courage and tenacity.

Chow Yun-Fat - Let the Bullets Fly

(Sina)

CRI: Interest in ‘Bullets’ Runs High

CRI: Director Wang Quan’an’s New Project Not So New

CRI: Bazaar Releases ‘La La” Fashion !

Bazaar releases a special issue of its magazine to coincide with ‘Go Lala Go!’ that includes more golden rules of office survival.

Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yu hope Cat.3 rating won’t affect box office for Love in a Puff

(Sina)

Asian Film Awards Jury President Tony Leung Kai-Fai suffering from eye irritation.

Awards to be announced Monday. (Sina)

Tang Wei at HKIFF

Paw Hee-Ching, Ivy Ho, Tang Wei (Sina)

Stanley Huang and Karen Mok in Go Lala Go! (Du Lala’s Promotion)

Three “Jing girls” in Wong Jing’s Future X-Cops

Zhang Li

Tang Yifei

Natalie Meng Yao (HunanTV)

(Re)Inventing China’s “Seventeen Years” on Film at the 2009 New York Film Festival

Mainland Chinese works of art from this “Seventeen Years” period have been routinely dismissed as propaganda by the same Western scholars and critics who periodically “discover” and celebrate masterpieces of Chinese cinema from the preceding Republican era or the later post-Mao era.

Mao-era Chinese films are univocal, tedious, and thematically homogeneous.

This rarely questioned truism could only be asserted by the ill-informed, and its widespread acceptance reveals how common is the ignorance of this period of Chinese film history. The cinema of this period includes comedies, musicals, dramas, animation, war epics, historical sagas, traditional operas, children’s films, and spy thrillers…

Mao-era Chinese films are excessively ideological and oppressively obvious, bludgeoning the viewer with blatant political propaganda…

THR: Echoes of the Rainbow

Bottom Line: A nostalgic and unabashedly sentimental family picture.

THR: 14 Blades

Bottom Line: A traditional martial arts thriller beefed up by gimmicky weaponry.

THR: Crossing Hennessy

Bottom Line: A rom-com that is more comical than romantic.

THR: Like a Dream

Bottom Line: Little thematic and less narrative sense make for difficult viewing that often tests the patience.

THR: Amphetamine

Bottom Line: Aesthetic aspirations killed the camp.

Bottom Line: Evidence that the digital revolution isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Bottom Line: A teasingly original idea from a new filmmaker wrapped up in the familiar.

THR: Wong Jing tackles 3D comedy

‘King of Jesters’ to be produced by Mega-Vision

Wong also returns to familiar grounds with “Naked Soldiers”, the US$4 million three-quel to his sex and crime series “Naked Weapon” and “Naked Killer,” which raised to cult status in Europe with their main draw of T&A and guns. Next, Mega-Vision will also begin production of the 30 million yuan (US$4.4 million) action adventure “Aladdina,” starring Louis Koo and the Hong Kong pop group Twins.

THR: Filmko on a quest to make 3D ‘Quixote’

First Chinese stereoscopic 3D period drama, helmed by Chinese director Agan

…starring Karena Lam (”Claustrophobia”) and Liu Ye (”City of Life and Death”), the film was produced with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, utilizing the academy’s stereoscopic 3D camera, the first in China. The film also hired a group of 3D experts from Germany as consultants during the shoots.

The company is now developing its next 3D epic, “The Monkey King,” a 180 million yuan retelling of the Chinese mythical literature “Journey to the West” with a script written by “Ip Man” writer Edmond Wong. Filming is scheduled for October with a 2011 release date.

Fresh from his win at the Berlin International Film Festival for his romantic comedy “Au Revoir Taipei,” Chinese-American director Arvin Chen is at this week’s Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum to meet with potential investors for his new movie,“Nan Jing East Road.”

East Wind Rain poster


Half a century on, ‘Suzie Wong’ still a star in Hong Kong

Actress Nancy Kwan walks into Hong Kong’s Luk Kwok Hotel, the first time she has ever visited the backdrop to her classic 1960 film “The World of Suzie Wong”.

Jacky Cheung concert tour embroiled in fraud case

Stanley Ho’s daughter, Pansy Ho

Asian casino magnate Stanley Ho denied Thursday that he has ties to Chinese organized crime gangs.

Casino VIP rooms opened door to gangsters in Macau, report says

Vivian Hsu was surprised with a birthday cake on the set of Seediq Bale

Director Wei Te-Sheng, Vivian Hsu 

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