HKMDB Daily News

April 30, 2010

April 30, 2010

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Charlene Choi

Li Bingbing

New Triple Tap posters feature Charlene Choi and Li Bingbing (Sina)

Taipei Times: Ip Man 2

Taipei Times: Let the Wind Carry Me (documentary)

Mark Ping-bing Lee’s unique sensibility has shaped the look of Taiwanese cinema for more than two decades. Now he finds himself on the other end of the camera.

THR: Dream Home

Bottom Line: A satire on real estate speculation crossed with a slasher film that drowns any social relevance in pools of blood and entrails.

CRI: “Ma Wen’s Battle” Releases Trailer

This film touches on the complex and twisted relationships between husband and wife, ex-couple and even parents and children. Strange and awkward situations fueled by these difficult relationships make up this urban family dark comedy.

Taiwan director Ang Lee wants to shoot Canadian writer Yann Martel’s renowned novel “Life of Pi” in 3D. Filming is set to begin this August, reports.

CRI: Shanghai Int’l Film Festival Releases Poster

Nicholas Tse offered 10million yuan movie deal

Shu Qi has indeed dropped out of Feng Xiaogang’s sequel to If You Are the One due to a schedule conflict with Andrew Lau’s Beautiful Life. (HunanTV)

Guo Degang - Three Smiles

Yao Di

The Love of Three Smiles opens May 7. (Sina)

Daneil Lam, Ekin Cheng, Elanne Kwong

Producer Daneil Lam Siu-Ming invested in a beauty company in Jordan (Sina)

Rosamund Kwan, queen of property market?

Vivian Hsu shooting a body gel advert on the streets of Hong Kong


April 29, 2010

Let the Wind Carry Me (Taipei Times review)

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The image-maker comes to light

Mark Ping-bing Lee’s unique sensibility has shaped the look of Taiwanese cinema for more than two decades. Now he finds himself on the other end of the camera

By Ho Yi

When Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) was making Flowers of Shanghai (海上花, 1998), the only instruction he gave cinematographer Mark Ping-bing Lee (李屏賓) was “to make the images look kind of oily.”

Wong Kar-wai (王家衛) was no better. For the poignant scene in In the Mood for Love (花樣年華, 2001) when Tony Leung (梁朝偉) whispers to a crack in a wall at Angkor Wat in, the director only told Lee: “The secret is hidden inside the crack” and “be bold.”

These are just a few of the anecdotes included in the new documentary Let the Wind Carry Me (乘著光影旅行), which depicts Lee, 56, as an accomplished cinematographer, a loving son, and a famous artist in his own right. With a prolific career that has spanned more than 25 years and included a life-long collaboration with Hou that dates back to A Time to Live and a Time to Die (童年往事, 1985), Lee is one of the world’s most sought-after cinematographers, having also worked with directors such as Hong Kong’s Ann Hui (許鞍華), Japan’s Koreeda Hirokazu and Vietnam’s Anh Hung Tran.

Taiwanese director Chiang Hsiu-chiung (姜秀瓊) and Hong Kong cinematographer and director Kwan Pun-leung (關本良) began work on Let the Wind Carry Me in 2006. Three years of following Lee across the globe and one year of painstaking editing later, the director duo has delivered an intimate portrait of Lee as a ruggedly handsome virtuoso who is quiet and sensitive but always makes people feel comfortable around him.

Audiences are quickly drawn to the cinematographer’s artistic world through interviews with friends and colleagues that are carefully intercut with scenes from the movies lensed by Lee. The artist’s unique sensitivity and approach to cinema surface when French director Gilles Bourdos recalls how Lee used plastic bags to light a scene in A Sight for Sore Eyes (2003). Chinese director Jiang Wen (姜文) remembers how “Brother Bing” maintained his composure when a snowstorm suddenly blew in during the shooting of The Sun Also Rises (太陽照常升起, 2006) in the Xinjiang desert and filmed an enchanting scene while the rest of the crew panicked.

Through the lens of Chiang and Kwan, Lee is seen building his aesthetic vocabulary through keen observations on what is happening around him. A clip from Lee’s home movies, for example, shows him videotaping a leaf trembling on a branch. The cinematographer himself also sheds light on his philosophy on image-making with the documentarians, discussing colors, breezes, changing light and shadows, smells and textures, and how it is his job to capture them on film.

Lee’s words and images often amaze and inspire, but the emotional motif of the film lies in the brief moments that he shares with his octogenarian mother, Wang Yung-chu (王永珠), who was widowed early in life and brought up five children by herself. Lee doesn’t see his mother often, having spent most of his life away from home making movies. When mother and son meet, few words are exchanged, but they are spoken with tenderness and affection. By contrast, a brief appearance by Lee’s teenage son at their home in Los Angeles reveals the artist as an absent father and husband.

For Chiang, herself the mother of two young children, the sacrifices Lee makes to pursue his dreams strike a cord, since she also put her family aside to complete the documentary, which she and Kwan shot, edited and produced pretty much by themselves.

Deep down, Chiang believes, Lee’s mother plays a vital part in the cinematographer’s life. “Lee and his mother are very much alike. They are both warm and considerate of others’ feelings. The way his mother treats people and lives life influences Lee, and that in turn impacts on Lee’s images,” Chiang said. “I am always fascinated by his images, and in the end I realize that Lee and his images are the same: natural, tender and comforting, but all the while there is a an immense force and strength underneath.”

After screening in Taipei, Let the Wind Carry Me will hit theaters in Kaohsiung and Tainan on May 21 and Taichung and Hsinchu on June 4. For more information, go to or
Taipei Times

Dream Home (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Dream Home
By Maggie Lee

Bottom Line: A satire on real estate speculation crossed with a slasher film that drowns any social relevance in pools of blood and entrails.

UDINE, Italy — In Hong Kong, where real estate prices are among the most exorbitant in the world, how far would one go to own a condo with a sea view? Pang Ho-cheung offers a macabre answer in “Dream Home,” in which a woman tries to buy an apartment at discounted price by bumping off all the residents in neighboring units.

Pang is the first to cross-breed the critique of rapacious property development (which traditionally belongs to the realm of neo-realism in Hong Kong cinema) with the slasher genre. Too bad the delicate balance between pertinent social observation and some daringly visceral violence ends up tipping toward increasingly unrealistic and grotesque splatter material.

The fact that one audience member fainted while two others vomited when it premiered at Udine Far East Film Festival serves as a kind of publicity, but the film is likely to be pigeon-holed as B-movie genre DVD material in overseas markets.

Sheung (Josie Ho) juggles a thankless job doing phone marketing for a bank with other shift work to save up to buy a unit in Victoria Bay No 1, a luxury condo facing the harbor. She has loveless trysts with a married man (Eason Chan) who treats her like dirt. On the day she puts down the deposit, the owners suddenly hike the price. Extreme circumstances call for extreme measures.

Pang’s handling of overall structure is expertly controlled, weaving a smooth non-linear narrative between Sheung’s dreary life in the present, flashbacks to her traumatic episodes in her childhood that explains why she is bent on buying that one specific apartment and her clinical murders of the residents.

While all the murders are utterly graphic, the earlier ones achieve a brute impact by its rather creative use of common everyday tools, like a vacuum cleaner, a plastic bag or industrial rubber ropes. There’s also a certain anarchist spirit in the way Pang self-consciously pushes boundaries of cinematic propriety, for instance by making a pregnant woman one of the victims (a scene sure to disgust many.)

But he runs amok as he tries to up the ante in goriness, resorting to such juvenile gimmicks as gut-spilling and castration, a horny foursome that seems like an excuse for puerile humor and the splatter-film cliche of victims who refuse to die despite lethal injuries.

Despite opening with citations of figures indicating the gaping disparity between percentage increase in income and real estate in 2007 when the film was set, the ruthless way in which developers bully grassroots residents is depicted in an impressionistic and sensational way. The social context ultimately serves only as pretext for blood and gore.

Josie Ho does an admirable job conveying rage held inwards and avoiding stereotyped mannerisms of the psychopath. The dauntlessness with which she goes about her strangling and stabbing excites a warped fascination. But fine acting alone cannot salvage a character whose motives and behavior are so difficult to sympathize with.

None of Sheung’s woes — whether growing up in a slum, having an obnoxious boyfriend or her mother’s early death — are dire enough to justify killing innocent people in cold blood, especially when some are from even less privileged backgrounds, like the domestic helper and security guard.

Technical credits are above average with studio sets of both run-down estates and upscale pads looking every inch like the real thing. Cinematographer Yu Lik Wai’s poetic camerawork yields mournful images of run-down building complexes and rooftop views crisscrossed with TV antennas, all shrouded in gray, smoggy light. Gabriele Roberto’s distinctive score is features hard rock passages that provide a coolly rough edge.

Venue: Udine Far East Film Festival
Production company: 852 Film Ltd presents a Making Film production
Cast: Josie Ho, Eason Chan, Paw Hee Ching, Norman Chu, Vivian Leung
Director-screenwriter-producer-story by: Pang Ho Cheung
Screenwriters: Derek Tsang, Jimmy Wan
Producers: Subi Liang, Conroy Chan, Josie Ho
Executive producer: Andrew Ooi
Director of photography: Yu Lik Wai
Production designer: Man Lim Chung
Music: Gabriele Roberto
Editor: Wenders Li
Sales: Fortissimo Films
No rating, 96 minutes

Ip Man 2 (Taipei Times review)

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Ip Man is back … and more or less the same

The fictionalized life story of kung fu master Ip Man continues in Hong Kong under British colonial rule
By Ho Yi

Since its release last year, the immensely successful Ip Man (葉問) has elevated its eponymous grandmaster of the wing chun (詠春) martial arts school to an icon of Chinese kung fu and propelled action star Donnie Yen (甄子丹) to superstardom.

The highly anticipated sequel, Ip Man 2 (葉問2), closely follows the format that made its predecessor a blockbuster hit. But this time the Chinese hero-versus-foreign invaders narrative is fleshed out without wire fu or CGI-enhanced martial arts moves.

Yen is joined by action director Sammo Hung (洪金寶), who plays a supporting but important role in the follow-up that won’t disappoint fans, though it doesn’t offer many surprises.

The story begins with Ip Man (Yen) fleeing to Hong Kong having defeated the Japanese general in Foshan. To support his family, Ip Man sets up a wing chun academy. But as a newcomer to the British colony, the unassuming kung fu master soon catches the attention of master Hung of the powerful Hung Ga school. Respected by various martial arts schools, Hung insists that, in order to earn his right to teach wing chun in Hong Kong, Ip Man must win duels against local masters.

The challenge leads to a masterfully choreographed fight between Ip Man and Hung that dazzles with its sheer intensity and virtuosity, a scene that deserves to be considered one of the most memorable fighting sequences in kung fu cinema.

The duel ends in a draw, and despite the combatants’ differences, the two come to respect each other’s skills and integrity.

As with the first installment, the second half of the film follows the martial arts hero rising up against foreign oppressors. Only this time, it is not the villainous Japanese our Chinese hero does battle with, but an evil white man in the form of boxing champion Twister (Darren Shahlavi), who brutally beats master Hung to death in what was supposed to be a friendly match.

Outraged, Ip Man challenges the vicious pugilist to a final battle in front of a cheering crowd.

Veteran martial arts star Hung once again creates the adrenaline-pumping, close-range combat sequences that show Yen fighting his way through a fish market melee, tabletop duel and ringside battle.

Director Wilson Yip (葉偉信) and scriptwriter Edmond Wong (黃子桓) neatly tie these action sequences closely to the plot.

One thing that this old-school kung fu fare has gone too far with, however, is its overly caricatured portrait of foreign villains. Though in the first Ip Man movie, the Japanese general, played by Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, seems to have a shred of humanity left within him, the white men in the follow-up are comically wicked and corrupt, prompting the contemporary viewer to wonder why the villains are still as embarrassingly witless and one-dimensional as they were in Bruce Lee’s (李小龍) heyday.

Despite its plot holes, the Ip Man series has potential and recalls the 1990s’ Once Upon a Time in China (黃飛鴻) franchise starring Jet Li (李連杰). The brief appearance toward the end of the film of a young Bruce Lee, Ip Man’s famous disciple, hints at the possibility of another sequel, though Yen has reportedly said he won’t be in another Ip Man movie.

What is certain is that competing Ip Man projects will soon hit the silver screen, including Wong Kar-wai’s (王家衛) The Grand Master (一代宗師), currently in development, and Herman Yau’s (邱禮濤) prequel The Legend is Born — Ip Man (葉問前傳), slated for commercial release in July.
Taipei Times

April 29, 2010

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Poster for 13th Shanghai International Film Festival (Xinhua)

Jia Zhanke promoting a watch brand.

Jia Zhangke is reportedly courting Maggie Cheung for his Johnnie To-produced martial arts film ‘In the Qing Dynasty’. The script is not yet finished so Maggie has not decided yet, but filming is slated for a September start date. (Sina)

Jia Zhangke’s documentary ‘Shanghai Legends’ now called ‘I Wish I Knew’ is scheduled to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was originally slated to open at the Shanghai World Expo but work had to stop due to Jia’s eye strain. A national release is scheduled for June 20. (Sina)2

Spirit of Wing Chun lives (Ip Man 2)

CRI: Donnie Yen Leads ‘Guan Yunchang’

Yen plays general Guan Yu, also known as Yunchang, the famous character from the historical novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”.

Variety: Jiang unveils $130 million 3D ‘Empires of the Deep’

The movie has been lensing around China for six months, and is helmed by Canadian Michael French. The pic has had a number of helmers involved, including Jonathan Lawrence and “Vidocq” director Pitof, and has one month left to go, before starting a year of post-production for a 2011 release, either in the summer or at Christmas.

Danwei: What’s worse than Hollywood is ‘Hollywoodization’ (Beijing Youth Daily)

CRI: ‘Love Announcement’ Wraps Mainland Shooting

Pop singer from Taiwan Leehom Wang’s directorial debut, “Love Announcement,” has wrapped up shooting on the Chinese mainland and moved to Taiwan to finish filming.

Gordon Chan and Tang Wei in Beijing to present award at 10th Digital Cinema Lily Award

Tang Wei


Ekin Cheng promotes upcoming Macau concert (Sina)

Ethan Ruan

Fan Bingbing, Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu

Shanghai LV ribbon-cutting event (Sina)(Xinhua)

Donnie Yen promotes Ip Man 2 in Taipei


April 28, 2010

April 28, 2010

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Poster for The Love of Three Smiles, an update of Stephen Chow’s Flirting Scholar (HunanTV)

Olga Kurylenko and Shi Yanfei

Empires of the Deep

Shi Yanfei

Olga Kurylenko

Steve Polites

Shi Yanfei, Olga Kurylenko (Sina)(HunanTV)

CRI: China, US Create Colossal 3-D ‘Empires’

THR: ‘Empires’ has deep Chinese pockets

China real estate tycoon bankrolls $100 mil, 3D film

On Tuesday, first-time film producer Jon Jiang opened the set of his self-financed $100 million digital-3D underwater action-adventure film, “Empires of the Deep.”

Marked as the biggest 3D film currently in production in China, the film is co-directed by Michael French (Heart of a Dragon) and Jonathan Lawrence (The Family Mancuso, Dream Parlor) and scripted by Frank Randall and Jon Jiang, with Harrison Liang and Jon Jiang producing.

Set in ancient Greece, Empires tells about a young man’s adventure in the undersea mermaid kingdom in order to save his father, while encountering ferocious sea monsters and gets involved in large-scale battles in the seabed between mermaids, monsters and demons.

Kurylenko stars as the Queen of the Mermaid Empire and plays opposite leading actor Steve Polites and Chinese actress Yanfei Shi.

CRI: ‘The Fantastic Water Babes’ to Hit Summer Screen

CRI: Mel Gibson’s First Chinese Film

Ip Man 2: Ip Man delivers another hit

Gong Li in Shanghai


Sandra Ng plans to conceive again

Andy Lau rallies support with 300 celebs

HK celebrities raise HK$35 million for China quake victims

Zhang Ziyi visits a young Tibetan woman recovering from multiple surgeries in Beijing

With father

Presenting her with red dance shoes.

Dolma is a dance student, like Zhang Ziyi who heard through the media that her dream was to meet her. (Sina)

April 27, 2010

April 27, 2010

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Screen Daily: Survey shows Hong Kong support for warnings from ISPs

A survey has found that 82% of Hong Kong internet users would be likely to stop illegal file-sharing after receiving a warning from their internet service providers (ISPs).

Screen Daily: Well Go USA takes North American rights to Ip Man martial arts franchise

CRI: Director Reveals Possibility of ‘Ip Man 3′

Yip told the media that the appearance of a young Bruce Lee at the end of “Ip Man 2″ was foreshadowing for the next edition. But the director also hedged, saying, “Shooting films is like gambling, where you can’t predict the results. You can’t know if there will be a second episode while you were still working on the first one. I put my chips down on ‘Ip Man 2′ and will see how it goes. If I win, I will make ‘Ip Man 3′.”

Andy Lau’s next project is a remake of Mel Gibson’s What Women Want. Costarring Fan Bingbing and directed by Chen Daming, the production is hoping to invite Gong Li and Mel Gibson to appear. Andy will play a divorced single father with a small son. Due to an accident, he is able to overhear women’s wishes. Filming begins next month for a Valentine’s Day release next year. (Xinhua)

Miao Pu

Let the Bullets Fly - Miao Pu (Sina)(CRI)

Ge You and director Chen Kaige - Orphan of Zhao

Fan Bingbing, Chiu Man-Cheuk (Vincent Zhao)

Cast Chen Hong, Huang Xiaoming, Fan Bingbing, Chiu Man-Cheuk, Chen Kaige, Ge You, Wang Xueqi, Zhang Fengyi

Zhao’s Orphan production launched in the film’s primary location in Zhejiang where the ‘Spring and Autumn City’ was built. Security and safety were the foremost concerns after the previous stage collapse calamity in Shanxi. A release date of Dec. 18 is planned putting it head to head with Zhang Yimou’s Hawthorne Love Forever. (Xinhua)2Photos of the 152 acre, 120 million yuan city/set.

Sammi Cheng visits an injured victim in Xining, Qinghai Province (Xinhua)

More photos from Michael Wong’s Macau show, A Legend Reborn


Lisa S. will become Lisa W.

In addition, she revealed a July wedding party in Hong Kong is planned and then, in August, a wedding dinner will be held in Las Vegas so her grandparents can attend.


April 26, 2010

April 26, 2010

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CRI: Wang Xiaoshuai’s Film Competes for Golden Palm

Wang Xiaoshuai has earned his second Golden Palm nomination for his latest film “Chongqing Blues” (aka Mosaic).

CRI: Release of ‘No Man’s Land’ Delayed Again

Release of Chinese director Ning Hao’s film, “No Man’s Land”, was delayed because of its controversial content.

The 2006 film “Crazy Stone” brought director Ning Hao great fame among movie-goers, but his latest film has been delayed several times since the end of last year. It has been criticized for having no sense of social responsibility because there are no heroic characters in it, only bad guys.

CRI: ‘The Double Life’ Premieres in Guangzhou

During the premiere, a full-on naked shot of lead actor Yuan Wenkang caused a sensation. At the press conference, when Yuan was asked whether he would do more nude scenes, director Ning said she believed Yuan is a good actor who realizes the value of nudity in art.

Karen Mok

Kay Tse, Kenny Bee and Karen Mok promote anti-drug awareness for Girl Scouts

Chrissie Chau is off to Monte Carlo to shoot her new photo album (Sina)

A-Mei whips the crowd into a rocking frenzy

Taiwanese pop diva A-Mei unleashed the raw power of her aboriginal rock-chick alter-ego, Amit, with her Amit First World Tour Live concert here yesterday night to thousands of screaming fans at the Putra Indoor Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The three-hour concert, titled after her aboriginal name, Gulilai Amit, sees the singer-songwriter clad in leather outfits, leopard-print skirts, complete with heavy Goth make-up…

To the delight of her fans, A-Mei brought along renowned American guitarist Marty Friedman, the former lead guitarist of trash metal group, Megadeth.

CRI: Richard Li to Be a Father Again Soon

Li’s girlfriend, Isabella Leong, was confirmed pregnant with his second child and has flown to Vancouver to prepare for the delivery. Hong Kong media say Leong is expected to give birth in November.

April 24, 2010

April 24, 2010

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DVD Review: Epic Chinese film of the Revolution combines propaganda and history (New Zealand)

In contrast The Founding of a Republic, which has just been released on DVD concentrates on the wider context of a major war. While it is a propaganda film it is not exactly what you would expect as a semi official version of the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Chinese Republic. It takes an almost documentary approach to the Chinese Civil War and the formation of the Republic and there is a sense of honesty about it.

WSJ: Pang Ho-Cheung Finds An Extreme ‘Dream Home’

Hong Kong’s notoriously sky-high property prices can be downright shocking, but for director Pang Ho-cheung it’s an inspiration for his new film: a horror movie.

Charlene Choi

Nick Cheung, Charlene Choi

At an appearance with Nick Cheung in Causeway Bay, Charlene Choi denied reports that she was leaving Emperor and switching to Huayi Brothers or her own company. She said that she still had a long time remaining on her contract with Emperor. Charlene was also asked if feared that the company would ‘freeze’ her, to which she didn’t reply. (Sina)

Chrissie Chau promotes Iron Man 2 in Tsim Sha Tsui (Sina)

Ekin Cheng and Miriam Yeung attend an anti-drug essay writing contest promotion

Michael Hui was the MC for the event

Hui was questioned about being in trouble with his wife after being seen recently in a car with another woman. He called the reports nonsense.

(Xinhua), (

April 23, 2010

April 23, 2010

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Variety: Clash (Vietnam)

Pretty people kicking major ass is a fairly solid formula for success, and in Vietnam it’s helped make “Clash” the year’s top-grossing film so far. Starring martial-arts idol Johnny Tri Nguyen, this briskly paced actioner is enhanced by debut helmer Le Thanh Son’s musicvid stylings, a soapy storyline and some fabulous fighting. Despite a potentially broad aud, however, “Clash” may not be exotic enough for the specialty market, although clever marketing could find it a niche.

Screen Daily: Udine honours Johnnie To, set to open with Sophie’s Revenge

Also on opening night – as previously reported – Pang Ho-cheung’s Dream Home will have its world premiere.

Other hot titles for this edition include Hong Kong title Gallants, a new twist on Kung Fu auctioneers of the 1960s and 70s by Derek Kwok and Clement Chang; Woochi a superhero themed action comedy from South Korea’s Choi Dong-hoon…

I was born with good style, says Yonfan

CRI: “Gangster Rock” Premieres in Taiwan

Chapman To and Wong Cho-Lam pose for posters for The Humane Comedy which is being screened at the Udine Film Fest (Sina)

Karen Mok, appearing in Shanghai for Coach’s flagship opening, once again denied having an affair with musican/producer Zhang Yadong, only a professional spark.

Gigi Leung

Gigi Leung

Yao Chen (If You Are the One 2)

Li Xiaoran (East Wind, Rain)

Karen Mok, Yao Chen, Li Xiaoran (Xinhua), (, (Sina)

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting  at a nail art exhibition in Japan (Sina)

Andrew Lin, Jordan Chan

Sins of Hong Kong sums up Lin’s observations and feelings from living in Hong Kong over the past 10 years. The dark mood and ‘zombie-like’ characters portrayed in his artwork reveal the negative energy accumulated within him through his encounters with people who are immersed in sins and ‘truly the representatives of the walking dead’…(AnD)

“24 Herbs”

Andrew Lin will donate the sale of one his paintings to the family of Wong Fu-Wing, the Hong Kong truck driver and volunteer who sacrificed his life to save three children at an orphanage in Yushu, Qinghai. The exihibition opens on the 10th. ( (alivenotdead)

A few photos Denise Ho posted of herself from the night of the HKFA (AnD)

Denise Ho and Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower

Nicholas Tse, Denise Ho (and Chapman To)

Denise Ho with at17 (Eman Lam and Ellen Loo) and Rebecca Pan

Simon Yam and wife Qi Qi open flagship shop

Wu Zun (Wu Chun), Simon Yam, William Chan Wai-Ting (Xinhua)

CRI: Jay Chou in Fashion (Photo gallery)

Angelica Lee’s first love

Lee sounds like a hopeless romantic but there was actually a time when the actress did not trust men at all, and behaved just like her character Da Jia Yu in “Ice Kachang Puppy Love”, a rebellious tomboy whose mother was physically abused by her husband.

Her character’s circumstances were a reflection of what life was like when she was growing up.

“In the village where I grew up, there were men who hit their wives and so on. So when I was younger, I was a lot like Da Jia Yu. I feel like I needed to protect myself and put up a strong front even when I was fragile inside,” said Lee. “I don’t want to be bullied by men.”

“That is why I started a relationship so late, because at some level I am very afraid of getting hurt by men.

Quick take: Ice Kacang Puppy Love

THE concept of the star-studded ensemble cast gets transplanted to this region with the debut feature of singer-turned-film-maker A-niu. The cast is a veritable who’s who of Malaysia-born pop stars, including Angelica Lee as A-niu’s onscreen crush, Fish Leong as a silent admirer and, most memorably, Eric Moo as a blustery ne’er-do-well.

The film lovingly evokes the simple joys of life and is as much an ode to small-town Malaysia as it is to first love.

Things you may not know about the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards (gossip)

Kara Hui afraid of Lau Kar-Leung’s wife Mary Jean Reimer? Cinema Popular dissolved, Peter Chan and Yu Dong split?

Ghost-directors/designers/writers behind Zhang Yimou, drama & divas

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