HKMDB Daily News

July 31, 2010

July 31, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , — dleedlee @ 4:42 pm

China’s Spielberg: Making Shock Waves (Newsweek)

In his new film, Aftershock,Chinese director Feng Xiaogang recreates the terror of those devastating minutes: low-rise brick buildings crumble; collapsing apartment blocks hurl bodies into the air; a government factory compound turns to rubble, trapping children under concrete slabs.

FBA:  Asian films in other Venice sections [Ten Thousand Waves screened as Better Life?]

Better Life Dir: Isaac Julien UK, China, 55 mins Cast: Maggie Cheung, Zhao Tao, Yang Fudong

Related: Inspired by the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, in which 23 Chinese cockle-pickers drowned, it explores migrants’ culture and what motivates people to take perilous journeys in search of a better life...(more)

HKStandard: RTHK hits the mark with kung fu show

Kung Fu Quest introduces martial arts with a travelogue element. You can review the program on the RTHK website. [7.10.2010]

Variety: Remastering Center preserves Hong Kong film

Remastering the titles was a painstaking process that took more than six years to complete. The soundtracks for each film were also fully restored, including both the Mandarin- and Cantonese-language versions for movies that had both soundtracks. For some films, new music and effects tracks were created to allow dubbing of foreign-language tracks to facilitate distribution internationally.

In addition, the Shaw Brothers library contains the biggest collection of kung fu movies in the world, and more than half of them were remastered in HD.

Aaron Kwok and Shu Qi

Shu Qi and Aaron Kwok reunite in a film after more than 10 years since Storm Riders (Sina)


Chrissie Chau at the iPhone4 event last night.

Chrissie plans to defy the banning from the ACGHK (Animation-Comic-Game, i.e., Comic-Con) and attend the convention tomorrow in her Cosplay outfit to promote her online game Dragon Online.

(Sina)

Chrissie Chau beach ball sold in the Animation section.

Chrissie and various products for sale. Presumably, taken after hours.

Model Carrie Lam Li (2005 Miss Hong Kong, 2nd runner up) tries out the Chrissie Chau innertube!

(Sina)(Xinhua)

Pseudo-model Carol did some stealth promoting bypassing the ban by buying a ticket as a guest and bought her own Legend is Born, Ip Man figure. Then she returned later and bought a Bruce Lee figure. Arch-rival DaDa claimed foul.

Oops, I’m drawing a crowd!

Carol, back again, for Bruce.

DaDa

(Sina)2

Angelababy is in Japan promoting her new TV series

With Godzilla (Sina)

Takuya Kimura vs Huang Xiaoming

Huang Xiaoming was bashed for copying Takuya Kimura in his latest magazine spread.

(Xinhua)

Historic raid leaves us disappointed

For the Hong Kong Police, however, world history was made. It was the first time police had combined with the army, navy and air force (naval air arm at least) in a raid. It was also the first time police had used military aircraft.

JS Lam served with `Asia’s Finest’ for 32 years, reaching the rank of senior superintendent before retiring in 1996.

July 30, 2010

July 30, 2010

Poster for HK Summer International Film Festival AnD

City Under Siege poster

A grand premiere in Beijing is scheduled for Aug.1. Benny Chan’s pal Jackie Chan is reportedly going to appear to help support the film. Then, it will be on to Shanghai and Guangzhou to launch the film before a national release. (Sina)

WSJ: Critics Say ‘Aftershock’ Whitewashes China’s Past

CRI: The Stool Pigeon’ Unveils New Posters

CRI: Chinese Film ‘Detective Dee’ among Golden Lion Candidates

Tsui Hark’s martial-arts thriller “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” will be the only Chinese-language film to compete for the top honor at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, organizers have announced.

Zhang Ziyi to produce and star in 3D Mulan film

Zhang was said to have been planning this film since last year, but the project got shelved due to funding problems after she became embroiled in a string of high-profile scandals.

Jo Hisaishi

Producer Ma Ke, Joe Hisaishi and Jiang Wen

Jo Hisaishi will be producing the soundtrack for Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly. Jiang Wen has just returned from discussions in Tokyo to go over the film score. The two have previously collaborated on The Sun Also Rises. (Sina)

The Monkey King poster

Donnie Yen celebrates birthday and gets plastered

Donnie Yen works with SFX team from ‘300′ to prepare for the official October start of the 3D Monkey King tale of wreaking Havoc in Heaven

(Sina)23

CRI: Coming up: Monkey King’ in IMAX 3-D

Jess Shum

Macy Chan Mei-Si, Christine Kuo, Jess Shum Cheuk-Ying, Cilla Kung

JJ Jia Xiao-chen, Macy Chan Mei-Si, Christine Kuo, Jess Shum Cheuk-Ying, Cilla Kung, Sherry Chen Shuang

The Jade and The Pearl press conference (July 28)

(Sina-slide show)

Chrissie Chau and Jessica C with the Xbox 360 Kinect

(Sina)

In related news, Google reported that in the first six months of the year, Chrissie Chau and Angelababy came in 5th and 9th most searched for of the pseudo-models. Jessica C. (actually, a real model) came in 10th. No1. and No.2 were Carol and Dada (Chen Jing). Probably, their popularity is proportionate to their bust sizes. (Sina)

Hong Kong media reports that a grateful husband gave Gigi Lai a French yacht valued 15 million yuan in appreciation for risking birth at her advanced age (39). The luxury yacht is named Bon-heur, or Happiness. (Xinhua)

Gigi Lai (Sina)234(Xinhua)

Gigi Lai discharged from hospital

SG: New mom Gigi Lai doing well

Dodo Cheng

Dodo Cheng was among those who attended an event and received free limited edition iPhone 4s. Dodo, who rarely goes out in the evenings, was willing to suffer to get her hands on the iPhone 4 as she is a fan of the product since the first generation was introduced.

Rosemary, Mandy Lieu

Cherrie Ying

(Xinhua)(Sina)

Gigi Leung and host Tony Hung in Mexico for HK travel TV program

Gigi Leung in Mexico (Xinhua)

SG: Daniel Wu sings to Lisa S. every day

Daniel Wu to take break from showbiz, plans for children

In order to accommodate the couple’s numerous friends and associates in Hong Kong who were left out of their first wedding celebration, and avoid disturbing other restaurant guests, Wu decided to hire two event halls for the ‘make up’ wedding.

The couple donated all the gifts they received at the wedding to charity and gave a nod to conservation by dropping shark fin soup from the menu in favour of chicken soup.

Quintus

(Sina)

SG: Quintus Tse’s grand day out

HKStandard: Hong Kong police work’s no so glamourous side,

Pt. 2 - Operation Longhair

Pt 3 - Operation BaskavillePt 4 (To be continued?)

JS Lam served with Hong Kong police - `Asia’s Finest’ - for 32 years, reaching the rank of senior superintendent before retiring in 1996.

July 29, 2010

July 29, 2010

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

Variety: Aftershock

Stunning special effects are wedded to potent family drama in “After Shock,” Feng Xiaogang’s heartrending depiction of the impact of the massive 1976 earthquake that killed more than 240,000 in Tangshan, China. http://hkmdb.com/news/?p=5737

CRI: Film Review of “Aftershock”

Aftershock has brought on renewed calls for a film classification system in China. A mother recently left the theater with her 3 year-old. The child did not understand the movie but because the mother was in tears and others around her were crying, so scared the child to cry also. My parents have brought primary school children but during the earthquake scenes, they hide their eyes. In the aftermath, there are many bodies, some mutilated, naked bodies, causing them to cry. After the Beijing premiere, actress Xu Fan said she would not bring her daughter to see the film saying she is too young, it is not suitable.

Parents have brought children to the film as it is educational and historical but the earthquake scenes are too cruel and disturbing and cause younger children anxiety. Theater staff have warned parents with children under eight to be careful. Some viewers also think the film is not suitable for children: The tragic disaster scene is not good for the child’s mental development. After all, some adults cannot even accept it. Also, there are intimate love scenes in the film. In Hong Kong, Aftershock is classified IIA, unsuitable for children.  (Xinhua)

FBA: Kidnapper (綁匪) (Singapore) (6/10) From the director of Rule #1

Kidnapper is that rare thing in Singaporean cinema - a crime thriller that actually works as a genre movie.

CRI: Action Thriller ‘Chen Zhen’ Unveils Grand Shooting Scenes

“Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen” has released a group of photos of its main shooting scenes.

(Sina)

Detective Dee

CRI: Extended Trailer for ‘Detective Dee’ Reveals Intricate Story

FBA: Asian trio line up for Venice competition

AP: Woo joins cast of Chinese propaganda blockbuster

Singer Sun Nan plays a dance teacher in High School Musical

(Sina)

Another look at the Donnie Yen action figure

On sale tomorrow for HK$980

(Xinhua)

Zhang Ziyi - Shanghai

Kobe Bryant

Zhang Ziyi was honored as a World Expo volunteer ambassador at a charity show for volunteers. The Expo cosponsored the Kobe Bryant Charity Walk. Kobe also donated autographhed copies of his new book.

Kobe’s flight was delayed due to weather and Zhang Ziyi and Tan Jin performed a song, ‘The Price of Love’, to the audience’s delight.

(Xinhua)2

Yao Ming

Jay Chou and Yao Ming in Taiwan for Yao Ming Foundation Charity Tour 2010

Jay Chou

Show Luo

Celebrity teammates included Jam Hsiao and Show Luo who played against the Shanghai Sharks

(Sina)2(Xinhua)

Jing Tian

CRI: Introducing the ‘Belle Boss’ Jing Tian

SG: Jolin Tsai hit by another wave of criticism

SG: Vicki Zhao: It will be a pity if I don’t perform

“I do not wish to waste my talent; it will be a pity if I don’t perform. And I think that women should earn their own keep to prove their worth.”

When asked about her daughter, Vicki said that she is in Singapore and like herself, her daughter has big eyes. She added that she still hasn’t got used to being called ‘mom’.

SG: Carina Lau cheating on Tony Leung?

SG: Jay Chou has no qualms about retiring

HKStandard: Tour guide accused of crying crocodile tears by callers

From Danwei:

Aftershock (Variety review)

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After Shock
Tangshan dadizheng

(China-Hong Kong) A Dream Movie (in Australia)/Huayi Brothers Media Corp. (in China) release of an H Brothers presentation of a Huayi Brothers Media Corp., Emperor Motion Pictures, China Film Group, Media Asia Films, Tangshan City Government production in association with Shanghai Film Group, Zhejiang Media Group, Media Asia Films, Emperor Classic Films, Huayi Brothers Media Corp., Tangshan Broadcast and Television Media, China Film Group Prod. Corp. (International sales: Huayi Brothers Media Corp., Beijing.) Produced by Guo Yanhong, Han Sanping, Wang Zhongjun. Executive producers, Yao Jianguo, Zhao Haicheng, Chen Guoying, Han Xiaoli, Jiang Tao, Chen Kuofu, Wang Zhonglei. Co-executive producers, Xiong Guoxiang, Zhang Dajun, Lu Huijun, Wang Tianyun, Cheng Weidong, Shirley Lau, Albert Lee. Directed by Feng Xiaogang. Screenplay, Su Xiaowei, based on a novel by Zhang Ling.

With: Xu Fan, Zhang Jingchu, Li Chen, Chen Daoming, Chen Jin, Zhang Guoqiang, Zhang Zifeng, Zhang Jiajun.
(Mandarin dialogue)

By RUSSELL EDWARDS
Stunning special effects are wedded to potent family drama in “After Shock,” Feng Xiaogang’s heartrending depiction of the impact of the massive 1976 earthquake that killed more than 240,000 in Tangshan, China. Fulfilling Sam Goldwyn’s dream of beginning with a quake and working up to a powerful climax, this well-paced film, blessed with topnotch perfs, satisfies on every level. Since opening July 22, “Shock” has rocked the Chinese B.O. with a socko RMB 160 million ($23.5 million), not including Imax figures; pic merits wider exhibition than the Asian circuit and would make a classy addition to a savvy arthouse distrib’s slate.

Yarn begins in 1976’s idyllic Tangshan in northeast China. Da Qing (Zhang Guoqiang) has just bought an electric fan, a rare home comfort at the time, in which his devoted wife, Yuan Ni (Xu Fan), luxuriates. Their 7-year-old twins — son Da Feng (Zhang Jiajun) and daughter Fang Deng (Zhang Zifeng) — are happy to fight over school bags bearing images of Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall.

When the earthquake hits, Da Qing is crushed while trying to prevent his wife from running to their children’s rescue. Later, a still-hysterical Yuan Ni learns that both her children have been pinned under a concrete slab; when emergency workers can only save one child, she’s left with a “Sophie’s Choice”-style decision and picks her son to appease the frustrated rescuers.

Under the rubble, Fang Deng is shocked to hear her mother’s decision. The girl is left for dead but survives; she’s eventually removed from the debris, taken to a refugee camp and soon adopted by a childless couple (Chen Daoming and Chen Jin) who raise her as their own.

The narrative jumps ahead 10 years to 1986, when both children are about to sit their college exams. Yuan Ni nags teenage Da Feng (now played by Li Chen) to succeed academically because his prosthetic hand makes him unfit for manual labor. Fang Deng (rechristened Ya Ya by her adoptive parents and played by thesp Zhang Jingchu) is keen to study medicine in Hangzhou.

The leap forward in time allows Feng to engage with his wider, more ambitious theme of China’s transformation over the past 40 years. Political changes are duly observed, but so are technical advances, including the ubiquitous presence of television. A nod to economic modification comes when stoic Yuan Ni leaves her job in a milling factory to become a seamstress in a corner store. Meller strands also keep eloquent pace with Chinese society’s economic advances.

In due course, the narrative jumps ahead another decade, as both Da Feng and Fang Deng/Ya Ya achieve levels of prosperity unthinkable in their Tangshan childhood. By the pic’s final installment in 2008, China’s economic miracle is in full swing, but the yarn makes clear that time and community heal wounds better than gadgets and wealth ever can. Final 40 minutes neatly draw together narrative strands with a poignant sadness that is intoxicating.

From main players to kiddie thesps, the performances are flawless, with all the actors giving vibrant life to their well-written roles.

Having demonstrated skill with both large-scale action (”Assembly”) and intimate drama (”If You Are the One”), Feng blends the two registers with masterful ease here. Aided by vet lenser Lu Yue, the helmer deploys different shooting styles to reflect the changing times. Early Tangshan scenes are classically composed, while the more contempo sequences utilize modern storytelling techniques with, for instance, a restrained dash of wobblecam.Huo Tingxiao’s art direction gets the fine details just right, from the look of the communist propaganda of the period to once-favored brands of rice wine.

Special effects employed for earthquake scenes are world-class; Feng ensures auds feel the horror and share the characters’ ongoing sense of trauma, but doesn’t indulge in the ghoulishness typical of many disaster movies. Mostly somber score by Wang Liguang avoids bombast, allowing the drama to breathe naturally.

Camera (color, widescreen), Lu Yue; editor, Xiao Yang; music, Wang Liguang; art director, Huo Tingxiao; sound (Dolby Digital) Wu Jiang; visual effects supervisor, Phil Jones; associate producers, Gao Ruihua, Shi Dongming, Li Qingshan, Yu Dongjie, Song Lian, Bernard Yang, Peng Mingyu, Fu Wenxia, Ni Zhengwei, Lorraine Ho, Roddy Wong. Reviewed at Cinema 6, Hoyts Broadway, Sydney, July 24, 2010. Running time: 134 MIN.
Variety

July 28, 2010

July 28, 2010

Curse of the Deserted poster

Directed by Law Chi-Leung (Lo Chi-Leung)

Kitty Zhang Yuqi

Shawn Yue

(Weibo)

Curse of the Deserted - Gossip Edition poster

Shawn Yue

(Sina)

Zhang Yimou

“I can not wait for you one year and one month, and I can not wait until you are 20 years old, but I will wait for you forever … …” (from the opening page of the novel)

Yesterday’s announcement that Love of the Hawthorne Tree would be released in September and not during the Spring Festival was an unexpected surprise. Did Zhang Yimou blink against the competion of Chen Kaige’s  Zhao’s Orphan, Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly, Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grand Master, and Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One 2? Still, he will have to face Detective Dee, Fist of Legend: Return of Chen Zhen and Reign of Assassins in the fall. In comparison, the arts and letters Hawthorne looks weak in comparison. (Xinhua) (Sina-April stealth set photos)

A TV version of Love of the Hawthorne Tree begins shooting in August. (Sina)2

Variety: Gallants

Two over-the-hill kung fu fighters sitting around a teahouse, waiting for their master to awaken from a 30-year coma, hardly sounds like the stuff of side-splitting comedy. But the pair in question, charismatic ’70s Hong Kong martial-arts legends Bruce Leung and Chen Kuan-tai, keep the drollery bubbling nicely in “Gallants!,” bestirring their arthritic joints to kick younger, nastier ass. The sudden awakening of their diminutive, dictatorial master, unaware of the passage of time, ups the antics exponentially as Teddy Robin happily steals the show. http://hkmdb.com/news/?p=5731

Au Revoir Taipei: Delightful romp

Director Arvin Chen has delivered one enjoyable feature debut. With smart, economical dialogue and snappy editing, this movie has just the right amount of empathy for all the players in this ensemble flick.

More “Restored Treasures” to screen at HK Film Archive

The HKFA will continue to screen a restored film on the first Sunday of every month, featuring a mix of works from Hong Kong and abroad. Chor Yuen’s “Cold Blade” is a film of great importance as it marks the turning point in the career of the great director. Chor had enjoyed a successful career in Cantonese cinema.

THR: Records tumble on ‘Aftershock’ opening weekend

FBA: Giant screen BO for Aftershock

IMAX screens in China clocked up an exceptional $640,000 over the weekend with their screenings of Feng Xiaogang’s Aftershock.

Sheng Wenjie

Aftershock MV, theme song, ‘23 seconds, 32 years’ sung by Sheng Wenjie. (Xinhua)

Zhao Wei

Zhao Wei appearing at health drink endorsement event in Beijing.

She would not confirm working on Painted Skin 2 or signing with Polybona, a switch from Huayi Brothers. Zhao Wei only said that she would resume filmmaking in two months. (Xinhua-slide show)

CRI: Zhao Wei Announces New Film, Not ‘Painted Skin 2′

CRI: Latest Stills of “All about Love” (Ann Hui)

“All About Love” featuring Vivian Chow, Sandra Ng and William Chan tells a cradle-snatcher’s love story.

John Woo will play Lin Sen

Lin Sen

CRI: John Woo Signs on to Act in CPC Anniversary Film

CRI: Horror Film “The Island” Holds Press Conference

The film tells a story of a billionaire who sets up a deadly game on an island in Southeast Asia in an attempt to save his son who is in need of a heart transplant. He picks up 7 Asians from different areas, but only one of them can survive. The seven people have to go through five obstacles testing their bravery and wisdom in order to survive.

CRI: 7 Scenes from Film “Reign of Assassins” Released

A short article speculates that Faye Wong’s 10 concert 100 million yuan payday is to fix her husband’s cash flow problem with his 3D online game venture. (Xinhua)

Tang Wei: “a good foundation, skin a bit dry”

Photo essay: This photo gallery inspects, up close, up the nose, the pores of your favorite celebrities and makes random snarky remarks: Tang Wei, Sandra Ng, A-Mei, Lin Chi-Ling, Wang Lee Hom, Richie Jen, Jane Zhang, Liu Yifei, Faye Wong, et al. (Xinhua-slide show)

Lynn Xiong (Hung Doi Lam): Before/after photos to ‘prove’ boob-job speculation. (Xinhua)

Li Bingbing and Tony Blair

Li Bingbing

Tony Blair, founder of The Climate Group met with Li Bingbing, UN Environmental Ambassador in Shanghai. (Xinhua)

CRI: Tony Blair and Li Bingbing Promote Million Forest Campaign

Allowed at ACGHK

Transformers (seibertron)

Not allowed

Jessica C.

Jessica C.

Chrissie Chau

(Sina)23(Xinhua)

Chrissie Chau

from Weibo (microblog)

(It’s an app!) (No, it’s a growth stock!)

HKStandard: `No comic capers’ warning as teen models draw another ban

The ban on so-called teen models holding sexy promotions at the Book Fair has been extended to the annual Animation- Comic-Games Festival which begins on Friday.

Organizers have told pseudo-models Chrissie Chow Sau-na and Jessica C they will not be able to take part in a Microsoft promotion, though they will be allowed to enter the event as visitors…

According to one report, Chow and Jessica C were informed on Monday they would not be allowed to take part in a Microsoft online sports game promotion on the first day of the fair…

The models are allowed to attend as visitors, the spokeswoman said, adding: “If they cause chaos they will be asked to leave.”

Latest book sales tallies (Sina)

Angelababy has replaced Namie Amuro in Japan as Sassoon’s spokesperson

(Ooh, la la, Sassoon!)

Angelababy

Wearing one-of-a-kind Christian Louboutin red crystal red high heels (Xinhua)

SG: Lee Hom raises a storm

However, due to the sheer number of people at the event and the lack of space, two reporters had a tussle over standing positions and stage crew had to allocate extra space to alleviate the tension…The troubles did not end there.

Southern Entertainment Weekly cover with Carina Lau (Xinhua)

Carina Lau more than friends with property magnate?

In one of the photos, Lau was resting her chin on Jing’s shoulder while the 39-year-old billionaire had his hand on her thigh, sparking rumours that Lau, 44, and Jing, who is reportedly a married man, were more than friends.

The actress was even reported to have eschewed spending time with husband, Hong Kong actor Tony Leung on their second wedding anniversary on July 21, to be with Jing in Beijing.

HKStandard: Fair attendance one for the books

The weeklong Hong Kong Book Fair closed yesterday with a record 920,000 visitors but with mixed fortunes at the cash register for exhibitors.

Hong Kong’s most infamous tour guide Li Hau-chun broke down in tears yesterday as she apologized for bringing the tourist trade into disrepute with a seven- minute rant at a group of mainland tourists that was secretly filmed and went viral on the internet and TV.

Background: HKStandard: There’ll be hell to payWSJ: Hong Kong: Don’t Shop? Don’t Come

Gallants! (Variety review)

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Gallants!
Da lui toi

(Hong Kong) A Focus Films, Sil-Metropole Organization, Zhejiang Bona Film & TV Prod. Co. production. (International sales: Golden Network, Hong Kong.) Produced by Lam Ka-tung. Executive producers, Andy Lau, Song Dai, Yu Dong. Co-producers, Cheung Hong-tai, Jeffrey Chan. Directed, written by Derek Kwok, Clement Cheng. Screenplay, Kwok, Cheng, Frankie Tam.

With: Bruce Leung, Chen Kuan-tai, Teddy Robin, J.J. Jia, Chan Wai-man, Susan Shaw, Wong You-nam, MC Jin. (Cantonese dialogue)

By RONNIE SCHEIB
Two over-the-hill kung fu fighters sitting around a teahouse, waiting for their master to awaken from a 30-year coma, hardly sounds like the stuff of side-splitting comedy. But the pair in question, charismatic ’70s Hong Kong martial-arts legends Bruce Leung and Chen Kuan-tai, keep the drollery bubbling nicely in “Gallants!,” bestirring their arthritic joints to kick younger, nastier ass. The sudden awakening of their diminutive, dictatorial master, unaware of the passage of time, ups the antics exponentially as Teddy Robin happily steals the show. Unfortunately, without current marquee names, pic may not snare the distribution it deserves.

With their beloved Master Law (Robin) comatose, Dragon (Chen) and Tiger (Leung, “Kung Fu Hustle”) are reduced to massaging the maestro’s limbs and waiting tables in his converted school, now a teahouse. When the eatery becomes the target of a shady real estate development scheme, the duo almost relishes the break in the boredom and the opportunity to confront Master Pong (former gangster and kickboxing champion Chan Wai-man), spokesman for an upscale, compromised version of the martial arts.

Caught in the middle is the pic’s putative young hero, office-boy Cheung (Wong You-nam), a quivering 97-pound weakling and abuse magnet. Sent to the boondocks to work for the real estate goons, he secretly desires to learn kung fu from Tiger, who rescues him from local bullies.

Initial strong-arm tactics result in Pong’s minions dropping Master Law on his head, awakening him from his long snooze. The master then picks up exactly where he left off, carousing and flinging orders while his entourage flutters anxiously around him, feeling obliged to maintain the illusion that no time has passed. In a hilarious, unsentimental literalization of nostalgia as a byproduct of amnesia, Tiger and Dragon must pretend to be unknown amateurs, while the skinny, underdeveloped Cheung is somehow cast as both Dragon and Tiger in the master’s mind. This comedy conceit plays out effortlessly in the hands of the geriatric thesp trio as Law’s resurrection forces Pong to reshape his power play as a martial-arts contest.

Seasoned pros combine with hotshot newcomers behind the camera as well. Hong Kong star Andy Lau exec produced, while Robin, a noted producer and mainstay of Chinese rock ‘n’ roll, also wrote the score. Young helmers Derek Kwok (”Pye Dog,” “The Moss”) and writer-turned-director Clement Cheng pay dynamic homage to the Shaw Brothers tradition without undue slavishness. Longtime action choreographer Yuen Tak eschews both wirework and CGI; the wonder of the excellent kung fu sequences can be attributed to Chen’s and particularly Leung’s miraculous transcendence of age and injury.

Camera (color), O Sing-pui; editor, Hui Wai-kit; music, Teddy Robin; production designer/costume designer, Silver Cheung; sound (Dolby Digital), Bernard Chen; sound designer/re-recording mixer, Lam Siu-yu; action director, Yuen Tak; visual effects, Henri Wong. Reviewed at New York Asian Film Festival, July 8, 2010. Running time: 97 MIN.
Variety

July 27, 2010

July 27, 2010

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s ‘Hawthorn Tree’ Due out Sept. 16

Zhang Yimou’s new film “The Love of the Hawthorn Tree” will open in Chinese cinemas on September 16, the director’s producing partner Zhang Weiping has announced.

CRI: Stills Released for John Woo’s ‘Reign of Assassins’

The film will premiere at the 67th Venice International Film Festival which will open on September 1. Theatrical release is set for September 28.

CRI: Zhang Ziyi Turns into 3D “Mulan”

On top of playing the main character, Zhang will also serve as the producer of the film. The lead actor has been confirmed as Taiwan pop singer Lee-Hom Wang, who speaks fluent English.

Variety reports that Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves featuring Maggie Cheung and Zhao Tao is short-listed for screening at the Venice International Film Festival. [Maggie Cheung is a Goddess]

2 classics return to former glory

The Hong Kong Film Archive will present restored classics Cold Blade (1970) and The Story of Wong Fei-hung (Part I) (1949) in August and September as part of the Restored Treasures series.

Long-shelved Gillian Chung vehicle is an out-there HK “island movie” mixing the tender, silly and fantastical.

Aftershock has brought in 180 million yuan at the box office after 4 days. The original 500 million yuan goal is quite reasonable now. (Sina) Based on Sina comments and reviewers, Aftershock has a 85.9 /100 rating. 85.7 is the average rating, with 70 the lowest since the panel’s inception in early 2009. An accompanying chart shows ratings for various films. (Sina)

You can’t get these at the San Diego Comic-Con

12″ action figure of Donnie Yen

Limited Edition action figures of Donnie Yen will go on sale at the Hong Kong Book Fair to coincide with Donnie Yen’s birthday, July 27. Yen himself has ordered 10 sets to give away as gifts. It was announced today (July 27) that Fist of Legend: The Return of Chen Zhen will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, and for the Venice Film Festival, Shu Qi will take 4 days off from shooting Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One 2 in order to attend the Venice premiere. A Mainland and Hong Kong release is scheduled Sept. 21 during the Mid-Autumn Festival (Sina)

CRI: Donnie Yen’s Action Film to Show at 35th TIFF

The music video of the title track “Baby” was just released on July 27.


Jane Zhang publicity photo for concert tour for I Believe CD that begins in Shanghai, Aug. 14

(Xinhua)2

Zhou Xun - collection of magazine covers over the years (Xinhua)

Zhao Wei - on her way to shoot print adverts in Beijing (Xinhua)

Carina Lau - spotted in late-night outing with mystery man in Beijing (Xinhua)(Sina)

Gigi Lai could earn up to seven figures if she decided to make a comeback and endorse commercial products according to one appliance PR spokeswoman. Faye Wong and Michelle Reis earn roughly that much for their endorsements. However, the wife and new mother is unlikely to return to work. (Xinhua)

SG: A rift between Cecilia Cheung and mother-in-law?

Photos from yesterday show a happy family gathering (Xinhua-gallery)

Lucas and Cecilia Cheung

Quintus and Deborah

Leaving

Lin Chiling and ‘Toilet Bowl Prince’ a couple?

Liu Qian, the Miracle Man

The 34-year-old magician became an international celebrity after an exceptional performance at the CCTV New Year’s Gala 2009 in China.

ChinaHush: Girl enters model contest to chase pop star Andy Lau

HKStandard: ‘Tentacle of lies’

Octopus Cards stands accused of having lied to 1.97 million cardholders.

July 26, 2010

July 26, 2010

City Under Siege poster features Shu Qi, Aaron Kwok (Sina)

FBA: Clash (Bẫy rồng) (7/10)(Vietnam)

Reminiscent of Hong Kong ’80s fare, this enjoyably hardboiled action movie features a knockout performance by Veronica Ngo…Reuniting the same crew and two leads - real-life couple Johnny Nguyen and Veronica Ngo - of Charlie Nguyen’s period action hit The Rebel…

FBA: Aftershock splits Hollywood’s BO dominance (Box office summary)

Lost on Journey’s Xu Zheng: Comedian celebrates novel way to get ahead (Interview)

Poster for Midnight Heartbeat/Midnight Pulse

Francis Ng

Francis Ng at the Beijing launch of the movie website for Midnight Heartbeat/Midnight Pulse

Yang Yuyu, Francis Ng

Yao Di

Yao Di plays an insidious nurse

(Sina)23(ifeng)(ent21)

Guei Lun-Mei gun-styling in Dante Lam’s Stool Pigeon

With director Dante Lam (Sina)

Reign of Assassins set design sketches

(Sina)

Huang Shengyi, Patrick Tam and Law Kar-Ying star in a new CCTV series ‘Legend of Tai Chi’

Patrick Tam

Law Kar-Ying (Sina)

Karen Mok shooting album cover photos and MV in Australia for her new CD ‘Baby’

(Sina)2, (Xinhua)

Fan Bingbing in Beijing for an autumn/winter fashion show (Sina)

Angelababy and fans

Angelababy met with fans for an autograph session at Harbour City, denied recent allegations that her photo album was a plagiarism of a Japanese photo album. (Sina)(Sina-slide show)

Rinka

Angelababy vs Rinka

(Xinhua)2

Fan with Annie G., Hailey C., A.Lin and Chrissie Chau

Chrissie Chau

A.Lin, Chrissie Chau, Annie G. Hailey C.

Chrissie sexied up for the last day of publicity at Causeway Bay. Perhaps erring the day before yesterday for an early morning appearance and dressing too conservatively (the red dress?), only 50 fans queued up today. (Sina)2

SG: Wang Lee Hom avoids Dee Hsu’s persistent questions on his love life

When he last appeared three years ago, he was interrogated by Dee Hsu (also known as Xiao S) on his highly-speculated romantic relationship with fellow Taiwanese actress, Shu Qi…When Xiao S tried to quiz the latter on his rumoured relationship with Shu Qi, the four-time Golden Melody award winner tried to avoid the topic by lying flat on the floor. Xiao S followed suit despite wearing a mini dress.

Gigi Lai gives birth prematurely to twin daughters

July 24, 2010

July 24, 2010

FBA: Chen Zhen set for Venice heroics

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen has been set as the second film on the opening night of the Venice film festival (1-11 Sept, 2010).

Huang Shengyi will begin work on Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s 3D Legend of White Snake next month. Previously, Jet Li has been reported to also cast. Huang, a Stephen Chow protege, had no comment on the report of Chow’s recent break up news. (Xinhua)

Elanne Kwong plays a woman with autism in Perfect Fairy Tale

(Xinhua)

Zhang Yimou’s mysterious Quiet Autumn (Jing Qiu)

Zhou Dongyu

The high school student playing Jing Qiu in Under the Hawthorne Tree has been kept under tight wraps.

Recently, it was learned by netizens that the actress is Zhou Dongyu a 19 year-old senior and dance student from Shijiahuang, Hebei Province. Graduating in June, Zhou went to Beijing to take the arts examination where she was spotted by a deputy of Zhang Yimou. He recommended her to Zhang and thus became a ‘Mou girl’. Due to the filming schedule, Zhou missed the annual college entrance examinations. According to reporters, her father died in an auto accident and her mother remarried, then gave birth to a daughter. The press has taken to calling her ‘octopus mouth’ or ‘octopus lips’ but friends and classmates say that Zhou is actually quite cuter than the photos show. (Xinhua)234

Truth or Dare press conference in Suzhou

Qin Hailu

Cast

Wen Zhang, Sun Xing (Sina)

Petrina Fung

Petrina Fung Bo-Bo was in Taiwan to promote the opening of Derek Chiu’s 2007 Road to Dawn, an account of Dr Sun Yat-Sen’s trip to Malaysia. (Sina)

Zhang Ziyi, Yao Ming

Zhang Ziyi

Charity dinner

Steve Nash

(Xinhua-slide show)

Xinhua: Yao Ming to lead charity game in Beijing

Yao Ming also launched his brand of products

(Sina)

Gaile Lok and Moses Chan appeared for water brand

Moses Chan

(Xinhua-slide show)(Sina)

Gigi Lai’s husband, Ma Ting-Keung announced the birth of twins daughters

(Sina)

The Shockingly Rapid Deterioration of the Three Gorges Dam (gallows humor)

China floods put pressure on Three Gorges Dam

July 23, 2010

July 23, 2010

The Jade and The Pearl posters

(formerly The Emerald and The Pearl)

Film opens July 30. (21cn)

Maggie Q is Nikita, on the CW (Xinhua)

THR: China, Singapore sign co-pro agreement (SARFT)

Joins New Zealand, France and Australia. The deal covers theatrical feature films and telemovies, across live-action, animation and documentaries. Qualifying films made under the agreement will be eligible for funding and incentives as do productions in their home country, and will similarly qualify as domestic films under censorship regimes in each nation.

FBA: Love to open HK Summer festival

Ann Hui’s All About Love has been set as the opening film of the month long Summer International Film Festival (11 Aug-13 Sept), organised by the Hong Kong Internationals Film Festival Society.

Aftershock - review (hk.asia-city)

Gigi Leung - interview (hk.asia-city)

Wind Blast (aka Fierce West Wind), Good New/Bad News Dept: Very positive internal studio screening has Huayi Brothers projecting over 200 million yuan box office has led to the decision to delay the scheduled September release and hold off for a Lunar New Year slot. Huayi CEO Wang Zhonglei called it an unprecedented genre of Chinese film. Calling it Mainland China’s first gangster-action film with aspects of Hong Kong gangster thriller, he expects it to kick off a new wave of cops and robbers action films.

Duan Yihong

Francis Ng

Ni Dahong

Four marshals, each with a different talent (Sina)

More Bruce Lee, My Brother publicity stills

Aarif Lee, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Christy Chung

(Sina)

Irene Wan Pik-Ha

Irene Wan Pik-Ha is recovering from conjunctivitis after completing a fragrance ad. She hasbeen working on two films recently, The Drunkard with Chang Chen’s father, Chang Kuo-Chu, and Struggle (Loan Sharks) shot in Malaysia with Sam Lee and Eddie Peng. The Drunkard is based on a novel by Liu Yichang who also wrote the novella behind Wong Kar-Wai’s In The Mood For Love. (Xinhua)

Qiao Zhenyu - Love in Disguise

Qiao Zhenyu plays Wang Leehom’s love rival

(Sina)

Kelly Chen’s selling mooncakes!

Mid-Autumn Festival is coming!

This is the fourth year that Kelly has endorsed the Maxim brand.

(Sina)(Xinhua)

Huang Xiaoming - plastic surgery or not?

From 1998 TV series

2003

2010

(Xinhua)

SG: Carina Lau gives up on having a child

SG: Michelle Yeoh happily in love

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