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December 31, 2010

December 31, 2010

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FBA: Disney High School Musical China (3/10)

Phoney cross-cultural concoction stripped of any plot and saddled with mostly lame musical numbers.

Variety: If You Are the One 2

“Let the Bullets Fly” scores big at box office

A new film from one of the bad boys of Chinese cinema, Jiang Wen — a scathing satire on power, greed and corruption — has critics cheering and movie-goers queuing up to make it a box office hit.

The leading Southern Daily newspaper praised Jiang and said the film’s message would not be lost in a society increasingly divided by a gaping rich-poor income gap.

Jiang had “exposed and satirised the weaknesses and shortcomings of Chinese society and its people”… “Dressed up in commercial wrappings, he has packaged a work greatly steeped in political meaning.” (AFP)

China Daily: Top 10 movies of 2010 in China - It’s the season of lists!

WSJ: The top five films in Asia this year

SG: Top 8 entertainment stories of 2010

CRI: Lu Chuan’s WWII Film to Head for N. America

CRI: ’The Green Hornet’ Releases New Posters

CRI: All-Star Film Brings New Year Laughs

Donnie Yen, Carina Lau - All’s Well Ends Well 2011

Louis Koo, Cecilia Cheung (Sina)

CRI: ’Mr. and Mrs. Incredible’ Releases New Year Trailer

THR: Salon Films Launches Filmmaker Training Program

Stills of the lead actors of Warring States, from the trailer

Sun Honglei

Kim Hee-Sun

Jing Tian

Francis Ng (Sina)

Poster for Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan’s Lovers Discourse (Sina)

Eric and Derek Tsang

The Kidnap poster - Rooftop version (Sina)

Carina Lau interviewed by popular TV host Chen Lu Yu on “Date With Lu Yu”

Carina Lau

Lu Yu is the anorexic Chinese Oprah (Sina)

CRI: Faye Wong Adds 4 More Cities to Her Comeback Tour

CRI: Jacky Cheung Kicks off Concert Tour in Shanghai

Jacky Cheung kicked off his world concert tour on Thursday, December 30, 2010 in Shanghai with a short musical drama film starring himself and actress Shu Qi as a couple.

MSN: Carol Chu turns up at every Andy Lau concert

MSN: Gillian Chung hints she no longer hates Edison Chen

MSN: Edison Chen talks about photo scandal on talk show

Jordan Chan: “Why did us Chens produce such a shameless person?”

Dee Hsu, Edison Chen, Kevin Tsai

(Sina)

MSN: Barbie Hsu to marry Wang Xiaofei on March 20 next year

Joey Yung menaced by mysterious hotel room intruder

MSN: Joey Yung’s hotel room broken into

December 29, 2010

If You Are the One 2 (Variety review)

Filed under: Reprints — dleedlee @ 8:52 pm

If You Are the One II
Sadness overcomes comedy in the sequel to the boffo 2008 Sino hit.

By RUSSELL EDWARDS
Sadness overcomes comedy in the luxuriant romancer “If You Are the One II,” the sequel to the boffo 2008 Sino hit that toplined mainlander Ge You and Taiwan’s Shu Qi as a wary and warring couple. Well played but occasionally misjudged, pic marks director Feng Xiaogang’s second 2010 release (following “Aftershock”), and with Ge and Shu again aboard, “One II” set Chinese B.O. records on its Dec. 22 bow. Buttressed by a wide international release targeting territories as far-flung as Oz and the U.S., pic looks set to easily surpass the roughly 340 million yuan ($51.3 million) earned by its predecessor.

Independently wealthy Qin Fen (Ge) is on bended knee before luscious airline stewardess Liang Xiaoxiao (Shu) high upon the Great Wall of China, kicking off the latest stage of the skittish courtship initiated in Feng’s earlier film. Liang is still hesitant, so Qin suggests they start a trial marriage at his opulent eco-tourism treehouse in coastal Sanya in Hainin province the next time she jets into town. But even before the trial period begins, the pair start devising ways to test each other for lack of commitment and to establish psychological dominance. A series of comical misunderstandings keep the couple from consummating their relationship, and the able-bodied Qin ends up confining himself to a wheelchair to try the limits of Liang’s love.

In classic romantic comedy style, another couple, Mango (Chen Yao) and Xiangshan (Sun Honglei, “The Road Home”) serves as the primary couple’s advisors. A hilarious setpiece sees Qin play host to Mango and Xiangshan’s classy divorce ceremony, which parodies the hallmarks of a Western wedding. When, midfilm, Qin and Liang’s romance hits the skids, the divorcees have plenty of good advice for the “never-weds.”

The supporting characters become more central as the plot moves into an increasingly downbeat mode in its final third. Xiangshan serves as the mouthpiece for a wistful speech (which sounds like a monologue Feng couldn’t work into “Aftershock”) on China’s lost tradition of etiquette and dignity as a result of communism’s heyday.

Feng certainly gets his “life’s too short for fussing and fighting” message across as he smoothly moves from comedy to melodrama, but the extended weepy finale takes too long to play out. Pic also includes some directorial missteps, notably the mistiming of Luan Shu’s upbeat music at a climactic moment, undercutting what could have been Ge’s finest thesping moment.

The always watchable central actors give a convincing portrait of a couple whose intimacy has given way to weariness, though supporting actor Sun outshines them both as his character comes to the fore.

Final remarks by Zhang Hanyu’s sporadic voiceover teases with the possibility of future sequels.

Lou Yu’s lensing takes full advantage of the protags’ resort-style life, no doubt to the delight of the Beijing Tourism Administration, which contributed funds. Other tech credits are Hollywood-slick.
Variety

December 29, 2010

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CRI: ”The Kidnapped” Premieres in Jackie Chan’s Cinema

“The Kidnapped” [aka The Kidnap] centers on two young women named Nana and Lin Bingqi who aspire to become famous singers. Nana becomes an overnight superstar after sleeping with her boss. As Lin Bingqi looks very much like Nana, the agent, gangster leader and the investor want to take advantage of the girl. The film reflects on some showbiz industry scandals in recent years.

Infernal Affairs” director Andrew Lau helms the film, which will premiere in January.

Hong Kong version of poster for If You Are the One 2

There are up to 20 product placements for white wine, mobile phones, insurance, hotel, autos, airlines, mobile phones, etc. (Sina)2

New Shaolin poster and trailer released at press conference in Beijing (Dec.28)

Fan Bingbing, Jackie Chan

Benny Chan, Fan Bingbing, Jackie Chan (Sina)

Let the Bullets Fly posters accused of plagiarism. Reporters and netizens are noticing that posters created by a Beijing advertising company bear semblance to posters for Hollywood films. Other examples, such as Welcome to Shamatown, Midnight Beating, and Future Cops were cited.

Let The Bullets Fly

Prison Break: The Final Break

Let The Bullets Fly

The Departed (Sina)

The popularity and success of Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly has led to a re-release of his earlier film The Sun Also Rises. (Sina)

Kelly Chen was Andy Lau’s guest singer for last night’s 9th concert

Kelly Chen

(Sina-slide show)

Photos from Andy’s 8th concert show

Lady in red

Guest performer Sally Yeh

Karen Mok

Gigi Leung (Sina-slide show)

Maggie Cheung’s recent Olay advert

(Xinhua)(Sina)

Aarif Lee (Aarif Rahman) is becoming an endorsement darling.

Here, he is pitching for a 3D video game. (Sina)

MSN: Aaron Kwok rumoured to have dined with married woman

Aaron and Iris

(Xinhua)

Carina Lau’s Christmas greetings make waves online

MC Hot Dog, Edison Chen promote his CD Confusion while sitting on toilets.

(Sina-slide show)

December 28, 2010

December 28, 2010

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THR: ‘City of Life and Death’ Gets North American Distribution

City of Life and Death, the award-winning Nanjing Massacre film by Chinese writer-director Lu Chuan, will screen in North America this spring.

CRI: Trailer for Tang Wei’s New Film ‘Late Autumn’

Tang Wei plays a woman named Anna who is released from prison on probation for 3 days. She meets Hyun Bin’s character on her way to Seattle, and they fall in love after spending a day together. But Anna must return to prison after three days, while Hyun, who is a counterfeiter, is being chased by police.

CRI: Director Introduces ‘Little Big Panda’

China’s first 3-D animated film, “Little Big Panda”, will be released in cinemas on February 3.

Beijing premiere of Lovers Discourse (Dec.27)

Kay Tse

Derek Tsang, Kay Tse, Eric Tsang

Eric Tsang, Derek Tsang, Kay Tse, Pang Ho-Cheung, Jimmy Wan Chi-Man (Sina-gallery)

Gillian Chung

William Chan Wai-Ting

Gillian and William Chan are promoting the mainland release of Heiward Mak’s Ex (Former) in Guangdong. William is currently Charlene Choi’s boyfriend so the press had to ask about their intimate scenes together. He deflected questions by saying that he and Charlene were not together at the time of the shooting. (Xinhua)(Sina)2

Hong Kong premiere of If You Are the One 2 (Dec.27)

With ex-boyfriend Stephen Fung (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)

MSN: Leon Lai, Gaile Lok rumoured to be parents soonLeon Lai to become father

MSN: Barbie Hsu brushes away talks of pregnancy

Barbie Hsu, Wang Xiaofei (Sina)

MSN: Matilda Tao reveals Selina Jen’s serious face injuriesMatilda Tao reveals severity of Selina Jen’s injuries(Photo)

December 27, 2010

December 27, 2010

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CRI: Feng Xiaogang’s New Film to Focus on Chongqing Bombing

In Theater: ‘Midnight Beating’ (CRI)

The creepy story takes place in a hospital. The patient in Room 314 dies and no one knows what killed him. His doctor, Gu Zhensheng, becomes the number-one suspect. But, you know, it never rains, it pours. After the incident, Gu Zhensheng often runs into female ghosts at midnight.

Raymond Wong in makeup and costume for All’s Well Ends Well 2011 (Sina)

Chapman To at the Beijing premiere of The Kidnap (Dec.27)

Ye Yiqing, director Gu Yu, Zhao Meitong

Not forgetting to send pictures to Weibo (Sina-gallery)

Tsui Hark, Chen Kun, Zhou Xun, Mavis Fan, Guei Lun-Mei

The cast of Tsui Hark’s Flying Swords of Dragon Gate celebrate Guei Lun-Mei’s birthday. (Dec.25) (Sina)

Taipei CD promo appearance

December 23, 2010

December 23, 2010

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CRI: Stills from ‘The Road Less Traveled’

Check out still photos of the Chinese film “The Road Less Traveled”, starring Huang Yi and Louis Koo.

CRI: ’Let the Bullets Fly’ a Gift to the Audience

Jiang Wen: To me, “The Sun Also Rises” is a gift from God and “Let the Bullets Fly” is a gift to the audience.

CRI:  Video Clip from Cecilia Cheung’s Comeback Movie

FBA: Sacrifice (趙氏孤兒) (7/10)

Involving drama of powerplay and revenge sports some great performances and only occasional lapses in tone.


Latest poster for The Road Less Traveled

Karen Mok, Louis Koo

Huang Yi, Louis Koo

(Sina)

A few more pictures of Tang Wei’s Beijing appearance for SK-II

(Xinhua)

CRI: Edison Chen Back on Track for New Album

MSN: Jay Chou shows support for Edison Chen

MSN: Wang Xiaofei rumoured to be looking for nude models

Barbie Hsu’s husband on the lookout for substitutes for her nude scenes

Carina Lau on Grazia cover (Sina)

MSN: Carina Lau not praying for son on Mount Emei

MSN: Selina Jen will never look the same again

December 22, 2010

December 22, 2010

CRI: “Big Deal” Starts Filming

The movie recounts a magnificent and crazy adventure of three young men, who pursue new directions in life. “The story themes on daily life and characters in the film are as normal as anyone you can see in real life. I believe the black humor in the film would delight the audience”, said Ma Liwen. (Sina-gallery)

CRI: Zhao Wei Announces New Film

Zhao Wei will play two roles in “Underground Resistance” (”Shi Kong Di Dao”), a film that involves romance and time travel, the actress said Tuesday. (Xinhua-gallery)

CRI: Christian Bale Joins Zhang Yimou’s WWII Film

The “Dark Knight” star will play a missionary working in 1930s Nanjing. The film “Jinling Shi San Chai” (”The Thirteen Women of Jinling”), is set in what was once the Chinese capital at the time of the Nanjing Massacre.

“Investors first and foremost think about the market, unlike Yimou, who is focused on art. We invited Bale to join because I am thinking about the market and because we want the world to better understand Chinese culture,” the producer said. (THR)

THR: “Sophie’s Revenge” writer and director enlisted by Montecito/Paramount, Overbrook/Twentieth Century Fox.

Eva Jin Yimeng, writer and director of China’s 2009 smash hit Sophie’s Revenge, starring Zhang Ziyi, is in Los Angeles working on both a feature film script and a television pilot for two separate major Hollywood studios.

FBA: Bullets takes Aftershock’s opening record

Stills from Derek Chiu’s The Road Less Traveled which opens December 31.

Karen Mok, Louis Koo

(Xinhua)

Empress Dowager and First Emperor Yuan Shikai

Fan Bingbing and Chow Yun-Fat in The Founding of a Party (Sina)

MSN: First look at Michelle Yeoh’s portrayal of Aung San Suu Kyi

Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis in The Lady (Sina)

Tang Wei in her first endorsement since her return, for SK-II (Sina)

The Hong Kong singer posted a photo of himself posing with three members of Fahrenheit.

Lin Chi-Ling: She keeps it simple with money

December 17, 2010

December 17, 2010

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APA: Interview with Freddie Wong (The Drunkard)

Critic-turned-programmer-turned-director Freddie Wong reflects on the road to directing The Drunkard, which had its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Beijing premiere press conference for If You Are the One 2

Feng Xiaogang, Shu Qi, Ge You, Yao Chen

Ady An Yixuan, Shu Qi, Yao Chen with Ge You

Feng Xiaogang, Shu Qi, Ge You (Sina-gallery)

Yang Yuyu - Midnight Beating

Yang Yuyu, Francis Ng

Yang Yuyu (Sina)

Cecilia Cheung - Lady Generals of the Yang Family

Zhao Qianyu plays Cecilia’s daughter (Sina)

MSN: Chow Yun-Fat trapped on expressway due to snowstorm

The Chinese actor was left cold and starving for 20 hours

(Sina)2

Elaine Ng and daughter, Etta at the opening of her solo painting exhibition in Shanghai

Etta is said to bear a remarkable resemblance to Jaycee Chan

(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Elaine Ng brings daughter to Shanghai for art exhibition

MSN: Show Luo is cleared of having STD

Show Luo releases medical report to quash STD rumours

MSN: Selina Jen asks for S$6 million in compensation

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Stella Huang, Jay Chou

[I thought I'd posted this one earlier but it turns out it was left in a draft post!]

GlobalTimes: Demystifying the diva: Faye Wong caught on film, Li still stands strong

Of course most of you know that Wong successfully held comeback concerts in Beijing and Shanghai last month, two of which I attended and enjoyed. What you surely do not know is that after one concert in Beijing, the diva continued on to share a passionate night with her drummer and was caught by the paparazzi. Her husband, local actor Li Yapeng, had to spend a few million yuan (half a million dollars) keeping the cheating couple’s photos out of the press.

December 16, 2010

December 16, 2010

Here’s a full list of the 668 Shaw Brothers titles available on the ZiiEagle mentioned yesterday. Trying to figure out which titles haven’t been released on DVD, was Best Hustler Wins released? Cunning Hustler? Dear Murderer? Queen Hustler? Murder on the Wedding Night? The Gambling Syndicate? Trapeze Girl? (ZiiEagle’s list of 668 films)

This list at Shaw Brothers Reloaded might correspond to some of the new titles.

Also, check out duriandave’s “Missing” Shaw Films Found in Creative’s ZiiEagle Movie Box

THR: Celestial Signs Deal for Shaw Digital Distribution in Singapore (Dec.2)

500 hours of TV next?

THR: ‘If You Are The One 2′ Gets US Day-and-Date Release

‘If You Are The One 2′ Gets Dec. 24 US Release

If You Are the One 2, by Aftershock director Feng Xiaogang will be the first Chinese film ever to release in North America on the same day as it premieres at home, marking a milestone in China’s push to raise its movie industry profile around the world.

On Christmas Eve, China Lion Film Distribution is set to release the second installment of the comedic on-again-off-again love saga starring Ge You and Shu Qi in 20 AMC and Cineplex Theatres in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa, all cities with significant Chinese populations.

GlobalTimes: Strap on the six-shooters

Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly, set in Southwest China in the 1900s, premiers nationwide Thursday, following on from hits like Korean director Kim Ji-Woon’s The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2008).

At a preview screening in Beijing last week, laughter filled the theater. “I cannot recall what is the funniest part of the film, because there was a constant barrage of comedy,” 28-year-old white collar worker Tan Li told the Global Times.

Interview with Juno Mak on ‘Revenge: A Love Story’

His new film may be full of gross-out sex and violence, but it’s really all about love


Mr. and Mrs. Incredible held an opening ceremony and trailer release in Shenzhen’s IMAX theater on Dec. 15

Sandra Ng

Director Vincent Kok, producer Peter Chan and Sandra Ng attended the event

Miyazaki edition of the Mr. and Mrs. Incredible poster

Sandra Ng, Louis Koo

Opens January 31

(Sina-slide show)(Sina-gallery)

Here’s the Peter Chan-produced animated short film promoting Hong Kong Tourism (i.e., shopping) that was released earlier.

New fan-made Midnight Beating poster (Sina)

Apparently when the photos originally circulated on the internet netizens thought that they were real personal  photos of Francis Ng and an unknown girl. A statement had to be issued to confirm that they were publicity photos for Midnight Beating. The phrase, hoisted by their own petard, comes to mind. (Sina) (Thanks, V)

Four prospective ‘Mou girls’ training in Nanjing for Zhang Yimou’s 13 Women of Jinling/Thirteen Girls in Jinling were expelled after they were caught micro-blogging. The four unfortunates admitted their error but were cast out nevertheless thus ruining the future hopes of stardom. (Photos) (Sina)2

Mavis Fan - deleted scene

Mavis Fan’s love scene will be deleted from the theatrical version of Derek Tsang’s Lover’s Discourse. The scene will be included in the DVD. (Sina)

Huang Yi and Louis Koo in an emotional scene from The Road Less Traveled (Sina)

MSN: Vivian Hsu announces she is single

A few days ago, when Vivian received the Yahoo! Most Searched Chinese Actress award on stage, the actress however strongly expressed that she is single and does not have a boyfriend. Her strong attitude and self-contradictions created speculations of a split.

Vivian Hsu

Stephen Fung and Vivian Hsu in Japan this August. (Xinhua)

Fortune teller claims that Teresa Teng died of black magic

Lydia Sum once experimented with drugs

Joyce was speaking at an anti-drug event with MC Jin (Xinhua)

No kids for Joey Yung

December 15, 2010

December 15, 2010

Santa, are you reading?

Singapore-based company has unveiled a video jukebox dubbed ZiiEagle. While the product name provides little hint of its capability, the ZiiEagle is supposed to be a movie box preloaded with 668 Shaw Brothers Chinese films. The collection includes The Kingdom and the Beauty and One-Armed Swordsman, which should appeal to classic movie buffs, as well as retirees. Included in the package are also around 200 titles not released on DVDs and TV. (Cnet - Crave)

THR: China’s Gong Li Supports Film Ratings System

Maybe it should say “Singapore’s Gong Li” :D

James Hong talks acting, “Safe”

“As long as I have the talent and there’s a demand for the old Chinese man - whether he’s a philosopher, or a master, or an old-time restaurant owner, or a villain, or a so-called good guy - I will always be working,” he said.

James Hong

THR: ’Eleven Flowers’ to Bloom under Wang Xiaoshuai

Wang, 44, first caught the world’s eye with Berlin Silver Bear-winning Beijing Bicycle (2001) and most recently competed at Cannes with Chongqing Blues. Eleven tells the autobiographical story of four 10-year-old boys discovering the world of adults — and its violence and sexuality — at the end of China’s decade-long Cultural Revolution.

CRI: ’The Road Less Traveled’ to Hit Cinemas on Dec. 31

The movie tells the story of a van driver (Louis Koo) who kills a restaurant owner (Yin Xiaotian) in a car accident. When he finds out that Yin’s wife (Huang Yi) is pregnant and has to work hard to run her husband’s business, he decides to help her even though it may anger his girlfriend (Karen Mok). (Sina)

Well-cast but thinly scripted portmanteau drama with overlapping characters in separate stories.

Richie Ren in Lady Generals of the Yang Family

(Sina-gallery)

14 year-old Zhou Mengqiao is thought to be the latest of 13 ‘mou girls’ to be cast in Zhang Yimou’s 13 Women of Jinling (aka Nanjing). In recent weeks Zhang has been training and auditioning young girls to play in his latest production. Also, Zhang has been trying to cast a big name Hollywood name in the film. Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks were in the running, Hanks’ fee was reportedly half the film’s budget. The latest rumor is that Leonardo DiCaprio has agreed to appear but an official announcement is pending. (Sina)

Shu Qi isn’t afraid to post a picture of her grey hair, or ‘accumulated wisdom’ as she calls it

hu Qi blogged, ‘Fat’ is a word temporarily disappeared from her dictionary (Xinhua)

MSN: Faye Wong refuses to share stage with Nicholas Tse

The Chinese singer said she would not be attending the New Year’s Gala with her family.

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