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January 31, 2011

January 31, 2011

ScreenDaily: What Women Want

This Chinese production features palpable chemistry between stars Andy Lau and Gong Li, but director Chen Daming’s film, like the original, is a great commercial hook in search of an equally clever story. (hkmdbnews)

“Ip Man 2″: China’s anti-Western kung fu phenomenon (Salon)

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster” is now playing in New York and Los Angeles, with wider North American release to follow.

FBA: Fantôme, où es-tu? (2/10)

Lame ghost-cum-gender mish-mash that squanders its potential.

Check out Valerie’s My Ever-Changing Moods: Francis Ng 2010 In Review on beyondasiaphilia

2010 was a busy year for Francis Ng…

Much influenced by American sitcom-classic Friends, which had a huge fan base in China, My Own Swordsman centers on six characters whose relationships intertwine through friendship, family and romance, and is set in a hostel being managed in ancient China. With the same cast, director and screenwriter, the film version continues the initial’s stories, while injecting today’s social including house purchase and relocation, family finances and the “marriage crisis.”

GlobalTimes: First trailer of Buddha Mountain lives up to advance hype

With winter vacation meaning there’s a nation of children who need entertaining, three Chinese animation films are filling in this traditionally peak-time for box-office family fun: Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf (January 21), Old Master Q and Little Ocean Tiger (January 27) and Little Big Panda (February 3) are all scheduled for cinemas over the next four weeks.

(Sina)2

Poster for Mr. and Mrs. Incredible

Opening Feb. 3

Louis Koo, Sandra Ng (Sina)

I Love Hong Kong poster

Opening Jan. 31

Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Sandra Ng

Eric Tsang, Aarif Lee (Sina)2 3 4

Eva Jin Yimeng (Sophie’s Revenge) is preparing for multiple Hollywood projects. (Sina)

Charlene Choi at the Harbour City chocolate exhibition

(Sina-slideshow)

Chrissie Chau taped a song for ATV’s Spring Festival broadcast. Other guests include George Lam, Kay Tse and Hins Cheung. (Sina)

GlobalTimes: Publishing tycoon books divorce in New Year season

Yao Chen’s divorce a case of Julia Roberts-Benjamin Bratt?

Yao Chen, Ling Xiaosu (Sina)

CNA: Cecilia Cheung saves woman from committing suicide

All’s well ends well, indeed

CNA: Charlene Choi on her divorce: “This is not something to celebrate.”

“I may not make enough to eat delicacies ever day, but I can earn enough for three square meals every day”.

MSN: Mark Chao dropped from ‘Black and White’ promotional trail in Japan

Recently, the director’s cut of Black & White DVD was released in Hong Kong. Every single copy was snapped up in a mere four minutes.

China red-faced after footage of new fighter ‘was from Top Gun’

The footage showcasing the J-10 fighter, which showed an air-to-air missile destroying another jet, was aired last week during the main evening broadcast of the state-sponsored channel China Central Television.

Oldham said Ho had been coerced into reconciling with family members on live television on Wednesday, with the wheelchair-bound Ho struggling to read a giant cue card.

What Women Want (Screen Daily review)

Filed under: Reprints — dleedlee @ 11:52 am

What Women Want
31 January, 2011 By Tim Grierson
Dir: Chen Daming. China. 2011. 116mins

A Mandarin-language remake of the 2000 Mel Gibson blockbuster, What Women Want (Wo Zhi Nu Ren Xin) rarely rises above a genial likability, lacking sufficient comic or romantic brio. This Chinese production features palpable chemistry between stars Andy Lau and Gong Li, but director Chen Daming’s film, like the original, is a great commercial hook in search of an equally clever story.

Opening in the US and China on February 3 to coincide with the Chinese New Year, What Women Want will have only modest results domestically in the US, but could prove a hit in its home country, where the two leads are much bigger names.

As in the first film, this new What Women Want concerns a cocky, seductive advertising executive named Sun (Lau), who learns that his promotion has been blocked by the hiring of Li (Li), an aggressive new female boss who can provide a much-needed woman’s perspective at the male-centric company. But one night after a freak electrocution at home, he discovers he now has the ability to hear women’s thoughts, which makes him valuable to his firm but puts him in competition with Li.

Keeping the fundamental plot points from director Nancy Meyers’ romantic comedy, Chen Daming’s movie trumpets its relaxed, playful tone, although it does introduce a more magical quality to the question of exactly how Sun acquires his unique power. But beyond the most obvious implementations of his newfound gift – such as having Sun read the minds of those from whom he wants something – the remake fails to exploit this juicy premise for meaningfully comedic or thematic material.

This, coupled with the movie’s broad humour, creates a nagging sense that this amiable offering could have been much more if only it had tried to break free of the original film’s overall design.

Even if this new What Women Want can’t rise above its disappointing sense of déjà vu, at least it’s endowed with two game stars. Lau downplays his character’s chauvinistic tendencies, which keeps Sun from really feeling like a lovable scoundrel, but his slowly developing attraction to Li has its charms. Playing Sun’s cold-as-ice boss who eventually warms to him, Gong Li is elegant and sexy in equal measure. Neither character benefits from much shading or development, so What Women Want’s leads have to do most of the heavy lifting on their own.

Production companies: Bona Entertainment Company Limited, Beijing Bona Film and Cultural Communication Co. Ltd., Focus Films Limited, Emperor Motion Picture Limited, CJ Entertainment Inc., China Film Group Corporation

Domestic distribution: China Lion, www.chinalionentertainment.com

Producers: Dede Nickerson, Chen Daming, Jeffrey Chan

Executive producers: Yu Dong, Jeffrey Chan, Andy Lau, Albert Yeung, Katharine Kim, Han Sanping, Chris Liu

Screenplay: Chen Daming, from a screenplay by Josh Goldsmith & Cathy Yuspa, and a story by Josh Goldsmith & Cathy Yuspa and Diane Drake

Cinematography: Max Wang

Editor: Nelson Quan

Music: Christopher O’Young

Website: www.chinalionentertainment.com/whatwomenwant/

Main cast: Andy Lau, Gong Li, Yuan Li, Julian Chen, Li Chengru, Russell Wong, Wang Deshun, Hu Jing
Screen Daily

January 28, 2011

January 28, 2011

CRI: Fan Bingbing Likely to Land Role in Co-Production (First Love)

Set in 1950 near the China-Vietnam border, the story centers on the romance between a French soldier and a Chinese girl that ends up in tragedy.

HK Film Archive’s newly restored treasure “Colourful Youth” to be screened at HK Cultural Centre

“Colourful Youth” (1966), the only “contemporary” film starring Connie Chan Po-chu and Josephine Siao Fong-fong, was a huge hit on its first release and re-releases in the 1960s. As part of its 10th anniversary celebration activities, the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) will screen the restored song-and-dance classic at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre next month.

CRI: Gong Li and Andy Lau Promote New Movie in Beijing

“What Women Want” is a remake of the Hollywood box office hit of the same title. The story is about an advertising agency manager who suddenly finds he can read women’s minds.

CRI: Eric Tsang Presents New Year Film ‘I Love Hong Kong’ on Jan. 31

The story centers on a family of three members, starring Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Sandra Ng and Aarif Lee. Due to financial difficulties, they must move back to public housing, where the city’s lower-income people inhabit. They have some unhappy experiences with neighbors at the beginning; however they are gradually moved by them after living in there for some time.

Aarif Lee, Fala Chen - I Love Hong Kong

Bosco Wong, Wong Cho-Lam

(Sina)

Chapman To and Lynn Hung (Lynn Xiong) settle differences in All’s Well Ends Well 2011

(Sina)

Ning invited people like Hong Kong’s Jim Chim - a veteran theater and film actor and stand-up comedian - to be one of the trainers. His teaching involves a lot of games that call for much imagination and improvisation.

The students may join the cast of Ning’s next film, a period comedy, which filming will begin in March. [Meanwhile, his film No Man's Land is still in limbo with state censors for over a year now.]

The Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival has announced the results of its survey of the “100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films”.

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible Guangzhou premiere

(Sina-gallery)

Qin Lan plays a surrogate mother

To Alex Fong Chung-Sun’s baby’s daddy in Mu Yu (lit. Mother Tongue)

Wu Ma plays Alex’s father

Mu Yu is directed by Yu Zhong (Roots and Branches, Far From Home) (Sina)

Separately, Yao and her husband Ling Xiaosu issued a statement on sina.com.cn Friday to announce the end of their seven-year marriage.

Happier times (Xinhua)

China White Rabbit sweets hop into Lunar New Year

Zhao Wei

One pill makes you larger / And one pill makes you small / And the ones that mother gives you / Don’t do anything at all.

MSN: Eric Tsang’s father cremated in Taiwan

MSN: Barbie Hsu rumoured to hold wedding dinner tomorrow

MSN: Selina Jen has five endorsement invitations

The singer is expected to make her comeback with either a fruit juice or a slimming programme commercial in June, while other endorsements would be subjected to the state of her physical health.

THR: ‘Joy Luck Club’ Producers See Movie Promise in Tiger Mom Controversy

Amy Chua’s memoir on parenting has captured the nation’s attention, but can ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’ recreate the movie success of the 1989 film?

January 27, 2011

January 27, 2011

FBA: Shaw to sell stake in TVB

FBA: Seven Days in Heaven (6/10)

Original, low-key black comedy set during the week-long Taoist mourning process for an average small-town father.

‘Mr. & Mrs. Incredible’ and Sandra Ng (WSJ)

All’s Well Ends Well 2011: A Lunar New Year Laugh-in (WSJ)

Fiona Law, who teaches a class on Hong Kong cinema at the University of Hong Kong and has done extensive research on the phenomenon of the Chinese New Year movie, says the first known example was “Bloom and Prosper,” a 1937 comedy from mainland director Tang Xiaodan. No copy is believed to survive, but Dr. Law says it involves a familiar theme for the genre: winning the lottery and easy fortune.

Tsang and Leung lead CNY movie pack in I Love Hong Kong

I Love Hong Kong poster

The film features over 100 HK stars (Sina)

Posters for The Lost Bladesman

Various aspects of General Guan Yu depicted

Alan Mak and Felix Chong direct Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen in the costume epic.(Sina)2

PETA ad targets Gong Li (Xinhua)

MSN: Ronald Cheng and Charlene Choi given probationary divorce

January 26, 2011

January 26, 2011

PR: China Lion Knows ‘What Women Want’ February 3rd

China Lion Film Distribution will open the Mandarin-language remake of ‘What Women Want’ (Wo Zhi Nu Ren Xin), starring Andy Lau and Gong Li, on the first day of the Lunar New Year, February 3rd, at select theaters throughout North America, as well as day-and-date in China and releasing in Australia and New Zealand. The film will be the first China Lion release for 2011…

(Sina)

All’s Well Ends Well 2011 posters

(Sina)

New stills featuring Daniel Wu in Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai’s Don’t Go Breaking My Heart hint that his character transforms from frog to prince.

Daniel Wu

Frog

Prince

(Sina)

Stills from Gao Xiaosong’s My Kingdom. Action director Sammo Hung recreates the era of the Seven Little Fortunes .

Yuen Biao

Yu Rongguang

(Sina)

Sammo Hung recently celebrated his 59th birthday (Jan. 7)

Unfortunately, Sammo was also in the tabloid news after being photographed hand-in-hand with a young woman. When shown the photograph, his wife (Joyce Godenzi/Gao LiHong, 2nd right, above) said that she did not recognize her but she didn’t know all of Sammo’s friends. (Sina)

January 25, 2011

January 25, 2011

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CRI: Gong Li Promotes ‘Shanghai’ in South Korea (Sina-slide show)

Gong Li says all cultures connected

CRI: Tsui Hark Offers Service for 3-D Filmmaking

FBA: Don Quixote review (5/10)

Chinese comic version of Cervantes’ fool-hero lacks pathos and drama below its 3-D surface.

HK: If You Are the One 2 review

It’s billed as a romantic comedy, but both romance and comedy make mere cameos here.

GlobalTimes: Creativity weak link in China’s film industry

China’s Rise: The Kung Fu Film Version

Louis Koo and Sammi Cheng will team up again with Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai in March after the release of Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Single Men and Women). The production will head to the high altitudes of Yunnan Province. Sammi plays an mainland truck driver and Louis, as in The Road Less Traveled, a van driver, in this touching romance. (Sina)

Poster for Underdog Knight 2

Liu Ye

The sequel, as in the original, is directed by Ding Sheng.

Underdog Knight is scheduled for a April 1 release. (Sina)

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible premiere press conference in Beijing (Jan. 24)

Louis Koo, Sandra Ng, Wen Zhang, Li Qin, Vincent Kok, Peter Chan

He Yunwei, Vincent Kok, Li Jing

(Xinhua)(Sina)

CNA: Andy Lau’s art immitates life in “Shaolin”

Hong Kong’s ‘Heavenly King’ talks Zen, his cautious relationship with Fan Bingbing and warns about the age of the Internet as he promotes his latest film, ‘Shaolin Temple’

He may have missed out on making out with Cameron Diaz in his Hollywood debut, The Green Hornet, but Jay Chou doesn’t mind.

Still self-centered? No way!

CNNGo: Stanley Ho loses control of his empire

Family feud erupts over Macau casino king’s billions

Macau gambling king Stanley Ho has accused members of his family of robbing him of most of his multi-billion dollar fortune in a domestic feud that could complicate succession of the ailing tycoon’s vast empire.


CNNGo: China to create world’s largest city
A city twice the size of Wales and 26 times the size of London. In China it’s not just possible, it’s being planned

January 24, 2011

January 24, 2011

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THR: China’s ‘What Women Want’ Remake to Get Day-and-Date U.S. Release

China Lion will also distribute Chen Daming’s film to cinemas in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

  • What Women Want, starring Andy Lau and Gong Li, will open at select North American theaters day-and-date with its China premiere on Feb. 3, the first day of the Lunar New Year, distributor China Lion said on Friday.
  • China Lion will open What Women Want, subtitled in English, at AMC theaters in cities where there are large concentrations of ethnic Chinese moviegoers, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C., and at Cineplex theaters in Vancouver.
  • Its next North America and China day-and-date release will be the March 18 premiere of the Fox International Productions film The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman.

Cast promote “If You Are the One II” in Taipei

Shu Qi, Ady An Yixuan

CRI: A Review of the Shaolin-Themed Kung Fu Movies

Shaolin: Character driven with a dash of Kung Fu

Underneath all the violence, bloodshed and machismo in Hong Kong director Benny Chan’s “Shaolin” is an endearing tale of a man’s journey in search of redemption.

Andy Lau promoting Shaolin at Kowloon Bay (Sina-gallery)

CRI: Chinese Hostess Invited to Star in Tarantino’s New Movie

MTV VJ JuJu (Zhu Zhu) in upcoming What Women Want

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible’s Sandra Ng, Louis Koo and Vincent Kok opened the Lunar New Year Flower Market in Tsimshatsui

(Sina-gallery)

Faye Wong busy blogging even just before her Taipei concert! ;D

Faye Wong’s Hello Kitty phone case (Xinhua)

Zhao Wei did not travel alone to Taipei to support Faye Wong’s concert. She was also accompanied by her husband, Huang You-Long, and daughter. (Sina-gallery)

MSN: Maggie Cheung rumoured to have met boyfriend’s parents

HK’s Maggie Cheung rubbishes breakup rumours

MSN: Andy Lau admits he is working on having children

RazorTV: Andy Lau: I used to be a snob (1/5)

GlobalTimes: Barbie meets her Ken in lightning-fast path to the altar

HK heartthrob Louis Koo meets fans

Koo, who is still recuperating from an injury to his left leg sustained during the filming of a movie in Beijing last August, said he could only take on action movies after August this year.

RazorTV: 881 The Musical (1/7)

Judee Tan and Joanna Dong play the new Papaya Sisters in the musical.

China sports brand tries to break into US market

Praise in China for Lang Lang’s martial White House tune (NYPost) (EpochTimes-video link)

January 21, 2011

January 21, 2011

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WSJ: Tang Wei Is a Serious Player

THR: ‘Bullets,’ ‘Confessions’ Lead Asian Film Awards Nominations

CRI: ’Buddha Mountain’ to Be in Theaters on March 4

TaipeiTimes: 2010: Year in review: Taiwanese movies

FBA: Piano strikes chord in US

The Piano In A Factory, the much-travelled Chinese drama, will get a release in the US in summer this year.

(Jan. 20) Johnnie To held a secretive launch ceremony in a Kwun Tong warehouse for his latest film which stars Louis Koo, Sammi Cheng and Huang Yi. Huang Yi said that she has seen no script so there is a sense of  mystery. She is busy practicing her Cantonese in preparation.

(Sohu)(Netease)(Sina)2

Louis Koo unveils new wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong

More bronzer needed! (Xinhua-gallery)

Jet Li’s new (and terrible looking) wax figure in Shanghai

Chinese Kungfu star Jet Li’s wax figure unveiled in Shanghai

Shu Qi endorses a hair care brand in Beijing (Xinhua-gallery)

Jordan Chan

Jordan Chan sported a skirt at the recent 2010 Sina awards event at the Beijing Water Cube.

Did he dip into Shawn Yue’s wardrobe?

(Sina)

Michelle Ye Esquire photo shoot (Xinhua-gallery)

HK’s Kelly Chen pregnant again

Kelly Chen announced Friday during a publicity event for Hong Kong Disneyland that she is three months pregnant with twins conceived via artificial insemination

Twins for Kelly (Sina)

MSN: Andy Lau promotes ‘Shaolin’ in Singapore

When asked which female celebrity he would like to work with, Andy named Taiwanese actress Sylvia Chang after much thought.

MSN: “I Have A Date With Spring” director hopes to visit Selina

Following his apologies on Wei Bo, the Chinese director expressed that he would like to meet with Selina Jen to express his deepest apologies

January 20, 2011

January 20, 2011

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Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster’ (LATimes)

Opening Jan. 28

THR: ‘Let the Bullets Fly’ Is China’s New Homegrown Box Office Champion

The 1920s Eastern Western has passed ‘Aftershock’s’ $9.8 million take.

Jiang Wen: If you don’t understand my films, you’re ’silly’ (CNNGo)

FBA: Bullets, Confessions head AFA nominations

It’s a wrap for Michelle Yeoh and The Lady

After three months of hard work, playing Myanmar freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady, our very own Michelle Yeoh could finally take a breather as filming of the biopic was wrapped up on Jan 18.

CRI: Batman’s China Role Hints of Future Co-op in Sino-U.S. Film Industries

Reports from media previews of Benny Chan’s Shaolin indicate that the film is quite bloody and children are recommended to be accompanied by parents. Women audibly gasped at certain scenes. Jackie Chan’s humourous appearances lightened the tone in contrast. In addition, the burning of Shaolin Temple is said to not look very realistic.

Poster for What Women Want released (Sina)

All’s Well Ends Well 2011 poster (Sina)

RZA’s The Man With the Iron Fists

The cast: Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Daniel Wu, MMA fighter Cung Le, and what’s really exciting as well, a huge Alive Not Dead contingent!!! Andrew Lin, Terence Yin, Osric Chau, Darren Scott, Celina Jade, Byron Mann, MC Jin, Brian Yang & Andrew Ng are all cast in this project. The whole combo makes for a movie that will definitely kickass!

Action director Corey Yuen and Grace Huang

Fan Bingbing

Director Li Yu, Fan Bingbing, Wilson Chen Bo-Lin promote Buddha Mountain in Beijing

Buddha Mountain opens March 4 (Sina)

Teddy Robin posted a picture on Weibo from a scene shot for the 1964 film Student Prince that featured Alan Tang Kwong-Wing in his film debut. Unfortunately, the scene with Teddy playing with his first band The Striplings was deleted from the final cut.

CRI: Faye Wong Arrives in Taipei for Upcoming Concert

MSN: Selina Jen could return to stage after a year of therapy

Pop star Selina finally discharged from hospital

MSN: Carina Lau and Tony Leung write love letters to each other

Carina Lau reveals secret to keeping the romance alive

“I can also find out if he delivers on his promises [in his letters],” she joked.

The guest list to last night’s White House state dinner guest list (CNN)

Notable names include Jackie Chan (of Beverly Hills, CA!), Michelle Kwan, Yo Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Tung Chee-Wah (former Chief Executive of Hong Kong), Maya Lin. and Jean Quan (newly elected mayor of Oakland — the first Asian American female mayor of a major US city ;D )

JackieChan.com

January 19, 2011

January 19, 2011

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THR: Fresh ‘Shaolin Temple’ Goes for Drama Over Kung Fu

“Shaolin” is being released in China and the Philippines on Wednesday; in Australia on Thursday; in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia on Friday; and in Vietnam on Feb. 18.

FBA: Close to You (6/10)

Formulaic but effective tearjerker about two young boxers and the women in their lives.

Let The Bullets Fly: Hit Chinese film a sharp-edged satire

One online comment asked how the relevant authorities could give the green light to such a subversive movie. Indeed, this is puzzling. Maybe because Let The Bullets Fly makes cinema a venue for people to vent their discontent and anger over current social evils and injustice, and in this way helps to sustain social stability.

CRI: Cecilia Cheung’s First Date in “All’s Well, Ends Well”

CRI: Sun Li in ‘The Lost Bladesman’ (Sina)

CRI: Xu Qing Joins Bruce Willis for Time-Travel Movie

FBA: Kang does things My Way

Its cast includes a trio of Asian stars with pan-regional following Japan’s Joe Odagiri, South Korea’s Jang Dong-gun and China’s Fan Bingbing.

FBA: Hong Kong IFF puts on Wai tribute

Andy Lau turns “sexy goddess” for new movie

In “What Women Want”, Lau plays an ad exec who can read women’s minds. He uses the ability to sabotage his boss, played by Gong, but ends up falling in love with her instead.

MSN: Comedian Eric Tsang’s 94-year-old father dies

He was charged with embezzlement in 1975. Tsang fled to Taiwan after pleading guilty. The next year, ICAC issued an arrest warrant, which lasted for the next 35 years. Tsang kept a low-profile and lived a reclusive life during his years in Taiwan.

1975 wanted poster (Xinhua)

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