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July 29, 2011

July 29, 2011

ChinaPost: The Killer Who Never Kills review

Another Taiwanese singer has made his movie debut: Jam Hsiao. The popular entertainer stars as a sympathetic contract killer who saves lives, but fails short of saving his first feature film “The Killer Who Never Kills”

CF: Two Chinese Films Compete for the Golden Lion

Festival organizers announced yesterday that Hong Kong director Ann Hui’s drama “A Simple Life” and Taiwanese director Wei Desheng’s epic film “Seediq Bale” will compete with 20 other films for the top award during the 11-day event which runs from August 31 to September 10.

Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s imminent fantasy movie “It’s Love” will open the Screening Section of the 68th Venice International Film Festival.

Deannie Ip - A Simple Life

Deannie Ip and Ann Hui (Sina)

CF: Time to Celebrate the 1911 Revolution with Sun Film

Produced by Central Pictures Corporation and directed by Wang Caitao, the movie “Sun Yat-sen,” a long-awaited tribute to that other anniversary this year, the centenary of the 1911 revolution, will tell the heroic story of the founder of the Republic of China. Singer and actor Han Geng plays Sun’s secretary, Hu Hanmin.

MSN: Cecilia Cheung and Donnie Yen are the new Mr. and Mrs. Smith

CNA: Donnie Yen and Cecilia Cheung to star in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” remake

Filming for “Assassin Couple” is scheduled to begin in March next year.

Xiao Shenyang and Cecilia Cheung in a scene from The Lion Roars 2

(Sina)23

According to the Venice International Film Festival site the version of Seediq Bale shown will be 135 minutes long. The international two-part version seen in a preview by festival director Marco Muller is reported to be two and a half hours long. (Sina)2

A few more stills of Huang Yi in The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (Qiu Jin)

Huang Yi

Anthony Wong, Lam Suet, Huang Yi

One of Qiu Jin’s descendants, a nephew, has complained about her depiction based on the script. He said it does not respect the facts and portrays her in a vulgar light. [Maybe he's angling for a consulting fee?] (HunanTV)(Sina)

Louis Koo injured

Louis Koo suffers yet another injury on his right leg, sparking concerns that he might not be able to star in historical epic “Saving General Yang”.

Major Chinese dailies also reported that the Weibo accounts of Chinese artistes Tang Wei and Ge You were terminated after they condemned the authorities over the train crash in China.

MSN: Jay Chou impresses model with magic tricks

Raymond: “Not my girlfriend!”

Model Kibby “Blueberry” Lau is upset with alleged boyfriend Raymond Lam Fung because he is denying they are a couple to the media.

Tavia Yeung is Pinnochio

Tavia Yeung is being called a Pinnochio, not only because of her longer nose but because the actress is denying any surgical enhancement to it

In the past, Mavis has come forward to single Raymond out as a love rat.

July 28, 2011

July 28, 2011

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FBA: Asian quintet to play Venice

CRI: Meet the Beautiful Fairies in ‘Mural’

New still photos from the film “Mural” feature Sun Li, Yan Ni and Zheng Shuang as fairies.The Chinese fantasy film “Mural” is set to hit silver screens on September 29. (Sina-gallery)

CRI: Wang Xiaoshuai to Present New Film in Toronto

11 Flowers, set in the mid-1970s, is about the consequences which unfold after an 11-year-old boy witnesses a murder. The cast includes Qiao Renliang, Yan Ni, Wang Jingchun and Liu Wenqing.

CF: Theme Song of Wong Jing’s New Film Released

Director Wong Jing and the film’s two child leads, Lin Miaoke and Zhang Keyuan, attended the press conference in Beijing where singer Zhang Liangying sung the theme song “Flavor of True Love”.

Wong Jing and Zhang Keyuan (Sina-gallery)

CF: Zhou Dongyu to Enroll at BFA

The BFA was quick to deny the public query that Zhou was admitted simply because she is already a star, though many still viewed the admission with skepticism and used the opportunity to turn a spotlight on what they viewed as lax admission requirements.

New poster for Derek Yee’s The Great Magician features Zhou Xun

The film will be released during the Lunar New Year season (Xinhua)(Sina)

Four “family” posters for Wong Jing’s Treasure Hunt recently released

Ceclia Cheung, Lucas and Ekin Cheng

Ronald Cheng and Lin Miaoke

Wong Jing and Zhang Keyuan

Shao Bing and son (Sina)

Media Asia held a press conference is Shanghai to formally establish the Media Asia Media Group. Big names in attendance: Peter Lam, Leon Lai, Daniel Wu, Andy Lau, Zhang Guoli, singer Han Hong, Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue, Andrew Lau, and Sammi Cheng. Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng will team up again, and Andy will play a blind policeman.

Andy Lau

Sammi Cheng

It was also announced that a sequel to Love in a Puff will be produced. This time around the setting will be in Beijing and include both Hong Kong and Mainland actors. Pang Ho-Cheung said that he hoped to be able to release the same version of the film in Hong Kong and the mainland.

Pang Ho-Cheung, Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue

(Sina-gallery)

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung may have a family reunion

The couple is said to be celebrating their eldest son’s birthday together

MSN: Barbie Hsu’s marriage on the rocks?

The couple was spotted looking unhappy when they returned from Europe (Xinhua-gallery)

July 27, 2011

July 27, 2011

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CBC: The Lady, Luc Besson’s controversial film about Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is among the world premieres at TIFF (Toronto).

Toronto International Film Festival announces 2011 line-up

The Lady Luc Besson, World Premiere

The Lady is the extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris. It is also the story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma’s democracy movement. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. It’s a story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today. The Lady was written over a period of three years by Rebecca Frayn. Interviews with key figures in Aung San Suu Kyi’s entourage enabled her to reconstruct for the first time the true story of Burma’s national heroine. Stars Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis.

A Simple Life Ann Hui, Hong Kong, North American Premiere

Based on real people and events. Ah Tao was born in Taishan, China. She works as a servant for 60 years and has been serving four generations of the Leung family. For the past decade, Ah Tao lived with Roger, the only family member left in Hong Kong. Stars Andy Lau, Deanie Ip, Wang Fuli and Qin Hailu. [vide. Miss Peach/Sister Peach]

11 Flowers Wang Xiaoshuai, World Premiere

Wang Han, an 11-year-old boy in the province of Ghizhou, is confronted by a runaway murderer hiding in the woods. The wounded man persuades Wang Han to help him out. Both frightened and fascinated, Wang Han and his friends promise to keep the man’s whereabouts secret from the police even when strange things begin happening at school. Stars Liu Wenqing, Wang Jinchun and Yen Ni.

Wang Xiaoshuai and cast of 11 Flowers (Sina)

CF: ”Wu Xia” Premieres in Hong Kong(Xinhua-gallery)

CF: Zhang Hanyu to Join Hands with Song Hye Kyo for China’s Answer to ‘Titanic’

Zhang Hanyu, has used a promotional event to reveal news that he will join the cast of director John Woo’s new film, “The Sinking of the Steamer ‘Peace’ in 1949,” [aka "1949","Pacific Steamer"] which is set to be China’s answer to the 1997 hit film Titanic. [Previously]

CF: Rene Liu Promotes “Love in Space” in Beijing

The star-studded romance, “Love in Space,” held its first news conference today in Beijing. Director Tony Chan along with his three lead actresses Rene Liu, Guey Lun Mei and Angelababy attended the event.

(Xinhua-gallery)

CF: A Very French Kiss for ‘Perfect Baby’ in Beijing

CF: Trailer Out for “Perfect Baby”

My Kingdom release delayed

My Kingdom’s release has been pushed back from Aug. 12 to Sept. 9 (Sina)

Wong Jing introduced the MV theme song  for Treasure Hunt sung by Jane Zhang in Beijing. Composer Peter Kam and child actor Lin Miaoke also attended the press conference.

Wong Jing

Jane Zhang

Lin Miaoke

Peter Kam, Jane Zhang

Nadia Chan is married

The Hong Kong actress revealed that she has married a Chinese actor who is eight years her juniorMSN: Aaron Kwok quits race after car accident

MSN: Cherie Chung has no plans of making a comeback

A1: Kenny Bee and family ‘treated like criminals’ at Singapore airport

Actress groped by assistant director

Xiaoshan, who shot to fame as the body double of Zhang Ziyi for the nude scenes in “The Banquet”, said she had not previously encountered these “hidden rules”.

July 25, 2011

July 25, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 7:55 pm

“MY KINGDOM in theatres AUGUST 19th!” This, from China Lion’s Twitter account earlier this month. Look for the usual cities and usual theaters in the US. Their website seems to be broken.

FBA: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan review

CF: Wong Jing Funny in ‘Treasure Hunt’

The production company of director Wong Jing’s imminent comedy, “Treasure Hunt,” released new still photos featuring Wong Jing in the movie.

FBA: Viral Factor set for New Year outbreak

CF: Juno Mak Wins Best Actor Award

Actor Juno Mak has won the Best Actor Award for his performance in the Hong Kong thriller, “Revenge: A Love Story,” at the 15th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in Korea on July 22.

(July 25) Beijing premiere of Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s Overheard 2

Felix Chong

Louis Koo

Michelle Ye

Yu Dong dubbed Louis Koo the “summer box office king” and expressed confidence to break 300 million at the box office.

Poster unveiling

Bona CEO Yu Dong, Alan Mak, Louis Koo, Michelle Ye, Felix Chong

(Sina-gallery)

Huang Bo stars in The Story of David (lit. Egg Fried Rice) described as a Chinese Forrest Gump. (Sina)

Cherie Chung appearing at a ribbon cutting event in Chongqing (Xinhua)2

MSN: Cecilia Cheung refuses to sign divorce papers

A1: Tang Wei was unaware of Cecilia Cheung’s marital crisis

Tang Wei walked away with many happy memories from the set of Speed Angels, a soon-to-be-released car racing film which also stars Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung.

MSN: Gigi Lai’s twin daughters make their first public appearance(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Raymond Lam visits a night club after grandmother’s funeral

Jet Li’s low paycheque

July 22, 2011

July 22, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 11:42 am

ChinaPost: Formosa Mambo review

Telephone and Internet frauds are so pervasive in Taiwan that people have become numb and indifferent to such illegal activities. Yet, “Formosa Mambo” draws attention to this social problem in a brilliantly entertaining way.

ChinaPost: Wu Xia review

TimeOutHK: Peter Chan interview

CF: News Conference for “Wu Xia”

FBA: Night Market Hero review

Likable but over-long and predictable heartwarmer about street hawkers battling big business.

CF: 3-D Version of “Uproar in Heaven” to Open Next January

The classic Chinese animated feature film “Uproar in Heaven” is being restored with 3-D special effects and is expected to hit cinemas next January, the New Express Daily reports.

Directed by Wan Laiming in the 1960s,”Uproar in Heaven” earned both domestic and international recognition and received numerous awards.

CRI: ’Hawthorn Tree’ Lovebirds Take on New Project

Director Barbara Wong’s tear-jerking romance film, “The Tears” (aka Tears in a Fallen City), held a news conference to mark the beginning of filming on Thursday in Shanghai.

The director was seen at the event with five of the leading actors from her film, namely Zhou Dongyu, Shawn Dou, Aarif Lee, Joe Chen and Richie Ren. (CF)(Sina-slideshow)

Poster for The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Sina)

Stills from Gordon Chan’s The Mural, opening Sept. 29

Collin Chou

Collin Chou

Deng Chao

Deng Chao

Bao Bei-er, Deng Cha (Sina)

CF: Deng Chao Leads the “Mural”

The film tells the story of three men who unconsciously break into the ‘mural’ wonderland, a place where there are no males.

July 21, 2011

July 21, 2011

Filed under: News — dleedlee @ 4:48 pm

China brands in Hollywood placement push

Chinese audiences watching Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon will recognise more than just the alien robot stars from the previous movies. In the latest blockbuster sequel, which opens on Thursday, household Chinese brand names loom large as part of an unprecedented product placement push.

Lam Ka-Sing and son

Veteran of film and Cantonese opera, Lam Ka-Sing received the Silver Bauhinia for his contribution to Cantonese opera. Now suffering from Parkinson’s disease and using a wheelchair, he was in good spirits. Lam Ka-Sing’s son traveled from Canada to celebrate the government honor with his father. (Sina)

CNA: Melodrama meets Kung Fu - Wu Xia review

TaipeiTimes: Wu Xia review

Peter Chan Ho-Sun’s star-studded martial arts flick updates the genre with the trappings of a forensics thriller

MSN: Tough guy Donnie Yen reveals his weak spot

The action star shares how he juggled his dual-character role in Wu Xia

MSN: Nicholas Tse’s touching letter to Cecilia Cheung

After the letter was exposed, some netizens claimed that it was “too fake”. Others speculated that Nicholas hired someone to write it on his behalf as “he is not that poetic”.

MSN: Pan Shuang Shuang: Everyone calls me a whore

Raymond Lam’s ex-lover clarifies all accusations hurled at her

MSN: Takeshi Kaneshiro’s new love is Alex To’s ex-girlfriend

CNA: Takeshi Kaneshiro comes clean on being married

MSN: Stephen Chow dines with new love

Meet Donut at the Hong Kong Book Fair (Sina)

Chrissie Chau, skipping it

Theresa Fu Wing (Sina)

Dada Chan (2r) (Sina)

Ellen Joyce Loo, of at17 (Sina)

CNNGo: Hong Kong Book Fair 2011 is less about books

Hong Kongers, and increasingly tourists from mainland China, queue for the book fair to get their hands on limited edition products such as figurines of characters from books and comics or photo albums by lang mos. The discounts on memorabilia and reading gadgets also attract the crowds like flies.

Former screen siren Brigitte Lin will fulfill her dreams as a writer with her debut work “Chuangli Chuangwai” (Inside the Window, Outside the Window). Her writing probably won’t be able to outshine her acting, but it is supposed to be quite good.

Lin, once considered a great beauty in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China, has promised that her book is a tell-all memoir, including her past love for another woman and her rejected application to join the communist party.

Brigitte Lin

With parents (Sina)

CNNGo: 5 places in Shanghai that made Yao Ming

July 20, 2011

July 20, 2011

Filed under: News — dleedlee @ 4:44 pm

CRI: ’White Vengeance’ Wraps up Shooting

CF:  “It’s Love” Releases Trailer

The film is scheduled to hit national cinemas in September with the release date yet to be determined.

FBA: Close Encounter of Mahjong review

Black comedy centred on a mahjong game in a small flat is an entertaining indie debut.

MSN: Cecilia Cheung off the list for movie sequel

Now that a split between Cecilia Cheung and hubby Nicholas Tse is certain, the actress looks like she might also take leave from her co-stars in All’s Well Ends Well 2011.

MSN: Charlene Choi gives her blessings to Ronald Cheng

Donnie shows off amazing body

Donnie Yen’s amazing kung fu body is methodically depicted in his new martial arts photo book, released at Hong Kong’s annual book fair yesterday

A1: Fine, I’ll be an action star, says Donnie Yen Photos: Donnie Yen in Singapore

Diva: We get skin deep with Tang Wei

Tang Wei, who was in town last Friday as Japanese cosmetics company SK-II’s latest brand ambassador

Chinese great Yao Ming retires from basketball

Yao Ming with parents, wife and daughter

Wife and daughter

(Sina-slideshow)

July 19, 2011

July 19, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 8:14 pm

Hey, isn’t that Wendi Deng Murdoch seated behind James and Rupert Murdoch testifying before a parlimentary committee? She, literally, leapt to her husband’s defense when a demonstrator attempted to hit Murdoch with a foam pie. Wendi jumped out of her seat and swung her arms to protect her man.

Wendi Deng, left (Yahoo)

Who is Wendi Deng?

And a very informative profile, here.

FBA: Love For Life review

China’s first AIDS drama jumps the rails when it becomes a star-driven tragic romance.

CRI: Tony Leung Fights to Win in ‘The Grandmasters’

Check out the first trailer for Wong Kar-wai’s long-awaited film, “The Grandmasters”, starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai as the martial-arts legend Yip Man.

Lucas Tse and Ekin Cheng in Treasure Hunt

Lucas’ cameo appearance in Wong Jing has drawn lots of attention and is featured in the trailer (Sina)

Beijing press conference for The Sorcerer and the White Snake (aka It’s Love)

Huang Shengyi

Jet Li, Huang Shengyi

Director Tony Ching Siu-Tung

Yang Zi (producer), Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Huang Shengyi, Sarah Choi (producer), Jet Li (Sina)2

Beijing press conference for Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance

Liu Yifei, Feng Shaofeng

Qin Jing

Song Guangcheng, Daniel Lee, Liu Yifei, Feng Shaofeng

(Sina)

Fortune Buddies, which opens Aug. 11, features veteran actors like Pauline Wong who has been retired since the 1990’s.

Pauline Wong Siu-Fung

Eric Tsang, Pauline Wong

Pauline Wong, Siu Yam-Yam, Richard Ng (Sina)

Anita Mui’s mother took to the streets to protest the court judgement against her in battle to claim Anita Mui’s estate

Takes her case to reporters

Her son arrived later to take her away (Xinhua)(Sina)2

July 18, 2011

July 18, 2011

Filed under: News — dleedlee @ 9:10 pm

Waiting for Harry, Chinese Filmgoers Get Patriotic Epic

A rumor in China says that foreign blockbuster movies will not be allowed to be shown until box office receipts for the state-backed CCP history Beginning of the Great Revival top $120 million. [Eat your peas!]

“It featured way too much romance with Mao Zedong.” (NYTimes)

Variety: The Floating Shadow review

Murky melodrama unfolds in a women’s prison in the intriguing Chinese thriller “The Floating Shadow.”

CF: Microfilm Becomes New Internet Favor [Flavor?]

Jiang Wen is not the only one who is testing the charm of microfilm. Celebrities like director Zhang Yimou, actor Jiang Wu, Zhou Xun and Karen Mok have all joined in the new trend.

CF: Trailer of “Treasure Hunt” Out

Wong Jing (Sina)

Stills from Treasure Hunt

Ronald Cheng, Cecilia Cheung

Cecilia Cheung, Lin Miaoke (aka Olympic Girl)

Shao Bing, Cecilia Cheung, Ronald Cheung

Wong Jing (HunanTV)

Wong Kar-Wai was spotted outside of a Beijing theater and media members got wind of it and rushed over. It was learned to be a secret test screening of a one minute trailer for The Grandmasters. Audience members were overheard chatting among themselves afterwards about it and reporters learned that they had signed confidentiality agreements.

Wong Kar-Wai

Entering the Mega Box cinema in Sanlitun, Beijing

(Sina-gallery)2

CF: Mayday’s 3-D Film to Hit Screens on September 9

CF: ”Magic to Win” : A Magic Coup

The production company behind the fantasy film “Magic to Win”, produced by Raymond Wong, held a press conference yesterday in Hong Kong.

More stills from media visit to set of Wong Jing’s Marry a Perfect Man (Xinhua-gallery)

Eric Tsang and daugther, Bowie, promote a mooncake brand (Sina)

CRI: Karen Mok Gives Hope to Single Women

Karen Mok has offered her fans reassurance that it is never too late to find love.

MSN: Cecilia Cheung enlists friends to promote her motherly image

MSN: Nicholas Tse to give Lucas an early birthday celebration

According to the Hong Kong media, Nicholas had missed Lucas’ birthday for the past two years, with Cecilia bringing the two boys over to Tokyo’s Disneyland to celebrate Lucas’ birthday last year.

Edison Chen - Shanghai

Get out! (Xinhua-gallery)

Vincent Zhao fathers a second son

Ray Lui to sue magazine

Ray Lui is suing a Hong Kong tabloid magazine, Next, for publishing a false report about his marriages, claiming in its latest issue that Ray had three ex-wives where one of them had not been known of before

The Floating Shadow (Variety review)

Filed under: Reprints — dleedlee @ 11:36 am

The Floating Shadow
A Tianjin Film Group Studio production in association with China Movie Channel. (International sales: Beijing Shengshi Xinyang Film Distribution, Beijing.) Produced, directed, written by Jia Dongshuo.

With: Li Jia, Shen Aojun, Jiang Wu, Zhang Weixin, Echo Shen. (Mandarin dialogue)

By RUSSELL EDWARDS
Murky melodrama unfolds in a women’s prison in the intriguing Chinese thriller “The Floating Shadow.” Recalling, although not always to its advantage, tough B-pics like “Caged” and “The Snake Pit,” TV-trained writer-helmer Jia Dongshuo’s debut feature centers on a troubled con’s interview with a cop whose shrink-like probing unravels her past. Script is not always sure-footed, but at least Jia knows where he’s going. Likewise, Li Jia’s demanding role as the troubled jailbird sometimes gets the better of her, but always holds the audience’s sympathy. Dramatic tone will be too old-fashioned for Westerners but may suit Asian-themed fests.

In a baffling opening sequence, Zhou Lu (Li) seems to be in a prison, then at a school, and either the witness to a murder or the culprit in one. The confusion stems from the helmer’s decision to use the adult thesp to enact her character’s childhood memories, shifting locales from classroom to prison cell to childhood bedroom with a dream logic that may deter some auds from continuing.

Things settles down when Zhou has her first interview with officer Hao Ruping (Echo Shen), who is investigating why Zhou tried to murder a fellow inmate. Thereafter, the script juggles various threads — Zhou’s childhood, her years as a teacher and her marriage to gentle chef Wang (Jiang Wu) — in a more considered fashion, allowing the protag and the viewer to fathom what has happened in the woman’s past.

Li looks overwhelmed by the demands of her role, but she manages to keep Zhou likable despite frequent unsympathetic behavior. Shen Aojun has less luck as a cop with an apparent sideline in therapy; though she’s given her own subplot to explain her character’s caring approach, Shen fails to suggest enough authority, power or depth to drive a psychiatric examination, let alone solve one. In his supporting role, Jiang exudes warmth as the husband who has married a woman he cannot understand.

In his first feature after more than 20 years as a tube director, helmer Jia doesn’t always display a tight grip on the proceedings, but his talky script exhibits sufficient mystery to keeps auds intrigued. California-based Michael S. Ojeda’s lensing reaches for a dark noirish feel but never quite hides the sets’ soundstage origins; by contrast, the imagery often has a soft-focus tinge that reflects Zhou’s internal state but distracts from the visuals overall. Piano score by Klaus Badelt (”Catwoman,” “Solomon Kane”) is overly insistent, but suits pic’s old-fashioned tone. Other tech credits are good enough.

Camera (color), Michael S. Ojeda; editor, Cheng Long; music, Klaus Badelt; production designer, Huang Jin; sound (Dolby Digital), Tao Jing. Reviewed at Shanghai Film Festival (View China), Jun. 12, 2011. (Also in Sao Paulo Film Festival.) Running time: 89 MIN.
Variety

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