HKMDB Daily News

August 31, 2011

August 31, 2011

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WSJ: How Asia Stacks Up at the Venice Film Festival

CF: ”Love in Space” Stars on Press Conference

Guei Lun-Mei, Eason Chan

Poster of Leon Lai for Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance

(Sina)23

CF: Leon Lai Ming in “White Vengeance”

Jordan Chan

Andy On Chi-Kit

Feng Shaofeng

Anthony Wong

Liu Yifei

Zhang Hanyu

CF:  Huang Xiaoming Covers Esquire Magazine

MSN: Carina Lau admits that her marriage has problems

She responds to speculations on her marriage to Tony Leung and talks about her conceiving problems

MSN: Kelly Lin to welcome baby girl next month

Cecilia Cheung on cover of Face magazine (Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung’s “abused” video makes headlines

A1: Cecilia Cheung’s alleged bondage video surfaces (Sina-slideshow)

August 30, 2011

August 30, 2011

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Variety: ’Nanjing’ China’s most expensive pic

With a war chest of $94 million, Zhang Yimou’s latest project “Heroes of Nanjing” is the most expensive movie ever made in China and marks a bold attempt by the leading Chinese helmer to transform the biz here, bringing in Hollywood star Christian Bale and aiming to appeal to both overseas and domestic auds.

Love in the Buff starts where Love in a Puff left off

‘Seediq Bale’ director heads for Venice

The picture, shortened to 150 minutes from its original four-plus hours for an international audience, is scheduled to make its world debut at 5 p.m.

14th Huabiao awards held in Beijing

Most of the major awards were shared by multiple winners.

CF: Han Geng and Wu Chun for ‘My Kingdom’

A group of photos featuring Chinese actor Han Geng and Brunei actor Wu Chun in the film “My Kingdom.”

Poster for One Wrong Step (lit. Bottomless Pit)

The mainland film is a comedy with suspense about the bottomless pit of desire. (Sina)

Angelababy, Rene Liu and Guei Lun-Mei appear on a Sina program to talk Love is Space

Angelababy (Sina-slideshow)

More fuel to the fire: Tony Leung Ka-Fai was seen walking on the streets of Beijing with a young woman before returning to an apartment together. The woman seems to be the same one he was spotted dining with a few weeks ago.

(Sina-slideshow)

CF: Fan Bingbing with Great Maternal Love(Sina-slideshow)

Diva: Faye shows sensual side in never-seen-before photos

CNA: Frankie Gao Ling Feng wins wife back with luxury car

August 29, 2011

August 29, 2011

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WSJ: The Talents of Giddens Ko

Giddens Ko is one of Taiwan’s most prolific and popular novelists. Now, he’s turning his creative talents into box-office gold.

FBA: Apple still ripe at Taipei BO

FBA: Red Light Revolution review

Light character comedy centred on a Beijing sex shop transcends its modest budget on all levels.

Character posters for Gao Xiaosong’s My Kingdom

Barbie Hsu

Han Geng

Wu Chun (Sina)

Tong Liya on new poster for horror film The Purple House/The House (Sina)

Producer Yang Zi and Huang Shengyi attend a press conference for the release of the theme song for It’s Love/The Sorcerer and the White Snake.

(Sina)

CF: Movie Stars Shine at 14th Huabiao Awards Ceremony

Kara Hui and Tang Wei walk the red carpet together

Best Overseas Actress, Sandra Ng (”Echoes of the Rainbow”) and Actor, Chow Yun-Fat (”Confucius”)

A teary Sandra Ng (Sina)2

Zhou Dongyu - Outstanding New Actress (”Under the Hawthorn Tree”)

Zhou Dongyu, Dou Xiao (Sina)2

Aftershock won three awards including a shared Best Feature Film and Best Actress

Feng Xiaogang

Best Actress, Xu Fan (Sina)

Wong Kar-Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen represent The Grandmasters

Zhang Ziyi (Sina)2

Twins (Sina)

Sammi Chen, Peter Lam (Sina)

Jackie Chan on the red carpet (Sina)

Gong Li (Sina)

Tang Wei (Sina)

Sina-14th Huabiao Awards recap

CF: Actress Fan Bingbing Graces CHENMAN Magazine

September Esquire, one of 15 covers to celebrate the magazine’s 15th anniversary (Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung goes on leave to spend time with sons

It was reported that the actress will be on leave for 10 days to deal with Lucas’ school matters

MSN:Carina Lau says give Edison Chen a second chance

The actress comments on her intimate photo with Edison for the first time

MSN: Sammi Cheng jokes about her flat chest

MSN: Barbie Hsu denied fainting from eating placenta

The British brand behind the famous Phantom says it’s producing a line of limited-edition cars celebrating the upcoming year of the dragon.

August 26, 2011

August 26, 2011

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THR: My Kingdom review

Solid fighting vies with sensationalist plotting in this uneven period action drama.

CF: Cast Revealed for Lu Chuan’s New Film

Actress Du Juan, who trounced 10,000 competitors to take on the role, was negatively received after making her first appearance in front of the media.

The reporters said that as she would be playing one of the most beautiful women in ancient Chinese history, the 20 year-old actress was not pretty enough for the character. But the director said differently.

FBA: Huayi expands film to TV

The company has announced series based on box office hits If You are the One (2008) and Aftershock  directed by Feng Xiaogang, a major shareholder in the company.

Huang Xiaoming was spotted as having joined the cast of Pang Ho-Cheung’s Love in a Puff 2 that has begun filming in Beijing. (Sina-gallery)

Karen Mok attended the book launch for her parent’s new soup and diet book,.

Karen Mok and parents

Mok Family and Karen’s fiance, Johannes (Sina)

Video: Cash Chin’s The 33D Invader trailer w/subtitles

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Cecilia Cheung back with old boyfriend, Daniel Chan?

CF: Cecilia Cheung in Good Spirits after Divorce

MSN: Cecilia Cheung makes first public appearance after divorce

Cecilia Cheung opens a new jewelry store in Wuhan (Sina-slideshow)

Aaron Kwok won the latest round in the Clio Cup China Series this week in China.

MSN: Barbie Hsu faints, causes panic among family members

MSN: Christy Chung ignores ex-husband

MSN: Hannah Quinlivan wants to settle down with Jay Chou

Jay Chou & Hannah’s holiday details revealed

My Kingdom (Hollywood Reporter review)[HKMDB Daily News]

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My Kingdom

The Bottom Line
Solid fighting vies with sensationalist plotting in this uneven period action drama.

by Maggie Lee

1920s martial arts drama set in the world of Peking opera has enough revenge, betrayal, taboo love and corruption to fill a dozen traditional repertoires.

“Operatic” is the very word for describing Gao Xiaosong’s My Kingdom, a 1920s martial arts drama about the deadly rivalries between “wusheng” (male warrior roles in Peking opera). Splendidly shot and styled to recreate the gilded existence of pre-World War II Shanghai, the film is bookended by duels choreographed with balletic grace by Sammo Hung. In between is an overlong potboiler plot entwined in more revenge, betrayal, taboo love and corruption to fill a dozen traditional repertoires.

Despite its shared background with Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine and Forever Enthralled, Chen’s arthouse disciples will find My Kingdom too commercial. A popular audience may be less averse to the lurid material, cosmetically improved by fine art direction.

My Kingdom follows the rise-and-fall-out of Yi-long (Wu Chun) and Er-kui (Han Kyung), two wusheng novices raised like brothers who go to Shanghai to avenge their master Yu’s (Yuan Biao) humiliating defeat by rival Yue (Yu Rongguang). Before they leave, Yu lectures them on the three taboos of their profession. Of course, they proceed to break each of them, especially when they meet Mulan (Barbie Hsu), Yue’s alluring disciple-lover.

The first half hour is tightly narrated and packed with elegant traditional one-to-one sparring. It peaks with Yi-long and Er-kui challenging Yue to a spear fight on stage that deploys the entire opera troupe. Kwong Ting Wo’s and Lam Wah Chuen’s lush cinematography makes deft use of top shots to foreground the beautiful symmetry of acrobatic movements and bright costumes representative of Peking opera.

However, the screenplay by Zou Jingzhi and Gao loses credibility as three more revenge plots kick in, veering more and more off course from the initial theme of how fraternity is tested by ambition. The momentum of earlier martial arts scenes does not return till near the end, with a smashing swordfight between Er-kui and Mulan in a wine cellar, where bottles and barrels are used imaginatively as props.

Sumptuously clothed in vintage fashion, pop idols Wu and Hsu may bring in a younger crowd otherwise indifferent to the dated subject, but their performances are unimpressive. Hsu, who made her ruthlessness seems sexy in Reign of Assassin, fails to generate similar charisma.

Opens: September 9 (China Lion)
Production companies: DW Films Limited
Cast: Wu Chun, Han Kyung, Barbie Hsu, Liu Qian, Yuan Biao, Yu Rongguang
Director: Gao Xiaosong
Screenwriters: Gao Xiaosong Zou Jingzhi
Producers: Andre Morgan, Zoe Chen
Director of photography: Kwong Ting Wo, LamWah Chuen
Production designer: Yang Yaoyu
Music: Tan Yizhe
Costume designer: Gino Xie
Editor: Christopher Blunden
Sales: Celestial Pictures Limited
No rating, 97 minutes
THR

August 25, 2011

August 25, 2011

Filed under: News — dleedlee @ 11:51 am

CF: Soft Porn Star Bares All again for Comedy Film

Hiro Hayama, male lead of the Hong Kong soft porn 3D film “Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy”, will bare all once again for the comedy, “The Stone Age”.

CF: Textbook Story to Be Made for Big Screen

“A Letter to My Wife”, a tearjerker adapted from an article included in Chinese high school textbooks, is now in production.

A hundred years ago, 24-year-old Lin Juemin left a letter to his wife before he joined the revolution against the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Ten months after he was killed in the uprising, the Qing Dynasty was overthrown.

Jeff Lau’s Eagle Shooting Heroes 2011 opens in November. Now in pos-production, more stills will be released soon.

Kenny Bee (center)

Ekin Cheng

Huang Yi

Jaycee Chan

Karen Mok and Eason Chan

Tan Weiwei (Sina-gallery)

Stills from Cash Chin Man-Kei’s upcoming The 33D Invader (The Fruit is Ripe 33D) opening in September.

Taka Kato

Beach girls

Macy Wu Qing-Qing (Sina)

MSN: Raymond Lam hit by another scandal(CNA), (Sina-gallery)

MSN: Vivian Hsu hints at change in relationship

Vivian Hsu is reportedly dating Taiwanese businessman Leo Ho. In earlier media reports, it was said that the elders in Leo Ho’s family disapproved of the actress because of a nude photo shoot that she was involved in years ago.

August 24, 2011

August 24, 2011

Filed under: News — dleedlee @ 5:57 pm

Danwei: A brief history of Chinese porn

CF: First Trailer of “White Deer Plain” Out

Chen Kun: Power to Go

After completing the film [Painted Skin 2], Chen will devote himself to a series of public charities named “Power to Go,” which were set up by Chen and aim to encourage people to simply go outside and walk, in an effort to improve their health and spirit.

HKStandard: Hollywood road widens to mainland

In next year’s sci-fi film Looper, Bruce Willis’ hit-man character travels to the future. Thanks to backing from Beijing’s DMG Entertainment, that future is in the mainland.

Poster for Luc Besson’s The Lady designed by artist Shepard Fairey

Original poster based on Aun San Suu Kyi (cri)(21cn)

LATimes:Shepard Fairey explains new poster for Aung San Suu Kyi movie

The cast of The Fortune Buddies recently received a reward banquet. (Aug.22)

Eric Tsang

That’s a mooncake!

Bobby Yip (Bat Leung-Kam) with son (?) (Sina-slideshow)

The director and cast of Pang Ho-Cheung’s Love in a Puff 2 held a press conference at the Grand Hyatt in Beijing to mark the end of shooting.

Director Pang Ho-Cheung

Yang Mi, Shawn Yue, Miriam Yeung, Xu Zheng

Shawn Yue, Miriam Yeung

Yang Mi (Sina-gallery)

Shuang Shuang angrily commented, “How’s life with my secondhand goods, wretch?”

It was said that the Hong Kong actress chose her children over Nicholas’ assets

August 23, 2011

August 23, 2011

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[Shaken, but not stirred.]

FBA: Mr. Tree review

Interesting, if familiar, village black comedy, with Wang Baoqiang good as an idiot-savant.

ScreenDaily: Chinese remake planned for Korean hit My Wife Is A Gangster

THR: ’33 Postcards’ Set for 8,000 Screens in China

CF: Chen Kaige’s New Film Cast Confirmed

CF: Kiss Kiss in ‘Love in Space’

Romance film ‘Love In Space,’ the sequel to 2010 smash ‘Hot Summer Days,’ unveiled its trailer in Beijing Sunday at a press conference featuring director Wing Shya and several cast members.

CF: Trailer of “Starry Starry Night” Released

Film stars Rene Liu, Harlem Yu and Xiao Ju

Speaking at a press conference last night, Jia Zhangke is getting ready to shoot his first commercial film, In the Qing Dynasty, at the end of the year. He also revealed that his next film will recreate 1949 Hong Kong, including Kai Tak Airport. The script has been in development for a few years and investment funds are ready. Jia hopes to engage Maggie Cheung, whom he’s been in talks with, for the lead. (Sina)

First look at Louis Koo in Wilson Yip’s Lunar New Year film, produced by Raymond Wong (literally, Happy Magic). Louis plays a melancholic magician who drinks alcohol to help him forget a lot of sorrow.

(Sina)

Publicity stills from Wong Jing’s Marry a Perfect Man show Gigi Leung and Ronald Cheng riding a bus

Richie Jen, Gigi Leung and Gigi’s violin tutor, famed musician Yao Jue

Barbara Wong’s Tears in a Fallen City has finished filming and is now in post-production. (Sina)

Sammi Cheng celebrated her 39th birthday on Aug. 19

And again, with fans two nights later

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung end 5-year marriage

CF: Nicolas Tse and Cecilia Cheung Announce Break-up(A1)

MSN: Sammi Cheng and Andy Hui to move in together

MSN: Edison Chen’s intimate photo with Carina Lau revealed(Yahoo)

Netizens mocked the Hong Kong singer, saying “There he goes again”

August 22, 2011

August 22, 2011

WSJ: Kara Hui, Fighting the Kung-Fu Stereotype

FBA: Law of Attraction review

The best comes at the start in this uneven collection of vignettes on various stages of love.

Poster for Ann Hui’s A Simple Life competing at Venice Film Festival

Qin Hailu - A Simple Life

Qin Hailu and Ann Hui (Sina)

First poster for Frankie Chan’s Legendary Amazons

(vide. Lady Generals, Yang Family Generals)

Cecilia Cheung checking her script

Getting makeup

Frankie Chan, Cecilia Cheung

More Amazons

Cheng Pei-Pei

Yu Na

Jin Qiaoqiao

Chen Zihan

Liu Xiaoqing

Kathy Cho Hoi-Mei

Yukari Oshima

Liu Dong (Sina)

Tony Chan , Eason Chan, Angelababy, Wing Shya (Aug.21)

Eason Chan and Angelababy attended the Beijing press conference for the release of the final trailer for Love in Space (Sina-gallery) (Video-trailer)

Mark Chao and Gao Yuanyuan will begin work on Chen Kaige’s new modern day film, tentatively named “Search”, in October. Four other major actors are to be announced shortly.

Mark Chao You-Ting, Gao Yuanyuan

With director Chen Kaige (Sina)2

Miriam Yeung and Xu Zheng in Beijing filming Pang Ho-Cheung’s sequel to Love in a Puff (Sina-gallery)

Cecilia Cheung

Cecilia Cheung appeared as a guest on the catwalk in a fall and winter fashion show in Wan Chai, Hong Kong this weekend. And, according to an Oriental Daily report, she and husband Nicholas Tse have reached a final divorce agreement and settlement after a 16 hour negotiation with lawyers. Child custody and property distributions issues have been reached and the agreement has been sealed. Elsewhere, Cecilia is under fire by mainland publicity director for not fulfilling her contractual to promote Treasure Inn on the mainland. So far, she has skipped the MV rollout and premieres in Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Guangzhou. Her company reps defend her and say Cecilia has met her obligations with a March press conference appearance.

(21cn)234(Sina)(Slideshow)

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung goes school-hunting for son

Nicholas Tse & Cecilia agree on divorce terms

CNA: Theresa Fu claims ‘four-timing’ ex-lover Him Law hit her

Donnie Yen and family relaxing in the US recently

According to Hong Kong media reports, Donnie is weighing an offer to appear in producer Avi Lerner’s The Expendables 2. (HunanTV)

Carina Lau, Edison Chen

Carina Lau posted a photo of herself with Edison over the weekend, with the following, “You are a great person. Life is always tough. You got to have faith in yourself.” Netizens figured out that the locale was in Shanghai where Edison attended a club opening and sang three songs before departing. (Sina),

(Sina-slideshow)

August 19, 2011

August 19, 2011

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ChinaPost: You Are the Apple of My Eye review

Helping audiences re-live sweet memories — the bicycle ride to school, playing ball during recess, graduation and staying after school only to get closer to the girl you like, “You Are the Apple of My Eyes” has it all.

FBA: My Kingdom defines its domain

Release schedule

TimeOutHK: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

TimeOutHK: Wayne Wang

Wang moved to California to study medicine. His Christian parents arranged for him to stay with a Quaker family, but they turned out to be prominent radicals whose house was frequented by Black Panthers and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Wang soon abandoned medicine, attending the California College of Arts and Crafts to study film, and married a former Miss Hong Kong, Cora Miao – without telling his parents.

Great Magician poster featuring Lau Ching-Wan (Sina)

Louis Koo and Michelle Ye play husband and wife in Overheard 2

(Sina)

Changsha, Hunan premiere for Overheard 2 (Aug.18)

Huang Yi, Guangzhou premiere (Aug.17) (Sina)23

Rumour has is that Tang Wei and Zhou Xun are negotiating with Jin Chen (Warring States) for an upcoming film to begin shooting in September. Pop singer Han Geng and Shawn Yue’s name are also being dropped. Cheng Pei-Pei is said to be one of the producers for the suspense, romance film hoping to duplicate the surprise success of Mysterious Island. The film is targeting a Valentine’s Day release next year with a press conference scheduled for the end of August. Watch this space for who really gets cast.:D (Sina)

Jet Li rings the closing bell at the NYSE yesterday

Later, he spoke at the United Nations as WHO Goodwill Ambassador and the Chinese National Wushu Team performed (HunanTV)

TaipeiTimes: PopStop

CNA: Vicky Zhao and Zhou Xun reconcile their differences?

(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung still in contact?

The pair appeared to be avoiding each other on the surface

Kan Kam-mui, the 87-year-old mother of late singer Anita Mui Yim-fong, is headed back to court.

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