HKMDB Daily News

October 31, 2011

October 31, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Michelle Yeoh is “The Lady”

CF: Tang Wei Awarded Best Actress for a Second Time in Korea

FBA: The Space Dream review

Good-looking, widescreen paean to China’s manned space programme.

FBA: Rooster calls for Space Dream

Astronaut drama The Space Dream, co-directed by WANG Jia and SHEN Dong, was named best film at China’s Golden Rooster Film Awards last weekend.

FBA: Huayi, Bona invest in China Lion (THR)

“[This deal] will allow overseas Chinese to watch Chinese movies without delays, as well as open modern Chinese movies to a broader North American audience, and thereby help promote Chinese culture,” said Bona Film Group chairman and CEO YU Dong.

CF: Still photos of “White Vengeance” Released

The production company Starlight International Media Group, responsible for the historical epic “White vengeance” has released a bunch of still photos featuring Anthony Wong.

CF: First Trailer of “Racer Legend” Released

CF: Chinese Stuntman Died on the set of “The Expendables 2″

The stuntman, named Liu Kun from Shanxi province, died while performing a stunt which involved an explosion. The rumor came that Liu is the stand-in for Jet Li but the production team hadn’t confirmed it yet.

Karen Mok shows off her wedding ring at the airport upon returning to Hong Kong. A Hong Kong wedding banquet is planned for Dec. 18.

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October 28, 2011

October 28, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Posters out for “The Guillotines”

CF: New Promotional Posters for “The Tears” Unveiled

Shawn Dou Xiao

Joe Chen Qiao-En (Chen Chiao-en) (Sina)

CF: Chinese Movie set to Emulate “Indiana Jones” and “007″

Set in 2010, the movie tells the story of intrepid treasure hunters, vying with one another in an effort to locate the famous Chinese painting, “Fuchun Mountains”, created by Huang Gongwang during the Yuan Dynasty.

Andy Lau

Lin Chi-Ling, Andy Lau

Zhang Jingchu (Sina-gallery)

A Chinese stunt man was killed and a Chinese-American stunt man was injured after a boat explosion being filmed went awry. The accident occurred in a reservoir near Sofia, Bulgaria where “The Expendables 2″ is being shot. The Chinese Embassy in Bulgaria confirmed the death of a 26 year-old from Shaanxi. (Sina)

Reuters: A tragic accident on the set of the star-packed action sequel “The Expendables 2″ killed one stuntman and left another seriously injured Thursday night

CF: Peter Ho Shows his Macho in “Cold Steel”

CF: Han Chae-young in “A Big Deal”

In the film, Han is set to portray a girl called Zhou Yun, who comes to China alone and becomes entangled in a series of complicated relationships with three Chinese men.

CF: Stars Gathered for Doze Niu’s “Love”

Filling his cast with A-list stars, including Shu Qi, Vicky Zhao, Ethan Ruan, Mark Zhao and Eddie Peng, Doze Niu is determined to create a blockbuster romance movie.

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai attending Chinese International Fashion Week in Beijing

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Maggie Cheung attended a fashion event this evening

She is described as looking haggard and thin, a little drunk

With Wyman Wong

With Huang Xiaoming

Maggie Cheung

Miriam Yeung

Huang Xiaoming

Lynn Xiong   (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Gordon Liu suffers from a stroke

The TVB martial artiste was paralyzed on his right side due to the stroke

October 27, 2011

October 27, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: You Are the Apple of My Eye review

A bawdy, sentimental but still enjoyably Taiwanese coming-of-ager.

WSJ: Taiwan’s Hit ‘Apple’ Takes Off in Hong Kong

The popularity of this year’s biggest movie in Taiwan is spilling over into Hong Kong.

CF: Lead Actress of “Magic to Win” Makes Public Debut in Press Conference

The film tells the tale of a modern magic story, in which an ordinary girl accidentally obtains magical powers from her magician teacher. Consequently, she becomes embroiled in a magical world which is beyond her control.

CF: Gao Qunshu to Follow in the Footsteps of the Cohen Brothers

“Gao will start shooting the first movie of the franchise, ‘Detective Hunter Zhang’ in November. He will follow this up with a series of black comedies. We’re hoping that Gao can film two movies every year.”

CF: Still Shots Featuring Kimi Qiao in Film “A Big Deal” Released

FBA: Hot cast for Coldwar

CF: ”Cold War” Holds First Press Conference

During the event, Tony Leung revealed that the film begins with a police car under siege in the middle of a street. With the police station finding it difficult to cope with the crisis, everyone inside is under suspicion for being a mole.

The main investor behind the film, Edko Flim Limited, has claimed that the structure of the story is similar to that of “Infernal Affairs” in some ways, but claims that the film has incorporated a number of other elements including lots of car-chases and deadly explosions.

Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-Fai (Sina-gallery)

CF: Couple Joins Forces for a Third Time in New Thriller

The movie held its premiere ceremony yesterday in Beijing to celebrate the fact that this will be the first time that an Oxide Peng film has been screened on the mainland.

Angelica Lee

Angelica Lee Sinjie in Shanghai today for the opening of Oxide Pang’s “Sleepwalker in 3D”

Movie poster

Angelica Lee - movie stills

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Producer Yuan Xiaomin announced that Cecilia Cheung would attend the Beijing and Shanghai premieres of “The Legendary Amazons”.  Despite currently working on “Dangerous Liaisons” Cecilia readily agreed to appear.

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“Cold Steel” stills of tough guys Peter Ho Yun-Tung, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Mickey He and Guo Mingxiang. In the action film opening Dec. 2, Peter Ho portrays a young farmer who becomes a skilled sniper in the war against Japan. Song Jia, Angeles Woo, and Yu Rongguang are also in the cast

Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Peter Ho

Guo Mingxiang plays a Japanese sniper

Mickey He  (Sina-gallery)

Karen Mok in another guise for Jeff Lau’s East Meets West (Sina)

Director Tom Lin Shu-Yu

From today’s premiere of “Starry Starry Night” in Beijing

Xu Jiao

Rene Liu (Sina)

Photos from last night’s birthday banquet for Deborah Li at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Besides family, Susanna Kwan and her partner also attended the celebration.

Deborah’s 60th birthday

Andy On, Jennifer Tse

Jennifer and Nicholas with mother

Patrick Tse Yin

Quintus and Lucas

Quintus and dad (Sina-gallery)

Hong Kong’s Next magazine published a photo of 56 year-old Gordon Liu recently. The Hong Kong martial arts star suffered a stroke and was admitted to the hospital. His right side has hemiplegia, paralysis, and he is undergoing long term rehabilitation. To prevent identification, Liu wears a knit hat and mask.

Gordon Liu

(Sina)

October 26, 2011

October 26, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Aung San Suu Kyi: Not Interested in ‘The Lady’ (WSJ)

A1: Michelle Yeoh to join Malaysian politics?

But when contacted, her parents - Datuk Yeoh Kian Geik and Datin Janet Yeoh deny having any knowledge of their famous daughter’s political ambition.

FBA: Kora review

Engrossing two-wheel road/survival movie set in the wilds of Yunnan and Tibet.

Kora - Li Tao

Li Tao, director Du Jiayi

Li Tao (Sina)

ChinaPost Abba review No, not that Abba

“Abba” is a musical documentary about the life and legacy of Hong Yi-feng (1927-2010), one of the most iconic popular musicians in post-World War II Taiwan. The film, produced by Hong’s three sons, offers great music, nostalgic discoveries, a glimpse into creative minds, a complex and tender family story and some food for thought on the possible healing power of religion.

China orders cutback on TV entertainment

China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television starting next year will restrict shows that “record the dark and gloomy side of society,” the Southern Metropolis Daily said.

CF: ”The Tale of Two Cities” to be Released

Directed by the young Chinese director Pan Anzi, and starring Richie Ren, Teng Ge’er, Yvonne Yung and Xiong Naijing, the film “The Tale of Two Cities” is set to hit cinema screens during the Spring Festival of 2012…Set in the turbulent days of the Republic of China, the film tells the tale of grassroots outlaws and rivals.

The film is set in the thirties, in old Shanghai, and documents the filming of a horror movie in an old mansion. As part of the storyline, the lead actress of the movie being filmed, which is set in the ancient times, dies uncannily. A policewoman, played by Han Yifei, is sent to apply for the role of lead actress, lurking among the cast to investigate the case. However, actors and actresses start to die one after another, plunging everyone into a terrible dilemma.

Ning Hao’s “No Man’s Land” to get a November release? Frozen for two years, reporters last night spotted an entry on China Film Digital Development’s web site a table of distribution dates, including one for an entry for Nov.29 listed only as ‘WRQ’, i.e., Wuren Qu/No Man’s Land. The entry was later deleted. When reporters questioned the company, a spokesman denied it. But reporters claimed to have a screen capture showing it. The spokesman said he would investigate and see if it was a staff member’s entry error. (Sina)

“Lost in Panic Cruise” is the usual array of detectives, high suspense and murder. The movie is expected to thrill audiences during the week of Halloween and is due to start screening tomorrow.

“Sleepwalker in 3D” posters. Put your glasses on now!

Angelica Lee

Calvin Li Zong-han

Charlie Young

Huo Siyan

Charlie Young at the Beijing premiere this afternoon

Huo Siyan, Charlie Young, Angelica Lee

Charlie Young, Angelica Lee

Calvin Li, Huo Siyan, Charlie Young, Angelica Lee

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Aaron Kwok celebrated his 46th birthday today at an event for “Cold War” in Hong Kong

Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Aarif Lee, Eddie Peng (Sina)

The Hong Kong singer denies that she is in a relationship with fellow singer Denise Ho

The photo was said to be taken by the Hong Kong singer’s assistant

You Are the Apple of My Eye (Variety review)

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You Are the Apple of My Eye

by RUSSELL EDWARDS
OCT. 26, 2011

A Sony Music Entertainment, Star Ritz production. (International sales: Sony Music Entertainment, Taipei.) Produced by Adam Tsuei. Executive producer, Angie Chai. Directed, written by Giddens, based on his novel “Na xie nian, wo men yi qi zhui de nu hai.”

With: Ko Chen-tung, Michelle Chen, Hao Shao-wen, Yen Sheng-yu, Tsao Kuo-sheng, Ao-Chuan, Tsai Chang-hsien, Wan-wan, Ko Yi-hung, Wang Tsai-hua. (Mandarin, English dialogue)

Lust leads the way but love gets lost in “You Are the Apple of My Eye,” a bawdy, sentimental but still enjoyably Taiwanese coming-of-ager. Directed by prolific author Giddens, adapting his own autobiographical novel, this raunchy item is perfectly pitched at Chinese youth markets, especially with its catchy soundtrack (Sony Music’s Taiwan branch co-produced with local outfit Star Ritz). Biz has been boffo in Taiwan ($12.7 million) and Hong Kong ($1.4 million), and while the film’s depiction of Taiwanese patriotism and lewd humor may offend censors in various territories, a rich international ancillary career awaits.

With a popular blog and more than 50 novels to his credit, Taiwanese personality Giddens (real name Ko Ching-teng) is almost a presold commodity domestically, spelling widespread interest in this, his feature-film debut (he helmed one segment of the portmanteau film “L-O-V-E”). Told in flashback, the story opens with Giddens’ alter ego, Ching-teng (Ko Chen-tung), being told to hurry because there’s a bride waiting for him. With a bite of an apple and a devilish grin, Ching-teng snaps into a verbose voiceover that accompanies the pic throughout.

Flashing back to 1995, Ching-teng introduces his coterie of buddies from his South Taiwan high school, where sex, not study, is their chief preoccupation. Given that one character is named Boner (Yen Sheng-yu), and Ching-teng has a penchant for looking at Japanese porn and walking around the house naked, the film boasts a sexual frankness that could get it nicknamed “Taiwanese Pie.”

Caught participating in a masturbation contest at the back of a classroom, Ching-teng is relocated to a seat in front of Shen Chia-yi (Michelle Chen), the overachieving, puritanical coed he and all his friends are in love with. Dismayed by Ching-teng’s academic apathy, Chia-yi is nevertheless won over by his display of chivalry, which rescues her from punishment on one occasion.

The narrative tracks the couple’s relationship through their final year of high school and inevitable drifting apart during their college years, at which point the story begins to sag, unable to maintain the outlandish phallocentric humor of its first hour, though the occasional funny gag does slip in. Final quarter sees Giddens overestimating the charm of his own story, but he keeps the pic entertainingly faithful to teen-romance conventions, and even when the jokes subside, the hip music and strong sense of nostalgia are more than sufficient to keep auds engaged.

While Giddens mostly keeps the proceedings slick and pacey (including three musical montages), the pic’s casting is its greatest asset. True to his flamboyant clown character in every way, newcomer Ko is captivating as the male lead; present in nearly every scene, the thesp carries the picture in outstanding fashion. Exhibiting greater range than her co-stars, Chen makes it easy to believe all the boys love Shen. Supporting thesps are all splendid, though a couple of characters could easily have been dropped without being missed.

Lensing by Chou Yi-hsien reps a potpourri of bright colors matching the lighthearted tone, offset by the drab blues and grays of the high-school buildings. Production companies Sony and Star Ritz don’t skimp on the tech credits, making this a much more robust production than many similar youth-skewing Taiwanese romancers over the past decade.

Mandarin title translates as “Those Years, We Chased After the Same Girl.”

Camera (color, widescreen), Chou Yi-hsien; editor, Liao Ming-yi; music, Chris Hou; art director, Shen Chan-chih; costume designer, Hsu Li-wen; sound (Dolby Digital), Tu Du-che Reviewed at Tokyo Film Festival (Winds of Asia-Middle East), Oct. 24, 2011. Running time: 110 MIN.
Variety

October 25, 2011

October 25, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

TimeOutHK: Juno Mak interview

After the ultra-violent Revenge: A Love Story, Juno Mak is reuniting with director Wong Ching-po for a twisted superhero movie, Let’s Go!. He tries to convince Edmund Lee it’s not all doom and gloom.

CF: Peter Pau: Winning an Academy Award is Predestined

Directed by Sun Zhou and photographed by Peter Pau, the romance film “Yes I do,” starring by Li Bingbing and Sun Honglei, is secretly being shot in Beijing right now.

CF: Bond Girl Maria Grazia Cucinotta to Cooperate with Chinese Actor Huang Bo

Maria Grazia Cucinotta, the Italian Bond Girl from “007: The World is not Enough,” recently turned up for the launch ceremony of her new romance comedy “All about Marriage” on October 24 in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, in Southwest China.

CF: ”Painted Skin 2″ Set to Begin Filming in Tibet

Fantasy romance film, “Painted Skin 2″ has finished filming scenes in Beijing, Hebei and Inner Mongolia. The location of filming has now switched to Tibet, where the creators and cast members will work intensively for a 20-day period.

CF: The Film “Marry a Perfect Man” in Post Production Stages

Directed by Wong Jing, and starring Gigi Leung, Chapman To, Ronald Cheng and Xie Na, the film tells the tale of the events following an encounter between a “leftover” lady, unmarried in her thirties, and a comical billionaire.

Award-winning actor Zhang Hanyu aims to inject charisma into the role of the most skilled army counselor of the late Qin dynasty in his latest project, costume blockbuster “White Vengenace”.


The film tells the tale of men and women living in a busy city, who pursue love. Their pursuits lead to several soul-stirring accidents, as they attempt to secure true love. The plot follows three separate stories of three couples, with Cecilia Cheung and Kwon Sang-woo playing one of the couples.

CF: New Trailer of “A Big Deal” Released

New poster for “Lost in Panic Cruise” featuring a maze was unveiled at today’s Beijing premiere.

Director Zhang Fanfan (Zhang Panpan)

Zhou Weitong

Alec Su

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“Starry, Starry Night” poster features Xu Jiao and Lin Hui-Min

Rene Liu as Xu Jiao’s mother (Sina)2

This is how you promote Battlefield 3

DaDa Chan

Jacqueline Chong

Samantha Ko

Samantha Ko, Jacqueline Chong, DaDa Chan (Sina)

An online source reported today that Jessica C admitted to making the video with her first boyfriend. She said she was in love and did not think about the consequences.

A1: Tokyo International Film Festival 2011

Photos: Chinese actresses at Tokyo film fest

The 24th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) opens at its main venue in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills on Saturday and will run until Oct 30. Fan BingbingHuo SiyanJiang YiyanZhang Xinyu

October 24, 2011

October 24, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Golden Roosters Celebrates Lesser Knowns

FBA: The Raid review (Indonesia)

CF: ”Sleep Walker in 3D” Premieres in Tokyo

“In the film, the character played by Angelica Lee always has the same dream, and this is the actual story of me,” Oxide Pang Chun revealed at the premiere. He went on to say, “The dream has been repeating for more than ten years; I always see a corpse inside a bag in an enclosed space.”

CF: Zhang Weiping on the Promotional Tactics of “The Flowers of War”

Christian Bale performed sexual scenes for the very first time

CF: Tony Leung’s New Role as a Blind Spy

In the action-packed flick “Windseeker”, Tony Leung Chiu Wai will portray a blind spy, while actress Zhou Xun will also play a spy, starring opposite Leung. While the two leads fall in love, they also know that given their profession they can trust nobody - and they must pit their wits and skills against one another to survive.

The film will hit the national screen on November 4.

CF: New Trailer and Poster out for “Qian Xuesen”

Director Zhang Jianya’s biopic movie, “Qian Xuesen,” released new poster and trailer during the 20th Golden Roosters and Hundred Flowers Awards on Octorber 22. The trailer put together the successful explosion of China’s first atomic bomb and the launch of our first satellite booster. The movie is expected to be synchronously released in China and the U.S.

Poster for Bauhinia Heroine, fighting injustice with a giant rice cooker

Bauhinia Heroine’s Chrissie Chau

The film begins shooting in 2012 for a 2013 release.

Chrissie Chau, winning hearts and minds the old-fashioned way, at the Golden Roster Awards Saturday night.

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Last poster for “Lost in Panic Cruise” (Sina)

Two character posters for Wilson Yip’s “Magic to Win”

Karena Ng (Wu Qianyu)

Wu Chun

Wu Chun, Karena Ng (Sina)

Fan Bingbing: the Most Gorgeous Judge (CF)

The beautiful Chinese actress Fan Bingbing was praised as the most gorgeous judge at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival after she made her appearance with the judging panel yesterday at the press conference.

MSN: Joey Yung openly discusses her relationship with Denise Ho

MSN: Nick Cheung causes chain collision at charity race

The Hong Kong actor crashed into fellow actors Bosco Wong and Kate Tsui during the race

MSN: Deborah Li’s birthday celebration without son and grandsons

October 21, 2011

October 21, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: The Butcher’s Wife review

“The Butcher’s Wife” is a respectable but dramatically unrewarding debut for writer-director Gao Xiongjie, a veteran teacher of film and television arts at China’s Central Academy of Drama. This story of a simple country man chasing his ambitious runaway wife to the city goes for low-key realism but is little more than a cautionary melodrama. Mixture makes for a dreary small-scale tragedy with one-note characters whose mismatched marriage is hard to root for.

TimeOutHK: Life Without Principle review

With three major story threads and nary a ‘plot’ in sight, Life Without Principle witnesses a veteran filmmaking team brilliantly capturing the zeitgeist and seriously failing their screenwriting exam.

CF: Still Shots of the Film “Black & White: Part 1″ Released

Recently, the production company behind the Taiwanese film “Black & White: Part 1″, starring Mark Chao, Ivy Chen, Angelababy and mainland actor Huang Bo, released still shots of the film.

CF: Fearsome Embroidered Shoes

Horror suspense film titled “Blood Stained Shoes” is being promoted at the 20th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Awards, with the production team and cast members taking to the red carpet for its first news conference held as part of the award ceremony, hosted in Hefei, Anhui province, south China, on October 20.

Producer Manfred Wong

Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok)

Kara Hui, Mo Xiaoqi

Mabel Ye (Ye Xiqi)

Cast - Xing Man-shan, Kara Hui, Mo Xiaoqi, Mabel Ye, Michael Tong (Sina)2

Directed by up-and-coming Hong Kong director Francis Lam, the movie brings 3D filming technology and the parkour game together for the very first time. The production company hopes to offer an audio-visual feast to moviegoers when it is screened.

Kongfu megastar Jet Li and renowned Hong Kong director Tsui Hark reunited at Peking University for their upcoming 3D Wuxia blockbuster “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate” yesterday.

“Aftershock” star Xu Fan, and the leading actress of “City Monkey”, Lv Liping have been nominated for the best actress award, each for the third time.

Li Bingbing posed for a new photo shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine before she left to America for her role in the film franchise “Resident Evil: Retribution.” She shared in the magazine that she can only be conquered by talented man. (Sina-slideshow)

China’s film industry, the world’s third largest in terms of production, has been criticized for its over-commercialization and a lack of cultural depth amid expectations that the fast-growing sector will help enhance the nation’s soft power.

THR: ’Flowers of War’ Trailer: Christian Bale Protects Girls From Invading Japanese in 1937 China

The faces of the ‘13 hairpins’ remain a secret (Sina)

The second set of posters for Barbara Wong’s “The Allure of Tears” was released. They feature Richie Jen and Gigi Leung.

(Sina)

Barbara Wong and Zhou Dongyu helped present a preview screening of the film in Hefei at the Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival.

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Zhao Qianyu sings “Raising eyebrows” in the newly released MV for “The Legendary Amazons”

The singer from Inner Mongolia plays Cecilia Cheung’s daughter in the film.

MSN: Leon Lai and Gaile Lok appear in public hand-in-hand

MSN: Jay Chou smiles and accepts blessings

CNA: Jay Chou’s songs once rejected by Andy Lau, A-mei, says mentor

The Butcher’s Wife (Variety review)

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The Butcher’s Wife
A Sea Original production. (International sales: Smiley Film Sales, Auckland, New Zealand.) Produced by Wang Xuemei. Directed, written by Gao Xiongjie.
With: Fang Ye, Tang Huihua, Yu Changliu, Hu Yibo, Zhu Yiqi. (Mandarin dialogue)

By DENNIS HARVEY

“The Butcher’s Wife” is a respectable but dramatically unrewarding debut for writer-director Gao Xiongjie, a veteran teacher of film and television arts at China’s Central Academy of Drama. This story of a simple country man chasing his ambitious runaway wife to the city goes for low-key realism but is little more than a cautionary melodrama. Mixture makes for a dreary small-scale tragedy with one-note characters whose mismatched marriage is hard to root for. Further international travel will be minor.

Qiao (Tang Huihua) expected to join China’s emerging middle class in style as an educated professional married to her high-school sweetheart Liu Fei (Zhu Yiqi). But now he’s graduating from college, while she never made it past the entrance exam. Instead, she’s wed humble butcher Liang (Fang Ye) to pay — or rather, to let him pay — her family’s debts, yet she still hasn’t relinquished her old dreams. In fact, she stalls consummating the marriage, claiming she needs to focus on one last attempt at college entry.

When that effort fails yet again, she flees to Hangzhou, where she gets a cool reception from Liu, though he takes her virginity readily enough. She stays in Hangzhou, working increasingly degrading low-end jobs, resisting the pleas of her pursuing, hapless spouse.

Liang’s pining for his wife doesn’t make much sense once she’s insulted, bankrupted, publicly humiliated and lied to him. But we’re meant to empathize with his noble, masochistic quest, while seemingly remorseless Qiao is lent no further dimensionality beyond a few expressions of self-loathing.

Beyond maintaining their vows, there’s zero reason why these two people should stay (or ever have been) together, and they hit bottom in a heavy-handed way that rings hollow; something is wrong when viewers care so little about lives so utterly destroyed.

While Gao presumably intends a more complex commentary on China’s rapidly changing socioeconomic landscape (as suggested by the constant background noise of overheard advertisements, TV news, etc.), “The Butcher’s Wife” instead ends up seeming an old-fashioned morality fable drably outfitted in quasi-verite trappings. Despite frequent handheld visual immediacy and naturalistic acting, the ultimate point here seems to be “Woman, stay home and know your place!” A subtler treatment would have let us feel Qiao’s pain as the “economic miracle” passes her by — she’s smart enough to want more from life than mountain-village peasantry, albeit not bright enough to achieve it — but Gao’s script offers her up as just a callous ingrate sticking pins in a devoted husband’s heart.

The most notable element in the design package, if one that tends to underline the pic’s repetitiveness, is the use of blind folk musician Tong Zhaoji as a sort of singing commentator during interstitials that chart the narrative’s progress over several seasons.

For the record, the pic traveled the fest circuit over the past year under the title “Wiangliang’s Ideal.”

Camera (color, HD), Guo Jia; editor, Li Fang; music, Tong Zhaoji; production designer, Xu Wenzheng; sound, Yi Xiong. Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, Oct. 20, 2011. (In Mill Valley Film Festival — World Cinema; Busan, Karlovy Vary, Singapore film festivals.) Running time: 119 MIN.

Variety

October 20, 2011

October 20, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: ”East Meets West 2011″ Holds Press Conference

The director of the film revealed that 60 popular Chinese stars, including Karen Mok, Ekin Cheng, Jaycee Chan, William So, Yang Mi, Jonathan Lee and Alan Tam will be involved in the film, as well as those in attendance at the event.

Huang Yi

Stephy Tang, William So, Eason Chan, Jeff Lau, Kenny Bee, Huang Yi, Tan Weiwei (Sina-slideshow)

Topping the domestic box office chart on its third week on the screens, Jet Li’s latest fantasy action movie “The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Its Love)” grossed an estimated 200 million RMB (about $31.4m) and still has a strong hold on the international box office charts, remaining at seventh place.

On the sidelines of the event, an exhibition was also launched to showcase the film’s production process. The exhibition consists of the pictures of the scenes, character modeling, and victims shot by an American journalist with Time magazine in 1942.

Two unnamed Hollywood actors familiar to domestic audiences have also been cast. (Sina)

Movie review: The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (SG)

Publicity stills of Kathy Chow preparing for battle in “The Legendary Amazons”

And Cheng Pei-Pei

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Lin Chi-Ling in Chengdu to promote “Love on Credit”

Lin Chi-Ling, Super Girl Liu Xin, Leste Chen (Sina)

Yesterday, in Shanghai:

Lin Chi-Ling, Chen Kun

Leste Chen, Lin Chi-Ling

(Sina-slideshow)

New poster for “Harpoon”

Zhao Ming is one of the torture victims when a group on a tour of Hainan goes awry

The film will be released in early December. (Sina)

Returning to Hong Kong from Rome, Tang Wei spoke with reporters to compensate them for arriving late.

She acknowledged having spoke with 007 director Sam Mendes but was otherwise cagey about whether starring in an action movie was in her near future.

(Sina)

Gigi Leung and husband, Sergio returned to Hong Kong today to visit her parents

“Did I mention, Hong Kong is crowded?” (Sina-gallery)

Zhao Wei sings the festival theme song, “A Dream Comes True”, to close the opening ceremony for the 30th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival last night.

Zhao Wei (Sina)234

Jay Chou, A-Mei, Frankie Kao

The former TVB actress was said to have approached her friends to join her

Free-to-air television owner Ricky Wong has declared war on TVB by poaching its talents for his new TV station.

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