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January 31, 2012

January 31, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Bona to introduce movie ratings to China

Jin Bo, marketing director of Bona Cineplex, stated that the in-house system — which could launch in late February — will only give guidance and will not enforce any age restrictions.

Film Review: All’s Well Ends Well 2012

This entry has a bit more narrative cohesion, but at the expense of that “anything goes” humor that made the series so watchable.

SG: Dance Dance Dragon review

FBA: Dear Enemy review

The China rom-com goes global, with great chemistry between leads Xu Jinglei and Stanley Huang.

The story is set one hundred years ago, after the Xinhai Revolution. During the period of social upheaval, two important families in White Deer Village in Shaanxi province war over land ownership, with a woman caught between them.

A sweeping Chinese epic, “White Deer Plain”, will round out the list of 18 films vying for gold at the 62nd Berlin film festival, organisers said on Tuesday.

Chinese Blockbuster ‘Flowers of War’ Leaves U.S. Audiences Cold

Flaying ‘Flowers’: An Example of Western Media’s Bias Against China (WSJ)

ChinaDaily: Yao Ming eying film business

Foreign media report that Jay Cohen, an American film producer, is setting up a film finance fund with Yao Ming, which has caught the attention of China’s media and public.

Newly released poster for “Nightfall” starring Simon Yam and Nick Cheung. Film is now in post-production.

Earlier poster featuring a “wanted” Nick Cheung (Sina)

Latest poster for “Crazy Dinner” starring Huang Bo, Liu Hua and Fan Wei which opened January 23.

(Sina)

“I Do” starring Li Bingbing, Duan Yihong and Sun Honglei opens February 10.

Newly released photos of Li Bingbing

With Duan Yihong

Pregnant Li Bingbing

(Sina)

“Nightclub Suspense Tales” opens Feb. 10

Chrissie Chau

Deng Jia Jia

Jill Hsu Jie-er (Sina)

Anthony Wong filming in Henan

Joey Wang turned 45 on January 30 and posted a recent picture for her fans in a surprise to her fan club.

Richard Mille celebrates the year of the dragon with a watch that not only pays tribute to the legendary creature, but also his personal friend, international kungfu superstar Jackie Chan. On the front of the RM 057, a dragon grips the tourbillon bridge in one of its claws, while on the back on the black onyx base plate, a round engraved Jackie Chan signature rotates once every 60 seconds in time with the tourbillon’s rotation. Limited edition of 36 pieces in 18K red gold or white gold with a red gold dragon. (A1)

CNA: Ethan Ruan begins serving national service

(Sina)

Daniel Wu: I’m totally not a romantic person (A1)

Dumped in the middle of the highway on way to airport

The singer declares that she wants to arrange for her soon-to-be-born son to marry Andy’s daughter MSN: Andy Lau and wife expecting a baby girl

Hong Kong singer Andy Lau was previously speculated to be expecting a baby boy with his wife. This may not be true anymore with the singer’s recent announcement.

MSN: Carina Lau claims Margie Tsang was “lucky” to have dumped Tony Leung

SGYahoo: Fans protecting Ron Ng

Actress Viann Zhang has become the target of numerous allegations with rumours of skin grafting and providing escort services. Recently, explicit photos of Viann were found circulating widely online tarnishing the name of actor Ron Ng.

With rumors that Hong Kong actress, Maggie Cheungunderwent plastic surgery to still be viable in the Chinese movie industry, the 47-year-old made a comeback with saying she is undeterred by ageing.

Don’t look now, but TVs may again be made in U.S.

Believe It Or Not: TV Manufacturing Returning To The US

Of course, they first looked at Mexico, but eventually realized that it was actually a better deal to manufacture in the US, saying it’s still cheaper on shipping both parts and final products and would allow the company to react faster to market changes. The company also believes they’ll save money in training and retaining workers in the US. Who knows if there’s more going on behind the scenes here, but considering how big a story it was when all TV manufacturing left the US, it’s certainly noteworthy that (at least at one plant) it’s come back from Asia.

January 28, 2012

Ace Attorney (Screen Daily review)

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Ace Attorney
28 January, 2012
By Mark Adams

Manga meets video gaming in the colourful, funny and thoroughly entertaining Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban), a fantasy courtroom romp that sees always busy Japanese director Takashi Miike show-off his appreciation for broad movie entertainment, and makes a nice contrast to his more recent heavyweight festival outings such as 13 Assassins and Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai.

Of course, Miike has never been one to rest on his laurels (his speedy follow-up to Hara-Kiri was Ninja Kids!!!) and his career has been based on variety rather sticking to one genre. A filmography that includes films a varied as Audition, Ichi The Killer, Zebraman and Sukiyaki Western Django speaks volumes about his interest in keeping things different and flexible.

Ace Attorney is based in the popular Nintendo game (known as Gyakuten Saiban in Japan) set in 2016, in which players take on the role of defense attorney in a futuristic courtroom setting. The subtitled version of the film which premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival used the English language characters, with young protagonist Phoenix Wright (Hiroki Naramiya) the hero of the film.

In the original Japanese version this character is called Ryuichi Naruhodo, whose last name is a pun on the Japanese phrase for “I See” (thanks Wikipedia for this information), which suits the legal framework. There has already been a manga adaptation of the game and a Japanese live musical version was also performed, using the names from the English-language version of the game.

Clumsy young lawyer Phoenix Wright finds himself caught up in a complex series of court cases which all seem to be linked to a 15 year-old mystery known as the DL-6 case. When his boss Mia Fey (Rei Dan) is killed he is called up to defend her young sister Maya (Mirei Kiritani), and finds himself up against super-cool prosecutor Miles Edgeworth (Takumi Saitoh), who had been a friend at school.

Amazingly he wins the case, but things get even more complicated when Miles is accused of murder, and Phoenix the only one who will defend him. He is assisted by Maya, along with school friend Larry Butz (Akiyoshi Nakao) and plodding detective Dick Gumshoe (Shunsuke Daito), and together they manage to get to the bottom of a complex case that also involves a white parrot called Polly and a giant inflatable Silver Samurai superhero character. He also has to face legendary prosecutor von Karma (Ryo Ishibashi), undefeated in court in 40 years.

The courtroom structure is based on the old Japanese system, and Ace Attorney uses a three-day trial structure which therefore demands much from the defense and prosecution. The hairstyles and outfits of the lead characters are very manga driven (Phoenix is bumbling and has black-spiked hair while Miles is fair, floppy-haired, aristocratic and sports a cravat) and the performance nicely over-the-top and appropriate to the fantasy detective scenario.

The actual courtroom battles are punctuated with the counsel’s ability to drag-down vast computer-generated screens to make their legal – or otherwise – points, and Takashi Miike has a lot of fun with his larger-than-life characters as they battle for truth and justice.

The film is glossily staged, with the courtroom set impressive, and highlighted with fine moments of humour, perhaps best of all when the punctured blow-up Silver Samurai is mistaken for a water monster when it collapses into a lake. Running over 130 minutes, the film is a little on the long side for an easily digestible bit of mainstream entertainment, but the characters are fun and accessible and the film thoroughly enjoyable.

Production company/sales: Nippon Television Network Corporation, www.ntv.co.jp

Producer: Okuda Seiji

Screenplay: Takeshi Iida, Sachiko Oguchi, based on the Nintendo game

Cinematography: Masakazu Oka

Editor: Kenji Yamashita

Music: Koji Endo

Main cast: Hiroki Narimiya, Takumi Saitoh, Mirei Kiritani, Akiyoshi Nakao, Shunsuke Daito, Kimiko Yo, Ryo Ishibashi, Rei Dan, Fumiyo Kohinata
Screen Daily

January 25, 2012

January 25, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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THR: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry review

Doc about dissident artist is long on political friction, short on art

FBA: The Great Magician review

Classy period comedy with meaty roles for its name cast. 

Is Hong Kong director Dante Lam the next John Woo?(A1)

His knack for kinetic action sequences laced with pumped-up melodrama has earned Hong Kong director, Dante Lam comparison to veteran director, John Woo.

Poster for “Eat Drink Man Woman 2″

Huo Siyan

Huo Siyan will lead the team to the opening ceremony at the Berlin Film Festival (Sina)

Although the 55-year-old actor [Zhao Benshan] cited exhaustion, there was widespread speculation in the television industry that the skit he submitted this year didn’t get approval.

January 20, 2012

The Viral Factor (Screen Daily review)

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The Viral Factor
19 January, 2012
By Brent Simon

Viral pandemic drama takes a backseat to fraternal fisticuffs and gunplay in The Viral Factor, an enjoyably sprawling if completely scatterbrained action movie from director Dante Lam. A nervous tendency to flit to and fro between characters prevents the movie from successfully gaining much of an emotional foothold, and its two-hour running time renders vast swathes of its action theatrics redundant. But there’s enough expressive investment in the two leads to mark the film as a slightly stronger than average genre piece.

The Viral Factor, which unfolds in a mix of Cantonese, Mandarin and English, should do solid genre business in Eastern markets, and find specialty market penetration Stateside, where it releases in select AMC Theaters through a partnership with China Lion.

A mission gone wrong leaves cop Jon (Jay Chou, familiar to international audiences because of Green Hornet) with a bullet in his head, and the diagnosis of two weeks to live. His mother (Elaine Jin) tearily confesses to Jon that he has an older brother about whom he knows nothing. In traveling to Kuala Lumpur to track down his estranged father (Liu Kai-chi), Jon quickly crosses paths with this brother — Yeung (Nicholas Tse), a thief and single father who seems to attract shootouts like a magnet.

Soon Jon and Yeung are both on the trail and in the crosshairs of Sean (Andy On), a corrupt government agent and former colleague of Jon’s working in cahoots with a billionaire funder and a legion of henchmen to develop a mutated strain of the smallpox virus, and its corresponding antidote, to create a panic and make a fortune in peddling the cure.

Lensed across a wide variety of locations, from the Middle East to Hong Kong and Malaysia, The Viral Factor encompasses a lot of local flavors, even if it doesn’t come across as self-consciously epic. Cinematographer Kenny Tse’s work touches on any number of inspirations. The film’s jittery and saturated opening 15-minute siege, set in Jordan, evokes Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down, while later passages recall the visual schemes of contemporary cop movies like Heat and We Own the Night.

The film’s action vocabulary embraces Hollywood excess in a manner equal parts charmingly naïve, curious and dispiriting. There aren’t huge set pieces, per se, which gives the action a more naturalistic and free-flowing vibe. But implausibility still courses through the movie, including sequences where protagonists walk away from tumbles down an elevator shaft or a car plunging headfirst several stories and landing on its roof.

The Viral Factor is big-budgeted and handsomely captured, but since its story doesn’t unfold in a state of heightened reality, these bits come off as transparently lazy, a shrugging aping of the worst instincts of overblown Hollywood genre moviemaking. The inclusion of Yeung’s daughter, Champ (Crystal Lee), also seems designed mainly to imperil a child late in the third act, when there’s plenty of unresolved fraternal friction that is more dramatically meaty.

Lam does best when keeping the action straightforward; it’s kind of exciting to see a car crash that doesn’t unfold in a series of orgiastic edits, but rather with regular everyday action going on in the background. Only on occasion does Lam mix in a bit of CGI, which comes across as jarring and unsuccessful.

Chou and Tse, meanwhile, each cut effective profiles, and lend a pinch of gravitas to the movie’s melodramatic inclinations.

Production companies: Emperor Motion Pictures, Beijing Universe Starlight Culture Media Company, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation

Domestic distribution: China Lion, www.chinalionentertainment.com

Producers: Albert Lee, Solon So, Wang Zhonglei, Candy Leung

Executive producer: Albert Yeung

Co-executive producers: Solon So, Wang Zhongjun

Screenplay: Dante Lam and Jack Ng, based on a story by Candy Leung

Cinematography: Kenny Tse

Editor: Chung Wa-chi

Art directors: Alex Muk, Joel Chong

Music: Peter Kam

Main cast: Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse, Bai Bing, Lin Peng, Andy On, Carl Ng, Liu Kai-chi, Elaine Jin
Screen Daily

January 20, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CRI: Yen, Zhao Collaborate on Action Movie

Donnie Yen says he feels excited about his first collaboration with fellow action star Vincent Zhao in the new film “Special Identity”

Vivian Hsu

Vic Chou, Ella Chen, Director Chu Yen-ping and Little Bin Bin (Benny Wen)

Dressed in black, mourning the passing of her grandfather (Sina)

ScreenDaily: The Viral Factor review(HKMDBNews)

Viral pandemic drama takes a backseat to fraternal fisticuffs and gunplay in The Viral Factor, an enjoyably sprawling if completely scatterbrained action movie from director Dante Lam. 
FBA: 10+10 review

Largely interesting collection of shorts showcasing older and younger Taiwan talent.

ChinaPost: Bang Bang Formosa review

“Bang Bang Formosa”, directed by Andy Luo An-de, is a delightful road movie that moves boisterously through contemporary Taiwan.

The film has a very strong Jack Neo flavour and greatly resembles his previous offerings like “I Not Stupid”, mixing in moral messages with some humour and a good dose of drama.

The problem is “We Not Naughty” tries to do too much – while Neo’s previous films tend to deal with a specific issue, like the immense pressure to excel Singaporean children face in “I Not Stupid”, “We Not Naughty” deals with a whole basket of issues.

Lin Chi-ling is wrapped up in Dubai for “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”

Zhang Jingchu and the Burj Kalifa nee Burj Dubai, world’s tallest building at 828 meters

Zhang Jingchu and a Dubai dolphin

(Sina)

Poster for a “Love in the Buff” online micro-film, the 3rd ’secret love’ chapter

So far, the 3 micro-films have received over 10 million views

There will be a total of 10 chapters, or micro-films

(Sina)

Lunar New Year greetings from “Love in the Buff”’s Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue

(Sina)

Greetings from “The Great Magician” cast

(Sina)

Actress Yang Mi poses for a series of photos to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year. 
A1: I don’t think I’m very handsome, says Daniel Wu

MSN: Aaron Kwok not ready to start a family

MSN: Hannah Quinlivan absent from Jay Chou’s birthday party


1 Pct News, excerpted from a recent SCMP article:

A clear and starry night sky in Hong Kong is about as elusive as eternal youth - which is why La Prairie needed to deploy a little technological magic at a gala dinner to launch its new Cellular Power Charge Night collection…

While guests dined, a harpist performed in the background and models weaved among the long tables showcasing the collection on glowing silver trays.

Guests were treated to a 3-D film highlighting the product - viewed through Venetian masquerade head-dresses fitted with dual-coloured 3-D lenses. A sizzling performance of the Argentinian tango wrapped up the evening’s entertainment.  

January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Austin TX: A Watery Grave Narrowly Avoided

35mm prints of lost HK actioners unspool in the Alamo’s Asian Invasion series

TimeOutHK: Father Franco Mella

Portrayed in film by Anthony Wong in “Ordinary Heroes” (1999).

TimeOutHK: Dante Lam interview

Director Dante Lam is on the highway to becoming Hong Kong’s next action auteur. Expect more gunfire in his hard-hitting latest, The Viral Factor

Jay Chou: I had to grit my teeth and do it

Jay Chou was willing to risk life and limb while filming his latest movie, The Viral Factor, all because of “face”.

THR: Taiwan Stands Tall as ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’ Earns Foreign-Language Oscar Shortlist Spot

Wei, one of Taiwan’s most commercially and critically successful directors, received the news in the middle of the Asian night. He was unsure why Warriors had made the shortlist while the rest of East Asia is staying home. Asian films played no part in any major category last year.

FBA: Seediq Bale shortlisted for Oscars

CF: Ann HUI On-wah to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at AFA

CF: Behind the Scenes of “Repeat, I Love You” Released

The film stars Cecilia Cheung, Sang-woo Kwon, Angela Chang and Jing Boran

CF: Mainland Box Office Performance in Second Week 2012

“The Great Magician” debuted with $11.55 million over four days and managed to wrestle the first place from the highest-grossing hit of the year 2011″The Flowers of War”. “Magician”is the latest film directed by Derek Yee, who is good at balancing commercial success with artistic integrity very successfully.

CF: Film Buzz: 2012

Smaller films made big splash

Over the past year, three small-budget movies, Eternal Moment, The Piano in a Factory and Love is Not Blind, flexed their competitive muscle by attracting audiences and critical praise.

According to Chen Shan, professor at the Beijing Film Academy, the allure of small-budget films in the era of big-budget blockbusters is their ingenuity.

“Because their original cost is much lower, they can be more flexible with their themes. They dare to try something different from the mainstream, while blockbusters have to be more cautious,” he said to the Global Times.

Singapore director Jack Neo is evidently sticking to his winning formula - fresh-faced teen actors, heart-breaking family drama and a healthy dose of social commentary in his latest directorial offering, We Not Naughty.

A1: We Not Naughty review

Famous comedian Zhao Benshan will not perform on this year’s “CCTV Spring Festival Gala” because of health problems.

Johnnie To’s “Romancing in Thin Air” launches, with a bang, on Feb. 9

(Sina)2

Guest stars in “The Great Magician” include Tsui Hark, Benz Kong, Jamie Luk, Vincent Kok, writer Lau Ho-Lueng and dubbing director Chiang Siu-Leung.

Tsui Hark

Eight military governors (Sina)

Stills from “All’s Well Ends Well 2012″

Louis Koo, Kelly Chen

Sandra Ng, Donnie Yen

Chapman To, Lynn Hung

Lynn Hung, Chapman To (Sina)

Donnie Yen, Vincent Zhao, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Yang Kun attended the Beijing launch of a new Clarence Fok film (Chinese title, Special Status). Donnie Yen will action direct as well as produce. Peter Pau is the cinematographer for the film.

Vincent Zhao, Donnie Yen (Sina)

Photos from Dubai where “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” is filming. The film stars Andy Lau, Chen Kun and Zhang Jingchu.

Lin Chi-ling tries on a prop

Filming on a closed road

The crew prepares for a scene

Director Sun Jianjun (r)

Two British bandits (Sina-gallery)

“Harpoon” poster featuring Hu Bing (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Jay, Hannah, Nic, Viral Factor, Wang Lee-Hom, Kanye West

CNA: Dragon Year spells nightmare for Hong Kong mums

“We didn’t plan for a Dragon baby,” says 38-year-old Michele Lee, who is expecting her second child, a girl, in April.

“It was exciting when we first found out the news but very soon that excitement turned into worry about whether we’ll get a place in hospital.”


January 17, 2012

January 17, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

ChinaPost: ’Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault’ review

From the opening moment when a bomb explodes and annihilates everything in sight, “Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault” makes clear its intention to claim all the tropes of Hollywood action films.

FBA: Black & White loses during elections

CRI: ’You Are the Apple of My Eye’ review

CF: Apple Tastes Sweet

CF: ”The Viral Factor” Premieres in Hong Kong

The action-packed film “The Viral Factor” premiered in Hong Kong, on January 15, 2012. Director Dante Lam, along with Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse, Lin Peng attended the ceremony.

Patrick Tse and Albert Yeung at the Hong Kong premiere of “Viral Factor” Sunday

Lin Peng

Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse

Nic with parents Deborah Li, Patrick Tse

Two shady Tses, ngar, ngar (Sina)234

CF: Chilling Ruby Lin in “Blood Stained Shoes”

The film is scheduled for release in March, 2012.

CRI: ’Flowers of War’ Stars at Golden Globes

Surely, you saw them on the broadcast. No? (Sina-slideshow)

CF: China’s ‘Flowers of War’ Stuck in Trenches

Chen Shan, professor at the Beijing Film Academy, added that “Zhang is good at blending sights and sounds with a forceful impact, but often fails to express a film’s inner meaning.”

FBA: The Flowers of War review

Good-looking but dramatically weak Nanjing Massacre drama, with a miscast Christian Bale. 

Mainland edition of poster for Johnnie To’s “Life Without Principle” (Sina)

Latest poster for “Harpoon”. The Lunar New Year sado-masochistic thriller stars Hu Bing, Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi) and Zhao Ming. It’s being promoted as “Saw” with Chinese characteristics.

Daniel Wu makes a guest appearance in Derek Yee’s “The Great Magician”. Other guest stars include directors Tsui Hark and Vincent Kok and funny man Jung Hsiang (Rong Xiang).

Daniel Wu (Sina)

Daniel Wu, Derek Yee and Yan Ni attend a media appreciation event to mark RMB$100M box-office since opening Jan.12 (Sina)

Stills from Valentine’s Day zombie thriller, “Night Club Suspense Tale”, featuring Chrissie Chau and other youth idols.

Zhang Yingjun in a “Thriller” spoof

Chrissie Chau

No longer just a “flower vase” (Sina)2

Yao Di and Jimmy Lin Zhi-Ying in a scene from the romantic comedy  ”If I Were You”, by way of “Ghost”

Li Qi’s film opens Jan. 26 Sina)

Chu Yen-ping’s “Perfect Two” Shanghai premiere press conference.

Vivian Hsu, Chu Yen-ping, Ella Chen, Vic Chou and Little Bin

Vic Chou, Little Bin

Vivian Hsu, Ella Chen

Vivian Hsu (Sina)

Sunday in Beijing

Yang Mi, Vivian Hsu

Yang Mi and Little Bin (Sina)2

CF: Zhang Ziyi on “Marie Claire” Cover

CF: Wax Statue of Yao Chen Unveiled in Shanghai

SGYahoo: Bosco Wong defends girlfriend’s honour

Assertions that clearly hints at TVB beauty, Myolie Wu were made that the actress has dabbled in prostitution involving rich Hong Kong business tycoons for money.

MSN: Miriam Yeung is not pregnant with twins

It is believed that Real did not want his wife to drink at the banquet, and wanted her to leave early. Miriam decided to take her leave, so as to avoid her husband’s incessant nagging.

Ever since the 37-year-old singer got pregnant, her husband had been very strict with her eating habits and health. He also made sure his wife abided to every pregnancy taboo.

“To people of my age, Shu Qi is our goddess, so I was really nervous working with her on ‘LOVE’,” said Ruan.

“Sometimes, I’d even forget to breathe.”

Shu Qi may be his “goddess”, but Ruan had recently declared in a post on his micro blog that Taiwan model Tiffany Hsu is his true love.

January 13, 2012

January 13, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Herman Yau has begun working on a “Inception”-like thriller called “Qing Yan”. Fiona Sit and mainland actor Huang Xuan will head the cast. (Sina)

A few posters for the Valentine’s Day Chrissie Chau mainland thriller “Night Club Suspense Tales”.

(Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Black and White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault review

Tsai Yueh-hsun’s action blockbuster-to-be elevates the country’s filmmaking industry to a new level

TaipeiTimes: Flying Dragon, Dancing Phoenix review

Kuo, a real-life operatic diva, hands in an amazing debut performance on the silver screen as she plays both Chun-mei, a woman who plays men, and Micky, a man who plays a woman who plays men. It is a pleasure to watch the operatic veteran toy with the idea of gender roles through her varied acting, while staying true to her two characters.

Still from “Flying Dragon, Dancing Phoenix”

CF: Behind-the-scenes Footage of “Crazy Dinner” Released(CF)

Starring Liu Hua, Fan Wei, Huang Bo, Mo Xiaoqi, Dai Lele and Liu Yajin, the film is slated to hit cinema screens nationwide on January 23,2012.

Derek Yee pleases mainland market

He has set his latest work, The Great Magician, in Beijing. It’s his first comedy for almost 30 years.

The film, based on a popular novel set in the early 20th century in the capital, reveals how amagician wins back his lover from a warlord.

The novel is a melancholy melodrama, but Yee has turned it into a comedy to pleaseaudiences.

CF:  Youku Signs Content Deal With Twentieth Century Fox

Youku Inc., China’s leading Internet television company (”Youku”), announced a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on 11 Jan, under which Youku will license 250 titles of new release and library films.

CF: Deals and Disputes Multiply in China Video Sector(FBA)

Independent Australian-Canadian sex shop comedy Red Light Revolution (2010) has also been picked up for release by Tudou Inc.

You Are the Apple of My Eye

Thanks to China’s censors, several scenes that make up nine minutes of the movie were edited out. Apparently, things like masturbation and kissing are deemed unsuitable for general viewing in China. Also, the character Boner, has had his name changed to something more innocuous.

Ko was noticeably absent from a promotion event held in Shanghai earlier this month, but he flew into Beijing to meet fans on Monday. He said that he didn’t attend the event because he was upset about the deleted scenes.

Yang, 25, became one of the most popular actresses with a rise to instant fame in 2011. The Beijing native began acting at 4 years old and rose to fame for her role in the TV series “Palace” in 2011.

The two actresses are rumoured to be unhappy about how their names are placed in promotional materials

The cast list on the movie poster also came in two different formats. In the Taiwanese version, Shu Qi’s name was listed before Vicki, while in the Chinese version, the latter’s name was listed first. The movie production company was said to have used this method to pacify both actresses.

Posters for  Doze Niu’s “Love”

Sorrows and Joys of Love edition (Sina)23

The Hong Kong singer found out the gender of his baby after taking his wife to an ultrasound scan

WPost: China denounces ‘Hong Konger’ trend

China is battling what it sees as a subversive challenge: an academic survey showing that many in this former British colony identify little with China.

More photos from the MontBlanc event in Beijing

Wu Chun

Vivian Hsu is ready to spin the Wheel of Fortune!

Vivian Hsu

Wu Chun, Vivian Hsu, Kevin Tsai, Yang Lan (one of the “Chinese Oprahs”) (Sina-slideshow)

January 12, 2012

January 12, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CRI: Actress Yu Nan to Star in ‘The Expendables 2′

Born in 1978, Yu Nan studied acting at the Beijing Film Academy, China’s top educational institution for film talent.

Her acting talent was discovered by director Wang Quan’an who cast her in the lead role of the 1999 film “Lunar Eclipse”. Yu later worked with Wang Quan’an in several more films, the best-known one being “Tuya’s Marriage”, which garnered the top prize at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.

Yu’s fluency in English also landed her a role in Wachowski brothers’ 2008 live-action film “Speed Racer”. She also speaks French.

CRI: 3D Monkey King Makes Debut in China

Western classic music has been added into the film soundtrack catering to the international market, compared to the traditional version featuring the music of Chinese opera.

A group of popular actors, singers and directors including Feng Xiaogang, Yao Chen, and Chen Daoming have been invited to dub for the film.

FBA: Fuchun Mountains spring up in Dubai

The story involves a gang of thieves who attempt to steal one of China’s most famous landscape paintings, Huang Gongwang’s “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”. The mid-14th century work was burnt into two halves in 1650 that in recent decades have been kept in separate museums in Taipei and Hangzhou, China.

Lin Chi-Ling at the press conference

Zhang Jingchu

Andy Lau answers questions (Sina-gallery)

The new date now sets the 13 city release before the awards and before the nominations are announced on 24 Jan 2012.

SG Movie review: The Great Magician (A1)

Forget about the plot and this happy mishmash of genres and cliches actually surprises you.

Expect great acting and moments of lucid philosophical insights into love and politics.

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Lau Ching-Wan

Lau Ching-Wan

Lau Ching-Wan using a unique weapon, a turkey drumstick from a Renaissance Fair

Tony Leung fights ninja

Zhou Xun and Lau Ching-Wan fighting

Yan Ni and Lau Ching-Wan (Sina-gallery)

Tony Leung, Zhou Xun, Lam Suet and Yan Ni attended the Guangzhou premiere

(Sina-gallery)

A1: China’s daredevils to stars

It may look like a horrific road accident, but Li is actually working and this is the eighth time he has been hit in one morning.

CF: Mainland Box Office Performance in First Week 2012

The most anticipated new-released movie “You Are the Apple of My Eye” is now deemed as a dark horse, earning a strong $4.35 million through its three days debut.

Cherie Chung appearing in Beijing for MontBlanc.

Hong Gu looks like she’s ready to appear in “Bauhinia Woman”! (Sina-slideshow)

CNA: Jay Chou: “Honestly, going on matchmaking sessions is just tragic!”

MSN: Jackie Chan flirts with female co-star on-set

MSN: Aaron Kwok and Lynn Hung to announce marriage this year?

MSN: Edison Chen to quit smoking for Janice Man?

When Janice expressed dislike for smokers, he shot a video, which said he would quit smoking, on New Year’s Eve. Later, he added a video of himself after exercising, and confessed that he has asthma, with hopes that his actions would touch the model.

January 10, 2012

January 10, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Lovesick review

Taiwan’s Ariel Lin bounces back into movies with a slick rom-com about a love-shy young woman.

FBA: Flying Dragon, Dancing Phoenix review

CRI: Dear Enemy review

“Dear Enemy” is a poor movie in almost every sense, a rating of four out of 10 does it enough justice. The only explanation for its popularity is perhaps that moviegoers have had too much intense viewing of late with “The Flowers of War” and “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”, so that a modern, light-hearted film holds some appeal for them for a change, never mind how cheesy it is.

Movie Review: Turning Point: Laughing Gor returns (A1)

Once again, that Hong Kong movie malaise of an uneven plot and bad acting kicks in. Some scenes - particularly between Tse and Ng - are good, some simply barmy.

CF: Actress Zhao Wei and Actor Huang Xiaoming Cooperate for the First Time

Huayi Brothers, the production company behind the urban romance “LOVE”, invited actor Huang Xiaoming to shoot a short film in an effort to promote the film “LOVE”. The short film will be screened prior to the feature length movie’s release on February 14, during the Valentine’s Day slot.

Huang Xiaoming

Zhao Wei (Sina)

CF: Launch Ceremony for “Mission: Rescue” Held in Beijing

CF: Still Life with Zhang Yimou: Authorized Biography Hits the Stands

Love in the Buff will be released simultaneously in Hong Kong and the Mainland

(Sina)

Guo Tao and Rose Chan have finished their part in the film shoot of  Xiong Xinxin’s “Glory Days” in Yunnan.

(Sina)

SGYahoo: Sean Lau & Deannie Yip shine in Hong Kong(FBA)

The Hong Kong Film Critics Society announced veteran actor Sean Lau Ching Wan as the winner of the Best Actor Award and Deannie Yip the winner of the Best Actress Award at the 18th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards.

MSN: Jackie Chan’s wife supervises his filming

Jackie Chan was in Taiwan recently, to shoot a scene for his 101th movie 12 Zodiacs, with his wife, retired actress Joan Lin in tow.

Jackie and wife

Jackie guides actress Yao Xingtong

Co-star Korean Kwon Sang-hoo

Kwon Sang-hoo (Sina)23

A1: Is Janice Man Edison Chen’s new girl?

SGYahoo: Edison Chen’s new girlfriend

MSN: Cecilia Cheung shares short homemade videos

Recently, the actress took interest in producing online video clips, in which her two sons were lead actors.

Lucas (Sina-gallery)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung responds to reconciliation rumour

The actress appeared to be in a great mood at a recent event appearance

MSN: Aaron Kwok unscathed from 3–metre high fall

The singer hopes to stage another concert in Hong Kong soon

Decked in a hat and dark shades, Hong Kong veteran singer Aaron Kwok appeared stylishly handsome when he graced the opening ceremony of a shopping mall yesterday.

In The 33D Invader, Wu plays Future, a woman who travels from the year 2046 to 2011 in search of a healthy man to impregnate her because the entire male population had become sterile due to alien radiation.

Meanwhile, Wu appears to be at a crossroad in her life. She posted on her Weibo account on Christmas Day: “The older you get, the less you know about what you want, which gets you thinking harder about what you want.

“So what do I really want?”

The 39-year-old was among 40 celebrities helping ambitious teenagers fulfill their dreams.

Pan Qianqian is the new singing sensation in China.

Her boss realised her talent and encouraged her to take part in the Star Way, a major singing competition organised by China Central Television (CCTV).

Her ability to sing in both female and male tones helped her win the monthly competition and boosted her to fame when the show was broadcast in October last year.

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