HKMDB Daily News

May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: ”37″ Premieres in Beijing

CF: Taiwan and Hong Kong Films Sweep Chinese Film Media Awards

Ann Hui

Deanie Ip

Lau Ching-Wan


Johnnie To

Ni Ni

Zhang Ziyi

Aarif Lee, Ni Ni (Sina)234567

CF: Shawn Yue’s Image in “Motorway” Unveiled

Starring Shawn Yue and Anthony Wong, the gangster film “Motorway” is set to hit mainland cinemas on June 21. Prior to its release, a series of photos have been released which gives audiences a glimpse of the leading roles’ images in the film.

CF: Gong Li on China-US Film Ties

CF: More than A Dress

Chinese actress Gong Li, who was an award present guest at this year’s Cannes, once said that she wouldn’t grace the red carpet if her films were not nominated for film festivals.

But it seemed that most of the Chinese mainland actresses who appeared on the Cannes red carpet this year were only there to show off their glorious dresses.

A running joke this year is that when reporting on the Paris Fashion Week, many foreign publications accidentally labelled actress Li Xiaolu’s photo under Fan’s name, suggesting that though Chinese stars attend these events, they are still largely unrecognized.

As actress Zhang Ziyi said last year, without films, Cannes is colorless. The best way to look good on the red carpet is to wear a beautiful dress, while promoting an actual film.

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

CNA:  Zhang Ziyi vows to seek justice over false reports “whatever the cost”

CNA:  Zhang Ziyi had sex for money? It’s all “lies”, says management team

MSN: Zhang Ziyi threatens to sue over Bo claims

MSN: Zhou Xun avoids Vicki Zhao by using body double

The actresses who are rumoured to be on bad terms avoided each other on the set of their new movie

MSN: Shiga Lin admits to having sexual relations with K-Chek

May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF/THR: Dangerous Liaisons: Cannes Review

An interesting twist on a classic plot, Dangerous Liaisons is essentially a deluxe soap opera. But with its beautiful cast and gorgeous production design, it is still a highly enjoyable way to waste two hours.

CF: China Lion Eyes U.S. Market With Cannes Pickups

… it has a deal with AMC Entertainment to screen up to 15 titles a year, include the raunchy Hong Kong comedy Vulgaria, Taiwanese romantic comedies Girlfriend Boyfriend and When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep, warlord actioner The Bullet Vanishes and Thai martial arts pic Rebirth.

CF: Release Date for “Nightmare” Announced

The production company for the upcoming thriller “Nightmare”, which is directed by Herman Yau and starring Fiona Sit, Huang Xuan and Zhou Chuchu, announced its July 6th mainland release date yesterday.

CF: Character Posters of “Caught in the Web” Released

Chen Kaige, known for his top award-winning film at Cannes “Farewell to My Concubine,” has turned his focus to ordinary people and hot topics in modern times in his latest film.

The film revolves around the problems caused by internet violence and “flesh searches” in modern society.

A few of the character posters for “Caught in the Web”

Yao Chen

Gao Yuanyuan

Wang Xueqi

Wang Luodan (Sina)

CF: Lu Chuan’s First Micro Film Releases Poster

Director Lu Chuan’s first micro film “The Way of the Heart” releases its poster.

In more micro film news, actress Huang Yi is directing her first micro film, “Exchange”, based on a true incident in which a female university student inspired by the ‘paperclip for a villa’ (see links below) exchanged two rings and in four months after three more exchanges built a classroom building. Huang Yi developed an interest in micro films when she was invited to act in another micro film earlier. This time, she was invited by the Shanghai International Film Festival’s director of micro film projects to direct and Huang readily accepted.

Huang Yi

Huang Yi and young actors (Sina)

Student barters rings to build school in Guizhou

From paper-clip to house, in 14 trades

Vicki Zhao’s directorial debut “To Our Past Youth” finished shooting in Nanjing and Shanghai, and the cast and crew are in the midst of their shoot at the Huangguoshu Waterfall, a famous scenic spot in Guizhou Province.

Another June edition of L’Officiel, with Huang Yi on the cover this time.

The Hong Kong actor is said to have become more caring and cheerful after officially ending his marriage recently

Zhang Ziyi, as ambassador of the event, was all smiles at the 12th Chinese Film Media Awards last night

May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: New Perfect Two review

Vehicle for Taiwan singer Vic Chou is thin but okay, and very well packaged.

CF:Cast and crew Promote “Passion Island” in Beijing(Sina)

CF: “Under the Temptation” Released Teaser Poster

On June 8, the film will open in mainland theatres. The cast includes Liu Hua, Feng Lei, Bian Yuan, and Dong Lifan, and deals with a group of Average Joes – a taxi driver, a salesman, a doctor – who fight amongst each other over 5 million yuan

Greed kills (Sina)

Poster for Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan’s “Lacuna”

Joan Chen is back working behind the camera as director and screenwriter for “SARS Sweetheart” set in Shanghai during the SARS epidemic. The short film, produced by Alexi Tan, is one of a series of female-directed shorts in the “ELLE 5.20 I Love You” series. Jiang Yiyan and South Korean actor Teo Yoo are the leads in Chen’s film.

Two days ago, comic actor Peng Bo (”Crazy Stone”, “Crazy GPS”, “Crazy Stupid Thieves”) was seriously injured in an auto accident in Shanghai and is in the intensive care unit in the hospital. His assistant was driving the car when he tried to overtake an oncoming truck to catch up with a crew vehicle before it hit a tree on the roadside. Peng was resting in the back seat when the accident happened. An updated report says that his condition has stabilized today.

A1: Zhang Ziyi in paid sex scandal with Bo Xilai: Reports

Zhang Ziyi’s legal team issued an open letter to Apple Daily on Weibo demanding a retraction and an apology. (Sina)

MSN: Faye Wong and Li Yapeng are not having more children

Faye’s 15-year-old daughter, Dou Jing Tong, whose father is Faye’s ex-husband Dou Wei, also attended the opening ceremony, where her mature style attracted media attention.

Dou Jingtong (Sina-slideshow)

Bobby Yip, Rainbow Woo and (ex-Edison Chen girlfriend) Cammi Tse recently shot a series of photos in Tokyo to promote an online game.

Rainbow Woo, Bobby Yip, Cammi Tse

Dangerous Liaisons (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Dangerous Liaisons
5/29/2012 by Stephen Dalton

Director Hur Jin-Ho sets his adaptation of the famed French novel in 1930s Shanghai, with Zhang Ziyi and Jang Dong-gun in starring roles.

A womanizing playboy and his scheming ex-lover play destructive power games in this ravishing relocation of an 18th century French literary classic to 1930s Shanghai. Already adapted for the big screen multiple times, Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos clearly has evergreen appeal across cultural, language and age barriers.

Premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, this latest remake by the Chinese-Korean director Hur Jin-Ho falls short of the most celebrated version, directed by Stephen Frears in 1988. But glossy production values, a universally familiar plot, and the presence of international names like Zhang Ziyi in the cast should ensure modest commercial interest in foreign markets.

In roles made famous by John Malkovich and Glenn Close respectively, the suave Korean actor Jang Dong-gun brings a Clark Gable louchness to the role of heartbreaking libertine Xie Yifan. A luminous Cecilia Cheung also oozes toxic charm as his manipulative sparring partner, the wealthy femme fatale Mo Jieyu. Cast against her usual sex-kitten type, Zhang Ziyi steps into Michelle Pfeiffer’s shoes as Du Yufen, an earnest young widow who becomes a key pawn in Fan and Mo’s revenge-driven seduction wager. But playing poker with other people’s hearts can backfire, as Fan finds when he falls in love for real with the target of his fraudulent advances. It can only end in tears - and worse.  

Shanghai in its bustling 1930s prime has always held dramatic appeal for filmmakers as the historical flashpoint where China’s bright young things partied away the jazz age against a backdrop of gangland wars, political insurrection and imminent Japanese invasion. Films that have recreated this glamorous locale include Zhang Yimou’s Shanghai Triad, James Ivory’s The White Countess, Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun and - set a few years later - Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution.  

Hur Jin-Ho’s adaptation reimagines Shanghai as an opulent eastern mirror image of 18th century Paris or 19th century Vienna, with its grand operas, bed-hopping aristocrats and lavish society balls. The costumes are a blazingly colorful pageant of velvet and silk, the opulent interiors cathedrals to Art Nouveau grandeur. All gleaming chrome and polished mahogany, gold leaf and stained glass, the film is an immersively sensual experience.  

Less impressively, the sets are mostly stagey and too brightly lit. Some of the backdrops look cheap and badly integrated, while an exterior street location recurs with suspicious regular throughout the action. The score, mostly consisting of a persistent and syrupy orchestral waltz, also becomes intrusive at times.  

Following the French Revolution, the original Choderlos de Laclos novel was hailed in some quarters as a critique of the corrupt decadence of France’s old elite. Similar historical hindsight could be read into this remake, which damns the self-destructive sensualists of pre-Communist China as haughty, scheming, pathological sadists. But if so, any political subtext is buried very deeply. The street protestors who feature tangentially in the action are never even contextualized for non-Chinese audiences. This is not a deep movie.

An interesting twist on a classic plot, Dangerous Liaisons is essentially a deluxe soap opera. But with its beautiful cast and gorgeous production design, it is still a highly enjoyable way to waste two hours.

Venue: Cannes, Directors’ Fortnight screening, May 24
Production company: Zonbo Media, Homerun Asia
Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Dong-gun Jang, Cecilia Cheung, Lisa Lu, Shawn Dou
Director: Hur Jin-Ho
Producer: Weiming Chang
Sales company: Arclight Films

May 28, 2012

May 28, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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ChinaDaily: A Hong Kong odyssey

Hong Kong cinema is merging into the larger Chinese cinema, gaining strength and at the same time losing its own identity.

CF: An Extras’ Life in Hengdian

CF: Gong Li Unveils New Projects at Cannes

MSN: Gong Li denies pregnancy rumours(CNA)

In other related news, the actress will be starring in the Hollywood movie, Marco Polo, later in the year where she will be portraying a Mongolian queen.

CF: Actress Qin Lan’s New Film “Be A Mother” to Release in June

CF: Angelababy Dancing in “The First Time”(Sina)

The romance film “The First Time”, starring Angelababy and Mark Chao, is set to hit cinemas on June 8. A collection of still shots featuring Angelababy dancing have been released prior to the film’s release.

“Double Trouble” will be opening in North American AMC Theatres on June 8. It will play in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, New York and Seattle. In Canada, the film will be released in Vancouver and Toronto.


“Double Trouble” trailer

(May 27) Beijing premiere for producer Pang Ho-Cheung’s “Lacuna” gets an assist from local Hooter’s girls.

Co-director Derek Tsang

Shawn Yue, Pang Ho-Cheung, Derek Tsang

Mia Yam, Lawrence Chou, Shawn Yue  (Sina)

Three of a set of character posters for the mainland release of cop drama “Black & White”


Mark Chao

Huang Bo

Mark Chao, Huang Bo


Back from Cannes, Yang Mi is busy in the studio recording a song for the OST of “Wu Dang”.


New photos showing Zhou Xun transformed into an ice spirit for Wuershan’s “Painted Skin 2″


Brigitte Lin (2nd right) attending a recent A-Mei concert at Hung Hom Coliseum


A-Mei and guest Kenny B (Sina-slideshow)

Another look at Zhang Xinyi’s tattoo (first seen here), from a recent OK! Magazine event.


SGYahoo: John Woo may have throat cancer

Sina: Terence Chang issued a statement denying recent rumors that John Woo had throat or pancreatic cancer or a heart ailment. According to him, Woo had the beginnings of a throat tumor removed at the beginning of the year in Taipei and went to the US to rest but he was not hospitalized there as reported. John Woo also called the media and reassured them that he was in good health and only had a small tumor on the neck that had spread to his tonsils removed. 23

SGYahoo: Fan Bingbing for “Iron Man 3″?

CF: Feng Shaofeng and Mou Girl Ni Ni: New Pair in Chinese Film Circle

MSN: Female fan falls off bridge while watching Lee Hom’s concert

SGYahoo: TVB implements proper conduct guidelines

May 25, 2012

May 25, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Cast Members Promote Wuxia Drama “The Four”

At the news conference, Gordon Chan revealed that the second and the third installments are set to kick off shooting soon, a move to complete the trilogy. The cast and crew of the coming films have already arrived at the Hengdian Film Base located in Zhejing Province, prepared for the new projects.

CF: Zhang Ziyi, Cecilia Cheung Vie for One Man in “Dangerous Liaisons”

The movie “Dangerous Liaisons” Released its first trailer at Cannes International Film Festival. Two new posters were also unveiled. It is slated for release on September.


CRI: ’Dangerous Liaisons’ Well Received in Cannes

In the following interactive sessions with the audience and the press, producer Chen said he was surprised and yet honored by the full attendance and positive response, adding that the film was still in post production and the version for Cannes had been edited in a hurry.

Shanghai-set ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ seduces Cannes

Cecilia Cheung (Sina)

“The Avengers” reigned supreme in mainland theaters for the third week in a row

On the local films side, renowned director Ning Hao’s new entry “Guns N’ Roses” surged past the $23.85million mark over four weeks of release, maintaining its domination over all other domestic titles.

Wong Kar-Wai unveiled a 5 minute trailer at Cannes yesterday

Zhang Ziyi in a snowy scene


Stills of Lin Chi-Ling in various guises and fashions for “Switch” (aka “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”)

Flight attendant

Fashionable lady

In the bathtub


Wild child

Wearing a sexy evening gown (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu in the June issue of L’Officiel


And Zhang Jingchu dining in Rome (via Weibo)

CNA: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung officially divorced, says Cheung’s manager

Cheung’s manager confirmed that Cheung had on Sunday received legal documents finalising her divorce from Tse,

MSN: Cecilia Cheung celebrates 32nd birthday with her sons

In other related news, it is rumoured that the actress, who was scheduled to present an award at the film festival might not be able to do so as the role will be taken over by Gong Li.

Hong Kong actor Him Law recently admitted that he knew wealthy Hong Kong businessman Lau Ding Sing and had posed for some photos for Lau

May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: An Inaccurate Memoir review

Actor Huang Xiaoming shines in a quirky, blackly comic tale of bandit heroes during WW2.

Part western, part martial arts homage, part Sino-Japanese resistance drama riff, An Inaccurate Memoir is a bustling mixture of genre references and colourful characters that ultimately celebrates the heroism of unnamed “ordinary people” (its Chinese title).

John Woo Has Cancer?

According to authoritative sources, the reason John Woo has postponed the filming of “Love and Let Love” (formerly “Pacific Steamer”), starring Chang Chen, Zhang Ziyi and Song Hye-Kyo, is that while preparing for production in April the director was hospitalized for laryngeal cancer in the US. According to previous rumours, Woo had surgery for a heart ailment or pancreatic cancer. Producer Terence Chang did not return calls from reporters but according to a friend Woo did not have heart problems. Woo is currently recuperating in the US and he is optimistic that Woo will begin working again by the end of the year. Speaking of the remake of “The Killer”, to be directed by Lee Jae-Han (John H. Lee), Chang said that Nicolas Cage and James Franco are being considered but not yet confirmed.(Sina)

FBA: Yeoh stirred by CJ Cooktales

Production is now underway in Thailand on Cooktales, an English-language drama about food and family set in Singapore.

The much-delayed film is directed by South Korea’s Gina Kim and stars Asian superstar Michelle Yeoh.

CF: Jiang Wen to Shoot “Gone With The Bullets”

Leading Chinese filmmaker Jiang Wen is likely to reunite with Gong Li in his latest directorial project, Gone With The Bullets

CF: Jiang Wen’s “Gone With The Bullets” Releases Posters at Cannes

Jiang Wen’s latest project, sequel to the 2010 blockbuster “Let the Bullets Fly,” released two posters at Cannes International Film Festival. The movie, titiled “Gone with the Bullets,” is expected to start shooting between September and October this year and the release date is set for late 2013.


CF: Latest Pics Unveil the Holy Land of Wu Dang at Cannes

Partial cast of “Wu Dang”

Yang Mi

Fan Siu-Wong

Dennis To Yu-Hang

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk)

Xu Jiao

Father and daughter, Vincent Zhao and Xu Jiao (Sina-gallery)

CF: Cannes Planning Surprise Screening Of Non-Fest Films

Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmasters” may be included

A Wong Kar-Wai microfilm “Deja Vu”, sponsored by Chivas Regal, had its world premiere at Cannes May 18 and stars Chang Chen and supermodel Du Juan.  It will premiere in China June 15. (Sina)

CF: Cecilia Cheung Promotes “Dangerous Liaisons” at Cannes

Today is Cecilia Cheung’s 32nd birthday (Sina)2

The film, featuring Fiona Sit and Chapman To and directed by Fung Chi Keung, is slated to screen in the summer on the mainland. 

CF: Babara Wong Set her Foot in Mainland wih”9090″

CF: New Trailer of Chen Kaige’s “Caught in the Web”

A1/AFP: ’Monkey’ to go West again as cinema power shifts East

CNA: Anthony Wong blasts “unprofessional” Chinese production teams


Zhang Jingchu starting on “I Trust You”

Zhang Jingchu is in Rome to begin shooting “I Trust You” an Italian film about global food safety. Filming will also take place in China and Hong Kong. (Sina)2

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Edison Chen, Leni Lan, et al

The big news this week is Lau Ding-sing’s private photo collection. The Apple Daily reported that the wealthy Hong Kong businessman claims to have 100,000 photos of partially dressed and fully nude male celebrities.

SGYahoo: Aaron Kwok not changing plans for marriage

A1: Michelle Yeoh delighted with ‘Datuk Seri’ title

MSN: Edison Chen invited Joyce Wu to his hotelSGYahoo

There seems to be no end to Edison Chen’s philandering ways as his provocative text messages to Chinese actress Joyce Wu came to light recently.

Joyce Wu Sifan


May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: ”The Guillotines” Set to Hit Theaters on December 20

Set in the period of the Qing Emperor Qianlong, the film revolves around a secretive organization called The Guillotines which is composed of young martial arts masters who carry out the government’s orders to kill those who go against the government’s ruling.

Well Go USA has acquired the rights for North America (Sina)

CF: Backup Packages Bona’s ‘Lady’

Backup Films, the expanding financial-packaging division of Paris-based Backup Media Group, is negotiating an addition to its burgeoning roster of French-Chinese co-productions: “The Lady in the Portrait,” starring Fan Bingbing.

CF: Character Posters Revealed for “The Four”

“The Four”, adapted from Wen Ruian’s classic novel, is tagged as a supernatural wuxia film, a new area for this genre.

Collin Chou

Anthony Wong

Ronald Cheng

Deng Chao

Jiang Yiyan

Liu Yifei

Wu Xiubo (Sina)

CF: Final Poster Released for “37″

Final poster of the movie “37″ was released. Starring Liu Xiaoqing and Charlie Young, it will feature Liu as a middle-aged local woman while Young as a white collar that comes to the prairie with her daughter.

Charlie Young and “Olympic girl” Lin Miaoke

Lin Miaoke

Liu Xiaoqing (Sina)

CF: Official Poster of “Double Trouble” Unveiled

Jaycee Chan portrays a Taiwanese security guard, while Xia Yu plays a security guard visiting from China. The two men, along with a tour guide portrayed by Chen Handian, get into trouble following a burglary at the Imperial Palace.

More posters featuring Jaycee, Jessica C and Shoko


Poster for “Passion Island” (”Rei Ai Do”) starring Simon Yam, Joan Chen, Francis Ng, Song Jia, Chang Chen, and Janice Man in a trio of tales about love. Opens June 1.

Janice Man, Chang Chen

Joan Chen, Simon Yam

Francis Ng, Song Jia

Janice Man, Chang Chen (Sina)2

“Passion Island” trailer

Final poster for Pang Ho-Cheung’s “Lacuna”, co-directed by Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan Chi-Man.

Shawn Yue and Zhang Jingchu try to unravel what happened after one drunken night. Opens June 1, Children’s Day.

Kiss the frog, Shawn!

Now, it’s Zhang Jingchu’s turn (Sina)23

Teaser trailer

Three years after filming, David Stern and the NBA has authorized promotional activities for ”Amazing” the basketball-themed movie for a summer release. The film includes NBA stars Dwight Howard, Scottie Pippen and Carmelo Anthony as well as Huang Yi, Stephen Fung, Huang Xiaoming and Amber Kuo.

Dwight Howard, Huang Xiaoming

Dwight Howard

2010: Yep, it’s been that long. (Sina)2

Lead actors Huang Yi and Geng Le along with foreign cast members attended the event.

FBA: China’s Wanda to pay $2.6bn for AMC

CF: Chinese Firm’s Deal to Buy AMC May Spur Others

CF: Microfilms will be coming shortly to a screen near you

CF: Poster of Jackie Chan’s Film “CZ12″ Released in Cannes

CF: Jackie Chan Lands his Last Punch as an Action Star

CF: Jackie Chan Retiring From Action Movies with “CZ 12″

CNA: Jackie Chan not retiring, but “Chinese Zodiac” to be his last big action film

MSN: Edison Chen in scuffle with the paparazzi

MSN: Aaron Kwok’s girlfriend, Lynn Hung, vows to talk less about their relationship

MSN: Kelly Chen wants to be in-laws with Andy Lau

SGYahoo: Lau Ding Sing claims Him Law had posed for him

Lau had also mentioned actor William Chen, whose name was not among those in the list, to be ‘young, smooth, cute and sweet’ and had modeled for him several years ago.

Chen’s agency EEG also released a press statement that Chen and Lau did not know each other and would be pursuing legal action against Lau, for false information.

Many Hong Kong artists were shocked to hear that musician Lee Ming Ho was involved with the rape case of an actress recently.

May 18, 2012

May 18, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Blood Stained Shoes review

So-so village ghost story with an interesting cast and curious structure.

ScreenDaily: Mystery review

Lou Ye’s return to sanctioned film-making in China is anything but an artistic or thematic compromise… It’s rare to see an official Chinese movie that takes such a stark look at life today. Set in the rain-drenched city of Wuhan, Lou shows us an urban world of web and text-obsessed people, fast cars, designer fashions and Starbucks that could be any western city.

Qi Xi (Sina)

CF: Hong Kong’s Pegasus to produce Ip Man 3D

Yip will be travelling to the US and Europe to scout for 3D technicians and expertise to shoot the film, as well as exploring Asia where 3D production standards are rising. He hopes to start production in December for release at the end of 2013.

Variety: Bruno Wu backs John Woo’s ‘Killer’

Producer talks up his new Chinawood facilityCRI: John Woo to Remake “The Killer” in English

CRI: Andy Lau to Star in “Iron Man 3″

Fan Bingbing and Yang Mi are said to have been signed but DMG CEO Dan Mintz denied the reports but acknowledged having been in contact with Fan Bingbing, Yao Chen and Liu Ye.  (Sina)2

CF: We Distribution Reveals Lam’s Beauty

We Distribution is unveiling romantic comedy, The Truth Of Beauty, produced by Peter Ho-sun Chan and directed by Aubrey Lam.

FBA: Sexploitation receives extra dimension

China 3D Digital Distribution Ltd has unveiled details of Sex And Zen II: 4D Sexecution , its follow-up to last year’s innovative hit 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy.

CRI: Koo, Lau, Cheung Join Universe’s Cartel War

Hong Kong’s Universe Films has unveiled the cast for Benny Chan’s upcoming action film The Cartel War, which will star Louis Koo, Lau Ching Wan and Nick Cheung.

CF: Still and Behind-the-Scene Shots from “Lacuna”

CF: Liu Xiaoqing and Charlie Young’s Movie “37″ Hits Cinemas June 1

CF: ”Million Dollar Crocodile” Set for Release in June

The film tells the story of a crocodile on the rampage in Beijing. Barbie Hsu and Guo Tao portray the film’s leading roles while Lin Lisheng, who previously shot “A Disappearing Village”, took the helm as the project’s director.

CF: Monkey King’s Next Jump

Recently, it was reported that Liu Xiao Ling Tong would star in a film adaptation of Journey to the West, potentially cooperating with well-know directors James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and others. Liu Xiao Ling Tong has confirmed this on his microblog.

Local films faced tough challenges in a market strewn with Hollywood titles that certainly threaten their survival. “Guns N’ Roses”was the only release that earned a decent return of $9.6million this week, bringing its gross over 14-days in release to $20.07million. The remaining local titles suffered relatively meager box office.

The producers behind the absurd romantic comedy “Let it Be” have released three character posters featuring three lead actors Joan Chen, Van Fan and Song Jinxiao. The film is expected to release during the summer holiday slot.

CRI: Cannes Film Festival Kicks off

CF: Chinese Stars Grace the Red Carpet of Cannes Int’l Film Fest

CF: Jackie Chan Takes his “CZ 12″ Cast to Cannes

Boarding Air Jackie to Cannes

Li Bingbing among the passengers (Sina-gallery)

CF: Poster of Jackie Chan’s Film “CZ12″ Released in Cannes

CF: Cast and Crew Promote “Painted Skin 2″ in Cannes

Cannes poster for “Switch” (aka “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”)

Starring Andy Lau, Lin Chi-ling, Zhang Jingchu

FBA: Sun on the Chinese cinema landscape

Film Business Asia talked to Jay Sun who is making his directorial debut with Switch

CF: ”Switch” Releases International Trailer at Cannes

“Switch” trailer


Newly released stills of Cecilia Cheung and Jang Dong-gun in “Dangerous Liaisons”


TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

SGYahoo: Cecilia Cheung to star in Hollywood movieSina

Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung could be the next Chinese star who would be appearing in a Hollywood blockbuster soon.

MSN: Shu Qi no longer with Lee Hom?

The actress was seen shopping happily with a mysterious man earlier this month

The actress admitted to receiving a ring from her beau but denied rumours that they are getting married

MSN: Zhang Yimou’s family photo revealed online

A1: Gong Li’s Singaporean husband confirms divorce rumoursCNA

Singaporean businessman Ooi Hoe Seong has personally come out to say that he and Gong Li have been divorced for three years.

In other related news, according to a netizen’s tip-off, Gong Li was seen consciously hiding her tummy at the 2nd China-France Film Festival on May 14 and looked visibly tired. The actress, who is dating and living with a French photographer, 13 years her junior, for the past six years, is speculated to be pregnant.

No, it isn’t an exhibition of those kind of photos.

Lok’s revelation has inadvertently put every single TVB actress aged around 23 under suspicion and sparked renewed speculation over the identity of the alleged victim.

The scandal revolves around wealthy 62-year-old Hong Kong businessman Lau Ding Sing, who is currently on trial for acquiring about 60,000 photos (some of them through intimidation) of a number of men - including a few actors and models - in various states of undress, and allegedly using these photos to blackmail some of these men into submitting to his will. 

May 17, 2012

Mystery (Screen Daily review)

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17 May, 2012
By Mike Goodridge

Dir: Lou Ye. China-France. 2012. 98mins

Lou Ye’s return to sanctioned film-making in China is anything but an artistic or thematic compromise. A twisted and dark portrait of the amoral rich, corrupt police and sexually promiscuous in the country today, it is based on a selection of stories culled from the Internet that reflect contemporary society. Although the central story leans towards the melodramatic, Lou’s confident blend of realism and poetry keeps it on track.

It’s rare to see an official Chinese movie that takes such a stark look at life today. Set in the rain-drenched city of Wuhan, Lou shows us an urban world of web and text-obsessed people, fast cars, designer fashions and Starbucks that could be any western city. Whether it will score a Chinese release is yet to be determined, but sales agent Wild Bunch should make more robust international sales on Mystery than the two films he made in exile – Spring Fever and Love & Bruises.

The film opens with a dramatic prologue in which two arrogant young rich kids race each other in cars through a tunnel just outside the city. Coming out of the tunnel, one of the cars mows down and kills a young woman walking in the driving rain and ploughs into a truck.

The story subsequently calms somewhat, as Lu Jie (Hao Lei) is befriended in her daughter’s playground by Sang Qi (Qi Xi) and her son and the two decide to have playdates in the future. Over coffee one day, Sang Qi confides in Lu Jie that she believes that her husband is cheating on her, the very same moment that Lu Jie looks out of the window and sees her own husband Yongzhao (Qin Hao) walking into the hotel opposite with a young girl. A distraught Lu Jie waits for them to finish their assignation and follows the young girl. This young girl, it emerges, is the girl killed in the pre-title sequence.

As Lu Jie faces up to her husband’s apparently rampant infidelity, the police are persuaded by the rich parents of the young men not to press criminal charges over the death of the girl. Her mother is paid off and only one cop who coincidentally used to date the dead girl presses for further investigation.

There’s sexual deceit, revenge, blackmail, and more murder before the film finishes, and along the way, virtually all the characters have sacrificed any sense of decency in the quest for material riches and sexual fulfillment.

Lou uses handheld camera to visceral effect but he is not beyond striking visual effects and a penchant for hard rain to heighten the drama.

Production companies: Dream Author Pictures, Les Films du Lendemain

International sales: Wild Bunch,

Producers: Lou Ye, Chen Xi, Nai An, Kristina Larsen

Screenplay: Mei Feng, Yu Fan, Lou Ye

Cinematography: Zeng Jian

Editor: Simon Jacquet

Production designer: Peng Shaoying

Music: Peyman Yazdanian

Main cast:: Hao Lei, Qin Hao, Qi Xi, Zu Feng, Zhu Yawen, Chang Fangyuan, Qu Ying


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