HKMDB Daily News

June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Jackie Chan Lining Up English-Language Action Comedy

Based on an original idea of Chan’s, the story is a two-hander action comedy featuring a detective (Chan) who must track down an American gambler that has skipped out on his debt owed to a Macau casino syndicate. The settings include Hong Kong, Macau, Eastern Europe and mainland China.

THR: ’Matrix’ Fight Choreographer Talks Working With Keanu Reeves, Jackie Chan

Yuen Woo-Ping is being honored at the Paris Cinema Film Festival and is currently working on Reeves’ directorial debut.

CF: ”Painted Skin 2″ Grosses 6 Million at First Round of Screening

“Painted Skin: The Resurrection” is screened only in 3D currently.

CF: Stars Promote “Naked Soldier” in Beijing

CF: Cast and Crew Promote “The Zodiac Mystery” in Beijing

ChinaDaily: Chinese films stuck in the past

No wonder, the world’s impression of China still focuses on the “cultural revolution” (1966-76), men’s long braids typical of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and foot binding. Those indeed are representative of China’s past, but other parts are often neglected, and the true stories of China and its people have long been misread. The varnished and sometimes demonized images simply hold the real China back from the rest of the world.

Micro News

Zhou Xun

Stills from a media set visit in Beijing for the latest celebrity micro film, “I Know You”, starring Zhou Xun and Jing Bo-Ran. Produced by Pang Ho-Cheung, Wing Shya directs from a script by Jody Luk (”Love in the Buff”). In the fantasy romance, Zhou Xun plays three roles, as a teacher, a beautician and a doctor, as well as an alien who like to eat Earth’s food. Jing Bo-Ran plays a chef. The film was shown to the media in Beijing. Wing Shya explained that the film explores the love and trust of city people and expresses the yearning for the simple life.

Latest character posters for “Wu Dang”

Vincent Zhao

Yang Mi

Xu Jiao

Fan Siu-Wong (Sina)

Poster for “Very Kidnappers”, a black comedy that reunites Jiang Wu and Zhang Mo from “Let the Bullets Fly”

Wu Zhenlin, Zhang Mo

(Sina)

Tang Wei and director Kim Tae-Yong attend the Hong Kong premiere of “Late Autumn”. Hyun Bin was absent due to work commitments. Asked for a reaction to Edison Chen’s recent declaration of love for her, Tang Wei was unwilling to give a positive response. She gave thanks to all friends and fans who like her. An staff member came to her aid and dragged her off.

In more Edison weirdness: Perhaps to try and distract attention from Tang Wei fans urging him to let go of their idol, he posted a black and white image of the back of Chow Yun-Fat from “God of Gamblers” with the words, ”I am also in love with him, someone can help me to tell him?” The two posts received over 40,000 comments. Many of Tang’s fans have already responded, asking the notorious lothario to give Tang a break and leave her alone, and suggesting that he has been watching Lust/Caution and wants to make a sequel with himself as the star. (TaipeiTimes)

You gotta check yourself, before you wreck yourself (Sina-gallery)2

Angelababy formally joined Huayi Brothers where her rumoured boyfriend Huang Xiaoming is already signed.

Jing Bo-Ran, Angelababy

Angelababy, Huayi Brothers CEO Wang Zhonglei (r) (Sina)

MSN: Tony Leung celebrates 50th birthday with close friends

CNA: Tony Leung celebrates 50th birthday in a star-studded party

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Michelle Reis wants a daughter soon?

MSN: Is Barbie Hsu finally pregnant?

SGYahoo: Zhang Ziyi in love with young Chinese idol?

CNA:  Yumiko Cheng regains consciousness from fall, says “not dead yet!”

MSN: Yumiko Cheng slips into two-day coma after falling off hill

Yumkio Cheng (2nd), Cherrie Ying (3rd), Jordan Chan (rear)

Google shows Apple: We made ours in the U.S.A.

NYTimes: Google Tries Something Retro: Made in the U.S.A.

June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault review

Taiwan’s first action blockbuster is a fiasco, redeemed only by Mainland comic Huang Bo.

CF:Acclaimed Actor Chen Qiang Dies at 94

[The article doesn't mention it but he is the father of Chen Peisi. And I highly recommend "Father and Son's Car" and "The Silly Manager", as well as "Make Ten Million", all of which feature the pair in wry comedies before the boomtimes in China surfaced.]

Chen Peisi, Chen Qiang in “Silly Manager”

“Magician’s Adventure” (1962) (Sina)2

More promotional stuff for “The Four” directed by Gordon Chan and Janet Chun

Liu Yifei

Origins of Riverdance revealed!

Anthony Wong and Wu Xiubo square off

Jiang Yiyan’s got back

Jiang Yiyan

Wu Xiubo

Wu Xiubo, Jiang Yiyan (Sina)2

Poster for “Painted Skin 2″/”Painted Skin: The Resurrection”

(Sina)

Look for Josie Ho in “Open Grave” directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego

Reading her script (and texting her agent?)

The haunting thriller sets six individuals waking up together next to a grave of rotting bodies in the middle of nowhere. None of them knows how they got there. Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, who helmed Apollo 18, is directing. (Deadline.com) (Sina)

Today is Tony Leung Chiu-Wai’s 50th birthday and Carina Lau posted this photo of him yesterday. Last year, she wrote, “Master, happy birthday to you!”. This year, “Blissful silence can also be gentle. Happy Birthday”.

And a few more from Carina’s weibo

Tony and Jacky Cheung

Tony and Kenny Bee

Carina, Tony, Brigitte Lin

Couples - Jacky, Tony, May Lo (Law Mei-Mei), Carina

Happy birthday! Thanks you all for coming! U guys rock the party!!! (Sina)

Edison Chen posted another picture of Tang Wei on his weibo with no comment other than Sharing picture, Creepy, dude.

MSN: Joey Yung asks for personal space in hand-written letter

SGYahoo: Michelle Reis removed eight benign tumours

June 26, 2012

June 26, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Love on Gallery Bridge review

Beautifully shot and acted drama of a middle-aged village woman and her three mena.

CF: Cast and Crew Promote “Natural Lovers” at SIFF

CF: Yang Mi and Feng Shaofeng: Love between Man and Fairy in “Painted Skin: The Resurrection”

CF: Alice Mak: Creator of Cartoon McDull

“Motorway” MV for theme song sung by Shawn Yue

Edison Chen is in love with Tang Wei. He recently posted on his weibo, “I’m in love with her! Can someone help me to tell her?” Edison recently performed at the Chengdu Music Festival. (Sina)

THE LITTLE BLACK JACKET IS COMING TO HK

Zhou Xun

Tang Wei (Sina-slideshow)

June 25, 2012

June 25, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Promise review

Modest but affecting rural drama that conceals much beneath its placid surface.

FBA: Beijing Blues review

Exhilarating, docu-drama-like ride with a squad of Beijing plainclothes crime-hunters.

Variety: Falling Flowers review

Although resplendently shot and elegantly appointed, this fusty biopic of Chinese novelist Xiao Hong recounts events without exploring the mind of an intellectual woman of her time.

Variety: First Time review

Like a latte with caramel on top and coffee residue at the bottom, “First Time” starts off as a treacly teen daydream and changes course halfway through to deconstruct its own romantic myth.

THR: Follow Follow review

Peng Lei’s film, about a lonely girl who adores Kurt Cobain, is one of the first rock ‘n’ roll films ever authorized by the Chinese Film Bureau.

CF: Golden Goblet Awards Presented at Shanghai International Film Festival Closing Ceremony

Both local nominated films won prizes, Gao Qunshu’s Beijing Blues for best director and Falling Flowers for best cinematography.

CF/Global Times: Small Movies with Huge Audiences

A growing trend is to include celebrity casts and crews. “We have films in line featuring big stars like Christine Fan, Elva Hsiao, Rainie Yang, Berlin Chen and Lin Chi-Ling,” Liu said. Similarly, Youku has also launched a project in collaboration with famous directors and actors. Some of their big names include Gu Changwei, Ann Hui and Wang Xiaoshuai.

Invited by the SIFF organizers, Hong Kong singer and actress Gigi Leung tried directing for the first time with her film Fortune Cookie. Leung, who was involved in writing the script, portrayed the lead character in the film. The story is about a biscuit store owner who explores life through her customers. Leung said her multiple roles in the production were “interesting and challenging.”

Like Leung, actress Huang Yi also tried the director’s seat. In her directorial debut Exchange, Huang told the story of a university student from Guizhou Province who managed to build a new school building using her incredible skills at bartering.

My Love was directed by the young Jin Yimeng, who made her name with the film Sophie’s Revenge which featured stars like Zhang Ziyi and Fan Bingbing. Her short film My Love tells the story of how a terminally ill woman addresses problems at the very end of her life. Another film directed by Tian Yuan tells of a woman psychologist and her relationships with her patients.

Poster for Huang Yi’s micro film “Exchange”

Huang Yi at the SIFF (Sina)

CF: Fabulous Original Drawings of the Fantastic “Painted Skin 2″

Stills of Zhao Wei in “Painted Skin 2″

More publicity stills for “The Four” featuring Liu Yifei. Opens July 12.

Poster for “The Four”

What does it take to get together Brigitte Lin, Sylvia Chang, Zhang Jingchu, Eric Tsang, Derek Yee, Ringo Lam, Shi Nansun as well as Andy Lau? A small party to celebrate Andy Lau’s new fatherhood at Derek Yee’s place.

And, look, there’s Teddy Robin, too!

Eric Tsang, Ringo Lam (Sina)2

“If any more immigrants come to Hong Kong , it will get overcrowded and burst.”

Follow Follow (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Follow Follow
6/24/2012 by Deborah Young

One of the first rock ‘n’ roll films ever authorized by the Chinese Film Bureau, the slight but charming Follow Follow is not a docu about Beijing’s youthful music scene, glimpsed only in passing, but a wry, fetching tale about a lonely girl whose adoration of Kurt Cobain leads her to write a song and sing with a band. This one-man show won young writer-director-editor-composer Peng Lei, the frontman of Beijing’s well-known band New Pants, the best director nod in the Shanghai Film Festival’s Asia New Talent competition. Having the earmarks of a local underground hit, it could climb international festival charts thanks to its quirky point of view on Chinese society that says a lot unemphatically.

It’s as important for Chinese kids to be cool and expressionless as it is for their Western counterparts, at least those whose way of life revolves around pop, rock and grunge concerts. A skinny girl called Even (Zhao Yiwen), who lives in a shabby room on the far edge of town, wears her leather jacket like a badge as she negotiates the summer between high school and college. She burns incense in front of a poster of her Nirvana idol, praying to him to save her from boredom. One day, courtesy of a small, unassuming special effect, he arrives in a flying saucer. Briefly explaining he’s tired after traveling all the way from Seattle, he lies down on her bed, his long blond hair obscuring his face. And there he remains for the rest of the film, a consoling fantasy that doesn’t keep the girl from the more concrete attraction of a cute guitarist (Nakano Akira) with a collection of vintage electric guitars acquired on Internet, which he naively claims belonged to musicians like Paul McCartney and Sid and Nancy. This is typical of the script’s low-key humor, and it needs no further comment to elicit a smile.

In the same way, Peng Lei’s direction is cleverly off-the-cuff and unpredictable. Just when Even seems like a talentless groupie who can’t learn to play her baby pink guitar in a fancy music school, she suddenly writes a melodious little ditty in Zen-like English on the computer (“After party, it’s time home”) which she sings with the aplomb of a seasoned pop star. It’s an affirmative moment for a girl who risked being lost in an impersonal world.

Maybe speaking for the director, Even’s boyfriend complains that Chinese rock lacks originality and is just following Western models. In a moment of reflection, Cobain also wonders why the Chinese like rock ‘n’ roll so much, and whether they even understand it. Are they attracted out of curiosity, not passion for the music? Will they lose interest when they grow up? Or perhaps it’s just a fashion, and fashion, of course, means following others.

The young actors are well cast, particularly Zhao Yiwen and her best friend (billed as Panda Jennifer), who project distinct personalities in spite of minimal dialogue and the fact that they maintain a cool silence and blank expression throughout the film.

Venue: Shanghai Film Festival
Production companies: 22Film
Cast: Zhao Yiwen, Nakano Akira, Panda Jennifer
Director: Peng Lei
Screenwriter: Peng Lei
Producer: Jianer Gan
Director of photography: Andrea Cavazzuti
Editor: Peng Lei
Music: Peng Lei
Sales Agent: 22Film
No rating, 95 minutes
THR

June 24, 2012

Falling Flowers (Variety review)

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Falling Flowers

By MAGGIE LEE

A China Film Group release of a Talent Intl. Film Co. production. (International sales: China Film Group, Beijing.) Produced by Han Sanping, Wu Hongliang. Directed by Huo Jianqi. Screenplay, Yi Fuhai, Su Xiaowei.

With: Song Jia, Huang Jue, Wang Renjun, Zhang Bo. (Mandarin dialogue)

“Falling Flowers,” Huo Jianqi’s biopic about left-wing Chinese novelist Xiao Hong, charts her struggle against patriarchal feudalism, dire poverty, unwanted pregnancies and Japanese invasion, only to conclude that writing was just an attempt to take her mind off “disappointing lovelives.” Although resplendently shot and elegantly appointed, this fusty melodrama of romanticized destitution and tormented love recounts events without exploring the mind of an intellectual woman of her time. Though it may appeal to auds with a cultural bent, the film is too staid and dated to bloom in any commercial outlets.

Yi Fuhai and Su Xiaowei’s screenplay reflects a bias toward the tragic aspects of Xiao Hong’s life rather than her achievements as a revolutionary female writer who railed against class inequality and oppression of women. The story is bookended by scenes of her last days in 1941 Hong Kong, to which she escaped from the war-torn mainland, only to see the British colony fall to the Japanese. Her husband, Duanmu Hongliang (Wang Renjun), has disappeared, and the only one by her side as she succumbs to fatal illness is adoring young writer Luo Binji (Zhang Bo).

The film then flashes back to Hulan, a rural community in Dongbei province where Hong (Song Jia), born Zhang Naiying, grew up in a conservative landowning family. Fighting for the right to an education and against her arranged marriage to rich playboy Wang, she runs away to Beijing in 1931, only to shack up reluctantly with Wang in a boarding house in the provincial city of Harbin. In 1929, pregnant and abandoned by her fiance, she meets journalist Xiao Jun (Huang Jue), who becomes her soulmate and co-author.

The two lovers drift through eight cities as they move from north to south, fleeing Japanese invaders. Some of these cities are depicted with impressively precise period detail and ambience, interspersed with beautiful if gratuitous shots of surrounding scenery. Most scenes, however, are set inside rooming houses and other temporary lodgings that underscore the chaos of the era, as well as of Hong and Jun’s relationship.

Despite leaden pacing and stilted dialogue, there are some scenes that effectively depict Hong’s joy when absorbed in her writing; her first flush of self-confidence, stemming from the mentorship of literary giant Lu Xun during a brief spell in Shanghai, drives the film’s most upbeat and relevant passage. However, any positive image of female intellectuals is dissipated by the film’s ludicrous comparisons of Hong to Ophelia, repped by dolorous images of her floating on a bed of flowers like John Everett Millais’ painting. Song conveys the sturdy build, open heart and unyielding nature characteristic of northeastern women; she also dominates in passionate exchanges with a string of less powerfully portrayed male thesps. Tech credits are polished, especially the lush lensing and production design that viewers have come to expect from the helmer of “A Time to Love” and “The Postman in the Mountains.”Disappointingly, despite the writer’s celebrated depictions of the vast, sweeping Manchurian countryside, nature is not an integrated visual component, except a few splendid shots of the snow-covered fields and icy river at the end.

Camera (color/B&W, widescreen), Shi Luan; editor, Yu Xi; music, Chao Jun; music supervisor, Shu Nan; production designer, Lv Feng; costume designer, Cao Li. Reviewed at Shanghai Film Festival (competing), June 20, 2012. Running time: 122 MIN.

Variety

June 22, 2012

June 22, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Poster for Elle’s micro film series “I Love You”

Poster for Gia Coppola’s micro film “Casino Moon” (lit. “Las Vegas Moonlight”) starring Zhang Jingchu and Robert Schwartzman

Released on June 18

“The Making of Casino Moon”

“Casino Moon”

“Shanghai Strangers” (aka “SARS Sweetheart”) poster, directed by Joan Chen, starring Jiang Yiyan and Teo Yoo

“Miao Shan and the Minotaur”/”Love in Paris” starring Zhou Dongyu, Niels Schneider, directed by Stephane Sednaoui

Zhou Dongyu at the SIFF’s Elle520 micro film series premiere press conference

Jiang Yiyan, Joan Chen (Sina)

Joan Chen and Jiang Yiyan (below)

Jiang Yiyan

Joan Chen (above), Teo Yoo, Jiang Yiyan

Alexi Tan and Robert Schwartzman (below)

Photos from Weibo

CF: Chinese Actors Can’t Hold Their Sexiness Any More, in Vintage Style (Thanks, Valerie!)

Prestigious photographer Chen Man shoot a batch of new photos for cast of the movie “The Last Supper.” Director Lu Chuan, actors Daniel Wu, Liu Ye and Chang Chen were seen inside an old public bath house. The pictures will be published on Esquire Magazine

More of Chen Man’s recent work

Fan Bingbing on the cover

Chen Kun by Chen Man

(Sina-slideshow)

Chen Man, herself, on Jessica magazine’s 12th anniversary edition

Notice the ‘12′? (JessicaHK)

China’s National Basketball Team shot for Nike and the London Olympics

MSN: Michelle Reis has surgery to remove 8 tumours

When asked about a rumour that she had suffered a miscarriage, she replied, “Nothing of that sort, how inauspicious!”

MSN: Is Cherrie Ying finally pregnant?

MSN: Faye Wong makes yet another pilgrimage

The diva attended the 27th birthday celebrations for the 17th Karmapa (head of a prominent Tibetan Buddhist school) together with other Hong Kong superstars, including Carina Lau, Rosamund Kwan and Kenny Bee, who brought his family along as well.

June 21, 2012

First Time (Variety review)

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First Time
by MAGGIE LEE JUNE 21, 2012

An Edko Films (in Hong Kong)/Edko (Beijing) Films (in China) release of a BDI Films, Irresistible Beta, Beijing Happiness Union Co., Edko (Beijing) Films, Edko Films presentation of a BDI Films production in association with BDI Films, China Film Co-production. (International sales: Edko Films, Beijing.) Produced by Bill Kong, Ivy Ho, Li Hao. Executive producers, Yan Xiaoming, Hao Li, Chiba Ryuhei, Hugh Simon, Chen Ziqiu, Huang Bishan. Directed, written by Han Yan, based on the film ” … ing.”

With: Angelababy, Mark Chao, Jiang Shan, Zhao Shuhai, Cindy Yen, Allen Chao, Tian Yuan. (Mandarin dialogue)

Like a latte with caramel on top and coffee residue at the bottom, “First Time” starts off as a treacly teen daydream and changes course halfway through to deconstruct its own romantic myth. Mainland helmer Han Yan depicts puppy love from a girl’s perspective, then challenges its sugar-coated idealism with a revelatory boy’s version. Unabashedly artificial in its vaguely Mediterranean ambience, as well as on an emotional level, the pic nonetheless impresses as an exercise in narrative ingenuity, and brings out maximum appeal from its leads. Tween-targeted item is generating positive local B.O., but holds less promise outside Chinese-speaking territories.

The pic is split into two parts of 39 minutes and 63 minutes each, delineated by shots of cassette tapes labeled “Side A” and “Side B.” In the first story, college student Song Shiqiao (Angelababy) pours out her fantasies about love on a tape recorder. Her intended audience is Gong Ning (Mark Chao), a classmate she’s carried a torch for since he suddenly dropped out of school years ago. One day, they recognize each other under comical circumstances in an amusement park, where Ning is performing with his band.

Their early dating attempts are thwarted by Shiqiao’s mom (Jiang Shan), who worries that emotional upheavals may exacerbate her daughter’s respiratory paralysis, the same illness that took her husband’s life. However, her apprehension is offset by the joy Ning brings Shiqiao, who since childhood has been deprived of intense experiences — running, dancing or falling in love. All is hunky-dory until Shiqiao inadvertently discovers that Ning has been lying about his family background.

At this point, “Side B,” from Ning’s point of view, takes over, and every key scene is replayed and reprised to clever effect, offering motives for his actions and giving sharper definition to his character. The epilogue springs another surprise that reaffirms Shiqiao’s fundamental values of love by infusing them with the spirit of carpe diem.

Although the pic cites as its source the 2003 Korean romance ” … ing,” crucial modifications have been made not only in the way the plot is unraveled, but also in mood and style. The protags here have sunnier dispositions, and their indefensibly cheesy dating rituals nonetheless generate a dynamic, youthful vibe propelled by Ning’s pop-rock performances. The playful, bosom-buddy interactions between Shiqiao and her mother are paralleled by the more fraught but no less loving relationship between Ning and his widower father (Zhao Shuhai).

Han, whose unreleased debut feature was part of “Winds of September,” a trilogy on youths’ violent rites of passage, is more in touch with his material in the second half of “First Time.” In ironic counterpoint to the dollhouse aesthetics of the first half, “Side B’s” cool, blue color scheme and grungier sets convey a brooding atmosphere. The characters have a harder edge, and their dilemmas — whether to chase their own dreams or fulfill their parents’ expectations — speak more clearly to the current generation.

Fledgling Hong Kong singer-thesp Angelababy hasn’t entirely shaken off her model-esque mannerisms; nevertheless, the chemistry she has with co-star Zhao prevents her self-conscious poses from being too grating. The thesps’ perfs also mature in step with their characters’ eventual coming of age. A surprise scene-stealer is Cindy Yen as Ning’s ex-g.f. Pang Wei, who gradually reveals a sympathetic nature beneath her hard, practical shell.

Locations (on Xiamen’s Gulangyu Island) are chosen for continental flavor and postcard prettiness rather than local color. Similarly, the production design sports a cute look compounded by kooky animation and bits of ’90s nostalgia. Reflecting the fact that Gulangyu has the largest national concentration of pianos, the slushy score bangs on the ivories almost incessantly. Scenes are glaringly overlit, and often not from a natural source.

Camera (color, widescreen), Charlie Lam; editors, Angie Lam; music, Chan Fai Yeung; production designer, Jeffrey Kong; set decorator, Yu Yanjue; costume designer, Tse Wai Yan; sound (Dolby Digital), Zhou Lei, Wu Ling; supervising sound editor, Qu Bingjie; re-recording mixer, Zhu Yanfeng; visual effects supervisor, Josh Cole; visual effects, Eclipse Studio; assistant director, Hu Changjie; second unit camera, Fung Kwok Wai; casting, Han Wenbiao, Zhang Liming, Zhang Haochen. Reviewed at Palace IFC, Hong Kong, June 3, 2012. (In Shanghai Film Festival — Focus China.) Running time: 102 MIN.
Variety

June 21, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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THR: China Film Player Reveals Efforts to End Censorship (Q&A)

Wang Jianlin, chairman of Beijing-based Wanda Group, talks to THR about his recent purchase of AMC Entertainment

CF: Setting Aside Stereotypes

The Shanghai International Film Festival highlights four short films made by women. Liu Wei reports in Shanghai on the initiative.

CF: Mainland Box Office Chart for Week 24, 2012

Chapman To back in Hong Kong for the release of “The Bounty” today

Dawg!

Alex Man, director Fung Chi-Keung

Tough guys wear pink (Sina-gallery)

Publicity stills of Yang Mi in “Wu Dang” dressed as a nun

Now, Yang Mi showing off her martial action skills

(Sina)2

Character posters for Sherwood Hu’s “Amazing”. More at the link below.

Huang Xiaoming

Stephen Fung

Huang Yi

Amber Kuo

Scottie Pippen (Sina-slideshow)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Cancer-stricken Jacqueline Law’s condition said to be worsening

MSN: Kai Ko [Ko Chen-Tung] prepares for brain surgery

The actor was admitted to hospital on Monday to prepare for his brain surgery celebrating his 21st birthday.

MSN: Kai Ko receives a birthday kiss from Elva

CNA: Shino Lin apologises for mistreating puppy

An intoxicated Lin crashed her car into a nurse riding a scooter back in 2007. The nurse died on the way to hospital.

June 20, 2012

June 20, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Million Dollar Crocodile review

China’s first creature movie is a modest, fun item, with good-quality visual effects.

CF: Li Bingbing: Festival and City Culture Blending as One (interview)

CF: Film Directors Vent Frustrations on Shanghai Panel

Being backed into a corner by increased import quota of Hollywood movies, strict censorship and obsequious piracy, Chinese directors said during a discussion panel held on Monday in Shanghai that their films are finding it much more difficult to make money in the market.

SGYahoo: Malaysia’s “Paper Moon” joins SIFF

“Paper Moon” is directed by Stanley Law, who recently headed to Shanghai for the film festival’s launching ceremony together with his female lead, Chrissie Chau Sau Na.

Crossroads is the oldest film on the list, directed by Shen Xiling in 1937. Starring Bai Yang andZhao Dan, the film exemplifies the trend of Chinese films in the mid-1930s, which incorporatedallusions to the war with Japan.

The other two, A Spring River Flows East and Eight Thousand Li of Cloud and Moon, were both made in 1947.

Trailer for Sherwood Hu’s “Amazing”

The cast includes Huang Yi, Huang Xiaoming, Stephen Fung, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Scottie Pippen and Yi Jianlian

“Amazing,” a production by the Shanghai Film Group, tells the story of a fictional world known as “The Sixth Sense.” It uses basketball imagery to combine the visual elements of a video game with a movie, akin to the 2010 American science fiction film “Tron: Legacy.” (ShanghaiDaily)

And a 2010 trailer for “Amazing” with less emphasis on the sci-fi aspects.

An online account claiming to be that of the 37-year-old angered Chinese netizens with its shocking anti-Chinese content

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