HKMDB Daily News

February 15, 2010

February 15, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 11:47 am

Growing pains of China’s animation movie

Chop Socky Chooks: Volume One

Playing more like a slapstick version of the Coen brothers’ classic Blood Simple than a remake, Zhang Yimou’s latest moves the action back a few hundred years and switches location to the spectacularYellow Earth landscapes of Northern China.

Variety: A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

For the record, pic’s international version is four minutes shorter than that released in China and Hong Kong.

Chinese remake of Coen brothers classic screens in Berlin

Screen Daily: Au Revoir Taipei

Asian-American director Arvin Chen’s boy-meets-girl romance coasts along on sheer goofy sweetness. A brightly-coloured Before Sunrise in Taiwanese screwball sauce with just a pinch ofUmbrellas Of Cherbourg thrown in, it does little except charm, seduce and mildly amuse. But it does so with enough grace and storytelling skill to keep most audiences hooked though to the end, even though the sugar-rush wears off pretty soon after leaving the cinema.

It’s the kind of larger-spanned movie that Taiwan should be attempting if the island’s industry is ever to get back on its feet again. Niu’s gamble looks to be repaid — at least locally — with “Monga” strong-arming a brawny $1.6 million in its first week since bowing Feb. 5.

Variety: The Actresses (South Korea)

Six movie stars — playing themselves — gather for a Vogue photo shoot in a Seoul studio in “The Actresses,” a talky but involving fakumentary that continually plays with the thin dividing line between reality and fiction. Hardly the catfight it’s expected to be, this cheekiest outing yet from writer-director E J-yong is a funny, sometimes surprisingly touching exploration of the role of actresses in South Korea’s still socially proscribed film world, though considerable knowledge of local showbiz and the thesps themselves is necessary to get the most from the movie. Asia-friendly fests should extend invites to these broads.

Variety: I’m In Trouble (South Korea)

Korean Academy of Film Arts alum So Sang-min makes a promising feature debut with “I’m in Trouble!,” a charmingly modest talking-eating-drinking movie — carved from the same rockface as helmers like Hong Sang-soo, Emmanuel Mouret and Woody Allen — in which a bunch of likable, indecisive losers endlessly repeat the same emotional mistakes.

Based on a novel by one of Japan’s most acclaimed fiction writers of the 20th century, ‘Villon’s Wife’ possesses a cinematic presence rarely achieved by literary adaptations

All’s Well Ends Well Too 2010

Ronald Cheng, Raymond Wong, Louis Koo, Sandra Ng

Raymond Wong

Sandra Ng

Ronald Cheng, Louis Koo (Xinhua)

Jacky Cheung

Jacky Cheung promoting his new CD Private Corner on a TV program (Xinhua)

Chrissie Chau

Chrissie Chau will celebrate Valentine’s Day with boyfriend Avis (Sina)

Liza Wang, Law Kar-Ying (Sina)

AngelaBaby

James Parry, AngelaBaby (Sina)

Donnie Yen (Sina)

Rainie Yang (Sina)

Donnie Yen: I’m good in bedroom kungfu

Sandra Ng has no time to go online

Jackie Chan backs Vivian Hsu’s Jap comeback

Zhang Ziyi - Chinese art of reveling in another’s pain

With so many in Taiwan’s celebrity firmament embroiled in scandals over the past few years, 2010 may turn out to be the year when some turn to religion to change their evil ways. But don’t count on it.

Shannon Lee at Hollywood Madame Tussauds

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