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April 2, 2010

April 2, 2010

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Variety: Fire of Conscience

Variety: 14 Blades

Variety: Slice (Thailand)

A sleazy thriller about a serial killer who slaughters sex tourists, “Slice” is a notch above the average Thai slasher pic, but has trouble cutting through its knotty yarn. Offering queasy delights for gore hounds and an initially suspenseful atmosphere, the story runs off its circuitous rails before getting back on track with a genuinely surprising twist.

Chinese filmmaker secretly shoots six-hour documentary on deadly 1994 fire

n “Karamay,” Xu has crafted a powerful movie by letting the material speak for itself. He doesn’t use a narrator or a musical score. An opening sequence showing student’s graves zooms in on the portraits of each of their tombstones. He lets the parents vent in lengthy monologues that bring out the depth of their sorrow.

CF: “Death Dowry” Joins Beijing Student Film Festival

CF: Distant Thunder latest from Zhang Jiarui (Red River)

The film is a horror, mystery and love story that uses special filming techniques to tell the uncanny and thrilling story of happiness and sadness among lower class people. It took two years for director Zhang Jiarui to finish this film.

Sources say “Mi Cheng” has made the list of most popular films at the 17th Beijing College Student Film Festival.

CRI: Gigi Leung Donates for Southwest China’s Drought

CRI: Betty Sun Li: New Cover Girl of “Trends Health”

14 Blades (Variety review)

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14 Blades
(Gam yee wai)

(Hong Kong-China) A Visualizer Film (Hong Kong)/Shanghai Film Group, Desen Intl. Media (China) production. (International sales: Arclight Films, Sydney.) Produced by Susanna Tsang, Wang Tianyun. Directed by Daniel Lee. Screenplay, Lee, Abe Kwong.

(Mandarin dialogue)

Feudal China gets a dash of spaghetti Western atmosphere in “14 Blades,” an above-average martial-arts actioner that reinforces Donnie Yen’s “Man With No Name” ambience. After a halting start, helmer Daniel Lee follows through on the improvement he showed in 2008 wuxia epic “Resurrection of the Dragon.” Stylish package has thesps hitting their marks (and each other), but also keeps the human drama from being swamped by wirework and CGI effects. Pic has done brisk biz on the mainland and other Asian territories since February; international ancillary should also be robust.

In China during the Ming Dynasty, Qinglong (Yen, covered in Blue Dragon tattoos as per his character’s name) is an assured martial artist who leads the emperor’s band of crack assassins, called the Jinyiwei. The film’s English title refers to Qinglong’s personal arsenal, a large oblong box of 14 sharp weapons and other handy accessories he wields with a nimble mastery.

Qinglong is ordered to keep the royal seal from falling into the hands of a vengeful insubordinate (Sammo Hung, in a cameo), thereby keeping China from plunging into civil war. On Qinglong’s trail is Tou Tou (Kate Tsui), a veiled, dreadlocked warrior woman whose emblematic cloak allows her to dazzle her opponents in combat (and to showcase the finesse of a South Korean f/x team).

Making his way toward the border, Qinglong encounters aging patriarch Qiao Yong (Shaw Brothers vet Wu Ma, perfect), his feisty daughter, Qiao Hua (Zhao Wei), and their loyal bandits. After receiving help from the old man and his band, Qinglong kidnaps Qiao Hua but makes sure she’s well looked-after.

Despite the circumstances, Qiao Hua falls in love with her captor, a development made believable by Zhao’s warm and affecting perf. Yen’s Eastwood-like poise is used to good effect here, and the romantic tension keeps the narrative effectively taut between the battle sequences.

Action scenes, staged by Ku Huan-chiu, are unobtrusively helmed. Standout fight scene, in which Qinglong, armed only with chicken bones, takes on an array of bandits, also provides the pic’s most humorous sequence.

Lensing is a tad flat, but action fans are unlikely to be distracted. Some intriguing costumes of Islamic influence, reflecting Qinglong’s westward journey, provide a visual high point.

Rousing score by Henry Lai continues the musical allusions he began in “Resurrection of the Dragon,” recalling Ennio Morricone’s compositions for the films of Sergio Leone. No editor was credited on print caught. (Mandarin dialogue)

Camera (color, widescreen), Leung Cheungtung; music, Henry Lai; art director, Cyrus Ho; action director, Ku Huan-chiu; sound (Dolby Digital), Ma Jie. Reviewed at Hong Kong Filmart, March 22, 2009. Running time: 113 MIN.

March 25, 2010

March 22, 2010

Variety: Hong Kong festival kicks off

The 34th Hong Kong Film Festival kicked off Sunday with the twin bows of Ivy Ho’s comedy “Crossing Hennessy” and Clara Law’s “Like a Dream” at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

Screen Daily: Like A Dream

Clara Law’s beautifully absorbing fable is a lush and at times entrancing moody melodrama that is highlighted by the quite wonderful performance by the enchanting Yolanda Yuan who plays dual roles.

Screen Daily: Crossing Hennessy

Crossing Hennessy is an engagingly fresh and enjoyable dramatic comedy that makes great use of its Hong Kong locations as it delves into the romantic complications of modern urban life.

THR: Chinese presence fuels optimism in Hong Kong

Almost a fifth of this year’s exhibitors — more than 120 — hail from mainland China, as the growing strength and importance of that market continues to show itself.

Jackie Chan and Stanley Tong will produce a 30-part television series about Yuefei, one of China’s most heroic and controversial generals, now that they have secured long-sought Chinese government approval.

The series, “Yuefei,” is about the general of the Southern Song Dynasty in the 12th century A.D., who helped defend central China against invaders, but eventually was imprisoned and executed by the high court at age 39. Yuefei’s name was cleared posthumously and his story is told to Chinese children today to teach courage and tenacity.

Chow Yun-Fat - Let the Bullets Fly


CRI: Interest in ‘Bullets’ Runs High

CRI: Director Wang Quan’an’s New Project Not So New

CRI: Bazaar Releases ‘La La” Fashion !

Bazaar releases a special issue of its magazine to coincide with ‘Go Lala Go!’ that includes more golden rules of office survival.

Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yu hope Cat.3 rating won’t affect box office for Love in a Puff


Asian Film Awards Jury President Tony Leung Kai-Fai suffering from eye irritation.

Awards to be announced Monday. (Sina)

Tang Wei at HKIFF

Paw Hee-Ching, Ivy Ho, Tang Wei (Sina)

Stanley Huang and Karen Mok in Go Lala Go! (Du Lala’s Promotion)

Three “Jing girls” in Wong Jing’s Future X-Cops

Zhang Li

Tang Yifei

Natalie Meng Yao (HunanTV)

(Re)Inventing China’s “Seventeen Years” on Film at the 2009 New York Film Festival

Mainland Chinese works of art from this “Seventeen Years” period have been routinely dismissed as propaganda by the same Western scholars and critics who periodically “discover” and celebrate masterpieces of Chinese cinema from the preceding Republican era or the later post-Mao era.

Mao-era Chinese films are univocal, tedious, and thematically homogeneous.

This rarely questioned truism could only be asserted by the ill-informed, and its widespread acceptance reveals how common is the ignorance of this period of Chinese film history. The cinema of this period includes comedies, musicals, dramas, animation, war epics, historical sagas, traditional operas, children’s films, and spy thrillers…

Mao-era Chinese films are excessively ideological and oppressively obvious, bludgeoning the viewer with blatant political propaganda…

THR: Echoes of the Rainbow

Bottom Line: A nostalgic and unabashedly sentimental family picture.

THR: 14 Blades

Bottom Line: A traditional martial arts thriller beefed up by gimmicky weaponry.

THR: Crossing Hennessy

Bottom Line: A rom-com that is more comical than romantic.

THR: Like a Dream

Bottom Line: Little thematic and less narrative sense make for difficult viewing that often tests the patience.

THR: Amphetamine

Bottom Line: Aesthetic aspirations killed the camp.

Bottom Line: Evidence that the digital revolution isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Bottom Line: A teasingly original idea from a new filmmaker wrapped up in the familiar.

THR: Wong Jing tackles 3D comedy

‘King of Jesters’ to be produced by Mega-Vision

Wong also returns to familiar grounds with “Naked Soldiers”, the US$4 million three-quel to his sex and crime series “Naked Weapon” and “Naked Killer,” which raised to cult status in Europe with their main draw of T&A and guns. Next, Mega-Vision will also begin production of the 30 million yuan (US$4.4 million) action adventure “Aladdina,” starring Louis Koo and the Hong Kong pop group Twins.

THR: Filmko on a quest to make 3D ‘Quixote’

First Chinese stereoscopic 3D period drama, helmed by Chinese director Agan

…starring Karena Lam (”Claustrophobia”) and Liu Ye (”City of Life and Death”), the film was produced with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, utilizing the academy’s stereoscopic 3D camera, the first in China. The film also hired a group of 3D experts from Germany as consultants during the shoots.

The company is now developing its next 3D epic, “The Monkey King,” a 180 million yuan retelling of the Chinese mythical literature “Journey to the West” with a script written by “Ip Man” writer Edmond Wong. Filming is scheduled for October with a 2011 release date.

Fresh from his win at the Berlin International Film Festival for his romantic comedy “Au Revoir Taipei,” Chinese-American director Arvin Chen is at this week’s Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum to meet with potential investors for his new movie,“Nan Jing East Road.”

East Wind Rain poster

Half a century on, ‘Suzie Wong’ still a star in Hong Kong

Actress Nancy Kwan walks into Hong Kong’s Luk Kwok Hotel, the first time she has ever visited the backdrop to her classic 1960 film “The World of Suzie Wong”.

Jacky Cheung concert tour embroiled in fraud case

Stanley Ho’s daughter, Pansy Ho

Asian casino magnate Stanley Ho denied Thursday that he has ties to Chinese organized crime gangs.

Casino VIP rooms opened door to gangsters in Macau, report says

Vivian Hsu was surprised with a birthday cake on the set of Seediq Bale

Director Wei Te-Sheng, Vivian Hsu 

March 22, 2010

14 Blades (Hollywood Reporter review)

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14 Blades
By Maggie Lee

Bottom Line: A traditional martial arts thriller beefed up by gimmicky weaponry.
HONG KONG — After playing fast and loose with literature and history in “Three Kingdoms — Resurrection of the Dragon,” Daniel Lee’s “14 Blades” is more grounded in the traditions of Hong Kong swordplay films. The subject is familiar to fans of this genre — the mysterious Ming Dynasty secret service and one renegade member’s fate. Its stylishly retro touch and flashy sets and stunts makes a nice package for Asian release and action-specialist DVD labels.

The prologue gives chilling explanation of Jingyiwei, or Brocade Guards, formed in the Ming Dynasty as the Emperor’s personal henchmen. Its chief, Qinglong (Donnie Yen), is framed by Head Eunuch Jia in a conspiracy to steal the Imperial Seal and usurp the throne. Hounded by his brethren, led by ruthless junior Xuan Wu (Qi Yu Wu), Qinglong goes on the run and hires civilian guards to escort him to the border. On the way, he gets intimate with Qiao Hua (Vicky Zhao), a guard whom he takes hostage, and bonds with Judge (Chun Wu) and his bandit gang. For honor’s sake, he faces down Tuo Tuo (Kate Tsui), the exotic striptease assassin.

Drawing on the prowess of Donnie Yen, the first 35 minutes of gimmick-free martial arts revives the sinewy action aesthetics of ’70s Shaw Brothers classics. The swarthy, under-lit interiors, ornate but black or navy costumes and grainy, yellowish image texture evoke a secretive, ominous atmosphere that channels the political intrigue in King Hu’s works. Supporting roles by ’80s action heavyweights Sammo Hung, Wu Ma and Chu Tiet Wo enhance the nostalgic flavor.

The cat-and-mouse chase begins to lose its grip as the conspiracy gets too convoluted and gratuitous attempts to supplement direct combat with technical gimmicks like explosions and Western firearms. The switch to a desert location and the appearance of boy band idol Wu’s cartoon-like Judge, in costumes copied from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” threatens to dispel the menacing air and degenerate into a silly chow-mien Western.

It would have ended a mediocre film if not for the inventively designed and utilized weaponry (especially the titular 14 blades with different functions) — a cool homage to action master Chang Cheh’s Freundian, fetishistic use of weapons.

A duel between Xuan Wu and two bare-chested Jinyiwei who brandish giant, rectangular blades while being chained to posts, is shot with stark, savage manliness. Conversely, the mirage effect of Tuo Tuo’s undressing her seven-layered robe and swinging her snake-like whip evokes risque femininity.

The backbone of the story is Qinglong’s tragedy of growing up with no individual identity except as a body weapon, exacerbated by his sense of betrayal by the organization that paradoxically endowed him with a sense of honor. This is handled convincingly both by Lee’s consistent characterization, and Yen’s solemn performance. Seldom expressive in his acting, Yen’s stiff and steely demeanor actually works to his role’s favor. The love interest with Qiaohua is lame, especially with Zhao sleepwalking through another typecast role as playful, tomboyish heroine.

Opened: Hong Kong, Feb. 11
Production: Visualizer Film Prods., Shanghai Film Group Corporation, Desen International Media Co Ltd.
Cast: Donnie Yen, Vicky Zhao, Kate Tsui, Chun Woo, Qi Yu Wu
Director-screenwriter-production designer: Daniel Lee
Screenwriter: Abe Kwong
Producer: Susanna Tsang
Director of photography: Tong Cheung Tung Leung
Music: Henry Lai
Sales: Panasia Films Limited (Hong Kong distribution)
No rating, 113 minutes

February 3, 2010

February 3, 2010

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Kungfu epic ‘14 Blades’ expected to become blockbuster hit

Film producer says “Avatar” not pulled for “Confucius”

CRI: Stars Attend Premiere Ceremony of “Hot Summer Days” in Beijing

Captured by a fan at the premiere! :)

Maggie Cheung - Hot Summer Days


Tony Leung

Leo Ku

At a ceremony yesterday, Tony Leung was named Hong Kong Entertainment Expo amabassador for the sixth time. And Leo Ku was named Hong Kong Music Fair ambassador. Tony said that he still did not who was going to play his wife in Grand Master or whether Gong Li was still participating. (Xinhua)

Jackman’s publicist, reached in Los Angeles, countered that “at this point in time he is doing an unbilled cameo.”

Andy Lau

Nic Tse

Andy Lau and Nic Tse arrived in Shanghai where filming of New Shaolin Temple has moved. (Sina)

Jay Chou


Highlight of True Legend is a 20 minute martial arts action scene in 3D (8)(Sina)

Miriam Yeung, Alan Tam, Zhang Yuqi, Chang Chen

Miriam Yeung, Alan Tam

Chang Chen

Kitty Zhang Yuqi (Sina)

Miriam Yeung

Miriam Yeung, Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Alan Tam - Shanghai press conference for Here Comes Fortune (God of Wealth Arrives) (Sina) (2)


Charlene Choi

Gillian Chung

Twins publicity machine ramps up for their two date concert April 16 and 17 at the Hong Kong Coliseum. (Xinhua) (Sina)

Twins make a comeback


at17, Eman Lam and Ellen Joyce Loo, held the first of a 5 nights of ‘until we meet again’ concerts in Wan Chai to mark 8 years together. They announced that for the next 2 years they would develop individually and regroup in 2012 to mark their 10th anniversary with a concert at Hong Kong Coliseum. Eman Lam will release a CD with her brother Chet Lam while Ellen will record a personal album. Fans did not know beforehand that the duo was separating.  (Sina)

Elton Loo (Law Kwan-Chor) dressed as Paula Tsui to promote his upcoming ‘fake superstars’ concert (Sina)

Jane Zhang

Kitaro and Jane Zhang arrive at the Grammys Awards at Staples Center

(Zimbio) (HD)(Sina)

Fung shui master, Tony Chan, has lost his High Court battle to inherit the estimated HK$100-billion fortune of the late tycoon, Nina Wang. In a judgement of more than 300 pages, Mr Justice Lam ruled that the will he submitted was a forgery. The judge said Mr Chan had lied and was not a credible witness. He awarded the entire estate to the rival claimant, the Chinachem Charitable Foundation, and ordered Mr Chan to pay its court costs…(RTHK)

14 Blades

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SINGAPORE : Everyone knows that the ingredients in making the perfect wuxia movie for today’s insatiable audiences is made up of three things: Impeccable fight scenes; a multi-faceted story that blends fantastical fiction with historical fact; and Donnie Yen.

Who else can better perform superhuman feats, get seriously injured and yet still fight till the end in a jiang hu (martial arts) world than the broody hot-bod stuntman-turned-actor? Cleverly, director Daniel Lee (”Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon”) enlists the help of Yen (fresh from his success with “Ip Man” and “Bodyguards And Assassins”) with “14 Blades”.

Set in Ming Dynasty China, it tells the story of the jingyi wei (literally meaning brocade-clad guard), the elite Imperial guards/assassins.

Recruited from the street and trained in clandestine combat, these guards devote their entire lives to the service of the Emperor.

Of course, there has to be an evil eunuch plotting to seize power. So, it’s up to Imperial Guards Qing Long (Yen) and Xuanwu (Qi Yu Wu) to steal a list identifying people still loyal to the throne. But Qing Long is betrayed by Xuanwu and becomes a wanted man forced to fight his former comrades to protect the empire and restore the Emperor to power.

While this isn’t Asia’s answer to “The Bourne Identity”, this actioner is a valiant effort. There is enough hard action, longing romance, silly humour and the obligatory life values and morality spiels to engage everyone across the board.

Yet, one would have hoped to see more of the titular weapon and its full use in action, seeing as we’re told in detail at the start how special this tool is (eight blades for torture, five for killing and the last one reserved for suicide upon failure of a mission). But the disappointment of not seeing this fabled weapon and all its intricacies is more than made up for with the relentless and well-choreographed fight sequences in deserts, forests, temples and tea-houses.

Yen manages to make his fights look like a spirited walk in the park as he oozes masculinity and charisma. But his acting still leaves much to be desired, so Vicky Zhao (in yet another period role) amps up the emotion with more than just a “flower vase” thespian turn as feisty love interest Qiao Hua.

Pretty boy Wu Zun surprisingly shines as the leader of the bandits, holding his own with slick moves and a beguiling presence. The same however, cannot be said for Yu Wu. Although he tries courageously hard to play the villain, he fades into the background against his heavyweight counterparts.

It may not be the ultimate wuxia picture, with its occasional cheesy sentimental lapse and gaping plot holes, but “14 Blades” has enough sharp elements to keep fans and non-fans intrigued.

January 30, 2010

January 30, 2010

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Donnie Yen

14 Blades opens Feb.4 (Sina)

Myolie Wu - one of 174 popular stars in 72 Tenants of Prosperity (Sina)

Huang Shengyi

Sammo Hung

Kirk Wong

Peter Pau

Stanley Kwan

Zhang Yang

At a Juli Entertainment company celebration in Heibei, it was announced that Huang Shengyi will be featured in a, possibly 3D, version of Madam White Snake to be directed(?) by Sarah Choi Bo-Chu and filmed by Peter Pau. Guests included Sammo Hung, Stanley Kwan, Kirk Wong, Peter Pau, Zhang Yang and others. (Sina)

Brigitte Lin and husband, Michael Ying Lee-Yuen

What’s behind the gates to their 10000 sq.ft. mansion on New Clearwater Bay Road?

A private cinema, heated swimming pool, a private studio, a luxury gym, and a small dance floor! (Xinhua)

Jane Zhang

Believe in Jane, Jane Zhang’s new CD since joining Universal Music will be released Feb.2. According to yesasia, the CD includes two hidden tracks, the theme songs to Mulan and Panda Express. (Sina)

Audio only - I Believe

January 26, 2010

January 26, 2010

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Chinese Mirror: The Future of Hong Kong Cinema: a round table discussion (I)

The Future of Hong Kong Cinema: a round table discussion (II)

First-time South Korean director gears up for Sundance

“Hot Summer Days” heats up icy Beijing

Hong Kong - Chow’s wife was nearly injured by a falling display board but was saved by quick acting security personnel. (Source)

Chow Yun-Fat, Zhou Xun, Chrissie Chau, Ren Quan, Chen Rui, Fala Chen

CRI: ‘Confucius’ in Hong Kong

Donnie Yen - 14 Blades press conference

Wu Zun/Wu Chun

Sa Dingding, Kate Tsui (Sina)

Elsewhere, an anonymous email was sent to a reporters stating that investors were trying to recoup Zhao Wei’s $3M  fee for breach of contract for failing to attend publicity and promotional events due to her rumored pregnancy. Her contract called for appearances at four premieres. (Xinhua)

Kenix Kwok gives up acting to focus on family

Chow Yun-Fat’s mother has longed for a grandchild for years, and the Hong Kong superstar may be ready to do whatever it takes for his 90-year-old mum…

Maggie Cheung - Paris

Maggie Cheung attends the Christian Dior Haute-Couture show (Zimbio)

Maggie Cheung - Paris Fashion Week (Sina)

ESWN: The Hallelujah Mountains Are In Zhangjiajie

Chrissie Chau gets flirty at Tokyo fashion show  (Sina)

January 19, 2010

January 19, 2010

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14 Blades poster

Wu Zun - more beautiful?

Donnie Yen - more MAN(ly)?

Media preview screening was held in Shanghai yesterday. Women journalists swooned at the sight of Donnie Yen’s chest and Wu Zun’s abdominal muscles.  (Sina) (2) (3)

God of Wealth Arrives poster

Stills featuring Kitty Zhang Yuqi and Chang Chen (8)(Sina)

Guangdong, Jan.18, Zhou Xun, Chow Yun-Fat

Confucius - Guangzhou opening ceremony HD(24)(Sina)

Confucius fails to impress critics

The film has aroused several controversies since it was launched in early 2008, from casting Chow Yun-Fat as Confucius, to trailers that revealed action scenes during which Confucius exhibits Chinese martial arts and a love affair with Nan Zi (played by Zhou Xun) unfolds. Carrying high expectations, the final-cut of the film was disappointing with the much-anticipated action scenes deleted and most of the controversy removed.

True Legend - fight scene in 30M well HD slide show (15)(Sina)

CRI: Tang Wei Renews Her Image in New Film

CRI: Feng Xiaogang’s IMAX Film “Aftershocks” to Hit N. America Cinemas

Director Feng Xiaogang’s upcoming film “Aftershocks”, scheduled for release on July 28 across Asia, will be shown in North America simultaneously, reports the Oriental Morning Post.

Cheung Tat-Ming to direct If I Had 3 Million

Following a stellar career spanning more than 80 movies, Cheung Tat-Ming, one of Hong Kong’s brightest comedy stars, will make his directorial debut in If I Had 3 Million, a Mandarin language motion picture aimed at redefining a new standard in mainland comedy filmmaking and set for production in May 2010…

Jordan Chan cried non-stop when he proposed to girlfriend Cherrie Ying

Nick Cheung forks out HK$200,000 in bid to get male heir

THR: ‘Avatar’ now No. 1 all-time in China

Exhibitors discounted Internet rumors that the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television would pull all “Avatar” prints from theaters on Jan. 23 to open more screens for the China Film Group’s feature “Confucius,” about the 6th Century BC Chinese philosopher…there are now 800 “Avatar” 3D prints in China.

UK: China censors to pull Avatar from screens

CRI: Avatar Paves the Way for Boomtime at Chinese Cinemas

ESWN: MTR Subway Pole Dancer

December 29, 2009

December 29, 2009

Karena Lam braves the cold for Don Quixote, which will be released in 3D (Sina)

AngelaBaby plays a country maid with a stutter in All’s Well Ends Well 2010


CRI: Zhao Wei’s ‘Blades’ Wedding

The latest still-shots from the upcoming Chinese movie “14 Blades” show beautifully dressed Qiao Hua, played by Zhao Wei, waiting for her groom Qinglong, played by Donnie Yen.

HK Film Archive looks at Eileen Chang and film

China finds likely tomb of 3rd century general Cao Cao

Simon Yam spotted having a tryst with an unknown girl

Simon, who is currently overseas, refuted the rumours and explained, “That girl is just someone who was supposed to pick me up. There were others as well, and the flowers they were holding were for me. The next time if someone picks me up, I will tell them not to bring flowers but fruits instead. These rumours are ridiculous!”

Former HK actress Cherie Chung to marry a Singaporean businessman

“Single life is great, but having someone to share your joy and sorrow with is a very blissful thing,” Chung said.

Who’s behind the Zhang Ziyi ‘black paint incident’?

Hong said in her blog update that people who think Murdoch orchestrated the whole thing are completely mistaken.

“As far as I know, the mastermind behind this incident does not have a husband. She is someone’s second mistress. But for a second mistress to be so brazen, she must be somebody. I suggest that entertainment reporters focus on finding out who she is,” Hong said in her update.

Charmaine Sheh is TVB’s top earner!

Garnering a total of 15 million viewers for her shows, Charmaine has officially become TVB’s highest earner for the year, triumphing Raymond Lam, who is in 2nd place and Michael Tse (otherwise known as “Laughing Gor”), who is in 3rd. Bernice Liu, who was in 3rd place last year, is no where to be found near the top.

Shanghai Daily: Cantopop king Alan Tam delves into jade

New Gillian Chung advert for TOUGH Jeansmith (Sina)


Fan Bingbing wedding studio advert


Karen Mok

I spy: Karen Mok with a new boyfriend? Spotted shopping in Shanghai. (Xinhua)

Dec. 30 is the 6th anniversary of Anita Mui’s passing.(Sina)

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