HKMDB Daily News

December 27, 2011

December 27, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Magic to Win review

Lame college fantasy involving a girls’ volleyball team and battling “magicians”.

FBA: A Big Deal review

Unoriginal get-rich-quick New Year comedy hobbled by a clumsily written script.

CRI: Flowers of War review

Does the film deserve the commotion it has caused?

CF: ”The Flowers of War:” A Special Case for China’s Film Industry

CF:From Art House to Box Office

Director Xu Jinglei is exploring less experimental and more commercial territory.

CF: ”Drug War” Holds Promo Event in Tianjin

Huang Yi, Sun Honglei (Sina-gallery)

CF: ”Hyperspace Rescue” Trailer Released

Hyperspace Rescue is the only film about “time travel” that integrates a large number of elements such as Hong Kong and mainland humour.

Director Chi Chung Lam also helped make the films “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu”. He’s confident the film will be a hit at the box office. (Sina-gallery)

CF: First Promotional Trailer of “I Do” Released

The movie is now in post-production and will be released on February 14 in time for the Valentine’s Day slot.

FBA: Flowers widens lead on Swords - Box Office News

CRI: Actress Zhou Xun Tries on Directing

The trailer of “Five Demon Traps” features actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai as a demon killer.

CF: Tony Leung in Zhou Xun’s Micro Movie

The movie will hit the national screens on January 12.

Hosted by Huayi Brothers, a concert of songs from prestigious Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s movies will be held on January 3, 2012.

“Glory Days” cast attend a publicity event in Chuxiong, Yunnan Province

Co-director Eric Tsang

Xiong Xin-Xin

Felix Wong, Ni Hongjie, Max Mok

Rose Chan, Gigi Leung, Ni Hongjie

Rose Chan demonstrates “Blocking the Devil’s Kiss” (Sina)

“Wanted” posters showing Nick Cheung appeared on the streets of Hong Kong on Christmas Eve.

The posters were to promote the Roy Chow film “Nightfall” co-starring Simon Yam.

(Sina)

The year in review: Pop Stop

TaipeiTimes: Worst-case scenarios

The Golden Shrimp Awards name and shame Taiwan’s greatest cinematic blunders

Just Call Me Nobody won the Golden Shrimp Worst Film of the Year Award.

A1: Jet Li to focus on combating injustice(CF)

CF: Jet Li Jack of Many Trades, Master of Kungfu

A1: Laughing Gor gets serious

Laughing Gor was the only person who wasn’t laughing at the recent 44th TVB Anniversary Awards on Dec 5.

MSN: Benny Chan has yet to donate

…when Josephine Siao — veteran actress and founder of the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation — was questioned about Benny’s donation at a recent event, she said, “I’ve been waiting for someone to ask me about this. I heard that the media had placed him under tremendous pressure.”

“We welcome any donation from kind souls. In truth, there are many perpetrators who have not been caught. If each of them makes a donation, we’ll be rich. I hope Benny can help to drive this moment,” she added, when probed if the foundation had received the actor’s donation.

Josephine Siao Fong Fong

Foundation president, Josephine Siao thanks Stanley Ho’s 3rd wife for 10 consecutive years of support. (UDN)(Sina)

Fan Bingbing, 30, went to court last week to battle claims that she eloped with the 65-year-old actor Wang Xueqi, and she appears to be winning the war. 
MSN: Zhang Xinyu reacts to online verbal attacks

Despite the endless rumours, Xinyu’s career did not seem to be affected. The model is currently in the midst of filming Legend of Yue Fei and had made an appearance at a new car launch in Suzhou, China yesterday morning. She was said to have made a whopping six-figure paycheck, for a mere 20-minute appearance.

A1: Hong Kong remembers ‘Black Christmas’ of 1941

November 28, 2011

November 28, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 10:25 pm

FBA: Sweet Journey revew

Modest but interesting road movie centred on two rural kids on the cusp of New China.

Shot in 2009 but only released in spring 2011 — when it ended up being released the same day as director YAN Ran’s second feature, mine disaster movie Together.

CF: Horror Movie ‘Harpoon’ to be Released

The pictures featured lots of nudity and adult content. Some people even questioned whether the movie can survive the strict movie censorship of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).

CF: ’A Big Deal’ Premieres in Beijing

CF: ’A Simple Life’ Sweeps Golden Horses Awards

SGYahoo: Andy Lau snatches Best Actor award

When receiving the trophy, he jokingly said, “I told you. I always pay money to get the Best Leading Actor award.”

Ann Hui, Andy Lau, Deanie Ip

Ann Hui (Sina)23

Deanie Ip returns to Hong Kong

(Sina)

‘My Way’ documents Korean soldier in the Battle of Normandy

The film has drawn attention for both its storyline and record-setting budget

CF: New Stills for “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” Released

CF: Exhibitors Make Peace with Flowers

Minimum ticket prices for blockbusters at issue.

Producers of TSUI Hark’s 3-D action fantasy Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, who have moved its release two days forward to open head-to-head with Flowers, have themselves asked cinemas in China to return a minimum of RMB35 ($5.50) per admission, a precedent set by local blockbuster Aftershock.

Chow Yun-Fat in costume as Cao Cao for “Bronze Temple Terrace” (Sina)

Michelle Yeoh considers herself lucky

I don’t even recognize you anymore!


MSN: Ricky Hui laid to rest

When he was alive, he had made known his desire to have a low-key funeral. Yesterday’s simple and solemn ceremony stayed true to his wishes.

A Side, B Side

DivaAsia: Actress Rose Chan’s molest claim just a publicity stunt?2

Here’s a nice chronology of events leading up to the “Devil Kiss, Wolf Claw” incident” with Rose Chan, Benny Chan and Joe Ma. It includes an interview with Rose Chan.

SGYahoo: Rose Chan didn’t mind getting groped

SGYahoo: Joe Ma is innocent

“Rose had said then that Joe pulled her closer because he wanted to comfort her… but his hand did not touch any sensitive part of her body.”

Master Sin had failed to receive an answer from Rose as to why she went for karaoke with the men.

“Girls should always maintain her distance even if they know the person well.”

“I slapped her and called her stupid but I only did that because I care about her. I still haven’t apologised to her.” he said.

A1:Kiss ‘n’ don’t tell pics catch the smooch seen around the world Also, Selina, Cammi, Edison

Meanwhile, Taiwan celebrity sisters Barbie and Dee Hsu are facing a Sina Weibo micro blog backlash, after pictures of them as young girls were widely retweeted.

Both of the stars are Weibo VIPs and have huge followings, but would have been uncomfortable answering the questions that popped up suggesting Barbie used to have single eyelids, a shorter chin and chubby cheeks.

A1: Andy Lau will soon be a dad CNA

Lau, 49, made the announcement in his website on Monday at 1.50am,

During the Golden Horse Film Awards, Lau glared at host Eric Tsang when Tsang asked him if he “even knows how to make babies”, referring to how there has been no happy news yet even though he and Chu have been together for decades.

MSN: Jay Chou to spend Christmas with Hannah Quinlivan?

November 1, 2011

November 1, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Village Roadshow Asia announces first titles

ZHANG Ziyi-starring My Lucky Star and Stephen CHOW-directed Journey To The West have been unveiled as the first two films to emerge from the new Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia company.

CRI: Xu Jinglei’s ‘Dear Enemy’ Eyes New Year Season

The inspiration behind “Dear Enemy” comes from Xu’s discontent with her previous piece “Go Lala Go!”, after she decided that she could do better in the genre of workplace romance…In order to ensure the quality of the film, Xu has cut out half of the commercials.

CF: Production on Chopstick Brothers’ New Project Wraps Up

The Chopstick Brothers, including Wang Taili and Xiao Yang, are an up-and-coming duo in the filmmaking industry. Normally, they fully participate in their films by writing scripts, directing, singing and acting by themselves. Their first musical flick “Memoirs of Male Geisha” launched online in 2007, caused a great sensation among netizens and made a name for the duo.

CF: Fan Bingbing Shows her Strong Side in her First Micro Film

CF: ’Lost in Panic Cruise’ Released New Promotional Posters

The company behind the movie, “Lost in Panic Cruise”, starring Alec Su and Yang Kun, recently released new promotional materials including posters that feature the depths of space. The blockbuster ‘Lost in Panic Cruise’ has already made 10 million yuan since its opening on October the 27th.

CF: New Trailer of “A Big Deal” Released

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg all made guest appearances

(Sina)

CF: Jin Sha to Star in “Lemon”

In reference to her involvement in the movie, Jin revealed that she is very excited, as she likes the director’s previous works, such as “Red River” and “The Road” which were considered arthouse films.

Poster for “Cold Steel”, opening Dec. 2

Tony Leung Ka-Fai costars with Song Jia, Peter Ho, Mickey He (Sina)

Raymond Yip’s “Blood Stained Shoes” opens early next year. The horror-thriller features Ruby Lin, Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok) and Kara Hui.

(Sina)

More posters for “Starry Starry Night” featuring Xu Jiao and Lin Huimin

(Sina)

Huang Xiaoming is described as looking like a werewolf in these stills for Andrew Lau’s “The Guillotines”.

He plays a mad man.

Huang Xiaoming

(Sina)

Sun Honglei and Duan Yihong play rivals for the heart of Li Bingbing in “Yes, I Do”

Sun Honglei, Duan Yihong

October 11, 2011

October 11, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 6:10 pm

TimeOutHK: Love You You

It’s all too sweet and cutesy and sentimental, but Love You You will nonetheless prove a diverting time if realistic story settings and discreet emotional ploys are the lesser of your worries. This throwaway giggle won’t make stars out of its adorable lead couple. Without them, however, it would be nothing.

TimeOutHK: Huang Yi interview

Hardly a household name in Hong Kong before very recently, Chinese actress Huang Yi has seemingly appeared in every other Hong Kong movie in the past year.

TimeOutHK: Giddens Ko interview

Prolific Taiwanese author Giddens Ko has turned his adolescent regrets into an unusually presentable teen drama.

CF: The Film “Searching” is Ready to Start Shooting

“Searching” tells the tale of an insane human flesh search triggered by a girl who fails to give up her seat on a bus.

CF: Promotional Posters of “Love is not Blind” Released

The film charts the events of a 33 day period between two colleagues who work together in a wedding planning company, Xiaoxian Huang and Xiaojian Wang, after the former breaks up with her boyfriend.

CF: The First Trailer of “A Big Deal” Out

The film tells the story of three brothers who are set to embark on a deal in Dubai worth 2 billion US dollars.

Blue Lan and Chapman To at the Big Deal press conference (Sina)

ScreenDaily:  Film Asia launches Zombie, 3D Hunter at Busan market

Sharifah Amani, Harisu, Dennis To Yu-Hang, Eva Huang Shengyi, Lau Kar-leung in the news

MSN: Gaile Lok rumoured to have harmed herself

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MSN: Ekin Cheng buys Cecilia Cheung a thank-you meal

The actor frequently meets up with the actress to repay her for standing up for him many years ago

MSN: Chang Chen to wed girlfriend next year

The actor was rumoured to have fathered a child with his girlfriend, whom he may soon marry

Mavis Pan lashes out at Raymond Lam again

December 22, 2010

December 22, 2010

CRI: “Big Deal” Starts Filming

The movie recounts a magnificent and crazy adventure of three young men, who pursue new directions in life. “The story themes on daily life and characters in the film are as normal as anyone you can see in real life. I believe the black humor in the film would delight the audience”, said Ma Liwen. (Sina-gallery)

CRI: Zhao Wei Announces New Film

Zhao Wei will play two roles in “Underground Resistance” (”Shi Kong Di Dao”), a film that involves romance and time travel, the actress said Tuesday. (Xinhua-gallery)

CRI: Christian Bale Joins Zhang Yimou’s WWII Film

The “Dark Knight” star will play a missionary working in 1930s Nanjing. The film “Jinling Shi San Chai” (”The Thirteen Women of Jinling”), is set in what was once the Chinese capital at the time of the Nanjing Massacre.

“Investors first and foremost think about the market, unlike Yimou, who is focused on art. We invited Bale to join because I am thinking about the market and because we want the world to better understand Chinese culture,” the producer said. (THR)

THR: “Sophie’s Revenge” writer and director enlisted by Montecito/Paramount, Overbrook/Twentieth Century Fox.

Eva Jin Yimeng, writer and director of China’s 2009 smash hit Sophie’s Revenge, starring Zhang Ziyi, is in Los Angeles working on both a feature film script and a television pilot for two separate major Hollywood studios.

FBA: Bullets takes Aftershock’s opening record

Stills from Derek Chiu’s The Road Less Traveled which opens December 31.

Karen Mok, Louis Koo

(Xinhua)

Empress Dowager and First Emperor Yuan Shikai

Fan Bingbing and Chow Yun-Fat in The Founding of a Party (Sina)

MSN: First look at Michelle Yeoh’s portrayal of Aung San Suu Kyi

Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis in The Lady (Sina)

Tang Wei in her first endorsement since her return, for SK-II (Sina)

The Hong Kong singer posted a photo of himself posing with three members of Fahrenheit.

Lin Chi-Ling: She keeps it simple with money

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