HKMDB Daily News

March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: Studio complex puts China in the picture

Huairou Film Base hopes to lure Westerners

In a recent coup for Huairou, Keanu Reeves signed on to shoot “Man of Tai Chi,” a $32 million contemporary chopsocky and tai chi actioner that will film here. The cast includes Tiger Chen and Karen Mok, with Reeves as a bad guy — and martial arts choreography by Yuen Woo-ping (”The Matrix”).

Variety: Film is art to Chinese helmer Lu Chuan

Local auds didn’t flock to “City of Life and Death” in expected numbers, partially because Lu made the Japanese general in the war movie a real character.

Now the director wants his vision to appeal to auds in the booming China market as he gets ready to unveil “The Last Supper,” a costume drama about two warring generals, toplining mainland-friendly stars Liu Ye, Daniel Wu and Taiwanese thesp Chang Chen.

FBA: Audience invited to all or nothing Supper

Qin Lan as Empress Lu in “The Last Supper”, opening July 5th

Qin Lan

Liu Ye, Qin Lan, Daniel Wu, Chang Chen at recent Beijing press conference (Sina)

Daniel Wu

Liu Ye

Chang Chen (Sina-gallery)

Trailer for “The Last Supper”

Gong Li will play Empress Wu in “Tang Dynasty Mystic/Mystery Map”

Two versions of the film are in the pipeline, with Jacob Cheung Chi-Leung directing and Tony Ching Siu-Tung producing and filming to begin in July. An international US-China version hopes to get Danny Boyle to direct with an unnamed actress in the lead.

Gong Li


First stills from Guan Hu’s black comedy “Design of Death”

A quack doctor (Simon Yam) performs an autopsy to determine whether the cause of a death is a murder or an accident. The setting is an ancient village in the mountains.

Simon Yam

Yu Nan atop a coffin

Huang Bo

Alec Su (Sina)

CF: China’s First Banned Film Released after 60 Years

After its premier in 1951, the film was soon caught up in ideological disputes, which saw it pilloried as being pro-capitalist, a severe accusation in an era characterized by its black-and-white politics. However, Mao Zedong’s criticism of the film, in which he labeled it as carrying a message detrimental to the principles of socialism, was perhaps the main reason behind the banning of the film.


MSN: Showbiz boss Albert Yeung dishes the dirt on celebrity scandals

Jackie Chan, Elaine Ng (Sina)2

WaPo: Hong Kong selects new leader after tumultuous contest

After a boisterous but highly undemocratic contest featuring feuding tycoons, dark rumors of closet communism and a host of scandals over sex, gangsters and an illegal wine cellar, Hong Kong elites on Sunday selected a wealthy, China-backed populist as the new leader of this former British colony.

SCMP: Leung wins chief executive race

“We, Hong Kong people, have no rights to cast our votes, We come here just to voice our anger,”

“We already have no right to vote in the real election. Why should we be deprived of our rights even in a fake one?”

January 7, 2010

January 7, 2010

CRI: Jeon Ji Hyun to Pair up with Ziyi in ‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’

CRI: Shooting Ends for “Tangshan Earthquake”

Chinese director Lu Chuan accepts decision to pull film

Maggie Cheung to guest/cameo in Hot Summer Days according to insider reports. This will not mark Maggie’s return to film but rather as a favor to cinematographer/cameraman Sion Michel (Memoirs of a Geisha, The Mummy 3, etc) (HunanTV)

Actor Donnie Yen insures limbs for S$17.9m each

His recent films have done well in the box office and caused his acting fees to skyrocket from 5 million yuan (S$1 million) to 20 million yuan (S$4 million) per film, almost double the 11 million yuan (S$2.2 million) fee Hong Kong star Tony Leung Chiu Wai commands and Heavenly King Andy Lau’s 9 million yuan ($1.8 million) asking price.

Sa Dingding and Donnie Yen officially launch the 14 Blades website in a ceremony yesterday.

Sa Dingding sings the theme song ’Heaven and Earth Together’ for the film . (Sina)

Let The Bullets Fly - Hu Jun

Yao Lu

Li Jing (Xinhua)

Gillian Chung - Former

Opening lens ceremony for Former, produced by Chapman To and directed by Heiward Mak

Boss Albert Yeung

Chapman To

William Chan Wai-Ting

Michelle Wai

Unnamed newcomer Jacky Heung

(Xinhua) (HunanTV) (2) HD (Sina)

Wong Kar-Wai, Zhao Benshan

Zhang Ziyi

Four masters, Wong Kar-Wai, Zhao Benshan, Zhang Ziyi, and Yuen Wo-Ping met in NE Shenyang (Zhao’s base) to ring in the new year and prepare for the upcoming Grand Master. (Xinhua) Slide show (9)(Sina)

Faye Wong taped a greeting for the official Confucius theme song release yesterday (Sina)

Theme Song

Andy Lau: Married life is ordinary

He did not discuss Choo much during the interview but described former co-star Cherie Chung as an ideal wife, the newspaper said.

He starred with her in 1991’s Zodiac Killers, her last film before she married advertising guru Mike Chu and retired from entertainment.

At the time, she did not know how to cook and studied cookbooks on the set, he said.

‘She had a cookbook with her every day and she said, ‘I’m going to be a wife, I should be able to cook’.

Zhang Yimou set to direct Turandot in Taiwan

May 8, 2009

May 8, 2009


Li Bingbing, Zhou Xun
Li Bingbing comforts Zhou Xun in The Message

Li Bingbing - The Message
Li Bingbing will be balancing The Message and Detective Dee

Jay Chou, Lin Chi-ling, Miao Pu
Treasure Hunter - Jay Chou, Lin Chi-Ling, Miao Pu

Donnie Yen
Bodyguards and Assassins - Donnie Yen’s three hours of makeup

Law Kar-Ying
Law Kar-Ying - Kungfu Cyborg

Detective Dee/Di Ren Jie started shooting in Hengdian

‘24 City’ falters when fiction appears
‘24 City’ explores relic of Cold War China

‘Cyborg She’ : My Sassy Girl-Turned-Robot
(spoiler alert)

Taipei Times: Money Not Enough 2
Money isn’t everything

Hong Kong hunts its star heritage Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan

China postpones black-out period to September

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Maggie Cheung catches flu cold in New York

Eastweek’s former chief editor jailed for publishing captive Carina Lau’s half nude photos

Karen Mok with parents and elder brother
Karen Mok and family at premiere of Trail of the Panda

Vivian Chow slide show - Armani promo

Albert YeungWinnie Shum Ying-Ting
65 year-old EEG boss Albert Yeung’s newest protege is 23 year-old Winnie Shum Ying-Ting and daughter of actress Violet Lee Ying.

The former 2004 Miss Hong Kong contestant recently signed a ten year contract with EEG after leaving ATV.

Korea University Courts Renewed Controversy Over Kim Yu-na

Give ‘Em Hell, Malone (unrated) trailer for Cannes -with brief snippets of Chris Yen (Donnie’s sister) (Thanks, to Brian!)

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