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October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010

THR: The Piano in a Factory review

A light though tad melancholy comedy set in a fading factory town in northeastern China.

THR: A Better Tomorrow review

Variety: The Drunkard review

“The Drunkard” reps a sincere if uneven adaptation of Chinese author Liu Yichang’s celebrated 1963 novel about a middle-aged writer whose artistic ideals evaporate in a fog of booze and dames.

FBA: All About Love (5/10)

Gender-reversal, “lesbian” comedy is let down by a lack of style and clumsy script.

FBA: The King of Fighters (4/10)

Gordon Chan directs international cast in video game adaptation.

THR: Josie Ho Joins the Cast of ‘The Courier’

Hong Konger Ho plays Anna, a woman with a mysterious past who meets the daredevil international delivery man of the film’s title (Morgan) during what may be his last drop, to someone who may, or may not, exist.

THR: TIFF Offers Its Own Look at Booming Chinese Film Industry

Chinese film officials heralding a cinema revival not seen since the 1930s.

With Hong Kongers firmly established in the mainland, Hollywood studios are homing in. Where 10 years ago it was Sony Pictures and five years ago it was Warner Bros. leading Hollywood’s China charge, now it’s Fox and Disney working on their co-production chops.

CRI: ’Wind Blast’ Gets Starry Premiere

Guests attending to lend support included Huang Xiaoming, Zhang Yibai, Ma Liwen, Huang Bo, Huo Siyan, Song Jia, Zhang Yang and Zhang Guoqiang.

Charlie Young, Xia Yu

Francis Ng

Ma Su

(Sina-slide show)23

Jeet Kune Do poster

Jeet Kune Do opens Nov. 16 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s birthday. The film stars Chen Tian-Sing and includes Wu Ma and Bruce Leung Siu-Lung. Billy Chan Wui-Ngai, frequent action director for many of Bruce Lee’s films, is the executive producer.

(Sina) (JKD website)

World’s first 3D sex film attracts Chinese tourists to Hong Kong

Producer Stephen Shiu told the newspaper he had already been approached by six travel agents who wanted to arrange private screenings and “meet and greet” sessions with cast members.

CRI: ’Color Me. Love’ Postpones Release Date

The original October 28 release date had been pushed ahead to November 5, because of unexpected post-production work.

But it was reported that some film industry insiders suggested the movie failed to pass a review by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television because of a nude scene.

Liu Ye, Yao Chen (Sina)

A 3D DVD version of Feng Xiaogang’s The Assembly (2008) is planned for Europe. A German company in cooperation with Huayi Brothers plans to release it in Europe where the film is still popular. (Sina)

Jia Zhangke awarded Best Documentary prize for I Wish I Knew at HIFF

With Hollywood producer Chris Lee (Sina)

[Many articles are now recalling Anthony Wong's controversial remarks he made in the spring about unprofessional Mainland crews and deadly working conditions. At the time, his costar Tse Kwan-Ho was burned in the face while filming the TV series Secret History of the Yang Family. (Xinhua) ]

MSN: Kenny Bee will not marry girlfriend

CRI: Gong Li Walks the Red Carpet at China Fashion Week (Xinhua)

October 8, 2010

All About Love (Hollywood Report review)

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All About Love
By Elizabeth Kerr

Bottom Line: A could-be pleasant alternative to standard rom-com gets lost in a didactic shuffle.

BUSAN, South Korea — 
Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui has made half a career out taking the 
city’s social politics to task, and she does it again with “All About 
Love,” an almost romantic comedy about four lesbian friends, two
 one-night stands that end in pregnancies and the men that find a way 
to be fit into their lives.


With homosexuality being decriminalized in Hong Kong for just over two 
decades and families increasingly being labeled alternative, the 
material is timely. But unlike “Night and Day,” which managed to tap 
into the complexities of the marginalized (if somewhat 
melodramatically), “Love” drowns in its own politics and winds up
sending mixed messages that are best left unsent.


Women’s and LGBT-themed festivals are likely to take notice, 
particularly with director Hui’s name above the title, but the chances
of much beyond art house releases outside Asia, if that, looks 
unlikely.


Forty-something former lovers Macy (comedy veteran Sandra Ng) and Anita
 (Hong Kong’s long-absent favorite glamour girl, Vivian Chow) reconnect 
by chance when both find themselves pregnant after spur of the moment 
one-night flings. Although both are confused as to what they’re 
feeling and how to proceed, they do manage to renew their shaky bond
with each other. While Anita considers terminating her pregnancy, Macy 
offers her righteously indignant lesbian friends Eleanor (Joey Man) 
and Wai (Jo Kuk) the option of adopting her child.

But when the 
fathers (Eddie Cheung and William Chan) get wind of the plans, they 
force themselves into all four women’s lives and the hijinks ensue. 
Or they should ensue.

“All About Love” has flashes of wit and some 
earnestly charming moments, but those are buried under piles of
distracting polemics and some disturbingly misguided “comedy.” 
Dialogue that’s supposed to sound like casual lounge conversation is
littered with words like “patriarchal” and “heterosexual hegemony.” 
Robert, the already-married father of bisexual Macy’s baby, has a 
penchant for domestic abuse that stems from her excessive shopping,
 but gives up his battering ways when he learns to give his wife a few 
orgasms (!) so she’ll stop nagging. The former comes off like a 
screed, the latter naively unfunny.


The film’s cast is the one bright spot, and as she frequently does, 
Hui draws engaging performances from her leads. Each does what they can with the material they’re given to work with, and puts
 considerable effort into making Yang Yeeshan’s wispy characters feel
 like living, breathing Hong Kongers.

Things get a bit creaky when the time comes for Ng and Chow to get hot
and heavy — it’s more a puff than an eruption of passion — but their
dynamic works more often than not; Ng’s typical urbane charm helps. Too often, however, Yang falls back on archetypes — the man-hating 
lesbian for whom everything is a political statement (whether or not
 she has hair on her armpits remains a mystery), the pretty lipstick 
lesbian who’s never seen without heels — that make it hard to care
 about them until it’s too late. But that’s OK, because that’s when the
 preaching starts again.

There’s an interesting film in here about the
 changing face of the modern family, but a pat, agonizingly happy
 ending really only makes matters worse. It doesn’t come close to the
 jubilant finale Hui and Yang may have been gunning for.

A Class Limited production

Sales Agent: Mega-Vision Pictures Limited


Credits:

Director: Ann Hui

Producer: Ann Hui

Writer: Yang Yeeshan

Executive producer: Angela Wong, Wong Jing;

Director of photography: Charlie Lam

Production designer: Albert Poon

Costume designer: Lancia Ng

Music: Anthony Chue

Editor: Eric Leung, Chan Chi-Wai.

Cast: Sandra Ng, Vivian Chow, Eddie Cheung, William Chan, Joey Man, Jo Kuk

MPAA rating: Not rated.
Running time 106 minutes.
THR

September 17, 2010

September 17, 2010

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Screen Daily: Aftershock2

Variety: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame2

Variety: All About Love, 2

THR: Tsai Ming-liang turns to art films

Boxoffice success elusive for 1994 Golden Lion winner

CRI: Jiang Wen Confident about “Let the Bullet Fly”

CRI: Zhang Yimou and Cast at “Hawthorn” Screening in Beijing

FBA: Trademark dispute over “Seediq Bale”

Maggie Q (Sina-slide show)

THR: Maggie Q cast in ‘Priest’

Maggie Q is joining Paul Bettany and Cam Gigandet in “Priest,” a post-apocalyptic horror project that Scott Stewart is directing for Screen Gems.

The Warring States poster

Warring States directed by Jin Chen and starring Sun Honglei, Kim Hee-Sun and Francis Ng has finished shooting as is now in post-production. (ChinaDaily)

Jin Chen will be also begin shooting a sci-fi suspense film starring Bruce Leung, Tze Miu and Chen Shi in October in Shenzhen.

Bruce Leung

Tze Miu

Tze Miu in My Father is a Hero

Chen Shi (Sina)2

Hong Kong media is reporting that the reason for the failure of a Cecilia Cheung - Derek Yee reunion film agreement was due to a ‘price hike’ by Cecilia for her services. Last year, Cecilia has to pay large settlement costs as a fallout of from ‘photo-gate’ for loss of revenue by advertisers and brands. Elsewhere, Stephen Chow is still trying to get both Lucas and Cecilia to appear in King of Comedy 2 and has offered 10M yuan for the pair. (Xinhua)

Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing visted Tibetan children being treated in Beijing for congenital heart diseases on her 29th birthday. (Xinhua-gallery)

CRI: Cheer Chen to Give Solo Concert in Beijing

SG: Cecilia Cheung’s rumoured to have done two boob jobs

[I think the only real new news is the second one for reduction.]

SG: Chow Yun Fat to give away 99% of wealth after death

Michelle Reis to respond to speculations on pregnancy

All About Love (Variety review)

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All About Love
De xian chao fan

(Hong Kong-China) A Mega-Vision Pictures (in Hong Kong) release of a Class Limited production. (International sales: Mega-Vision Pictures, Hong Kong.) Produced by Ann Hui. Executive producer, Wong Jing. Directed by Ann Hui. Screenplay, Yeeshan Yang.

With: Sandra Ng, Vivian Chow, Eddie Cheug, William Chan, Joey Meng, Jo Koo. (Cantonese, English dialogue)

By ALISSA SIMON
The insular world of Hong Kong lesbians is affectionately spoofed in the tedious romantic comedy “All About Love,” from prolific helmer Ann Hui. Alternating slapstick humor with bashful sincerity, Hui’s take on homosexuality and bisexuality uses cliched romantic-comedy tropes and will seem awkward and dated to Western eyes. August rollout in Hong Kong reaped poor reviews and weak box office.

Former lovers Macy (Sandra Ng), a bossy, butch-looking attorney, and Anita (Vivian Chow, returning to the screen after 13 years), who does something unspecified at a bank while dressing like a high-end gallerista, meet cute at a prenatal counseling clinic and resume where they left off, even though they’re both pregnant from one-night stands. As they debate what to do about their lives and relationship (Macy fears commitment), the two inadvertent “sperm donors” (Eddie Cheung and William Chan) demand a say, as do Macy’s pals (Joey Meng and Jo Koo). The mostly insipid dialogue bogs down in sloganeering about “the heterosexual hegemony” and “the ills of patriarchal societies.” Colorfully stylized production design sometimes recalls the hyperreality of Alan Rudolph’s “Choose Me,” but “Love” has none of that pic’s quirky charm.

Camera (color/B&W), Charlie Lam; editors, Eric Kong Chi-leung, Chan Chi-wai; music, Anthony Chue; production designer, Albert Poon. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema), Sept. 13, 2010. (Also in Pusan, Tokyo film festivals.) Running time: 105 MIN.
Variety

September 16, 2010

September 16, 2010

THR: Detective Dee

Bottom Line: Breathtaking sets and effects give this youthful martial arts film a modern air.

Global Times: Deconstructing Detective Dee

Li Bingbing (Xinhua)

FBA: Taipei Exchanges (第36個故事) (5/10)

Beautifully mounted but wafer thin story of two sisters running a boutique Taipei coffee house.

Global Times: Ice Kacang Puppy Love

Writing, directing and starring in romantic film Ice Kacang Puppy Love, Malaysian singer/ songwriter Ah Niu is enjoying his broadened repertoire and spoke with the Global Times after the film’s Chinese mainland premiere Monday in Beijing.

Feng Trilogy concludes with A Romantic Affair

After spy suspense film The Message (Fengsheng) and Western action film Wind Blast (Xi Feng Lie), director Gao Qunshu announced the third of the Feng Trilogy A Romantic Affair (Yichang Fenghuaxueyue De Shi) Thursday in Beijing.

Zhang Yimou’s new simplicity

Zhang Yimou’s latest work Under the Hawthorn Tree opens nationally on Thursday with the famous filmmaker meeting the press Sunday evening in Beijing, talking about his choice of young actors, film festivals and the ideals of love.

Dou Xiao, Zhou Dongyu, Zhang Yimou

Zhou Dongyu (Sina)

CRI;”Legend of the Fist” Returns

Legend of the Fist poster (Sina-gallery)

A Seven Little Fortunes reunion? Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao are trying to bring the old gang together. Besides Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah and Yuen Qiu, Eason Chan and Ronald Cheng are said to be in the cast.  The film would be about the history of the Seven Little Fortunes and is reported to start shooting in October. (Sina)

FBA: Stephen Chan to face corruption charges

THR: Former TVB GM charged with corruption

Former general manager of Television Broadcasts Ltd. Stephen Chan Chi-wan has been charged by the Independent Commission Against Corruption for alleged corruption and conspiracy to defraud offenses when handling TVB business affairs, the ICAC announced on Thursday.

Color Me Love poster and trailer release conference in Beijing (Sept.14)

Director Alexi Tan, Yao Chen, Zhu Hong, Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi)

Monica Mok, Yao Chen, Zhu Hong

Joan Chen called in to the conference from the US. (Xinhua-slide show)

CRI: ”Color Me Love” Releases out Trailer

Wang Xinjun, Andy Lau in costume for Founding of a Party (Sina)

Reign of Assassins: Jung Woo-Sung, Michelle Yeoh, Su Chao-Pin

Wedding scene stills (Sina-gallery)

Kelly Lin, Guo Xiaodong poster

Don Quixote poster featuring Miao Pu

Miao Pu

(Sina-gallery)2

Sleeping Beauty

Shu Qi napping before Beijing premiere after dressing and makeup, taken by hairdresser Sev Tsang

(Xinhua)

SG: Karena Lam married in June

Jay Chou adds another title to his resume: TV host

September 15, 2010

All About Love (Screen Daily review)

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All About Love (De-Xian-Chao-Fan)
14 September, 2010
By Dan Fainaru
Dir: Ann Hui. Hong Kong-China.2010. 105mins

The same story, taking place anywhere in the West, wouldn’t raise an eyebrow, but gender benders are still pretty much of a taboo in the Hong Kong cinema, far more tolerant of violence than it is of sex. This makes Ann Hui’s new film about the affair between two pregnant lesbian women something of a novelty, at least on the home front.

But barely supported by a hollow script which desperately tries to justify its 105 minutes running time, Hui’s latest seems destined mainly for the local market, which may appreciate Sandra Ng and Vivian Chow (coming back to the screen after a 14 year absence) putting on a cute act and strike photogenic poses all throughout.

Macy (Ng), a lawyer with a small clientele but a free spirit and Anita (Chow) a bank employee with a weakness for one-night stands, are both bi-sexual. Macy who has been on and off women through the years, takes on the case of her next-door neighbor, Robert (Eddie Cheung), accused of having beaten his wife. Instead busying herself with his legal status, she teaches him French kissing and the secret of sharing orgasms with his partners.

Anita picks up Mike (William Chan) on the internet, but is disappointed to find that in bed he is “long on talk but short on play” and discovers after the fact that he is barely 19. The two women, who had an affair 12 years ago, meet again in counseling course for pregnant women, embrace, tell each other their personal stories in long flashbacks and finally flop into bed together, still debating whether they should have the babies or terminate their pregnancies.

From this point on, it’s a long journey riddled with clichés, bringing in the two prospecting fathers who can’t quite figure out their roles and a couple of committed, militant lesbians, Macy hesitates to commit herself to the long term relationship Anita is looking for, while Anita has to deal with her employers who are trying to kick her out when they find out she is about to become a single mother.

Robert, who has learned by now how to please women and has appeased his wife’s fury, forgets about everything and worries only about his illegitimate son about to be born, while Mike assiduously tries to stay close to Anita, despite her desperate efforts to push him away.

There’s plenty of running around, fast cutting and flattering cinematography, and the stars here have nothing to complain as far as their image is concerned. Feminist slogans are half-jokingly flashed all over the place, in an ironical rather than militant fashion, the camera coyly looks the other way every time something more shocking than a kiss is supposed to take place, and the final solution proposed by the script – having a family of six, four women and two men, taking care of two babies, is like saying “since we can’t decide how to wrap it all up, let’s postpone the answer for the next Time”.

Always colorful but rarely funny and throwing bits and pieces picked elsewhere (a short sequence of four girls discussing affairs plays like a HK version of Sex And The City), this is a far cry from Ann Hui at her best.

Production companies: Class Limited Productions

International sales: Mega-Vision Pictures Limited

Executive Producer: Wong Jing

Producer: Ann Hui

Screenplay: Yeeshan Yang

Cinematography: Charlie Lam

Production designer: Albert Poon

Editors: Eric Kong Chi Leung, Chan Chi Wai

Music: Anthony Chue

Main Cast: Sandra Ng, Vivian Chow, Eddie Cheung, William Chan, Joey Meng, Jo Koo
Screen Daily

September 3, 2010

September 3, 2010

NPR: ’Noodle Shop’: A Coen Brothers Tale Goes East

Relocated from flat and empty Texas to hilly and vacant China, Zhang’s film has a lot of fun with the original material, along with some smiles at the expense of the director’s own style. But the pacing is too deliberate, and much of the humor doesn’t translate; the result is a would-be farce that’s more droll than uproarious.

NPR: A Family Torn Asunder Takes The ‘Last Train Home’

Frequently moving and quietly enlightening, Last Train Home is about love and exploitation, sacrifice and endurance.

NYTimes: Last Train Home

FBA: Showtime (用心跳) (2/10)

Incoherent, wannabe musical drama fumbles the ball at every level.

Resisting his long-time penchant for dazzling, picture-perfect visual effects and dropping the political edge in his early movies, top Chinese film director Zhang Yimou has recreated a pure love story on the silver screen in a simple and direct way.

WSJ: Hong Kong: A Love Story - All About Love

“I make films because I really want to find out what Hong Kong is like at the moment,” says the 63-year-old Ms. Hui.

THR: Contagion’ spreads to Hong Kong - Soderbergh film to feature Josie Ho

Ho, who met Soderbergh in Hong Kong in July, said she would draw on her own memories of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak to play her role in “Contagion.”

“It was a very sad time when we were all scared and nobody knew where to turn for help,” Ho said. “I really respect all the doctors and nurses who saved us. They are heroes.”

FBA: Asian stars join Soderbergh’s Contagion

CRI: ‘The Piano in a Factory’ to Compete at Tokyo Film Festival (formerly Steel Piano, here)

(Sina-gallery)

FBA: Tang Wei invited back to Party

Malaysian hit film Ice Kacang Puppy Love featuring Angelica Lee opens Sept. 9 in China.  (Sina)

New stills from Legend of the Fist released

(Sina-slide show)

Promises, promises

Jackie Chan brewing up another donation-gate? Inquiries have revealed that Jackie’s 2009 promise to donate funds from Little Big Soldier box office for the reconstruction of a Beichuan Middle School destroyed by the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan has so far been not met. Jackie Chan and Li Yuchan visited Beichuan on the first anniversary of the earthquake and made his pledge then. A search of the online website listing donors turned up nothing for Jackie Chan or his various other names, Sing Long, Chan Kong, etc. Jackie Chan’s Charitable Foundation confirmed that no record of a donation to Beichuan has been made. (Xinhua)

Louis Koo’s agent tried to clarify earlier reports that the star would be out of commission for 9-12 months. He said that the actor would not completely suspend working after surgery for that length of time, more likely one month for rest and recovery. (Sina)

Chen Kun and Zhao Wei in Chengdu appearing for luxury brand LV.

(Xinhua-gallery)

SG: Beautiful voice runs in Faye Wong’s family

SG: Vicki Zhao thanks hubby

August 12, 2010

August 12, 2010

NYTimes: Filmmaking in a Climate of Caution (Aftershock)

CRI: ”I Phone You” Promoted at the Brandenburg Gate

The film is a love story between a Chinese girl and a German guy. Their relationship is mainly over the phone at the beginning. Then the girl travels to Germany with the money she saved from working in a flower shop.

Part of the film was shot in Chongqing, the southwestern Chinese city on the bank of the Yangtze River, where the love story starts.

Jiang Yiyan was known by the German media as “The Most Beautiful and Real Oriental Girl” for her great appearance and acting in her previous films.

Jiang Yiyan (Sina-gallery)

Lead actors show up one by one in the 75-second trailer which follows the assassination plot targeting a retired murderess.

“The theme of the film is not about assassins and revenge but about love, which is the core message of my films. People should search for a way to get along with each other instead of hate and grudge,” John Woo was quoted by Sina.com.cn as saying.

Chief villain - Wang Xueqi (Sina)2

Haunted-fetus horror movie has some squirmy moments but is shackled by a confused script.

FBA: HK Summer opens with Love

Vivian Chow’s comeback film premieres in HK

Vivian Chow, Sandra Ng attend the HKSIFF screening of All About Love

Jo Koo, Joey Man, Vivian Chow, William Chan Wai-Ting, Ann Hui

Joey Man Yee-Man, Simon Yam (Sina)2(Xinhua-slide show)

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting endorsing lip gloss for Estee Lauder (Sina)

Ekin Cheng and Lynn Xiong attend a Body Shop event

Lynn Xiong

Ekin Cheng - no marriage plans

He denied reports that he and Yoyo Mung registered for marriage in Japan during a recent holiday with his parents in Hokkaido.

Yoyo Mung

Yoyo, for her part, was reportedly very unhappy in Hokkaido as she had no alone time with Ekin and was constantly stalked by paparazzi.

(Sina)2(Xinhua-slide show)

Shu Qi

Shu Qi is the new regional face for Emporio Armani replacing Zhang Ziyi for Fall/Winter 2010. She will be appearing in new billboard ads that were recently shot in New York City. Shu Qi was lauded for her professionalism during the photo shoot in 100+ degree heat. (Xinhua)

SG: Miriam Yeung chooses concert over wedding

According to reports, the star appears to be more concerned about her concert and was said to have set a three-month abstinence from ‘bedroom activities’ with Real as she concentrates on concert preparations.

To make things worse, Real was seen hanging out with an unnamed hot babe when Miriam was out in Japan filming a music special.

August 6, 2010

August 6, 2010

Xinhua: Quake film triggers calls for shake-up of film approval system

The latest domestic blockbuster, “Aftershock,” set during the 1976 Tangshan earthquake that left more than 240,000 people dead, has stirred up a debate among parents whose children were scared — not moved — to tears during the movie.

Study: Asians rely on mobile video (THR)

Americans watch twice as much TV as Asian counterparts

Danwei: Southern Weekly in conversation with Chen Daoming

Chen Daoming is one of the most venerated actors in China, working in TV and film since the ‘80s. His roles include Fang Hung-chien in the 1990 TV adaptation of Fortress Besieged by Qian Zhongshu . Lately though, his more commercial roles include the emperor in Zhang Yimou’s Hero and the retired People’s Liberation Army officer in Feng Xiaogang’s Aftershock.

Charlene Choi and Raymond Lam in stills from The Jade and The Pearl

(Xinhua)

The Johnnie To-Wai Ka-Fai Single Men and Women crew held a wrap ceremony and invited the media. Louis Koo is still busy shooting Chinese Ghost Story in Shanghai and complained of the heat there filming in heavy costumes. He said filming Single Men was much easier as it was indoors with air-conditioning.

Johnnie To, Louis Koo, Gao Yuanyuan, Wai Ka-Fai

Louis Koo, Gao Yuanyuan

Gao Yuanyuan

Johnnie To (Xinhua)(Sina)

Miao Pu and Nick Cheung dancing in Stool Pigeon.

Guei Lun-Mei (Kwai Lun-Mei)

Guei Lun-Mei took on new challenge in her first action role

The Dante Lam film opens August 26. (Sina)2

Vivian Chow and Sandra Ng met with the press to talk about All About Love

(Sina)

Poster for ‘Hot Honey’, a comedy about the ‘hidden rules’ of the workplace. (Sina)

Stephen Shiu’s 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy will beginning filming this month.

Aug.4 press conference photos

Tony Ho Wah-Chiu

SUO Yukiko

Hayama Hiro (Hayama Go)

HARO Saori

Vonnie Lui Hoi-Yan

The producers, Shiu Ding-Yat (Stephen Shiu, Jr), Stephen Shiu

Tony Ho Wah-Chiu Chen Chau-Ping, Hayama Hiro, Lan Yu (Sina)2

Michelle Reis appeared at the restaurant opening of former suitor Joseph Lau.

The real estate tycoon is known as The One, the pseudonym he used to publish full page birthday greetings to Michelle and even going so far as renaming one of his buildings The One.

(Xinhua)

Tony Leung and Chen Daoming chat at a new car unveiling in Shanghai

Dapper Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Sina)

Cherrie Ying Choi-Yi Esquire

(Sina)

July 10, 2010

July 10, 2010

Chan Yau-Hau

Anthony Wong, Cheung Kam-Ching

Funeral services were held July 10 for veteran film, TVB actor and teacher Chan Yau-Hau who passed away June 12 at the age of 93 (95 or 96 in other reports). A mentor to many younger actors, Anthony Wong said if not for Chan there would be no me. He taught me the history of Chinese drama, Wong said. After the war, he taught drama while holding a single light bulb in one hand according to Wong. Former students Chow Yun-Fat, Liza Wong, Andy Lau, Lau Ching-Wan sent wreaths to the funeral hall while Alex Man, Kam Kwok-Leung, Maggie Chan Mei-Kei attended in person. Other students of the drama teacher included Johnnie To, Ringo Lam and Ng Man-Tat. (21.cn)(sohu) (singtao.ca)2

First poster for Benny Chan’s City Under Siege released

Unveiling ceremony and web site launch with Enlight Pictures and Sina executives with Zhang Jingchu

(Sina)23(Xinhua)

RTHK’s five-part five hour documentary Legend of Kung Fu has been a ratings hit averaging 1M viewers per episode. Individual episodes have focused on Hung Quan, Wudang, Shaolin, Wudang, and Tai Chi. (Sina)2(rthk)

FBA: GIO announces $3m in flagship subsidies

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin and Wei Te-Sheng’s Seediq Bale among recipients

CRI:  Latest Stills of “The Dreams of Jinsha”

CRI: Stills of Scenes from “Death and Glory in Changde”

CRI:Trailer for “Midnight Beating” Released (Midnight Pulse/Heartbeat)

A silent trailer for director Zhang Jiabei’s latest horror flick “Midnight Beating” has been released.

Preview audiences ahead of the July 22 release of Feng Xiaogang’s Aftershock are being moved to tears. But at the same time, the number of product placements for liquor, automobile, insurance, communications and down jacket brands has viewers chuckling during the movie. Though product placements are normal these days, for such a serious film it is not appropriate said one Shanghai viewer. (Sina)

Aaron Kwok getting made up for City Under Siege

City Under Siege (21cn)

Ann Hui’s All About Love poster (21cn)

More action stills of Zhang Jingchu from City Under Siege

Zhang Jingchu

(21cn)

Josie Ho

Josie Ho’s father, gambling king Stanley Ho, suddenly checked into the hospital July 7. He was subsequently released but reporters saw medical equipment being delivered to Ho’s mansion. Josie Ho celebrates her 10th anniversary of marriage to Conroy Chan this November. (Sina)2

Zhou Xun, Jia Hongsheng

A painting of Zhou Xun and the late Jia Hongsheng resurfaced recently. It was first exhibited in 2007 in the Chinese New Realism Oil Paintings Exhibition. Zhou Xun was a good friend of the painter and often posed for the artist but this painting was based on a photograph as Zhou Xun was busy working at the time. (Xinhua)

Gigi Leung

Gigi Leung recently spent 60,000 yuan to redesign her personal web site to accommodate Traditional, Simplified Chinese and English to make it internationally friendly and expand her market.

Gigi Leung’s album launch for Pa Jimo’s Cat, her first in 3 years

(Xinhua)2

CRI: Jane Zhang’s “I Believe” Solo Tour to Hit Beijing in August

Jane Zhang Liangying is a phenomenal talent. While she was with Huayi Brothers she sang the theme songs for many of their big pics, e.g., Mulan, Painted Skin, and TV series.

CRI: Photo of Andy Lau’s Marriage Certificate Published

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