HKMDB Daily News

May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF/THR: Dangerous Liaisons: Cannes Review

An interesting twist on a classic plot, Dangerous Liaisons is essentially a deluxe soap opera. But with its beautiful cast and gorgeous production design, it is still a highly enjoyable way to waste two hours.

CF: China Lion Eyes U.S. Market With Cannes Pickups

… it has a deal with AMC Entertainment to screen up to 15 titles a year, include the raunchy Hong Kong comedy Vulgaria, Taiwanese romantic comedies Girlfriend Boyfriend and When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep, warlord actioner The Bullet Vanishes and Thai martial arts pic Rebirth.

CF: Release Date for “Nightmare” Announced

The production company for the upcoming thriller “Nightmare”, which is directed by Herman Yau and starring Fiona Sit, Huang Xuan and Zhou Chuchu, announced its July 6th mainland release date yesterday.

CF: Character Posters of “Caught in the Web” Released

Chen Kaige, known for his top award-winning film at Cannes “Farewell to My Concubine,” has turned his focus to ordinary people and hot topics in modern times in his latest film.

The film revolves around the problems caused by internet violence and “flesh searches” in modern society.

A few of the character posters for “Caught in the Web”

Yao Chen

Gao Yuanyuan

Wang Xueqi

Wang Luodan (Sina)

CF: Lu Chuan’s First Micro Film Releases Poster

Director Lu Chuan’s first micro film “The Way of the Heart” releases its poster.

In more micro film news, actress Huang Yi is directing her first micro film, “Exchange”, based on a true incident in which a female university student inspired by the ‘paperclip for a villa’ (see links below) exchanged two rings and in four months after three more exchanges built a classroom building. Huang Yi developed an interest in micro films when she was invited to act in another micro film earlier. This time, she was invited by the Shanghai International Film Festival’s director of micro film projects to direct and Huang readily accepted.

Huang Yi

Huang Yi and young actors (Sina)

Student barters rings to build school in Guizhou

From paper-clip to house, in 14 trades

Vicki Zhao’s directorial debut “To Our Past Youth” finished shooting in Nanjing and Shanghai, and the cast and crew are in the midst of their shoot at the Huangguoshu Waterfall, a famous scenic spot in Guizhou Province.

Another June edition of L’Officiel, with Huang Yi on the cover this time.

The Hong Kong actor is said to have become more caring and cheerful after officially ending his marriage recently

Zhang Ziyi, as ambassador of the event, was all smiles at the 12th Chinese Film Media Awards last night

May 9, 2012

May 9, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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NYTimes: AMC Said to Be Talking to Chinese Buyer

THR: Chinese Exhibitor Eyes Acquisition of All or Part of AMC Entertainment

A deal with Wanda Group, one of the country’s largest movie theater chains, would bring China’s growing interaction with Hollywood to a new level.

CF: Character Posters for “On My Way” Released

Yang Mi (Sina)

CF: ”11 Flowers” Opens in France

CF: ”Fairytale Killer” Premieres in Beijing

After portraying numerous police roles throughout his career, Sean Lau commented upon the unique nature of his latest character. “I’ve never portrayed such a ‘bad’ policeman before; I dare not even let my mom watch the film,” joked Lau when referring to his performance in “Fairytale Killer.”

Danny Pang

Elanne Kong

Lau Ching-Wan

Lau Ching-Wan, Elanne Kong, Wang Baoqiang (Sina)

CF: Mainland Box Office Chart for Week 17

“Titanic” 3D continued to sweep the competition at mainland boxoffice, maintaining the top spot for a third week in a row.

Concept poster for Gordon Chan’s wuxia film “The Four”

The film’s cast includes Deng Chao, Ronald Cheng, Liu Yifei, Collin Chou and Anthony Wong

Liu Yifei

Collin Chou

Ronald Cheng

Deng Chao  (Sina)

Andy Lau proud father of baby girl

Press camping outside hospital after reports that Andy Lau and wife, Carol Chu, entered hospital

Jordan Chan uploaded photo of baby thought to be Andy’s new baby girl (Sina)2

MSN: Is Cecilia Cheung and Nicholas Tse reconciling?

It seemed like Cecilia’s change of stance in the recent months, admitting that she was wrong in the past, is working for the actress as “their relationship is less strained now, and Nicholas would stay over with the intention of taking care of Lucas.”

RTHK: Sina Weibo introduces new rules

The mainland’s biggest micro-blogging platform, Sina Weibo, has asked its 300-million users to sign an agreement not to make postings that “threaten social stability”. The company said it would delete the accounts of all users who do not comply.

March 4, 2011

March 4, 2011

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CRI: China through the Lense: National Film Museum

FBA: Korean major takes self distribution route in US

The film [Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow ] is released in the US through deals with two exhibitors: CGV America, operates a multiplex in Los Angeles’s Koreatown and a subsidiary of Korea’s CJ-CGV; and US giant AMC from next week in other cities including San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Hawaii and Vancouver.

CRI: Sun Honglei Concerned about Image in ‘Warring States’

GlobalTimes: Mountain’s peak (Buddha Mountain)

Having triumphed in last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, winning Best Artistic Contribution and Best Actress for star Fan Bingbing, Li Yu’s youth film Buddha Mountain begins showing nationwide Friday.

The female Li is known for previous artistic works including Fish and Elephant (2001), known as China’s first lesbian film, and won awards in the Berlin and Venice film festivals. Her Dam Street (2005) also received international acclaim as did Lost in Beijing (2006), the graphic sexual content of which led to a long and unsuccessful battle with domestic censors. Indeed, none of Li’s films have enjoyed a cinematic release in her own country.

But her fourth feature film, Buddha Mountain lacks sexual, violent or political content and is, in fact, a relatively mild story. “It [the banning of Lost in Beijing] got on my nerves and I couldn’t sleep at nights. I was too stubborn at that time. I have now formed a better relationship with the censorship people, and found a win-win solution: a good film for me that also caused no problem for them,” Li told the Global Times.

Together poster features Ni Dahong, Daniel Chan (Chen Xiaodong) and Li Feier

Opening March 8. (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Isabella Leong, Selina Jen…

MSN: Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng are back together

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung show affection in public

MSN: Barbie Hsu’s wedding details revealed

CNA: Lin Chiling says ‘no’ to public romances

MSN: Netizen accuses Ella Chen’s boyfriend of being a playboy

Bob Dylan is coming to BeijingCNA: Bob Dylan to perform in China

January 24, 2011

January 24, 2011

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THR: China’s ‘What Women Want’ Remake to Get Day-and-Date U.S. Release

China Lion will also distribute Chen Daming’s film to cinemas in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

  • What Women Want, starring Andy Lau and Gong Li, will open at select North American theaters day-and-date with its China premiere on Feb. 3, the first day of the Lunar New Year, distributor China Lion said on Friday.
  • China Lion will open What Women Want, subtitled in English, at AMC theaters in cities where there are large concentrations of ethnic Chinese moviegoers, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C., and at Cineplex theaters in Vancouver.
  • Its next North America and China day-and-date release will be the March 18 premiere of the Fox International Productions film The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman.

Cast promote “If You Are the One II” in Taipei

Shu Qi, Ady An Yixuan

CRI: A Review of the Shaolin-Themed Kung Fu Movies

Shaolin: Character driven with a dash of Kung Fu

Underneath all the violence, bloodshed and machismo in Hong Kong director Benny Chan’s “Shaolin” is an endearing tale of a man’s journey in search of redemption.

Andy Lau promoting Shaolin at Kowloon Bay (Sina-gallery)

CRI: Chinese Hostess Invited to Star in Tarantino’s New Movie

MTV VJ JuJu (Zhu Zhu) in upcoming What Women Want

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible’s Sandra Ng, Louis Koo and Vincent Kok opened the Lunar New Year Flower Market in Tsimshatsui

(Sina-gallery)

Faye Wong busy blogging even just before her Taipei concert! ;D

Faye Wong’s Hello Kitty phone case (Xinhua)

Zhao Wei did not travel alone to Taipei to support Faye Wong’s concert. She was also accompanied by her husband, Huang You-Long, and daughter. (Sina-gallery)

MSN: Maggie Cheung rumoured to have met boyfriend’s parents

HK’s Maggie Cheung rubbishes breakup rumours

MSN: Andy Lau admits he is working on having children

RazorTV: Andy Lau: I used to be a snob (1/5)

GlobalTimes: Barbie meets her Ken in lightning-fast path to the altar

HK heartthrob Louis Koo meets fans

Koo, who is still recuperating from an injury to his left leg sustained during the filming of a movie in Beijing last August, said he could only take on action movies after August this year.

RazorTV: 881 The Musical (1/7)

Judee Tan and Joanna Dong play the new Papaya Sisters in the musical.

China sports brand tries to break into US market

Praise in China for Lang Lang’s martial White House tune (NYPost) (EpochTimes-video link)

January 13, 2011

January 13, 2011

THR: Let the Bullets Fly

A rollicking Chinese western directed with cinematic gumption.

THR: Ip Man 2

A smashing martial arts extravaganza dented by crude nationalism. [Look for a theatrical release in the US this month.]

THR: Sacrifice

A classical historical drama of grand passions and humanity.

Michel Gondry’s “The Green Hornet” reinvents the retro vigilante, delivering the goods for a punchy 3D breakout.

CNN: China’s Woody Allen on turning a disaster into a hit

Film director Feng Xiaogang may have made China’s biggest box office hit, the disaster movie, “Aftershock”, but he built his reputation in comedies, comparing himself to American director, Woody Allen.

Fox International Productions and China Lion Film Distribution said Wednesday they will release the Mandarin-language martial arts film The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman on March 17 in North America, Australia and New Zealand, simultaneously with its premiere in China.

THR: Chinese Delegation Touring Hollywood in Search of Box-Office Success

Five Chinese film veterans and ambitious newcomers are seeking to hire Hollywood help to achieve their goal: exportable movies.

CRI: Daniel Wu, Gao Yuanyuan Promote New Film (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart/Single Men and Women)

CRI: Stanley Kwan to Put Han Han’s Novel on Big Screen

CRI: Jiang Wen Plays Cao Cao in New Film (Lost Bladesman)

(Sina-gallery)

Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing’s first foreign film has been released in France this week. The all-English language film, Stretch, is directed by Charles de Meaux and required Fan to cram to learn English. This is the same production that David Carradine was shooting in Thailand when he died. (Xinhua)

Li Yuchun, Andrew Lau

(Jan.12) Andrew Lau directed and co-starred with Li Yuchun in a 15-minute musical film called ‘Prologue’. The premiere event was held in Beijing with screenings planned for Chengdu, Changsha, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Lau praised Li as a ‘female version of Jay Chou’. (Sina)

Videos: Making of Shaolin (8) (YouTube) (Thanks, to Valerie)

MSN: Aaron Kwok denies his engagement with Lynn Hung

MSN: Selina Jen to return home for Lunar New Year

The S.H.E member will host a media conference to thank the people who showed concern for her during the ordeal

MSN: Overworked Jolin Tsai spotted with receding hairline

SG: Chinese pop diva Faye Wong to come out with new album soon (?)

October 14, 2010

October 14, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 1:09 pm

FBA: Chinese films roar into US market

AMC will play Aftershock on 23 screens in key markets with a large Chinese demographic; New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Houston, Boston, Seattle, Toronto and Ottawa.

THR: Floating Lives review (Vietnam)

An elegiac, lyrical tale of a nomadic Vietnamese family whose lives are changed when they take in a prostitute, “Floating Lives” is a model of solid, old-fashioned filmmaking.

AFP: Documentary shows Hollywood hard times for Chinese actress

“Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words”, has made its world premiere at the 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) — Asia’s most prestigious cinema event.

It provides a fascinating and often poignant insight into a Chinese-American woman who was, as history has shown, way ahead of her time.

Suzhou press conference for Joe Ma’s Struggle

Joe Ma and cast Li Chen, Dong Xuan, Li Yuan, Cheng Kai

Li Chen, Dong Xuan (Sina)

SG: Andy Lau dismisses wife’s pregnancy rumours

SG: Michelle Yeoh pries into co-star’s love life

SG: Kiki Sheung and Lau Ching-wan’s romantic past exposed

[Eric Tsang, btw, was an uninvited guest but drunkenly crashed the banquet!]

HK singer Eason Chan once thought about having an affair

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