Actor Huang Xiaoming shines in a quirky, blackly comic tale of bandit heroes during WW2.
Part western, part martial arts homage, part Sino-Japanese resistance drama riff, An Inaccurate Memoir is a bustling mixture of genre references and colourful characters that ultimately celebrates the heroism of unnamed “ordinary people” (its Chinese title).
John Woo Has Cancer?
According to authoritative sources, the reason John Woo has postponed the filming of “Love and Let Love” (formerly “Pacific Steamer”), starring Chang Chen, Zhang Ziyi and Song Hye-Kyo, is that while preparing for production in April the director was hospitalized for laryngeal cancer in the US. According to previous rumours, Woo had surgery for a heart ailment or pancreatic cancer. Producer Terence Chang did not return calls from reporters but according to a friend Woo did not have heart problems. Woo is currently recuperating in the US and he is optimistic that Woo will begin working again by the end of the year. Speaking of the remake of “The Killer”, to be directed by Lee Jae-Han (John H. Lee), Chang said that Nicolas Cage and James Franco are being considered but not yet confirmed.(Sina)
Production is now underway in Thailand on Cooktales, an English-language drama about food and family set in Singapore.
The much-delayed film is directed by South Korea’s Gina Kim and stars Asian superstar Michelle Yeoh.
Leading Chinese filmmaker Jiang Wen is likely to reunite with Gong Li in his latest directorial project, Gone With The Bullets
Jiang Wen’s latest project, sequel to the 2010 blockbuster “Let the Bullets Fly,” released two posters at Cannes International Film Festival. The movie, titiled “Gone with the Bullets,” is expected to start shooting between September and October this year and the release date is set for late 2013.
Partial cast of “Wu Dang”
Dennis To Yu-Hang
Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk)
Father and daughter, Vincent Zhao and Xu Jiao (Sina-gallery)
Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmasters” may be included
A Wong Kar-Wai microfilm “Deja Vu”, sponsored by Chivas Regal, had its world premiere at Cannes May 18 and stars Chang Chen and supermodel Du Juan. It will premiere in China June 15. (Sina)
The film, featuring Fiona Sit and Chapman To and directed by Fung Chi Keung, is slated to screen in the summer on the mainland.
Zhang Jingchu starting on “I Trust You”
Edison Chen, Leni Lan, et al
The big news this week is Lau Ding-sing’s private photo collection. The Apple Daily reported that the wealthy Hong Kong businessman claims to have 100,000 photos of partially dressed and fully nude male celebrities.
There seems to be no end to Edison Chen’s philandering ways as his provocative text messages to Chinese actress Joyce Wu came to light recently.
Joyce Wu Sifan