HKMDB Daily News

May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: An Inaccurate Memoir review

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)

FBA: Yeoh stirred by CJ Cooktales

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.

CF: Jiang Wen to Shoot “Gone With The Bullets”

Leading Chinese filmmaker Jiang Wen is likely to reunite with Gong Li in his latest directorial project, Gone With The Bullets

CF: Jiang Wen’s “Gone With The Bullets” Releases Posters at Cannes

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.

(Sina)

CF: Latest Pics Unveil the Holy Land of Wu Dang at Cannes

Partial cast of “Wu Dang”

Yang Mi

Fan Siu-Wong

Dennis To Yu-Hang

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk)

Xu Jiao

Father and daughter, Vincent Zhao and Xu Jiao (Sina-gallery)

CF: Cannes Planning Surprise Screening Of Non-Fest Films

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)

CF: Cecilia Cheung Promotes “Dangerous Liaisons” at Cannes

Today is Cecilia Cheung’s 32nd birthday (Sina)2

The film, featuring Fiona Sit and Chapman To and directed by Fung Chi Keung, is slated to screen in the summer on the mainland. 

CF: Babara Wong Set her Foot in Mainland wih”9090″

CF: New Trailer of Chen Kaige’s “Caught in the Web”

A1/AFP: ’Monkey’ to go West again as cinema power shifts East

CNA: Anthony Wong blasts “unprofessional” Chinese production teams

(Sina)

Zhang Jingchu starting on “I Trust You”

Zhang Jingchu is in Rome to begin shooting “I Trust You” an Italian film about global food safety. Filming will also take place in China and Hong Kong. (Sina)2

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

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.

SGYahoo: Aaron Kwok not changing plans for marriage

A1: Michelle Yeoh delighted with ‘Datuk Seri’ title

MSN: Edison Chen invited Joyce Wu to his hotelSGYahoo

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

(21cn)

May 1, 2012

May 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Poster for Yim Ho’s “Floating City”

The cast, minus Charlie Young, took some publicity stills

Aaron Kwok, Annie Liu

Director Yim Ho, Annie Liu, Paw Hee-Ching, Aaron Kwok, Calvin Cheng

Calving Cheng, Aaron Kwok (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Leon Yang Shu-Peng’s “An Inaccurate Memoir” includes a shootout in an underground tunnel between Huang Xiaoming and Japanese soldiers featuring one 3-minute long continuous shot. It was designed and shot by director of photograhpy Cao Yu (”City of Life and Death”).

Yang Shu-Peng (Sina)(HunanTV)2

Elanne Kong plays Wang Baoqiang’s lover, a bullied girl with autism who grew up in an orphanage in Oxide Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer (”Perfect Fairy Tale”)

Wang Baoqiang, Elanne Kong

Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer” has been compared to “Saw”. Netizens compared images and noted similarities.

(Sina)

Gigi Leung is in Taipei rehearsing for her May 5th concert

Gigi Leung

(Sina)2

Maggie Cheung flew from Beijing to Taiwan and was rushed to customs

Rockin’ her Dr. Dre Beats

(Sina)

MSN: Jerry Yan and Lin Chi-ling to reconcile?

April 25, 2012

April 25, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Chapman To ill

Hong Kong media reports that Chapman To has been diagnosed with Miller Fisher Syndrome and has stopped all work to recuperate from home. In a telephone interview, Chapman said that doctors have sent his blood sample to a US laboratory to diagnose the severity. A recovery period of two weeks to six months is estimated. Although potentially fatal, Chapman was optimistic and expects to recover. (Sina)

FBA: US regulator probes China film relations

US financial regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission has made preliminary enquiries into whether Hollywood studios have been involved in bribery in China.

Variety: SEC eyes majors’ activity in China

Three character posters for Hur Jin-ho’s “Dangerous Liasions”. The film will be going to the Cannes Film Festival next month. (FBA)

Cecilia Cheung

Jang Dong-gun

Zhang Ziyi (Sina)2

CF: Wuxia Drama “The Four” Slated for Release in July

CF: First Trailer for “Double Trouble” Released

Jacyee Chan portrays a Taiwan security guard while Xia Yu plays a security guard visiting Taiwan from the mainland. The two men, along with a tour guide portrayed by Chen Handian, get into trouble following a burglary at the Imperial Palace.

Chen Han-Dian, Deng Jiajia, Xia Yu, Jaycee Chan, director Chang Hsun-Wei

(Sina-gallery)

“Double Trouble” trailer

Poster for “Shadows of Love” (aka “Repeat I Love You”)

Cecilia Cheung and Kwon Sang-woo are flanked by Jing Tian, Sphinx Ting, Jing Boran and Angela Chang (Sina)

“Shadows of Love” trailer

Opens May 11

CRI: Aaron Kwok Promotes “Cold War” in Beijing

“Cold War” is a crime-thriller which tells an interlinked story involving the police, undercover cops and mindless thugs. The storyline is incredibly broad but also very elaborate, covering the entire Hong Kong Police force.

Aarif Lee, Aaron Kwok, and Tony Leung Ka-Fai promote “Cold War” in Beijing. The cast also includes Charlie Young, Ethan Ruan, Chin Ka-Lok Terence Yin and others.

Aarif Lee, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Aaron Kwok

Aarif Lee, Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Aaron Kwok (Sina)

The cast of “An Inaccurate Memoir” in Shanghai

Director Leon Yang Shu-Peng

Huang Xiaoming

Zhang Xinyi - We can be heroes, just for one day

Zhang Xinyi, Zhang Yi

Wang Lie (Sina)

Trailer for “An Inaccurate Memoir”

Angelababy promotes “The First Time” in Beijing. American-born singer Cindy Yen and Angelababy sing a duet in the film. Angelababy plays a young girl with a congenital disease who is in a romance with Mark Chao. A June 8 release is scheduled.

Angelababy

Angelababy, Cindy Yen

Korean director Han Yan

Cindy Yen plays Mark Chao’s ex-girlfriend

Angelababy

(Sina)2

‘Mou girl’ Ni Ni and Liu Ye will co-star in “Sha Jie” (literally “Forbidden Killing”). The pair will play lovers and enemies at the same time. The film hopes to balance art and commerce, a la “Lust, Caution”.

Ni Ni, Liu Ye

Ni Ni

Director Zhang Jiarui, Liu Ye, Ni Ni

Liu Ye presents Ni Ni with a dagger (Sina-gallery)

MSN: Andy Lau to join the line-up for Iron Man 3?

MSN: Sean Lau Ching Wan is trying hard for a baby

MSN: Maggie Shiu suspected to be pregnant

April 11, 2012

April 11, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Cool Young review

Off-the-wall, very patchy curio centred on love and money in modern-day Shenzhen.

FBA: Young Dudes review

Undeveloped mix of fantasy and modern-hippy elements is more like an extended music video.

CF: Inaccurate Memoir Bumps up Release Date

Publicity stills for “An Inaccurate Memoir” featuring Zhang Yi

CF: Nostalgic Posters for ‘11 Flowers’ Released

Set at the end of the 1970s, the art-house film “11 Flowers” tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who witnessed a murder.

(Sina)

CF: Zhang Ziyi’s “Sophie’s Revenge 2″ to Begin Shooting Soon

CF: Presenters of Hong Kong Film Awards Unveiled

(Sina)

Latest poster for Ning Hao’s “Guns and Roses” features director’s filmography

(Sina)

CF: Box office chart for last week

Guan Hu (”Design of Death”, “Cow”) announced the cast of his new film “The Chef, The Actor, The Scoundrel”. In addition to the three leads, Zhang Hanyu, Huang Bo and Liu Ye; the cast includes Tanaka Chie, Wang Xun and Liang Jing in the action comedy. The director and three leads will also act as producers for the Lunar New Year film.

Liu Ye, Zhang Hanyu, Huang Bo

Guan Hu, Liu Ye, Zhang Hanyu

Huang Bo, Liang Jing, Tanaka Chie

Guan Hu, Liu Ye, Zhang Hanyu, Huang Bo (Sina)234

Stills from Guan Hu’s “Design of Death”.

Yu Nan plays a mute widow

Yu Nan and Huang Bo (Sina)2

Animated posters and a couple stills for “Full Circle”

(Sina)23

MSN: Sammi Cheng used to suffer from depression

The Hong Kong singer’s co-star Louis Koo revealed that she only ate a “piece of vegetable” during her dark period

MSN: Is Joyce Cheng dating a Korean model?

MSN: Raymond Lam struck by mysterious illness

April 9, 2012

April 9, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: The Second Woman review

Poorly written psychodrama about twins in love with the same man generates no tension.

FBA: Love in the Buff review

Fluffy rom-com following the pair from Love in a Puff is a big improvement.

CF: Sequel to “Ip Man” Confirmed

The sequel will see the original cast and crew reunited, with Donnie Yen once again portraying Ip Man, as he did in the previous two films.

CNA: Donnie Yen to return as Ip Man in 3D “Ip Man 3″

CF: ’Repeat I Love You’ Set to Release in May

CF: White Deer Plain” to Meet Audiences

Even before its release, the movie caused something of a stir due to its screening time, which was 220 minutes at its first screening. Regarding this, Wang said audiences will see a 156-minute cut version in cinemas.

CF: Lu Chuan Appears at Launch of First International Micro Film Festival

During the event, Lu was unable to dodge media questions about his upcoming epic “The Last Supper.” When asked about the film’s release date, he said the post-production stages had been completed, and the movie had been sent to the government film department for review. The film would be released after he made revisions based on the bureau’s advice, Lu added.

CF: Feng Xiaogang Speaks at Seminar at Boao Forum

In the past 20 years, I worked for a living,” Feng said. “During the process, accidentally, I achieved something. I think my mother brought me into the world to enjoy a happy life rather than a hard one. So in the next 20 years, my main work is to enjoy my life, but not to make movies.”

Feng also talked about Chinese movies being screened in international film markets and told the media there was no need for Chinese filmmakers to cater to the appetites of foreign audiences.

Jiang Wen

Jiang Wen took home the Director of the Year award for “Let the Bullets Fly” at the Chinese Film Directors’ Guild awards ceremony in Beijing this weekend. Bullets also won Picture of the Year and Actor of the Year (Ge You) awards. Zhang Ziyi received the nod for Actress of the Year for “Love For Life”.

Zhang Ziyi

Two generations of “Mou girls” - Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi, Aaron Kwok on the red carpet

(Sina)2, (Sina-gallery)

CF: Meet the Winners of China Film Directors’ Guild Awards

Posters for Zhang Yang’s senior comedy “Full Circle”

(Sina)

CF: New Still Photos out for “Full Circle”

In the movie, a group of elderly housemates escape from a nursing house and have fun by themselves.

Latest promotional posters and stills for “An Inaccurate Memoir” starring Huang Xiaoming

(Sina)

March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

ScreenDaily: Zombie 108 review

FBA: All’s Well Ends Well 2012 revivew

Latest instalment of the Hong Kong New Year comedy franchise is less brash and more charming.

CF: ”Guns N’ Roses” Portrays Ning’s Style

CF: ”Design of Death” to Hit Cinemas in April

Huang Bo, Simon Yam

Huang Bo (Sina)

CF: ”An Inaccurate Memoir” Stars in Black and White

Huang Xiaoming

Zhang Xinyi

Zhang Yi (Sina-gallery)

CF: 7 Blockbusters from Huayi Bro. to be Released in 2012

CF: Cast and Crew Talk about “Full Circle”

CF: Youku Plans to Shoot 12 Microfilms

Stills of Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok) and Jing Gangshan in a passionate scene from “Blood Stained Shoes”

Jing Gangshan plays a carpenter in the film (Sina)2

Photos from launch conference in Taiwan for “Westgate Tango”

Anthony Wong

Dylan Kuo

Amber An Xin-Ya

She’s a popular Taiwan fan boy “sex goddess” appearing in her first film

(Sina-slideshow)

TimeOutHK: Shu Qi interview (The Second Woman)

Titled “Returning to the basics”, the actress thanked those who have hurt her and expressed that the incident has allowed her to learn and improve.

“The past is not a scar but something to be proud of,” she wrote.

CNA: HK artistes applaud Privacy Commissioner’s report on tabloid misconduct

MSN: Jay Chou to scout for fresh face for his new movie

The Taiwanese singer’s move implied that rumoured girlfriend Hannah Quinlivan will not star in his upcoming film

MSN: Cecilia Cheung spotted with younger son Quintus

A1: Wang Lee-hom to carry torch for 2012 Olympics

CF: Wax Figure of Actress Sandra Ng Unveiled in HK

Sandra Ng (left)

With Peter Chan’s father and Sandra Ng’s parents (Sina)

March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Conceptual Poster of “A Crazy Single Mom” Released

Character posters for the cast of  ”An Inaccurate Memoir” starring Huang Xiaoming as the leader of a gang of kidnappers

Huang Xiaoming

Zhang Xinyi

Sun Lei

Tino Bao

Ni Jingyang

Wang Lie

Zhang Yi

Zhang Yue (Sina)23

From the Hong Kong premiere of “The Second Woman” (Mar.12)

Anthony Wong

Shawn Yue, Shu Qi

Shu Qi

(Sina)

Samsung Makes the New iPad’s Screen Because No One Else Could

February 20, 2012

February 20, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: White Deer Plain review

Potentially epic peasant drama, with a fine cast, is undercut by an uninvolving approach.

CF: ”Love” Presented at Berlin Film Festival

CF: Bullets Sweeps the 24th Harbin Film Festival

The awarding ceremony of the 24th Harbin Film Festival was held on February 16th. “Let the Bullets Fly,” the top grossing blockbuster in 2010, and “The Piano in a Factory” swept the festival and obtained three awards respectively.

Leon Lai Ming, Charlie Yeung, Kara Hui, Feng Shaofeng and directors Daniel Lee, Huang Jianxin were spotted on the red carpet of the festival.

TimeOutHK: Simon Yam interview

Synonymous with Hong Kong movies by appearing in seemingly half of them, veteran actor Simon Yam tells us about his thespian secrets – and why he never gets tired of playing cops.

CRI: Final Posters of “Nightfall” Unveiled

Award-winning actor Simon Yam unveiled the two movie posters featuring Nick Cheung and himself in the run up to the film’s much anticipated release.

Simon Yam

Janice Man (Sina-gallery)

CF: Poster Released for “The Second Woman”

The movie will hit national screens on March 8th. Actress Shu Qi and actor Shawn Yue were featured as leading roles in it

CF: Promotional Poster for “An Inaccurate Memoir” Unveiled

Featuring Huang Xiaoming, Zhang Yi and actress Zhang Xinyi, the film is currently in an intense post-production stage.

“An Inaccurate Memoir” poster

(Sina)2

Stills from Herman Yau’s “Love Lifting” starring Chapman To and Elanne Kong. Chapman To plays a house husband to Elanne Kong who hopes to fulfill her athletic dreams.

Herman Yan, Elanne Kong and Chapman To at the Harbin Ice and Snow Film Festival (Sina)2(Poster)

“Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” held a press conference after they wrapped up shooting in the National Museum in Beijing recently

Andy Lau, Zhang Jingchu, Lin Chi-Ling, Tong Dawei, co-director Bob Brown

Co-director Sun Jianjun (l)

Four leads - Tong Dawei, Andy Lau, Lin Chi-Ling, Zhang Jingchu

Lin Chi-Ling

Lin Chi-Ling, Zhang Jingchu (Sina-gallery)

CNA: First ever ‘4D’ Hong Kong adult film in the works, says HK film producer

Hong Kong film producer Stephen Shiu Jr, who had worked on the Hong Kong adult film “3D Sex and Zen” which made waves across Asia last year, recently revealed that he plans to release a ‘4D’ sequel to the film, reported Hong Kong media.

CNA: 64 injured at Faye Wong concert after spectator stand collapses

Faye Wong’s concert in Chongqing on Friday was abruptly cancelled, after a section of the spectator stands suddenly collapsed, leaving 64 people injured, reported Chinese media. 
MSN: Faye Wong utters 36 words at concert

The Chinese singer moved her fans to tears when she went beyond her usual “Thank you” at her concert

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