HKMDB Daily News

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 (?)

September 24, 2010

September 24, 2010

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Andy Lau

CRI: Andy Lau’s Latest MV: ‘Teardrop of an Orphan’

The music video is directed by Ann Hui, a well-known Hong Kong director who collaborated with Andy 30 years ago in the film “Boat People.” Lau spent 2 days shooting the video, in which he plays an orphan, in a suburban area of Beijing.

SG: Andy Lau as Charlie Chaplin in new MV

This year’s HKAFF runs from October 22 to November 8. Actress Karena Lam’s film “Lover’s Discourse” and Hong Kong actor Juno Mak’s “Fuchouzhe Zhi Si” (translated as “The Death of Avenger”) will be the opening films.

The focus on Hong Kong local productions reflects the recent growth in quantity and quality of Hong Kong cinema, of which the critical and boxoffice reception in the first half of 2010 proved a shot in the arm for the industry, Broadway Cinematheque director Gary Mak told The Hollywood Reporter.

The Hawaii International Film Festival (14-24 Oct) will open with Under The Hawthorn Tree .

You have to be a much more patient director to work in Hollywood. When I was shooting “The Flock,” there were unions, so many meetings to attend, and I had to repeat myself a million times and be specific about everything. I wasted so much time talking bullshit there.

I like the Hong Kong way better—the director is the king.

AFP: Chinese rom-com brings Bordeaux to big screen (with ‘To Love’)

Li Yapeng

Xu Jinglei (Xinhua)

Li Bingbing and Andy Lau attend a shopping mall event in Tsimshatsui.

The HK premiere of Detective Dee is tonight (Sept.24). (Xinhua)

Anthony Wong made a surprise appearance at Jay Chou’s concert in Hong Kong

(Sina)

Daniel Wu wants you to know: OK, for the last time…I am not mixed.

Former actress Cherie Chung wants to focus on love

November 5, 2009

November 5, 2009

Treasure Hunter

Treasure Hunter - Lin Chi-Ling, Jay Chou

(HunanTV) (2)

14 Blades

Donnie Yen and Zhao Wei

A first rough cut of 14 Blades, prior to post production special effects and music, was screened in Hong Kong to industry insiders and it has garnered applause and predictions of a big box office. With a goal of HK$200M it is expected to earn HK$300M. The film reportedly has a mix of romance for the women and action for the men. Zhao Wei’s performance is said to be ‘beyond all previous works’. In the past, Zhao Wei was considered box office poison, now with Red Cliff, Painted Skin and 14 Blades, she will become China’s first actress to make 3 films with over $200M earnings and make her the Queen of Costumes. (Sina) (2)

Vivan Chow and Sandra Ng on set of Ann Hui’s latest film. (Sina)

Jane Zhang Liangying will sing the main theme song Mulan Star in Mulan. Previously, it was reported that Stefanie Sun would sing the theme song for the Mulan MV.  (cri)

Jane also sings the theme song for Panda Express (Nov.20 release). (Sina)

Xie Na

Listen to the catchy song Earth Welcomes You from the Lunar New Year sci-fi comedy Mars is OK (?)(originally Mars Baby) sung by actress Xie Na (Tracing Shadow). [Audio caution] (Sina)


Andrew Lau plans next year to shoot a Storm Warriors style film based on a popular manga series Abi Sword. He plans to invite Shu Qi, Jay Chou and Wu Zun in the leading roles. (Sina) (Teaser)

THR: Zhang Ziyi on board for ‘Flower’

To star in and co-produce English-language drama “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”

CRI: Zhang Ziyi to Produce Second Film

Next decade could be ‘glorious,’ Zhang Yimou says of Chinese films

Zhang said his new film has shades of Chow’s signature nonsensical humor, but doesn’t go as far as the Hong Kong comedian known for “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu Hustle.”

“There are some parts where we go crazy like Stephen Chow, but we don’t go as crazy,” he said.

Shooting in digital format for the first time, Zhang said he was more prone to letting his actors experiment because he didn’t have to conserve film.


Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival opens with 2 Asian films

Taiwanese director Cheng Wen-tang’s “Tears” and Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang’s “The Wolf and the Warrior” opened the Golden Horse Film Festival Thursday.

Media Asia at 15

July 28, 2009

July 28, 2009

Jet Li
Still from Sylvester Stallone film The Expendables - Jet Li


SCMP: Daniel Wu discusses new film ‘Overheard’
Zhang Jingchu, Lau Ching-Wan
Overheard takes in 35M yuan in the opening weekend


‘Tracing Shadow’ Premieres


More photos of premiere


Peter Chan wanted to cast Michelle Reis ten years ago when Bodyguards and Assassins was first planned



Additional photos of Michelle Reis on set of Bodyguards and Assassins
More
Andrew Lau received a 1905 HK$10 bill as a reward and commemoration for his efforts
Peter Chan, in a surprise, introduced Andrew Lau on the last of shooting. Lau had been called in to assist due to an unnamed large crisis.
‘Infernal’ Lau joins ‘Bodyguards’

Shing Fui-On
Shing Fui-On suffers recurrence of nasopharyngeal carcinoma

The 54 year-old actor was treated in 2004 with chemo and radiation therapy and he lost 45kg in weight. He also lost his sense of taste and hearing. Nonetheless, Shing was elected village head in Sai Kung and later ran for election to the legislature but was defeated.
Nick Cheung, also a Sai Kung resident, went directly from shooting To Live and Die in Mongkok to visit Shing at the Hong Kong Baptist Hospital. He is due to be released in a couple days.

Prison on Fire
1988 - The Greatest Lover
2001 - ATV series with Japanese beauties
Secret Lover, 1995The Detective, 2007
2003 running for legislative council member


Shing Fui-On continued auto racing even after first being diagnosed in 2004

Zhang Ziyi Interview: From Actress to Producer (Thanks, to duriandave, for pointing it out)

Chinese filmmaker Feng Xiaogang begins shooting earthquake movie
“Aftershocks” tells the story of a seven-year-old girl who survived the quake that killed more than 240,000 people.

Hong Kong filmmaker Lee Kung-lok’s romantic comedy Let’s Fall in Love starts shooting in Beijing on July 24.

MIFF weighs future of Chinese pics
Claustrophobia, Miao Miao also withdrawn

Hollywood Reporter: Haeundae - film review
Bottom Line: Korea’s first disaster movie is slow to reach a crest of excitement but eventually delivers shiploads of action and visual spectacles.
Disaster film a Korean BO success

Comic-Con ‘Thirst’ panel with director Park Chan-Wook

Sassy Girl Returns as a Cyborg (video/photos)
Sassy girl returns as robot in Cyborg She

HK singer Eason Chan’s marriage in trouble?

Donnie Yen’s birthday party
Donnie Yen and wife
Raymond WongLynn XiongCheung Tat-MingVincent Kok
Roy CheungLeon LaiAndrew Lin
Donnie Yen celebrates his 46th birthday with friends

Additional photos

Yasmin Ahmad

  • Touched by her maternal glow
  • Friend to All
  • Tears and tribute

    ESWN: Young Models At The Hong Kong Book Fair


    SCMP: Anti-model activists protest at HK Book Fair


    SCMP: Kobe brings MVP skills to HK

  • April 25, 2009

    April 25, 2009

    Vengeance
    Complete List of Competitors for Cannes Announced

    China’s Shu Qi among Cannes Jury

    1 Massacre, 2 Films and 3 Perspectives


    Zhou Xun lends support at Beijing Student Film Festival

    Anthony Wong
    Wong Jing
    Beijing premiere of I Corrupt All Cops

    Tang Wei Regrets over Cut Scenes

    Shu QiCarina Lau (Photos: ent.sina.com)
    Andrew LauStanley Kwan

    http://ent.sina.com.cn/s/h/2009-04-25/11002490800.shtml
    Wong Kar-Wai opened a new company in Shanghai
    Guest included Carina Lau, Chang Chen, Shu Qi
    Wong Kar-wai launches regional events company


    Rosamund Kwan
    Rosamund Kwan enjoying retirement, no plans to return to film business

    Baby Lucas and mother
    The Baby Lucas Tour continues in Taiwan

    http://ent.sina.com.cn/s/h/2009-04-23/04002486985.shtml


    cfensi: What Jackie Chan Was Really Talking About

    Jackie’s interview transcribed

    NYT: Software That Copies DVDs Is on Trial

    “Nine tailed-fox” swindles, “Crying Game”s unsuspecting netizen

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