HKMDB Daily News

November 7, 2011

November 7, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Starry Starry Night review

Disappointingly conventional tale of two lonely 13-year-olds, short on charm and drama.

FBA: Jump Ashin! review

Follow-your-dream heartwarmer centred on a male gymnast is okay but unoriginal.
FBA: Warriors of the Rainbow review

With Part I rating a noble 8/10, and Part II a lesser 6/10, the whole movie aggregates out at an impressive but not knockout 7/10. It well deserves, like the original Red Cliff, to be shown long after the “international version” has done its immediate business and been forgotten.

FBA: Stellar opening for Starry Night in Taipei

While Apple is the second-highest grossing local film in Taipei this year, placed after the first Warriors film, it has emerged as the highest grossing Chinese-language film in Hong Kong this year with HK$42.2 million ($5.4 million) after 18 days on release.

CF: Newly Married Karen Mok to Promote “East Meets West” in Hong Kong

Karen Mok

Ekin Cheng

Eason Chan

Stephy Tang and Alex Fong Lik-Sun also attended the promotion (Sina)

CF: Ming Zhenjiang on the future of the August First Film Studio

Chinese filmmakers have been quick to criticize a recently released propaganda film entitled “Shen Zhou 11″ after it received the ‘Best Movie Award’ at the 28th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers awards ceremonies…

Our Liberation Army can fight against invaders from outer space too. America won’t be the only force protecting the planet.

CF: Cinema, dConstructed

Interview with Karin Chien, founder and president of dGenerate Films, the leading distributor of independent Chinese cinema in the United States

Character posters for mainland racing film “Racer Legend”. Cast also includes Shin and Wang Bo-jie.

Shawn Dou Xiao

Eric Tsang

Janine Chang Chun-Ning

Janine Chang Chun-Ning, Shawn Dou

Janine Chang, Eric Tsang (Sina)2

Poster for Xu Jinglei’s “Dear Enemy”. Parts of the film were shot in Hong Kong, Australia and England. The cast includes Xu Jingleai, Stanley Huang, Gigi Leung, Christy Chung and Aarif Lee Chi-Ting (Aarif Rahman).

(Sina)2

Andy On Chi-Kit in a series of new stills from Daniel Lee’s “White Vengeance”

Not Feeling Too Lovey Dovey: Interview with Edison Chen (APA)

Edison Chen talks to Asia Pacific Arts about escaping his personal problems through his acting roles and his plan to release three albums next year.

Edison flew to Vancouver, Canada yesterday to attend the Asian Film Festival, so as to avoid media scrutiny. His action prompted an outcry from netizens, who left comments like, “Scum, couldn’t even leave a 16-year-old alone” and “he’s well-suited for a life in the US, don’t come back!”

Faye Wong wowed more than 8,000 fans at the Malaysian leg of her concert.

September 7, 2011

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THR: ‘Infernal Affairs’ Director Andrew Lau, Peter Chan Team for ‘The Guillotines’

FBA: Guillotines reconnects Bodyguards head and shoulders

CF:’The Mural’: A Magical Feast(Sina)

Audiences will be able to enjoy the magical powers of a mystical fairy land in director Gordon Chan’s upcoming costume fantasy movie, “The Mural,” on September 29.

FBA: Love and Bruises review

A raw, hypnotic slice of amour fou shot by a Mainland Chinese director in Paris.

CF: Gorgeous Barbie Hsu in “My Kingdom”

CF: ”My Kingdom” Premieres in Beijing

Video: Kung fu legend Sammo Hung shows us his moves (CNNGo) (Thanks, to Walter)

The next kung fu superstar will not emerge by magic, says kung fu filmmaker Sammo Hung

And a PhotoShopped photo of Faye in period costume that she posted on her Weibo (Xinhua)

Mavis Pan Shuangshuang has joined the cast of a 3D action film (lit. Five-Star General) being filmed in Thailand. The cast includes Collin Chou and Andy On Chi-Kit. The film is described as a Charlie’s Angel, Tomb Raider style adventure film. A China-Thailand co-production, the Royal Thai Air Force supplied helicopters for the shoot. A 2012 summer release is planned. [Mtime.com lists Simon Yam and Roy Cheung(!) in the cast but they weren't mentioned here.]

How to fend off the press

Andy On, Collin Chou

Director Fu Huayang also guest stars as a triad boss

Mavis Pan Shuangshuang

Renata Tan

(Sina)2(Sina-gallery)

Kenny Bee, Tan Weiwei and Huang Yi sang at the MV release of  ”Who is the Hero” for Jeff Lau’s Eagle Shooting Heroes 2011. Director Lau did not attend as he was busy with post-production work.

Huang Yi

Cecilia Cheung at the Hong Kong premiere of Treasure Hunt yesterday

Ronald Cheng, Cecilia Cheung, Wong Jing

Ronald Cheng, Jacqueling Chong, Shao Bing

(cri)(Sina-slideshow)

A Hong Kong magazine, Oriental Sunday, is reporting that Maggie Cheung has broken up with her boyfriend in Beijing. Returning to Hong Kong, Maggie is looking dangerously thin. (cri)(Xinhua)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung to sing again

The actress personally wrote the lyrics to her new song ‘Once’, which is believed to be about her past relationship with ex-husband Nicholas Tse

Asking fee for concert said to be higher than Faye Wong’s (Xinhua)

He dated former Hong Kong actress Joey Wong for 17 years before calling it quits in 2002.

October 26, 2010

October 26, 2010

THR: Peaceful ‘Buddha’ Bow

Taiwan-China Co-Prod. Rises Above Politics

The world premiere of director Li Yu’s China-Taiwan co-production Buddha Mountain spooled without a hitch Sunday in competition at the Tokyo International Film Festival, proving that once in a while the culture of filmmaking can trump both sticky cross-Straits politics and past squabbles with China media authorities.

THR: Juliets review

The Bottom Line: Love is not rosy in this romantic omnibus sporting sexy, flowery styles.

Variety: The Intruder (Thailand)

Killer cobras create carnage in “The Intruder,” a lively exploiter pitting trapped residents of a Bangkok apartment block against an army of angry asps.

FBA: Black and White has arresting cast and budget

CNNGo: Lover’s Discourse’ star Kay Tse has a secret crush

The romantic flick focuses on the intersection of six love stories. Tse portrays a shy laundry girl who has a secret crush on one of her customers.

CRI: Cecilia Cheung Is Back at Work on Three Films

CRI: Chen Kun’s ‘Bullets’ Look

Photo stills featuring actor Chen Kun in the upcoming gangster movie “Let the Bullets Fly” have been released.

CRI: More Love Scenes Expected in ‘Tale of Magic’

As a result, the public release of the movie will be postponed to next year, probably around Valentine’s Day.

CRI:  Chinese Film ‘Assembly’ Gets 3-D Boost in Germany

Kungfu Wing Chun poster

Poster for preview of Kungfu Wing Chun

Joe Cheung Tung-Cho’s martial arts story features romance and comedy which opens Nov. 2. The cast includes veterans Collin Chou, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu and Kara Hui besides Bai Jing and Yu Shaoqun in the leads. (Sina)2

Hidden Chamber of Secrets opens Oct. 29

Alec Su and Pace Wu star in the thriller (Sina)

Stills from Alan Mak and Felix Wong’s Lost Bladesman

Andy On Chi-Kit

(Sina-gallery)

Wind Blast promotion takes Francis Ng to Shanghai (Sina-gallery)

Fan Bingbing has dropped out of The Founding of a Party due to conflict with the shooting schedule for her South Korean film My Way (Sina)

Follow up on the East Asia All Star Concert in Shanghai: Typhoon Megi was responsible for the wet look on stage, not a production design element of the show. Denise Ho complained about the lack of available umbrellas, dancers slipped on the wet stage, and Edison Chen looked like a drowned rat. Other artists simply muddled through.

Soaked Sammi Cheng (Xinhua)

CRI: Cherrie Ying, Jordan Chan in Honeymoon

MSN: Aaron Kwok rumoured to have spread STD to Lynn Hung (Xinhua)2

MSN: Selina Jen braves 5-hour surgeryHebe’s mother donates skin to Selina

S.H.E’s Selina Jen undergoes surgery for severe burns on body

Eyewitnesses said that Jen’s clothes were on fire and she was screaming “It burns! It burns!” immediately after the explosion.

Yu on the other hand, appeared to be in shock and had a glazed look in his eyes as the production crew rushed forward to help the still-smouldering pair.

Selina suffered minor burns to face, too

Speculation was rife that the television drama’s production company would replace Jen and Yu and resume filming. The rumours riled fans, who took to the Internet slamming the producers for being heartless.

Taiwanese director Chen Ming-chang has come out to address the issue on his microblog, stressing that the crew will wait for the condition of the two actors to improve before checking with them whether they would resume their roles. Only if they decline to return, wrote Chen, would they consider replacing the actors.

(Xinhua)

January 8, 2010

January 8, 2010

Future X-Cops’ new release date is Feb.25 (Sina)

CRI: In ‘Hot Summer Days’, It’s Getting Really Hot

The new Chinese romantic movie “Hot Summer Days” is about six stories set in an unusually sultry summer. Just how hot could this fictitious summer be?

CRI: Maggie Cheung to Make Guest Appearance in “Hot Summer Days”

Gillian Chung’s comeback movie showcases her first kiss and bedroom scene

Jeon Ji-hyun to star opposite Zhang Ziyi in new English movie adapted from bestseller

CRI: Fan Bingbing in the Onlookers’ Eye

Fan Bingbing is called a Chinese ‘Femme Fatale’.Maybe it is because her beauty is so blinding that few onlookers would look beyond her face and deep into her heart.

Fan Bingbing was the cover girl again for the February issue of ‘Marie Claire’ and an accompanied interview she emptied her heart to gave the readers a much closer look at this radiant star off screen.

CRI: Huang Yi Still Waits Her ‘Big Day’

Rumor has it that Huang Yi had a flash marriage with her fiancé, Mr. Jiang Kai, CEO of ChinaFund, LP last August. The actress denied the gossip in the accompanying interview, saying marriage seems to be complicated and she won’t take the plunge until she is very well prepared.

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Lip-sync and other frauds

Andy On Chi-Kit gets painted for True Legend

(Sina)

Miriam Yeung is a magician for a beverage advert (Sina)

Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen repotedly made over RMB$200M last year, and over $10M for these underwear adverts. (Sina)

Karen Mok - One Life One Earth

From Karen Mok’s educational travel program One Life One Earth - Australia chapter (Sina)

THR: China blocks access to movie site IMDB.com unavailable since Wednesday, cause unknown

Variety: China reports 44% rise in box office(THR)

Multiplex growth averages 1.65 screens a day

China’s B.O. boom continued unabated last year as box office rose a muscular 44% to 6.2 billion yuan ($910 million) on a sharp rise in the number of cinema screens in what’s potentially the world’s biggest market.

The China Film Group had earlier forecast 40% year-on-year growth (Daily Variety, Dec. 29).

With this kind of growth rate, I am confident that in 2010, China’s box office will grow to a new height,” China Film spokesman Weng Li said. His remarks were based on data from the State Administration of Radio, Film and TV.

This means for the last six years, the Chinese film market’s box office has maintained an annual growth rate of more than 30%,” Weng said, adding that China produced 456 domestic films in 2009.

The main impetus behind the strong growth was the rise in screen numbers. Citing SARFT figures, Weng said China had added 1.65 new screens every day last year.

China imports around 20 foreign films a year for theatrical release. The two top movies of 2009 were 2012,” which took $67.5 million, and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” which took $63 million.

Homegrown epic “The Founding of a Republic,” celebrating the People’s Republic of China’s 60th anniversary, made $61 million.

October 30, 2009

October 30, 2009

True Legend

Andy On plays the villain possessed by the devil

Guo Xiaodong first time doing martial arts - grades out an ‘80′

Michelle Yeoh plays a hermit in seclusion living in the mountain

(Sina)

True Legend (Beggar So) HD slides (5) (Sina)

Mulan

Jaycee declined using a stunt double

Latest stills show Zhao Wei and Jaycee Chan fighting (Sina)

Four Marshals

Charlie Young

Duan Yihong, one of the marshals

(Sina)

Xiao Shenyang (Sina)

Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns HD slide show (4) (Sina)

THR: ‘Blood Simple’ remake set for December

CRI: “Ip Man 2″ Shifts Focus to Life

He Ping’s Wheat accused of plagiarising The Robbers/Tang Dynasty Brothers. He Ping was chairman of the jury at the 2007 Shanghai International Film Festival when The Robbers was awarded as having the most market potential. He Ping and director Yang Peng had discussed the script, Bitter Bamboo Grove, at the time. (Sina)

Wang Kuirong in Wang Xiaoshuai’s Mosaic tries to capture old Chongqing (Sina)

Wang Xueqi and Qin Hao also costar (ifeng)

Jackie Chan: The Centurion

The action star celebrates his 100th film

Variety: Blue Mansions (Singapore)

It’s been a long time between drinks for Singapore helmer Glen Goei, whose 1999 debut pic, “Forever Fever,” a contagious local riff on “Saturday Night Fever,” promised to expand the island republic’s filmmaking horizons beyond local comedies and festival navel-gazers.

Though the least “Hong Kong” of the series — with the usual local in-jokes and linguistic wordplay virtually absent — this is the most marketable of the four to date, as well as a timely commentary on the onetime Brit colony’s cultural relationship with the mainland.

Yonfan’s overly self-conscious ‘Prince of Tears’ treats the White Terror period with a glib sentimentality that can best be described as political terror as soap opera

Old Fish (千鈞一髮)

An unusual Chinese police drama, to say the least. A Harbin cop is forced — and able — to defuse a time bomb thanks to his engineering background, only to find that more and more explosives are being planted in the area, and his superiors want him to keep doing the dirty work. Is Dennis Hopper on the loose? Ma Guowei (馬國偉) plays “Old Fish,” the put-upon policeman, in an award-winning turn. Directed by Gao Qunshu (高群書), who co-directed The Message (風聲), which is currently on release.

Plastic City (蕩寇)

A Chinese crook (Anthony Wong, 黃秋生) and his cooler-than-cool adopted Japanese son struggle to keep their enterprise afloat in Sao Paulo, Brazil, when rivals and the authorities turn on them, including a Taiwanese entrepreneur. Critics said the fascinating idea behind the film and its visual distinctiveness were undercut by avoidable technical problems (dubbing, for starters) and a stereotypically art house divergence from coherent narrative — not to mention stylistic lapses that verge on the silly.

Vengeance (復仇)

Johnnie To (杜琪峰) is a Hong Kong director who has kept pumping out solid action flicks over the years. He probably doesn’t have as much international exposure as he should, but this film may help to change that. The lead actor is legendary French singer Johnny Hallyday, who arrives in Macau after his daughter is nearly killed in a triad hit (the rest of her family is wiped out). Hallyday, now a chef, must draw on his unsavory past to accomplish his vengeful mission — but that past is disappearing as an old injury accelerates his amnesia. Co-stars include the formidable Anthony Wong (黃秋生) as a criminal (again) and Simon Yam (任達華) as a triad boss.

Screen Daily: Far East festivals compete for market attention

US and European buyers were scarce at both events. “There were some US companies in Tokyo but they were looking for remake material, not doing acquisitions,” says Tadayuki Okubo of Japanese studio Toei.

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