HKMDB Daily News

May 4, 2012

May 4, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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ChinaPost: They love and they bluff

“Love in the Buff” is a revelation on the sophistication of romantic relationships in urban Hong Kong and mainland China today.

CF: ”Motorway” Due to Release in Summer

Produced by Johnny To and directed by Pou-Soi Cheang, “Motorway” features talent from the mainland, HK and Taiwan, including Anthony Wong, Shawn Yue, Michelle Ye, Ka Tung Lam, Barbie Hsu and Guo Xiaodong.

CF: Exorcist Falls in Love with a Demon in “Painted Skin 2″

Feng Shaofeng portrays a little-known exorcist who accidentally comes across a demon played by Yang Mi, and he falls in love with her.

Wang Baoqiang, who made a name for himself for his honest and simple performance, portrays a psychopath killer in the movie.

Stills of Angelababy and Mark Chao from the shooting of the MV for “The First Time” theme song.

Maggie Cheung, Gigi Leung and other celebrities helped open a new LV boutique in the Taipei 101 skyscraper last night.

(Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Mark Chao’s parents do not approve of his marriage plans

It looks like Mark Chao might have to delay his marriage plans with Gao Yuan Yuan. The actor’s father, Allen Chao, apparently does not approve of his future daughter-in-law.

May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Release Date of “To Forgive” Announced

“To Forgive” is a story about a doctor, portrayed by Yu Xiaowei, who loses consciousness after a car accident and wakes up on a remote island.

Following the film’s screening at the 19th Beijing College Student Film Festival (BCSFF), “To Forgive” will be shown at the Festival de Cannes which opens at the end of May.

“To Forgive” poster

Law Kar-Ying joked that due to his facial paralysis he acted with only half his face.

The film is about how several senior citizens try to escape from a retirement home and pursue their dreams.

“Old people also have their own dreams,” said Zhang Huaxun, who is also the director’s father. “Not only should they live happily, but live with dreams.”

Due to the strong performance of Hollywood blockbusters, local flicks screening in the same time slots hardly survived in boxoffice market.

Audiences can expect brutal torture scenes in Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer”

Lam Suet on the receiving end

Lau Ching-Wan investigates

Wang Baoqiang - the torturer (Sina)

Stills from Yim Ho’s “Floating City”

Charlie Young

Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok

Aaron Kwok

Paw Hee-Ching, Aaron Kwok

Annie Liu, Aaron Kwok (Sina)

MV: Angelababy sings the theme song for “The First Time”, co-starring Mark Chao

Song composed by Jay Chou

Last night, Huang Yi sang “Wings” at an event commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Youth League

Anthony Wong with his mother, who suffered a stroke earlier this year (Sina)

More celebrity sightings at last night’s Lady GaGa concert

Richie Jen

Carol “Dodo” Cheng

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting

Kenny Bee, Qi Qi, Simon Yam

Fans (Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Is love in the air for Edison Chen?

MSN: Are Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung getting back together?

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

February 15, 2012

February 15, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Huang Bo Proposes to Lin Chiling in “101st Marriage Proposal”

In the film, Huang Bo portrays a man down on his luck who tries his utmost to propose to a young cellist portrayed by Lin Chiling.

CF: ”Flowers of War” Premieres in Berlin

Zhang was accompanied at the event by the cast of his movie, including lead actor Christian Bale, lead actress Ni Ni, supporting actors Zhang Doudou and Tong Dawei, and screenwriters Yan Geling and Liu Heng.

According to the report, four minutes of war scenes were cut prior to the screening in order to meet the demands of foreign audiences. “Foreign audiences want to see an intensive story,” Zhang said, “To meet their interests we altered it so that the story develops faster than the original version.”

CF: Stars at the After Party of “Flowers of War” in Berlin

Chinese netizens were unimpressed with Ni Ni’s first appearance on the red carpet at the Berlin Film Festival. Ni Ni was inexplicably absent from the Golden Globes in the US earlier this year. Zhang Yimou was accompanied at that time with little-known actress Han Xiting.

Ni Ni in Dior

(Sina-slideshow)

Ni Ni in an ill-fitting red dress

Christian Bale, Zhang Yimou, Ni Ni

Zhang Doudou (2r), Tong Dawei (Sina) (Sina-gallery)

CF: Stills of “Joyful Reunion” Released

Poster for “Crazy Stupid Thief” opening March 1

The film is said to be about a group of stupid thieves fighting over a large estate.  According to the film’s website on Sina, the director is Li Kai (”Who Killed Paul the Octopus?”, assistant director on “Crazy Stone”). (Sina)

Stills of Nick Cheung in a fight scene from “Nightfall”

(Sina)

Angelababy and Mark Chao attended the trailer release for “The First Time” in Beijing on Valentine’s Day.

(Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung to cook her way to Nicholas Tse’s heart

SGYahoo: Asian stars’ plastic surgeries!

Recently, rumours of multiple Hong Kong celebrities undergoing the knife for enhanced facial features and physiques have been spreading like wildfire, leaving fans to wonder how many beautiful stars are left untouched and unmodified in the film industry.

December 16, 2011

December 16, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Battle of the Brides (Vietnam) review

Unoriginal but smoothly mounted rom-com of a serial Romeo and his multiple brides.

THR: Police Stop Christian Bale from Visiting Blind Activist in China

The situation is also awkward for director Zhang, who spent most of his early career seeing his films banned by the government despite international acclaim. However, Zhang is now the Chinese government’s favorite director, having overseen the production of the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

CDT: Batman Star’s Visit to Chen Guangcheng Blocked

Christian Bale and wife, Sibi - Best Supporting Actor, The Fighter (THR)

FBA: China BO crosses RMB12b in 2011

Although there are various online rumours, there are no clear signs yet of any impact on Flowers distribution as a direct result of Christian Bale’s CNN-recorded visit to a human rights activist that aired internationally today.

While Bale appears sincere, the news report comes soon after actress Hilary Swank came under attack for her political naivete. Earlier this month, Swank apologised for appearing at the birthrday celebration of reviled Chechen autocrat Ramzan Kadyrov.

CF: China Plans to Trim Cinemas’ Pre-movie Ads with New Law

CF: Box Office Performance in Week 50

“White Vengeance” led the charts with $8.03 million at mainland theaters this week, accumulating to a debut of $20.64 million in its second week run

Angelababy and Mark Chao will play “First Time” lovers in a film to be directed by Han Yan (”Winds of September: Mainland Ediiton”) and produced by Bill Kong. Angelababy plays a girl with a hereditary illness.

Mark Chao, Angelababy

Mark Chao (Sina-gallery)

I Love Hong Kong 2012 held an official launch ceremony yesterday. Producer Eric Tsang shielded Viann Zhang Xinyu from questions from the press about Ron Ng. Denise Ho, Maggie Siu and other cast members were in attendance.

Maggie Siu (Sina-gallery)

Benny also emphasised that he had learnt the severe consequences of getting drunk and hoped that Rose and her family would accept his apology. He added that he will make a donation to the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation, so as to serve as a reminder not to repeat the same mistake.

According to an insider, both parties had reached a mutual agreement. Rose had decided not to file charges against Benny, and Master Sin was to have made an announcement at 2.30pm yesterday to put an end to the case

CNA: Benny Chan off the hook for drunken groping after newspaper apologies

Interestingly, the letter was published on the last day for Rose Chan and her martial arts instructor Sin Kwok Lam to file a complaint with the Chinese police about Benny Chan’s drunken groping – according to police procedures in China, complaints must be filed no more than 30 days after the incident occurred.

CNA: Edison Chen vows to have no more photo scandals

“When I do something good, nobody says anything,” Chen lamented.

“But when I do something a little, little bit bad, it becomes a very big story. I can’t be that bad right?”

MSN: Edison Chen to quit showbiz?

When the media probed if he would still take intimate photos with his girlfriend again, the singer did not give a direct answer and replied, “I don’t think it’s that simple. I’m not answering (the question), because that’s my private life.”

To show his determination to change, Edison declared, “These things will not happen again. If it does, you will not see Edison Chen again.”

No pause at menopause

Chinese-American novelist Xu Xi’s new book is a collection of 13 short stories, titled Access, in which the distinguished academic, author of nine books and the editor of three anthologies about Hong Kong is largely concerned with middle age.

September 6, 2011

September 6, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

THR: A Simple Life review

The Bottom Line

Overlong tale of a Hong Kong family’s ailing maid resists excessive sentimentality.

ScreenDaily: A Simple Life review (HKMDBNews-reprint)

CF: ”1911″ Gets Ready for Debut

Lau Ching-Wan and wife, Amy Kwok, prepare to leave for Venice (Sina)

Roast Pork Sliced From a Rusty Cleaver

Sammo Hung in Shanghai promoting My Kingdom

Wu Chun, Sammo, Han Geng, Liu Qian (Sina-gallery)

Roast Pork Sliced From a Rusty Cleaver

Barbara Wong’s Tears in a Fallen City wrapped up shooting in Shanghai

Shawn Dou Xiao

Joe Chen Qiao En, Shawn Dou Xiao

Joe Chen Qiao En

The film also stars Richie Ren, Gigi Leung and Aarif Lee with a Christmas release planned.

(Sina)2(Sina-slideshow)

The crew of Ann Hui’s A Simple Life have a toast at dinner in Venice.

Qin Hailu, Andy Lau, Deanie Ip, Don Yu Dong

(Sina-slideshow)

A bevy of beauties attend the Hong Kong premiere of Wilson Chin’s Lan Kwai Fong.

I don’t recognize one of them.

Roast Pork Sliced From a Rusty Cleaver

(Sina-slideshow)

36 “behind the scenes” photos from Love in Space were released ahead of the Sept. 8 opening of the film. Love in Space opens in China, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries.

Roast Pork Sliced From a Rusty Cleaver

Aaron Kwok, Rene Liu

Rene Liu

Eason Chan

Angelababy

Angelababy, Jing Boran

Guei Lun-Mei

Aaron Kwok

Angelababy and Jing Boran (Sina)2 (Sina-slideshow)

CF: Michelle Reis Credits the OFFICIEL Magazine

CF: Mayday 3D Film Landing soon

Pop band Mayday rocks Taipei with 3D concert film

MSN: Kelly Lin: Giving birth hurts a lot

The actress also revealed that she would not force herself to return to showbiz

MSN: Vicki Zhao tours Taipei with her family

Not one to rest on her laurels, the busy actress secretly went to Taipei last week to attend the costume fitting for her new movie Love.

http://yellowcranestower.blogspot.com/

(Sina-gallery)

The starlet’s fiancé let on that they will be skipping all traditional ceremonies in view of Selina’s inconveniences

“You are peeing at my car, stop it!”

Kelly Chen distributes mooncakes at a senior center in Aberdeen.

(Sina-slideshow)

Andy Lau kicks sand in my face

(Sina)

July 14, 2011

July 14, 2011

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Andy Lau Rescues Hit Kung Fu Film

Equal parts bone-cracking, sidesplitting and heartbreaking, Gallants is the sort of Hong Kong kung fu comedy you wish got made more often.

Best-selling novel-turned-movie to be released in cinemas

The Killer Who Never Kills

The movie follows the life of a contract killer who does not have the heart to kill anyone but uses deceit and trickery to give the appearance that he has killed his targets.

Produced by prolific Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang and directed by Taiwanese director Apple Lee, the movie stars Taiwanese singer Jam Hsiao in the title role, while Taiwanese starlet Lin Chen-shi plays the female protagonist and love interest Hsiao Li.

CRI: ‘Winds of September’ Director Takes on New Film

“CJ7″ starlet Xu Jiao will portray the leading character, while Rene Liu and Harlem Yu are set to play her parents who are going through marital problems. (Sina)

A1: Tony Leung to play Lee Kuan Yew in upcoming ‘1965′ movie2

Heavyweights such as Maggie Cheung and Hollywood actress Julianne Moore are also slated to star in the movie, which will be directed by Hong Kong director, Peter Chan. [The Sina report cites Carina Lau's weibo, but I can't find the post.] (Sina)

KwongWah

Shu Qi and mainland TV actress Tong Liya have agreed to appear in the Stephen Chow-Derek Kwok Monkey King/Journey to the West film according to news reports. Shu Qi will play the White-Boned Demon and Tong Liya, the Spider Demon, and Wen Zhang, Tripitaka. The status of Show Luo is up in the air as he was originally cast as the Monkey King. Chow has quietly started filming at Hengdian. The film has a new Chinese title, “Journey to the West Legendary Demon Slayer”.  (Xinhua)(Sina)

The three different city backgrounds in the posters hint at clues to the story: Shenzhen for Daniel Wu, Shanghai for Louis Koo, Hong Kong for Lau Ching-Wan.

Combined edition poster(Sina-gallery)

New York premiere of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Nicole Kidman and Li Bingbing

“Tiger Mom” Amy Chua (in red) and her two daughters, Lucy Liu, Wendi Deng

With Ben Kingsley

Other guests included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Ivanka Trump, Keith Urban, Gabourey Sidibe and Harvey Weinstein.

(Sina)234 (Sina-slideshow)

Peter Chan, Takeshi Kaneshiro

Peter Chan and Takeshi Kaneshiro met with People’s University students in Beijing. As a surprise gift, Chan brought previously unseen deleted fight scenes featuring Kaneshiro from Wu Xia. (Sina)

The two Hong Kong celebrities missed each other by 20 minutes

The Tse family had reportedly hired an ex-FBI agent to snoop on Cecilia after her in-flight meeting with Edison. They were rumoured to have acquired enough information to guarantee Nicholas a win during the custody battle.

(Xinhua-gallery)

Nicholas Tse looks set to head for a costly divorce settlement.

(July 14) Cecilia was in Shanghai for an event and looked especially thin.

Sammi Cheng, Zhou Dongyu, Guo Jingjing and other celebrities also attended the event

(Sina-gallery)2

April 5, 2011

April 5, 2011

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KoreaTimes: Coming full circle in Chinese cinema: Jia Zhangke passes on inspiration

While China’s large consumer pool opens up a great opportunity for commercial filmmaking, he voiced concern about Cantonese filmmakers “sacrificing Hong Kong flavor” in order to cater to mainland tastes.

NewYorker: Independent Filmmaking in China: The Age of Dissent

CRI: Nominees Warm up for HK Film Awards

CRI: Fans Commemorate 8th Anniversary of Leslie Cheung’s Death

Faye Dunaway is featured on the poster for 64th Cannes Film Festival (Sina)

CRI: Big-budget Picture Starts Secret Filming

Romance in Thin Air?

Filming in Yunnan at 3000m, Angelababy says even oxygen is a luxury.

Photo by Chapman To (Xinhua)

Anthony Wong and son attend the premiere of Punished.

In the film, his son has a cameo playing Anthony’s son. (Apr.4)

Anthony Wong

Richie Ren, Janice Man

Candy Lo, Maggie Cheung Ho-Yee and Miriam Yeung also attended.

Anthony Wong, Maggie Cheung, Janice Man

(Xinhua-gallery) (Sina-slideshow)23

The day before, Anthony Wong posted a picture with himself and Edison Chen under the caption, “Father and son reunion.”

Practice

Preparing for a press conference?

Jiang Wu featured in a new set of stills from Warring States, opening April 15.

(Sina)

Sun Honglei shoots a milk bath scene in The Warring States

(Sina-slideshow)

Depressed from 3D sex?

Sex And Zen: Extreme Ecstasy” lead actress Leni Lan Yan has gone missing and the police have been called in to find her, reported QQ.com. The 25-year-old temptress has been missing two weeks and has reportedly been on medication for depression.

Bladesman in business

Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen and long-time filmmaking collaborators Alan Mak and Felix Chong kicked-off the promotion campaign of the martial arts biopic “The Lost Bladesman” at Mo Tai Temple by worshipping the Kwan Tai deity.

MSN: Andy Lau’s wife rumoured to be pregnant

MSN: Cecilia Cheung: My heart was hurt

The Hong Kong actress talks about her traffic accident

MSN: Has Vic Chou’s depression returned?

January 17, 2011

January 17, 2011

CRI: Nicholas Tse, Jay Chou to Collaborate in Action Movie

Dante Lam to direct Reversal Wars

MSN: Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse set to act in a movie together

Nicholas and Jay would play two brothers, while the antagonist would either be Korean stars Jung Woo-sung or Lee Byung-Hun, Chinese actress Lee Bingbing would play one of the female leads.

CRI: ’Aftershock’, the Winner at Harbin Film Festival

Zhang Jingchu and Wang LeeHom on the red carpet

Anthony Wong (Xinhua-gallery)

Karen Mok having a bit of fun in Harbin (Xinhua)

CRI: Chinese Version of ‘What Women Want’

Interview with director Chen Daming

Andy Lau

Andy Lau in What Women Want

The cast of heavily-under-wraps Tony Ching Siu-Tong’s Madame White Snake (current English title, It’s Love) was revealed to the public at the production wrap press conference on the 16th. The cast presented to the press: Jet Li, Charlene Choi, Vivian Hsu, Huang Shengyi, Raymond Lam and Wen Zhang. The lineup also includes Lam Suet, Chapman To, Sonija Kwok, Law Kar-Ying, and Miriam Yeung. The film is now in post-production with a year-end release planned.

Jet Li

Jet Li, Vivian Hsu, Charlene Choi, Huang Shengyi, Raymond Lam Fung, Wen Zhang

Producer Yang Zi with Charlene Choi

and Vivian Hsu (Xinhua-gallery)

Publicity stills for All’s Well Ends Well 2011

Cecilia Cheung, Louis Koo

Carina Lau, Donnie Yen

Yan Ni, Raymond Wong

Lynn Hung, Chapman To (Sina)

Andy Lau and Fan Bingbing promote Shaolin in Shanghai which opens on the 19th.

Benny Chan, Andy Lau, Fan Bingbing, Nicholas Tse (Sina)

Angelababy

Pakho Chau and Angelababy promote Adidas brand in Beijing. (Jan.16)

(Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)

MSN: Selina Jen receives apology from drama director

January 11, 2011

January 11, 2011

CRI: ’Single Men and Women’ Releases Posters (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart)

Director Johnnie To explained his view of a love story, “In most times, a woman can’t get married not because she has no choice but because she has too many choices.” And in this case there is competition between two excellent guys. It is said that the only way to win a girl’s heart is to treat her with sincerity.

CRI: Theme Song Released for ‘What Women Want’

Andy Lau sings in English for the first time in a long time.

CRI:New Stills out: Valiant Cecilia Cheung

“Lady Generals” is inspired by the ancient saga of a large family in which widows followed their husbands’ steps into the battlefield. Mu Guiying was the most famous one among the lady generals of the Yang family.

(Sina)23

Ni Dahong and Ge Siran shoot a scene for ‘Blocked’ (lit.Traffic Jam)

(Sina)

CRI: Faye Wong, Eason Chan Sing Together for ‘Eternal Moment’ (Sina)

(Sina)

FBA: Iron Fists shoot underway in China

Corey Yuen is directing the action sequences. Related: [10.8.2010][1.1.2010]

AP: Chinese director coy on political satire’s message (Let the Bullets Fly)

MSN: Miriam Yeung beats Tang Wei to win Best Actress

Mirian Yeung, Best Actress (Perfect Wedding)

Teddy Robin, Best Actor (Gallants) (Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat has dropped out of Lu Chuan’s King’s Feast. Instead, Daniel Wu will join the cast that includes Liu Ye. (Sina)

Rare photo of Bai Ling hiding from photographer! :D

Bai Ling in Beijing (Sina)

You can see her New Year’s photos with Pam Anderson, Jennifer Hudson and Faye Dunaway on her blog.

Angelababy has opened a beauty shop in Causeway Bay. She invested 1 million yuan into the business.

Angelababy

Actress-model Christine Yoen (Yeung Ding-Ting) and Angelababy at the opening ceremony. (Xinhua)2

(Jan.11) Charlene Choi attends the opening of a glass exhibition. (Sina-slide show)

MSN: Jaycee Chan meets younger half-sister secretly

It was rumoured that the Hong Kong singer-actor hoped to end the animosity

Sally Yeh laments diabetic condition

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