HKMDB Daily News

July 7, 2009

July 7, 2009

Aaron Kwok, Janine Chang/Cheung Kwan-NingMaggie Cheung Ho-YeeEkin Cheng and two of the Grasshoppers
Hong Kong premiere of Murderer
Photo Gallery
Aaron Kwok: New role boosts acting credentials

‘Overheard’ a Crime Thriller
Stills from Overheard released

Michael TseRon Ng, Sammul Chan
Laughing Gor cameos by Ron Ng, Sammul Chan


New Sophie’s Revenge poster

Ani-men in 3-D, it turns out, is directed by Tsui Hark

Chen Kaige Braces for Battle of Impressions


‘Spying Rose’ Yu Na

Yu is currently filming an espionage thriller called “Die Zhan Mei Gui” (”Rose in the War of Spies”).


Louis Koo, Huang Yi

Stills from Derek Chiu’s new film (All The Way With You)

John Woo, CFG uncage Tiger film
Aviator pic in early stages, to be shot in Yunnan
John Woo plans Flying Tigers movie

bc Magazine: 24 City review
HK Magazine: 24 City

bc Magazine: Roy Chow (Murderer) interview

bc Magazine: Wai Kar Fai (Written By) interview

bc Magazine: Jia Zhangke (24 City) interview

HK Magazine: Gillian Chung interview

HK Magazine: Jeff Lau interview

HK PICKS (HK Magazine)
Oppai Volleyball
(Japan) Japanese comedy about a young teacher who promises to show her “oppai” (breasts) to the geeky, all-male school volleyball team in an effort to spur them into winning the big game.

KOFIC
Thirst to Premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia
PARK Chan-wook’s acclaimed vampire-thriller Thirst will have its North American premiere screening at the 13th Fantasia Film Festival, running July 9 – 27 in Montreal, Canada. The fest will screen over 100 feature films mainly from Asia, the United States and Europe.

Thirst became a Korean-American co-production when Universal Pictures boarded the project while in production. It is to be released in the United States in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco on July 31, with a release in Canada through Alliance-Vivafilm also planned.

It is PARK’s second film to win a Cannes competition prize, taking the Jury Prize at this year’s festival, following a Grand Prize win in 2004 for the director’s international breakthrough, Old Boy.

The Fantasia Festival audience originally discovered PARK Chan-wook in 2001 with his first Korean hit, Joint Security Area followed by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance in 2003, the first film of his « Vengeance » trilogy.

Korean Line-up at Fantasia Int’l Film Fest
North America’s largest genre film fest, the Fantasia International Film Festival boasts an impressive line-up of notable Korean films this year; among them the North American premiere of PARK Chan-wook’s Cannes-winning vampire drama, Thirst. Held annually in Montreal, Canada, the event will run from July 9 – 29 at several theaters in the city.

Along with PARK’s latest is Crush and Blush, a film he produced for debut director LEE Kyoung-mi. Two int’l festival favorites, NOH Young-seok’s micro-budget but acclaimed debut, Daytime Drinking, and JANG Hun’s Rough Cut will screen. Both films have had their Canadian rights bought by Canada’s Evokative Films which plans to release Rough Cut in Canadian theaters in January of 2010.

Rotterdam winner Breathless by YANG Ik-june will screen along with sleeper hit of 2008, The Chaser by NA Hong-jin. LEE Yoon-ki’s Seoul odyssey, My Dear Enemy and KWAK Jae-young’s Japanese made Cyborg, She, were also invited. Other films in the program include the more commercially made Korean films Private Eye, The Divine Weapon, Portrait of a Beauty, and GoGo 70s.

Fan Bingbing Wins ‘Plastic Surgery’ Case

Charlene Choi
Charlene surrounded by fans

Charlene Choi completes six performance run on stage


A-Mei promoting new album in Shanghai


I spy: Faye Wong shopping for an iPod in Beijing


APA Top Ten: Asia’s Ode to Michael Jackson

Korea Times: 19% of Actresses Forced to Provide Sex for Career

July 6, 2009

July 6, 2009


John Woo to Direct China’s Biggest Budget Film

The movie, a joint Sino-US production with a budget of US$100 million, will be about the Flying Tigers, the legendary US air squadron, which fought alongside China in World War II.
John Woo to direct Flying Tigers epic

Daming Chen - remakes Mel Gibson hit What Women Want for China & wins awards for other films


New “Ani-Men” Animation to Become Mini-Franchise

Book review by Donald Richie
The Shanxi trilogy: films that never made it back home
JIA ZHANGKE’S “HOMETOWN TRILOGY”: Pickpocket, Platform, Unknown Pleasures

All star blockbuster “Jian Guo Da Ye” opens official web site
“The Great Cause of Building New China”. It’s to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The final length of the film will be 2 hours and 14 minutes. It means another 10 minutes will be cut. Some actors and actresses will not see their performances.


Bong Joon-ho’s Latest Challenge in ‘Mother’

Kim Hye-ja marvels in an overwhelming thriller

New York Times: A Filmmaker Finds Her Play Is the Thing
Sylvia Chang’s Design For Living

‘Cape No. 7’ effect still going strong for Kenting


SCMP interactive video: Aaron Kwok on Murderer

Liu Ye and his French bride
Liu Ye’s Big Day
Liu Ye wedding slide show

Zhou Xun Plays Down Breakup at Public Appearance


Vivian Chow
Vivian Chow and husband Joe Nieh appeared together at child adoption charity event

Maria Cordero opens a household goods store in Tseung Kwan O
Plans to open 20, three this month, five next month.
Maria and Idy Chan

Arrest Warrant Sought for Late Actress’ Former Agent

June 27, 2009

June 27, 2009


New Tunnel Warfare


New Tunnel Warfare opens July 1 on the Mainland

Featured Player: Zhao Liang
‘Petition’ helmer keeps eye on change

Korean indie film ‘Old Partner’ receives U.S. award

Korea Times: ‘Bronze Medalist’ Has Charms of Sports Drama
“Bronze Medalist,’’ featuring weightlifting teenage girls, offers everything you expect from such a film, but also more.

‘Taking Woodstock’ to Screen in Woodstock

Conroy Chan
Conroy Chan and other members of 24Herbs, including Sam Lee, appeared for G-Shock.

Each received two limited edition watches engraved with their names. Conroy planned to give his to his wife. Claims all is well between Josie Ho and himself.

Mavis Fan
Paul Wong
Mavis Fan to perform in concert with Beyond’s Paul Wong and Steve Wong Ka-Keung

Karen Mok (photo - Mingpao)
Promo photo for Karen Mok’s new album ‘Back to Wei’/'Wei Back’(?)

The album consists of Chinese folk songs, Italian opera, Western folk songs, thirties classic Shanghai tunes and classic Chinese pop from 70’s, 80’s and 90’s

Philippine jailbirds reprise Jackson YouTube tribute
Filipino inmates in `Thriller’ video stage tribute

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