HKMDB Daily News

March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 4:34 pm

Deanie Ip - Best Actress (”A Simple Life”), again

Asian Film Awards (Sina)2

Best New Artist - Ni Ni (”The Flowers of War”)

Ni Ni (Sina)23

Ann Hui and Lifetime Achievement Award (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu was one of the presenters Monday night

(Sina)2

Hong Kong-mainland production Wu Xia, a martial-arts thriller directed by renowned Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Chan Ho-sun, won the best cinematographer, best production designer and best composer honours. Another martial-arts epic and the world’s first such 3-D flick, The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate by Tsui Hark, won the best visual effects and best costume designer awards.

THR: Song of Silence review

A quietly moving if not cutting-edge family drama a welcome narrative change from China.

ScreenDaily: Love in the Buff review

Love In The Buff is still a relentlessly entertaining romancer that should please more than a few viewers from any culture.

FBA: Harpoon review

A well-directed low-budget slasher that’s light on real thrills.

FBA: The Floating Shadow review

Impressively acted psychodrama centred on two women, a female prisoner and a police officer. 

Above-average biopic of the father of China’s missile programme. 

Hong Kong Filmart: Emperor Readies Firefighter Drama (THR)

Emperor Motion Pictures will back an as-yet-untitled firefighter drama to be directed by award-winning helmer Derek Kwok and starring Nicholas Tse.

FilmMart 2012: Pang Brothers to Unleash ‘Inferno’ (THR)

Scheduled to begin filming in mid 2012 for release at the end of 2013, the producers describe Inferno as the first of its kind. “There is yet to be a fire disaster film in 3D made anywhere in the world, we have the courage to try,” said producer and Universe COO Alvin Lam

FilmMart 2012: Powerful Asian Alliance to Fund ‘Micro Movies’ (THR)

Micro movies refers to the small budget of the productions, targeted to average at around $1 million for each film.

The film will feature a who’s who of Korean and Hong Kong stars, including Kim Yun-seok (Punch), Kim Hye-soo (Tazza: The High Rollers), Lee Jung-jae (The Housemaid), Gianna Jun (My Sassy Girl), Simon Yam (Ip Man), Derek Tsang (Dream Home) as well as Hong Kong-based Malaysian Angelica Lee (The Eye).

CF:”The Unfortunate Car” Hits Cinemas on April 1

[T]he film documents the hilarious story of four strangers who meet one another when buying a car. The film touches upon a number of hot issues within modern society, including the license plate lottery, car-sharing, the odd/even license plate restriction plan and online shopping.

CF: Famous Photographer Works on “Guns N’ Roses” Poster

Guei Lun-Mei arriving for the Asian Film Awards (Mar.19)

(Sina-gallery)

MSN: Donnie Yen meets Keanu Reeves in Hong Kong

MSN: Andy Lau names soon-to-born daughter

THR: Jeremy Lin Linsanity Prompts Canada’s First All-Mandarin NBA Telecast

Canadian broadcaster Omni Television has hired former Chinese national basketball team player and basketball commentatorWeiping Zhang to call its first-ever NBA game in the Mandarin language whenJeremy Lin and the New York Knicks play the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: Sun Honglei Awarded the Most Disappointing Actor

The 3rd Golden Broom Awards took place Saturday afternoon, doling out 13 Golden Brooms in total. Lacking in attendance at the award ceremony were movie stars.

Famous mainland actor Sun Honglei was awarded the most disappointing actor for his character as renowned ancient strategist Sun Bin in The Warring States. A-list Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung won the most disappointing actress for both her performances in Legendary Amazons and Treasure Hunt.

The Flowers of War, nominated at the Golden Globes, was given a special jury’s version of “the most disappointing movie” award.

CF: The Blame Game

Zhang Weiping, producer of Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War, blames Hollywood and the United States press for “Nanjing Massacre denial”.

CF: Flying Swords Lifts Bona Group Results

FBA: Go ahead for Mr. Go

Xu Jiao (Josie Xu) to star in South Korean 3D flick

Wong Jing revealed that Huang Xiaoming has joined the cast of “Once Upon a Time in Shanghai” with Chow Yun-Fat and Sammo Hung. Both Chow and Huang have played the lead character, Hui Man Keung, in TV series versions of the story. Yuan Quan (Yolanda Yuan) and Yuan Li were also named as joining the cast. A Lunar New Year release is planned.

TimeOutHK: Ann Hui interview

TimeOutHK: A Simple Life

Zhou Xun (Sina-gallery)

Andy On will replace Chiu in “Special Identity”. 

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk) and wife

Zhao and lawyer at press conference where he read a statement defending himself (Sina)

Michael Wong plays an abusive father to his daughter, Janice Man, in “Nightfall”

(Sina)

MSN: A first glimpse at Karena Lam’s daughter

The former actress took her daughter to a renowned kindergarten for an entrance interview

A1: Why should I be afraid? Says Michelle Yeoh

Already svelte and athletic, the 49-year-old former Bond girl lost another 10kg to play the slightly gaunt Nobel laureate in The Lady.

A1: Always a Lady

A1: Jacky Cheung’s wife sexually harassed

Wife of Hong Kong pop singer Jacky Cheung was allegedly sexually harassed twice by a manager of a gym in Hong Kong.

MSN: Cherrie warns woman to stop seducing hubby

Cherrie Ying has warned a woman to stop “seducing” her husband Jordan Chan Siu-Chun.

January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Austin TX: A Watery Grave Narrowly Avoided

35mm prints of lost HK actioners unspool in the Alamo’s Asian Invasion series

TimeOutHK: Father Franco Mella

Portrayed in film by Anthony Wong in “Ordinary Heroes” (1999).

TimeOutHK: Dante Lam interview

Director Dante Lam is on the highway to becoming Hong Kong’s next action auteur. Expect more gunfire in his hard-hitting latest, The Viral Factor

Jay Chou: I had to grit my teeth and do it

Jay Chou was willing to risk life and limb while filming his latest movie, The Viral Factor, all because of “face”.

THR: Taiwan Stands Tall as ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’ Earns Foreign-Language Oscar Shortlist Spot

Wei, one of Taiwan’s most commercially and critically successful directors, received the news in the middle of the Asian night. He was unsure why Warriors had made the shortlist while the rest of East Asia is staying home. Asian films played no part in any major category last year.

FBA: Seediq Bale shortlisted for Oscars

CF: Ann HUI On-wah to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at AFA

CF: Behind the Scenes of “Repeat, I Love You” Released

The film stars Cecilia Cheung, Sang-woo Kwon, Angela Chang and Jing Boran

CF: Mainland Box Office Performance in Second Week 2012

“The Great Magician” debuted with $11.55 million over four days and managed to wrestle the first place from the highest-grossing hit of the year 2011″The Flowers of War”. “Magician”is the latest film directed by Derek Yee, who is good at balancing commercial success with artistic integrity very successfully.

CF: Film Buzz: 2012

Smaller films made big splash

Over the past year, three small-budget movies, Eternal Moment, The Piano in a Factory and Love is Not Blind, flexed their competitive muscle by attracting audiences and critical praise.

According to Chen Shan, professor at the Beijing Film Academy, the allure of small-budget films in the era of big-budget blockbusters is their ingenuity.

“Because their original cost is much lower, they can be more flexible with their themes. They dare to try something different from the mainstream, while blockbusters have to be more cautious,” he said to the Global Times.

Singapore director Jack Neo is evidently sticking to his winning formula - fresh-faced teen actors, heart-breaking family drama and a healthy dose of social commentary in his latest directorial offering, We Not Naughty.

A1: We Not Naughty review

Famous comedian Zhao Benshan will not perform on this year’s “CCTV Spring Festival Gala” because of health problems.

Johnnie To’s “Romancing in Thin Air” launches, with a bang, on Feb. 9

(Sina)2

Guest stars in “The Great Magician” include Tsui Hark, Benz Kong, Jamie Luk, Vincent Kok, writer Lau Ho-Lueng and dubbing director Chiang Siu-Leung.

Tsui Hark

Eight military governors (Sina)

Stills from “All’s Well Ends Well 2012″

Louis Koo, Kelly Chen

Sandra Ng, Donnie Yen

Chapman To, Lynn Hung

Lynn Hung, Chapman To (Sina)

Donnie Yen, Vincent Zhao, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Yang Kun attended the Beijing launch of a new Clarence Fok film (Chinese title, Special Status). Donnie Yen will action direct as well as produce. Peter Pau is the cinematographer for the film.

Vincent Zhao, Donnie Yen (Sina)

Photos from Dubai where “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” is filming. The film stars Andy Lau, Chen Kun and Zhang Jingchu.

Lin Chi-ling tries on a prop

Filming on a closed road

The crew prepares for a scene

Director Sun Jianjun (r)

Two British bandits (Sina-gallery)

“Harpoon” poster featuring Hu Bing (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Jay, Hannah, Nic, Viral Factor, Wang Lee-Hom, Kanye West

CNA: Dragon Year spells nightmare for Hong Kong mums

“We didn’t plan for a Dragon baby,” says 38-year-old Michele Lee, who is expecting her second child, a girl, in April.

“It was exciting when we first found out the news but very soon that excitement turned into worry about whether we’ll get a place in hospital.”


September 16, 2011

September 16, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 5:53 pm

WSJ: Ann Hui on Aging and ‘A Simple Life’

WSJ: Will China Fall in Love With Rom-Coms?

Maggie Cheung promoting Hong Kong cinema in London

Maggie Cheung said, “Either they are ones that love Wong Kar-wai and are just in that world or the ones go for Jackie Chan, you know. And I think they’re both as strong as each other actually, coming from, I’ve done both and I think it’s part of it. I just can’t think of Hong Kong cinema without one or the other, the action and the more mellow dramas or the more personal films.”

FBA: Disney closes local-language film unit

Zhang Ziyi

Cecilia Cheung

Zhang Ziyi has been reportedly confirmed as joining Jang Dong-gun in Heo Jin-ho’s remake of Dangerous Liaisons for a RMB$20 million fee. Unofficial reports have Cecilia Cheung joining for a RMB$16 millon fee. Filming is set to begin in September and the story has been reset in Shanghai. (Sina)23

Lu Chuan’s The Last Supper (aka King’s Feast) may be in serious trouble as major investor, Stellar Media, has reportedly pulled out. The reason is unclear but a number of reasons have been suggested: Stellar is focusing on another project, Peter Chan’s Guillotines, which has incurred additions expenses due to the shuffle of directors (Teddy Chen for Andrew Lau); Stellar was unhappy with the choice of one of the key roles, He Du Jean as the concubine; the film has also been in conflict/competition with a similar film, Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance. Lu Chuan and Stellar chief, Qin Hong, have engaged in a war of words via Weibo. (Sina)2

Still from the set of Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance

Zhang Hanyu

Jordan Chan

Andy On Chi-Kit

Andy On

Leon Lai (r)

Zhang Hanyu (l)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Nicholas-Cecilia-Edison-Vincy-Gloria-Jay-Hannah-Maggie-Ole et al

CNA: Donnie Yen makes wife weep with self-penned song on her birthday

Donnie Yen made his wife of eight years Cissy Wang weep tears of joy during her 30th birthday party recently, by singing her a song he composed for her while playing the piano

Wolverine on Weibo!

Mainland Chinese actress Li Bingbing, his co-star in “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”, wrote “Scatter flowers to welcome you”.

September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

WSJ: Deanie Ip on ‘A Simple Life’ and Winning at Venice

HKStandard: Golden girl Deanie Ip takes best actress prize at Venice

Film director and producer Ng See-yuen said: “Her achievement not only gives her center stage at the top-tier film festival, it also raises the world’s awareness of Hong Kong’s film industry, especially for female actresses.”

FBA: People Mountain People Sea

Strikingly mounted, existential tale of revenge that’s let down by being over-elliptical.

Variety: People Mountain People Sea review[HKMDBNews-reprint]

A pitch-black tale of murder, corruption and almost every other conceivable form of human injustice is taken to its bleakest possible conclusions in “People Mountain People Sea.”

Cai Shangjun holds up Silver Lion

THR: 11 Flowers review

Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai evokes memories of provincial life prior to Mao’s death

FBA: The Sword Identity review

Original, lowkey satire of martial-arts codes that’s too academic for its own good

The Sword Identity director Xu Haofeng

The Sword Identity - Zhao Yuanyuan, Song Yang (Sina)

TimeOutHK: Treasure Hunt review

A milk powder TV commercial disguised as a feature-length adventure comedy, Wong Jing’s latest folly is so thoroughly mediocre that anyone other than its sponsors will struggle to sit through it.

Seizing on the ongoing world banking crisis to add spin to an otherwise ho-hum crime story, Hong Kong helmer Johnnie To finds greed to be the root of all evil in his patchy “Life Without Principle.” [HKMDBNews-reprint]

There are some good ideas knocking around in Hong Kong genre auteur Johnnie To’s multi-strand financial crisis dramedy- but they’re swamped by an inept script that keeps getting bogged down in details and forgetting the big dramatic picture. [HKMDBNews-reprint]

AP: Hong Kong director focuses on financial crisis

The movie is shot in a style that is partly serious, partly caper-comic — or, as To put it, “this film is a bit realistic but also fantasy

Toronto 2011: Christian Bale’s China movie previewed for buyers

Zhang Yimou’s Heroes of Nanking now retitled The Flowers of War

THR: Top U.S. Buyers Get First Glimpse of Christian Bale’s ‘The Flowers of War’

WSJ: Zhang Yimou Previews ‘The Flowers of War’ in Toronto

FBA: Buyers get taste of Zhang’s War

Too Much Heaven: Shaolin, My Kingdom, and Love In Space movie reviews (beyondasiaphilia)

Taiwanese epic film draws lukewarm reception from China

As Taiwanese enthusiastically flock to the cinema for “Seediq Bale,” the biggest blockbuster this summer, reactions to the film from China had been far more muted and critical ahead of its release earlier this week.

First poster for Dante Lam’s The Viral Factor, now in post-production

Stills featuring the Midlle East back drop

(Sina)

Deanie Ip and Ann Hui also accepted the Equal Opportunity Award at the close of the Venice Film Festival from Rosalba Veltri, Director General for Equality and Equal Opportunities. The prize goes to the work which best represents the official selection of a complaint or a message of hope with respect to the issue of discrimination, intolerance, inequality, social or gender. (Source) Andy Lau had rushed back to Hong Kong and missed the closing ceremony and awards announcements.

(Sina)

And the SIGNIS Prize, a Catholic humanitarian organization award (Sina)

CNNGo: World’s first Jackie Chan Museum to open in Shanghai

MSN: Cecilia Cheung and Lucas go on a secret holiday

MSN: Edison Chen’s girlfriend breaks up with him

Currently in New York, Edison also tried to build up a lovelorn image of himself by uploading a photo of the city with the words: “Lonely Street’s of NY (sic).”

CNNGo: To hell with tradition, Hong Kong mooncake marketing at a high

Hong Kong food anthropologist unfazed by Angry Birds taking over our Mid-Autumn Festival

August 22, 2011

August 22, 2011

WSJ: Kara Hui, Fighting the Kung-Fu Stereotype

FBA: Law of Attraction review

The best comes at the start in this uneven collection of vignettes on various stages of love.

Poster for Ann Hui’s A Simple Life competing at Venice Film Festival

Qin Hailu - A Simple Life

Qin Hailu and Ann Hui (Sina)

First poster for Frankie Chan’s Legendary Amazons

(vide. Lady Generals, Yang Family Generals)

Cecilia Cheung checking her script

Getting makeup

Frankie Chan, Cecilia Cheung

More Amazons

Cheng Pei-Pei

Yu Na

Jin Qiaoqiao

Chen Zihan

Liu Xiaoqing

Kathy Cho Hoi-Mei

Yukari Oshima

Liu Dong (Sina)

Tony Chan , Eason Chan, Angelababy, Wing Shya (Aug.21)

Eason Chan and Angelababy attended the Beijing press conference for the release of the final trailer for Love in Space (Sina-gallery) (Video-trailer)

Mark Chao and Gao Yuanyuan will begin work on Chen Kaige’s new modern day film, tentatively named “Search”, in October. Four other major actors are to be announced shortly.

Mark Chao You-Ting, Gao Yuanyuan

With director Chen Kaige (Sina)2

Miriam Yeung and Xu Zheng in Beijing filming Pang Ho-Cheung’s sequel to Love in a Puff (Sina-gallery)

Cecilia Cheung

Cecilia Cheung appeared as a guest on the catwalk in a fall and winter fashion show in Wan Chai, Hong Kong this weekend. And, according to an Oriental Daily report, she and husband Nicholas Tse have reached a final divorce agreement and settlement after a 16 hour negotiation with lawyers. Child custody and property distributions issues have been reached and the agreement has been sealed. Elsewhere, Cecilia is under fire by mainland publicity director for not fulfilling her contractual to promote Treasure Inn on the mainland. So far, she has skipped the MV rollout and premieres in Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Guangzhou. Her company reps defend her and say Cecilia has met her obligations with a March press conference appearance.

(21cn)234(Sina)(Slideshow)

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung goes school-hunting for son

Nicholas Tse & Cecilia agree on divorce terms

CNA: Theresa Fu claims ‘four-timing’ ex-lover Him Law hit her

Donnie Yen and family relaxing in the US recently

According to Hong Kong media reports, Donnie is weighing an offer to appear in producer Avi Lerner’s The Expendables 2. (HunanTV)

Carina Lau, Edison Chen

Carina Lau posted a photo of herself with Edison over the weekend, with the following, “You are a great person. Life is always tough. You got to have faith in yourself.” Netizens figured out that the locale was in Shanghai where Edison attended a club opening and sang three songs before departing. (Sina),

(Sina-slideshow)

September 3, 2010

September 3, 2010

NPR: ’Noodle Shop’: A Coen Brothers Tale Goes East

Relocated from flat and empty Texas to hilly and vacant China, Zhang’s film has a lot of fun with the original material, along with some smiles at the expense of the director’s own style. But the pacing is too deliberate, and much of the humor doesn’t translate; the result is a would-be farce that’s more droll than uproarious.

NPR: A Family Torn Asunder Takes The ‘Last Train Home’

Frequently moving and quietly enlightening, Last Train Home is about love and exploitation, sacrifice and endurance.

NYTimes: Last Train Home

FBA: Showtime (用心跳) (2/10)

Incoherent, wannabe musical drama fumbles the ball at every level.

Resisting his long-time penchant for dazzling, picture-perfect visual effects and dropping the political edge in his early movies, top Chinese film director Zhang Yimou has recreated a pure love story on the silver screen in a simple and direct way.

WSJ: Hong Kong: A Love Story - All About Love

“I make films because I really want to find out what Hong Kong is like at the moment,” says the 63-year-old Ms. Hui.

THR: Contagion’ spreads to Hong Kong - Soderbergh film to feature Josie Ho

Ho, who met Soderbergh in Hong Kong in July, said she would draw on her own memories of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak to play her role in “Contagion.”

“It was a very sad time when we were all scared and nobody knew where to turn for help,” Ho said. “I really respect all the doctors and nurses who saved us. They are heroes.”

FBA: Asian stars join Soderbergh’s Contagion

CRI: ‘The Piano in a Factory’ to Compete at Tokyo Film Festival (formerly Steel Piano, here)

(Sina-gallery)

FBA: Tang Wei invited back to Party

Malaysian hit film Ice Kacang Puppy Love featuring Angelica Lee opens Sept. 9 in China.  (Sina)

New stills from Legend of the Fist released

(Sina-slide show)

Promises, promises

Jackie Chan brewing up another donation-gate? Inquiries have revealed that Jackie’s 2009 promise to donate funds from Little Big Soldier box office for the reconstruction of a Beichuan Middle School destroyed by the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan has so far been not met. Jackie Chan and Li Yuchan visited Beichuan on the first anniversary of the earthquake and made his pledge then. A search of the online website listing donors turned up nothing for Jackie Chan or his various other names, Sing Long, Chan Kong, etc. Jackie Chan’s Charitable Foundation confirmed that no record of a donation to Beichuan has been made. (Xinhua)

Louis Koo’s agent tried to clarify earlier reports that the star would be out of commission for 9-12 months. He said that the actor would not completely suspend working after surgery for that length of time, more likely one month for rest and recovery. (Sina)

Chen Kun and Zhao Wei in Chengdu appearing for luxury brand LV.

(Xinhua-gallery)

SG: Beautiful voice runs in Faye Wong’s family

SG: Vicki Zhao thanks hubby

April 15, 2010

April 15, 2010

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The Double Life (A Side, B Side) posters

Release date, Apr.29

(Xinhua)

Ann Hui, a director who captures ordinary women’s lives

Heiward Mak

Hong Kong female directors speak out

Hong Kong’s hottest female directors, Ivy Ho, Clara Law and Heiward Mak, let us know what it’s like to be the talk of the entertainment industry’s old boys’ club

CRI: Hong Kong Film Awards Superlatives

The Hong Kong Film Awards have a history of more than 20 years. Looking back, the past two decades have seen many “The Most” records set in the awards and nominations tally.

Let the Bullets Fly - Jiang Wu adopts ‘Curly Lion King’ look

Jiang Wu (Xinhua)

Francis Ng avoided jailing

Francis Ng surrounded by media at the courthouse as he was leaving.

Francis had flown in from the Mainland where he is filming Warring States. To minimize court time, Francis pled guilty to a lesser charge of  ’wounding’. Mitigating circumstances were that his wife was being bullied and the victim did not suffer permanent damage, so Francis hoped for a lenient sentence. The magistrate fined him HK$10,000 and warned him to be less reckless. The other party wanted compensation damages but was referred to file a claim in civil court. (Sina)2

Francis Ng pleads guilty to ‘wounding’ charges, fined HK$10,000

CRI: Vicky Zhao Has A Baby Girl!

CRI: Chinese Version of World Cup Anthem Rocks Shenzhen (Jane Zhang Liangying)

Chow Yun-Fat set to buy $40m Bel-Air mansion

Plans to turn the late action star Bruce Lee’s former residence into his museum have prompted neighbours and the peace-loving pair of Chow Yun-Fat and wife Jasmine Tan to find another place to call home.

Mark Chao stands on principle

In director Doze Niu’s latest film “Monga”, Taiwan heartthrob Mark Chao plays Mosquito, a young man growing up in Taipei’s historic Monga district.

More pictures of Sammi’s “Cyclops” look in Taipei

(Sina)

November 2, 2009

November 2, 2009

Mulan opens November 27

Amazing Tales: Three Guns (Dec.10, earlier reported as Dec.11)

Ning Hao’s No Man Land/No Man’s Land (Dec.18)

Other release dates: The Robbers/Tang Dynasty Brothers, Panda Express (Nov.20), Bodyguards and Assassins (Dec.18), Still unconfirmed: Treasure Hunter,14 Blades, Little Big Soldier, Confucius. (cri.cn)


Stephen Chow

Spotted outside a Hong Kong Jockey Club event, Stephen Chow said he will begin shooting a film next year. A noted bicycling enthusiast often seen riding about the city, reporters suggested a Shaolin Bicycle film would be appropriate. Asked if he was taking advantage of the real estate market to make big money, Chow was evasive. (Sina)


Ann Hui has not decided whether a kissing scene between Vivian Chow and Chan Wei-Ting will be necessary. (Sina)

Aaron Kwok

Josie Ho

Josie, Aaron, Director Roy Chow, Christine To (writer)

Murderer aka Crime and Punishment promotion in Guangzhou. The ending was changed and the violence toned down in order to play in the Mainland. Josie Ho hoped that her Dream Homes would be accepted for screening with edits from director Pang Ho-Cheung. (Sina) (Xinhua)


CCTV: Remake of the classic “Mulan”

Actress Zhao Wei said, “I have dressed like a man before, but it was all about being funny. This time, I have to actually perform like a man. I’m not sure if the audience will think I’m really manly in this film. Director Ma has been devoted in sculpting my part and Chen Kun’s role. So the movie is going to be very romantic.”

CCTV: Stephen Fung’s Jump

Hong Kong actor, singer, model, writer and film director Stephen Fung’s third directorial effort “Jump” will come out soon to be screened for the year-end season. Fung has recently embarked on an intensive promotional campaign around China in hopes that it will help his movie “Jump” over some fierce box office competition…

THR: ‘Stool Pigeon’ starts filming in HK

‘Beast Stalker’ team returns with police story


[T]he first-ever recipient of the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress, is making a comeback with a new indie film called “At the End of Daybreak.”

‘Tuya’s Marriage’ director stands out at four-day market

Film production house now valued over $1.5 bil

June 16, 2009

June 16, 2009

Cherie Chung
After 18 years absence, Cherie Chung returns to shoot a skin care product advert

Cherie advert for Puma (circa 1980’s)

Zhao WeiJaycee Chan
Hua Mulan press conference slide show

Zhao WeiXu Jiao

Francis Ng
Jaycee Chan
Pace Wu
Marco Mak, codirector
Tracing Shadow press conference photos, opens July 30

Aaron Kwok, Hao Lei Promote ‘Silver Empire’

http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/3/1/272451/1.html

Zhang Yimou’s ‘Three Guns’ in Line with ‘Blood Simple’
Yan Ni
Zhang Yimou’s original leading lady replaced by Yan Ni after initial shooting began

Fan BingbingEric Tsang
Peter Chan, Teddy Chen

Set of Bodyguards and Assassins was opened to the press

Zhou Xun, Li Bingbing
This article reports Zhou Xun acting negatively towards Li Bingbing at press conference for The Message

Li Bingbing portrayed as friendly while Zhou Xun depicted as aloof, and during interview as insincere

Karen Mok will begin filming next year the story of Wang Junxia, 1990’s Olympic long distance runner

Ann Hui (note the sweater again!)
Ann Hui has no trouble finding investors now after winning awards for The Way We Are. Recently finished filming a bank advert and is heading to Taipei for film festival and participate as judge and panel member.

 


Jordan Chan and Teng Ziyi in upcoming Midnight Taxi based on an internet novel

Sandra Ng
Mabel Cheung, Alex Law
Echoes of the Rainbow press conference

Alex Law, Mabel Cheung film stars Simon Yam and Sandra Ng
http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/1/1/272013/1.html

Enlight ramps up production slate with Gordon Chan
Projects include fantasy period drama Liao Zhai, Chen Zhen directed by Andrew Lau and starring Donnie Yen, Four Famous Detectives, Dante Lam’s Arrow and another All’s Well Ends Well

SFG, Media Asia, Zhang Guoli form production partnership
Johnnie To producing Jia Zhangke’s In The Qing Dynasty, a period drama

Jackie Chan to son: Don’t wish me “Happy Father’s Day!”

Edison Chen complains about his manager

Isabella Leong and son not moving to Singapore after all

CCTV: A retrospective film from 1949-1959

Golden Harvest buys Wu’s Chengtian

Sun Yue celebrates with Lakers

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