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March 18, 2013

Ip Man — The Final Fight (Variety review)

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Ip Man — The Final Fight

03.18.13
Maggie Lee

With “Ip Man — The Final Fight,” the lucrative Chinese franchise about the grandmaster of Wing Chun reaches a plateau. Competently executed by Hong Kong helmer Herman Yau, with the title role magnetically played by Anthony Wong, the film delivers a detailed account of the hero’s middle-to-later years that is never boring. What the pic lacks in stylistic sparks compared with other renditions by Wong Kar Wai and Wilson Yip, it makes up for in sinewy action and traditional values. The film should have a decent run in Asian markets, and attract offshore genre completists who embraced the franchise, mostly on home formats.

“The Final Fight” follows Yau’s “The Legend is Born — Ip Man” (2010), which depicted the legendary character’s youth. Both are produced by Checkley Sin, an investor and Wing Chun consultant on the earlier “Ip Man” (2008) and “Ip Man 2” (2010) helmed by Yip.

The story — credited to Sin, a pupil of Ip’s son Chun — is diligent in representing the protag’s life with authenticity and respect, but pacing suffers. There’s only so much to draw from one man’s life, and this installment’s focus on Ip’s middle age and his role as a teacher yields an inherently less active story. Qualities like humility and restraint are readily appreciated by Asian auds, but genre fans in the West may be underwhelmed by the fewer scenes of stirring conflict.

The film follows Ip’s life from age 56 to his death at 79. In 1949, following the Communists’ victory in China. Ip leaves his family in his hometown of Foshan, Guangdong Province, and arrives in Hong Kong. Calling on a friend, he is challenged to a duel by cocky cook Leung Seung (Timmy Hung, son of action star Sammo Hung). In a sequence that skillfully highlights the pliant style of Wing Chun, Ip defeats Leung without moving from where he stands.

Leung subsequently uses his professional connections to help Ip form a makeshift school on a rooftop, which attracts a motley crew of pupils: policeman Tang Sing (Jordan Chan), jail warden Wong Tung (Marvel Chow, Sin’s disciple and the film’s Wing Chun consultant), dim-sum vendor Sei-mui (Gillian Chung), Lee King (Jiang Luxia) and tram-driver Ng Chan (Donny Ng).

As in “The Legend in Born,” Yau delights in period nostalgia, recreating the messy but bustling street life of ’50s and ’60s Hong Kong with colorful studio sets, but also depicting an environment of labor unrest, government corruption and colonial oppression. In this sense, the theme is as much about the difficulty of making an honest living as it is the challenges of preserving the core values of Wing Chun. A brief encounter between Ip and a pupil who’s become an “international star” (who looks suspiciously like Bruce Lee) reinforces Ip’s anti-elitist attitude toward disseminating his art.

Although the proportion of action to drama is less than that in “The Legend is Born,” this sequel still boasts four vigorous setpieces, shot with minimum stylistic distraction by Joe Chan, and edited briskly by Azrael Chung. A duel between Ip and Ng Chun (comedian-producer Eric Tsang), master of the White Crane school, displays a precision and fierceness unexpected of elder-statesmen Wong and the pint-sized Tsang. Their sportsmanlike rapport contrasts with a later battle against an unscrupulous underground boxer (Ken Low), which combines visual exuberance with undertones of malice.

Wong convincingly draws on his lifelong training in Monkey Fist boxing style to strike the pose of grandmaster, Ip’s outsider status underscored by a thick Foshan accent. Wong’s dramatic range shines in a cordial, slow-brewing romance with a Shanghainese songstress (Zhang Chuchu), the unmistakable sexual chemistry in contrast with a brief, almost platonic interlude with his wife Wing Sing (Anita Yuen).

Unfortunately, most other thesps are let down by Erica Lee’s workmanlike screenplay, which tries to pack in too many characters and incidents, none of which develop into anything of substance. Chow’s martial arts acumen can’t help his hopelessly wooden acting, while Jordan Chan’s evocative perf gives his undercooked cop role an intriguing ambiguity.

Tech credits are generally pro, but lack distinction, with crowd fights staged as unfocused melees. Brother Hung’s clamorous score distracts from the visual spectacle of the action and drowns out quieter dramatic moments.

Ip Man – the Final Fight
Yip Mun – Chung Gik Yat Jin
(Hong Kong-China)
Reviewed at Hong Kong Film Festival (Opener), March 17, 2013. Running time: 100 MIN.

An Emperor Motion Pictures (Hong Kong), release of a National Arts Films Prod., Emperor Film Prod. Co., Dadi Century Co. presentation of a National Arts Films production. (International sales: Emperor Motion Pictures, Hong Kong.) Produced by Checkley Sin, Albert Lee. Executive producers, Checkley Sin, Albert Yeung. Co-producers, Cherry Law, Catherine Hun.

Directed by Herman Yau. Screenplay, Erica Lee, based on a story by Checkley Sin. Camera (color, widescreen), Joe Chan; editor, Azrael Chung; music, Brother Hung; production designer, Raymond Chan; costume designer, Thomas Chong; sound (Dolby Digital), Ken Wong; supervising sound editor, Wong Chun-hoi; re-recording mixer, Ken Wong; visual effects, Herb Garden; action choreographers, Li Chung-chi, Checkley Sin; martial arts consultants, Marvel Chow, Leo Au Yeung, Luk Chung-mow, Joe Luk, Yiu Kin-kong; assistant director, Ko Tsz-pun; second unit director, Ngai Man-yin.

With Anthony Wong, Zhou Chuchu, Anita Yuen, Eric Tsang, Timmy Hung, Jordan Chan, Gillian Chung, Marvel Chow, Jiang Luxia, Donny Ng, Xiong Xinxin, Ken Low, Wong Cho-lam, Liu Kai-chi, Law Koon-lan, Ip Chun. (Foshan dialect, Cantonese dialogue)

Variety

March 17, 2013

Ip Man – The Final Fight (Screen Daily review)

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Ip Man – The Final Fight
17 March, 2013
By Edmund Lee

Although few people other than martial arts aficionados knew much about him before 2008’s Ip Man, the Wing Chun master who counted Bruce Lee among his protégés has already headlined five movie outings since, with Ip Man - The Final Fight following hot on the trails of Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster. In a programming decision that seems to speak more about the movie’s local sentiments than its artistic idiosyncrasies, Herman Yau’s action drama premieres as the opening film of the Hong Kong International Film Festival on March 17, before receiving its domestic theatrical release on March 28 and its European premiere at Udine’s Far East Film Festival in April.

With its chronically nostalgic tone, The Final Fight sometimes plays like Echoes of the Rainbow (2010) featuring Ip Man. A watchable if far-from-memorable view on the character’s later years, the movie is indeed the second take on the legendary figure by the prolific Yau.

If his clearly fictionalised The Legend is Born – Ip Man (2010), which features real-life kung fu champ Dennis To in the title role, is a fluffy crowd-pleaser that functions more or less as a prequel to the other recent Ip Man biopics, the new movie may be regarded as a sequel of sorts to all the rest, as the filmmaker casts his regular leading man Anthony Wong as an ageing master living a tough but dignified life in the turbulent post-war Hong Kong.

While Yau and Wong first established their cult status together with such 1990s horror classics as The Untold Story and Ebola Syndrome, the actor’s rather human portrait of Ip Man couldn’t be further apart from those crazed, early roles. Sporting a Foshan accent that inevitably reminds a Cantonese-speaking audience of his hilarious voicework for the McDull animation franchise,

Wong nevertheless lends a new dimension to the grandmaster as he mentors his eclectic group of students (Jordan Chan, Gillian Chung, among others), finds an unlikely partner in a beautiful songstress (Zhou Chuchu) after the death of his wife, and finally fights his way into the Kowloon Walled City to save a student from a mythical fighter-cum-criminal kingpin (Xiong Xinxin).

Much early buzz surrounded Wong’s mid-film, closed-door fight with fellow Infernal Affairs alumni Eric Tsang, the former stuntman, now-iconic comedy actor who’s here playing a rival-turned-ally at the helm of the White Crane school of martial arts. But the soul of this movie is really in its tireless references to the historical and social conditions of 1950s and 60s Hong Kong, whose street views are recreated in vibrant, saturated colours.

The character of Bruce Lee does show up briefly in the last reel, though the cameo – which largely obscures the character’s face and shows him as something of a Westernised, prodigal son opposite Ip Man’s humble presence – is unlikely to impress many of his fans.

Despite its title, The Final Fight is arguably the least but certainly not the last we’ll see of Ip Man on the big screen: the 3D final chapter of the Donnie Yen-starring, Wilson Yip-directed Ip Man trilogy is expected to wrap filming within the year.

Production companies: National Arts Films Production Limited, Emperor Film Production Company Limited

International Sales: Emperor Motion Pictures

Executive producers: Checkley Sin, Albert Yeung

Producers: Checkley Sin, Albert Lee

Co-producers: Cherry Law, Catherine Hun

Screenplay: Erica Li

Cinematography: Joe Chan

Editor: Azrael Chung

Production designer: Raymond Chan

Costume designer: Thomas Chong

Music: Brother Hung

Action choreographers: Li Chung-chi, Checkley Sin

Main cast: Anthony Wong, Gillian Chung, Jordan Chan, Eric Tsang, Marvel Chow, Zhou Chuchu, Xiong Xinxin
ScreenDaily

Ip Man — The Final Fight (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Ip Man — The Final Fight
3/17/2013 by Deborah Young

There seems to be no end in sight for the lucrative Ip Man film series, which to date counts at least five biopics of the legendary kung fu master who trained Bruce Lee in the art of Wing Chun. The fame of the real-life Ip Man, who died in 1972, spread far beyond Chinese borders with January’s release of Wong Kar-wai’s romantic hit The Grandmaster, a reflective auteur actioner which set the bar extremely high as far as international audiences are concerned. Opening this year’s Hong Kong Film Festival, Herman Yau’s Ip Man - The Final Fight is an enjoyable if far less sophisticated tale that nostalgically taps into Hong Kong cinema of yesteryear, while still delivering considerable excitement in the fight scenes. Offshore, it may hitch a ride with dyed-in-the-wool martial arts fans on the coattails of The Grandmaster, but more likely will get lost in the shadow.

For the record, Wilson Yip directed the acclaimed 2008 Ip Man starring Donnie Yen, which focused on the master’s early life in Foshun; it was soon followed by the high-grossing Ip Man 2. Producer Raymond Wong has announced the imminent release of a third installment in 3D. Meanwhile, veteran Herman Yau directed the 2010 The Legend is Born – Ip Man with Dennis To portraying the master as a teenager learning his craft in China, effectively a prequel to the other films.

Still, none of the pictures, even those made with the consultation of Ip Man’s son Ip Chun, like The Final Fight, attempt anything like a rigorous biopic. Each reworks the main character into a mythic mold. Here, the focus is on the moral authority that an aging, Zen-like master exerts over his pupils during a very confused historical period in British-controlled Hong Kong of the 1950s.

Engaging veteran actor Anthony Wong plays an ironic older Ip Man who arrives in Hong Kong from the mainland as the curtain rises. His pretty wife Wing Sing soon follows him. They’ve lost their wealth and part of their family in China during the Sino-Japanese war and are looking to make a new, if humble, start. They are at once taken under the wing of an adoring group of working-class students who are passionate about learning the Chinese discipline of Wing Chun. Coming from all walks of life, these earnest young folk are involved in the politics of the day, including union strikes and clashes with the police, and a stand-off with organized crime.

Without really trying, Ip soon gathers a strong school around him. One of his pupils is a local cop (Jordan Chan) who is sorely tempted by bribes. Another, the leader of the restaurant union, offers Ip a scenic terrace where he can hold lessons. A young woman student is a firebrand union leader who urges on a mass of starving workers in a protest march that ends in a fierce battle with the police. When she is arrested, the local cop uses the bribe money he has ambivalently accepted to re-bribe the British and get her out of jail.

Chan’s cop is a full-fledged character and the most memorable of Ip’s students, even though he ignores the master’s cryptic moral advice and eventually throws in his lot with the scarred crime lord Dragon in an unholy alliance that allows him to rise to the top as chief inspector, but on Dragon’s payroll. He’s a key participant in the closing free-for-all mentioned in the film’s title, which takes place at an illegal boxing ring and in the eerie alleyways of Dragon’s walled slum. When a clean-cut young boxer who rose to fame with Wing Chun refuses to throw a fight, Dragon orders him killed in the ring. Improbably, his wife gets wind that he is in danger and Ip Man appears on the scene with his whole school of fighters for a satisfying action finale. All this takes place during a typhoon that sweeps the picturesque streets with falling signs and blowing litter.

Wong is such a fine, subtle actor that it comes as a surprise to find him a superb martial artist as well, as he convincingly demonstrates the superiority of Ip Man’s technique over competing schools, like old Ng’s White Crane style (actor-producer-director Eric Tsang in a happy cameo).

One could wish for a little more realism and a little less glossing over of Ip’s relationship to the lovely, illiterate young singer Jenny (an able if impossibly saintly Zhou Chuchu). Their platonic friendship, much snubbed by his prudish students, gives way to a sentimental ending that is anyway well-handled by the actors. It’s she who introduces him to opium when he’s doubled-up in pain, but it is made to seem an accidental, one-off indulgence and not the serious long-term addiction it was rumored to be.

What is not covered up is the dire poverty of the times, affecting not just the main characters but also a family the Ips know who are forced to sell one of their six children to feed the rest. Here again, Wong wiggles out of a potentially schmaltzy moment with a quiet, self-controlled, but very human reaction. In a scene that rhymes with Jenny offering him a glass of liquid opium, he acknowledges his friends’ pain and temporarily assuages it by pouring out more booze. Given everyone’s utter poverty, there’s little more that can be done.

Deliberately old-fashioned lighting and production design paint a quaint Old-World city shot on a studio backlot. The colorful streets hung with signs make an apt setting for some of the mass fight scenes between Ip Man’s students and various malefactors, whose West Side Story feeling is increased by Chun Hung Mak’s overblown score. In a delightful moment, Bruce Lee, the master’s most famous student, returns from Hollywood as a warm-hearted but naive star in a shining Rolls Royce, which Ip Man politely declines to ride in.

Venue: Hong Kong Film Festival, Mar. 17, 2013.
Production companies: Emperor Motion Pictures, Pegasus Taihe Entertainment
Cast: Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Gillian Chung, Jordan Chan
Director: Herman Yau
Screenwriter: Erica Lee
Producers: Checkley Sin, Albert Lee
Director of photography: Kwong-hung Chan
Production designer: Raymond Chan
Costumes: Thomas Chong
Editor: Wai Chiu Chung
Music: Chun Hung Mak
Sales Agent: Emperor Motion Pictures
102 minutes.
THR

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?

February 1, 2012

February 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CNN: Hong Kong newspaper ad rails against Chinese ‘invasion’

The advertisement in the Apple Daily asks if Hong Kongers approve of spending HK$1,000,000 (US$128,925) every 18 minutes to take care of children borne by mainland parents and declares that “Hong Kong people have had enough!”

“Repeat, I Love You” poster features Angela Chang

Cecilia Cheung, Kwon Sang-Woo in a romantic dance

Jing Tian, Jing Boran, Ng Man-Tat and Tien Niu are also in the cast (Sina)2

CF: ”Dragon Inn” to Return to the Silver Screen

Wu [Ng See-Yuen] revealed that the original story line will remain unaltered but the picture and sound quality will be upgraded with the help of the latest technology. The movie has been dubbed with mandarin dialogue and will only be screened on the Chinese Mainland for the time being.

Brigitte Lin

Maggie Cheung

Tony Leung Ka-Fai (Sina)

CF: Box Office in Third Week 2012

The two local blockbusters of 2011″The Flowers of War” and “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”are both set to meet their endings. These two earned $0.58 million and $0.76 million respectively in this week and expected to suck in $600 million and $550 million respectively as final scores.

Connie Chan will give 10 performances Apr.18-27 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Connie Chan Po-Chu (r) and Jiang Wen-duan will perform “Dream of the Red Mansions” in April to promote the development of Cantonese opera. (Sina)2

(Jan. 31) Josephine Siao confirmed that Benny Chan has made a contribution to the End Child Sex Abuse Foundation. Out of respect, she said she would not reveal the amount.

A scary scarf

Proof that the foundation needs contributions! (Sina)23

Anthony Wong returned home to Hong Kong from the mainland to visit his 80 year-old mother in the hospital.  She recently suffered a stroke.

(Sina)2

Karen Mok on cover of Prestige (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Enno Cheng CD review (for Dave!)

As an artist, Cheng impresses not for her pristine, immaculate delivery, but rather for how natural and effortless she is able to make these songs sound.

MSN: Michael Hui’s celebrity dream

God is a woman, according to Anita Mui

CNA: Fala Chen returns to work after month-long hiatus

Fala Chen, who had been on hiatus since late November to recover from partial facial paralysis caused by problems with her nerves, revealed that her condition has improved and that she has gone back to work, reported Hong Kong media.

January 31, 2012

January 31, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Bona to introduce movie ratings to China

Jin Bo, marketing director of Bona Cineplex, stated that the in-house system — which could launch in late February — will only give guidance and will not enforce any age restrictions.

Film Review: All’s Well Ends Well 2012

This entry has a bit more narrative cohesion, but at the expense of that “anything goes” humor that made the series so watchable.

SG: Dance Dance Dragon review

FBA: Dear Enemy review

The China rom-com goes global, with great chemistry between leads Xu Jinglei and Stanley Huang.

The story is set one hundred years ago, after the Xinhai Revolution. During the period of social upheaval, two important families in White Deer Village in Shaanxi province war over land ownership, with a woman caught between them.

A sweeping Chinese epic, “White Deer Plain”, will round out the list of 18 films vying for gold at the 62nd Berlin film festival, organisers said on Tuesday.

Chinese Blockbuster ‘Flowers of War’ Leaves U.S. Audiences Cold

Flaying ‘Flowers’: An Example of Western Media’s Bias Against China (WSJ)

ChinaDaily: Yao Ming eying film business

Foreign media report that Jay Cohen, an American film producer, is setting up a film finance fund with Yao Ming, which has caught the attention of China’s media and public.

Newly released poster for “Nightfall” starring Simon Yam and Nick Cheung. Film is now in post-production.

Earlier poster featuring a “wanted” Nick Cheung (Sina)

Latest poster for “Crazy Dinner” starring Huang Bo, Liu Hua and Fan Wei which opened January 23.

(Sina)

“I Do” starring Li Bingbing, Duan Yihong and Sun Honglei opens February 10.

Newly released photos of Li Bingbing

With Duan Yihong

Pregnant Li Bingbing

(Sina)

“Nightclub Suspense Tales” opens Feb. 10

Chrissie Chau

Deng Jia Jia

Jill Hsu Jie-er (Sina)

Anthony Wong filming in Henan

Joey Wang turned 45 on January 30 and posted a recent picture for her fans in a surprise to her fan club.

Richard Mille celebrates the year of the dragon with a watch that not only pays tribute to the legendary creature, but also his personal friend, international kungfu superstar Jackie Chan. On the front of the RM 057, a dragon grips the tourbillon bridge in one of its claws, while on the back on the black onyx base plate, a round engraved Jackie Chan signature rotates once every 60 seconds in time with the tourbillon’s rotation. Limited edition of 36 pieces in 18K red gold or white gold with a red gold dragon. (A1)

CNA: Ethan Ruan begins serving national service

(Sina)

Daniel Wu: I’m totally not a romantic person (A1)

Dumped in the middle of the highway on way to airport

The singer declares that she wants to arrange for her soon-to-be-born son to marry Andy’s daughter MSN: Andy Lau and wife expecting a baby girl

Hong Kong singer Andy Lau was previously speculated to be expecting a baby boy with his wife. This may not be true anymore with the singer’s recent announcement.

MSN: Carina Lau claims Margie Tsang was “lucky” to have dumped Tony Leung

SGYahoo: Fans protecting Ron Ng

Actress Viann Zhang has become the target of numerous allegations with rumours of skin grafting and providing escort services. Recently, explicit photos of Viann were found circulating widely online tarnishing the name of actor Ron Ng.

With rumors that Hong Kong actress, Maggie Cheungunderwent plastic surgery to still be viable in the Chinese movie industry, the 47-year-old made a comeback with saying she is undeterred by ageing.

Don’t look now, but TVs may again be made in U.S.

Believe It Or Not: TV Manufacturing Returning To The US

Of course, they first looked at Mexico, but eventually realized that it was actually a better deal to manufacture in the US, saying it’s still cheaper on shipping both parts and final products and would allow the company to react faster to market changes. The company also believes they’ll save money in training and retaining workers in the US. Who knows if there’s more going on behind the scenes here, but considering how big a story it was when all TV manufacturing left the US, it’s certainly noteworthy that (at least at one plant) it’s come back from Asia.

October 31, 2011

October 31, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Michelle Yeoh is “The Lady”

CF: Tang Wei Awarded Best Actress for a Second Time in Korea

FBA: The Space Dream review

Good-looking, widescreen paean to China’s manned space programme.

FBA: Rooster calls for Space Dream

Astronaut drama The Space Dream, co-directed by WANG Jia and SHEN Dong, was named best film at China’s Golden Rooster Film Awards last weekend.

FBA: Huayi, Bona invest in China Lion (THR)

“[This deal] will allow overseas Chinese to watch Chinese movies without delays, as well as open modern Chinese movies to a broader North American audience, and thereby help promote Chinese culture,” said Bona Film Group chairman and CEO YU Dong.

CF: Still photos of “White Vengeance” Released

The production company Starlight International Media Group, responsible for the historical epic “White vengeance” has released a bunch of still photos featuring Anthony Wong.

CF: First Trailer of “Racer Legend” Released

CF: Chinese Stuntman Died on the set of “The Expendables 2″

The stuntman, named Liu Kun from Shanxi province, died while performing a stunt which involved an explosion. The rumor came that Liu is the stand-in for Jet Li but the production team hadn’t confirmed it yet.

Karen Mok shows off her wedding ring at the airport upon returning to Hong Kong. A Hong Kong wedding banquet is planned for Dec. 18.

(Sina-gallery)

July 15, 2011

July 15, 2011

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CNNGo: Hong Kong looks great in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Contagion

Mainland China is the setting for cute kung-fu fighting animals, while we get to be ground zero for a worldwide killer virus

CRI: Jia Zhangke to Chair Orizzonti [Horizons] Jury at Venice

CF: Stars Help Promote “Snow Flower” in NY

Tony Leung not playing LKY in ‘1965,’ says Singapore firm

[In which Little Tony becomes conflated with Big Tony in the accompanying photos]

More on original story from CNNGoCF

StraitTimes: Hong Kong film-maker Peter Chan will play a supervisory role, though ‘the exact extent of his involvement is still being discussed’

Poster for The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake

The film tells the story of the real life Qiu Jin, a feminist and revolutionary, starring Huang Yi in the lead role. Anthony Wong costars in the Herman Yau directed film. The cast includes Rose Chan, Dennis To, Lam Suet and Pat Ha Man-Jik.

Huang Yi

Rose Chan

Huang Yi presented with drawing of Qiu Jin from manga artist Tony Wong Yuk-Long

Anthony Wong with autographed t-shirt

Huang Yi demonstrates martial arts with Dennis To (Du Yuhang)

Real Qiu Jin and Huang Yi

Cast at Qiu Jin’s Tomb at West Lake, Hangzhou

(Sina-gallery)(Sohu)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

The novice filmmaker [Giddens Ko] has reportedly worked hard on the film, so when it ran into trouble with the Government Information Office over a masturbation scene, Jiubadao made a “pledge to God” that if the movie received a PG rating instead of an R, he would “take a dump on producer Argie Chai’s desk,” …

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?

March 29, 2011

March 29, 2011

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OT: In Japan, disaster coverage is measured, not breathless (WPost)

Nice article in yesterday’s paper on NHK’s coverage

For the past two weeks, NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, has covered a triple disaster, appraising the damage with the help of 14 helicopters, 67 broadcasting vans and virtually no adjectives…And another

OT: In China, microblogging sites become free-speech platform (WPost)

In a country where most media are controlled by the state, information is heavily censored and free-flowing opinions are sharply constricted, Chinese have turned to a new platform to openly exchange unfettered news and views: microblogs, similar to Twitter…

A1: Japan relief album tops iTunes charts in 18 nations


THR: New NYU Shanghai Campus to Offer Film, Acting Classes

CRI: Stanley Huang Joins Xu Jinglei Again for New Film

Anthony Wong plays a blind boss of a bar in Andrew Lau’s Beautiful Life

He also plays a matchmaker to Shu Qi and Liu Ye

(Xinhua)(Sina)2

Jing Tian sings the theme song in the MV for Warring States

(Sina)

MSN: Kelly Lin lost sleep before wedding

During the wedding ceremony, Kelly wore a specially-designed toga wedding dress. Good friend Shu Qi helped to hold her long skirt, take photos and even dry Kelly’s tears.

Kelly Lin, Chris Young (Yang Chen)

The media notes the groom’s resemblance to Michael Wong

Kelly, Shu Qi

Friends, relatives, Shu Qi

(Xinhua)(Sina)23

MSN: Gaile Lok acknowledges pregnancy

Gaile appeared more plump than usual. When reporters asked if she was pregnant, the usually truthful Gaile replied, “I wouldn’t answer you this time,” hinting that she is already pregnant.

(Xinhua)

In a recent interview, Selina’s fiancé Richard Chang revealed that the singer’s assistant had filmed the entire ordeal.

He was filming his latest movie Reversal War in Jordan with Hong Kong actor Nicholas Tse when current instability in Libya halted filming. The movie is said to have moved its set to Malaysia.

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