HKMDB Daily News

March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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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 12, 2012

March 12, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: ”Marrying Mr Perfect” To Hit Screens On March 16

(aka Marry a Perfect Man)

Ronald Cheng, a “despicable” billionaire who swaps position with his chauffeur To, falls in love with Gigi Leung in the time they spend together. Cheng tries his best to pursue his true love.

CF: ’Sophie’s Revenge 2′ on Actress Zhang Ziyi’s Schedule

Zhang will go for Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province, to shoot some pickups for Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grand Master”. After that, she will devote herself to “Sophie’s Revenge 2″.

Janice Man, Nick Cheung

Nick Cheung, Michael Wong (Sina-gallery)

Youku and Tudou, two of China’s leading online video companies, are to merge. They expect to create the largest video outfit in China

First of a series of posters for Ning Hao’s “Guns N’Roses” (”Guns and Roses”)  to be released. The film’s producer, director Zhang Yibai created the posters. (Sina)

Shu Qi and Shawn Yue promote “The Second Woman” in Hong Kong

Shu Qi, Shawn Yue

(Sina)

Pure coincidence or blatant copying? China is known for its counterfeit products, shops, and now it seems like the counterfeit culture has infiltrated the movie industry.

(Sina)

CNET: Could Samsung beat Apple with ‘Made in the USA’?

Excellent foreign cars are made in the United States. So how would U.S. consumers react if Samsung announced that all of its tablets would be manufactured in the U.S.?

February 8, 2012

February 8, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Variety: Flying Swords of Dragon Gate review

The 3D is terrific in “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate,” but helmer Tsui Hark’s costume actioner — the first Chinese-lingo movie shown in the stereoscopic Imax format — is let down by two-dimensional characters.

CF: Video Clip of Remastered “New Dragon Inn” Released

CF: ”Let the Bullets Fly” Gets North America Release

Shu Qi, Shawn Yue star in Carol Lai’s “The Second Woman”

Shu Qi plays duo roles as twin sisters in the romance-horror.

(Sina)2

Final poster for “Romancing in Thin Air”  (Sina)

Lau Ching-Wan and Nicholas Tse attended the announcement of the HKFA nominations

(Sina)

‘Let the Bullets Fly’ and ‘Dragon Gate’ top HKFA’s shortlist

MSN: Nicholas Tse’s eldest son Lucas hospitalised for high fever

MSN: Choi Min-Sik afraid of Cecilia Cheung

The actress made news in South Korea recently when veteran actor Choi Min-Sik revealed an unhappy working experience with the former 11 years ago on the movie Falian.

Cecilia’s father, Zhang Ren Yong, was said to have powerful connections to the triads and stirred much fear within the production team of movie Falian.

Ceclia Cheung and father (Sina)

A1: Lollipop F’s Owodog avoids tweeting Gillian Chung

Rumours started flying last September when the two were seen tweeting each other on Weibo frequently.

Gillian was also seen attending a gathering at Owodog’s home, and catching You Are The Apple of My Eye with him in Taipei.

CNet: Ethical iPhone 5 petitions to be delivered to Apple stores

In a statement today, watchdog group SumOfUs said that it plans to deliver its own petition, along with one from Change.org, to a number of Apple’s retail stores around the world. That includes New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, London, Sydney, and Bangalore.

Mike Daisey was a self-described “worshipper in the cult of Mac.” Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? He traveled to China to find out.

February 7, 2012

February 7, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: The Viral Factor review

Splashy but routine action thriller, with nothing between the shootouts and explosions.

CF: ”The Viral Factor” Celebrates it BO Success

CRI: ”I Do” Premieres in Beijing

Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing, Duan Yihong - Beijing (Sina)

Li Bingbing

Li Bingbing answers question at the Shanghai premiere (Sina)2

A batch of new still photos featuring the famous actress Shu Qi in the romance “Love” was released. The movie was slated for release on February 14th. Receiving enthusiastic responses during previous screening events, the movie’s producer Wang Zhonglei decided to bring forward its date to February 13th.

(Feb.6) Taipei premiere of “Love”

Doze Niu, Shu Qi, Mark Chao

Shu Qi

Amber Kuo (Sina)

Wong Jing’s “Mr. and Mrs. Gambler” opens Feb. 16

Stars Fiona Sit and Chapman To

It is said that the movie star has been receiving numerous high paying film offers ever since her return to Hong Kong, one of which is Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s period film,The Assassin.

A blockbuster film which boast of a US$10,000,000 (approximately S$12,480,000) production cost, the star studded lineup includes Shu Qi, Chang Chen and Tetsuya Komuro. Maggie Cheung is said to be portraying the role of a heroine, Nie Yin Niang.

MSN: Maggie Cheung calls comedies she acted in “rubbish”

Maggie also revealed that her initial image was “the girl with the bunny tooth”. To be taken more seriously, she decided to correct her teeth with braces, and that paved the way for more serious roles and acting projects.

CF: A Brand New Gao Yuanyuan on Esquire Magazine

Different from her former pure image, she portrays a sexy tango dancer in the pictures.

Liu Ye recently poses for two magazines “Comfort” and “His Life”, showcasing his different sides.

CF: Bai Baihe: Magazine Favorite

In 2011, a small-budget romantic film “Love is Not Blind” made a little-known actress Bai Baihe rise to fame almost overnight.

(Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Nicholas Tse’s eldest son wants his parents to reconcile

CNA: Edison Chen feels victimised by Hong Kong tabloids over charity marathon

“I only want to do charity work; do I need to clean up my past?” said Chen.

MSN: Edison Chen runs for charity

Yesterday morning, the singer wore a long-sleeved t-shirt and a pair of shorts, arriving at the Standard Chartered Marathon in Hong Kong, 45 minutes before it began, to warm up. Edison let on that during his pre-marathon runs, he could not complete the entire 42km run, and added that he was nervous and had difficulty sleeping the previous night.

Choi remained vague when she was told that fortune tellers in Hong Kong predicted that she will get married for the second time in the year of the Dragon. Asked whether she will secretly marry her lover in the future, she replied: “I’ve already done it before.”

CNN: Apple manufacturing plant workers complain of long hours, militant culture

Miss Chen stares curiously at the iPad. Even though she works overtime in a factory in southwestern China that manufactures them, she’s never seen the finished product.

CNN: Inside story of Foxconn shrouded in secrecy

On the day we filmed there, we were followed by a mysterious white car. Wherever we went, it went. Then it was joined by another. We approached to ask why, but the driver refused to acknowledge us.

January 13, 2012

January 13, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Herman Yau has begun working on a “Inception”-like thriller called “Qing Yan”. Fiona Sit and mainland actor Huang Xuan will head the cast. (Sina)

A few posters for the Valentine’s Day Chrissie Chau mainland thriller “Night Club Suspense Tales”.

(Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Black and White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault review

Tsai Yueh-hsun’s action blockbuster-to-be elevates the country’s filmmaking industry to a new level

TaipeiTimes: Flying Dragon, Dancing Phoenix review

Kuo, a real-life operatic diva, hands in an amazing debut performance on the silver screen as she plays both Chun-mei, a woman who plays men, and Micky, a man who plays a woman who plays men. It is a pleasure to watch the operatic veteran toy with the idea of gender roles through her varied acting, while staying true to her two characters.

Still from “Flying Dragon, Dancing Phoenix”

CF: Behind-the-scenes Footage of “Crazy Dinner” Released(CF)

Starring Liu Hua, Fan Wei, Huang Bo, Mo Xiaoqi, Dai Lele and Liu Yajin, the film is slated to hit cinema screens nationwide on January 23,2012.

Derek Yee pleases mainland market

He has set his latest work, The Great Magician, in Beijing. It’s his first comedy for almost 30 years.

The film, based on a popular novel set in the early 20th century in the capital, reveals how amagician wins back his lover from a warlord.

The novel is a melancholy melodrama, but Yee has turned it into a comedy to pleaseaudiences.

CF:  Youku Signs Content Deal With Twentieth Century Fox

Youku Inc., China’s leading Internet television company (”Youku”), announced a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on 11 Jan, under which Youku will license 250 titles of new release and library films.

CF: Deals and Disputes Multiply in China Video Sector(FBA)

Independent Australian-Canadian sex shop comedy Red Light Revolution (2010) has also been picked up for release by Tudou Inc.

You Are the Apple of My Eye

Thanks to China’s censors, several scenes that make up nine minutes of the movie were edited out. Apparently, things like masturbation and kissing are deemed unsuitable for general viewing in China. Also, the character Boner, has had his name changed to something more innocuous.

Ko was noticeably absent from a promotion event held in Shanghai earlier this month, but he flew into Beijing to meet fans on Monday. He said that he didn’t attend the event because he was upset about the deleted scenes.

Yang, 25, became one of the most popular actresses with a rise to instant fame in 2011. The Beijing native began acting at 4 years old and rose to fame for her role in the TV series “Palace” in 2011.

The two actresses are rumoured to be unhappy about how their names are placed in promotional materials

The cast list on the movie poster also came in two different formats. In the Taiwanese version, Shu Qi’s name was listed before Vicki, while in the Chinese version, the latter’s name was listed first. The movie production company was said to have used this method to pacify both actresses.

Posters for  Doze Niu’s “Love”

Sorrows and Joys of Love edition (Sina)23

The Hong Kong singer found out the gender of his baby after taking his wife to an ultrasound scan

WPost: China denounces ‘Hong Konger’ trend

China is battling what it sees as a subversive challenge: an academic survey showing that many in this former British colony identify little with China.

More photos from the MontBlanc event in Beijing

Wu Chun

Vivian Hsu is ready to spin the Wheel of Fortune!

Vivian Hsu

Wu Chun, Vivian Hsu, Kevin Tsai, Yang Lan (one of the “Chinese Oprahs”) (Sina-slideshow)

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