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October 21, 2009

October 21, 2009

14 Blades poster

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Terri Kwan, Oceane Zhu Xuan

Cheng Pei-PeiKarena Lam, George Lam, Daniel Wu, Kenneth Tsang and wife

Prince of Tears Hong Kong premiere - slide show (28) (Sina.com)

(Sina.com)

THR: Chow Yun-Fat to star in Jiang’s ‘Bullets’

CRI: Chow Yun-Fat Joins “Bullets” Cast

… there were no less than ten options for the ending of the movie. The director and Chow came up with the final version when they were drinking and chatting…

The 11 major male roles will go towards assembling a Chinese “Ocean’s Eleven”, according to earlier reports.

Investment in the movie has hit 150 million Hong Kong dollars, or about 20 million US dollars.

Michelle Yeoh goes back to gongfu

In Jianyu Jianghu, loosely translated as Rain Of Swords In The Martial Arts World, she will play an assassin.

Co-directed by acclaimed Chinese director John Woo (Face/Off) and Taiwanese film-maker Su Chao-pin (Silk), filming for the movie will start in China next week.

Emi Wada: A many-hued Oscar

The world knows Emi Wada for her Academy Award-winning costumes for Akira Kurosawa’s Ran, but most Chinese know her as the brains behind the techni-colored wardrobe of Zhang Yimou’s 2002 Hero (Yingxiong).

Astro Boy’s Huge Comeback

Deng Chao’s Astro Boy haircut

Deng Chao as Astro Boy

THR: Golden Harvest promises rebirth

New managers vow to resurrect storied HK studio Golden Harvest

Benny Chan’s New Shaolin Temple won’t be like the Jet Li version. Filming begins in December and will feature Nic Tse, Fan Bingbing, Andy Lau, Jackie Chan, and Wu Jing. But the female lead has not been cast yet. Fan Bingbing replaces Zhou Xun who was originally announced but had a schedule conflict. Script is by New Police Story’s Yuen Kam-Lun. Filming will take place at the actual Shaolin Temple then move to Hengdian Studio. (Xinhua)

Keanu Reeves will act in producer/investor capacity and ’spiritual pillar’. He will not star, as previously reported, in Kung Fu Hero. Keira Knightly is slated to guest appear. Ning Ying will direct.[An odd choice as she is noted for harder hitting films like On The Beat and Railroad of Hope.] Beijing launch ceremony photos below. (Sina.com)

Tiger Chen Hu

Chen Hu, Lin Shen

Director Ning Ying

Three leads - Chen Hu, Jiang Mengjie, Lin Shen

Brandy Yuen, action director

October 16, 2009

October 16, 2009a

HK Magazine: Shawn Yue Man-lok interview

bd magazine talks to Herman Yau - A Different Split

HK Magazine and bc Magazine Film Reviews

The Message

Seeing “The Message” makes one realize just how strong mainland cinema has become in recent years, and also makes you worry about whether Hong Kong cinema can keep up.

The end result is a propaganda film that is more embarrassing than patriotic. I would have preferred to be brainwashed than to see this piece of crap.

Chrissie Chau proves she has more potential than just as a seducer of teenage boys with her life-size cushion.

The film suffers from very slow pacing and, at over two hours, has probably managed to successfully alienate its intended demographic. It is genuinely surprising that the film’s producer, acclaimed filmmaker Ann Hui, didn’t have a quiet word in her protégé’s ear to suggest that if the film lost half an hour, it would stand a far better chance of being appreciated by those who will benefit most from it.

It’s easy to roll your eyes and dismiss this film as yet another popular Japanese romance weepie, but the truth is it’s a dramatic interpretation and enactment of a real person’s last days, a young woman given the short end of the stick by Fate.

HK PICKS

The Warrior and The Wolf

(China) An army commander during the Han Dynasty falls in love with a beautiful widow while stranded in the desert, with disastrous results. Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang. Starring Maggie Q, Joe Odagiri. Opens Oct 22.

Poker King

(Hong Kong) Another local gambling-themed romantic comedy except this time they’re playing Texas Hold’em in Macau. Directed by Chan Hing-ka, Janet Chun. Starring Lau Ching- wan, Louis Koo, Stephy Tang. Opens Oct 22.

Astro Boy

(USA) The popular Japanese manga gets a slick, 3-D facelift in this animated feature. Directed by David Bowers with an all-star voice cast including Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, Charlize Theron and Samuel L. Jackson. Opens Oct 23.

bc magazine’s HKAFF Preview

The Warrior and the Wolf

The opening film is a large scale historical epic, starring Japanese navel-gazing superstar Odagiri Jo and originally Tang Wei – her with the hairy armpits in Lust, Caution. But since being banned from appearing in Mainland productions, the infinitely more attractive, though perhaps not as talented Maggie Q, steps into the fold. Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang – not a New Romantic band, but rather the highly acclaimed director of films like The Horse Thief and Springtime in a Small Town, as well as the elegant snoozefest, The Go Master. This looks bigger, louder, faster and sexier, so here’s opening the festival opens with a bang.

At the End of Daybreak

The closing film this year comes from Ho Yuhang, the award-winning Malaysian director of Sanctuary and Rain Dogs. The film details a secret relationship between a simple working class lad and a wealthier schoolgirl, a tryst that turns sour leading to blackmail and far worse. Examining their fractured family lives, the lack of parental control, class divisions and broader criticisms of society, At The End of Daybreak continues to cement Ho’s reputation as one of the most important filmmakers in a region of ever-increasing relevance.

Breathless

Actor Yang Ik June turns Writer, Producer and Director in this bold, brutal and uncompromising tale of domestic violence and self-destruction. Picking up a slew of awards on the global festival circuit, Breathless is the largely autobiographical tale of a brutish, deeply disturbed debt collector, who crosses paths with an equally abrasive schoolgirl, only for this mismatched pair to strike up an unlikely friendship. The cutting edge of Korean Independent Cinema.

Mother

Highly acclaimed and internationally successful director Bong Joon Ho (Memories of Murder, The Host) has, by all accounts, turned in another masterpiece. Controversially centring this tale of murder, corruption, justice and revenge on an aging female protagonist, the film follows the titular matriarch as she sets out to clear the name of her handicapped son, accused of murdering a schoolgirl and coerced by authorities into signing a confession. Mother is slated to be Korea’s official entry into next year’s Academy Awards and promises to be an intelligent, yet thrilling experience.

Air Doll

Hirokazu Koreeda’s latest film, after a string of critical hits including Nobody Knows and Still Walking, seemed at first glance to be a controversy-baiting piece of poorly judged titillation, casting Korean star Bae Doo Na as a sex doll that miraculously comes to life. What has emerged, however, is a different beast entirely. Air Doll is a delightful tale of unrequited love examining what it means to be human and the loneliness of urban life, while putting a decidedly Japanese spin on the old Pinocchio story.

Face

Always a talking point, the films of Taiwanese director Tsai Ming Liang often defy description. This is especially true of his latest French co-production, Face. Purportedly about a Taiwanese filmmaker (Tsai’s regular cohort Lee Kang Sheng) travelling to Paris in order to stage an adaptation of Salome at The Louvre, Face is a bold, challenging spectacle, brimming with beautiful imagery and even the occasional show tune. Some have loved it, some have hated it, some have been bored to tears – but everybody who has seen Face has come away with a strong, opinionated response.

Crows: Zero II

Whether he is making depraved horror films like Visitor Q or Audition, or big budget family-friendly fare such as The Great Yokai War or Yatterman, a new Miike Takashi movie is always worthy of attention.

This clumsily titled sequel to 2007’s Crows: Zero (which played at last year’s HKAFF) guarantees fisticuffs galore as he continues to adapt Takahashi Hiroki’s school gang manga for the big screen. Expect fighting, swearing, wonderful accessorising of militaristic school uniforms and, this time out, an entire army of skinheads. Not particularly highbrow, but sure to be lots of fun.

The Housemaid

Widely hailed as one of the greatest Korean films ever made, this 1960 psychodrama tells the tale of a regular family torn apart after their newly-hired maid turns out to be a sexual predator with her own increasingly evil agenda. Largely unknown outside of Korea until the 1990s, this is a revelatory piece of work that had the Global Film Community finally looking East to the Han Peninsula.

HK Magazine: G.E.M. interview

Coco Lee’s take on fame and music

October 15, 2009

October 15, 2009

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14 Blades - Sexy Kate Tsui

Debut screening scheduled for Golden Rooster

CRI: Golden Rooster Film Fest Opens on a Sour Note

Variety: Astro Boy review

Screen Daily: I Come With The Rain

Feng Xiaogang leading rehearsals

Reprise: Aftershock/Tangshan Earthquake stills

The Keanu Reeves - Tiger Chen Hu martial arts collaboration is back on track. The Li Xiaowan production ‘Kungfu Xia’ is slated to start up this month, likely with multiple directors: Yuen Wo-Ping, Yuen Cheung Yan and Chen Hu. Lucy Liu, a Chen Hu student, is likely to be cast for the North American targeted film. In 2007, Chen Hu and Keanu Reeves scouted locations near Sichuan, especially scenic Mount Emei. Han Sanping is also one of the producers and Keanu Reeves is providing investment. (Sina.com)

October 12, 2009

October 12, 2009

CRI: Donnie Yen Is a Royal Spy in New Martial Art Film 14 Blades

Yen will continue his action hero routines to play the head agent of the royal espionage network during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), a relatively dark period in China’s history when the feudal court made unprecedented use of a spy system to run the ruling machine…

Peter Ho Yun-Tung - Once Upon A Time In Tibet

Variety: The Warrior and The Wolf review

Variety: Fireball (Thailand) review

Basketball becomes an underground bloodsport in “Fireball,” a lively Thai actioner in which Bangkok’s toughest street gangs smash each other senseless in the quest for championship honors.

Screen Daily: Paju (South Korea)

Glenn offers us his thoughts on Francis Ng’s Tracing Shadow

Imagi hitches rocket to ‘Astro Boy’

“Astro Boy II” could soon be in the works if all goes well with this week’s release of the animated superhero movie “Astro Boy.” That would also spell a new lease on life for its production house Imagi and could redefine the concept of co-production in Asia.

Chinese directors pay tribute to quake-hit city

In the same style as the anthology films “New York, I Love You” and “Paris, I Love You,” two Chinese filmmakers have profiled a Chinese city that was hit by a massive earthquake last year.

“Chengdu, I Love You” was conceived as a tribute to the southwestern city in Sichuan province that was decimated by a 7.9-magnitude quake in May 2008, leaving nearly 90,000 people dead or missing, Hong Kong director Fruit Chan said.

OCRegister: Red Cliff West Coast Premiere

The Regency South Coast Village Theater will screen, in its West Coast premiere, John Woo’s latest epic, “Red Cliff” (Oct. 15), the most expensive Chinese film ever made, followed by a Q and A with the director. In collaboration with the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, a series of ping pong tournaments will be held in South Coast Plaza to commemorate Nixon-era Ping Pong Diplomacy (Oct. 17-18). The Bowers Museum, South Coast Repertory, and the Orange County Museum of Art will also present “Ancient Paths” events.

Two Hollywood projects lined up for John Woo

THR: ‘Ong Bak’ team ready for English-language ‘City of Angels’

Dwayne Johnson and Robin Shou to costar

THR: Disaster director ready for America

‘Haeundae’ helmer writing English comedy with Korean story

Fan Bingbing

With Wilson Chen Bo-lin

Fan Bingbing has started work in Chengdu on Li Yu’s Guanyin Mountain which also costars Sylvia Chang. (Xinhuanet.com)

Ge You to Chair Macao Int’l Film Festival

Li Feier - newcomer in Wang Xiaoishua’s Mosaic/Sunshine in Chongqing

Visitors From the Sui Dynastyslide show

A time travel comedy.

China’s Hottest Entertainers for 2009

Xiao Shenyang, Liu Qian, Li Yugang

September 30, 2009

September 30, 2009

Aaron Kwok rehearses for National Day show

How does he do that?

(Xinhuanet.com) (Sina.com)

Vivian Chow

New advert photos

(Xinhuanet.com)

Tony Leung

Almost ready to begin shooting WKW’s First Generation Master (Xinhuanet.com)

At an appeance for The Founding of a Republic in Shaanxi, Director Huang Jianxin saidthat the first cut was 3 hours and 27 minutes long but he had to edit it down to 2 hours. The original film is long enough for a 4 episode TV movie version and he is now in discussions with TV stations. (Sina.com)

Astro Boy with the man behind his voice, Aaron Kwok

Aaron and movie son (Sina.com)

China claims ‘Astro Boy’

“Astro Boy,” a big budget cartoon from Hong Kong- and L.A.-based Imagi International, will escape China’s film import quotas and be considered a local picture on the Chinese mainland.


Meanwhile, Lynn Xiong is modeling and filming Ip Man 2 in Shanghai. [Aaron was recently photographed with Mango Wong in Beijing.]  (Sina.com)

After receiving a surprise gift from an anonymous man at a charitable banquet, Chinese actress Zhou Xun has admitted the man was her new boyfriend.

Zhao Benshan

Zhao Benshan had a stroke Wednesday and is now being treated in Shanghai.

Zhang Ziyi - August

Zhang Ziyi sent a video message to Tsai Ming-Liang on the eve of his Taiwan premiere of Face. She congratulated him on his success and expressed hope to collaborate in the future. In the message, Zhang said that movies are a high art form that combines literature, drama and music and other arts which is not easy to do but Tsai was able to do so. At the Cannes Film Festival premiere, Zhang Ziyi said that not only did Face have avant-garde artistic value but should also be appreciated. Therefore, she did not hesitate to vote for Face. (Sina.com)

Screen Daily: Golden Horse fest to open with Warrior and Tears

Starring Tsai Chen-nan, Enno Cheng, Serena Fang and Tsai Jian-wei, Tears is a story about an old detective who takes on the case of a girl who dies of a drugs overdose, and accidentally reveals a hidden crime he committed years ago.

THR: Bey Logan to produce ‘Blood Bond’

Bey Logan has set “The Blood Bond” as the first movie to flow from his new production company following his imminent exit as the Weinstein Company’s Hong Kong-based vice president. The picture is a stylized Asian actioner to be shot in English…The picture co-stars American stage actress Phoenix Chou and also features Chinese model and Taekwondo ace Zhang Lan-xin and veteran Hong Kong actor Simon Yam. Production begins Oct. 15 in China…

The Chinese-language romantic comedy “Hot Summer Days” will be a co-production between Fox International Productions, China’s Huayi Brothers Media Corp. and satellite TV operator Star Television Asia Ltd., Fox and Star said in a joint statement late Tuesday. Fox and Star are both units of media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

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