HKMDB Daily News

October 21, 2011

October 21, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: The Butcher’s Wife review

“The Butcher’s Wife” is a respectable but dramatically unrewarding debut for writer-director Gao Xiongjie, a veteran teacher of film and television arts at China’s Central Academy of Drama. This story of a simple country man chasing his ambitious runaway wife to the city goes for low-key realism but is little more than a cautionary melodrama. Mixture makes for a dreary small-scale tragedy with one-note characters whose mismatched marriage is hard to root for.

TimeOutHK: Life Without Principle review

With three major story threads and nary a ‘plot’ in sight, Life Without Principle witnesses a veteran filmmaking team brilliantly capturing the zeitgeist and seriously failing their screenwriting exam.

CF: Still Shots of the Film “Black & White: Part 1″ Released

Recently, the production company behind the Taiwanese film “Black & White: Part 1″, starring Mark Chao, Ivy Chen, Angelababy and mainland actor Huang Bo, released still shots of the film.

CF: Fearsome Embroidered Shoes

Horror suspense film titled “Blood Stained Shoes” is being promoted at the 20th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Awards, with the production team and cast members taking to the red carpet for its first news conference held as part of the award ceremony, hosted in Hefei, Anhui province, south China, on October 20.

Producer Manfred Wong

Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok)

Kara Hui, Mo Xiaoqi

Mabel Ye (Ye Xiqi)

Cast - Xing Man-shan, Kara Hui, Mo Xiaoqi, Mabel Ye, Michael Tong (Sina)2

Directed by up-and-coming Hong Kong director Francis Lam, the movie brings 3D filming technology and the parkour game together for the very first time. The production company hopes to offer an audio-visual feast to moviegoers when it is screened.

Kongfu megastar Jet Li and renowned Hong Kong director Tsui Hark reunited at Peking University for their upcoming 3D Wuxia blockbuster “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate” yesterday.

“Aftershock” star Xu Fan, and the leading actress of “City Monkey”, Lv Liping have been nominated for the best actress award, each for the third time.

Li Bingbing posed for a new photo shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine before she left to America for her role in the film franchise “Resident Evil: Retribution.” She shared in the magazine that she can only be conquered by talented man. (Sina-slideshow)

China’s film industry, the world’s third largest in terms of production, has been criticized for its over-commercialization and a lack of cultural depth amid expectations that the fast-growing sector will help enhance the nation’s soft power.

THR: ’Flowers of War’ Trailer: Christian Bale Protects Girls From Invading Japanese in 1937 China

The faces of the ‘13 hairpins’ remain a secret (Sina)

The second set of posters for Barbara Wong’s “The Allure of Tears” was released. They feature Richie Jen and Gigi Leung.


Barbara Wong and Zhou Dongyu helped present a preview screening of the film in Hefei at the Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival.



Zhao Qianyu sings “Raising eyebrows” in the newly released MV for “The Legendary Amazons”

The singer from Inner Mongolia plays Cecilia Cheung’s daughter in the film.

MSN: Leon Lai and Gaile Lok appear in public hand-in-hand

MSN: Jay Chou smiles and accepts blessings

CNA: Jay Chou’s songs once rejected by Andy Lau, A-mei, says mentor

September 6, 2011

September 6, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

THR: A Simple Life review

The Bottom Line

Overlong tale of a Hong Kong family’s ailing maid resists excessive sentimentality.

ScreenDaily: A Simple Life review (HKMDBNews-reprint)

CF: ”1911″ Gets Ready for Debut

Lau Ching-Wan and wife, Amy Kwok, prepare to leave for Venice (Sina)

Roast Pork Sliced From a Rusty Cleaver

Sammo Hung in Shanghai promoting My Kingdom

Wu Chun, Sammo, Han Geng, Liu Qian (Sina-gallery)

Roast Pork Sliced From a Rusty Cleaver

Barbara Wong’s Tears in a Fallen City wrapped up shooting in Shanghai

Shawn Dou Xiao

Joe Chen Qiao En, Shawn Dou Xiao

Joe Chen Qiao En

The film also stars Richie Ren, Gigi Leung and Aarif Lee with a Christmas release planned.


The crew of Ann Hui’s A Simple Life have a toast at dinner in Venice.

Qin Hailu, Andy Lau, Deanie Ip, Don Yu Dong


A bevy of beauties attend the Hong Kong premiere of Wilson Chin’s Lan Kwai Fong.

I don’t recognize one of them.

Roast Pork Sliced From a Rusty Cleaver


36 “behind the scenes” photos from Love in Space were released ahead of the Sept. 8 opening of the film. Love in Space opens in China, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries.

Roast Pork Sliced From a Rusty Cleaver

Aaron Kwok, Rene Liu

Rene Liu

Eason Chan


Angelababy, Jing Boran

Guei Lun-Mei

Aaron Kwok

Angelababy and Jing Boran (Sina)2 (Sina-slideshow)

CF: Michelle Reis Credits the OFFICIEL Magazine

CF: Mayday 3D Film Landing soon

Pop band Mayday rocks Taipei with 3D concert film

MSN: Kelly Lin: Giving birth hurts a lot

The actress also revealed that she would not force herself to return to showbiz

MSN: Vicki Zhao tours Taipei with her family

Not one to rest on her laurels, the busy actress secretly went to Taipei last week to attend the costume fitting for her new movie Love.


The starlet’s fiancé let on that they will be skipping all traditional ceremonies in view of Selina’s inconveniences

“You are peeing at my car, stop it!”

Kelly Chen distributes mooncakes at a senior center in Aberdeen.


Andy Lau kicks sand in my face


July 6, 2011

July 6, 2011

ScreenDaily:  Well Go USA takes all rights to Let The Bullets Fly

The Asian cinema specialist picked up North American rights to four films from Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures.

Chinese hit Let The Bullets Fly stars Chow Youn-fat and Jiang Wen.

The other titles are Shaolin starring Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, Fan Bingbing and Jackie Chan; The Stool Pigeon starring Tse and Nick Cheung; and Triple Tap starring Louis Koo, Daniel Wu, Charlene Choi and Li Bingbing.

THR: Well Go USA Picks Up Chow Yun-Fat Starrer ‘Let the Bullets Fly’

FBA: Bullets finds US target

FBA: Stretch review

Clumsy, Macau-set jockey drama makes a poor English-language debut for Mainland icon Fan Bingbing.

CRI: Fantasy Film ‘Mural’ Sets Release Date

Chinese fantasy film “Mural” is set to hit silver screens on September 29.

CF: ”Mysterious Island” Premiered in Guangzhou

Jordan Chan’s official reason for absence from the premiere is that he is on his European honeymoon with Cherrie Ying, but others think it is to avoid questions about his former girlfriend, Cecilia Cheung, and her marital woes. But he, indeed, seems to be in Europe. (Sina)

CF: French Star Jane March in “Perfect Baby”

AP: Chinese epic faces box-office inflation charges

Lovers Zhou Dongyu, Aarif Lee

Zhou Dongyu and Aarif Lee will play lovers in Barbara Wong Chun-Chun’s new film (lit. Fallen Tears). Teaming up again with Lawrence Cheng writing, the cast is unofficial but said to include Richie Ren, Gigi Leung and Joe Chen Qiao En. Filming begins soon in Shanghai. [This must mean her Mulan film is on hold?] (Sina)2, (Sohu)

Qi Wei, June press conference

Cheng Pei-Pei, Qi Wei

Actress Qi Wei has had all her scenes deleted from the Simon Yam thriller, Coming Back. According to rumours, the actress refused the ‘unspoken rule’ of moviemaking, turning away the attentions of a valuable investor. Allegedly, on the eve of an important investor’s signing a contract, Qi Wei turned down ‘further contacts’ from the brand sponsor who expressed admiration and goodwill for the actress. The producers intervened but after numerous attempts could not get the actress to meet the sponsors conditions and travel requirements to Macau, eventually losing the sponsor. The angered producers said that the actress did not understand the rules and, thus, blocked her.

Subsequently, the actress’ image was no longer featured in posters and later, all her scenes deleted from the film. In addition, Qi Wei did not appear in the film’s promotional events. Though not expressly named, Qi Wei is the likely victim. Director Li Yuan, when questioned, only gave a vague response. Qi Wei’s agent said that the scenes were deleted for other reasons. (Sina)

Qi Wei

Attention must be paid, to any film that’s titled Super Cockroach (lit. Live Like Xiao Qiang).

It’s a black comedy

It’s an inspirational film with a revolutionary spirit

3 Noes: No big stars, no special effects, no budget

Opening July 29 (Sina)2

Jiang Yiyan, a Chinese Sassy Girl

Low budget, dark horse comedy, The Pretending Lovers, has drawn over 30 million yuan at the box office in 10 days since its opening. In the face of new releases Wu Xia and The Beginning of the Great Revival, the film is still trending upwards. (Sina)2

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, NYC screening, July 13.

A poster from film’s Samsung partner

If you are using a Samsung phone to same-sex close friends, who would you call?

Brigitte Lin

With Leslie Cheung in Ashes of Time

When she learned he suffered from depression, Brigitte had planned to introduce Leslie to a doctor. But because of the SARS epidemic at the time it was postponed to her inifinte regret.

At 17 when she made her film debut

Brigitte Lin’s book (Window Inside, Window Outside) goes on sale July 22. (Xinhua)(Sina)

CRI: Actress Kwai Lun-mei Tastes French Fashion

Kwai Lun-mei was seen on July 5, 2011 in Paris, France, attending the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011/2012 show.

(Sina-slide show)

CF: Cast Members of “Rest on Your Shoulder” Shoot New Photos

Chrissie Chau - She’s an app!

The Annual Hong Kong Book Fair Photo Album Wars will not include Chrissie Chau this year. Instead Chrissie will pick fan boys’ pockets via a mobile app. The Chrissie Chau app will be available in mid-July according to her agent, Iris. The app will come in 3 versions. In the free version, users play a simple math exercise [you touch numbers on screen to sum to 10] to unlock a new pic of Chrissie each time. A second .99 version features more pics and a more expensive version does not require playing the game. Multiple editions with updated photos are planned according to Iris. For Apple users only, search for “10NaNaMania”. (Sina)

MSN: Is Takeshi Kaneshiro married?

Cecilia signs off on divorce

A1: Nic and Cecilia to meet on July 8

MSN: Deborah Li put up with Cecilia Cheung’s bad attitude

A1: CCTV host slams Lv Liping’s gay slur

March 17, 2011

March 17, 2011

Honestly, the situation in Japan seems dire. Circumstances are worsening, official reports appear sugar-coated and the response so far does not appear effective. The citizens, surely, feel frustrated and abandoned. But let’s, at least, recognize the bravery of the Fukushima 50.

Charity for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (NHK)

Donate to the American Red Cross - select the International Relief Fund option.

THR: What Hollywood Is Doing to Help Japan (List)

MSN: Taiwanese celebs come together for Japanese disaster relief


October 22, 2010

October 22, 2010

TaipeiTimes: The Fourth Portrait

After winning the Best Feature Film award at this year’s Taipei Film Festival, ‘The Fourth Portrait’ is ready for the upcoming Golden Horse Awards, with nominations in seven categories.

CRI:  Huang Xiaoming Teams Up with Angelababy in New Film

Huang Xiaoming and Hong Kong model Angelababy will co-star in the film “A Sentimental Story,” reports.

The film entitled “Yi Chang Feng Hua Xue Yue De Shi” in Chinese is being directed by Gao Qunshu who shot “The Message” and “Wind Blast.”

Hong Kong kicks off film fest with China focusAFP

The seventh annual Hong Kong Asian Film Festival features more than 60 independently-made films from across Asia, but this year it will shine a spotlight on the work of Chinese directors, organisers said.

Hong Kong director Barbara Wong has never worked in Hollywood, but you might not know that from watching her new film. “Perfect Wedding” seems right at home among Hollywood romantic comedies like “Runaway Bride” and “The Wedding Planner.”

FBA: Josie Ho runs with The Courier

ScreenDaily: Rourke, Ho join cast of Hany Abu-Assad’s The Courier

Mickey Rourke and Josie Ho have joined Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Til Schweiger in the cast of Arclight Films’ action thriller The Courier which started shooting in Louisiana this week…The Courier revolves around an international carrier who delivers things to people who can’t, or don’t want, to be reached. Ho plays a woman with a mysterious past whom the courier meets.

Josie Ho

Husband Conroy Chan has accompanied Josie Ho to the set everyday. Does it have to do with the fact that Josie has a bed scene with Jeffrey Dean Morgan?


Latest Late Autumn poster (Sina)

Cecilia Cheung has joined the cast of the Jackie Chan-produced, Frankie Chan-directed Yang Women Generals/14 Amazons! This makes the third film that Ceci has signed up for, besides Dynamic Angel/Race Car with Jimmy Lin, Tang Wei and Rene Liu and Raymond Wong’s Lunar New Year film All’s Well End’s Well 2011. This role will be considerably more challenging as she plays the key role of Mu Guiying. It has been previously played by Ivy Ling Po and Liza Wang in previous versions. Ceci is also reported to have agreed to a guest cameo in Stephen Chow’s New Journey to the West. (Sina) (Xinhua)23

MSN: Cecilia Cheung takes up Jackie Chan movie

Mu Guiying: Chinese Woman Warrior

“Her swinging sword flashes like nine falling suns shot by Yet the legendary bowman; she moves with the force of a team of Dragons driven by the gods through the sky; her strokes and attacks are like those of terrible thunder; and when she stops all is still as water reflecting the clear moonlight.”

Cecilia Cheung imagined as Mu Guiying

Liza Wang

Ivy Ling Po

Frankie Chan Fan-Kei (Xinhua)

Stills from Zhang Jiarui’s thriller Distant Thunder

Guo Xiaoran, Huo Siyan


Mani Fok to the rescue?

Emperor’s super manager Mani Fok and so-called “bomb expert” has been recalled from the US where she was on leave to handle the Charlene Choi-William Chan Wai-Ting (Sa-Ting) affair. The publicity stunt/romance has had unintended effects requiring Mani to come back to handle matters. Since it came to light, the Sa-Ting Love has raised the popularity of William Chan  but is not popular with Twins fans. Chan is said to be a playboy and Charlene has been accused of bad taste. Chan is alleged to have  had many ‘pedal boats’, including Gillian Chung causing a secret rift between the singing duo in the past. Mani is said to have had private communications with Chan and the Twins to discuss how to handle events. The Twins are scheduled to hold a concert in Macau in November. (Sina)

Edison Chen attending an Adidas event will be releasing two new songs tomorrow

Edison will be performing at the East Asia All Stars Concert in Shanghai with Anthony Wong and Sammi Cheng for support in his return to the stage. Edison and Sammi recorded a new version of Mr Sandman on his new album. (Xinhua-gallery) (Sina)2

Invitation to Jordan Chan-Cherrie Ying 50 table wedding banquet


MSN: Tony Leung is “Property King”

MSN: Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse’s love woes in Year of Rabbit

Four famous Hong Kong Feng shui masters look into 2011, year of the Rabbit, and predict that both Andy and Nicholas will face troubles in love

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