HKMDB Daily News

August 12, 2011

August 12, 2011

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ChinaPost: Jump Ashin! review

A story about loss, redemption and coming-of-age, “Jump Ashin!” split its soul into so many pieces for maximum commercial appeal that it eventually reminds us of Harry Potter’s Voldemort, whose soul degenerated because he split it into seven pieces to bid for power and immortality.

FBA: A Beautiful Life review

San Francisco’s chance at seeing 3D porn goes flat

Keep your hands at your sides, San Franciscans; unfortunately the film’s debut in our city will only be offered in standard 2D. (Thanks, Dave!)

First Person: Juno Mak

CRI: Actress Shu Qi Attends Environmental Protection Event in Taipei

Carina Lau was in Chengdu yesterday promoting Haagen Dazs mooncakes. [Mmmm, mooncakes]


MSN: Elaine Ng calls Jackie Chan the “third party”

Recently, it was reported that Jackie’s wife Joan Lin left Hong Kong after knowing that Elaine returned.

A1: Elaine Ng wants to hear no more of Jackie Chan

June 17, 2011

June 17, 2011

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A Beautiful Life - Taiwan review

FBA: The Seal of Love review

A luscious looking political biopic that’s intriguingly remoulded as a love story.

THR: How Christian Bale Is Raising the Bar in China

Variety: Jia calls for more Chinese genre pix

Censorship is stifling the development of genre movies in China, local helmer Jia Zhangke told Variety at the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival Thursday.

Chinese film director hits out at state censorship

“This kind of cultural over-cleanliness that bans the erotic, violent and terrifying is cultural naivety.”

CF: Chinese Animation Classic Upgraded to 3D

The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven

Su Da said, “With the cooperation with Technicolor, we have polished the colors, applied 3D technologies and more sound effects, and even spent two months to shorten the film to 88 minutes. We also improved the Peking Opera influenced accompaniment music with the western symphonic music. Nevertheless, we will never ruin the artistry of the original piece by adding anything superfluous, all we want to do is to show our respect and to recall people’s memories to the classic with its new sensations.”

CRI: Tang Wei First Crowned Best Actress on Mainland

Actress Tang Wei won best actress award for her role in romance comedy, “Crossing Hennessy” at the 11th Chinese Film Media Awards in Macao Thursday night, the first title bestowed on her from the Chinese mainland.

Tang Wei

Best Actor, Ge You (Let the Bullets Fly)

Kara Hui on the red carpet (Xinhua)(Sina)

Newly released Seediq Bale posters

The two-part film is scheduled to open Sept. 9 and Sept. 30

Director Wei Te-Sheng at yesterday’s trailer and posters release event (Sina)2

Huang Bo, who missed the opening ceremony of the Shanghai International Film Festival due to working on projects in Beijing, will walk the red carpet at the closing ceremony with Jiang Yiyan.

The Pretending Lovers - Jiang Yiyan, Huang Bo


A Bruce Lee museum? Maybe … in 2046

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Nicholas Tse is not worried about divorce settlements

The Hong Kong actor only wants custody of his two sons

In other related reports, singer-actress Gillian Chung’s management company has stepped forward to deny that she was the third party in Nicholas and Cecilia’s marriage.

MSN: Isabella Leong’s sons meet their grandfather The actress was

MSN: Zhang Ziyi is willing to sacrifice for love

The newly-single actress was recently in town as the ambassador of ScreenSingapore 2011

MSN: Lin Chi-ling might get married next year

May 31, 2011

May 31, 2011

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Variety: A Beautiful Life review

Despite an excess of melodrama, helmer Andrew Lau reteams with scripter Tang Kit-ming (”Look for a Star”) to deliver a lush tearjerker that aims to do for Beijing what Woody Allen once did for Manhattan.

CF: Li Bingbing in “The Secret Fan”

A batch of still photos was released for the imminent drama, “Snow Flowers and the Secret Fan.

CF: Tang Wei: Despaired Housewife in “Wu Xia”

The production company of the Peter Chan’s “Wu Xia” released new still photos featuring Tang Wei as a village woman.


Concept poster of Zhang Zilin as the Sky Goddess in The Monkey King (Sina)

Zhang Hanyu

Lam Suet, Fu Yong

Lam Suet will be starring in a comedy, working title Island Paradise, produced under China Film Group’s new talent development program. The film will be directed by newcomer Fu Yong. (Sina)

3D version of The Fruit is Swelling from Cash Chin Man-Kei who hopes to land Mavis Pan Shuang Shuang

Gong Li was one of the many celebrities attending a Louis Vuitton event in Beijing at the National Museum of China.

Gong Li

Wang Xueqi

Chen Kun

Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung’s parents-in-law to help save her marriage?

This article includes the prospect of Cecilia going to visit Nicholas on set in Malaysia with their two sons and publicly apologizing. (Xinhua)

CNA: Late Anita Mui’s mother vows to “seek justice on television”

Anita Mui’s mother, Tam Mei-Kam, held a press conference in her hospital ward on Monday, to voice her unhappiness over not getting control of her late daughter’s estate

Anita’s brother and mother (Xinhua)

Baby bump? (Xinhua)

The queen of Cantopop claims that she does not like the idea and thinks that it is “old-fashioned and gross”.

May 27, 2011

May 27, 2011

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THR: China Studio Huayi Brothers to Build Theme Park Near Shanghai

The announcement comes on the heels of Huayi’s February announcement that it would build East Asia’s largest indoor film and TV studio in Shanghai as a part of a one billion yuan ($152 million) cultural tourism complex, and follows The Walt Disney Company’s April groundbreaking on a $4.4 billion theme park, also in Shanghai.

FBA: Huayi unveils $460m theme park plans

Meanwhile Chinese films stars including Jet Li and Maggie Cheung are expected to turn out for the official opening of the Universal Studios park in Singapore.

Tang Wei

With Best TV Actress winner, Han Hyo Joo (Sina)234

Wang Quan’an and actress Zhang Jingchu will join American director Barry Levinson in the main competition jury for next month’s Shanghai International Film Festival, the organizer has announced.

Set in 1920s, the film featuring Wu Chun and Han Geng as two Peking opera-singing brothers who are searching for fame, love and revenge.

Mysterious Island poster

Jordan Chan, Yang Mi and other pop idols are cast in the thriller which opens July 8. (Sina)

Cherie Chung, Chingmy Yau and Simon Yam were among the celebrity visitors to the Hong Kong International Art Exhibition yesterday.

Cherie Chung wearing a cool t-shirt

Simon Yam and wife, Qi Qi (Xinhua)

According to a Hong Kong magazine, 90’s-era actress, Jacqueline Law, is recovering from 6 months of chemotherapy. Diagnosed with stage 3 cancer last year, the actress suffered from depression and contemplated suicide. A former girlfriend of Stephen Chow, Law married Singapore businessman Liu Chee Ming in 2008. Law is deaf in one ear due to a diving accident. Law’s father died of lung cancer in 1998 and Liu’s ex-wife also died of cancer, so the word ‘cancer’ is taboo between the couple. Law is thought to have NPC, Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma.

With Stephen Chow

Wearing wig

On right

Wedding photo (Xinhua)

Appearing at a store opening event for Juicy Couture, Gaile Lok was asked once again whether she’d had plastic surgery.


TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Joey Wong’s father denies pregnancy rumour

MSN: Nicholas Tse giving Cecilia Cheung the silent treatment?

CNA: Donnie Yen to groom son as successor

Selina Jen plans October comeback

May 23, 2011

May 23, 2011

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A sampling of reviews of Andrew Lau’s A Beautiful Life:

NYPost: A Beautiful Life - Chinese-made cloys

Is the Chinese export “A Beautiful Life” a light ro mantic comedy or a sappy melodrama? Sadly, it’s both.

NPR: In Booming Beijing, A Bad Girl Meets A Good Cop

A Beautiful Life is hardly the only Chinese-language film to play off the culture clash between Hong Kong and the mainland. But the movie is among the first to suggest that the balance of power has shifted north. Economic migrants now travel from Hong Kong to Beijing to make their fortunes, and are regarded with suspicion by their new neighbors.LATimes Review: ‘A Beautiful Life’

THR: Beijing ‘Sparkles’ Like an ‘Urban Wonderland’ in ‘A Beautiful Life’

This Chinese romantic melodrama proves that cinematic clichés are an international commodity.

Slant: A Beautiful Life

Not every story has a happy ending but we strive to get by - Shu Qi’s Weibo

Shu Qi can’t sleep - Weibo

FBA: No Asian winners at Cannes

Wu Xia and The Yellow Sea both screened in “Cannes versions” that may never be screened again. The former, receiving its world premiere, was specially edited for the festival slot. It will be extended before it screens in Asia.

FBA: Sauna on Moon review

Loosely structured but engaging portrait of characters around a sauna/brothel in southern China.

Variety: China propaganda film to U.S.

Chairman Mao’s grandson Mao Xinyu, a major-general in the People’s Liberation Army, apparently intervened to have her [Tang Wei] cut out of the movie.

FBA: Party becomes Revival for int’l release

China Lion Film Distribution has given the new title of Beginning of the Great Revival to its planned release of The Founding of a Party

A report has come out that the film has not yet passed approval/review by China’s SARFT and the June 15th release may be in jeopardy. However, a China Film Group spokesman said that SARFT has said never said that it did not pass review. Instead, post-production changes were being made to accommodate younger viewers so that they would better understand the story according to the rep. A dozen actors could be affected under this scenario. [Does that mean cut?] (Sina)

Tsui Hark, Jet Li


Jet Li and Tsui Hark promote Flying Swords of Dragon Gate in Beijing. Jet Li discounted old rumours of a rift with Tsui Hark. He revealed their ’secret history’ and that the director once advised him not to make Black Mask when he was searching for investors. Jet also cited his starting up of The One Foundation as the reason for missing out on Tsui’s production of Detective Dee but had read the script. Tsui Hark said that he was quite proud of his 3D work for the upcoming film and felt it was comparable to Hollywood. A brief clip was shown to the assembled press.

Current poster for The Piano in a Factory (Sina)

[Another story on the studio at Hengdian, this one is pretty good.]

Productions must use the studio extras, says Nansun Shi, a Hong Kong film producer. “They stick out like a sore thumb,” she says.   Official Hengdian web site.

CF: Eva Huang Shengyi Graces Fashion Weekly

CNA: Cecilia Cheung reconciles with Edison Chen?

Edison Chen admitted that he met actress Cecilia Cheung, one of the women he was photographed with in his 2008 sex photo scandal, at the airport earlier this month on May 8.

MSN: Andy Hui talks about his relationship with Sammi Cheng

May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

CRI: ”Love for Life” (Zui Ai) Premieres Thursday

A grand premiere was held in Beijing on Thursday, May 5, for director Gu Changwei’s AIDS-themed feature film, “Love For Life”(Zui Ai)[vide. Till Death Do Us Part] starring Aaron Kwok and Zhang Ziyi,

CF: ”Till Death Do Us Part” Premieres Thursday

CF: Aaron Kwok Premieres “The Detective 2″ in Hong Kong

CF: ”The Grandmasters” Scheduled to Wrap in Mid-May

HKStandard: Sex in a new dimension - Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy

The big gripe doing the rounds is that it does not live up to the promise of the title. That’s the grumble from hard-porn- hardened youngsters who paid the HK$100 ticket price to gaze at it on one of 73 screens in Hong Kong.

“Why would a porn flick show more piercing cries rather than moans of ecstasy? Why would a porn flick turn into a horror movie? Why would it contain head explosions, disembowelment and dismemberment? I watch porn because I want to see people having sex, not murdering each other.”

“Asking them to pay a hundred bucks was unfair to them,” he [Stephen Shiu] says. “I’ve just realized that.”

“Vegetate” directed by Wang Jing was the biggest winner of the night, including best picture, best sceenplay, best actor and actress.

In previous versions, Liu Ye and Tang Wei were on the right

No Party for Tang Wei. All traces of Tang Wei have been removed from the official website for The Founding of a Party, including videos and stills according to reports from netizens. (Sina)

Poster for North American release, May 20, of A Beautiful Life (Sina)

Andrew Lau, Shu Qi and Liu Ye met the media for interviews to promote A Beautiful Life.


Tsui Hark personally inscribed the calligraphy on the limited-edition fans promoting Flying Swords of Dragon Gate to be given away at the Bona Film Group banquet at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.


Twins are in Queensland, Australia to shoot a MV commemorating their 10th anniversary. Here, in a seafood restaurant posted on their weibo. (Xinhua)

Huang Yi

Huang Yi (l), Chen Lu Yu (c), Zhou Xun (r)

Huang Yi was invited to be an ambassador for disaster prevention and relief by the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs at the Great Hall of the People.  (Sina)

Such is his popularity that Hui has been commandeered by the Hong Kong government to join the election committee which chooses the city’s chief executive while he also sits on China’s National People’s Congress — a rare honour for man who makes a living out of poking fun at society.

Although Hui has not made a film since “Rob-B-Hood” alongside Jackie Chan in 2006 he says he has been inspired now by recent happenings both at home and abroad to start writing again.

CF: Donnie Yen Covers “Fashion Weekly”

Director James Lee has begun shooting for his upcoming martial arts comedy “Petaling Street Warrior” in a small street with ancient buildings at Siputeh, Ipoh

The House of Dancing Water” is the latest brainchild of veteran Vegas show-maker Franco Dragone, the director of Cirque du Soleil’s most prestigious shows in the 1990s.

Drugs, money, mother-in-law

In other news, Jay, who is currently in Malaysia filming The Viral Factor, secretly cut his hair short to achieve a rugged look for his new role. When his new on-set image was exposed, fans praised him for looking more mature and manly.

April 29, 2011

April 29, 2011

First, “Yam bui” to Wills and Kate!

Charismatic Donnie Yen is a ‘legend’ in his own right

The American theatrical distributor, Variance Films, proudly points out that “Legend of the Fist” is presented as the original Hong Kong version, with no missing footage, no Western-music soundtrack substitutions, and with subtitles instead of dubbed dialogue.

“Legend of the Fist” takes its story and setting from history, but it embellishes facts with magnificent action sequences.

CRI: Beijing International Film Festival Ends in Success

Chinese film authorities called the inaugural Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) a great success at a press conference ahead of the closing ceremony on Thursday night.

CF: Stars at the Closing Ceremony of BJIFF

CF: Latest Stills of “The Secret Fan”

A love story that spans time and space

Li Bingbing


CF: ”Love On Credit” to Explore Female Happiness

High-profile new romance flick Xingfu E’du (Love On Credit), directed by upcoming young Taiwanese director Leste Chen and starring an A-list cast including Taiwanese model-turned-actress Lin Chiling, Chen Kun and Liao Fan, held a kick-off press conference Wednesday in Beijing.

CF: Feng Xiaogang the Most Popular Director among College Students

CF: “Welcome to Shama Town” to Open Far East Int’l Film Festival


Chapman To’s review of 3D Sex and Zen (Thanks, to Dave for passing me this.)

Most of us who went to see 3D Sex and Zen are horny little bastards, not necrophillic sadist freaks! If you find any dude still pitching a tent after watching these scenes in the theater, I suggest you get up and leave. He may be dangerous.

Wong Jing is planning a comedic version of The Founding of a Republic for the Lunar New Year. Called, literally,  ”Married to a 100 Men”, the film will gather dozens of well-known comedians and first line stars. (Sina)

Andrew Lau - Guangzhou

A Beautiful Life played to a preview audience and the sad film left many audience members in tears. Already, Shu Qi’s performance has been anticipated for a Best Actress award next year according to Shu Qi’s former manager Manfred Wong. Lau said that because of her life experiences, Shu Qi was able to reveal the emotional truth in the film and depict the wandering and loneliness of her character. One scene in the alley required her to cry for 6 minutes. It has to be shot 3 times, so Shu Qi had to cry for 18 minutes. Lau revealed that Sun Honglei was originally planned for Liu Ye’s role but he was unavailable due to working on The Warring States. Liu Ye was selected because his personality was the closest to matching. Hu Jun was tender enough but too tall, Huang Xiaoming was deemed too small and like a brother. Anthony Wong was responsible for maintaining comedy in the film. The viewing press thought the ending too abrupt. (Sina)2

Wilson Yip

Liu Yifei

Lin Peng, Liu Yifei, Kara Hui, Li Jing

A Chinese Ghost Story/A Chinese Fairy Tale held a press conference to celebrate reaching 100 million yuan box office in Beijing yesterday. (Xinhua) (Sina-gallery)

Latest photos of Gaile Lok dispels pregnancy rumours.


Rosamund Kwan in Chengdu

50 year-old Rosamund Kwan answered all questions while appearing for an optical brand. Only 16 years-old when she entered into a “flash marriage”, she was asked whether she would again. Earlier, Rosamund was spotted in Paris with longtime boyfriend, a Taiwan businessman. Rosamund said that she hoped to marry, flash is okay. But marriage is a serious matter and must consider many things.  She said she often secretly came to Chengdu to stroll, eat and play. Asked whether she would make another film, Rosamund said she had no impulse at the moment so she’s taken a short break but had not quit. But if old boyfriend Andy Lau invited her, she would certainly consider it. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Patrick Tse was spotted shopping for his beloved silver jewelry in Central. Rarely seen without sunglasses, he took off his sunglasses to inspect closer before he was snapped by photogs. Coming out of the shop later, Patrick mischievously threatened to beat the reporters. (Xinhua)

TaipeiTimes: Pop stop

Weddings past and future

“The lotus root breaks but its fibers remain joined together.”

MSN: Kelly Lin admits pregnancy2

The Taiwanese actress however, denied it was a shotgun marriage


Cecilia Cheung spends S$24 million on new property

The Hong Kong actress makes her money work hard for her

Just a photo of Ceci by Chapman To

Raymond Lam Fung’s impossibly busty ex-girlfriend Mavis Pan Shuang Shuang, looks set to complement the July release of her pictorial book with a TV role in a Mainland Chinese series, reported Apple Daily.

April 20, 2011

April 20, 2011

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THR: Bona Bumps Up ‘Magician’ to Christmas to Battle ‘13 Flowers

Tony Leung and Christian Bale will go head to head Dec. 22.

CRI: Shi Nansun and Johnny To Join Cannes JuryFBA: Hong Kong duo join Cannes jury

Hong Kong producer Shi Nansun and producer-director Johnny To were announced Monday, April 18 as members of the jury that will judge the main competition entries at the Cannes festival this year.

Official poster released for the restored reissue of the original A Chinese Ghost Story

Ghost Story - Leslie Cheung Commemorative Version (87 Edition) (Xinhua)(Sina)

The fundamental reason to screen the film again is to commemorate Cheung, according to the production company of the film. It is reported they have spent a lot of money on the film’s renovations, mainly on visual and sound effects.

A sex scene between Chinese beauty Crystal Liu Yi Fei and Louis Koo in “A Chinese Ghost Story” has apparently been lost to the cutting room floor for its 18-rated theatrical release in Malaysia.

“The Founding of A Party” released new photos featuring actress Dong Jie as Soong Chingling

The final poster for A Beautiful Life is released

Liu Ye


According to Pang, over 100 stars will be present at the red carpet on April 23. Image ambassadors to the BJIFF, Jackie Chan and Zhang Ziyi, will arrive together with Zhang Guoli, Tang Wei, Leon Lai, Korean movie stars: Cha Tae Hyen and Park Chae Rim at the red carpet.

The first Beijing International Film Festival (23-28 April) gets an early start tonight with the world premiere of The Lost Bladesman starring Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen.

The local marketing campaign has proved controversial for highlighting the role of relative newcomer Jing Tian, who headlined last year’s romantic comedy My Belle Boss.

Moviegoers in Hong Kong are furious that busty soft porn actress Vonnie Lui Hoi Yan did not really expose her nipples as advertised in the erotic film “3D Sex And Zen: Extreme Ecstasy”, reported Headline Daily. She said: “I really did expose my two nipples, which was what was required in the contract.”[An "all points" bulletin alert was called for immediately!]

Cecilia needed to ask her assistant what her husband said on stage and was “peeved” when she knew that Nicholas did not thank her on stage.

Kelly Lin, April cover


Here comes another remarkably quick marriage. Rising actress Zhang Yuqi and award-winning director Wang Quan’an are a couple for real.

Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Wang Quan’an

MSN: Jay Chou plans to open restaurant in China

Jay Chou is not only a singer, an actor and a director, he is also a boss. The man owns Mr. J, a chain of restaurants, in Taiwan.

April 18, 2011

April 18, 2011

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CRI: ’Detective Dee’ Sweeps HK Film Awards

FBA: Gallants and Dee split HK Film Awards

Carina Lau: “It doesn’t compare to Tony”

Carina arrives in Versace

Carina Lau’s mother at the awards

The young grandmaster posted by Carina on her weibo (Xinhua)

[Photos] The 30th Hong Kong Film Awards (CRI)

CF: Movie Stars Shine 30th HKFAA1-slideshow

A1: List of winners from the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards

CF: Ancient Beauty of “The Last Supper” on the Way

Lu said in his interview that “I can only tell you the actress is a new face. And she will appear at Xiangshan with the cast too. I just haven’t figured out how to introduce her yet.”

WSJ: Bullets, Love and Beijing’s Heavy Hand

On the 35th HKIFF, Jia Zhangke and Jiang Wen. [Nice article and I especially like the poem at the end.]

When I was young I did not understand melancholy.
I just wanted to climb, higher and higher.
Nowadays I understand the taste of melancholy.
I want to talk about it, but I give up even before I try.


New stills of Liu Ye and Shu Qi in a drunk scene from A Beautiful Life released

CRI:  [Special] The 1st Beijing Int’l Film Festival

CF: ’Looper’ Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Shanghai

AP: After ‘Inception’ success, Gordon-Levitt tackles new sci-fi film set in China


FBA: Sex and Zen opens strongly in HK, Taiwan

CF: ”Nanjing Heroes” Eyes a Box Office of One Billion

Zhang Yimou’s new epic war film “Nanjing Heroes” will finish its shooting process in June. Producer Zhang Weiping agreed to an interview with Beijing Evening News on Apr 12 to talk about his expectation of this film, saying, “‘Nanjing Heroes’ will at least gain one billion RMB in China.”

CF:Final Poster Released for “The Lost Bladesman”

This film will open in theaters on April 26.

Two concept posters for One Wrong Step (lit. Bottomless Pit), a suspense comedy film, directed by first time director Jiang Tao.


Aaron Kwok kicks off his 2011 Reel World Concert Tour in Shanghai.

Actress Zhang Yuqi admitted Friday, she has gotten engaged to Berlinale-winning director Wang Quan’an.

April 11, 2011

April 11, 2011

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Variety: Punished review

Hong Kong-action fans will find a measure of reward if insufficient excitement in the Buddhist-flavored thriller “Punished.”

CF: Jet Li Pays Tribute to Tai Chi Master

It is said that Jet Li, who has once studied the Yang style Tai Chi, will play the role of Yang Luchan in the movie of “Tai Chi” produced by Huayi Bros. Media Group.

CF: Young Quake Hero Stars in Film

Lin plays a young survivor in “The Sun”, which tells the story of a couple seeking hope after losing their daughter during the Sichuan earthquake.

The boy’s story made headlines, and brought him nationwide attention. He was chosen to lead the Chinese team with Yao Ming at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

CF: Versatile Actor Feng Yuanzheng Plays Psycho Again

He also played a transvestite in Director Feng Xiaogang’s blockbuster “If You Are the One,” which impressed many moviegoers.

As a Sino-American co-production, the film is directed by American director Gil Kofman and also stars Ady Ang, Yao Lu, Gao Xin and Chun-tsan An.

CF: Manfred Wong Supports Young Talents

The Weinstein Company has picked up North American rights to The Lost Bladesman. (Sina)

Felix Chong, Jiang Wen, Alan Mak considering collaborating on a sequel to Let the Bullets Fly

Jiang Wen

Jiang Wen, Felix Chong, Donnie Yen (Sina-slideshow)

Lau also took the unusual step of letting Shu [Qi] make an early edit of the movie so he could structure the story from a woman’s perspective. The veteran Taiwanese actress is now eyeing a directorial debut, so Lau thought the editing task was a good learning experience for her and was pleased with her effort.

“She is not just an actress any more. She knows how to analyze camera angles, the score. She knows how to analyze cinema,” Lau said.

Lau said: “My visuals are typically very powerful. The rhythm is fast. The cuts are fast. This time I took a completely different approach. There are many lengthy shots.”

AP: Olympic champ diver Tian shines in romantic film

Chinese champion diver Tian Liang has won glowing reviews from a prominent Hong Kong director as the two-time Olympic gold medalist transitions from elite athlete to entertainer.

Tian, the men’s 10-meter platform champion at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and synchronized platform champion four years later in Athens, plays an autistic young man who marries a mute woman in Andrew Lau’s upcoming Chinese-language romance “A Beautiful Life.”

Tian Liang (Sina)

A Beautiful Life’s Andrew Lau, Shu Qi and Liu Ye appeared at a charity event at Grand Century Plaza along with Charles K Kao, “godfather of fiber optics” and Nobel Prize winner. Shu Qi displayed her calligraphy with the new Chinese title for A Beautiful Life, “Won’t Leave You Alone”. It took her an hour to write. A Beautiful Life opens May 20.

Shu Qi

Liu Ye

Andrew Lau, Shu Qi


Poster for new Chinese Ghost Story.

The reissue of the original Chinese Ghost Story which earlier was slated to open on the 10th has reportedly extended its run from 20 to 30 days. It will run head to head against the new Wilson Yip version which will open on the 22nd. (Sina)

Wilson Yip, Kara Hui and Louis Fan Siu-Wong promote the 2011 version of A Chinese Ghost Story in Taiwan. (Apr.6)

Louis Fan, Kara Hui, Wilson Yip

Kara Hui

Wilson Yip (Sina-slideshow)

Mr. and Mrs. Single opens April 14.

Eason Chan

Eason Chan, Harlem Yu

Bai Bing, Eason Chan (Sina-slideshow)

Qin Lan was caught practicing her fencing for Lu Chuan’s The Last Supper, based on the Banquet at Hongmen. Her role in the film has not been announced. Earlier it had been leaked that Qin Lan played the Empress but this has been denied.


A1: Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse movie set for KL shoot

CF: Sun Li Graces “Vogue” China

CRI: Jackie Chan and Liu Yuanyuan Pump ‘Livelihood’

Jackie Chan joined hands with singer Liu Yuanyuan to sing “Livelihood”, a tribute song for the 90th anniversary of the founding of CPC.

3D Sex and Zen: Boom or bust?

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