HKMDB Daily News

May 18, 2012

May 18, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Blood Stained Shoes review

So-so village ghost story with an interesting cast and curious structure.

ScreenDaily: Mystery review

Lou Ye’s return to sanctioned film-making in China is anything but an artistic or thematic compromise… It’s rare to see an official Chinese movie that takes such a stark look at life today. Set in the rain-drenched city of Wuhan, Lou shows us an urban world of web and text-obsessed people, fast cars, designer fashions and Starbucks that could be any western city.

Qi Xi (Sina)

CF: Hong Kong’s Pegasus to produce Ip Man 3D

Yip will be travelling to the US and Europe to scout for 3D technicians and expertise to shoot the film, as well as exploring Asia where 3D production standards are rising. He hopes to start production in December for release at the end of 2013.

Variety: Bruno Wu backs John Woo’s ‘Killer’

Producer talks up his new Chinawood facilityCRI: John Woo to Remake “The Killer” in English

CRI: Andy Lau to Star in “Iron Man 3″

Fan Bingbing and Yang Mi are said to have been signed but DMG CEO Dan Mintz denied the reports but acknowledged having been in contact with Fan Bingbing, Yao Chen and Liu Ye.  (Sina)2

CF: We Distribution Reveals Lam’s Beauty

We Distribution is unveiling romantic comedy, The Truth Of Beauty, produced by Peter Ho-sun Chan and directed by Aubrey Lam.

FBA: Sexploitation receives extra dimension

China 3D Digital Distribution Ltd has unveiled details of Sex And Zen II: 4D Sexecution , its follow-up to last year’s innovative hit 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy.

CRI: Koo, Lau, Cheung Join Universe’s Cartel War

Hong Kong’s Universe Films has unveiled the cast for Benny Chan’s upcoming action film The Cartel War, which will star Louis Koo, Lau Ching Wan and Nick Cheung.

CF: Still and Behind-the-Scene Shots from “Lacuna”

CF: Liu Xiaoqing and Charlie Young’s Movie “37″ Hits Cinemas June 1

CF: ”Million Dollar Crocodile” Set for Release in June

The film tells the story of a crocodile on the rampage in Beijing. Barbie Hsu and Guo Tao portray the film’s leading roles while Lin Lisheng, who previously shot “A Disappearing Village”, took the helm as the project’s director.

CF: Monkey King’s Next Jump

Recently, it was reported that Liu Xiao Ling Tong would star in a film adaptation of Journey to the West, potentially cooperating with well-know directors James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and others. Liu Xiao Ling Tong has confirmed this on his microblog.

Local films faced tough challenges in a market strewn with Hollywood titles that certainly threaten their survival. “Guns N’ Roses”was the only release that earned a decent return of $9.6million this week, bringing its gross over 14-days in release to $20.07million. The remaining local titles suffered relatively meager box office.

The producers behind the absurd romantic comedy “Let it Be” have released three character posters featuring three lead actors Joan Chen, Van Fan and Song Jinxiao. The film is expected to release during the summer holiday slot.

CRI: Cannes Film Festival Kicks off

CF: Chinese Stars Grace the Red Carpet of Cannes Int’l Film Fest

CF: Jackie Chan Takes his “CZ 12″ Cast to Cannes

Boarding Air Jackie to Cannes

Li Bingbing among the passengers (Sina-gallery)

CF: Poster of Jackie Chan’s Film “CZ12″ Released in Cannes

CF: Cast and Crew Promote “Painted Skin 2″ in Cannes

Cannes poster for “Switch” (aka “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”)

Starring Andy Lau, Lin Chi-ling, Zhang Jingchu

FBA: Sun on the Chinese cinema landscape

Film Business Asia talked to Jay Sun who is making his directorial debut with Switch

CF: ”Switch” Releases International Trailer at Cannes

“Switch” trailer

(Sina)

Newly released stills of Cecilia Cheung and Jang Dong-gun in “Dangerous Liaisons”

(Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

SGYahoo: Cecilia Cheung to star in Hollywood movieSina

Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung could be the next Chinese star who would be appearing in a Hollywood blockbuster soon.

MSN: Shu Qi no longer with Lee Hom?

The actress was seen shopping happily with a mysterious man earlier this month

The actress admitted to receiving a ring from her beau but denied rumours that they are getting married

MSN: Zhang Yimou’s family photo revealed online

A1: Gong Li’s Singaporean husband confirms divorce rumoursCNA

Singaporean businessman Ooi Hoe Seong has personally come out to say that he and Gong Li have been divorced for three years.

In other related news, according to a netizen’s tip-off, Gong Li was seen consciously hiding her tummy at the 2nd China-France Film Festival on May 14 and looked visibly tired. The actress, who is dating and living with a French photographer, 13 years her junior, for the past six years, is speculated to be pregnant.

No, it isn’t an exhibition of those kind of photos.

Lok’s revelation has inadvertently put every single TVB actress aged around 23 under suspicion and sparked renewed speculation over the identity of the alleged victim.

The scandal revolves around wealthy 62-year-old Hong Kong businessman Lau Ding Sing, who is currently on trial for acquiring about 60,000 photos (some of them through intimidation) of a number of men - including a few actors and models - in various states of undress, and allegedly using these photos to blackmail some of these men into submitting to his will. 

April 4, 2012

April 4, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 6:51 pm

Promotional materials and a short trailer were recently released for Stephen Fung’s “Tai Chi 0″, first of a planned  trilogy. Shu Qi and Daniel Wu, besides those below, were also announced as cast. Sammo Hung will action direct the Huayi Brothers production. The posters were unveiled in Beijing’s World Trade Center subway station, Beijing’s busiest stop.

Angelababy

Eddie Peng

Feng Shaofeng

Tony Leung Ka-Fai

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Film logo (Sina)

A release date of Wong Kar-Wai’s “The Grandmasters” is slated to be announced on the 18th of this month. (Sina)

Ruby Lin is sent to be drowned in a pig cage from a scene in “Blood Stained Shoes”

(Sina)

Cecilia Cheung plays a peasant girl in the micro-film “Destined to Fall in Love With You”. Victor Huang (Huang Wei De0 costars with Tang Gao Peng directing.

(Sina-slideshow)(ifeng)

Website links action film figure to Macau VIP room operator

Charles Heung Wah Keung assures skeptics he’s not a member of a Chinese triad criminal family. It’s just a role he’s played many times in movies.

Louis Koo attending a recent Xbox 360/Star Wars promotional event

(Sina-slideshow)

Lin Chi-Ling appearing a couple days ago in Dongguan for a lingerie brand

(21cn)

March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

ScreenDaily: Zombie 108 review

FBA: All’s Well Ends Well 2012 revivew

Latest instalment of the Hong Kong New Year comedy franchise is less brash and more charming.

CF: ”Guns N’ Roses” Portrays Ning’s Style

CF: ”Design of Death” to Hit Cinemas in April

Huang Bo, Simon Yam

Huang Bo (Sina)

CF: ”An Inaccurate Memoir” Stars in Black and White

Huang Xiaoming

Zhang Xinyi

Zhang Yi (Sina-gallery)

CF: 7 Blockbusters from Huayi Bro. to be Released in 2012

CF: Cast and Crew Talk about “Full Circle”

CF: Youku Plans to Shoot 12 Microfilms

Stills of Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok) and Jing Gangshan in a passionate scene from “Blood Stained Shoes”

Jing Gangshan plays a carpenter in the film (Sina)2

Photos from launch conference in Taiwan for “Westgate Tango”

Anthony Wong

Dylan Kuo

Amber An Xin-Ya

She’s a popular Taiwan fan boy “sex goddess” appearing in her first film

(Sina-slideshow)

TimeOutHK: Shu Qi interview (The Second Woman)

Titled “Returning to the basics”, the actress thanked those who have hurt her and expressed that the incident has allowed her to learn and improve.

“The past is not a scar but something to be proud of,” she wrote.

CNA: HK artistes applaud Privacy Commissioner’s report on tabloid misconduct

MSN: Jay Chou to scout for fresh face for his new movie

The Taiwanese singer’s move implied that rumoured girlfriend Hannah Quinlivan will not star in his upcoming film

MSN: Cecilia Cheung spotted with younger son Quintus

A1: Wang Lee-hom to carry torch for 2012 Olympics

CF: Wax Figure of Actress Sandra Ng Unveiled in HK

Sandra Ng (left)

With Peter Chan’s father and Sandra Ng’s parents (Sina)

March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Romancing in Thin Air review

Ambitious riff on Asian melodrama is diverting but lacks real emotional oxygen.

SCMP: Cutting it in Beijing - without selling out (Pang Ho-Cheung)

Rather than offering melodramatic high jinks and endless sequences showcasing Beijing’s hypermodern urban landscape - two things which litter mainland romantic comedies of the past few years - Love in the Buff is comparatively restrained, drawing its humour from the way the two Hongkongers consolidate themselves in Beijing through personal and professional relationships they establish there.

CF: Laughter Sounds the Same in Any Tongue (”Love in the Buff”)

CF: Cast and Crew of ‘Nightfall’ Celebrate in HK

CF: Film Masters Unveil Micro Movies at HKIFF

The four installments will be edited into one feature film entitled “Beautiful 2012″ and will be sent to this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.

CF: Scrutinizing Sixth Generation Directors

This year’s springtime will see the works of sixth generation Chinese film directors come to life on the nation’s cinema screens. From late April to May, “Design of Death” “Guns N ‘Roses”, “Full Circle” and “An Inaccurate Memoir”, all directed by sixth or seventh generation directors, are to be released in cinemas and examined by audiences and critics alike.

CF: ”The Zodiac Mystery” Scheduled for Release in Summer Holiday Slot

The suspense thriller “The Zodiac Mystery” finally passed censorship stages after a three-month-long review, which has reignited the interest of moviegoers.

Blood Stained Shoes premieres tonight before a national release on the 31st.

Daniel Chan plays Ruby Lin’s husband

Ruby Lin

“Mandarin ducks”

(Sina)23

Poster for “Witness” released at the HKIFF

Jack Kao plays a noodle shop owner who witnesses a hit-and-run accident one night (Sina)

Zhang Yimou, Zhang Weiping

Rumours are circulating through the weibo-sphere that director Zhang Yimou and long-time business partner producer Zhang Weiping are parting ways. The two either had a falling out due to Yimou’s recent marriage “scandal” or differences over money according to the speculation. During the promotions for “The Flowers of War” it was noted that they rarely appeared together and promoted the film separately. Their relationship has spanned over 23 years. (Sina)23

CNA: Cherrie Ying to set up “Anti-Third Party Club”?

MSN: Timmy Hung ties the knot

Bride and groom arriving!

Happy parents -  Joyce Godenzi, Sammo Hung

Jacky Cheung dropped off a gift before flying off to Shanghai for a concert

Patrick Tse and Deborah Li

Andy Lau

Jackie Chan

Yuen Biao and wife

Angie Chiu, Melvin Wong

Raymond Wong

Richard Ng and wife

Shi Nansun

David Chiang and wife

Law Ka-Ying, Liza Wang

Virginia Lok

Timmy Hung’s mother (right)

Albert Yeung

Bride and groom (and Sammo) (Sina)23

March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

TaipeiTimes: Joyful Reunion review

Billed as a sequel to Ang Lee’s ‘Eat Drink Man Woman,’ director Tsao Jui-yuan’s foodie film leaves a bad taste in the mouth

PR: HKIFF to Premiere Youku Original “Micro Movie” Titles from Major Directors

Youku Original and the HKIFF invited leading Asian directors Gu Changwei, Tsai Ming-liang, Ann Hui, and Kim Tae-yong to direct “micro movies” (”wei dianying” in Mandarin) for “Beautiful 2012,” a year-long Youku Original campaign highlighting selected original content.

“A Spring River Flows East” is one of a series of films from the 1930s and 40s to be restored for the Shanghai International Film Festival. 

The ongoing feud between Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen and Chinese martial arts actor Vincent Chiu has escalated recently, with Yen suing Chiu for making false claims about his conduct on the set of Yen’s new action film “Special Identity”.

A1: Action stars in war of words

Family edition poster for “Blood Stained Shoes”

“Wanted” poster edition

And something else

Tang Wei attends the Mainland premiere press conference for “Late Autumn” in Beijing.

(Sina)

It turns out Tse feels that there has been a rash of child kidnapping and human trafficking cases in Hong Kong recently, and thought his children would actually be safer with the media tailing them all the time and getting the public interested in how his sons are.

March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 2:54 pm

PR: HK Film Archive’s “The Strange Case of Hong Kong Amoy Cinema” (HKFA)

To tie in with the programme, the HKFA will publish a research monograph entitled “The Amoy-dialect Films of Hong Kong” in late March.

FBA: I Do review

A terrific trio of leads, plus an atypical script, keep the China rom-com bar high.


TimeOutHK: Chow Yun-Fat interview

The film was directed by Chinese director Huo Jianqi, the director of “Postmen in the Mountains”, a smash hit in Japan. A China/Japan/Hong Kong/Taiwan co-production, “Snow Fall in Taipei” is a romantic film starring popular Taiwan actor Berlin Chen along with the mainland actress Tong Yao

Wong Jing’s upcoming film “Marrying Mr. Perfect” is set to hit cinemas nationwide on March 16. Prior to its release, a series of still photos featuring gorgeous Liu Yan have been released.

A series of stills featuring Ruby Lin in “Blood Stained Shoes”. Lin plays a virtuous mother who transforms into a demon/ghost.

Ruby Lin

In a recent newspaper interview, Vincent Zhao claimed that script changes on “Special Identity” lead to an argument between director Clarence Fok and cinematographer Peter Pau. Also, Zhao said that the changes reduced his role to that of a supporting cast member.

Vincent Zhao (Sina)

SGYahoo: Aaron Kwok & Nick Cheung in Malaysia

Following the high-profile filming of “The Viral Factor” in Kuala Lumpur last year, it seems that more Hong Kong filmmakers are looking to Malaysia for filming locations for their movies and this year, award-winning actors Aaron Kwok and Nick Cheung are that batch of Hong Kong stars, having arrived here recently to shoot Oxide Pang’s detective thriller titled “Conspirator”.

SGYahoo: Han Geng collaborates with Vicky Zhao

A program about two-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury, who has adjusted well to life in China after moving here in 2010, will be the first of 14 nonfiction documentaries from the Vibrant China series.

March 7, 2012

March 7, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: Ning Hao’s “Guns N’ Roses” to Hit Big Screen

It focuses on the story of several Chinese youths who robbed a bank of the “Manchuguo”, a puppet regime formed in China’s northeastern provinces by Japanese invaders from the 1930s to mid 1940s. The Chinese youths became national heroes, Ning said at a press conference Tuesday in Beijing.

CF: New Trailer of Ning Hao’s “Guns N’Roses” Released

CF: ”White Snake” Portrays Woman Story in “The Locked Door”

Eva Huang’s latest romance “The Locked Door” released its first trailer. The movie will hit the national screens on March 8th, which is the International Working Women’s Day. Set its background during the Mingguo Period, the movie tells about the life story of a girl from noble family, who was raped at young age.

CF: Cinema Cashes in on Women’s Day

CF: Lead Actors Promote “Love Lifting” in Beijing

SGYahoo: Elanne Kwong praises Chapman To

CNA: A Simple Life review

Beautifully understated but not for everyone

Mabel Ye Xiqi (Anna Kay) plays a village teacher in “Blood Stained Shoes”

Ruby Lin, Ye Xiqi

Xing Minshan, Ye Xiqi

Stills from Feng Xiaogang’s “1942″ (formerly “Remembering 1942″) on location in Chongqing. The film tells the story of the famine in Henan in the 1940’s where 3 million people died of starvation and 30 million people were transplanted. The cast includes Adrien Brody, Tim Robbins, Chen Daoming, Zhang Hanyu and others.

Zhang Guoli (Sina)

Zhao Wei has quietly started shooting “Farewell to Our Past Youth” in Nanjing. It was also learned that pop singer Han Geng and actress Yang Zishan as joining the cast with previously announced Mark Chao.

Zhao Wei, Mark Chao

Han Geng

Yang Zishan

Yang Zishan  (Sina)23

CF: Ni Ni Graces FIGARO Magazine

MSN: Jacky Cheung denies rumours of wife’s sexual harassment

The singer emphasised that his wife was “not sexually harassed” but treated disrespectfully

The Hong Kong actress wants to get pregnant to deter fellow female actresses from “stealing” away her husband

MSN: Kelly Chen pregnant and in heels

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 10:27 am

CRI: Keanu Reeves’ Tai Chi Movie Starts Shooting(CF)

Keanu Reeves

Tiger Chen, Keanu Reeves

Yuen Woo-ping (Sina)

CF: Flower of China on Oscar Carpet–Li Bingbing

Before her dazzling appearance at the event, Bingbing accepted an exclusive interview with CCTV News.

Latest posters for Raymond Yip’s “Blood Stained Shoes”

Kara Hui

Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi)

Ruby Lin

Mabel Ye Xiqi (Anna Kay)

(Sina)

Cartoon posters for Herman Yau’s “Love Lifting” starring Chapman To and Elanne Kong. Release is set for Mar. 8, International Women’s Day.

(Sina)

SGYahoo: Lynn Hung and Aaron Kwok argue

MSN: Kelly Chen is pregnant with underweight foetus

MSN: Gaile Lok to quit modelling

MSN: A-Mei said to be holidaying with new beau

February 23, 2012

February 23, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 4:01 pm

CF: ”Blood Stained Shoes” Set to be Released on Mar. 31

(Sina)

CF: New Stills of “A Simple Life” Released

The heart-warming film “A Simple Life” has had released a new batch of still photos prior to its release on the mainland screens.

CF: Mainland Box Office in the 7th Week

Huayi Brothers’”Love” led a raft of romance flicks by pulling in $13.91 million and caught the second spot in weekly B.O. chart. Directed by Doze Niu, “Love” caught the eye at first because of its all-star cast, including young actors, such as Ethan Ruan, Mark Zhao and Eddie Peng, and veterans, such as Shu Qi and Zhao Wei. Set in Beijing and Taipei, “Love” told the story of three couples whose lives are intertwined, but in the end all characters found their own answers to what love is: namely courage and forgiveness.

Mainland director Sun Zhou presented “I Do”, a comedy that concentrated on the lives of 30’s -40’s single ladies. It is the first commercial movie for the artistic type director. Thanks to Valentines’ Day, the first commercial entry of Sun Zhou got a strong record of $6.31 million over its second week run.

CF: Actress Zhang Xinyi Poses for Photo Shoot

Zhang Xinyi recently poses for the photo shoot to showcase her charisma. The film “An Inaccurate Memoir” she leads is set to hit big screens during the Labor Day [May Day?] holiday slot.

Andy Lau has turned his shooting diary on “A Simple Life” into a book

(Sina)2

The star believed that seven was his unlucky number and exchanged his tag for his friend’s, which had the number 5654, but maintained he did not swap out his own electronic chip – which records the time taken for the wearer to complete the marathon.

(Sina)

Edison Chen promoted shoes at Causeway Bay on the 22nd. Pals Sam Lee, Scottie Hui, Kevin Poon, MC Yan joined in to assist.

Sam Lee (Sina)

The Taiwanese multi-hyphenate was rumoured to be a difficult person to work with on set

It is rumoured that the 38-year-old is trying to increase her cash assets to handle the costs of raising her daughter and financing her mother who has zero income and a gambling addiction.

February 21, 2012

February 21, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: ”Fushan Mountains” Wraps up Shooting

The movie will enter its post-production stages. And the release date has yet to be confirmed.

Variety: Keanu Reeves to deliver masterclass in Hong Kong

Ning Hao’s big bank robbery caper film has been given an English name, “Guns N’Roses” (previously aka Robbing the Gold/A Big Gold Robbery/Gold Mystery Case). It was revealed in the teaser trailer that was recently released. A summer release is planned.

Ning Hao

Ning Hao guesting as a police officer (Sina)

“Scheme With Me” (aka “Tales of Two Cities”), starring Richie Jen, shares a similar storyline of a big gold robbery and opens February 24.

(qq)

Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi) plays a young village woman in Manfred Wong and Raymond Yip’s “Blood Stained Shoes”. Kara Hui and Ruby Lin costar.

Working in a distillery

(Sina)

CF: Actress Shu Qi on Figaro Magazine

A1: HK’s Liu Kai Chi to star in Singapore production

CNA: Edison Chen’s marathon results voided amidst fraud allegations

MSN: Did Michelle Reis and Kelly Chen abandon their family for money?

These female artistes became the talk of the town recently, after it was reported that one female celebrity, with the initials ‘K’ had left her husband and daughter, in order to marry into a rich family.

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