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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 17, 2012

January 17, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

ChinaPost: ’Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault’ review

From the opening moment when a bomb explodes and annihilates everything in sight, “Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault” makes clear its intention to claim all the tropes of Hollywood action films.

FBA: Black & White loses during elections

CRI: ’You Are the Apple of My Eye’ review

CF: Apple Tastes Sweet

CF: ”The Viral Factor” Premieres in Hong Kong

The action-packed film “The Viral Factor” premiered in Hong Kong, on January 15, 2012. Director Dante Lam, along with Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse, Lin Peng attended the ceremony.

Patrick Tse and Albert Yeung at the Hong Kong premiere of “Viral Factor” Sunday

Lin Peng

Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse

Nic with parents Deborah Li, Patrick Tse

Two shady Tses, ngar, ngar (Sina)234

CF: Chilling Ruby Lin in “Blood Stained Shoes”

The film is scheduled for release in March, 2012.

CRI: ’Flowers of War’ Stars at Golden Globes

Surely, you saw them on the broadcast. No? (Sina-slideshow)

CF: China’s ‘Flowers of War’ Stuck in Trenches

Chen Shan, professor at the Beijing Film Academy, added that “Zhang is good at blending sights and sounds with a forceful impact, but often fails to express a film’s inner meaning.”

FBA: The Flowers of War review

Good-looking but dramatically weak Nanjing Massacre drama, with a miscast Christian Bale. 

Mainland edition of poster for Johnnie To’s “Life Without Principle” (Sina)

Latest poster for “Harpoon”. The Lunar New Year sado-masochistic thriller stars Hu Bing, Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi) and Zhao Ming. It’s being promoted as “Saw” with Chinese characteristics.

Daniel Wu makes a guest appearance in Derek Yee’s “The Great Magician”. Other guest stars include directors Tsui Hark and Vincent Kok and funny man Jung Hsiang (Rong Xiang).

Daniel Wu (Sina)

Daniel Wu, Derek Yee and Yan Ni attend a media appreciation event to mark RMB$100M box-office since opening Jan.12 (Sina)

Stills from Valentine’s Day zombie thriller, “Night Club Suspense Tale”, featuring Chrissie Chau and other youth idols.

Zhang Yingjun in a “Thriller” spoof

Chrissie Chau

No longer just a “flower vase” (Sina)2

Yao Di and Jimmy Lin Zhi-Ying in a scene from the romantic comedy  ”If I Were You”, by way of “Ghost”

Li Qi’s film opens Jan. 26 Sina)

Chu Yen-ping’s “Perfect Two” Shanghai premiere press conference.

Vivian Hsu, Chu Yen-ping, Ella Chen, Vic Chou and Little Bin

Vic Chou, Little Bin

Vivian Hsu, Ella Chen

Vivian Hsu (Sina)

Sunday in Beijing

Yang Mi, Vivian Hsu

Yang Mi and Little Bin (Sina)2

CF: Zhang Ziyi on “Marie Claire” Cover

CF: Wax Statue of Yao Chen Unveiled in Shanghai

SGYahoo: Bosco Wong defends girlfriend’s honour

Assertions that clearly hints at TVB beauty, Myolie Wu were made that the actress has dabbled in prostitution involving rich Hong Kong business tycoons for money.

MSN: Miriam Yeung is not pregnant with twins

It is believed that Real did not want his wife to drink at the banquet, and wanted her to leave early. Miriam decided to take her leave, so as to avoid her husband’s incessant nagging.

Ever since the 37-year-old singer got pregnant, her husband had been very strict with her eating habits and health. He also made sure his wife abided to every pregnancy taboo.

“To people of my age, Shu Qi is our goddess, so I was really nervous working with her on ‘LOVE’,” said Ruan.

“Sometimes, I’d even forget to breathe.”

Shu Qi may be his “goddess”, but Ruan had recently declared in a post on his micro blog that Taiwan model Tiffany Hsu is his true love.

November 1, 2011

November 1, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Village Roadshow Asia announces first titles

ZHANG Ziyi-starring My Lucky Star and Stephen CHOW-directed Journey To The West have been unveiled as the first two films to emerge from the new Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia company.

CRI: Xu Jinglei’s ‘Dear Enemy’ Eyes New Year Season

The inspiration behind “Dear Enemy” comes from Xu’s discontent with her previous piece “Go Lala Go!”, after she decided that she could do better in the genre of workplace romance…In order to ensure the quality of the film, Xu has cut out half of the commercials.

CF: Production on Chopstick Brothers’ New Project Wraps Up

The Chopstick Brothers, including Wang Taili and Xiao Yang, are an up-and-coming duo in the filmmaking industry. Normally, they fully participate in their films by writing scripts, directing, singing and acting by themselves. Their first musical flick “Memoirs of Male Geisha” launched online in 2007, caused a great sensation among netizens and made a name for the duo.

CF: Fan Bingbing Shows her Strong Side in her First Micro Film

CF: ’Lost in Panic Cruise’ Released New Promotional Posters

The company behind the movie, “Lost in Panic Cruise”, starring Alec Su and Yang Kun, recently released new promotional materials including posters that feature the depths of space. The blockbuster ‘Lost in Panic Cruise’ has already made 10 million yuan since its opening on October the 27th.

CF: New Trailer of “A Big Deal” Released

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg all made guest appearances

(Sina)

CF: Jin Sha to Star in “Lemon”

In reference to her involvement in the movie, Jin revealed that she is very excited, as she likes the director’s previous works, such as “Red River” and “The Road” which were considered arthouse films.

Poster for “Cold Steel”, opening Dec. 2

Tony Leung Ka-Fai costars with Song Jia, Peter Ho, Mickey He (Sina)

Raymond Yip’s “Blood Stained Shoes” opens early next year. The horror-thriller features Ruby Lin, Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok) and Kara Hui.

(Sina)

More posters for “Starry Starry Night” featuring Xu Jiao and Lin Huimin

(Sina)

Huang Xiaoming is described as looking like a werewolf in these stills for Andrew Lau’s “The Guillotines”.

He plays a mad man.

Huang Xiaoming

(Sina)

Sun Honglei and Duan Yihong play rivals for the heart of Li Bingbing in “Yes, I Do”

Sun Honglei, Duan Yihong

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.

(Sina)

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

(Sina)2

(Sina)

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 20, 2011

September 20, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Wang Xueqi Joins a Chen Kaige Movie for the Fifth Time

Wang Xueqi has confirmed that he will join the cast of Chen Kaige’s new project, “Searching”(Sou Suo), the news coming hot on the heels of reports that Mark Chao and Guao Yuanyuan will also be involved…Yao Chen has also joined. (Sina)

CF: Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing and Duan Yihong to Star in Sun Zhou’s New Film

In Beijing, on September 19, a launch ceremony was held for Sun Zhou’s new small-budget film “Yes, I do”…In the film, Sun Honglei plays a ‘budget husband’, and Duan Yihong a wealthy Prince Charming; both of whom attempt to court Tang Weiwei, portrayed by Li Bingbing.

CF: Fighting Scenes in “Its Love” [The Sorcerer and the White Snake]

These photos feature kung fu megastar Jet Li fighting with goblins. (Sina)

CF: China and Germany Co-production ‘I Phone You’ on Screen Soon

Ann Hui at the launch of HKFA’s 100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies program

Hui had planned on retiring from filmmaking this year but after the success of A Simple Life has decided to “fight on” and continue making realistic films about Hong Kong.

Simon Yam (Sina)(Sina-slideshow)

The release of Herman Yau’s The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake has been delayed again due to objections by Qiu Jin’s descendants over her portrayal. Originally scheduled for an August release, then postponed to Sept. 19, it is now set for an Oct. 13 release. Qiu Jin’s descendants have been invited to the premiere in Hangzhou in hopes of smoothing over relations and eliminating misunderstandings.

Huang Yi and Qiu Jin’s granddaughter

Concept poster for Raymond Yip Wai-Man’s Blood Stained Shoes

Produced by Manfred Wong, the horror film’s cast includes Kara Hui, Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi), Ruby Lin and Daniel Chan (Chen Xiaodong). It looks like it might be a remake of Cheung Ying’s similarly-named 1962 film (which was terrific) about a woman who is murdered by her husband and her true love is framed.

Love on Credit poster

The film will be released on Oct. 30

Lin Chi-Ling with her twins at recent press conference

Wedding gown designed by Tim Yip to be auctioned for charity

Taiwan indie-folk band Sodagreen

(Sina)(Sohu),  2

Theme song for Love on Credit by Sodagreen

Kenny Bee, Huang Yi, Stephy Tang and Tan Weiwei attended a press conference in Beijing to mark the release of new posters and trailers for Jeff Lau’s East Meets West 2011 (Eagle Shooting Heroes 2011). A November release is planned.

East Meets West 2011 poster

Jeff Lau, Stephy Tang

Kenny Bee, Huang Yi

Kenny Bee, Huang Yi, Tan Weiwei, Stephy Tang

Huang Yi

Imitating the poster (Sina)2

Stills from “Five-Star General” now shooting in Thailand

Collin Chou

“Charlie’s Angels”

Ryu Kohata

Shi Yanneng (Sina)

MSN: Is Leon Lai and Gaile Lai’s marriage on the rocks?

It is speculated that Leon Lai and Gaile Lai’s relationship has reached a standstill due to personality differences and differing views on starting a family.

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