HKMDB Daily News

January 30, 2010

January 30, 2010

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Donnie Yen

14 Blades opens Feb.4 (Sina)

Myolie Wu - one of 174 popular stars in 72 Tenants of Prosperity (Sina)

Huang Shengyi

Sammo Hung

Kirk Wong

Peter Pau

Stanley Kwan

Zhang Yang

At a Juli Entertainment company celebration in Heibei, it was announced that Huang Shengyi will be featured in a, possibly 3D, version of Madam White Snake to be directed(?) by Sarah Choi Bo-Chu and filmed by Peter Pau. Guests included Sammo Hung, Stanley Kwan, Kirk Wong, Peter Pau, Zhang Yang and others. (Sina)

Brigitte Lin and husband, Michael Ying Lee-Yuen

What’s behind the gates to their 10000 sq.ft. mansion on New Clearwater Bay Road?

A private cinema, heated swimming pool, a private studio, a luxury gym, and a small dance floor! (Xinhua)

Jane Zhang

Believe in Jane, Jane Zhang’s new CD since joining Universal Music will be released Feb.2. According to yesasia, the CD includes two hidden tracks, the theme songs to Mulan and Panda Express. (Sina)

Audio only - I Believe

Bodyguards and Assassins (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Bodyguards and Assassins
By Maggie Lee

Bottom Line: An ambitious blockbuster that successfully yokes together two entities — patriotic drama and dynamic martial arts spree.

HONG KONG — Emulating the group dynamics of Kurosawa’s “Hidden Fortress” and patriotic heroic ethos of King Hu’s “The Valiant Ones,” Teddy Chen’s “Bodyguards and Assassins” concocts smashing action and a compelling dramatic arc from a kamikaze mission to protect China’s first president during his visit to Hong Kong in 1906.

With stirring nationalist sentiments, a select cast and possibly the most authentic set and CGI replicas of turn-of-20thcentury Hong Kong, “Bodyguards” lived up to its blockbuster ambitions with combined Asian boxoffice gains of over $47 million, of which $40 million came from China. Produced by Peter Chan (”Warlords”) and China’s Huang Jianxin through their new venture Cinema Popular, its marketability beyond Asia rests on the last 50 minutes of propulsive, undiluted action to offset its long running time and occasional emotional excess.

Though the mission and the assassination plot are fictional, the film conveys the danger and excitement of a historical milieu when Manchurian monarchists and Chinese revolutionaries cross swords, while Confucian family values wrestle with Western democratic ideals.

In October, 1906, the Qing court gets wind of exiled revolutionary leader Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s plan to meet allies in Hong Kong to formulate strategies to overthrow the monarchy. General Yan (Hu Jun) is dispatched to mastermind his assassination. China’s republican future rests on scholar Chen Shaobai (Tony Leung Ka-fai) and a local tycoon Li Yu-tang’s (Wang Xueqi) efforts to recruit a team of ‘bodyguards’ to protect Sun. Unbeknownst to Li, his son Chongguang (Wang Po-Chieh) has volunteered to play a pivotal role.

In shaping a motley crew with individual agendas for defending a man whose significance they can’t comprehend, the script gives them a common bond by defining them through filial relationships — an opera performer (Li Yuchun) wants to avenge her father’s death, a gambler (Donnie Yen) protects Li for his daughter’s sake, a rickshaw boy (Nicolas Tse) treats Li as a father-figure (for arranging his marriage) and the beggar (Leon Lai) is ruined by desire for his stepmother. Even Yan pays lip service to Chen for being his teacher, hence “equivalent to a father.”

This is not a coincidence as the patriarchal family is the bedrock of Confucianism. The underlying theme is that personal and blood ties must yield to higher ideals of nationhood, freedom and equality — epitomized by Chongguang visiting Dr Sun’s mother in his place. The film’s strongest emotional pull comes from Li’s dilemma of patronizing the cause yet fearing his son’s involvement. The most touching dramatic development is Chongguang’s growing respect for Li as the latter’s revolutionary commitment deepens.

Wang trumps the whole cast with a performance that tempers integrity with human frailty. Tse also stands out for playing the humble laborer without any trace of star aura.

However, Chen’s direction tends to be heavy-handed, especially the over-use of reaction shots and sentimental ‘dying visions’ when his experienced cast can evoke pathos more naturally.
The intricate maneuvers that unfold three days before Sun’s arrival are related at urgent pace. Conversely, the few hours of Sun’s rickshaw ride past 13 blocks is directed to feel like an eternity for the protagonists as they ward off hundreds of Ninja-like assassins. The tension is heightened by a countdown display on screen and many near-real time sequences.

Versatile action choreography designed to foreground period architecture (like a fight between Colonial style balconies using bamboo poles) as well as recreated landmark locations (like the homage to “Battleship Potemkin” enacted on Ladder Street) does justice to the monumental scale Shanghai studio set. Donnie Yen does all the hard work, and excels in one seven-minute continuous combat where he tops his ferocious boxing with a wild dash through a shopping alley, leaping over things with the thrilling agility that rivals Tony Jaa in “Ong Bak.”

Production values are impeccable, especially Taylor Wong’s classical cinematography, which gives images a romantic oil paint finish. CGI shots of a sampan-filled Victoria Harbor capture the look of vintage photos or colored prints.

Composers Chan Kwong-Wing and Peter Kam use contemporary melodies which stand out from the period setting and sound as bombastic as “Mission Impossible,” but they do give the action scenes extra bite.

Production companies: Beijing Polybona Film Distribution Co., Ltd. and Cinema Popular Limited present a We Pictures production
Cast: Wang Xueqi, Tony Ka-fai Leung, Wang Po-Chieh, Donnie Yen, Nicolas Tse, Hu Jun, Fan Bing-Bing, Li Yuchun, Leon Lai
Director: Teddy Chen
Screenwriters: Guo Junu, Qin Tiannan, Joyce Chan
Story: Chen Tongmin
Producers: Peter Ho-sun Chen, Huang Jianxin, Jojo Hui
Executive producers: Yu Dong, Han Sanping
Production designer: Ken Mak
Director of photography: Taylor Wong
Action directors: Tung Wai, Lee Tat-Chiu
Costume designer: Dora Ng
Music: Chan Kwong-wing, Peter Kam
Editors: Derek Hui, Wong Hoi
Sales: We Distribution Limited
No rating, 139 minutes
Hollywood Reporter

January 25, 2010

January 25, 2010

CRI: Zhou Xun Croons for ‘True Legend’

Jia Zhangke (Xinhua)

Chinese director receives “directors of decade” award in Toronto

“Make film to reveal common feelings”: Chinese director Jia Zhangke

Interview: Jia Zhangke

“It’s the theme of the new economics of China,” he says through an interpreter. “Years and years of tradition are being essentially destroyed and replaced with new customs that are still forming. In the cities, certainly, the changes in the economy have greatly affected everyday life and changed the path of the average person in a way. It affects their outlook on the future.”

Thai film tops TIFF list of decade’s best

CRI: Chen Kaige to Work on Fantasy Movie after “Zhao’s Orphan”

As reported last year, Chen Kaige will officially begin filming Zhao’s Orphan in March. (Xinhua)

“Zhao’s Orphan”, which has seen many stage incarnations in Chinese opera houses, is the story of a rural doctor 2,500 years ago, who saves the newborn son of the chancellor of the Jin Kingdom, whose family is executed because of political slander. The doctor decides to raise the boy so he can avenge his family. (Source)

Confucius gets mixed review from audiences. Lauded for expressing Confucian concepts but criticized for mangled dialogue, rough special effects and most deadly: boring - lacking dramatic conflict. (Xinhua)

Jacky Cheung

Eric Tsang and Jacky Cheung

Koni Lui

Vincy Chan

Bernice Liu gets ugly for 72 Tenants (9)(Sina)

CRI: HK Showcases Ideas to Restore Bruce Lee’s Residence

CRI: “Impression Dahongpao”, A 3D Movie in Live

The fifth project of director Zhang Yimou’s “Impression” musical series, previewed Sunday.

China pop stars face fine for lip-syncing

Faye Wong and husband Li Yapeng flew to Shanghai to help a friend open her new jewelry shop. Faye denied reports that sher received a fee of $2.5M yuan for appearing. (Xinhua)

Beijing - Faye Wong arriving at actress Luo Haoqiong’s wedding

Faye’s eldest daughter, Dou Jingtong


Milan - Leon Lai

Front row guest at fashion show


Anita Yuen

Alex Fong and wife, Anita Yuen attend charity walk


Bodyguards and Assassins

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Bodyguards and Assassins
Shiyue weicheng

(China-Hong Kong) A Polybona Film Distribution, China Film Group (in China) release of a Cinema Popular, Polybona production, in association with Shanghai Media & Entertainment Group. (International sales: We Distribution, Hong Kong.) Produced by Peter Chan, Huang Jianxin. Executive producers, Han Sanping, Yu Dong, Jojo Hui. Directed by Teddy Chen. Screenplay, Chun Tin-nam, Guo Junli, Wu Bing, James Yuen.

Sum Chung-yang - Donnie Yen
Lau Luk-yak - Leon Lai
Li Yuetang - Wang Xueqi
Prof. Chen Xiaobai - Tony Leung Ka-fai
Ah-si - Nicholas Tse
Yan Xiaoguo - Hu Jun
Li Chungguang - Wang Bo-chieh
Fang Hong - Li Yuchun
Sa Zhenchan - Cung Le
Chief of Police - Eric Tsang
Yuet-yu - Fan Bingbing
Wang Fuming - Mengke Bateer
Fang Tian - Simon Yam
Yang Quyun - Jacky Cheung

A solid emotional foundation anchors action-drama “Bodyguards and Assassins,” a satisfying mix of politics, personal sacrifice and death-or-glory combat centered on an imagined assassination attempt on Chinese revolutionary hero Sun Yat-sen in Hong Kong, 1906. Delivering a final hour of good but not great mayhem, as a mixed bag of fictional patriots shield Sun from scores of Imperial Army killers, helmer Teddy Chen’s (”The Accidental Spy”) star-studded ensembler reps a strong first effort for ambitious shingle Cinema Popular.

Biz has been smashing across Asia since the pic’s mid-December release, with more than $40 million grossed to date in China alone. Though a big breakout beyond the region looks unlikely, the pic should garner respectable returns in niches and ancillary.

Driven by Hong Kong producer-director Peter Chan (”The Warlords”) and mainland multihyphenate Huang Jianxin (”The Founding of a Republic”), and aiming to become China’s answer to DreamWorks, Cinema Popular has started in the right gear with “Bodyguards.” A big-budgeter (reportedly $23 million) with broad mainstream appeal, the pic is a clarion call to Chinese patriotism across political and geographical divides.

Giving depth and substance to a large roster of characters, the screenplay, credited to four writers, cleverly stashes Sun Yat-sen — revered in all Chinese quarters as the “Father of the Nation” — out of sight for most of the duration. Instead, it’s the aura of the man fighting to free China from a corrupt monarchy and forge a republic that inspires citizens, ranging from a tycoon to a street bum, to lay down their lives if necessary.

Plot is basically a grand-scale take on Bruce Willis starrer “16 Blocks,” about a cop escorting a valuable prisoner downtown amid a hail of bullets. Sun (referred to here as “Sun Wen,” the name given to him at school) is due in Hong Kong for secret talks with leaders of provincial resistance movements. The mission requires Sun to negotiate 13 blocks of the British Colony and survive the attentions of Yan Xiaoguo (Hu Jun, “Red Cliff”), a Qing dynasty commander sent to H.K. with sidekick Sa Zhenchan (Cung Le, Vietnamese world kick-boxing champion) and hundreds of crack troops.

Apart from two early shows of strength by Yan’s goons, the first hour quietly and effectively establishes character profiles of locals who form a bodyguard detail for Sun. Although no single dominant figure emerges, those at the forefront number Prof. Chen Xiaobai (Tony Leung Ka-fai), a newspaper editor and committed revolutionary; Li Yuetang (Wang Xueqi), a tycoon who funds Chen’s efforts; Li’s 17-year-old son, Li Chungguang (Taiwanese newcomer Wang Bo-chieh), and Sum Chung-yang (Donnie Yen, “Ip Man”), a gambler whose ex-wife, Yuet-yu (Fan Bingbing), is now Li Sr.’s concubine.

The only real script weakness is the repetition of what’s at stake. Speeches about how “China’s future is threatened” and “millions of people are depending on us” are given a few times too many.

In “Dirty Dozen” fashion, the ad hoc crew is rounded out by down-and-out bum Lau Luk-yak (Leon Lai, with unconvincing hair and makeup); teen opera diva Fang Hong (mainland popster Li Yuchun, showing capable martial-arts moves); and rickshaw driver Ah-si (H.K. heartthrob Nicholas Tse). Last but not least, there’s tofu-vending giant Wang Fuming, played by basketball star Mengke Bateer, who debuts impressively and shows promise of becoming China’s equivalent of late French wrestler/thesp Andre the Giant.

Sparse action to this point may make those who’ve come to see only chopsocky a little restless, but most auds will appreciate the relationships mapped out between characters on both sides of the battle. Most potent of these is the master-student history of Prof. Chen and henchman Yan, now the deadliest of enemies.

Having virtually every role played by bankable names from the mainland and H.K. does no harm, either. Standouts in a uniformly fine cast are Wang Xueqi, who brings gravitas to a stern patriarch whose support for the cause is tested, and Leung as the intellectual coming to terms with blood and violence as necessary tools of political change. Hu expertly underplays the chief villain.

Played out in real time on the biggest walk-through set ever constructed in China (the pic was shot entirely at a studio outside Shanghai), the final 60 minutes follow the real Sun and a decoy rickshaw hurtling around the city while assassins pop out from every nook and cranny. The nonstop action is marred only by rapid-fire closeups in fights — including a terrific battle involving Donnie Yen and Cung Le — that beg to be left uninterrupted by such distractions.

Color-desaturated lensing by veteran d.p. Arthur Wong applies an appropriately gritty veneer to exteriors, with slightly warmer tones showing in interiors. With its stunning streetscape centerpiece, Kenneth Mak’s production design is immaculate in every detail, even down to realistic weathering. Score by Chan Kwong-wing and Peter Kam runs the gamut from traditional drumming to contempo electronica, yet suits the mood wherever it goes. The rest of technical package is topnotch.

For the record, publicity material on the movie sets the action in 1905, whereas onscreen text all says 1906. Chinese title literally means “October Besieged City.” (Mandarin dialogue)

Camera (color, widescreen), Arthur Wong; editors, Derek Hui, Wong Hoi; music, Chan Kwong-wing, Peter Kam; production designer, Kenneth Mak; art director, Lam Chi-kia; costume designer, Dora Ng; sound (Dolby Digital), Ju Sheng-hen; action director, Tung Wai. Reviewed at Hoyts Chatswood Cinema, Sydney, Jan. 20, 2010. Running time: 138 MIN.


January 14, 2010

Bodyguards and Assassins (Screen Daily review)

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Bodyguards and Assassins

By Darcy Paquet

Dir: Teddy Chen. China-Hong Kong. 2009. 138 mins.

Impressive action sequences and a cast of memorable characters breathe life into Teddy Chen’s Bodyguards and Assassins, a Chinese blockbuster set in 1905 Hong Kong.

Although this lavishly-staged work takes its time during a lengthy first act, the frantic melee that follows in the film’s final hour, played out on the crowded streets and markets of Hong Kong, delivers a satisfying mix of action and drama.

Bodyguards has been a massive hit in China since its release on December 18, significantly out-grossing compatriot Zhang Yimou’s A Simple Noodle Story and passing the $40 million mark as of January 3. It has also performed well in Hong Kong and Taiwan, earning roughly $2 million in each territory. Upcoming bows include Korea on January 21 and a spring release in the UK.

The film centres around the real-life figure of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, who would go on to overthrow the Qing Dynasty in 1911 and found the first modern republic in China. The fictitious plot imagines a brief visit by Dr Sun to Hong Kong in 1905 to meet with fellow revolutionaries. This causes a sensation among a group of Dr Sun’s supporters, headed by the passionately committed Prof. Chen Shao Bai (Tony Leung Ka-fai) and financially aided by the more circumspect tycoon Li Yu Tang (Wang Xueqi).

Qing authorities led by the dowager Empress have dispatched assassins to eliminate Dr Sun, however, and so the two men recruit bodyguards to escort him through the city during the hours of his visit.

These bodyguards, many of whom have only a vague notion who they are protecting, include a former martial arts master brought down by gambling (Donnie Yen), a rickshaw driver (Nicholas Tse), a hulking street vendor (basketball star Mengke Bateer), a lovesick beggar (Leon Lai-ming), and the headstrong daughter of an assassinated general (singer Li Yuchun).

Outmatched in every way, the motley group risks everything to protect Dr Sun and Li Yu-tang’s 17-year old son, who acts as a decoy.

With major Asian stars appearing in virtually every significant role, Bodyguards has no single protagonist. However the standout performance is clearly given by veteran actor Wang Xueqi (Forever Enthralled) as the tycoon, whose innate sense of humanity gradually overcomes his reluctance to get involved.

Genre fans in the West may at first be disconcerted by the almost complete lack of fighting sequences in the film’s first half, but the final hour is wall-to-wall action. Particularly impressive is a standoff between Donnie Yen’s gambler and an assassin played by Vietnamese kickboxing champion Cung Le. Indeed, the acrobatic energy of the scene makes a subsequent confrontation involving Leon Lai seem flaccid by comparison.

The $23 million production was shot within a massive set of 1905 Hong Kong built outside Shanghai that significantly contributes to the film’s spectacle. Technical credits across the board are strong, including cinematography by Arthur Wong (Warlords) and production design by Kenneth Mak (Fearless). The score, by Chan Kwong Ming and Peter Kam, though lacking unity, ups the energy in the latter half.

Bodyguards and Assassins is the first project from Cinema Popular, a joint venture by Hong Kong based director Peter Chan Ho-sun (Warlords) and Beijing producer/director Huang Jianxin (The Founding of a Republic) to produce films targeted at the mainland Chinese market.

Peter Chan Ho-sun
Huang Jianxin

Chun Tin-nam
Guo Junli
James Yuen Sai-sang
Wu Bing

Arthur Wong Ngok-tai

Production design
Kenneth Mak Kwok-keung

Chan Kwong-ming
Peter Kam

Main cast
Donnie Yen
Wang Xueqi
Nicholas Tse
Tony Leung Ka-fai
Leon Lai-ming
Hu Jun
Eric Tsang
Li Yuchun
Fan Bing-bing
Simon Yam

December 30, 2009

December 30, 2009

Future Cop Andy Lau performs a risky stunt


Jacky Cheung keeps cool in Hot Summer Days (Sohu)

Slide show (12)(Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat is in Taishan, Guangdong shooting Let The Bullets Fly (Sohu)

Beijing - Simon Yam, Li Yuchun

Tony Leung Kar-Fai

After less than two weeks, Bodyguards and Assassins has made over $208M at the box office. The cast held a celebration ceremony in Beijing. (Xinhua) (HunanTV)

First poster for House of 72 Tenants released (Sina)

Wang Lee-hom not first choice for role in ‘Little Big Soldier’?

Emme Wong defends accusations thrown at Shawn Yue

Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue was recently accused of being “arrogant” by the Hong Kong media. He was said to have angered his teacher, Alan Tam, who has decided to groom his junior from the same management company, Gregory Wang, instead.

It’s not easy being Jay Chou’s girlfriend

Huang Yi

Aaron Kwok

JJ Lin, Huang Yi and Aaron Kwok promote New Year’s Eve festivities in Shanghai


‘Mou girl’ Wei Minzhi has grown up!

Not One Less - Wei Minzhi

Wei Minzhi, who is now 23 and a film director, went to the United States as an exchange student. She studied film and TV production at Brigham Young University - Hawaii and is now fluent in English and even has an unidentified but prominent boyfriend. (HunanTV) Related article in English.

December 26, 2009

December 26, 2009

Treasure Hunter

Miao Pu without mask (Sina)

Taipei Times

FILM REVIEW: Bodyguards fail to save the day

CRI: “Bodyguards and Assassins” Going Strong after Debut

CRI: Will The Silver Screen Shine?

The advertisements and trailers of upcoming movies are often more eye-catching and imaginative than the films themselves.

Variety: Walking to School

Produced by Yu Rongguang

China’s Zhang Yimou back with Coen brothers remake

The 57-year-old has also called on television comedians to act in the film, and the dialogue is peppered with funny expressions made popular by the Internet…

It is a film that perfectly suits cinemas in provincial towns.”

The Hunan Daily newspaper wrote: “Apart from the attractive aspect due to the fact it is an adaptation of the Coen brothers’ film, the cultural content seems rather empty.”

And Hung Huang, a Chinese media personality, said the film was “too vulgar.”

THR: Hong Kong fest to laud Zhang Yimou

Chinese director Zhang Yimou will be given a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming Asian Film Awards in March next year.

Chi-Ling goes full time into acting

CRI: Xiao Shen Yang’s 101st Night

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Gong Li mum about cup size

Andy Lau appears as Sammi Cheng’s guest

Sammi Cheng Love Mi Concert

Guests Eric Kot, Ekin Cheng


Vivian Chow lends support to non-profit veterinary association

Rosamund Kwun


Rumors have been swirling over the holidays that both Rosamund Kwun and Maggie Cheung have become engaged to their boyfriends.(Sina)

December 24, 2009

December 24, 2009

Hot Summer Days Poster (HunanTV)


CRI: Treasure Hunters Jay and Chi-Ling in HK HD Slide show (13) (Sina)

Lin Chi-ling On Her Guards Against Men Yet Worries of Not Being Loved

NYTimes: Reimagining a Pivotal Year in China

Big, star-studded ensemble casts with their many egos are notoriously difficult to handle, and for Teddy Chen, the director of the Chinese blockbuster “Bodyguards and Assassins,” it was no different.

CCTV: “Bodyguards and Assassins” sweeps big screen

Cast members promote movie “Bodyguards and Assassins”

Tony Leung Kar-Fai, Fan Bingbing

Taipei (Sina)

Lee Lik-Chi, Zhang Jingchu, Huang Xiaoming


Flirting Scholar cast send Christmas greetings, HD slide show (7)(Sina)

Top 10 movies of this holiday season in China

CRI: Ink-splashed ‘Zhang Ziyi’ in Trouble ?

CRI: Comedian Zhao Benshan to Create Pop Band

Have a Merry Christmas! (Xinhua)

December 18, 2009

December 18, 2009

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HK Magazine: Bodyguards and Assassins

Malaysia premiere with Peter Chan, Teddy Chen, Fan Bingbing, and Tony Leung Kar-Fai, slide show (Sina)

Francis Ng

Yu Nan embraces Charlie Yeung

Four Marshals/Fierce West Wind has been shooting under blizzard conditions in the Gobi Desert. Filming has been extended due to delays caused by the weather. After two and half months the cast and crew morale is still high. (Xinhua) (Thanks, to Valerie!)

HD slide show (Sina)


Jay Chou promotes Treasure Hunter in Shanghai, slide show (Sina)

Karena Lam in her first costume film Don Quixote (HunanTV)

Andy Lau becomes ‘monk’ for three days

Vivian Chow

Vivian Chow celebrated the close of filming Ann Hui’s ‘Leisurely Fried Rice’ and exchanged Christmas gifts with other cast and crew at a Hong Kong seafood restaurant last night (Sina)

Fan Bingbing praises Fann Wong for “grace and elegance”

Huang Yi

Zhang Jingchu

Angelica Lee

CRI: Elle Fashion Time!

Every public appearance by a celebrity can be subject to fashion critics. Stars usually choose their outfits in a highly cautious manner. So, what are they going to choose for a major fashion event?

Kelly Chen attends a ribbon cutting ceremony in Monkok. (Sina)

Still from latest Faye Wong advert (Sina)

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Asian groups outraged over Toby Keith’s ‘racist’ gesture during performance

Add him to the list with Miley Cyrus and the Spanish Olympic Basketball Team

December 17, 2009

December 17, 2009

Finally! A great Chinese flick (Bodyguards and Assassins)

Bodyguards stars dish dirt


Andy Lau trains for New Shaolin Temple Slide show (13) (Sina)

Poker King Shanghai publicity visit with Lau Ching Wan, Stephy Tang and director Chan Hing-Kar (Sina)

Mainland version is 20 minutes shorter.

Scriptwriter Lawrence Chou, Gillian Chung

Sze Na, William Chan

Gillian Chung is preparing for her comeback film Former/Ex a Chapman To project also featuring Chan Wai-Ting and Sze Na/Shi Ya (Sina)

Almost Pefect - Edison Chen

Kelly Hu


Indie film Almost Perfect featuring Edison Chen and Kelly Hu is slated for a Christmas holiday release. (Xinhua) (IMDB)

Annie Yi says role in ‘Great Porcelain Merchant’ saved her

Former actress Gigi Lai changes name in hopes of bearing a son

A geomancer claimed that Lai’s old name “Li Zi” benefited her career but conversely decreased the chances of her having a child. Even if she conceived, the child will more likely be a daughter than a son.

Jay Chou is CNN’s Entertainer Extraordinaire for 2009

AngelaBaby Super slide show (100) (Sina)

Born and raised in Shanghai, AngelaBaby is of one quarter German descent and moved to Hong Kong at the age of 13 when she only spoke Mandarin.

Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu promoting apparel brand in Shanghai

(Sina) (Xinhua)

After finishing Feng Xiaogang’s Aftershock/Tangshang Earthquake last month, Zhang Jingchu’s next film will be the comedy Flirting Scholar 2 to be directed by Lee Lik-Chi and co-starring Huang Xiaoming. [I think this is a different Flirting Scholar project than the one featuring Fan Bingbing in a reversal of gender role announced earlier this year.]

A-mei - Macau

A-Mei performed in Macau with a mix of rock and roll, metal, and Turandot’s Nessun Dorma. (Xinhua)

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