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May 3, 2011

May 3, 2011

Wing Shya: ‘I see beauty in everything’ (CNNGo)

Celebrated Hong Kong photographer Wing Shya tells us about the most beautiful people he has ever photographed and why it is all in the eyes

Interview: ‘Buddha Mountain’

Controversial Chinese director Li Yu talks to Wang Ge about Buddha Mountain, her tough childhood, and the demons she has tamed.

CRI: Directors Jiang and De Niro Meet in New York

CRI: Shu Qi and Liu Ye:Loving Birds in New Film

Romance film “A Beautiful Life” released new photos featured Shu Qi and Liu Ye. (Sina)

CF: ”Detective Dee” Makes a Record in France

Photos of Liao Fan and Andy Lau on the set of The Founding of a Party

Liao Fan

Liao Fan, Andy Lau

(Sina-gallery)

Wilson Yip, Liu Yifei (May 2)

Liu Yifei and Wilson Yip visited Soochow University in Taipei to promote A Chinese Ghost Story (Xinhua)

Li Bingbing promoted the launch of the official website for Snow Flower and The Secret Fan. Li Bingbing will have many lines of dialogue in English in the film though she admitted her proficiency was not that high. She also stressed that the film did not involve homosexuality as reported in the press. When asked, Li Bingbing said that she didn’t know the background as to why Zhang Ziyi was dropped by producer Wendi Deng. The film will be released on July 15 after debuting at Cannes.

(Sina-gallery)

Actor Tong Dawei recently blogged that Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Heroes may be getting another new English title, to “Rescue”, under advice from Hollywood experts. (Sina)

Oxide Pang’s interaction and discussion with fans on his weibo is helping to generate good word of mouth for The Detective 2 since opening on April 29. (Sina)

Gu Changwei’s Till Death Do Us Part opens May 10.

Zhang Ziyi

(Sina)

THR/AP: 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy’ takes $6.7 Million Globally

Sex and Zen is to be released in South Korea on May 12 and in France, India and Italy in June.

Sukie Shek Wing-Lei (of Freeze) sings “Bliss”, the theme song for 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy.

Andrew Lin became a father over the weekend. His wife delivered baby Zachary in Los Angeles. Andrew flew in from Beijing where he has been working on the special effects for Man With the Iron Fist and Qian Xuesen.

(Sina-slideshow)(AnD)

Edison Chen performing at the Chengdu Music Festival last night.

(Sina-slideshow)

A1: Nicholas Tse gives KL fans the slip

Nicholas Tse has arrived ahead of schedule to film the eagerly-awaited Against War movie.Zhang Ziyi: No hurry to marry

MSN: Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng to wed in France?

Rumour has it that Andy Hui & Sammi Cheng will be getting hitched this OctoberMSN: Richard Chang labeled insincere and guilt ridden

MSN: Jay Chou laments about agingJay Chou getting too old for showbiz? (CNA)

Jay laments that he’s “getting older and unable to dance due to shortness of breath, which is why all the fast songs are arranged at the end of the concert.”

CNA: Remus Choi of Cantopop band Grasshopper arrested for drunk driving

CNA: Show Luo: Jolin Tsai has bad ‘table manners’

Show Luo revealed that fellow Taiwan singer Jolin Tsai has bad manners at the Mahjong table, during an appearance on a Chinese variety show on Thursday

April 1, 2011

April 1, 2011

According to Joseph Chan, the curator of the Days of Being Wild Anniversary Exhibition, Leslie Cheung’s simple closeup for the “one minute-friend” scene had 47 NGs. (Xinhua)

Variety: Buddha Mountain review

From Wong Kar Wai’s “Days of Being Wild” to Jia Zhangke’s “Unknown Pleasures” and beyond, more than 20 years of aimless Asian youth running amok has lapsed into cinematic cliche. But “Buddha Mountain” finds a narrative drive that still keeps faith with the youthful alienation it’s exploring.

FBA: Lost Bladesman finds London home

FBA: New Video scores Lion’s share

China Lion Film Distribution has struck an exclusive deal with New Video, a North American entertainment distributor and digital content aggregator.

Aiming to handle some 15 Chinese-language films per year, with many of them day-and-date releases with mainland China, China Lion will next distribute the Jin Chen-directed The Warring States on 22 April.

Sun Honglei

Sun Honglei described Warring States as costumed version of Lurk, his hit TV series about spies costarring Yao Chen. (Sina)

Director Hou Liang previewed a 20-minute trailer of Deadly Will yesterday in Beijing.

Hou Liang

Han Xue

Guo Tao (Sina-gallery)

Two Lost Bladesman posters featuring Jiang Wen

(Sina)

Three production design images for Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Heroes

(Sina)2

Tony Leung Ka-Fai plays a doctor in The Devil Inside Me

The suspense thriller is to be released in June (Sina)

The Frightening Night opens just in time for Ching Ming Festival (Apr.5)

Tang Yifei

Tang Yifei - Beijing premiere (Apr.1)

Director Xu Bin, Tang Yifei and castmates (Sina-gallery)2

Stills from The Frightening Night

(Sina-slideshow)

Michelle Yeoh with Dee Poon (Pan Chuying), daughter of ex-husband Dickson Poon, appeared together at a handbag brand’s charity dinner.

(Sina-slide show)

Du Yiheng, frequent double for Andy Lau, has a new CD out

(Sina-slideshow)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Barbie Hsu and Kelly Lin’s weddings

A1: Teresa Teng’s old-flame died from exhaustion

Close friends and relatives of Alan Tang, who was known to be physically fit, have expressed shock that he passed away in his sleep.They speculated that it could be due to over-exhaustion.

A1: Even gongfu stars need stunt doubles

In 1999, To [Yuhang] became the youngest person in Hong Kong to win the World Wushu Championships at age 18…Find out more about Dennis To’s life after Ip Man, and meet Hong Kong’s latest gongfu babe… former Olympic champion Liu Xuan, Hong Kong’s latest addition to its slew of gongfu babes, about her transition from gymnastics to acting. She plays the wife of martial arts hero Wong Fei Hong in TVB drama Grace Under Fire (2011). (RazorTV)

Zhang Ziyi with Wendi Deng Murdoch (Xinhua)

MSN: Vivian Chow’s husband cheating on her again?

MSN:  Richard Chang admonishes drama director again

Selina Jen’s fiancé fights back for his beloved

MSN: Vivian Hsu’s boyfriend living with her

The Taiwanese singer-actress added that she would not jump into marriage suddenly

MSN: J-girl supports Jay Chou at basketball match

Not hit-and-run for Cecilia Cheung

The most infamous example was in March 2002 when Nicholas crashed his Ferrari 360 Modena in Hong Kong Central. No one was injured but he fled the scene and later had his chauffeur take responsibility.

CNA: Cecilia Cheung crashes car into elderly man, manager denies it was hit-and-run

HKStandard: Curtain comes down on Shaw control of TVB

Buddha Mountain (Variety review)

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Buddha Mountain

By RUSSELL EDWARDS
A Laurel Films production. (International sales: Laurel Films, Beijing.) Produced by Fang Li. Executive producer, Fang Li. Co-executive producer, Ling Junwei. Directed by Li Yu. Screenplay, Li, Fang Li.

With: Sylvia Chang, Fan Bingbing, Chen Po-lin, Fei Long, Jin Jang, Fang Li, Ban Zhenjiang.

Plumbing the depths of the generation gap, helmer Li Yu (”Lost in Beijing”) reaches an Asian indie apex with her earthy, energetic drama “Buddha Mountain.” The tale of a trio of drifting, aimless mainland Chinese youth lodging with an uptight Peking opera buff, this assured film is graced with authentic performances and cinematic flair, yielding one of the most dramatically engaging and accessible Asian arthouse efforts in recent memory. Savvy distribs could capitalize on the film’s top prize at Tokyo last year, but fests are its natural home.
Initially, the story centers on three young people in an unnamed provincial city in Northern China. Nan Feng (Fan Bingbing) is a tough bar singer afraid of nothing and no one, and her biggest fans and best buddies are handsome motorbike courier Ding Bo (Taiwanese thesp Chen Po-lin) and his rotund sidekick, Fei Zao, aka Fatso (Fei Long). Forming a sexed-up “Rebel Without a Cause”-style triangle, the party-hearty threesome quells its wanderlust by escaping the claustrophobic city and hopping freight trains around the surrounding countryside.

Evicted from their soon-to-be-demolished apartment, the three rent a couple of rooms from retired Chinese opera singer Chang Yueqin (vet Taiwanese thesp Sylvia Chang). The apartment is cozy, but the landlady’s managerial style is anything but touchy-feely. Chang has more rules than a draughtsman, and the free-spirited tenants balk, but are too self-obsessed to notice that her controlling nature conceals real emotional pain. Script incrementally reveals the source of the older woman’s grief, as her maudlin pastimes include sitting in a crash-damaged car in her garage, smoking cigarettes and gazing through a shattered windshield.

Meanwhile, cohabitation becomes a series of mean-spirited practical jokes. Fei substitutes Chinese opera videos with porn; Chang returns fire with cruel palm readings. The escalating contest creates an opportunity for Ding Bo to investigate their landlady’s inner sanctum, where he discovers a hidden stash of money, setting the stage for an emotional explosion that pushes the film’s final quarter into a transcendent space, though the finale will strike some as satisfying and inevitable, others as dull and predictable, according to taste.

Buttressed by Zeng Jian’s restless, often urgent lensing, Li directs with unassuming confidence. Zeng and co-editor Karl Reidl’s use of frequent jump cuts within scenes adds to the tetchy atmosphere, and provides an effective counterpoint to the tranquil emotional release the characters find in China’s exquisite countryside.

The jewel in the film’s crown is Chang’s perf as the tortured, abusive landlady. Younger thesps also impress, particularly Fan, who makes Nan Feng both childlike and fearsome. Chen’s Ding Bo is less detailed, but scenes with the character’s father (producer/co-writer Fang Li) give the thesp opportunity to explore greater emotional depths. Fei Long also gets good mileage out of the potentially thankless role of roly-poly Fei Zao.

From Wong Kar Wai’s “Days of Being Wild”to Jia Zhangke’s “Unknown Pleasures” and beyond, more than 20 years of aimless Asian youth running amok has lapsed into cinematic cliche. But “Buddha Mountain” finds a narrative drive that still keeps faith with the youthful alienation it’s exploring.

Score draws on multiple sources, from Chinese nightclub fare to classy piano and violin duets, and is often prominent but never intrusive, always adding vitality to the impressive visuals.

Camera (color), Zeng Jian; editors, Zeng, Karl Reidl; music, Peyman Yazdanian; art director, Liu Weixin; sound (Dolby Digital), Du Duu-chih; associate producers, Peggy Chiao, Shang Ke. Reviewed at Hong Kong Filmart, March 23, 2011. (Also in 2010 Tokyo Film Festival — competing.) Running time: 105 MIN.
Variety

March 9, 2011

March 9, 2011

CRI: Chen Kun Takes Lead in Qian Xuesen Biopic

CRI: Huayi Bros Announces 10 Bln Ambition

Wang branded 2011 as a year of brewing while 2012 is expected to be a year of blooming when most of Huayi Bros productions hit the big screens.

FBA: Genre festival develops a twin

The 2nd Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival will include Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan’s internet movie Devil Nail Clippers. The 50-minute film stars Zhou Xun as a woman with unusual appetites.

Fan Bingbing in stills from Buddha Mountain

Initial box office returns have been good since opening on March 3, reportedly bring in 26M yuan the first week. (Sina)

Promotional stills of Karen Mok and Leon Dai for Law of Attraction. A 30-second trailer was also released.

Law of Attraction opens April 8. (Sina-gallery)2

Lu Chuan, San Hanping officially open the filming of King’s Feast

Liu Ye, Daniel Wu and Chang Chen are confirmed cast members. Chow Yun-Fat was originally reported to be cast in the role thought to now be Daniel Wu’s. In addition, Yan Ni and Qin Lan have been identified as cast with undetermined roles yet. Offiicial role assignments have not been announced yet. (Sina)

Poster for the 18th Beijing Student Film Festival which begins March 26. The festival is a key barometer of films and television programs popularity with audiences and closes April 27 with an award ceremony. (Sina)

“Mou girl”

Christian Bale and family in Beijing

Bale in Nanjing

Reporters followed Christian Bale’s arrival in Beijing on March 6 to begin working on Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Heroes.. To their surprise, Bale was spotted in Nanjing the following day. In the process, the reporters also nabbed a few shots of the latest “Mou girl” during a training class. (Xinhua)

Lee Heung Kam denied reports that she has Parkinson’s Disease. The 79 year-old actress was flooded with calls from friends with concern. Brushing it off as misunderstanding due to a joke, she said that she was heading to Australia to raise funds for a senior citizen home. (Xinhua)

Cecilia Cheung returned to Inner Mongolia to complete 30 hours of filming for the Lady Generals of the Yang Family. She was said to have only slept two hours to finish her part in the film. (Sina)

Yao Chen

For some reason, the Grace Jones song Warm Leatherette comes to mind.

CRI: Yao Chen Attends Chanel Fashion Show (Sina-slide show)

Miriam Yeung in Beijing for the release of her 3rd Mandarin album Ready or Not (Xinhua-gallery)

Michelle Reis and baby JM posted on her weibo (Xinhua)

At an event yesterday, reporters dubbed Andy as “Spring Andy” because he wore a smile on his face throughout the entire interview.

“He’s 50% anarchist and the other half poet. For Chinese, he’s not that easy to understand.”

March 4, 2011

March 4, 2011

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CRI: China through the Lense: National Film Museum

FBA: Korean major takes self distribution route in US

The film [Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow ] is released in the US through deals with two exhibitors: CGV America, operates a multiplex in Los Angeles’s Koreatown and a subsidiary of Korea’s CJ-CGV; and US giant AMC from next week in other cities including San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Hawaii and Vancouver.

CRI: Sun Honglei Concerned about Image in ‘Warring States’

GlobalTimes: Mountain’s peak (Buddha Mountain)

Having triumphed in last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, winning Best Artistic Contribution and Best Actress for star Fan Bingbing, Li Yu’s youth film Buddha Mountain begins showing nationwide Friday.

The female Li is known for previous artistic works including Fish and Elephant (2001), known as China’s first lesbian film, and won awards in the Berlin and Venice film festivals. Her Dam Street (2005) also received international acclaim as did Lost in Beijing (2006), the graphic sexual content of which led to a long and unsuccessful battle with domestic censors. Indeed, none of Li’s films have enjoyed a cinematic release in her own country.

But her fourth feature film, Buddha Mountain lacks sexual, violent or political content and is, in fact, a relatively mild story. “It [the banning of Lost in Beijing] got on my nerves and I couldn’t sleep at nights. I was too stubborn at that time. I have now formed a better relationship with the censorship people, and found a win-win solution: a good film for me that also caused no problem for them,” Li told the Global Times.

Together poster features Ni Dahong, Daniel Chan (Chen Xiaodong) and Li Feier

Opening March 8. (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Isabella Leong, Selina Jen…

MSN: Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng are back together

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung show affection in public

MSN: Barbie Hsu’s wedding details revealed

CNA: Lin Chiling says ‘no’ to public romances

MSN: Netizen accuses Ella Chen’s boyfriend of being a playboy

Bob Dylan is coming to BeijingCNA: Bob Dylan to perform in China

February 25, 2011

February 25, 2011

Movie Review: Eternal Moment (GlobalTimes)

Tangled web we weave (GlobalTimes)

Liu Yonghong’s Tangled - indie film rejected by censors

Xinhua: Cast members promote movie “Buddha Mountain” in Beijing

Chen Bo-Lin, Fan Bingbing, director Li Yu

Guests New Seven Little Fortunes (Xinhua-gallery)

CRI: Tsui Hark Plans ‘Detective Dee’ Prequel

Peter Chan, Ethan Ruan

Speaking in Taiwan, Peter Chan said that the first cut of Wu Xia has been completed and runs 137 minutes. In April, Flying Guillotines will begin shooting, action director Yuen Bun will begin training the actors in March behind closed doors in Beijing. Besides their muscles, Chan said they have to be trained in the use of the flying guillotines because the props are dangerous to use, so the preparation must be good. (Sina)

WSJ: In China, Gaga Has Nothing on Gigi

Lady Gaga may rule the Twittersphere with 8,398,412 fans world-wide. But in China, where Twitter is banned, it is Gigi who is the established star in Chinese cyberspace.

To further illustrate, a recent HK TV program featuring Gigi, even after enlisting Valen Hsu and Charlie Young as guests, had received terrible ratings.

Valen Hsu, Gigi Leung, Charlie Young

But in a mainland English textbook, Gigi is the model incarnation of elegance. (Xinhua)

FBA: HKIFF has Heart for popularity, hub role

Mainland Chinese cinema is represented Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice, indie animation Piercing I and Wang Bing’s  The Ditch and Man With No Name.

The Union Film Enterprise Ltd (Union Film) is one of the most important companies in Hong Kong’s filmmaking history

HKFA’s new publication “One for All: The Union Film Spirit” with an English edition in CD-ROM will be released in late March, featuring essays contributed by renowned writers and scholars looking at Union Film and its works from various perspectives, by turns historical, aesthetic, and cultural.

Chinese movie fans have grown accustomed to seeing films of similar style that present different versions of the same story—and that will be intensified in 2011.

February 21, 2011

February 21, 2011

Director of new China’s first film with kissing scene dies at 90

Huang Zumo, director of the classic Chinese movie, Romance on Lushan Mountain, died Saturday night in Shanghai.

1981 - Huang Zumo, Zhang Yu, screenwriter Bi Bicheng (Xinhua)

A Woman, A Gun, and A Noodle Shop - Coen remake released on DVD

On Blu, the visuals and soundscapes are stunning. On DVD, they are good. Both formats share an exhaustive documentary that, at 119 minutes, runs 29 minutes longer than the brisk feature. You see Yimou’s exacting filmmaking techniques. His bravado is even more impressive because you see he was in pre-production while concurrently planning the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

CRI: Theme Song MV of ‘Buddha Mountain’ Released

Chen Bo-Lin, Li Yu, Mavis Fan, Fan Bingbing, Fei Long

Mavis Fan, Fan Bingbing

(Xinhua-gallery) (Sina-gallery)

CRI: New Director Debuts with Two Films

Journalist-turned filmmaker Yan Ran will make his directorial debut with “Sweet Journey” and “Together”

ScreenDaily: Stool Pigeon review 2

A tasty Hong Kong cops and robbers movie marred by a cliched plot and over-melodramatic backstory

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman poster, opening Mar.17

Ning Hao in guest appearance (Sina)2

Ning Hao’s aptly-named and ill-fated No Man’s Land has seen its release delayed again. Rescheduled for a tentative April release, the film was once again postponed. The film began shooting in May 2009 and originally slated for a December 2009 release. After criticisms from the film review board for having no good characters and too many bad guys, the film has struggled to find approval for its release. Meanwhile, Ning Hao has begun work on a new film for 2011 audiences. (Sina)2

Poster for the thriller Fatal Invitations (Deadly Invitations) based on a best-selling Japanese novel

The film stars Cheung Tat-Ming and opens Mar.4 (Sina)

Poster for Lock Destination, formerly J-10’s Sortie

Huang Yi

Huang Yi costars in the film, a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the mainland’s Air Force (Sina) [3.2.2010]

Dragon Pearl poster

Dragon Pearl is a Chinese-Australian co-production and will be released on Mar. 11

Jordan Chan costars in the archeological action film. Mario Adreacchio directs Sam Neill and Heidi Wang Ji in the leads.  (Sina)(Xinhua)

Cherie Chung appearing in Beijing for jewellry brand Chaumet (Feb.19) (Xinhua)

MSN: Selina Jen’s wedding put on hold indefinitely

MSN; Kristen Jen rumoured to replace Selina Jen in drama

MSN: Kevin Tsai to host Barbie Hsu’s wedding

MSN: Patty Hou confirms April wedding

Italian seeks kung-fu stardom in Shanghai (AFP)

“Shangdown: The Way of the Spur” is an independent kung-fu spaghetti western, and the cowboy is Christian Bachini, a 25-year-old Italian actor who came to Shanghai to become an action star.

February 15, 2011

February 15, 2011

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THR: China Film Administration Seeks to Stub Out Cinematic Smoking

FBA: Perfect Wedding review (8/10)

Charming, glossy rom-com with comedienne Miriam Yeung back on top form.

Screen Daily: Sacrifice review

Chinese cinema’s elder statesman Chen Kaige casts an eye back in time to his country’s Yuan period - prior to the Warring States era so beloved of mainland directors - for a traditional revenge drama distinguished by strong performances from leads Ge You and Wang Xue Qi.

Berlin premiere - William Wang Han, Chen Kaige, Chen Hong (Zimbio)

(Zimbio-Photocall)

CRI: Chen Kaige Screens ‘Sacrifice’ at Berlinale

Newly released stills from The Warring States show Sun Honglei and Jing Tian

(Sina-gallery) CRI: Romance in ‘The Warring States’

Buddha Mountain “legs edition” poster

Valentine’s Day edition  posters

Opening Mar. 4

(Sina) (Sina-slide show)

A fan-created spoof poster for “Single Men and Men” (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart) (HunanTV)

MSN: Gigi Lai rumoured to be trying for a son

The Hong Kong actress is said to be asking friends for the ‘secret recipe’ for having a son

MSN: Andy Hui sends 999 stalks of roses to Sammi Cheng

The romantic gesture was reportedly an attempt to patch up their relationship

MSN: Jay Chou celebrates Valentine’s Day with Will Liu

The Asian superstar went for a health check with his long-time buddy

MSN: Nude photo of Fala Chen circulating online

Netizens supported the TVB actress, calling the photo “fake”

Brother Smiley, Laughing Gor (Sohu)

McDonald’s serves up McWeddings in Hong Kong

McDonald’s says the concept isn’t tacky and fills a niche in Hong Kong, where its restaurants are popular dating venues and the prices for more typical weddings run high.

February 11, 2011

February 11, 2011

THR: Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City

A fun superhero film that makes black-and-white look “colorful.”

THR: Chinese New Year Welcomes Slew of Comedy Releases

John Woo’s ‘The Killer’ remake now has a promo poster

CRI: Zhao Wei Lends Her Voice to “Eternal Moment”

CRI: Stars Shine at “Eternal Moment” Premiere (Sina-slide show)

Faye Wong and others dressed as Young Pioneers in signature red scarves

Faye Wong

Faye Wong

When one phone isn’t enough (Sina)

Husband and wife, Wang Xuebing, Sun Ning (Xinhua)

(Sina)

FBA: We sharpens Flying Guillotines

Hong Kong and Chinese production group We Pictures has given the green light to The Flying Guillotines

Screen Daily: Bodyguards team throws Flying Guillotines with We Distribution

The Flying Guillotine team is an elite crime-fighting unit in the emperor’s court, trained to use flying blades to decapitate people in their search-and-destroy operations.

FBA: Wang works with genius

Hong Kong-born director Wayne Wang (王穎) is to go ahead with Einstein, a biopic of the physics genius

Hong Kong-based sales outfit takes $25m-budgeted The Sorcerer And The White Snake. (Screen Daily)

Distribution Workshop has picked up international sales rights to the Jet Li film The Sorcerer And The White Snake. Hong Kong action choreographer and film director/producer Tony Ching Siu-tung is directing the film.

Eva Huang (Kung Fu Hustle) stars as the White Snake of the title, who transforms into a beautiful woman to rescue and live with the man she falls in love with – an herbal physician played by Raymond Lam. When their town is plagued by a mysterious disease, she sacrifices her supernatural power and energy to help him save people but is found out to be a serpent when the Sorceror played by Jet Li arrives. Charlene Choi of The Twins Effect series also stars as Green Snake who helps the white one.

Venus Keung (One Nite In Mongkok) is director of photography while William Chang (2046) is costume director.

Patrick Kong’s (Yip Lin-Sum) Mr. and Mrs. Single has been quietly dropped from the Valentine’s Day slot and rescheduled for an April release. Rene Liu and Eason Chan star in the comedy.

Buddha Mountain starring Fan Bingbing is about to be released on Mar. 4

Sylvia Chang and Fan Bingbing (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Dayyan Eng’s Inseparable, starring Kevin Spacey and Daniel Wu, debuts in Berlin. (Sina)

Ady was initially described as their matchmaker. However, she was later said to have an unrequited crush on Xiaofei, which led to fallout between Ady and Barbie.

Model Rosemary Vandenbroucke is likely to escape jail time after a prosecutor in Nevada decided to reduce the drug charge against her to one of possession.

January 31, 2011

January 31, 2011

ScreenDaily: What Women Want

This Chinese production features palpable chemistry between stars Andy Lau and Gong Li, but director Chen Daming’s film, like the original, is a great commercial hook in search of an equally clever story. (hkmdbnews)

“Ip Man 2″: China’s anti-Western kung fu phenomenon (Salon)

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster” is now playing in New York and Los Angeles, with wider North American release to follow.

FBA: Fantôme, où es-tu? (2/10)

Lame ghost-cum-gender mish-mash that squanders its potential.

Check out Valerie’s My Ever-Changing Moods: Francis Ng 2010 In Review on beyondasiaphilia

2010 was a busy year for Francis Ng…

Much influenced by American sitcom-classic Friends, which had a huge fan base in China, My Own Swordsman centers on six characters whose relationships intertwine through friendship, family and romance, and is set in a hostel being managed in ancient China. With the same cast, director and screenwriter, the film version continues the initial’s stories, while injecting today’s social including house purchase and relocation, family finances and the “marriage crisis.”

GlobalTimes: First trailer of Buddha Mountain lives up to advance hype

With winter vacation meaning there’s a nation of children who need entertaining, three Chinese animation films are filling in this traditionally peak-time for box-office family fun: Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf (January 21), Old Master Q and Little Ocean Tiger (January 27) and Little Big Panda (February 3) are all scheduled for cinemas over the next four weeks.

(Sina)2

Poster for Mr. and Mrs. Incredible

Opening Feb. 3

Louis Koo, Sandra Ng (Sina)

I Love Hong Kong poster

Opening Jan. 31

Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Sandra Ng

Eric Tsang, Aarif Lee (Sina)2 3 4

Eva Jin Yimeng (Sophie’s Revenge) is preparing for multiple Hollywood projects. (Sina)

Charlene Choi at the Harbour City chocolate exhibition

(Sina-slideshow)

Chrissie Chau taped a song for ATV’s Spring Festival broadcast. Other guests include George Lam, Kay Tse and Hins Cheung. (Sina)

GlobalTimes: Publishing tycoon books divorce in New Year season

Yao Chen’s divorce a case of Julia Roberts-Benjamin Bratt?

Yao Chen, Ling Xiaosu (Sina)

CNA: Cecilia Cheung saves woman from committing suicide

All’s well ends well, indeed

CNA: Charlene Choi on her divorce: “This is not something to celebrate.”

“I may not make enough to eat delicacies ever day, but I can earn enough for three square meals every day”.

MSN: Mark Chao dropped from ‘Black and White’ promotional trail in Japan

Recently, the director’s cut of Black & White DVD was released in Hong Kong. Every single copy was snapped up in a mere four minutes.

China red-faced after footage of new fighter ‘was from Top Gun’

The footage showcasing the J-10 fighter, which showed an air-to-air missile destroying another jet, was aired last week during the main evening broadcast of the state-sponsored channel China Central Television.

Oldham said Ho had been coerced into reconciling with family members on live television on Wednesday, with the wheelchair-bound Ho struggling to read a giant cue card.

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