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March 15, 2011

March 15, 2011

Pray for more rescues and reunions in the wake of the Sendai Earthquake.


February 16, 2011

February 16, 2011

THR: Day-and-Date Release Planned in U.S., China for Jackie Chan’s ‘1911′ (Berlin)

A September/October release is planned. (Sina)


March 17

Ando Masanobu

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman will get a simultaneous multi-national release on Mar. 17 that includes North America, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. (Sina)

WSJ: ”The Killer”: Remaking a John Woo classic

Mr. Woo, who is one of the producers of the remake, says of Mr. Lee: “I like the way he expresses a feeling or emotion through powerful visual language” and that his vision is “faithful to the spirit of the original movie.”

THR:  Annapurna Productions Takes Wong Kar Wai’s ‘Grandmasters’ for North America (Berlin)

Megan Ellison is in final negotiations to pick up the rights and to make a significant financial commitment to the movie.

CRI: Mainland Box Office Top 10 (Feb. 7-13, 2011)

CRI: Chinese Film Wins Top Prize at Vesoul Festival

“Addicted to Love” (”Lao Na”) won three awards at the 17th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, including the highest Golden Cyclo Award.

The film, directed by Liu Hao, features a Chinese retiree, Old Pop, who lives in Beijing with his extended family. One day, he meets his first love accidentally. In spite of their children’s reluctance, the two start meeting in secret. Discovering his first love has Alzheimer, Old Pop plays little games with her to exercise her mind.

THR: Bleak Night review (South Korea)

Downbeat, compellingly believable saga of high-school friendships gone fatally sour.

Lin’s production crew reportedly nicknamed her “The Gentlest Director in History” as she was always courteous to her crew members on the set and gave her orders in her trademark ‘baby doll’ voice.

“Still In Time To Say I Love You” will premiere on YouTube on March 1.


Chow Yun-Fat has finished his scenes for The Monkey King

A summer 2012 release is planned (Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat as the Jade Emperor

Kelly Lin as Guanyin (Sina)2

Together poster

Chen Xiaodong (Daniel Chan), Ni Dahong

Ni Dahong stars in the mine diaster film, Together (lit. Survival Day), opening Mar. 4.

The production created an underground “maze of death” 200 meters long with 18 bends and 30 intersections. (Sina)234

The Man Behind the Courtyard House stills

Simon Yam

Zhang Jingchu (Sina)2

WSJ: Stanley Ho Files New Lawsuit (RTHK)

January 13, 2011

January 13, 2011

THR: Let the Bullets Fly

A rollicking Chinese western directed with cinematic gumption.

THR: Ip Man 2

A smashing martial arts extravaganza dented by crude nationalism. [Look for a theatrical release in the US this month.]

THR: Sacrifice

A classical historical drama of grand passions and humanity.

Michel Gondry’s “The Green Hornet” reinvents the retro vigilante, delivering the goods for a punchy 3D breakout.

CNN: China’s Woody Allen on turning a disaster into a hit

Film director Feng Xiaogang may have made China’s biggest box office hit, the disaster movie, “Aftershock”, but he built his reputation in comedies, comparing himself to American director, Woody Allen.

Fox International Productions and China Lion Film Distribution said Wednesday they will release the Mandarin-language martial arts film The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman on March 17 in North America, Australia and New Zealand, simultaneously with its premiere in China.

THR: Chinese Delegation Touring Hollywood in Search of Box-Office Success

Five Chinese film veterans and ambitious newcomers are seeking to hire Hollywood help to achieve their goal: exportable movies.

CRI: Daniel Wu, Gao Yuanyuan Promote New Film (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart/Single Men and Women)

CRI: Stanley Kwan to Put Han Han’s Novel on Big Screen

CRI: Jiang Wen Plays Cao Cao in New Film (Lost Bladesman)


Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing’s first foreign film has been released in France this week. The all-English language film, Stretch, is directed by Charles de Meaux and required Fan to cram to learn English. This is the same production that David Carradine was shooting in Thailand when he died. (Xinhua)

Li Yuchun, Andrew Lau

(Jan.12) Andrew Lau directed and co-starred with Li Yuchun in a 15-minute musical film called ‘Prologue’. The premiere event was held in Beijing with screenings planned for Chengdu, Changsha, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Lau praised Li as a ‘female version of Jay Chou’. (Sina)

Videos: Making of Shaolin (8) (YouTube) (Thanks, to Valerie)

MSN: Aaron Kwok denies his engagement with Lynn Hung

MSN: Selina Jen to return home for Lunar New Year

The S.H.E member will host a media conference to thank the people who showed concern for her during the ordeal

MSN: Overworked Jolin Tsai spotted with receding hairline

SG: Chinese pop diva Faye Wong to come out with new album soon (?)

November 3, 2010

November 3, 2010

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman poster

Kitty Zhang Yuqi edition

Ando Masanobu edition


FBA: Wong’s Grandmasters joins Wild Bunch

It has been tentatively positioned for release at Chinese New Year in late-Jan or early-Feb 2011. However, other recent press reports suggest that shooting will continue in early 2011.

Adjusting to pace of Wong Kar-Wai

Tony Leung goes jogging

Song Hye-Kyo plays badmington

Song Hye-Kyo, Zhang Ziyi

Lunar New Year release deemed optimistic (Xinhua)(Sina)

Alexi Tan’s Color Me Love features work of contemporary artist

Song Jia and Francis Ng play a couple in Love Island

(Xinhua)(Sina-slide show)

Jaycee Chan

Jaycee Chan in The 1911 Revolution (Xinhai Revolution) (Xinhua)

Angelababy fashion shoot for an Italian brand


Simon Yam and wife, Qi Qi


FBA: Three charges against Stephen Chan are dropped

MSN: Rumours rife on Wang Xiaofei’s past

The Chinese millionaire who is engaged to Taiwanese actress, Barbie Hsu, is alleged of being a wife-beater who deserted his wife and kids

Viewers complained that Chou did very little hosting in the first episode of show, with most of the work being done by his guest, fellow Taiwan singer and experienced television host Show Luo.

October 4, 2010

October 4, 2010

Poster for Patrick Kong’s (Yip Lim-Sum) Marriage With a Liar

Film is set for a Christmas release and features Chrissie Chau.

Chrissie Chau

(Photos from Weibo)

Wind Blast poster released last week

FBA: Contagion infects Hong Kong

Chui Tien-You (of Shine)

Chui Tien-You

Josie Ho

Steven Soderbergh

Crowd of extras, pedestrians and hawkers

Decontamination unit scene

Contagion has started shooting in Mongkok. The film is about the CDC’s attempt to trace the origins of SARS and stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard.


The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman will be released in November (Sina)

Ge You, Shu Qi - wrapping up shooting of If You Are the One 2

Shu Qi noshing on noodles

Cecilia Cheung and Jingle Ma will reunite in his upcoming Dynamic Angel/Race Car. Ceci’s manager has confirmed her casting but would leave it to the film production company to announce the start date. (Sina)(Xinhua)

Kiki Seung Tin-Ngo and businessman Patrick Lee

Carina Lau

Margie Tsang

(Oct.3) Hong Kong TV actress Seung Tin-Ngo’s wedding banquet was attended by many celebrities including Teresa Mo, Sandra Ng, Liza Wong, Law Kar-Ying, Lau Ching-Wan, Amy Kwok. Wong Cho-Nam and Lee Sze-Kit (Johnson Lee) served as MCs for the event. (Sina)(Xinhua)2

Jessey Meng Guang-Mei

The same evening, in Taipei, 43 year-old supermodel-actress Jessey Meng Guang-mei and her Beijing investment baron fiance, Ji Zenghe held an engagement banquet. Her engagement ring is worth a reported  $6.6 million yuan. Her 50 year-old fiance is estimated to be worth $1B yuan. In 2008, her ex-boyfriend, Corrado Riccio swindled her of her life savings, along with 29 other investors to the tune of US$51 million. According to IMDB, Riccio was executive producer of a 2007 Hong Kong-Italy horror film, Counting House, that featured Michael Wong, Maggie Q and Cheng Pei-Pei.


Patrick Kong received an Detective Dee action figure at the Hong Kong premiere!

Concert poster featuring Edison Chen

Edison Chen will be part of the East Asia All Stars Concert in conjunction with the Shanghai World Expo. To be held in Shanghai’s Hongkou Soccer Stadium which seats 45,000, Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Andy Hui, Richie Ren, Leon Lai, Miriam Yeung, Denise Ho, Daniel Wu and Shawn Yue will be among the more than 30 artists performing.

East Asian All-Stars Concert poster (Sina)

SG: Jacky Cheung’s record-breaking concert ticket prices

SG: Rainie Yang: From Cutesy to Sexy?

Barbie Hsu & Shone An spotted holding hands

Andy Lau and wife rumoured to be in family way

At 48, Yeoh’s still kicking up a storm

No sexy roles for me, says ex-beauty queen Yeoh

September 23, 2010

September 23, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 1:38 pm

Variety: Late Autumn2

Suspended between the leisurely and the lethargic, slow-burn romance “Late Autumn” revolves around an unlikely crossing of paths between a female convict on temporary leave and a frivolous young gigolo.

CRI: Tang Wei, Hyun Bin Meet in ‘Late Autumn’

FBA: The Stool Pigeon (線人) (8/10)

The main cast of Dante Lam’s Beast Stalker reunites in a tense, more character-driven crime thriller.

CRI: Zhou Xun Displays Bizarre Habit in New Thriller

The “Perhaps Love” starlet leads a thriller short entitled “Legend of Four Nights: The Nail Trimmer’ which is currently shooting on location in Beijing,

Lawrence Chou, Zhou Xun

Derek Tsang, Lawrence Chou, Jimmy Wan Chi-Man

(Sina-slide show)

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman poster (Sina)

Tats Lau, Liu Kai-Chi - Shanghai Bund

Liu Kai-Chi broke his wrist while filming Shanghai Bund (tentative title) in Central. Liu fell down some stairs and landed awkwardly while shooting a fight scene. He is currently recovering at home. (Sina)(Xinhua)

CRI: Fan Bingbing to Star in Korean War Epic ‘My Way’

The film will tell a story of a Korean solider who was recruited by the Japanese army to fight for the Germans during World War II. Fan stars as a Chinese woman who falls in love with the Korean solider after meeting him in China.

“Pregnancy is really too time-consuming. You have a big belly and after delivering the child [you] have to regain your figure. It takes about two years.

September 20, 2010

September 20, 2010

Variety: The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman 2

GlobalTimes: You win some, you lose some, money talks in the film world

What’s behind the Zhang Yuqi-Stephen Chow-Cecilia Cheung-Derek Yee negotiations, money.

CRI: Chang Chen to Play Chiang Kai-Shek

CRI: MV Released for ‘Hawthorn Tree’ Theme Song

Singer Chen Chusheng, who became famous through the popular “Super Boy” competition, sang the song.

White Deer Plain has begun shooting in Inner Mongolia where the mud is plentiful and electricity is in short supply. (Sina)

FBA: Former video pirate strikes Hollywood deals

Chinese online video company Ku6 Media (formerly Hurray Holdings) has struck deals with two Hollywood studios to licence film content. A former pirate site, Ku6 is understood to be the first Chinese video portal to acquire Hollywood films legitimately.

Gordon Lam, Kara Hui

Kara Hui and Gordon Lam helped open the Film Professionals Training Program. (Xinhua)

Press release: Film Development Fund helps nurture talent

The programme provides tailor-made training to cater for students of different capabilities to enable them to join the field soon after graduation.

Fan Bingbing appearing in Shanghai for a luxury brand

Fan Bingbing and mother at Shanghai airport

Chrissie Chau dressed conservatively for the opening of a restaurant. She will be travelling to Australia this month to spin discs as a DJ. (Xinhua)

Live, from New York City, it’s Cecilia Cheung!


Zhou Xun appearance in Ningbo, no talk about leaving Huayi Brothers (Xinhua-gallery)

The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman (Variety review)

Filed under: Reprints — Tags: — dleedlee @ 9:37 am

The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman
(Dao jian xiao)

(Hong Kong-China-U.S.) A Fox Intl. Prods., Taihe Universal Film Investment Co., First Cuts Features, Union Voole Technology Co., Zixuxuanyang Cultural Development Co., Bolong Investment Co. presentation of a Fox Intl. Prods. (Greater China)/First Cuts Features production, in association with Zhongxunxincheng Advertising Co. and One Production Co. (International sales: Golden Network Asia, Hong Kong.) Produced by Daniel Yu, Tang Xiru. Executive producers, Tang Xiru, Shao Yiding, Yang Yang, Yao Jinlong, Wang Wei, Doug Liman. Directed by Wuershan. Screenplay, Zhang Jiajia, Tang Que, Ma Luoshan, Wu, based on the sort story “The Legend of the Kitchen Knife,” by An Changhe.

With: Masanobu Ando, Kitty Zhang, You Benchang, Liu Xiaoye, Ashton Xu. (Mandarin dialogue)

If a clothes dryer could scream in Chinese, it would resemble the eagerly incoherent “The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman,” which probably only needs ” … His Wife and Her Lover” to achieve total incomprehensibility. Set in feudal-era China of grotesque extremes, Wuershan’s debut feature reps an inauspicious beginning for Fox’s foray into China, since even fanboys will be hard-pressed to engage with this quasi-martial-arts epic or even follow its ornate, overlapping plotlines. Of course, midnight screenings and some cultish enthusiasm are always possible.

That “The Butcher” is being “presented” by helmer Doug Liman is odd, because the film and its throw-it-all-against-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks approach is so antithetical to the kind of rhythmic, coherent action of Liman’s “The Bourne Identity.” There’s certainly a lot in “The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman” — jealousy, lust, revenge, a mythic kitchen implement, a grotesque, singing brothel owner, karaoke, animation, vintage kung fu clips and epic combat — but it’s all a rather messy, inedible stew. Auds in search of pure stimulus may respond, but basically, this food movie is out to lunch.

Camera (color), Michal Tywoniuk; editor, Huang Zhe; music, Gong Geer, Dead J, Miquia; music supervisor, Miquia; production designer, Hao Yi; costume designer, Hao Yi. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Midnight Madness), Sept. 15, 2010. Running time: 95 MIN.

September 18, 2010

September 18, 2010

APA: Truth in Beauty: an interview with Last Train Home director Lixin Fan

FBA: The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman (刀見笑)

Fox’s second Chinese production is a rich stew of clever script and tasty cast.

[Also, see related videos below from TIFF screening.]

Zhang Ziyi Special Olympics Global Ambassador met with kids at a skating rink in Seoul to promote the 2013 Winter Olympics


Tianjin - Jane Zhang 2010 I Believe World Tour


Angelababy at Harbour City

Windows 7 and Adidas, an odd partnership (Xinhua)

Jennifer Tse

(Sept.17) (Sina-slide show)


TVB general manager Stephen Chan Chi-wan was trapped in a media scrum after being charged with corruption and conspiracy to defraud the broadcaster - six months after his arrest…The three senior officials to testify against Chan are TVB deputy chairwoman Mona Fong Yat-wah, wife of Sir Run Run Shaw; the controller of TVB’s production resources division Virginia Lok Yee-ling; and TVB’s finance and administration general manager Mark Lee Po-on.

HKStandard: Vets get shock at the Big Station

Choi said she did not know Yeoh was married, as he was not wearing any ring when they first met a few months ago at a friend’s gathering. [Be sure to read the captions for the full article.]

Yeoh family photo with Jean Todt (Xinhua)

Intro and Q&A for Wuershan’s THE BUTCHER, THE CHEF &  THE SWORDSMAN (Thanks, Brian)

August 27, 2010

August 27, 2010

THR: ‘Kung Fu Panda’ writers to pen ‘Karate Kid’ sequel

CRI: Stephen Fung Challenges Dwight Howard in Basketball

Stephen Fung has joined in the Basketball film “Amazing” which is now under production in Shanghai.

Chen Chien-Chou, Dwight Howard, director Sherwood Hu, Huang Yi, Stephen Fung

Chen Chien-Chou, Dwight Howard, Stephen Fung (Sina)

Donnie Yen, Huang Bo (Crazy Stone, Crazy Racer, Cow) in Legend of the Fist: Return of Chen Zhen

Huang Bo (Sina)

CRI: Yu Nan, Francis Ng Featured in New ‘Wind Blast’ Posters

CRI: ‘The Lost Bladesman’ Unveils New Stills

FBA: Triple Tap (鎗王之王) (5/10)

Cat-and-mouse crime game starts promisingly but then goes off the rails from its midpoint.

Martial arts comedy The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman from Wuershan (Wu Ershan) will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. (Sina)

Gillian Chung

Gillian Chung in her Tang Dynasty costume for her first Mainland TV series (Xinhua-gallery)

She will reportedly lose $30M yuan in loss income the next 10 months from cancellation of advert and endosements for clothing and weight loss brands. (Xinhua)

The Monga actor was recently caught up in a product endorsement deal clash between two different jeans brands.

Jackie Chan condemned on the internet (Xinhua)

Eric Tseng, told Hong Kong media that he felt Chan’s statements were inappropriate, when he attended a TVB memorial ceremony Thursday morning.

“This time the mistake is especially big, his words come out the wrong way every time,” said Tseng during the event, which reportedly saw more than 1,000 TVB employees turn up to mourn the deaths of the hostages.

Eric Tsang


Mourning for Manila victims: Kenny Kwan, Nicholas Tse, Cecilia Cheung and Yumiko Cheng

Nicholas is refusing gifts and celebration for his upcoming birthday, Aug.28. (Xinhua)

ChinaHush: After Manila hostage incident

Apple Daily made this animated simulation of what was happening inside of the bus.

A letter from a teenage Filipino to the WHOLE WORLD via CNN

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