March 15, 2011
February 16, 2011
A September/October release is planned. (Sina)
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)
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.”
Megan Ellison is in final negotiations to pick up the rights and to make a significant financial commitment to the movie.
“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.
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
Chen Xiaodong (Daniel Chan), Ni Dahong
Ni Dahong stars in the mine diaster film, Together (lit. Survival Day), opening Mar. 4.
The Man Behind the Courtyard House stills
January 13, 2011
A rollicking Chinese western directed with cinematic gumption.
A smashing martial arts extravaganza dented by crude nationalism. [Look for a theatrical release in the US this month.]
A classical historical drama of grand passions and humanity.
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.
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: Jiang Wen Plays Cao Cao in New Film (Lost Bladesman)
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)
The S.H.E member will host a media conference to thank the people who showed concern for her during the ordeal
November 3, 2010
The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman poster
Kitty Zhang Yuqi edition
Ando Masanobu edition
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
Song Jia and Francis Ng play a couple in Love Island
Jaycee Chan in The 1911 Revolution (Xinhai Revolution) (Xinhua)
Angelababy fashion shoot for an Italian brand
Simon Yam and wife, Qi Qi
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
Poster for Patrick Kong’s (Yip Lim-Sum) Marriage With a Liar
Film is set for a Christmas release and features Chrissie Chau.
(Photos from Weibo)
Wind Blast poster released last week
Chui Tien-You (of Shine)
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
(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)
September 23, 2010
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.
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.
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
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)
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
What’s behind the Zhang Yuqi-Stephen Chow-Cecilia Cheung-Derek Yee negotiations, money.
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
By JOHN ANDERSON
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
August 27, 2010
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)
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 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.
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)
A letter from a teenage Filipino to the WHOLE WORLD via CNN