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September 11, 2009

September 11, 2009

Huang Bo strikes a pose for Cow

Huang Bo, Director Hu Guan


Fan Bingbing has travelled to Chengdu to prepare shooting a new film, Guanyin Mountain. The movie will costar Sylvia Chang and the film’s director, Li Yu (Lost in Beijing). Sylvia Chang has been learning Beijing Opera for her role. Fan is red hot in demand this year, currently shooting Sunshine in Chongqing with Wang Shuoshui and Guo Degang’s Three Smiles (Flirting Scholar) and will soon be promoting Wheat. (

Posters for Huang Jia Ci Qing (Royal Tattoo)

The film is a costume kung fu comedy with a mix of a Chinese version of Prison Break. It’s a humorous reinterpretation of a classic plot about a Qing Dynasty royal secret treasure and tattoo treasure map. ( (

Taipei Times review: Somewhere I Have Never Travelled

Small town, big ambitions

Where do you go when you live at the edge of the world?

Hollywood Reporter: “Chaw” ready to tear up U.K.

Hollywood Reporter: Founding’ to open with record prints

Farewell, Dai Sor

Taipei Times: Short Takes

April Bride

In Japan, if you make a movie about a gorgeous bride with terminal breast cancer and cast the hottest young actors, you can make a lot of money. Whether or not it will encourage female viewers to have their breasts checked regularly is another matter. Nana Eikura is the unfortunate woman, whose diagnosis and a mastectomy send her fleeing from her perfect boyfriend (played by Eita), who manages to track her down in time to propose. Based on a true story.

Love Twisted

Late last year we previewed Man, Woman and the Wall (2006), a Japanese erotic thriller steeped in voyeurism. Love Twisted was made in Japan two years earlier, but shares the theme, as well as crossover porn star Sora Aoi in one of her first non-porn roles. Imagine Fatal Attraction with more nudity and set in a really depressing housing complex. Starts tomorrow.

Into the Faraway Sky

Taiwanese actor Chang Chen (張震) has a supporting role in this 2007 film set in Hokkaido about offbeat villagers standing in the way of an airport project and the government man sent to fix the problem. The Taiwanese distributor, ahead of a DVD rollout, has changed the Chinese title to link it to the otherwise unconnected Taiwanese production Orz Boyz! (冏男孩). Starts tomorrow.

Hollywood Reporter: Strand catches ‘Spring Fever’

The film, about a wife who discovers her husband is having an affair with another man, took the best screenplay award at the Festival de Cannes.

Hollywood Reporter: Hong Kong inaugurates Chinese film fest

Initiative designed to help promote creativity industry in HK

Lau Ching-Wan

Lau Ching-Wan voices Garfield again in Garfield 3D which opens Oct. 1 in Hong Kong. Lau previously was the voice behind the cat in both previous Cantonese editions of Garfield. (

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Brides, Bruce and boobs

July 31, 2009

Chaw (Variety Review)

Filed under: Reprints — Tags: — dleedlee @ 11:08 am

(South Korea) A Lotte Entertainment release of a Lotte Entertainment, Big House Vantage Holdings presentation of a Soo Jack Film, Big House Vantage Holdings production. (International sales: Fine Cut, Seoul.) Produced by Park Gyeong-deok. Directed, written by Shin Jeong-weon.

With: Eom Tae-woong, Jeong Yu-mi, Jang Hang-seon, Yun Je-mun, Park Hyeok-gweon, Jeong Yun-min, Heo Yeon-hwa, Go Seo-heui, Park Hye-sin.

“Razorback” meets “Jaws” in the blackly comic horror outing “Chaw,” in which a giant wild boar dines on humans in the South Korean countryside. This smartly scripted nod to B-movie conventions, which also throws in references to “Predator” for good measure, is a tasty crowdpleaser for auds of all stripes, with midnight fest legs and juicy ancillary potential. Mid-July release has racked up a toothsome 1.25 million admissions locally in its first three weeks, and has already sold to 15 countries.

Title (pronounced “chow”) is supposedly a dialect word for an animal trap used in the central and northwest parts of the country. More conveniently, the English transliteration also evokes that of Spielberg’s shark thriller, as does its general outline — an early kill mistaken for the real thing, a local official worried about the impact on tourism if news of the murders seeps out.

Setting is the small village of Sameri, populated by the usual collection of gruff locals and weirdos — including a madwoman (Go Seo-heui) with a baby doll — and surrounded by a forest where something evil lurks. As the body count gradually rises and a retired hunter’s cute granddaughter (Jang Hang-seon) becomes the latest victim, the preening Det. Shin (Park Hyeok-gweon) arrives from Seoul to investigate. Also in town is short-fused cop Kim (Eom Tae-woong, the main character in “Handphone”), who’s been reassigned from the capital and is staying with his heavily pregnant wife (Heo Yeon-hwa) and crazed mom (Park Hye-jin).

After the hungry hog arrives unannounced at a premature celebration of its death, Cheon, Shin and Kim finally team up with a younger pro hunter (Yun Je-mun), and a young ecologist (Jeong Yu-mi), to hunt the critter down and find Kim’s mom, who’s gone AWOL.

The construction and the characters are knowingly generic, but the protags’ personal quirks and mildly goofy interplay maintain human interest until the monster’s next appearance. Park is good as the shades-wearing Mr. Cool detective who can’t stop pilfering other’s possessions; Yun aces as the arrogant, high-tech hunter who’s the polar opposite of vet stalker Cheon; and a deglammed Jeong likable as the geeky researcher who wants to record everything on her digicam.

Helmer Shin Jeong-weon mines some of the same small-town material he did in his macabre comedy, “To Catch a Virgin Ghost,” but delivers thrills when the occasion demands. Martial score ups the adrenaline at crucial moments, and creature effects, though cheesy, do the job.

The pic was partly shot in California, where Polygon Entertainment also worked on the visual effects.

Camera (color), Kim Yong-cheol; editor, Kim Du-jin; music, Kim Jun-seong; art director, Kim Gyeong-mi; sound (Dolby Digital), Jeong Jin-mo; creature effects supervisor, Erik Jensen; visual effects, Polygon Entertainment, Stareast Digital Lab. Reviewed at Primus 11, Bucheon, South Korea, July 20, 2009. Running time: 122 MIN.

July 31, 2009

Storm Warriors limited editon posters released at Anime Festival

Ekin Chen, Ma Wing-Shing (original manga illustrator, writer), Aaron Kwok

Variety: Coweb review

Variety: Chaw review

Yu Shaoqun, Liu Yifei Tapped for another ‘Chinese Ghost Story’

bc Magazine: Overheard reviewed

Taipei Times Film Review: ‘Empire of Silver’ short changes audiencesThe world of finance is barren ground for a good story in ‘Empire of Silver,’ a big-budget period drama about the Wall Street of imperial China

Taipei Times Film Review: Sons are for fathers the twice-told tale in How Are You, Dad
Best known for directing Hoklo and Hakka films, Chang Tso-chi shot a movie in Mandarin as a response to his late father’s wishes

Two Chinese Films to Vie for Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival unveils lineup
Hong Kong helmer Yonfan’s “Prince of Tears,” set in Taiwan during the 1950s anti-Communist period known there as “White Terror.
Cheang Pou-Soi’s thriller “Accident,” [previously Assassins] produced by Johnnie To
Yonfan’s Prince of Tears to compete at Venice Film Festival
[see May 19 entry for additional background]

‘Taking Woodstock’ Premieres in New York

Premiere photos

From farmer to A-lister: Wang Baoqiang’s unchanged smile
Blind Shaft earned him 1,000 yuan ($146), and a Best New Performer award at the Golden Horse Awards.

Star-studded film to open for 60th anniversary of PRC

Children Of Workers: 24 City

Life in China through a foggy lens

Meng Yao, Nick Cheung and Monica Mok attend launch ceremoney for To Live and Die in Mongkok

Korean stars take their shot at Hollywood
Supporting roles seen as opening door to larger parts

Li Bingbing Denies Rumors of Foreign Boyfriend

Taipei Times: Pop Stop
Eason Chan, A-Mei and so much more

Zhao Wei reported to be marrying Singaporean businessman

Kelly Chen ruffles mother-in-law’s feathers

Shu Qi ambassador and Hou Hsiao-Hsien executive director attend press conference for 2009 Golden Horse awards

Zhou Xun shampoo advertising photos

Zhao Wei

New Zhao Wei pictures

July 11, 2009

July 11, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 10:52 am

Metallic Attraction: Kungfu Cyborg poster

Chaw to be Unleashed July 16
Known for its innovative and daring use of genre combinations, Korean cinema breaks new ground yet again with Chaw, a black comedy thriller about a killer pig wreaking havoc on a small mountain town.

Directed by SHIN Jeong-won (To Catch a Virgin Ghost), the film stars popular actors EOM Tae-woong, JEONG Yu-mi and YOON Jae-moon. While the posters may lead one to think Chaw is a chilling horror and gore flick, the film blends and subverts the monster genre into a witty, suspenseful black comedy.

The story is set in the peaceful mountain town of Sameri where plans are underway to develop the area. Soon mutilated bodies are found at the development site, and panic spreads across the community, as it is discovered that a huge wild boar is on the rampage.

Comparison to Korea’s all time box office champ The Host, are inevitable, and box office expectations are high. Chaw was shot in Seoul and San Francisco, and has been picked up by Hollywood’s Variety Fine Cut for release in the United States later this year. (KOFIC)

Gillian Chung promotes winter fashion line - gallery

Taiwan media reports liken Carol Cheng to Michael Jackson

Cites damage from acid skin peels, gaunt facial features, weight loss, etc after breaking up with long time boyfriend Liu Fong
Slide show

Joey Wong: No, I did not become a nun

Bobo Chen
Sam Lee, Edison Chen

Edison Chen quietly returned to Hong Kong two days ago to support a show 6Wing/Luk Wing of Fama. Reporters asked whether Edison planned to go and apologize to her but he avoided answering. This caused grief for Bobo Chen as her nail salon is nearby the theatre. Bobo also had to close up her shop to avoid photographers and reporters

Bobo Chen closes up shop

Rachel Chan, another Sexy Photo Gate victim, now runs a flower shop

July 9, 2009

July 9, 2009

Joey Wang, Chyi Chin (not current photo)
Reports of Joey Wang becoming a Buddhist nun refuted

Joey reassures family and long time boyfriend rumors are untrue
Rumors started as a result of SMS chat joke with friends
Yesterday’s reports had Joey ready to shave her head:
Joey Wang
Joey Wang has become a Buddhist monk/nun

According to reports, Joey became a Buddhist nun in June and has left Vancouver Canada for Taiwan
Recaps Joey’s history of relationships with big shot Peter Lam and long time boyfriend singer Chyi Chin
Joey Wang
Joey Wang profile and gallery

Will Smith Brings Kung Fu Kid to Beijing

Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Tony Leung Ka-Fai tore his knee ligament shooting a scene in Bodyguards and Assassins

Nic Tse, Arthur Wong
Director Teddy Chen
Chris Li Yichun, Arthur Wong
Cast and crew celebrate cinematographer Arthur Wong’s birthday

Jeff Lau, Gan Wei, Alex Fong
Kungfu Cyborg cast appear on TV program

Murderer posters and billboards deemed too scary and draws complaints

Stills of Andy Lau as Detective Dee

Andy Lau

First Peek of Feng Xiaogang’s New Movie Aftershock

Korea Times: ‘Chaw’ Explores Omnivore’s Nightmare

Zhang Yimou Becomes Honorary Director of Post Office

Kelvin Tong serves up more surprises in new film ‘Kidnapper’

Rumours: Cecilia Cheung expecting again!

Sun Li (Kungfu Cyborg) slide show

Rosamund Kwan
Rosamund Kwan appearing at a charity event

July 2, 2009

July 2, 2009

Richie Ren
Richie Ren and Dante Lam promote The Sniper in Taiwan

Long-delayed ‘Sniper’ to Screen in Taiwan

Ge You
Ge You in ensemble piece Gasp due out August 21

Liang Tian, Zhang Qiufang , Ge You

Young Bruce Lees Wanted for Ip Man 2
Related promotional video

Korean monster pig movie ‘Chaw’

Quick, Quick, Slow — Film Review
Bottom Line: “Shall We Dance” for seniors.

Walk to School — Film Review
Bottom Line: A picturesque children’s film that sidesteps genuine social issues.

The Magic Aster — Film Review
Bottom Line: This lackluster eco-friendly animation is a yawn for both kids and adults.

Raymond Wong launches Pegasus
‘All’s Well Ends Well Too 2010′ is firm’s first project

Charlene Choi dons glasses for her stage play Golden Hit

With TVB artist Fiona LeungWith Liza Wang
Photos from Michael Jackson’s 1987 visit to TVB’s Clearwater Bay Studios

Island of Greed bill rises as Andy Lau loses appeal

Anthony Wong greets TVB executive Virginia Lok at her birthday party

Xu Fan and Feng Xiaogang

I spy: Feng Xiaogang and wife Xu Fan with adopted daughter

Despite marital problems and living separately, both dote on daughter on set of Aftershock. Gu Changwei and wife Jiang Wenli have adopted as well as Zhang Guoli and his wife. The article also says that Feng Xiaogang is suffering from vitiligo.

Rosemary Vandenbroucke
Rosemary still serving it up, this time at Lan Kwai Fong Beer Fest

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