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October 13, 2009

October 13, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 12:50 pm

Zhao Wei - 14 Blades (

Donnie Yen (


Tan Weiwei, Anya Wu - Chengdu, I Love You

Fruit Chan

Cui wants to bring hope with “Chengdu”

Hong Kong director Cui Jian hopes he can help bring a brighter future for the people who have been pained by the Sichuan earthquake with film “Chengdu, I Love You.”

Polaroid, the instant camera that transformed the photography market, is to make a comeback.

October 12, 2009

October 12, 2009

CRI: Donnie Yen Is a Royal Spy in New Martial Art Film 14 Blades

Yen will continue his action hero routines to play the head agent of the royal espionage network during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), a relatively dark period in China’s history when the feudal court made unprecedented use of a spy system to run the ruling machine…

Peter Ho Yun-Tung - Once Upon A Time In Tibet

Variety: The Warrior and The Wolf review

Variety: Fireball (Thailand) review

Basketball becomes an underground bloodsport in “Fireball,” a lively Thai actioner in which Bangkok’s toughest street gangs smash each other senseless in the quest for championship honors.

Screen Daily: Paju (South Korea)

Glenn offers us his thoughts on Francis Ng’s Tracing Shadow

Imagi hitches rocket to ‘Astro Boy’

“Astro Boy II” could soon be in the works if all goes well with this week’s release of the animated superhero movie “Astro Boy.” That would also spell a new lease on life for its production house Imagi and could redefine the concept of co-production in Asia.

Chinese directors pay tribute to quake-hit city

In the same style as the anthology films “New York, I Love You” and “Paris, I Love You,” two Chinese filmmakers have profiled a Chinese city that was hit by a massive earthquake last year.

“Chengdu, I Love You” was conceived as a tribute to the southwestern city in Sichuan province that was decimated by a 7.9-magnitude quake in May 2008, leaving nearly 90,000 people dead or missing, Hong Kong director Fruit Chan said.

OCRegister: Red Cliff West Coast Premiere

The Regency South Coast Village Theater will screen, in its West Coast premiere, John Woo’s latest epic, “Red Cliff” (Oct. 15), the most expensive Chinese film ever made, followed by a Q and A with the director. In collaboration with the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, a series of ping pong tournaments will be held in South Coast Plaza to commemorate Nixon-era Ping Pong Diplomacy (Oct. 17-18). The Bowers Museum, South Coast Repertory, and the Orange County Museum of Art will also present “Ancient Paths” events.

Two Hollywood projects lined up for John Woo

THR: ‘Ong Bak’ team ready for English-language ‘City of Angels’

Dwayne Johnson and Robin Shou to costar

THR: Disaster director ready for America

‘Haeundae’ helmer writing English comedy with Korean story

Fan Bingbing

With Wilson Chen Bo-lin

Fan Bingbing has started work in Chengdu on Li Yu’s Guanyin Mountain which also costars Sylvia Chang. (

Ge You to Chair Macao Int’l Film Festival

Li Feier - newcomer in Wang Xiaoishua’s Mosaic/Sunshine in Chongqing

Visitors From the Sui Dynastyslide show

A time travel comedy.

China’s Hottest Entertainers for 2009

Xiao Shenyang, Liu Qian, Li Yugang

September 15, 2009

September 15, 2009

Copy Cat opens Sept. 25

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John Woo

A four hour director’s cut of The Founding of a Republic will be broadcast on TV to include all the scenes deleted in the theatrical version.. Director Huang Jianxin also clarified that the participation of Stephen Chow was only a rumor. Stephen Chow called Han Sanping to offer his services but the film had already finished shooting and he could only say, ‘Thank You”, to his offer. (

Tian Zhuangzhuang, Maggie Q, Joe Odagiri


Maggie Q, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Joe Odagiri

The Warrior and the Wolf (CRI)

The film “The Warrior and the Wolf” by Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2009.

Variety: Chengdu, I Love You

The bloody carcass of a planned three-part movie set around Sichuan’s provincial capital (and its earthquake traumas), “Chengdu, I Love You” hobbles onscreen minus one leg in unmarketable condition.

Li Bingbing - The Message

After a 13 minute reel preview of The Message, Li Bingbing was praised for her performance  (

John Woo

Producers Terence Chang, John Woo, Director Lee Gui-Yuen

My Fair Gentleman promotion activity (

Aaron Kwok

Janine Chang Chun-Ning

Aaron Kwok and Janine Chang Chun-Ning open Murderer in Taipei (


Gillian Chung

A 8 minute 34 second video by Jiang Zhi  of Gillian Chung is the highlight of performance video exhibition in Shanghai. In the video, it shows a closeup of Gillian at first with a peaceful smile but as time progresses Gillian becomes sadder, heartbroken and she begins to frown, then her lips tremble and eyes begin to tear, finally, unable to hold it in she starts bawling and weeping. (

AMFF pays tribute to Yasmin Ahmad

This year’s Australian Malaysian Film Festival (AMFF) from Oct 4 to 7, at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, here, pays tribute to the memory of Malaysian filmmaking legend Yasmin Ahmad.

Chengdu, I Love You (Variety review)

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Chengdu, I Love You

(China) A Zonbo Media production. (International sales: Zonbo, Beijing.) Produced by Chen Weiming.


The bloody carcass of a planned three-part movie set around Sichuan’s provincial capital (and its earthquake traumas), “Chengdu, I Love You” hobbles onscreen minus one leg in unmarketable condition. Pic is of interest to Asian specialists for its OK episode helmed by Hong Kong-based Fruit Chan but is capsized by a laughably inept opening seg by mainland rock idol Cui Jian.

Cui’s chaotic “2029,” set in a future of 3-D cell-phone messaging, and drawing parallels between martial arts and rock music, centers on a kung fu artist (Huang Xuan) and mystery babe (Tan Weiwei), looking for each other 21 years after they were both trapped as kids in the 2008 earthquake. Chan’s “1976,” set in a traditional teahouse at the end of the Cultural Revolution, is a slim but well-made/played vignette about a waitress (Taiwan’s Anya Wu, graceful but feisty), who’s enamored of the long-stemmed teapot-pouring technique of Crazy Zhao (Guo Tao, manic), who later denounces her. Planned middle seg, “2008,” helmed by South Korea’s Hur Jin-ho (”Happiness”) and starring Jeong Woo-seong and Gao Yuanyuan, is reportedly being made as a stand-alone feature.

Camera (color, widescreen), Lin Huaquan; editor, Zhou Xinxia. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (closer, noncompeting), Sept. 11, 2009. Original title: Chengdu wo ai ni. Mandarin dialogue. Running time: 79 MIN.

With: Huang Xuan, Tan Weiwei.
Directed, written by Fruit Chan. Music, Ni Ni, Zheng Dawei; art director, Lu Dong; costume designer, Qian Zhijuan. Running time: 45 MIN.

With: Guo Tao, Anya Wu.
Directed by Cui Jian. Screenplay, Cui, Wang Hongfan. Music, Cui; art director, Fu Dong; costume designer, Xie Meng. Running time: 31 MIN.

September 14, 2009

September 14, 2009

Poster for My Fair Gentleman aka Dirt Rich in Shanghai (

The John Woo produced comedy features Kelly Lin and Sun Honglei.

Zhao Wei

Chen Kun, Jingle Ma

Beijing - Mulan press conference to launch official website

Photo gallery ( (

Nanjing Massacre movie does not need subtitle to resonate with Toronto audience

After the Venice screening, Cui Jian’s segment in Chengdu, I Love You is criticized by some viewers as too stream of consciousness, more like a long version of music video. Cui Jian conveyed a lot of information in the brief span of 35 minutes. As his directorial debut, he said that there was room for improvement to the film including music and special effects and that this was not the final version. (

First mainland film with Taiwan actor casting Chiang Kai-shek to premiere

A mainland film with a Taiwan actor playing the role of Chiang Kai-shek for the first time will premiere in late September.

Korean “Private Eye” conjures fine period detail

Seductive ambience and dapper style hold sway in “Private Eye,” a lurid mystery that unearths serial murder, drug racketeering and sexual corruption in turn-of-the-19th-century Korea.

September 7, 2009

September 7, 2009

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Fruit Chan - Past


Cui Jian - Future


3 new posters released for Fruit Chan, Cui Jian film

Closing film for Venice Film Festival (


Taiwan version of The Message poster eliminates the characters and emphasizes a torture chair (

August 6, 2009

August 6, 2009

Warners offers Bruce Lee role to Rain
Korean singer-actor still mulling remake of ‘Enter the Dragon’

Jaycee Chan Comedy novice in Tracing Shadow

Johnnie To: Johnny Hallyday wasn’t prima donna on ‘Vengeance’ set

‘Chengdu, I Love You’
“Chengdu, I Love You” may not be shown in its entirety as its premiere closes the 66th Venice International Film Festival.

“Empire of Silver” Generates Its Own Fortune in Taiwan

Kungfu Cyborg - Eric Tsang, Law Gar-Ying photos
Opens August 20 simultaneously in Hong Kong and Mainland

Barbie Hsu, Wong JingLouis Koo
Meng YaoJing girl - Liu Yang
On His Majesty’s Secret Service premiere - photo gallery

Maggie Siu, Simon Yam
Michelle YeAnthony Wong

Vengeance premiere photos

Opening ceremony at Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival

Mao Mao
Mao Mao - Zhang Yimou’s Amazing Tales - Three Guns

Jet Li: Never Heard about ‘Shaolin’ Remake

Gillian Chung scenes deleted from Jeff Lau’s Light-Transcending Pandora’s Box for fear of Mainland objection

Mars Baby photo gallery

Charlene Choi: Twins will not be disbanding

Zhang Ziyi and Vivi Nevo separated
Recently, Zhang has been staying in Beijing to help her brother take care of his children and promoting her new film. Supposedly, the real reason is that the two have parted company.

New Faye Wong advert photo found on her Facebook page

Karena Lam
Karena Lam promoting cosmetics

Zhang Pimin promoted to deputy director of China’s SARFT

July 30, 2009

July 30, 2009

New Sophie’s Revenge poster

Zhang Ziyi

More stills - Sophie’s Revenge

Tracing Shadow poster

Recent posts from Bey Logan’s blog
Bey Logan: Chow on Fire
Fat Gor tries to change a flat tire/tyre

Bey Logan: Coffee with Gong Li
Gong dominated Chinese cinema to such an extent that, when she proved unavailable for the project, Chen Kaige begrudgingly began his film Temptress Moon with another actress, Iron Monkey’s Jean Wang, before summarily dismissing her when Gong Li did become available (and then, rather unkindly, criticizing Wang in the press.)

Bey Logan: The Man With The Deadly Pen
Ngai Hong (AKA Ni Kuang) (and Vivian Chow’s father-in-law)

Guardian: Can Kung Fu Cyborg kick Transformers’ arse?

Shu Qi performing action stunts on City Under Siege - slide show

Fruit Chan
Chengdu, I Love You
Fruit Chan’s Chengdu, I Love You to close Venice Film Festival

Xiao Shenyang
Sun Honglei
Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns

Li Bingbing was admitted to the hospital with heat stroke and hospitalized for two days but has now returned to the set of Detective Dee

Chow Yun-Fat possibly joining the cast of Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly

The woman who changes one man’s destiny - Michelle Reis
“If a woman can change a man’s whole life, that’s an attractive story to me,” the 39-year-old says. “My role encourages a beggar to stand up to hardship and live with dignity and confidence. She makes me believe in love.”

Qin Hailu

Qin Hailu to star in Sun Zhou’s 1949 war drama set in Guangzhou

Kelly Chen

Hong Kong media is reporting that Kelly Chen is not getting along with her mother-in-law

Supposedly clashing over cooking and child care

Zhao Wei releasing new album on digital platform via China Mobile (a la Karen Mok) in August

Rumor: Zhao Wei has registered for marriage in Singapore to a businessman
She was spotted with a wealthy merchant outside a marriage registration office in Singapore. To register in Singapore one must be a Singaporean or a permanent resident of Singapore.
If so, can a change in citizenship be far behind? :)

Liu Ye promoting auto brand

First public appearance since marriage

Pace Wu

Pace Wu in Taipei promoting cosmetics - gallery

Paris Hilton dons a Hello Kitty dress

Group wants to stub out film smoke
Chinese anti-smoking group call for a ban on smoking scenes

Hong Kong gang convicted for piracy
Leader sentenced to 74 months; $1.1 mil in assets seized

July 29, 2009

July 29, 2009

Lau Ching-Wan and wife,Amy KwokLau Ching-Wan, Zhang Jingchu, Alex Fong

Daniel Wu, Louis Koo, Lau Ching-WanDaniel Wu

Anita YuenMichelle Ye

Overheard cast and guests attend Hong Kong premiere
Michael Wong and wife
Michael Wong and wife

“Overheard” Premieres in Hong Kong
Hollywood Reporter: Alan Mak hopes for hit in China

‘Chengdu’ to close Venice festival
Fruit Chan, Cui Jian unveil sci-fi film
Chengdu, I Love You to close Venice Film Festival
[ I wonder, did the third part get cut out because Hur Jin-ho expanded his segment to a full length feature?]
Previously: Hur Jin-ho wraps feature-length Season Of Good Rain
‘Chengdu’ to Close Venice Film Festival

Variety: SPC to distribute Yimou’s ‘Blood’ [Amazing Tales: Three Guns]
Sony Pictures Classics is continuing its relationship with filmmaker Zhang Yimou, agreeing to distribute his planned remake of the Coen brothers’ comedic thriller “Blood Simple” domestically and in several major foreign territories
Screen Daily: Sony Classics on board for Zhang Yimou’s Blood Simple remake

China welcomes ‘Haeundae’ wave
Korean disaster film looks for success onshore in China

Lee Byung-hun Returns With Film ‘G.I. Joe’
Kwon Sang-woo May Make Hollywood Debut
Hollywood’s Korean ninjas
Sandra Ng
Barbie Hsu
Sandra Ng and Barbie Hsu - On His Majesty’s Secret Service

Xu Fan and husband Feng Xiaogang
Chen Daoming, Chen Jin

Does Feng Xiaogang have vitiligo?

Aftershock officially launches production

Ceremony held at Tangshan Earthquake Memorial Square

HK actress Michelle Reis returns to the big screen

Anthony Wong
Anthony Wong, Yin Tao to Lead Epic Tang Drama

Jia Zhangke: In fact it is the President of the World Uighur Congress Kadeer, a documentary film, and invited me to attend the film premiere, it is known that political figures in the film will appear, too political, and I am not sure about the history of Xinjiang, so it is not the time to attend the film festival a good time, so I choose not to participate. ”
Jia Zhangke speaking at the Hong Kong Book Fair

Jet Li’s Singapore citizenship confirmed

Shing Fui-On (file photo)
Shing Fui-On gives a thumbs up

Young Shing Fui-On and Andy Lau
Shing Fui-On’s cancer has spread to his lungs. He entered the hospital last week and only weighs 45kgs (not lost 45kgs as previously reported)

86 year-old Lam Kau enters hospital with foot injury

Nick Cheung
Nick Cheung films a tourism program in Finland

Vivian Chow
Peter Chan
I spy: Vivian Chow secretly meeting with Peter Chan in Shanghai

Sparks rumors of plans for comeback

England: Family made £7m in fake DVD scam

July 15, 2009

July 15, 2009

“On His Majesty’s Secret Service” ready to open

Critics Give Thumbs-up to “One Night in a Supermarket” Ahead of Release

Hur Jin-ho wraps feature-length Season Of Good Rain
Hur Jin-ho has extended his section of pan-Asian omnibus Chengdu, I Love You into a feature entitled Season Of Good Rain

Wong Jing announced production of a new film featuring Nick Cheung, Paw Hee-Ching, Chan Lai-Wan and Meng Yao ‘Mongkok Prison’

Nick plays a schizophrenic, Paw Hee-Ching his mother suffering from dementia

Fan Bingbing, Joey Yung, Jackie Chan, Charlene Choi, Liu Yifei
Fan Bingbing, Joey Yung, Jackie Chan, Charlene Choi, and Liu Yifei promote a real estate company in Guangzhou

Stephen Chow passes on Kato
Director and star moves on to focus on own projects

Ziyi’s Non-revenge for Love and Fear for Marriage

Zhang Ziyi’s character in ‘Sophie’s Revenge’ might be one to fight to win back her ex, but the actress said she would not do so in real life.

Andy Lau in Shanghai to Promote Newly-Open Boutique

Kelly Chen Leaves Hospital (After) Giving Birth

I spy: Zhao Wei in Shanghai

I spy: Stephen Fung and Shu Qi

Nic Tse
Nic inspects new Lamborghini purchased for Cecilia
Nic Tse took a break from shooting Bodyguards and Assassins to visit wife

Previously rumors have been circulating that Cecilia Cheung has suffered a miscarriage.

Gillian Chung visits Harbin (almost 700 miles NE of Beijing!)

With singer Jiang Peng

Edison made a quick day and a half visit to Taiwan

He shot a Levi’s ad and probably scouted locations for another CLOT store

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