HKMDB Daily News

June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Jackie Chan Lining Up English-Language Action Comedy

Based on an original idea of Chan’s, the story is a two-hander action comedy featuring a detective (Chan) who must track down an American gambler that has skipped out on his debt owed to a Macau casino syndicate. The settings include Hong Kong, Macau, Eastern Europe and mainland China.

THR: ’Matrix’ Fight Choreographer Talks Working With Keanu Reeves, Jackie Chan

Yuen Woo-Ping is being honored at the Paris Cinema Film Festival and is currently working on Reeves’ directorial debut.

CF: ”Painted Skin 2″ Grosses 6 Million at First Round of Screening

“Painted Skin: The Resurrection” is screened only in 3D currently.

CF: Stars Promote “Naked Soldier” in Beijing

CF: Cast and Crew Promote “The Zodiac Mystery” in Beijing

ChinaDaily: Chinese films stuck in the past

No wonder, the world’s impression of China still focuses on the “cultural revolution” (1966-76), men’s long braids typical of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and foot binding. Those indeed are representative of China’s past, but other parts are often neglected, and the true stories of China and its people have long been misread. The varnished and sometimes demonized images simply hold the real China back from the rest of the world.

Micro News

Zhou Xun

Stills from a media set visit in Beijing for the latest celebrity micro film, “I Know You”, starring Zhou Xun and Jing Bo-Ran. Produced by Pang Ho-Cheung, Wing Shya directs from a script by Jody Luk (”Love in the Buff”). In the fantasy romance, Zhou Xun plays three roles, as a teacher, a beautician and a doctor, as well as an alien who like to eat Earth’s food. Jing Bo-Ran plays a chef. The film was shown to the media in Beijing. Wing Shya explained that the film explores the love and trust of city people and expresses the yearning for the simple life.

Latest character posters for “Wu Dang”

Vincent Zhao

Yang Mi

Xu Jiao

Fan Siu-Wong (Sina)

Poster for “Very Kidnappers”, a black comedy that reunites Jiang Wu and Zhang Mo from “Let the Bullets Fly”

Wu Zhenlin, Zhang Mo

(Sina)

Tang Wei and director Kim Tae-Yong attend the Hong Kong premiere of “Late Autumn”. Hyun Bin was absent due to work commitments. Asked for a reaction to Edison Chen’s recent declaration of love for her, Tang Wei was unwilling to give a positive response. She gave thanks to all friends and fans who like her. An staff member came to her aid and dragged her off.

In more Edison weirdness: Perhaps to try and distract attention from Tang Wei fans urging him to let go of their idol, he posted a black and white image of the back of Chow Yun-Fat from “God of Gamblers” with the words, ”I am also in love with him, someone can help me to tell him?” The two posts received over 40,000 comments. Many of Tang’s fans have already responded, asking the notorious lothario to give Tang a break and leave her alone, and suggesting that he has been watching Lust/Caution and wants to make a sequel with himself as the star. (TaipeiTimes)

You gotta check yourself, before you wreck yourself (Sina-gallery)2

Angelababy formally joined Huayi Brothers where her rumoured boyfriend Huang Xiaoming is already signed.

Jing Bo-Ran, Angelababy

Angelababy, Huayi Brothers CEO Wang Zhonglei (r) (Sina)

MSN: Tony Leung celebrates 50th birthday with close friends

CNA: Tony Leung celebrates 50th birthday in a star-studded party

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Michelle Reis wants a daughter soon?

MSN: Is Barbie Hsu finally pregnant?

SGYahoo: Zhang Ziyi in love with young Chinese idol?

CNA:  Yumiko Cheng regains consciousness from fall, says “not dead yet!”

MSN: Yumiko Cheng slips into two-day coma after falling off hill

Yumkio Cheng (2nd), Cherrie Ying (3rd), Jordan Chan (rear)

Google shows Apple: We made ours in the U.S.A.

NYTimes: Google Tries Something Retro: Made in the U.S.A.

June 22, 2012

June 22, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Poster for Elle’s micro film series “I Love You”

Poster for Gia Coppola’s micro film “Casino Moon” (lit. “Las Vegas Moonlight”) starring Zhang Jingchu and Robert Schwartzman

Released on June 18

“The Making of Casino Moon”

“Casino Moon”

“Shanghai Strangers” (aka “SARS Sweetheart”) poster, directed by Joan Chen, starring Jiang Yiyan and Teo Yoo

“Miao Shan and the Minotaur”/”Love in Paris” starring Zhou Dongyu, Niels Schneider, directed by Stephane Sednaoui

Zhou Dongyu at the SIFF’s Elle520 micro film series premiere press conference

Jiang Yiyan, Joan Chen (Sina)

Joan Chen and Jiang Yiyan (below)

Jiang Yiyan

Joan Chen (above), Teo Yoo, Jiang Yiyan

Alexi Tan and Robert Schwartzman (below)

Photos from Weibo

CF: Chinese Actors Can’t Hold Their Sexiness Any More, in Vintage Style (Thanks, Valerie!)

Prestigious photographer Chen Man shoot a batch of new photos for cast of the movie “The Last Supper.” Director Lu Chuan, actors Daniel Wu, Liu Ye and Chang Chen were seen inside an old public bath house. The pictures will be published on Esquire Magazine

More of Chen Man’s recent work

Fan Bingbing on the cover

Chen Kun by Chen Man

(Sina-slideshow)

Chen Man, herself, on Jessica magazine’s 12th anniversary edition

Notice the ‘12′? (JessicaHK)

China’s National Basketball Team shot for Nike and the London Olympics

MSN: Michelle Reis has surgery to remove 8 tumours

When asked about a rumour that she had suffered a miscarriage, she replied, “Nothing of that sort, how inauspicious!”

MSN: Is Cherrie Ying finally pregnant?

MSN: Faye Wong makes yet another pilgrimage

The diva attended the 27th birthday celebrations for the 17th Karmapa (head of a prominent Tibetan Buddhist school) together with other Hong Kong superstars, including Carina Lau, Rosamund Kwan and Kenny Bee, who brought his family along as well.

December 6, 2011

December 6, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

China Lion Announces its Chinese New Year Slate and 2-for-1 Tickets (North America)

CRI: ’The Great Magician’ Coming out on Jan. 12

Previous reports indicated the film would cooperate with Tsui Hark’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”, also produced by Bona Film Group, to go head-to-head against Zhang Yimou’s Oscar-hopeful “The Flowers of War”.

CF: The Flowers of War’ Brings Forward its Release Date

“The Flowers of War” was supposed to go head-to-head against “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate.”

A spokesperson for Bona provided the press with a clever if not all too revealing answer, stating that, “There is a possibility for us to bring forward the date too; the final decision will be announced at the premiere ceremony of our film on December 12 in Beijing.”

Stills of Huang Haibo in “The Flowers of War”. He plays a Chinese soldier who disagrees with the military orders of Tong Dawei.

Huang Haibo

Tong Dawei plays Captain Li

Qin Hao plays one of the Chinese soldiers

Qin Hao - 7th from right (without a helmet)

Qin Hao

Qin Hao - 3rd from right

1st on right

(Sina)23

Stephen Chow has reportedly abandoned his plans to film “Tai Chi” next year citing unhappiness with his script. Instead, he will film a 3D version of “Little Mermaid” and begin casting for a lead actress soon. (Sina)

“The director of “Kung Fu Hustle”, Stephen Chow is also remaking it in Chinese.”

The original film will be released in mainland China next week. About 900 prints of the film have also been sent overseas, making it the biggest Bollywood release outside of India.

Li Yuchun’s new long-haired look for Peter Chan’s “The Guillotines” (Sina)

New “Great Wall, My Love” poster

Tong Dawei and Cherrie Ying star in the romantic road movie

Emily Liu Yi-Ming directed the Taiwan made film

(Sina)2

Posters for Kevin Chu Yen-Ping’s “Perfect Two” feature Vic Chou and Little Bin

Yang Mi will sing the theme song as well as act in Chu Yen-Ping’s romantic comedy “Perfect Two”. Yang Mi plays the single mother of Little Bin, with a cast that also includes Vic Chou, Vivian Hsu, Ella Chen (of S.H.E.), Tao Zeru and Ding Sha Sha. The “family New Year comedy” opens January 23.

Yang Mi

CF: ”Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate” Trio in Esquire Magazine

Chen Kun, Guey Lunmei and Mavis Fan, cast members of director Tsui Hark’s soon-to-be-released 3D costume action flick “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate,” posed for a photo shoot for Hong Kong’s Esquire Magazine in promoting their new movie. The film is slated for release on December 16.

(Sina)

CF: Final Promotional Trailer of “The Allure of Tears” out

The production company of the sensational film “The Allure of Tears” released the movie’s final promotional trailer on December 6, featuring the third story “The Third Drop of Tears.” The film consists of three separate stories, respectively entitled “The First Drop of Tears,” “The Second Drop of Tears” and “The Third Drop of Tears.” Directed by Barbara Wong and starring an all-star cast with Zhou Dongyu, Gigi Leung, Richie Ren, Joe Chan, “The Allure of Tears” is scheduled to open in national cinemas on December 22.

Directed by and stars Xu Jinglei, with other stars including Stanley Huang, Christy Chung and Gigi Leung, the film will hit cinemas on the 23rd of December during the Christmas holiday slot.

CF: Top Chinese Films of the Season

All my old HK friends are now in Beijing: Carina Lau, Cherie Chung and Kenny Bee attend a watch brand event.

Carina Lau, Cherie Chung

Kenny Bee, Carina, Cherie

(Xinhua)

MSN: Eason Chan denies divorce rumour

When a Hong Kong magazine asked him if he was ready to divorce his wife at the post-concert celebration party, Eason lost his temper and asked the reporter to “buzz off”.

November 29, 2011

November 29, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: Shattered review

A microcosm of China past and present flows through Xu Tong’s intimate docu “Shattered,” in which the maverick indie filmmaker continues to refine his techniques and concerns shown in his previous “Wheat Harvest” and “Fortune Teller.”

CRI: Actress Zhao Wei to Make Directorial Debut

The film, provisionally entitled “To Our Youth That Is Fading Away”, will be an adaptation of the novel of the same name. It will tell the tale of a woman’s emotional struggle with two men whom she meets again many years after their on-campus love triangle.

CF: Vicky Zhao’s First Movie Project

Stanley Kwan will produce the movie. The film’s screenplay will be written by Li Qiang, whose 2005 film “Peacock” picked up a Silver Berlin Bear Award.

Based on the popular novel “To Our Youth that will Fade Away,” the story revolves around a girl named Zheng Wei, who becomes torn between two men; she is forced to make a decision to find her Mr. Right.

Cherrie Ying and actor Dong Dawei (Tong Dawei) are seen on the poster of the comedic road movie “Great Wall, My Love.”

(Sina)

Aarif Lee plays the role of a finance blog owner who places too many irons in the fire in return for first-hand financial information.

THR: Hong Kong Comedian Stephen Chow Voices Support in Chief Executive Election

‘Shaolin Soccer’ star sticks up for friend Henry Tang Ying-yen, one of two candidates for Hong Kong’s highest office.

The comic mastermind also had his own words of wisdom on the possible negative impact on public support for Tang after Tang was discovered to have engaged in extramarital liaisons.

Chow deadpanned, “We’re trying to elect a chief executive here, not to choose a boyfriend.” [Herman Cain might want to borrow this line.]

Chow’s unopposed election to one of 15 seats for the performing arts subsector on the next Hong Kong chief executive election committee came at the last minute on the day before the application closed, after original candidate, 1990s “Heavenly King” of the Hong Kong pop music scene and actor Leon Lai (Forever Enthralled), was found to be ineligible.

Lai’s disqualification to run as the representative of the election committee for the performing arts subsector had made a mockery of the whole election process of the next chief executive, which will be selected by a 1200-member committee – the singer-actor was not eligible as he was not even a registered voter.

After a slump of over a decade, Taiwan’s home- grown films are not only sweeping box offices at home but also winning awards and hit status overseas, thanks to a new cohort of filmmakers.

Director Chen Kaige is shooting his realistic Micro film “Search” in Ningbo of Zhejiang Province. Its scheduled release is in May of 2012. Chen will make three micro films before promoting them on the Internet.

Yao Di attending a launch ceremony in Sichuan for an 80’s-generation micro film (”Lost and Found”?)

Yao Di

Daniel Lee’s “White Vengeance” opens today in Hong Kong

Feng Shaofeng

Feng Shaofeng (Sina-slideshow)

Publicity stills for “Cold Steel’ featuring Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Opening Dec. 2

Peter Ho Yun-Tung (Sina)

The 32-year-old, who rose to fame as part of Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit, quit the group in June and is now channelling his time into acting, having starred in best selling flicks like 14 Blades and My Kingdom.

MSN: Cecilia Cheng and Lucas Tse hides from the paparazzi (Nov.26)

In other related news, the media speculated that Cecilia had allowed Lucas to skip school again, because the pair was spotted in Shanghai for the past few days. (Sina)

Lucas at the play center

(Xinhua)

American-Taiwanese singer-actor Peter Ho was recently detained by the customs at an airport in China because the customs officers found that he was carrying more than 100 boxes of condoms in his carry-on luggage

Happy 37th Birthday to Lin Chi-Ling today!

(Sina)

Last night, with Huang Xiaoming in Beijing attending a charity dinner (Sina)

Lin Chi-Ling earlier this month

(Sina)2

November 12, 2010

November 12, 2010

Midnight Beating poster (Xinhua)

CRI: New Bruce Lee Film Premieres in Hong Kong

THR: 3D ‘Sex & Zen’ to Offer Pick and Choose Edits

Up to a dozen “tailor-made” versions of erotic 3D film Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy are set to spring up across the globe come the film’s release in the summer of 2011.

Multiplatform distributor Asia Crush will bring popular titles on Comcast and Time Warner Cable systems, which will reach more than 50 million U.S. households.(THR)

If you have ever wondered whether China has produced any cinema other than over-embellished period dramas, kungfu-style action flicks or soapy stories about who gets to hook the office stud, 101 Essential Chinese Movies might be a good place to start.

Unconfirmed rumors have Zhao Wei’s first film project since her pregnancy being ‘Fuchun Mountain’. The main story is about a famous Chinese painiting, ‘Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains’, with elements of spy drama, romance and adventure. Andy Lau, Lin Chi-Ling and Chen Kun’s names have been attached to the project. The actual painting, partially burned, exists in two pieces, one part in mainland China, the other in Taiwan. [Political metaphor? Hmmm.] (Sina)2

Li Bingbing

Li Bingbing appeared in Hangzhou for Piaget (Nov.11) (Xinhua)

Cherrie Ying, Jordan Chan

The couple will hold their wedding at Hong Kong’s Disneyland tomorrow. To support animal conservation,  they will not offer shark’s fin soup. As the soup is an indispensable status symbol, it was a big headache to come up with a substitute. Instead, they decided on red wine instead. Earlier, Miriam Yeung also announced that she was eschewing shark’s fin soup for her wedding banquet. (Xinhua)(Sina-slide show) According to this report, the wedding will be broadcast live at 14:30, Saturday. (Sina)

The official reason for Wang Bo-Chieh’s wrist injury was that he injured it playing a late-night drinking game with buddies and he cut it on a broken bottle. Producer Peter Chan and Sandra Ng called to check on his condition as he is scheduled to do voice work for Mr. and Mrs. Incredible which has now been delayed. (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu attending a brand event dinner

(Xinhua)(Sina)

16 year-old Zhang Ziyi from a TV liquor advert (Xinhua)

Scandals can do wonders for public profile

MSN: Cecilia Cheung and Lucas Tse to star in comedy flick together

MSN: Stephen Chow has a young new lover (Xinhua)

CRI: Michelle Reis: It’s a Boy!

Michelle Reis considered hiring surrogate mum

CRI: Gigi Leung to Hold Concert in Beijing on X’mas Eve

August 6, 2010

August 6, 2010

Xinhua: Quake film triggers calls for shake-up of film approval system

The latest domestic blockbuster, “Aftershock,” set during the 1976 Tangshan earthquake that left more than 240,000 people dead, has stirred up a debate among parents whose children were scared — not moved — to tears during the movie.

Study: Asians rely on mobile video (THR)

Americans watch twice as much TV as Asian counterparts

Danwei: Southern Weekly in conversation with Chen Daoming

Chen Daoming is one of the most venerated actors in China, working in TV and film since the ‘80s. His roles include Fang Hung-chien in the 1990 TV adaptation of Fortress Besieged by Qian Zhongshu . Lately though, his more commercial roles include the emperor in Zhang Yimou’s Hero and the retired People’s Liberation Army officer in Feng Xiaogang’s Aftershock.

Charlene Choi and Raymond Lam in stills from The Jade and The Pearl

(Xinhua)

The Johnnie To-Wai Ka-Fai Single Men and Women crew held a wrap ceremony and invited the media. Louis Koo is still busy shooting Chinese Ghost Story in Shanghai and complained of the heat there filming in heavy costumes. He said filming Single Men was much easier as it was indoors with air-conditioning.

Johnnie To, Louis Koo, Gao Yuanyuan, Wai Ka-Fai

Louis Koo, Gao Yuanyuan

Gao Yuanyuan

Johnnie To (Xinhua)(Sina)

Miao Pu and Nick Cheung dancing in Stool Pigeon.

Guei Lun-Mei (Kwai Lun-Mei)

Guei Lun-Mei took on new challenge in her first action role

The Dante Lam film opens August 26. (Sina)2

Vivian Chow and Sandra Ng met with the press to talk about All About Love

(Sina)

Poster for ‘Hot Honey’, a comedy about the ‘hidden rules’ of the workplace. (Sina)

Stephen Shiu’s 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy will beginning filming this month.

Aug.4 press conference photos

Tony Ho Wah-Chiu

SUO Yukiko

Hayama Hiro (Hayama Go)

HARO Saori

Vonnie Lui Hoi-Yan

The producers, Shiu Ding-Yat (Stephen Shiu, Jr), Stephen Shiu

Tony Ho Wah-Chiu Chen Chau-Ping, Hayama Hiro, Lan Yu (Sina)2

Michelle Reis appeared at the restaurant opening of former suitor Joseph Lau.

The real estate tycoon is known as The One, the pseudonym he used to publish full page birthday greetings to Michelle and even going so far as renaming one of his buildings The One.

(Xinhua)

Tony Leung and Chen Daoming chat at a new car unveiling in Shanghai

Dapper Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Sina)

Cherrie Ying Choi-Yi Esquire

(Sina)

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