HKMDB Daily News

May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF/THR: Dangerous Liaisons: Cannes Review

An interesting twist on a classic plot, Dangerous Liaisons is essentially a deluxe soap opera. But with its beautiful cast and gorgeous production design, it is still a highly enjoyable way to waste two hours.

CF: China Lion Eyes U.S. Market With Cannes Pickups

… it has a deal with AMC Entertainment to screen up to 15 titles a year, include the raunchy Hong Kong comedy Vulgaria, Taiwanese romantic comedies Girlfriend Boyfriend and When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep, warlord actioner The Bullet Vanishes and Thai martial arts pic Rebirth.

CF: Release Date for “Nightmare” Announced

The production company for the upcoming thriller “Nightmare”, which is directed by Herman Yau and starring Fiona Sit, Huang Xuan and Zhou Chuchu, announced its July 6th mainland release date yesterday.

CF: Character Posters of “Caught in the Web” Released

Chen Kaige, known for his top award-winning film at Cannes “Farewell to My Concubine,” has turned his focus to ordinary people and hot topics in modern times in his latest film.

The film revolves around the problems caused by internet violence and “flesh searches” in modern society.

A few of the character posters for “Caught in the Web”

Yao Chen

Gao Yuanyuan

Wang Xueqi

Wang Luodan (Sina)

CF: Lu Chuan’s First Micro Film Releases Poster

Director Lu Chuan’s first micro film “The Way of the Heart” releases its poster.

In more micro film news, actress Huang Yi is directing her first micro film, “Exchange”, based on a true incident in which a female university student inspired by the ‘paperclip for a villa’ (see links below) exchanged two rings and in four months after three more exchanges built a classroom building. Huang Yi developed an interest in micro films when she was invited to act in another micro film earlier. This time, she was invited by the Shanghai International Film Festival’s director of micro film projects to direct and Huang readily accepted.

Huang Yi

Huang Yi and young actors (Sina)

Student barters rings to build school in Guizhou

From paper-clip to house, in 14 trades

Vicki Zhao’s directorial debut “To Our Past Youth” finished shooting in Nanjing and Shanghai, and the cast and crew are in the midst of their shoot at the Huangguoshu Waterfall, a famous scenic spot in Guizhou Province.

Another June edition of L’Officiel, with Huang Yi on the cover this time.

The Hong Kong actor is said to have become more caring and cheerful after officially ending his marriage recently

Zhang Ziyi, as ambassador of the event, was all smiles at the 12th Chinese Film Media Awards last night

December 8, 2011

December 8, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Damn you, China Lion! It looks like D.C. has been dropped from the list of cities that is getting a release of “Magic to Win” this Friday. Presumably, no future films either. New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver remain on the island.

CF: Comedy Film “No Liar, No Cry” Premieres in Beijing

The film is set in the desert, and tells a tale between a mine owner and several money-mad people who want to buy his mine. The mine owner spends 10 years trying to find gold in the mine, while fending off people’s attempts to take it over. In the end, the forces of nature and human triumph over greed.

CF: Row over Zhang Yimou’s Blockbuster “Flowers of War”

Movie review: East Meets West 2011 (A1)

The new version often seems to be trying too hard - lacking the unaffected, carefree attitude that helped make the original so entertaining to watch

CF: Mainland Box Office Chart in Week 49

White Vengeance” took $12.58 million at the Mainland box office over six days, catching number one spot easily. Chinese New Year hit “East Meets West 2011″ dropped to second place with gross $3.24 million…

Even taking advantage from the “Happy Ghost” movie franchise, “Magic to Win” just debuted to poor performance of $1.53 million in its four day run. Same day released film “Cold Steel” and “A Big Deal” earned $0.69 million and $0.64 million in box office respectively in their first week.

Joining the 3D fray is “Speed Pioneer”, made for domestic audiences. Featuring parkour action, the film’s cast includes Wang Zi (aka Prince) of Lollipop.

Parkour team

Wang Zi (Sina)

Stills from “Don’t Follow”, a micro film featuring Fan Bingbing dressed in men’s clothing. Sponsored by Nokia. (Sina)

Fan Bingbing

Posters for “Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault” based on the popular Taiwanese TV series, “Black & White”, about triads.

Huang Bo, Terri Kwan

Alex To


Jack Kao

A Ken (Ken Lin)

Mark Chao

Soler - Dino and Julio Acconci


MSN: Andy Lau rumoured to have taken a secret remedy to improve his baby chances

The Hong Kong actor had hoped to improve his health and conceive a baby boy

Edison Chen: “I was too straight, too stupid and believed people.” (CNA)

November 9, 2011

November 9, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

MSN: Ricky Hui dies at 65

Ricky’s day of death also coincided with the death anniversary of Lam Ching-ying, one of Hong Kong’s famous actors who acted in many vampire-themed movies. He had played the role of Ricky’s master in the movie Mr Vampire.

Ricky Hui found dead(A1)(CNA)

On top of making people laugh with his screen performance, Ricky was also a musician, having released seven albums, penned the songs in Sam’s debut Cantonese album and participated in the production of the latter’s 1999 musical “Mid Summer Night Madness”.

Family photo - brothers Michael, Stanley, Ricky and Sam

Concert poster (Sina)2

CRI: Chow Yun-fat Plays a New Cao Cao

Chow, Alec Su and Japanese actor Hiroshi Tamaki have attended a news conference to preview the historic epic “Tong Que Tai” (”The Bronze Sparrow Terrace”).

Li Bingbing said at the event, “The character suits me very well. We are both the same age and at the same stage of life. And I’m single too.” As the only single member of the three leads, the 38-year-old actress was “commanded” by Sun and Duan to “catch up” with them as soon as possible.

“Love in the Buff”, directed by Pang Ho-Cheung, and the sequel to his 2010 romance drama “Love in A Puff”, has had its first English language promotional poster released.

Produced by Bona Film Group, director Tsui Hark’s imminent action blockbuster “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate” unveiled a new batch of character posters in the run up of its release in December.

Guei Lun-Mei (Sina)

The makers of “Painted Skin 2″ revealed that the trailer was made under the direction of Japanese fantasy master Yoshitaka Amano and other domestic fantasy designers. The 120-second clip does not disclose any specific details about the plot, but does give film fans a glimpse of the fantasy inspired images that feature throughout the movie.

“White Deer Plain” is considered to be the most difficult books to adapt into film, particularly in terms of technical constraints, its time span and the tight content. The novel is lengthy but tight. Staying true to the original work while keeping it short enough to be a film is a tough task.

Gaile Lok and Leon Lai walk red carpet at New York Chinese Film Festival

Vivian Hsu

Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Vivian Hsu

Gaile Lok, Leon Lai (and Qin Hailu?)

Vivian Hsu (Sina)2, (Sina-slideshow)

Jingle Ma’s “Speed Angels” featuring Tang Wei, Cecilia Cheung, Chie Tanaka and Rene Liu opens Dec. 28

Cecilia Cheung

Tang Wei

Chie Tanaka

Rene Liu

Jimmy Lin

Tang Wei, Rene Liu (Sina)

“Tai Chi 0″ concept poster released at AFM (American Film Market)

Huayi Brothers officially announced it as the first part of a “Tai Chi Trilogy”. Already, the first film has been pre-sold to 31 countries.

Art design is by Tim Yip


Having dropped out of show business and secretly married in Las Vegas in 2007, doe-eyed actress Ng Sin-Lin (Jacklyn Wu Chien-Lien) surprised the media when she appeared in costume at a press conference for a TV drama “Tang Dynasty Romatic Hero”. Adding another surprise, she revealed that she had given birth to a baby two years ago. The 43 year-old actress has been living in the mainland with her businessman husband and is returning to acting as a guest on the film because the director and writer are her friends. She said her life is now that of a housewife, she has entered a different stage of life and is family-oriented. The film’s cast includes Alex Fong Lik-Sun, Chrissie Chau, Cecilia Yip and AK, a pop duo.

Jacklyn Wu/Ng Sin-Lin

Pop duo AK, Chrissie Chau, Alex Fong, Jacklyn Wu

Alex Fong, Jacklyn Wu

Jacklyn Wu

Chrissie Chau

Chrissie Chau (Sina)(Sina-gallery), (ifeng)

ZHANG Yimou’s epic-scale The Flowers of War has been acquired for North American distribution by two small US companies. They will quickly give film a platform release in three cities in order that Flowers can compete in the main categories of the Oscars.

October 31, 2011

October 31, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Michelle Yeoh is “The Lady”

CF: Tang Wei Awarded Best Actress for a Second Time in Korea

FBA: The Space Dream review

Good-looking, widescreen paean to China’s manned space programme.

FBA: Rooster calls for Space Dream

Astronaut drama The Space Dream, co-directed by WANG Jia and SHEN Dong, was named best film at China’s Golden Rooster Film Awards last weekend.

FBA: Huayi, Bona invest in China Lion (THR)

“[This deal] will allow overseas Chinese to watch Chinese movies without delays, as well as open modern Chinese movies to a broader North American audience, and thereby help promote Chinese culture,” said Bona Film Group chairman and CEO YU Dong.

CF: Still photos of “White Vengeance” Released

The production company Starlight International Media Group, responsible for the historical epic “White vengeance” has released a bunch of still photos featuring Anthony Wong.

CF: First Trailer of “Racer Legend” Released

CF: Chinese Stuntman Died on the set of “The Expendables 2″

The stuntman, named Liu Kun from Shanxi province, died while performing a stunt which involved an explosion. The rumor came that Liu is the stand-in for Jet Li but the production team hadn’t confirmed it yet.

Karen Mok shows off her wedding ring at the airport upon returning to Hong Kong. A Hong Kong wedding banquet is planned for Dec. 18.


July 13, 2011

July 13, 2011

China Lion to bring Fox International’s ‘Love in Space’ to U.S. theaters2(FBA)

The story “follows a mother and her three grown daughters as they juggle their assorted love lives. Each woman is successful in everything except love – until they unexpectedly encounter new romances in Beijing, Sydney and even on a space shuttle.”

The romantic comedy will be released in China, North America, Australia and New Zealand on September 9.

“Sex and Zen 3D” Gets North American and UK Release Dates

The Chinese erotic blockbuster “Sex and Zen 3D: Extreme Ecstasy”, will hit North America August 12, with the UK and Ireland following September 2.

CRI: Aaron Kwok, Rene Liu Portray Love in Outer Space

In the film, Liu and Kwok portray two ex-lovers who have to face each other day and night in the space capsule. They both said that it is a big challenge for them to perform when there is no gravity.

CF: Producer’s Cut the Unkindest

The Pretending Lovers and Rest on Your Shoulders cut for creative, market considerations

In America, it is known as an “Alan Smithee film,” the name given when a director’s dispute over final cut reaches the stage where they are no longer willing to be associated with their own film.

Variety: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan review

A mawkish, nuance-free adaptation of Lisa See’s 2005 bestseller.

THR: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan review

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan demonstrates the Chinese-American director Wayne Wang remains one of the world’s best directors of women.

CF: Zhou Dongyu Lands a Role in “Qing Cheng Zhi Lei”

Young actress Zhou Dongyu has landed a role in the film “Tears in a Fallen City”

It’s Love - The Sorcerer and the White Snake stills featuring Huang Shengyi


The Pang Ho-Cheung-produced “4+1 Project” gets a mainland theatrical release at the end of August. Previously issued as 4 separate internet short films, this is the “+1″ expanded piece interlocking the individual segments(?). Now titled, literally, “Drunken Nights” (originally, “Broken Pieces”). (Previously), and here

Shawn Yue, Zhang Jingchu

Li Bingbing

Li Bingbing attends the LA premiere of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (July 11)

Li Bingbing, Wayne Wang

Wendi Deng, Li Bingbing, Wayne Wang

Jeon Ji-Hyun did not attend (Sina)(Zimbio)

CF: “Snow Flower” Premieres in LA

“2011’s most thirst-quenching summer movie”, Beach Spike


3 Faces of Chrissie


MSN: Cecilia Cheung lets son Lucas Tse skip kindergarten

June 8, 2011

June 8, 2011

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FBA: Deadly Will review

Modest satire of Detective Dee-like costume sleuths is likable fun, with a good cast led by Guo Tao

CF: ”Treasure Inn” Premieres in Singapore

The film centers on two ancient police officers, who have high skills but are under-used. They finally demonstrate their prowess in a big case and make a name for themselves.

Wong Jing

Nick Cheung (Sina)

CF: China Lion Raise the Red Curtain

The joint venture’s latest move is to release The Founding of a Party, a film that celebrates the 90th birth anniversary of the Communist Party of China. It will be screened in North America on June 17, the first Friday after its China premiere on June 15.

Hong Kong poster for Guo Xiaosong’s My Kingdom features Wu Chun and Han Geng with Barbie Hsu in the background (Sina)

Hugh Jackman and Li Bingbing in Snow Flower and The Secret Fan

Hugh Jackman learned to sing a song in Chinese for the role (Sina)

May 25, 2011

May 25, 2011

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THR: 3D ‘Sex & Zen’ Sells to China Lion for North America

“It is just like being a voyeur near someone’s bed,” said producer Stephen Shiu Yeuk-Yuen

Hong Kong Oriental Daily News reports that Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo (IMDB) are co-directing Revenge of the Green Dragons, executive produced by Martin Scorcese. However, production which began at the end of last year, stopped due to a copyright dispute. It’s an action drama set in New York’s Chinatown. The project was originally announced in 2009. The film is based on an investigative article written for the New Yorker by Fredric Dannen, author of Hong Kong Babylon: : An Insider’s Guide to the Hollywood of the East.”

IMDB:  A gritty, violent take on a true immigrant story set against the vibrant backdrop of New York City’s China town. (Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung’s manager admits the star and Edison Chen met

In other related reports, Edison was said to be writing a musical based on his life…He also expressed his wish to meet with Cecilia’s husband Nicholas Tse, and hopes that “it would not be a big issue by then”.

CNA: Cecilia Cheung spends birthday without husband: Edison Chen to blame?

Hong Kong’s Next Magazine is reporting that Joey Wang is the mother of 17 year old illegitimate daughter. The deaf and mute girl living in Taipei and the foster mother, a midwife, is confirming the claim. According to the report, Joey had induced labor at 6-7 months and the baby was thought to have died but was saved in the incubator room. Fu Rui Jiao, received a call from the hospital and the baby girl was adopted by a woman surnamed Du. Fu told her that the mother was a Hong Kong star, single and was involved in a sex scandal with Andy Lau. Du asked, “It’s not Joey Wang is it?” And Fu said, yes it was. Fu Rui Jiao, is serving a maximum sentence in jail the past 10 years in the largest baby trafficking case ever. Fu sold more than 40 babies, many reported to be the babies abandoned by those in the movie business.

Joey Wang’s daughter?

Photos of Joey (l) and daughter (r) compared


Zhao Wei

Chinese actress and pop singer Vicki Zhao Wei has a hot body and she wants you to know it

Zhao Wei in upcoming Grazia issue

May 24, 2011

May 24, 2011

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China Lion pursues America: AMC Entertainment courts Chinese moviegoers with monthly imports

Looking ahead a few months, China Lion will deliver to AMC its first 3D concert film, which features world-music star Cui Jian, also considered the father of rock ’n’ roll in China. Says Barlow, “He’s like the Springsteen of China and the film catches him in concerts in Beijing. The film is in post now and will come out sometime between late July and September. We’re hoping it may even be a crossover.”

CF: June Debut for ‘The Devil Inside Me’

CRI: Jet Li Promotes 3-D ‘Flying Swords’

CRI: ’Rest on Your Shoulder’ Trailer Released

Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing portrays the Empress Dowager in Founding of a Party

Myolie Wu’s role was reduced to just one second and only due to an intervention by Chow Yun-Fat. (Xinhua)2

CF: Michele Reis Covers “Elle” Magazine

CNNGo: Pop ‘Twins’ to market Queensland to Chinese

Avoiding stereotypical campaigns, North Queensland Tourism picks Canto-pop stars to promote the region’s beauty to Australia’s fastest-growing tourist market

CNA: Cherie Chung doesn’t need romance to be happy

CNA: Zhang Ziyi named ScreenSingapore 2011 event ambassador

MSN: Michelle Reis’ never-ending family feud

MSN: Fan Bingbing to wed 65-year-old actor?

Fan also responded to the rumour in public, and said, “Brainless while making up stories…If there’s anything, take it out on me directly, and stop involving [my] seniors

Gillian Chung vs. Shao Xiaoshan

Gillian Chung had recently engaged in an online battle with mainland actress Shao Xiaoshan on the Twitter-like networking site Weibo

Annie Yi Nengjing: ”Not me in the video!”CNA: Annie Yi lashes out at tabloid over explicit article

May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011

THR: China Lion to Release Chinese Communist Party Epic in North America, Australia, New Zealand

This June, China Lion Film Distribution will release the drama celebrating Chinese communism once known as The Founding Of A Party but renamed Beginning of the Great Revival for overseas English-language markets including North America, Australia and New Zealand, the start-up partnered with US theater chain AMC told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.

CF: Latest Photos of “The Founding of A Party”

Shawn Dou, a Chinese-Canadian acting newcomer who is favorably called “Mou boy” for his acting mentor Zhang Yimou, takes a supporting role as a soldier in “Nanjing Heroes”.

CF: ’The Last Supper’ Finds Int’l Distributor

CF: ”Rock Paper Scissors” Boots in Beijing

Poster for Backstroke starring Simon Yam released in Cannes

The comedy is set in the world of the high fashion perfume industry. Super girl winner Shang Wenjie, Cheng Pei Pei and Annie Yi Nengjing are among the cast members. A July release is planned


Gan Wei, Jordan Chan, Koji Yano

A new “Crazy” film from Crazy Racer writer Zhou Zhiyong booted up yesterday in Guangdong. The cast includes Jordan Chan, Gan Wei, Lee Kin-yin and Koji Yano. Unlike the previous Crazy films the new film adds a female component and love triangle to the story. The Chinese title translates as “Crazy GPS”. (Sina)2

Stills from The Pretending Lovers featuring Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan. Huang Bo’s character has the ability to change shapes, below as table tennis player and dancer.


Kelly Lin appearing in Beijing at the press conference for The Devil Inside Me. (Sina)

And also Fan Bingbing (Sina)2

Jayden’s expensive full moon

MSN: Cecilia Cheung denies taking the same flight as Edison Chen

Edison & Cecilia make up?

MSN: Christy Chung’s husband is wrongfully accused

April 4, 2011

April 4, 2011

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A1: Jackie Chan, Asian stars raise funds for Japan (CNA)

CRI: Chinese Film ‘Warring States’ to Open in N. America

Jing Tian in  battle (Sina)

CRI: Leon Lai, Zhang Hanyu Invited for ‘Banquet’ (White Vengeance)

Variety: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart review

A tightly plotted, frequently funny fantasy-world take on romantic rivalry.

Sacrifice review (HK)

The source material of “Sacrifice” is a true story that happened in ancient China, known to everybody in the country as “The Orphan of Zhao Family.” …To put it simply: any director who gets to make a film about this story had better hope not to screw it up. Alas, Palm d’Or-winning Chinese auteur Chen Kaige sort of did with his latest epic saga, which, after a majestic first half, degrades into an awkward, confusing soap opera in the end.

Variety: China Lion roars into North America

China Lion CEO Milt Barlow said: “The best of Chinese cinema will now be available to North American audiences — not only through day-and-date theatrical with our partners AMC, but also through new platforms including iTunes, Xbox, Netflix and cable VOD.”

Stills from crime scene in The Detective 2, opening April 29.


Patrick Tse, Nicholas Tse

Nicholas Tse recently hosted a housewarming party for his post-production company. (Sina)

Sister Jennifer posted some family photos on weibo

Jennifer Tse, Nicholas Tse

Nicholas and Jennifer

Lucas and Nicholas (Xinhua)

TV alert: Action director/actor Tiger Chen joins Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel for an episode on Chengdu cuisine. His mom, a former opera performer, shows off her skills in the kitchen. And the piece on Chef Yu’s Family Kitchen was pretty impressive, too. (TravelChannel)

Tiger Chen and stunt team (CelebrityTwitter)

CNA: Jackie Chan to donate entire fortune to charity, leaves nothing to son

Chan, who already willed half his fortune to charity, expressed Thursday that his son will get nothing after he passes away.

MSN: A-Mei says goodbye to old love with tattoo

The Taiwanese singer recently got some new inkMSN: Richard Chang said to have met drama director

Selina Jen’s fiancé requested a face-to-face apology

Her Apr 1 wedding was postponed due to an on-set accident

Qingming Festival: A fashionable send-off for Shanghai’s dead (CNNGo)

[iPad 2s are popular this year, too]

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