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March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Chow Yun-Fat to star again in Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

CF: Micro Film “Soul Station” Officially Online

CRI: Zhang Yimou to Stage Opera for London Olympics

Hong Kong poster for “The Second Woman”, opening March 22

(Sina-slideshow)

Nick Cheung and Kay Tse in an action scene from “Nightfall”

(Sina)2

Francis Ng signs posters in Beijing to promote “Crazy Stupid Thief”

(Sina)

Wong Jing and cast of “Marry a Perfect Man” attend the premiere press conference in Beijing yesterday

Wong Jing, Gigi Leung

Chapman To, Ronald Cheng

Lin Miaoke (r)

Xie Na

Gong Xinliang (Sina)2

MSN: Lynn Hung refuses to comment on recent breakup rumours

MSN: Male fan professes love for Edison Chen

MSN: Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan heads to Thailand together

ay’s music video director, stylist and make-up artist also accompanied the singer on this trip, fuelling speculations that the group is heading to Thailand to check out locations for Jay’s upcoming movie Secret 2, which is scheduled to begin shooting in April.

September 14, 2011

September 14, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Variety: The Lady review

“Democracy takes time,” a character observes in “The Lady,” though viewers of all political stripes will be checking their watches during Luc Besson’s dully conventional tribute to heroic Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

Hong Kong’s “A Simple Life” to be screened at Toronto International Film Festival

“A Simple Life” is one of two Hong Kong films featured at the 36th TIFF this year, the other being Johnnie To’s “Life Without Principle”.

CF: Shanxi Local Music in “White Deer Plain”

CF: Theme Song of “The Mural” Released

The song named “The Mural” is interepreted by the leading actors Deng Chao and Sun Li.

Actress Liu Yan on her way to the Mural press conference

On September 12, director Zhao Linshan revealed that his newest costume epic “the Bronze Sparrow Terrace” (Tong Que Tai) will start shooting on October 5.

Concept poster for the sequel to Lost in Panic Room, Lost in Panic Ship

Alec Su returns (Sina)

Jane Zhang sings the theme song at the MV release for Lee’s Adventure starring Jaycee Chan

Director Guo Fan (2r) (Sina-gallery)

Yu Na deleted from Legendary Amazons?

According to various reports and rumours, most of Yu Na’s scenes have been deleted in Legendary Amazons, starring Cecilia Cheung. The official reason is that Yu Na has been suffering from a heart illness and was not able to shoot her action scenes because she returned to Beijing to get checked out. Rumours suggested that she was cut because she did not participate in promotional activities. (Sina)2

Andy Lau’s 50th birthday celebration

(Sina)2

The Taiwanese pop star was suspected to be underage at an American casino

MSN: Terri Kwan spends Mid-Autumn Festival with new love

CNA: Frankie Gao Ling Feng gets ‘divorce SMS’ from wife during filming

61-year-old Gao’s marriage to his 42-year-old wife had been on the rocks after Jin was photographed behaving intimately in a car with a younger man last month.

November 30, 2010

November 30, 2010

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Poster for China Film Archives restrospective

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ruan Lingyu, one of China’s most famous movie actresses, the China Film Archive and MOMA Broadway Cinema present a retrospective of her works. (Beijing) (Sina)

CRI: ’Sophie’s Revenge’ Director Gets Hollywood Deal

Jin Yimeng has signed with the Montecito Picture Company to make a film about a romance spanning the geographic distance between China and the United States…

FBA: Lao Wai (老外) (7/10)

Slight but charming cross-cultural romance that avoids all the usual pitfalls and cliches.

CRI: Still Photos of ‘Lover’s Discourse’ Released

Film producer Pang Ho-Cheung and his long-time colleagues, Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan, penned four love stories depicting how different people act when they are in love.

Showroom dummies

Karena Lam, Jacky Heung (March)

Kay Tse, Karena Lam, Jacky Cheung, William Chan Wai-Ting

Kay Tse On-Kei

Four cast members of the Jackie Chan-Frankie Chan Lady Generals of the Yang Family appearing at an event in Shanghai.

Cheng Pei-Pei

Liu Xiaoqing

Jin Qiao-Qiao

Yang Zitong, Cheng Pei-Pei, Liu Xiaoqing, Jin Qiao-Qiao

(Sina-slide show)

(Nov.29) Chow Yun-Fat answered questions at a Hong Kong press conference for Let the Bullets Fly. Longtime TV series costar Carol ‘Dodo’ Cheng MC’d the event attended by over 100 media members.

Chow Yun-Fat

Carol Cheng

Carol Cheng, Chow Yun-Fat and wife, Albert Yeung

(Sina-gallery)

Michelle Reis and the cast of Mr. and Mrs. Incredible attended a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Hong Kong.

Michelle Reis

Louis Koo, Sandra Ng, Michelle Reis, Peter Chan

(Sina-gallery)

Preview of January Harper’s Bazaar featuring Zhao Wei

(Xinhua)

Gillian Chung, Lucas Tse

Posted by Gillian on her weibo but later deleted since she didn’t have Cecilia’s permission and to protect Lucas’ exposure. Gillian was returning to Hong Kong and ran into Lucas at the airport.

(Xinhua)

Jo Koo (Jo Kuk) is getting married at the end of the year to her boyfriend of 12 months. (Sina)

Qin Hailu (The Piano in a Factory) is the latest Mainland actor to obtain a Hong Kong identity card reflecting her growing popularity.

(Sina)

MSN: Wakin Chau falls off stage, Karen Mok reveals bra at concert

October 6, 2010

October 6, 2010

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According to this report, Stephen Chow has invited Ethan Ruan to play the Monkey King and Aarif Lee Chi-Ting (Aarif Rahman) to portray the Tang Monk in his upcoming New Journey to the West (Journey to the West Enchantment of Tripitaka). Filming is planned to begin in February. (21cn)

FBA: Baihe (百合) (6/10)

Modest but solid migrant-worker drama, with a striking performance by Chinese newcomer Wang Zitong.

Chow Yun-Fat - The Founding of a Party

Chow Yun-Fat has begun shooting his part as China’s first President, Yuan Shikai

Hou Yong (front)

Zhao Benshan, Feng Gong

Feng Gong (Xinhua)(Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)

Director Ning Hao is recruiting new actors online for a free training course for a future film. (Sina)

Josie Ho leaving the set of Contagion for the day. (Sina)

Nick Cheung’s wife, Esther Kwan, is thought to be pregnant. Besides shopping for clothes for her daughter, Esther was spotted looking at newborn clothing. Hong Kong media reports that she recently underwent artificial insemination procedures but Nick has denied this. (Sina)

More photos from Kiki Seung Tin-Ngo’s wedding banquet

Margie Tsang, Tony Leung’s long-time girlfriend during his TVB years, Carina Lau

Acting course classmates: Lawrence Ng, Lau Ching-Wan, Michael Tao Dai-Yue, Sandra Ng, Margie Tsang, Carina Lau (Sina)

Speaking at a Milan fashion show on Sunday, the actress hinted at the reason behind her delayed pregnancy - she preferred to live a life of enjoyment.

The home boasts a magnificent sea view and a 37,000 square meters outdoor garden. It was also constructed out of premium raw materials only.

March 25, 2010

March 22, 2010

Variety: Hong Kong festival kicks off

The 34th Hong Kong Film Festival kicked off Sunday with the twin bows of Ivy Ho’s comedy “Crossing Hennessy” and Clara Law’s “Like a Dream” at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

Screen Daily: Like A Dream

Clara Law’s beautifully absorbing fable is a lush and at times entrancing moody melodrama that is highlighted by the quite wonderful performance by the enchanting Yolanda Yuan who plays dual roles.

Screen Daily: Crossing Hennessy

Crossing Hennessy is an engagingly fresh and enjoyable dramatic comedy that makes great use of its Hong Kong locations as it delves into the romantic complications of modern urban life.

THR: Chinese presence fuels optimism in Hong Kong

Almost a fifth of this year’s exhibitors — more than 120 — hail from mainland China, as the growing strength and importance of that market continues to show itself.

Jackie Chan and Stanley Tong will produce a 30-part television series about Yuefei, one of China’s most heroic and controversial generals, now that they have secured long-sought Chinese government approval.

The series, “Yuefei,” is about the general of the Southern Song Dynasty in the 12th century A.D., who helped defend central China against invaders, but eventually was imprisoned and executed by the high court at age 39. Yuefei’s name was cleared posthumously and his story is told to Chinese children today to teach courage and tenacity.

Chow Yun-Fat - Let the Bullets Fly

(Sina)

CRI: Interest in ‘Bullets’ Runs High

CRI: Director Wang Quan’an’s New Project Not So New

CRI: Bazaar Releases ‘La La” Fashion !

Bazaar releases a special issue of its magazine to coincide with ‘Go Lala Go!’ that includes more golden rules of office survival.

Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yu hope Cat.3 rating won’t affect box office for Love in a Puff

(Sina)

Asian Film Awards Jury President Tony Leung Kai-Fai suffering from eye irritation.

Awards to be announced Monday. (Sina)

Tang Wei at HKIFF

Paw Hee-Ching, Ivy Ho, Tang Wei (Sina)

Stanley Huang and Karen Mok in Go Lala Go! (Du Lala’s Promotion)

Three “Jing girls” in Wong Jing’s Future X-Cops

Zhang Li

Tang Yifei

Natalie Meng Yao (HunanTV)

(Re)Inventing China’s “Seventeen Years” on Film at the 2009 New York Film Festival

Mainland Chinese works of art from this “Seventeen Years” period have been routinely dismissed as propaganda by the same Western scholars and critics who periodically “discover” and celebrate masterpieces of Chinese cinema from the preceding Republican era or the later post-Mao era.

Mao-era Chinese films are univocal, tedious, and thematically homogeneous.

This rarely questioned truism could only be asserted by the ill-informed, and its widespread acceptance reveals how common is the ignorance of this period of Chinese film history. The cinema of this period includes comedies, musicals, dramas, animation, war epics, historical sagas, traditional operas, children’s films, and spy thrillers…

Mao-era Chinese films are excessively ideological and oppressively obvious, bludgeoning the viewer with blatant political propaganda…

THR: Echoes of the Rainbow

Bottom Line: A nostalgic and unabashedly sentimental family picture.

THR: 14 Blades

Bottom Line: A traditional martial arts thriller beefed up by gimmicky weaponry.

THR: Crossing Hennessy

Bottom Line: A rom-com that is more comical than romantic.

THR: Like a Dream

Bottom Line: Little thematic and less narrative sense make for difficult viewing that often tests the patience.

THR: Amphetamine

Bottom Line: Aesthetic aspirations killed the camp.

Bottom Line: Evidence that the digital revolution isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Bottom Line: A teasingly original idea from a new filmmaker wrapped up in the familiar.

THR: Wong Jing tackles 3D comedy

‘King of Jesters’ to be produced by Mega-Vision

Wong also returns to familiar grounds with “Naked Soldiers”, the US$4 million three-quel to his sex and crime series “Naked Weapon” and “Naked Killer,” which raised to cult status in Europe with their main draw of T&A and guns. Next, Mega-Vision will also begin production of the 30 million yuan (US$4.4 million) action adventure “Aladdina,” starring Louis Koo and the Hong Kong pop group Twins.

THR: Filmko on a quest to make 3D ‘Quixote’

First Chinese stereoscopic 3D period drama, helmed by Chinese director Agan

…starring Karena Lam (”Claustrophobia”) and Liu Ye (”City of Life and Death”), the film was produced with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, utilizing the academy’s stereoscopic 3D camera, the first in China. The film also hired a group of 3D experts from Germany as consultants during the shoots.

The company is now developing its next 3D epic, “The Monkey King,” a 180 million yuan retelling of the Chinese mythical literature “Journey to the West” with a script written by “Ip Man” writer Edmond Wong. Filming is scheduled for October with a 2011 release date.

Fresh from his win at the Berlin International Film Festival for his romantic comedy “Au Revoir Taipei,” Chinese-American director Arvin Chen is at this week’s Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum to meet with potential investors for his new movie,“Nan Jing East Road.”

East Wind Rain poster


Half a century on, ‘Suzie Wong’ still a star in Hong Kong

Actress Nancy Kwan walks into Hong Kong’s Luk Kwok Hotel, the first time she has ever visited the backdrop to her classic 1960 film “The World of Suzie Wong”.

Jacky Cheung concert tour embroiled in fraud case

Stanley Ho’s daughter, Pansy Ho

Asian casino magnate Stanley Ho denied Thursday that he has ties to Chinese organized crime gangs.

Casino VIP rooms opened door to gangsters in Macau, report says

Vivian Hsu was surprised with a birthday cake on the set of Seediq Bale

Director Wei Te-Sheng, Vivian Hsu 

January 26, 2010

January 26, 2010

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Chinese Mirror: The Future of Hong Kong Cinema: a round table discussion (I)

The Future of Hong Kong Cinema: a round table discussion (II)

First-time South Korean director gears up for Sundance

“Hot Summer Days” heats up icy Beijing

Hong Kong - Chow’s wife was nearly injured by a falling display board but was saved by quick acting security personnel. (Source)

Chow Yun-Fat, Zhou Xun, Chrissie Chau, Ren Quan, Chen Rui, Fala Chen

CRI: ‘Confucius’ in Hong Kong

Donnie Yen - 14 Blades press conference

Wu Zun/Wu Chun

Sa Dingding, Kate Tsui (Sina)

Elsewhere, an anonymous email was sent to a reporters stating that investors were trying to recoup Zhao Wei’s $3M  fee for breach of contract for failing to attend publicity and promotional events due to her rumored pregnancy. Her contract called for appearances at four premieres. (Xinhua)

Shao Bing (Let The Bullets Fly) photo shoot (6)(Sina)

Kenix Kwok gives up acting to focus on family

Chow Yun-Fat paying for surrogate mother

Chow Yun-Fat’s mother has longed for a grandchild for years, and the Hong Kong superstar may be ready to do whatever it takes for his 90-year-old mum…

Maggie Cheung - Paris

Maggie Cheung attends the Christian Dior Haute-Couture show (Zimbio)

Maggie Cheung - Paris Fashion Week (Sina)

ESWN: The Hallelujah Mountains Are In Zhangjiajie

Chrissie Chau gets flirty at Tokyo fashion show  (Sina)

January 18, 2010

January 18, 2010

Jackie Chan

Lin Peng

New Seven Little Fortunes

Little Big Soldier kicks off multi-city publicity tour in Shenzhen (Sina) (2)

Legend of Chen Zhen

Andrew Lau’s Legend of Chen Zhen has been quietly shooting in Shanghai. Recently, producers discovered a suspicious man in the studio. When detained and asked if he was an extra, the mysterious man was found to have a sophisticated pinhole pen camera on his possession. Producers found numerous scenes of high quality had been recorded. When questioned, the man did not reveal his motive and said he was a graduate and only fooling around. The pen and identity card were confiscated before allowing him the leave. The man later returned with police to retrieve his ID card and pen. But because of fear of leaks, security is high and all cast had signed confidentiality agreements, the producers were reluctant to release the pen camera. (Sina)

Zhou Xun, Chow Yun-Fat

Confucius - Shanghai publicity stop (13) (cri.cn)

AngelaBaby

AngelaBaby made a quick trip to Japan for a fashion shoot before beginning promotional activities for All’sWell Ends Well 2010. Young Japanese men and women sought her photograph and autograph and declared AngelaBaby ‘kawaii’. (Sina)

Li Bingbing

Expo ambassador Li Bingbing went to Shanghai for the opening of the China Pavilion

(Xinhua) HD (Sina)

Vivian Chow

Leo Ku

Vivian Chow helped open Leo Ku’s new shop for women in Tsimshatsui. Other celebrity guests included Vincy Chan and Sherman Chung. (Xinhua) (Sina)

CRI: Jordan Chan, Cherrie Ying to Tie the Knot on Valentine’s Day

If you happen to be in Las Vegas, it will take place in The Little White Wedding Chapel. According to this report, the reason for having the ceremony in the US is that all the banquet halls in Hong Kong were booked up for the year and the couple did not want to drag out the engagement. (Xinhua)

Tang Yu Ming, Tang Wei’s father

Tang Wei’s father, a painter, will have an exhibition in Hong Kong later this month. Tang said he didn’t know if his daughter would come to support him. When asked if he has seen Lust, Caution, he said, “I have seen the film, I feel her acting is good, but also nothing to object to, she is fighting for art everywhere.”

January 13, 2010

January 13, 2010

Jeff Lau’s Once Upon a Chinese Classic will be pushed back to a March release due to the huge competition during the Spring Festival season. (Sina)


Variety: Jackie Chan’s ‘Incident’ heads for U.S.

Film to open on 20 screens in 10 U.S. markets

BEIJING — Jackie Chan crimer “Shinjuku Incident” has secured theatrical distribution in the U.S. and will open Feb. 5, followed by a Sony Home Entertainment DVD release on May 25.

Pic’s producers have partnered with Barking Cow Distribution to release the film in Chinese with English subtitles on 20 screens in 10 U.S. markets with large Chinese communities.

The DVD will offer a choice of either Chinese or English-language and subtitles.

In the pic, which was exec produced by Chan and helmed by Derek Yee, Chan plays an illegal Chinese immigrant trying to survive on the gangster-run streets of Tokyo in the 1990s. Pic also features Daniel Wu, Xu Jinglei and Fan Bingbing.

Pic was nixed by censors in mainland China for its violence and depiction of malcontent mainlanders fleeing to Japan.

Du Yuhang, Yip Chun, Huang Yi

Huang Yi

Yuen Biao

Fan Siu-Wang, Yuen Biao, Du Yuhang

Ip Man prequel begins shooting in Foshan The Legend is Born - Ip Man features Du Yuhang, Hins Cheung,  and Huang Yi. Costars include Yuen Biao and Fan Siu-Wong. HD slide show (12)(Sina) (Sina) (Xinhua)

Year of the thriller for Korean movies

Film insiders excited over new works by three star directors

Edison Chen

Host Jon Niermann

In a television interview on a Star World Satellite program based in Shanghai, Edison described last year’s photo scandal as an ‘invisible gift’. He said he didn’t know if he was the criminal or the villain, but many friends supported him through much distress and unnecessary attention. Edison is relieved to say: “This never-ending nightmare has ended.” As for the future, he is contemplating developing a film and play a pervert or homosexual killer.(Sina)

Cheeky Edison’s back on the scene

Chow’s wife, Anita Yuen, Chow Yun-Fat, Coco Lee

Coco Lee

Anita Yuen (Xinhua)

Qin Hailu

(Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat, Coco Lee, Anita Yuen, Qin Hailu and many other celebrities opened a luxury brand flagship store in Beijing. HD slide show (30)(Sina)

January 9, 2010

January 9, 2010

All’s Well Ends Well 2010 poster (Sina)

CRI: ‘Confucius’ Preview Wins Acclaim

Chow Yun-Fat’s acting was described as energetic and intense, with some even predicting that the performance will see him nominated for a Best Actor this year.

Chow Yun-Fat, Johnnie To

Chow Yun-Fat received an award from Johnnie To for his 5 years continuous support of the Hong Kong Arts and Development Council.

Slide show (HunanTV)

Synopsis: THE SPY NEXT DOOR stars Jackie Chan as Bob Ho, an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian (Amber Valletta). But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids. When Gillian suddenly has to leave town, Bob volunteers to babysit the children so he can earn their approval. But when one of the kids mistakenly downloads a top-secret formula from his computer, Bob’s archenemy, a Russian terrorist, moves in for the attack, forcing Bob to juggle the roles of spy and prospective stepfather in the most challenging mission of his career! Martial arts superstar Jackie Chan is joined by an talented supporting cast featuring Amber Valletta. (gofobo.com)

Jackie Chan’s appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show yesterday.

Recent photos from Edison Chen’s blog

Josie Ho

Eason Chan

And in case you missed it, EDC’s New Year’s Greeting (or threat, depending on your perspective)

HAPPY NEW YEAR to EVERYONE

another year has passed and gone

a new year is on the dawn

we leave the past behind and look towards the future

2010 promises to be a big year for ya boi EDC

i am going to be coming back HARDER than ever…(cont’d)

December 30, 2009

December 30, 2009

Future Cop Andy Lau performs a risky stunt

(Xinhua)

Jacky Cheung keeps cool in Hot Summer Days (Sohu)

Slide show (12)(Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat is in Taishan, Guangdong shooting Let The Bullets Fly (Sohu)

Beijing - Simon Yam, Li Yuchun

Tony Leung Kar-Fai

After less than two weeks, Bodyguards and Assassins has made over $208M at the box office. The cast held a celebration ceremony in Beijing. (Xinhua) (HunanTV)

First poster for House of 72 Tenants released (Sina)

Wang Lee-hom not first choice for role in ‘Little Big Soldier’?

Emme Wong defends accusations thrown at Shawn Yue

Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue was recently accused of being “arrogant” by the Hong Kong media. He was said to have angered his teacher, Alan Tam, who has decided to groom his junior from the same management company, Gregory Wang, instead.

It’s not easy being Jay Chou’s girlfriend

Huang Yi

Aaron Kwok

JJ Lin, Huang Yi and Aaron Kwok promote New Year’s Eve festivities in Shanghai

(Xinhua)

‘Mou girl’ Wei Minzhi has grown up!

Not One Less - Wei Minzhi

Wei Minzhi, who is now 23 and a film director, went to the United States as an exchange student. She studied film and TV production at Brigham Young University - Hawaii and is now fluent in English and even has an unidentified but prominent boyfriend. (HunanTV) Related article in English.

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