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January 5, 2011

January 5, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — dleedlee @ 2:38 pm

FBA: Color Me Love (5/10)

Glossy rom-com set in Beijing’s fashion scene let down by an empty script and weak direction.

FBA: Just Call Me Nobody (3/10)


CRI: 2011 Chinese Cinema Preview

CRI: ’Shaolin’ Releases New Poster

The background of the poster shows the burning Shaolin temple. To make the temple look older than it actually was, the director asked Chung-Man Hai, the film’s artistic director, to build a second Shaolin Temple. Chung-Man Hai spent two months and 20 million yuan (US$3 million) building the temple, which is larger than the original Songshan Shaolin Temple.

Stills of Jet Li in Tsui Hark’s 3D Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

(Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat and his double Wen Xiang (Xinhua)

November 9, 2010

November 9, 2010

Color Me Love poster

Preview screenings in Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen have received positive reviews

Zhu Hong, model Lu Yan

iLook editor Hong Huang, Zhu Hong, Joan Chen

Zhu Hong (Sina)2

Jang Dong-Gun, Fan Bingbing, director Kang Je-Kyu

Best Actress Fan Bingbing was presented with flowers upon returning to the set of My Way in South Korea. (Xinhua)

Chrissie Chau

Jiang Luxia

Chrissie Chau, Jiang Luxia, DaDa Lo and A.Lin took to the streets to promote Vampire Warriors.

A.Lin, Dada, Chrissie Chau, Jiang Luxia

Massive crowds (Sina)23

Nicholas Tse plays a villain in Benny Chan’s New Shaolin Temple

Andy Lau plays a rival warlord who becomes a monk

He leads the monks in protecting the victims of war (Sina)2

CRI: Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse Seen in ‘Shaolin’

Still from Midnight Beating

Opens Dec. 24, a future Christmas classic! (Sina)

Josephine Siao Fong-Fong and husband

Fong Fong accompanied her husband who received an honorary doctorate’s degree. (Sina)

Cherrie Ying and Jordan Chan shot a series of light-hearted wedding pictures (Sina)

Closeups of Cecilia Cheung

Sure looks pregnant to me (HunanTV)

Law Kar-Ying and wife Liza Wang returned from Canada to Hong Kong (Sina)

Displeased that he’s being accused of using Lin Chi-ling to gain viewership for his new variety show, Mr. J Channel, Jay Chou slams media online

Barbie Hsu’s whirlwind romance brings out naysayers

November 5, 2010

November 5, 2010

Bruce Lee My Brother posters

(Sina)

THR: Hong Kong Production Funding Emerging from Unlikely Places

For instance, the local charitable organization, the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, has pooled its resources to create Merry-go-round, a drama co-directed by indie helmer Mak Yan-yan and Clement Cheng, in celebration of the organization’s 140th anniversary. All the more surprising is the venture into the film industry by the Hong Kong restaurant chain, Tsui Wah Group, which in collaboration with the production company T-Films, is producing two stereoscopic 3D animation features and a live action film [Little Gobi, Flying Hero, Beach Spike]

THR: Hong Kong Filmmakers Eye China’s Larger Audiences

The performance of local productions has indicated the start of a resurgence in Hong Kong cinema amid the larger and irrevocable trend of China-Hong Kong co-productions.

The government-subsidized Hong Kong Film Development Fund has been a reliable backer for local filmmakers interested in alternative storytelling

Directed by Canadian/Chinese filmmaker Fan, “Home” - which tells the story of a migrant family traveling across China looking for work - was nominated Outstanding Feature, Direction, Production, Cinematography, Editing, International Feature and Audience Choice. Fan himself is nominated in six of those categories, making him the most nominated individual in the history of Cinema Eye.

CRI: Golden Horse Film Festival Opens with ‘Juliets’(Xinhua-gallery)

Certain content, such as the over-glorification of killing, bloodshed, ghost and spirits, are discouraged and may be edited or deleted.

Painted Skin, the 2008 blockbuster was adapted from the Liaozhai compendium of supernatural tales, and it was more romance than ghost story.

Even so, the regulators made the director delete a gory scene in which the spirit was eating a human heart.

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk) in Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice (Sina)

Jacob Cheung’s Rest on Your Shoulder is being marketed at the AFM in Los Angeles.

Chen Kun costars with Gigi Leung, Guei Lun-Mei and Jiang Yiyan (Sina)

Director Li Yu, Fan Bingbing

Director Li Yu

Cinematographer Zeng Jian, Li Yu, Fan Bingbing, producer Fang Li

The crew of Buddha Mountain celebrated their awards from the Tokyo Film Festival in Beijing. Fan Bingbing flew back from South Korea to participate. She was awarded Best Actress and Li Yu won the prize for Best Artistic Contribution. Fang Li revealed that Fan Bingbing worked on both Buddha Mountain and Lost in Beijing (Best Supporting Actress, Golden Horse and Best Actress, 4th Eurasia Film Festival) for no fee. Fan also donated the $5000 prize money to the cost of the celebration. In addition, Fan Bingbing presented Li Yu with a Mercedes Smart car to show her gratitude for helping her career.

Fan Bingbing’s many passionate kisses with Li Yu raised quite a few eyebrows.

(Sina-gallery)(Sina-slide show), (Xinhua)(Sohu)

Yao Chen, Alexi Tan, Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok), Zhu Hong

Shanghai publicity stop for Color Me Love

Zhu Hong

Mo Xiaoqi, Yao Chen, Zhu Hong

Yao Chen

Mo Xiaoqi (Sina)(Sina-slide show)

Rumors are circulating that Cecilia Cheung is pregnant again. This would explain her turning down working with Derek Yee who required Ceci not to get pregnant during the shooting of the film.

(Sina)(Xinhua)

Under the Hawthorn Tree’s Zhou Dongyu recently attended a fashion show

(Xinhua-gallery)

CRI: China’s Huangmei Opera Star Wows US Audience

Man boarded flight as senior, exited as 20-year-old

Death of another Foxconn worker

A worker has died in an apparent suicide at a factory in Shenzhen run by Taiwan’s Foxconn, which makes goods for Apple, Sony and Nokia. Xinhua news agency says the worker died after falling from a building at Foxconn’s massive plant, which employs an estimated 400,000 people. There have been 10 earlier suicides there this year. Labour activists blame them on harsh working conditions.

November 4, 2010

November 4, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 5:12 pm

The film was first set for release on October 28, and then November 5. Previous reports said director Chen Yili had to delete some scenes to pass a review by the country’s film watchdog.

Beijing premiere (Nov. 3)

Director Alexi Tan (Chen Yili)

Yao Chen, Zhu Hong

Yao Chen

Zhu Hong (Sina-gallery)

TV actress Joe Chen makes her big-screen debut, joining heartthrob Huang Xiaoming for a romance within a striving dragon-boat racing team.

Joe Chen Qian En

(Sohu)

I Spy: Tang Wei filming Peter Chan’s Wu Xia in Yunnan

(Sina-gallery)

Yen plays a man with a past — and wicked kung fu skills — sought by a detective, played by Kaneshiro. Tang plays Yen’s wife. Also starring as the villain is veteran actor Jimmy Wang Yu, best known for his role in Chang Cheh’s One Armed Swordsman. Wu Xia will be Wang’s first onscreen appearance in 17 years. (THR)(FBA)

Takeshi Kaneshiro

With director Peter Chan

Thought to be Ken Watanabe (Sina)

Barbara Wong has begun work on writing a sequel to Perfect Wedding Dress and hopes to bring Miriam Yeung back again. (Sohu)

A sequel to Hidden Chamber of Secrets (Lost in Panic Room) is already being planned. This time the story will take place on a cruise ship. It hasn’t been determined whether Alec Su will return for the follow-up film or not. (Sina)

World premiere of 5-minute trailer for 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy

Lan Yan (Leni Lan)

Vonnie Lui

Oh…

The film has been pre-sold to South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand recouping half the $25M investment costs. (Sina)

FBA: 3-D Sex to be exposed at AFM

Hong Kong’s Next Magazine reports that Ronald Cheng only just last month signed the formal papers agreeing to a divorce from Charlene Choi. Up until then, Cheng had been hoping for a possible reconciliation and Charlene would change her mind. The recent high profile exposure of the Sa-Ting (William Chan Wai-Ting) relationship dashed his hopes. (Xinhua)

Aaron Kwok - Taiwan

Aaron Kwok celebrated his 20th year in music and his 45th birthday with 400 fans in Taiwan. (Xinhua-gallery)

Amy Kwok, Lau Ching-Wan, Francis Ng, Monica Chan attending Dayo Wong’s show at Hung Hom Coliseum (Sina)2

November 3, 2010

November 3, 2010

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman poster

Kitty Zhang Yuqi edition

Ando Masanobu edition

(Xinhua)(Sina)

FBA: Wong’s Grandmasters joins Wild Bunch

It has been tentatively positioned for release at Chinese New Year in late-Jan or early-Feb 2011. However, other recent press reports suggest that shooting will continue in early 2011.

Adjusting to pace of Wong Kar-Wai

Tony Leung goes jogging

Song Hye-Kyo plays badmington

Song Hye-Kyo, Zhang Ziyi

Lunar New Year release deemed optimistic (Xinhua)(Sina)

Alexi Tan’s Color Me Love features work of contemporary artist

Song Jia and Francis Ng play a couple in Love Island

(Xinhua)(Sina-slide show)

Jaycee Chan

Jaycee Chan in The 1911 Revolution (Xinhai Revolution) (Xinhua)

Angelababy fashion shoot for an Italian brand

(Xinhua)

Simon Yam and wife, Qi Qi

(Sina)

FBA: Three charges against Stephen Chan are dropped

MSN: Rumours rife on Wang Xiaofei’s past

The Chinese millionaire who is engaged to Taiwanese actress, Barbie Hsu, is alleged of being a wife-beater who deserted his wife and kids

Viewers complained that Chou did very little hosting in the first episode of show, with most of the work being done by his guest, fellow Taiwan singer and experienced television host Show Luo.

October 27, 2010

October 27, 2010

Mavis Fan and Li Yuchun (Chris Lee) have joined the cast of Tsui Hark’s 3D Flying Swords of Dragon Gate.

Li Yuchun

Mavis Fan

(Sina)

CRI: Li Yuchun, Mavis Fan Join Cast of Tsui Hark’s 3-D Film

FBA:  Tsui has fun with Catching Monkey

Tsui Hark has secretly made a movie in 3-D, which will be pitched for sale at next month’s American Film Market in Santa Monica.

CRI: Horror Movie ‘Lost in Panic Room’ Set for Halloween Release (previously Hidden Chamber of Secrets, here)

Pace Wu and Yuan Chengjie are reportedly planning on skipping the premiere in anger over the ‘assistant gaffer’ (lighting assistant) nude scene leakage threats. (Xinhua)

CRI: Ang Lee Gets Male Lead for His First 3-D Work

Seventeen-year-old Indian boy Suraj Sharma has been chosen by director Ang Lee to star in his 3-D film. The movie is an adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel “Life of Pi”.

FBA: Lee brings Pi to Taiwan and India

“Under the Hawthorn Tree” actor Shawn Dou Xiao will play Qu Qiubai in a biopic to be directed by Huo Jianqi.

Chrissie Chau - Vampire Warriors

With director Dennis Law distributing limited edition vampire dolls in Mongkok (Xinhua)

Director Alexi Tan

Liu Ye

Yao Chen

Color Me Love launches official website

(Sina)

October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010

THR: The Piano in a Factory review

A light though tad melancholy comedy set in a fading factory town in northeastern China.

THR: A Better Tomorrow review

Variety: The Drunkard review

“The Drunkard” reps a sincere if uneven adaptation of Chinese author Liu Yichang’s celebrated 1963 novel about a middle-aged writer whose artistic ideals evaporate in a fog of booze and dames.

FBA: All About Love (5/10)

Gender-reversal, “lesbian” comedy is let down by a lack of style and clumsy script.

FBA: The King of Fighters (4/10)

Gordon Chan directs international cast in video game adaptation.

THR: Josie Ho Joins the Cast of ‘The Courier’

Hong Konger Ho plays Anna, a woman with a mysterious past who meets the daredevil international delivery man of the film’s title (Morgan) during what may be his last drop, to someone who may, or may not, exist.

THR: TIFF Offers Its Own Look at Booming Chinese Film Industry

Chinese film officials heralding a cinema revival not seen since the 1930s.

With Hong Kongers firmly established in the mainland, Hollywood studios are homing in. Where 10 years ago it was Sony Pictures and five years ago it was Warner Bros. leading Hollywood’s China charge, now it’s Fox and Disney working on their co-production chops.

CRI: ’Wind Blast’ Gets Starry Premiere

Guests attending to lend support included Huang Xiaoming, Zhang Yibai, Ma Liwen, Huang Bo, Huo Siyan, Song Jia, Zhang Yang and Zhang Guoqiang.

Charlie Young, Xia Yu

Francis Ng

Ma Su

(Sina-slide show)23

Jeet Kune Do poster

Jeet Kune Do opens Nov. 16 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s birthday. The film stars Chen Tian-Sing and includes Wu Ma and Bruce Leung Siu-Lung. Billy Chan Wui-Ngai, frequent action director for many of Bruce Lee’s films, is the executive producer.

(Sina) (JKD website)

World’s first 3D sex film attracts Chinese tourists to Hong Kong

Producer Stephen Shiu told the newspaper he had already been approached by six travel agents who wanted to arrange private screenings and “meet and greet” sessions with cast members.

CRI: ’Color Me. Love’ Postpones Release Date

The original October 28 release date had been pushed ahead to November 5, because of unexpected post-production work.

But it was reported that some film industry insiders suggested the movie failed to pass a review by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television because of a nude scene.

Liu Ye, Yao Chen (Sina)

A 3D DVD version of Feng Xiaogang’s The Assembly (2008) is planned for Europe. A German company in cooperation with Huayi Brothers plans to release it in Europe where the film is still popular. (Sina)

Jia Zhangke awarded Best Documentary prize for I Wish I Knew at HIFF

With Hollywood producer Chris Lee (Sina)

[Many articles are now recalling Anthony Wong's controversial remarks he made in the spring about unprofessional Mainland crews and deadly working conditions. At the time, his costar Tse Kwan-Ho was burned in the face while filming the TV series Secret History of the Yang Family. (Xinhua) ]

MSN: Kenny Bee will not marry girlfriend

CRI: Gong Li Walks the Red Carpet at China Fashion Week (Xinhua)

September 16, 2010

September 16, 2010

THR: Detective Dee

Bottom Line: Breathtaking sets and effects give this youthful martial arts film a modern air.

Global Times: Deconstructing Detective Dee

Li Bingbing (Xinhua)

FBA: Taipei Exchanges (第36個故事) (5/10)

Beautifully mounted but wafer thin story of two sisters running a boutique Taipei coffee house.

Global Times: Ice Kacang Puppy Love

Writing, directing and starring in romantic film Ice Kacang Puppy Love, Malaysian singer/ songwriter Ah Niu is enjoying his broadened repertoire and spoke with the Global Times after the film’s Chinese mainland premiere Monday in Beijing.

Feng Trilogy concludes with A Romantic Affair

After spy suspense film The Message (Fengsheng) and Western action film Wind Blast (Xi Feng Lie), director Gao Qunshu announced the third of the Feng Trilogy A Romantic Affair (Yichang Fenghuaxueyue De Shi) Thursday in Beijing.

Zhang Yimou’s new simplicity

Zhang Yimou’s latest work Under the Hawthorn Tree opens nationally on Thursday with the famous filmmaker meeting the press Sunday evening in Beijing, talking about his choice of young actors, film festivals and the ideals of love.

Dou Xiao, Zhou Dongyu, Zhang Yimou

Zhou Dongyu (Sina)

CRI;”Legend of the Fist” Returns

Legend of the Fist poster (Sina-gallery)

A Seven Little Fortunes reunion? Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao are trying to bring the old gang together. Besides Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah and Yuen Qiu, Eason Chan and Ronald Cheng are said to be in the cast.  The film would be about the history of the Seven Little Fortunes and is reported to start shooting in October. (Sina)

FBA: Stephen Chan to face corruption charges

THR: Former TVB GM charged with corruption

Former general manager of Television Broadcasts Ltd. Stephen Chan Chi-wan has been charged by the Independent Commission Against Corruption for alleged corruption and conspiracy to defraud offenses when handling TVB business affairs, the ICAC announced on Thursday.

Color Me Love poster and trailer release conference in Beijing (Sept.14)

Director Alexi Tan, Yao Chen, Zhu Hong, Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi)

Monica Mok, Yao Chen, Zhu Hong

Joan Chen called in to the conference from the US. (Xinhua-slide show)

CRI: ”Color Me Love” Releases out Trailer

Wang Xinjun, Andy Lau in costume for Founding of a Party (Sina)

Reign of Assassins: Jung Woo-Sung, Michelle Yeoh, Su Chao-Pin

Wedding scene stills (Sina-gallery)

Kelly Lin, Guo Xiaodong poster

Don Quixote poster featuring Miao Pu

Miao Pu

(Sina-gallery)2

Sleeping Beauty

Shu Qi napping before Beijing premiere after dressing and makeup, taken by hairdresser Sev Tsang

(Xinhua)

SG: Karena Lam married in June

Jay Chou adds another title to his resume: TV host

August 26, 2010

August 26, 2010

Aroma City: Athena Chu Fantasy Film to Be Released in December (CRI)

The film is about the romance between a fairy who has sweet smell but is an aphasiac and a young man from a wealthy family. The beautiful and innocent fairy saves the young man’s life and eventually falls in love with him.

CRI: Taiwan Film “Monga” to Compete for Oscar

CRI: Jia Zhangke Takes ‘I Wish I Knew’ to Toronto

FBA: Aftershock (唐山大地震) (7/10)

Long-limbed drama is surprisingly moving without being a simple tearjerker.

Contrary to expectations and the pre-release hype, Aftershock is neither a CGI-heavy disaster epic nor a melodramatic wallow.

Jackie’s stepped into it again!

Jackie Chan draws flak for tweets on Manila hostage-taking

He said that the 11-hour standoff, which led to the death of hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza and 8 Hong Kong tourists, was also hard for the Filipino people, particularly the police.

“If they killed the guy sooner, they will say why not negotiate first? If they negotiate first, they ask why not kill the guy sooner? So sad,” Chan tweeted.

Hong Kongers weren’t very pleased with Chan’s comments. Moments after, they set up a Facebook groups to criticize the actor, such as “Jackie Chan doesn’t represent Hong Kong” and “Jackie Chan doesn’t represent me.”

WSJ: In Hong Kong, Tributes and Backlash Follow Hostage Deaths

Johnnie To is said to be ready to begin shooting a new film in November based on the recent real-life Chongqing anti-corruption crackdown. [At least one senior Chongqing official was executed.] A script has been submitted and awaiting final approval by the film review board. Casting possibilities include Sun Honglei and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai. (Sina) (Related)

Don Quixote poster featuring Paul Chun

Paul Chun feels lucky to watch process of making 3D movie (Sina)

Passion, tension in Stool Pigeon

Guei Lun-Mei (Kwai Lun-Mei), Nicholast Tse

(Sina)

Duan Yihong - Wind Blast

Wind Blast, Let the Bullets Fly marks the return of manly men films aimed to attract both male and female audiences.

Wind Blast poster - Killers version features Francis Ng, Yu Nan (Sina)2

Yao Chen, Liu Ye

Yao Chen

Yao Chen and Liu Ye shoot a magazine spread ahead of their October release of Color Me Love directed by Alexi Tan (Blood Brothers) and produced by Terence Chang for Lion Rock Productions. (Sina)

SG: Vicki Zhao refuses to talk about marriage

(Xinhua)

Koni Lui - “Center gate wide open” dress draws flak

Gillian Chung: Do daring bed scenes? ‘I haven’t thought about it’

Three years ago, chugging beer and indulging in a passionate on-screen smooch with a co-star would probably stand no chance of making it onto Gillian Chung’s resume…

HKStandard: Blundering siege cops suspended

Fish with tongue caught in Guangdong!

(Xinhua)

August 17, 2010

August 17, 2010

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THR: Pang’s ‘Dream Home’ sells to UK

KoreaTimes: ‘Tomorrow’ remake to bring macho drama

John Woo’s “A Better Tomorrow” showed the world what Hong Kong noir was all about, and the Korean remake of the 1986 classic is now awaiting release on Chuseok next month, with the support of Woo as a producer.

Aaron’s the BIGGEST winner

In Hong Kong sci-fi action movie City Under Siege, audiences will see the handsome 44-year-old like never before.

CRI: ”Color Me. Love” Set for October Release

The romantic comedy “Color Me. Love” starring Yao Chen and Liu Ye, which aims to be the most romantic film this fall, is set for an October 28th release, Mtime.com reports. (Sina)

CRI: “The Stool Pigeon” Press Conference in Beijing

CRI: ’Struggle’ Moves to the Big Screen

CRI: ”Reign of Assassins” Releases New Posters

Tony Leung Ka-Fai and Kelly Lin  are filming a thriller in Xi’an directed by Zhang Qi. Tony plays a mysterious doctor that has to solve six puzzles each one more suspenseful than the last. He has an ambiguous relationship with Kelly Lin. Filming should complete in September.

Kelly Lin

Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Kelly Lin

(Sina)2

The back story relationship of Wu Jing and Zhang Jingchu was edited out of City Under Siege (21cn)

Andrew Lin brings his art exhibition to Beijing. He will begin work on Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s White Snake in September. Andrew worked on the special effects design on Alien 3 while living in the US before returning to Hong Kong and becoming an actor. He came out of retirement to work on special effects make-up for Josie Ho’s highly regarded Dream Home. He hopes to raise the level of Chinese special effects in the 3D White Snake which has a HK$10M special effects budget.

Andrew Lin

(Sina-gallery)

Shawn Yue on the August cover of Jet (Hong Kong) magazine

Poster for Hong Kong Film Training

From the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers produced website:

Hong Kong Filmmakers from the industry’s professional body composed of ten members, including: Hong Kong Film Directors, Screen Writers Association of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers, the Hong Kong Film Arts Association, Hong Kong Movie Production Executives Association, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Association, Hong Kong Cinematography Lighting Association, the Hong Kong Stuntman Association, the Hong Kong Film Association and the Hong Kong film post-editing professional associations, covering more than 1,800 workers over the film, as the industry’s key organizations and non-profit organizations. Committed to the protection and the protection of rights and interests of Hong Kong Filmmakers, Filming in Hong Kong to upgrade to improve the environment, as well as industry and government circles as a bridge.

Over the years the Federation of actively promoting the film industry, from film policy, education and training, which had spared no effort to promote Hong Kong films. Including the SARS outbreak during the launch, “1:99 Shorts” short film inspirational cheer for the people of Hong Kong; for the industry shortage of talent and established “film professional training program”; launched the “Hong Kong Film Workers professionally produced guidelines and Industrial Safety Manual” and so on.

Gillian ready to move on with ‘mature-minded man’

HK singer Andy Hui admits he had secret ex-girlfriend

Andy Hui admitted that he had secretly dated former personal assistant Pan Heng Zhang in a handwritten letter to the media on Tuesday, reported Hong Kong media.

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