HKMDB Daily News

January 31, 2012

January 31, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Bona to introduce movie ratings to China

Jin Bo, marketing director of Bona Cineplex, stated that the in-house system — which could launch in late February — will only give guidance and will not enforce any age restrictions.

Film Review: All’s Well Ends Well 2012

This entry has a bit more narrative cohesion, but at the expense of that “anything goes” humor that made the series so watchable.

SG: Dance Dance Dragon review

FBA: Dear Enemy review

The China rom-com goes global, with great chemistry between leads Xu Jinglei and Stanley Huang.

The story is set one hundred years ago, after the Xinhai Revolution. During the period of social upheaval, two important families in White Deer Village in Shaanxi province war over land ownership, with a woman caught between them.

A sweeping Chinese epic, “White Deer Plain”, will round out the list of 18 films vying for gold at the 62nd Berlin film festival, organisers said on Tuesday.

Chinese Blockbuster ‘Flowers of War’ Leaves U.S. Audiences Cold

Flaying ‘Flowers’: An Example of Western Media’s Bias Against China (WSJ)

ChinaDaily: Yao Ming eying film business

Foreign media report that Jay Cohen, an American film producer, is setting up a film finance fund with Yao Ming, which has caught the attention of China’s media and public.

Newly released poster for “Nightfall” starring Simon Yam and Nick Cheung. Film is now in post-production.

Earlier poster featuring a “wanted” Nick Cheung (Sina)

Latest poster for “Crazy Dinner” starring Huang Bo, Liu Hua and Fan Wei which opened January 23.

(Sina)

“I Do” starring Li Bingbing, Duan Yihong and Sun Honglei opens February 10.

Newly released photos of Li Bingbing

With Duan Yihong

Pregnant Li Bingbing

(Sina)

“Nightclub Suspense Tales” opens Feb. 10

Chrissie Chau

Deng Jia Jia

Jill Hsu Jie-er (Sina)

Anthony Wong filming in Henan

Joey Wang turned 45 on January 30 and posted a recent picture for her fans in a surprise to her fan club.

Richard Mille celebrates the year of the dragon with a watch that not only pays tribute to the legendary creature, but also his personal friend, international kungfu superstar Jackie Chan. On the front of the RM 057, a dragon grips the tourbillon bridge in one of its claws, while on the back on the black onyx base plate, a round engraved Jackie Chan signature rotates once every 60 seconds in time with the tourbillon’s rotation. Limited edition of 36 pieces in 18K red gold or white gold with a red gold dragon. (A1)

CNA: Ethan Ruan begins serving national service

(Sina)

Daniel Wu: I’m totally not a romantic person (A1)

Dumped in the middle of the highway on way to airport

The singer declares that she wants to arrange for her soon-to-be-born son to marry Andy’s daughter MSN: Andy Lau and wife expecting a baby girl

Hong Kong singer Andy Lau was previously speculated to be expecting a baby boy with his wife. This may not be true anymore with the singer’s recent announcement.

MSN: Carina Lau claims Margie Tsang was “lucky” to have dumped Tony Leung

SGYahoo: Fans protecting Ron Ng

Actress Viann Zhang has become the target of numerous allegations with rumours of skin grafting and providing escort services. Recently, explicit photos of Viann were found circulating widely online tarnishing the name of actor Ron Ng.

With rumors that Hong Kong actress, Maggie Cheungunderwent plastic surgery to still be viable in the Chinese movie industry, the 47-year-old made a comeback with saying she is undeterred by ageing.

Don’t look now, but TVs may again be made in U.S.

Believe It Or Not: TV Manufacturing Returning To The US

Of course, they first looked at Mexico, but eventually realized that it was actually a better deal to manufacture in the US, saying it’s still cheaper on shipping both parts and final products and would allow the company to react faster to market changes. The company also believes they’ll save money in training and retaining workers in the US. Who knows if there’s more going on behind the scenes here, but considering how big a story it was when all TV manufacturing left the US, it’s certainly noteworthy that (at least at one plant) it’s come back from Asia.

January 4, 2012

January 4, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Cold Steel review

Routine, solidly made war drama with a professional cast.

CRI:  Zhao Wei Returns with ‘Love’

Huayi Brothers, the company producing the film, recently released a series of still photos featuring Zhao and a video clip of her dancing in sexy dresses.

CF: Promotional Song of “I Do” Released

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, the movie “I Do” revolves around a topic that’s always popular in modern society – how left-over women can find suitable husbands.

Theme songs of 12 Feng’s movies were divided into 10 distinct segments with the most memorable movie moments screened on site.

Poster for “All’s Well Ends Well 2012″, opening January 20

Kelly Chen

Sandra Ng

Lynn Hung

Yang Mi

Louis Koo, Kelly Chen

Donnie Yen (Sina)23

“Crazy Dinner” poster (Source)

The cast of “Crazy Dinner Engagement”, directed by Shang Jing (”My Favorite Swordsman”) attended a grand opening media event in Beijing yesterday. Opening January 23.

Huang Bo

Monica Mok

Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi), Huang Bo

Liu Hua

(Sina-gallery)2

The couple will be returning to the US to visit relatives after the New Year. The couple is rumoured to undergo a test to see if they are suitable for IVF procedure while they are there.

November 26, 2011

Week Ending: November 26, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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WSJ: Taiwan Tribe Epic Leads Golden Horse Nominations

A 4-1/2-hour drama recounting the armed rebellion by Taiwan’s indigenous Seediq tribes in 1930 against Japanese colonial rule leads nominations at this Saturday’s 48th Golden Horse Awards, that honors the year’s best Chinese-language cinema.

CRI:  Stars Stud Red Carpet of 48th Golden Horse Awards

The 48th Golden Horse Awards Kicked off in Hsin-chu, southeast China’s Taiwan on Saturday, Nov. 26.

CF: Carina Lau and Qin Hailu on Board to Present Golden Horse Awards

‘A Simple Life’ big winner at Taiwan film festival

Hong Kong’s Ann Hui has won the best director award for her movie “A Simple Life” at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival.

“A Simple Life” also won Andy Lau the best actor award and Deanie Ip the best actress honor. Ip plays a domestic helper who copes with her own aging while serving her master, played by Lau.

Hong Kong’s ‘A Simple Life’ sweeps ‘China Oscars’

Yu Dong, producer of “The Dragon Gate” and CEO of the Bona Film Group announced yesterday at the movie’s premiere ceremony that they will not raise prices and will partake in any form of smear campaign. Dong’s made these comments following the actions of Zhang Weiping, CEO of the production company responsible for “The Flowers of War” who was able to force eight large cinemas to increase the price of their cheapest tickets.

CF: Leading Actors Promote “Flying Swords”

Five of the leading roles including Jet Li, Chen Kun, Li Yuchun, Guey Lun-mei and Mavis Fan made an appearance at the event. However, director Tsui Hark and another lead actress Zhou Xun were absent. Tsui is said to be busy with the post-production stages of the film.

Australian filmmaker burned by Dragon

No box office from Chinese blockbuster [The Dragon Pearl] for SA filmmaker

An Emmy award-winning film producer is fighting to recoup millions of box office dollars in returns from China.

“We’ve tried to contract for that but that’s all being ignored because that’s not how you do it in China.”

Fascinating genre-bender that morphs from C-Horror into something quite different.

Quirky but original sequel to action-comedy The Underdog Knight, flawed by a weak finale.

Ambitious but failed attempt at a live-action version of a cult animated short.

Entertaining action drama on Qiu Jin, commandingly played by Crystal Huang.

Variety: Honey Pupu review

A deliriously wild mix of Web-based youth culture, fantasia and memory, Chen Hung-I’s dreamy “Honey Pupu” is the work of a strong voice uninterested in conventional narrative rules.

TimeOutHK: Tsui Hark

Whether as producer or director, Tsui Hark has delivered many of our cinema’s greatest hits over the past 30 years
TimeOutHK: Wei Te-sheng

How could Wei Te-sheng better himself after directing the highest grossing Taiwanese movie ever?

CF: Johnny To and Wai Ka-Fai to Shoot Gangster Film on Mainland

Johnny To and Wai Ka-Fai are teaming up again for a new project based on the mainland, titled “Drug War”

Josie Ho, daughter of the gambling mogul Stanley Ho, was recently spotted having a meeting with Reeves. Other big names, including Zhou Dongyu and Liu Yifei are also on Reeves’ shortlist.

CRI: Ads Axed during Popular TV Shows

Commercial breaks during television dramas are to be banned from next year, China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television announced on Friday.

“The order is a double-edged sword,” Ren Jianwei, an official of Shanghai’s Drama Channel, told Shanghai Daily. “It will certainly affect our ad revenue, but it will also attract more people to watch TV.”

Low-budget local movie “Love is Not Blind” slayed its competitors of four Hollywood blockbusters at this week’s box office, taking the top spot repeatedly. The constant boom of this romance has a positive significance to guide the production of domestic films and set a good example for low/ medium scale movie. This film’s success indicates that the mode of “good story+ capable director+ talented actors+ suitable market promoting+ marketable distribution schedule” is the very effective approach to earn impressive ticket sales.

A Chinese state-owned film studio strives to survive

Founded in 1945, the Changchun Film Studio, later known as the CFGC after transitioning to a corporate structure, is widely regarded as the cradle of modern Chinese film. The studio influenced generations of audiences with the country’s first feature-length film “Qiao (Bridge)” (1949) and many other acclaimed works.

“Dou Niu (Cow)” (2009) was one of the company’s post-reform masterpieces. The film, depicting a peasant who is tasked with protecting his village’s dairy cow during a harsh winter prior to the founding of the “New China,” received 7 nominations at the Golden Horse Film Festival in Taiwan and premiered in the “Orizzonti” category at the 66th Venice Film Festival.

As the first racing car film dedicated to female drivers, the cast of “Speed Angels” have been revelling in the presence of three award winning actresses - Cecilia Cheung, Rene Liu and Tang Wei since they started filming.

As the film premiered in Beijing, some media reflected that there were wide discrepancies between the plot and the actually historic events. Echoing that opinion, director Daniel Lee said that “the film represents my attitude and perspective of the history, so it will be meaningless if the both are wholly identical.”

The film will hit national screens on November 29.

Director David Wu, along with leads Peter Ho, Song Jia and Mickey Ho attended the event.

The film will hit cinema screens on December 1.

Sexy actress Monika Mok [Mo Xiaoqi], dressed in a leopard-skin outfit performed a pole dance at the press conference held for “My Own Swordsman” director Shang Jing’s new project “Crazy Banquet” [vide "Crazy Dinner"]yesterday in Beijing.

The first round of still photos for the gangster film “Cold War” have been released, featuring scenes of explosive action. In order to create authentic explosion scenes, the makers not only utilized a number of special effects, but also invited a demolitions expert to create real explosions. The film starts shooting in October and will be screened in the first half of 2012.

The makers of the comedy blockbuster, “Celebrate Spring Festival with Relatives by Marriage”, recently released a batch of still shots. Produced by Manfred Wong, directed by Raymond Yip, and starring Wen Zhang and Liu Yun, the film is expected to be screened during the Spring Festival holiday slot

New Pictures, the production company of Zhang Yimou’s soon-to-be-released epic war blockbuster “The Flowers of War,” is about to publish a special book in memory of the making of the movie

The film boasts an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent , Hugh Grant and Korean star Du-na Bae and Chinese actress Zhou Xun.

The movie is slated for release on November 24

Huang Yi, the star of the latest blockbuster comedy “East Meets West 2011″, poses for a photo shoot in a seductive uniform to promote the film.

Huang Yi

MSN: Carl Ng keeps co-stars on their toes

Cammi Tse aborted Vincent Wong’s child

16-year-old model Cammi Tse has been a hot topic ever since the recent scandal with Edison Chen, but it is now reported that she had an abortion earlier this year and the father was actor Vincent Wong, who just got married two weeks ago to actress Yoyo Chen

MSN: Tony Leung and Carina Lau to undergo artificial insemination again?

After his 2008 marriage to actress Carina Lau, the pair has been trying to conceive a child with no success. Upon hearing rumours that Andy’s wife, Carol Chu, managed to successfully conceive through artificial insemination, the couple harbours plans to undergo the procedure too.

MSN: Did Hannah Quinlivan’s father meet Jay Chou?

It is understood that Hannah specially brought her father around to sightsee as he seldom visits Taiwan since his divorce with Hannah’s mother, who is a Taiwanese.

MSN: Selina Jen will not act after making showbiz comeback

MSN: Jackie Chan missing at Elaine Ng’s daughter birthday

The former actress celebrated daughter, Etta Ng’s 12th birthday in Hong Kong

August 9, 2011

August 9, 2011

FBA: Make Up review

A mystery-drama that’s rather different from the Taiwan norm, and with terrific playing by actress Nikki Hsieh.

CF: Ning Hao’s Next Project Going for Gold

CF: Director Shang Jing’s New Project Underway

Shang Jing, director of the successful 2006 TV comedy series “My Own Swordsman” has officially announced that his new project titled “Crazy Dinner Engagement” is in intense shooting stages

CF: Behind-the-scene footage of “Love in Space” Released

CF: Legendary Film Star Brigitte Lin is Back as a Writer

Derek Yee, Alan Mak, Felix Chong, Huang Yi and Daniel Wu, from Overheard 2, attended a Forbes Bona Film forum on film industry investing in Beijing yesterday.

Huang Yi

Daniel Wu, Huang Yi

Daniel Wu

(Sina-gallery)2

New publicity stills featuring Collin Chou in Mural

Multiple aspects of Huang Yi in Herman Yau’s Woman Knight of Mirror Lake

Bride a-marrying

Brush-stroking

Dagger-stabbing

Handsome manly looking

Horse-riding

Robe-wearing

Sword-wielding

Slashing

Gun-toting

Opens Sept. 1 (Sina-gallery)

MSN: Nicholas Tse accused of using publicity surrounding his marriage to raise his asking fee

MSN: Karena Lam does not regret sacrificing career

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