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September 12, 2012

September 12, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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LATimes: Chinese pay for product placement in Hollywood movies

TimeOutHK: Karen Mok interview

My next big project is my first English album and it’s jazz. This has been my dream for as long as I can remember. Our take on this jazz album is to also retain our Chinese identity. So we have some Chinese elements in the album. I play the guzheng and we put that in as well. It’s a completely new sound we’re trying to create.

(Xinmin)

Karen Mok’s micro film/advert for Cadillac shot on Route 66

Daniel Wu gets Tom Cruise-y for Cadillac

Posters for the recently opened (in August) Mainland horror film “Horrible Hotel”(?). The B-list cast includes Cecilia Cheung look-a-like, Gong Mi, and the pulchritudinous Zhao Ming, Anya, comic actors Li Jing and Dong Lifan. Hong Kong singer-actor and Wang Lee Hom clone, as well as Kelly Chen’s brother, Victor Chen is the nominal hero.

Gong Mi, Victor Chen

Nightgown scene

Wet tee-shirt scene

Chinese Klansman?

(Sina)

March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: Studio complex puts China in the picture

Huairou Film Base hopes to lure Westerners

In a recent coup for Huairou, Keanu Reeves signed on to shoot “Man of Tai Chi,” a $32 million contemporary chopsocky and tai chi actioner that will film here. The cast includes Tiger Chen and Karen Mok, with Reeves as a bad guy — and martial arts choreography by Yuen Woo-ping (”The Matrix”).

Variety: Film is art to Chinese helmer Lu Chuan

Local auds didn’t flock to “City of Life and Death” in expected numbers, partially because Lu made the Japanese general in the war movie a real character.

Now the director wants his vision to appeal to auds in the booming China market as he gets ready to unveil “The Last Supper,” a costume drama about two warring generals, toplining mainland-friendly stars Liu Ye, Daniel Wu and Taiwanese thesp Chang Chen.

FBA: Audience invited to all or nothing Supper

Qin Lan as Empress Lu in “The Last Supper”, opening July 5th

Qin Lan

Liu Ye, Qin Lan, Daniel Wu, Chang Chen at recent Beijing press conference (Sina)

Daniel Wu

Liu Ye

Chang Chen (Sina-gallery)

Trailer for “The Last Supper”

Gong Li will play Empress Wu in “Tang Dynasty Mystic/Mystery Map”

Two versions of the film are in the pipeline, with Jacob Cheung Chi-Leung directing and Tony Ching Siu-Tung producing and filming to begin in July. An international US-China version hopes to get Danny Boyle to direct with an unnamed actress in the lead.

Gong Li

(Sina)23

First stills from Guan Hu’s black comedy “Design of Death”

A quack doctor (Simon Yam) performs an autopsy to determine whether the cause of a death is a murder or an accident. The setting is an ancient village in the mountains.

Simon Yam

Yu Nan atop a coffin

Huang Bo

Alec Su (Sina)

CF: China’s First Banned Film Released after 60 Years

After its premier in 1951, the film was soon caught up in ideological disputes, which saw it pilloried as being pro-capitalist, a severe accusation in an era characterized by its black-and-white politics. However, Mao Zedong’s criticism of the film, in which he labeled it as carrying a message detrimental to the principles of socialism, was perhaps the main reason behind the banning of the film.

(Sina)

MSN: Showbiz boss Albert Yeung dishes the dirt on celebrity scandals

Jackie Chan, Elaine Ng (Sina)2

WaPo: Hong Kong selects new leader after tumultuous contest

After a boisterous but highly undemocratic contest featuring feuding tycoons, dark rumors of closet communism and a host of scandals over sex, gangsters and an illegal wine cellar, Hong Kong elites on Sunday selected a wealthy, China-backed populist as the new leader of this former British colony.

SCMP: Leung wins chief executive race

“We, Hong Kong people, have no rights to cast our votes, We come here just to voice our anger,”

“We already have no right to vote in the real election. Why should we be deprived of our rights even in a fake one?”

August 16, 2011

August 16, 2011

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FBA: I Love Hong Kong review

Enjoyable Chinese New Year comedy, packed with well-known faces and plenty of retro nostalgia.

CF: ”1911″ Chosen as Opening Film of Tokyo International Film Festival

CF: Film ‘The Sorcerer and the White Snake’ Launches Official Website

THR: Qiu Xiaolong’s ‘Chief Inspector Chen’ Books to be Adapted into Seven Feature Films

Films will be made as Australian-Chinese co-productions

Titles include Red Mandarin Dress, Death of a Red Heroine and When Red is Black.

Daniel Wu

… When I was watching that scene, I thought: ‘Holy fuck! Daniel Wu has even managed to get girls giggling in a Chinese communist propaganda movie!’

My second sister [Greta Wu] got her MBA but ended up becoming a novelist. And then my older sister [Gloria Wu] got her marketing degree and ended up being a TV host.

Interview: Overheard 2 (TimeOutHK)

Alan Mak and Felix Chong

MSN: Aarif Lee grows up through Bruce Lee

MSN: Nicholas Tse wants producers to cut away son’s scenes

“Nicholas is unhappy with what Cecilia did and does not want his son to enter showbiz at such an early age. He did not like how Cecilia was using Lucas to make money. Nicholas was already upset when she brought Lucas along during the promotions of Stephen Chow’s CJ7: The Cartoon,” he wrote.

MSN: Deborah Li meets grandchildren after three months

Zhao Wei, Zhou Xun

(21cn)

MSN: Zhou Xun and Vicki Zhao fight over a chair

In other related news, Zhou Xun was rumoured to star in Taiwanese director Doze Niu’s upcoming movie Love. However, she rejected the role after learning that Vicki would be in the movie too. Her role was subsequently awarded to Shu Qi.

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

March 17, 2011

March 17, 2011

Honestly, the situation in Japan seems dire. Circumstances are worsening, official reports appear sugar-coated and the response so far does not appear effective. The citizens, surely, feel frustrated and abandoned. But let’s, at least, recognize the bravery of the Fukushima 50.

Charity for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (NHK)

Donate to the American Red Cross - select the International Relief Fund option.

THR: What Hollywood Is Doing to Help Japan (List)

MSN: Taiwanese celebs come together for Japanese disaster relief

(more…)

February 17, 2011

February 17, 2011

CRI: Jackie Chan’s New Movie Gets U.S. Release

The film, with a former title, “The 1911 Revolution”, is a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the monumental Xinhai Revolution that began in 1911 and eventually brought an end to China’s last feudal dynasty.

PeoplesDaily: ‘Bullets’ copyright scores Hollywood bullseye

Last year’s blockbuster comedy Let the Bullets Fly, which became the biggest-grossing Chinese language movie ever, has now set another record - the top price paid in Hollywood for the rights to adapt a Chinese film.

FBA: Fox to release Butcher in Hong Kong

20th Century Fox is to release The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman in Hong Kong on 7 April.

Pulpy psychodrama is made watchable by its two female leads.

‘Late Autumn,’ a modern fairytale for adults

Heart-stopping and transcending sentimentality, Kim Tae-yong’s “Late Autumn” is a remake with a greater purpose than simply pairing superstars in a new setting.

I majored in directing at the Central Academy of Drama (in Beijing) because I wanted to become a director. When you study directing, you also learn how to act.

It was recently reported that the investor was unhappy with Cecilia, as she did not have time to complete the filming of The Lady Generals of Yang Family, due to her busy schedule.

The investor also put down the rule that the movie must be completed by the end of the month, else it would be cancelled.

A Chinese Fairy Tale

Louis Koo, Yu Shaoqun, Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei

The first stills from the secretive shoot of Wilson Yip’s A Chinese Fairy Tale was released yesterday.

A world-wide release is planned for April. (Sina)

In December, the Chinese Fairy Tale cast went into the studio for post-production getting head scans to enhance the 3D effects.

Liu Yifei

Fan Siu-Wong

Kara Hui (Sina)

Kara Hui in costume

(Sina)

Zhang Zilin (Zhang Zhilin)

Zhang Zilin

Stills from Underdog Knight 2 features Liu Ye and Zhang Zilin (Miss World 2007)

The film opens April 1. (Sina)

Daniel Wu - Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Daniel Wu, Gao Yuanyuan

Daniel Wu plays a depressed but brilliant architect who restores his self-confidence after meeting Gao Yuanyuan (Sina)

It was reported that Leon, who rarely appeared in events, began taking up more work recently. This drove speculations of a pregnant Gaile Lok and that Leon was saving up for the birth of his Rabbit child.

January 26, 2011

January 26, 2011

PR: China Lion Knows ‘What Women Want’ February 3rd

China Lion Film Distribution will open the Mandarin-language remake of ‘What Women Want’ (Wo Zhi Nu Ren Xin), starring Andy Lau and Gong Li, on the first day of the Lunar New Year, February 3rd, at select theaters throughout North America, as well as day-and-date in China and releasing in Australia and New Zealand. The film will be the first China Lion release for 2011…

(Sina)

All’s Well Ends Well 2011 posters

(Sina)

New stills featuring Daniel Wu in Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai’s Don’t Go Breaking My Heart hint that his character transforms from frog to prince.

Daniel Wu

Frog

Prince

(Sina)

Stills from Gao Xiaosong’s My Kingdom. Action director Sammo Hung recreates the era of the Seven Little Fortunes .

Yuen Biao

Yu Rongguang

(Sina)

Sammo Hung recently celebrated his 59th birthday (Jan. 7)

Unfortunately, Sammo was also in the tabloid news after being photographed hand-in-hand with a young woman. When shown the photograph, his wife (Joyce Godenzi/Gao LiHong, 2nd right, above) said that she did not recognize her but she didn’t know all of Sammo’s friends. (Sina)

November 18, 2010

November 18, 2010

Variety: Ge You emerging as China’s most bankable thesp

FBA: Bona files for stock market listing

THR: China’s Bona Film Group Files IPO

  • Bona, which no longer is connected to China’s military, counts among its private competitors Huayi Brothers Media, which raised $176 million on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in October 2009 and Enlight Media, a Beijing based TV company turned movie studio.
  • Bona, in fact, has government ties of its own, having merged in November 2003 with the China Poly Group, a business wing of the People’s Liberation Army, to form PolyBona Film Distribution, the company’s former English name
  • Bona’s U.S. IPO filing follows close on the heels of the filings for U.S. public listings by China’s two largest online video sharing web sites, Youku with the New York Stock Exchange and Tudou on the Nasdaq.

Director Shang Jing has reunited the original cast to continue his parody of social issues through the stories of everyday life in a small inn.

Andy Lau and Gong Li attend the trailer premiere event for What Women Want in Beijing (Nov. 18)

Director Chen Daming (Sina)2

(Nov.17) Peter Chan, Sandra Ng and Vincent Kok of Mr. and Mrs Incredible collaborated with the Hong Kong Tourism Board to promote winter holiday tourism and  shopping. A 3D animated short film featured characters named ‘Hong-Hong’ and ‘Kong-Kong’. Peter Chan, jokingly, announced the release date for Mr. and Mrs. Incredible as January 32, 2011, meaning the day after January 31st.

Peter Chan

Director Vincent Kok

Sandra Ng, Peter Chan, Vincent Kok

Sandra Ng, Peter Chan (Sina)

Li Qin (Dream of the Red Mansions) plays Blue Phoenix in Mr.and Mrs. Incredible

(Sina)

Let the Bullet posters outlining the characters and relationships

Jiang Wen

Chow Yun-Fat

Ge You (Sina)

Wang Xueqi in Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice (Sina)

Founding of a Party

Wang Leehom

Daniel Wu

Qin Lan, Bai Bing (Sina)

The Taiwanese actress and her millionaire boyfriend registered their marriage in Beijing on Tuesday, and will hold their wedding in March. [Rumors of her pregnancy _may_ prove to be unfounded. :D]

Hsu may have called Wang her “husband” in her statement, however, due to regulations governing cross–strait marriages; they are not legally husband and wife yet.

Netizens are gleefully flaming the 34-year-old, calling her everything from “evil woman” and “gold-digger” to “more disgusting than a rat” and “Big quot; (a play on Hsu’s official nickname Big S). The cause of such outrage?

(Xinhua)

September 24, 2010

September 24, 2010

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Andy Lau

CRI: Andy Lau’s Latest MV: ‘Teardrop of an Orphan’

The music video is directed by Ann Hui, a well-known Hong Kong director who collaborated with Andy 30 years ago in the film “Boat People.” Lau spent 2 days shooting the video, in which he plays an orphan, in a suburban area of Beijing.

SG: Andy Lau as Charlie Chaplin in new MV

This year’s HKAFF runs from October 22 to November 8. Actress Karena Lam’s film “Lover’s Discourse” and Hong Kong actor Juno Mak’s “Fuchouzhe Zhi Si” (translated as “The Death of Avenger”) will be the opening films.

The focus on Hong Kong local productions reflects the recent growth in quantity and quality of Hong Kong cinema, of which the critical and boxoffice reception in the first half of 2010 proved a shot in the arm for the industry, Broadway Cinematheque director Gary Mak told The Hollywood Reporter.

The Hawaii International Film Festival (14-24 Oct) will open with Under The Hawthorn Tree .

You have to be a much more patient director to work in Hollywood. When I was shooting “The Flock,” there were unions, so many meetings to attend, and I had to repeat myself a million times and be specific about everything. I wasted so much time talking bullshit there.

I like the Hong Kong way better—the director is the king.

AFP: Chinese rom-com brings Bordeaux to big screen (with ‘To Love’)

Li Yapeng

Xu Jinglei (Xinhua)

Li Bingbing and Andy Lau attend a shopping mall event in Tsimshatsui.

The HK premiere of Detective Dee is tonight (Sept.24). (Xinhua)

Anthony Wong made a surprise appearance at Jay Chou’s concert in Hong Kong

(Sina)

Daniel Wu wants you to know: OK, for the last time…I am not mixed.

Former actress Cherie Chung wants to focus on love

June 29, 2010

June 29, 2010

City Under Siege poster

Film opens in Hong Kong Aug.12 (Sina)

THR: Daniel Wu hopes to export HK success to Hollywood

“I find that Americans still have a very big stereotype toward what Asians are, and I don’t feel a need to perpetuate that stereotype. So when a good character comes along, I’m all for it. I’m ready. I’d be very open to it,” Wu said.

Variety: Love in a Puff

A lighter-than-air yarn about two cheerful nicotine enthusiasts, Hong Kong romancer “Love in a Puff” is an unfiltered delight. Pang Ho-cheung gets the balance exactly right with this well-realized vehicle for Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue, which also plays like a poem to that most cinematic of vices, smoking. http://hkmdb.com/news/?p=5642

CRI: “Shanghai”

Hollywood producer Mike Medavoy said that a good film should touch people emotionally. It was proved in his latest work “Shanghai”.

Goofy treasure-hunting comedy is a cross between Crazy Stone and A Simple Noodle Story.

Taiwan musician Giong Lim held a press conference last week in Beijing to promote the background music for Jia Zhangke’s “I Wish I Knew”, a dedicated film for the Shanghai World Expo 2010. [hkmdb]

Liu Ye plays a well-off man who is bored with his married life until he bumps into his first love played by Gao Yuanyuan.

Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan

A press conference for the action thriller “Triple Tap” was held in Beijing on June 28th. (Sina)

Beijing premiere

Li Bingbing

In the film, Li portrays a manager at a financial company. When Yee was asked to describe Li in real life, he said Li was strong, but inside she was a tender woman. As soon as the voice faded, a tear came out of Li’s eyes. “It’s very touching that the director understands me,” explained Li.

Triple Tap: Intriguing premise but uneven delivery

Unfortunately, “Triple Tap” could not capitalise on this intriguing premise. Yee made his big reveal somewhere in the middle of the film, completely shutting down the suspense of finding out what actually transpired during the robbery and who was behind it.

Cecilia Cheung - Shanghai

Cecilia will begin work on Derek Yee’s film with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in February.

Endorsement appearance

(Sina)(Sina-slide show)

Stephen Fung - Fantastic Water Babes

Alex Fong Lik-Sun, Stephen Fung

Stephen Fung (Sina)

Alec Su (left), director Zhang Fanfan during a media visit to the set

Alec Su

Alec Su, Pace Wu

Pace Wu in character

The Hidden Chamber of Secrets, a mystery film about serial murders, stars Alec Su and Pace Wu is currently filming in Beijing. He plays a novelist, she plays his wife. The story of horror takes place within 24 hours in a locked house with 8 people. One by one they die. Zhang Fanfan directs the film scheduled to open Oct. 29. (Sina)

Fan Bingbing

Rian Dundon: Behind the Scenes with Fan Bingbing(CF)

Li Bingbing - Trends Health cover

CRI: Cover Girl of 10-year Anniversary Edition of “Trends Health”

CRI: Faye Wong to Perform 5 Concerts in Beijing This Fall

Hong Kong celebrity Michelle Reis in the family way

Ex-Hong Kong actress Michelle Reis was seen coming out of the gynaecologist’s office recently, leading to speculation that she was preparing to get pregnant, according to a report in U-Weekly.

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