HKMDB Daily News

March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Deanie Ip - Best Actress (”A Simple Life”), again

Asian Film Awards (Sina)2

Best New Artist - Ni Ni (”The Flowers of War”)

Ni Ni (Sina)23

Ann Hui and Lifetime Achievement Award (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu was one of the presenters Monday night

(Sina)2

Hong Kong-mainland production Wu Xia, a martial-arts thriller directed by renowned Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Chan Ho-sun, won the best cinematographer, best production designer and best composer honours. Another martial-arts epic and the world’s first such 3-D flick, The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate by Tsui Hark, won the best visual effects and best costume designer awards.

THR: Song of Silence review

A quietly moving if not cutting-edge family drama a welcome narrative change from China.

ScreenDaily: Love in the Buff review

Love In The Buff is still a relentlessly entertaining romancer that should please more than a few viewers from any culture.

FBA: Harpoon review

A well-directed low-budget slasher that’s light on real thrills.

FBA: The Floating Shadow review

Impressively acted psychodrama centred on two women, a female prisoner and a police officer. 

Above-average biopic of the father of China’s missile programme. 

Hong Kong Filmart: Emperor Readies Firefighter Drama (THR)

Emperor Motion Pictures will back an as-yet-untitled firefighter drama to be directed by award-winning helmer Derek Kwok and starring Nicholas Tse.

FilmMart 2012: Pang Brothers to Unleash ‘Inferno’ (THR)

Scheduled to begin filming in mid 2012 for release at the end of 2013, the producers describe Inferno as the first of its kind. “There is yet to be a fire disaster film in 3D made anywhere in the world, we have the courage to try,” said producer and Universe COO Alvin Lam

FilmMart 2012: Powerful Asian Alliance to Fund ‘Micro Movies’ (THR)

Micro movies refers to the small budget of the productions, targeted to average at around $1 million for each film.

The film will feature a who’s who of Korean and Hong Kong stars, including Kim Yun-seok (Punch), Kim Hye-soo (Tazza: The High Rollers), Lee Jung-jae (The Housemaid), Gianna Jun (My Sassy Girl), Simon Yam (Ip Man), Derek Tsang (Dream Home) as well as Hong Kong-based Malaysian Angelica Lee (The Eye).

CF:”The Unfortunate Car” Hits Cinemas on April 1

[T]he film documents the hilarious story of four strangers who meet one another when buying a car. The film touches upon a number of hot issues within modern society, including the license plate lottery, car-sharing, the odd/even license plate restriction plan and online shopping.

CF: Famous Photographer Works on “Guns N’ Roses” Poster

Guei Lun-Mei arriving for the Asian Film Awards (Mar.19)

(Sina-gallery)

MSN: Donnie Yen meets Keanu Reeves in Hong Kong

MSN: Andy Lau names soon-to-born daughter

THR: Jeremy Lin Linsanity Prompts Canada’s First All-Mandarin NBA Telecast

Canadian broadcaster Omni Television has hired former Chinese national basketball team player and basketball commentatorWeiping Zhang to call its first-ever NBA game in the Mandarin language whenJeremy Lin and the New York Knicks play the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

September 13, 2011

September 13, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Actress Zhou Xun to Join Hands with Tom Hanks in ‘Cloud Atlas’

Zhou Xun in Germany

Bae Doo-Na will also join the cast (Sina)2

FBA: My Kingdom review

Weak male leads and an unsuitable director sap the juice from a potentially interesting action drama.

Michelle Yeoh (THR)

THR: The Lady review

Luc Besson trades his usual muscular action and pumped-up visual style for a stately inspirational epic.

A1: Myanmar democracy leader’s struggle debuts on film(AFP)

Myanmar’s revered pro-democracy leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is now also a movie protagonist after Luc Besson’s “The Lady” premiered on Monday at the Toronto film festival.

THR: Bond Girl Michelle Yeoh on Being Deported From Burma

Chow Yun-Fat will play the famous warlord Cao Cao in a film (Tong Que Tai) set to begin shooting in Beijing next month. Chow has already begun growing a beard for the role. Official launch will be Oct. 5. Directed by first-time director, Zhao Lin-Shan, he was inspired by the recent (2009) discovery of  Cao Cao’s tomb and his burial with his empress and a young servant girl. The film will focus on the later years of Cao Cao’s life. In addition to Chow, Alec Su, Yan Ni, Ni Dahong, Roy Cheung(!) and many others have been confirmed as cast. An October 2012 release is planned.(Sina)23

HKStandard: Simple boost for movies hailed

Deanie Ip Tak-han’s best actress award at the 68th Venice International Film Festival will boost the SAR movie industry, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said.

Deanie Ip

Deanie Ip’s return to Hong Kong

(Sina)2

WSJ: Jet Li Ashamed of China’s Soft Power

“China is an economic powerhouse,” Mr. Li said at Alibaba Group’s annual summit for small to medium-sized business owners in Hangzhou. But the world’s most populous country has little cultural influence compared to the U.S., South Korea and Japan, he said.

CF: Jet Li Talks about Charities

Anita Mui’s bling on sale

Sotheby’s auction house announced on Friday that there will be 43 lots, including memorabilia items, valued at more than HK $2.6 million during the Hong Kong Autumn Sale.

Jang Dong-gun met Zhang Ziyi at a hotel?

It was speculated the two met to discuss Zhang Ziyi’s role alongside Jang Dong-gun in director Heo Jin-ho’s new film, “Dangerous Liaisons”.

CNA: Anita Yuen admits she was once a kept woman

Yuen had previously revealed that she had been someone’s mistress during an interview with TVB General Manager Stephen Chan in 2007, but this was the first time she went into detail about the matter.

MSN: A grand birthday celebration for Andy Lau

While the banquet yesterday was to be an early birthday celebration, there were rumours that suggested it was actually a belated wedding banquet instead.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Heung

Fans

(Sina-slideshow)

September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

WSJ: Deanie Ip on ‘A Simple Life’ and Winning at Venice

HKStandard: Golden girl Deanie Ip takes best actress prize at Venice

Film director and producer Ng See-yuen said: “Her achievement not only gives her center stage at the top-tier film festival, it also raises the world’s awareness of Hong Kong’s film industry, especially for female actresses.”

FBA: People Mountain People Sea

Strikingly mounted, existential tale of revenge that’s let down by being over-elliptical.

Variety: People Mountain People Sea review[HKMDBNews-reprint]

A pitch-black tale of murder, corruption and almost every other conceivable form of human injustice is taken to its bleakest possible conclusions in “People Mountain People Sea.”

Cai Shangjun holds up Silver Lion

THR: 11 Flowers review

Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai evokes memories of provincial life prior to Mao’s death

FBA: The Sword Identity review

Original, lowkey satire of martial-arts codes that’s too academic for its own good

The Sword Identity director Xu Haofeng

The Sword Identity - Zhao Yuanyuan, Song Yang (Sina)

TimeOutHK: Treasure Hunt review

A milk powder TV commercial disguised as a feature-length adventure comedy, Wong Jing’s latest folly is so thoroughly mediocre that anyone other than its sponsors will struggle to sit through it.

Seizing on the ongoing world banking crisis to add spin to an otherwise ho-hum crime story, Hong Kong helmer Johnnie To finds greed to be the root of all evil in his patchy “Life Without Principle.” [HKMDBNews-reprint]

There are some good ideas knocking around in Hong Kong genre auteur Johnnie To’s multi-strand financial crisis dramedy- but they’re swamped by an inept script that keeps getting bogged down in details and forgetting the big dramatic picture. [HKMDBNews-reprint]

AP: Hong Kong director focuses on financial crisis

The movie is shot in a style that is partly serious, partly caper-comic — or, as To put it, “this film is a bit realistic but also fantasy

Toronto 2011: Christian Bale’s China movie previewed for buyers

Zhang Yimou’s Heroes of Nanking now retitled The Flowers of War

THR: Top U.S. Buyers Get First Glimpse of Christian Bale’s ‘The Flowers of War’

WSJ: Zhang Yimou Previews ‘The Flowers of War’ in Toronto

FBA: Buyers get taste of Zhang’s War

Too Much Heaven: Shaolin, My Kingdom, and Love In Space movie reviews (beyondasiaphilia)

Taiwanese epic film draws lukewarm reception from China

As Taiwanese enthusiastically flock to the cinema for “Seediq Bale,” the biggest blockbuster this summer, reactions to the film from China had been far more muted and critical ahead of its release earlier this week.

First poster for Dante Lam’s The Viral Factor, now in post-production

Stills featuring the Midlle East back drop

(Sina)

Deanie Ip and Ann Hui also accepted the Equal Opportunity Award at the close of the Venice Film Festival from Rosalba Veltri, Director General for Equality and Equal Opportunities. The prize goes to the work which best represents the official selection of a complaint or a message of hope with respect to the issue of discrimination, intolerance, inequality, social or gender. (Source) Andy Lau had rushed back to Hong Kong and missed the closing ceremony and awards announcements.

(Sina)

And the SIGNIS Prize, a Catholic humanitarian organization award (Sina)

CNNGo: World’s first Jackie Chan Museum to open in Shanghai

MSN: Cecilia Cheung and Lucas go on a secret holiday

MSN: Edison Chen’s girlfriend breaks up with him

Currently in New York, Edison also tried to build up a lovelorn image of himself by uploading a photo of the city with the words: “Lonely Street’s of NY (sic).”

CNNGo: To hell with tradition, Hong Kong mooncake marketing at a high

Hong Kong food anthropologist unfazed by Angry Birds taking over our Mid-Autumn Festival

February 23, 2011

February 23, 2011

THR: Fox, Huayi Brothers, Sundream Team for ‘Love in Space’

Lost in Space is a model of Huayi Brothers’s three-pronged strategy in developing its production slate, including expanding into different genres. “At the beginning, everyone was making historical epics and action films, but female audiences support romantic comedies, which are less costly to make. This genre can become part of the mainstream films,” Huayi Brothers Media Corp. president James Wang told The Hollywood Reporter.

THR: Top-Earning Chinese Director Cites Martin Scorsese as His Only Influence

Jiang Wen met ‘The Departed’ director in New York in 1980, according to English-language newspaper China Daily.

HK Film Archive’s March “Morning Matinee” to feature city comedies starring Ting Ying

Hong Kong Film Archive’s (HKFA) “Morning Matinee” next month will screen four “city comedies” by renowned comedy director Mok Hong-si, starring popular 1960s actress Ting Ying.

FBA: Overheard receives welcome echo

Production is underway on Overheard 2 , a sequel to the cop thriller Overheard

Variety: Together review

“Together” demonstrates how badly China needs a documentary to help address discrimination toward its growing HIV-positive population.

CRI: Mainland Box Office Top 10 (Feb. 14-20, 2011)

Eternal Moment #1

Qin Lan - Mr. and Mrs. Single

Qin Lan costars in Patrick Kong’s Mr. and Mrs. Single, a comedy about urban couples keeping their marriages secret to get better jobs and higher income. Eason Chan, Rene Liu, Harlem Yu and Bai Bing are among the cast members. [Sounds strikingly similar to the 1962 Happy Couples in the Ting Ying article above.] The film opens in April.

Eason Chan (Sina)2

Beijing - Kara Hui, Liu Yifei, Wilson Yip hold press conference for A Chinese Fairy Tale (Feb.23)

Wang Danyi Li, Kara Hui, Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei, Gong Xinliang, Wang Danyi Li

Kara Hui, Lin Peng

(Sina)23

Deanie Ip and Andy Lau have begun work on Ann Hui’s latest film (Miss Peach/Peach Sister).

Deanie plays a servant to Andy’s master (Sina)(Sohu)

Cambodia - Michelle Yeoh continues to promote road safety as UN Make Roads Safe Global Ambassador (Xinhua)

MSN: Jackie Chan kissed Jane Xu Jinglei in drunken stupor (Xinhua-gallery)

CNA: Faye Wong garners praise for posting au naturel photo (Xinhua)

CNA: Selina Jen’s wedding “delayed indefinitely” says fiance

CRI: Kobe Bryant Works with Jay Chou in New Song

MSN: Jay Chou films commercial with Kobe Bryant

All-Star debut for Chinese shoe company

October 5, 2010

October 5, 2010

Variety: Hot Summer Days

A “Valentine’s Day”-style romantic multi-strander, “Hot Summer Days,” Fox’s virgin venture into Chinese-language production and distribution, bubbles along with a jaunty but unoriginal blend of the sweet, tart, cute and weepy.

According to a report from Taiwan’s Apple Daily, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Shu Qi will play husband and wife in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s long rumored, since 2007, martial arts fantasy film (The Assassin). The cast also includes Chang Chen and Tadanobu Asano and begins low-key shooting in Nara, Japan now that Shu Qi’s If You Are the One 2 has wrapped up. [In July, HHH was granted a $625,000 production subsidy from the Taiwan government's National Development Fund and assurance that 30 percent of the budget would be provided.]

A poster from Cannes with English title The Lady From Tang accompanied the Taiwan article. (Sina)(Apple Daily)

The Tai Pak Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen was transformed into a casino for Contagion

Gwyneth Paltrow on her way to the boat launch shielded from photographers by tarps.

The security cordon around her was heavy. After an eight hour day, Paltrow returned and retired to the Mandarin Oriental.

Another actress needing protection. (Sina)

Andy Lau

;D

Deanie Ip

Deanie Ip, Paula Tsui, Ann Hui, Virginia Lok(?), Peter Lam (?)

(Oct. 4) Andy Lau held a press conference to announce his series of 18 Hong Kong Coliseum concerts. Eric Tsang MC’d, while guests lending him support included Deanie Ip, Paula Tsui, Ann Hui. and TVB series producer Li Tiansheng. Ann Hui directed Andy in his first film, Boat People, although she originally invited Chow Yun-Fat. And Li Tiansheng cast Andy in his first TV series a cop drama which costarred Deanie Ip and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai. Andy said he planned to invite Idy Chan, Chow Yun-Fat and the other Five Tigers [Felix Wong, Michael Miu, Kent Tong, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai] as concert guest performers. (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina-gallery)

Karen Mok

Karen Mok on the cover of the October HK editions of Elle (AnD)

Michelle Reis blogs that she’ll be in the November mainland edtion of Madame Figaro

Noshing on noodles 2 - Zhang Jingchu

According to her blog, Zhang Jingchu was in SF and LA last month. I wonder what she was doing there?

Fan Bingbing attending Paris Fashion Week

With Catherine Deneuve

Also in Paris, Joey Yung, Wyman Wong (Xinhua)(Sina)2

John Woo touched by Tarantino

SG: Tony Leung pacifies wife with gifts

SG: Sexy mama Christy Chung coy about love life

Faye Wong to take time off for another kid

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