HKMDB Daily News

June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Painted Skin: The Resurrection review

Slick fantasy vehicle for three Mainland stars is in a different league to the 2008 film.

THR: Painted Skin: The Resurrection review

Bottom line: Spectacular if blemished Chinese fantasy aiming for high lyricism should pull in female viewers and fans of the 2008 original.

FBA: My Elder Brother in Taiwan review

Slim but likeable second feature by the director of Pinoy Sunday.

FBA: Shanghai Calling review

Light, cross-cultural rom-com has few of the usual cliches and awkwardnesses.

ScreenDaily: Double Trouble review

Double Trouble seems less about honestly dissimilar and abrasive characters, and more about contrived friction.

TimeOutHK: First Time review

Once a cult favourite known for his nihilistic vision, Soi Cheang has since mellowed into one of our cinema’s leading helmers. He talks to Edmund Lee about his latest outing, Motorway.

THR: Feng Xiaogang Unveils Epic ‘Remembering 1942′ at the Shanghai Film Festival

FBA: Feng portrays drama of 1942

The film’s story chronicles the human drama as a devastating famine struck Henan Province in 1942, a time when China was already at war with and partially occupied by Japan.

CF: Chow Yun-fat Brings his “Last Tycoon” to Shanghai Film Fest

CF: Tony Leung Unveils Release Date of “The Silent War” at SIFF

A news conference to promote the August 10 release of Tony Leung’s newest spy movie, “The Silent War” was held on June 17 during the 15th Shanghai Film Festival,

CF: First Trailer out for “The Silent War”

CF:Stars Introduce Suspense Film “The Four” at SIFF

CF:”The Four” Brings You a New Trailer

A different two minute trailer

CF: Cecilia Cheung and Jang Dong-gun Promote “Dangerous Liaisons” at SIFF

CF: Jang Dong-gun’s Character Trailer of “Dangerous Liaisons”

Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo (”The Four”) were introduced to the press yesterday in a Shanghai press conference. They will co-star in Xue Xiaolu’s (”Ocean Paradise”) new romantic comedy, “Finding Mr. Right” (Chinese title, “Beautiful Destiny”).

Director Xue Xiaolu

Tang Wei

Tang Wei, Wu Xiubo

Huang Yi’s first directorial effort, a micro film called “Exchange”, will screen at the SIFF on June 21. She plays a country girl and a surprise guest star is promised.

Huang Yi

Keanu Reeves’ “Man of Tai Chi” has officially begun filming yesterday. Shooting started in Wan Chai last night. Despite blocking off the road, it attracted a large number of passersby and onlookers.

Karen Mok (Sina)2

Trailer for “Holding Love” (aka “Hold on to Love”) starring Yang Mi real-life BF Hawick Lau and Chrissie Chau.

Shanghai trailer release conference

Hawick Lau, Yang Mi

Chrissie Chau

(Sina)

The cast of “The Bounty” promote the film while Chapman To recuperates in the US

Fiona Sit

Director Fung Chi-Keung, Fiona Sit, Stephanie Cheng, Charmaine Fong

CF: Huayi · ELLE’s Starry Night at SIFF

Li Bingbing, director Feng Xiaofang and his wife Xu Fan, cast members of Jackie Chan’s “CZ12″ and 3D “Sex and Zen” star Lan Yan were spotted at the red carpet ceremony.

MSN: Gigi Leung takes up the director’s seat for the first time

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung are back together

MSN: Tony Leung is unaffected by rumors about Carina Lau

MSN: Andy Lau celebrates first Father’s Day

MSN: Andy Lau names his daughter

SGYahoo: Andy Lau and wife to move to Malaysia

Edison Chen makes a guest appearance in American rapper Sammy Adam’s MV for the song “Only One”.

SGYahoo: Get a “Kitty-cure” at world’s first Hello Kitty Beauty Spa

June 8, 2012

Double Trouble (Hollywood Reporter review)

Filed under: Reprints — Tags: — dleedlee @ 7:44 pm

Double Trouble
6/8/2012 by Frank Scheck

The film stars Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee Chan as a Taiwanese museum security guard who springs into action when a 400-year-old scroll is stolen and he is mistakenly accused.

The starring presence of Jaycee Chan, Jackie Chan’s son, seems to be main impetus for the importation of Double Trouble. But while the young actor displays some of his father’s endearing appeal and athletic martial arts prowess, this otherwise unmemorable Chinese buddy action-comedy is unlikely to achieve any box-office traction on these shores.

The younger Chan plays Jay, a Taiwanese museum security guard who springs into action when a priceless, 400-year-old scroll is stolen and he is mistakenly accused. Through circumstances too convoluted to recount, he winds up partnered with Ocean (Chinese star Xia Yu), a vacationing security guard from Beijing. Since neither man exactly represents the pinnacle of their profession, hijinks, if not hilarity, ensues.

Director David Hsun-Wei Chang reveals little talent for action sequences, let alone narrative coherence or pacing, although he did have the wisdom to cast sexy actresses clad in skin-tight leather bodysuits as the art thieves.

The film also sneaks in some sly subtextual comments on the relationship between China and Taiwan, although they will largely be lost on American viewers.

As with most of the elder Chan’s efforts, the best moments arrive in the gaffe-laden outtakes that are unveiled at the film’s end.

Opened: June 8 (China Lion)
Production: Guangdong Zhujiang Film and Media Corp., Serenity Entertainment, Beijing Eastlight Film Co., Distribution Workshop and Three Dots Entertainment
Cast: Jaycee Chan, Xia Yu, Chen Han-tien, Deng Jiajia, Vivian Dawson, Jessica C., Shoko, Lan Chun-tien, Chang Fei
Director: David Hsun-Wei Chang
Screenwriters: Zhang Hongyi, Yeh Sho-Heng
Producers: Michelle Yeh, Liu Jing
Executive producers: Liu Hongbing, Ethan Hsu, Liu Jing, Jeffrey Chan
Director of photography: Horace Wong Wing-Hung
Editor: Lin Yung-Yi
Production designer: Cheng Yi-Feng
Costume designer: Tu Pei-Hsun
Music: Eggo Music Production & Sound
No rating, 89 min.
THR

May 28, 2012

May 28, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 6:36 pm

ChinaDaily: A Hong Kong odyssey

Hong Kong cinema is merging into the larger Chinese cinema, gaining strength and at the same time losing its own identity.

CF: An Extras’ Life in Hengdian

CF: Gong Li Unveils New Projects at Cannes

MSN: Gong Li denies pregnancy rumours(CNA)

In other related news, the actress will be starring in the Hollywood movie, Marco Polo, later in the year where she will be portraying a Mongolian queen.

CF: Actress Qin Lan’s New Film “Be A Mother” to Release in June

CF: Angelababy Dancing in “The First Time”(Sina)

The romance film “The First Time”, starring Angelababy and Mark Chao, is set to hit cinemas on June 8. A collection of still shots featuring Angelababy dancing have been released prior to the film’s release.

“Double Trouble” will be opening in North American AMC Theatres on June 8. It will play in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, New York and Seattle. In Canada, the film will be released in Vancouver and Toronto.

(Sina)

“Double Trouble” trailer

(May 27) Beijing premiere for producer Pang Ho-Cheung’s “Lacuna” gets an assist from local Hooter’s girls.

Co-director Derek Tsang

Shawn Yue, Pang Ho-Cheung, Derek Tsang

Mia Yam, Lawrence Chou, Shawn Yue  (Sina)

Three of a set of character posters for the mainland release of cop drama “Black & White”

Angelababy

Mark Chao

Huang Bo

Mark Chao, Huang Bo

(Sina)(21cn)

Back from Cannes, Yang Mi is busy in the studio recording a song for the OST of “Wu Dang”.

(Sina)

New photos showing Zhou Xun transformed into an ice spirit for Wuershan’s “Painted Skin 2″

(Sina)

Brigitte Lin (2nd right) attending a recent A-Mei concert at Hung Hom Coliseum

A-Mei

A-Mei and guest Kenny B (Sina-slideshow)

Another look at Zhang Xinyi’s tattoo (first seen here), from a recent OK! Magazine event.

(Sina)

SGYahoo: John Woo may have throat cancer

Sina: Terence Chang issued a statement denying recent rumors that John Woo had throat or pancreatic cancer or a heart ailment. According to him, Woo had the beginnings of a throat tumor removed at the beginning of the year in Taipei and went to the US to rest but he was not hospitalized there as reported. John Woo also called the media and reassured them that he was in good health and only had a small tumor on the neck that had spread to his tonsils removed. 23

SGYahoo: Fan Bingbing for “Iron Man 3″?

CF: Feng Shaofeng and Mou Girl Ni Ni: New Pair in Chinese Film Circle

MSN: Female fan falls off bridge while watching Lee Hom’s concert

SGYahoo: TVB implements proper conduct guidelines

May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: ”The Guillotines” Set to Hit Theaters on December 20

Set in the period of the Qing Emperor Qianlong, the film revolves around a secretive organization called The Guillotines which is composed of young martial arts masters who carry out the government’s orders to kill those who go against the government’s ruling.

Well Go USA has acquired the rights for North America (Sina)

CF: Backup Packages Bona’s ‘Lady’

Backup Films, the expanding financial-packaging division of Paris-based Backup Media Group, is negotiating an addition to its burgeoning roster of French-Chinese co-productions: “The Lady in the Portrait,” starring Fan Bingbing.

CF: Character Posters Revealed for “The Four”

“The Four”, adapted from Wen Ruian’s classic novel, is tagged as a supernatural wuxia film, a new area for this genre.

Collin Chou

Anthony Wong

Ronald Cheng

Deng Chao

Jiang Yiyan

Liu Yifei

Wu Xiubo (Sina)

CF: Final Poster Released for “37″

Final poster of the movie “37″ was released. Starring Liu Xiaoqing and Charlie Young, it will feature Liu as a middle-aged local woman while Young as a white collar that comes to the prairie with her daughter.

Charlie Young and “Olympic girl” Lin Miaoke

Lin Miaoke

Liu Xiaoqing (Sina)

CF: Official Poster of “Double Trouble” Unveiled

Jaycee Chan portrays a Taiwanese security guard, while Xia Yu plays a security guard visiting from China. The two men, along with a tour guide portrayed by Chen Handian, get into trouble following a burglary at the Imperial Palace.

More posters featuring Jaycee, Jessica C and Shoko

(Sina)

Poster for “Passion Island” (”Rei Ai Do”) starring Simon Yam, Joan Chen, Francis Ng, Song Jia, Chang Chen, and Janice Man in a trio of tales about love. Opens June 1.

Janice Man, Chang Chen

Joan Chen, Simon Yam

Francis Ng, Song Jia

Janice Man, Chang Chen (Sina)2

“Passion Island” trailer

Final poster for Pang Ho-Cheung’s “Lacuna”, co-directed by Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan Chi-Man.

Shawn Yue and Zhang Jingchu try to unravel what happened after one drunken night. Opens June 1, Children’s Day.

Kiss the frog, Shawn!

Now, it’s Zhang Jingchu’s turn (Sina)23

Teaser trailer

Three years after filming, David Stern and the NBA has authorized promotional activities for ”Amazing” the basketball-themed movie for a summer release. The film includes NBA stars Dwight Howard, Scottie Pippen and Carmelo Anthony as well as Huang Yi, Stephen Fung, Huang Xiaoming and Amber Kuo.

Dwight Howard, Huang Xiaoming

Dwight Howard

2010: Yep, it’s been that long. (Sina)2

Lead actors Huang Yi and Geng Le along with foreign cast members attended the event.

FBA: China’s Wanda to pay $2.6bn for AMC

CF: Chinese Firm’s Deal to Buy AMC May Spur Others

CF: Microfilms will be coming shortly to a screen near you

CF: Poster of Jackie Chan’s Film “CZ12″ Released in Cannes

CF: Jackie Chan Lands his Last Punch as an Action Star

CF: Jackie Chan Retiring From Action Movies with “CZ 12″

CNA: Jackie Chan not retiring, but “Chinese Zodiac” to be his last big action film

MSN: Edison Chen in scuffle with the paparazzi

MSN: Aaron Kwok’s girlfriend, Lynn Hung, vows to talk less about their relationship

MSN: Kelly Chen wants to be in-laws with Andy Lau

SGYahoo: Lau Ding Sing claims Him Law had posed for him

Lau had also mentioned actor William Chen, whose name was not among those in the list, to be ‘young, smooth, cute and sweet’ and had modeled for him several years ago.

Chen’s agency EEG also released a press statement that Chen and Lau did not know each other and would be pursuing legal action against Lau, for false information.

Many Hong Kong artists were shocked to hear that musician Lee Ming Ho was involved with the rape case of an actress recently.

April 25, 2012

April 25, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Chapman To ill

Hong Kong media reports that Chapman To has been diagnosed with Miller Fisher Syndrome and has stopped all work to recuperate from home. In a telephone interview, Chapman said that doctors have sent his blood sample to a US laboratory to diagnose the severity. A recovery period of two weeks to six months is estimated. Although potentially fatal, Chapman was optimistic and expects to recover. (Sina)

FBA: US regulator probes China film relations

US financial regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission has made preliminary enquiries into whether Hollywood studios have been involved in bribery in China.

Variety: SEC eyes majors’ activity in China

Three character posters for Hur Jin-ho’s “Dangerous Liasions”. The film will be going to the Cannes Film Festival next month. (FBA)

Cecilia Cheung

Jang Dong-gun

Zhang Ziyi (Sina)2

CF: Wuxia Drama “The Four” Slated for Release in July

CF: First Trailer for “Double Trouble” Released

Jacyee Chan portrays a Taiwan security guard while Xia Yu plays a security guard visiting Taiwan from the mainland. The two men, along with a tour guide portrayed by Chen Handian, get into trouble following a burglary at the Imperial Palace.

Chen Han-Dian, Deng Jiajia, Xia Yu, Jaycee Chan, director Chang Hsun-Wei

(Sina-gallery)

“Double Trouble” trailer

Poster for “Shadows of Love” (aka “Repeat I Love You”)

Cecilia Cheung and Kwon Sang-woo are flanked by Jing Tian, Sphinx Ting, Jing Boran and Angela Chang (Sina)

“Shadows of Love” trailer

Opens May 11

CRI: Aaron Kwok Promotes “Cold War” in Beijing

“Cold War” is a crime-thriller which tells an interlinked story involving the police, undercover cops and mindless thugs. The storyline is incredibly broad but also very elaborate, covering the entire Hong Kong Police force.

Aarif Lee, Aaron Kwok, and Tony Leung Ka-Fai promote “Cold War” in Beijing. The cast also includes Charlie Young, Ethan Ruan, Chin Ka-Lok Terence Yin and others.

Aarif Lee, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Aaron Kwok

Aarif Lee, Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Aaron Kwok (Sina)

The cast of “An Inaccurate Memoir” in Shanghai

Director Leon Yang Shu-Peng

Huang Xiaoming

Zhang Xinyi - We can be heroes, just for one day

Zhang Xinyi, Zhang Yi

Wang Lie (Sina)

Trailer for “An Inaccurate Memoir”

Angelababy promotes “The First Time” in Beijing. American-born singer Cindy Yen and Angelababy sing a duet in the film. Angelababy plays a young girl with a congenital disease who is in a romance with Mark Chao. A June 8 release is scheduled.

Angelababy

Angelababy, Cindy Yen

Korean director Han Yan

Cindy Yen plays Mark Chao’s ex-girlfriend

Angelababy

(Sina)2

‘Mou girl’ Ni Ni and Liu Ye will co-star in “Sha Jie” (literally “Forbidden Killing”). The pair will play lovers and enemies at the same time. The film hopes to balance art and commerce, a la “Lust, Caution”.

Ni Ni, Liu Ye

Ni Ni

Director Zhang Jiarui, Liu Ye, Ni Ni

Liu Ye presents Ni Ni with a dagger (Sina-gallery)

MSN: Andy Lau to join the line-up for Iron Man 3?

MSN: Sean Lau Ching Wan is trying hard for a baby

MSN: Maggie Shiu suspected to be pregnant

March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 12:06 pm

FBA: Ballsy Double Trouble enlivens FilMart

Jaycee Chan, Shoko, Jessica C, Xia Yu

Deng Jiajia, Xia Yu, Jaycee Chan

Jessica C, Shoko

Taiwan’s Hey Girls

Jessica C going for “little Jaycee” (Sina-gallery)

FBA: No Limit review

Messy mixture of action and young romance, partly redeemed by its two young leads.

A1: Horror films rise from the dead in Malaysia

Horror films were effectively banned in the Muslim-majority country for three decades for celebrating the other-worldly in violation of Islamic teachings.

A recurring Malaysian character is the “orang minyak,” or “oily man,” an elusive bogeyman smeared in black oil who hunts for virgins to rape.

It was immortalised in 1958’s “Curse of the Oily Man” by the late P. Ramlee, Malaysia’s most celebrated filmmaker, and real-life “sightings” remain common.

HKIFF opening ceremony

Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue

7 months pregnant and wearing 4-inch heels

Miriam Yeung

Shawn Yue, Pang Ho-Cheung

Yang Mi

Yang Mi

Sandra Ng, Peter Chan (Sina)23

Trailer for Lo Chi-Leung’s “The Bullet Vanishes” starring Nicholas Tse, Lau Ching-Wan

Trailer for “Switch” (”Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”)


Congratulations: Kelly Chen gave birth to a 6.5 pound boy today. (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Jay Chou’s Deja Vu restaurant reviewed

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