HKMDB Daily News

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

April 14, 2011

April 14, 2011

THR: Bieber Entertainment Enterprises Purchases Screen Rights to ‘Chinese General’

Two competing Two-Gun Cohen films in the works.

Last month, director Doug Liman and producers Rob Reiner and Alan Greisman joined forces with Beijing Galloping Horse Film & TV Production to produce a competing drama about Two-Gun Cohen

FBA: Second project shoots at Two Gun Cohen

“The Chinese General tells the dramatic and exciting story of how Morris Cohen’s career became interwoven in the lives of the most important players in the formation of modern-day China,” said Bieber and Duband. Cohen was also a close, trusted friend and protector of Sun’s wife Soong Ching Ling.

Variety: The Dragon Pearl review

An admirable attempt to blend Western blockbuster tropes with Chinese motifs, “The Dragon Pearl” lacks fire but is respectful enough not to camp it up despite its broad tone.

Let us begin with Vonnie Lui’s breasts: they are impressively huge, in 3D, and honoured with the kind of extreme close-up shot that was never offered the face of the semi-famous model/actress.

As hard as this might be to believe, sex is often best experienced in person. That, however, isn’t exactly stopping any Hongkonger from downloading Japanese porn, at will.

Hayama was shocked when he checked out 1991’s Sex and Zen as part of his professional due diligence.

After I watched the DVD, I thought to myself: I must say no [to the offer]!” he says, alternating between a boyish grin and embarrassed chuckle. “This is not a love story at all!” He exclaims. “This is totally a porno!”

CNNGo: Hiro Hayama: ‘I should have asked for more money’

You have to shave first, but the hair grows back within two days and it still hurts when you pull the tape off. In the end I just pulled the hairs out. It was so painful.

THR: No ‘Sex’ for Imax, but ‘3D Zen’ Film Eyes Sequel

The producers were eager to launch the 3D romp in Imax theatres when the film began production, but after a long negotiation, they found that it was not meant to be. “Imax has rejected our film because of the subject matter and content,” Shiu Jr. said, “but for our premiere in Taiwan, we will show the film in an Imax 3D theatre using their 3D screening equipment.”

Leni Lan Yan

Suo Yukiko

Vonnie Lui Hoi-Yan, Taiwan premiere (Apr.13) (Sina)2

FBA: Ecstasy enjoys explosive launch in HK, Taiwan

SG: “3D Sex” finally opens

AFP: ’World’s first 3D porn film’ opens in Hong Kong

College student Yan Shek, 21, was also among the first to see the movie in a morning screening. The 113-minute film has been rated Category III in Hong Kong, which bars anyone under 18 from watching it.

“We are very curious,” she said. “It is the first time to see an X-rated film in the cinema. It should be very interesting.”

Excited fan, Hong Kong

Leni Lan Yan, Jason Yiu Luk-Ming (Sina)

CF: ”Rest On Your Shoulder” Promotes in Beijing

CF: 13 Female Leads’ Images of “Nanjing Heroes”

CF: Kwon Sang Woo Ready for Chinese Romantic Film

South Korean actor Kwon Sang Woo will join hands with Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung for a Chinese romantic film, “All About Love”(”Zai Shuo Yi Ci Wo Ai Ni”), according to Yonhap News Agency. Cecilia is reportedly being paid 10 million yuan for her role. (Xinhua)

CF: ”Bladesman” Releases New Poster

Zhang Yuan has been quietly shooting a sequel to his Beijing Bastards, tentatively called “Youth”. The cast includes hot young actors, Duan Bowen (Law of Attraction), Lin Xinyun (Little Red Flowers, Dada’s Dance) and Lu Yu-Lai (Peacock).

Zhang Yuan (Sina)

The Warring States is no longer The Warring States (Sina)

The article from Chengdu notes: 1. Director Jin Chen, on the subversion of the classic Sun Bin (Sun Honglei), he says that there are only 180 words in the history book about Sun Bin, the rest is only speculation. Sun Bin was not a perfect person. Jin Chen decided that Sun Bin in real life was a silly character. 2. Sun Honglei’s portrayal has been accused of imitation Ge You in Let the Bullets Fly. Thus, his previous remarks about admitting to his poor performance. Sun Honglei has been suffering from kidney stones during the publicity tour for the film. 3. Francis Ng was asked why all his ‘northern’ i.e., mainland, films are lousy. Ng countered, did you think Wind Blast was bad? Maybe the choice of directors and cast did not meet the audience expectations. He only admits a horror movie was really bad. He dares not make anymore horror films. 4. 22 year-old Jing Tian’s prominence has viewers saying the film should be called “Jing Tian and The Story of Three Men”. It is suggested that her boyfriend, the son of a wealthy coal mine owner in Shanxi, has pressured the producers to highlight the actress. Jing Tian admitted as much saying she was unaware of it and apologized to the three male leads. However, she cleverly noted that actor Yu Shaoqun was an unknown among stars in Mei Lanfang/Forever Enthralled.

In addition, yesterday, rumours said that Sun Honglei and Francis Ng were given a 12 and 6 million yuan acting fee, respectively, by the boyfriend. (Sina)

New interpretations of a classic story

Sun Honglei (Sina)

Francis Ng, Sun Honglei and Jing Tian taped an appearance on the popular Hunan TV program Happy Camp earlier this month.

Happy Camp

Francis Ng, Jing Tian, Sun Honglei

(Sina)

Peter Chan is rushing to complete post-production in time for the Cannes Film Festival. Presenting it at Cannes leaves him two months less to work on the final cut. The rough cut has been finished but special effects, sound, etc is still incomplete.

Donnie Yen - Hidden

Tang Wei - Warm

Takeshi Kaneshiro - Secretive

Jimmy Wang Yu - Kill (Sina)

Liu Yifei

Louis Koo

The release of A Chinese Fairy Tale has been moved up 4 days to April 19. This announcement was made after the April 13 premiere in Beijing. Louis Koo’s rendition of the song “Dao” was recorded but ultimately deleted. (Sina)2

CF:”A Chinese Fairy Tale” to Hit Screen on Apr 22

Stills from The Detective 2 featuring Patrick Tam Yiu-Ming

Patrick Tam, Liu Kai-Chi

Shu Qi with Liu Ye’s son

Shu Qi went out to celebrate in Beijing after the premiere press conference for A Beautiful Life. Shu Qi’s birthday is April 16th so it was thought to be an early birthday party, too. Andrew Lau, Liu Ye and his wife, Ding Sheng, Tian Liang, Shawn Yue and others also attended.

Andrew Lau, Liu Ye and wife Anais Martane, Qin Hong (Stellar Media Group CEO) (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Yoyo Mung and Ekin Cheng in Europe.

The article notes Yoyo’s double chin but Ekin’s not looking too sharp himself. Media speculation has Yoyo and Ekin getting secretly married.

Earlier this month, they celebrated Andrew Lau’s 51st birthday (Xinhua-gallery)2

CNNGo: Edison Chen: ‘I want to succeed’

MSN: Raymond Lam pleads for Pan Shuang Shuang to stop

“Mavis Pan should back off!”

Tavia Yeung Yi has joined the Mavis Pan Shuang Shuang-bashing, as the ugly drama of her photo sex scandal with Raymond escalates.

Online buzz indicate that the Raymond-Mavis saga has overshadowed Isabella Leong and Richard Li’s split under intense public scrutiny, not to mention the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards(HKFA) which will take place this Sunday, 17 April 2011.MSN: Charmaine Sheh rumoured to sign contract with Huayi Brothers

CNA: Taiwan b-list actress blows whistle on prostitution ring

According to a police officer, the authorities had discovered detailed records of the website’s transactions during their raid.

The records showed that ‘Zhang’ had a clientèle of over 30,000 men and women, including some prominent figures in business, politics and the entertainment industry. (Sina)

Newlywed Kelly Lin is reportedly 3 months pregnant according to Taiwan media reports. The couple reportedly bought a love nest recently in Taiwan.

Chinese food comes to China?

Panda Express eyes the mainland Chinese market, but are local palates ready for American Chinese food

CNNGo: Why do Chinese hate kung pao chicken (and foreigners love it)?

A plate of cultural difference lies behind one of China’s most popular dishes

The Dragon Pearl (Variety review)

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The Dragon Pearl

A Zhejiang Hengdian Films Prod. Co., Ampco Films production in association with South Australian Film Corp., Apothecary Films, Fries Film Group, Sapo Investment. (International sales: Ampco Films, Adelaide.) Produced by Shan Tam, Pauline Chan, William W. Wilson III, Mark Patterson, Liu Zhijiang, Mario Andreacchio. Executive producers, Xu Tongan, Gad Haihao, Lu Jideng, Ron Saunders, Charles Fries, Jeffrey Sneller, Geoff Rischbieth, John Hood, Graeme Hodge. Directed by Mario Andreacchio. Screenplay, Philip Dalkin, based on an original script by John Armstrong, from a story by Ron Saunders, John Armstrong, Mario Andreacchio.

With: Sam Neill, Li Linjin, Louis Corbett, Wang Ji, Robert Mammone, Jordan Chan. (English, Mandarin dialogue)
By RUSSELL EDWARDS
An admirable attempt to blend Western blockbuster tropes with Chinese motifs, “The Dragon Pearl” lacks fire but is respectful enough not to camp it up despite its broad tone. Billed as the first official Australian-Chinese co-production, this entertaining if lightweight youth-targeted fantasy opened on 3,500 screens in China on March 11, filling a lull at Chinese cinemas with the novelty appeal of a combined English-Mandarin treat. Clearly geared more toward Western than Eastern tastes, pic nevertheless will mine auds in Chinese-language territories first, as it won’t be released in Oz until February 2012.

After a prologue about an ancient Chinese emperor who defeated invading barbarians by borrowing a magic pearl from a dragon, the action proper begins with grumpy Aussie teen Josh (Louis Corbett) and pixie-like, bilingual Chinese girl Ling (newcomer Li Linjin) jetting into Shanghai from their respective hometowns. Ling’s mother (Wang Ji) and Josh’s dad (Sam Neill), both single archaeologists, are excavating a newly discovered tomb that their intense American colleague, Philip Dukas (Robert Mammone), is keen to open.

While their parents are working, Ling, followed by Josh, is drawn to a clifftop temple maintained by comic-relief monk Wu-dong (Jordan Chan, charming). Entering a cavern below Wu-dong’s temple, the teenagers encounter the dragon that loaned the emperor his pearl centuries ago; both pearl and emperor are buried in the soon-to-be opened tomb. Flying with the dragon over the idyllic countryside, the two teens learn by osmosis that Ling is “the chosen one,” destined to reunite the dragon with his still missing, powerful pearl.

In supplying each kid with a workaholic, inattentive parent, the pic feels as though it has a surfeit of characters when a simpler variation would have sufficed. The filmmakers likely assumed the cross-cultural dynamic would maximize their audience, with Australian and Chinese viewers likely to identify with the protagonist from their particular culture; it’s unfortunate, then, that Josh, repping a stereotypical Western adolescent, comes across as self-indulgent and irritating.

The plot doesn’t always make sense, but helmer Mario Andreacchio (”Paradise Found,” “Captain Johnno”) never lets things stall or drag. On the down side, action sequences fail to take full advantage of the martial artistry of regular Hong Kong action director Jacky Yeung.

Perfs are good enough, with Li managing to carry much of the film on her tiny shoulders. Neill seems to be drawing without much effort on past similar roles from “Jurassic Park” onward; by contrast, Mammone does a solid job as the untrustworthy business partner .

Widescreen HD lensing by Geoffrey Simpson has the right Hollywood gloss, and the $18 million budget looks to have taken full advantage of the Chinese yuan exchange rate. Live-action sequences were shot mostly at China’s Hengdian Studios south of Shanghai, but outdoor locations look generic.

CGI work, executed by Oz f/x houses Rising Sun and Convergen, is most evident in the pic’s showpiece dragon; faithful to traditional Chinese designs, the beast has an appealing organic appearance in mid-air. Score by Frank Strangio follows the Hollywood adventure-music template, but with restraint.

Though not indicated on the print caught at the Adelaide fest, pic’s Mandarin title is “Xun long duo bao,” which literally means “Search for Dragon, Grab the Treasure.”

Camera (color, widescreen, HD), Geoffrey Simpson; editor, Suresh Ayyar; music, Frank Strangio; production designer, Yi Zhenzhou; art director, Pu Sheying; costume designer, Jack Ting; sound (Dolby Digital), Pete Smith; action director, Jacky Yeung; visual effects supervisors, Simon Clark, John Dietz; visual effects, Rising Sun, Convergen; associate producers, Dominic Burman, Marco Andreacchio, John Wild. Reviewed at Adelaide Film Festival (Surprise Screening), March 6, 2011. Running time: 111 MIN.
Variety

March 18, 2011

March 18, 2011

(AP)

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Another large-scale gala in Taiwan called “Fight & Smile” will begin Friday evening to raise additional funds for Japan earthquake relief efforts.

March 8, 2011

March 8, 2011

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Happy International Women’s Day! But don’t be a 3-8 po, okay?

Today is also the 76th anniversary of the suicide death of Ruan Lingyu at the young age of 24.

R.I.P.

THR: Zhang Yimou, Feng Xiaogang Push Beijing for Piracy Crackdown

Tang Wei portrayed Mao’s girlfriend

There are unconfirmed reports that Tang Wei’s scenes in The Founding of a Party have been all deleted. The film has been edited down from 2 hours 50 minutes to 2 hours 20 minutes currently.(Xinhua) (Sina)

Poster for The Detective 2 (B+ Detective) starring Aaron Kwok, directed by Oxide Pang. (Sina)

Ning Hao’s No Man’s Land is reportedly going to be released April 20 according to anonymous sources. Distributor China Film Group could not give a definitive answer. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Jordan Chan demonstrates his Pushing Hands technique (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Beijing premiere press conference for Dragon Pearl costarring Jordan Chan and Wang Ji. (Mar.7) (Xinhua-gallery)

Chen Kun and Zhang Yuqi reproduce a photo of Tsien Hsue-Shen and wife for the upcoming biography Qian Xuesen

Tsien Hsue-Shen (Qian Xuesen) became the father of the Chinese missile program after being deported from the US under suspicion of being a spy. (Sina)

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman will be without the promotional services of Kitty Zhang Yuqi.

Multiple explanations were cited, it was either due to a work schedule conflict with Qian Xuesen or the issue of her breakup with former boyfriend Barbie Hsu’s fiance, according to sources.

Liu Ye He-Man (Underdog Knight 2)

Liu Ye said that he hoped to emulate the Japanese Tora-san film series and create a long-lived Chinese film series. He-Man opens April 1. (Sina)

Poster for Chase Our Love (lit. Otaku Story)

The film opens April 1 and features a cast that includes Kenny Bee, Stephy Tang, and Alex Fong Lik-Sun. (Sina)

79 year-old Lee Heung Kam is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease according to HK media reports. She does not want to disclose it but was spotted going to the doctor’s with Susanna Kwan. Still working tirelessly on various TV series, Lee suffered a fainting spell on set last year.  (Xinhua)

Poster for upcoming Joey Yung concert in London (Sina)

Additional photos of Yao Chen in Paris

(Xinhua-gallery)

Backstage at the showroom for the Chanel show (Sina-slide show)

A few more of Fan Bingbing in Paris at the Dior fashion show (Sina-slide show)

Nicholas Tse

Jordan Chan, Jan Lamb

Jeff Lau, Andrew Lau

Ekin Cheng, Pakho Chau

(Sina) Backstage celebration (Sina-slide show)

MSN; Michelle Reis shares photo of son on microblog

MSN: Isabella Leong initiated split from Richard Li

Craving for her previous glamourous lifestyle, the actress chose to split with the Hong Kong tycoon

“This news fits the will of the people better than any Government policy or budget plan. I was very happy when I heard about it,” said Hui’s Big 4 band mate William So.

Police may reopen probe into suicide of Korean actress

THR: China Roughs up Journalists over ‘Strolling’ Protests

Three Sundays running, online calls for organized “strolls” and a “Jasmine Revolution,” inspired by the recent popular overthrow of Tunisia’s government, were posted to Chinese social networking sites.

March 3, 2011

March 3, 2011

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FBA: China’s import quotas poised for increase

CRI: Zhang Ziyi Back on May 10 with AIDS-themed Film

Zhang Zilin - Underdog Knight 2

Besides Liu Ye, the former Miss World is another selling point of the film. (Sina)

Wang Ji, Sam Neill in Dragon Pearl

Jordan Chan (Sina)

Shu Qi posting from Paris - Feb.28

Shu Qi - Cool, pretending to be cool!

Sammi Cheng guesting at Gigi Leung’s HK concert Feb. 28

According to reports, tickets sales were poor and are quietly being offered at half price

Sammi Cheng (Xinhua)

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting on the catwalk in Hong Kong

(Sina-slide show)

MSN: Ethan Ruan “banned” from drama by Ministry of Defence

The reason for the Taiwanese actor’s ban was due to his unfinished military duties

One-third of the Taiwanese girl group S.H.E was spotted on a date with a businessman

February 21, 2011

February 21, 2011

Director of new China’s first film with kissing scene dies at 90

Huang Zumo, director of the classic Chinese movie, Romance on Lushan Mountain, died Saturday night in Shanghai.

1981 - Huang Zumo, Zhang Yu, screenwriter Bi Bicheng (Xinhua)

A Woman, A Gun, and A Noodle Shop - Coen remake released on DVD

On Blu, the visuals and soundscapes are stunning. On DVD, they are good. Both formats share an exhaustive documentary that, at 119 minutes, runs 29 minutes longer than the brisk feature. You see Yimou’s exacting filmmaking techniques. His bravado is even more impressive because you see he was in pre-production while concurrently planning the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Chen Bo-Lin, Li Yu, Mavis Fan, Fan Bingbing, Fei Long

Mavis Fan, Fan Bingbing

(Xinhua-gallery) (Sina-gallery)

CRI: New Director Debuts with Two Films

Journalist-turned filmmaker Yan Ran will make his directorial debut with “Sweet Journey” and “Together”

A tasty Hong Kong cops and robbers movie marred by a cliched plot and over-melodramatic backstory

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman poster, opening Mar.17

Ning Hao in guest appearance (Sina)2

Ning Hao’s aptly-named and ill-fated No Man’s Land has seen its release delayed again. Rescheduled for a tentative April release, the film was once again postponed. The film began shooting in May 2009 and originally slated for a December 2009 release. After criticisms from the film review board for having no good characters and too many bad guys, the film has struggled to find approval for its release. Meanwhile, Ning Hao has begun work on a new film for 2011 audiences. (Sina)2

Poster for the thriller Fatal Invitations (Deadly Invitations) based on a best-selling Japanese novel

The film stars Cheung Tat-Ming and opens Mar.4 (Sina)

Poster for Lock Destination, formerly J-10’s Sortie

Huang Yi

Huang Yi costars in the film, a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the mainland’s Air Force (Sina) [3.2.2010]

Dragon Pearl poster

Dragon Pearl is a Chinese-Australian co-production and will be released on Mar. 11

Jordan Chan costars in the archeological action film. Mario Adreacchio directs Sam Neill and Heidi Wang Ji in the leads.  (Sina)(Xinhua)

Cherie Chung appearing in Beijing for jewellry brand Chaumet (Feb.19) (Xinhua)

“Shangdown: The Way of the Spur” is an independent kung-fu spaghetti western, and the cowboy is Christian Bachini, a 25-year-old Italian actor who came to Shanghai to become an action star.

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