HKMDB Daily News

October 28, 2010

October 28, 2010

“Heart” edition of Midnight Beating poster

Finally, an official English title. Of course, my orignal translations Midnight Pulse/Midnight Heartbeat didn’t prove out!

Simon Yam, Yang Yuyu

Li Nian, producer Ding Wei-Min, Francis Ng


THR: Huang Bo Joins ‘Black & White: Episode 1′

FBA: Monkey King gets 3-D IMAX treatment

Female leads include Faye Wong, Cecilia Cheung, Kelly Chen and Gigi Leung.

CRI: Angelababy Stars in CPC Anniversary Film

CRI: ’Lost in Panic Room’ Photo Stills

The film tells the story of a puzzling series of murders in a mountain villa. Writer Liu Yunfei (Alec Su), who is famed for writing detective stories, is accidentally involved in the case. His detective skills finally help him discover the real murderer.

Pre-screenings have triggered comments that director Gao Qunshu has copied Hollywood’s Western movies. Gao responded in an interview with China Daily, “I am not copying Hollywood. I am learning from it and using it in my own way.”

Ship captain Lin Quanhai (Wang Xueqi) abandoned his wife and their son when the boy was only 10. They never saw each other again. One day, Lin is informed that his son has been shot dead by the police for stabbing and taking a hostage in a shopping mall in Chongqing. Lin decides to come to Chongqing to search for the life and memories of his son after he left him.

Newcomer Aarif Lee Plays Young Kung Fu Legend

The production was based on input from Lee’s younger brother Robert and his two older sisters. Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee and widow Linda Lee Cadwell, however, were not involved and there have been suggestions of interfamily controversy.

IFC will release the film theatrically and on video-on-demand in early 2011.

In the tradition of Hong Kong cinematic storytelling, Perfect Wedding recounts how Xin (Miriam Yeung), a wedding planner who despite always arranges amazing wedding for others, is left at the altar by her fiancé. Still heartbroken years later, she continues in wedding planning yet no longer believes in love.

The film stars Wang Qianyuan, who earned a nomination for best actor at TIIF. Born and raised in northeastern China, Wang said he is very familiar with characters like Chen, “Chen is a typical northeasterner, very relaxed and optimistic, he always finds the fun in life,” Wang told the Global Times.

Sandra Ng and Tony Leung Ka-Fai, will costar in Eric Tsang’s Lunar New Year film I Love Hong Kong. Wong Cho-Nam and Bosco Wong will play younger versions of Eric and Tony in the happier version of the Echoes of the Rainbow-like nostalgic comedy. (Xinhua)

Donnie Yen deleted earlier comments from his weibo complaining that The Legend of the Fist was not very good and had too much of the story deleted. He said that the box office would have been better and matched rival film Detective Dee otherwise. The posts attracted much media attention and Donnie said they were deleted so as not to be misunderstood. (Xinhua)2

Late Autumn stills (Xinhua-gallery)

CRI: Karen Mok Graces Fashion Magazine(Xinhua)

Huang Yi, Karen Mok (qq)

Found the MV for the theme song for Derek Chiu’s Road Less Travelled sung by Karen Mok. It’s an old Lowell Lo hit from 1986. Searching the interwebs, the film looks to have been filmed way back in 2009(!).

It plays fairly smoothly: (Tudou-MV)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung is not invited to Jordan Chan’s wedding

Jordan Chan and Cherrie Ying are not inviting their rumoured exes Cecilia Cheung and Eric Suen to their wedding bash.

Rumour has it that the actress has offered a high remuneration for Carina Lau’s assistant, Siqi, as the latter is well-connected and familiar with China’s film market.

“When I studied at the teaching college in China, my teacher told me ‘Zhao Wei, you should change your profession.’

June 14, 2010

June 14, 2010

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Ten arrested after Chinese film director Yan Po attacked, stabbed with knife

Li Xiaoran - Beijing airport

Li Xiaoran returned to Beijing yesterday afternoon and wrote that director Yan Po had regained consciousness after surgery for his wounds. Posting on her blog, she thanked Lu Chuan, Yao Chen, Zhang Yang, Liu Ye, Chen Kun, Gao Yuanyuan and others for their support. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Variety: Dream Home

Cutthroat real-estate prices ask for bloody countermeasures in “Dream Home,” Pang Ho-cheung’s deliciously dark take on the dog-eat-dog Hong Kong housing market. High-concept splatter pic is another slickly produced, femme-driven item from local multihyphenate Pang (aka Edmond Pang), with its intricate editing and dash of capitalist critique adding some gloss and a hint of topicality to the blood-soaked proceedings.

CRI: The ‘Shanghai’ Glamor

Gong Li and John Cusack promotes the WWII thriller “Shanghai” during the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival.

CRI: John Cusack Amiable and Talented, Says Gong Li

“CJ7″ Releases Its 2nd Trailer

“Love In A Puff” To Be Shown on Chinese Mainland

Actress-director Charlie Young, jury member of the Asian New Talent Awards

CRI: Asian New Talent Awards Jury Debuts

THR: China’s young directors in spotlight at SIFF

Panel reveals difference of opinion on working with newbies

“Young Chinese directors are very lucky now,” said hit-making producer Bill Kong (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), mentor to many a young director and backer of a few of the biggest Chinese films ever to sell overseas. “You can rest assured that there will always be a market at home that is highly diversified.”

Wen Zhang, Jet Li, Xue Xiaolu, Guei Lun-Mei (Ocean Heaven)

Huang Xiaoming, Zhang Jingchu

Law Kar-Ying

CRI: Shanghai Film Fest Opening Red Carpet (photo gallery)Kick off

Huang Xiaoming

Zhang Jingchu

Huang Xiaoming and Zhang Jingchu met with college student and promoted Flirting Scholar 2 at a nearby university in Shanghai (Xinhua)

Wang Qianyuan

Wang Qianyuan, Qin Hailu promote Steel Piano (Steel Guitar) in Shanghai

Qin Hailu, director Zhang Meng, Wang Qianyuan (Sina)2

Behind the Shanghai scenes: Donnie Yen vs Jet Li? It’s being reported that Donnie Yen’s earlier press conference for Fist of Legend was cancelled to accommodate Jet Li and the Ocean Heaven press conference. Both sides’ reps denied it, saying it was the work of the organizing committee. Jet’s peeps defended him saying how could he be jealous of Donnie Yen and also reminded the press of his charitable works. Perhaps it was a case of resentment. In 2007, the two refused to appear together in a ‘Kung Fu Stars’ program. Later, Donnie Yen had criticized Jet Li’s Fearless at Beijing University and one implied that the other was a ‘clown’ [unclear which was which]. (Xinhua)

In January, we reported on Hong Kong’s subway pole dancer. Now, Nanjing’s Subway Steel Pole Sister has surfaced, and has subsequently been arrested after three performances. (ESWN)

Dream Home (Variety review)

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Dream Home
Wai dor lei ah yut ho

(Hong Kong) An Edko Film release of an 852 Films presentation of an 852 Films, Making Film Prods. production. Produced by Pang Ho-cheung, Conroy Chan, Josie Ho, Subi Liang. Executive producer, Andrew Ooi. Co-producer, Raymond Phathanavirangoon. Directed by Pang Ho-cheung. Screenplay, Pang, Derek Tsang, Jimmy Wan, based on a story by Pang.

With: Josie Ho, Eason Chan, Derek Tsang, Lawrence Chou, Juno Mak, Michelle Ye, Norman Chui, Wong Ching, Eason Chan.

Cutthroat real-estate prices ask for bloody countermeasures in “Dream Home,” Pang Ho-cheung’s deliciously dark take on the dog-eat-dog Hong Kong housing market. High-concept splatter pic is another slickly produced, femme-driven item from local multihyphenate Pang (aka Edmond Pang), with its intricate editing and dash of capitalist critique adding some gloss and a hint of topicality to the blood-soaked proceedings. Local mid-May opening was overshadowed by the socko B.O. of “Ip Man 2,” though “Home” should be a profitable property in ancillary, both in Hong Kong and abroad. Remake potential could also spike interest Stateside.

Mousy thirtysomething Cheng Lai-sheung (Josie Ho, also one of pic’s producers) works two jobs, one of which is selling home loans by phone, in the hope of setting aside enough money to buy her own apartment. The daughter of an ailing construction worker (Norman Chui), Cheng has always dreamed of reacquiring the view of Victoria Harbor she knew as a child, before ridiculously expensive skyscrapers made that panorama disappear.

When Cheng finally has enough money for a deposit on her dream home — with sea view, natch — a hike in the volatile stock market makes the owners decide to raise the price, sending Cheng into a murderous frenzy. All her victims live or work in the coveted high-rise, and Cheng starts with a security guard (Wong Ching) downstairs and slowly works her way up among the tenants.

Peng and editor Wenders Li have devised an intricate flashback structure that lets the savage night unfold while also filling in the protag’s working-class childhood and her travails trying to save the necessary cash for the condo. Though initially resembling a spaghetti bowl of different strands, despite captions indicating dates, pic quickly finds its footing, and its approach has one distinct advantage: Peng doesn’t need to wait for the entire backstory to be explained before plunging into the gore.

Scrambled timelines unfortunately allow a defining character moment, involving Cheng’s father and his expensive medication, to get somewhat lost in the shuffle, though generally, Wenders Li’s editing is strong, with the frenetic cutting during the scenes of butchery especially effective.

Gore hounds will find the imaginatively staged killings certainly worth their time. In one of the film’s, er, nicer touches, Cheng uses only household and construction items to butcher her victims. Creative use of a vacuum cleaner on a pregnant woman is especially disturbing, and one graphic image finds Pang adopting a gently feminist p.o.v., also suggested in a bloodless subplot that focuses on Cheng’s loveless affair with a married man (Eason Chan).

The film’s take on the ridiculously overpriced Hong Kong real-estate market is mainly in service of the story, and a slightly more pointed critique might have added another layer of enjoyment and bite. (Somewhat ironically, the bulk of pic’s $2.5 million budget comes from star Ho’s 852 Films, which is financed by her father, Stanley Ho, a casino and real-estate mogul.)

Widescreen cinematography by Jia Zhangke regular Yu Lik-wai, taking over from Peng’s regular d.p., Charlie Lam, is lush and entirely in tune with the genre, with expert framing, saturated colors and occasional use of tilt-shift lenses. Rest of the tech package is neat.

Camera (color, widescreen), Yu Lik-wai; editor, Wenders Li; music, Gabriele Roberto; production designer, Man Lim Chung; sound (Dolby Digital), Tu Duu Chih; visual effects, Ho Pui Kin, Leung Wai Kit, Ng Yuen Fai, Bart Wong; action choreography, Chin Ka Lok, Wong Wai Fai; associate producer, Kenny Chan; line producers, Derek Tsang, Jimmy Wan. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 14, 2010. (Also in Tribeca, Sydney, Udine Far East film festivals.) Running time: 94 MIN.

May 14, 2010

May 14, 2010

Variety: Chongqing Blues

An irreparable father-son bond triggers a study in bleak cityscapes and pervasive intergenerational malaise in “Chongqing Blues.” Initially as glum as its title would suggest, Wang Xiaoshuai’s poignant if plodding ninth feature — which follows an absentee father trying to glean information about the dead son he never knew — eventually opens up with a handful of quietly affecting moments, but elsewhere bogs down in psychodramatic flashbacks that ultimately sentimentalize as much as they clarify.

Screen Daily: Chongqing Blues

A strong performance by Wang Xueqi as the father provides emotional ballast but fails to make up for the glacial pacing of the drama; and although there are some effective emotional tugs and an evocative use of the film’s dirty industrial city setting, the audience’s investment in the slowbuild structure is never paid back in full.

THR: Wang Xiaoshuai returns to Cannes

CRI: “Chongqing Blues” Screened at Cannes Film Festival

Fan Bingbing

Li Lingyu, Zi Yi Cannes red carpet (Xinhua)

Fan Bingbing in dress from Elie Saab for film’s premiere (Sina)2

He Yumeng

Be sure to check out ewaffle’s take on the premiere’s red carpet.

CNNGo: Josie Ho in Dream Home: Incredibly gruesome must-see slasher film

Jeon Do-Yeon - Cannes (Sina)

Tasty, full of black humour, but finally upended by the mannerist games it plays so ably, erotic thrillerThe Housemaid is a smart but shallow remake of Kim Ki-young’s cult 1960 Korean movie of the same name.

THR: The Housemaid

Bottom Line: An operatic, sensuous social satire that dares to be different from the original classic.

Screen Daily: Sandcastle (Singapore)

Sandcastle marks a quietly assured debut feature from writer/director Boo Junfeng. The blending of guilty family secrets and the ghosts of Singapore’s recent past create an involving narrative that is related with tenderhearted understatement.

Variety: Bedevilled (South Korea)

A young mother understandably wants to get off a remote island filled with violent and misogynistic miscreants and slave-driving old hags in “Bedevilled,” a confused genre hodgepodge that marks the feature debut of Kim Ki-duk’s former assistant director Jang Cheol-soo. Part limpid study of city-country contrasts, part one-sickle-kills-all revenge fantasy, Jang’s film drifts from one genre to another without ever fully coming into its own.

Taipei Times: Taipei Exchanges

‘Taipei Exchanges’ juxtaposes capitalism against a more idealistic way of life in the form of two sisters, one practical, the other utopian.

Eight films and two TV dramas in the works

First up for Chan himself is the martial arts film “Drunken Master 1945.” Though neither a remake nor sequel to Chan’s 1978 hit “Drunken Master,” the new film is intended to capture the martial arts spirit that the earlier film also celebrated.

Beginning in August, Steve Woo will direct “The Break-Up Artist,” a Chinese Mandarin-language romantic comedy about a young woman who runs an agency that helps couples break up.

Jackie Chan a ruthless boss?

Ken Lo, William Duen Wai-Lun sacked with little compensation; Xinhua2

Zhao Benshan as a river pirate in “Laughter of the Water Margins”

Director is Chu Yen-Ping (TreasureHunter)


Ning Hao’s No Man’s Land too dark? (Xinhua)

Former Olympic diver Tian Liang has joined the cast of Andrew Lau’s love story Beautiful Life

Beautiful Life stars Shu Qi, Liu Ye (file photo) (HunanTV)

CRI: Tsui Hark’s 3-D Animation “Animen” to Hit Cinemas on Children’s Day(Sina)

Opening in China, Europe and US simultaneously

Rumor Mill:  Previously, Edko announced that Tsui Hark would remake a 3D version of New Dragon Inn. No cast has been announced yet. Earlier rumors has Gui Lun-Mei and Ethan Ruan as Tsui Hark’s favorite candidates. A current rumor from an ‘insider’ on the micro-blogosphere has Jet Li, Li Yuchun and Zhou Xun in the new love triangle with filming to begin in September. (HunanTV)

Taipei Times: Pop Stop - Mother’s Day

Huang Yi and her cat

Practicing her piano (Photos from micro-blog)

CRI: Gigi Leung Breaks up with French BoyfriendChannel NewsAsia

Gigi Leung breaks up with French boyfriend of four years

May 2, 2010

Dream Home (Screen Daily review)

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Dream Home
By Darcy Paquet

Dir: Pang Ho-cheung. Hong Kong. 2010. 96mins

Social commentary and the slasher genre make for interesting bedfellows in Dream Home, director Pang Ho-cheung’s blood-spattered look at the excesses of the Hong Kong housing market.

Although the film makes its point with regard to runaway prices and the squeezing of the middle class, Dream Home’s outlandishly staged murder sequences and scenes of bodily mutilation tilt it decidedly into genre territory. With its clever packaging and slasher credentials, the film will be grossing out viewers on the festival circuit and home video markets for some time to come.

The film’s one fully-developed character is Cheng Lai-sheung (Josie Ho), a humourless woman who grew up in a poor neighborhood across the street from a luxury apartment complex. Struggling to care for an ill father, her one motivating ambition is to buy an apartment with a view of Hong Kong Harbour. However even working multiple jobs, her savings cannot keep up with rapidly escalating house prices, and she decides to bring down the price of her dream home by murdering her future neighbours.

Pang starts the film with the opening salvo in Cheng’s killing spree, and then intersperses flashbacks throughout to fill in the protagonist’s back story. This makes for a complicated dynamic in terms of audience sympathies, as a natural tendency to identify with Cheng in the flashbacks is rubbed out by genuine horror at what she does to her victims, which include a pregnant woman.

Josie Ho in the lead role is focused but a bit wooden, which lessens the potential impact of the flashbacks. Nonetheless Pang’s direction is tight and cinematography by Yu Lik-wai is unobtrusively effective.

Production company: Making Film

International sales: Fortissimo Films,

Producers: Pang Ho-cheung, Subi Liang, Conroy Chan, Josie Ho

Screenplay: Pang Ho-cheung, Derek Tsang, Jimmy Wan

Cinematography: Yu Lik-wai

Production designer: Man Lim-chung

Music: Gabriele Roberto

Main cast: Josie Ho, Eason Chan, Paw Hee-ching, Norman Chu, Derek Tsang, Lawrence Chou, Michelle Ye, Juno Mak

April 30, 2010

April 30, 2010

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Charlene Choi

Li Bingbing

New Triple Tap posters feature Charlene Choi and Li Bingbing (Sina)

Taipei Times: Ip Man 2

Taipei Times: Let the Wind Carry Me (documentary)

Mark Ping-bing Lee’s unique sensibility has shaped the look of Taiwanese cinema for more than two decades. Now he finds himself on the other end of the camera.

THR: Dream Home

Bottom Line: A satire on real estate speculation crossed with a slasher film that drowns any social relevance in pools of blood and entrails.

CRI: “Ma Wen’s Battle” Releases Trailer

This film touches on the complex and twisted relationships between husband and wife, ex-couple and even parents and children. Strange and awkward situations fueled by these difficult relationships make up this urban family dark comedy.

Taiwan director Ang Lee wants to shoot Canadian writer Yann Martel’s renowned novel “Life of Pi” in 3D. Filming is set to begin this August, reports.

CRI: Shanghai Int’l Film Festival Releases Poster

Nicholas Tse offered 10million yuan movie deal

Shu Qi has indeed dropped out of Feng Xiaogang’s sequel to If You Are the One due to a schedule conflict with Andrew Lau’s Beautiful Life. (HunanTV)

Guo Degang - Three Smiles

Yao Di

The Love of Three Smiles opens May 7. (Sina)

Daneil Lam, Ekin Cheng, Elanne Kwong

Producer Daneil Lam Siu-Ming invested in a beauty company in Jordan (Sina)

Rosamund Kwan, queen of property market?

Vivian Hsu shooting a body gel advert on the streets of Hong Kong


April 29, 2010

Dream Home (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Dream Home
By Maggie Lee

Bottom Line: A satire on real estate speculation crossed with a slasher film that drowns any social relevance in pools of blood and entrails.

UDINE, Italy — In Hong Kong, where real estate prices are among the most exorbitant in the world, how far would one go to own a condo with a sea view? Pang Ho-cheung offers a macabre answer in “Dream Home,” in which a woman tries to buy an apartment at discounted price by bumping off all the residents in neighboring units.

Pang is the first to cross-breed the critique of rapacious property development (which traditionally belongs to the realm of neo-realism in Hong Kong cinema) with the slasher genre. Too bad the delicate balance between pertinent social observation and some daringly visceral violence ends up tipping toward increasingly unrealistic and grotesque splatter material.

The fact that one audience member fainted while two others vomited when it premiered at Udine Far East Film Festival serves as a kind of publicity, but the film is likely to be pigeon-holed as B-movie genre DVD material in overseas markets.

Sheung (Josie Ho) juggles a thankless job doing phone marketing for a bank with other shift work to save up to buy a unit in Victoria Bay No 1, a luxury condo facing the harbor. She has loveless trysts with a married man (Eason Chan) who treats her like dirt. On the day she puts down the deposit, the owners suddenly hike the price. Extreme circumstances call for extreme measures.

Pang’s handling of overall structure is expertly controlled, weaving a smooth non-linear narrative between Sheung’s dreary life in the present, flashbacks to her traumatic episodes in her childhood that explains why she is bent on buying that one specific apartment and her clinical murders of the residents.

While all the murders are utterly graphic, the earlier ones achieve a brute impact by its rather creative use of common everyday tools, like a vacuum cleaner, a plastic bag or industrial rubber ropes. There’s also a certain anarchist spirit in the way Pang self-consciously pushes boundaries of cinematic propriety, for instance by making a pregnant woman one of the victims (a scene sure to disgust many.)

But he runs amok as he tries to up the ante in goriness, resorting to such juvenile gimmicks as gut-spilling and castration, a horny foursome that seems like an excuse for puerile humor and the splatter-film cliche of victims who refuse to die despite lethal injuries.

Despite opening with citations of figures indicating the gaping disparity between percentage increase in income and real estate in 2007 when the film was set, the ruthless way in which developers bully grassroots residents is depicted in an impressionistic and sensational way. The social context ultimately serves only as pretext for blood and gore.

Josie Ho does an admirable job conveying rage held inwards and avoiding stereotyped mannerisms of the psychopath. The dauntlessness with which she goes about her strangling and stabbing excites a warped fascination. But fine acting alone cannot salvage a character whose motives and behavior are so difficult to sympathize with.

None of Sheung’s woes — whether growing up in a slum, having an obnoxious boyfriend or her mother’s early death — are dire enough to justify killing innocent people in cold blood, especially when some are from even less privileged backgrounds, like the domestic helper and security guard.

Technical credits are above average with studio sets of both run-down estates and upscale pads looking every inch like the real thing. Cinematographer Yu Lik Wai’s poetic camerawork yields mournful images of run-down building complexes and rooftop views crisscrossed with TV antennas, all shrouded in gray, smoggy light. Gabriele Roberto’s distinctive score is features hard rock passages that provide a coolly rough edge.

Venue: Udine Far East Film Festival
Production company: 852 Film Ltd presents a Making Film production
Cast: Josie Ho, Eason Chan, Paw Hee Ching, Norman Chu, Vivian Leung
Director-screenwriter-producer-story by: Pang Ho Cheung
Screenwriters: Derek Tsang, Jimmy Wan
Producers: Subi Liang, Conroy Chan, Josie Ho
Executive producer: Andrew Ooi
Director of photography: Yu Lik Wai
Production designer: Man Lim Chung
Music: Gabriele Roberto
Editor: Wenders Li
Sales: Fortissimo Films
No rating, 96 minutes

March 18, 2010

March 18, 2010

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Dream Home will open Udine’s Far East Festival Apr.23 and compete at the Tribeca Film Festival

Directed by Pang Ho-Cheung, produced by and starring Josie Ho.


CRI: Tang Wei and Ivy Ho Give Exclusive Interview about Film Project

CRI: ‘Ip Man 2′ to Raise Curtain for Students’ Festival

 The 17th Beijing College Student Film Festival, which is to kick off the mainland’s 2010 film awards season on April 7, will open with Hong Kong action film “Ip Man 2″, reports.

The movie, the second installment in a biopic series about Bruce Lee’s mentor, Yip Man, will premiere after the film festival’s opening ceremony. It will be the only screening of the film before it rolls out in mainland theaters on April 29.

The annual Beijing College Student Film Festival acts as a barometer of how films are received among college students, who now make up an indispensable part of China’s movie audience.

Lam Suet, Lavina

Model Lavina Chung appearing in a MV for actor/singer Tommy Yuen Man-On

Tommy Yuen Man-On, Lam Suet, MC Jin


The star, who took to the catwalk at a fashion show in Taiwan on Wednesday, revealed that he will start recording his new album at the end of the month. 

The album will not focus too much on love songs but rather his thoughts and feelings over the past few years, he said. 

Apart from a new album, Chen, 29, also has a film project lined up. 

He told reporters he will co-produce a movie with an American production company at the end of the year.


Karena Lam 

Karena Lam shared the catwalk with Donnie Yen’s daughter, Jasmine



Wang Yuanyuan and Wang SiSi 

(Donnie’s sister-in-law and wife)


Faye Wong



With her stylist



Connie Chan

Faye Wong was in Hong Kong to shoot posters for her upcoming concert. Reporters followed Faye shopping in various shops in Central, Hong Kong. Upon going into Harvey Nichol’s (an upscale department store), they ran into a startled Connie Chan who quickly left by car! (Sina), (2) (Xinhua)

May 21, 2009

May 21, 2009

Poster for Tracing Shadow

Posters for new Jiang Wen film Let the Bullets Fly released at Cannes

Jiang Wen Will “Let the Bullets Fly”

D is for Detective and Dee

Zhou XunWang BanChow Yun-Fat
Ren QuanDirector Hu Mei
Confucius photo gallery

Decipher Confucius’ Alleged Romance


Fan Bingbing

East Wind and Rain photo gallery

Anthony Wong
Director To poses with cast members at film “Vengeance” at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival

Michelle Ye, Anthony WongSimon Yam, Johnny Hallyday
Michelle YeohShu Qi
Vengeance premiere

Tony Leung Chiu-WeiAnthony Wong
Vengeance red carpet photo gallery

Donnie Yen Longs for Romance in New Film
Donnie Yen says his new film “14 Blades” will compensate for his unrequited love for Zhao Wei in a previous film.

Screen Daily: Like You Know It All (South Korea)
Screen Daily: Air Doll (Japan)
Variety: Air Doll
Screen Daily: A Brand New Life (Une Vie Toute Neuve)(France-South Korea)
Korea Times: Bong’s ‘Mother’ Highlights Maternal Love
Confucius Chow

Director given French honour

Johnnie To, whose latest movie ‘Vengeance’ is competing for the Cannes festival’s Palme d’Or, on Monday was made an officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters.

Two Johnnies bid for Cannes glory

Variety: China central to Hong Kong’s film future
Mainland’s size, potential lure island producers

Tony Leung Ka-Fai in Hong Kong crime thriller
Award-winning actor Tony Leung Ka Fai has the distinction of being picked to play Hong Kong’s notorious Chief Inspector Lee Rock in the 1960s.

Basketball-Playing ‘Bodyguard’

Zhang’s Turandot Fervor a Riddle for Critics

‘Red Cliff’ to Hit North America

Screen Daily: Fortissimo Films has picked up international rights outside China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan to Prince Of Tears from acclaimed filmmaker Yonfan and has already sold it to Ocean Films for France.

Hollywood Reporter: Art house pic ‘Prince of Tears’ finds home

Variety: Hong Kong cinema timeline
Hong Kong Cinema at 100
Variety: Spotlight: Hong Kong talent

Hollywood Reporter: Cannes’ red carpet is blood-soaked
Gore quotient giving even festival veterans pause

Josie Ho slashes conventions in new film, Dream Home

Sun Li, Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Iron Road (Gold Mountain) with Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Sun Li, Peter O’Toole - Shanghai International Film Festival

Johnny Hallyday, Michelle YeJohnnie To
Vengeance - Cannes Photo Call

Johnnie To Receives Award - photo gallery

Vengeance Premiere - 2009 Cannes Film Festival

‘Spring Fever’ Photocall At Cannes Film Festival

Spring Fever Premiere

Ang Lee
Shu QiZhang Ziyi
Shu Qi attending Inglourious Basterds screening

Maggie Cheung is a no-show at Cannes this year (and reportedly cut from film)
Zhang Ziyi
Zhang Ziyi on short film judging panel at Cannes

Karen Mok
Karen Mok for a shampoo brand

Zhang Ziyi Shows Care for Children

Oops! Be Careful with Your Lipstick, Ziyi!

Faye Wong from shampoo commercial, looking like Gong Li in Curse of the Golden Flower

Michelle Reis (right) and sister
I spy: Michelle Reis with older sister, without her wedding ring

Cops look for angle on acid attacks

May 7, 2009

May 7, 2009

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14 Blades
Poster for 14 Blades starring Donnie Yen and Zhao Wei. This is the remake of Secret Service of the Imperial Court directed by Daniel Lee. Filming begins next month.

Next Media in Hong Kong reports that Edison Chen signs 10 year contract with Media Asia’s Peter Lam Gin-Ngok in exchange for HK$15M to pay off legal expenses and his father’s debts.
Edison, now 29, once expressed the wish to accumulate $1B and retire by age 32.
Edison Chen not keeping his word about leaving the Entertainment Industry

More pictures from Detective Dee opening ceremony

Michael Tse’s New Movie ‘Laughing Gor’ to Feature Anthony Wong, Felix Wong & Francis Ng

Fortissimo Films checks into Pang’s Dream Home

Choi Min-soo Cast for Hollywood Movie

‘Tokyo Sonata’: Hopeful Melancholy

Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung is resting in Hong Kong after cancelling an appearance in Taiwan

Maggie flew from New York to Hong Kong with boyfriend Ole Scheeren and was not feeling well. After visiting a doctor, Maggie decided to recuperate in Hong Kong instead of continuing to Taiwan. Her assistant stated Maggie only had a cold and not the H1N1 flu.

Zhang Ziyi in Inner Mongolia - photo gallery

Jail time for ex-magazine editor in Carina Lau topless photo case
Jail Time in Topless Pix Case
East Week editor published Carina Lau kidnap photo
Carina Lau Spotted at Fertility Clinic for Assisted Pregnancy

In the aftermath of the May 1 Bird’s Nest concert in Beijing, a new scandal is brewing. Dubbed the ‘attending guest’ scandal, reports are surfacing of a post concert party at a mansion where famous movie actresses were ‘introduced’ to wealthy businessmen and movie directors. These ‘fresh fruit and vegetables’ had the opportunity for ‘pay for play’. One site published a price list, the top being RMB$1M for a noted Taiwan model/actress. However, not all attended reportedly accepted the offers.
One version of the fruits and vegetables list

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