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March 12, 2010

March 12, 2010

Great Star theater preparing to rise again

SFIAAFF 2010 Review: Talentime

TVB General Manager and Show Host Arrested For Graft

Stephen Chan, 51, allegedly controlled the shell company which accepted production contracts from TVB and then outsourced the work to other production houses, according to a source.

This allegedly allowed the shell company to accumulate as much as HK$10 million over the years. Some of TVB’s top artists such as Bernice Liu, Moses Chan Ho, Raymond Lam Fung, Bosco Wong Chung-Chak, Tavia Yeung Yi and Charmaine Sheh Sze-man had been forced to perform in major shows and other functions, and even ribbon-cutting ceremonies, for free or at very low pay. [Chan was the host of Be My Guest that interviewed the teary Gillian Chung last year, you may recall.]

HK Magazine: There Goes the Neighborhood

The filmmakers of “Echoes of the Rainbow,” which is set in 1960s Hong Kong, found themselves in trouble when they initially couldn’t find the right location for their film. Alex Law Kai-yui and Mabel Cheung originally went to Sham Shui Po to scout for locations, only to find that most of the streets in even this old neighborhood have changed quite a bit, with no street having all the tong laus intact. In the end, they found Wing Lee Street. “If this street is torn down too, Hong Kong will lose yet another street full of characters,” producer Mabel Cheung says after returning to Hong Kong from Berlin. “This is the only street retaining the 1960’s Hong Kong.”

Cheung also mentions that, before finding Wing Lee Street, they considered shooting the film in Malaysia or Guangzhou instead. “It’d be preposterous to shoot a film about Hong Kong in another city,” Cheung says.

HK Magazine: Aarif Lee Interview

CRI: Du Lala’s Bikini Scene

Lead actress Xu Jinlei dons a bikini for a scene in her directorial production “Go Lala Go!”, formerly called “Du Lala’s Promotion”, an urban romance film co-starring Stanley Huang, Karen Mok, Li Ai and Pace Wu.

South Korean actress Kim Hee-sun will star in Warring States (tentative title), a war epic set in China more than 2,000 years ago. It will also have mainland actor Sun Honglei.

Just Another Pandora’s Box (Once Upon a Chinese Classic)

The movie boasts 58 stars and premieres in Beijing Mar.15 with a staggered roll out across the Mainland, 16th in Shanghai. 17th in Chengdu, 18th in Guangzhou, 19th in Shenyang. (Sina)

Vivian Hsu - The Musician

Vivian Hsu has created her own season this spring with four movies: Hot Summer Love, Fire of Conscience, The Musician (April release),  Seediq Bale (in production) and a new album. (Sina)

Crossing Hennessy - Jacky Cheung has a one-night stand with Maggie Cheung Ho-Yi


Lu Chuan

Lu Chuan’s Feast at Hongmen is being delayed due to need for additional financing. In addition, potential cast members Ge You and Feng Xiaogang are still working on Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly. To fill his time, Lu Chuan will shoot a short film about the “hidden rules” of the business based on Tang Wei’s banning incident. (Sina)

Takeshi Kaneshiro rumoured to be trying for baby in Japan

Widely speculated for hiding his marriage - a la a certain Andy Lau - after a blog claimed that the Asian superstar secretly got hitched, another blogger has quoted reliable sources saying Takeshi, who is currently based in Japan, is trying for a baby.

A celebrity blogger exposed the actor for marrying a Japanese woman last December, a piece of news which was denied by his management. On Tuesday, another blogger alleged that the Japanese-Taiwanese actor and his wife are currently located in Japan as part of their plans to have kids.

Ti Lung

Li Yapeng (Faye Wong’s husband)

Ti Lung, Li Yapeng and other cast members help launch an upcoming CCTV series. (Xinhua)

Donnie Yen will soon be enshrined in wax at the Hong Kong Madame Tussauds



Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Jay Chou’s Batmobile, Ethan Ruan’s ‘long-haired hottie’ and more

The next time you think you have a tough commute: (China Hush)

March 9, 2010

March 9, 2010

Gigi Leung and Ronald Cheng - Just Another Pandora’s Box (aka Once Upon A Chinese Classic)

Ronald Cheng had to endure heat and discomfort to film the scene. (Sina)

Huang Bo

CRI: “Once Open A Chinese Classic”: A Different Story of Ancient China

The upcoming film to be released on March 18 has attracted many pop stars from both Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. It centers on an idiot who embarks on an adventurous journey with the help of a magic box during the period of the Three Kingdoms in ancient China.

Gillian Chung

Eric Tsang

Just Another Pandora’s Box opens Mar.18 (HunanTV)

Zhang Jingchu - The Double Life (A Side, B Side)

Zhang Jingchu’s first attempt at comedy, she plays a glamorous model suffering from depression. The crew jokingly dubbed her ‘NG Queen’ due to her numerous NGs, i.e., bad takes. (Sina)

THR: Cheng meets Tsang in ‘Girl Meets Boy’

Hong Kong acting veterans Cheng Pei-pei and Kenneth Tsang joined the cast of New Zealand romantic comedy “Girl Meets Boy,” the feature debut of director Roseanne Liang for South Pacific Pictures.

First-time director Roseanne Liang’s coming-of-age story is about a New Zealand-born Chinese overachiever who defies her parents’ wishes and falls for a European New Zealander.

Martial arts legend [Cheng] Pei Pei plays the girl’s mother and Tsang her strict father, whose traditional values make it hard for him to accept that his youngest daughter would choose film school over medical school and want to marry a European.

A young cast of New Zealand actors includes Michelle Ang as the headstrong protagonist, Matthew Whelan as her love interest, and Katlyn Wong and Celeste Wong.

CRI: Go Lala Go! (formerly Du Lala’s Promotion)

The film stars director Xu Jinglei herself as Du Lala, as well as Stanley Huang, Karen Mok, Li Ai, and Pace Wu.

Dante Lam - Beijing

Richie Jen, Leon Lai in Beijing promoting Fire of Conscience (Sina)

Eason Chan cover shoot for new album (Sina)

Fan Bingbing - Paris

Fan Bingbing attending the Jean Paul Gaultier Paris fashion show (Mar.6)

(Xinhua) (Zimbio)

Louisa So Yuk-Wa and Wu Fung at a recent promotion activity (Sina)

December 28, 2009

December 28, 2009

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Two new posters. Movie opens Jan.22.

(China News)

Producer Jackie Chan launches TV version of The Myth (HunanTV)

Movie season’s lesser gems

Midnight Taxi, Poker King, Bright Future

CRI: Xu Jinglei Offers More Office Politics Advice

Xu Jinglei shoots promotional photos for her upcoming film “Du Lala’s Promotion” in Beijing on December 26, 2009.

Angry group lashes out at Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi accused of cheating former business partner

English subtitles missing in Hong Kong’s ‘Avatar’

December 23, 2009

December 23, 2009

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Future Cop starring Andy Lau and Barbie Hsu opens Feb. 5 HD slide show (10)(Sina)

Peter Chan, Sandra Ng and daughter

Fan Bingbing

Nic Tse

Li Yuchun

Hu Jun

Taipei premiere of Bodyguards and Assassins (Dec.22) (Xinhua) (HunanTV)

CRI: Patricia Field Offers Du Lala a Tasteful OL Look

‘Sex and the City’ costume designer Patricia Field has headed up the design team of ‘Du Lala’s Promotion’, a film adaptation of same-titled best selling novel directed by Xu Jinglei.

THR: Asia going global by getting local

Jay Chou and Lin Chi Ling become action stars

In love with Jay? Chi-ling won’t go there

Lin Chi-ling loses $10,000 watch after luggage got broken into at Malaysia customs

Fan Bing Bing admires sexy women

Sammo Hung and a series of Wii Sports Resort adverts (Thanks, to Fan)

The Karate Kid trailer released

September 17, 2009

September 17, 2009

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Johnnie To, Johnny Hallyday

Long lines of fans waited for the Toronto screening Johnnie To’s Vengeance (

Jay Chou as Kato (CRI)

The Message (Feng Sheng) will close the 14th Pushan International Film Festival (PIFF), which will open on

Oct 8 and run for nine days.

The Message, starring Zhou Xun and Li Bingbing, tells the story of how the Japanese-controlled puppet government finds an undercover agent among five suspects during China’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1937-45).

Variety: Cow review

War is crazy and most of the characters are, too, in “Cow,”an often brilliantly imagined black comedy-cum-magical-realist yarn about a dumb Shandong peasant and his cow during WWII.

Screen Daily: Sawasdee Bangkok (Thailand) review

After Paris and New York, here comes a quartet of love letters to Bangkok - episodes marketed as one feature film, financed by the Thai Public Broadcasting Service, and with the intention of showcasing the country’s capital internationally.

Filming will be begin early next year for Chen’s new film based on Orphans in China. Orphans in China is a play written by Voltaire that itself is a translation of a famous Chinese play Orphan of Zhao. The story is based on a true incident and takes place in the Spring and Autumn Period. Chen intends to build a whole Orphan City a la Bodyguards and Assassins. It will be built in Xiangshan, Zhejiang Province (after much competition from other cities) and encompass 152 acres. Construction of the city has already begun and will be completed by year end. Sun Honglei unexpectedly appeared at the ceremony as the cast is unannounced yet. Sun, who is in demand by both Zhang Yimou and John Woo, said, ‘I am here to cheer on the director. Certainly, if the director invites me, I will participate.’ (

Zhao Wei

Zhao Wei is in studio working on Mulan’s post-production dubbing. Of great interest, was whether her real voice would be used. Earlier, it was reported that her voice was considered too harsh and heavy. However, it was considered fitting and consistent for the role. In the end, the rumors proved unfounded. Zhao Wei’s voice is recognizable and distinct, and she refused to be dubbed. Since, Mulan had been in the battlefield many years disguised as a man, her voice cannot be soft. Zhao Wei said, ‘I have faith in my voice. The role is different from my other roles. I am a man standing over hundreds of generals so the sound of my voice will be certainly different.’ ( [You go, girl!]

Ekin Cheng

Ekin hopes to recapture the spirit of Storm Riders in Storm Warriors 11 years later. (

Riding on a Storm

A decade after appearing in storm riders, Cheng E-Kin and Aaron Kwok reprise their roles as Wind and Cloud

China’s ‘Iron Man’ an undying legend

“Du Lala’s Promotion” Stills Revealed (CRI)

Remake of “Journey to The West” in the Works (CRI)

Though at a reportedly huge cost of 100 million yuan, the new project had draw the public to question if it could outdo the widely applauded 1980 TV series of “Journey to The West”, the first - and so far the best - small screen production of the classic novel.

August 7, 2009

August 7, 2009

Taipei Times Film Review: Simplicity unveils a complex character in ‘Yang Yang’

HK Magazine: Overheard film review

‘Yasukuni’ Cuts Into Spiritual Dimension

Xu Jinglei Creates High-Fashion Du Lala
“Du Lala’s Promotion”, adapted from a bestselling Chinese novel of the same name, centers on a woman named Du Lala who takes the high road to get promoted.
More cast photos

Huang Yi
Huang Yi reprises Lin Chi-Ling in Light-Transcending Pandora’s Box

Stills from new trailer of The Message

New Photos of ‘Yang Guifei’

Anthony Wong as Tang emperor Xuanzong

Outfest 2009: An interview with Francoise Yip

APA Top Ten: Hayao Miyazaki Scenes

Taiwan denies boycotting Australian film festival
GIO criticizes withdrawal of the movie ‘Miao Miao’

Action! A New Type of Kung Fu Movie Is Set to Hit the Screens (Bodyguards and Assassins)
“Bodyguards and Assassins” Trailer

Zhang Mo
Zhang Yimou’s daughter Zhang Mo has joined the crew of Three Guns

26 year-old Zhang Mo will work as editor on the film. She graduates this year from NYU Graduate Film School. Originally, Zhang Mo originally entered Columbia law school but changed her studies. She has also married an American.

Shu QiDaniel Wu
Leon LaiSimon Yam
Daniel Wu dressed as Bruce Lee
Miriam YeungMichelle YeDenise HoIvanna WongLam Ka-Tung
Shawn Yue, Alan MakPeter Lam
Media Asia boss Peter Lam hosts a star-studded birthday party

Jay Chou might replace Stephen Chow in The Green Hornet!
Jay’s Pandaman a copycat?

Stylish Faye Wong Shops in Hong Kong

Zhang Ziyi’s relationship on the rocks

Jet Li Promotes ‘Wuji’ Exercise

Bai Ling
Bai Ling in Taipei at promotion for film Black Fairy

McDull Movie Creators Plan Spin-off Products

Internship with Hong Kong-based film company

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Malaysia considers Web filter similar to PRC’s Green Dam

August 1, 2009

August 1, 2009

Variety: Crazy Racer review
[Why can't I see this on DVD with subtitles!]

Variety: Look For A Star review

News from KOFIC
Haeundae Box Office Rampage about to Hit China

Even though tidal wave warning systems had predicted the oncoming Haeundae tsunami, the Korean box office was not prepared for its mass devastation. The film attracted 1,546,976 viewers in its opening weekend grossing over 11 billion won (U.S $.9,000,000) Climbing to number one in the box office it even managed to push aside Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which has been weaving its own box office magic around the world.

Tsunamis usually subside but Haeundae has continued its onslaught going from success to success. Initially, when it was released back in April it sold to a number of territories at the HK Film Mart. Word of its success obviously reached back to Korea and anticipation of its release here was high. More recently, it has been announced the China Film Group (C.F.G), will, on a revenue-sharing basis import the film into China. This is rare for a Korean film but given the film’s star power, ongoing success and mix of big-budget, block-buster yet non political ideals, does seem an ideal China release. The film was released in Korea July 23.

Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo, Jo Koo begin filming Poker King in Macau - photos

Hip-hop Singer to Star in Movie Remake of Bestselling Novel
Taiwan singer Stanley Huang will star in film “Du Lala’s Promotion”, which is to be directed by Xu Jinglei

The object of a 13 year-old’s affection (see story below)

Ani-com Hong Kong

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