Variety: Hong Kong festival kicks off
The 34th Hong Kong Film Festival kicked off Sunday with the twin bows of Ivy Ho’s comedy “Crossing Hennessy” and Clara Law’s “Like a Dream” at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
Screen Daily: Like A Dream
Clara Law’s beautifully absorbing fable is a lush and at times entrancing moody melodrama that is highlighted by the quite wonderful performance by the enchanting Yolanda Yuan who plays dual roles.
Screen Daily: Crossing Hennessy
Crossing Hennessy is an engagingly fresh and enjoyable dramatic comedy that makes great use of its Hong Kong locations as it delves into the romantic complications of modern urban life.
THR: Chinese presence fuels optimism in Hong Kong
Almost a fifth of this year’s exhibitors — more than 120 — hail from mainland China, as the growing strength and importance of that market continues to show itself.
Jackie Chan and Stanley Tong will produce a 30-part television series about Yuefei, one of China’s most heroic and controversial generals, now that they have secured long-sought Chinese government approval.
The series, “Yuefei,” is about the general of the Southern Song Dynasty in the 12th century A.D., who helped defend central China against invaders, but eventually was imprisoned and executed by the high court at age 39. Yuefei’s name was cleared posthumously and his story is told to Chinese children today to teach courage and tenacity.
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Bazaar releases a special issue of its magazine to coincide with ‘Go Lala Go!’ that includes more golden rules of office survival.
Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yu hope Cat.3 rating won’t affect box office for Love in a Puff
Asian Film Awards Jury President Tony Leung Kai-Fai suffering from eye irritation.
Awards to be announced Monday. (Sina)
Tang Wei at HKIFF
Paw Hee-Ching, Ivy Ho, Tang Wei (Sina)
Stanley Huang and Karen Mok in Go Lala Go! (Du Lala’s Promotion)
Three “Jing girls” in Wong Jing’s Future X-Cops
Natalie Meng Yao (HunanTV)
(Re)Inventing China’s “Seventeen Years” on Film at the 2009 New York Film Festival
Mainland Chinese works of art from this “Seventeen Years” period have been routinely dismissed as propaganda by the same Western scholars and critics who periodically “discover” and celebrate masterpieces of Chinese cinema from the preceding Republican era or the later post-Mao era.
Mao-era Chinese films are univocal, tedious, and thematically homogeneous.
This rarely questioned truism could only be asserted by the ill-informed, and its widespread acceptance reveals how common is the ignorance of this period of Chinese film history. The cinema of this period includes comedies, musicals, dramas, animation, war epics, historical sagas, traditional operas, children’s films, and spy thrillers…
Mao-era Chinese films are excessively ideological and oppressively obvious, bludgeoning the viewer with blatant political propaganda…
THR: Echoes of the Rainbow
Bottom Line: A nostalgic and unabashedly sentimental family picture.
THR: 14 Blades
Bottom Line: A traditional martial arts thriller beefed up by gimmicky weaponry.
Bottom Line: A rom-com that is more comical than romantic.
Bottom Line: Little thematic and less narrative sense make for difficult viewing that often tests the patience.
Bottom Line: Aesthetic aspirations killed the camp.
Bottom Line: Evidence that the digital revolution isn’t necessarily a good thing.
Bottom Line: A teasingly original idea from a new filmmaker wrapped up in the familiar.
THR: Wong Jing tackles 3D comedy
‘King of Jesters’ to be produced by Mega-Vision
Wong also returns to familiar grounds with “Naked Soldiers”, the US$4 million three-quel to his sex and crime series “Naked Weapon” and “Naked Killer,” which raised to cult status in Europe with their main draw of T&A and guns. Next, Mega-Vision will also begin production of the 30 million yuan (US$4.4 million) action adventure “Aladdina,” starring Louis Koo and the Hong Kong pop group Twins.
THR: Filmko on a quest to make 3D ‘Quixote’
First Chinese stereoscopic 3D period drama, helmed by Chinese director Agan
…starring Karena Lam (”Claustrophobia”) and Liu Ye (”City of Life and Death”), the film was produced with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, utilizing the academy’s stereoscopic 3D camera, the first in China. The film also hired a group of 3D experts from Germany as consultants during the shoots.
The company is now developing its next 3D epic, “The Monkey King,” a 180 million yuan retelling of the Chinese mythical literature “Journey to the West” with a script written by “Ip Man” writer Edmond Wong. Filming is scheduled for October with a 2011 release date.
Fresh from his win at the Berlin International Film Festival for his romantic comedy “Au Revoir Taipei,” Chinese-American director Arvin Chen is at this week’s Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum to meet with potential investors for his new movie,“Nan Jing East Road.”
Half a century on, ‘Suzie Wong’ still a star in Hong Kong
Actress Nancy Kwan walks into Hong Kong’s Luk Kwok Hotel, the first time she has ever visited the backdrop to her classic 1960 film “The World of Suzie Wong”.
Stanley Ho’s daughter, Pansy Ho
Asian casino magnate Stanley Ho denied Thursday that he has ties to Chinese organized crime gangs.