“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.
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!”
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
Vonnie Lui Hoi-Yan, Taiwan premiere (Apr.13) (Sina), 2
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.”
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)
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).
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)
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.
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
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.
The completion of one of those projects, Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmasters, starring actress Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha), has been delayed until the fourth quarter.
Addressing queries about another delayed picture, Mulan, Bona’s planned English-language international co-production of the story of China’s most famous woman warrior, Bona CFOMason Xu told The Hollywood Reporter: “Yu Dong our CEO is now talking with potential investors both from China and overseas.”…the project’s finance fell apart just before Mulan was due to go into production outside Shanghai last fall, members of the production team told The Hollywood Reporter on condition of anonymity. One described how they had been asked to gather at Hengdian Studios then all been sent home.
Zhang Yimou, submitted a proposal to the ongoing annual session of the National Committee of CPPCC, together with other five members, including Zhang Huijun, president of Beijing Film Academy, and other famed directors Feng Xiaogang, Yin Li, Feng Xiaoning and Chen Guoxing.
Even more notably, the movie has some of the liveliest and best-staged action-comedy seen so far in a Mainland movie without any offshore help: the finale in the booby-trapped inn is the equal of anything in a similar Hong Kong movie.
In April the Hong Kong Film Archive’s (HKFA) “Morning Matinee” will screen four Cantonese and one Mandarin film starring renowned Cantonese opera stars Yam Kim-fai, Fong Yim-fun, Sun Ma Si-tsang, Lam Kar-sing and film idols Connie Chan Po-chu, Josephine Siao Fong-fong, Patsy Kar Ling and Helen Ma.
My Wedding and Other Secrets is a romantic comedy telling a classic tale of forbidden love between a Chinese girl and a Kiwi boy.
The film is based on Liang’s own romance, which was also the subject of a 2005 documentary called Banana in a Nutshell. The storyline attracted acclaimed Chinese actors, Cheng Pei Pei and Kenneth Tsang to take key roles in the production
According to this report of Faye Wong’s first Hong Kong concert, Faye sang mainly in Cantonese, but also in Mandarin and English. As is typical, Faye spoke very little to the audience, not until 35 minutes into the first night’s concert, she uttered only a brief ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank you’. Later, when singing a cover of an Eason Chan song, Faye said a few more ‘Thank yous’ in both Cantonese and Mandarin. (Xinhua-gallery)
Director Yan Ran held a joint press conference as he has two film releases to promote, Together and Sweet Journey. Both films are scheduled to be released on the 8th of this month.
Ni Dahong, Daniel Chan (Chen Xiaodong), Yan Ran
Li Feier - Together
Zhang Hanyu - Sweet Journey (lit. Under the Clouds) opens March 8.
Xu Jiao is being sent to school in Taipei to prepare for her unconfirmed upcoming role in Tom Lin Shuyu’s Star. Among the goals are to not delay her studies, to experience life in Taiwan, and to change her Mainland accent. Shooting for Star is set to begin in early April. (Sina)
Huang Yi - Sky Fighters
Sky Fighters held a grand premiere ceremony at the Tianjin Air Force Base on the 5th. Coproduced by the August 1st Film Company (the PLA-backed film studio) the event included a flight demonstration by Air Force fighter jets. (Sina), 2,(Sina-gallery)
Shu Qi and Carina Lau were among the celebrities in Taiwan to help launch a new entertainment company. The article notes that Shu Qi dressed in a sexy dresss] while Carina looked like an ordinary white-collar office worker. Lee Hsing, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Andrew Lau, Doze Niu also attended. (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina-slide show)
According to the Bangkok Post, the movie is titled “Dans la Lumiere” and will be directed by Luc Besson. A French production team is already wrapping up location shooting in Thailand, which will stand for Myanmar in the movie. (Thanks, Dave!)
In Asia, where accountants are often considered hotter dates than rock stars, many will find Yoshimitsu Morishita’s portrait of a book-keeping samurai who is lousy at kendo but brilliant at computation and penny-pinching is funny and endearing.
Twelve years ago, Xu Jinglei and Li Yapeng, who just graduated from university, starred in the trendy TV drama “Cherish Our Love Forever”, which won them fame and popularity. Zhang Yibai, director of the TV drama, assembled the original cast to make the movie sequel.
Kevin Chu’s costume comedy Just Call Me Nobody made RMB60.9 million ($9.1 million) over the three-day weekend in China, keeping Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice off the top of the charts…Nobody stars Xiao as a cobbler who learns martial arts from Jacky Wu’s hermit. Zhao, also the major financier of the film, stars as a bandit who is also skilled in martial arts.
Kara Hui Ying-Hung in costume as vilainous demon for Wilson Yip’s Chinese Ghost Story (HunanTV)
Carina Lau arriving for Let the Bullets Fly press conference in Beijing. (Dec.6)
The film is a love story between a Chinese girl and a German guy. Their relationship is mainly over the phone at the beginning. Then the girl travels to Germany with the money she saved from working in a flower shop.
Part of the film was shot in Chongqing, the southwestern Chinese city on the bank of the Yangtze River, where the love story starts.
Jiang Yiyan was known by the German media as “The Most Beautiful and Real Oriental Girl” for her great appearance and acting in her previous films.
Lead actors show up one by one in the 75-second trailer which follows the assassination plot targeting a retired murderess.
“The theme of the film is not about assassins and revenge but about love, which is the core message of my films. People should search for a way to get along with each other instead of hate and grudge,” John Woo was quoted by Sina.com.cn as saying.
Shu Qi is the new regional face for Emporio Armani replacing Zhang Ziyi for Fall/Winter 2010. She will be appearing in new billboard ads that were recently shot in New York City. Shu Qi was lauded for her professionalism during the photo shoot in 100+ degree heat. (Xinhua)
According to reports, the star appears to be more concerned about her concert and was said to have set a three-month abstinence from ‘bedroom activities’ with Real as she concentrates on concert preparations.
To make things worse, Real was seen hanging out with an unnamed hot babe when Miriam was out in Japan filming a music special.
Nick Cheung was welcomed home with Champagne by Emperor’s CEO after winning Best Actor Award at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Taiwan. By chance Kelly Chan was returning from Malaysia from her concert tour. (HunanTV)Red carpet slide show (Sina)
According to director Teddy Chan, he had shot four versions with each featuring a different actor playing Sun Yat-Sen. “Although it was really a hard decision to make, we eventually chose Zhang’s version for the completed film.” Slide show (Sina)
The brothers said they are keen to try new technologies to explore new ways of filmmaking. They have just finished shooting their first 3-D film, “Child’s Eye,” a supernatural horror movie that is set for release next summer.
Simultaneous Press Conferences for Hot Summer Days
Barbie Hsu, Nic Tse, Angelababy
Vivian Hsu, Daniel Wu
Director Chan Kwok-Fai
Producer Fruit Chan
Hot Summer Days cast and crew held joint press conferences in Hong Kong and Beijing. Nic Tse, Angelababy and Barbie attended in Hong Kong while costars Daniel Wu and Vivian Hsu held a simultaneous press conference in Beijing (Xinhua)(2)(Sina)(cri.cn)
Cannes-winning Taiwanese cameraman Mark Lee Ping-bing says in an interview published in “A Poet of Light and Shadow” — a collection of his still photographs — that shooting in digital format takes away the artistry of camera work and lighting because you can immediately see your work on a display monitor and fix it — as opposed to waiting to develop the film.