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August 6, 2009

August 6, 2009

Warners offers Bruce Lee role to Rain
Korean singer-actor still mulling remake of ‘Enter the Dragon’

Jaycee Chan Comedy novice in Tracing Shadow

Johnnie To: Johnny Hallyday wasn’t prima donna on ‘Vengeance’ set

‘Chengdu, I Love You’
“Chengdu, I Love You” may not be shown in its entirety as its premiere closes the 66th Venice International Film Festival.

“Empire of Silver” Generates Its Own Fortune in Taiwan

Kungfu Cyborg - Eric Tsang, Law Gar-Ying photos
Opens August 20 simultaneously in Hong Kong and Mainland

Barbie Hsu, Wong JingLouis Koo
Meng YaoJing girl - Liu Yang
On His Majesty’s Secret Service premiere - photo gallery

Maggie Siu, Simon Yam
Michelle YeAnthony Wong

Vengeance premiere photos

Opening ceremony at Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival

Mao Mao
Mao Mao - Zhang Yimou’s Amazing Tales - Three Guns

Jet Li: Never Heard about ‘Shaolin’ Remake

Gillian Chung scenes deleted from Jeff Lau’s Light-Transcending Pandora’s Box for fear of Mainland objection

Mars Baby photo gallery

Charlene Choi: Twins will not be disbanding

Zhang Ziyi and Vivi Nevo separated
Recently, Zhang has been staying in Beijing to help her brother take care of his children and promoting her new film. Supposedly, the real reason is that the two have parted company.

New Faye Wong advert photo found on her Facebook page

Karena Lam
Karena Lam promoting cosmetics

Zhang Pimin promoted to deputy director of China’s SARFT

August 5, 2009

August 5, 2009

Jay Chou to play Stephen Chow’s role in ‘Green Hornet’?

“Empire of Silver” Generates Its Own Fortune in Taiwan

Success of Overheard has producer, directors considering sequel
Story would center around Lau Ching-Wan, but they hope to sign up Andy Lau and Donnie Yen. Meanwhile, Derek Yee will start filming ‘Double Tap King’ with Louis Koo and Daniel Wu in August.

Gillian Chung in costume for a guest appearance in Jeff Lau’s multi-star Light Transcending Pandora’s Box a sendup of Red Cliff

Cast includes Ronald Cheng, Eric Tsang
More on the film here and here
Ronald Cheng and Sun Li are playing the lead roles in Light-transcending Pandora’s Box and they are joined by various Chinese and Hong Kong celebrities including veteran artistes Eric Tsang, Sandra Ng, Kenny Bee, Bruce Liang, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu; a number of indispensable comedian extras Johnny Kong Yeuk Sing, Tin Kai Man, Lam Tze Chung, Lee Kin Yan; from Mainland are Guo De Gang, Yu Rong Guang, Huang Bo, Guo Tao, Wang Xue Bing, Sha Yi; from Hong Kong arrives Alex Fong, Fan Siu Wong, Danny Chan Kwok Kwan, Marco Ngai, Patrick Tam, Edmond Leung; and it’s being complemented and adorned by female artistes Athena Chu, Gigi Leung, Betty Huang Yi, Ada Choi, Xu Jiao…

Rumor: Jet Li has been invited to star in New Shaolin Temple an update of Shaolin Temple
He would not play a main character but a senior temple official. Andy Lau is also under discussion for a part, reuniting The Warlords duo.

Chow Yun-Fat confirmed for Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly
Gong Li is still tentatively cast

Watch for Lin Chi-Ling

Sexy Siren Fan Bingbing Graces ‘Esquire’

Gao Yuanyuan: Follow Me in South Korea

Zhao Wei - new fashion photo gallery

Taiwanese singer-actor Nicky Wu and wife divorce

Shing Fui-On in stable condition switches hospital according to good pal Ken Lo

Stanley Ho’s condition deteriorates
Family gathers at hospital

Cowherd, looking for Weaver Girl
Romances in the Show Business

Minibond celebrities tagged as `professional’

July 31, 2009

July 31, 2009

Storm Warriors limited editon posters released at Anime Festival

Ekin Chen, Ma Wing-Shing (original manga illustrator, writer), Aaron Kwok

Variety: Coweb review

Variety: Chaw review

Yu Shaoqun, Liu Yifei Tapped for another ‘Chinese Ghost Story’

bc Magazine: Overheard reviewed

Taipei Times Film Review: ‘Empire of Silver’ short changes audiencesThe world of finance is barren ground for a good story in ‘Empire of Silver,’ a big-budget period drama about the Wall Street of imperial China

Taipei Times Film Review: Sons are for fathers the twice-told tale in How Are You, Dad
Best known for directing Hoklo and Hakka films, Chang Tso-chi shot a movie in Mandarin as a response to his late father’s wishes

Two Chinese Films to Vie for Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival unveils lineup
Hong Kong helmer Yonfan’s “Prince of Tears,” set in Taiwan during the 1950s anti-Communist period known there as “White Terror.
Cheang Pou-Soi’s thriller “Accident,” [previously Assassins] produced by Johnnie To
Yonfan’s Prince of Tears to compete at Venice Film Festival
[see May 19 entry for additional background]

‘Taking Woodstock’ Premieres in New York

Premiere photos

From farmer to A-lister: Wang Baoqiang’s unchanged smile
Blind Shaft earned him 1,000 yuan ($146), and a Best New Performer award at the Golden Horse Awards.

Star-studded film to open for 60th anniversary of PRC

Children Of Workers: 24 City

Life in China through a foggy lens

Meng Yao, Nick Cheung and Monica Mok attend launch ceremoney for To Live and Die in Mongkok

Korean stars take their shot at Hollywood
Supporting roles seen as opening door to larger parts

Li Bingbing Denies Rumors of Foreign Boyfriend

Taipei Times: Pop Stop
Eason Chan, A-Mei and so much more

Zhao Wei reported to be marrying Singaporean businessman

Kelly Chen ruffles mother-in-law’s feathers

Shu Qi ambassador and Hou Hsiao-Hsien executive director attend press conference for 2009 Golden Horse awards

Zhou Xun shampoo advertising photos

Zhao Wei

New Zhao Wei pictures

June 19, 2009

June 19, 2009

Lau Ching-Wan
Lau Ching-Wan - Written By directed by Wai Ka-Fai

Misses premiere in New York due to fear of H1N1 flu

Aaron Kwok
Aaron Kwok - Murderer

Janine Chang, Aaron Kwok


Overheard with Lau Ching-Wan, Daniel Wu and Louis Koo on summer schedule

MacDull’s latest McDull Wudang (aka McDull Kung Fu Kindergarten) opens July 24

Sandra Ng and Anthony Wong will voice for the Cantonese version

Taipei Times: The odd couple
‘If You are the One’ raked in roughly US$50 million at the end of last year in China, making it the country’s biggest box-office hit ever

Don’t Bank on It: a Film about Old China’s ‘Wall Street’
Taiwan tycoon Terry Guo has a special affinity for Shanxi Province as his parents lived there before they went to Taiwan in 1949. His roots inspired his first invested film, “Empire of Silver.”

In Theater: ‘The Magic Aster’ (”Ma Lan Hua”)

Fan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing - Media conference for East Wind Rain

Danny Boyle chides China on restrictions
‘Slumdog’ director calls limits ‘regrettable’

Hong Kong director takes swipe at film censors

Fruit Chan said he still wanted to make horror films, but the authorities would never approve the topic. Moreover, “investors no longer like a film that can only be screened in Hong Kong,” he said.

Young-seok Noh’s “Daytime Drinking” is a droll minimalist comedy with major insights that has been understandably heralded as a breakthrough in independent filmmaking in Korea. A great-looking film made for a mere $20,000…

Shu Qi
Shu Qi

Shu Qi appears on TV program

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Leon Lai

Leon Lai windsurfs to stay fit for upcoming concert

Miriam Yeung
Miriam Yeung at opening ceremony for watch store

Gillian Chung
Gillian Chung leaves Malaysia ahead of Edison’s arrival

Finishing a three day ad shoot, Gillian departs before Edison opens a new branch of his clothing store. Earlier, it was reported that Gillian had blocked SMS from Edison who was trying to arrange a make up dinner.

Vivian Hsu in her newest ad

Cherie ChungBrigitte Lin
Vivian ChowJoey Wang now living in Vancouver, Canada
Seven beauties highly anticipaged film comebacks

A-Mei’s Music “Transformation”
A-mei: Charity work rejuvenates me

June 16, 2009

June 16, 2009

Cherie Chung
After 18 years absence, Cherie Chung returns to shoot a skin care product advert

Cherie advert for Puma (circa 1980’s)

Zhao WeiJaycee Chan
Hua Mulan press conference slide show

Zhao WeiXu Jiao

Francis Ng
Jaycee Chan
Pace Wu
Marco Mak, codirector
Tracing Shadow press conference photos, opens July 30

Aaron Kwok, Hao Lei Promote ‘Silver Empire’

Zhang Yimou’s ‘Three Guns’ in Line with ‘Blood Simple’
Yan Ni
Zhang Yimou’s original leading lady replaced by Yan Ni after initial shooting began

Fan BingbingEric Tsang
Peter Chan, Teddy Chen

Set of Bodyguards and Assassins was opened to the press

Zhou Xun, Li Bingbing
This article reports Zhou Xun acting negatively towards Li Bingbing at press conference for The Message

Li Bingbing portrayed as friendly while Zhou Xun depicted as aloof, and during interview as insincere

Karen Mok will begin filming next year the story of Wang Junxia, 1990’s Olympic long distance runner

Ann Hui (note the sweater again!)
Ann Hui has no trouble finding investors now after winning awards for The Way We Are. Recently finished filming a bank advert and is heading to Taipei for film festival and participate as judge and panel member.


Jordan Chan and Teng Ziyi in upcoming Midnight Taxi based on an internet novel

Sandra Ng
Mabel Cheung, Alex Law
Echoes of the Rainbow press conference

Alex Law, Mabel Cheung film stars Simon Yam and Sandra Ng

Enlight ramps up production slate with Gordon Chan
Projects include fantasy period drama Liao Zhai, Chen Zhen directed by Andrew Lau and starring Donnie Yen, Four Famous Detectives, Dante Lam’s Arrow and another All’s Well Ends Well

SFG, Media Asia, Zhang Guoli form production partnership
Johnnie To producing Jia Zhangke’s In The Qing Dynasty, a period drama

Jackie Chan to son: Don’t wish me “Happy Father’s Day!”

Edison Chen complains about his manager

Isabella Leong and son not moving to Singapore after all

CCTV: A retrospective film from 1949-1959

Golden Harvest buys Wu’s Chengtian

Sun Yue celebrates with Lakers

February 24, 2009

Empire of Silver (Variety Review)

Filed under: Reprints — Tags: , — dleedlee @ 2:43 pm

Empire of Silver 

Baiyin diguo 
(Hong Kong-China) A Crystal Clear Pictures (Hong Kong)/Polybona Films (China) production. (International sales: HanWay Films, London.) Produced by Peggy Chiao, Christina Yao. Executive producers, Jeremy Thomas, Yu Dong.
Directed by Christina Yao. Screenplay, Yao, Cheng Yi, based on the book “The Silver Valley” (Baiyin gu) by Cheng.
With: Aaron Kwok, Zhang Tielin, Hao Lei, Ding Zhicheng, Lei Zhenyu, Jennifer Tilly, King Shih-chieh, Hou Tongjiang, Tien Niu, Lu Zhong, Shi Xiaoman, Shi Dasheng, Wang Deshun, Chang Lantian, Jonathan Kosread, John Paisley, Hei Zi, Li Yixiao, Du Jiang, Wang Shuang, Guo Tao, Wu Fang, Chai Jin.
(Mandarin, English dialogue)


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