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June 16, 2010

June 16, 2010

NYTimes: In China, an Attempt at a Hollywood-Style Movie (Empires of the Deep)

It is an ambitious departure from the formulaic historical or Communist propaganda movies usually churned out by the Chinese film industry. [sigh, that old canard again]

Variety: Crossing Hennessy

Riffing on American indie “Crossing Delancy,” Hong Kong helmer-scribe Ivy Ho’s lackluster romantic comedy “Crossing Hennessy” centers on a fortysomething slacker, still hung up on the childhood sweetheart who dumped him, and a young woman whose family feels she’s involved with an unsuitable man. Ostensibly a vehicle for the two stars, pic forces their relationship to take a backseat to multiple subplots that detour the narrative through sitcom, melodrama and fantasy.

THR: ‘Killers’ to close Shanghai fest Sunday

DMG, a Chinese-American media company, and Lionsgate have managed to get “Killers” slotted as the Shanghai International Film Festival’s closing-night film on Sunday.

“They love American movies,” DMG CEO Dan Mintz said. “However, there’s also a signal coming from China: You need to know how to do business with us and how to handle us. The signal is that you can’t just show up once in a while and expect things to go right. You have to know how to work the market and be committed. People know when you are committed or not.”

THR: China screen reaches out for more foreign actors [for boxing, maybe?]

THR: Christie opens Shenzhen production facility

Digital cinema projector maker ramps up output

Triple Tap stills - Louis Koo, Chapman To


Louis Koo, Charlene Choi (21cn)

Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue

Miriam and Shawn were in Guangzhou to promote the Mainland Cantonese version of Pang Ho-Cheung’s Love in a Puff. Shawn discounted recent rumors of a relationship with Sammi Cheng. Since they live in the same building, reporters spotted the pair walking their dogs together. Coincidentally, Love in a Puff features a spring-fall relationship. Director Pang declared Love in a Puff the mildest Cat.III film ever. Some of the changes include: the 10 minute opening scene has been shortened to 3-4 minutes, a cigarette joke referring to the male organ, Vincent Kok’s jokes about the paparrazzi, and a key point where Miriam quizzes Shawn about text messages and the implication of getting an abortion(?) is blurred. (Xinhua)(21cn)

Tsui Siu-Ming promised that the 3D Modern Beijing Opera starring Jackie Chan will be action packed. Chan will play national hero Yang Zirong. It is based on the story of Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy which takes place during the Sino-Japanese War. Tsui Siu-Ming is enlisting the help of the PLA backed August 1 Film Studio because of its enormous resources and expertise. (21cn)


Danwei: Liu Ye fights a drunken foreigner over a taxi

Global Voices: Film director beats up foreigner at swimming pool

Director Ning Hao meets a paper tiger

Nicholas Tse’s son, Lucas, receives HK$8m acting offer

Kelly Chan

Kelly Chan unveils the new Airbus 330 for Hong Kong airline (Sina)(Xinhua)

Gigi Leung

Mandy Lieu

Gigi Leung was asked at a design exhibition whether ex-boyfriend Ekin Cheng called to comfort her after her recent break up with her French boyfriend. Gigi told reporters that there was no need. (Sina)

Sammi Cheng - Taiwan

Sammi appeared with Fay, lead singer of FIR, to promote sales of handmade soaps to benefit World Vision. (Xinhua)

Gillian Chung appearing at an event for her film Ex.

Is she rooting for England in the World Cup? (Xinhua)

China’s 3D World Cup dreams put on hold

April 29, 2010

April 29, 2010

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Poster for 13th Shanghai International Film Festival (Xinhua)

Jia Zhanke promoting a watch brand.

Jia Zhangke is reportedly courting Maggie Cheung for his Johnnie To-produced martial arts film ‘In the Qing Dynasty’. The script is not yet finished so Maggie has not decided yet, but filming is slated for a September start date. (Sina)

Jia Zhangke’s documentary ‘Shanghai Legends’ now called ‘I Wish I Knew’ is scheduled to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was originally slated to open at the Shanghai World Expo but work had to stop due to Jia’s eye strain. A national release is scheduled for June 20. (Sina)2

Spirit of Wing Chun lives (Ip Man 2)

CRI: Donnie Yen Leads ‘Guan Yunchang’

Yen plays general Guan Yu, also known as Yunchang, the famous character from the historical novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”.

Variety: Jiang unveils $130 million 3D ‘Empires of the Deep’

The movie has been lensing around China for six months, and is helmed by Canadian Michael French. The pic has had a number of helmers involved, including Jonathan Lawrence and “Vidocq” director Pitof, and has one month left to go, before starting a year of post-production for a 2011 release, either in the summer or at Christmas.

Danwei: What’s worse than Hollywood is ‘Hollywoodization’ (Beijing Youth Daily)

CRI: ‘Love Announcement’ Wraps Mainland Shooting

Pop singer from Taiwan Leehom Wang’s directorial debut, “Love Announcement,” has wrapped up shooting on the Chinese mainland and moved to Taiwan to finish filming.

Gordon Chan and Tang Wei in Beijing to present award at 10th Digital Cinema Lily Award

Tang Wei


Ekin Cheng promotes upcoming Macau concert (Sina)

Ethan Ruan

Fan Bingbing, Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu

Shanghai LV ribbon-cutting event (Sina)(Xinhua)

Donnie Yen promotes Ip Man 2 in Taipei


April 28, 2010

April 28, 2010

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Poster for The Love of Three Smiles, an update of Stephen Chow’s Flirting Scholar (HunanTV)

Olga Kurylenko and Shi Yanfei

Empires of the Deep

Shi Yanfei

Olga Kurylenko

Steve Polites

Shi Yanfei, Olga Kurylenko (Sina)(HunanTV)

CRI: China, US Create Colossal 3-D ‘Empires’

THR: ‘Empires’ has deep Chinese pockets

China real estate tycoon bankrolls $100 mil, 3D film

On Tuesday, first-time film producer Jon Jiang opened the set of his self-financed $100 million digital-3D underwater action-adventure film, “Empires of the Deep.”

Marked as the biggest 3D film currently in production in China, the film is co-directed by Michael French (Heart of a Dragon) and Jonathan Lawrence (The Family Mancuso, Dream Parlor) and scripted by Frank Randall and Jon Jiang, with Harrison Liang and Jon Jiang producing.

Set in ancient Greece, Empires tells about a young man’s adventure in the undersea mermaid kingdom in order to save his father, while encountering ferocious sea monsters and gets involved in large-scale battles in the seabed between mermaids, monsters and demons.

Kurylenko stars as the Queen of the Mermaid Empire and plays opposite leading actor Steve Polites and Chinese actress Yanfei Shi.

CRI: ‘The Fantastic Water Babes’ to Hit Summer Screen

CRI: Mel Gibson’s First Chinese Film

Ip Man 2: Ip Man delivers another hit

Gong Li in Shanghai


Sandra Ng plans to conceive again

Andy Lau rallies support with 300 celebs

HK celebrities raise HK$35 million for China quake victims

Zhang Ziyi visits a young Tibetan woman recovering from multiple surgeries in Beijing

With father

Presenting her with red dance shoes.

Dolma is a dance student, like Zhang Ziyi who heard through the media that her dream was to meet her. (Sina)

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