HKMDB Daily News

May 2, 2011

May 2, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , — dleedlee @ 5:33 pm

FBA: Eternal Moment review (6/10)

Super-slick Valentine’s Day movie misses the natural charm of the TV series that inspired it.

FBA: Michael Hui rewarded in Udine

French poster for Tsui Hark’s Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Since opening April 20, the film has drawn 103,000 viewers

Li Bingbing on the April cover of French magazine Positif (Sina)2

Tony Ching Siu-Tung regrets that he wasn’t able to restore the deleted love/sex scene between Leslie Cheung and Joey Wang in A Chinese Ghost Story. Shooting the film was difficult, 20 NGs were common, 50 NGs sometimes for the relatively new director. Speaking at a Shanghai press conference introducing the restored, now with 5.1 sound, version, Ng See-Yuen said that, originally,  Leslie almost passed up the role because he was reluctant to appear in a film with weird costume and a weird story. Tsui Hark later convinced him that at heart the film was a modern story.  A newcomer at the time, Joey Wang was considered too old for Leslie at first and Jacky Cheung’s wife, May Law Mei-Mei, and a Japanese actress were considered.  If the box office is good, Ng plans to restore New Dragon Inn and Green Snake and other classic films which he retains the copyrights to. (Sina)

Shooting under heavy security, the set of Derek Yee’s The Great Magician was visited recently. It was learned that Jackie Chan will have a cameo appearance as well as action director duties. Yan Ni and Alex Fong Chung-San, as well as Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Zhou Xun, and Lau Ching-Wan, are among the big name cast members. The day of the visit, Tony was performing magic tricks so reporters were barred from taking photographs. (Sina)

Choy Lee Fut Kung Ku starring Michelle Ye and Wang Baoqiang opens May 10.

Wang Baoqiang

The supporting cast includes Kara Hui Ying-Hung, Ng Man-Tat and Kingdom Yuen. (Sina)2

The cast of 3D Sex and Zen hit the streets of Mongkok to thank fans for making the film a hit at the box office. Many of stars, including Vonnie Lui, were absent.

Sukie Shek (l)


Evergreen singer Tsai Chin sang at a Houston charity concert for the Chinese community to raise funds for cancer patients. (Apr.30)


MSN: Filming put off for Ethan Ruan’s new movie, The Guillotines

It was rumoured that the producer and director of the movie fell out with each other

Michelle Reis’s double surgeries after giving birth

The beauty queen revealed that she had developed kidney stones and had gone for surgery twice after giving birth.

February 25, 2011

February 25, 2011

Movie Review: Eternal Moment (GlobalTimes)

Tangled web we weave (GlobalTimes)

Liu Yonghong’s Tangled - indie film rejected by censors

Xinhua: Cast members promote movie “Buddha Mountain” in Beijing

Chen Bo-Lin, Fan Bingbing, director Li Yu

Guests New Seven Little Fortunes (Xinhua-gallery)

CRI: Tsui Hark Plans ‘Detective Dee’ Prequel

Peter Chan, Ethan Ruan

Speaking in Taiwan, Peter Chan said that the first cut of Wu Xia has been completed and runs 137 minutes. In April, Flying Guillotines will begin shooting, action director Yuen Bun will begin training the actors in March behind closed doors in Beijing. Besides their muscles, Chan said they have to be trained in the use of the flying guillotines because the props are dangerous to use, so the preparation must be good. (Sina)

WSJ: In China, Gaga Has Nothing on Gigi

Lady Gaga may rule the Twittersphere with 8,398,412 fans world-wide. But in China, where Twitter is banned, it is Gigi who is the established star in Chinese cyberspace.

To further illustrate, a recent HK TV program featuring Gigi, even after enlisting Valen Hsu and Charlie Young as guests, had received terrible ratings.

Valen Hsu, Gigi Leung, Charlie Young

But in a mainland English textbook, Gigi is the model incarnation of elegance. (Xinhua)

FBA: HKIFF has Heart for popularity, hub role

Mainland Chinese cinema is represented Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice, indie animation Piercing I and Wang Bing’s  The Ditch and Man With No Name.

The Union Film Enterprise Ltd (Union Film) is one of the most important companies in Hong Kong’s filmmaking history

HKFA’s new publication “One for All: The Union Film Spirit” with an English edition in CD-ROM will be released in late March, featuring essays contributed by renowned writers and scholars looking at Union Film and its works from various perspectives, by turns historical, aesthetic, and cultural.

Chinese movie fans have grown accustomed to seeing films of similar style that present different versions of the same story—and that will be intensified in 2011.

February 24, 2011

February 24, 2011

A truth that’s stranger than fiction - Jiang Wen

“Let The Bullet Fly” boosts tourism in S China watchtowers

35th Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival to open in March

AP: Johnnie To romance, short films to open HK fest

Poster for March 1 Beijing University screening of Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Wai Ka-Fai and Johnnie To will meet students and answer questions. (Sina)

Gao Yuanyuan - Don’t Go Breaking My Heart


SF International Asian American Film Festival Takes Place March 10-20

Li Yapeng: ‘Love is not something you can preserve’ (CNNGo)

First-time producer Li Yapeng talks about the challenges of product placement in his new movie, “Eternal Moment,” Faye Wong and their “Six One” clique

CNNGo: Huayi Brothers annouces East Asia’s largest film and TV studio

GlobalTimes: Onward, Christian actors

Lu Liping and Sun Haiying are a rare mainland couple

Underdog Knight 2 - Liu Ye, Liu Hailong

Vincent Chiao

Steve Yoo Seung-Jun

Underdog Knight 2 opens April 1 (Sina)

Seediq Bale poster

Director Wei Te-Sheng (dayoo)

Seediq Bale director Wei Te-Sheng has secured additional funding from investors to complete his epic film. Part 1 is scheduled to be released on September 9 with part 2 to be released on September 30.. (Sina)

The first part, scheduled to be shown on Sept. 9, will center on the portrayal of the major characters and the atmosphere of the distinctive era. The second part, to be released on Sept. 30, would revolve around the uprising of the Seediq tribe and its suppression by the Japanese army. (Taipei Times)

Posters for The Law of Attraction (lit. Gravity or Gravitation)

Starring Karen Mok, Leon Dai, Zhang Jingchu and Guo Tao, the film is a series of interlocking love stories.

Guo Tao, Zhang Jingchu (Sina)2

Ann Hui, Andy Lau and Deanie Ip - Miss Peach (Peach Sister)

Bona Pictures boss Don Yu Dong flew to Hong Kong to visit the set and lend support (Sina-gallery)

CRI: Andy Lau and Deanie Yip Rejoin in ‘Tao Jie’

CRI: First Stills from ‘Mr. and Mrs. Single’

CRI: Liu Yifei Cites ‘Up’ as Her Influence for New Film

MSN: Kelly Lin rumoured to wed on Mar 20

MSN: Selina Jen’s injuries take a turn for the worse

The helpless singer ended her entry with the sentence, “Can I be a girl who is not brave and cries a lot tonight?” S.H.E’s Selina Jen laments fresh blisters on injured legs

CNA: Barbie Hsu puts film career on hold to focus on family

February 18, 2011

February 18, 2011

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GlobalTimes: Something old, nothing new (Review)

Li Yapeng and Xu Jinglei relive old love in Eternal Moment

GlobalTimes: A new direction

Ning Hao is experimenting with discovering acting talent through a talent-seeking and training program.

“I knew how precious opportunities are for new talents. There are superstars in China [but] no one seems to care about potential ones. We can’t always pick apples from the tree, but someone has to plant the seeds,” Ning said.

Merry Go Round in Richmond Hill (Toronto, CA) (Thanks, Brian)

Nora Miao to attend

THR: Huayi Brothers Plans East Asia’s Largest Indoor Studio Complex for Shanghai

The studio plan will follow the Universal Studios model, incorporating studio tours and rides in a later phase of its development.

CRI: Trailer Released for New Wartime Love Film

Set in the 1940s during World War Two, Once Upon a Time in Tibet revolves around a struggling romance between a troubled American Air Force pilot and a Chinese woman.

Peter Ho Yun-Tung (Sina)

Berlin - An early version of poster for Peter Chan’s Wu Xia (Xinhua)

Simon Yam is The Man Behind the Courtyard House (Sina)

Cecilia Cheung’s days as famous actress numbered

Cecilia Cheung is facing a boycott threat from a Chinese production company if she does not finish filming The Lady General of the Yang Family.

Major Chinese newspapers reported that Shanghai Film Studio, the second largest film production house in China, had threatened to withdraw its investment of the film if it was not wrapped up by the end of the month.

Cheung was scheduled to shoot 47 sets but discontinued after completing only 31.

This agitated the production house, which threatened to boycott all films by the Hong Kong actress.

“The boycott is expected to affect Cheung’s reputation as an actress,” one newspaper reported.

Michael Hui

Michael Hui and wife

Michael Hui performed at Hong Kong Coliseum Feb.16

The show, entitled “Stand Up Comedy II : Last Warning!”, is Michael’s follow up to his own sell-out shows in 2005 and 2009. (Sina)

CRI: Andy Lau to Bring ‘Unforgettable’ Concert to Beijing

Maggie Cheung attending New York Fashion Week show

Unfashionably early, she killed time playing with her iPad and reading the newspaper. She was seated next to Kirsten Dunst but did not speak with her according to the report. (Xinhua)

MSN: Vivian Hsu’s tough road to true love

The singer-actress and her businessman boyfriend supposedly face opposition from the latter’s family


January 11, 2011

January 11, 2011

CRI: ’Single Men and Women’ Releases Posters (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart)

Director Johnnie To explained his view of a love story, “In most times, a woman can’t get married not because she has no choice but because she has too many choices.” And in this case there is competition between two excellent guys. It is said that the only way to win a girl’s heart is to treat her with sincerity.

CRI: Theme Song Released for ‘What Women Want’

Andy Lau sings in English for the first time in a long time.

CRI:New Stills out: Valiant Cecilia Cheung

“Lady Generals” is inspired by the ancient saga of a large family in which widows followed their husbands’ steps into the battlefield. Mu Guiying was the most famous one among the lady generals of the Yang family.


Ni Dahong and Ge Siran shoot a scene for ‘Blocked’ (lit.Traffic Jam)


CRI: Faye Wong, Eason Chan Sing Together for ‘Eternal Moment’ (Sina)


FBA: Iron Fists shoot underway in China

Corey Yuen is directing the action sequences. Related: [10.8.2010][1.1.2010]

AP: Chinese director coy on political satire’s message (Let the Bullets Fly)

MSN: Miriam Yeung beats Tang Wei to win Best Actress

Mirian Yeung, Best Actress (Perfect Wedding)

Teddy Robin, Best Actor (Gallants) (Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat has dropped out of Lu Chuan’s King’s Feast. Instead, Daniel Wu will join the cast that includes Liu Ye. (Sina)

Rare photo of Bai Ling hiding from photographer! :D

Bai Ling in Beijing (Sina)

You can see her New Year’s photos with Pam Anderson, Jennifer Hudson and Faye Dunaway on her blog.

Angelababy has opened a beauty shop in Causeway Bay. She invested 1 million yuan into the business.


Actress-model Christine Yoen (Yeung Ding-Ting) and Angelababy at the opening ceremony. (Xinhua)2

(Jan.11) Charlene Choi attends the opening of a glass exhibition. (Sina-slide show)

MSN: Jaycee Chan meets younger half-sister secretly

It was rumoured that the Hong Kong singer-actor hoped to end the animosity

Sally Yeh laments diabetic condition

January 7, 2011

January 7, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 6:37 pm

Bourree Lam: Hong Kong culture is not exportable (CNNGo)

From “Love in a Puff” to “Donald Tsang, Please Die,” only Hong Kongers really understand Hong Kong culture

FBA: If You Are the One II (7/10)

Sequel is more melancholy, but gets by with film technique and on-screen chemistry.

Du Yiheng, frequent double for Andy Lau, plays himself in Let the Bullets Fly (Sina)

Cheng Pei-Pei’s birthday

With director Frankie Chan

Cheng Pei-Pei celebrated her birthday in Nanjing with the cast of Lady Generals of the Yang Family. The crew has just returned from Inner Mongolia where they filmed in minus-20 degree weather.


CRI: ‘Eternal Moment’ Minimal Poster
CRI: China’s Film Watchdog Warns of Quality Issue
As China’s 2010 box office topped an unprecedented 10 billion yuan, the country’s filmmakers are urged to be on guard regarding various problems in the industry, including a lack of humanity and increasing vulgarity.

Photos from 3 computers stolen from Cecilia Cheung’s agent’s office began appearing on the internet recently. (Xinhua)

Vivian Chow

Vivian Chow has gone into the studio to shoot photos for the poster for her upcoming March concerts. (Xinhua)

CRI: Fan Bingbing on Cover of ‘ELLE’

MSN:  Andy Lau will not intervene in his niece’s scams again

MSN: Barbie Hsu denies she’s holding wedding this Chinese New Year

Andre Agassi and Lin Chi-ling at charity luncheon in Taipei (Jan.6)


MSN: Lin Chi-ling’s brother denies his sister is getting married

Lin Chiling denies claims that she will marry this year

December 8, 2010

December 8, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 7:23 pm

Michelle Yeoh to portray Aung San Suu Kyi on filmCNNGo

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!)

Michelle Yeoh

Aung San Suu Kyi, Michelle Yeoh (Sina)2

THR: Abacus and Sword — Film Review (Japan)

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.

CRI: Barbie Hsu Joins ‘My Kingdom

In “My Kingdom”, Hsu joins Wu Chun (”14 Blades”) and Han Geng for a 1920s tale of two brothers’ quest for fame, love and revenge.

CRI: Xu Jinglei’s Look in ‘Eternal Moment

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.

FBA: Nobody is early winner at China BO

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

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)

A scar on her chin revealed

With Ge You


MSN: Ekin Cheng plans to wed Yoyo Mung

MSN: Selina Jen rejoices as she sits on a wheelchair

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