HKMDB Daily News

July 31, 2012

July 31, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Vulgaria review

Rough-and-ready satire of low-end Hong Kong filmmaking is what it is, and no more.

FBA: Fairy Tale Killer review

Scrappy serial-killer tale that fails to make a case for Danny Pang as a solo director.

Review:Not So Awesome Foursome

The Four has so far raked in 150 million yuan ($23.5 million), leapfrogging domestic blockbuster Painted Skin: The Resurrection for top spot last week. But not all viewers of the film have given it the thumbs up, hinting at growing fatigue among Chinese audiences for kung fu productions.

GuardianUK: Why Painted Skin 2 has taken China by storm

GlobalTimes: China’s 1st Microfilm Competition launches alongside film festival

GlobalTimes: ”Human flesh search” film renews discussion of Internet vigilantism

Chen Kaige’s latest film “Caught in the Web” has drawn fresh attention to issues regarding privacy infringement and Internet-based vigilantism.

FBA: Kirk Wong rolls a Six

Hong Kong’s Kirk WONG will shoot his first film in more than a decade when his upcoming Six cranks up in November in China and Louisiana, US.

SGYahoo: Lee Lik-Chi to film “Hua Xiao Hero”Hong Kong comedy director Lee Lik-Chi has confirmed that he will be making a Malaysian film titled “Hua Xiao Hero” soon, with local veteran artist Auguste Kwan to star as the male lead in the film

CF: ”The Silent War” Premiers in Beijing

The production company of “The Silent War” announced at the ceremony that the release date of the film was moved up to August 7, three days earlier than the previously scheduled screening time.

Poster for “Dangerous Liaisons, to be released Sept. 27

CF: Kimi Qiao and Shi Yanfei “Kiss” at “Good-For-Nothing Heroes” Premiere Ceremony

Director Fu Yong, accompanied by actors Suet Lam, Kimi Qiao, Kent Cheng, Christy Chung, Terri Kwan, Shi Yanfei and Leni Yan, attended a premiere ceremony for the romance comedy “Good-For-Nothing Heroes” yesterday in Beijing.

“Justin” Lam Suet

Kent Cheng

Lam Suet, Christy Chung

Leni Lan/Lan Yan (Sina-gallery)

CF: A Serious Chow Yun-Fat in the First Trailer of “The Last Tycoon”

Chow Yun-Fat

Huang Xiaoming (Sina)

CF: Zhou Xun’s 20 Years from an Actress to a BO Revenue Guarantee

Zhou Xun in 1999 TV series

CF: Chinese Films to Enter American Homes

M1905.com, the China Movie Channel website, and Jiaflix, an American based enterprise, have teamed together to stream Chinese movies through set-top boxes. It will bring thousands of Chinese flicks into North American families’ homes.

SGYahoo: Comedian Ng Mang Tat also sings?

Plays a karaoke champion in “Kara King”

SGYaoo: Chapman To joins “Wedding Diary 2″

Four years after ’singing’ in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Lin Miaoke co-stars in the thriller “Insistence”

Lin Miaoke, Ken Lok

“Insistence” poster (Sina)

A1: Zhang Ziyi ends her scandals with a ring

Zhang Ziyi’s romance with CCTV host Sa Beining has been blown wide open with loads of consequences-China’s news hounds are filling pages with wedding talk, Internet bloggers are chatting about Ziyi’s motives, and businessmen are baiting fashion watchers with copies of the lovers’ sandals!

In Hong Kong director Gordon Chan’s latest wuxia flick The Four, she plays a woman named Emotionless, who has telepathic and telekinetic powers.

MSN: Eason Chan’s wife slammed for “ill-mannered Chinese” comment

SGYahoo: Mad dash for In-N-Out burgers at Circular Road

Tuesday’s pop-up store was a test case for In-N-Out — a family-run chain famous in the US West Coast — to see if it’s worth setting up a permanent store in Singapore.

May 9, 2012

May 9, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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NYTimes: AMC Said to Be Talking to Chinese Buyer

THR: Chinese Exhibitor Eyes Acquisition of All or Part of AMC Entertainment

A deal with Wanda Group, one of the country’s largest movie theater chains, would bring China’s growing interaction with Hollywood to a new level.

CF: Character Posters for “On My Way” Released

Yang Mi (Sina)

CF: ”11 Flowers” Opens in France

CF: ”Fairytale Killer” Premieres in Beijing

After portraying numerous police roles throughout his career, Sean Lau commented upon the unique nature of his latest character. “I’ve never portrayed such a ‘bad’ policeman before; I dare not even let my mom watch the film,” joked Lau when referring to his performance in “Fairytale Killer.”

Danny Pang

Elanne Kong

Lau Ching-Wan

Lau Ching-Wan, Elanne Kong, Wang Baoqiang (Sina)

CF: Mainland Box Office Chart for Week 17

“Titanic” 3D continued to sweep the competition at mainland boxoffice, maintaining the top spot for a third week in a row.

Concept poster for Gordon Chan’s wuxia film “The Four”

The film’s cast includes Deng Chao, Ronald Cheng, Liu Yifei, Collin Chou and Anthony Wong

Liu Yifei

Collin Chou

Ronald Cheng

Deng Chao  (Sina)

Andy Lau proud father of baby girl

Press camping outside hospital after reports that Andy Lau and wife, Carol Chu, entered hospital

Jordan Chan uploaded photo of baby thought to be Andy’s new baby girl (Sina)2

MSN: Is Cecilia Cheung and Nicholas Tse reconciling?

It seemed like Cecilia’s change of stance in the recent months, admitting that she was wrong in the past, is working for the actress as “their relationship is less strained now, and Nicholas would stay over with the intention of taking care of Lucas.”

RTHK: Sina Weibo introduces new rules

The mainland’s biggest micro-blogging platform, Sina Weibo, has asked its 300-million users to sign an agreement not to make postings that “threaten social stability”. The company said it would delete the accounts of all users who do not comply.

May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Release Date of “To Forgive” Announced

“To Forgive” is a story about a doctor, portrayed by Yu Xiaowei, who loses consciousness after a car accident and wakes up on a remote island.

Following the film’s screening at the 19th Beijing College Student Film Festival (BCSFF), “To Forgive” will be shown at the Festival de Cannes which opens at the end of May.

“To Forgive” poster

Law Kar-Ying joked that due to his facial paralysis he acted with only half his face.

The film is about how several senior citizens try to escape from a retirement home and pursue their dreams.

“Old people also have their own dreams,” said Zhang Huaxun, who is also the director’s father. “Not only should they live happily, but live with dreams.”

Due to the strong performance of Hollywood blockbusters, local flicks screening in the same time slots hardly survived in boxoffice market.

Audiences can expect brutal torture scenes in Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer”

Lam Suet on the receiving end

Lau Ching-Wan investigates

Wang Baoqiang - the torturer (Sina)

Stills from Yim Ho’s “Floating City”

Charlie Young

Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok

Aaron Kwok

Paw Hee-Ching, Aaron Kwok

Annie Liu, Aaron Kwok (Sina)

MV: Angelababy sings the theme song for “The First Time”, co-starring Mark Chao

Song composed by Jay Chou

Last night, Huang Yi sang “Wings” at an event commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Youth League

Anthony Wong with his mother, who suffered a stroke earlier this year (Sina)

More celebrity sightings at last night’s Lady GaGa concert

Richie Jen

Carol “Dodo” Cheng

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting

Kenny Bee, Qi Qi, Simon Yam

Fans (Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Is love in the air for Edison Chen?

MSN: Are Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung getting back together?

May 2, 2012

May 2, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Theme Song of “Shadows of Love” Released

Kwon Sang-Woo, Cecilia Cheung

(Sina)(Sina-slideshow)

CF: ”Du Zhan” [Drug War] Wraps up in Beijing

Jointly-produced by the Hong Kong film production company Milkway Image and mainland company HaiRun Movies & TV, the movie marked Johnny To’s first attempt at filming a gangster film on the mainland, touring cities like Tianjin, Guangzhou and Zhuhai.

Andy Ng’s suspense-thriller “Death Zone” opens this month. The cast includes Leon Jay Williams, Chen Zihan, Niu Meng-Meng, Lee Siu-Kei, Patrick Tam and Liu Hai-Long. The film was shot in the mountainous jungles of Yunnan and Thailand.

Lee Siu-Kei

Chen Zihan, Leon Jay Williams

Patrick Tam, Niu Meng-Meng

Wei Lu, Liu Hai-Long (”He Man 2″, “Choy Lee Fut”)

(Sina)23

Wang Baoqiang plays a serial killer in Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer”. Lau Ching-Wan finds clues in his son’s fairy tale book. Opens May 11.

Wang Baoqiang

Lady Gaga

So, Lady Gaga performs in concert in Hong Kong. Who would you expect to attend?

Edison Chen and Lady Gaga’s mama

Carina Lau

Brigitte Lin

Simon Yam, Qi Qi, Brigitte Lin

Simon, wife and daughter

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting (Sina)

MSN: Jay Chou to accept Christianity for Hannah Quinlivan

May 1, 2012

May 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 5:07 pm

Poster for Yim Ho’s “Floating City”

The cast, minus Charlie Young, took some publicity stills

Aaron Kwok, Annie Liu

Director Yim Ho, Annie Liu, Paw Hee-Ching, Aaron Kwok, Calvin Cheng

Calving Cheng, Aaron Kwok (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Leon Yang Shu-Peng’s “An Inaccurate Memoir” includes a shootout in an underground tunnel between Huang Xiaoming and Japanese soldiers featuring one 3-minute long continuous shot. It was designed and shot by director of photograhpy Cao Yu (”City of Life and Death”).

Yang Shu-Peng (Sina)(HunanTV)2

Elanne Kong plays Wang Baoqiang’s lover, a bullied girl with autism who grew up in an orphanage in Oxide Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer (”Perfect Fairy Tale”)

Wang Baoqiang, Elanne Kong

Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer” has been compared to “Saw”. Netizens compared images and noted similarities.

(Sina)

Gigi Leung is in Taipei rehearsing for her May 5th concert

Gigi Leung

(Sina)2

Maggie Cheung flew from Beijing to Taiwan and was rushed to customs

Rockin’ her Dr. Dre Beats

(Sina)

MSN: Jerry Yan and Lin Chi-ling to reconcile?

April 23, 2012

April 23, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 12:23 pm

CF: New Posters of the Fantastic “Painted Skin 2″ (Sina)

A1: Fei Xiang plays evil sorcerer

CF: Movie Posters for “Design of Death” Released

CF: Feng Xiaogang and Tsui Hark to Direct Huayi Bros’ New Projects

Feng Xiaogang will return to the silver screen with a comedy named “Si Ren Ding Zhi (Private Reservation).”

The announced release schedule for 2012 includes: Wuershan’s “Painted Skin 2/Painted Skin: The Resurrection”, June 28; Stephen Fung’s “Tai Chi 0″, September 28; Ronny Yu’s “Saving General Yang”, October 26; Jackie Chan’s “Chinese Zodiac/CZ12″, December 20; Feng Xiaogang’s “1942″ was not revealed yet. (Sina)23

CF: Lu Chuan and Ning Hao on How to Defend Chinese Commercial Films

Posters for Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer”

Lau Ching-Wan

Wang Baoqiang (Sina)

CF: Trailer of “Floating City” Released

In the film, Aaron Kwok portrays a business mogul who develops from a nobody into an influential person over the course of 40 years.

THR: Hong Kong Film Piracy on YouTube Amounts to $308 Million Loss

A few pictures from the red carpet at this evening’s Opening Ceremony of the 2nd Beijing International Film Festival. Among the guests: James Cameron, Wendi Deng, Fan Bingbing, Huang Yi, Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Aarif Lee, Yao Chen, Wang Xueqi, Feng Xiaogang, Mo Xiaoqi, Andy Lau, Deanie Ip, Ann Hui, Yan Ni, Angelababy, Wang Lee-Hom, Jaycee Chan, Simon Yam, Patrick Tse, Huang Xiaoming, Tsui Hark, Shi Nansun, et al.

Gordon Chan, Liu Yifei, Deng Chao representing “The Four”

Nicky Wu, Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Ziyi (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

MSN: Nicholas Tse plans to list his company on the stock exchange

MSN: Cecilia Cheung to prioritize family over work

Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung’s return to showbiz had been lacklustre. The actress is speculated to take time off making movies because her recent movies have been box office flops.

MSN: Eason Chan hopes for a Dragon son

Yahoo: Hong Kong pop star Eason Chan sells out in London

Hong Kong superstar Eason Chan’s world tour has an unofficial catch-phrase: “Who the hell is Eason Chan?”

April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA:  East Meets West review

Parodistic, pop-culture romp finds director Jeff Lau on good but not consistent form.

CF: Guns N’ Roses” Premieres in Beijing

The theme song of the movie, “The Lost Season”, composed by Chinese rock star Cui Jian was also unveiled during the event.

CF: Wu Ershan Creates New Language for “Painted Skin 2″

CF: ”An Inaccurate Memoir” Premieres

Waise Lee in cameo appearance (Sina)

CF: First Poster of “Design of Death” Released

Simon Yam, Huang Bo (Sina)

CF: Zhang Ziyi Promotes Her New Film

Zhang Ziyi plays a student

(Sina)2

CF: Jiang Wen’s New Project to Begin Filming Later This Year

The movie is not a sequel to “Let the Bullets Fly”, as previous rumors had suggested. It has been said that Jiang’s latest project will have more female roles compared to his action comedy hit of 2010.

However, there will be obvious similarities in style, as Ma confirmed that, “The first draft has been written by Guo Junli, one of the main screenwriters for ‘Let the Bullets Fly.”

Francis Ng

Koni Lui, Francis Ng

Appearing at a shoe brand event in Sha Tin, Francis Ng revealed that he has joined the cast of “Once Upon a Time in Shanghai”/”The Last Tycoon” starring Chow Yun-Fat. TVB has accommodated him by delaying the start of filming the series Triumph in the Skies 2. (Sina-gallery)

CF: Ni Ni, Yang Mi are Stepping Up

Ni Ni in Jingle Ma’s “Best Actor”, Yang Mi to play Mulan  to be directed by Barbara Wong. (Sina)

Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer” opens May 11, starring Lau Ching-Wan and Wang Baoqiang

Lau Ching-Wan

Wang Baoqiang, Lau Ching-Wan (Sina)2

Poster for Yim Ho’s “Floating City” features Aaron Kwok

Charlie Young plays Aaron’s wife (Sina)2

FBA: Huayi boards Showbox’s Mr Go

The Showbox-backed Mr Go is the story of a Chinese girl and her baseball playing gorilla, who is recruited to play in the professional leagues in Korea. It features young Chinese actress Josie XU (Xu Jiao), who started her career in CJ7 (2008) and recently headlined in Starry Starry Night.

A courtroom drama, Christmas Rose stars Aaron Kwok and Xia Yu as lawyers fighting over the fate of a victim portrayed by Gwei Lun-mei.

It was also accidentally leaked that Andy Lau will make an appearance in the film.  (Sina)

Qin Hailu, Guei Lun-Mei, Tsui Hark, Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok

Charlie Young

Aaron Kwok, Guei Lun-Mei

Wan Qian

Liu Kai-Chi, Wan Qian

Liu Kai-Chi, Qin Hailu, Guei Lun-Mei, Tsui Hark, Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok, Xia Yu

Aaron Kwok, Charlie Young (Sina-gallery)23

FBA: Anticipated films lock China dates

Wong Kar-Wai’s martial arts drama The Grandmasters will open on 18 Dec.

Jackie Chan, along with other cast members, will attend the Cannes International Film Festival this May.

He attributed this to film investors’ aversion to risk and the lack of perseverance among younger filmmakers and artistes.

“This gap in the Hong Kong film industry is very obvious both in front of [the camera] and behind the scenes.”

Miriam Yeung, said, “I am about to give birth, and this will be my last movie before I do so. Of course it’s better to go to the movies than staring at the monitor at home. Watching a movie with friends and popcorn is much better. I have many single friends who immediately have dates after watching this movie, you have to believe it.”

She added smilingly, “If you go a few more times I guarantee you will be a parent!”

Fan Bingbing attended the press conference as a guest. But do not be surprised if she is also cast in Iron Man 3.

MSN: Is Jaycee Chan romancing a 17-year-old?

Jaycee Chan, 29, was recently spotted leaving a club with a new beau called Nesha, who is believed to be a 17-year-old model of Paraguay descent.

A1: Actress Jun Ji-hyun ties the knot (CNA)

Taiwanese singer Wang Lee-hom is believed to have invited Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Chinese American girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, to his concert at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing last Saturday night

SGYahoo: Grandson of Shaw cinema mogul charged for sex with underaged callgirl

Howard is the grandson of Runme Shaw, co-founder of cinema operator Shaw Organisation.

SGYahoo: Who is the real Howard Shaw?

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