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August 14, 2013

One Night Surprise (Variety review)

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One Night Surprise

August 12, 2013

Fan Bingbing gets to play around with her screen-goddess image in this sweetly whimsical romantic comedy.

Maggie Lee

Cast as a high-strung career woman searching for the man who impregnated her after a drunken one-night-stand, Fan Bingbing gets to play around with her screen-goddess image in “One Night Surprise,” a racy screwball comedy from trend-setting mainland helmer Eva Jin. Remixing ideas from dude-centric Hollywood laffers like “The Hangover” and “Knocked Up,” but retooled for China’s distaff demographic, this date movie is at once sweetly whimsical and full of ballsy sexual wisecracks. Sleek filmmaking, dollhouse visuals and Fan’s international profile could parlay the pic into niche release overseas.

Having directed China’s prototypical romantic comedy with 2009′s “Sophie’s Revenge,” which made her the country’s first female filmmaker to cross the $16 million B.O. benchmark, the U.S.-educated Jin now places Fan squarely in the limelight in the role of Michelle, a 32-year-old ad exec who is by turns ditzy, waspy, plucky and vulnerable, contradictions that the actress embodies with aplomb.

“Sophie’s Revenge,” in which Fan had a supporting role, betrayed a bilious misogyny in the way its women tormented each other to get their man, and “One Night Surprise” is no less punishing toward Michelle, who habitually falls into holes, slips on her heels and slams her head against walls. But the film’s lightly comic tone also conceals a fair measure of insight into the social stigma facing single career women in their 30s (nicknamed “leftover women” in China), who are pressured to put their dreams on hold and marry for money; as noted by Michelle’s bosom friend, “Women’s worth is defined by how much men are willing to pay for them.”

At her Marie Antoinette-themed birthday bash, Michelle loses her head after a few drinks and wakes up disheveled in a hotel room. Forty days later, she discovers she’s pregnant and sets about finding the culprit. Michelle narrows it down to three suspects who turned up at her shindig: figure-skating teenager Jeb (Li Jingfu); seafood-sauce tycoon Tiger (Leon Lai, vulgarly dismantling his matinee-idol image); and her Harvard-educated Chinese-American boss, Bill (Korean-American thesp Daniel Henney, “The Last Stand”). Their confrontations provide ample opportunities for overdone slapstick and naughty sexual innuendo, but there’s also the matter of her incompatibility with any of them, poignantly addressing the harsh reality that she’s not exactly long-term relationship material in their eyes.

Michelle’s ploy to nail dreamboat Bill as the father of her baby give rise to CGI fantasy sequences that, as handled by onetime cartoon illustrator Jin, brim with imagination, whimsy and artistic virtuosity. Fan appears especially guileless and winsome, floating along in a bubble of wishful thinking, only to be cruelly yet hilariously humiliated. As a smooth-talking douchebag, Henney delivers a roguish turn, arguably his most charismatic yet; a scene in an elevator — in which he flirts with Michelle, only to make a louche retreat — reps a master class in comic timing.

Woven into these nonstop comic escapades is the romance proper: Michelle’s courtship by Tony (Hong Kong/Malaysian singer-composer-thesp Aarif Rahman), a co-worker seven years her junior. It’s clear that this caring, devoted hunk is purely a figure of wish fulfillment, but Rahman’s laid-back performance generates a mellow chemistry with the otherwise wired Fan. And although their characters’ relationship blossoms with a road trip paved with improbable contrivances, culminating in a Penang-set epilogue that’s obviously a promotional stunt sponsored by the Malaysian tourist board, the film still manages to end on a fizzy note.

Tech credits, especially Michael Bonvillain’s fluid lensing, are handsomely appointed, though the production design’s twee ornamentation and the crayon-colored visual palette will not be to everyone’s taste. Fan’s wardrobe loses points for its unruly collision of colors, styles and accessories.

Reviewed at UA KK Mall, Shenzhen, China, Aug. 9, 2013. Running time: 107 MIN. Original title: “Yi ye jingxi”

(China-Hong Kong) A Cathay Global Media (in China)/Media Asia (in Hong Kong) release of a Cathay Global Media, Media Asia, Union Pictures presentation of a Draw and Shoot Film, China Film Co-Production, Media Asia Film Prod., China Global Media Co. production in association with China Film Co-Production. (International sales: Media Asia Intl., Hong Kong.) Produced by Peter Lam, Pu Shu Lin, Eva Jin. Executive producers, Zhou Zhe, Nai Shixue. Co-producers, Cheng Yusi, Sylvia Lau.

Directed, written by Eva Jin. Camera (color, widescreen, HD), Michael Bonvillain; editor, John L. Roberts; music, Joey Newman; production designer, Robin Peng, Calvin Yu; set decorator, Zoelydia Lee; costume designer, Li Hui; sound (Dolby Digital), Zhu Yanfeng; supervising sound editor, Yang Xiaohui; re-recording mixer, Zhu Yanfeng; visual effects supervisor, Wang Xiaobo, Li Jiyang; visual effects, Pixomondo, Young Art Pioneer; stunt coordinator, Nie Jun; line producer, Chow Xin Yi (Malaysia); assistant directors, Sylvia Liu, Julie Lau.

Fan Bingbing, Aarif Rahman, Daniel Henney, Pace Wu, Li Jingfu, Leon Lai, Xu Zheng, Eva Jin. (Mandarin, English dialogue)

July 9, 2012

July 9, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Design of Death review

Boisterous black village comedy is flawed by a weak structure and lack of a strong central core.

FBA: Sweet Eighteen review

Offbeat portrait of a teenage lesbian crush marks a promising directorial debut.

FBA: Falling Flowers review

Biopic of 1930s Chinese writer Xiao Hong looks fabulous but lacks involving drama.

FBA: To Forgive review

Island mystery is an interesting calling-card for a first-time director.

FBA: Motorway review

Slick, engaging thriller blends cars, crime and characterisation in a fresh way.

TimeOutHK: Tony Leung Ka-Fai interview

CF: ”People Mountain People Sea” Set to Release on August 3

It is based on a true crime in which the youngest brother of a rural family was murdered and the killer fled. Five older brothers searched half the country and finally caught him.

CF: People Moutain People Sea:A Simple Revenge Story with Apocalyptic Ambitions

CF: Fan Bingbing Lights up “Double Xposure” on September 29


Poster for documentary about the making of Lu Chuan’s “City of Life and Death”

“Matters of Life and Death”  (Sina)

CF: ”McDull Pork of Music” to Premiere on July 10

CF: Release Date for “Happy Hotel” Confirmed

CF: Caught in the Web

Caught in the Web, a new film by Chinese mainland director Chen Kaige, is a movie about the online human flesh search. Premiering on July 6, the professional return of Chen after his focus on historical films and the topic of web violence are both becoming trending topics.

Qiao Renliang plays the leading role of Peng Da, a rag man who accidentally becomes the new boss of a luxury hotel. Lam Suet portrays Peng Da’s best friend

Directed by Fu Yong and starring Francis Ng, Lam Suet, Qiao Renliang, Kent Cheng,Christy Chung and Zhou Weitong,

Stills of Wong Jing/Marco Mak’s “Naked Soldier” featuring Sammo Hung and Anthony Wong

Sammo Hung

Anthony Wong

Anthony Wong, Ankie Beilke

CF: Descent into Obscurity

The Hundred Flowers, Golden Rooster and Huabiao Awards become irrelevant.

The movie will be released in North America in 3D and 3D/IMAX formats on September 14.

Stills of Maggie Cheung and Cherie Chung in Yonfan’s 1988 “Last Romance”

Cherie Chung, last week, at an event in Admiralty

For several years, the paparazzi have been trying to nail down photographic evidence of a romance between director Leon Dai and actress Guey Lun-mei.

Nicholas, who will be headlining two action movies this year, Story of the White Haired Demoness 3D and Special Rescue Squad, is said to have visited the physician to get his health back on track before filming commences for his new movies.

Has Brigitte Lin split from husband Michael Ying?

The 57-year-old’s inability to produce a son has led to speculations that she has split from her husband

June 11, 2012

June 11, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Still Shots of Wang Xueqi in “Caught in the Web”

CF: Chen Handian and Michelle Chen Promote “The Soul of Bread” in Beijing

“Painted Skin 2″ poster

Chen Kun, Zhou Xun, Zhao Wei

Chen Kun, Zhou Xun

“Painted Skin 2″ /”Painted Skin: The Resurrection” will premiere in Chengdu on June 14th and open the Shanghai International Film Festival on June 16th before its official release.  (Sina)234

“Wu Dang” poster featuring Vincent Zhao and Yang Mi

Xu Jiao in a Princess Leia ‘do

Yang Mi (Sina)

Poster for Herman Yau’s “Nightmare”

Fiona Sit and Huang Xuan star (Sina)

Fan Bingbing is confirmed to appear in a Hollywood film starring Pierce Brosnan, “The Moon and the Sun”. Fan, reportedly, plays a mermaid to Brosnan’s Louis XIV. Ben Kingsley costars, and Sean McNamara will direct. Filming starts this fall. (Sina)2 More here. (BlissMedia)

CNA: Fan Bingbing files suit over sex scandal comments

MSN: Andy Lau continues to keep his newborn’s identity a mystery

According to Taiwan’s China Times, Andy Lau has set up a HK$1M education fund for his daughter and plans to send her to kindergarten in Canada where a sister lives in Edmonton. (Sina)

Andy’s siblings live simple lives and reside in old housing estates

Andy Lau’s younger brother

Elder sister (Sina)

MSN: New mummy Miriam Yeung is not ready for another baby


May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: ”The Guillotines” Set to Hit Theaters on December 20

Set in the period of the Qing Emperor Qianlong, the film revolves around a secretive organization called The Guillotines which is composed of young martial arts masters who carry out the government’s orders to kill those who go against the government’s ruling.

Well Go USA has acquired the rights for North America (Sina)

CF: Backup Packages Bona’s ‘Lady’

Backup Films, the expanding financial-packaging division of Paris-based Backup Media Group, is negotiating an addition to its burgeoning roster of French-Chinese co-productions: “The Lady in the Portrait,” starring Fan Bingbing.

CF: Character Posters Revealed for “The Four”

“The Four”, adapted from Wen Ruian’s classic novel, is tagged as a supernatural wuxia film, a new area for this genre.

Collin Chou

Anthony Wong

Ronald Cheng

Deng Chao

Jiang Yiyan

Liu Yifei

Wu Xiubo (Sina)

CF: Final Poster Released for “37″

Final poster of the movie “37″ was released. Starring Liu Xiaoqing and Charlie Young, it will feature Liu as a middle-aged local woman while Young as a white collar that comes to the prairie with her daughter.

Charlie Young and “Olympic girl” Lin Miaoke

Lin Miaoke

Liu Xiaoqing (Sina)

CF: Official Poster of “Double Trouble” Unveiled

Jaycee Chan portrays a Taiwanese security guard, while Xia Yu plays a security guard visiting from China. The two men, along with a tour guide portrayed by Chen Handian, get into trouble following a burglary at the Imperial Palace.

More posters featuring Jaycee, Jessica C and Shoko


Poster for “Passion Island” (”Rei Ai Do”) starring Simon Yam, Joan Chen, Francis Ng, Song Jia, Chang Chen, and Janice Man in a trio of tales about love. Opens June 1.

Janice Man, Chang Chen

Joan Chen, Simon Yam

Francis Ng, Song Jia

Janice Man, Chang Chen (Sina)2

“Passion Island” trailer

Final poster for Pang Ho-Cheung’s “Lacuna”, co-directed by Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan Chi-Man.

Shawn Yue and Zhang Jingchu try to unravel what happened after one drunken night. Opens June 1, Children’s Day.

Kiss the frog, Shawn!

Now, it’s Zhang Jingchu’s turn (Sina)23

Teaser trailer

Three years after filming, David Stern and the NBA has authorized promotional activities for ”Amazing” the basketball-themed movie for a summer release. The film includes NBA stars Dwight Howard, Scottie Pippen and Carmelo Anthony as well as Huang Yi, Stephen Fung, Huang Xiaoming and Amber Kuo.

Dwight Howard, Huang Xiaoming

Dwight Howard

2010: Yep, it’s been that long. (Sina)2

Lead actors Huang Yi and Geng Le along with foreign cast members attended the event.

FBA: China’s Wanda to pay $2.6bn for AMC

CF: Chinese Firm’s Deal to Buy AMC May Spur Others

CF: Microfilms will be coming shortly to a screen near you

CF: Poster of Jackie Chan’s Film “CZ12″ Released in Cannes

CF: Jackie Chan Lands his Last Punch as an Action Star

CF: Jackie Chan Retiring From Action Movies with “CZ 12″

CNA: Jackie Chan not retiring, but “Chinese Zodiac” to be his last big action film

MSN: Edison Chen in scuffle with the paparazzi

MSN: Aaron Kwok’s girlfriend, Lynn Hung, vows to talk less about their relationship

MSN: Kelly Chen wants to be in-laws with Andy Lau

SGYahoo: Lau Ding Sing claims Him Law had posed for him

Lau had also mentioned actor William Chen, whose name was not among those in the list, to be ‘young, smooth, cute and sweet’ and had modeled for him several years ago.

Chen’s agency EEG also released a press statement that Chen and Lau did not know each other and would be pursuing legal action against Lau, for false information.

Many Hong Kong artists were shocked to hear that musician Lee Ming Ho was involved with the rape case of an actress recently.

December 14, 2011

December 14, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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TimeOutHK: Magic to Win review

Raymond Wong’s little inside joke

CF: Film “My Way” Promoted in Seoul

Fan Bingbing and South Korean actor Jang Dong-gun attend a press conference to promote the film “My Way” in Seoul, capital of South Korea, Dec. 13, 2011.

Fan Bingbing

In October, Huo Siyan wore the same dress to the Beijing Sleepwalker 3D premiere

Fan Bingbing, Jang Dong-gun at the premiere (cri-gallery)234

CF: Still Shots of “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” Released

The makers of the upcoming martial arts blockbuster, “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D”, recently released a collection of still shots featuring the leading roles in the film.

And in-the-news Viann Zhang Xinyu attended the Beijing premiere of “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D”. She plays a concubine in the film.

Li Yuchun, Chen Kun, Viann Zhang Xinyu


On to Guangzhou, Dec. 13

Chen Kun, Guei Lun-Mei

Sweet smile says the capion. Who’s to disagree? (Sina-gallery)

Close up look at a masked Louis Fan Siu-Wong

Li Yuchun

Zhou Xun


Ni Ni in black and white at the Beijing premiere of “The Flowers of War” (Sina)

CF: ”City of Life and Death”: Best Foreign Language Film in LA

CRI: Book Marks the Making of ‘Flowers of War’

A press conference has been held in Beijing to promote the publishing of a book entitled “The Days We Have Together”, which consists of articles written by 91 members of the production team behind Zhang Yimou’s film “The Flowers of War”. [In English, I've read elsewhere.]

CRI: China Offers Its Own Digital IMAX System, DMAX

Twins will party down Christmas Eve at Harbour City for the Hong Kong Leukemia Foundation


They’ll be singing and dancing to countdown to Christmas (Sina)

NPR: And You Thought The Tiger Mother Was Tough

Wolf Dad, as he’s been nicknamed, wrote a book that was originally titled Beat Them Into Peking University. It was later changed to the not-quite-as-catchy So, Brothers and Sisters of Peking University.

SGYahoo: Gigi Lai is worth HK$4mil, for comeback

MSN: Aarif Lee’s driving license suspended

Aarif appeared calm during the trial, although he fumbled through his answers when he was questioned in court.

MSN: Ron Ng’s after-party lies exposed

Viann Zhang Xinyu (Source)

MSN: Xiao Bin Bin ties the knot in a lavish banquet

His two adorable sons, Xiao Xiao Bin and Mini Bin, doubled up as page boys and the family of four made their grand appearance on the red carpet together.

Faye Wong in Chengdu (Dec.9)


See ewaffle’s: Faye Wong concert in Chengdu

December 8, 2011

December 8, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Damn you, China Lion! It looks like D.C. has been dropped from the list of cities that is getting a release of “Magic to Win” this Friday. Presumably, no future films either. New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver remain on the island.

CF: Comedy Film “No Liar, No Cry” Premieres in Beijing

The film is set in the desert, and tells a tale between a mine owner and several money-mad people who want to buy his mine. The mine owner spends 10 years trying to find gold in the mine, while fending off people’s attempts to take it over. In the end, the forces of nature and human triumph over greed.

CF: Row over Zhang Yimou’s Blockbuster “Flowers of War”

Movie review: East Meets West 2011 (A1)

The new version often seems to be trying too hard - lacking the unaffected, carefree attitude that helped make the original so entertaining to watch

CF: Mainland Box Office Chart in Week 49

White Vengeance” took $12.58 million at the Mainland box office over six days, catching number one spot easily. Chinese New Year hit “East Meets West 2011″ dropped to second place with gross $3.24 million…

Even taking advantage from the “Happy Ghost” movie franchise, “Magic to Win” just debuted to poor performance of $1.53 million in its four day run. Same day released film “Cold Steel” and “A Big Deal” earned $0.69 million and $0.64 million in box office respectively in their first week.

Joining the 3D fray is “Speed Pioneer”, made for domestic audiences. Featuring parkour action, the film’s cast includes Wang Zi (aka Prince) of Lollipop.

Parkour team

Wang Zi (Sina)

Stills from “Don’t Follow”, a micro film featuring Fan Bingbing dressed in men’s clothing. Sponsored by Nokia. (Sina)

Fan Bingbing

Posters for “Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault” based on the popular Taiwanese TV series, “Black & White”, about triads.

Huang Bo, Terri Kwan

Alex To


Jack Kao

A Ken (Ken Lin)

Mark Chao

Soler - Dino and Julio Acconci


MSN: Andy Lau rumoured to have taken a secret remedy to improve his baby chances

The Hong Kong actor had hoped to improve his health and conceive a baby boy

Edison Chen: “I was too straight, too stupid and believed people.” (CNA)

October 10, 2011

October 10, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

THR: China-Korea-Japan Ready ‘Yang Gui Fei’ for November Shoot

Yang Gui Fei tells the story of a Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) imperial consort who was the favorite of the Emperor Xuanzong. Despite her legendary beauty and relationship with the emperor, she was ultimately killed by the emperor’s guards after her family was blamed for a rebellion against the monarch.

THR: Asian Filmmaker of the Year: Tsui Hark

Filmmaker Tsui Hark expects bright future for 3D movies

CNA: Asia’s movie makers embrace 3D revolution

A 3D horror movie set in a public toilet block is part of a revolution underway in the Asian film industry as low-budget 3D productions take on the big studios at their own game.

CF: ”Starry Starry Night” Releases Six Hand Painted Posters by Jimmy

THR: Lin Pins Hopes on ‘Starry Night’

CF: ”Inseparable” Premieres at the Busan International Film Festival

“Inseparable” tells the tale of the things that happened between two men after their encounter, one is a mysterious American guy played by Kevin Spacey, and the other is a young engineer played by Daniel Wu, who has troubles both in his life and career. After experiencing constant accidents and intense danger, they both embark upon a totally unexpected journey which threatens to spiral out of their control.

WSJ: Spacey’s ‘Inseparable’ Opens at Busan

THR: Inseparable’ Culture Clash Story Stars Kevin Spacey

Diverse background of director Dayyan Eng leads to a first in the Chinese film sector.

Eng has two upcoming projects set for 2012: a heist gone wrong film that will likely shoot in Hong Kong next spring, backed by China Film Group and a Hong Kong partner. The other is the birth of his first child, due in January.

CF: Trailer out for ‘White Vengeance’

CF: ’Let the Bullets Fly 3′ Postponed for Jiang Wen’s New Project

Actress Fan Bingbing glitters in Busan

“My Way” centers around two men set in the Battle of Normandy during World War II. Even though it’s a war film, the movie mainly portrays a drama of true humanity that transcends border and nationality.

Fan plays a Chinese woman with astonishing sniper skills, who seeks revenge for the Japanese army’s murder of her family.

THR: Korean WWII Film Promises Big Action, Bigger Drama

“We aimed to provide visual effects that haven’t been seen before in a war movie, but My Way is essentially a dramaa bout humanist values,” said director Kang Je-kyu, who ends a seven-year hiatus since helming Taegukgi, a Korean War flick that became one of the highest-grossing films in local box office history.

The new film has been making headlines for bringing together three of Asia’s hottest superstars, including Jang, Odagiri and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing.

The film is slated to open in Korea in December and in Japan on Jan. 14, 2012. Discussions are underway for distribution dates in China and the United States, which are expected to fall sometime around mid-January next year.

Fan Bingbing at the Busan press conference for My Way

Jang Dong-gun, Fan Bingbing, Joe Odagiri and, presumably, their translators


The film tells a story about a couple of childhood sweethearts who are involved in two uninvestigated yet questionable murders.

Fan Bingbing, Li Yu

Kong Wei (Sina)23

Laughing Gor - I’m back

Francis Ng - I’m bad

Turning Point Extreme, a new Laughing Gor film based on the TVB series Lives of Omission,  is set to begin shooting on October 20. The cast includes Michael Tse, Bosco Wong, Kate Tsui, Francis Ng and MC Jin. Francis Ng will play the villain. Fala Chen will not return, the female lead will be Rebecca Zhu, Miss Hong Kong 2011.(Sina)

Lost in Panic Cruise poster

The film is the follow up to Lost in Panic Room, also starring Alec Su.

Based on positive response to a preview in Hong Kong, Barbara Wong’s The Allure of Tears, besides a Mainland release, now will also open in Taiwan, Hong Kong, UK, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia on December 24. (Sina)

Tentative Lunar Holiday schedule (Mainland) released, a partial listing: White Vengeance (Nov.24), Happy Magic (Dec.1), The Flowers of War (Dec.16), The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Dec.18), The Grandmasters (Dec.22), The Allure of Tears (Dec.24).


Gigi Leung’s other wedding day dress, a traditional cheongsam in Spanish colors

October 7, 2011

October 7, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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WSJ: How Martial Arts and Special Effects Mix

Tony Ching Siu-tung’s ‘The Sorcerer and the White Snake’ Drops Kung Fu Into Dream-Like Settings

FBA:  Kwak details sassy concubine film

The cast of Kwak Jae-yong’s Yang Gui Fei was announced on the sidelines of the Busan International Film Festival today.

Yang Gui Fei press conference photos

Fan Bingbing

Wang Leehom (Shoe styling by Andy Lau?)

Kwak Jae-yong

Fan Bingbing presented gifts

Kwak Jae-yong, On Joo-Wan, Fan Bingbing, Wang Leehom

Happy belated 32nd birthday to Gao Yuanyuan (Oct.5)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

According to the Apple Daily, she [Shu Qi] received the news on the phone from a gossip reporter, who greeted her by saying “Congratulations.” “What for?” she asked tartly. “I haven’t gotten married and I’m not pregnant.”

When the reporter broke the news of her nomination, she broke down in tears, and thanked director Andrew Lau. “I’m weeping bitter tears right now,” she said.

MSN: Did Leon Lai deny separation rumours to protect his assets?

CNA: Anita Mui’s brother claims aunctioned jewellery was stolen from his sister

MSN: Christy Chung spotted with new man in Hong Kong

MSN: Hannah Quinlivan accepts Christianity for Jay Chou’s mum

THR: Asia Pays Tribute to Steve Jobs

China’s microblogging site Weibo created a special page for tributes, which by late afternoon Thursday had received almost 36 million posts. “God wanted to use the iPhone 5, so he took Jobs back right after the iPhone 4S launch,” one user posted. Weibo’s parent company made a separate commemoration page with articles and photos of the Apple founder. The country’s largest online video site, Youku, created a 55-minute tribute to Jobs, comprised of his best presentations and speeches.

October 6, 2011

October 6, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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THR:Hong Kong Auteur Yonfan Relishes His Role as Talent Scout

As head of the jury at the Busan International Film Festival New Currents competition, Yonfan is being asked to choose among the best new talents in Asia or elsewhere

Likable but lightweight compendium of high-school romances, well cast and slickly packaged.

FBA: Headshot (Thailand/France) review

A part return to form by director Pen-ek Ratanaruang in an existential crime noir.

FBA: Taiwan govt blocks release of 1911

Huang Yi was hospitalized while in Hong Kong yesterday to promote her new film The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake. She was suffering from sudden stomach cramps and cold sweats pain. When Huang Yi tried to recover in break room with staff, her condition did not improve and she was sent to a hospital. Huang Yi was diagnosed with gastritis and given an injection and painkillers by doctors. Meanwhile, doctors recommended bed rest but as Woman Knight is her first starring film, Huang Yi hoped to continue working.

Already sick while getting made up (Sina)

Fan Bingbing - Yang Guifei

Wang Leehom - Poet Li Bai

Fan Bingbing will play imperial consort Yang Guifei, one of the four legendary beauties of Ancient China, in Kwak Jae-Yong’s same-titled “Yang Guifei”. And Wang Leehom will play poet Li Bai in this China-Japan-South Korea co-production. The core of the story will be centered around war and palace intrigues. Fan Bingbing played the role once before in a 2007 TV series, Tang Paradise.

Also, Antoine Fuqua is making another version concerning the romance between Yang Guifei and Tang Emperor Xuanzong. Fuqua had been trying to invite Zhang Ziyi and Chow Yun-Fat but he may make another film about Tupac Shakur first. (Sina)

THR: Busan International Film Festival Gets an Extreme Makeover

Fan Bingbing walked the red carpet twice to open the Busan International Film Festival this evening, once with Wang Leehom for Yang Guifei and, again, with the cast of her South Korean film, My Way.

Fan Bingbing, Wang Leehom

My Way Director Kang Je-kyu and Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing, Joe Odagiri

Kang Je-kyu, Fan Bingbing, Joe Odagiri, Jang Dong-gun (Sina)

Also from the BIFF

Shi Nansun and Tsui Hark

Accepting the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award

Jury head Yonfan and jury member Jiang Wenli on the red carpet


Wu Renhui - Most Photogenic?

(Sina),  2


MSN: Tony Leung’s night out with two women

MSN: Christy Chung’s sudden weight gain

May 16, 2011

May 16, 2011

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FBA: Tang leaves Party early

FBA: 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy review (6/10)

Okay but over-long costume hijinks that turn rather dark in the second half

FBA: Bullets fires up volley of Cannes deals

The response has been very good so far and we’re very close to announcing our partners for Germany, North America and French-speaking territories very soon,” said EMP CEO Albert Lee.

FBA: Wu Xia puts style over substance

CF: Stars of “Wu Xia” in Cannes

CRI: Two Bingbings Luminous Presence in Cannes

CRI: Fan Bingbing and Jang Dong-gun Promote “My Way” at Cannes

CF:Heroes of Nanking” Fixes Overseas Sales Company

Fan Bingbing doing an interview in leopard print dress

Keep your eyes peeled for the June Marie Claire, featuring Li Bingbing on the cover. Photography by Chen Man. I know I will.

MSN: Zhang Ziyi initiated split from Vivi Nevo

Currently busy promoting her latest movie Love for Life, Zhang Ziyi admitted that she was the one who initiated the split from her former boyfriend, Vivi Nevo, citing cultural differences as the main reason for their split.

MSN: Lynn Xiong’s mother unhappy with Aaron Kwok’s betrothal amount

According to sources, Lynn Xiong’s mother flew in from Nanjing to meet her future son-in-law in Hong Kong. Lynn’s mother reportedly asked for a huge amount of money from the 45-year-old singer as a betrothal gift.

Aaron Kwok hit with costly dowry

The skinflint Aaron is no doubt being reminded of the huge dowries paid by other Hong Kong celebrities.

Faye Wong’s a redhead

Sheren Tang blasts TVB

A1: HK drama series portrays controversial scenes, draws flak

A Hong Kong TVB drama serial has been raising eyebrows for some controversial scenes that portray rape, sadism and homo-eroticism.

CNA: A-mei dating mystery man, changing ‘manly’ ways

Bob Dylan: “Allow Me to Clarify This So-called China Controversy…” (CDT)

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