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May 19, 2010

May 19, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 1:42 pm

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

International poster

CRI: Trailer Released for Tsui Hark’s ‘Detective Dee’

Found this Cannes related poster for Wind Blast (Fierce West Wind)

The poster features Duan Yihong (The Message, Desire of the Heart, Soldiers Sortie - a hit TV series). According to reports, Duan was also highlighted in the 90-second trailer.

Duan Yihong


Donnie Yen will play the Monkey King in the 3D-IMAX Monkey King trilogy produced by Zhang Jizhong.

Soi Cheang Pou-Soi (Dog Bite Dog, Accident) will direct.


Donnie Yen in Legend of the Fist


CRI: Let the Bullets Releases Trailer at Cannes

Two new posters criticized

Life is a Miracle press conference

A series of funny PhotoShop pictures were made to serve as backdrop


Life is a Miracle - Aaron Kwok, Zhang Ziyi

Jiang Wenli, Aaron Kwok, Zhang Ziyi, Gu Changwei, Wang Baoqiang, Pu Cunxin

Aaron Kwok, Zhang Ziyi, Gu Changwei (director) (Xinhua),

More PhotoShop images (Xinhua)

CRI: Zhang Ziyi Returns With ‘Tales of Magic’

THR: Zhang Ziyi to star in China AIDS film

Actor Pu Cuxin and the rest of the cast of “Life is a Miracle” also will feature in a short documentary by director Gu called “The Era of Magic,” due to be released at end of 2010.

Jackie Chan - Karate Kid (Kungfu Kid)

According to reports, a preview screening in Hollywood earned a 97%  high-approval rating.

Film opens June 11 in the US, June 22 in China. (Sina)

Guei Lun-Mei

Chairman Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Guei Lun-Mei

Guei Lun-Mei

Guei Lun-Mei Short Film Amabassador and Taipei Film Festival Chairman Hou Hsiao-Hsien present a 3D short film to highlight 3D technology to promote the upcoming festival. (Sina)

Carina Lau pregnant?

Carina Lau’s ‘baby bump’ is just a belly

Amigo Choi escapes jail time after ex-girlfriend lets him off the hook

May 18, 2010

May 18, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 3:56 pm

Screen Daily: Fortune Star sells package deals

  • Hong Kong-based Fortune Star, owned by regional broadcaster Star, has sold two separate packages of library titles to Thailand’s EVS Entertainment and Media International Pictures (MIP) for the Middle East.
  • EVS has taken 29 titles including My Father Is A Hero and Hitman, both starring Jet Li; Johnnie To’s Running Out Of Time, and Tsui Hark’s The Legend of Zu. MIP acquired 20 titles including Jackie Chan’s City Hunter, John Woo’s Bullet In The Head and Hitman.
  • Fortune Star recently expanded its portfolio by adding more than 100 titles acquired from Hong Kong-based production company China Star Group.

Takeshi Kitano

Hollywood Reporter

“Outrage” a bona fide yakuza film

As violent, amoral and misanthropic as a Jacobean play, “Outrage” is Takeshi Kitano’s first yakuza flick since “Brother” (2000). (Cannes press conference - audiophotos)

Takeshi Kitano unleashes “Outrage” at Cannes

“Puff” a lively sketch of Hong Kong smoking culture

A eulogy to lung pollution, “Love in a Puff” makes sharing a pack of cigarettes look sexier than sharing a bed as it chronicles how two chain smokers fall in love over a week in the wake of a government crackdown on tobacco in Hong Kong.

“I Wish I Knew” offers mosaic view of Shanghai

“I Wish I Knew,” Jia Zhangke’s documentary on Shanghai, commissioned to commemorate the World Expo taking place in the city this month, is a patchwork quilt with too many fabrics and patterns.

Screen Daily: Toei plans 3D version of cult thriller Battle Royale

The 3D version of the original will be ready for market screenings in October and released in Japan on November 20. Like the original, the 3D version will have an R-15 rating in Japan.

Cartoon reaction to films like Don Quixote rushing to join 3D bandwagon. (Sina)

Alex Fong Chung-San (Xinhua)

Alex Fong, Zhang Yu, Qin Lan, Li Chen (Sina)

CRI: China’s Classic Love Film to Have Sequel

A sequel to the 1980 Chinese film “Romance on Lushan Mountain”, which heralded the rebirth of the country’s romantic movie genre, is on the cards, reports.

The sequel, provisionally titled “Romance on Lushan Mountain 2010″, continues the story, focusing on a love triangle involving the children of the characters in the 1980 film.Qin Lan, Li Chen and Alex Fong Chung-Sun will star in the sequel. Actress-turned-director Zhang Yu will also reprise her original role.

CRI: Film on Tangshan Quake to Screen in July

Feng Xiaogang’s new film “Aftershock”, which reflects the Tangshan earthquake in 1976, will be released on July 22. Release date moved up.

Pace Wu plays a Taoist nun in Reign of Assassins (Sina)

Fierce West Wind - Francis Ng

Wu Jing

Xia Yu

A 90 second teaser trailer for Fierce West Wind was screened at Cannes and received high praise. “Not Supermen, but real men!”  No plot could be determined, but director Gao Qunshu’s film is described as Hollywood-style hardcore action film full of high testosterone. Overseas studio and media interest in the film was high. Producer Peggy Chiao said the teaser was meant to give a quick flavor for the characters but not to reveal the story line. Veteran Hollywood reporters Stephen Cremin, Patrick Frater and Derek Elley were impressed by the development and progress of the Chinese action genre and felt the film was more Hollywood-like than Hong Kong-style. (ifeng)(Sina) (Thanks, to Valerie)

Ocean Paradise - Jet Li and Wen Zhang play father and son


Fan Bingbing wearing Elie Saab, she was dubbed the Eastern Swan Princess by local media

Red carpet for Biutiful from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

CRI: Fan Bingbing: The Swan Princess from China

Cannes cast portrait session (Zimbio)

Best Dressed Of The Week – Fan Bingbing In Elie Saab Couture & Dragon Robe By Laurence Hsu

February 1, 2010

February 1, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 12:15 pm

Korea Times: Avatar vs. Confucius in China

It now says that cinemas without 3D screens can continue to show the 2D version of “Avatar.”

NYT: China’s Zeal for ‘Avatar’ Crowds Out ‘Confucius’

In Shanghai, an official with the biggest local cinema chain told fans not to worry that they would miss “Avatar” because of state-imposed restrictions. Wu Hehu, a senior manager for the chain, Shanghai United Circuit, told a Shanghai daily newspaper that its theaters would continue to show “Avatar” on both 3-D and 2-D screens.

Master Q

CRI: Huayi Bros. Maps out 2010 Movies, Releases Stills

Feng Xiaogang confirmed that he will make a sequel to If You Are the One, with Ge You and Shu Qi returning. (Xinhua)

Zhou Xun

CRI: Kung Fu Movie “True Legend” Premieres in Beijing

Francis Ng

Duan Yihong

Fierce West(erly) Winds production stills - filming in the Gobi Desert (14) (HunanTV)

Sweeping Away Terrible Cinema

The opening ceremony for the Golden Broom Awards, which aims to annually honor the worst of in Chinese cinmea, was held on a shabby stage in the middle of an underground shopping center Saturday.

Jacky Cheung - Channeling Bryan Ferry?

Jacky’s new album features a song dedicated to the late Lydia Shum (Sina)

Angelica Lee and Oxide Pang have set Feb. 6 to be their wedding date. The 34 year-old actress and 44 year-old director will be wed in a small ceremony in her native Malaysia. (Xinhua)

Canto-pop duo Twins to stage comeback concert in April

Former actress Gigi Lai two months pregnant

Zhang Ziyi keeping a stiff upper lip in her first public appearance as a Spring Festival amabassador since latest controversy. (Sina)

Add ‘hoax donation-gate’ to ‘ink splash-gate’ to her list of woes.

A bad week for Zhang Ziyi. Besides pulling out as investor/producer/star of Snow Flower and The Secret Fan, Zhang Ziyi has been under fire the past week for another controversy. The charitable foundation that she formed in the aftermath of the May 12 2008 Sichuan earthquake has fallen under the scrutiny of the internet denizens. As you may recall, Zhang  very publicly berated some festival goers who were unaware of the tragedy and made a plea for contributions at the 2008 Cannes Festival and herself pledged to donate a large sum for the victims. Netizens looking at the public records of the foundation and the Chinese Red Cross, registered in the US under her manager’s name, discovered that the foundation’s income and assets was zero. This raises the questions of whether a) Zhang Ziyi misdirected contributions, b) actually collected any funds, or c) donated any promised funds herself. Netizens in one popular forum called for a boycott of Zhang Ziyi endorsed products. Zhang Ziyi issued a statement stating that most of the pledges were from foreign contributors and reminded them to honor their pledges. She said that she would disclose account details and  welcomed the monitoring. (Sina) (2) (Xinhua)

Cannes 2008 - Ziyi Zhang & Chopard Raise Awareness For Chinese Earthquake Victims (Zimbio)

Meanwhile, the casting for Snow Flower and The Secret Fan is still up in the air. After Shu Qi rejected the role, Li Bingbing is the prime candidate for the Zhang Ziyi role, Lili, and Gao Yuanyuan and Fan Bingbing mentioned for Jun Ji-Hyun’s Snow role. In addition, the script has now been changed to include two more female roles. Lili and Snow’s tale is now told in memory, their story is remembered by Lili’s two granddaughters in a modern setting. (Xinhua) [Project sounds doomed to me.]

Lin Chi-ling

Appearing at a watch brand event in Taiwan, Lin Chi-ling was asked about Treasure Hunters being voted worst film of the year by netizens. She graciously repsonded that not everyone had thought so. (Sina)

Gigi Leung attending a Baidu award event in Beijing

Sandra Ng, Louis Koo


Remember the traditional telephone receiver? (2006)

Now, it’s the television’s turn.


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